In honor of Batman Day, I thought I’d share this incredible new podcast series that DC Comics fans will not want to miss. HBO Max has decided to bring their own creative spin on iconic and classic radio show style programming and fusing the lore and history of DC Comics into the narrative in their latest project, Batman: The Audio Adventures!
A tale of life and death in Gotham City. After years of vigilante crime fighting, Batman prepares to become an official Gotham member of the Gotham City Police Department, deepening the rift between himself and Catwoman, who’s been using Gotham criminals as her personal ATM. Meanwhile, Two-Face is deteriorating, his two halves at war and his obsession with duality out of control — which his rival the Penguin is more than happy to take advantage of. The Riddler, after years in the shadow of Batman’s A-list foes, is desperate to have his work taken seriously. And the Joker has big, big plans for Valentine’s day… #Batman
I was enthralled with this engaging series from the very start. Having listened to the first couple of episodes, I can say the writers and actors have produced a truly haunting and entertaining series. The actors manage to create a very cinematic quality to this audio series, bringing such a strong energy to the narrative that it crafts an image in the author’s mind as each story within the episodes play out.
The format of this audio series itself is what really drew me into the story. The creators managed to capture the engaging and entertaining quality of classic radio shows from the 1920’s, crafting imagery of the family surrounding the radios in their home as prolific narrators paint an image of the story in the listeners minds. It also managed to craft a well-rounded insight into Gotham City itself, including commercials and ads that brought the Batman mythos into the story. Gotham’s vibrancy and clash with chilling and gritty imagery comes through perfectly in the delivery of this series, making this series highly creative.
A memorable, iconic, and mythological new dive deep into the bowels of Gotham City, HBO Max and DC Comics new series, “Batman: The Audio Adventures”, is a brilliant work of art in a new medium that fans of the characters and comics will be able to get behind. Capturing the very noir atmosphere that classic radio shows always had, this series promises to give readers the much-needed dose of Batman they need in this time of isolation in our needed quarantine, and will entertain listeners for sure. If you haven’t yet, listen to the audio series today!
Stream Batman: The Audio Adventures on September 18 on HBO Max: http://itsh.bo/hbo-max
The series stars Jeffrey Wright as Batman, Rosario Dawson as Catwoman, and John Leguizamo as The Riddler, and includes a number of SNL alums and A-List actors.
The Writers Corner Episode 27: Interview with Javier Velazquez
The laws of reality are about to be rewritten citizens! This is author Anthony Avina, and today we are going to be sitting down and having
a discussion with one of my own creations. Fresh from the dramatic contemporary romance novel VOID, Javier Velazquez is going to discuss
the events of the book, his backstory, his current plans and his future plans.
WARNING: This interview will contain spoilers from VOID by Anthony Avina. If you haven’t yet, please go download the eBook version on
Amazon Kindle or get the paperback version on Amazon.com, Createspace or other paperback retailers. Once you’ve read the book, come back here
and read this and other interviews with the characters of VOID! OK, now here we go.
A (Anthony Avina): Hey there Javier. Thank you for taking the time to talk with myself, the readers of this blog, and the audience for
The Writers Corner Podcast and the Avina Vlogs YouTube channel!
JV (Javier Velazquez): No problem Anthony. Thank you for having me, and for creating me for that matter. So weird to be talking with the man
behind my existence here.
A: I cannot imagine. Quite the meaning of life kind of thing for you I guess.
JV: Yeah, kind of surreal.
A: Well first things first. For those in the audience and the readers who don’t know you or your backstory, give us a glimpse at who exactly
is Javier Velazquez.
JV: Well, I live in Los Angeles, CA. I am in my late twenties, and work as a writer. I kind of lost myself for a bit after the loss of my
longtime girlfriend, Elaine. It wasn’t until my best friends in this whole world, Pam, Jasper, Julian, Brianne and Michelle, came and gave
me a sort of “intervention” that I was able to regain a sense of myself and start living again. Now I’ve found a new romance, I have a new
little Yorkie named Sammy, and I have some great plans for the future.
