Sunday, December 18, 2016

Episode 42 - Star Wars : Rogue One Movie Review & More - Spoiler Alert

Team POPX shares our highlights and favorite moments from the latest series to the Star Wars film sage, Rogue One. Spoiler Alert! In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Episode 41 - Christmas Traditions and Team POPX's Santa Wish List

Join Team POPX as we share our most beloved Christmas memories, moments and traditions from each member. We also reveal our Santa Wish List on items we want the Big Jolly One to bring us this year, with some nerdy/geeky flare of course.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Episode 40 - History of Comics in Pop Culture Part 4 - Dawn of the Silver Age

This week, we continue our series diving into the history of comics in pop culture, as we progress through the silver age of comics, where the strips leap to the small screen on television. We explore how Timely Comics was instrumental in aiding Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to create some of the most iconic names in comic book pop culture history.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Episode 39 - Origin Stories : Aquaman & Killer Croc

Team POPX dives into a whole new series that uncovers the origins of some well noted, and not so noted superheroes and villains. With DC's Justice League under way in film production, we felt that unraveling the mysteries of Aquaman, and Suicide Squad's own Killer Croc would be a more than fitting start.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Episode 38 - Marvel’s Luke Cage Series Discussion - Spoiler Alert

This week, we have an open discussion about Marvel's latest show series on Netflix, "Luke Cage." Team POPX Joe, Austin and Lindsay dives into their own thoughts as we share some little known facts and Easter Eggs from the 13 part series.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Episode 37 - Doctor Strange Official Film Review & More - Spoiler Alert

This week, Joe and Austin Burke dive down the rabbit hole of the many dimensional multi-verses of this amazing film. We offer our pros and cons, and some heartfelt correlations between many of Marvel's Cinematic Universe. This truly was a film that impacted us deeply, and we hope you get a chance to see this film in all it's glory on the silver screen.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Episode 36 - Top 5 Halloween Films & Autumn Traditions

This week, Joe, Austin and Lindsay share their favorite Halloween genre films from their own unique perspectives, and give insight into why they chose each of their top 5 feature horror/spooky selections. They also share some beloved favorite Autumn Traditions.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Episode 35 - A Conversation with Audrey Brown-Williams, Creator of LEAVES

We talk with local actor, personality, writer and author Audrey Brown-Williams on her new start-up project called LEAVES. Combining whimsical elements of Stranger Things, and fantasy of classic horror, blended with suspense, Leaves delivers a fresh perspective on storytelling. Visit for information and to offer financial support.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Episode 34 - The Art of Jon Pinto -

This week, we talk with local Orlando comic and pop culture artist Jon Pinto on his artwork, and attending comic conventions around the nation and world.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Episode 33 - Cereal and Saturday Morning Cartoons

This week, team POPX rewinds to our youths as we revisit some of our most beloved cartoons from Saturday mornings, and the breakfast cereals that went with them. Team POPX gives their top 5 beloved cartoons, and the top 5 retro cereals that accompanied them. Saturday mornings will never be the same, but at least we can walk down memory lane.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Episode 32 - State Run Media Productions & Film Making

We talk with Steve Middleton from "State Run Media Productions," about film documenting, and capturing the culture of rural Appalachia in Southeastern Kentucky. Check out Steve's documentaries online at:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

BONUS Episode - A Conversation with Hollywood Actor Gene Farber

POPX team member Joseph Burke joined Next Big Thing Radio's host Brett Strickler on this interview with actor Gene Farber, whose voice acting rolls in Call of Duty, X-Men : First Class and more recently his role as Karpov from Captain America : Civil War, has opened new doors for this thriving and talented individual.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Episode 31 - Stranger Things Review & More

This week, we dive headfirst into easily this Summer's most talked about television show streaming only on Netflix, Stranger Things. We give you pop culture references, as well as break down each chapter from the shows 8 episodes. If you're into 80's pop culture, POPX and Stranger Things are right up your alley.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Episode 30 - Rise of Comics in Pop Culture Part 3 - The Dark Ages

This week, we step back to the dawn of the atomic age, and the rise of the Cold War in the History of Comics in Pop Culture Part 3, The Dark Ages. From the rise of McCarthyism to "Seduction of the Innocent," by Fredric Wertham to the introduction of the Comics Code Authority.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Episode 29 - LIVE from Krum’s World - Top Foods in Pop Culture Film & TV

This week, Team POPX heads to Krum's World comics, on location in Winter Garden, Florida for a remote live podcast in the store. The comic book shop was doing a promotion in which people who work in the food industry can get up to 20% off their purchase. Tagging along with this, Team POPX rolls out the most memorable foods, brands and the like from our favorite movies and television shows.

