The editors of Boing Boing talk about and interview the creators of comic books, science fiction, video games, board games, music, and movies.

Dean Putney and I are joined by Jesse Thorn, the creator and host of the long-running and fantastic radio show and podcast formerly known as The Sound of Young America. Jesse’s also the co-creator and bailiff on the Judge John Hodgman podcast, and the founder of the podcast network.

Here’s the neat stuff we talked about in this episode:

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

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Free torrent of entire Sound of Young America archive

MaxFunCon 2012

The Judge John Hodgman Podcast

The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan

The Maker of Universes, by Philip Jose Farmer

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America by Maureen Stanton

Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide by Aaron Hillegass

Said The Gramophone’s best songs of 2011

ASAP Rocky - LiveLoveASAP

Put This On

Film Noir on



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Our guest host is podcaster and technology journalist Tom Merritt.

Sword and Laser Podcast

Tom Merritt’s SuBBrilliant News

FourCast podcast

Frame Rate

Tech History Today

Apps for Kids


FSL Tonight

Handmade Music Factory

Bitter Seeds, by Ian Tregillis



The Perry Bible Fellowship


Temple Run


SmartGo Kifu

Logitech Revue

Tom Merritt’s website and Twitter account

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Welcome to the Gweek podcast, episode 31! Gweek is where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff.

In this episode I am joined by Boing Boing’s technology and coding maestro, Dean Putney, and cartoonist Ruben Bolling, whose comic, Tom the Dancing Bug premieres weekly on Boing Boing.

Our guest today is Veronica Belmont, the co-host of the Revision3 show Tekzilla, the co-host of a science-fiction and fantasy book podcast called Sword and Laser, and the upcoming video game show on the TWiT network, called Game On! She is also a technology writer and blogger and very entertaining tweeter. Welcome to Gweek, Veronica!

Game On! Veronica's upcoming video game show

National Novel Writing Month

Boing Boing’s Submitterator

Young Adult

We Need to Talk About Kevin

The Rum Diary

The Blade Itself, by Joe Abercrombie

1Q84, by Haruki Murakami

Kiss Me Like a Stranger, by Gene Wilder

Peanuts #0

Peanuts Snoopy 50s Version

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode


Paul Krugman’s Blog



Pocket Casts

Style Kouncil

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My cohost for this episode of Gweek is my old friend Barry McWilliams, a designer/art director who has turned me on to a great many wonderful books, comics, games, apps, drawing tools, and so on. In this episode, Barry has a ton of recommendations for cool stuff:

Gallery Girls

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School


Sketchbook Pro

Sketchbook Express

Cartoon Colour Company

Supergods, by Grant Morrison

Mutants and Mystics, by Jeffrey J. Kripal

Dungeon Quest: Book 1, by Joe Daly

Pixelovely Gesture Drawing Tool

Love Castle pose reference

Stu Maschwitz's post on storyboarding with an iPad & Penultimate

Wacom Bamboo Stylus

Stephen Silver's Posebook, iPhone & iPad

Zeo Sleep Monitor

Wacom Inkling

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

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Boing Boing’s Rob, Maggie, and Mark, and cartoonist Ruben Bolling gabbed excitedly for over an hour about books, games, TV shows, writing implements, comic books, and more!

Maggie talks about her book, Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us, which comes out from Wiley & Sons on April 10.

Rob talks about how great Skyrim is, and why that makes its big flaws stand out even more.

Ruben and Mark agree that The Hobbit is wonderful and The Lord of the Rings is boring. They can hardly wait for the abusive comments they'll receive in the comments.

Maggie recommends Oglaf the “extremely well-done sex farce comic set in a stereotypical fantasy world.”

Mark reviews the upcoming movie John Carter based solely on the trailer. Ruben and Mark agree that A Princess of Mars is a very good novel.

Mark recounts a personal story involving Edgar Rice Burroughs and his biography.

Maggie reveals a spoiler from the first season of The Walking Dead, but for a very good reason.

