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Now displaying: June, 2016

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Jun 28, 2016

This week sees returning guest and incoming ComicsBulletin.com Publisher Mark Stack return to the program!

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Mark recently took over the reins of Comics Bulletin from last week's guest Kyle Garret and has begun appointing new editorial heads to diversify the site's offerings. While Comics Bulletin has earned some praise for it's thoughtful in-depth pieces of classic and cult-favorite superhero comics, Mark hopes to expand its offerings to other branches of graphic storytelling.

As well as setting the agenda for Comics Bulletin going forward, Mark and I discuss the self-published indie comic The Dead by Jen Hickman and James Maddox!

The story takes place in an afterlife where you get to create your own room, though it's just one of infinity in a sprawling house. Everyone in the house can come and go to each room as they please, though some are more dangerous than others. The story becomes one about finding lost loved ones, procuring booze and hideous monsters, and revenge. 

Jen also drew an awesome picture of a dick at Phoenix Comicon, which you can see here:

"IKEA" by Jen Hickman

Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant

@woeisjoe @MarkOStack

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 00:50:52

Jun 20, 2016
Kyle Garret reads NEWUNIVERSAL

Last year, I was faced with a decision regarding the future of this podcast and I wasn't sure if it would have a home. Chase Magnett introduced me to the Editor-in-Chief of Comics Bulletin, Kyle Garret. He was kind enough to offer me a home where I didn't have to worry about the ethical integrity of the content or whether someone was parlaying work into a better job in the industry.

Comics is filled with assholes. I'm proud to say that Kyle Garret is one of the good ones, and he is the latest member of the Reboot Comic Book Club.

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Kyle's debut on the podcast is somewhat bittersweet because he is now in transition out of his duties as EIC of Comics Bulletin. And though transition plans are in way, with new leadership plans to be announced, Kyle and I take this opportunity to look back at his time running the site as well as what lessons he learned.

We also continued the theme of his own series looking at the history of Marvel Comics' New Universe imprint with our discussion of their brief revival from Warren Ellis, Salvador Larroca, Jason Keith, and Rus Wooton. And though it might have been a misstep in Ellis' impressive output as a writer, we both agree that newuniversal is worth the read.

Kyle Garret on newuniversal:
"It basically took the New Universe—which was this mass of different ideas that were kind of unified but weren't really and then eventually were unified, and was kind of a jumbled mess—and made it way more clear. Even in the first six issues, not even in the two issues after that, but [Ellis] built more of a complete universe in the first six issues than I think was ever really built in the entirety of the original New Universe."

Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant

@woeisjoe @KyleGarret

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 01:13:32

Jun 20, 2016
Brandon Montclare reads ALL-STAR SUPERMAN

Welcome back one of my favorite guests and old friend, Brandon Montclare!

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Brandon has had a HELL of a year so far with the roaring success (sorry, couldn't resist) of his new Marvel Comic, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur! He co-writes the new take on the classic Jack Kirby-creation alongside his Rocket Girl collaborator Amy Reeder, with amazing artwork from the team of Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain.

We learn that Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur has been given at least 18 issues and that there is indeed more Rocket Girl on the horizon, but we also discuss a comic that Brandon worked on as an assistant editor at DC, All-Star Superman

It's the comic that cracks his origin in four panels and, unlike most Superman stories, actually gives the dude MORE superpowers. And while recent portrayals of Superman might tend to miss the mark, we believe this is a comic more than worth your time.

Brandon Montclare on All-Star Superman:
"He's not a neurotic, northeast product. He's a farm boy who does what he can but ... doesn't have the anxiety of, 'oh, I could have saved more people.' It doesn't go in the movies now or it doesn't go in the comics so often, because he has to have some kind of neurosis. But to Grant, he's almost an all powerful being but he can't do absolutely everything. But he does what he can and kind of accepts it, and that's even in All-Star where he learned that, right, from not being able to save his father. My favorite part at #10 is the very end where he finds a cube and makes a pocket universe and his experiment is ... 'in a universe that didn't have me—I'm so important—what would happen?' And what would happen in the world that doesn't have Superman? Well, they would have to create him. Two guys in Cleveland would have to draw him into a comic book because it's inevitable, and that's the book you're reading.

Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant

@woeisjoe @bmontclare

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 01:16:32

Jun 7, 2016
Janet Harvey and Megan Levens read SELINA'S BIG SCORE

This week sees the creative team behind Oni Press upcoming take on crime noir—Angel City—with writer Janet Harvey and artist Megan Levens joining the Reboot Comic Book Club!

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Angel City is an interesting take on the noir mystery in that the supposed femme fatale is investigating a murder in the days of Hollywood's studio system. A failed actress-turned-mobster, Dolores Dare puts it on herself to find out who killed her friend Faye. 

Out in October, Angel City is a wonderful take on a genre that has been (pun totally intended) beaten to death. A breath of fresh air in a world of grim dark, I highly suggest you putting it on your pull list this fall.

This time on the club, Janet and Megan have chosen to read the late Darwyn Cooke's Selina's Big Score, with colors from Matt Hollingsworth. There are few better ways to honor the fallen legend than this classic, combining his timeless take on superheroes combined with his ground-level examination of the criminal underworld. It's like Parker meets Catwoman, if you need a better explanation.

Janet Harvey on Selina's Big Score:
"The gorgeous, thick brushwork on this. I want to lick it, it's so beautiful. Like when she goes to Miami, all of the palm trees are these sort of big, brush stroke lines that are sort of expressionistic palm trees but they're just beautiful. Oh my gosh, that's so great."

Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant

@woeisjoe @SadMeganGirls @janetharvey

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 01:13:04

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