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Aug 1, 2017

Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. We're celebrating our 99th episode by inviting our old/young friend Mark Stack onto the show to discuss the latest superhero movies of the summer season!

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Mark previously came on the show to discuss Logan, and how that a bunch more superhero movies have come out we decided to give them all a rundown. 

As you can expect, we didn't agree on all of them, but a great discussion was had none the less. It's been a great summer for superhero movies and while everyone might have their own favorite on this list, we enjoyed watching them all. Here's the rundown: 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Directed by James Gunn 
 
Wonder Woman
Directed by Patty  Jenkins
 
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Directed by Jon Watts

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:00:00
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: 00:03:10
Wonder Woman: 00:13:53
Spider-Man: Homecoming: 00:22:30

Music: “Cookie Lips” by Nice As F**k

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @MarkOStack

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Jul 25, 2017

Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. We promised we were hard at work lining up some great artists to interview and we weren't kidding. This week we have Ben Passmore on to discuss some truly excellent comics.

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Ben is on to discuss two of his most recent works. First, there's the Eisner-nominated Your Black Friend, focused on the black experience interacting with those of different races in America. We also chat about his ongoing comic DAYGLOAYHOLE, a trippy odyssey that delves into addiction and obsession with visuals that are out of this world.
 
For the book club Ben selected one of the best comics of the 21st Century so far (just check the list at Loser City): Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly. Feelings on this comic are unanimous, but it's such a multi-faceted work that the conversation is far from harrumphs of agreement. Instead it moves between elements of adaptation, the black experience, Shakespeare, and a whole lot more.
 
Reviews
Reviews this week were a mixed bag. Let's see if you can guess which ones Joe and Chase liked or hated: 
 
Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting
Written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion  IV
Pencils by Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita, Jr.
Inks by Scott Williams, Klaus Janson, and Danny Miki
Colors by Alex Sinclair and Jeremiah Skipper
Published by DC Comics
 
Fante Bukowski 2
Created by Noah Van Sciver
Published by Fantagraphics

Canon
Finally, in the newest installment of the comics canon, Chase and Joe tackle the anthropomorphic adventures of Mouse Guard from creator David Petersen, specifically Mouse Guard: Fall 1152.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction - Frank Darabont's emails: 00:00:00
Weekly Review—Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting: 00:07:10
Weekly Review—Fante Bukowski 2: 00:23:53
Ben Passmore Interview: 00:38:30
Prince of Cats Book Club: 01:12:40
Canon of Comics—Mouse Guard: Fall 1152: 01:35:14

Music: “Hot Knife” by Fiona Apple

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @DAYGLOAYHOLE

Total Runtime: 01:49:08

Jul 18, 2017

Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. It has been a little while, but the boys have day jobs and children (and/or dogs) to care for. They've been hard at work lining up interviews though, and you can check out the first one with Ro Stein and Ted Brandt!

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Ted and Ro are known for their long-running work on Raven: The Pirate Princess and have been furiously producing new pages for Marvel and Image Comics over the past year. That includes work on Champions, Captain America, and the newest installment of Bitch Planet this week. We chat about the influx of new work, future plans, and their pick for the book club: It's Never As Bad As You Think.
 
It's Never As Bad As You Think is an experimental work from the husband-wife, artist-writer team of Stuart and Kathryn Immonen. It jumps between subjects and tones in rapid succession delivering an experience that is consistently enjoyable, but never predictable. It makes for a great conversation on what two artists in sync can accomplish in quick order.

 

For the Weekly Reviews portion, Chase and Joe managed to talk about two books they absolutely love: East of West #33 and Slasher #1. Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, and Laura Martin's post-apocalyptic epic continues into Year Three in East of West, while cartoonist Charles Forsman kicks off another look at the dark aspects of the human condition.

East of West #33
By Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, Laura Martin

Slasher #1
By Charles Forsman

And for the Canon, well, brace yourselves, because we discussed an awful Ben Garrison comic. One really bad comic, in particular. Check it out below:

 

Yeah, it's pretty bad. But given the political climate, it's definitely worth the discussion.

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:00:00
East of West #33: 00:02:45
Slasher #1: 00:13:55
Ro Stein and Ted Brandt Interview: 00:24:12
Never As Bad As You Think It Is Book Club: 00:55:10
Canon of Comics—THE DEEP STATE: 01:22:04

Music: “The National Anthem” by Lupe Fiasco

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @RosyTintedSpecs @Ten_Bandits

 

Total Runtime: 01:33:09

Presented by Comics Bulletin

May 3, 2017

Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. Now that the chaos of the Janky-Magnett nuptials are behind us, we can get back to focusing on some kickass comics with this week’s guest: cartoonist Zander Cannon!

