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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

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

Apr 14, 2016

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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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.

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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

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, 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

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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

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