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Welcome to The Letters Page!

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

Episodes post weekly on Tuesday mornings at 9 AM, Central Time. We also post Thursday Editor's Notes monthly!

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We usually record episodes on Fridays, so get your questions in by end of day Thursday in order to get them in front of us before we record.

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Aug 28, 2018

This is a big one... in a lot of ways. But well worth it for what's to come.

Show Notes:

Run Time: 3:11:29

You read that run time correctly - this episode is over 3 hours. However! It is only our second longest episode, losing to the Southwest Sentinels/Void Guard episode by 7 minutes!

That said, we cover a TON of stuff in this episode, so let's get right down to it!

We start off by going through the meta-verse of the publication company of Sentinel Comics. What led to the Mist Storm Universe? How was it handled and published in the world that Sentinel Comics were real actual comics? Who wrote these books and why? What sorts of decisions were made? We get INTO IT.

After revealing all that, including a name of a comics line that we've never said publicly before, we finally get into actually talking about the stories and timelines of the Mist Storm Universe at around 24 minutes in.

So! Then! Just after the one hour mark, after talking about the stories from several comics series, we get back into the meta, talking about decisions made by the publisher. That doesn't take too long, and after a bit of banter, we're into the stories of each of the books from those decisions.

Then we go BACK to the meta verse around an hour and 14 minutes in. Stuff is happening! Things are falling apart! Why? Well, that's what we're talking about! Listen on, dear friends!

From then on, we're jumping back and forth between in-comics stories and meta-publishing-universe stories right up until we get to the stories that end the Mist Storm universe.

At around an hour and a half in, we cover one of the big ending stories that we think you'll be excited to hear.

Throughout the episode, we keep saying things like, "oh, we'll get to that soon." Well, just after an hour and 41 minutes in, we get to the stories of those characters. Whew! It's a lot of stories about a lot of characters. 

Around two hours and 23 minutes in, we get into the story of the Prime War limited series. Larger than life stuff, there.

Finally, at the two-and-a-half-hours mark, we finally dig into your questions. Though, we do speed through them, as we've already covered a LOT up to this point.

We do have a notable future section at 2 hours and 51 minutes in, which covers what titles come out of the Prime War series. More cool stuff there! This episode just keeps giving!

Then, just before the end of episode at around 3 hours and 4 minutes, we read all of the Patreon backers at the name-reading levels. Whew! A big finish to a big episode!

See you next week for another big episode about a lot of stories: the Multiverse recap episode!

Aug 23, 2018

We had a great time playing the Sentinel Comics RPG on Twitch in July, and this Extrasode is all about how that went!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 1:12:20

We recommend you watch the live streams before listening to this episode. Here they all are!

At the beginning, we talk about the stuff that Christopher and Adam have wanted to talk about this whole time but have not gotten a chance to go over yet, as the veil of secrecy between the GM and the players had to be maintained! But now, the fetters are loosed, and the talking commenced!

Then, around 18 minutes in, we get to your questions.

We finish with questions and wrap up with some discussion about what comes next just after the 1 hour and 5 minute mark.

See you this coming Tuesday for an episode about the MistStorm Universe... and how it ends! And more!

Aug 21, 2018

Let's pause on talking about fake comic book and talk about fake cartoons instead!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 2:18:13

We covered Phase One of the Sentinel Comics Animated Universe in Episode 64 - now we're back to talk about Phase Two, but there's way too much to cover in a single episode if we're going to keep going into the contents of EVERY episode... and we want to keep going into all that! Thus, this episode is JUST about Season Two of the Freedom Five animated show. We will do a Part 2 episode when you fine folks on the Patreon vote on it, which I imagine will happen shortly!

We get right into all of that, right off the bat, and then about five minutes in, we dig into the first episode of the season!

Around the 1 hour and 43 minute mark, we get to your questions!

At about 2 hours and 10 minutes in, we go to the future section, in which we talk about the future of the Sentinel Comics Animated Universe (mainly the rest of Phase 2). Then, in the wrap-up, we talk about some important Future of the Letters Page business. You'll just have to listen to find out!

For those of your on our Patreon, voting just went live for the September Extrasode. Go let your voice be heard!

Tune in Thursday for an Extrasode about our recent Sentinel Comics RPG Live streams!

Aug 14, 2018

We had a thrilling Gen Con! And now, you get to listen in on how at least a couple hours of that show went for us!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 2:00:35

We had an exciting musical guest this year: Jean-Marc Giffin! He's the composer behind all of the music for the Sentinels of the Multiverse video game by Handelabra, and lots of other great music as well! If you're one of our Patreon supporters, there will be a post on the Patreon later today with the music files for Jean-Marc's versions of the Letters Page songs, along with the original files for those songs, as we've never released them before and thought that now might be a good time.

