Needless Things Podcast 174 – Dragon Con 2017: Dragonslayer Needless Commentary

August 17th, 2017
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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Special guest Award-Winning Bobby Nash joins the Commentary Team for the first-ever Dragon Con-themed Commentary – 1981's Dragonslayer!

Everyone knows that dragons are badass, but for some reason Hollywood has rarely done a good job of capitalizing on their badass-ness. One of the seminal early 80s HBO standards was Matthew Robbins' Dragonslayer, a film set to cash in on the fantasy craze of the day, with a little Mark Hamill-ness thrown in by way of a young Peter MacNicol.

Featuring gorgeous locations and tremendous production design, the film failed to become the blockbuster that had been hoped for and even today hasn't managed to achieve even a cult status. In a tribute to the awesomeness of Dragon Con and of dragons, the Irregulars delve into Dragonslayer and offer up their thoughts as to what, if anything, went wrong.

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker, Bobby Nash, Arian, and Rad Ranger gather in the Phantom Zone to bear witness to the might of Vermithrax Pejorative, the best-named thing ever!

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Needless Things Podcast 173 – Dragon Con 2017: Revenge of the Horror Track

August 10th, 2017
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Dragon Con 2017 coverage continues on Needless Things!

In this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Horror Track Director Derek Tatum returns to discuss ghastly business old and new, as well as the keys to successfully programming a Track for the third pillar of speculative fiction – horror!

Listen in as Phantom and Derek talk movies, television, and the expectations of the modern horror fan! Plus, how would Phantom’s mother react to the gore-fest that is Santa Clarita Diet?

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Needless Things Podcast 172 – Dragon Con 2017: Back to the Classics Track

August 3rd, 2017
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Dragon Con 2017 coverage continues on Needless Things!

In this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast, Joe “Virtuoso” Crowe and “Glorious” Gary Mitchel return to the show to play a surprise game of Classics Roll-A-Panel and discuss the ins and outs of running a Track for the ever-evolving entity of joy that is Dragon Con!

Listen in as Phantom and Gary do their best to keep Joe from talking about Amazon Women on the Moon for an entire hour!

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Needless Things Podcast 132 – Dragon Con 2016 – Big Trouble in Little China

November 3rd, 2016
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A presentation of the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track! It’s the final podcast from this year’s Dragon Con - a live panel celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of John Carpenter’s classic Big Trouble in Little China!

Also, Phantom breaks down the benefits of SupportPhantom.com and how you can help keep Needless Things independent and free.

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker and a cast of Classic Track Irregulars as they discuss Jack Burton, Gracie Law, David Lo Pan, monsters, and Wang on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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

September 30th, 2016
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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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Needless Things Podcast 126 – Dragon Con 2016: The Shining vs. The Shining

September 22nd, 2016
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It’s a LIVE panel from Dragon Con 2016!

A presentation of the Horror Track - Phantom Troublemaker, authors Karen E. Taylor and Clay Gilbert, and Thomas Mariani from Horror News Radio discuss Stephen King's book and its various adaptations!

Stephen King's The Shining is widely recognized as one of his most chilling and personal novels. Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation has often been acknowledged as one of the most terrifying horror movies ever made. And then there's Mick Garris' television miniseires, which is generally considered to be a more faithful adaptation of King's work. What are the differences and which is the superior work? Do either of the adaptations live up to the quality of the source material?

Listen in as the panelists discuss all of this and more in Phantom Troublemaker's very first panel with the Dragon Con Horror Track!

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Needless Things Podcast 125 – Dragon Con 2016: Toy Stories

September 15th, 2016
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It’s a LIVE panel from Dragon Con 2016!

A presentation of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track - Phantom Troublemaker, Rebeccah Hunter, Noel Wood, Sean Reid, Gary Mitchel, and members of the audience share Toy Stories! Tales of Masters of the Universe, GI Joe, and creepy 80s toys share the spotlight this time around.

Also – will Joe Crowe arrive in time to show everyone his Big Jim or will Judge Reinhold prove to be too much of a handful for our Fearless Leader?

(Spoiler Alert – Joe didn’t make it)

Listen in as the panelists and the audience engage in a live discussion about some of their favorite toys and collectibles!

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Needless Things Podcast 124 – Dragon Con 2016: Wrap-Up w/ Mike Gordon

September 8th, 2016
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On today’s episode Phantom Troublemaker and Mike Gordon file their after action reports for Dragon Con 2016!

Mike Gordon ran his table for New Legend Productions, sat in on panels for with Earth Station One, Earth Station Who, and more, and established the first-ever Tiki Pop Phenomenon panel at Dragon Con! Featurng the likes of Derek Yaniger and Horror in Clay's Jonathan Chaffin, this panel was a FAN-TIKI-TASTIC hit!

Meanwhile, Phantom ran a game show, provided commentary for DCW's first-ever live streaming show, and sat in on panels for the Horror and Classics Tracks.

Listen in as these two busy men compare their experiences and run down the highs and highers of this year's Dragon Con!

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Needless Things Podcast 123 – Dragon Con 2016: The Horror Track

August 30th, 2016
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EARLY EDITION!

In order to bring you the final episode of Needless Things’ 2016 Dragon Con lead-ins before Con actually starts, we’re posting two days early!

On today’s episode Phantom Troublemaker talks to Derek Tatum, Director of the Dragon Con Horror Track!

For the first time ever, Phantom is working with the Horror Track in 2016! Since 2005 the Director, Derek, has been programming a mixture of literary and media-based panels for all stripes of horror fans. Learn how the modern Horror Track came to be, how panels and panelists come together, and how Derek injects his own personal taste into the programming while still brining everything that Dragon Con attendees love!

Listen in as Phantom and Derek discuss the ins and outs of Horror at Dragon Con!

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If you’re here checking out Dragon Con stuff and haven’t visited Needless Things before, thanks for coming by. Our writers post five times a week about toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. The Needless Things Podcast posts once a week, usually on Friday. Come back after Dragon Con for full coverage of what went down, as well as audio recordings of our panels.

Our 31 Days of Halloween begins in October! It lasts all month long and everything on the site is thoroughly Halloweeny!

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Needless Things Podcast 122 – Dragon Con 2016: The Great Puppet(ry Track) Caper!

August 25th, 2016
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2016 Dragon Con coverage continues! Phantom Troublemaker talks to Mr. Beau Brown, Director of the Dragon Con Puppetry Track!

It’s been well established on Needless Things that puppetry is a universal language that can be appreciated by all. Every year at Dragon Con it is the mission of the Puppetry Track to speak that language to as many people as possible while entertaining and educating.

Listen in as Phantom and Beau discuss this year’s guests, panels, and shows from one of the most beloved Tracks at Dragon Con!


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If you’re here checking out Dragon Con stuff and haven’t visited Needless Things before, thanks for coming by. Me and my writers post five times a week about toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. I do the Needless Things Podcast once a week. And definitely come back in October for our 31 Days of Halloween! It lasts all month long and everything on the site is thoroughly Halloweeny!

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