Talk About It Tuesday / Safeguard

It has a really cool cover for an audiobook. 

There were a few things I enjoyed about this somewhat short story (running time 20 mins).

1) The portrayal of the cult leader and his general distaste for the peace focused Earth city civilians. Of course a sketchy cult leader would be angry about that. 

2) The lack of deep interest in the cult by the local civilians in the city, which triggered the heavy response and invasion by the cult's space fleet. Methinks the writer pulled this idea from history.  

3) Well, I don't want to spoil the surprise, but boy what a suprise it was. Did the cult really think the Earth was not defended? 

In some show related news, I finally finished reading the second half of the halloween doubleheader. The first one is already loaded in the queue. Now I just have to remember to record and load the second video. Since being put in charge of the channel, I've had a chance to look at the various bells, whistles and knobs of Youtube. So...many...buttons! I want to try them all! I'm trying my best not to break the channel, but I feel like a kid in a nuclear power plant. 

That set aside, I've also been busy making the list of content I want to cover for next year's program. We'll hit 100 episodes sometime in summer next year. If you're a creator and you want to be reviewed, then you know what to do: leave a comment on a video.  

As far as my workflow goes, I'm almost done with The Bite Cleaner.  I'll publish the last two chapters sometime soon. I feel like I've covered what I wanted to do with the genre pretty well. I also finished my first Udemy writing course. I'll be applying what I learned there into my editing flow. I'll write it the way I want, then clean it up before it goes to the editor. Hopefully I don't confuse the editor.    

Talk About it Tuesday / Champion by D.S. Brown.

Champion is an Atlanta based superhero who fights to save the universe from tyranny! 

If you were a teenage boy with two choices: die in a car fire, or fight for the universe with superpowers, which one would you choose? The super-powers, of course. Whether or not you'd choose to protect Cobb County is another story. If I were the hero, I would write it off as "Forget it, jake. It's Chinatown." like the old 1970s movie.  

Fun fact: The CNN show United Shades of America profiled San Francisco's Chinatown recently. It'a a much better place than in the past. So don't forget Chinatown.  

Anyway, I see a bright future in the character and the author and am hopeful the sequel (if there is one) continues with the character arc he set up. The character seems a bit too idealized, but at least he's not in Marty Stu range.  

On some of the message boards, the author put up art of his character battling Thanos. Without the glove, I think Champion takes it. Read the book and see what you think.  

Talk About It Tuesday / Aceblade

Aceblade is an ongoing comic book with a Kickstarter that I donated to. While I’m waiting for the November release, I decided to look at the comics I currently got from him.

Superheroes in Vegas is certainly something I haven’t seen in a long time. The last one was… Grey Hulk in the 80s, I think. It was before he became Smart Hulk or dudebro hulk (he was a mix of both). Anyway, the plot was easy to follow and had the requisite twists and turns any opening saga should have. I wish the art was better, though. It lacked consistency.

I originally was going to talk about Chessmasters 4-6 but 6 never got published and Insane Comics is gone now, so that plan is out of the water. Nonetheless, I’m happy Mr. Quick’s project got on my list instead.

In the meantime, Halloween is coming up. I’m planning on a double header. I’ve got two horror stories I want to cover that day, one I finished reading and one I’m reading now. The one I’m reading now is a collection of short horror stories by a group of Black Women. I find the stories fascinating for the most part. A few would make a good segment for Tales from the Crypt.