Welcome to Geek Brunch 117 where Mike, Bill, and Micah are joined by Keith Knudsen and we talk Baltimore Con, many different Comics, some TV and quite a few movies. Join us for this extra long extravaganza. See how Keith leaves an Orc Stain on the episode with some CBGB talk and how the hell did Cleopatra end up in SPACCCCCCCCCCCCCCEE. Bill is digging the Italian comics from GG studios because of the Brothels and brings on some Morning Glory. Mike goes off on a huge Vampire Kick with American Vampire, Dracula Company of Monsters, X-men and True Blood. Micah shares some Cary Bates love of Superman and talks about how to play Soccer from Manga. Plus Ninjas vs. Zombies and Machete love. Join us for laughs and fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Written, Drawn and Colored By: James Stokoe
Lettered By: Unlisted
Publisher: Image Comics
If the fantastical world, title or insanity of the artwork has not gathered enough attention; then, let me add that there is some actual subtext in development within the pages of Orc Stain.
With this second issue Orcs are no longer just a high concept but more of a metaphor – a metaphor for humanity and the typical male persona. We live in a world that prides itself on the ideals of the “macho-man”. The guy who can bench-press two hundred and twenty-five pounds and bong plenty of beer is the one who seems to rule the social atmosphere, and that is what Stokoe finds interesting to comment on. His commentary is not positive but more cynical. The character of PointyFace is a slime ball who prides himself on his ego and his loud attitude, and Stokoe uses that to show the reader that this “ideal” male persona…it is not such a great idea to be. It is more savage than anything. Just like the Orc is a savage creature.
Stokoe also begins to explore in this issue the idea that society will only accept the “ideal” male. You see, execution in this world is not death (in a literal sense) but (for lack of a better word) being neutered (when falsely accused, our hero One Eye is sent to the chopping block to have his “gronch” taken away). A man having his manhood taken from him is a worse punishment than death itself because a dude without his dick does not meet the standards of the “ideal” man. With this event in the book, and the extreme circumstances it is under, Stokoe is commenting on the fact that too many men, and society in general, focus a bit too much on that aspect of the body. In the world of Orc Stain, an Orcs’ “gronch” seems to be his soul, and without one, an Orc may as well be dead. I think that idea probably holds true in our world as well. How many times have we all joked with our friends and said, “Oh, dude, if I lost my dick, I’d kill myself!” Again, Stokoe wants us to see the oddity of this mindset: the idea that our entire person is in our dick, in our manhood.
The artwork is simply a beautiful work of cartooning. Imagination has run wild on these pages. Nuff’ said.
I truly loved this issue – pure imagination and a bit of depth. People, you must find this title and read it.
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This week on Teenage Wasteland…
Ethan Van Sciver had a lot to say on his recent Word Balloon interview. Health issues and the lateness of Flash: Rebirth seemed to grab the most attention, but there was something else that he said that really stuck out to me. Also, a few quick reviews and another installment of The Sandbox!
The Leading Man #1-5
Orc Stain #1
Join Mike, Micah, Bill and Jay (Modern Lover) as they discuss a boat load of comic books like Blackest Night, Justice League of America, Hellblazer, Secret Six, Beasts of Burden, Milk and Cheese, Johnny DC, Comics for Kids, Azrael, Black Panther, The Incredibles, Batman Books, Sweet Tooth, Incorruptible, Orc Stain, Forgetless, Darkness/Pitt, Sweet Tooth, Sword, New Jersey Gods, Project Superpowers, Wonder Woman, Buck Rogers, The Goon, Archie and much much more. We also discuss tons of TV like The L-Word, Zena, The Prisoner, Dr. Who, Pawn Stars, Lost, Oz, Batman The Brave and The Bold, Star Wars Clone Wars, Freakazoid, The Human Target, Looking for the Next Iron Chef, Durham County. Movies include Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Daybreakers, Princess and the Frog, Invictus, Twilight, Star Trek The Undiscovered Country, Observe and Report, and more……Plus some food over the holidays and an announcement. Enjoy the marathon of an episode.