Episode 49 the Askari Cast takes on Star Wars Visions first three episodes! SPOILER ALERT!!!
The Askari Cast with Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and Nyumbani Chronicles: the Return Home, and Jordan Purnell Jackson Illustrator for the Ancient Illumination graphic novel adaptations and creator of upcoming E.V.E of Insurrection speak about their early impressions of Star Wars Visions first three episodes The Duel, Tatooine Rhapsody, and Twins on Disney Plus. Visions is featuring six Japanese Anime studios for nine episodes. We were surprised Disney let someone else into their playground like this but we are excited! SPOILER ALERT!!
September 25, 2021
Episode 48 The Askari cast talks "What if" featuring Killmonger! SPOILER ALERT!!!
This week Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and Nyumbani Chronicles, Andrea Rose Washington author of Adalithiel, Elendil and Ahmantree's Magic and graphic designer/Illustrator Jordan Purnell Jackson talk Disney plus series "What if" this sixth episode explores what would happen if Killmonger was the one to rescue Tony Stark. Spoiler alert for those that have yet to see it!
September 16, 2021
Episode 47 another "What if" Is Disney going dark?
The Askari Cast is back to discuss another episode of What if on Disney plus! Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and Nyumbani Chronicles, Andrea Rose Washington author of Adalithiel, Elendil and Ahmantree's Magic along with Graphic artist, Illustrator and creator of E.V.E. of Insurrection Jordan Purnell Jackson give their thoughts as Disney seems to be taking a dark turn with their animated series featuring hypotheticals with MCU characters.
September 9, 2021
Episode 46 What if on Disney plus SPOILER ALERT!!!
Today the Askari cast take some time to talk about the What if series on Disney Plus. Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and Nyumbani Chronicles: the Return Home, Andrea Rose Washington author of Adalithiel, Elendil, and Ahmantree's Magic, and Jordan Purnell Jackson graphic artist and animator give their thoughts in the house of Mouse's new animated show featuring characters from the MCU. If you have yet to watch the episodes. SPOILER ALERT!!!
September 2, 2021
Episode 45 the Awesome con recap!
Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and Nyumbani Chronicles: the Return Home, Jordan Purnell Jackson graphic artist and illustrator, and James Howard otherwise known as Arrow J. Knight author of Jericho's Bane discuss their experiences at Awesome con, the Comic con for Washington DC from the perspective as vendors. Despite being much larger than Blerdcon the results great but not up to bloated expectations after the numbers from the smaller event. Listen as we talk about how in person events have changed since the shutdowns.
August 27, 2021
Episode 44 the Askari Cast speaks with Coplay Media!
The Askari Cast is back a couple days early this week with Awesome con coming up this weekend! Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and Nyumbani Chronicles, Andrea Rose Washington, author of Adalithiel, Elendil, and Ahmantree's Magic, and Jordan Purnell Jackson creator of the upcoming comic E.V.E. of Insurrection chat with DeAryes White and Brandon Silvera of Coplay Media, a small media company with aspiration to create a Afrocentric side scrolling metroidvania game!
August 19, 2021
Episode 43 The Suicide Squad SPOILER ALERT!!!
Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and Nyumbani Chronicles :the Return Home, Jordan Purnell Jackson graphic artist, Illustrator of the Ancient Illumination graphic novel series and creator of the upcoming E.V.E. of Insurrection comic, and Illustrator for the Jerichos' Bane comic, along with Andrea Rose Washington author of Adalithiel, Elendil , and Ahmantree's Magic get together to discuss the Suicide Squad. DC's latest cinematic offering released in theaters and on the HBOMax streaming app. Join the Askari cast to hear our thoughts on the sequel to the not so well received film of a similar name. We weren't so sure of how adding the "The" would make a difference. Surprisingly it did. For those that have yet to see it...SPOILER ALERT!!
