Saturday, December 5, 2015

Episode 121: Messin' with the Multiverse

Special guest David Harding returns to talk Bond movies, Kevin Smith, Jessica Jones, and time travel! Also, Batman v Superman, gushing over the TV Justice League, the return of 2D animation & more!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Episode 120: The Wanderer

Todd and Tony share their current Fallout 4 status and go deep into last night's The Walking Dead (MAJOR SPOILERS). Also, Todd gives a NON-spoiler review of Jessica Jones, and Tony shares a couple geeky projects to support, including his own!

Just a boy and his dog.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Dax Giveaway!

Tony here with another attempt from me to pimp my book! Don't worry, we'll be back with another regular podcast episode soon. BUT FIRST, an important announcement!

In an effort to light a fire under my book campaign, I've got a little contest going. Many of you have said you love the cover art on the book. To which I have to sadly inform you that the art is only temporary, as I don't have the exclusive rights to go slapping it on paper and re-selling it.

What I CAN do, however, is slap it on some giveaway gifts out of my own pocket!

So as of this morning, the next 10 people to order the book will be entered to win a super groovy DAX HARRISON COFFEE MUG!

It holds 11 ounces of your favorite beverage and looks stylish as heck while doing so. Should this prove to be a popular idea, then I may just keep this party going with the next 10, and the next 10, and so on until we hit that magic pre-order goal!

Also, with every purchase of a paperback copy, I will be including a commemorative souvenir postcard as a token of my appreciation!

Don't fret if you already ordered previously. I plan to throw one of these babies in with every paperback. You can use it as a fancy bookmark if you like! Or stick it on your fridge as a decoration. Or actually use it as a postcard and impress your friends and relatives with your good taste in postal stationery!

What do you say, guys and gals? Give that gorgeous pre-order button a click!

Stay frosty!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I wrote a book. Now help me get it published!

All right, pay attention podcast listeners! I'm gonna take a moment to shamelessly plug my book to you, and you're gonna like it!

What's the deal? I am currently attempting to publish my book with Inkshares. It only gets published if I get enough pre-orders by December 27th, so I need everybody's help. EVERYBODY. That means you. YES. YOU! And YOU. And you.... and you too... and you guys in the back... and you, the guy pretending not to hear me... You get the picture.

What is it?
DAX HARRISON is an original sci-fi/adventure/comedy novel written by yours truly, Tony Valdez.

What's it about?
Here's the short answer:
In a space-faring future, an alien war criminal seeks vengeance on humanity, and a celebrated-but-bumbling hero is forced back into action... whether he likes it or not.

Here's the long answer:
Commander Dax Harrison. Hero of the Alliance. Legendary soldier for the space age. ...Schmuck.

A decade ago, Dax made his claim to fame in a decisive battle against the Carteagans, a ruthless alien race which waged war on humanity as we spread out into space. Dax cunningly destroyed the Carteagan's greatest warship, signaling a turning point in the war and leading to humanity's eventual victory.

Or so we've been told.

Ten years on, we join Dax as the anniversary of the ceasefire approaches. While career-wise he has faded into obscurity, the legend of Commander Harrison has grown immensely in the public eye through pulp stories and media based on exceedingly embellished versions of his exploits. Dax has not-so-humbly allowed himself to enjoy a bit of that fame (and a few royalty checks) while coasting into retirement on cushy assignments. But as he counts the days until he can disappear on a beach somewhere, naturally, fate has other plans.

A dangerous shadow from the past puts a wrench in Dax's easygoing existence, and he is forced to finally live up to his legend, whether he likes it or not.

Dax is aided in his adventure by an unorthodox but trusty crew. Good thing, because he'll need all the help he can get! To name a few: a bad-ass female 2nd in command, an enthusiastic fanboy cadet, a mechanical whiz kid, a crotchety old doctor and more!

Why should I care?
A couple reasons.
1) Dax Harrison is an awesome, fast, action-packed sci-fi adventure. It was originally written as a film script, and that same spirit lives on in book format. Our not-so-heroic hero, Dax, is based on roughly a combination of Zapp Brannigan (Futurama) and Ash Williams (Evil Dead/Army of Darkness). And he's going on an adventure with all kinds of swashbuckling, aliens, spaceships, gunfights, explosions, good guys, bad guys, faster-than-light travel, etc. Not to mention, it's funny as hell too.
2) By supporting me, you support indie publishing, you make this humble geek's dreams come true, AND you also support the Getting Off Topic podcast. (This thing costs money to run, you know!)
3) You can help me out for FREE. Yes, FREE.

