This almost seems like one of those "remember when" episodes. Hey, remember how WOJM was before the movie got pushed back 9 months? Remember how Gary used to count down the days until its release? Well, at the time of this recording, our ignorance of what would happen in the next 18 hours is bliss and we gleefully report on the news with no idea that the biggest Joe news story of the year thus far was about to stare us in the face. Regardless, it is a good show featuring friend of the program Gary Head who talks to us about what will be appearing at the JoeDeclassified.com booth at JoeCon. Old friend, Arune Singh, from Marvel Comics jumps in to share in the fun. From DER POST SACK, we answer mail about JoeCon t-shirt availability, a report from the Corpus Christi meet, and a listener suggests changes to Horrorshow to make him look more "bulky". In the second half, we get a listener review from LordEd about the 2010 Vacation in the Shadows comic. In the news, former WOJM guest, Neil Ross, is a JoeCon guest. We talk about how cool the 12" set is and Justin reports on the latest from the GI Joe: Special Ops game. So have a last listen of how it was before "the big announcement." Be sure to listen all the way to the end past the music for a small announcement from Gary.
It is the news NO ONE wanted to read. It was the news NO ONE wanted to believe. Regardless what no one wanted, it is the new reality of the motion picture dedicated to our favorite hobby. Instead of being released June 29, 2012, the movie that we've waited so long for and seemed only a few weeks away got moved to March 2013. Join WOJM co-hosts Chuck, Justin, Mike and Gary along with special guests Arune Singh from Marvel Comics and Brian Truitt from USA Today as we have a roundtable discussion with a number of community leaders about what this move means to the line and its future. While disbelief and frustration are the theme of the night, the cast looks hard toward what if any silver lining can be found and attempt to predict what the next 9 months will bring. Its a raw, unedited recording of a roundtable of fans picking up the pieces from the day. May 23, 2012 is the start of a new reality for GI Joe. Hear what the gang has to say...
What happens when Justin misses a show? Well, we tend to have awesome interviews with voice actors. So when Justin told us he would be missing this week's show, we knew our interview would be a blast! Joining us this week is Neil Ross, or otherwise known as the Sunbow voice of Shipwreck! We talk to Neil for an hour about his many works - past and present. Right before halftime, Shogi Scott reviews many of the souviner JoeCon exclusives from 2010. In the second half, we start off with the mailbag and answer another JoeCon question, talk about Sideshow and our thoughts on the Operation Bear Trap set, and we get a text message from Chuck's sister Barbra. In the news we talk about the final reveals of the 2012 3.75" JoeCon set, once again we mention that the JoeCon Brochure is out, local Filipino GI Joe collector group, TS118 will be setting up displays and dioramas in the lobby of many movie theaters in the Philippines to help promote the hobby to new fans. Retaliation and "Dollar Store" figures are the topic of discussion in our wrap up segment. A few of the guys got their hands on early stuff, so hear what the guys thought of the new movie toys. Its an exciting time to be a fan! Sit back, and enjoy this double-nickle edition of WOJM!
"The JoeCon Brochures are out!" Those 5 words are just as potent to a Joe fan as "Gentlemen, start your engines!" is to a race car driver, because to us it means JoeCon is drawing closer and registration time is near. Print off your forms and follow along with Gary and Justin, who between them share their nearly 20 years of JoeCon experience. Our dynamic duo will attempt to help you understand the brochure and read between the lines on this annually anticipated document. From the con sets, to the package choices, to the guests, to the pre-con tours, they'll break it down for you in tinier, much easier to swallow morsels. Now all you need to do is print out the brochure and follow along! We've been on the road to New Orleans for a couple of weeks now, but the city lights are now visible in the distance. We're your Golden Ticket to a successful JoeCon. It all starts here...!
This week we step back into the shadowy depths of the fandom to find the person responsible for the very cool, but very outlawed fan made video game, GI Joe: The Attack on Cobra Island. A crack team of WOJM investigative reporters, seasoned by watching 20/20 tracked down the lead designer of the game, known to us as Lord Skiff (aka Range Viper). Skiff, or Skiffer as Mike likes to call him, agreed to a clandestine interview. TO protect his privacy, Skiff asked that we disguise his voice. He's an every day collector and fan just like you and me. Find out what he has to say about his game, the C&D issued by Hasbro's lawyers and its foggy future. Rounding out the first half of the program, our buddy and admin of JoeBattlelines.com, Fred Meyer (aka Leo T. Dragon) gives an indepth review and historical lession of the 2002 JoeCon Crimson Strike Team set. Following halftime we were joined by Michael (aka Counterpunch) co-host of the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast to discuss the atmosphere at BotCon and some of the differences and similarities of the opposing fandoms. You'd be surprised at what we discover. After our good byes with Counterpunch, we dip into the mailbag for some JoeCon related questions. In the news, Chuck GUSHES about the new YoJoe.com layout. The rest of us admit, it is AWESOME! THe GIJCC unveils Stormavik and the first figure of the opposing faction - you get our reactions. All this and a ton more, PLUS we debut our new ORIGINAL theme music by composer Mat Howlett!! The countdown to JoeCon 2012 continues! Join the fun, won't you?