Ruben recommends the Spider-Man Marvel Masterworks Vols. 12 and 13 (1972-1973) anthologies, which feature Spider-Man in his heyday, as “written” by Stan Lee and drawn by John Romita.

Maggie talks about a Carl Zimmer’s Science Ink --- a coffee table photo book of awesome science-themed tattoos.

Maggie discusses The Third Industrial Revolution, by Jeremy Rifkin -- "a book about the future of energy where I totally agree with the big-picture points and disagree with the details," she says. "It’s also reminding me of why I get twitchy around 'true believers.'"

Gweek listener Barry Barker recommend’s Fisher Space Pens' Bullet models.

Maggie tells Ruben how much she loved Ruben's comic about Ulysses, which she read when she was 17. (It should be on the front page of Ruben's site by the time you read this).

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David Pescovitz and Mark Frauenfelder speak with Jon Ronson, a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and the author of the bestselling books, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

Jon’s  latest work is a very short book, or long article, available as an ebook, called The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones, which explores the growing phenomenon of real life superheroes.  It’s available as an eBook through Amazon and other online ebooksellers. (Photo of Jon Ronson by Barney Poole)

Here's Jon's descriptions of his interests:

Most of all, I suppose, I write about mysterious worlds. I write about them in as human a way as I can. These worlds have included powerful secret societies like Bohemian Grove and The Bilderberg Group (I infiltrated them in my book Them), extremist communities - Islamic militants, politically correct Klansmen (also in Them), people who believe the world is ruled by 12-foot shape-shifting lizards (Them), and Military Intelligence chiefs who believe it possibe to pass through walls and kill goats just by staring at them (The Men Who Stare At Goats). In Goats, I also look at how these crazy ideas have mutated themselves and live on in the War on Terror.

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In this episode of Gweek, Mark Frauenfelder is joined by Boing Boing's managing editor Rob Beschizza and Seth Godin, an author, entrepreneur, and human wunderkammer.

Here's what we talked about:

The Domino Project: Seth's partnership with Amazon to publish short books loaded with useful ideas

Searching for an adjustable standing desk that doesn't cost a fortune

Test driving the Mitsubishi i electric car

The undiscovered or overlooked or underappreciated work of John Taylor Gatto, eduction reformer

A wonderful how to book called Handmade Music Factory: The Ultimate Guide to Making Foot-Stompin'-Good Instruments

Penguin Magic Shop: An online magic trick store with good video demos

Sasha Dichter: Reflections on generosity, philanthropy and social change

Collin's Lab: excellent introductory videos to electronics

Bizarro comics

Seth's fondness for buckwheat soba noodles

Bobo Explores Light: A swell iPad app that teaches kids about light

Rising Card: A great $0.99 iPhone magic trick

Kaweco Liliput Ballpoint Pen from JetPens

Sous Vide Turkey for Thanksgiving

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In this episode of Gweek, I'm joined by Boing Boing’s managing editor, Rob Beschizza, and Joel Johnson, editorial director of Kotaku.

Here's what we talked about: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Rob has been playing it incessantly but says it feels "like walking around a ren faire where everyone is heavily medicated." Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack Minecraft is going 1.0 Kotaku’s upcoming gift guides Make’s Ultimate Kit Guide Joel read The Postmortal tng_s8 Mixel - a free iPad collage app Mark's Dungeon Raid addiction relapse Mophie Juice Pack Plus Outdoor Edition iPhone 4S and Siri

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In this episode of Gweek, Ruben Bolling and I are joined by the cartoonist and illustrator Michael Kupperman, who has a hilarious new book out, called Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010. Ruben interviewed Michael about his work and then the three of us went on to talk about the folllowing things:

I got rid of my standing desk last week and am looking for a better solution.

Using an hour-timer as a self-check throughout the day

Esther Williams' autobiography, The Million Dollar Mermaid

Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

Cul de Sac Golden Treasury, by Richard Thompson



Uni-watch: The Obessive Study of Athletic Aesthetics

Secret Fun Blog

The Walking Dead TV show

The Last Man Alive

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John Hodgman talks about his new book, THAT IS ALL, and we discuss our favorite comic book stores, books, and comic books.
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