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Marvel’s batting average on Netflix has been pretty good so far. Daredevil had many people changing their tune about how Marvel was unable to get its act together on the small screen; Jessica Jones was tremendously well received by fans and critics alike; Luke Cage brought things to a whole new level even if the series fell off a bit in the last few episodes. All that was needed to properly ready fans for The Defenders was the premier of the series featuring the last of the four of them. So last weekend Netflix dropped Iron Fist for binge hungry superhero fans everywhere. Iron Fist was to square off against an adversary that none of the others had to fight though.

The show faced a social controversy over the casting of the lead character long before the first scene was ever shot. When it became clear that the powers that be were not going to change the course of their casting choices, there seemed to be a growing chorus of people who wanted the show to fail no matter what. This was above and beyond the now expected gaggle of critics who these days simply cheers on the idea of “Marvel’s first big bomb” before every new Marvel release. When the flood of negative reviews- some even referencing the casting issue -came in during the week before its release, it created a bit of an issue. Where the reviews completely legitimate or were some of them negative because they wanted to be negative no matter what? Sure, every franchise has to make an inevitable misstep, but was the show truly as bad on so many levels as they were saying or was this in part the tail trying to wag the dog? That was at least one of the things on my mind when I sat down to start watching Iron Fist last Friday.

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Check out some Kong: Skull Island reviews here. Start out with two great crews talking about their takes on the film from two of the best podcasts out there. Then head over to Needless Things and check out my take on the big ape’s newest journey to the big screen.

Plus, give a listen to the other stuff the guys over at the ESO and HNR podcasts are talking about as well. If you’ve never given these podcasts a listen before, you’ll enjoy them both while finding out a lot of cool stuff that’s coming fandom’s way. If you like them, the ESO and HNR podcasts can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, and other fine platforms that carry podcasts as well as streaming on their websites at the links I’ve provided below.

Oh, and check out the Needless Things podcast every Friday at those same platforms and at the same website as my review.

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Thursday hit as one of those rare beast days where my regularly scheduled Needless Things piece dropped at the same time as one of my Gruesome Magazine pieces. Interestingly, they both have roots in Japan. One looks at a classic kaiju film version of an iconic American monster while the other looks at the modern Japanese take on the ravenous undead.

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The 2017 Dragon Con Khan Report Episode 2

February may be the shortest month of the year, but this one was packed with Dragon Con news. Mike, Mike, Darren, Mary Lou Who, Dakoma, Eternal Zan, and Kevin Bachelder discuss everything from the big guest announcements to the details behind the latest host hotel controversy. Plus, we squeeze in a bit of time to reveal what makes a fantastic fan panel and the power of cosplay. No fake-news here, but watch out for falling rumors.

Table of Contents
0:00:00 Show Open, Costuming vs Cosplay
1:14:23 Eternal Zan – Hotel Maddness
1:33:47 Dragon Con Newbies w/ Kevin Bachelder
1:53:18 Show Close

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Check it out on iTunes, Stitcher, or at the following link.

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Originally aired on an Atlanta area radio station, this episode of Seriously, Dan! was recorded back at 2013’s ConCarolinas. It was the first time I was actually invited onto a radio broadcast/podcast as something other than a random caller. It was also the first time I got to meet face to face in and living color (as opposed to Facebook and email) Dan, Ruth, her husband Scott, and a number of other people I now know better and value as parts of my extended convention family and circle of friends.

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I’m going to swing over into the boss’s territory today and cover a little bit of 2017 toy news. It’s a subject I don’t dive into very often, but, hey, it’s LEGO and I’m a LEGO kind of guy. It’s one of the few toys that really had an impact on me as a child, and it’s really the only toyline I still regularly purchase anything from for myself to this day. Plus, I have kids who have become LEGO fans, so I can always excuse the larger purchases to my wife as something for the wee ones to enjoy.

LEGO has over the years gone from a line of exclusively basic, generic building sets to a line filled with original sets and multiple lines of licensed products. You can go out there right now and get yourself a Ghostbuster Firehouse, a Beatles Yellow Submarine, Adventure Time fun, Star Wars action, and even a little Doctor Who adventures in time and space on top of a huge number of original, LEGO owned concept series sets. But, as much as I love some of the other stuff, I have to admit to being a superhero guy, and that’s what I’m going to look at here today.

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