Stasis Pod Episode 116: A Bridge Too Close, Part 2

The arrival of Starscream and his new clone army throws a wrench in Megatron’s space bridge plans, and Ratchet finally manages to wake up the Autobots’ ship — which happens to be an old friend by the name of Omega Supreme! Can they stop Megatron and Starscream before it’s too late? Will Starscream’s clones be as loyal as their creator? And just who is Megatron’s helper on the other side? Join us this week for “A Bridge Too Close, Part 2”!

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Iacon Underground Radio – Episode 62 – Really Big Except When They’re Really Small

We return this week so David can be angry about Livio Ramondelli and Jen can talk about TFCon!

Stasis Pod Episode 115: A Bridge Too Close, Part 1

To recall all his Decepticon forces and conquer Cybertron, Megatron needs a working space bridge — and Bulkhead just so happens to be the Autobots’ foremost expert on space bridges! Can Bulkhead take advantage of this to sabotage Megatron’s plans? Or will his pride in a job well done be used for evil? And will Jen ever be satisfied with Animated episode titles? Join us this week as we travel across “A Bridge Too Close, Part 1”!

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Stasis Pod Episode 114: Sari, No One’s Home

It’s Home Alone with Scrapper and Mixmaster as Sari has to hold down the base while the Autobots are out! Can she keep the place from getting destroyed? Or will she be the one to destroy it? And just what are the Autobots feeding her, anyway? Join us this week for “Sari, No One’s Home”!

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Sep 07

In Memory of Alex

Early in the morning on Monday, September 4th, I lost my dear friend and co-host Alex to a fatal pulmonary embolism.

Alex was the first person I had in mind when I created these podcasts. I’d known them* for ages from #wiigii! — they rode with me to BotCon 2007, on the maiden voyage of my new-to-me ’92 Volvo 240 wagon — and co-hosted the 80-Pagecast along with some other friends, and, along with David and a few friends from other communities, they joined a D&D group I helped put together on Discord. That group became fast friends, and Alex was someone I knew I wanted to do more with — and someone I could tell was the sort of kind, shy person who needed someone to make sure they were included.

Kindness and generosity defined them, but it was the kind of generosity born of believing that everyone is more deserving than you. I’ve had my own ongoing struggle with depression and mental illness — and with the lingering trauma of being chronically treated like the least important person in the room — and it helped us help each other. I’ve had a very rough year, and they helped me through it not just financially but by being the sort of friend who will remind you, in your darkest hour, that there are people out there who care if you live or die. And I did my best to try to be that kind of friend for them, too. They helped me move, and drove an hour each way and crashed on my Lovesac overnight to do it — and for my part I coaxed them into overcoming their depression enough to come out for that one last visit.

I’m not certain where we’re going with Stasis Pod and Iacon Underground Radio from here. All of us want to continue, but it’ll take at least a couple weeks until any of us are up to it — it was hard enough for David to finish editing the Black Friday episode after we learned what had happened after Alex went to the hospital. Watch our Twitter feed for updates.

A few people have asked about charities and the like, and I’m recommending donations in their memory be sent to Take This, an organization that “seeks to inform our community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness“. Alex’s death was not a suicide, but those who spoke with them on an everyday basis know depression made it hard for them to get medical help, and I believe that was a contributing factor. A mutual friend from that D&D group has dedicated her first (now free-to-read) Patreon story to Alex’s memory, and we’ll be looking into sending some of our Patreon donations to Take This as well.

-Jen

  • There’s been some confusion due to some in the community who knew Alex was exploring the possibility of being trans and chose to effectively transition them posthumously. Alex was a complicated person, and among close friends who shared their everyday experiences, it was common knowledge that they were exploring it but were not at all ready for a transition beyond using gender-neutral pronouns — which is what I’m using here. I ask the admin of the TFWiki to reverse the forced transitioning that was done in haste and without consulting with Alex’s closest friends, use Alex’s preferred (neutral) pronouns at the time of their death, and leave the issue as a biographical note — something that was planned for the future of their story but tragically never got to be canon.

Stasis Pod Episode 113: Black Friday

This is the last episode we recorded before we lost our co-host and dear friend Alex to a fatal pulmonary embolism. A full blog post is forthcoming here on IaconUnderground.net; until then, take this chance to remember Alex as the warm, caring, funny person he was.

Stasis Pod Episode 112: Autoboot Camp

When an Autobot who Bumblebee got arrested for being a spy escapes from prison, Bee and Bulkhead remember their boot camp days while trying to track him down. But was he really the spy, or was it someone else? Is Bumblebee just the worst friend ever? And why did they let Sentinel of all people name recruits? Join us this week for “Autoboot Camp”!

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Stasis Pod Episode 111: SUV: Society of Ultimate Villainy

Detroit’s latest supervillain has team ambitions — and she drafts Nanosec, the Angry Archer, and Professor Princess for her new superteam! Can Slo-Mo get them to play well together? What will they call the team? And what’s up with the talking SUV who wants to give them a hand? Join us this week for “SUV: Society of Ultimate Villainy”!

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Iacon Underground Radio – Episode 61 – Seriously, No One Cares About Action Man

This week we catch up with a little news, First Strike #1, and the final issue of Till All Are One!

Stasis Pod Episode 110: A Fistful of Energon

When Megatron puts a bounty on Starscream’s head, Lockdown arrives on Earth to claim it. But is the offer of a few fancy upgrades all it’ll take for him to get Prowl working alongside him? Just how many Starscreams are there? And where does a deposed warlord get enough money to offer the biggest bounty a career bounty hunter’s ever seen? Join us this week for A Fistful of Energon!

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