Special thanks to Kim and Diana Krummel, owners of Krum's World for having Team POPX in their shop. It was fun being our first live remote!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Episode 28 - Top 10 Film Franchise Reboots That Worked

This week, Joe and Austin dive down the rabbit hole of the top 10 film franchise reboots that worked! This list is comprised of movies from the past 30 years that breath new life into beloved film genres. What is our number one on the list? Be sure to listen and find out!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Episode 27 - Suicide Squad Movie Review & More - Spoiler Alert

This week we break down the movie Suicide Squad from DC comics and Warner Bros. We give our likes and dislikes relating to the film, and be warned, there is a spoiler alert for this episode. We also dive into the top 10 Easter Eggs from the film you may have missed!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Episode 26 - Conversation with Enrique Bentacourt from NeoVerse

We talk with indie comic book universe creator Enrique Bentacourt from NeoVerse, who just launched their all new paperback novel on Amazon. NeoVerse is a new diverse group of creative talents, combing unique superheroes with real world issues and topical afflictions.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Episode 25 - Star Trek Beyond Official Review - Spoiler Alert

On this week's episode we dive into all things San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and the plethora of information, trailers and releases that follows. This week's movie, Star Trek Beyond, is a glowing example of what a Summer blockbuster movie should and can be.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Episode 24 - Ghostbusters Reviews & More - Spoiler Alert

On this episode, we dive into the brand new Ghostbusters film, which opened in theaters on July 15th, 2016. We share some of our likes and dislikes with the film, and round up the podcast with a fury of Easter Egg tidbits. "Who Ya Gonna Call?"

Thursday, July 14, 2016

BONUS Episode - All Things Pokémon Go PLUS Pro Tips

This special BONUS podcast discusses all things Pokémon Go. The brand new mobile game has taken the world by storm, and we are here to share some great information about the game. Also, we give you some insider PRO TIPS to help level up your XP!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Episode 23 - E3 Rewind & All Things Preacher

On this episode we talk retrospectively about some of the main titles and technologies coming out of the 2016 E3 convention, and even share our top 3 most anticipated game titles.

We also dive into all things Preacher, from the comic books, to AMC's new hit show, and offer up some comparisons between them both.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Episode 22 - A Beginner’s Guide to Dr. Who

We dive into the world of time lords and BBC's Dr. Who, with special guest KJ the Comic Guy from 'Warp My TARDIS' and 'Legends of the Panel' podcasts. We introduce fans to the series, where to begin, and some key terms to get familiar with before watching the show. If you're an upcoming Dr. Who fan, and want to know where to start, this podcast is for you.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Episode 21 - A Conversation With Indie Pixel Game Developer Home World Arts

We talk with Adam from indie pixel game developer company Home World Arts about video game design and following the industry in your own mold and platform. We discuss our love for all 8-bit video games and beyond, and a definite must download for anyone wanting to design video games.

We also discuss the new Tumblr and Patreon accounts for POPX, click follow the links to get even more nerd glory! Getcha Geek On!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Episode 20 - Rise of Comics in Pop Culture Part 2 - Jewish Influence

Happy Father's Day everyone! This week we talk about some sad news in the Star Trek franchise as Anton Yelchin is dead at age 27 in a fluke automobile accident. We also uncover some some awesome #EctoCooler love gearing up for the new #Ghostbusters film. And CW announces full fall lineup of shows starting in October. This week we discuss the "Rise of Comics in Pop Culture Part 2 - The Jewish Immigrant Influence." We dive into the humble origins of Detective Comics, Marvel Comics and creators Stan Lee, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Episode 19 - Joe & Austin's Top Comic Book Movies of All Time

Joe and Austin share our favorite top 5 comic book movies of all time. The movies that impacted our youth, and hit home with timeless storytelling. We hop you enjoy this week's very special episode.

