WFTM Podcast 20.1: You're Gonna Need a Lot of Red Crayon

Fernando and Leslie discuss the increase sales of red crayons now that Game of Thrones and Outlander are coloring books, along with some news about Google Books, when it’s weird for a new author to take on another author’s series posthumously, and the next Shadowhunters book cover. The they finish up talking about the robot anthology Robot Uprisings, edited by Daniel H Wilson.

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So what’s in Episode 20.1?

Where we just talk about books and comics!

News:

Federal appeals court deems Google Books project as fair use

Two More Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Books

Lady Midnight cover revealed - next book in the Shadowhunter universe

Game of Thrones and Outlander coloring books coming out next week

What We’re Reading:

Robot Uprising edited by Daniel H Wilson

·       Nanonauts! In Battle with Tiny Death Subs! By Ian McDonald

·       Of Dying Heroes and Deathless Deeds by Robin Wasserman

·       The Robot and the Baby by John McCarthy

·       We Are All Misfit Toys in the Aftermath of the Velveteen War by Seanan McGuire

·       Spider the Artist by Nnedi Okorafor

·       Small Things by Daniel H Wilson

What We’re Reading This Week:

Leslie: I will eventually finish Uprooted by Naomi Novak and move on to Alias by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos

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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 Episode 19.1: Don't Trust a Roomba

Fernando and Leslie talk about some comic book news before delving back into Robot Uprisings and figuring out whether Beautiful Darkness is a book safe for children. Spoiler alert – it really, really is not.

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 19.1?

Where we just talk about books and comics!

News:

Superman Has a New Identity

Howard the Duck & Squirrel Girl Are Getting a Comic Crossover

Captain Marvel Is Getting Her Own YA Prose Novel

What We’re Reading:

Robot Uprising edited by Daniel H Wilson

·       Executable by Hugh Howey

·       The Omnibot Incident by Ernest Cline

·       Epoch by Cory Doctorow

·       Human Intelligence by Jeff Abbott

·       The Golden Hour by Julianna Baggott

·       Sleepover by Alastair Reynolds

·       Seasoning by Alan Dean Foster

Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët

What We’re Reading This Week:

Fernando: Locke & Key audio play and Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

Leslie: Uprooted by Naomi Novak and Alias by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos

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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 18.1: Robots Hate Their Boss, Too

Robots! So many robots! This week Leslie and Fernando discuss some of the short stories from Robot Uprisings along with Last Song Before Night, a potential sequel to the original Civil War comic event, Locke & Key becoming a free audio play, Patrick Rothfuss’ Lionsgate deal, and another bizarre project from Mark Z Danielewski.

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 18.1?

Where we just talk about books and comics!

News:

Locke and Key has been turned into a radio showand it’s currently FREE!

Patrick Rothfuss signs deal to turn The Kingkiller Chronicles into a Movie, a TV Show and a video game

Mark Z Danielewski’s The Familiar - a 12 part serialize book, part 2 comes out on October 27 (read a review of part 1 on NPR here)

New Civil War comic event in Spring 2016?

What We’re Reading:

Robot Uprising edited by Daniel H Wilson

·         Complex God by Scott Sigler

·         Cycles by Charles Wu

·         Lullaby by Anna North

·         Eighty Miles an Hour all the Way to Paradise by Genevieve Valentine

Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Meyer

What We’re Reading This Week:

Fernando: Robot Uprisings

Leslie: Uprooted by Naomi Novak and Robot Uprisings

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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

 

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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Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indie Bound

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

 

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Leslie's Favorite Movies from Summer 2015

I have to admit it. This summer was filled with a number of lackluster movies for me. I’ve become bored by summer blockbusters that don’t provide anything new or interesting to the usual formula. Because of that, we skipped several of the big tent pictures that most people would assume we would see. At the same time, the ones we did see, generally left me unimpressed and wishing I’d spent the time binge watching something on Netflix instead. I’m honestly shocked that this was apparently the second best summer for box office numbers. But there were a few standouts this summer, so here are the top movies I actually enjoyed.

Please note that I’ve had to count April as “summer” just so I could get four for my list.

Ant-Man

I had no expectations for Ant-Man, which could be why I enjoyed it so much opposed to Age of Ultron. Paul Rudd is a charismatic actor, but a movie needs more than that to keep me entertained for two hours. Luckily Ant-Man is full of humor, sight gags and interesting action sequences. Even all the CGI didn’t bother me like it did in Ultron because Paul Rudd’s face was covered. I adored Scott’s relationship with his daughter, his grudgingness to do the wrong thing in order to do what was right and the training sequences. The only thing this movie could have done better was not force the romance between Scott and Evangeline Lily’s Hope van Dyne at the end of the film, which felt forced and unearned. Not every superhero needs to romance his badass leading lady, guys.

Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation

The dialogue is this movie is so stupid and Tom Cruise lacks any depth whatsoever, but this movie is still fun. The stunts are amazing and the scenery is gorgeous. Though I have to admit that this film makes the list because of Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust, who not only can hold her own in a fight, but also takes off her unreasonably high heels before running, climbing or fighting someone. Practicality in a femme fatale is rare and I appreciate it so much. Simon Pegg is delightful as always and Alec Baldwin did some nice scenery chewing too. This thing isn’t going to win any awards, but I didn’t feel like I wasted my time watching it either.

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Pitch Perfect 2

It’s not as good as the first one, and it’s has some seriously problematic stereotypes it leans on for jokes, but I still laughed. The music is great and I imagine the re-watchability of this one will be nearly as high as the original. I have no idea how they’re going to shoe horn a third movie into the series, but I’ll go see it just for more of Anna Kendrick’s Beca being an awkwardly amazing badass.

Ex Machina

Technically it came out in April, but it has been one of the most enjoyable films we’ve seen this year. It’s a quiet, creepy little drama about a boy, his robot and the boy he uses to test his robot until it all falls apart in the end. All the performances from Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander are nuanced and subtle, words rarely used with summer films. This film made me think, kept me captivated and gave me the creeps all at the same time. It really deserved more attention than it received.

The Biggest Disappointment: Age of Ultron

I have a hard time putting my issues with Age of Ultron in words that haven’t been said a million times over. It had way too much crammed into a short amount of time. Subplots of Clint and Natasha to “humanize” them left me cold and often annoyed. Thor’s jaunt into a random supernatural hot tub made absolutely no sense. The twins were little more than cyphers of supernatural abilities. It felt like something tying it all together was curled up on the cutting room floor, and I just left the theatre sad that I didn’t love it like Winter Solider or Guardians of the Galaxy. Maybe after a rewatch, it’ll sit with me better, but this was the first sign to me that the Marvel Universe had gotten too big and too unwieldy to cram all into one movie.

Other big disappointments could have been Mad Max: Fury Road or Jurassic World, but I had no expectations for those and being incredible bored (or car sick in the case of Fury Road) was unsurprising.


Looking through the movies that came out the last few months, the only one I didn’t see but could have possibly rounded out this list to a full five would have been Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I think it looked too YA drama for Fernando to go with me, and it was only playing at our local indie theatre for two or three weeks. I look forward to seeing it when it comes out on DVD.

I’m hoping that this fall and winter will bring far more films worth my time and money. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian and Mockingjay Part 2 still to come later this year, perhaps there will be some more blockbusters worth my time before the year is out. What films did you enjoy this summer and which ones are you looking forward to this fall? Share in the comments!

WFTM Podcast Episode 11: Now With Better Sound!

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It’s the Working for the Mandroid podcast – now with better sound! Hopefully Leslie and Fernando’s voices are a little less squeaky as we discuss the return of John Constantine to television, some of the news from D23, and review Straight Outta Compton and the first season of AMC’s Humans. We also discuss the latest on Leslie’s reading list and a couple of our personal predictions for the upcoming week.

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So what’s in Episode 11?

News:

John Constantine will return to television… On Arrow!

First Look at Baymax in Kingdom Hearts III

Baymax and Sorra versus Nega-Baymax!

Baymax and Sorra versus Nega-Baymax!

Disney Announced a 14 Acre Star Wars Themed Addition to Their Parks

A Producer Talks Potential “Female Centric” League of Extraordinary Men Reboot

What We’re Watching:

Straight Outta Compton

Humans season 1 (spoilers starting around 31:42 through 48:54)

What Leslie’s Reading:

In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Comic Con and the Business of Pop Culture by Rob Salkowitz

Swift, Brutal Retaliation by Meghan McCarron (short story on Tor.com)

What We Predict For the Next Week:

Fernando: He will be obsessed with British soccer

Leslie: She will be bored by Fear the Walking Dead and will fall into a deep hole of wedding planning 

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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 10: Robot Westerns & Fantastic Four Failures

Robot westerns, Fantastic Four fails, baby Ned Stark? It must be time for Episode 10 of the Working for the Mandroid podcast! Leslie and Fernando touch on the latest seasons of The Strain, Halt and Catch Fire and the new Netflix prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp before talking about A Fire Upon the Deep (yes, again) and Judy Blume’s latest. We also hit on some geek news and what’s making us happy this week. And it’s the final week to enter our Comic Con giveaway!

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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 10?

News:

First Teaser Trailer for Westworld – HBO’s New Robot Sci-Fi Western

Fantastic Four Bombs – Will It Continue?

First Look at Jon Bernthal as the Punisher

Game of Thrones Casts a Young Ned Stark and We Try to Figure Out Why

What We’re Watching:

The Strain

Halt and Catch Fire finished season 2

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on Netflix

What We're Reading:

Leslie Finally Finished A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge But Fernando Hasn’t

In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Last Week to Enter to Win SDCC Swag, Books & T-Shirts!

What’s Making Us Happy:

Fernando: Having new artwork to hang up

Leslie: Peppermint white chocolate drinks, adorable Lord Mesa art, and these awesome Winter gloves (despite it currently being 104 degrees outside)!

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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