Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Steve & Crypto Show Episode 3: Greg Smith

Hope you all have been enjoying the Steve & Crypto Show so far. We definitely appreciate you guys listening, and love all the great feedback. 

Its time to launch the next episode! 

In this latest episode of The Steve & Crypto Show, we are joined by Greg Smith, the writer of the Junior Braves Of The Apocalypse graphic novel series, as well as the Starlite Comic, which ran a highly successful Kickstarter campaign for issue 1.  We discuss the launch of the crowdfunding effort for issue 2 of Starlite Comic, and more, including the silly story of how Greg Smith and Steve became acquainted. Enjoy and share this episode. 

Check out the Kickstarter campaign for Starlite Comic issue 2, and follow Greg Smith on social media to keep up on his work and more...

Starlite Comic Twitter: starlitecomic 

You can find Greg Smith and his podcasts and projects in multiple places on Twitter including: 

Also be sure to follow and visit the amazing Retro Emporium Greg and his awesome wife Anne own in Kent, WA. They have all the ne4dy retro stuff!

Retro Emporium Twitter: kentretro

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Steve & Crypto Show Episode 2: Bradley Beard

The second episode of The Steve & Crypto Show features our first guest, Bradley Beard. Bradley is an artist who has made a name for himself in the horror circles for his series portraying horror hosts. In this episode we discuss how he featured a different performer from tv horror host history EVERY DAY for 13 months, and created a new portrait of the horror host, influences and more.  

Check out a few samples of Bradley Beard's work, his website,and be sure to support him on social media at:

Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Steve & Crypto Show IS HERE!

The Steve &Crypto Show should be available for your listening pleasure NOW! Listen here or subscribe on our growing list of pocast distributors including Anchor, Stitcher, and Spotify, with more to come! 

Please spread the word and send us thoughts and pointers. If you wanna promote your project, drop us a line as well, and maybe join us on an episode!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

2020 Eisner Awards

This years Eisner Awards were announced virtually yesterday. Congrats to all winners!

Short Story: “Hot Comb,” by Ebony Flowers, in Hot Comb (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

Best Continuing Series: Bitter Root, by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene (Image)

Best Limited Series: Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest andIan Bertram (Image)

Best New Series: Invisible Kingdom, by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Publication for Early Readers: Comics: Easy as ABC, by Ivan Brunetti (TOON)

Best Publication for Kids: Guts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)

Best Publication for Teens: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Humor Publication : The Way of the Househusband, vol. 1, by Kousuke Oono, translation by Sheldon Drzka (VIZ Media)

Best Anthology: Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival, edited by Diane Noomin (Abrams)

Best Reality-Based Work: They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker (Top Shelf)

Best Graphic Album—New: Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint: LaGuardia, by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Snow, Glass, Apples, by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran (Dark Horse Books)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material: The House, by Paco Roca, translation by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia (TIE): Cats of the Louvre, by Taiyo Matsumoto, translation by Michael Arias (VIZ Media) AND Witch Hat Atelier, by Kamome Shirahama, translation by Stephen Kohler (Kodansha)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, edited by Alexander Braun (TASCHEN)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books:
Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo: The Complete Grasscutter Artist Select, by Stan Sakai, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

Best Writer: Mariko Tamaki, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC); Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan); Archie (Archie)

Best Writer/Artist: Raina Telgemeier, Guts (Scholastic Graphix)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Painter/Digital Artist: Christian Ward, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist: Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly (Image)

Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, Black Hammer, B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, Hellboy and the BPRD (Dark Horse); Gideon Falls (Image); Silver Surfer Black, Spider-Man (Marvel)

Best Lettering: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: Women Write About Comics, edited by Nola Pfau and Wendy Browne,

Best Comics-Related Book: Making Comics, by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work: EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, by Qiana Whitted (Rutgers University Press)

Best Publication Design: Making Comics, designed by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Digital Comic: Afterlift, by Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo (comiXology Originals)

Best Webcomic: Fried Rice Comic, by Erica Eng,

Hall of Fame: Judges’ choices: Nell Brinkley, E. Simms Campbell; voters’ choices: Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Stan Sakai, Louise Simonson, Don and Maggie Thompson, Bill Watterson

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Hero Initiative; Creators4Comics; Comic Book United Fund

In addition, yesterday, the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award was given to:
Nostromo Sevilla, Sergio L√≥pez, Seville, Spain.

