Episode 5 is LIVE!


Here’s your Friday fix of MattyLovesPodcast!

Episode 5: The History of Comics According to Matt and Dr. Tom, Part 1.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/XJZRtQTOF-I

In this episode:

Published on Jul 31, 2015
— “Dr. Tom’s” pissed because he didn’t end up with cybernetics post-op. You also find out when the cabin fever kicks in after back surgery.

— “What Are You Reading?” covers THE ADHD VAMPIRE by MATTHEW VAUGHN, a bizarro novella about–you guessed it–a vampire with ADHD. Matt is reading MIRACLEMAN and enjoying MARVEL’S STAR WARS comic books.

— Matt and Tom’s “The History… Pt. 1” covers the duo’s early years of reading and collecting.

— Tom started out reading super hero books until ALAN MOORE ruined everything for him (for a while). Enter: VERTIGO’s heyday.

— Matt started out reading super hero books drawn by TODD McFARLANE, JIM LEE, ERIK LARSEN, ROB LIEFELD and MARC SILVESTRI.

[The redheaded female character Matt was confused about is named MAXIMA. Not ‘Proxima.’]

— All of this, plus Matt’s blunders over DARTH VADER’S family tree and which issue of WOLVERINE his parents randomly bought him one day.

Thanks for listening!

Join Me in the Cantina Tomorrow Night (7/31) – 6pm EST!


Hey folks,

Tomorrow night (Friday 7/31, 6pm EST) I’ll be a guest on one of the best Internet radio shows around: The Speculative Fiction Cantina. I’ll be doing an interview and reading a small excerpt from Pax Titanus.

It’s live streaming but there will be a recorded archive if you aren’t able to make it. Hope to “see” you there!

To listen, CLICK HERE at 6pm EST.

For more info about the show, CLICK HERE.

Get Yer Latest Tom Lucas News Here!

It’s turned out to be the Summer That Wasn’t.

I am not typically one to write about the low level gripes (I am more of a high concept grief guy) but the last few months have been TOUGH. Specifically, I’ve been dealing with crippling back pain (hard to walk, hard to stand) since early spring. I’ve been stuck on the couch – a miserable house arrest. However, I’m very pleased to share with you that I have had surgery and it went very well. I’m basically pain free, aside from the post-op soreness. Soon, I hope to be at full power.

At any rate, that’s why my productivity (at least in the social media sense) has been down. For any of you who are or who have dealt with chronic pain, I salute you. The negative headspace has been very difficult to navigate. I haven’t been able to continue to press the book promotion (Pax Titanus still needs to sell some copies if I am going to prove my worth to my current publisher – please encourage your friends to buy a copy) and the latest book project has not been happening.

But I have managed to work on a few cool things…

1) I placed a short story in a horror anthology. Details when available.

2) I’ve been working on a spec script with a friend. I don’t want to jinx it, but I can tell you it’s for a TV show we’ll be pitching this fall. By the time we are ready to storm the gates, we’ll have a couple of scripts, some story bibles, and other goodies. Please cross your fingers and toes for us.

3) I spent three days last month in Spring Hill acting the fool. Technically, I was just acting. The role was of an abrasive, sarcastic father. I don’t even have an acting career and I already have to take roles for “older” actors. WTH???

It’s a short, student film (current title is “Water Heater”). Amateur all the way around…in a good way. It’s currently being edited and when it’s released, I will definitely share it with you. Until then, feel free to like the film’s Facebook page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/WaterHeaterTheShort

4) Right before I went into surgery, I was able to get the Fan Packs out in the mail. FINALLY. The pain had made it damn near impossible. If you were expecting to get one and did not, please use the contact page to shoot me a message and I will take care of it for you.

5) And my last bit of news (totally saving the best for last) is that I am now the co-host of a smashing new podcast – MattyLovesPodcast. Yeah, I’m not sure how to promote my part in it with that kind of title. I place all blame on the host, Matt de Simone. So far it’s been an absolute blast. We mainly talk comics, but also movies, games, TV, and books.

We have four episodes published and will be gunning for every Friday from now until the end of time (or potentially sooner). We are using YouTube as our base of operations, but once we have 12 episodes (issues), we will have a volume and we’ll be getting the show up on a more traditional podcast platform (iTunes, etc.) for your downloading and listening pleasure.

Episode 1: PILOT

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/z88VzgVEAJs

Published on Jul 3, 2015
In the introductory podcast, MATT de SIMONE and ‘Dr.’ TOM LUCAS discuss:
– The scariest films of their childhood
– “Engelbert Cumberpatch”
– Good news: Fallout 4 is coming out
– Bad news: Fallout 4 is coming out
– What’s good and random on Netflix?
– The pain in the ass that is the Oregon Trail

Episode 2: The Effects of Geekdom

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/BYC_44TtlG0

Published on July 10, 2015
‘Dr.’ Tom and I discuss how comics, film, and other forms of entertainment have affected our damaged brains forever in the best ways possible.