August 13, 2021
Episode 42 we take on Gunpowder Milkshake! SPOILER ALERT
Today we discuss the Netflix action flick Gunpowder Milkshake starring Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino, and Paul Giamatti. Hear the thoughts of the Askari cast with Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series, and Nyumbani Chronicles: the Return Home, Andrea Rose Washington author of Adalithiel, Elendil and Ahmantrees' Magic, and graphic artist and illustrator Jordan Purnell Jackson who illustrated the Ancient Illumination graphic novels, the Jerichos' Bane comic, and soon to release his solo comic E.V.E. of Insurrection. SPOILER ALERT if you have not watched the film!
August 5, 2021
Episode 41 Master of The Universe Revelation. SPOILER ALERT!!!
Todays topic is the new Netflix release of Masters of The Universe Revelation which has been the subject of much controversy lately. Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and Jordan Purnell Jackson graphic artist and creator of the soon to be released E.V.E. of Insurrection comic discuss their thoughts on the sequel to the 80s cartoon series. Andrea Rose Washington will be back next week but left us her thoughts to share with you all! For those who have yet to watch...SPOILER ALERT!!!
July 30, 2021
Episode 40 where we discuss the magnificence that was Blerdcon 2021!!
The Askari cast is back to discuss our experience at Blerdcon 2021 which for a lot of folks was the first in person convention since the shutdown. Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and Nyumbani Chronicles:the Return Home, Andrea Rose Washington author of Adalithiel, Ahmantree's Magic and Elendil, Jordan Purnell Jackson graphic artist and animation extraordinaire share what it was like to be back in the presence of enthusiastic blerds as well as other people of many geekdoms!
July 24, 2021
Episode 39 The Loki finale! SPOILER ALERT!!!
The Askari cast discusses the Loki finale which just aired on Disney plus! Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series, Jordan Purnell Jackson graphic artist and creatorof the upcoming E.V.E. of Insurrection and Andrea Rose Washington author of Adalithiel, Elendil and Ahmantree's Magic discuss the ending to the latest offering from Marvel/Disney, and it's possible rammifications to the MCU. SPOILER ALERT!!!
July 16, 2021
Episode 38 The Tomorrow War discussion. SPOILER ALERT!!!
To save the Loki discussion for next weeks finale the Askari cast takes on the recent Amazon Prime release The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt, JK Simmons, Sam Richardson, and Yvonne Strahovski. Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series, Andrea Rose Washington author of Adalithiel. Elendil, and Amhmantree's Magic, and Graphic artist, Illustrator and Animator Jordan Purnell Jackson share their thoughts on the campy, military scifi, time travelling film released direct to the popular streaming service.
July 9, 2021
Episode 37 into the Lokiverse! Our discussion of Loki episode 4! SPOILER ALERT
The Askari cast is back this week to discuss episode 4 of Loki which definitely took a turn from last week. Hear Rod Van Blake , author of the Ancient Illumination series and Graphic artist/Illustrator Jordan Purnell Jackson give their thoughts on the developing plots as we edge closer to the season finale! Only two episodes left!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!
July 2, 2021
Episode 36 The Askari Cast talks Loki episode 3! SPOILER ALERT
The Askari Cast is back with another discussion about Loki on Disney plus. Half way through the season now with three episodes down. Listen to Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and graphic artist and illustrator Jordan Purnell Jackson give their thoughts on the progress of the series so far. SPOILER ALERT for those of you who have yet to see episode 3!
June 25, 2021
Episode 35 Loki! We give our first impressions thus far and brief speculation on the latest offering from Disney Plus. SPOILER ALERT!!
The Askari cast is back to discuss the latest Disney Plus show starring Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson. Jordan Purnell Jackson graphic artist and Illustrator, along with Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and fellow author of Adalithiel, Elendil, and Ahmantree's Magic Andrea Rose Washington give their initial impressions and speculate on where they think things will go! If you have not watched the first two episodes, come back and take a listen when you do! SPOILER ALERT!!
