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where your favorite creators come to geek out

Apr 14, 2016
Vito Delsante reads CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS

Old friend Vito Delsante returns to the show to talk about his latest project on the eve of its release! Check out Actionverse: First Hero #1 in stores this week!

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Vito is spearheading Action Lab's first crossover among their creator-owned superhero lineup, featuring Jamal Igle's Molly Danger and Ray-Anthony Height's Midnight Tiger, as well as Vito's own collab with Sean Izaaksethe Stray. While each issue functions as a one-shot by each series creator(s), they continue the story of Actionverse for six weekly issues. Not only did Vito write the final issue and co-write issue 4 with Height, he also edited the series.

In the spirit of multiverse-threatening crossovers, Vito has chosen to read the DC Comics blueprint, Crisis on Infinite Earths. From creators Marv Wolfman and George Perez, you've probably formed your opinions about this classic already. So listen to what we have to say now! You know you want it.

Vito on Crisis on Infinite Earths:
"You could tell how much Marv Wolfman and George Perez ... loved these characters and how much reverence [they] gave to them. There are just so many great moments that make up—you know, I tell everybody that asks me for writing advice that a moment doesn't make a comic. You have to make that moment count. So when Supergirl dies, when Tula—Aqualad's girlfriend—dies, when the Flash dies, all those things matter because of the 50-something years of continuity that had come before it. All that stuff matters because you have had all that history with those characters."

 

Look at some of the comics on Vito's storefront!

Music: "Cheated Hearts" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 01:16:31

 

Apr 5, 2016
Ulises Fariñas reads COSMIC ODYSSEY

Keeping in the grand tradition of having bad ass cartoonists on this podcast, we're proud to welcome Ulises Fariñas to the show! On this episode, find out that babies hate when Green Lanterns commit genocide!

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Fariñas has been focusing on writing more often recently, working on the new Judge Dredd ongoing with collaborator Erick Freitas while also putting out their Amazing Forest series through IDW. 

You've probably seen Fariñas art in books like Gamma (also with Freitas), Catalyst Comix, and Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two. He's also admired for his Star Wars children's book Where's the Wookie, done in the spirit of Where's Waldo books.

For this week's book club, Fariñas chose Cosmic Odyssey, a 1988 DC event comic from Jim Starlin, Mike Mignola, Carlos Garzon, Steve Oliff, and John Workman. Vibrant, kinetic, Kirby-inspired work from Mignola carries a decent par-for-the-course plot by Starlin, in which Batman and Friends team up with Darkseid and Foes for a—YOU GUESSED IT—cosmic odyssey.

Ulises on Cosmic Odyssey
“I love when I read a comic with superheroes that actually seems to be reveling in the fact that these are bright, colorful characters that have no real justification for their existence beside the fun of seeing people in skintight circus outfits do amazing stunts. That is the crux ... of why we like superhero. We love seeing musculature, and we love seeing them jumping over stuff and hitting each other. So when I saw this cover I was like, 'Oh, this has all the right ingredients.' 

Check out his Big Cartel storefront!

Music: "Money Makes The World Go Round" by Scarface, Daz, Devin the Dude, K.B.

@woeisjoe @ulises_f

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 01:12:33

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

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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

Feb 29, 2016
Ray Sonne reads MIDNIGHTER

Welcome Ray Sonne to this week's Reboot Comic Book Club. A writer for our own ComicsBulletin.com, as well as Women Write About Comics and Loser City, Ray recently corralled some other comics writers to celebrate the awesomeness that is Midnighter from DC Comics in a celebration that could only be referred to as "Midnighter Week."

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Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch first introduced me to the Midnighter over a decade ago within the pages of the Authority. But I must admit, I feel I really didn't get to know the character until Steve Orlando and ACO's definitive take on the DC You-niverse's incorporation.

Ray's love of the character is palpable, which is why she organized Midnighter Week to begin with. In a world that is beginning to monetize diversity 'for diversity's sake,' it's a genuine surprise to see such nuance and sincerity in the pages of cape comics from one of the Big Two. 

Ray on Midnighter
“[Steve Orlando] has taken the character and done more with it than I've ever seen any writer do, and so many writers are obsessed with Midnighter. They'll solely focus on Midnighter even when it's an Authority book. But he takes it and you see elements of his work that are so old Authority-inspired but really subtly, and he's twisting everything into this new thing, and it's beautiful."

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

Music: "Sonne" by Rammstein

@woeisjoe @RaySonne

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:00:10

Feb 23, 2016
Michel Fiffe reads DAMAGE CONTROL

We're celebrating the legacy of the late Dwayne McDuffie this week with a reading of one of his earliest Marvel comics, Damage Control.

Special thanks to this week's guest Michel Fiffe, creator of Copra, for choosing this comic and indicating the importance of the date. McDuffie was born on February 20th, 1962, and ultimately passed away on February 21st, 2011.

