This Will Be A Day Long Remembered

Geekville Radio #232: Star Wars Day, Free Comic Book Day, RIP Peter Mayhew

May The Fourth Be With You

It’s May 4th, aka May The Fourth: Star Wars Day. For anybody new to the concept, that means it’s the Unofficial Star Wars Day. Unless you’re in California, where it became a recognized Star Wars Day.

RIP Peter Mayhew (1922-2019)

We can’t mention Star Wars Day without mentioning the sad news of Peter Mayhew’s passing. He of course portrayed Chewbacca in five Star Wars films, and in numerous TV appearances.

According to his IMDB page, he has almost a dozen credits as Chewbacca. If there was Chewbacca appearing in any sort of Star Wars event, chances are it was really Peter in the costume. If not, Peter would often be consulted on how Chewie should be portrayed.

He worked with the fan community up to the very end. He was originally set to appear this weekend at the Dallas Fan Expo. His booth had already been built. Rather than take the booth down, it was changed into a memorial where fans could sign a guest book to give their condolences. One of those “Faith in Humanity Restored” stories.

Lastly, here is the simple but entertaining story of Peter meeting George Lucas for the first time about Star Wars.

Peter Mayhew talks about meeting George Lucas for the first time

Knights Of The Old Republic Movie

Back during Star Wars Celebration, Kathleen Kennedy seemed to confirm that a Knights of The Old Republic movie was in development.

Kathleen Kennedy apparently confirming development on a KOTR feature film

Very little is known about what a Knights Of The Old Republic film would be about, or who is involved. Kennedy herself said she didn’t know what’s in store. Rian Johnson has publicly stated that he is not doing a KOTOR trilogy. It is well known that Game of Thrones creators David Benoiff and D.B. Weiss are developing their own trilogy as well. The presumably mystical setting for a KOTOR film (or trilogy) would seem to be a good fit.

Even George Lucas himself had entertained the idea of a movie about The Old Republic. Specifically, the defeat of The Sith, and how Yoda was instrumental in that role.

Free Comic Book Day

Not only was it Star Wars Day, but it was also Free Comic Book Day.

The complete list of comics that were released is at the official FCBD website.

I can only review two releases, since I could only get two of the titles I was hoping for.

Star Wars Adventures: Droid Hunters – Written by Cavan Scott with art by Derek Charm, Droid Hunters stars Han Solo and Chewbacca and a quest for treasure. The story definitely has that “Saturday Morning Cartoon” vibe to it, and I mean that as a compliment. It’s clearly geared for kids. Nobody dies, and nobody is terribly ruthless. Sure, there’s a double-cross that is fairly obvious, but it’s still enjoyable.

Spider-Man – This one had two stories. The first is by the Venom team of Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman. Eddie Brock is now Carnage, not Venom. Cletus Kasady is not only back, but he has the original Knull symbiote.

The other story is more of a standalone comedy by Saladin Ahmed and Tom Taylor, with art by Corey Smith and Jay Lester. Peter and Miles compare pizza and then take down Shocker… who also has opinions on pizza.

War Of The Realms

Finally, here is the update on War Of The Realms. A SPOILER ALERT has been pressed

The heroes are organizing Strike Force teams to retaliate against Malekith and his armies. There are currently at least two Strike Force.

Captain America, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Wolverine travel to Jotunheim, where they find a LOT of dead Frost Giants, and a certain one-armed Thunder God. It’s worth mentioning that Spidey, Cage, and Danny are all apparently worthy of wielding Asgard weaponry.

Another team, led by Freya herself, consists of Punisher, Ghost Rider, She-Hulk, and Blade. One of these things just doesn’t belong here. But they will be going to Svartalfheim, the home of the dark elves.

Note: When getting these comics, I didn’t see the upcoming War Avengers Strike Force team of Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Captain Britain, Weapon H, Winter Soldier, Venom, and Sif. So I didn’t touch on them during recording.

That’s it for War Of The Realms news. Is there anything I missed?



News For The Week May 8th

There’s a ton of news to talk about on this episode of Geekville Radio! Seth, Crazy Train, and special guest Lead Base cover the news and the fallout of Free Comic Book Day. Timestamps are included if you want to skip to certain parts.

1:45 – First up, Rockstar Games has released the latest trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Check it out below

11:51 – In Marvel MCU news, Black Panther will be available in digital format on May 8th. It will drop on Blu-Ray and DVD a week later. This is interesting news becuase Black Panther is still being shown in theaters. What behind the scenes content could be included as extras? Cut footage? How the language was created? A look at the music?

31:45 – Also in movie news, Entertainment Weekly noted in a recent article that advance ticket sales for Solo: A Star Wars Story have surpassed Black Panther. Could this be a mega-hit despite the controversy? Will it see the success that the Star Trek recasting has?

39:45 – As a compendium to our previous episode, Train and Lead Base speculate on what the previews in Free Comic Book Day releases will affect the Marvel and DC Universe titles.

42:20 – Amazing Spider-Man #1: Peter Parker’s rommate is set to be Boomerang

46:10 – Justice League: Batman and Catwoman are getting married, and all the main Justice League power hitters are off planet. What could the approaching giant beings mean for Earth? Will this change the DCU (again)?

1:06:45 – Avengers: Loki had harnassed the power of a Celestial, making him a terribly powerful foe. On top of that, Odin himself has given Black Panther the tast of killing The God Of Mischief. With Loki’s future in the MCU now seemingly known, could this be the same in the comic world as well?

1:09:51 – Guardians Of The Galaxy: The Infinity Stones are back! Clever writing? Or marketing ploy? The panel discusses the possibilities.

1:25:15 – The final segment of the show is devoted to Lead Base’s experience with the other end of Free Comic Book Day. Hear what it’s like to be a comic book artist on one of the biggest days of the year for comic fans. If you’re an aspiring comic artist, you’ll get plenty of good advice on how to start out. Including how washing dishes can help your drawing ability.

All this and a lot of fun tangents in the latest fun-filled episode of Geekville Radio! You can contact Lead Base Studios at https://www.facebook.com/LeadBaseStudios/

Geekville Radio: Free Comic Book Day 2017

It’s one of the most anticipated days of the year for comic book fans! Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday, May 6th. Seth flies solo this week to give a rundown of all the titles that will be available with the press releases from the Free Comic Book Day website.

In other news, Seth talks Jeff Goldblum returning to the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World 2. This will be the second 20 Years Later role reprisal for him.

Also, LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy stated there will be no re-release of the original Star Wars Trilogy. In a recent interview she said

I wouldn’t touch those, are you kidding me? Those will always remain his.

Finally, The CW is teasing the identity of Flash Season 3 baddie Savitar in this week’s episode. Seth believes he’s got the right name, and states why it’s the most logical choice.

All this and more in another fun filled Geekville Radio!