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Episode 29 – New York’s Premier Kick-Man

I know it’s not Monday. I’m pretty sure it’s Friday. So when you hear me utter the words “WE’RE LIVE! SO WE RECORD ON FRIDAY AND RELEASE ON THAT MONDAY! BOOOOOM!”, remember that that will almost always happen, just not this week due to some film production stuffs going down, sucking my time up like Eugene Victor Tooms on a liver every 30 years… moving on…

For our 29th episode, We play and review the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Game. Also discussed: Ryan’s real life possible home invasion story, a fan’s excellent Mirage / Homage art piece, how the show is FINALLY LIVE, Beyond the Black Rainbow, rain and moving mattresses, “multi-media” performers, and driving etiquette.

DOWNLOAD: Episode 29 – New York’s Premier Kick-Man

NEXT WEEK: Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol.1 #24, Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol.1 #7, and Totally Tubular Turtle Toy Talk: Vehicles and Wacky Artillery (2nd Wave).

Episode 28 – Givin’ Me the Misery…

Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages (well, maybe not all ages…) this is a momentous occasion. After months of steadily working forward, I am proud to announce that we are, indeed, LIVE! Yes, it’s true! We will record our new episodes on Friday and release them Monday. No more dated news talk, sports stories, or jokes. Actually, the jokes are always dated. But they usually feature alliteration. And that, fair listeners, is what makes the world go ’round!

What’s on the docket for Episode 28, you may ask? Well, we continue on the journey by reviewing Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1, # 22 and 23, and also cover the Playmates 2nd Wave Wacky Action Figures in Totally Tubular Turtle Toy Talk. As per usual, our talkative nature also compels us to mention the coolness of customized figures, the new Daft Punk single, the upcoming Free Comic Book Day, and Eric’s haul from Record Store Day. And don’t forget: we have a contest underway! Go to the Facebook page, caption the page from TMNT Adventures, and compete to win a copy of TMNT Mirage #8!

NEXT WEEK: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Game!

Episode 27 – Fun with Tongue Guns.

Traffic sucks. Nobody likes it. Why, then, do some of us react so caustically toward other drivers who are stuck in the same thing? We’re all stuck here. Yet, somehow, all it takes is one jerk and the whole thing gets up in a tizzy. The one thing I can’t stand above all is someone riding my ass. Especially when I typically drive about 5 mph above the speed limit. Where do you have to be that you can afford to be riding so close to me when I’m ALREADY SPEEDING IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?!?!

I have a solution for that, though. I will start by saying that I don’t do anything if I have my wife or kids in the car. I just keep driving. Messing with an asshole is never worth the safety of your family. If you’re alone, however, and you’re tired of getting rode up on as well, give this a shot.

When I see someone is so close to my ass that I can’t see their headlights above my tailgate in my rear view mirror, I just let my foot off of the gas. Simple as that. As I start slowly decelerating, I like to watch their reaction. A lot of times they have to slam on the breaks because they’re so close that even a gentle drop in speed will send them dangerously close to rear ending you in the first place. I drop it all the way down to about 15 mph and hold it there.
From here I make a call: If they drop way back and keep their distance I speed back up.At that point it’s all good. They’ve  learned their lesson and no longer deserve my ire.
If they speed back up and resume their earlier tight spacing, I lock em up. All the way up. This usually sends the message. I’ve gotten to this step a handful of times and it’s pretty harrowing. I’ve never been rear ended, but I always think it’s gonna happen. If they were to actually hit me, that’s fine. It’ll be at about a 5 mph differential and would be pretty harmless. 
But let me tell you, if it were to happen, I would put on my flashers, pull out my phone and call the cops. I want insurance information and a police report. It would take forever. It would totally ruin that jerk’s day as well. And justly, in my opinion. Jerks that act like that in traffic fully deserve it. And besides, it makes for a good story… Now, let’s talk Turtles!

For our 27th episode we cover Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol.1, # 20 and 21, as well as cover some of the 2nd wave of Playmates figures in Totally Tubular Turtle Toy Talk. On top of that, we talk about the untimely passing of Chi Cheng, get hyped for Record Store Day, and a germophobe’s nightmare scenario at a local gas station. Don’t forget about our caption contest that’s still running over at our Facebook page! 
NEXT WEEK: Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1, #22 and 23. Also, more Totally Tubular Turtle Toy Talk!

