Other People's Toys
Sunday, October 08, 2006
  Other People's Toys #5 - Bad Guys That Rule And Those That Drool
Hosted by Thomas Deja
http://opt.serialprizes.com/shows/opt_05.mp3

We all use them and need them, but the best of them not only provide conflict and give the hero something to do. What makes a good villian? We'll look into how to maximize the effectiveness of your heroe's greatest foes in this one-off episode. Plus we'll take a look at four real cool and real awful bad guys to see how they tick, and thrill to more movie-style trailers from 2099UGR and Secret Origins.

This podcast features "Big Bad World One," by semi-official OPT troubadour Jonathan Coulton via The Creative Commons License. Please visit his site at www.jonathancoulton.com

Sites discussed:
All*Star X-Men: http://www.uncannyxmen.net/fanfic/default.asp?sec=6
Secret Origins: http://secret-origins.com
DC Infinity: http://www.dcinfinity.ca/
 
Friday, August 11, 2006
  Other People's Toys #4 - The Grandmaster Speaks: The Barry Reese Interview
Hosted by Thomas Deja
http://opt.serialprizes.com/shows/opt_04.mp3

Barry Reese was there before the creation of the comic-company-based fanfic model--in fact, he was one of the contributors to the very first comic-company-based fanfic site, Marvel Volume 1. He's probably written more fanfiction than anyone, including one of the longest runs ever, on Pendragons. Barry has a lot to say about continuity, keeping runs fresh, research, and even discusses his time writing profiles for Marvel Comics' Encyclopedias and The Official Handbook of The Marvel Universe Plus, more fanfic trailers from 2099UGR and a song from The Mercury Effect, a band featuring Strange Tales' Chris Munn!!

This podcast features "Tom Cruise Crazy," by semi-official OPT troubadour Jonathan Coulton via The Creative Commons License. Please visit his site at www.jonathancoulton.com

Sites discussed:
The Mercury Effect: http://www.myspace.com/themercuryeffect
All*Star X-Men: http://www.uncannyxmen.net/fanfic/default.asp?sec=6
Marvel Omega: http://marvel.omegacen.com
JLU 2001: http://www.carnaj.com/JLU2001/
Marvel 2000: http://m2k.omegacen.com/
DC Infinity: http://www.dcinfinity.ca/
Altered Visions: http://www.alteredvisions.org
 
Sunday, July 02, 2006
  Other People's Toys #3 - The Care And Feeding Of Editors: What Do Those Guys Do Anyway?
Hosted by Thomas Deja
http://opt.serialprizes.com/shows/opt_03.mp3
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Yeah, it's a hobby--but a hobby with someone who sort of looks over your shoulder. Why do fanfic writers need editors and, more importantly, how do you behave if you end up being an editor? We talk with Dino Pollard, present editor of the Omega Central group of fanfiction (http://omegacen.com/) and the former editor of, among other sites, Marvel 2000 (http://m2k.omegacen.com/) and Marvel Revolution about what an editor does and how he goes about keeping a site breathing. Plus, more fanfic trailers from 2099UGR and Altered Visions!

This podcast features "Code Monkey," by semi-official OPTs troubadour Jonathan Coulton via The Creative Commons License. Please visit his site at www.jonathancoulton.com

Sites discussed:
All*Star X-Men: http://www.uncannyxmen.net/fanfic/default.asp?sec=6
Strange Tales: http://mcity.compholio.com/strangetales
Marvel Omega: http://marvel.omegacen.com
DC Infinity: http://www.dcinfinity.ca/
Artifice Comics: http://www.artificecomics.com
 
Monday, June 05, 2006
  Other People's Toys #2 - Where Is My Tangent Fanfiction?: Imprints and Smaller Universes In Fanfic
Hosted by Thomas Deja
http://opt.serialprizes.com/shows/opt_02.mp3
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If one of the purposes of fanfiction is to keep properties that are out of print alive, where are the fanfic sites for smaller imprints like 2099, The New Universe, The Ultraverse and others? David Ellis, the present man behind 2099 Underground Revised (http://2099ugr.serialprizes.com) joins us for a talk about his experiences writing for and running a site devoted to a smaller imprint, and talks about why there are no sites for other imprints. Plus, he contributes a kick-ass movie-style trailer for upcoming 2099UGR releases!

This podcast features "Re: Your Brains," by semi-official OPTs troubadour Jonathan Coulton. Please visit his site at www.jonathancoulton.com.

Sites discussed:
X-M: http://www.uncannyxme.net/
DC Infinity: http://www.dcinfinity.ca/
Pendragons: http://www.ironrodstudio.com/av2000/titles.asp?imprint=PD
Marvel Omega: http://marvel.omegacen.com
 
Sunday, May 14, 2006
  Other People's Toys #1 - Fanfic 101
Hosted by Thomas Deja
http://opt.serialprizes.com/shows/opt_01.mp3
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Fanfic 101: We debut the first fanfic-oriented podcast with a little discussion of the history and nature of fanfic, with an emphasis on comic-book company style fan-fiction. Fanfic may very well go back to the pulp era, but you might not know who counts as the first fanficcer... until now!

OPT1 features "Skullcrusher Mountain," an original song by Jonathan Coulton. Please visit his site at www.jonathancoulton.com.
 

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