June 18, 2021
Episode 34 The Askari Cast reviews newly released film Infinite with Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor! SPOILER ALERT!!!
Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and Andrea Rose Washington author of Adalithiel, Elendil and Ahmantree's Magic sit down to chat about Paramount plus recent release Infinite about two contrasting groups of immortal beings, one of which has lost coherency in the memories of his past lives. He will need help regaining his memory to prevent an extinction level event disaster planned by the leader of the opposing group of immortals. If you have Paramount plus go watch the film then come back and listen to our thoughts. If you don't care about spoilers and just want to hear about this scifi/fantasy action flick, take a listen anyway! You've been warned SPOILER ALERT!!
June 11, 2021
Episode 33 the Askari Cast chats about Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead! Spoiler ALERT
Rod Van Blake author the Ancient Illumination series, Jordan Purnell Jackson graphic artist/Illustrator and creator of the Eve of Insurrection comic and Andrea Rose Washington author of Adalithiel, Elendil, and Ahmantree's Magic discuss Zack Snyder's latest zombie heist film Army of the Dead now streaming on Netflix! Come hang out grab a coffee or your preferred beverage and hear our thoughts!
June 4, 2021
Episode 32 The Askari cast speaks with TJ Sterling creator of Okemus and Joystick Angels!
The Askari cast is back with Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and graphic artist/Illustrator Jordan Purnell Jackson get a chance to catch up with TJ Sterling Lead artist of RAE Comics to share his current project Joystick Angels live now on Kickstarter! Take a listen to see what he has been up to since his successful campaign for the fourth issue of Okemus.
May 29, 2021
Episode 31 We got back into Awesome con!!!
Welcome back to another Askari Cast! Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination scifi series, joined once again by graphic artist, illustrator Jordan Purnell Jackson. Awesome con has been approved for full capacity, and we applied. Just got word yesterday that we were approved! Today we discuss our excitement and preparation for it and other events coming soon. During the second half we discuss more of our creative endeavors with respect to our upcoming projects The Eve of Insurrection (Jordan), and Nyumbani Chronicles: the Return Home (Rod) will be releasing soon in addition to the Ancient Illumination graphic novels. Come listen in on some of our world building thoughts!
May 21, 2021
Episode 30 with special guest Andrea Rose Washington author of Adalithiel, Elendil, and Ahmentree's Magic
Another Askari cast is here! Today Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series gets to talk with Andrea Rose Washington! She is the author of Adalithiel, Elendil and Ahmentree's Magic. Novels of the Fantasy, Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy genres respectively. They had the coincidence of meeting at Baltimore Comic con in 2017 which happened to be their first conventions as vendors. A potentially precarious endeavor as literary novelists at a convention that focuses mainly on visual mediums. As they prepare for live in person conventions opening back up listen to their experiences at their first event and prospects coming soon post lockdown. Hear the prologue to Adalithiel narrated by Rod Van Blake!
May 20, 2021
Episode 29 Jupiters' Legacy, Black supes rumors and Bitter Root!
The Askari Cast is back as Rod Van Blake author of Ancient Illumination and Jordan Purnell Jackson discuss Jupiter's Legacy the new series on Netflix based on another graphic novel from Image comics. We give our initial impressions and during the second half we talk about rumors that WB/DC is pushing to make the black superman project announced to be another Clark Kent which doesn't jibe with what we were told previously. Then on to Bitter Root another comics based IP to be directed by Regina King who has been on a hot streak lately.
May 14, 2021
Episode 28 Yasuke and the Invincible finale!
Today Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series and Illustrator and graphic designer Jordan Purnell Jackson discuss Yasuke! A highly anticipated anime featuring a historical figure who had the difficult task of becoming a black samurai in feudal Japan! Created by Lesean Thomas with Lakeith Stanfield as lead voice actor. In the second half they discuss the finale of Invincible the popular animated show on Amazon prime.
May 7, 2021
Episode 27 Falcon and Winter Soldier finale and Mortal Kombat!
