WFTM Podcast 17.1: Just the Books Please

It’s our very first split podcast! This week in books and comics, we’ve been reading the first volume of Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman¸Three Days in April by Edward Ashton and discussing banned books, Moon Night and a return of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories written by Ann M. Martin. Join Leslie and Fernando as they geek out about books and comics!

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So what’s in Episode 17.1?

Where we just talk about books and comics!

News:

Ann M Martin is going to write a new Mrs. Piggle Wiggle story!

Moon Knight is coming back in 2016

It’s Banned Book Week!

What We’re Reading:

Three Days in April by Edward Ashton

Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang (spoilers starting 32.07)

What We’re Reading This Week:

Fernando: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden and Robot Uprisings

Leslie: Uprooted by Naomi Novak and Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer 

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Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

WFTM Podcast Episode 16: Riding in a R2-D2 Plane

In this week’s episode, Leslie and Fernando discuss changing the format of the podcast before reviewing all the things they’ve watched and the things that have been read, including the final volumes of Brian Azzarello’s run on Wonder Woman, the film version of The Scorch Trials, Doctor Who’s return, Typhoid Mary and much more.

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We’re now on Stitcher as well!! If Stitcher is your chosen app of podcasting choice, listen to the Working for the Mandroid podcast here

So what’s in Episode 16?

We’re changing the format of the show starting next week. Instead of one really long episode, there will be two more reasonably length episodes – one about books and comics at the first part of the week and a second about movies and television towards the end of the week. This way if you’re only interested in one subject or the other, you don’t have to search through an hour+ of us yammering to hear what you care about!

News:

Japanese Airline Debuts Star Wars Planes!

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The Martian Premieres on the International Space Station to Real Astronauts

What We’re Watching:

We finished season 1 of Empire

We grumble a bit about the first episode of season 9 of Doctor Who, “The Magician’s Apprentice”

Mix Feelings on Best Night Ever with Neil Patrick Harris

Was there anything surprising about the Emmy awards this year?

Should you see The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials?

What We’re Reading:

Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Wonder Woman Volume 5: Flesh & Volume 6: Bones by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang

Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

What We Predict For the Next Week:

Fernando: Still playing a lot of Madden and looking forward to television starting back up again. (Leslie predicts this is his prediction for the next few weeks)

Leslie: New shows! Also reading Uprooted by Naomi Novak and Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer 

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Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

 

WFTM Podcast Episode 15: The Television Engine

Leslie and Fernando discuss the start of binge watching Empire and Black-ish, the lackluster summer of movies, what they’re looking forward to this fall on the big and small screens, the third volume of Lazarus, the steampunk werewolf hunters of The Shadow Revolution, and much more.

Download it from the iTunes store here!

We’re now on Stitcher as well!! If Stitcher is your chosen app of podcasting choice, listen to the Working for the Mandroid podcast here

So what’s in Episode 15?

News:

Netflix announced the November 20 as the release date of Jessica Jones and put out a teaser trailer

DARPA released some information about a robotic prosthetic arm that provides sensation and it’s awesome!

Funko announced the Smuggler’s Bounty Star Wars subscription box!

What We’re Watching:

We started binge watching Empire and Black-ish

A look back at the movies we enjoyed this summer and the ones we’re looking forward to this fall

What new and returning shows we’re looking forward to as the fall TV season starts back up next week (and Leslie learns she’s the engine driving most of their television watching)

What We’re Reading:

Lazarus Volume 3: Conclave by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

We Can Fix It by Jess Fink

Little Robot by Ben Hatke (enter to win a copy here!)

The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith

What We Predict For the Next Week:

Fernando: Still playing a lot of Madden and looking forward to television starting back up again.

Leslie: They’ll finish up Empire and enjoy it. She’ll finish up Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson and it will end in a cliffhanger that will drive her bonkers. Scorch Trials the movie will be in their viewing future.

Author Blog Tour: Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Welcome to the Working for the Mandroid stop of Ben Hatke's blog tour for Little Robot! A million thank yous to First Second and Macmillan for having me on this tour to celebrate this gorgeous and captivating graphic novel/picture book. We love robots here at Working for the Mandroid, so Little Robot was right up our alley. Below you will find my review and hang around to the end to enter to win your very own copy of Little Robot. To see the entire blog tour lineup, check out Macmillan's website here.

Little Robot
Ben Hatke

First Second
I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
Released September 1, 2015
Graphic Novel | Children's Book | Robots!

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When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad robots are coming to collect the little guy for nefarious purposes, and it's all up to a five-year-old armed only with a wrench and a fierce loyalty to her mechanical friend to save the day!

