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Mar 24, 2017
Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. This week’s guest on RCBC is their good friend, "King Baby" himself, Mark O. Stack. Mark, the publisher of Comics Bulletin and independent comics creator, dropped by to discuss his newest short comic Sail created with artist Jean Pe and letterer Danny Djelosevic. You can purchase it at Gumroad right now!

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Mark decided to treat us like every other comics podcast and discuss a movie based on a comics property instead. That's why this week it's a movie club featuring Logan, the new-ish film directed by James Mangold and featuring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in their final outing as Wolverine and Professor X. All of the boys liked the film, but come close to taking out the claws when discussing exactly how good it really is.

We also cover two new comics in our review segment.

Inhuman Vs X-Men #6
Written by Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire, who claim to be different writers at Marvel Comics, but I don't believe it.
Art by Leinil Francis Yu and Gerry Alanguilan
Colors by David Curiel

Man-Thing #1
Written by R.L. Stine
Drawn by German Peralta
Colored by Rachelle Rosenberg

Finally, in The Comics Canon, we take on whether a certain comic deserves to be considered a classic of the medium. This isn’t for obvious cases like Watchmen or Maus. It’s defined for well-loved or forgotten comics that might need to be reassessed. This week we tackle another X-Men comic, the controversial "Old Man Logan" written by Mark Millar and drawn by Steve McNiven. This week we also include Mark in the conversation, because why the hell not?

We hope you enjoy the continuation of our newest reboot on the Reboot Podcast, long may it last.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:01:30
Weekly Review—Man-Thing #1: 00:04:57
Weekly Review—Inhumans Vs X-Men #6: 00:18:47
Mark Stack Interview: 00:37:10
Logan Movie Club: 00:53:18
Canon of Comics—Old Man Logan: 01:21:01

Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @MarkOStack

Total Runtime: 01:41:23

Presented by Comics Bulletin
Mar 9, 2017
Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. This week’s guest on RCBC is another recurring guest and longtime friend of the show: Tucker Stone. Tucker is back to check in on his work at Nobrow Comics, but mostly just wanted to discuss some more mean as hell Punisher comics.
 
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Tucker brought us a lost "gem" in the form of Punisher and Captain America: Blood and Glory. It's a three issue prestige format comic from 1992 in which the titular pairing beat each other up before targeting a corrupt Attorney General and his dealings with a banana republic. It's dumb and cruel, but drawn in irresistible fashion by Klaus Janson. This is one comic we all enjoyed and worth rescuing from a dollar bin if you spot it.

We also cover two new comics in our review segment.

Riverdale #1
Check the full info below because a lot of people made this damn comic.

All Time Comics Crime Destroyer #1
Written by Josh Bayer
Drawn by Herb Trimpe
Inked by Benjamin Marra
Colored by Alessandro Echewarria
Lettered by Rick Parker

Finally, in The Comics Canon, we take on whether a certain comic deserves to be considered a classic of the medium. This isn’t for obvious cases like Watchmen or Maus. It’s defined for well-loved or forgotten comics that might need to be reassessed. This week we tackle New X-Men, Grant Morrison's redefining take on a classic superhero franchise accompanied by the ever-incredible Frank Quitely and an array of other artists.

BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP ON THIS ONE. Please vote in our poll below and let us know if YOU think that New X-Men deserves to be in the Comics Canon, because as you'll hear we just couldn't agree.

We hope you enjoy the continuation of our newest reboot on the Reboot Comic Book Club, long may it last.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:00:00
Weekly Review—Riverdale #1: 00:02:25
Weekly Review—All Time Comics Crime Destroyer #1: 00:11:22
Tucker Stone Interview: 00:26:18 (we're talking about Dynamite Comics DEVOLUTION when the interview starts, in case you're wondering)
Punisher and Captain America: Blood and Glory Book Club: 00:37:54
Canon of Comics—New X-Men: 01:27:23

Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @factualopinion

Total Runtime: 01:53:35

Presented by Comics Bulletin

 

RIVERDALE INFO: 

By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

ARCHIE STORY
WRITER: BRIAN E. PATERSON
ART: ELLIOT FERNANDEZ
COLORS: THOMAS CHU
LETTERS: JOHN WORKMAN

VERONICA STORY
WRITER: JAMES DEWILLE
ART: THOMAS PITILLI
COLORS: ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ
LETTERS: JOHN WORKMAN

BETTY STORY
WRITER: BRITTA LUNDIN
ART: JIM TOWE
COLORS: GLENN WHITMORE
LETTERS: JANICE CHIANG

JUGHEAD STORY
WRITER: WILL EWING 
PENCILS: ALITHA MARTINEZ
INKS: BOB SMITH
COLORS: SZYMANOWICZ WITH CHU
LETTERS: JANICE CHIANG 

Feb 23, 2017
Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. This week’s guest on RCBC is the first recurring guest of the new format: Megan Purdy. Megan returns to discuss some of the exciting projects launched since her last visit, including the superb comics magazine The MNT, the launch of the first WWAC literary zine The Secrets of the Goat People, and to hint at some more coming soon.