From the timeless movies that captured our hearts at early ages, to more recent cinematic epic films, we dive deep into each hosts Top 5, and why/how each movie left it's impact on us.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Episode 18 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Out of the Shadows Review - Spoiler Alert

This week we review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Out of the Shadows, so #SpoilerAlert! Though the film definitely lacked in story development and character progression, younger fans will certainly enjoy TMNT2. 

We also talk about season finales of CW's Arrow, Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow and give our perspective opinions on the new seasons.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Out of the Shadows Spoiler Free Review

The second film in the Dave Green saga of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has officially launched, and though it's predecessor two years ago carried a darker, more sinister tone, #TMNT2 offers an alternative with more lighthearted comedy, goofy antics and fun one liners.

Right off the bat, fans will notice, and it's documented over on IMDB, there is a different actor cast for the role of The Shredder. Brian Tee now replaces the previous incarnation of Shredder played by Tohoru Masamune. There is a huge comparison between the two actors, as the previous was more menacing, dark and mysterious; whereas Brian Tee brings forth a more cartoon, retro throwback feel to the role.

The animation and CGI on "The Turtles" themselves is more realistic, and fluid than the previous 2014 film. At times, the animation seems to be so fast paced, it's hard to keep up with everything that's going on in the scene. But, rest assured, little fans of "Heroes in a Half Shell," will cheer, laugh and be in awe.

The film itself felt very straight forward, the plot was pretty predictable, but let's face the facts, the audience for this film isn't just us hardcore 80's cartoon geeks, but a new generation as well. Films like this are hard to critique as they appeal to both crowds individually. A 13 year old will have a much different experience with this film than a 33 year old. Fans from the cartoon franchise will appreciate the subtle pop culture nods and references to the 80's television show, and new fans will have a new found love for them as well.

The film is a huge improvement over the last, offering us moments of sheer pandemonium as Green and crew embrace the sheer insanity and science fiction fun of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. I enjoyed the fact that his team was not afraid to offer new characters like Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly). Even going as far as introducing a new more sinister villain, the evil KRANG, voiced by Fred Armisen, former SNL fan favorite and comedian/musician. The team made some bold leaps forward in this film, and I think it's those leaps that truly set this film apart from it's predecessor. Let's be honest, it's not supposed to be realistic by any means, it's mutant turtles, who are ninjas fighting an evil brain with tentacles and a looming global domination plot. It's nothing unfamiliar to die-hard TMNT fans. But it was executed boldly and beautifully in this sequel. Lest we forget about Green Arrow himself Stephen Amell playing the role of Casey Jones, and this role could not have been better cast and suited. 

My final thoughts on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Out of the Shadows. There is no doubt this movie is light years beyond the previous film in the franchise. Out of the Shadows is sure to be a fun family night out type film that will make old "Turtle Fans" feel nostalgic, and new fans feel like a ninja who can conquer the world. Though the plot and finale are somewhat predictable and lackluster, it's sure to entertain both traditional and new fans alike. Does this film have a spellbinding plot? Certainly not. Will this film entertain you, make you chuckle and smile? You can count on it! I like the fact that they left some key plot points unfinished, and left the franchise certainly open for future films to look forward to. As always, be sure to listen to this week's upcoming PopXcast Episode 18 as we dive into the film more, and reveal spoilers, plot points and details about the film. We'll say it again, #SpoilerAlert

-Joe Burke (POPX host)

A Guided Tour of the Mighty #ComicManCave

Join POPX host Joseph Burke, as he gives a rare personal tour of inside is #ComicManCave. It's full of pop culture references, comic book memorabilia and continually growing almost daily. For over 30 years, Joseph has been collecting action figures, 80's retro nostalgia and gathering a glorious collection of 70's, 80's and 90's comic books. Step into Joseph's inner sanctum, and enjoy this amazing room.

Episode 17 - X-Men : Apocalypse Reviews & More - Spoiler Alert

This week, guest co-host Carlos Phoenix joins us on an in-depth discussion about the all new X-men : Apocalypse film released by FOX. Spoiler Alert!!! We share our favorite moments from the movie, and things that didn't work so well. We also throw out some Easter Eggs from the movie in case you missed them. We share some news coming this week of a recent Doc Savage film, Captain America and the "Hail Hydra," fiasco, MegaMan gets a reboot celebrating his 30th and Disney announces an all new Cars 3 with a new character.