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Fiffe speaks about his work on Copra, his work for Marvel Comics, where he finds inspiration, and much more. For the second half, Fiffe turns to discuss one of the funniest comic books ever to see print.

Dwayne McDuffie created Damage Control with artist Ernie Colón, and the book also saw contributions from Kyle Baker, Bob Wiacek, Stan Drake, Marie Severin, John Wellington, George Rouses, Robbie Busch, Brad Vancata, Ed King, Rick Parker, and Brad Joyce.

Michel on Damage Control
“It's incredibly sharp and funny. And I don't mean funny like What The-?! comics or Ambush Bug or something like that. 'Comic book funny' is not really funny. You don't really laugh out loud at comic book funny. Damage Control... is deeply funny. Dwayne McDuffie has a good, sharp ear for humor and timing."

Visit Michel Fiffe and Kat Robert's Etsy page 

Music: "5 Years" by David Bowie

@woeisjoe @MichelFiffe

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:00:04

Feb 8, 2016
Magen Cubed reads SHUTTER

This week’s episode sees Magen Cubed join the Reboot Comic Book Club. 

Magen is the author of the novel Fleshtrap from Post Mortem Press and the forthcoming the Crashers, published by Booktrope. Magen is a die-hard comics fan with a critical eye. Her love of superheroes is apparent in her upcoming book. Hear what she has cooking for what will be the first in a series of novels with the Crashers.

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Magen has chosen the first volume of Shutter from Image Comics, by Joe Keatinge, Leila Del Duca, Owen Gieni, and (former podcast guest) Ed Brisson

It’s the story of a girl who rejects her legacy, only for that legacy to come back with a vendetta and lots of angry goons. Set in a world where fantasy meets reality, Kate Kristopher is trying to determine who is friend, foe, family, or maybe a combination of all three.

 Magen on Shutter: 
“That’s what I really love, the sort of subtleties of the material and comic making in general and how it’s folded into the narrative and becomes a really palpable part of it, it’s just kind of exciting to me and not something I see very often… I just get so excited reading it. They take so many risks that pay off because the setup is there. It’s just that freedom to tell stories on such a visual level, it’s really exciting.”

Visit Magen’s Patreon page
Visit Shutter on Image Comics 

Music: “Back to You” by honey honey

@woeisjoe @MagenCubed

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:24:31

Feb 2, 2016
Mark Stack and Chase Magnett read FAITH #1, OMEGA MEN #8, OLD MAN LOGAN #1

Welcome back to the Reboot Comic Book Club!

For our first episode of 2016, we’re having fun with fellow Comics Bulletin writers Mark Stack and Chase Magnett! Aside from our usual book club, we’ll be doing our own version of their Leading Questions column. Come listen to the stupid things we’ll regret saying when we sober up!

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This week we read three new releases from Jan. 27th: 

  • Faith #1 by Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Andrew Dalhouse, Dave Sharpe, Marguerite Sauvage, and Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
  • The Omega Men #8 by Tom King, Barnaby Bagenda, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Pat Brosseau, and Trevor Hutchison
  • Old Man Logan #1 by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Marelo Maiolo, and Cory Petit

Chase reiterates his love for superhero event comics, Mark longs for the days of the Scholastic book fair, and Joe gets mad that there’s no time to praise Jem and the Holograms on the show.

This installment’s Leading Questions include the following:

  • Which publisher’s shared superhero line is the best and why is it Valiant?
  • Which superhero made it cool to wear tight jeans?
  • What do Frank Miller and Mark Millar have in common?

Music: “Thirsty Ego Raps” by Open Mike Eagle

Seriously, listen to the part where he mentions the Goldberg/Scott Hall cattle prod incident. That shit goes hard.

@woeisjoe @reverendmagnett @markostack

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:30:59

Dec 14, 2015
Tucker Stone of Nobrow Press reads Punisher: War Journal

Spoiler Alert: We hope you love hackneyed cliches such as 'level up' and 'spoiler alert' cuz we got 'em in spades!

Merry Holidays from the Reboot Comic Book Club! We're celebrating this joyous occasion with friend of the podcast Tucker Stone! He's taken time away from his duties at Nobrow Press to talk some old Civil War-era Punisher: War Journal comics.

This run is called Jigsaw and was created by Matt FractionRick RemenderHoward ChaykinEdgar Delgado, and Joe Caramagna

But we also talk about Bergen Street's continuation as publisher of books like COPRA and Revenger, new offerings from Nobrow in 2016, and people leaving comics on the doorstep (damn hooligans). 

@woeisjoe @FactualOpinion

Intro: "The Door" by D'Angelo and the Vanguard
Outro: "Grinnin' In Your Face" by Son House

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Runtime: 1:16:18

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