Sep 30, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 126 – Dragon Con 2016: GI Joe: A Real American Hero with Larry Hama


It’s a LIVE panel from Dragon Con 2016!

A presentation of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track – Larry Hama answers questions about GI Joe, the universe, and everything!

Larry Hama is the man that created identities for the characters of the 1980s iteration of GI Joe – the 3.75” Real American Hero line. He wrote the file cards for the entire toy line. Duke, Zartan, Roadblock, Cobra Commander and all of the rest came from the mind of a man who only ever wanted to draw cartoon animals. And his characterizations were so strong that to this day they are still the touchstones of the franchise, even thirty years later.

Not only is Mr. Hama responsible for these beloved characters’ personalities, he is also the writer for the entire run of the GI Joe: A Real American Hero comic book, which continues to this day.

Listen in as the great Larry Hama discusses topics ranging from the whimsical to the emotional and extremely personal in this incredible episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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Sep 17, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 73 – Dragon Con 2015: Schwarza-Panel – The Sci-Fi Films of Arnold Schwarzenegger

2015 Dragon Con coverage continues on the Needless Things Podcast as we look back at the events! In this week’s episode, Phantom takes part in the SCHWARZA-PANEL!

The RevCast’s Gary Mitchel moderates a conversation about the science fiction films of Arnold Schwarzenegger! Featured on the panel are Phantom Troublemaker, William Stout, The White Rocket Podcast’s Van Allen Plexico, the ESO Network’s Mike Faber, and Jessa Phillips.

The former governor of California has been an absolute powerhouse at everything he’s done – bodybuilding, acting, politicking – and this panel recorded LIVE at Dragon Con 2015 covers all aspects of his career. But of course, since it was part of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track, the focus is on the more fantastical aspects of his movie career – Total Recall, The Ruining Man, Predator, and more!

Listen in as the gang discuss one of the most iconic superstars of our time!

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Feb 11, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 45 – Christopher DePetrillo of Figures Toy Company

On today’s episode, Phantom Troublemaker talks to Christopher DePetrillo, the Chief Marketing Officer of Figures Toy Company!
Phantom talks to Christopher about the history of Figures Toy Company – from their Legends of Professional Wrestling line to their current robust roster of licenses, including The Three Stooges, Batman ’66, KISS, the characters of Robert E. Howard, and their newest acquisition – Ring of Honor wrestling!
The conversation ranges from personal preferences in toy collecting to marketing toys in a modern digital environment. Tune in as Phantom gets an education from a veteran of the toy business!:
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Sep 4, 2014

Needless Things Podcast Episode 33: Dragon Con 2014 – Conan the Destroyer Panel with William Stout


Dragon Con is over and I may only have one podcast to show for it!

Due to many different factors – one of which was me neglecting to turn on my digital recorder – I only recorded one panel. But that's okay because it was a great one!

I felt very fortunate to once again be at the table with the wonderful and talented William Stout, this time for a discussion of Conan the Destroyer. Listen in as Tegan and Gary from RevCast and I talk with Mr. Stout about his work on all of the Conan-centric films!

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