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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Rita and JC are back from Atlanta and Timegate 2014. The Timegate convention holds a special place in TFA’s heart as it was really the birthplace of this podcast. We were excited to return to Timegate this year and we give you our review of the con, plus give the scoop (and preview) on the debut of JC’s Continuum Force audio time travel adventure. Plus, we give you the scoop on Series 8 Doctor Who and give you an interview of Pixel Who’s Nathan Skreslet.

All that and much more on this week’s Transmissions From Atlantis!

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There is something all podcast listeners should be aware of: there are patent trolls seeking licensing fees from podcasters and suing them when they refuse to buy a license. That might not seem like a big deal, but it will significantly raise the cost of podcasting and, considering that the vast majority of podcasts aren’t profitable in terms of advertising, you will either have to pay a subscription to listen or watch as your favorite shows shut down.

“Patent troll” is an unkind yet fitting term for a non-practicing entity that buys patents and finds ways to profit off them. In this case, the patent they are trying to profit from has to do with releasing audio over the Internet in playlist form. Yeah, I don’t think that is a particularly innovative invention either. The question of whether this is legal is best summed up as: mostly, for now. Lawmakers are half-heartedly working towards patent reform and even President Obama has spoke out against this kind of trolling, but congress tends to accomplish little. More likely this will be settled in court. One of the most popular podcasters, comedian Adam Carolla, is going to court over this. The decision of the case will serve as a precedent that will inform the patent trolls’ audacity in suing others. So if they win against the biggest fish, they will likely hit up the smaller fish. That could mean the ESO Network, especially when they get even bigger than they currently are.

If you want to help head this off, Carolla has a Fund Anything page raising money for the defense. Just getting a change of venue from the town in Texas where the trolls are based and have influence is costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. They could use your help. All money donated will go to the defense, Fund Anything isn’t even taking their normal cut for hosting it. On the off chance they raise more than needed, the rest will be given to charity.

Full disclosure, I’m a Carolla fan and this directly affects him more than the Earth Station One Network. However, the fact that it could affect ESO and other shows you might like in the future is entirely true. The ability for non-practicing entities to profit solely by taking advantage of the system discourages content creation by increasing it’s costs and risks–and that is the real harm caused by these trolls.

Ratchet RetroCast Ep 31Run! Its Perry Mason!!! No wait, its GODZILLA!!!!! The kaiju have arrived in this episode of The Ratchet Retrocast! While Tokyo is attacked, Q, Strangeway, Ratchet and newcomer Ashley discuss the history of kaiju films and the King of Monsters himself, Godzilla. Joining them is Timothy Price, author of Big in Japan, to talk about his favorite films, his book, and Monsterama. Meanwhile, Brett King of ConTemporal visits for Clockwork Conversations and Ashley takes to MomoCon to find out what everyone’s favorite kaiju film is. So hide your children, hide your wives as we destroy Tokyo yet again(and there goes Pod 6).

Show Notes:
History of Kaiju
King Kong –
Godzilla (1954) –
Secrets of the Dead: World’s Biggest Bomb –
Pacific Rim
(Bonus Pac Rim Cosplay of awesome)
Godzilla Final Wars
Giant Robo –
New Godzilla Film (check out ESO’s review of the movie) –
Big in Japan
Shatterdome Atlanta –
Reaction Interviews taken at MomoCon
Alabama Phoenix Festival
King of Tokyo

Clockwork Conversations with Brett King of ConTemporal
Mystery Radio Theatre Radio Plays produced by Contemporal

TOS logo ep 106In the far off days of 1993, Doctor Who stories actually tried to mesh with each other, no matter where the stories were appearing! As hard as it is to believe, it’s true! So when Virgin introduced new companion Bernice Summerfield, Doctor Who Magazine quickly added her to the monthly comic strip. It was a golden age. Benny’s comic adventures have been ignored for too long by us, so it’s time to dive back in!

