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Another month is upon us, so that means it must be time for Andy and Derek to open up the latest Previews catalog and begin making out their wish lists. (Actually, Derek is the only one opening up the catalog. Andy finds himself without one for this month, having to rely only on text-only order form.) Most of solicits in the September catalog will be released in either November or December, just in time for the holidays, and the guys wondered if this would be another chock-full issue leading to another longish episode of the podcast. They got their answer fairly quickly. Among the many upcoming releases they discuss on this week's episode are titles from
- Dark Horse Comics - Joe Golem: Occult Detective #1, The EC Archives: Panic, Vol. 1, Kingsway West #1, and Girl Crazy
- DC/Vertigo - Jacked #1, Unfollow #1, Flinch, Book One, and iZombie Omnibus
- IDW Publishing/Top Shelf - Our Expanding Universe, Horror by Heck!, Haunted Horror Pre-Code Cover Coloring Book, Vol. 1, and Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven
- Image Comics - The Goddamned #1, Limbo #1, Ringside #1, Black Science Premiere, and Dead@17: The Complete Collection
- Abrams ComicArts - Trashed and Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel
- Alternative Comics - Alternative Comics Are Dead, Men's Feelings #2, Seconds Helping A Drawing Assistant's Memoir, and Test Tube
- Amulet Books - Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish
- Benjamin Rivers, Inc. - Snow
- BOOM! Studios - Klaus #1 and Lumberjanes: To the Max Edition
- Comicmix - Grimjack Omnibus, Vol. 1
- Dynamite Entertainment - James Bond #1
- Dover Publications - Night and the Enemy
- Drawn and Quarterly - Shigeru Mizuki's Hitler, Puke Force, and Blankets (Drawn and Quarterly Edition)
- Editions Tanibis - The Bus 2
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey
- Fantagraphics Books - Blubber #2 and Zap Comix #16
- Oni Press - The Tooth
- Riverhead - City of Clowns
- SelfMadeHero - Filmish: A Graphic Journey through Film
- Stranger Comics - Niobe: She Is Life
- Uncivilized Books - New Construction: Two More Stories
- Viz Media - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Part 2 - Battle Tendency, Vol. 1
- Z2 Comics - Carver: A Paris Story #1
And there's more that the Two Guys wanted to highlight, but there's only so much time to record the episode (plus, toward the end, the guys were getting a little tired and hungry). Also in this episode, the guys fantasize about themselves being tastemakers, discuss the challenges in teaching Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, and highlight Garth Ennis and John McCrea's memorable run on The Demon. More notably, Andy ridicules Derek on his critique of the Lumberjanes phenomenon, and Derek punches back. Do we have the beginnings of another Beyond Watchmen fracas between the Two Guys?
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Welcome back to the show!
We are joined by the writer of TOIL AND TROUBLE - Mairghead Scott!
TOIL AND TROUBLE #1 hits comic shelves this Wednesday (September 2). Be sure to ask for it at your local comic shop, find it online, or go by BOOM! Studios's web site (boom-studios.com) and buy the first issue as well as pre-order the rest of the series.
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Of Yggdrasil and Batcaves
On this month's manga episode, Shea and Derek discuss two distinctly different titles. They begin with Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga (DC Comics). The second in this planned three-volume series, collecting all of Kuwata's Batman work, just came out last month, and the Two Guys look at both volumes one and two. These Batmanga stories were originally serialized in Japan between 1966 and 1967, at the height of the Adam West Batman craze, and both Derek and Shea comment on how much Kuwata's stories were informed by that TV series, as well as by the "New Look" of earlier in the decade. At the same time, this manga never comes across as intentionally campy or self-conscious of itself as a pop-cultural product. In fact, one of the guys' first topics of conversation is how much Kuwata's Batman takes from its American version and how much is unique and original to the manga. Surprisingly, there are relatively few American imports into the Batmanga stories -- Jim Gordon is prominent throughout, and both Alfred Pennyworth and Vicki Vale make brief appearances -- and the villains in Kuwata's stories are either street-level thugs or unique to the manga. Indeed, Derek comments on the weirdness of many of Batman's nemeses in these stories -- at least, more weirdly off-beat than those in the American version -- including Lord Death Man, the Human Ball, Professor Gorilla, the Hangman, and, one of his favorites, Go-Go the Magician. (Clayface is the focus of a chapter in the second volume, but it's a different Clayface from the American version.) These are definitely stories of their time, and the guys point out that Kuwata's Batmanga is perhaps best read as a rich cultural artifact. To fully appreciate Batman, you should understand the property's many historical contexts and manifestations. Next, the guys look at the the first volume in Dark Horse Comics' new Oh My Goddess! Omnibus series. Neither Shea nor Derek knew exactly what to expect with Kosuke Fujishima legendary title, except for the fact that it was a widely popular manga series. Derek expected something along the line of josei, and Shea thought that the title might be defined by several of the stereotypes many readers may have regarding manga. But both were pleasantly surprised, especially Derek, who appreciated the episodic, TV-sitcom-like nature of this seinen manga. In fact, as the guys point out, you can gain about everything you need to now about the series' premise in the book's first chapter, "The Number You Have Dailed Is Incorrect." From there, the remaining 22 chapters of this first omnibus follow suit, occasionally introducing new characters and situations that build upon the foundation laid down in the first. Shea is less impressed by Fujishima's meandering storylines, but Derek enjoys the casual, even charming, manner in which we get to know Keiichi, Belldandy, and the rest of the Oh My Goddess! cast. The reader's comfort and enjoyment levels develop as the series unfolds, and, as Shea points out, taking in a chapter of Oh My Goddess! is like eating a favorite food or returning to a reliable friend. However, for some (such as Shea) this is a title that might be best experienced on a regular serialized basis, and not consumed all at once in omnibus form. Regardless, both of the guys are glad that they've discovered Fujishima's recently completed series -- the final chapter was published in April 2014 -- and they'll probably return for the next omnibus volume that comes out late this year.
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