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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!

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

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Please fill out our Demographics Survey here! It's a quick survey, and having that info will help The Letters Page grow!

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!

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!

Jun 20, 2017

Today, we talk about Michael Conteh of Conteh Energy Corporation! Surely, that's where you know him from, right?

Show Notes:

Run Time: 61:31

Right in the beginning, we mention that The Operative will come up later in the podcast. And then we follow-through on that promise! We talk about stuff between The Naturalist and The Organization - which does happen to involve The Operative - just after the six minute mark.

Lots of exciting things in today's episode, including space adventures, business take-overs, and even the origin of Akash'Thriya!

The Naturalist has to deal with Equity early on, but we'll also hear from the Slaughterhouse Six - lots of people want to kill The Naturalist, apparently.

As we have done before and we will certainly do again, we discuss how unsettling birds are in this episode. Listen to the few minutes leading up to the 30 minute mark for that gem. I'm certain it'll come up again in the future.

The future holds a lot for The Naturalist, but we can't spoil TOO much for now - lots of story things will come up in the long run!

We've already recorded all of the episodes from now through the end of June, so send in your questions for the Chrono-Ranger episode! We'll announce our schedule through the beginning of August next week.

 

Jun 13, 2017

Let's talk about a shady organization that reaches throughout the Multiverse!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 67:07

At the beginning of the podcast, Christopher predicts that this episode will have a run time of an hour and twelve minutes. Turns out, didn't even make it that long!

This episode, we cover F.I.L.T.E.R. in all of its incarnations, get into The Block - the extradimensional F.I.L.T.E.R. prison and HQ, and also talk about the story of Sergeant Steel and his Steel Squadron!

Just before the 17 minute mark, we mention that the K.N.Y.F.E. episode is essential listening for the story we're about to tell. If you haven't listened to that one yet, go do so!

We get to introduce the character of Felix Stone in this episode! Exciting times. (We also dispose of him. Whoops! Spoilers.)

You also get to learn of A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.!

As promised, here is the Time-Crazed Prisoner from The Block:

As we mention at the end of the episode, the next few recordings are all going to happen pretty quickly. Paul and I will be out of town for a wedding in a couple weeks, and we're all more nose-to-the-grindstone than ever right now, so we're doing a pile of recording this coming Friday, and then skipping a week for weddings, and then doing another pile of recording the Friday after that. So! Hit us up with questions for these characters ASAP!

  • The Naturalist
  • Deadline / Lifeline
  • Chrono-Ranger

Thanks for listening!

Jun 6, 2017

She's tough, she's Scottish, and she's got energy powers! It's Agent Paige Huntly: A.K.A. the hero known as K.N.Y.F.E.!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 55:34

First thing first! We're both older - but certainly no wiser - than we were last episode! Happy Birthday to us.

We first introduced the character of Paige Huntly in last week's Chokepoint episode, as their stories intertwine before Agent Huntly ever becomes K.N.Y.F.E.

When we get to the Progeny fight, we go into a bit of a discussion on whether Progeny's head flying away is cool or silly. Who is right? You decide!

And then we're off to SPACE!

Lots of great stuff about alternate realities, people being awful, her Scottish-ness, and even more in the questions section.

Get your questions about F.I.L.T.E.R., Sergeant Steel, and The Block now!

Also, this episode's post-credits bit is the longest one ever, I think!

May 30, 2017

Today, we talk about the tech-bending villain Chokepoint!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 71:03

Right off the bat, we discuss the Iconclad Project and how it took on young Evelyn Moore as in her infancy. You might recall the Ironclad Project from the Bunker episode!

Around thirteen minutes in, we talk about The Block, and then a few minutes later, we introduce the F.I.L.T.E.R. Agent Paige Huntly. More on her next week, and more on FILTER and The Block the week after that!

We get through her entire backstory without digging into the Termi-Nation story... but not to worry! We do a HUGE section in the Q&A portion of the podcast all about Termi-Nation.

Adam reads a letter from the Cult of Gloom. After the episode, we went to the hospital, but they don't deal with that sort of thing. So, he'll probably be fine. 

Listeners! Tomorrow (May 31st) is Adam's birthday! Two days after that (June 2nd) is Christopher's birthday! For our birthdays, please send us questions about F.I.L.T.E.R., Sergeant Steel, and The Block! Next week is the K.N.Y.F.E. episode, but we've already recorded that one, due to Christopher being in the UK this week for the UK Games Expo. If you're at that show, go see him in the Greater Than Games booth!

May 25, 2017

A team of misfits and shady characters who have to protect each other in a city - and a world - that's safe for no one! It's time to talk Dark Watch.

Show Notes:

Run Time: 32:01

A very brief overview before jumping right in on your questions!

Also, here's the upcoming episode release schedule!