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Megan brought along a Michael DeForge comic for the book club: First Year Healthy. It's only a 30 page comic that contains more thematic depth and nuance than many series do throughout 100s of pages. The conversation is great, largely thanks to Megan, and we think you'll want to check out this book and more of DeForge's work afterward. He is the true Canadian bacon. Also, please consider checking out The MNT at this link if you haven't already. Megan, along with Christian Hoffer and Steve Morris, are setting the bar for comics journalism there for only $1 per month.

We also cover two new comics in our review segment.

The Visitor #1
Written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson
Art by Paul Grist
Colors by Bill Crabtree

She Wolf #6
Created by Rich Tommaso

Finally, in The Comics Canon, we take on whether a certain comic deserves to be considered a classic of the medium. This isn’t for obvious cases like Watchmen or Maus. It’s defined for well-loved or forgotten comics that might need to be reassessed. This week we tackle Lost Dogs, the debut of current comics superstar Jeff Lemire, although we have some mixed feelings on his career thus far.

We hope you enjoy the continuation of our newest reboot on the Reboot Comic Book Club Podcast, long may it last.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:00:00
Weekly Review—The Visitor #1: 00:01:13
Weekly Review—She Wolf #6: 00:15:34
Megan Purdy Interview: 00:31:12
First Year Healthy Book Club: 00:49:34
Canon of Comics—Lost Dogs: 01:20:24

Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @themeganpurdy

Total Runtime: 01:40:51

Feb 23, 2017
Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. This week’s guest on RCBC is their very good friend Ray Sonne who is an expert in all things Wildstorm and preparing to make her indie comics debut.

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Ray is a returning guest and was a delight to speak with, as always. We start off on a more serious note discussing her plans for autobiographical indie comics, along with some lesbian vampire ideas. It's an excellent conversation delving into the creative process and what it means to share your own stories. Then we discuss the return of Ray's favorite section of DC Comics in The Wildstorm #1, by Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt, Ivan Plascencia, and Simon Bowland.

It was a killer debut for this new imprint and we all have a lot to say about. If you didn't pick it up last week, we hope this conversation gives you a reason to check it out. 

We also cover two one new comic in our review segment.

Super Sons #1
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Jorge Jiminez
Colors by Alejandro Sanchez

John Wick: Chapter 2
Definitely a movie, and not a comic book

Finally, in The Comics Canon, we take on whether a certain comic deserves to be considered a classic of the medium. This isn’t for obvious cases like Watchmen or Maus. It’s defined for well-loved or forgotten comics that might need to be reassessed. This week we tackle The Authority, but not all of The Authority, just the parts written by Mark Millar.

We hope you enjoy the continuation of our newest reboot on the Reboot Podcast, long may it last.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:00:00
Weekly Review—Super Sons #1: 00:04:41
Weekly Review—John Wick: Chapter 2: 00:19:42
Ray Sonne Flores Interview: 00:38:02
The Wildstorm #1 Book Club: 00:59:45
Canon of Comics—The Authority: 01:35:44

Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @RaySonne

Total Runtime: 02:01:35

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Feb 13, 2017
Chynna Clugston Flores reads LOVE AND ROCKETS
Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. This week’s guest on RCBC is the creator of Blue Monday from last week's discussion, the incredible cartoonist Chynna Clugston Flores who is re-releasing her 2003 comic Scooter Girl at Image Comics, now in color.

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Chynna was a blast to have on. Her work on both Blue Monday and Scotter Girl is truly unique and well worth discovering or rediscovering in the newly colored volumes from Image. She discusses much of what Chase and Ed Luce covered last week, providing insight into their favorite aspects of her work. Rather than cover a specific comic, Chynna suggested a general conversation about Love & Rockets. The discussion was wide-ranging covering the many ways in which people first encounter the series to its unique place in American comics today. We had a great time talking with Chynna and hope you'll have just as much fun listening in.

We also cover two new comics in our review segment.

Blubber #4
Created by Gilbert Hernandez

Motor Crush #3
Written by Brendan Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr
Art by Babs Tarr and Cameron Stewart

Finally, in The Comics Canon, we take on whether a certain comic deserves to be considered a classic of the medium. This isn’t for obvious cases like Watchmen or Maus. It’s defined for well-loved or forgotten comics that might need to be reassessed. This week we tackle the ever-controversial The Killing Joke created by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.