Episode 26: Jessica Hahn and the Slash For Cash… Dojo.

Writing these blogs can be awesome when you really have something to say. However, they can be mystifying if your mind is running up blanks. Politics? Nothing of note. Funny stories? They’re in the podcast. Show news? Wait… I got it! OUR NEW CONTEST! 

Now, you may ask yourself, who won the last one? Remember, the turtle naming one? Well, honestly, we don’t know. All of the suggestions were awesome, but we got so wrapped up in trying to get the show current and dealing with the incredible delay of releasing episodes well after we recorded them, that we kind of lost track. Not to mention I haven’t seen the turtles in my pool for a while now. Hope they’re okay.

The new contest, however, is legit. What are the stakes? Well, you could win a copy of Mirage Vol.1, #8, my friends. All one must do is visit the the Facebook page and caption a funny frame we pulled from one of the 4 TMNT Adventures we covered in this episode. Check out the page and submit your wit! 

On this 26th episode of the podcast we cover  Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol.1, #19 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (Ongoing) #1-4. Also, we discuss the new wave of TMNT figures coming soon, some practical joking that went down concerning a false pregnancy scare, the Tampa Con overcrowding disaster and the resulting exploits of Merle Haggler himself!

DOWNLOAD: Episode 26 – Jessica Hahn and the Slash for Cash…. Dojo.

NEXT WEEK:  Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol.1, #20 and 21. Also, Totally Tubular Turtle Toy Talk!

Episode 25 – IF. GET. SERIOUS!

      This whole thing lined up way too serendipitous, if you think about it. We hit our 25th episode and through absolutely no arrangement on our part, we wind up covering one of the most iconic moments for the TMNT and, indeed, the history of video games. So we made a little party out of it and invited some friends to sit in with us and have a good time. And it all went so well. These things don’t seem to happen often in life; moments when fate kind of smiles on you and takes a break from setting its myriad hurdles in your path.


Forgive me for the little Danny Tanner moment we’re about to have here and listen: THANK YOU. Each and every one of you who have listened, reached out to us, joked around with us, and generally helped to make this show so much fun to do. There are a million and one podcasts you could be listening to when you decide to listen to ours and that time you invest isn’t taken for granted. We have been hatching some ideas for what we want to do for #50 and many of them include you guys, so be ready! Wanna crack open this episode yet? Let’s do this!

      In celebration of our landmark 25th episode, we play through and review the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade Game. For our opener we are joined in studio by a few friends of the show live in the studio. Later, we finally welcome resident video game expert and good friend of the show Mr. Joe Martin to join us as we commence a thorough look at the game, level by level. Throughout the excite-fest we muse on the TampaCon overcrowding disaster, news concerning the new TMNT series, the return of Merle Haggler, and a Lightning game that nearly came to fisticuffs. Saucy! 


NEXT WEEK: Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol.1, #19 and TMNT Adventures (Ongoing) #1-4.

Episode 24 – Accidentally Asian as Fuggg…

      Anyone else excited about baseball? I know I’m a nerd and all (I guess…) but I’m unapologetic about my love of sports. I love em. I get as nerdy about my teams as I do about certain comic creators or my favorite engineers. For being a group of people who are generally made fun of and mocked for their interests, you’d be surprised how much animosity you can get from so called nerds when you bring sports up at all. I guess it’s kind of like breaking into German at the neighborhood barbecue in 1944; I’m using the language of their oppressors. Not everyone has the same interests, and that’s what makes this life diverse, right? It’s just funny to me how quickly we forget about that principle, myself included. Go Rays!

   On this episode we cover Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1, #17 and 18. And as always, we slide over and converse about ghost stories (again), butchering whole chickens, our trip to MegaCon 2013, and the ethics behind vinyl scalping and speculation.

DOWNLOAD: Episode 24 – Accidentally Asian as Fuggg…

NEXT WEEK: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game!!!

Episode 23 – “Wait’ll You See My Tech…”

      Moving scary fast at this point, guys.


      On this, our 23rd episode, we complete our coverage of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series (1987) – Season 2 by reviewing Episodes 9 – 13. We also manage to touch on a fan’s encounter with April O’Neil, our hype for the upcoming Orlando MegaCon, and the new Dark Tower novel by Stephen King. 
NEXT WEEK: Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol.1, Issues #17, 18.