A: Oh my gosh, I have a Yorkie named Sammy too. How weird is that?
JV: Not all that weird actually. You did create my life you know.
A: Of course, duh. Anyways, tell us a bit about what you experienced throughout VOID and how it has impacted your life.
JV: Well a few big things happened that I was involved in. My good friend Jasper decided to come out to his parents, who are super religious.
Not just religious, but old testament style religious. They abhor many things that seem normal and natural to you and I, but they especially
consider the LGBT community to be sinners, which doesn’t sit well with us. I went with him to tell them the news, and helped him after they
rejected him. Yet I’m happy to report that his mother has since apologized, left her husband and is repairing her relationship him.
Then there was Michelle. Her boyfriend was a seriously abusive man, and after she finally left him to protect her unborn child, he attacked
her, and both Jasper and myself fought him. She landed in the hospital, he landed in jail, and Jasper and I came out of the fight with some
nasty scars, but thankfully Michelle is alive, the baby is healthy and the pregnancy is on track, and she is now living with Jasper close
to my house.
The big thing that happened for me personally though was I found love. I struggled for so long to let go of the memory of Elaine and move
on with my life. Then one night, we all went out for a night of dancing at this jazz club, and Pamela and I danced together. She’s my best
friend, and when we were dancing, the emotions began to fly, and sparks just flew. After connecting and then disconnecting after I started
to struggle again with Elaine’s death, I had a revelation about things after the fight with Michelle’s ex, and I knew that I couldn’t keep
living in the past. I had found a note from Elaine that she wrote in the event that something happened to her, and after reading it, I knew
it was time to move on, so I went and found Pam, and professed my love for her. We’ve been together ever since. It hasn’t been a happily ever
after scenario. I still struggle with depression, and we have our spats like any other couple, but I love her so much, and can’t imagine my
life without her.
A: Wow, I’m so glad for you Javier. You are a big piece of the puzzle that is your friendship with the group. Why do you think you are the
one many of your friends go to when they are in need of help, advice, or a shoulder to cry on?
JV: I’m not sure. I think it may be because I’m just a good listener overall. I don’t like to judge others, and I’m a big believer of being
yourself and accepting others no matter what their differences. We’re all equal here, and what bothers me more than anything is when someone
tries to impose their beliefs on others or judge someone who doesn’t believe in what they believe. So when my friends are in need of advice
or just want to vent, I sit there and listen, and if I have any helpful tips I’ll tell them, but overall I just listen and give them my
friendship, my love and my hope. We’re all in this together, you know?
A: Exactly how I feel. I think I definitely based a lot of you and your personality on myself. I’m glad you could speak with us today. What
does the future have in store for you and your friends?
JV: Well, as a group we all are starting an entertainment company. We’re going to combine our passions and love and form a company that’s
built for the fans, by the fans. Other than that, Jasper, Brianne and I are working on a comic book project together, and Pamela and I are
working on a photo book about the city of Los Angeles. Personally, Pamela and I are living together, with our little Yorkie keeping us busy.
Other than that, the future is in your hands I guess.
A: I guess it is. Well thank you for stopping by today Javier. I got to say speaking with one of my characters is kind of refreshing.
JV: Same here Anthony. I look forward to living the life you set out for me in the book, and hope there are more adventures ahead for us.
A: I hope so too Javier. I look forward to working on your story again in the future.
Well that was our interview with Javier Velazquez. I hope you enjoyed this post/podcast/video, and I want to ask you guys a question now.
What character would you like me to interview from one of my books next? If you could choose one other character from another author’s book,
a tv show, a movie or video game, who would it be and why? Leave your thoughts down below, and don’t forget to share this with all your
friends, family, and loved ones online across your social media platforms. If you have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share
with me and have me discuss in a future podcast or video, leave them down below or on any social media platform with the hashtag #AskAAvina,
#AskAnthonyAvina or #AuthorAnthonyAvina. Thanks guys, and I’ll see you next time for an all new episode of The Writers Corner podcast!
