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MattyLovesPodcast #61 with Aaron Haaland, owner of A Comic Shop

In the latest installment of MLP, Matty travels to A Comic Shop in Orlando, Florida to talk to the store’s owner, Aaron Haaland. Usually, MattyLoves provides visitors with content that revolves around the topics of comic books and pro-wrestling. The blogs are mainly dedicated to comics, while episodes of MLP ebb and flow with whatever Matty’s currently wrapped up within.

Over the past year, Matty’s fascination with the sales of comics has increased. In the last ten years, Marvel and DC have presented comic book readers with an overwhelming number of reinventions. Some were successful, while others failed miserably.


The sun sets behind A Comic Shop, located at 114 S Semoran Blvd in Winter Park, FL. (Photo/Matt de Simone)

How does this affect the retailer? Haaland is internationally known. He has a weekly video blog featured on a pop culture news site, Bleeding Cool. If anyone in Matty’s neck of the woods had a finger on the pulse of the comic book business, it’s Aaron Haaland.


From the success of DC Rebirth, to the confusion of Secret WarsMatty asks Haaland about the state of the comic book business for a retailer in 2017. The main question Matty wants answered is how retailers adapt to the relaunches in order to sell comic books to new reader. Also, what do you tell a longtime reader when a series with the same creative team relaunches with a new “#1” as opposed to simply continuing the ongoing series? It’s awesome that Haaland took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with Matty and answer his questions. Enjoy this interview with the host of A Comic Show and owner of Matty’s favorite comic shop.

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MattyLovesPodcast Episode 43: “Potpourri, Usagi, and ‘Rey’s Theme’ stays”

Welcome back to another episode of MattyLovesPodcast! In this episode, Matt de Simone is once again joined by special guest, Nick DeCicco, as Matt closes out the extended anniversary celebration of MLP.

On this episode, Matt and Nick discuss Tim Burton’s film adaption of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the end of Marvel’s Darth Vader series, what they want out of comic shops, and also the lasting power of “Rey’s Theme” from The Force Awakens.

Usagi Yojombo gets a mention. The fellas also wonder what Ernest Cline is up to because they are so ready for the Ready Player One film adapt. Finally, Matt and Nick put a stamp on Warcraft.



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MattyLovesPodcast Volume 2, Episode 10: “The Las Vegas Orcs Hockey Club”

Welcome back, true believers!

This week Matt and “Dr.” Tom discuss some of the more recent comic book news from the print medium as well as Hollywood related comic shenanigans.

On the last show, Matt sold Tom the last 30 minutes of X-Men: Apocalypse. Tom gives his ten cents. Sanza Stark’s fake American accent didn’t sit well with “The Street Shaman of Geekdom.” They both aren’t into Beast’s overall presentation. The guys also speculate on what’s next for the X-Men films. (Go into space, Mr. Singer.)

Evan Peters, who plays Quicksilver in Apocalypse, was simply asked a, “What if Quicksilver and Deadpool were on screen together?” Matt’s brain exploded.

Matt gives a quick DC Rebirth update.

Las Vegas now officially has an expansion franchise in the National Hockey League. Poor, Quebec. Have no fear. They may end up taking over the Hurricanes spot. Matt and Tom speculate on what names the new Las Vegas hockey club could use.

There’s been a new addition to the cast of bots in Transformers: The Last Knight. It’s ridiculous.

There’s been a speculative new addition to the cast of Old Man Logan. It’s awesome.

Finally, Matt sells “Dr.” Tom on the new Warcraft picture. Tom explains to Matt what a “Chinese Gold Farmer” is.


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MattyLovesPodcast Volume 2, Episode 9: “Rebirth”

Matt and “Dr.” Tom have both read lead-ins and the first issue of DC Comics’ Rebirth. They take this podcast to take about DC’s new direction.

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MattyLovesComics – 06.01.2016 – “Rebirf”

Hey! New comic book day!

hrcc2I got back from Roanoke this past Monday. After a crapbag delay at the Orland-Sanford Airport on Friday afternoon, which killed my day (and would’ve prevented me from entertaining any masses if there had been wrestling possibly in the Mid-Atlantic area that Friday night). So, I pretty much had only Saturday and Sunday to spend with my family, which I did. It was a good time. I enjoyed seeing all of the de Simones from PA and meeting all of the new in-laws. In 32 years of living in Roanoke, never once had I drank in The Pine Room. Ric Flair did. So, now I can cross that one off. After a surprisingly smooth flight from VA back to Orlando, here I is.

