This week the guys sit down with a stray creator they picked up off the internet. J.D. Oliva is the independent comic creator of Deluge and Shunned and he tells the guys all about his new project Red Sunrise. So sit back and enjoy then go support his kickstarter!
This week on the review show Paul joins Derek in discussing two new recent releases. They begin with Jillian Tamaki’s Boundless, published by Drawn and Quarterly. This is a collection of nine short stories, most of which have been previously published in Frontier, Nobrow, and Hazlitt.net. The guys begin by discussing how Tamaki structures the contents, along with including new pieces, in order to give the collection visual and thematic coherency. Unlike her longer narratives Skim and This One Summer, both with her cousin Mariko, Tamaki tends to use the shorter storytelling forms to create pieces that are slightly askew and bend the reality that we know.
Next, Paul and Derek turn to Devin Grayson, John Bolton, and Sean Phillips’s User (Image Comics). This was originally published as a three-issue prestige-format miniseries through Vertigo Comics in 2001, but until now has never been collected in a single volume. User is the tale of a young woman finding refuge in a MUD, escaping the chaos that surrounds her real-life work and family. What makes the narrative notable is its handling of online interaction and gender identification, quite provocative at the time of its original publication. And while the guys appreciate what Grayson and company are doing, they note the slightly dated nature of this comic. As they point out, understanding the temporal context puts everything into perspective.
Reviews: Generation X Vol 2 #1, Eternal Empire #1, Luke Cage #1, X-Files Funko Universe #1, Agents of SHIELD S4 finale, Supergirl S2 finale
Emily Edwards returns to co-host after a brief hiatus! The Five Points Fest was this weekend and Jimmy attended. Check out his thoughts on the comics/toy show. They also discuss the Into the Badlands finale along with Dutch cartoonist Aimee de Jongh’s TCAF diary comics. Speaking of TCAF, It’s the last of the TCAF interviews that Jimmy got when he was in Toronto. You’ll hear him talk to Sandrine Revel (Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo) with special assist from translator Charlotte. He also chatted to old pal Jamie Tanner (The Consumptive 3). News includes: Netflix announces a Dark Crystal prequel, Supernatural will do an animated Scooby-Doo episode, Once Upon A Time will lose cast members & reboot next season, Tom Hardy will be Eddie Brock in the Venom film, Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey is here, The Runaways is returning to comics, DC Comics will explore the Dark Multiverse and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
We know, this might not seem like the topic for a comics podcast, but hear us out. Twin Peaks is one of the main inspirations for The X-Files which is clearly turf for genre shows. It features a shared universe of different genre stories like any good comics universe. It has characters with super strength. But most importantly, Rob is a giant Twin Peaks fanboy, and he can’t pass up an opportunity to talk about the return of the first television program that showed him the promise of a shared genre universe the way that comic books did when he was 18 years old.
So we discuss what made the original Twin Peaks great, why there’s still excitement about it 27 years after it ended with little fanfare, and whether it was worth the wait to a person who owned every Twin Peaks property available between 1990 and 2016, or if it is even remotely compelling to someone like Amanda, who watched every episode of Twin Peaks that Rob rammed down her watchholes last week.
We also discuss:
The Flash #22, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Howard Porter, and:
Secret Empire #2, written by Nick Spencer with art by Andrea Sorrentino!
This episode was recorded live to tape, meaning that there might be more than the usual number of pauses, verbal tics and weird inside jokes. But we figure if you’re willing to listen to a show about Twin Peaks, then pauses, verbal tics and inside jokes are maybe your jam.
This show contains spoilers. Laura Palmer’s killer was revealed on November 10, 1990. Rob found a way to find out who killed Laura Palmer despite not having hindsight, the Internet, or a working ABC television station in reasonable broadcast range on November 10, 1990. Rob has no pity for you when it comes to this subject.
This show contains adult, profane language, and is therefore not safe for work. We talk about Secret Empire. That means there is cursing. You are forewarned.
Drew and Julia are at it again! Julia gets excited about werewolves in ‘Nam and island stationed pilots! Drew gets passionate about the Greek gods and the Arctic. J.T. Yost of Birdcage Bottom Books also joins us to talk about his Kickstarter! Listen in to discover:
Birdcage Bottom Books
Bottoms Up Anthology
Real Science Adventures #1
Grass Kings #1
How To Survive in the North
Grrl Scouts #1
The Hero vol. 1 & 2
Your Black Friend
Saucer State #1
Earplug Podcast Network
Drew’s Instagram: @justdrewvg
Julia’s Twitter/Instagram: @indiebyrd
On this interview episode, Derek talks with Dave Chisholm, whose new book Instrumental comes out soon from Z2 Comics. This is the story of a musician who comes upon a trumpet with unique powers, allowing him to transform the lives around him, including those of his fellow bandmates. Dave’s background — a professional trumpet player, songwriter, composer, bandleader, and educator — becomes the wellspring from which he pulls his narrative, so much of his conversation with Derek is devoted to the power of music and its translation into visual form. The graphic novel also comes with a soundtrack, seven songs composed and performed by Dave. Over the course of the interview the two discuss the genesis of this project, the fantastical nature of the story, the unique links between audio and visual representations, and Dave’s work as an artist on this and other projects, including the Study Group webcomic, The Tyranny of the Muse.
Love and Rockets continues to impress, and in this episode Koom asks creator Jaime Hernandez some burning questions. Hernandez talks about writing Maggie and Hopey, the dynamics of working on something with your brother, why he gravitates toward female characters, his influences and art style, and more.
Also, Tim and Mulele discuss the current state of the US comics market and Marvel’s recent problems.
John and Drew discuss ALL STAR BATMAN #10 by DC, AVENGERS #7 by Marvel and MEDISIN #1 by Action Labs Entertainment.
00:43 DC: ALL STAR BATMAN #10
12:48 Marvel: AVENGERS #7
27:58 Other: MEDISIN #1 [Action Labs Entertainment]
38:50 General discussion
53:13 Next Week Promo
53:23 Wrap up
53:53 End of episode.
Jimmy was at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) over the weekend and got a ton of great interviews! He had a lengthy, informative, and fun chat with Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham! The writer and artist team on Real Friends from First Second Books. They talk about their childhoods (the book is about Shannon’s elementary school years), their friendship, how the book came about, cliques, growing up, diversity in comics and more! Thanks to Shannon and LeUyen for being so patient and for being such great conversationalists! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
It’s another long one, but is that because there were a lot of books, or was Jim just hung up on yelling? Little bit from column A, a little bit from column B it seems. What started as a pretty positive, fun time turns dark and Reggie, Chris, Branden, Trevitt, Jeremy and Josh are all along for the ride. Enjoy!
Jim and Eric get together to talk about the New 52 Batman Vol 1: Court opf the Owls trade…and talk so much that it will have to be a two parter. So, listen in and come back next week to hear the conclusion to one of the best stories of the New 52.