Rod Van Blake author of Ancient Illumination and graphic artist and illustrator Jordan Purnell Jackson discuss the finale for Falcon and Winter Soldier and the latest cinematic release for Mortal Kombat. Hear our opinions on how Disney plus finished this short MCU series and how HBOmax handled this much loved IP. SPOILER ALERT!!
April 30, 2021
Episode 26 Hype for Shang-Chi, and more talk on Invincible!
The Askari cast is back as Rod Van Blake author of Ancient Illumination and Jordan Purnell Jackson of JPJacksonart is back to talk about the Shang-Chi trailer that was released as we head into the finale for Falcon and Winter Soldier. In the second half we discuss Invincible the animated show on Amazon prime and the newly released Mortal Kombat movie on HBOmax as the streaming world seems to be taking a brief breather.
April 23, 2021
Episode 25 Continued discussion of Invincible and upcoming films.
Rod Van Blake author of Ancient Illumination along with graphic artist and Illustrator Jordan Purnell Jackson discuss Invincible which now has 6 episodes and later get into the silliness of some of the upcoming films especially the new Fast and Furious entry. Take a listen and let us know what you think!
April 16, 2021
Episode 24 JPJackson art and I discuss Godzilla VS Kong!
The Askari cast is back for another movie discussion as Rod Van Blake author of Ancient Illumination and Illustrator and graphic desginer Jordan Purnell Jackson of JPJacksonArt talk about the movie Godzilla VS Kong that was released the last day of March on HBOMax and in limited theaters. SPOILER ALERT! It's been a couple weeks but still needs to be said as a courtesy.
April 9, 2021
Episode 23 another self publishing journey with AJ Hunt! Author of Alliance, a fantasy epic
The Askari Cast is back at it again with Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series joined today by fellow self published author Alfred J. Hunt who penned Alliance set in the magical land of Sahleam! Today we get to speak about his self publishing journey and what inspired him to write. There's a hyperlink above to check out the book available on Amazon or if you with to contact him directly via email you can arrange to get a signed copy at email@example.com. Take a listen and let us know what you think? Are you thinking of writing and publishing a book? What are you waiting for?
April 7, 2021
Episode 22 A little bit of Invincible and then on to Falcon and Winter Soldier
"Another one!" In my DJ Khaled voice, Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series along with graphic artist and Illustrator Jordan Purnell Jackson back again for the Askari cast to discuss the new animated show on Amazon Prime titled Invincible. An interesting, colorful creation with a varied take on the comics genre that is definitely not for kids despite the bright color palate. In the second portion of this episode we discuss Falcon and Winter Soldier, the latest offering from Disney+. Hear our thoughts on the general direction of these shows as well as some of the more grounded topics touched upon in each, and as always...SPOILER ALERT!
April 2, 2021
Episode 21 Snyder cut talk continues!
The Askari cast is back! Rod Van Blake author of Ancient Illumination is joined once again by JPJacksonArt! Jordan and I discuss our thoughts on the Snyder Cut of the Justice League further since we missed our chance to podcast about it last week. Here we give our thoughts on the overall art direction as well as some of the changes from the theatrical version. Spoiler alert for those of you who have yet to see it.
March 26, 2021
Episode 20 The Snyder cut!!! My thoughts on this much anticipated release.
Spoiler alert (sort of) This week I am without JP Jackson art, but wanted to drop my thoughts while this film was fresh in my mind. If you saw the 2017 version then not much can be spoiled however this was a more palatable experience for various reasons. Rod Van Blake, author of Ancient Illumination takes to the Askari cast to discuss his thoughts on the newest release.
March 19, 2021
Episode 19 Our discussion of Superman and Lois!