Friday, May 27, 2016

X-Men : Apocalypse Spoiler Free Review

Who is Apocalypse, and what exactly is his beef with mutants? Looking back historically in Marvel Comics, we find En Sabah Nur aka Apocalypse is considered the first mutant ever in the X-men story lines. He's also an immortal and made his first appearance in X-Factor #5 in 1986. The character has appeared in a variety of formats including video games, television cartoons and now in the brand new FOX X-men franchise successor.

Let me start this review by getting something off my chest. I have no clue what the critic reviews over at Rotten Tomatoes are gathering when writing about these comic book movies? The ratings began in the low sixty percentile in Europe, and as the film opened in North America, X-Men : Apocalypse began to gradually decline to it's current 47% rating. I honestly think these film critics have never read a single comic book in their entire lives and have no clue what the heck it is they're watching on the silver screen. Now, if this movie could be rated by seasoned comic veterans who understand the story arcs and history of X-men, perhaps maybe, just maybe we could get a film properly reviewed. I personally do not agree with Rotten Tomatoes ratings, their methods of film review and how easily they could influence someone from not seeing a really entertaining and easy to follow film like X-Men : Apocalypse. My verdict as a well versed comic enthusiast, go see these types of movies for yourselves, and make your own decisions before resorting to a web site with mundane "bought off" critics who write what they're paid and told to write.

The film delivers an array of emotions including drama, heartache, laughter and epic battle scenes. Apocalypse has a very clear motive, although the geniuses over at IGN couldn't figure what his main intent of the whole film was. Without spoiling too much of the film, I will say this: if you listen closely to the conversations between Apocalypse and Xavier, you'll find out what he really wants to do on Earth. He's Apocalypse, the bringer of death, the reincarnating mutant and the false prophet all wrapped up into one.

On a side note, I do feel his role could have been more expanded to show his true cosmic powers abilities, but his role, played by Oscar Isaac, was slightly dwindled to more of a catalyst role rather than an antagonistic villain. There was more time spent rounding up the four horseman, which could have been key moments to show his true cosmic dominance and tyranny. I also feel that we could have easily had more Angel and Psylocke on screen, with previous adaptations essentially wasted. Though their roles are somewhat mediocre here, they are still entertaining to watch. But true fans of Psylocke in the X-men franchise all know how much of a icon she truly is; same can be easily be said for Angel.

Wolverine's cameo was one of his best yet. Fans will be delighted to see Hugh dawning the adamantium claws again and going slash-crazy. What's really fun about this particular scene is how much of a backstory we get from the previous Wolverine solo films. Great tie in!

One of my favorite aspects about this film was definitely the throwback to the 80's Easter Eggs. I won't give them away, but a fun challenge would be to see if you can spot as many 80's references as you can. There's so many, and probably because of the throwback to the 80's aspect of this film, it's yet again another reason why I enjoyed it immensely. There's also a truckload of comic references, pop culture jabs and the like, be sure to have an open ear to see if you can catch any of them.

My final thoughts is definitely go see this film if you're a fan of the previous X-men films, you won't regret the movie ticket, and do yourself a favor, don't rely on the reviews you see online about this or any other comic film. Chances are, the critic writing those words of spewing hate have never had the pleasure of holding and reading a comic book a day in their life; so obviously they have no clue what they're talking about. Stick around the end of credits to see an end scene linking a new villain and new story arcs for the next film in the franchise. If you're confused by the end scene credits, listen to this week's upcoming podcast, Episode 17 to get all the details and explanations.

-Joe Burke (POPX host)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Episode 16 - A Conversation w/ Heroes Landing Comic Book Shop Owner Todd Merrick

We talk with Todd Merrick, 8 year comic book shop owner about some of his personal favorite aspects of his day to day. We also dive into some of his projections on trends, fads and what's hot, what's fading in the industry today. We even geek out over some Star Wars nostalgia. Be sure to check out their fund raising account and please consider making a donation to help the store grow and thrive. CLICK HERE donate!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Episode 15 - Social Media & It’s Modern Impact on Pop Culture

We talk about the beginnings of networking and Internet platforms, and their advancements into modern day social media applications like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Wordpress. We also go into the future of live video platforms like, Wheel, SnapChat and Periscope.