Episode 22 – “Wow, You’re a Regular Abe Lincoln…”

      I think summer has arrived. At least here in Florida. When you’ve lived here your whole life, you grow to have a strange love / hate relationship with the heat. When seemingly everyone else in every part of America is enjoying “Fall”, you sit in the broiling heat until at least January. From about January to March the weather is typically nice, getting downright damp and freezing some nights.

      It is during this time, while seemingly every part of America is complaining about snow and blizzards that you seem to think you’ve come out ahead. It’s February and the high is 65 degrees, without a cloud in the sky and a slight cool breeze. Eventually, however, the heat comes back. It always does. But, there’s still something about the first summery day, which here in the Sunshine State isn’t so much dictated by a decisive date as by the first day you do something summery.

      In my case, it was mowing the yard, breaking a sweat, and then hopping in the pool. After I had dried off, pork shoulder had just come off the grill. It was in this moment, eating barbecue and drinking sweet tea, that I realized summer had come into full effect. I know that soon I’ll curse the heat and jump from one air conditioned bubble of temperate sanity to the next, with both eyes fixed firmly on the promise of January’s cool air, but for now I think I’ll try to make the best of it. I SPIT HOT FIRE!!!  

      For our 22nd episode, we continue our wall-to-wall coverage of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series (1987) – Season 2 by reviewing Episodes 5 – 8. Other topics touched on include Ryan’s interactions with the Urban Coyote, fan emails both celebrating the Turtles live experience and bringing to light some unintentional hilarity concerning a certain word used on the show, whether Fluke Man from The X-Files is scarier than Slenderman, and some analysis of the first trailer for Activision and Redfly’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

DOWNLOAD: Episode 22 – “Wow, You’re a Regular Abe Lincoln…”

NEXT WEEK: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series (1987) – Season 2, Episodes 9 – 13.

Episode 21- Art, Art of Art, Aartvark.

      Hello, all. I hope everyone’s Easter (regardless of denomination) was excellent. Things over here at the Turtle Soup camp are great. We’re getting closer and closer to being caught up and getting these episodes out of the can. We’re talking about Valentine’s Day and it’s April. Not bad. Not bad at all…  

      On this, our “heaping spoon full” 21st episode, we review the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series (1987) – Season 2, Episodes 1-4. Other interesting topics we discuss include Eric’s lavish Valentines Day spending, polarized opinions on mayonnaise, our continued hype up for MegaCon, and the insanity that is Raph “ON THE ZIIIIPLIIINE!”. Be sure to check out our Facebook group and iTunes, peeps!

DOWNLOAD: Episode 21 – Art, Art of Art, Aartvark.

NEXT WEEK: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series (1987) – Season 2, Episodes 5-8.

Episode 20 – Havin’ Some Sport With the Fat One!

       Howdy! I hope this fine Thursday finds you all well. I, for one, am enduring a rough cold. The kind that makes your nose feel like broken glass. The kind that fills your chest with thick, yellow slime. While I know that these symptoms are our body’s way of defeating evil viruses, I have no patience for it. However, when you start to feel better it does feel somewhat worth it. Everything has a glow about it, like you can do anything. Unfortunately I’m at least three days from this great feeling. So, yeah. Pretty tired. What gets me out of bed and pumped up, even through my sick malaise, is this excellent episode, where we meet Leatherhead for the first time. BOOM! (Maybe I am feeling better…).

       For this episode, we review Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol.1, #6 and Usagi Yojimbo Vol.1, #10 –  “Leonardo in: The Crossing”. Other somewhat random topics we cover include Ryan’s slow conversion into a 50’s housewife, A fan dream where Eric dies and Ryan can’t deal with it (sanely, at least), a deep conversation on how it feels when a friend from the past turns out to be gay, Facebook etiquette, the greatness that is The Ultimate Warrior, and toy talk.

      Hope you find this episode to your liking! Check us out on iTunes (review and subscribe!), send us an old fashioned email at , and join our awesome Facebook group.

DOWNLOAD: Episode 20 – Havin’ Some Sport With the Fat One!

NEXT WEEK: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Animated Series (1987) – Episodes 1 – 4.