Generations Geek 2.0

Our upcoming episode “Bats and Supes”—looking at Man of Steel and Batman v Superman and comparing the beginnings of the DC Extended Universe to the Marvel Cinematic Universe—will kick off our fourth series. It will be a series of change. When we started the podcast, Ella was fifteen or so . . . now she’s eighteen, soon to graduate high school, and moving off to college in the fall.


About to enjoy toast with Nutella, marshmallow creme, and bananas at CONvergence 2015.

Although we fully intend to keep doing the podcast, we also know that it will be even more challenging than the third series, which continually ran late due to an increasing freelance workload for myself and the much busier life of a high school senior with a part-time job. But even with my workload, my schedule is much more flexible than a student’s. In order to try to get our monthly schedule back on track, we’ve had to admit that Ella will most likely not be able to do the show full time. So we’ve got an idea.

Some episodes will be the same as always, with both myself and the kid. On other episodes Ella will just have a segment—”All the Squee”—that she can record at her leisure, while I conduct interviews of our guests by myself. And, of course, Ella can give me any questions she might have for the guest beforehand.

And another thing. We started the podcast as a family-friendly show that geeky parents could listen to with their geeky kids. Although we’re both still committed to that concept, obviously a father/daughter-in-college show is a different animal than a father/daughter-in-junior-high show. So we will still be more-or-less family friendly, but if we were a movie the rating might lean more toward PG-13 than G.

So that’s the plan for now. We look forward to continuing our geeky musings and casting them into the winds of the intertubes. And figuring out how to record the next show between now and graduation . . .


What if Bruce Wayne did a Batman Podcast?

IMG_2703The new episode “Superhero League Adventure Squad” is up and available for streaming, download, or weird metahuman senses. Take a listen and learn how our guest, frequent DC comics illustrator Christopher Jones, had childhood dreams of growing up to be a census taker. Wait—no, forget “census taker,” I meant to say “comic book artist.”

In other news, we saw Batman v Superman. I’d tell you all about what we thought of it, but then what would our next podcast be about? You’ll have to wait until we record, edit, and upload “Bats and Supes,” which we hope to accomplish sometime between now and when the zombies break the internet. Zombies are why we can’t have nice things.

In other other news, “Superhero League Adventure Squad” is our thirty-sixth episode, wrapping up our third season. Changes are in store for the podcast moving into our fourth season. When we started this, the daughter-half of the team was fifteen, but now she’s eighteen and making college plans. We’ve always called the show “family friendly,” but I think it’s now “more-or-less family friendly” as we, naturally, have more adult discussions about more adult movies and books. We’ll always hover around a PG-13 rating, and we’ll warn you if we think a show isn’t for the younger geeks in your family. More announcements to come as we make them up.

And to answer the question, I think Bruce Wayne would do an awesome Batman podcast. He could read news stories about Batman and then comment: “Not that I condone violence, but he doesn’t seem like such a bad guy. I mean, I’d rather have him on the streets of Gotham than the Joker, am I right?”

When Superheroes Attack

Last Wednesday afternoon we interviewed comic book artist Chris Jones. Did he reveal his secret origin story? Was he bitten by something radioactive? Did he actually come to Earth in a spaceship? Was he just a kid who loved to draw? To find out, you’ll have to listen to the podcast when it becomes available for streaming, download, or reception via tinfoil hat sometime next week.

We’re putting together some fun ideas for upcoming shows. In “The Incredible Shrinking Man Times Three” we’ll compare the Richard Matheson novel with the classic movie adaptation and the recent comic book version. And we’ll welcome special guest Greg Cox, media tie-in writer extraordinaire and Matheson’s longtime editor at Tor Books.

“Bats and Supes” will look at Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to ponder the birth of the DC  Extended Universe and how it stacks up against the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Now let’s all take a moment to think about dinosaurs. Just because dinosaurs are cool.

Superhero League Adventure Squad

I, the dad-half of Generations Geek, literally forgot I’d set up a blog for the podcast years ago when we started. Oops. Now that I’ve remembered, I’m going to try to post something here now and then. So, let’s do some Generations Geek news.

First up, the next episode, “Superhero League Adventure Squad,” is more or less on its way. We’ll be interviewing comic book artist Christopher Jones later this week, and I’ll try to get through my obsessive editing as quickly possible and get the new show uploaded to our cyborg ape overlords at the Chronic Rift Network.

While you’re waiting for that, why not listen to the current episode, “The Cornetto Trilogy”? In this Special Grup Edition—we’re family-friendly, but we don’t always watch family-friendly movies—we discuss Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright. It’s a PG discussion of R-rated movies.

Of course, you can visit our website for handy links to almost all of our episodes (our first four are currently unavailable due to some technical issues). And follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you do that sort of thing.