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.

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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 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 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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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 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 8: Sense8, They Came Together, Baymax Mattress, Short Stories & More

In episode 8, Leslie is a little tipsy on Summer Honey Cider, but she and Fernando discuss their feelings about Sense8, the weird Paul Rudd/Amy Poehler comedy They Came Together, some short stories from Clarkesworld Magazine’s podcast and Tor.com, the Baymax mattress, and more. Make sure to enter to win a bunch of SDCC swag, books and t-shirts by tweeting with the hashtag #wftmpodcast or entering through the Rafflecopter form at below!

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 8?

News:

All Leslie’s Dreams Have Come True! The Baymax Mattress!

Writers Have Been Announced For the New Spider-Man Movie & They Discuss The Tone for the Next Film

What We’re Watching:

We Finished Sense8 – really mild, vague spoilers

They Came Together

What Leslie’s Reading:

We started A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year by Kris Millering (short audio story)

Asymptotic by Andy Dudak (short audio story)

Clarkesworld Magazine podcast

Four Horsemen, at Their Leisure by Richard Parks (short Tor.com original)

We’re Still Hosting a Contest to Win SDCC Swag, Books & T-Shirts!

What’s Making Us Happy:

Fernando: The Strain season 2

Leslie: Angry Orchard Summer Honey Cider and So You Think You Can Dance


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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

Random Tuesday: Shawn Yap's Art, Funko Takes My Money, Free Stories Online & More

I had a bad day at work today, so I went on a hunt for awesome art to cheer me up. The images scattered throughout this week's Random Tuesday are by Shawn Yap and you can see even more of his awesomeness at his DeviantArt account.

James Hubb has a great compilation of all the 2014 Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards that you can read online for free. There's hours of enjoyment at that link.

The Huffington Post found three faerie tales that Disney would have a very difficult time turning into movies. What other faerie tales would be difficult to spin into a happily-ever-after story?

Make sure you're in a well-lit room before clicking on this next link. These amazing examples of cos-play and special effects makeup are incredible and really creepy.

I've never read any Flash comics, so it's interesting to see this list from io9 of the things from the comics the upcoming Flash television show should avoid.

The Television Critics Association named Gotham the most promising new show of the Fall 2014 season. I'm going to second that and hope Fox doesn't cancel it just because I like it. They seem to do that a lot.

Marvel had some drama over the last couple of weeks due to a really bad variant cover for their up-coming relaunch of Spider-Woman. After the drama that came with that contriversy and considering how visually tone deaf DC can be, I'm glad to see these Darwyn Cooke variants for their female comic lines coming out in December.

Funko really needs to stop announcing new Pops. They already get too much of my money. Here's their new Hobbit line.

There will also be a Lady Sif Pop soon. I needs it.

I need a new bathing suit for a trip. Something tells me these superhero costume bathing suits will be outside my price range, but it's nice dreaming.

We just finished listing to the radio play adaptation of Neverwhere with James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch, among many other awesome British actors. Now I find that Good Omens is getting a radio adaptation and that MERLIN is going to be in it. I'm excited!

And finally - A Harley Queen hoodie that belongs in my closet.

http://www.themarysue.com/funko-smaug/

Random Tuesday Returns and Everything Is Awesome (Except for Mean Comic Book Workers)

Is it possible? Has Random Tuesday finally returned? Are you about to get a face full of random things? Why, yes, you are. But first, have an ear worm.

You're welcome.

Noelle Stevenson, aka Gingerhaze, is one of my favorite fan artists, except now she's not just a fan artist, but a real comic creator. She created a short comic yesterday about her time visiting a comic book store that didn't go so well. Luckily we're priviledged to have Austin Books & Comics within a short drive, a comic book store staffed with incredibly generous and knowledgable staff of men and women. I have, however, had less pleasant experiences at other shops in the area, occassionally feeling like I was an alien that had stumbled upon a hidden secret planet where I DID NOT BELONG.

Of course said comic then led to some priviledged asshats coming out of the dark cobwebbed areas of the internet to be even more priviledged and more asshatty (totally a word). The formatting on that Tumblr post is a little messed up, so it's difficult to find where the writer changes, but it doesn't really matter.

So yes, drama on the internet. That's new. If you're looking for a female-friendly comic book store in your area, this Tumblr called Hater Free Wednesdays has a list of shops to check out.

But this isn't random enough. We NEED MORE RANDOM!

io9 has a sneak peak of a Game of Thrones art show that's going to be in Seattle in March. You can several of the GOT inspired pieces here.

Speaking of GOT exhibits, there is a HBO sponsored exhibit of pieces from the show going to several places around the global, including our hometown of Austin. Fernando is excited, but I have no idea how this is going to work with South by Southwest happening at the same time. Bets on if Ned's head will be included?

Between his Facebook and Twitter, Stephen Amell is quickly becoming my new favorite celebrity. I mean, seriously, this guy...

 

 

 

Marissa Meyer released a short story based on The Little Mermaid to celebrate the release of Cress, her third book in the Lunar Chronicles series. If you haven't read these books yet, stop what you're doing and go get them.

Lots of people are getting cast for the Flash pilot. I can't even begin to explain how excited about this series and have all my fingers and toes crossed that it happens. (found via TheMarySue.com)

Speaking of possible new television series, a lot of people are getting cast for Gotham as well. I have no idea how this is going to be a television show, but I'm game. (found via EW.com)

And finally, have steampunk Batgirl by Mahmud Asrar. You can find more of his work at his Deviant Art profile.

Mini Review: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Midwinterblood
Marcus Sedgwick

Roaring Brook Press
I received an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Released February 5, 2013
272 pages
Literary Fiction / Short Stories / Supernatural

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Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined—this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice.

An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood? From award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick comes a book about passion and preservation and ultimately an exploration of the bounds of love.

This was a really interesting book that was nothing like I expected. It’s a series of seven short stories all intersecting by way of a mysterious island full of mystery and hidden history. It’s like Lost except without a weird science cult or smoke monster or bear cages or… okay, it’s nothing like Lost. It’s a story told over centuries beginning with the a short told in the near future of a journalist who goes to Blessed Island in search of a story about immortality only for his trip to go terribly wrong.

Nothing worked how I expected it to. The two main characters reappeared in story after story with different familiar relationships and dynamics that are unexpected yet oddly similar. Even as background characters in the story of an archeological dig, the two main characters have a heavy presence in each story. The short stories progressively go back through World War II, Viking days and even further back in time, introducing new types of characters and oddly supernatural elements.

This reads like literary fiction with the occasional paranormal twist. It flows like it’s meant to be read out loud with phrases often coming off as lyrical and flowing. It reminded me of short stories like Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery that you know is horribly twisted, but can seem fairly innocuous on the surface all while being written in a manner that leaves you slightly unsettled in its beauty. Overall Midwinterblood is beautifully written and an incredibly quick read that’s worth a visit even for those who may not enjoy short stories or literary fiction otherwise.

 

I received an advanced copy of this book from Macmillan in return for an honest review. Thanks Macmillan!