Ok, NOW I'm listening. How do I help for FREE?
The normal price of the book is $10 for ebook, and $20 for an ebook & paperback bundle. The paperback will be a limited-run 1st edition personally signed by me!

BUT, here's how you can score a FREE $10 credit and order the ebook for FREE, or the paperback for ONLY $10!

STEP 1. Sign into with your email account. You can also register with Facebook or Twitter, doesn't matter. Then wait a few minutes and you'll see $5 credit added to your account, just for signing up!
STEP 2. Recommend the book to others! Go to the Dax Harrison page here ( and click the "Recommend via Inkshares" button. You'll get $5 more credit!

The recommend button is near the top of the page, just below the book title. 

STEP 3. Pre-order the ebook for FREE using your credits!


There's no catch. I'm not trying to sell you a timeshare. Just trying to get my first story out into the world. If you listen to the podcast, you know I sign off every episode with "Stay frosty". My way of saying stay active, stay positive, keep creating, or whatever your goals may be, keep making them and then accomplishing them with a vengeance! So this is me, staying frosty.

Thanks guys!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Episode 119: Head Canon

THE FINAL PODCAAAST (*sung like Europe*) before Fallout 4! SPECIAL GUEST LLOYD joins as Tony educates Todd on Buffy, Todd & Lloyd educate Tony on Heroes, and the whole gang (plus Meg!) dive DEEP into Star Wars theories. Also, John Wick 2 news, pondering the new Star Trek show, the love/hate of Hotline Bling and more!

Seems legit.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Episode 118: Cheese Hat

In which our heroes talk Crimson Peak at the box office, the glorious Ash vs Evil Dead premiere, The Man From High Castle, and the fates of Pacific Rim & Alien. Also, Todd's impending Fallout coma, and exploring the single character journey episode with Agents of SHIELD and The Walking Dead.

Nice view, Jem.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Episode 117: To Hulk Smash, or Not to Hulk Smash

Todd and Tony discuss being bad at D&D, lost Zelda games, awesome New York Comic Con screenings, and a plethora of comic-to-TV adaptations! Also, the latest Force Awakens hype, reboots that will suck, and why Thanos needs to get to work already.

Ash warding off the evil Hollywood reboot machine

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Episode 116: Baypologist

Todd, Meg & Tony discuss their latest binge-watching adventures, Back to the Future celebrations, and quick reviews for The Martian and Fear The Walking Dead! (minor spoilers for both) Also, Tony talks about his ongoing sci-fi book campaign, Rick Grimes neck-twerking, and a bunch of movie and TV news!

Sorry, my shows are back. See you around Christmas.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Episode 115: Ash Blodgett

Ash Blodgett joins the podcast to talk about running Laugh Stash TV, finding good beer and Mexican food, and watching classic movies for the first time. Also: killer rabbits, mustache obsessions, and unhealthy amounts of gaming!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Episode 114: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Todd, Meg and Tony welcome the fall with pumpkin beer, gaming reviews, movies news, Force Friday and more!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Episode 113: You Might Be A Stormtrooper

In which the gang save a kitten, succumb to heat madness, review Fear The Walking Dead and cringe at the face of MTV's Scream.

"Cap, you've left the toilet seat up for the LAST TIME!"

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Video

Oh, he means business.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Episode 112: Is It Winter Yet?

Todd & Tony fight the heat like whiny Californians, talk D23 Expo news, Kurt Russell's mustache, keeping Star Wars simple, and try to get Kelsey Grammer a job. Also TV headlines, gaming announcements & more!

Struzan, you genius. Check out the full poster below!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Episode 111: A Very Channing Sunday

Todd and Tony talk wrestling scandals, Channing Tatum's Gambit, the continued awesomeness of Tom Cruise, Ronda Rousey, birthday presents for Tony and more!

I do not envy the accent he has to pull off.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Episode 110: In Like Flynn

Todd, Meg & Tony talk Ant-Man (spoilers 9:00-27:00), Deadpool, X-Men vs Ivan Ooze, the return of the Joker, strange new Disney movies, Tony's gaming wishlist and more!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Ooze is back!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Episode 109: We're Back! A Podcast Story

Todd, Tony & Meg return from hiatus to deliver INSANE amounts of movie, TV and comics news from the first half of Comic-Con and beyond! (Warning: Arkham Knight spoilers at 9:00-29:10)


Monday, June 15, 2015

Episode 108: The Dude Shall Rise Again

Todd, Meg and Tony massively geek out on Game of Thrones (spoilers up to 45:30), Jurassic World (spoilers 45:30-1:02:10), and a heap of gaming news from E3!