Hey, speaking of pro-wrestling stuff, I currently have a new blog I’m working on where I give me take on where I think pro-wrestling is headed in the next two years or so. I’m sort of piecing it together while researching because I don’t want to just sound like I’m fantasy booking the industry. I feel there is a possibility of some of this shit coming to fruition. It should be up in a few days.

PHILLIES UPDATE 2016: Look at April’s calendar, then May’s. That’s all I have to say. I can’t complain that they’re 26-26, but after watching a lot of their games in the first two months, they’re better than .500. Not much, but at least five games better.

godfather2_mar14Outside of applying to jobs, working on my own personal projects and at the job that pays my bills, I need to be entertained. I always have something going on in the background. Over the course of May I watched a lot of the WWE Network’s Monday Night War, 1995 programming, and the podcasts and original docs. I finally completed The Flash season one. WOW. I have all of the second season on my DVR. When I hung out over at my friend Pete’s last week, he had The Godfather Part II on. I haven’t run through them all (yes, even Part III) yet this year. Only issue is that they are hard films to run while I’m working because 45% of the films are in Italian. I’m Italian, but there’s only so much I know due to the fact that I didn’t grow up with any “F.B.I.s” around. I like to do the Godfather At Night month to where I watch, like, 30 minutes of it every night before I go to bed. It’s sort of like reading a book.

Now I’m talking about reading so why not get to the comics!

First off, I was wrong about the new Superman “shield numbering” system I mentioned a couple weeks ago. Turns out, it was used only to help keep track of the death of “New 52” Superman. Thankfully, the four issues I read out of the eight released were enough to effectively tell the story and give me the feels. I kind of wanted them to go back to that, but this tells me they don’t have any “long cons” within the story to utilize the shield numbers. Oh well.

DC Rebirth #1 was totally fine by me. Holy geez. When Barry pulls Wally from The Speed Force? When we get to see what everyone is up to and kind of give a shit about everything? Justice League #50 was money. Superman #52 was so money. Trust me, go out and read JL #50, Supes #52, then Rebirth #1–great fun is on the horizon for longtime DC readers who have grown a bit sour towards the end of the “New 52” era. Some people are butt-hurt about the whole Watchmen resurgence and incorporation with current canon. Get over it. Go join all of the Captain America Shouldn’t Be A Nazi” supporters who totally believe that this is, and always has been the case with “Herr Rogers.”

before-watchmen-dr-manhattan-4-spoilers-dc-comics-rebirth-1I think I’m done with the “keep comic books ‘comic books’” thing. Screw it, maybe some of these characters that we consider “untouchable” or set-in-stone should have something completely whacky happen to get new readers. As a writer, I’ve grown to understand why creators do this over the past decade of reading comics. Believe me, they’re not doing this shit because they know a lot of fans absolutely love Dr. Manhattan. They’re doing this because they want to connect everything that’s ever happened in DC Comics together. If we get Superman vs. Dr. Manhattan–okay. I’m not sure anyone stands a chance against the blue Doc, but if they find a way to reverse his condition/powers–wait, I may be speaking too soon, Batman.

On the airplane, I read a lot of books I needed to catch up on. Tokyo Ghost is pretty awesome. Sean Murphy’s art is so dope. I love his vehicles.

The Mighty Thor is also fantastic because it’s still playing off of things that happened back in God of Thunder during the first “Marvel NOW!” campaign. It’s gratifying to know I’ve been reading a continuous Thor story for four years or so. Wish more books did that.

Extraordinary X-Men needs to break free from this “Apocalypse War” and do other stuff. Counting the days. I’m still not into the direction of the entire X-Universe, but Jeff Lemire is doing his best with this title.

So what’s up for today?

My stack today includes:









xmen_by_marciotakaraI have a good mix here, I think. I’m rolling along with Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine. Logan is one of my favorite comic book heroes of all time. Laura ( the former “X-23”) is the female clone to Wolverine. Less hairy (probably), kicks a lot of ass, and would make a great “my super hero girlfriend.” Marcio Takara provides the pencils. He has an X-Men piece that’s been the desktop backdrop for my old Macbook for years.

Becky Cloonan’s first issue as scribe for The Punisher volume 146 is entertaining. Steve Dillon is back drawing Frank Castle. With those two sentences alone, you should be reading this comic.

And of course there are the Rebirth issues for both Batman as well as Superman. Green Arrow also has one out today featuring he and Black Canary. Glad they’re back together. Never been a GA guy though. Let me know if it’s worth checking out.