We hope you enjoy the continuation of our newest reboot on the Comic Book Reboot Podcast, long may it last.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:00:00
Weekly Review—Blubber #4: 00:01:45
Weekly Review—Motor Crush #3: 00:15:01
Chynna Clugston Flores Interview: 00:27:23
Love & Rockets Book Club: 00:46:40
Canon of Comics—The Killing Joke: 01:12:34

Check out our last episode in which we discuss Love & Rockets with Steve Lieber, as well as a review of the newest issue by Jason Sacks and Keith Silva.

Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @ChynnaSyndrome

Total Runtime: 01:32:41

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Feb 7, 2017
Ed Luce reads BLUE MONDAY
Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. This week’s guest on RCBC is the creator of Wuvable Oaf and super-knowledgable comics educator Ed Luce who is now accepting orders for the newest issue of his hit indie series.

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Ed is truly a delight to talk comics with and it's a shame Joe had to miss him. However, Chase managed to still have a great discussion about Blue Monday with Ed in his absence. The reissued collections of this series from Image are beautiful to look up and hold up remarkably well. Ed and Chase discuss how Blue Mondaycaptures an honest high school experience, experiments with manga-influences, and manages to blend the specific with the universal. Chynna Clugston Flores work on this series really is just as exciting to read today as when it first debuted.

We also cover two new comics in our review segment.

The Walking Dead #163
Written by Robert Kirkman
Drawn by Charlie Adlard
Inks by Cliff Rathburn

Karnak #6
Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Gerardo Zaffino

Finally, in The Comics Canon, we take on whether a certain comic deserves to be considered a classic of the medium. This isn’t for obvious cases like Watchmen or Maus. It’s defined for well-loved or forgotten comics that might need to be reassessed. This week we tackle Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud.

We hope you enjoy the continuation of our newest reboot on the Comic Book Reboot Podcast, long may it last.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:00:00
Weekly Review—The Walking Dead#163: 00:02:10
Weekly Review—Karnak #6: 00:11:34
Ed Luce Interview: 00:22:25
Blue Monday Book Club: 00:42:05
Canon of Comics—Understanding Comics: 01:05:54

Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @WuvableOaf

Total Runtime: 01:20:18

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Jan 30, 2017
J.A. Micheline reads THE OMEGA MEN
Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. This week’s guest on RCBC is the insanely talented storyteller and artist J.A. Micheline (a.k.a. JAM) who is editing and writing lots of great comics criticism including her monthly Patreon supported column Critical Jam


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JAM is one of our absolute favorite people to discuss comics with chose to discuss the highly acclaimed The Omega Men. For anyone who hasn't paid attention to comics in the past year, it is the story of Kyle Rayner drawn into a war in the Vega System and forced to question his conception of morality and views on violence. It was created by Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda amongst others. Our conclusions will likely surprise some readers, and we are so happy JAM made us reexamine this comic and helped lead such a fascinating conversation about it.

We also cover two new comics in our review segment.

The Kamandi Challenge #1
"The Rules" created by Dan Didio, Keith Giffen, and Scott Koblish
"K is for Kill" created by Dan Abnett and Dale Eaglesham
Colors by Hi-Fi

Dept. H #10
Written and Drawn by Matt Kindt
Colors by Charlene Kindt

Finally, in The Comics Canon, we take on whether a certain comic deserves to be considered a classic of the medium. This isn’t for obvious cases like Watchmen or Maus. It’s defined for well-loved or forgotten comics that might need to be reassessed. This week we tackle Captain America Comics #1 from 1941 created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon.

We hope you enjoy the continuation of our newest reboot on the Comic Book Reboot Podcast, long may it last.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:00:00
Weekly Review—Kamandi Challenge #1: 00:01:45
Weekly Review—Dept. H #10: 00:11:40
J.A. Micheline interview: 00:23:25
The Omega Men Book Club: 00:41:50
Canon of Comics—Captain America Comics #1: 01:20:58

Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant

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Total Runtime: 01:34:45

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Jan 23, 2017
Gabriel Hardman reads HELLBLAZER #27

Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. This week's guest on RCBC is the insanely talented storyteller and artist Gabriel Hardman who is publishing a new one-shot at Image Comics in February called The Belfry

Gabriel is renowned both as a comics storyteller and Hollywood storyboard artist. In addition to the horrifying The Belfry, he is currently creating Invisible Republic with his wife Corrina Bechko. In movies he has worked on films like Interstellar, The Dark KnightInception, and most recently Logan. It's an impressive resume and he offers plenty of great insight in this interview. 

