Thursday, October 31, 2019

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Once upon a time, I used to write this web comic with artist friend Harold Jennett called Variety Smack.

On Halloween the year we launched we did this strip (click strip to enlarge):


I always found it funny - as a kid - that Charlie Brown was given rocks for Halloween. As an adult, it made me both sad and curious.

I mean, what is it about this town that would single out this one child and give him rocks for Halloween?

What is wrong with these adults that they feel the need to punish this poor kid?

What did Charlie Brown do to deserve such treatment?

I don't know that we will ever have that answer. But the strip above takes a guess.

On that same Halloween in 2011, Harold was bitten by the prairie dog of inspiration created the follow, which I have always loved ... and still do.


JAF EP043: DCEASED - THE FULL SERIES




Happy Halloween! In honor of the holiday and to continue the Halloween theme for the week, this is the episode in which I talk about DCeased, the full series, by by Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, James Harren, Stefano Guadiano, Rain Beredo, and Saida Temofonte. Published by DC Comics in May, 2019.

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More stuff:

The theme song used in each episode is Night Drive by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

JAF EP042: RECOMMENDED ZOMBIE READS




It's Halloween Eve and I'd like to spend it telling you about three zombie books that I highly recommend: Plague of the Dead by Z.A. Recht, Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall, and Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher.

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More stuff:

The theme song used in each episode is Night Drive by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

Want to help support the show? You can do that in a number of ways:

First, just spread the word. Tell a friend, tell two friends, tell your father, mother, sister, brother, neighbor, coworker, plumber, and even the guy or girl who cuts your hair.

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Or, if the idea of a monthly payment doesn't appeal to you and you just want to throw the show a one time payment, visit ko-fi.com/steevenrorr and buy Steeven and the show a coffee for as little as $3, but as high as you want to go.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

JAF EP041: LITTLE COOTIE MONSTERS




Halloween Week continues with a talk about two horror comedy zombie movies: Cooties from 2014 starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, and Jack McBrayer. And Little Monsters from 2019 starring Lupita Nyong'o, Alexander England, Kat Stewart, Diesel La Torraca, and Josh Gad

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More stuff:

The theme song used in each episode is Night Drive by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

Want to help support the show? You can do that in a number of ways:

First, just spread the word. Tell a friend, tell two friends, tell your father, mother, sister, brother, neighbor, coworker, plumber, and even the guy or girl who cuts your hair.

Beyond that you can support Steeven and the show for as little as a dollar a month on Patreon: www.patreon.com/steevenrorr

Or, if the idea of a monthly payment doesn't appeal to you and you just want to throw the show a one time payment, visit ko-fi.com/steevenrorr and buy Steeven and the show a coffee for as little as $3, but as high as you want to go.

Here is the address to complain to: feedback@steevenorrelse.com

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Monday, October 28, 2019

JAF EP040: GHOST RIDER #1 (2019)




This is the Halloween themed episode in which I talk about Ghost Rider #1 from Marvel Comics. Published October 16, 2019.

Written by Ed Brisson. Art by Aaron Kuder. Colors by Jason Keith. Letters by VC's Joe Caramagna.

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Mentioned in this episode:

Pre-order my book, Then a Penguin Walked In and Other Tall Tales at penguin.steevenorrelse.com

Check out my blog at steevenrorr.com

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More stuff:

The theme song used in each episode is Night Drive by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

Want to help support the show? You can do that in a number of ways:

First, just spread the word. Tell a friend, tell two friends, tell your father, mother, sister, brother, neighbor, coworker, plumber, and even the guy or girl who cuts your hair.

Beyond that you can support Steeven and the show for as little as a dollar a month on Patreon: www.patreon.com/steevenrorr

Or, if the idea of a monthly payment doesn't appeal to you and you just want to throw the show a one time payment, visit ko-fi.com/steevenrorr and buy Steeven and the show a coffee for as little as $3, but as high as you want to go.

Here is the address to complain to: feedback@steevenorrelse.com

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING


Pretend you want to be a writer.

You have a great idea for a story and you've begun to bang it out on your computer.

But you have some questions.

How do you publish your story once it's complete? Where do you publish it? Should you publish an eBook, paperback, hardcover, or all three? How do you format the final product? What font should you use? How do you do the cover? Can you do the cover yourself or do you need to hire someone to create it for you? Where can you find a reputable, dependable, and experienced cover artist? Should you hire an editor? Where can you find a reputable, dependable, and experienced editor? Should you just hire someone to put it all together? How much is all that going to cost? Can you reasonably expect to make enough money back on sales to cover that expense? Is it possible to make a living out of writing? Should you quit your job and dive right in? Do you need a website? How about a blog? What kind of content should you include on your blog? How often should you post that content? Won't that take you away from writing more books? How does social media come into play? Should you forget all about the self publishing route and shop your book to publishers? How does that even work?