#1 New York Times Bestselling author Ben Hatke brings his signature sweetness to a simple, moving story about friendship and overcoming fears that will appeal to readers of all ages

This book, you guys! This book! It broke my heart and pieced it back together again in the 25 minutes it took me to slowly read through it. Then I spent another 20 minutes flipping to my favorite panels to stare at the captivating and colorful illustrations while I got lost in this world of robots and friendship. Little Robot is the epitome of making a picture book for children that is as emotionally impactful and enjoyable for adults.

We follow our protagonist, a little girl who is seemingly isolated through much of the day as she goes on an adventure. She’s very curious, highly imaginative and very smart. She travels through the lands around her house, poking at animals and exploring. She finds a tool belt and a box that’s washed up on the shore of a river. Inside is the most adorable robot ever. Through the course of 134 pages of beautiful illustrations, she and her new robot fan discover the power of friendship, the pain of betrayal and the gratitude of forgiveness and compassion.

All with maybe 30 words and assorted robotic sound effects in total in this book. It’s a stunning piece of art that is perfectly executed and makes me ridiculously giddy to witness. Our protagonist is a little girl of color who can fix and build machines. She is made of compassion and love, and our new little robot friend is the perfect receptacle as she teaches it how to walk, the joy (and fear) of cats, and what it means to be a true friend. I love how smart and capable this nameless girl is, and how awkward and scared she is when it comes to other human children. She overcomes fear to save her friend and her friendship helps create more helpful robots along the way.

Little Robot is an imaginative and colorful adventure. I can’t wait to share this book with my niece and nephew. This would be a great book for someone just on the cusp of learning to read or any child that loves colorful pictures with the imagination to tell themselves a story. Ben Hatke has create something beautiful and fulfilling with Little Robot and I hope every child (and their parents!) gets a chance to experience it.

About the Author

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times-bestselling Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel trilogy and the picture book Julia's House for Lost Creatures. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters. When not writing or drawing he jumps around a lot, practices archery, and sometimes breathes fire. Ben posts stories, art, and comics online at BenHatke.com.

Find Ben on: 

Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

 

Sound like something you'd love to? Enter in the Rafflecopter below to enter a copy for yourself! The contest will run until midnight on September 24 and the winner must have a US shipping address. Good luck!


WFTM Podcast Episode 14: There Be Spoilers Ahead!

SPOILERS! So many spoilers! For Mr. Robot (41:00-58:30) and Falling Skies (17:08-29:00) and maybe even The Whispers (29:44-36:44) if anyone even cares. Leslie also spoils Gotham Academy Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy (1:09:41-1:13:37) and the end of The Maze Runner by way of talking about The Scorch Trials. Spoilers, spoilers all over the place! Fernando and Leslie also talk about the first trailer for The 5th Wave film adaptation, a sneak peek at Hemlock Grove, exciting renewal news and Star Wars casting, and much more.

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We’re now on Stitcher as well!! If Stitcher is your chosen app of podcasting choice, listen to the Working for the Mandroid podcast here

So what’s in Episode 14?

News:

Check out the first trailer for the film adaptation of The 5th Wave

Syfy Saves the Day! Renews Killjoys and Dark Matter for Second Seasons

Rumors say that three lovely ladies are up for a leading role in Star Wars Episode 8 – We vote Tatiana Maslany!

What We’re Watching:

Falling Skies is over and we have thoughts

The Whispers is over and Fernando is happy to say goodbye

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Mr. Robot is over and we loved every minute

What We’re Reading:

Gotham Academy Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher & Karl Kerschl (spoilers 1:09:41-1:13:37)

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

What We Predict For the Next Week:

Fernando: He’s going to be playing a lot of Madden 2016 and reading The Shadow Revolution by Susan and Clay Griffith

Leslie: She will be reading Lazarus volume 3, Little Robot for blog tour on Thursday, watching a lot of X-Files and Parks & Rec, maybe finally watch Boyhood finally


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Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

WFTM Podcast Episode 13: Because Boomerangs!

Due to a scheduling conflict, Leslie and Fernando recorded Episode 13 a day earlier than usual. They attempt to describe the first photos from American Horror Story: Hotel, discuss the finales of Syfy’s Defiance and Dark Matter, the start of CW Seed’s animated Vixen, whether episode 2 of Documentary Now changed Fernando’s mind about the series, being stuck in a dome for a year because of Mars, the first volume of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye (Because Boomerangs!), and much more.

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So what’s in Episode 13?

News:

First Pictures from American Horror Story: Hotel

Six People Were Just Sealed Into a Dome for a Year Because Mars.

First Image of Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed Movie

Straight Outta Compton wins 3 straight week at box office:

What We’re Watching:

Documentary Now episode 2 – have Fernando’s feelings changed?

