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Now displaying: February, 2016

where your favorite creators come to geek out

Feb 29, 2016
Ray Sonne reads MIDNIGHTER

Welcome Ray Sonne to this week's Reboot Comic Book Club. A writer for our own ComicsBulletin.com, as well as Women Write About Comics and Loser City, Ray recently corralled some other comics writers to celebrate the awesomeness that is Midnighter from DC Comics in a celebration that could only be referred to as "Midnighter Week."

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Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch first introduced me to the Midnighter over a decade ago within the pages of the Authority. But I must admit, I feel I really didn't get to know the character until Steve Orlando and ACO's definitive take on the DC You-niverse's incorporation.

Ray's love of the character is palpable, which is why she organized Midnighter Week to begin with. In a world that is beginning to monetize diversity 'for diversity's sake,' it's a genuine surprise to see such nuance and sincerity in the pages of cape comics from one of the Big Two. 

Ray on Midnighter
“[Steve Orlando] has taken the character and done more with it than I've ever seen any writer do, and so many writers are obsessed with Midnighter. They'll solely focus on Midnighter even when it's an Authority book. But he takes it and you see elements of his work that are so old Authority-inspired but really subtly, and he's twisting everything into this new thing, and it's beautiful."

Check out WWAC's round-up of all things Midnighter 

Music: "Sonne" by Rammstein

@woeisjoe @RaySonne

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:00:10

Feb 23, 2016
Michel Fiffe reads DAMAGE CONTROL

We're celebrating the legacy of the late Dwayne McDuffie this week with a reading of one of his earliest Marvel comics, Damage Control.

Special thanks to this week's guest Michel Fiffe, creator of Copra, for choosing this comic and indicating the importance of the date. McDuffie was born on February 20th, 1962, and ultimately passed away on February 21st, 2011.

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Fiffe speaks about his work on Copra, his work for Marvel Comics, where he finds inspiration, and much more. For the second half, Fiffe turns to discuss one of the funniest comic books ever to see print.

Dwayne McDuffie created Damage Control with artist Ernie Colón, and the book also saw contributions from Kyle Baker, Bob Wiacek, Stan Drake, Marie Severin, John Wellington, George Rouses, Robbie Busch, Brad Vancata, Ed King, Rick Parker, and Brad Joyce.

Michel on Damage Control
“It's incredibly sharp and funny. And I don't mean funny like What The-?! comics or Ambush Bug or something like that. 'Comic book funny' is not really funny. You don't really laugh out loud at comic book funny. Damage Control... is deeply funny. Dwayne McDuffie has a good, sharp ear for humor and timing."

Visit Michel Fiffe and Kat Robert's Etsy page 

Music: "5 Years" by David Bowie

@woeisjoe @MichelFiffe

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:00:04

Feb 8, 2016
Magen Cubed reads SHUTTER

This week’s episode sees Magen Cubed join the Reboot Comic Book Club. 

Magen is the author of the novel Fleshtrap from Post Mortem Press and the forthcoming the Crashers, published by Booktrope. Magen is a die-hard comics fan with a critical eye. Her love of superheroes is apparent in her upcoming book. Hear what she has cooking for what will be the first in a series of novels with the Crashers.

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Magen has chosen the first volume of Shutter from Image Comics, by Joe Keatinge, Leila Del Duca, Owen Gieni, and (former podcast guest) Ed Brisson

It’s the story of a girl who rejects her legacy, only for that legacy to come back with a vendetta and lots of angry goons. Set in a world where fantasy meets reality, Kate Kristopher is trying to determine who is friend, foe, family, or maybe a combination of all three.

 Magen on Shutter: 
“That’s what I really love, the sort of subtleties of the material and comic making in general and how it’s folded into the narrative and becomes a really palpable part of it, it’s just kind of exciting to me and not something I see very often… I just get so excited reading it. They take so many risks that pay off because the setup is there. It’s just that freedom to tell stories on such a visual level, it’s really exciting.”

Visit Magen’s Patreon page
Visit Shutter on Image Comics 

Music: “Back to You” by honey honey

@woeisjoe @MagenCubed

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:24:31

Feb 2, 2016
Mark Stack and Chase Magnett read FAITH #1, OMEGA MEN #8, OLD MAN LOGAN #1

Welcome back to the Reboot Comic Book Club!

For our first episode of 2016, we’re having fun with fellow Comics Bulletin writers Mark Stack and Chase Magnett! Aside from our usual book club, we’ll be doing our own version of their Leading Questions column. Come listen to the stupid things we’ll regret saying when we sober up!

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This week we read three new releases from Jan. 27th: 

  • Faith #1 by Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Andrew Dalhouse, Dave Sharpe, Marguerite Sauvage, and Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
  • The Omega Men #8 by Tom King, Barnaby Bagenda, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Pat Brosseau, and Trevor Hutchison
  • Old Man Logan #1 by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Marelo Maiolo, and Cory Petit

Chase reiterates his love for superhero event comics, Mark longs for the days of the Scholastic book fair, and Joe gets mad that there’s no time to praise Jem and the Holograms on the show.

This installment’s Leading Questions include the following:

  • Which publisher’s shared superhero line is the best and why is it Valiant?
  • Which superhero made it cool to wear tight jeans?
  • What do Frank Miller and Mark Millar have in common?

Music: “Thirsty Ego Raps” by Open Mike Eagle

Seriously, listen to the part where he mentions the Goldberg/Scott Hall cattle prod incident. That shit goes hard.

@woeisjoe @reverendmagnett @markostack

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:30:59

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