Podcast Supplemental – Episode 0: Welcome to the Doghouse

The inaugural episode of Strontium Pod is finally up. For those of you who listened, subscribed, and sent feedback, THANK YOU. I promise I will expend every effort to make this show as entertaining as possible. Comments, even harsh criticism laced with a tinge of vitriol, is always much appreciated 😉

For those of you who haven’t listened in yet, the show can be found at the following links on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, and a host of other podcatchers. I’m still waiting on Google Play and Youtube, but the SP podcast should be on there in the near future as well.

During Episode 0 I gave a rundown of my Science Fiction origin story, and I would again encourage all you muties to send in yours as well, so that I can feature them on the show. Starting a new podcast is all about building a community of listeners, and the best way to do that is to share what we love, and how we got on that path of scifi fandom. Who knows? You might even meet some new friends along the way, maybe even a time-traveling Viking or two.

Please send your responses to strontiumpod@gmail.com or DM them to me on Twitter @StrontiumPod. I’m looking forward to hearing from you, no matter how many limbs you have, how irradiated your DNA might be, or whether you supported the Kreelman Act…

Alright, I take that last one back. I draw the line at Kreelers!

SCUM!

As promised, here are some images from the story I discussed on the episode, entitled THE BEAST OF MILTON KEYNES, as it appeared in the 1986 2000AD Annual.

Script Robot: ALAN GRANT

Art Robot: CARLOS EZQUERRA

Lettering Robot: GORDON ROBSON

An absolutely fantastic cover by MASSIMO BENARDINELLI. Dredd, Rogue Trooper, the crew from ACE Trucking, and of course, my main man Johnny are masterfully depicted.
Wrap your peepers around these weirdos, as we are introduced to THE DOGHOUSE.
Hunting down one of your own kind is never a pretty affair, but Johnny handles it diplomatically… with a BLASTER.
No respect for property, John? Apparently blowing up a street could only be an improvement in a hovel like 22nd Century Milton Keynes.
Witness Johnny using his APLHA EYES to pick a man’s soul clean. Chilling!
Johnny doing Beast a favor BY KILLING HIM. Naw, not really. A satisfying ending, wouldn’t you say?

And that’s it. I hope you all enjoyed listening and reading along with me on Episode 0 of STRONTIUM POD. Look out for more posts in the near future, and come on back for EPISODE 1, available December 18!

Until then, I’ll catch you in the Doghouse. Stay safe, muties.

Manifesto

I truly feel that there aren’t enough blogs and podcasts specifically talking about science fiction comic books these days. Sure, you have your superhero sites, your blogs and podcasts devoted to indie comics and Britain’s scifi publications, and I do enjoy sampling them. Comics is a medium rife with genre, much like any other entertainment medium, so of course science fiction is one of the driving forces behind most of the stories and art. In fact, it’s become damn near ubiquitous. And unless it’s pure fantasy or going for full-on realism, almost every comic book story out there has some element of science fiction or at least ‘weird science’ in it. Yet, in spite of all this, I still have a hard time tracking down sites devoted purely to science fiction comics.

Well, that is about to change.

Starting in December 2020 the Strontium Pod blog and podcast will feature some of the best science fiction comic books out there. Everything from the old EC Comics’ Weird Science stories to modern day Image Comics’ heavyweight titles will fall under our umbrella. Even though we’ll be leaning heavily towards 2000AD and their character Johnny Alpha, aka Strontium Dog (who inspired the creation of the blog), each episode and article will endeavor to cater to everyone’s scifi tastes. Here are just a few of the comics that I’ll be looking at in 2021:

And then there’s the podcast. I’ve been wanting to do one devoted to science fiction for a while now, but all my recent attempts have crashed and burned. I finally decided on a format that would be acceptable to me as a podcast provider, editor, and comic reader – that is to say, something that I can keep coming back to without getting bored.

And the result was Strontium Pod: A Science Fiction Comic Book Podcast.

Taking my favorite SF character and using him as a kind of central hub around which all science fiction comic book tales can revolve, I managed to simultaneously quench my desire to talk Strontium Dog with my other need to discuss science fiction comics in a larger context. Hopefully the two will coalesce and produce something fans of Johhny Alpha, 2000AD, and comic books from other publishers will latch onto. Well, I can only hope at this point. We’ll have to wait and see.

I’ll also feature the odd review of a movie or TV series I particularly like on the blog and the podcast, just to shake things up a little now and then. In this way I’ll be able to keep the content coming without feeling like it’s becoming too much of an effort. I’m a fickle person when it comes to the science fiction that I’m into at any given time, and I need to follow my whims or risk being untrue to myself. But that’s why I chose Strontium Dog and 2000AD as the lynchpins. I NEVER seem to tire of them.

So… comics, movies, TV shows, SF novels… what more could I ask for? These things are what I love, and these things are what you’ll get. That is IF you decide to join me on a mission to boldly go into the badlands of blogdom, possibly where no blog or podcast has ever gone before (probably because of all the Strontium-90 fallout).

Thanks for taking the time to visit the Strontium Pod blog.

See you in the Doghouse, muties.