Dark Matter

Defiance

Vixen Episode 1

What We’re Reading:

Hawkeye Volume 1 by Matt Fraction and David Aja

School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough

What We Predict For the Next Week:

Fernando: He will love the season finale for Mr. Robot

Leslie: She will also love the season finale for Mr. Robot, love Gotham Academy Volume 1 by Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher), and be driven notes by the slang in The Scorch Trials by James Dashner


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Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

Review: Lazarus Volume 1: Family & Volume 2: Lift by Greg Rucka & Michael Lark

Lazarus Volume 1: Family
By Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

Image Comics
Released October 9, 2013
106 pages
Comics / Dystopia / Badass Ladies

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Eisner-winning team of Rucka and Lark's critically acclaimed new series about Forever Carlyle, the Lazarus of the Carlyle Family. 

In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family's holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever's day goes downhill from there...

Collects LAZARUS #1-4 and previously only-available-online, four-page short, "Family: Prelude.”

Lazarus Volume 2: Lift
By Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

Image Comics
Released June 24, 2014
106 pages
Comics / Dystopia / Badass Ladies

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Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indie Bound

While Forever keeps watch on her sister Johanna, she finds hints of rebellion brewing in LA. 

At the same time, the Barrets, a family of "Waste," lose their home and land, and must pursue their only chance for a better life - a 500-mile journey to Denver in the hope that one of their family will be noticed by the Carlyles and "lifted" to Serf status. 

Collecting LAZARUS #5-9

I think Greg Rucka is solely responsible for getting me into comics as an adult, particularly superhero comics. I’d heard awesome things about his short run on Batwoman and took a chance. I adored it, not only for the badass action, but the subtle character moments that made Kate Kane a human besides a crazy vigilante. Also JH Williams III’s art was beyond mesmerizing. So I picked up some more comics. Some were hits, but many were misses, especially the ones revolving around a female protagonist.

But I could also go back to Greg Rucka and trust that he would make fully formed women, whether it be in Queen & Country or Lady Sabre & the Pirates of Ineffable Aether or something else. So I was really happy when our local comic book club picked a series of his I hadn’t ever read because it was still an on-going title and a fairly young one at that.

Lazarus takes place in a dystopian future where the world has been carved out amongst all-powerful families. These families control the world’s resources – money, food, transportation, the ability to better yourself in the world, everything. Each of the ruling families has a Lazarus, someone of the family who has been given genetic modifications to become the protector and bodyguard, maintaining the family’s security and power. Forever is the Lazarus of the Carlyle family, who controls all the land west of the Mississippi River and possibly the country’s food supplies.

Volume 1, titled Family, introduces use to Forever and her family of conniving siblings and her father. Forever is a strong woman, able to take on gangs of men in hand to hand combat, while also having a tactian’s head on her shoulders. She’s also near immortal, capable from recovering quickly from gunshot wounds and what would otherwise be mortal wounds. When her family’s seed storage is attacked, she’s tasked by her father to get to the bottom of it and make a deal to prevent future attacks, while some of her siblings have nefarious plans of their own.

The second volume, Lift, brings in a concurrent story line regarding a Waste family – poor farmers in the Midwest who lose everything to flooding. They travel hundreds of miles to attend a Lift ceremony hosted by the Carlyle family in hopes their children can obtain a better station in life. Meanwhile Forever is facing challenges to the family’s honor from the inside and out.

Michael Lark’s art brought the story to life for me. There’s entire spreads of fight sequences with no dialogue and no pesky sound effects. Rather than be lifeless, this lack of cheesy “Smacks”, “Kablaams” and “Whomps” made the images flow more freely for me, turning these sequences into silent movies in my head. It’s not often I read an action comic where I can read it so quickly because the words and the art merge so seamlessly into one another.

The world building Lazarus is a bit sparse in these first two volumes, though a lot of extra material seems to be in the omnibus version, including a time line of how the world got this way. I hope to see that additional information built into future volumes though because it’s an interest political situation that Rucka has created that could have rich story telling through flashbacks. Meanwhile the plot of these two volumes zips by and makes me want more. The characters are compelling, though some of the Carlyle children are a bit difficult to tell apart (though possibly on purpose).

Forever is a badass, but flashbacks to her childhood add great depth and emotion to her as a person. She’s not an adroit killing machine, despite implications that she might not be completely biologically created. In a short time, she feels fully formed, but still with a lot of mystery to who she truly is. Some of her decisions seem a little strange, but I have confidence that Rucka has his reasons rather than just for convenience of plot.

Lazarus is a definite winner for anyone that enjoys comics about women who are three dimension with emotions while still kicking ass. These first two volumes are quick reads with intriguing characters and I definitely look forward to reading more about them and this brutal world that they live in.