All posts by Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher is one of those guys that has always loved comics but never got into them until really late in life - like high school in the 80s. He just missed the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but has been around for every major crossover since. Stephen knows his way around video and film production having been a director, producer, editor, and motion graphics artist for projects ranging from small promotional pieces for Wachovia all the way up to regional videos for the Division of Emergency Management. As a prolific writer, Stephen began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen also freelances for the Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog. When not writing, Stephen shares his knowledge as a tenured faculty member at Fort Hays State University. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. Favorite Writers: Mark Waid, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Adam Beechen, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges Favorite Artists: Dan Jurgens, Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, Freddie Williams III

Podcasting: The Gear We Use

Since 2005 I’ve been podcasting my thoughts to the world.  It started with The Coolness Roundup that I co-hosted with Charlie White, and has since grown to include seven weekly shows on the Major Spoilers Podcast Network.  Over the years, the gear that I use to record podcasts has changed, but for the last four years, I’ve settled on a couple of different setups for the various shows I produced.

I’ve compiled a list of essential gear for those interested in knowing what we use, as well as links to purchase that gear directly from  You can find that list  at Major Spoilers.

What I Want From the Universe in 2014

I’ve been quite down for the last couple of months. I wouldn’t classify it is depression, but rather this dread that my life is not going the way I thought it would be at 43.  I’m making some big changes in 2014, and it also has me scared to death that I will fail utterly.  I don’t want to fail. I want to succeed in making my life, and those that I touch (not in a creepy way) better in some way.

I was told by a wise person that if you put something out into the universe, and you are sincere, the universe has a way of helping you.  With that in mind, here are the ten things I want from the universe in 2014.

  1. I want to be a better father to my kids.
  2. I want to be closer to my wife and be a better husband.
  3. I want to be financially secure, free of debt, and not have to worry about money. If that means winning the lottery or having my business earn 10 times more than it did last year, so be it.
  4. I want to be a better person than I was a year ago. In other words, I want to not be as much of a dick or a jerk wad as I have been.
  5. I want to take Major Spoilers to the next level and make it an astonishing success.
  6. I want to be able to contribute more to the running of the home.
  7. I want to have a positive impact in someone’s life.
  8. I want to lose 100 pounds, eat better, and exercise.

These things have true meaning to me, and are not some trifle or a gimme, gimme. Universe, are you listening?

Thank you.


Pulling the Trigger – Part 1

I need to take things to the next level, and fortunately, I have a number of people willing to help me. I’m thankful for that, and it has taught me a wonderful new lesson on doing things for free in order to benefit down the road.

Thanks for giving me some homework to do. When it was suggested the website needed to be changed, I didn’t think much of it, except “yeah, yeah… one more thing to do.” But then I stopped to think about that – I have been needing to update the site for some time, and in order to do that, I’m going to have to spend some time sacrificing other things (writing, family, etc.) to make that happen.

I’m pulling the trigger on the site change with a few additional items in the coming months. I’ll let you know how it goes through this site… Who knows, maybe I’ll even update this site in the near future, too.

A lot of crazy rambling here… that’s what I get for doing this late at night and after a few beers… It will all make sense toward the end of the year.

And then the clock starts ticking toward something bigger.