Tag Archive: Comics


Ultimate Back Issue #1

Welcome, greetings and possibly even salutations; for you are entering the world of my mind and comics in what I’m in no way affectionately calling Ultimate Back Issue! Why Ultimate Back Issue for the name on my weekly series on my reading of the Ultimate Marvel Universe? Well because it’s the Ultimate Universe, hence the Ultimate word in the title. Plus I’m rereading from the beginning; hence that whole back issue part. Geez, it’s not like it is rocket surgery or something.

A couple of weeks back after our rewatching the movies leading up to The Avengers, as well as our third viewing of The Avengers itself, my wife informed me that she wanted to start reading Marvel comics with me. “Holy shit, Garrus does hear my prayers!” was all I could think in that moment for this is something I had hoped and dreamed about for nearly 8 years. I had already watched every single one of my favorite shows through and through, as well as most movies. At this point reading comics with her had been at the top of my list, but it never seemed like the right time to approach the topic. Finally the opportunity was there and I offered her my entire collection of Ultimate Marvel comics as the playground for us to explore.

Where to begin became the overriding question, when suddenly it occurred to me that at this point, 12 years since the Ultimate Universe began, there must be some accepted reading order for someone wanting to take a continuity-ridden stroll through decade-plus worth of comics. That’s when I found this! What you see there is the best example of a proper reading order for the Ultimate Marvel Universe that I have found at this time. Through research I have made a few small tweaks, which I will post in next weeks issue since I don’t have access to it at this time. For now if you’re interested in catching up and reading along, or simply seeing where we are, you can use the previous guide.

As it has been a little over two weeks since we began this adventure, we are a decent way into the list, but still fairly early on. For instance, I have only just finished the Return to Weapon X storyline from Ultimate X-Men, while Charnell is just beginning Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #14. See, only a few dozen or so issues to read and you can easily catch up to us. Doesn’t that sound fun!

For our initial issue I’m going to cover each title that we’ve started in broader strokes in an effort to get the set-up and basics out of the way. Starting next week I plan to go more in-depth with what we’ve read up to this point. Even though Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra and Ultimate Elektra are featured fairly early on, I’m still going to hold them off for next week or maybe even the following week so I can go into more detail on them. This week we will be covering the first two trades of Ultimate Spider-Man. I’m actually much further along in the list, but in an effort to get this article out only two days late I’m going to focus simply on our favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Next week we’ll tackle the first couple of books of Ultimate X-Men and probably Ultimate Marvel Team-Up also.

This week I won’t be able to give you the planned, lengthy heavily researched look into where the Ultimate Universe came from and exactly why Marvel started it, so stay tuned for that next Wednesday. (Yes, next Wednesday Ultimate Back Issue will be featured on the proper day, ye of little faith.) Until then, let’s jump into some comic-y goodness.

Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man #1

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ConCal Site Update

Some of you may have noticed that there has been a lack of regular news updates on Constantly Calibrating over the last couple of weeks. The reasoning for this is that trying to work on my first book and summer travel plans have eaten into my schedule. Have no fear though, for regular updates will be happening for most major upcoming events such as E3 and San Diego Comic-Con. Starting this week I will also be instituting a series of new columns on the site each and every weekday. Here is a rundown of what to expect from this point out:

Mondays – Starting today I will be writing a weekly column called “Creative Day” (Seriously, if anyone has a better name for this just recommend please.) “Creative Day” will be focused on whatever random thing I feel like writing about in that moment. This week’s article will likely focus on my opinions of cruises, seeing as I’m currently on one. Then again I haven’t written it yet, so maybe my opinion will change in the next few minutes.

Tuesdays – Tuesdays will be weekly editions of “Shut Up and Take Our Money!”, which will focus mostly on Kickstarter campaigns I’m currently fond of, but may transition into any other awesome nerdy items I happen upon in my internet travels. If you see a Kickstarter you would like me to discuss you can post it here.

Wednesdays – Comics are the focus of Wednesdays. Coming up with a name for Comics is also a goal I’m working on. My wife and I started reading (rereading in my case) the Marvel Ultimate Universe of comics last week and I thought it might be interesting to write-up a combination review, commentary, rantathon each week for what we’ve read.