So yeah, that's a lot of questions. But here's the thing, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

What you'll find when you start asking questions is that there are a crap ton of people out there who have the answers.

Many of these people are happy to answer your questions for free. Just as many demand payment to impart their wisdom.

The problem there is that for every one of those questions, there's three to four times as many answers depending on who you ask. And what makes things even more difficult is attempting to figure out whose answer you are going to put your trust into.

The folks who are quick to offer their advice for free are great. But do they truly know what they're talking about? Some do, some don't.

What about the people who charge a fee for advice? Can you trust that they are steering you in the right direction and not just trying to make a buck? Again, some can truly help, while the others are there to line their pockets.

It can be enough to make a person want walk away from the whole thing without even trying.

Myself, I'd turned on the flood gates and let all the free advice that was out there drown me. In time I've come to just ignore it all.

Of course what that means is that I have no idea what I'm doing.

Take this blog for example. First off, it's on Blogger. I see nothing wrong with that myself, but i know that there are a lot of people out there that would just love to line up and tell me what a moron I am for using the free service. They want to tell me that I can't trust that all my content will still be out there in a year if Blogger (or any site like it) decides to just up and pull the plug on things.

Of course, I don't worry about all that. I have backups of everything.

But the fact is, I don't use Blogger for the ease of use (and after a number of years using it, I do find it easy and comfortable). No, I use Blogger because it is free, and free is all I can afford.

It's tough being a writer trying to get things done when you have no money. I once saw a post on one of the various social media sites in which a fellow self published writer degraded the book covers of other writers, stating that they obviously did their cover on the cheap and if so, why bother.

Well, I made the mistake of responding. I asked what is someone supposed to do if they want to write and self publish but just simply can't afford to hire someone to create a professional looking cover for them?

I was told at that point that anyone not willing to put some money toward their book is disrespecting their readers. I tried to explain that not everyone has money, even a little. Again I was told that you have to spend money to make money. If you can't buy a professional cover, if you can't hire a professional editor, then you shouldn't even be a writer.

And while there were a small handful of writers who offered suggestions for how a writer with no money could get these services through trade or other means, the resounding majority message was: No Money? Don't Bother. You Suck. Die.

Well, that certainly depressed me for a few days. I had a really hard time with it, and one question kept coming to me, pounding through my head over and over again:

The only people in the world who are allowed to try and follow their dreams are the ones with money?

The answer I found was, in most cases: Yes.

And yet, with that answer wedged firmly between the cockles of my heart, I decided that I didn't care. I was going to continue writing. When I finished a book I would put together the best looking cover I could. I was going to edit it myself, as best I could. I would put it out there and market it as best I could.

Maybe, just maybe, people would stumble across it and buy it. Maybe, just maybe, I could then take that money and put it into my writing.

Or maybe no one would buy it.

I had to face that possibility as well. And frankly, I decided that I didn't care.

Okay, that's not true. Of course I would care. It hurts when you spend time creating something from scratch, something that literally came straight out of your brain, something you put your heart into, something you love almost as much as your own family, and you put that creation out there into the world only to get nothing in return but silence.

So yes, I care. But I decided that I was just going to have to suck it up and put it out there anyway.

And so yeah, I have no idea what I'm doing. Am I using my blog the correct way? Is releasing a book of four novella's a mistake? Should I never say anything to anyone about what I'm writing until I have an actual book out there to sell?

I. DON'T. KNOW.

Because I just don't have the time, or the energy, to spend pouring through the blogs, the podcasts, and the tweets that pretend to tell me the right way to do it and how to avoid the wrong path. Not anymore.

9 Mistakes You Are Making With Your Author Blog. 10 Ways To Build Up Your Mailing List. 6 Pronouns You Should Never Use.

I just can't.

All that stuff does is slow me down and make me doubt myself. And it is everywhere.

But here's the thing. I think it's great that that stuff is out there. I do think that there are some truly great people out there who have figured out how to make it and have decided to share their experiences with others. I thank them for that. Much respect.

But I think I'm just going to do my thing. I'm going to continue to shout into the hurricane of indie publishing, of indie marketing, of all the people out there with something to sell, and hope that someone hears me.