From the glory days of IRC, through creating our own web sites on GeoCities or Angelfire, this was the infancy of social media as we know it today. We hope you enjoy this somewhat nostalgic what back through the past 30 years of networking and Internet fads.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Episode 14 - Captain America : Civil War - Reviews & More (Spoiler Alert)

Tonight we talk about Captain America : Civil War, Marvel and Disney's brand new blockbuster introducing over 12 characters to the Cinematic Universe. We give our spoilers and favorite Easter Eggs from the film, and talk about some awesome comic book references from the film.

We also introduce a new segment to the show and debut our good friend Lindsay who drops the weekly "Nerd Nugget" for us.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Captain America: Civil War Spoiler Free Review

From the beginning of the film, we're thrown immediately into superhero action. The Russo Brothers, Joe and Anthony, have compiled a plethora of action, back story and cinematography that culminates in a carefully woven film of epic proportions. The original Civil War Saga from Marvel Comics from July 2006 - January 2007, gave us insight into the internal struggles of Earth's mightiest heroes. The film was adapted from the saga, and though some characters like X-men or Fantastic Four aren't part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the story line remains somewhat consistent. Right from it's premiere and debut overseas, the film has maintained an above 90%, now 92%, on Rotten Tomatoes. And trust me, it's not just hype, it's just that good.

Prior to seeing the film, I tried diligently to refrain from seeing previews or teasers; other than the actual film trailers. I couldn't help notice so many teasers and television spots being released just weeks before the opening weekend. Honestly, I felt these revealed too much of the film's special moments, and should have been kept for cinematic wonderment. I understand marketing and promoting, but I feel like I saw most of the movie already prior to even going into the theater tonight.

Civil War kept a steady pace of action and plot. There were moments that felt a little drawn out in the "build up" prior to the big finale battle scene. But, I understand the logic behind building such an extended story line when you have 12 superheroes on the screen at one time; not to mention a few villains who require their own back story as well. I felt given the monumental challenge of having so many actors/heroes on the screen at one time, it was executed perfectly. Was is perfect? Pretty close, honestly. Was it the best team up ever in cinematic history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? I feel it excelled beyond what "Age of Ultron" set out to accomplish. 

The introduction of Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland felt genuine and natural. With the licensing agreement now between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, we are finally allowed to see our favorite "Web Slinger" in all is glory in the MCU. Tom's portrayal of Spidey felt as it should, quirky, mouthy and overall a nerdy kid who is struggling with his new-found powers. One could only hope for such a licensing deal between FOX allowing the use of Fantastic Four and X-men, a long shot for the mutants, but more of a reality with last year's epic fail of Fantastic Four. Marvel could easily peruse this franchise to give it the justice it deserves, we're keeping our fingers crossed. 

The film's score felt fluid and perfectly paired with the action and drama on screen. Composer Henry Jackman did a great job of capturing the Captain America feel, coupled with heroic battle melodies and dramatizing the significant moments. Jackman is no stranger to epic film scores, including Big Hero 6, Captain Phillips, Winter Soldier and even X-men First Class. among many others. 

Definitely stick around, in true Marvel fashion, there are coupled two end credit scenes. It's worth waiting for the credits, and fans will surely be pleased. So, let's wrap things up. Does Captain America : Civil War live up to the expectation and hype? YES! Does Civil War lay the groundwork for future Marvel Comic films? YES! Is there fun factor and entertainment value to Civil War? MOST DEFINITELY, YES! I think true fans of the comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be delighted. Civil War delivers a breath of fresh air that fans of both genres will appreciate. There's the familiar, and then there's the fresh aspect as well (that of which I can't spoil). Will I see Civil War again? That's a given, probably several times, to be honest.
Joe Burke
Chief Editor, POPXCAST 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Episode 13 - Discussion with Grammy Nominated Blue Man Group co-Founder Chris Wink

Grammy nominated Blue Man Group will be joining the Joseph Burke and the POPX crew live this Sunday night, 9PM EDT, 6PM PDT, 2AM UK. Joining us will be Blue Man Group co-founder Chris Wink, and we'll be discussing the new album release of "Three," as well as the upcoming "World Tour," and celebrating 25 years of off-broadway bliss and creativity. SUBSCRIBE NOW.