That’s about it out of me today. Like I mentioned before, I’ll have that pro-wres centric blog up by the weekend. Until then, I’ll see you all next week.

WEBSITEBIOPIC2Matt de Simone cannot for the life of him get “Southern Cross” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash out of his head. It’s awful. You know what else is awful? People refer to the trio as “CSN.” They get an acronym. I don’t think they deserve it. Neil Young is the piece that holds it together. “CSNY” all day. Matter of fact, Buffalo Springfrield all day. Matter of fact, The Hollies all day, son. What up, T.T.?


MattyLovesComics – Wednesday, 05.25.2016 – “Give ’em the Marlinspike.”

Hey, everyone! Happy Comic Book Wednesday. I hope your week has been fun-filled, productive, and stress-free. I’m preparing to head back home to Roanoke, Virginia this weekend for my brother’s wedding. Exciting. I remember when he was a little baby boy. I’m his older brother, so, of course I did. I’m super-excited for he and his bride-to-be. Big congrats now and much more from the entire family are coming this weekend. The Pennsylvania de Simones travel down south to party with the VA clan. Should be a blast. I can’t wait.

I just killed a spider and feel horrible about it. I had him (I think it was a he) cornered. It was like he wanted it to happen. He just quit running. Poor spider. “Don’t look so mean and next time I’ll spare you.” I just don’t want any little guys biting my Sweet T and hurting the little girl.

So there’s my confession. I hope the “circle of life” doesn’t choose to damage me in any way. I have to fly in a few days and don’t want my sinuses to cause me discomfort anywhere close to the pain I felt in my ears the last time I flew home. I wonder if there are any flying super-heroes with similar sinus problems? Can they fly super-high, or just low enough to where they don’t rupture their eardrums? Please don’t let me murderous action affect my flight. (I’m worried about this at all, if you can’t tell.)

042915-600-philliesfans-phillies-fans-phanaticBefore I get to my comic book business, one last thing. I know it’s only May, but the Philadelphia Phillies are playing some inspiring baseball. I actually have the game tonight in Detroit streaming behind this document. It’s hard to get pissed at these guys this year. They were projected (Vegas) to win in and around 60 games (81 wins is what you need to finish with a .500 record). They’ve already won 24. I know the “June swoon” is ahead (always happens), but they’re going to win more than 60 games. I think they finish 81-81 if they keep it up (and not lose three in a row this weekend). They couldn’t sneak into the wild card… Could they? Go Phils.

So what’s new with me? Damnit, I’ve been chilling. After five years of non-stop homework, researching, and studying, I’ve taken this month to reflect on how I’ve gotten this far. I haven’t taken a second to appreciate everything. All the good grades and whatnot always felt like it was “never enough” and that there’s still something else I need to take care of. Such is life, I guess. There’s honestly so much I need to take care of at the moment, but I felt like I needed to hit the brakes for a few days.

Now that I’ve realized all I have accomplished, it’s time to act. That’s the plan, at least. I have a few projects jumping around in Word files on my computer. There’s a pretty swank short film I’m currently producing with a few of my friends/mentors down here in sunny Florida. I don’t have a lot of specific info to share at the moment, but as the next months fly by, I’m sure you’ll be reading some of my ramblings about filming “stuff.” Just so I know, which film is better? Predator? Or Commando?

police-the-545729c302906I want to take a quick second to remind all of you that have never listened to the music of The Police to listen to them. Thank you.

Comics! Oh, wow. You guys! I’m all caught up! On everything (I read monthly)! I read Max Landis’ final issue of Superman: American Alien last night. Last time, I briefly mentioned how exciting Superman comics are at the moment. Issue seven of SAA tied a lovely bow onto a beautiful package. This series is the new For All Seasons for the up-and-coming generation of Superman readers. I love, love, loved it. Trust me, I have a ton of thoughts on the Superman titles and will share them in due time. It’s only been a month (7 issues total) of solid Supes canon. If it stays consistent, you will be hearing from me, I assure you.