After the build up of the last couple of weeks, we finally got a chance to slow down and return to our more casual roots of reporting on the fandom. We gave Justin the week off because his throat hurt from making howling sounds at the moon fending off his new log cabin homestead site from bears, wolves and catamounts in the New Hampshire outback. Speaking of outback, able bodied Austrailian and Fwooshcast co-host Craig joined us along with our FAVORITE 12" collector, our buddy Ace Allgood. We catch up on the latest 12" community happenings with Ace including the GIJCC 12" MAN OF EVIL figure, what happened at JoeLanta, and how the 12" community is reacting to the issues of the GIJCC. In the second half, we go to the mailbag first and read a letter from a listener who had "the best Joe Day EVER!" In the news we talk about the new Retaliation pre-orders available from most retailers (we recommend Kokomo Toys for your Retaliation needs). IDW finally pairs up GI Joe in a cross over that doesn't involve robots (THANK YOU!). Amazon has begun selling and shipping their exclusive Retaliation and Renegades 4-packs. Plus information on the latest GIJCC newsletter and JoeCon set reveal of Col. Brekhov. Shogi Scott once again does a great review, this time of the 2010 JoeCon Vacation in the Shadows set - if you don't have one, you'll want to hear all about it! It's the STRETCH RUN to the 2012 JoeCon in NOLA! The push begins now... (this is your cue to go listen!)
LIVE FROM St. Louis, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New York, Seattle, Dayton, Milwaukee AND Sydney, its the ONE YEAR What's on JOE Mind Anniversary spectacular! This is the episode where we have YOU the fans call in and join us in the conversation! Also joining us on hotline calls were Operation Red Retrieval Director Mark Cheng, Canadian Joe Con promoter Mike Heddle, Marvel's Director of Communication Arune Singh AND...HERB FROM RHODE ISLAND! Instead of jamming this event into one TINY podcast, we decided to loosen the belt a little and let the show expand into what is now OUR LONGEST EPISODE EVER! I mean, with so many folks calling in, how could we NOT talk to all of you, our fans who stuck with us over the last year. As a special thank you, we got the biggest and best voice in ALL of the Joe Sunbow world to sit down with us for a solid hour. We had the one, the only, Michael Bell (aka Duke) shoot the bull with us AND critique Chuck on his horrible Major Bludd impersonation/immitation (call it what you want, he does neither good).
The remainder of the "first half" of the show are ALL of your calls while two lucky callers walk away with some Robert Atkins art for just calling in. Pretty sweet! We also get the latest on the Canadian Joe Con, Greg makes a return and Craig teases us about seeing The Avengers.
During our halftime break, we debut our newest promo. Will Chuck finally get to talk about robots in it?
In the news we talk about the GIJCC reveals of Diana and Schrage (which we pronounced a number of ways, including one with a tweeeest). Pics from China reveal the long rumored Amazon 4-pack and we get an additional surprise of a Renegades 4-pack. The single pack "dollar store" figures appear in The Philippines and we discover variants and running changes to the line. SyFy.com launches GI Joe: Special Ops (sounds like a podcast) social media game. IDW employees shoot down concernes about the Joe titles being scaled back. On the movie front, we got a ton of new movie posters and poster variants...and FINALLY, the big news of the week are the plethoria of domestic and regional trailers which will hold us over until the big day in June.
In the final segment of the show, the remaining cast and special guest, Will Bell, give their thoughts over the last year. Sure, its a little gratuitous back patting, but for anyone who has a podcast, been on a podcast or attempted a podcast, this is NOT easy work. We thank you the listeners for all the comments, good and bad, who fueled this show to this day. It is not often anything last long enough to complete a year and we thank you for being part of the ride.
One year is just the beginning for WOJM. The show is often immitated but it will never be duplicated. There is so much more to talk about for 2012, the movie, the toys, the comics and all the cons - and we'll be there with you, every week to talk about it. Hotel internet sucks! Now let's roll!!
Our apologies for anyone who go in the queue and didn't get a chance to be on the show. From the sounds of things this was a successful concept and we will do it again in the future.