  • May 30th: Chokepoint
  • June 6th: K.N.Y.F.E.
  • June 13th: Sergeant Steel & F.I.L.T.E.R.
  • June 20th: The Naturalist
  • June 27th: Deadline/Lifeline
  • June 29th: Interlude - Maintenance Mode!
  • July 4th: Chrono-Ranger

Whew! Get those Chokepoint & K.N.Y.F.E. questions in TODAY! See you soon!

May 23, 2017

It's everyone's favorite team of heroes!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 68:52

We talk about every published incarnation of the Freedom Five and the Freedom Four, and often go down rabbit trails of nonsense, philosophy, or sometimes outright lies. Enjoy!

Lots of callbacks to previous episodes today, but also a good deal of call-forwards! We hint at the contents of the episodes of Haka, Ambuscade, the Slaughterhouse Six, and more!

The Q&A section in this episode is particularly robust, as well!

IMPORTANT! Starting exactly at 58 minutes and 10 seconds into the episode, we start talking about major story spoilers! If you don't want story spoilers for the Sentinel Comics RPG timeline as they're things you'll get to play through, please skip from 58:10 to 63:40. 

As we mentioned last week, we still have the demographic survey going, so if you haven't gotten a chance to answer it yet, please do! Help us grow the Letters Page!

On Thursday, there will be a Dark Watch Interlude! Also, next week, we're recording both the Chokepoint episode AND the K.N.Y.F.E. episode, as Christopher will be in the UK from the end of May through the first week of June. So, get your Chokepoint and K.N.Y.F.E. questions in now!

May 16, 2017

It everyone's favorite robot builder: Unity!

 

Show Notes:

Run Time: 68:10

First thing, right off the bat, we talk about a survey. This is a link to that survey! Please do take a moment to fill it out, as it will help us grow and improve The Letters Page. 

Then, we're on to talk about television! Because that's what this show is about!

Adam requested just after 12 minutes into the podcast that I put his address in the show notes. No one tell him that I'm not doing that. Just trust me; it's for the best.

We talk about Unity's parents' history a bit, and how her mom was injured during the Yom Kippur War.

At about twenty minutes in, we quickly give away that during the OblivAeon event, Unity builds a massive T. Rex bot. It's pretty dang cool. 

And then! We go right to questions! Flying in the face of tradition! What is even happening?!

Lots of great info in today's Q&A segment. We're getting more and more free with information. Which is good!

Just after the 28 minute mark, we go into a bit of Unity's naming guidelines.

In a question we read around 32:45, we reveal the history of a couple minor figures in Sentinels lore, and even some of their story that is yet to be seen in the Multiverse!

As promised, here is a link to the OblivAeon lead-up ARG. If you haven't gone through it before, I highly recommend it. Very cool things happened there.

Just after the 44 minute mark, we read another fantastic limerick from Arcanist Lupus. The question in that limerick leads to us revealing who it was that captures Unity and kept her in a glass case far from all metal. So many reveals!

We even spill the beans a bit about her future relationships! She's dating someone? And joining some other team? (We get to that part in the Future segment.) But who? You'll just have to listen to the episode to find out!

Once we get to the Future segment, hold on to your hats for some time-traveling information. Not information about someone doing time-traveling or how time travel works. Nope. Information that has come back in time to us from the future! Bizarre!

Thanks for listening! So many exciting things on the horizon! Also, don't forget to fill out our demographics survey. Thank you!

May 9, 2017

A dastardly episode about Baron Blade, Freight Train, Ermine, Proletariat, and Friction!

 

Show Notes

Run Time: 92:42

The longest episode yet!

I know that this is a podcast about characters from a fictional comic book series, but we start off by talking about the weather. A bunch. So, that's fun!

Just before the four minute mark, we explain the format that we're using this episode, since we're covering a bunch of characters with overlapping stories. A thing we don't mention but is very true: this episode references a TON of other episodes. In a lot of ways, the Vengeful Five are a product of their opponents, so there's a lot of "inside baseball" talk in this episode.

First we mention Baron Blade... and point out that he's got an episode all of his own! Check it out.

Then, we move on to Fright Train. You might want to listen to the Bunker episode if you haven't yet, as Fright Train and Bunker have a shared history. (The Baron Blade episode is also relevant to Bunker's backstory. As is the Setback episode!)

There are lots of important links in these show notes.

Next, we move on to Ermine! In her story, we reference both the Mister Fixer episode and The Wraith's episode. And also The Chairman's episode!

The next character we cover is Proletariat! There's a lot of interesting references going on here, but the only episode I can really point to for you here is last week's Absolute Zero episode

The final member of the Vengeful Five is Friction. The relevant episode tie-in here is the Tachyon episode

Mid-Friction, we momentarily follow a rabbit trail from the definition of vengeance and into some nonsense about the definition of self.

Talking everyone's favorite intern sidekick technopath next week!

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