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The Wednesday Waffle: Issue Twenty Two - What a con!

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aaaaaaaand relax. It's been a week since Thought Bubble - unquestionably the best UK Comic Con - announced that they were coming to Harrogate. We haven't actually calmed down yet - and if this week's Waffle is a little late it's because we've been busy hatching some plots and forming some plans for things we're going to do when the con finally starts. Forward planning doesn't come naturally to us, but we're going

The Geeks at the Gates: Episode Thirty One - Shift, The Audiobook

A bit of a departure this week. We'll return to our established format next time, but we're adding something new to the feed. Eventually, we're intending to have two podcasts per week, but for now we're going to alternate. For your listening pleasure, we will be podcasting Regie's Steampunk-esque novel "Shift" - the first two chapters of which are offered here. Click on the image below to go to the download page, or subscribe to The Geeks at the Gates wherever you get your podcasts... Full shownotes, including the text of this week's chapters will be added later today.

The Wednesday Waffle: Issue Twenty One - It's good to talk...

There's a stereotype about geeks in general, and comics fans in particular. We are, popular myth contends, a bunch of loners. Sad, friendless specimins sitting alone with our comics, our table top games and our science experiments. Nothing could be further from the truth. And yes, I know you already know that. The mythic stereotype comes, I suspect, from the fact that back in the day the geeky comics reading types weren't hanging out with the "cool kids", and since the "cool kids" thought their company was the only company worth having we must all be sitting alone in our rooms*. In fact, of course, far from being alone we were all hanging out with each other, because far from being a bunch o

The Geeks at the Gates: Episode Thirty - "Under that mask he's a feisty red-head" Supe

We're late again - Regie will explain the issues in his intro. Long story short, he messed it up and had to do it again. The geeks continue their plan to recruit fictional characters into their Super Teams to protect the weak and vanquish evil - click the image to go to the download page or subscribe to The Geeks at the Gates wherever you get your podcasts. Unless it's Spotify. We're not on there... Steve wanted you to see Seth McFarlane of Family Guy and Orville fame doing Kermit the Frog doing Taken. So follow the link here. And so, the teams. Helen: 1. Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly 2. John Wick 3. Shuri from Black Panther 4. Carol from The Walking Dead 5. Castiel from Supernatural. Steve:

The Wednesday Waffle - Issue Twenty: How did we end up here? An origin story.

A conversation with a customer the other day led to me thinking about how I came to discover comics, and made me realise that my story could be regarded as a it odd. (Which I'm sure shocks everyone...) So I figured I'd tell you how I got to where I am - I'd love to hear your stories too, which is why we have a comments section... If you listen to our podcast The Geeks at the Gates you may recall that as a child comics were not allowed in my house, my parents viewing then as a distraction from "real" books. So I got the occasional Summer Special and Annual as treats on holidays, but comics didn't become a thing in my life until I was about ten, when long running UK comic The Beano hit its 200

The Wednesday Waffle: Issue Nineteen - Putting away childish things. Or, y'know, not.

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." 1 Corinthians 13:11 A long time ago, aged about fifteen, I sat in my school hall while our Deputy Headteacher*, a certain Mr Headly (known to all as "Deadly Headly" - a moniker he had earned over the course of years) read that verse from the Book of Corinthians to us. It was time, he opined, to put away "childish things" and embrace our responsibilities as students about to embark on our G.C.S.E. studies. I remember back then, full of adolescent confidence and sure beyond measure of my ground - in the way only a fifteen year old can be - thinking "Nah"

Geeks at the Gates Episode 29: "An insufficiency of Redheads" - Superteams! Part One

The geeks meet up in a new venue - Regie has a sound engineering nightmare (no joke, apologies for the occasionally poor audio in this episode) and everyone puts together a team of heroes. Click the image of America Chavez (one of the Geek's picks for their team) to go to the download page or search for The Geeks at the Gates wherever you get your podcasts. Regie mentioned Batgirls's "Yellow Doc Martens" costume, as drawn by Babs Tarr, as his preferred itteration of the character. That's because she looks like this: And this is awesome! (He likes the new costume too, which looks like this: which is also awesome, but slightly less awesome - at least in his opinion...)

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