On this week's episode we welcome the creators of Boom! Studio's THOMAS ALSOP, Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt! The occult hit's first four issues were recently collected as a trade with the concluding volume to follow shortly. Listen to us review it and not mention the words "Constantine" or "Hellblazer" not even once!
We also discuss the DC Comics classic from Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. You've read it. We've read it. Come listen to us jabber about what we think about it and how it affected us.
Next week we will have comics veteran David Klein joining the program, bringing along the amazing graphic story THE ARRIVAL by Shaun Tan.
This show sees the return of old friend Tucker Stone, US Sales & Marketing Director of Nobrow! Instead of reading more kickass Copra comics (trust us, we'll get there), Tucker elected to go with something a bit more old school. More old school than Copra, you ask?
We're reading the Tim Truman classic, Hawkworld. This 1993 3-issue limited series kicked off a bold new era in the world of Hawkman and Hawkgirl and is often overlooked when compared to other stories released in the same era. But Hawkworld might be the cream of the crop.
On the next episode we welcome Boom! Studios creators of Thomas Alsop, Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt! They've brought the Frank Miller masterpiece the Dark Knight Returns along with them!
So it has finally come to this. Why do we insist on hurting the ones we love?
Joe is a huge X-Men fan, so when the time came to review a cherished run that he purchased as an impressionable teen—the critically hailed Uncanny X-Men as written by Chuck Austen—who were we to say no?
Come find out why Austen's run (issues #421-#427) is considered the best among modern classic X-Men talesohmygodICAN'TDOITANYMORE......
This comic, despite being an easy read with beautiful visuals, is shit. It's so bad. I mean, the nurse's kid using his mutant powers to help mom bang her coma patient? Iceman's shitty glasses? Kurt quitting his position as team leader in one issue, only for that to never be mentioned again? Jubilee lamenting how she never got naked with Skin (?) ON HIS FUCKING GRAVE? And I didn't even mention the AIDS part!
OK. I'm ok. Jeez. Like I said, the art (by Ron Garney, Philip Tan, and Steve Kim) is damn good.
Joining us to talk shitty X-Men comics is comics newcomer and Kickstart success story, Matt Burke! Previously featured on Bleeding Cool, Burke is the writer of BIKER MICE FROM MARS based on the cartoon series. He is also an employee (and co-worker of Joe's) at Dr. Fantasy's Comics 'n More in Glendale, AZ.
Also joining us is returning friend Chase Magnett of ComicsBulletin.com and ComicBook.com. We fucking love that guy.
On the next show we welcome back our friend Tucker Stone, marketing director of Nobrow Press! And he's brought along the classic Tim Truman story, HAWKWORLD!
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Why would you want to purchase Austen's Uncanny X-Men from Marvel?
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This time we welcome the other half of the creative force behind The Bunker, Joshua Hale Fialkov! He also is the writer of The Life After from Oni Press, the Devilers from Dynamite, Punks from Image, and Pacific Rim from Legendary. WHEW. What did I forget?
Josh stops by the show to drop some knowledge and make our hosts feel dumb, especially Joe, but he does it so politely. He's a sweety-pie like that.
He also brought the latest issue of acclaimed cartoonist Zander Cannon's latest work, KAIJUMAX! It's a story of a penetiary for gigantic monsters and the human sentai who watch them. Do you like OZ and Orange is the New Black but feel the distinct absence of kaijus to be insulting? Well, this is the comic for you!
On the next episode we get to talk about Chuck Austen's crictically adored run on Uncanny X-Men with art by Ron Garney and Philip Tan! Our guests will be pinch hitter Chase Magnett of ComicBook.com and the writer of Biker Mice From Mars, Matt Burke!
Bust out of your Baby Bjorn and pop open your favorite can of Cheerios—It's TIME for the Bleed!
We are joined by the Action Lab creative team Nick Marino and Daniel Arruda Massa, writer and artist (respectively) of HOLY FUCK. It's a comic about a nun teaming with Jesus and Satan, who may or may not have sex with each other, to stop the apocolypse. And Satan has a UFO. And a perfect anus. It's a crime-noir comedy.