He chose to discuss Hellblazer #27, another standalone horror story created by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. It's a chilling ghost tale titled "Hold Me" that examines the nature of human connection and warmth. We were both blown away by this gem of a comic and hope listeners seek it out after listening to our discussion with Gabriel.

We also cover two new comics in our review segment.

Ultimates2 #3
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Travel Foreman
Colors by Ron Brown

X'ed #4
Written by Tony Patrick
Art by Ayhan Hayrula Brian Level
Colors by Doug Garbark

Finally, in The Comics Canon, we take on whether a certain comic deserves to be considered a classic of the medium. This isn’t for obvious cases like Watchmen or Maus. It’s defined for well-loved or forgotten comics that might need to be reassessed. This week we tackle I Kill Giants created by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura.

We hope you enjoy the continuation of our newest reboot on the Comic Book Reboot Podcast, long may it last.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:00:00
Weekly Review—Ultimates 2 #3: 00:04:43
Weekly Review—X'ed #4: 00:20:30
Gabriel Hardman interview: 00:31:20
Hellblazer Book Club: 00:54:20
Canon of Comics—I Kill Giants: 01:15:59

Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @gabrielhardman

Total Runtime: 01:31:12

 

Jan 16, 2017
Megan Purdy reads WUVABLE OAF

The Reboot Comic Book Club is back in action with a reboot of our own. This week Chase Magnett joins Joe Schmidt as co-host. Together they will be offering new segments and expanded coverage. Don't worry though, the heart of this show isn't changing and they'll continue to host guest from throughout the comics industry to discuss projects and join in a book club. The very first guest of the all-new, all-better RCBC is none other than Megan Purdy who is here to discuss her work on Women Write About Comics and Ed Luce's Wuvable Oaf!

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Megan has been the editor-in-chief of Women Write About Comics from its inception and has developed the site into one of the absolute best being published today. Her staff of editors and writers contribute a smart collection of pop culture criticism, interviews, and discussion from a wide variety of perspectives. She also has some mystery projects in the works that we try to get some details on.

She chose to discuss the delightful Ed Luce's just as delightful comic Wuvable Oaf: Blood and Metal. This second collection details the adventures of Oaf as he wrestles in his alter-ego, revels in heavy metal, and goes through a variety of other adventures. It is absolutely charming and we hope our discussion brings that across.

We also cover two new comics in our review segment. 

God Country #1
Written by Donny Cates
Art by Geoff Shaw
Colored by Jason Wordie

Deathstroke #10
Written by Christopher Priest
Art by Cary Nord
Colors by Jeromy Cox

Finally, in The Comics Canon, the other new segment, these two take on whether a certain comic deserves to be considered a classic of the medium. This isn't for obvious cases like Watchmen or Maus. It's defined for well-loved or forgotten comics that might need to be reassessed. In the very first installment Kingdom Come, created by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, is up for discussion.

We hope you enjoy the new segments and format, and tolerate the new co-host. This reboot, rebirth, and restart ought to provide the best version of this comics podcast yet.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:00:00
Weekly Review—God Country #1: 00:04:00
Weekly Review—Deathstroke #10 Review: 00:15:00
Megan Purdy Interview: 00:27:18
Wuvable Oaf Book Club: 00:45:50
Canon of Comics—Kingdom Come: 01:13:10

Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @themeganpurdy

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Total Runtime: 01:23:07

Sep 28, 2016

We're back with a look at Panel Exploration, the inaugural event from Omaha Bound and Tim Benson!

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Benson started Panel Exploration as a way to foster more growth and communication in Omaha's burgeoning art scene, bringing creators like Stan Sakai and Phil Hester to town for discussions and workshops.

We discuss their first event and what Benson hopes to do for the future, as well as the book club's Pick of the Week in the form of Usagi Yojimbo!

This week we talk about Volume 18 of the long-running series, titled Travels with Jotaro. If you've never read a page of the classic Usagi Yojimbo before, don't be afraid! This comic is perfect for new readers, so dive right in!

Tim on Usagi Yojimbo v18:
"It really is something you can just pick up. It didn't matter to me that we start with volume 8 or volume 1. So Volume 18 was just as good as any other ... I kind of wanted to prove or test whether or not you could start in the middle. Sometimes you pick up a book and there's SO much history, you feel like you've missed something. But I always felt in Usagi Yojimbo you just simply understood that you're meeting a character that has history, just like when you're meeting a new person, they have history but you don't feel like you've missed something."

Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant

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Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 00:58:08

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