Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Batman v Superman Mopeez Plush


Another piece of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice merchandising onslaught, here is a plush Mopeez figure of the King of the Seven Seas, from the people at Funko. So cute but so sour-faced!


(h/t: F.O.A.M.er Ilke Hincer)


Thursday, February 04, 2016

DC Comics Super Heroes Ultimate Sticker Collection


Check this out! It's a new DC Super Heroes sticker book from DK, and it features a generous helping of characters from the Aqua- Family! Behold:


Aquaman stickers by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Paul Pelletier? What more do you want? Pick up a copy today and cover your Trapper Keeper in orange and green!


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Monday, February 01, 2016

Who's Who: Update '88 Volume 1

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Network Presents: WHO'S WHO UPDATE '88: VOLUME 1

A new era of WHO'S WHO begins with UPDATE '88! Shag and I take a look at new and updated characters such as Atom II, Doctor Fate II, Duchess, Firestorm, Green Arrow, Green Flame, Green Lantern, and more! We wrap up with your Listener Feedback!

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 153

sgTHE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST: Episode 153
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Episode 153 - DC Movie Talk/Whatever Happened To...? Robotman/Prince Ra-Man

This episode Shag and I talk a little about the big happenings in the DC movie and TV universes! Then we present the next installments of "Whatever Happened To...?" We love these back-up strips from DC COMICS PRESENTS! This time we're covering adventures from DCCP #31 & 32, featuring Robotman and Mark Merlin/Prince Ra-Man! 

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #27


"Wet 'N' Wild Part 1" by Sholly Fisch, Dario Brizuela, and Franco Riesco.

The Scooby Gang is on nice, relaxing vacation cruise. So far from land, what kind of trouble could find them here?

Of course, the answer is, a lot, because all of a sudden some sea creatures jump out of the water and climb the ship! Strangely enough, these "sea creatures" want the passengers' money and jewelry--which Daphne promptly refuses to hand over. Shortly after that, Poseidon himself emerges from the sea! Luckily for the gang, they're not alone:


Aquaman hurls his trident at "Poseidon", only for him to disappear. The sea creatures suddenly make a break for it, diving back into the water. Velma unmasks one of them, revealing these scaly beasts to be normal crooks. Aquaman chases them into the water, has Topo the octopus pals grab them. There's one still loose, but he is stopped by:


Fred finds a hologram projector laying on the sea floor, revealing where Poseidon came from. Shaggy assumes the case is solved, but Velma realizes that if all six crooks on the ship are now in custody, who was running the projector? Aquaman asks some "witnesses", aka some finny friends. They start on the trail, only to be attacked by those creepy Manta Men! That can only mean one thing...that dastardly denizen of the deep is near, Black Manta!


...To be continued!

Yes, Black Manta pulls what he calls the 1977 Play, which is kidnapping Aquaman and Mera's son. Though this time, under the sure hand of writer Sholly Fisch, I'm sure things will turn out much better for our heroes.

This isn't the Sea King's first appearance in Scooby Doo Team-Up, but it is as a solo star. About time! SDTU is the closest this Scooby fan will ever get to seeing some of the team-ups I wanted to see back in the 70s, when the Scooby Gang was meeting famous guest stars like Batman and Robin, Dick Van Dyke, Sonny and Cher, and every kid's favorite, Mama Cass Elliot. It's a really cute book and I'm glad DC publishes it. Can't wait for Part 2 next issue!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

DC Films: Dawn of Justice


Here's the Aquaman segment from tonight's DC Films: Dawn of Justice TV special that aired on the CW. We (sort of) get our first glimpse of Jason Momoa in action!


Monday, January 18, 2016

The Power Records Podcast Episode 12: Superman!

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST, Episode 12


Chris Franklin and I welcome guest The Irredeemable Shag to discuss three Power Record adventures all starring The Man of Steel: "The Best Cop in the World", "The Mxyzptlk-Up Menace", and "Tomorrow The World." 

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Monday, January 11, 2016

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 152

sgTHE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST: Episode 152
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Episode 152 - Fire and Water Team-Ups

This week Shag and I take a look two very special, very fun team-ups featuring Aquaman and Firestorm! First up is Aquaman and Batman in "The Sleepwalker From The Sea" by Bob Haney and Neal Adams (THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #82, March 1969), followed by Firestorm and Superman in "The Chaos Network" by Gerry Conway, Rich Buckler & Bob Smith (DC COMICS PRESENTS #45, May 1982). Also, don't miss our special announcement about the future of the FIRE & WATER PODCAST! 