Who knew raptors were such rabid E3 fanboys?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Episode 107: Big Trouble In San Andreas

PART 2: Todd and Tony deliver all the geek! The Rock goes from San Andreas to Chinatown, Han Solo returns to his scoundrel roots, Jesse Eisenberg gets his hair back and more!

I think he's actually Shazam. He is a boy in a man's body. It's the only explanation.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Episode 106: Pahk Da Cah In Da Yahd

PART 1: Todd and Tony gush on all things Fallout and Game of Thrones for a solid hour, and all is right with the universe. (We'll be back with Part 2 tomorrow!)

Sometimes, there just isn't enough dragonglass.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Episode 105: CG Abs

Tony's high school buddy Chase Shelton joins the podcast to talk about his band Modern State, shooting guns and other Kentucky pastimes, movies, music, comics and more!

Chase guitaring it up on the left!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Episode 104: LEGO Dementia

Todd, Meg and Tony discuss reading goals, plumbing issues, Simon Pegg on sci-fi, Game of Thrones, bad movie marketing, E3 hopes and more!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Episode 103: Satine Phoenix

The delightful Satine Phoenix joins the podcast to chat about her graphic novel New Praetorians, the realities of being an artist, tabletop gaming, creepy TV shows from childhood and more!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Episode 102: Science, Biatch!

Todd and Tony praise the absolute glory of Mad Max: Fury Road (with NO spoilers) and the spectacular Agents of SHIELD Season 2 finale (with spoilers-o-plenty)!!!

The future (of podcasting) belongs to the mad

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Episode 101: Well, You're Dumb (or "Oh no! It's Megan Fox!")

In which the gang discusses Avengers: Age of Ultron (among other comic-booky things) at great, great length. Featuring returning guests Meg Valdez, Chuck Goodman, Sally Jacka & David Harding!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Episode 100: Stay Frosty

A roundtable of guests join in as the gang returns home to the Linbrook Bowl for the 100th episode extravaganza!

All right, all right, all right!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Episode 99B: Awkward Encounters

David and the gang discuss WonderCon, meeting famous people, a spoiler-free Daredevil review, and a ton of movie & TV news! (Part Two of Two)

Remember when you were in the Beatles? ...That was awesome.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Episode 99A: Superman vs The Robots

Special guest David Harding joins to nerd out on Zelda games and other classics, the joys of comic collecting, the unfortunate finale to DC's Futures End storyline, making Superman relatable, and trying to become a filmmaker! (Part One of Two)

Best animated universe ever

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Episode 98: Fuller House

The elusive Lloyd returns to talk Deadpool, Ninja Turtles, conventions, TV revivals, taco shops and more!

You know you want it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Episode 97: The Ballad of LaFours

It's sequel mania in movies & gaming! Mallrats! Mission Impossible! Super Troopers! X-Files! Metal Gear! Mortal Kombat and more!

LaFours approves your sequel bonanza.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Episode 96: Kingpin Reach-Around

On the banning of booth babes, funding Con Man, rewriting Star Wars, defending Cutthroat Island and more!

Watch out, Murdock! D'Onofrio looks like he's craving sugar water again!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Episode 95: Beer and Biscuits

A full table of guests join to talk R-rated Power Rangers, Toy Story trauma, Sam Elliot's magnificent mustache, superhero diversity, Indiana Jones vs James Bond and more in this Super Big Gulp-sized episode!

"What's a Power Ranger, Dude?" "Donny, please..."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Episode 94: Meg's Bitchin' Kitchen

Deadpool finds love! Ellen Ripley returns! Nintendo faces shipping troubles! Randy Quaid scars the world, and more!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Episode 93: Lethal Weapon X

Todd & Tony discuss Spider-Man joining the MCU, the importance of Netflix's Zelda series, why Spaceballs 2 is a tricky proposition and more!

SPACEBALLS?! Oh shit, there goes the planet.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Episode 92: Your Bizkit Is Limp

Todd and Tony talk drowning in comics, ruthless gaming nights, the best Deadpool story never told, the past and future of Indiana Jones and more!

Mr. Squarepants will see you now.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Episode 91: Indiana Bones!

Todd & Tony get excited for Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman, the return of Heroes & X-Files, Marvel's brave new universe and more!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Episode 90: Return of the Smith

Todd, Tony and the legendary Lloyd break down the upcoming movies of 2015!

He's so happy... I'm scared.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Episode 89: Contractually Ovulating

Todd, Meg and Tony discuss working through the holidays, a pile of unread comics, upcoming movies, board game nights, getting back on the diet and more!