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Welcome to The Letters Page!

In this podcast, creators Christopher Badell and Adam Rebottaro talk for about ninety minutes each episode about a hero, villain, event, or something else entirely from the wide world of Sentinel Comics. They also answer your questions!

We post episodes every Tuesday morning at around 10 AM, Central Time. We also occasionally post Thursday morning Interludes!

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In an early episode, we mentioned that a Letters Page Bingo type thing could be fun. As a result, awesome Letters Page listener Kyle Grossman has created THIRTY different Letters Page Bingo cards, and you can find them all here!

Aug 15, 2017

Time travel and psychic shenanigans! The many forms of Vanessa Long!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 105:49

We deal with multiple realities - and multiple Vanessa Longs (Vanessas Long?) in the first ten minutes, so buckle up!

Brief show notes today, because: Gen Con! 

So, we promised a link to the Lazer Ryders Soundtrack in the show notes. Here it is on Spotify. It's also available on Bandcamp. Not sure if there's a better place to get it, but those are both pretty legit! Also, for a sample, check out the song Trevor chose for our episode-ending music.

The questions segment has a bunch of nonsense about Biomancer's creations, the Cult of Gloom, and even the kingdom of Cooltopia? I don't know what's happening with our own podcast these days. 

In the future section, we have two spoiler sections. The last bit of the Sentinel Tactics future is spoilers (from 95:30 to 96:35), and the entire Sentinel Comics RPG timeline segment is also spoilers. (from 97:09 to 99:20). 

As mentioned, we're already at Gen Con! If you'll be at Gen Con on Saturday, come crash our Letters Page Live recording panel on Saturday!

Also, because we're in Indianapolis and away from our office all this week, we've already recorded the RevoCorp/Benchmark episode! It's too late for your questions! While we're gone, if you want to ask questions for upcoming episodes, I'll leave you with this hint: we have just begun to cover the Prime Wardens and their nemeses...

Aug 8, 2017

Akash'Bhuta, Akash'Thriya, and more!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 118:27

This show covers more time than any other episode. It's also one of our longest episodes! Appropriate.

Around 5:40, we posit that this episode won't be longer than the Argent Adept episode. We were wrong. But just barely! Still, we shouldn't have been surprised.

It takes us about half an hour to go through the first couple hundred million years. Then, we start slowing down, only covering thousands or even hundreds of years at a time. Bear with us! We eventually get more into the blow-by-blow stuff that happens in the pages of Sentinel Comics.

Recommended listening: the Argent Adept episode, and the Naturalist episode.

At the beginning of the question section - around 45 minutes in - we clear up a thing that we straight up did wrong. We have officially said before the Akash'Bhuta's first appearance was in Prime Wardens #1. There is no way that's correct. Her first appearance was in Virtuoso of the Void #12, and we even know that! We were shocked to look back at what we'd released publicly. We just wrote down the wrong first appearance. We're very sorry. 

On to the rest of the fantastic questions! So much to unpack!

A few fishy things happen in the other questions. Another letter from the Cult of Gloom, Princess Cool asserts that she's the original, and we're pretty sure that Biomancer is up to something...

In the future section, we first go over when the timeline split occurs in the Akash story. Then we talk about the rough stuff going on in the Sentinel Tactics timeline. 

For the Sentinel Comics RPG timeline, we have to use the SPOILERS tag. From 107:00 to 114:22 so that we can talk about [redacted] and [redacted]. We also take one more question! Enjoy!

As we mention at the end of the episode, we're recording on Thursday this week, and we're actually recording TWO episodes on that day, due to Gen Con. So! Get your Visionary and RevoCorp questions in by early Thursday morning at the latest! Anything after that won't make the cut!

Looking forward to seeing some of you next week at Gen Con!

Aug 1, 2017

Buckle in, folks! We're going to meet a bunch of Virtuosos of the Void today, as well as delving into the Void itself!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 117:59

 

In the first portion of the podcast, we go through the history of the Argent Adept's appearances in the pages of Sentinel Comics, from his origin in the Toll of Destiny limited series, through the Virtuoso of the Void ongoing series. We cover a ton of stories at a pretty breakneck pace, as we had SO MANY fantastic questions that we wanted to make sure to let your wonderful input shine, you lovely listeners!

We finish that entire overview in about half an hour! The majority of the rest of the episode is questions!

