MattyLovesPodcast #65: Dependent on Independent Comics

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Matt de Simone and Shaun Schapira are back talking independent comics in this episode of MLP. Image Comics, Dark Horse Publishing, AfterShock Comics, and so much more are discussed!

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AnySoldier Donates Comic Books to any Soldier

Strenuous occupations, family issues, and other uncontrollable situations hinder people’s lives every day. Oftentimes, individuals need a momentary means of escape. In this day of technology, people all over the world can utilize that moment of escape by tapping into the latest video and music streaming services, different video game platforms, or simply dropping your head into a book the old-fashioned way, or, picking up your tablet.

IMG_9233Comic books are adventurous escapes for many people. Most stories take place in grandiose worlds featuring heroes and villains with a distinctive morality— “right and wrong,” “light and dark,” “good vs. evil.” These moral lines skew in the real world. The political world could be considered one of the main moral battlegrounds. With different media conglomerates promoting their own political beliefs, there is no telling which political viewpoint is right or wrong anymore. After the 9-11 tragedy, America’s stance on military deployment overseas was a much-debated topic. In the end, the only individuals who didn’t have a choice in the matter were the American troops. They fight for our freedom, no matter what.

However, in a theater of war, some soldiers—like civilians—find themselves asking whether their position in the conflict is “right” or unjustified. In these times, soldiers need an escape from their dilemmas. In 2003, a military family regularly sent their son care packages to Iraq. He then asked them to send more for troops who never received mail. The packages contained all sorts of items and entertainment. This family’s campaign to make sure all troops received mail turned into the launch of AnySoldier, a website dedicated to making sure all American soldiers receive care packages.

In 2008, Aaron Haaland, owner of A Comic Shop in Orlando, Florida, partnered with AnySoldier’s Operation Sequential Art campaign to send troops free comic books for their enjoyment. This allows people to bring in comics they no longer read, or possibly comics taking up too much space, and then donate it to the charity. Since 2004, AnySoldier has donated comic books and other care packages to over 15,500 soldiers around the globe.

Dan Brown, a local comic book retailer explains, “[this escape from their life as a soldier] can definitely boost their moral. One of my friends specifically said it was considered a reminder of what [the troops] are fighting for.” For more information in regards to AnySolider, visit their website. If you would like to donate comic books or any other materials to U.S. troops across the globe, AnySoldier has a list of service members who state their unit’s specific needs.

The men and women who fight for America’s freedom deserve civilian support. Help make a difference. Donate.

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MattyLovesPodcast #64: “Who’s publishing the best comics now?”

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Recorded June 6, 2017

Matty and Shaun Schapira are back this episode to talk more about comic books. Particularly, the duo take a look at some of the better titles from the top two publishers.

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Orlando’s Comic “Strip” – Benefits of Being a Comic Book Fan

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An aisle of back issues inside Sci-Fi City, located on 6136 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL. (PHOTO/Matt de Simone)

Comic books have become a more prevalent member of pop culture in thanks to the successful adaptations presented by Hollywood. New eyes on the comics’ infamous characters can sometimes bring forth new eyes to the book in which the characters originated. Orlando, Florida provides any comic book enthusiast with a chance to find whatever book he or she desires. From it’s multitude of comic books shops, to the downtown library—Orlando is a comic book fan’s shopping center.

Shaun Schapira, a resident retailer at A Comic Shop in the Orlando area, explains how cool and important it is to be so close to so many different comic book retailers.

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MattyLovesPodcast #63: “A Jaunt Through the Comic Book Cosmos”

537bc6a21256dRecorded June 6, 2017

Welcome back! MLP welcomes Special Guest, Shaun Schapiraa local comic shop retailer at A Comic Shop in Orlando, Florida. He and Matty discuss the “Cosmic” landscape of Marvel Comics, as well as elaborating on the current DC Rebirth/“Who is Mr. Oz?” situation.

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Free Comic Book Day 2017… One Month Later

Free Comic Book Day 2017 presented an opportunity for curious comic book fans to dip their feet in the fresh waters of titles offered for free from major comic book publishers. One month later, DC Comics expanded on the annual event occurring every first Saturday in May. Last Saturday was Wonder Woman Day. This event, which supported Warner Bros.’s Wonder Woman released last Thursday, offered another set of free comic books. DC Comics made Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 available free of charge on hopes of gaining new readers on the title who were influenced to read WW comics following their viewing of Wonder Woman this past weekend.

 

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Villar working on recent orders in A Comic Shop in Orlando, FL. (PHOTO/Matt de Simone)

Brian Villar, a local retailer at A Comic Shop in Orlando, Florida witnessed both FCBD and Wonder Woman Day firsthand. “I think with Free Comic Book Day, there’s an influx of new readers with the new movies comics out,” Villar explains, “It’s one of those entry level things. I think these [free comic book] events say, ‘Hey, if you like this movie, come read the start where [these characters] come from.’

A Comic Shop is located at 114 South Semoran Boulevard in Winter Park. For more information on their events and promotions visit their Facebook page.

MattyLovesPodcast – MegaCon Orlando 2017

What does it take to get the O.G. MLP crew back together? MegaCon Orlando, that’s what. Join Matt and “Dr.” Tom as they traverse the sea of comic book humanity.

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