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Zander’s a friend of the show so we are more than glad to have him back on. The creator of the amazing Oni Press comic Kaijumax was more than happy to discuss his stranger influences for his prison story, aside from the monster movies and personal experiences.

He also brought along a wonderful comic to read and discuss for this week’s book club: Seth’s Wimbledon Green! Step into the high-stakes world of rare comic collectors with Mr. Green, the greatest of them all.

And then, for the Weekly Review, Joe and Chase read the best group of comics probably in the history of the show! See, they can be nice to each other!

COPRA #29
By Michel Fiffe

Alien: Dead Orbit
By James Stokoe

And in the latest edition of the Canon of Comics, Joe and Chase honor the late Darwyn Cooke with one of his most revered contributions to the medium, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score.

The countdown to our 100th episode milestone  begins here! Thank you for listening!

TIMESTAMPS
Introduction: 00:00:00
Weekly Review—COPRA #29: 00:06:05
Weekly Review—Alien: Dead Orbit #1: 00:21:36
Zander Cannon Interview: 00:36:50
Wimbledon Green Book Club: 01:08:42
Canon of Comics—Parker: The Score: 01:36:16

Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @Zander_Cannon

Total Runtime: 01:58:44

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Apr 19, 2017

Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. And it’s been a while since she’s been on, but now we’re excited to welcome J.A. Micheline back to the podcast!

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JAM has been keeping busy with school, but she’s also had a few pieces published in the Guardian: one about the legitimacy of comic books as literature in the wake of World Book Day, and the other about Marvel’s ongoing issues regarding diversity.

They’re both great reads and you should check them out, but today we are here to talk about comics!

Our book club discussion brings us back to Blacksad, which you might remember us discussing with the Junior Braves Of The Apocalypse team back in 2015. We were more than happy to revisit this amazing collection with a close friend and we think you’ll really appreciate the new episode!

And then, for the Weekly Review, Joe and Chase stop attempting to punish each other and pick comics they actually like!

XO Manowar #1
Written by Matt Kindt
Art by Tomás Giorello
Colors by Diego Rodriguez
Letters by Dave Sharpe

Judge Dredd: Cry of the Werewolf
Art by Steve Dillon
Written by Alan Grant and John Wagner
Letters by Tom Frame

And in the latest edition of the Canon of Comics, Joe and Chase honor the late Bernie Wrightson by discussing one of his classic horror shorts recommended by cartoonist Steve Lieber, the terrifying JENIFER.

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—Judge Dredd: Cry of the Werewolf: 00:02:40
Weekly Review—XO Manowar #1: 00:13:45
JA Micheline Interview: 00:32:07
Blacksad Book Club: 00:50:32
Canon of Comics—Jenifer: 01:31:43

Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @elevenafter

Total Runtime: 01:53:10

Presented by Comics Bulletin

 

Apr 5, 2017

Chase and Joe are back for a new round of reviews, interviews, bickering, and general nonsense. We’re proud to welcome longtime friend and first-time guest on the podcast, Ardo Omer!  We’re going to talking about her recent writings for Teen Vogue and Slate, as well as her regular contirobutions to Women Write About Comics and Book Riot.

Apologies in advance! We had some weird connection issues in parts in the episode. I edited out parts that I could without getting rid of key parts of the conversation. Contact us if you find some parts that are egregious, please!

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Ardo is pretty awesome. She likes us. She decided to join in on our Batman-centric episode in which we discuss the Bat, whole Bat, and nothing but the Bat. That’s right, we’re discussing the Bat-Man-And-Woman. 

While the hosts keep the regular programming in line with G.C. state of mind, Ardo is discussing the Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder Gordon-centric epic, Superheavy.

Batman
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch
Inks by Danny Miki
Colors by Joride Bellaire

All-Star Batman
Written by Scott Snyder
Drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inked by Mark Morales
Colored by Dean White

And in the latest edition of the Canon of Comics, Joe and Chase discuss the J.H. Williams III and Greg Rucka classic Batwoman: Elegy. 

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—Batman #19: 00:02:28
Weekly Review—All-Star Batman #8: 00:14:23
Ardo Omer Interview: 00:29:08
Batman: Superheavy Book Club: 00: 55:26
Canon of Comics—Batwoman: 01:46:24

Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant

@RebootComics @woeisjoe @ChaseMagnett @ArdoOmer

Total Runtime: 02:03:22

Presented by Comics Bulletin

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

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