The bulk of this episode is Q&A, though we do have an Overview and Future section! You'll just have to listen in to find out what we talk about.

Speaking of our Patreon, we'll be doing a live episode on Thursday morning of this week for our Contributors, so if that's you, come hang out with us at 11 AM, Central! During that live recording, we'll announce what we're doing for next month's schedule, and that'll get posted here next week! Exciting times are upon us!

Looking forward to getting back into the regular Letters Page schedule with all of you!

Aug 7, 2018

We just got back from Gen Con last night, and wow are we tired! 

We are very eager to get back to recording, but for now, enjoy this tiny tinysode! Catch you next time!

Jul 31, 2018

We're at Gen Con doing setup and getting ready, so - as previously announced - there's no episode this week! And yet, we still recorded a minute and a half of explanation, just to tide you over. Thanks for listening, everyone! We're eager to return to our normal(ish) schedule soon!

-Christopher and Adam and Trevor and everyone else at GTG

Jul 26, 2018

An Editor's Note just before we head off to Gen Con!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 1:28:01

Here's the schedule for July!

  • Tuesday, August 7th: We're on Break!
  • Tuesday, August 14th: Gen Con 2018 Live!
  • Tuesday, August 21st: Episode #79 - Sentinel Comics Animated Series: Phase 2
  • Thursday, August 23rd: Extrasode #5 - Sentinel Comics RPG Live Steams Recap and Discussion
  • Tuesday, August 28th: Episode #80 - The Incoming Storm: Mist Storm Universe from the end of OblivAeon to the beginning of Prime War
  • Thursday, August 30th: Editor's Note #21

And a photo of the calendar on our wall!

(It doesn't say that the month is August... but it is.)

Topics covered in today's episode:

  • Citizen Dawn and the Citizens of the Sun
  • Young Legacy
  • Sentinel Comics: the Roleplaying Game
  • Daybreak
  • and more!

Looking forward to seeing some of you at Gen Con!

Jul 24, 2018

We made a radio play! It turned out pretty dang awesome!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 1:07:57

Just listen to the episode! It's got a lot going on.

All of the voices in the radio play are either Adam or Christopher, other than Ruby, who was voiced by the talented and most excellent Heather Reusz!

Around the 40 minute mark, we get to your questions!

This Thursday is this month's Editor's Note! Next week is Gen Con! We're excited to see you - and record an episode with you - there!

Jul 17, 2018

Let's talk about looooove.

Show Notes:

Run Time: 1:19:00

A strange change in format today: after some mild preamble, we start of by getting into your questions, just before the 5 minute mark!

Then, we spend over a third of the episode on a single letter...

The questions cover the vast majority of the things we wanted to talk about today, so enjoy the process of us keeping up with you fine folks!

Spoilers: At around an hour and 9 minutes in, we talk about a Biomancer story. A bit of the recording was lost here, but the thing we talked about that didn't make it into the episode is that, after her death, the body of the woman we mention is enshrined in Biomancer's lair, and sometimes he makes fleshchildren to look like her, but he always destroys them because he cannot match her perfection. For all his "work toward perfection", he cannot match the perfection of his one true love. Also, he's super creepy. /spoilers

After that, our brief "overview" - which is more of a "let's fill in the couple things no one asked about" bit - starts about an hour in.

For our Patreon supporters, the voting is already up for the August episodes, so make sure your voice is heard! Get your vote in now!

Jul 10, 2018

We go out to explore SPAAAAAAACE!!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 1:21:51

Right off the bat, we mention that the day this episode goes live, we're doing another live stream of the Sentinel Comics RPG! Come join us on our Twitch channel!

We then mention that our Patreon Collectors and Contributors can submit topics for August now. Check out this Patreon post about it!

At the two minute and 45 second mark, Adam realizes what we should name this episode. And lo, that is what the episode is now named. Let it be written.

Then, we finally get into space stuff.

The overview is mostly breaking down how space is used across the different eras of comics publication, and also how that all fits together to show the primary purpose of space in storytelling.

After that, we get into your questions just after the 12 minute mark, letting your questions about space shape the order we talk about the variety of space stories.

Questions spark us to talk about:

  • Golden Age Captain Cosmic stories
  • Captain Cosmic's (Hugh, not Ray) interactions with those stories
  • Plants (Space plants, that is)
  • Stuff we like making
  • A strange story
  • Humans compared to aliens
  • Cute aliens?
  • Humanoid aliens
  • Galactic Strike Force races
  • Singular Entities (briefly)
  • Galactra's race
  • Empyreon's race
  • Translators/alien languages
  • Magic in space
  • And more!

Around an hour and 14 minutes in, we talk a little about the future of space in the various worlds of Sentinel Comics.

And then we tease a bit more about Prime War before reading names and signing off.

Join us next week for an episode about love.

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