“Hulk Smash Puny iPhone" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #63

2014-09-08 16.50.48
2014-09-08 16.50.48

Gotham is the most pirated show, people wont stop sitting on their iPhones, and we tweak a previous segment to make it even...geekier?  How is that possible?  You'll just have to listen and find out!

If you'd like to comment or contribute to the show, send us an email at feedback@ocdcast.com.  You can also talk to us online, I'm @ChrisTheProf on twitter and Philip is @Philip_OCD.  You can also follow us on facebook at facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder.  The background music in this episode was composed by Andrew Allen and can be found on his CD's "Free Play" and "Smooth Federation" - thanks for letting us play them on the show!  Check out ocdcast.com for other great stuff, including my tabletop gaming podcast "Boards & Swords".

“The Adventures of Action Figure Philip" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #62

2014-09-28 20.58.31
2014-09-28 20.58.31

Philip's got himself a "mini-me", Gotham smells too much like Batman, and we bring back a favorite segment this week on OCD!

- Dumb Crime Links

Fugitive Desma KaShay Brown Hides In Oven http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/23/desma-kashay-brown-hides-oven_n_5867604.html?utm_hp_ref=dumb-criminals

Robbery Suspect John Fecteau Tells Police Stabbing People ‘Better Than Doing Meth' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/24/john-fecteau-stabbing-better-than-meth_n_5875670.html?utm_hp_ref=dumb-criminals

Suspect In 100 MPH Chase Says Her Foot Got Stuck On Gas Pedal http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/23/star-shields-williams_n_5870210.html?utm_hp_ref=dumb-criminals

If you'd like to comment or contribute to the show, send us an email at feedback@ocdcast.com.  You can also talk to us online, I'm @ChrisTheProf on twitter and Philip is @Philip_OCD.  You can also follow us on facebook at facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder.  The background music in this episode was composed by Andrew Allen and can be found on his CD's "Free Play" and "Smooth Federation" - thanks for letting us play them on the show!  Check out ocdcast.com for other great stuff, including my tabletop gaming podcast "Boards & Swords".

"Got That Ice Cold Water...Just For A Dollar" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #60

2014-09-07 10.31.50
2014-09-07 10.31.50

We're back from Baltimore Comic Con!  We've got lots of stories and things to talk about - especially since the interviews we recorded while at the show got lost!  But it's okay, we still talk about the people we talked to and the things we saw (or didn't want to see).  Not to mention we finish off the show with a new Letter from a Douchebag Editor! Runners -

http://www.runnersuniverse.com

First Law of Mad Science -

http://www.firstlawofmadscience.com

Team Genesis -

http://www.farcornersstudios.com

Stronghold -

http://twitter.com/strongholdcomic

If you'd like to comment or contribute to the show, send us an email at feedback@ocdcast.com.  You can also talk to us online, I'm @ChrisTheProf on twitter and Philip is @Philip_OCD.  You can also follow us on facebook at facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder.  The background music in this episode was composed by Andrew Allen and can be found on his CD's "Free Play" and "Smooth Federation" - thanks for letting us play them on the show!  Check out ocdcast.com for other great stuff, including my tabletop gaming podcast "Boards & Swords".

Connecting With Chloe - Through Action Figures

Many of you who read this blog and follow me on various social media outlets know that I have a 9 year old daughter named Chloe.  Technically, she is my stepdaughter, but in my heart I consider her as if she were my biological daughter.  Over the last 4 years, I've had to learn what it means to be a father (most of the time by what not to do) and find ways to connect with this precious child.  One of the big ways that I have done this is by introducing her to some of my geeky habits.  Over a few posts to be sprinkled throughout the next month or so, I am going to share with you how I've managed to do so.  Most of these were mentioned in my "9 geekiest moments with the Cloverfield" post a few months back, but I want to expand and talk about many of those topics with a bit more depth.  This week, I want to start with something that's become almost a holiday with us: Action Figure Fridays.