Hey everyone. This is your friendly neighborhood author Anthony Avina here, and I wanted to write this more personal blog post regarding what it is exactly I envision for my YouTube channel. When I first began the channel, I was about 10X more shy than I am now. I did it to connect with an audience regarding my books and to get over my awkward shyness. However, the channel quickly grew into a place where I can share my daily life with you guys, and a place to not only record my memories, but to share my creative passions with you all. I daily vlog on the channel, so that is where the name Avina Vlogs came into play. However, I do so much more there. I do a weekly podcast called The Writers Corner, which has grown into a full blown audio podcast that is also on iTunes and Soundcloud. I also have weekly random videos such as challenges, tags, short films, or whatever else I fancy, to bring out the creative side and more outgoing side of my personality to share with you all. I’ve also recently added review videos to my channel, in which I will review movies, television, music, books, video games, conventions, products and so much more.
Now because my channel has grown so much more than I imagined, I have begin to see the channel as an equal partnership with my writing career. I want to be a full time author and writer, and in that same thought, I want to have a YouTube career. I want to share my daily life, travel around the world sharing my adventures with you guys, and I want to constantly entertain with my videos. I have already grown to nearly 520 subscribers, and would love to hit 1,000 in a few months. This thought got me thinking about the possibility of hitting some milestones here on YouTube, and so I made a list of things I could do for you guys once I hit these milestones. I want to give back to those who join my community and subscribe, so here are some incentives for joining the Avina Vlogs Family.
Things to Do When Reaching YouTube Milestones:
1,000: Give Away two Free Copies of a Paperback Book
5,000: Dye Hair/Get a different color streak in hair
10,000: Give Away 5 Free Copies of a Book
50,000: Give Away 4 Free Copies of a Book and Do a Challenge of Viewer Choice
100,000: Get First Tattoo
250,000: Live Meetup in Los Angeles
500,000: Live Show Broadcast, 4 Free Copies of a Book Giveaway and 2 $25 Amazon Gift cards Giveaway
750,000: Get Second Tattoo; Dye Hair; Announce Secret Project
1,000,000: Give Away 20 Copies of Books, Five $25 Amazon Gift Cards, Live Show, Announce Book Launch in LA, Collaborate with YouTubers,
Views on Video:
100: Shout-out to Four Subscribers with Best Comments
500: Twitter Follow Spree
1,000: Q&A Video to Comments in Video
10,000: Sneak Preview of Latest Story
50,000: Twitter Follow Spree
100,000: Collaboration with YouTuber
500,000: Send Out 10 Personalized, Signed Postcards to 10 Viewers
1,000,000: Give Away 20 Copies of eBook
Now don’t let this be the only reason you subscribe to my channel. I want you guys to be here not just for this, but because you genuinely care about the channel, are entertained by my videos, and want to continue on this journey with me. These are just some things I want to do for you guys for your support. Now on top of this, I want to add that these are all flexible, and can be changed based on your suggestions or can have things added onto the list based on your comments/suggestions as well.
Thanks for reading this guys. I hope you’ll help me grow this community into the amazing place I know it is. I am always striving to improve and make the channel as great as it can be. I hope you’ll stop by, give the channel a chance and subscribe while you are there. If you are a YouTuber who wants to collab at all, feel free to leave me a comment down below, and if you guys have any questions, comments or topics you want me to talk about in a Q&A video, leave them down below, on my YouTube channel or on any of my social media sites, and I’ll be happy to answer them. Use the hashtag #AvinaVlogs or #AskAvinaVlogs in your posts. Thanks guys, and I’ll see you on the channel. Long Days and Pleasant Nights My Friends!
Have you guys seen the new episode of The Writer’s Corner podcast? It’s up on @itunes @youtube and @soundcloud now! Check out the video using the link in the bio and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and podcasts! #itunes #podcast #YouTube #writer #writers #podcasts #soundcloud #writing