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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

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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

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Runtime: 01:13:04

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

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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

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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

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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

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Runtime: 0:48:36

Apr 25, 2016
Emmett Plant reads PAPER GIRLS

Welcome non-comics guest but all-nerd badass Emmett Plant to his first time on the Reboot Comic Book Club!

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 Emmett is a composer, producer, writer, all-around geek, and regular at Joe's comic shop, Dr. Fantasy's Comics 'N More in Glendale, AZ.

The founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Clockwork Jetpack, Emmett has experience doing audio work for Star Trek productions, video games, and much more. IN FACT, he is so nice that he is gave us our new theme music you hear on this episode! Thanks, Emmett!

He chose to read the newly collected Paper Girls from Cliff Chiang and Brian K. Vaughan. The story of a new girl to town finding a clan and a shit ton of trouble in the late Halloween hours during the Regan presidency (deep breath) involving time travel, text-speaking spaceknights, and teens saying NO to The Man. Yes, it's a fucking head trip.

Emmett on Paper Girls:
"These are kids in the suburb. No question. But it is very tied specifically to my age. These girls are my age at that time... They're on CB radios, they're talking about the Today Show with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley... You get that sense right away but it's handled in asides. It's very clear that these aren't teenagers in 2016." 

Check out Emmett's Soundcloud account for kickass tunes!

Music: "Chipfunk" by Emmett Plant

@woeisjoe @EmmettPlant

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 2:36:48 (yeah, it's really long)

Apr 18, 2016
Tony Patrick reads BLACK PANTHER #1 (2016)

I'm stoked to welcome Tony Patrick to the Reboot club! He was nice enough to chat with us as we await the release of X'ed #3 from Black Mask.

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In X'ed, Colin McClure is an injured U.S. veteran who is given a chance to save his comatose daughter by helping the Mezign Corporation and acting as a hitman for memories in a cutting-edge procedure called "erasure therapy." He enters the clients minds and deletes traumatizing experiences and/or disappointing jerkoffs. The mindscape-scenes allow Patrick's collaborators Ayhan Hayrula (illustrations) and Doug Garbark (colors) to cut loose, as well as key contributions from Jim Campbell (letters).

Patrick also wrote the short film Black Card, now streaming exclusively on HBO platforms. Directed by friend Pete Chatmon, the film is a cultural satire with themes of identity, surveillance, and commitment to 'blackness.'

This week he chose to read the latest release of Black Panther #1 from Marvel Comics by Ta-Nehisi CoatesBrian StelfreezeLaura Martin, and Joe Sabino. This anticipated new series arrived to much fanfare and critical praise, but what did Patrick think?

Tony on Black Panther:
"[Ta-Nehisi Coates] was coming off of these home runs and then he's got a comic on his slate, and of course there's all this attention around it. But like we were saying, lets also give [Brian] Stelfreeze and Laura Martin and the rest of the team their due. Because as I'm realizing as a comic book creator is that I'm nothing without my team. Nothing. ... This is a home run book. I'm excited to get the next issue." 

Check out X'ed on Black Mask's website!

Music: "Barbara Streisand" by Duck Sauce

@woeisjoe @SirTonyPatrick

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:49:02 (yeah, it's long)

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