TFCon: Family Photo [UPDATED]

Between the 5 6 of us, there's at least one semi-functioning liver.

UPDATE: PreOrder66 friend and contributor @The_Secretcode doctored up the edition of Johnny Empire


TFCon: In Which We Endeavor To Avoid Scurvy

Conventions are an interesting departure from reality. We are men, and as such we are poor at maintaining our focus on health and wellness. Booze, cigars, sleep deprivation- these are the things that define us, the things that our loved ones back home pray we avoid.

I'm sorry, but this is who we are, this is what we want to be and now we have gathered in large numbers. Don't worry, we got limes. The robots will be safe from scurvy.


Ichabod talks:

Godzilla 2014, or "Why its ok to stop fearing, and embrace giant radioactive nuclear change"




i.e. Jelly Beans
Recorded 07.10.2013

When you're properly BUZZED, the STAR-SPANGLED LUCHADOR will appear. It's Sideshow66 as the team tackles the pre-SDCC reveals from Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys. Sideshow's throwing in the towel. Hot Toys is JOR company of choice. The puns just get worse, people.



Look at me. Hey, I'm talking to YOU! You fucking see PACIFIC RIM yet? No? Alright (clenches fist) ... fix that right the fuck now.
Bro66 Screening of PACIFIC FUCKING RIM ©2013 Tekcorps (aka Sprocket)
As for the rest of you, the good citizens who organized your lives properly to see this film within the last few days, I thank you. You have all reaffirmed my faith in humanity. Not because you love good cinema, nor for the fact that you care about the kaiju genre. These are all important things, no doubt, and I do not wish to sweep them aside here. However, there's a more important factor underlying your willingness to "cancel the Apocalypse." You have all rejected the pile of smoldering trash that is Adam Sandler and his film GROWN UPS 2. Not everyone in my office is as virtuous as you good ladies and lads.

AHHHHHHHHHHHH GOD!!!! Why do you challenge my soul with these... (Daniel Plainview vein-pulsing forehead).... people? I sit here in my office and with my door closed I can hear the muffled stupidity of co-workers droning on about their weekends. "How was your weekend?" "Oh, it's so hot out!" "I like mashed potatoes." "Oh thank you, I just got it cut." "I just saw Grown Ups 2! I LOVED IT!" AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH NONONONONONONONO!!!!!


My Journey Into The World of Transformers Comics

For many many months, my friends on this show have been telling me (gently, because who am I to listen to anyone, right?) to check out some of IDW's Transformers comics. The first series they suggested was "Last Stand of the Wreckers" which I gave a preliminary read last year. Without enough context, I didn't get far in my first attempt. I could tell the book was good, however, I wasn't "in the mood" for a good book, apparently.

Flash-forward to last weekend. A hot, miserable string of days forced me to stay indoors. I got a little stir crazy, I felt the need to distract myself with something new. Bring forth the comics! This time, I asked some of you on Twitter to steer me in the right direction. All of you bastages agreed on one single title- "More Than Meets The Eye" ("MTMTE"). When the heck do you guys agree on anything unanimously?

So, into the world of James Roberts' loving treatment of the Transformers I went, and I'm completely going to re-read all of these issues again and again. My single biggest reaction to MTMTE was an absence of something I've run into with past TF books- that it wasn't trying too hard.  The book breezily switches between comedy, politics, distinct character work, forbidden romance and terror. I never doubted Transformers could be this great, I just never actually saw anyone pull it off!  I feel like this is Francis Ford Coppola's "Transformers" taking place- operatic but extremely intimate. I kiss your pinky ring, James Roberts! I kiss it like Rewind kisses Chromedome in his dreams!

After plowing through MTMTE, I went back to "Last Stand of the Wreckers" and this time I had no problems getting through the 5 issue mini-series. In fact, to anyone who hasn't read any of these books, I recommend starting with MTMTE and then go back to read "Last Stand"- Roberts plays a lot with flashbacks in MTMTE anyway, and the political backstory of Cybertron is fully fleshed out in MTMTE, where it is lightly referenced in "Last Stand"- making MTMTE the better foundation for the backstory in my opinion.

My favorite character from MTMTE? Geez, not an easy call. I love Tailgate and Whirl because they're the most "off" of the group. Cyclonus is fantastic too- the most morally consistent of all the characters, ironically.  I'm sure other characters will take over my top spot as this book develops. When I see James Roberts at TFCon, I'm buying him something alcohol-related.

Grazie, Don Roberts.



Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been receiving quite a bit of (deserved) love on the show lately, originally sparked by Deefuzz and special guest star, Tina, engaging in an amusing chat about the franchise back on episode 39.

The 3DS title has since released, and Secretcode–Preorder66 superfan and mad genius–has created the ultimate in high-end clothing for your term as mayor.

Find out how your character can get some swag after the jump. 

Inside the box with Ichabod presents:

S.H. Figuarts War Machine from Tamashii nations

All guns and guns and missiles and guns.