Thursdays – Thursdays will switch off each week to every three weeks between two columns. The first is our incredibly popular “RetroRewind”. For those not familiar, in “RetroRewind” I take a look at older games and do a bit of commentary and review. You hopefully are familiar with my Leisure Suit Larry series I did last month. If you would like to recommend a game for me to play, let me know in the comments, on Facebook, or Twitter.

All other weeks we will feature a column called “Active Play”. In “Active Play” I will simply discuss what I’m actively playing. Funny how that works. Any topic related to video games may be featured, so we’ll see what I think of for this week.

Thursdays, starting again June 7th, will continue to be the release day for new episodes of “Constantly Calibrating” hosted by myself and the lovely and talented Steven Needham.

Fridays – “A Week(ish) in News” makes its semi-triumphant return! I’m not dropping news all together, but instead moving it into a variety column of sorts for Fridays. All news related to all things nerd culture can, and will, be featured from the prior week.

That about covers the upcoming changes to Constantly Calibrating; more is still to come so stick around for news and announcements as we think of them!

Hey we’re back with episode #6 of Constantly Calibrating. For today’s podcast we finally fix the snags we previously experience with Skype and get our good friend Brad Coggins on the podcast. Brad is a huge fan of World of Warcraft and takes the time to give us some info on the ongoing Mists of Pandaria beta. He also fills Steven and I in on the Diablo 3 open beta. The three of us delve into our secret nerd shame as well. Have a listen and let us know what you think!

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An Extremely Brief Hiatus

I’m sure by now you all have noticed that I didn’t post the sixth issue of RetroRewind dealing with Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out. Why is that you might ask? Well I became extremely busy dealing with real life stuff and while I was able to finish the game; I was not able to write-up a review. This Monday is my wife and my one-year wedding anniversary, and tomorrow we leave for a trip to Disneyland; which also happens to be where our wedding took place. (At the Disneyland Hotel, not in the park mind you.) I will finish the RetroRewind series during this trip, but probably only releasing the last two parts over the whole trip in some fashion. No matter how awesome you all are, the simple truth is that my wife is far more awesome. That also is proven by the fact that she is going to drive the last third of the journey to California tomorrow so that I can write a review and maybe play a bit of Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail. So look forward to that.

On that note, we will be going through a bit of a communications blackout both here and on the Facebook page. As I’m the only active writer for the site, the site sort of hinges on my ability to post news. Well this weekend that will not be possible, which is also evidenced by the fact that I haven’t written a new issue of Week(ish) In News in, well a week…ish.

This brings me to another topic:
We need your help! If you’re willing that is. To help prevent future blackout periods during the rare trip we are looking for some skilled, or semi-skilled, content generators. What are content generators?

  • Writers – We need writers of a decent quality to write for our growing community. Anyone was interest in nerd culture, whether that be games, comics, movies, TV, or even specific or niche topics can apply. If you have the passion and drive, and hopefully talent then we are certainly looking for you.
  • Visual Artists – Do you have a way with a paint brush, pen, pencil, or graphic design program? Well we are interested in getting some high quality art for the site. Spruce the site up a little bit.
  • Anything Else – Honestly we would love for anyone to submit any content to the site. If we like you’re work, we’ll feature it in some fashion. If you’re work is of a high enough quality we might even make you a regular contributor.

Now I have to stress this point: None of these positions will be paid, for now at least. Maybe in the future if we start making money off the site we will be able to look into this, but for now this is solely for the experience and your own enjoyment.

If you are interested in any of these “positions” then contact us on Facebook or via email.

Stick around, because come next week we shift into semi-overdrive with the site.

More episodes of the podcast!
More articles that you love!
More projects finally getting announced!
Many Some other things!
A Fifth Thing!

Our podcast today is brought to you by the letter S for Skype or Static. Steven and I decided to experiment with using Skype to record a podcast this week and it worked out phenomenally, except for one catch. Apparently Skype was altering the input levels throughout the recording to account for Steven’s low not-in-the-room voice, which caused my already higher voice to come in blisteringly loud. I managed to fix most of the spiking issues, however my editing skills are quite limited so there is still a bit of distortion. My apologies, but rest assured that we will make sure this doesn’t happen again. On today’s podcast we discuss our thoughts on my recent purchase of a Kinect; our opinions of The Cabin in the Woods; and summer movies we are looking forward to. This is Episode IV of Constantly Calibrating, thank you and enjoy!

Direct Link:Calibrating Episode IV: Hopefully a New Calibration

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