Nearly 25 years ago, three friends fresh out of college made a life-defining decision together. Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, and Chris Wink determined they would achieve lives of meaning and purpose, forging their own road, following their own path.

When their creative impulses led them to develop a bald and blue character they called Blue Man (to evoke the word Human), more than a few people raised eyebrows. Undeterred, the partners invested their time and resources into following this curious character into a small theatre in New York City. What transpired was a groundbreaking performance that left audiences moved and inspired. Unprecedented theatrical success complete with accolades, awards and genre-jumping opportunities followed.

Blue Man Productions is a now global entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in 15 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of music, comedy and technology, the show appeals to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. It is continually refreshed with new music, new stories, new instruments and new technology. Blue Man Group has permanent theatrical productions in Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, Chicago, New York and Berlin, and a North/South American Tour. 

This creative collective is part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Beyond the stage show, they have toured the globe with the “Megastar World Tour” rock concert parody, produced 5 albums, and contributed to numerous film scores. They've served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on shows like “The Tonight Show”, "Arrested Development", “Ellen”, Schaag-den-Raab (Germany), WOWOW (Japan), and Calderão (Brasil). 

Still artist-owned and operated and based in NYC, Blue Man Productions has extensive production facilities, recording studios and a 6,000 square foot R&D Lab with numerous new creative projects in the pipeline.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Episode 12 - The Rise of Female Superheroes in Comics, SciFi & Pop Culture

We talked with Jenny Stiven about the recent rise in the past 5 years or more of female lead roles in comics and film adaptations of superheroes. The podcast welcomes Austin Burke to the hosting role, and we break down our top 10 list of female superheroes.

Also, rumors have been circulating for years surrounding the rise of a female leader role on BBC's Doctor Who. With the reboot of Marvel and DC comics recently, we're also seeing a rise in heroines owning the superhero role.

What are your thoughts on seeing more and more female superheroes step up to the leading roles? Leave your comments below, or call into to our POPX hotline at 850-417-POPX (7679).

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Episode 11 - RetroBlasting with 80’s Pop Culture, Cartoons, Restoring Toys & Games

We talk with Michael French from RetroBlasting about their awesome retro restoration of vintage 1980's toys and games. Michael shares his passion for finding and restoring many of the old toys from his childhood and beyond. Be sure to visit for more details.

RetroBlasting researches and analyzes all things retro, from old school to reboots, always with a sense of humor. They put everything from Atari to Transformers under the microscope with the goal of deconstructing the properties and letting you see them in a new light. They pride themselves on being an independent and honest voice that doesn’t pull punches when reviewing toys, cartoons, movies, comics, and geek culture.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Episode 10 - Rise of Comics in Pop Culture - A History Lesson Part 1

Joe and Dan go on a journey to the historic roots of comic books in pop culture. From the Great Depression, to the anti-hero mob bosses of the days, America was demanding a hero who stood for truth and justice. They found those heroes in pulp comics of the time.

We discuss our own influences from our first memories with comics, and reflect on how those moments shaped our lives today. Also, POPX now has a Spotify Playlist that you can listen to with some of our favorite songs from our pre-show.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Episode 9 - Batman V Superman Official Review - Spoiler Alert

On tonight's episode, we break down high and low points of Batman V Superman : Dawn of Justice. We dissect what worked in the film, and what didn't, as well as discuss some of our favorite moments from Zack Snyder's film. We wrap up the POPX contest, and listen to this week's "Fan of the Week: Red5mom."

Friday, March 25, 2016

Batman V Superman : Dawn of Justice Spoiler Free Review

Right out of the gate, we knew going in Zack Snyder had a monumental task of setting the ground work for what will become the definitive DC anchor saga of "Justice League." There is a wealth of comics, story arcs and graphic novels that Snyder pulled from in the creation of this film, and let's not forget the centerpiece of this movie, Frank Miller's epic "The Dark Knight Returns" saga from 1986. Most of which was inspired by the creation of "Batman V Superman."

Prior to going into the theater, I actually did take a quick peek at Rotten Tomatoes reviews to kind of see what others are saying about the film. Much to my surprise, as of Thursday night, I found a 33% review of the film, which has since declined to a 29% overall critic score. So I cleared my head of jargon, and proceeded into the cinema with an optimistic mind.