A few of you have. Thank you. You help make it all worth it.

But yeah. Again.

I have no idea what I'm doing.



This thing right here is just a quick reminder that I have a new book coming out.

Then A Penguin Walked In and Other Tales Tales lands on Wednesday, December 4th for $4.99 for all of your eReading devices.

You can pre-order it now for just $2.99 at penguin.steevenorrelse.com

Another reminder: Join me on the Just Another Fanboy podcast every Monday through Friday, as I celebrate all the things I love in life such as comics, TV, movies, music, books, writing, and even other podcasts. You can find the show wherever you get you podcasts.

But just in case, here are some handy links:

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Friday, October 25, 2019

JAF EP039: HERE'S THE THING!




This is another episode in which I had nothing planned to talk about but tapped that record button anyway. Come with me on a ride down the Stream of Consciousness.

Including the song The Two Seasons by Dan Bodan.

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The theme song used in each episode is Night Drive by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

Want to help support the show? You can do that in a number of ways:

First, just spread the word. Tell a friend, tell two friends, tell your father, mother, sister, brother, neighbor, coworker, plumber, and even the guy or girl who cuts your hair.

Beyond that you can support Steeven and the show for as little as a dollar a month on Patreon: www.patreon.com/steevenrorr

Or, if the idea of a monthly payment doesn't appeal to you and you just want to throw the show a one time payment, visit ko-fi.com/steevenrorr and buy Steeven and the show a coffee for as little as $3, but as high as you want to go.

Here is the address to complain to: feedback@steevenorrelse.com

Just Another Fanboy is a proud member of the Comics Podcast Network. Find it and more great comic book podcasts at comicspodcasts.com

Thursday, October 24, 2019

JAF EP038: INCREDIBLE HULK #340 (1988)




This is the episode in which I talk about the Incredible Hulk #340 from Marvel Comics. Published in February, 1988.

After the Hulk accidentally destroys a plane, Wolverine is out to make him pay for his mistake. It's Wolverine vs. the Hulk!

Peter David - Story
Todd McFarlane - Art
Rick Parker - Lettering
Petra Scotese - Colors
Bob Harras - Editor
Tom De Falco - Editor in Chief

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The theme song used in each episode is Night Drive by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

Want to help support the show? You can do that in a number of ways:

First, just spread the word. Tell a friend, tell two friends, tell your father, mother, sister, brother, neighbor, coworker, plumber, and even the guy or girl who cuts your hair.

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Or, if the idea of a monthly payment doesn't appeal to you and you just want to throw the show a one time payment, visit ko-fi.com/steevenrorr and buy Steeven and the show a coffee for as little as $3, but as high as you want to go.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

JAF EP037: THE DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES PART TWO




This is the episode where I talk about the second book in the Dragonlance Chronicles series: Dragons of Winter Night by Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman.

Check out Episode 15 for Part One of the Dragonlance Chronicles

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The theme song used in each episode is Night Drive by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

Want to help support the show? You can do that in a number of ways:

First, just spread the word. Tell a friend, tell two friends, tell your father, mother, sister, brother, neighbor, coworker, plumber, and even the guy or girl who cuts your hair.

Beyond that you can support Steeven and the show for as little as a dollar a month on Patreon: www.patreon.com/steevenrorr

Or, if the idea of a monthly payment doesn't appeal to you and you just want to throw the show a one time payment, visit ko-fi.com/steevenrorr and buy Steeven and the show a coffee for as little as $3, but as high as you want to go.

Here is the address to complain to: feedback@steevenorrelse.com

Just Another Fanboy is a proud member of the Comics Podcast Network. Find it and more great comic book podcasts at comicspodcasts.com

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

JAF EP036: MY FAVORITE PODCASTS PART 1




This is the episode in which I talk about the podcasts I listen to every day.

Shows mentioned on this episode:

Alternate Reality
Around Comics
Better Podcasting
Blockbuster
Comic Book Savant
Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend
David Tennant Does a Podcast With
Ear Biscuits
The Geologic Podcast

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The theme song used in each episode is Night Drive by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

Want to help support the show? You can do that in a number of ways:

First, just spread the word. Tell a friend, tell two friends, tell your father, mother, sister, brother, neighbor, coworker, plumber, and even the guy or girl who cuts your hair.