They've brought with them a doozy of a book to read for the club, too: THE PRO, published by Image, from Garth Ennis, Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Paul Mounts! You thought the last premise sounded ridiculous? Well, this one's about a prostitute who gets super-powers from a creepy alien and then joins a group of crimefighters. And THEN shit gets weird.
Yeah, it's one of those shows.
Next week we welcome the one and only Joshua Hale Fialkov who makes his first appearance on the show to discuss the Oni Press comic from Zander Cannon, KAIJUMAX!
This week we're lucky to have the supremely talented Howard Porter! He just finished a run on Justice League 3000 and is already working on the follow-up, the appropriately titled Justice League 3001.
And he's chosen a book by a personal friend of his, the recently collected Men of Wrath by artist Ron Garney! (I guess that Jason Aaron wrote the thing, but y'know)
On the show we talk about his prolific career, working on the spiritual successor to the beloved "Bwa-ha-ha" Justice League, his evolving style, and key insights into Garney's contributions to Men of Wrath.
Next week the Holy Fuck team of writer Nick Marino and artist Daniel Arruda Massa stop by the show to talk the classic collaboration of Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmioti, and Paul Mounts from Image Comics, The Pro.
We all need friends. It's even better when they come to your house for dinner.
Sara Moni, cosplayer, and Anwar Newton, commedian, join this week's program. Both are rising stars in their respective communities and HUGE comics fans, and they're also Phoenix, AZ residents as well. That means we get to meet IN THE FLESH!
Sara and Anwar came by Joe's house to discuss costumes, drugs, THAT X-MEN ISSUE, and of course... the pick of the week, the Wicked + the Divine by the creative team of Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles.
What did we think of the book? Well, that'd be spoiling. Take a listen!
Next week we're hosting the AMAZING Howard Porter! The current artist of Justice League 3000 (and the upcoming Justice League 3001) with DC Comics. We will be reading Men of Wrath by Jason Aaron and Howard's own good friend Ron Garney!
Last week’s show was one of the most fun. It was our 30th episode but it was only by chance that it was so special.
We get to speak with so many amazing people yet we rarely have the chance to interact face to face. Sam and I have yet to share a beer together and we’ve been doing this a while now. Skype and text do a great job in bridging the gap, but it’s not the same as looking a person in the eye as you hold a conversation.
Unfortunately Sam still had to Skype in when we recorded our last show. However guests Sara Moni and Anwar Newton managed to stop by makeshift recording studio in the kitchen.
Sara is an amazing cosplayer who actually found a lot of support from Kieron Gillen’s fan community when he helped spread the images of her amazing Miss America Chavez cosplay. I’m lucky to have known her in high school, where we both attended in Peoria. She also cosplays a kick-ass Wasp, gender-swapped Havok, and lately has been turning heads with fan-favorite Silk. She killed it at Wonder Con a few weeks ago and can next be seen kicking ass at Phoenix Comic Con.
I’ve known of Anwar through a mutual friend as well as the local Phoenix comedy scene. He’s been working shows, open mics, contests and any place else that would let him tell some jokes. Then he went to San Diego Comic-Con, took some psychedelic mushrooms, and texted his entire experience (or ordeal) to his friend. Since going viral with the screencaps, Anwar’s act has gotten bigger. He’s opened for great comedians like Tig Notaro and SNL’s Michael Che.
Anwar was on the show before but he has a shitty computer and microphone. Needless to say, it didn’t work out so well. Now he’s back and without technology to blame. Sara’s first time on the show couldn’t have gone better.
There was no shortage of discussion on the show, especially in the wake of the Controversy of the Week: Iceman Comes Out edition. Both provided thoughtful insight into the new story development and while we all tend to agree that there were issues in the execution, it’s great to continue to see high profile developments in Marvel’s publishing line.
It was a fun show and I hope we have the opportunity for more madness in the future.
Here’s to another 30.
This might be the last episode before Joseph begins his new career as a voice actor. Just kidding! You'll learn why when you listen.
Welcome Joe Infurnari to the Bleed! He works on the Oni Press title the Bunker (with future guest Joshua Hale Fialkov), in which he does all of the artwork including coloring, letering, and all the other good stuff.
The group talks about Joe's career in comics, his collaboration on the Bunker, and his self-published webcomic Time Fucker. Yes, Time Fucker.
