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! 

DOWNLOAD: Episode 25 – IF. GET. SERIOUS!

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 turtlesoupshow@gmail.com , 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.

Episode 19 – Not Even Time Machines Are a Match For a Nice, Big Stick

      I ain’t no bitch! Seriously, who would put that sticker on their car? The mind boggles at the possibilities. Anyways, a lot of exciting stuff going on over here at the Turtle Soup camp. The Facebook group continues to grow, we’re receiving some very kind and thoughtful emails from you guys, and our plan to release two episodes a week to help move the show closer to “current” is working out perfectly. It’s an awesome time.

      For this episode, we review Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol.1, #16, cover the news from the Hong Kong Toy Fair, and wrap up by covering the Archie Comics TMNT Adventures Mini-Series #1-#3. Other random topics covered are I Ain’t No Bitch (.com), personal opinions on ear bud wear, Eric’s experience at the Orlando Comic Expo, possible solutions to the North Korea issue involving cheeseburgers, and castles. Seriously.


      You can check us out on iTunes, email us at turtlesoupshow@gmail.com , and join the ol’ Facebook group! Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD: Episode 19 – Not Even Time Machines Are a Match For a Nice, Big Stick

NEXT WEEK:   Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol.1, #6 and Usagi Yojimbo – “Leonardo in: The Crossing”.

Episode 18 – Get Off My ‘Chuk!

       Happiest of Saturdays, folks! Not a whole hell of a lot going on today. Just kind of muggy and sunny. Let’s get to it, shall we?    

      On this episode we cover Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 1, #15, hit our first installment of Turtle Toy Talk where we review the first wave of Playmate’s TMNT toys from 1987, and then close up with Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 1, #5.

      We also, expectantly at this point, touch on imaginary girlfriends and how to handle their deaths, the return of Justin Timberlake, a racy new Masters of the Universe figure, and Ryan’s germaphobia. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group, iTunes, and email us at turtlesoupshow@gmail.com .

DOWNLOAD: Episode 18 – Get Off My ‘Chuk!

NEXT WEEK: Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol.1, #16 and Archie Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: Miniseries #1 – #3.

Episode 17 – I Am The Rat King… I Can Do Anything…

      OH SNAP! I’m sitting here, jamming the new Justin Timberlake album (The 20/20 Experience), and thanking whatever deity is applicable that JT is back and making music again. I look at this and sometimes take a step back thinking “Man, if 2001era Ryan could see you now, he’d take a copy of  The Stooges ‘Funhouse’ and shove it up your ass!”. And that’s totally true. I abhorred any kind of pop music then. Total punk. But that’s the great thing about age and experience: learning that the world of music has much more to offer once you get past your pretension…

     By the way, this is Episode 17 of our little podcast. In it we cover Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol.1, #14, open up Domestic Danny’s Bag of Tricks (and welcome a special guest) with Turtlemania Special #1, and finish up with Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1, #4.

      We also discuss how Eric managed to catch his stove on fire, pictures of the new TMNT figure wave (including Rat King), the new Masters of the Universe ongoing from DC, Ryan hits a mini review of the new IDW TMNT title ‘The Secret History of the Foot Clan’, and trash Superior Spiderman some more because, well, it’s fun.

      Hope you enjoy the episode, folks. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group page, rate, review, and suscribe to the ol’ iTunes, and keep those emails coming at turtlesoupshow@gmail.com !

DOWNLOAD: Episode 17 – I Am The Rat King… I Can Do Anything…

NEXT WEEK: Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol.1, #15Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1, #5, and the TMNT First Wave Figure Special!

The Ongoing Journey of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, From the Beginning…