– The X-Men taught me a lot of about social acceptance.
– Tom had a copy of the very first printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1… Stay tuned for later episodes to find out why he doesn’t have it now.
– Watchmen blew our minds. Tom did not want to wait over a month for Rorschach’s origin reveal to be released. I read my brother’s copy.
– Tom is Slade Wilson.
– Here are a few Google Images for this week:
– “Dave Gibbons Art”
–  “R Crumb Art”
– “George Perez Teen Titans Covers” or “Nightwing Teen Titans Costume”
– A few bands to Spotify this week:
– Cock Sparrer
– Sham 69
– KISS is one of my favorite bands ever made. They taught me how to write cheeky lyrics. “Take Me” also taught me about Paul Stanley’s sexual innuendos. I explain.
– Tom loved “The Weekend Top-40” as a kid–until The Sex Pistols.
– Miyagisms.

Episode 3: For a Good Time, Spare Some of Your Expenses
YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/-TN79QxEVmM

– Tom pitched JMS’ Midnight Nation.
– Matt is digging the Secret Wars tie-in Where Monsters Dwell.
– Do you want to spend $5 on a cup of coffee DAILY? Or a comic book weekly?
– Grant Morrison is the new Heavy Metal E-I-C, and Matt and Tom are stoked.
– Fans in Great Britain: Please send Tom all your exclusive Judge Dredd hard cover collections. For free. Email the show at mattylovespodcast@gmail.com to let us know.
– A Rob Liefeld dedication episode is coming.
– Matt’s obsessed with the Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures tabletop game and wants to tell you about it.

Episode 4: Saturday was for Kids, Man.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/cK9Mop_8gpk

– ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ doesn’t hold up well. Buck Rodgers takes place in Chicago. Matt never knew this. Both properties had some sweet toys.
– Speaking of toys, there were a lot of toy companies that created toys and then had television shows created based on the action figure line. G.I. Joe is an excellent example. The comics were badass too. There were actually 155 issues (not the 133 Matt says). The guys talk about the Joes, Cobra and The Terrordrome.
– Tom’s mother’s vinyl collection is sick. Matt and Tom riff on why vinyl records are the best and deduce that these records are worth a small, yet priceless fortune. Collecting vinyl records is a lot like collecting comics. All of these collectables feel like time travelers.
– Google: Drew Struzan.
– The main topic of conversation revolves around the greatness that was the Saturday morning cartoons on network television during the late 70s and throughout the 80s.
– Thundarr The Barbarian, Goldie Gold and Action Jack, Matt’s distain for Smurfs, and you can never go wrong with Superfriends.
– Does anyone remember The Spiral Zone?
– Matt and Tom provide a breakdown of the network line-ups for specific years and more. Enjoy yourself.

We have an underused Facebook page that you can like for sometime updates. https://www.facebook.com/MattyLovesPodcast

I will also be providing links to current shows on my blog. Just look for the “Listen to my Podcast” page. Or, just check the YouTube channel every Friday. It might just be Matt and I talking, but many have told me that they truly enjoy our chemistry and perspective. Please check it out.

Ok, that’s what I got for now.

Is it obnoxious that this is my idea of not being productive? Am I a sick man?

Maybe, YES.

Talk soon. Until then, thank you for your support. YOU are the reason I keep going.


MATTYLOVESPODCAST – episode one: “Introducing the incredible…”

Tom Lucas:

Ok folks, here’s my latest project and hopefully one that will last for time eternal or at least a few bunches of years.

Originally posted on mattylovescomics:

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Today’s a proud day. Here’s the very first episode of MATTYLOVESPODCAST.

This may be a collector’s item one day. This podcast could be worth $2500!


MATTYLOVESPODCAST: episode one: “Introducing the incredible…”

FullSizeRender-2Matt de Simone is damn proud of the new beginnings. ‘Dr.’ Tom Lucas once wrestled an alligator while tightrope walking across the Grand Canyon. He also is a published author. Buy his stuff a lot. SHOP TOM LUCAS!

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I’d tell you a secret
But I don’t trust the walls
They lean in when I start to speak.

I’d tell you a secret
But I think you already know
What I am going to say.

I’d tell you a secret
But then
I wouldn’t know

What to do next.

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Top 10 Books Recommended for Writers

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As an editor and publisher for the past 15 years, I’ve spent a lot of my time coaching writers through the process of writing, editing and marketing their books.  It can be a challenging process even for the most ambitious and confident individual. All creators need encouragement, inspiration, and a kick in the pants sometimes. I’d like to share with you a list of ten books I frequently recommend to authors.
This book is fascinating because it explains the neuroscience behind how stories work and why they are important to human development. It teaches how our brains are hardwired to respond to story, to pay attention to them and learn about the world and human emotion. It delves into the specific aspects that the brain is hungry for in…

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Tom Lucas Returns to the Surreal Sermons Podcast

Happy Memorial Day.


Just laying low today? Relaxing? Searing the flesh of tasty dead animals?

Why not kick back and listen to the latest episode of THE bizarro fiction podcast, Surreal Sermons?

Host Jeremy Maddux​ invited me back to chat about the struggle to sell books but the conversation took a turn when I talked about almost dying and my recent experience with a rift in the time-space continuum. TRUE STORY.


Creative Writing – Poetry – Short Pieces – News – By Tom Lucas


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