I just have to say for the record, this film was delightfully crafted, and we just can't begin to fathom where and why the critics are giving this film such harsh negative reviews. Perhaps, the critics have never opened a Frank Miller graphic novel, or read the "Death of Superman" with the introduction of Doomsday? It's no secret from the trailers that Doomsday is the super villain of the film, that's not a spoiler, rather common knowledge and directly in line with comic book lore. Perhaps, the weight and heaviness of the story line set in motion was just too much for the critics. They couldn't understand a film crafted with depth, rather than the typical Disney/Marvel movies. Or, and this is just my own two cents, people in the film critic review industry were paid off to write mundane reviews to trash the whole team at DC and Snyder for creating what will become the initial setup of the Justice League franchise. 

Sure, there are a couple parts of the film that seemed a little out of context. For instance the casting Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor seemed like a waste of a role. Unsure of what Synder's intent for Lex Luthor is in future films, this adaptation has Jesse Eisenberg roaming around more like a psychotic lunatic who is clearly on the mental playing field of the Joker rather than CEO of LexCorp. This just didn't seem to work for me, but it can easily be overshadowed by the amazing acting of Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck. Batfleck is here to stay, and I feel much like Ryan Reynolds has been officially redeemed with Deadpool, Ben Affleck has found a home in his new defining role as The Dark Knight. He's edgy, cunning and the suit is just totally awesome in fight scenes and closeups. Hands down, one of my favorite Batman costumes since Tim Burton's Batman series in 1989. 

The film score worked seamlessly as well. Hans Zimmer returns to score the new film, alongside Junkie XL. The tones and melodies from Man of Steel are prominent in the new film, and the theme music echoes in each scene in some way. I'm sure this Man of Steel score will live on in the future JLA movies as well. Hans Zimmer is one of my favorite composers, and he delivers again with a film score that matches the chaos of the film, as well as it's tender and climactic moments. Don't listen to the Rotten Tomatoes critics when they say the film score is loud, overpowers the dialog and is misplaced. This is all anything further from the truth. 

Overall, the film's plot was easy to follow, and this made it much more enjoyable to watch the cinematic glory of the epic battle between Superman and Batman. The setup for Justice League is now in forward motion, and we have a clear concise image of what we can expect in a couple years when the new film hits the silver screen. This film has a couple weak spots, like the casting role of Lex Luthor and one more small detail I can't mention without spoiling the film. But, it really doesn't matter because overall, the film stands as a stand alone film that simply introduces characters, sets up the foundations for future projects and gives us something to finally be proud of from DC Comics.

It's mindless bits like this clip circulating social media that are steering people who have yet to see the film for themselves, in totally the wrong direction. Do yourself a favor, stay off social media pertaining to the film until you have seen it for yourself, and can make your own analysis of the film. Some of these critics and parody clips attack and poke fun at the film, which in all actuality is really good.

So I leave you with this. Batman V Superman succeeded greatly in establishing the future franchise. Was it the best superhero ever? No. Was it the best movie ever? No. Did it surpass some of the more lackluster comic book movies in the past few years? Most certainly! Was there  a fun factor to the movie? Oh heck yes! I honestly don't understand the critic hate going on right now towards this film. I think critics need their own critics, and need to dive deeper into comic books from DC Comics from the past 25 years to truly understand what is going on in this movie. I got it. I get it. I applaud Zack Snyder's valiant effort. Will I see it again? You better believe it! 

Chief Editor POPXCAST
Joe Burke

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Episode 8 - A Conversation with Marvel, DC Comics & Disney Artist, Russ Braun

We talk with Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Disney Animation Studios illustrator Russ Braun, whose projects working on DC's "Legends of the Dark Knight : Venom" series, along with Marvel's "Where Monsters Dwell" have left fans wanting more. Russ' versatile style to draw any creature, any animal, any object with precision and detail makes him a much sought after artist in the comic book industry today.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Episode 7 - History of Video Game Consoles & The Future of Gaming

We give the historical timeline of the video game industry, and how it evolved from the early 1970's, to the consoles of the giants of modern day. From the Magnavox Odyssey, the Atari 2600 and modern Sony PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox One. We also discuss the future of gaming with introduction into VR - Virtual Reality.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Episode 6 - The Arrow and Flash Rewind - Spoiler Alert

