A Comics and Culture Podcast

Episode 52: Gamer Cemetery Gates

Life Leave Me Alone; A Comics And Culture Podcast Episode 52

We’re finally back to talk comics, culture, and (for once) video games! Through a malestrom of adversity, we’ve finally returned from our summer hiatus. Not illness, nor scheduling, nor lack of content shall stop us now. On this episode, Matt gathers with musician and gamer Zach, designer and renaissance woman Stefanie, and comic aficionado/RVA 5-0 Tanner to talk about comics and the effects of the recent #GamerGate controversy. 
Our participating guests are diverse and opinionated, which is maybe the whole point of podcasting?
Relevant Links
Gamer Gate
Marvel Unlimited
TellTale Games

Episode 51: I Went To Ferguson


Episode 51 (click here)

I (Matt) found myself in St. Louis for a business trip and staying in a hotel staffed nearly entirely by Ferguson residents. Eventually I ended up right at the McDonalds and Ferguson Market where, as of the writing of this post, much violence has occurred.

I didn’t see any tanks or teargas as I was there during the middle of the day and things were comparatively tame.

I’m not a journalist. What is in this episode are just my thoughts and experiences along with the thoughts of some Ferguson locals.This podcast has never really been about news, comics’ or otherwise. This is no different (though I did find out some very important things that aren’t being reported by the media, left or right). Take this for what it is. 

Herein also are some pictures and video I took.

For better information I suggest following and reviewing the feeds of Antonio French and Ryan Reilly

When they broke down the door
and put their guns in the face of your wife and child,
and as they pinned you to the floor
did you say “officer, i am not resisting you. “ 

-Strike Anywhere

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Ferguson Police have dogs and shotguns. The unarmed crowd is raising their hands.

For anyone not following the Mike Brown story on Twitter: a 17 year old black boy named Mike Brown, who was supposed to start college tomorrow, was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri by police while jaywalking. He was unarmed. He was shot 9 times.

Initial media reports claimed that an 18 year old black man had been shot and killed while fleeing police after shoplifting.

People in the neighborhood, including members of Mike Brown’s family, came out of their homes and began to protest, shouting “no justice, no peace,” and keeping their hands in the air.

Media reports claimed that a violent mob quickly formed around the shooting location shouting “kill the police.”

Spread this. Tell the truth about what happened to this boy. Tell the truth about what is happening NOW. The police and the mainstream media is painting him as a criminal, and his community as a violent mob.

SPREAD THIS. Don’t let them lie.

(Source: whatwhiteswillneverknow, via mattfractionblog)

Episode 50: A Lot Of Chaka Khan w/ Chris Sebela


Episode 50

This will be our last week before taking a month off, so SOAK IT IN. Lots of stuff going on in the LLMA camp so we’re going to take some time to regroup. Luckily, before failing you all miserably, we’ve managed to get CHRIS SEBELA on the show to talk about his comics DEAD LETTERS, HIGH CRIMES, and what it’s like to write fucking SNAKE PLISSKEN (OH MAH GAHD).

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stefan1138 said: Did u read this week's hawkeye? Will u talk about it in your next podcast?

I don’t think any of us did. We’re sort of “done” with Hawkeye. Did you? Could you convince me to jump back on?