Lightning Round of Applause; The Thunder Clappening


By Errick Greenlee

Sup, dorks?  Lightning Round disclaimer stuff.


You know the MAIN reason I don’t take/post pictures of my food on social media?  Well the SECOND to main reason?  I can’t deal when people say the same cliche ass, “Where my plate what?” or when you go to a restaurant, “Aw no invite?”  NO, NO INVITE!  I get that you’re joking, in the event you aren’t, you’re a dick for making my comments awkward and making me confront the fact I don’t like you enough to think to invite you to places with me.  The number one reason I don’t photograph food is that I think it’s stupid.

Whatever happened to Kat Stacks(z)? Don’t bother answering that. It was a rhetorical question.

I wonder how I used to be able to drink the way I did.  I was a tank. I didn’t have a problem though.  There were plenty of nights I refused the sauce, but when I parTOOK?  I could put it away.  We drank like Vikings!

What would you HONESTLY do if somebody slapped you with a glove because you offended their honor?

Remember last week when we discussed entrance themes?  Add Razor Ramon’s theme as the last song at prom or the song the DJ played for Ladies’ Choice.

I gotta redo my whole top 10 list of Cartoon chicks I’d Cool World with.  Michiko Malandro is kind of close to the top of the new countdown.  She’s what would happen if Spike Speigel and Faye Valentine had a baby and then dipped her in sweet, sweet chocolate.  They sweet chocolate became a smooth living skin.  This is getting weird.  Anyway, I love a cartoon now.  You cannot judge me.

I want to set the record straight, guys.  A lot of times people will bring up some delicious meal full of fat and cheese and calories and salt and sauce and I will quietly retch. I might make a face or stick my tongue out to gag.  It’s not that I don’t think I wouldn’t enjoy said cheesy, salty, saucy food.  No, certainly not.  It would prance upon my tastebuds as a playful pixie skips across a pond full of lilypads.  I’m thinkin of the next day–NAY, the moments following the meal, my body will make me pay dearly.

If you’re an adult and you have FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), you need to be honest with yourself and just admit you’re envious of other people and the good times they’re having without you.  It’s kind of childish to think you have to be in on everything.  Besides, don’t we have to have something ELSE to fear in these times?

Woody was messed up in the first Toy Story.  If he had a chance to be redeemed, then there had to be a chance for Sid to turn his life around.  I like to think that he got it together.  I hope he doesn’t become a garbage man as a way to punish him.  There’s nothing shameful about being a civil servant.  Plus, I’m sure he made a decent living.

Lastly, I recently picked up the book Pigs in the Parlor.  While I’ve never come off as the “religious type” whatever that’s supposed to mean, I’ve never been one to shy away from a good conversation on spirits,principalities and entities.  It’s very heavy stuff, but basically it breaks down how to deal with demons and negative spirits.  Your own self-doubt would be a demon.  A lot of things that we think are all in our heads, are a result of something that we may or may not have let into our spirits whether we meant to or not.  My mother warned me as a teenager to guard my own spirit against things of the occult, worldly things that would creep into my psyche and of course the negativity of other people.  I haven’t read a word in this book that I disagree with yet.  It could be a little scary to look a lot of this stuff in the eye.  It’s a lot easier to ignore it and say it doesn’t exist.  I want you to notice how many movies that have come out in the last 5 years alone are based around Satanic items and haunted evil grounds.  Google a couple of these events.  See where this stuff is based.  There’s no need to wear a hockey mask anymore.  The script is telling you who the star of the show is now.  I find most of these films to be trash anyway.  But I’ll look some of this stuff up just to let Satan know, “Yeah.  I see you.” Honestly, if you want to see a Biblical bad-ass, read up on the Apostle Paul.  He had demons running scared. Check him out.

Alright Kiddies.  I’m done for now, but not for later.  Got some stuff coming down the pipe (pike?  Like turnpike?) that I’m very excited for.  Met some new people who can teach me new things that will make our media a little more multi.  Got some exciting life events in the works as well so as soon as I have news, you will know.  Thanks for supporting the Lightning Round and well…me as a person, friend and family member.  I love you guys more than you’ll ever be comfortable with.

Book Review: Identity Crisis

By Chris Slater

Earlier this year, I was in a comic book shop in Beckley and was perusing the titles when a graphic novel cover popped out at me. All of these superheroes’ costumes were hanging up, empty. It looked so sad and hollow. And then I noticed the name at the top: Brad Meltzer. My favorite wrestler, CM Punk, is a huge comic fan (and actually writes comics for Marvel now) and has tweeted about Meltzer several times.

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Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #6: Jack Ketchum

Tom’s guest this episode is renowned horror author Jack Ketchum! From his humble beginnings, his time as Jerzy Livingston, his thoughts on some other horror writers, the importance of thanking the writers and artists who came before you, Splatterpunk, The Girl Next Door, how real life inspires his work, his experience with taking his books to the big screen, advice for aspiring writers, upcoming projects, and more!

Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #6: Jack Ketchum

Book Review: Batman: The Killing Joke

By Chris Slater

Back in the day aka 20 years ago (ugh…), I used to be a comic book fan. I enjoyed elements of both DC Comics and Marvel. I loved Batman. I loved X-Men and Spider-Man. But, Batman was a favorite. The Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, he was my go-to superhero.

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Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #5: Josh Reynolds


In this episode, Tom takes on a dangerous mission to the moon, a mission that no sane man would take, to confront one Josh Reynolds! These two titans will battle it out for the sake of mankind’s fate, and one will die! There might be some book talk in there somewhere too.

Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #5: Josh Reynolds

Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #4: JT Krul


In this episode of the Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast, Thomas sits down with comic book writer JT Krul!

Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #4: JT Krul

Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #3: Ron Fortier

(Captain) Ron Fortier joins Tom in this soon to be classic episode! Ron speaks about his comic book beginnings, Brother Bones and Captain Hazzard, the New Pulp movement, the popularity of Sherlock Holmes, and a whole lotta inside info on Airship 27! Better press play now rather than later fearless listener!

Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #3: Ron Fortier

Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #2: Bobby Nash

Bobby Nash sits down with Tom for a rousing discussion of…well, all things Bobby Nash. Bobby explains how he got into writing and the process he went through to get Evil Ways published. He blames Sean Taylor for the creation of Rick Ruby and The Ruby Files and Bobby and Tom talk at length about the Domino Lady and Honey West! 50 minutes of pure writer-y goodness, don’t delay, press play!

Nocturne Travel Agency Podcast – Episode #2: Bobby Nash

-500: May The Capture Games Odds Be In Your Favor

In this new feature, the writer attempts to get to the point in 500 words or less. Today, I take on the CW’s new show Capture. Continue reading