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Monday, December 28, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 151

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Episode 151 - In Memory of Shawn Engel

This week Shag and I pay tribute to a friend of the show who passed away just a couple weeks ago, Shawn Engel. From a recording produced in 2014, you'll hear Shawn and me discuss a fun team-up story featuring both the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern and Aquaman. Then from a recording just a couple months ago, you'll hear Shag and Shawn discuss their mutual fondness for Kyle Rayner. 

Shawn Engel was a great guy. He will be missed.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 150

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Episode 150 - Nuclear Scrubs

Just in time for the special 150th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST, frequent guests and Nuclear Subs DIABOLU FRANK and RYAN DALY have kidnapped Shag and I and taken over the show! The episode starts with discussions on The Human Flying Fish and Slipknot, and goes downhill from there.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Who's Who: Update '87 Volume 5

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: WHO'S WHO UPDATE '87: VOLUME 5

It's the fifth and final issue of WHO'S WHO UPDATE '87! Shag and I take a look at new and updated characters such as Robin, Strikeforce Kobra, The Spectre, Titano, Vibe, and more! We wrap up with your Listener Feedback!

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Monday, December 07, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 149

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Episode 149 - Fury of Firestorm (Classic) #25/Aquaman/Lady Cop

This week Shag and I take a look at "Black Bison Rides Again!" from THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #25 (July 1984) by Gerry Conway, Rafael Kayanan, Romeo Tanghal, Carl Gafford, and Adam Kubert. Then I can't quite to bring himself to cover AQUAMAN #s 45 and 46, so I decide to talk about FIRST ISSUE SPECIAL #4: LADY COP (July 1975) by Robert Kanigher and John Rosenberger instead. Plus YOUR Listener Feedback!

Special thanks to Siskoid. Lady Cop played by Isabel Goguen.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 148

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Episode 148 - Bob Haney Showcase IV with Metamorpho

Back by popular demand, it's another Bob Haney Showcase, this time focusing on Metamorpho, The Element Man! Shag profiles "The Freak and the Billion-Dollar Phantom" by Haney and Ramona Fradon from FIRST ISSUE SPECIAL #3 (June 1975), and then I tackle "How To Make A Super-Hero" by Haney and Jim Aparo from BRAVE AND THE BOLD #123 (Dec. 1975) starring Batman, Plastic Man, and Metamorpho! It's more Zany Haney! Don't forget kids, use the hashtag #ZanyHaney online for this episode!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 147

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Episode 147 - Supergirl

Shag and I welcome Nuclear Sub Anj (well-known Supergirl blogger) to discuss the first four episodes of the CBS-TV show SUPERGIRL! Plus, the podcasting debut of a two-time winner of the coveted Steam Award!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 146

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Episode 146 - Listener Feedback-O-Rama & Nuclear Sub World Tour

This week Shag and I finally get caught up on YOUR Listener Feedback! Plus, a Nuclear Sub World Tour 2015 back-up feature guest-starring Chris Franklin! Part of a crossover with the SUPER MATES PODCAST!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Who's Who Special: Murphy Anderson

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: WHO'S WHO SPECIAL: MURPHY ANDERSON

As a tribute to the late, great Murphy Anderson, Shag and I present eight classic WHO'S WHO PODCAST entries, all drawn by the legendary artist: Captain Comet, Doll Man, Hawkman I, Kanjar Ro, the Manhawks, Quicksilver, Solomon Grundy, and Uncle Sam! This special episode is part of a Murphy Anderson Tribute Podcast Crossover Event!

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Monday, November 09, 2015

Who's Who: Update '87 Volume 4

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: WHO'S WHO UPDATE '87: VOLUME 4

It's the fourth fabulous issue of WHO'S WHO UPDATE '87! Shag and I take a look at new and updated characters such as Lois Lane, Marine Marauder, Mon-El, Power Girl, The Question, Protector, and more! We wrap up with your Listener Feedback!

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Monday, November 02, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 145

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Episode 145 - Aquaman #44/Fury of Firestorm (Classic) #24

This week Shag and I take a look at "Siren's Call" from AQUAMAN #44 by Cullen Bunn, Alec Morgan, Art Thibert, Jesus Marino, and Guy Major, followed by "Terminal Velocity" from THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #24 (June 1984) by Gerry and Carla Conway, Rafael Kayanan, Romeo Tanghal, Carl Gafford, and Adam Kubert. Plus YOUR Listener Feedback!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 144

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Episode 144 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer, and Journey to The Force Awakens

Shag and I let the Force be with them and discuss the newest trailer for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, books and comics of Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and more!