The Snyder cut releases on the 18th of this month but there is another DC show featuring the red caped last son of Krypton on the CW's streaming app that hasn't had as much fanfare. Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination book series and Illustrator of the graphic novels Jordan Purnell Jackson discuss their thoughts on this different take on the beloved character. Have a listen and let us know your thoughts! There are only three episodes so far. SPOILERS for those of you who have not watched them yet! If this is you go watch them then come back to listen to our take.
March 12, 2021
Episode 18 Surprise WandaVision finale spoiler discussion!
This week we added an impromptu spoiler discussion following the season finale of WandaVision with Rod Van Blake author of Ancient Illumination, Jordan Purnell Jackson the talented illustrator, graphic artist and animator who are joined by James Howard author of Jericho's Bane Imperial Protocol. We give our thoughts and impressions on the show, it's slow start and progression as well as our final ratings.
March 6, 2021
Episode 17 Black Superman is coming!
Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing for a new film project featuring black Superman with JJ Abrams attached to produce. Not much else is known. Rod Van Blake author of Ancient Illumination along with graphic artist and illustrator Jordan Purnell Jackson discuss how they feel about it and why it's getting so much hate before any glimpses or information has come out.
March 5, 2021
Episode 16 What are we excited about in the streaming world?
On todays Askari cast Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series along with graphic artist, illustrator and animator Jordan Purnell Jackson we discuss interesting films and series coming to HBOMax, Disney Plus and Amazon prime! Take a listen and let us know what you're exited to see! Mortal Kombat gets a fresh reboot, The Snyder cut and Coming to America 2! If none of that is your style what is?
February 26, 2021
Episode 15 Gatekeeping in its various forms for creators and then fandoms
Welcome to another Askari cast! Today Rod Van Blake, author of Ancient Illumination along with graphic artist and animator Jordan Purnell Jackson discuss gatekeeping in its various forms as it relates to being a writer/creator trying to get into the industry and then go on to discuss it as pertains to fans deciding who the real fans are of certain genres or fandoms in entertainment. Take a listen and if you'd like drop us an audio comment on what your favorite anime, scifi or fantasy fandom is!
February 19, 2021
Episode 14 is less more when it comes to side characters?
Welcome to another Askari cast! Today Jordan Purnell Jackson and Rod Van Blake discuss side characters that have a mystique about them and whether too much exposure dilutes their value to the readers/viewers. Have a listen and let us know what you think. If you like scifi and fantasy tales check out some of our work at Ancient Illumination!
February 12, 2021
Episode 13 WandaVision! The slow burn and the streaming wars
Welcome to another Askari cast! Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series along with Jordan Purnell Jackson Illustrator of the graphic novel series of the same title discuss their impressions of WandaVision, the episodic show featuring Scarlet Witch and Vision from the MCU streaming now on Disney plus. The show takes place after the events of Avengers End Game and some fans were not thrilled with the start of the season but may be now warming up. Here are our thoughts as well as a look into the streaming wars now that the large content distributors look to gather as much content as possible to bolster their show rosters during the time of quarantine. Hoe sustainable will this model be if things return to a modicum of normalcy? Thoughts?
February 5, 2021
Episode 12 diversity in creative works
In this episode Jordan Jackson and I discuss diversity and representation. I give my thoughts on why I don't want to see Idris Elba as the new Bond or Green Lantern. I love Idris and all of his works for the most part but I think we can come up with better roles more fitting for the goal of representation. Have a listen and let us know what you think!
January 30, 2021
Episode 11 Cyberpunk 2077
Welcome back to another Askari cast! Today Rod Van Blake and Jordan Purnell Jackson discuss their personal experience with the controversial game Cyberpunk 2077, and the ways CD Project Red can possibly salvage things after the lack luster launch of the highly anticipated game.
January 22, 2021
Episode 10 Happy New Year!
Well we survived 2020! Rod Van Blake author of the Ancient Illumination series talks with his good friend Jordan Purnell Jackson, Illustrator of the graphic novel series about their successful Kickstarter campaign and future projects heading into the new year.
January 15, 2021
Episode 9 The Mandalorian finale, my thoughts. Who should have picked up Grogu?
