It's the Year of the Bastard, and everybody knows it.

Welcome to Year of the Bastard, one of a pair of new ECV features that will also serve as their own stand-alone spinoff podcasts so that people who want to get really granular about specific things can either listen here with all their other ECV content, or they can get it on their own by subscribing to a second feed. 

Year of the Bastard will be Russ Burlingame and a rotating cast of guests (including but not limited to Zach D. Roberts and Logan Bretschneider of Emerald City Video) doing an in-depth re-read and analysis of Transmetropolitan, the great Vertigo/Helix series from Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. One or two issues a week, we will be breaking down Transmet and looking at its fascinating and often horrifying parallels to the world today.

You can find us (and a number of other awesome podcasts) on the ACPN family of shows.

The Emerald City Video Podcast is a periodic podcast hosted by entertainment journalist Russ Burlingame, with a rotating cast of hosts who used to work at the Emerald City Video store in East Syracuse, New York. The store was once awarded by the Video Software Dealers of America as the best small video store in the U.S. Though it closed in 2009, the store’s legacy still touches the daily lives of a lot of the people who used to work there, and the Syracuse community as a whole still has a lot of fondness for its memory.

The idea behind the podcast, which launched in 2016, was to bring the discourse you would get at a video store — talking with real humans about your movies, rather than trusting in an algorithm — back to…well, if not the world, or even Syracuse, at least to the guys who maybe missed that human connection the most: a bunch of pop culture junky loudmouths who used to run a really cool video store. Over the years, the Emerald City Video banner has flown over a number of themes, including specific episodes about TV series like Riverdale and Psych.

If you like what we’re doing here, you can become a patron of the Emerald City Video Podcast, which comes with fun perks. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also have Instagram and Vero accounts where we share images, photos, memes, and nonsense. You can support us on Patreon, too, and do things like requesting custom episodes and the like.

Be back for more by noon on the fifth day, and please — always remember to rewind your videocassettes.

In this episode, Russ Burlingame talks with Ted Sikora about his new comic, Tap Dance Killer. He is currently crowdfunding the first trade paperback on Kickstarter, which you can check out here and pre-order a copy.

You can find us (and a number of other awesome podcasts) on the ACPN family of shows.

If you like what we're doing here, you can become a patron of the Emerald City Video Podcast, which comes with fun perks. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also have Instagram and Vero accounts where we share images, photos, memes, and nonsense.

Be back for more by noon on the fifth day, and please -- always remember to rewind your videocassettes.

 
 

Introducing In Vitam Mortem: A Deadly Class Podcast, which will bring together hosts from around fandom to talk about both the comics and TV series Deadly Class.

In this first TV episode, Russ Burlingame talks about the Deadly Class pilot in separate segments (we explain why) with Nicole Drum and Nya D. Hemmings.

You can read Russ's review of the pilot for ComicBook.com here: https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/2018/12/19/deadly-class-pilot-review/

Deadly Class will premiere on January 16 on SYFY. A new issue of the comic book series by Rick RemenderWes CraigLee Loughridge, and Rus Wooton will be in stores in January as well.

Russ Burlingame of ComicBook.com has put together a video on comics you should try if you enjoyed Rick Remender and Wes Craig's DEADLY CLASS, curated by Hank Pattison of Golden Age Collectables in Vancouver, BC.

You can follow Russ Burlingame at @RussBurlingame on Twitter. Follow Hank Pattison at @HLHPattison. Follow the Emerald City Video Podcast at @ecv_podcast and the Deadly Class Podcast at @deadlyclasspod.

You can donate to VOKRA and be entered to win cool DEADLY CLASS swag here: https://www.gofundme.com/deadlyclass

NyaNicole, and Russ break down the first issue of Deadly Class, the Image Comics series from writer Rick Remender, artist Wes Craig, colorist Lee Loughridge, and letterer Rus Wooton.

It's a great start for what turned out to be one of Image's best and most original series in years, spawning a TV series that will debut later this week (don't worry, we'll get to that). But how does it age?

That's what we're here to talk about.

You'll have to excuse Russ's clunky walk through the story: he was using a big-ass hardcover book to read from, which is great because it has bonus features but less great because it is unweildy and there is no clear delineation between issues. We promise that won't be a problem next time we talk about the comics.

If you want to pick up a copy of the issue, the best possible way to do it right now is on Humble Bundle, where Remender has put the entire series (35 issues to date) up for sale for a low, low price of $15 USD, and part of the money goes to mental health charities. Check that out here!

If you are excited about the show and feeling like you want to support some of the terrific cast, you can also contribute to VOKRA, a charity that protects stray and feral cats in British Columbia, and qualify to get some amazing Deadly Class items in return, thanks to Siobhan Williams, who plays Brandy. Check that out here

In the latest installment of ECV's SpinnerRack feature, Russ Burlingame is joined by Terry Moore, the acclaimed creator of Strangers in ParadiseEchoRachel Rising, and Motor Girl. Terry's newest series, Five Years, debuts in May and will bring together characters from each of those books in a new adventure to save the world.

You can pre-order the comic at your local comic shop or get more information about it at AbstractStudioComics.com.

You can find us (and a number of other awesome podcasts) on the ACPN family of shows.

If you like what we're doing here, you can become a patron of the Emerald City Video Podcast, which comes with fun perks. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also have Instagram and Vero accounts where we share images, photos, memes, and nonsense.

Be back for more by noon on the fifth day, and please -- always remember to rewind your videocassettes.

 
 

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