HTP Episode 036 – Lanie Labens

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Lanie Labens in the maven in charge of “I Don’t Do Subtle” Management, a talent agency connecting some amazing guests to the best conventions out there. Lanie also writes, has aspirations of being an author, and operates a YouTube channel… including a doll workout video. In this episode, Lanie and I discuss what we love about conventions, and what it’s like growing up not having a lot in common with others… eventually finding that commonality in the con scene.


You can follow her on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and her official website is lanielabens.com.


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HTP Episode 035 – Ming Chen

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Ming Chen is a pioneer in podcasting, in addition to being a member of Kevin Smith’s ViewAskewniverse. Star of the AMC series Comic Book Men, Ming has been a positive face on comic fandom and geek culture over the past decade. In this episode, he and I sit down and discuss the business podcaster-to-podcaster, as well as reflect on his love of video games and our affinity for bootleg DVDs.


You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, as well as A Shared Universe PodcaStudio— the studio which powered this episode!


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The Life Radio Show 5/12/2020

I had a great time discussing Hungry Trilobyte with Don Smith from The Life Radio Show, out of WWSU. We got to cover a lot of ground on why fandom helps people cope, and how to use it to prompt creativity and positivity. I cover my favorite Treks, analyze the newer Star Wars movies, and gush over MST3k in the 21st century.

HTP Episode 031 – Sampo Returns!

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Chris Cornell, known to the internet as “Sampo,” is the Webmaster for Satellite News and was first on Hungry Trilobyte in Episode 19. This latest chat is a wild ride, fueled by COVID-19 and fan speculation. We discuss how to use MST3K as a “comfort food” in times of quarantine, Chris suggests using Pod People to go to sleep, I counter with Red Zone Cuba. Meanwhile, his favorite episode is The Violent Years, while I never get tired of Teenagers from Outer Space or I Accuse My Parents. And, of course, Manos comes up.

Chris breaks the news that Joel is doing the MST3K Live At-Home Show with Moon Zero Two. I reveal that I participated in the MST3K Home Game, while Chris was interviewing the cast prior to season 8.

Special request: Chris mentions that there was a special showing of I Accuse My Parents at the Colonial Theatre in Pennsylvania, in which he participated. Does anyone have a recording of this?


Here’s where you can check out Sampo’s legacy:

Twitter, Satellite News


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Life Lessons from Cartoons

  1. Knowing is half the battle. No one has ever mentioned what the other half is, but I’m guessing it involves lasers.
  2. Some cars are more than meets the eye. Many people are less.
  3. If you call Captain Planet for help, he will tell you what to do, screw up, and you’ll have to do all the hard work anyway. This is basically how middle management works.
  4. A rat can raise four turtles and no one bats an eye, but if you dress your dog in a hoodie, it’s “weird”.
  5. The Thundercats were all buck naked through the entire first episode, and no one cares. Mention that a coloring error makes it look like Jessica Rabbit has a landing strip, and people will wear out the pause button on their remotes.
  6. Hate Scrappy Doo all you want, but I bet he’s solved more crimes than you have.
  7. Inspector Gadget was a baby boomer walking around with technology he couldn’t operate, constantly getting his ass saved by his millennial niece. We really should have paid closer attention to this dynamic.
  8. Perspective is everything. A subpar Transformer is a badass Go-Bot.
  9. Friendships can be made over two people knowing the lyrics to Disney Afternoon show theme songs, and broken over trying to agree on which show is best. Pick your battles carefully.
  10. Man, there really are way more cartoons aimed at boys than there are at girls, huh?

HTP Episode 025 – Michael Mueller


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Director of the 2020 indie film, The E-Listers: Life in the Back Lane, Michael Mueller is one of the most promising independent filmmakers today. His movie is based on the lives and career struggles of
“extras” in the movie industry: people who have non-speaking parts in films. Based in Atlanta, GA, Michael took a script by Edward Reid and delivered a real love letter to people with a passion for making film.


Again, please be sure to check out The E-Listers Movie and watch the trailer early. Michael can be followed at his website, M3 Creative.



Geek Resource: DVD Verdict – Fantastic old-school, no-nonsense DVD and Blu Ray reviews. Has some of my old writing from the mid-2000s.


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HTP Episode 024 – Jack O’Halloran


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Jack O’Halloran is an actor from one of the greatest eras of Hollywood filmmaking. Star of some of my favorite movies, like Superman and Superman II, Jack has some amazing insights into movies. In this episode, he and I discuss working with greats such as Marlon Brando, Chuck Norris, and Robert Mitchum. Jack also shares first-hand experience with the JFK assassination and the rise and fall of the drug war and organized crime. His current novel, Family Legacy, looks to tell the true history of the connection between the Kennedy family and the lives of ordinary Americans in the 20th century.


Again, please be sure to check out Jack’s book, Family Legacy.



Geek Resource: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – Literally the best history podcast ever, a great mind for picking apart tons of topics, from the Cold War to the Mongol Invasions.


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HTP Episode 023 – “Captain” Deana Dolphin


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Deana Dolphin, MST3K’s “Fan Ambassador” has become a champion for the show and for getting MSTies around the world together– both online and in real life. Hosting watch parties, live events, and meet-ups, Deana reaches out to fans everywhere. In this episode, she and I talk about her adventures in the fan community, visiting the MST3k set, and her love of Agonywolf Media. Currently, she’s trying to organize the 5th Annual Turkey Day MSTie Meet Up.


Here’s where you can find Deana: Twitter, Instagram, Reddit


Deana’s Facebook page is open to new fans, and here are the groups she admins or in which she’s an active member:

Deana also supports MSTie Minute, another great collection of fans, and you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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HTP Episode 021 – Zoe Plait

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Zoe Plait is one of MST3K’s biggest “Professional Fans.” She worked with Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff on “The Mads are Back” live show, and in this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, she and I sit down and get to the heart of what makes the show great. More than that, we address how fandom can have a positive effect on mental illness, and ponder her future writing projects. During the episode, we also bring up the MST3K Playstation Underground issue.


Here’s where you can keep tabs on Zoe’s projects:

Twitter, Miss Misery (Official Site)



Geek Resource: National Alliance on Mental Illness – A great resource for getting a little extra help in life.


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HTP Episode 020 – Mur Lafferty


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Mur Lafferty is an author and podcasting pioneer. Having released her first book, Playing for Keeps, free as an audio podcast, she helped pave the way for e-books and audio distribution as we know it today. Authoring the novelization of the Solo movie, this brings her into the Star Wars universe, and with her latest book, “Minecraft: The Lost Journals,” she brings life to the amazing video game franchise. Currently, she continues to connect with her fans via her podcasts “I Should Be Writing”, “Ditch Diggers” and “Escape Pod”. In this episode, we discuss how the digital landscape has changed since she got her start, what it’s like to be an established writer, and how to keep up your motivation to be creative.


Here’s where you can check out Mur’s Universe:

Twitter, Murverse (Official Site)



Geek Resource: Manuscript Wishlist – The big site for getting to know what the writing market is hungry for!


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