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Now displaying: March, 2016

where your favorite creators come to geek out

Mar 28, 2016
Mark Stack recaps DC Rebirth at WonderCon 2016

This week sees Mark Stack return to the podcast. And NO, we aren't discussing Nexus! Haha, take that shit, Mark!

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Mark was lucky bold enough to cover the DC Rebirth announcement at WonderCon this past weekend, during which they premiered the creative teams of many of their upcoming books for the June relaunch.

It was an interesting event. Some books stand out. Some books look like the same meat and potatoes superhero fluff that DC has been producing for decades. And some books look like they haven't learned a damn thing in year after year of relaunches.

Hear our thoughts in this week's episode, a bit of a bandaid to hold you over until next week (when we get Ulises Fariñas on to talk Cosmic Odyssey! F YES BROSKI)

@woeisjoe @MarkOStack

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:02:24

Mar 21, 2016
Steve Lieber reads LOVE AND ROCKETS: NEW STORIES NO. 8

Sorry for the delay, but when babies are about to be born excuses such as "sorry, darling, but I have a podcast to edit and post" can end up bad for yours truly. But our fresh little child is safe and sound and we're all back home, and now those soothing sounds of comicspeak can commence.

It's the Reboot Comic Book Club. And this week we're welcoming a personal favorite.

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Steve Lieber is the prolific artist behind revered works like Whiteout, Underground, Superior Foes of Spider-Man, and the Fix, coming soon from Image Comics. Written by Nick Spencer, the comic is about a pair of smash-and-grab thugs and how they get by in today's increasingly unfriendly-to-dumb-criminals kind of world. 

Lieber's comedic sensibilities have never been more prominent than recent, as he was known for 'crime-and-nature comics,' as he himself puts it. We've speak about how he became a "funny" artist and what his collaborative process on a comical book is like.

For the Book Club, Lieber decided to read the Jaime Hernandez-penned contributions in the latest volume of Love and Rockets: New Stories from Fantagraphics. Continuing the story of LOCAS, Tonta, and a new sic-fi tale about a space princess on the run and the evil automated Hellmets trying to kill her.

Steve on Love and Rockets
“[Jaime Hernandez] has this sense of how people work and how life works that he's able to put ton the page and he's able to do it with pure comics, not with big blocks of text or anything else, but by doing it with the same visual language that informs Carl Barks comics and John Stanley's Little Lulu and Dennis the Menace comics and everything else. Archie Comics, of course. He's able to use all of these old tools for a really, really different purpose."  

Visit Periscope Studio's website for artwork from Steve Lieber and his amazing studio mates

Music: "Hurricane Johnnies Theme" by Lord Huron

@woeisjoe @Steve_Lieber

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:16:55

Mar 7, 2016

Writer and humorist Arie Kaplan (Bongo, MAD Magazine, LEGO Star Wars Face Off, 5-Minute Avengers Stories) comes to the podcast to discuss the original run of Howard the Duck from Marvel Comics.

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Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik with contributions from Gene Colan Ernie Colón (that happens a few times) and many others, Howard the Duck was a strange mix of absurdist humor and satire, often skewering Marvel super heroics as well as politics and comics writing itself. 

It makes sense that Arie wanted to talk about this revered run given his own sensibilities as a writer, which was a discussion ripe with examining the role of the writer and comics as a part of today's culture. 

Arie on Howard the Duck
“[Steve Gerber]'s taking on religious hypocrisy, political hypocrisy, he's taking on the silliness of show business and the entertainment industry, the ridiculousness of superhero comic books ... It's a great forum to just—whatever is upsetting you, whatever's on your mind, whatever's pissing you off that month—you're just able to do it. There was no blogging in those days, but this was like Steve Gerber's blog."

View Arie's website and blog 

Music: "Jonathan" by Fiona Apple

@woeisjoe @ArieKaplan

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:18:26

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