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Baltimore Comic•Con 2015

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Event: Baltimore Comic Con (baltimorecomiccon.com)
Location: Baltimore, MD
Dates: 
September 25-27, 2015
Venue: Baltimore Convention Center
Price: $25-$150 depending on the ticket type
Years: Began in 2000
Attendance: 15,000+
Guests: Nearly 200 comic writers and artists plus media guests 



Overview: Baltimore Comic Con has quickly become one of our favorite conventions. The con started back in 2000 and has grown to more than 15,000 attendees. It is a great traditional comic convention with a nice balance of vendors selling comics and toys coupled with a variety of comic writers and artists. The convention is held at the Baltimore Convention Center and is within walking distance of the beautiful inner harbor, which is a great place to escape for a good meal or just a walk in the sunshine.

Inside, the convention makes good use of the cavernous show rooms for the vendors and guests, while discussion panels are held in conference rooms upstairs and a large ballroom on the top floor was used for various media guests including Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne of Arrow.


The excellent organization is clear from the moment you walk into the convention center as dozens of con greeters welcome attendees and quickly verify tickets and strap on wrist bands making registration painless. While many cons put all of their guests in one area causing congestion as multiple lines overlap, BCC avoids this problem by spreading the con guests throughout the large room intermixing the guests with the various vendors. This helps reduce congestion and encourages attendees to walk around the entire room instead of congregating in one area.

Another nice thing about this con is the Year Book. Each year the book focuses on a different character and many of the guest artists contribute original drawings of the character in their own style. Attendees are then encouraged to go on a treasure hunt by taking the books around for autographs from the contributing guests. For every ten autographs collected, an attendee can get a free print from the con.

There were great panel discussions throughout the weekend and we were able to attend several of them. Myth, Legend, and Literature in Comics featured guests Walter Simonson, Ron Randall, Grek Pak, Jamal Igle, and Peter Storrie. Walter Simonson talked about his love of Norse mythology and how he used that in his work on Thor and Ragnarok. Ron Randall and Peter Storrie both worked on the Graphic Myths and Legends series and had a chance to speak about adapting legends and myths from around the world into a comic format for elementary age children. The role of Greek myth in Wonder Woman was another highlight from this panel.

Mike Grell, Mark Buckingham, Charles Vess, Brandon Peterson, and Robert Greenberger discussed Drawing Fantasy Worlds. Mike Grell talked about creating his long running series Warlord and his love of the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Mark Buckingham spoke about his extensive work on Fables and Charles Vess, who also worked on Fables, shared how he tries to extensively use nature in his fantasy art. The discussion was lively and there were many thoughtful questions from the audience.


A panel called Superheroes Under a Microscope featured Ramona Fradon and Mark Waid talking about the science of comics. They spent some time exploring the chemistry of Metamorpho, a character first illustrated by Ramona Fradon, and discussed what it would be like to live underwater like Aquaman. The panel was hosted by chemistry teacher Christopher Preece of Atomic Universe who was well prepared with great slides, terrific questions for the panelists, and scientific facts for the audience.

Other discussion panels included a celebration of The Spirit's 75th Anniversary, Writing Great Characters, and a panel honoring the 50th anniversary of the first Captain Action figure. There were also several industry spotlights including IDW, Valiant, and Boom. There is also an open pavilion area on the convention floor where many artists present workshops. We attended the session by Andy Runton and were able to learn the basics of drawing his family-friendly signature character Owly.


For Aquaman fans, highlights of the convention would be seeing Jeff Parker, Ramona Fradon, and Mark Waid. We had a nice conversation with Jeff Parker who said he would have loved to have written more issues of Aquaman and he had several more stories in mind for that character.

Our two favorite comic artists are Mike Grell and Ron Randall and having both of them at the convention certainly made this a great event for us. Both are extremely nice and we've had the opportunity to become acquainted with both of them in recent years. In fact, Ruth was surprised one day at the convention when browsing on her own to hear a voice say "Where's your old man?" It was Mike Grell who had recognized her in the crowd and came over just to say hello and chat for a few minutes.


The cosplayers were once again amazing this year. People of all ages dressed as their favorite characters. Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, and Batman were popular heroes. We were pleased to see several Agent Carters along with terrific Green Arrow and Black Canary cosplayers. There were also amazing robots from Lost in Space and Forbidden Planet.


There was fun for everyone at this convention including panels, art workshops, costume contests, vendor tables, and excellent guests. If you ever get a chance to attend, we highly recommend it. And if it is too far away, look for a local convention near you and see what fun you can have.



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