Let’s see. What else? Oh, yo Sam Humphries’ Citizen Jack! I mentioned this demonizing, political farce last week. The main baddie of CJ goes by the name of Marlinspike. Marlinspike is a killer noun. Never in a million years would I think to name a demon after the tool. If I were to have a cameo in this comic, I would ask Marlinspike if he double-knots his laces. Next, I’d run far away and shut my eyes tight in hopes the demon didn’t get a good look at them.

citizen2bjack2b12b5Have you ever thought that a demon was possibly manipulating one of the U.S. presidential candidates from the last, I don’t know, three elections? Ironic I don’t get it until now that this comic is sort of a, “Wouldn’t it be funny if…” story. But it’s kind of not (for those of you that watch the “news”). Jack Noteworthy is an unforgettable character, I’ll just say that. He’s manipulated by Marlinspike to run for President of the United States. (He doesn’t win or anything.) The book is fantastic, ridiculous, and makes you think. I love that specific trifecta after finishing any story. Read this book and laugh. In all honesty, Citizen Jack kind of sums up how I like to view the world of politics.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Hello, again. I decided to make my return so I could omit the paragraph this one here now replaces. Matt grabbed his soapbox. I used my delete button during revisions. Simple as that. That comic he was talking about is quite good, though. Go, U, S, and A!]

FUTURE QUEST! Wow. This is the answer to so many “origin questions” I would ask myself as a little boy watching the syndicated Hanna-Barbera action cartoons. Where did Space Ghost come from? Why don’t the Herculoids team up with Space Ghost or the Super Friends? How come I never see the Jonny Quest episode with the “spider cyclopses (or is it cyclopi)?” Well, guess what? Jeff Parker (I think/hope) is about to answer some of them, but possibly all of them, yo. Remember: Super Friends was originally a HB property. Either way, I got the spider-cyclopses in the first issue of FQ. F.E.A.R. brings Bir-r-r-rdman into the fray. Away we go. Stoked up on this series already.

international-iron-man-1-preview-4-e1456900628117International Iron Man is another refreshing series. Brian Michael Bendis takes us back to what I believe to be Tony Stark’s first heartbreak. I love a love story. Bendis takes one of my favorite dramatic approaches with Tony and his femme fatale. We now know (or you should know) that Tony Stark’s father, Howard, is not his biological father. (They don’t tell you this in the movies, kids. Hence, why reading is way better.) So when we flashback now to Tony’s past, we’re all looking at Howard a bit differently. So who is Stark’s actual father? If this were Batman instead of Stark, Bruce would discover his “father” is actually someone stupid and unnecessary like, shit… I don’t know. Dr. Manhattan, maybe?

Oh, wait…

On that note, let’s look ahead to what I’m sort of referencing.


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Did anyone read the spoilers to DC Rebirth #1? I did AF. After I was finished reading AF, my feelings turned into a “WTF.” I’m spending the $6 or whatever on the book today. Yeah, I know whack shit goes down. What I’m hoping for is a silver lining I can find. Superman is cleaning up right now. He needs to take the point. Wally West returns. It feels right to me. Hopefully the words will enhance my feeling. I have lots of “feelings” about the future of DC Comics. Here’s to hopefully blowing some minds and not “it.” (New 52, ahem.)

“Last Days of Magic,” anyone? Those of you keeping up with Doctor Strange can attest. I wish I could say I’ve been reading Tales of Suspense and “Doc Strizzy” since I was 8 years old, but I haven’t. And neither have you, so don’t act like you’re some “Doc Strange Master Jedi” come November. Just do your research and come at me then. I’m currently grinding on some Strange (and Deathstroke). Who else is going to tell you the movie isn’t “true” to the comics? Duh.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’ve read 30 issues of Doctor Strange, that’s a few more than Matt has ever read of past issues. Don’t listen to him. Although I would suggest reading up because I assure you that by the end of October, Matt will think of himself as a “Doc Strange Master Jedi” which he so cantankerously coined above.]

Bee-tee-dubs, Star Wars: still that fire. Tokyo Ghost: same, but different kind of “same.”

5226521-smlocl_cv8I almost forgot before I run too long, Superman: Lois and Clark concludes today! We’re about to shift gears as the “real” Supes of the DCU makes his presence known to everyone. What are they all going to think once they meet a Superman who has a son? Oh yeah, Clark and Lois Lane (from pre-New 52/post-Crisis) have a little boy, Jon. You can imagine how awesome this kid can be. This is the only good thing that spun out of Convergence. Can’t wait to read all of these books!

With that, I’ll bid you all adieu. Happy reading, everyone! Maybe I’ll see you all next week.

WEBSITEBIOPIC2Matt de Simone is a writer, podcast host, and all around cool guy. He enjoys drinking his coffee in the mornings while he watches his magical cat, Tildy, eat her breakfast like the proud lioness she is. T’s picky and loves her food made a certain way. The specialties Matt adds to her meals do not help. This is Matt’s life in Florida.