As both CW's Arrow and The Flash are on Spring hiatus, we take this time to reflect on the events currently going on in both universes and shows, and how each show is intertwined. From the event's leading up to HIVE and Damien Darhk on Arrow, to the introduction of ZOOM on The Flash, we get you caught up in time for the Spring premiere starting March 22nd. We also discuss how DC's Legends of Tomorrow is connected to both Flash and Arrow, and give some details about the upcoming CBS Supergirl and Flash team up.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Episode 5 - The Walking Dead Catch Up - Spoiler Alert

We play catch up for our viewers and review the most pivotal moments of Season 6 of The Walking Dead. Hosts Joe and Daniel talk about their favorite moments so far from Season 6, and give a comic book based prediction for the remaining 5 episodes of this season. A fun Walking Dead themed trivia game is played with the audience, and details a new contest and some prizes are announced for a March give away. The brand new POPX swag shop is announced, with all proceeds going to funding the podcast expenses and hosting accounts.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Episode 4 - Conversation with Matt Roseboom from Orlando Attractions Magazine

Orlando Attractions Magazine is the only magazine that covers all of the Orlando area theme parks, tourist attractions, restaurants and more with news, in-depth feature articles, attention-grabbing photos, updates and interviews. Each issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine gives readers insight into their favorite happenings at the major Central Florida theme parks, as well as attractions on International Drive, U.S. Highway 192 and other tourists areas.

On this episode we talk with Matt Roseboom from Orlando Attractions Magazine, and "Attractions The Show!" Matt discusses some of the latest news in the theme park industry including Walt Disney World Resort's new Star Wars Land construction, and launch of the all new Star Wars Awakens at Hollywood Studios. From Disney to Universal and SeaWorld, Matt shares all the latest theme park news and happenings.

Episode 3 - Deadpool Edition - Spoiler Alert

We talk about everything Deadpool. From the "Merc with a Mouth's" origins in the Marvel comic universe, to his larger than life cinematic debut on the silver screen. Deadpool has made his mark on pop culture, and with 20th Century FOX's new record breaking mega-hit movie, Deadpool has secured his spot for a long time.

Deadpool, the "merc with a mouth", has officially been christened to cinematic history and slapsticks his way to this weekend's top box office spot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox's new film—starring Ryan Reynolds as its smart-mouthed antihero—earned a whopping $47.5 million Friday, putting it among the top 10 comic book movie openings of all time, and at number one for an R-rated feature, regardless of genre. The opening day is also higher than any of 20th Century Fox's other X-Men-related films to date. As of Monday February 15th, 2016, the movie stands after just four days of superb day-to-day grosses ($132.7 million in Fri-Sun, $152.2 million in Fri-Mon).

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Episode 2 - The Superhero Television & Movie Breakdown

We cover some of the new content from the Star Wars realm including Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One. Also covering an array of DC shows including Arrow, The Flash, DC Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and more. We also dive into the world of Justice League, Dr. Who news is shared, Ultraman celebrates it's 50th, Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns by popular fan demand, Gotham starts up soon, and Deadpool opens in theaters this week February 12th, 2016.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Episode 1 - Jordan Woods-Robinson from AMC's The Walking Dead

Jordan Woods-Robinson is an American actor, best known for The Walking Dead and as a member of the prestigious Blue Man Group. Jordan was born and raised in Bybee, Tennessee on a 180-acre animal rescue farm. After moving to New York City to pursue acting, he graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with honors in Theatre. Within weeks of graduation, Jordan was cast in his first professional role as a Blue Man and has traveled the world performing with the show.

Based in the Southeast, Jordan’s first feature film was Scare Zone, in which he played the unassuming Geek #2, who later presents the main twist of the movie. Since then, Jordan has had the privilege to work with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland, Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Octavia Spencer, Gabriel Byrne and James Brolin.

In 2014, Jordan joined the cast of the The Walking Dead playing the recurring role of Eric, a scout and tracker in Alexandria. Shooting in Atlanta, The Walking Dead is one of the most-watched shows in Cable-TV history, with 17.3 million households tuning in to the 1st episode of the 5th Season. 

Aside from acting, Jordan is also a musician, songwriter, and co-founder of, an online recording company networking musicians, vocalists, and engineers around the world. 

Jordan lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife and two beautiful children.

Follow Jordan on Social Media:
Twitter : @jwoodsrobinson