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Now displaying: May, 2016

where your favorite creators come to geek out

May 23, 2016
J. A. Micheline reads JOKER

 

The Reboot podcast is proud to welcome writer, commentator, critic, bad-ass J. A. Micheline to the podcast! (Pssst, call her JAM)

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A writer for Women Write About Comics, the AV Club, VICE, and Comics Alliance, JAM has quickly become an trusted voice and critic in the comics industry. Her latest project sees her turn an eye on the delicate art of criticism and what makes it good or bad. You can find the first entry of Critical Jam at her Tumblr page, where she will post new entries every month. And if you like it, be sure to check out her Patreon account for the project.

JAM chose the Lee Bermejo, Brian Azzarello, Mick Gray, Trish Mulvihill graphic novel Joker

JAM on Joker:
"I really hate when people try to give him an origin. It just bugs the shit out of me I guess, it's one of the reasons why I don't like The Killing Joke ... What's interesting to me about the Joker is there is no comfortable explanation for him. Because I think any attempt to explain him kind of makes him more palatable to people, right? Because The Killing Joke, the whole concept of that is Joker is just like everyone else and all it takes is one bad day to make him completely mad. The idea of the one bad day or even the idea of explaining how Joker became Joker really fundamentally I think is our fear that there are just people out there who just are fucking horrible. The need to explain where he came from kind of seems to me like an inability to just say, you know, actually there are some people who just, as the comic ultimately says, hate everything."

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Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant

@woeisjoe @elevenafter

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 01:34:12

May 16, 2016
Monica Gallagher reads ALIAS aka JESSICA JONES vol 1.

It's time to welcome back returning (favorite) guest, fellow podcaster, and kick-ass cartoonist Monica Gallagher!

Last time, we talked about preparing for a Kickstarter campaign and I'm proud to say it's been a success! Monica's webcomic Bonnie N. Collide—Nine-to-Five is now in print!

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We also discuss her foray into podcasting (check out Her Head in a Box cast!) as well as her new work on covers for Valiant Comics Archer and Armstrong series!

And of course we discuss the Pick of the Week, and Monica chose the Michael Gaydos and Brian Bendis series Alias, the source material of the Netflix Jessica Jones series.

Monica on Alias:
"I love both of the depictions of Jessica. I think they're very different in a lot of ways but I liked how both of them were treated. Which I think is interesting because that doesn't always translate. You could say, 'oh but the TV show didn't have this from the comics or that.' But I think that they're both still great in what they are and what they used."

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Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant

@woeisjoe @eatyourlipstick

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 01:04:11

May 11, 2016
Ray Sonne and Chase Magnett read MIDNIGHTER v2

DC had to go and reboot again, canceling three of my favorite ongoing superhero comics  today: Black Canary, Omega Men, and Midnighter

The latter series just ended with issue 12, released last week, capping Steve Orlando and ACO's definitive run (YEAH, I SAID IT) on the character. That's why we've welcomed back Ray Sonne and Chase Magnett, fellow writers at Comics Bulletin, to discuss the second and final volume of Midnighter.

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Ray was on the show a while ago to discuss the first volume of Midnighter as well as WWAC's round-up of Midnighter Week. She brings along our pal Chase so we can unpack the finale, its greater importance to the DCU and comics in general, all while pontificating the finer aspects of comic book beefcake.

Ray on the last issue of Midnighter
“The first page is a reference to a panel I have hanging up on my desk at work. That 'Don't piss us off' page? It's an Authority page. And I grinned so hard and I just did not expect to have this swell of positive feelings the first page. Along with the cover ... it's the best part of both the characters and the creators' attitudes in this book."

Chase on comic book beefcake: 
“You know how they did those X-Men swimsuit issues wihere it was all the girls drawn by Milo Manara? We should do Boys of the Batcave."

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

Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant

@woeisjoe @RaySonne @ReverendMagnett

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 01:01:57

May 3, 2016
Arvind Ethan David reads LUCIFER

Huge thanks to our latest guest Arvind Ethan David for coming on the Reboot Comic Book Club!

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Arvind is pretty much the caretaker of the Dirk Gently: Holistic Detective Agency adaptations, overseeing Douglas Adams' creation as an executive producer of the new television series (starring Elijah Wood) as well as writing the comic book for IDW. 

We speak at length about how long his love for this character goes back (he wrote a play about it!) as well as his love of Mike Carey's Lucifer!

This classic 90s series saw art contributions from many greats such as Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly, Dean Ormston, Scott Hampton, Chris Weston, and James Hodgkins.

Arvind on Lucifer:
"It is both epic and intimate at the same time... All of Mike's writing is like this... he makes you simultaneously very interested in the small details of a character's life, including people who seem like incidentally characters... And then you've got Lucifer who is fighting the ultimate stakes... Fundamentally the series is about a son outgrowing his father's shadow. And the big arc is of a man who is fed up with being told who he's supposed to be and wants to be something new. To make that both a deeply personal, intimate, human story AND a 75-issue, multi-universe, multi-pantheon spanning epic is just breathtaking." 

Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant

@woeisjoe @ArvD

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 0:48:36

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