One of the many perks of my day job is that I have every other Friday off.  On one of these Fridays a couple of years ago, I decided to surprise Chloe and pick her up from school.  My plan was simply to take her to get milkshakes and spend some quality time together.  On the way there, I was listening to a podcast talking about the most recent toy fair, including the action figures that were presented.  This stuck in my brain as I picked up Chloe and took her to Chick-Fil-A; where we sat down and enjoyed our milkshakes.

Looking over and seeing the Target in the same shopping center, I asked Chloe if she wanted to go take a look at some of the toys at Target.  I told her that I would buy her a doll of her choosing and that I would pick out an action figure for myself.  Not surprisingly, she was all for this plan.  We went to Target and she quickly found a Barbie doll that she wanted.  So we walked over to the action figures and I looked through the Marvel figures that were available.  After awhile, I picked one for myself and we started to walk away.  Suddenly, Chloe stopped me and led me back to the Barbie aisle and set her doll back.

"I have a lot of Barbies," she said, "I want to get an action figure!"

I was touched.  So, we went back and she picked out an action figure for herself.  Then, we went home and opened them together.  We had so much fun that we decided that we wanted to make it a regular occurrence. So we began calling my Fridays off "Action Figure Fridays".  I would pick her up from school, and then we would head to a store for some action figures.  Eventually, we switched from going to shops like Walmart and Target to going to the comic book store to get some of the nicer DC Direct figures.  This worked to my advantage, as I could also pick up my comic books at the same time.  Many of the figures that we picked up during this time we would unbox in front of my webcams and talk about them.  You can still watch all of them over at my YouTube channel.

The regular trips to the comic book shop held for a good long while, but as it got closer to my wedding, money started becoming an issue.  I stopped reading comics regularly and we cut back from buying the expensive action figures.  Nowadays, I still pick her up every other Friday, but what we end up shopping for isn't limited to just action figures.  Some days we will buy some LEGO sets, a couple of times we've gotten Skylanders figures, and on one of the more recent Fridays we bought Magic the Gathering booster packs.  To Chloe, it doesn't really matter what we go get, I think she just enjoys the time we spend together, which works for me too.

So for any other dads or future dads that happen to be geeks: if you want a way to share some of those interests with your kids, find a way to incorporate it into stuff they already like.  Chloe loves going shopping (when it's for her), so by getting her various superhero toys/video games/etc, its has had the side effect of getting her more interested in those things.

Do you have any cool suggestions for things to do with little geeks in training?  Leave them in the comments or send me an email at chris@ocdcast.com.

"Action Figure Friday" - In The Knerd

I had today off, so I decided to treat Chloe (my video game buddy) by picking her up for school and taking her to get milkshakes at Chick-fil-a. While I was there, I got the idea that we could head over to the Target that was in the same parking lot and go shopping. I figured we'd both pick up dolls/action figures, meaning she would pick one and I would get one for myself. I have to admit, this was partly inspired by the episode of the Star Joes podcast I was listening to before picking her up. Read onwards to find out how it went...

As the Star Joes were talking about ToyFair and action figures coming out from Marvel and DC, naturally I went to the Thor section and started looking there. I obviously wanted one of the Thor variants, but I had trouble picking which one to get. There was the Thor with the light up hammer, the one with the sword that turns into the hammer, and then this one--the one I ended up picking. I like it because it has more of a "classic" Thor costume and yet has the additional weaponry.

I took it home and opened it up to put together all the pieces. It could be just me, but I could have sworn that back when I was a kid action figures were made a lot better than they are now. It just seemed like all the "stuff" didn't seem to fit together just right, and if it did once you moved the figure at all, everything fell off of it. Oh well, must be just a sign of the economy/times. Anyways, we had so much fun that I'm thinking about making it a regular thing between the two of us on the alternate Fridays that I have off. So, expect me to post up something on Fridays talking about action figures (I'll come up with something cool for the other weeks that we don't go).

Tell me what you think in the comments below.

Oh by the way, Chloe went to the section with the Disney princesses, and picked 2 out (they were on sale). We were about to walk away when she changed her mind and said "I'll get an action figure, I already have lots of dolls.". Looking through all the movie and other figures, she settled on a two pack that had Green Arrow and Prometheus in it (see below).

I'm so proud.....