Comic-Con thanks the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Judges: Troy-Jeffrey Allen (Diamond Comic Distributors), Cecil Castellucci (Writer, Batgirl, The Plain Janes), Alejandro Gonzalez (La Revisteria Comics, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2019 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award winner), Ross Richie (Publisher, BOOM! Studios), and Steve Saffel (Editor, Titan Books), and Facilitator, Joe Ferrara (Atlantis Fantasyworld, Santa Cruz, CA).

-via Comic-Con newsletter

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Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at, and  He can be reached for comments at on twitter at @thestevestrout


Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Big Announcement!

I'm sure you all probably noticed that I've been very quiet here on Its all for a good reason. I've been training myself how to record and edit sound so I can finally launch a podcast. 

Me and my co-host and brother from another mother, Caleb aka Crypto Zoo have been planning this for quite a while, and we're excited to finally get the ball rolling on the STEVE AND CRYPTO SHOW presented by

Stay tuned for updates and official release announcements and an intro episode. I will also get things going here on again soon, and will post episodes of the STEVE AND CRYPTO SHOW here, along with other podcast outlets.

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at, and  He can be reached for comments at on twitter at @thestevestrout


Thursday, May 14, 2020

A Toy Store Near You is Coming Soon From the People Behind The Toys That Made Us!

Did you guys watch THE TOYS THAT MADE US on Netflix a couple years ago? THE TOYS THAT MADE US was a docuseries from Brian Volk-Weiss CEO of the Nacelle Company, sharing the history of some iconic toy lines from many of our childhoods, including G.I. Joe, Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Wars, Masters Of The Universe and more! He dug in deep into the stories behind the creation and development of these "toys that made us"...and continue to shape our world with the popularity of vintage and retro toy collecting.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Darcy The Mail Girl Q&A Contest!

Hello from quarantine land, my friends and readers! How did you guys enjoy last weeks season 2 premiere of The Last Drive In w/ Joe Bob Briggs? It was a blast!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Social Distancing Ideas Part 4: Popular Podcasts

I've been sharing lots of ideas to keep busy while we socially distance ourselves during this pandemic. Ideas like great movies and television shows to stream, where you can score free comic books and other media to enjoy.

This next list is going to shout out a few popular podcasts that can provide hours of entertainment. This is not a ranking of any sorts. Some of these shows I actually listen to, others were suggested by a few of you guys. I think you nerds will dig this list, but please, if theres a show you think people need to know, send us details!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Cool Projects #36

Time to keep the COOL PROJECTS series going with #36! Let's get right into it...

For starters, I'd like to introduce you guys to a new friend of the site, and a creator who is becoming a new favorite, Bradley Beard!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Last Drive In Giveaway Details...

Who else is excited for Joe Bob Briggs' THE LAST DRIVE IN season debut next weekend on Shudder? We sure are! (Chris Jericho co-hosting the first night is an added bonus)!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Social Distaning Ideas Part 3

As the self quarantine continues, media outlets continue to put out great articles featuring good reads, games, movie and tv streaming ideas, and more to keep us busy. Considering our need to socially distance ourselves will continue, we're gonna keep on sharing these great articles with you.

Saturday, March 28, 2020


I found a few MORE articles online for you guys to check out, sharing some fantastic ideas how to pass the hours. It's looking like this situation is going to take some time to get through, so the more ideas the better!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cool Projects #35

I'm baaaaaack! Again! Sorry it's been so long. It's been a rough couple months in my world, so had to take the back burner.  Let's hope to keep things a bit more active here from now on. If you're interested in contributing to the site, get in touch and let me know what youre thinking!

Monday, March 23, 2020


In the last post I shared a press release from a top comic book company sharing free comics to read digitally. Reading is definitely one of the best, and most enjoyable, ways to pass time in my opinion...though not the only way.

How are you keeping busy during your SOCIAL DISTANCING?

With the Covid-19 pandemic putting a lot of us out of work, and leaving us with lots of downtime, I'm going to share ideas to keep you all distracted during these scary times. If you guys have any suggestions for occupying your time during social distancing, please share with us. 

Here's the first of hopefully many low cost ideas to stay busy, the first being from Dynamite Entertainment (