Shortly after the 40 minute mark, Christopher gets real passionate about music. This speaks to why/how Argent Adept was created. Heck, we both go into even more music stuff in the next 5-10 minutes after that.

Just after 80 minutes in, we talk about the cross-over promo card we made with Worldbuilder's Charity. You can get that card - in normal card form, foil card form, or both - here!

Spoilers! Many spoilers! Pretty much the entire future section is a spoiler, and it's tagged as such within the episode. If you're wanting to skip the spoilers, don't listen to anything between 107:52 and 114:33. That's where we spill the beans!

Thanks for listening! Get your questions in for all flavors of Akash'Entities now!

Jul 27, 2017

The longest interlude we've ever recorded, by far! So many questions answered! The name of this episode is most certainly not "Lightning Round".

Show Notes:

Run Time: 83:50

We cover tons of characters in this episode. A ridiculous amount of them. And almost as many different stories. Ready for hopping all over the place? Strap in - it's going to be a bumpy ride!

Just after the 50 minute mark, Adam and Christopher have a debate about who would win in a fight between two villains, and Adam actually convinces Christopher! It's a surprising outcome for everyone.

Rather than listing all the characters we talked about, here's a list of the things we didn't talk about, even though we did get questions about them!

  • Galactra
  • Quetzalcoatl
  • Major Flay
  • Seer
  • Idolator
  • Revenant
  • Green Grosser
  • Blood Countess
  • Zhu Long
  • All Slaughterhouse Six members

Those characters all do count as Nemeses, but their stories have to wait for the episodes they are important in, so feel free to ask more questions about them.

Here's the next month's schedule!

  • August 1st: Argent Adept
  • August 8th: Akash'Bhuta, Akash'Thriya, and more!
  • August 15th: Visionary/Dreamer
  • August 22nd: RevoCorp/Benchmark
  • August 29th: Gen Con Live!
  • August 31st: Post Gen Con Retrospective Interlude

If you're at Gen Con, come to the Gen Con live recording on Saturday at 3:00!

Get your Argent Adept questions in now! See you next week!

Jul 25, 2017

Let's talk about NINE villains! Nine times the goodness!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 72:47

There's a lot of rambling nonsense and nonsensical rambling in this episode, but there's also a lot of good story!

Just before the ten minute mark, Adam divulges his scale of animal evilness, from most evil to least evil. So, that's probably a useful thing for all of you out there in internet land.

Then, a bit after the fifteen minute mark, The Ennead start taking over Egypt, and we talk for the next 5-10 minutes about how locked down that whole situation was.

Right after the 26 minute mark, we tell a few but very minor story about Set after The Ennead event. I'm calling it out here because I really like the story. It's not an important story, but it's fun.

Just how many times do we say "reservoir" in this episode?

Right before 34 minutes in, we do a "and then they all died" bit THAT IS TOTALLY TRUE. They all died. Period.

The next thing we do is answer a question - our first question of the episode - in which we reveal a retcon that happened within the pages of Sentinel Comics. 

As promised, here's a link to the page of the ARG in which Ra and The Ennead showed up for the last time in the Multiverse.

SPOILERS! Starting at the 60:50 mark through 68:25, we talk about spoilers for the Sentinel Tactics timeline, so if you want to wait until it's released to play through the story content yourself, skip this spoilers segment.

Thanks for listening, everyone! Thursday is the longest interlude ever! Talk to you then!

Jul 18, 2017

Is Ra the true Egyptian God of the Sun, or just a madman with the power of fire? Or, is he something else entirely?

Show Notes:

Run Time: 106:57

We start with a quick overview of who Ra is, and then start breaking down his long and somewhat convoluted story. Let's dig right in.

In the first ten minutes of the show, we reveal Ra as a villain (of sorts) and then kill him off (sort of), and not at all as a joke! And it's not even the most exciting ten minutes of the show!

Starting just before the seventeen minute mark, Adam attempts to name all nine of The Ennead. He does... OK. More on those folks next week!

Around 28 minute in, we start getting into just HOW all of this Egyptian mythology stuff has been translated into modern Sentinel Comics.

Lots of great questions in today's episode, with a ton of story stuff covered entirely in the Q&A segment.

At 55 minutes, we get a question that sparks a REALLY long answer with a ton of story. Enjoy!

Wow, this is a long episode. Whew!

