You may remember when I was interviewed on Talk Stephen King not that long ago. Well, that interview spawned a post by Bryant Burnette over at Ramblings of a Honk Mahfah, titled “Why Listening and Reading are Not the Same Thing.” That lead to David at TSK wanting to moderate a discussion (or pick a fight, whichever) on the topic between myself and Bryant Burnette. It got kind of interesting and ended up turning into NerdFest 2012! You know how I love a good NerdFest, me…
Song Break: Marc Gunn - “Middle-Earth Bragging Rights”
This episode finds the Honk MahFah himself, Bryant Burnette, and I chatting about what our choices would be, should we get to cast the Dark Tower movies, should they actually be getting made. Matt also reveals a secret casting that he heard about, but probably won’t happen now that production has been delayed. Matt also bounces some ideas off of Bryant about an all nerd culture dream-cast for the Dark Tower movies! Then we get into some talk about the Dark Tower Comics and how they are trying to fill some of the gaps that were left in the Dark Tower books. All you non-Wholigans can tune at after that, because it turns out that both Bryant and I are huge Doctor Who fans! So tighten your scarves or bow ties and hold on to your fezes and sonic screwdrivers, because it’s about to get turbo-nerd in here! Feel free to tune out if you’re not a Whovian, it’s OK. I do know that some of the SK listeners are Doctor Who fans, so I decided to leave this part in.
By now you know that I am a huge fan of King’s comic books and Hill’s comic books. With this news, I am absolutely giddy! I may have found nerdvana with this. I will have a review up for the first issue as soon as I get my copy.
This is a big deal for King fans, Hill fans and comic book fans! Stephen King and Joe Hill are collaborating on a comic book together, called “Road Rage.” The first issue, “Throttle,” will be available for online purchase on February 15th, 2012 and there are details on the official website (click here) on how you can get your local comic shop to get a copy for you.
The comic is a translation of a 2009 short story that was written by King and Hill together “Throttle,” that was based on Richard Matheson’s “Duel.” In an interview with comicbookresources.com, Joe Hill recalled a summer when he was a kid in which he and his father watched the Steven Spielberg adaptation of “Duel” innumerable times. So it seemed natural for them to collaborate on the story. When asked about what it was like to work along side his father, Joe Hill had this to say
My dad is real loose. And he’s a horse. If he was a pitcher, he’d be the kind of guy who could go out and throw a hundred and forty pitches, still touch 90 on the gun by the end of the game, then come out three days later and pitch a few innings in relief. He keeps things fun and effortless and stripped down, and those things rub off, so the story was a breeze to write. Here I am, almost forty — I’m still constantly learning things about creativity and peace of my mind from my Dad.
Last week, I put up a post about my favorite Stephen King audiobooks (click here to read) with a promise at the end that I would do another post in the near future about my favorite audiobooks from all authors, not just King. I did this because my favorite question after I meet a Stephen King fan is to ask who else they read. I would assume that is your favorite question as well. I do hear it a lot from people, so I figured I would throw up a post about it. I prefer audiobook format over regular books, because I just do. I get wrapped up in them quicker and easier, which makes the story more enjoyable, to me.
I also wish to state that I am not including podiobooks in this list. Podiobooks will get their own post, simply because of format differences. Also, podiobooks are generally put together by indie authors, and, in my mind at least, it’s not fair to stack them against “The Pros.” One podiobook did make this list, however, and that is purely because it was that good. I also own the e-book of it, even though I will probably never read it. Sorry for that. Once again, if you are not aware of what a podiobook is, then you will have to wait for that post for me to explain it. You could use the “Amazing Google Machine” in front of you now, if you want to learn more.