Joe's brought Saga vol. 1 along with him, the Image Comics title from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. In case you haven't heard, it's a comic about breast feeding and ogre penis.
Next week, Howard Porter of Justice League 3001 joins the program to discuss the Icon title (that imprint is still around?!) Men of Wrath by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney.
There is a first time for everything. Finally, I have something to say. It’s only fair that I share it with whoever wants to ignore me. But if you like geeking out, if you like it when other’s geek out, then you might enjoy the following word vomit.
Welcome to the Bleed. If you’re reading this, it’s because your curiosity brought you pass the sphere of Bleeding Cool and onto this lovely page. Kudos. We hope you enjoy what we do, because we enjoy doing it.
I’m going to be sharing a few thoughts here because this is the only appropriate place to do it. I’m Joseph Kyle Schmidt (aka Joe [don’t call me Joey]) and I co-host the Bleed comic book club with Samuel Morse (aka Sam [I’ll appreciate if you call him Sammy]).
This is where I’m going to talk about things about the show we might not have time to go into on during our actual recording. Your minutes are precious and what few you don’t have to waste on podcasts, you’re probably perusing blocks of text. This takes much more effort on all parties, whether creating or consuming, but we’re human beings and we fucking love self-immolation. Let the torture begin.
The Bleed began out of frustration. Let it be known that this is the *second* attempt at doing something like this that I’ve been a part of. Friends at Phoenix tabletop gaming collective The Grey Circle began a comic book club and invited me to join in as a bi-weekly Google Plus meeting. My good friend Travis thought I’d be a good fit, and he was right. But everyone was too damn busy to make every-other-week meetings a regular think.
I love those guys. We had a great time arguing about comics we liked and hated, but we all barely scratched the surface. Being that most of these guys were gamers they didn’t really understand, much less appreciate all of the aspects of comic book production that I’d grown to love. It’s no fault of these guys, I just wanted a level of commitment and passion that I don’t think they were able to give. Jeez, I sound like a weepy ex...
So I found a few like minds in Erik Grove, Ian Mageto, and David Dissanayake who helped out in the beginning. We knew at first it would be rough, that it would be a few months before we’d found our voice, and while they all ended up dropping out in the end this show wouldn’t be around without their valued contributions. When we were wandering aimless, each provided their own thoughtful insight both on the show and behind the scenes.
But we really found our voice when Sam Morse joined the show.
David introduced me to Sam immediately with the intention of making him a regular member. I was a bit weary at first, if only because we already had a few people and I’d grown to think it was a bit too crowded. Maybe we should only have two or three people. But I love David, and I’m not going to say no to that sexy face. So we had Sam on for an episode. He was great. He was back the next week. And he’s been here ever since.
The main reason this show works, however, isn’t because Sam and I found our voice or we have a good rapport. No, our success is purely attributed to the amazing guests we have on each and every week.
When I decided to “go deeper,” I didn’t mean to just geek out with a stable group of friends every week. When I go to cons, my favorite thing to do when I meet creators for the first time is to find out what they like. What are they geeking out over? What books inspire them? What comics do they want to tell me about?
Because that’s what the Wednesday Warriors love, am I right? We love to pick up our pulls and peruse the new releases to see if there’s something we might have missed. And we glance at other readers’ stacks and ask if what they’re picking up is any good. Sometimes yes, sometimes no, sometimes awkward “WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO ME GO AWAY” stares, but mostly it’s camaraderie.
There is a sense of community among strangers that doesn’t exist in many other hobbies. It’s why conventions are such a vital and revered piece of the culture. When you’re surrounded by people who love things that you love, people that hate things you love, people that love discussing the minutia of it all, it’s hard not to find yourself caught up in the excitement.
And that’s what we strive for every week. Sam and I love finding out what makes our favorite creators tick, and we also love finding out what inspires them. The Bleed is the perfect opportunity for the best people in comics to talk about the things they might not otherwise bring up. No one at Bleeding Cool is asking what’s at the top of Matt Kindt’s pull list. CBR doesn’t ask what comics make Amy Reeder lose her shit.
We love reading comics, we love talking comics, and we love to hear what drives the people that drive us. If you’re into all that, then fuck, stick around. Comics are a labor of love, and so is this podcast. We’re all in it for the feels.