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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.”

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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

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:16:18

Dec 7, 2015
Sina Grace of Self-Obsessed reads Henshin

Here is an episode we recorded a while ago but weren't able to post until today! Hooray!

Sina Grace is an old friend of the show and he returns to discuss his latest auto-biographical release, Self-Obsessed from Image Comics.

A collection of works ranging throughout Sina's time on earth, from early comics testing out the form to his latest and greatest work yet. The strips, stories, and essays within paint an earnest portrait of an artist who uses humor, self-deprecation, and fantasy to showcase painful truths about himself. It's a great read and well worth your time.

But because this is a book club we made Sina pick something else to read. In keeping with the theme, he chose Ken Niimura's own collection of semi-biographical stories Henshin!

Plus we talk about Jenny Lewis because we both LOOOVE Jenny Lewis.

Next week will see Tucker Stone of Nobrow return to the show to discuss Punisher War Journal: Jigsaw and much more!

@woeisjoe @SinaGrace

Intro: "Aloha and the Three Johns" by Jenny Lewis
Outro: "Hand$hake$" by Metric

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Runtime: 1:14:36

Nov 30, 2015
Nick Marino of Holy F*cked reads Nothing!

It's the holidays! We hate the holidays! Why? Because who wants to spend family time when there's fantasy football playoffs and Star Wars movies and Black Friday sales and opiate dependencies and SO MUCH MORE.

After a slight delay, the Reboot Comic Book Club is back and we're checking in with friend Nick Marino, writer of Action Lab/Danger Zone's books Holy Fuck and Holy Fucked with artist Daniel Arruda Massa.

Normally we have a book to talk about but Nick and I were just so damn excited to get the opportunity to chat, we didn't even NEED a pick of the week. Instead you can hear us rant about Secret Wars, Bendis-isms, hate-reading comics, and much more jaded comic-book-guy-isms!

Next week, Sina Grace returns to the podcast to discuss his autobiographical OGN, Self-Obsessed, a shared obsession with Jenny Lewis and Rilo Kiley, and Ken Niimura's English-translation of Henshin!

@woeisjoe @NickMarino

Intro: "Be" by Common
Outro: "The Laws Have Changed" by the New Pornographers

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Editor's Note: This episode was recorded a few weeks ago and was delayed in posting. Holy F*cked #3 was released last week, so go get it now!

Nov 9, 2015
Ann Uland, Emily Willis, and Cat Batka read KAPTARA v1

Sometimes, Space gonna Space. S'what Space does. But c'mon, Space, why you gotta be like that?

We ask the hard questions around here and to dig deep we require some help. This week the Reboot Comic Book Club welcomes Ann Uland, Emily Willis, and Cat Batka of the creator-owned gender bending retelling of Julius Ceaser's story Cassius!

The group also discusses their other projects, including the status of Willis and Uland's ongoing mystery (and erotic!) webcomic Grave Impressions!

And to get to the heart of our opening question, we discuss Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod's space odyssey Kaptara. The hit Image Comic deals with wayward explorers surviving an exotic-yet-hostile alien landscape, capturing the same spirit in stories such as Flash Gordon and John Carter. 

Next week, Sina Grace returns to the podcast to discuss his autobiographical OGN, Self-Obsessed, a shared obsession with Jenny Lewis and Rilo Kiley, and Ken Niimura's English-translation of Henshin!

Next week will see Nick Marino join the show to talk comics! and after a scheduling mishap, the Sina Grace/Henshin episode will go up next week!

@woeisjoe @NymAulth (Ann) @GIComic (Emily) @CatBatStudios (Cat)

Intro: "aNYway" by Duck Sauce
Outro: "Carrion" by Fiona Apple

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Because Ethics in Comics Journalism: Full Disclosure, Joe and Ann met at the CBLDF party at SDCC '15 in July. Now, they're friends. Joe commissioned Ann to create a 10 page mini-comic that was completed in September. If you're so inclined, you'll be able to find it and read it for free. Use your Google skills.

Nov 2, 2015
James Asmus reads WE CAN NEVER GO HOME v1

Old friend James Asmus returns to the show! And he has a bone to pick with Crackle's on-demand video service! So if you're the Director of Content of Crackle, maybe skip this episode because James is on a warpath!

Outside of Crackle's improving offerings we also discuss his continued work in the Valiant universe, returning to Marvel with a flagship series, creator-owned work, subtweeting insults, and much more!

Plus, hear us discuss the hit Black Mask Studios book (from former guest, artist Josh HoodWe Can Never Go Home! The book, co-written by Asmus' friend Matt Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon

Next week, Ann Uland, Emily Willis, and Cat Batka join the show to discuss Kaptara!

@woeisjoe @JamesAsmus

Intro: "Summer Holidays vs Punk Routines" by Refused
Outro: "John, I'm Only Dancing" by BOWIE

Presented by Comics Bulletin

Oct 26, 2015

It's our first regular episode on our new home and schedule and we are more than happy to use this occasion to invite our old friend Chase Magnett to discuss some awesome comics once again.

New books like Karnak and Wic+Div are discussed. We talk about ethics, intent, and advertising in comics blogging and journalism. And we hope you like hearing grown men gush about Nicholas Kristoff columns, because dammit that's what you're getting.

We also discuss This Week's Book, Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis, Darrick Robertson, et al. It's Hunter S. Thompson meets Tom Wolfe meets Nicholas Kristoff meets a metric fuckton of ayahuasca and cocaine. And you're trying to tell me this is '90s Ellis? JFC.

Next week James Asmus returns to the program to discuss We Can Never Go Home from Black Mask Studios! WUB WUB!

@woeisjoe @ReverendMagnett

Intro: "Drop" by the Pharcyde
Outro: "Death Defying Acts" by Angus & Julia Stone

Presented by Comics Bulletin 

Oct 19, 2015

What's going on?! Where is the podcast?! What wicked sorcery beguiles thine eyes?

Well, it's a time for change around here. We have to thank everyone over at Bleeding Cool but for now the podcast is rebranding and relocating.

We are ESPECIALLY THANKFUL to Comics Bulletin and Kyle Garret for welcoming the show to their site. Expect to see more of the same wonderful content in the coming weeks!

New episodes EVERY MONDAY! Starting next week, Chase Magnett comes on to discuss Transmetropolitan vol. 1 by Warren Ellis and Darrick Robertson

Probably should have lead with this, but it's better late than never: Welcome to the Reboot Comic Book Club.


Intro: Interlude (That's Love) by Chance the Rapper

Outro: Get It by Run the Jewels

Oct 9, 2015
Katie Cook and Sara Richard read ARCHIE

Can you believe that this is our 51st episode and it's only the second time a creator has been honest about the demonic blood rituals and animal sacrifices required to succeed in this industry?

This truth-bomb comes courtesy of guest Sara Richard who is joined by Katie Cook, continuing our My Little Pony party podcast! Sara is cover artist extraordinaire on the Pony books, as well as others, while Katie was the long-time series writer on Friendship is Magic, as well as cartoonist of her own webcomic Gronk

The relaunched Archie is on this week's docket, from A-List creators Fiona Staples, Mark Waid, Jen Vaughn, Andre Szymanowicz and Jack Morelli.

Katie and Sara also discuss other projects, the aforementioned animal sacrifices, crazy fans and MUCH MORE! Take a listen!

Tune in next time when Chase Magnett rejoins the occasion for a show so big, we may have an identity crisis...

Purchase My Little Pony from IDW
Purchase Archie from Archie Comics
Intro: "Ways to Go" by Grouplove
Outro: "Tightrope" by Yeasayer

@woeisjoe @theBleedPodcast

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