Ryan TV – Mall Time with Katie (Tape 33)

It’s not a secret that Ryan and Katie are mallrats.

On his way up to Arisia for the weekend, Ryan stopped by Natick to have dinner with his family and go shopping with Katie. As the adults that they are, they bought mostly toys, but that’s what makes these trips so fun!


Arisia 2018!

Maddy and Ryan attended Arisia, Inc. at the Boston Westin Waterfront Hotel this past weekend. They had the opportunity to speak on a variety of panels including about the X-Men, Legion, MCU, stage make-up and video games.

This was honestly a great and fun convention! We recommend it if you are looking for some interesting programming and a place with very chill vibes.

Also featured in this video is a tour of Maddy’s apartment, dinner at Legal Seafood Test Kitchen with Katie, a slumber party with Jungle 2 Jungle, getting lost at Logan Airport (A place they didn’t need to go), and Maddy dropping her sunglasses.


The Mutant Ages – Meet the Flintstones

Remember that time Maddy couldn’t get over Fred Flintstone in the background of X-Men: The Animated Series?

Well, we put this together so you can also be baffled by this strange costume party.

Listen to the whole episode of the Mutant Ages on Sound Cloud!


Arisia 2018 — Thank You!

We had a blast at Arisia, Inc. this past weekend!

Thank you for having us speak on multiple panels. We love to share our extensive knowledge of the X-Men and MCU.

Also, huge shout out to the panelist green room — This was very cool! More conventions should be doing this.

Stay tuned later this week for our official footage from Arisia!


Arisia Programming Line Up!

All right, everyone — Arisia is here and both Maddy and Ryan from the Mutant Ages will be speaking on a handful of panels this weekend — Including two about the X-Men!

We hope you attend and check out these and other great panels!

Tickets for Arisia are available at https://arisia.org/.

See below for the schedule:

FRIDAY

8:30 pm – Queer Representation in Visual Novels – Maddy

 

SATURDAY

1:00 pm — Legion: Mutants, Mayhem and Mental Illness – Maddy & Ryan (The Mutant Ages!)

2:30 pm — Basic Stage Make-Up – Ryan

 

SUNDAY

1:00 PM — Marvel Cinematic and TV Universe, 2017 Edition – Ryan

2:30 pm — Children of the Atom: X-Men and Representation – Maddy & Ryan (The Mutant Ages!)

7:00 pm — Dealing with Day-to-Day Isms in Game Culture – Maddy


Meet the Mutant Ages Hosts THIS WEEKEND!

Come meet the hosts of THE MUTANT AGES, Maddy and Ryan! 

Hang with them and chat about the X-Men on Saturday, January 13th, from 4:30-5:30 PM EST at the Starbucks at 601 Congress Street in Boston!


Ryan TV – Chilling at Crystal Bees (Tape 32)

What do you when it’s -7 degrees outside?

Go to a bowling alley/arcade/bar and do the cha cha slide, of course.

Ryan goes to Crystal Bees in Southington, despite the below freezing weather, to meet up with some of the Evidence of Evil crew and to support their favorite bartender!


The Mutant Ages – X-Men: The Animated Series – Repo Man

This week’s episode of X-Men: The Animated Series is all about Wolverine, so we can’t help but like it, even though it’s not THAT good. But Ryan did own a copy of it on VHS as a young boy, so that’s important to note. (Maddy didn’t, which is very sad.) Anyway, this episode is called “Repo Man,” and it’s all about Logan’s exes trying to repossess him. In other words, it’s about Alpha Flight, which is the Canadian superhero team that got created to give Logan a backstory.

X-Men Spotlight: Heather Hudson! But also, a summary of Alpha Flight’s powers and history.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons – Ghost Writer

Saturday Morning Cartoon: Ghost Writer

This Saturday Morning’s spotlight technically doesn’t fall under the “cartoon” category, but Ghost Writer himself does (Or DOES he? SPOOKY.)

Ghost Writer was a favorite of Maddy’s growing up. The show revolved around a diverse cast of kids who lived in Brooklyn solving neighborhood crimes and other mysteries with the help of a ghost, who looked more like a floating dot. The ghost could communicate with the kids by morphing text and letters on books, computers and other things to form new sentences. (Actually a pretty unique and cool power)

The show was designed to teach reading and writing skills to elementary and middle school kids.

Ryan was also a fan of the show, but apparently erased all memory of it after he saw the Gooey Gus episode — A famous episode where a terrifying purple doll was hunting down the cast of Ghost Writer, and encasing them in purple cocoons. The doll would grow bigger and bigger in heat until he was the size of a man, hunting the kids down. This was the series of finale, which had an Inception type of ending in which it left the viewer thinking “Was any of that real?”

In going back and watching episodes as adults, the show still holds up. It’s really smart and ahead of it’s time. It also makes us miss the 90’s like whoa.


Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to Atomic Blue Productions!

In 2012, Maddy and Ryan founded Atomic Blue Productions. While they technically started the production team in 2012, they didn’t start producing until 2014. They had laid out the groundwork to produce a full length season of GENO, along with a bunch of other ideas but due to time restraints and Ryan working two full-time jobs, Atomic Blue and GENO went on the back burner for a couple more years.

In 2013, Ryan and Mary Ellen started a separate channel called “Team Sexy Bane” — A let’s play duo between Ryan and Mary Ellen. They set out to do (mostly) horror, and started with Amnesia: The Dark Descent. They didn’t get very far, mostly because Ryan kept running into walls and hiding behind boxes. After episode two, they took a year long hiatus, then decided to continue the series under the Atomic Blue umbrella for another year from 2014-2015. Ryan continued to do Let’s Plays under the title “Sassy Gaymer” and then a retro gaming show with Jess “Retro-Spectives”.

During this time, the team was trying to find a voice for their channel and brand. We, as a team, tried a series of different shows and accepted a bunch of pitches from friends. Eventually Maddy and Ryan sat down for some real talk. The whole reason they had created the company in the first place was to continue creating content together like they always had been since their teens, and they felt like they were spending too much time on projects that weren’t their own.

That’s when the Atomic Blue was truly born.

In need for inspiration to move forward with the company and their lives, Maddy and Ryan started a live morning show “Insomniacs in the Morning”. This ended a year later when they decided to move on to their X-Men podcast “The Mutant Ages”. Mary Ellen also went from gamer to podcaster and started “Let’s Watch 2 Movies” with Maddy. Our long time production assistant, Katie, came out from behind the camera and started a podcast with Ryan called “Warcraft Valley”.

Meanwhile, Ryan was still finding his footing with vlogging again. He had always been filming his life in a series of “home movies”. After his first joint show with 6 other vloggers “The DrYoshi Show”, he moved on briefly to a daily vlog called “Follow the Sun.” This only lasted a couple of months, and that’s when he settled with “Ryan TV”.

We fast tracked a one-time episode of GENO in production, and then a series of other videos on YouTube including series like “Resident Apartment” and “Throwback Theater”. We also started covering events professionally with both blogs and video.

The most magical part about this was when we re-branded Atomic Blue, all of our long-time production friends who had made early videos with us well over a decade ago, all came back on board. They are STILL on board, and we are growing!

With 2018 here, we have so many big plans and a growing list of shows we want to take on this year! We are excited for the new year and what it brings us!

Now we would like to share with you the video that started it all: Team Sexy Bane – Let’s Play Amnesia.