It’s the last week in May, which means it will soon be June! And you know what that means!?! If you answered “The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield is coming out!”, then you must either work for Big Finish, or be Josh. In his excitement over the impending release, Josh has taken over the subject matter of the podcast, and it’s all Benny, all the time! This week, that means a return to the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip in the days where Benny graced it’s pages. That means it time to talk about Emperor of the Daleks, by Paul Cornell and Lee Sullivan! In a linking of continuity you wouldn’t believe, this comic shows everyone how Davros went from being arrested by Daleks to leading his own faction of Imperial Daleks! Which wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Spiridon of course! Ashley, Josh, and special guest Jeff Polier also take some time to answer what old comic concept or character they’d like see return to the strips! The Oncoming Storm… This time, we’ve got two Docs, a Daak, and the loveliest archeologist ever to grace Doctor Who!


The Oncoming Storm Homepage

The Oncoming Storm Facebook Page

The Oncoming Storm on iTunes

Twitter! Josh, Ashley, Sacha

Rachel’s FB page!

Commentary from Stormcage

by Rachel Stewart

For people who aren’t in fandom, cosplay can be a confusing concept. Since becoming immersed and open about cosplaying within the Doctor Who fandom, I’ve had many people ask, “So, what is it exactly you do?” My answer is typically  “Stand around with my cosplay friends and talk about expensive pieces of clothing.” With Heroes of Cosplay returning with another series of drama and misconceptions, I figured now is a great time for a cosplay primer.

Cosplay is a hobby. Collecting stamps. Knitting. Scrapbooking. Playing a sport. Cosplay is just like any other hobby. People are passionate and well-versed in techniques they’ve researched or modified themselves. People spend hours searching for ready-made pieces, building armor, embroidering fabric, and so on. Some people have better strengths than others. My talents include finding alternate pieces for screen worn clothing as well as distressing and painting items. I love searching for both vintage clothing and finding knock offs of current street clothing that can be modified for costumes. For cosplayers portraying comic book superheroes, they may even have a training schedule to get in shape for con. Many cosplayers may be on a budget, so financial skills also play a factor. Cosplay is a multi-faceted hobby, which demands a lot of time and effort, which is why I love it! I’m always learning something and improving on what I’ve done in the past. And while there may be some last-minute crunch to complete a costume, I find that element is way overplayed in Heroes of Cosplay. Any cosplayer worth their salt is going to have their latest costume complete before checking into their hotel room.

Cosplay is represeting the character as geninuely as you can. Some people stay in character the whole time they cosplay, while others just wear their costumes. Sometimes people do a mix of both. If I’m presenting a costume on stage, in front of a panel audience, or interacting with children, I typically stay in character, because my personality and posture adapt to who I’m portaying and it adds to the illusion. Do what you want. There is no right or wrong, although, I will say, seeing kids’ faces light up over your cosplay is a joyous feeling.

Cosplay is fun. I think the thing that upsets me the most about Heroes of Cosplay is the heavy competition aspect. In my 3+ years of cosplaying, I’ve entered one contest. While I know many people who compete, I know others who cosplay for the joy of wearing a costume they put time, effort, and money into. I’ve spent many a con taking silly photos with friends or just playing Cards Against Humanity. You can be passionate about costuming without being too serious.

Cosplay is not drama. Sure, there’s drama in cosplay, but that’s true of any hobby. There are always those people. It’s important you don’t turn into one of them. Be polite, compliment people on their hard work. Talk shop. Drink. Enjoy con. I’m lucky that I’m part of a collective of cosplayers who are helpful on many fronts, both cosplay and non-cosplay related. If you’re getting into cosplay, surround yourself with supportive, positive creative people.

Cosplay is not consent. It doesn’t matter what someone’s wearing. Don’t touch. Don’t heckle. Don’t harrass. Be an adult. If you see another cosplayer or congoer being harrassed, step up. Get security or hotel staff involved.

About Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart has been obsessed about all things pop culture from an early age, but counts Doctor Who and Jem and the Holograms among her main obsessions. She blogs about her cosplay adventures at conventions, weekly geek-inspired outfits and whatever else takes her fancy at her blog notprolificnotprofound. Like her cosplay profile at AllBackToFront.