Lots of big reveals in the future section. We talk about the future of a minor side character from the card game timeline and what happens to them in the Tactics timeline. And then! In the RPG timeline section, we go into SPOILERS! Skip from 96:55 to 103:55 if you want to avoid major story spoilers for the RPG.

In a couple days, we're recording the episode about The Ennead AND the interlude about Nemeses! Get your questions in now!

Jul 11, 2017

An episode about a slavering rat beast!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 76:10

Just a warning: we rehash some old jokes this show. We're out of material, folks. You heard it here! We're already washed up.

But there are also some actual reveals in this episode! Like Plague Rat's real human name from before he was fully rattened!

This is an episode of cautionary tales and important life lessons. Brush your teeth. Don't play in the sewers. Don't do drugs. Or crime. Stay in school, kids.

We go from drug dealer, to rat beast, to infectious rat beast, to captured rat beast... look, a lot happens with Plague Rat, actually. You'll just have to listen to the episode!

And we have a decently long Q&A segment today! Lots of fun stuff there. Good questions. Strange answers. And even a few twists!

And we wrap up with a glimmer of hope for the future.

Next week is Ra!

Jul 4, 2017

Today is an American holiday, so we're going to talk about an All-American hero!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 83:50

Look forward to all manner of voices from Adam in today's episode!

About 10 minutes in, we introduce the robot named CON. And yes, we will explain CON in this episode. It's about time!

At the 20-minute mark, Adam refers to human flesh as, "Delicious, delicious flesh." We just want to mention right now: we do not support or advocate cannibalism. Adam does not consume human flesh and he does not think of it is actually delicious. That line about delicious flesh was from Plague Rat's point of view.

Right after that, we explain how time travel works. So, that's cool.

Around the 47-minute mark, we say that Chrono-Ranger mostly acts in the main canon timeline just after saying that he act in a bunch of different timelines. Turns out, both are true. In the bulk of Sentinel Comics, he's doing stuff in the primary timeline, but in his occasional solo limited series, he shows up in and alters many different timelines.

In the future section, we actually reveal a decent amount of story, both from the Tactics timeline and the RPG timeline. A lot happens to Jim Brooks in both futures, including two different name changes.

Thanks for listening! Get your Plague Rat questions in now!

Jun 29, 2017

Let's make some excuses!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 28:36

Since we got immediately down to business on Tuesday's Deadline/Lifeline episode, this interlude is a good deal more... fast and loose.

Things we cover in this interlude:

  • The Wraith and Ermine
  • Chokepoint or Choke?
  • Our brothers
  • Gen Con
  • (Dark) Visionary
  • James Bowie
  • David Bowie
  • Knives
  • K.N.Y.F.E.s
  • Paige Huntlys (Paiges Huntly?)
  • Sergeant Steel
  • Stargent Seal
  • Animals

Also, as promised, here's an art!

How do we get through ALL OF THAT in under half an hour? Guess you'll just have to listen to the whole thing to find out!

Oh, also, the very exciting upcoming schedule!

  • July 4th: Chrono-Ranger
  • July 11th: Plague Rat
  • July 18th: RA!
  • July 25th: The Ennead
  • July 27th: Interlude - Nemeses
  • August 1st: Argent Adept

Things are really heating up here on the Letters Page! And not just because it's a hot summer here in St. Louis. But also because of that!

Jun 27, 2017

Tarogath... the destroyer? Or savior? Or just all-around jerk? You decide!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 86:29

This is a no-nonsense episode! (Meaning we only engage in minimal nonsense.) It's not the longest episode we've recorded, but it might be the most jam-packed with exciting info!

We start off by talking about the Enclave of the Endling, including proper pronunciation of the names of many Endlings and their fallen races. Got questions about the Enclave of the Endlings? Submit a question! We'll do an Interlude on the Enclave some day.

More info on blood magic and vampires and such today, around the 23 minute mark. And in the questions, as well!

Shortly after that, we actually delve into more of the details of the OblivAeon event than we've revealed before. Makes sense, as Tarogath is rather important to that event!

Just after 41 minutes in, Christopher said, "Tarogath, who became the villain Deadline, who then became the villain Lifeline." (Italics for emphasis.) Definitely meant hero there. Just talking too fast. Whoops! Lifeline's not a villain.

This coming Thursday's Interlude has already been recorded, but you still have some time to get your Chrono-Ranger questions in! Send 'em our way, buckaroos!

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