Here are my thoughts and impressions of the popular Disney plus series. It was awesome to see Luke but there was a far more interesting choice they could have made with who comes to pick the child up, and there would have been just as much fanfare. Don't get me wrong, Luke will forever be a face of the franchise but this would give them much more room with less questions on why we have never heard of this extremely powerful force sensitive child who somehow escaped the Jedi purge. Let me know what you guys think of my theory!
December 22, 2020
Episode 8 Our discussion of Lovecraft Country. Happy Halloween!
My Artist JP Jackson and I discuss the series Lovecraft Country. It's only fitting that we discuss the horror scifi fantasy series based on the novel by Matt Ruff on all hallows eve! Here we give our thoughts on the popular HBO show, it's structure, the characters and its impact on culture given the times in which it aired. Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to head over to the kickstarter for our graphic novel Ancient Illumination Volume 1! We have made some nice progress thanks to our backs but have a ways to go.
October 31, 2020
Episode 7 Ancient Illumination kickstarter launch week!!!
Today I am talking with the artist Jordan P. Jackson who illustrated my graphic novel and we are discussing the relationship between writer and artist. We also let you all know about our Kickstarter for the physical version of Ancient Illumination volume 1! We get into some of our convention experiences as well as how things are going for us thus far. We have a long way to go, but things are looking good. If you like action scifi tales of first contact, graphic novels or comics check us out!
October 23, 2020
Episode 6 Interview with TJ Sterling, creator of Okemus and President/Illustrationaire for RAE comics!
Today I get the opportunity to speak with TJ Sterling! An inspiring artist who has worked with both Marvel and DC, but more impressively is coming off of a highly successful Kickstarter for his sci-fi Manga Sentai-esk action epic comic series Okemus! A genre I had never heard before to be sure. If you are interested in learning more about his work check out the site for RAE comics here! There is awesome colorful art work there with what sounds like a compelling story! I certainly can't wait for the book to arrive and will be getting the three previous. Indy comics need love too!
September 17, 2020
Epsiode 5 Reboots, rehashes or remixes to old stories and IP's why so many?
Today my artist Jordan P. Jackson joins me to discuss why the trend has continues for film studios to reboot older IP's instead of going with new ideas of which we have plenty to choose from? Mulan struggled mightily and did not pave the way for successful digital only releases but I am sure others will try regardless. (Looking at you WW84) Listen to our thoughts and if compelled audio comment yours!
September 11, 2020
Episode 4 Console wars, are they over?
With the holiday season for 2020 looming Sony and Microsoft have yet to announce pricing! Is that a smart move with everything going on currently? Did Nvidia steal their thunder by announcing pricing for the new 3000 series GPU lineup that compares favorably?
September 6, 2020
Episode 3 William Hayashi interview, author of the Darkside Trilogy, the Archangel X Trilogy and more!
Today we get to hear from William Hayashi an acclaimed independent author of the Darkside trilogy who recently got a deal with Netflix for the rights to make his book series into a show for the streaming service. Come hear his advice on his writing process, getting things done, and how to write a compelling story!
August 23, 2020
Episode 2 Your idea sucks to somebody, but that's ok
In this episode I talk about the reality of people automatically trashing your ideas. It's ok it's going to happen regardless just move on and take the steps to publish anyway.
August 17, 2020
Episode 1 so you want to publish a book?
These are just my thoughts on publishing and getting your creative vision out there to the people! My name is Rod Van Blake published author of the Ancient Illumination series that has three novels and a recently released graphic novel Ancient Illumination volume 1 Remembrance and Revolt, written by me illustrated by Jordan P. Jackson! Come hang out this is the first podcast episode I will have more episodes speaking on science fiction, fantasy, gaming and other topics. This one is for those of you still on the fence about writing and publishing your work. Now is the time to get as much creation going while we are locked down! Get to it!
August 13, 2020