Beyond that you can support Steeven and the show for as little as a dollar a month on Patreon: www.patreon.com/steevenrorr

Or, if the idea of a monthly payment doesn't appeal to you and you just want to throw the show a one time payment, visit ko-fi.com/steevenrorr and buy Steeven and the show a coffee for as little as $3, but as high as you want to go.

Here is the address to complain to: feedback@steevenorrelse.com

Just Another Fanboy is a proud member of the Comics Podcast Network. Find it and more great comic book podcasts at comicspodcasts.com


Monday, October 21, 2019

JAF EP035: HEROES IN CRISIS




This is the episode in which I talk about Heroes in Crisis from Tom King, Clay Mann, Mitch Gerards, Travis Moore, and Jorge Fornes.

There's a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by CIA operative turned comics writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD?

Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who've been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as prime suspects: harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It's up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate -- but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition? This collected edition features the entire nine-issue miniseries!


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The theme song used in each episode is Night Drive by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

Want to help support the show? You can do that in a number of ways:

First, just spread the word. Tell a friend, tell two friends, tell your father, mother, sister, brother, neighbor, coworker, plumber, and even the guy or girl who cuts your hair.

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Or, if the idea of a monthly payment doesn't appeal to you and you just want to throw the show a one time payment, visit ko-fi.com/steevenrorr and buy Steeven and the show a coffee for as little as $3, but as high as you want to go.

Here is the address to complain to: feedback@steevenorrelse.com

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

SILLY DAD POEMS


My family has told me on more than on occasion that I'm a little odd.

That's okay, they're all a bit odd as well.

One of the reasons they find me odd, and there are many, is due to the little songs I sing or the poems and/or lymrics I write off the top of my head as I'm in the kitchen preparing dinner or some such.

For example, I'll hear something on the television, a word or phrase, and before you know it I'm singing a little dity centered around that word or phrase.

Last night, a four line poem about my daughter popped into the my head, something silly, and by the end of the night, I'd had four more of them.

I have four kids. In order of age from oldest to youngest there is my step daughter, my son, and my two girls.

One of those two girls, the one not the youngest, I have called Noodle since she was born. I don't know why, I just have.

So last night, this crept into my head:

Noodley-Doo
What's wrong with you?
Do you have the flu?
Noodley-Doo


Which then lead to the following:

Noodley-Doo
You do have the flu
I heard an "atchoo!"
Noddley-Doo


And then:

Noodley-Doo
Why are you blue?
Did you lose a shoe?
Noodley-Doo


Which led to:

Noodley-Doo
Where is your shoe?
Do you have a clue?
Noodley-Doo


And finally:

Noodley-Doo
Would you like some stew?
Don't forget to chew
Noodley-Doo


After reciting these to her one at a time, each time one would pop into my head, Noodle told me that I needed to write them down.

And so I have.

I return you back to your regularly scheduled day.



Friday, October 18, 2019

JAF EP034: SPIDER-MAN #2 (2019)




This is the episode in which I talk about Spider-Man #2 from J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams, Sara Pachelli, Dave Stewart, and Joe Caramagna. Published by Marvel on October 16, 2019.

Music by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

JAF EP033: BERSERKER UNBOUND #1




This episode where I talk about Berserker Unbound #1 from Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato Jr, and Frank Martin. Published by Dark Horse Comics on August 7, 2019

Music by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

JAF EP032: Y'ALL WATCHING STUMPTOWN?




This episode where I talk about the ABC television series, Stumptown, starring Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Michael Ealy, Cole Sibus, and Camryn Manheim.

Music by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

JAF EP031: EXTREMITY VOLUME TWO: WARRIOR




This episode is all about Extremity Volume Two which was published in 2018 by Image Comics and collects issues 7-12 of the comic book by Daniel Warren Johnson.

Check out Episode 4 in which I talk about Extremity Volume One.

Music by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

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Monday, October 14, 2019

STEEVEN ORR ELSE #11 - THIS AIN'T NO EPISODE!




This time around I've left life get in the way. You are going to get an installment of Franks and Beans, then, following an apology, I'm going to play you something I've recorded and released as an episode of Just Another Fanboy.

This is the episode in which I talk about Spider-Man #1 from J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams, Sara Pachelli, Dave Stewart, and Joe Caramagna and was published by Marvel on September 18, 2019.

Theme Orr Else was written and performed by Derek Neibarger from Atomic Zombie Records

Music by The Oldfield Victory. Find them and their music at theoldfieldvictory.bandcamp.com

Sound Effects used in the Franks AND; Bean's sketch comes from: Sound Bible.

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