Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 82: DC Rebirth Week 8, Hunks and LP’s

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Week 8 of DC’s Rebirth is upon us and Jim, Eric and Reggie are here to tell you all about it.  Overall, it was a good week with Batgirl and Red Hood kicking off their new series and some of the others going strong.  Of course, the guys have a couple issues along the way and it all turns into a nearly 8 hour gabfest.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Top 5 Comics Podcast Episode 80 – Season 4

Comic book round table. This week, we have – Batgirl #1, Venom Space Knight #10, Rom #1, Titans #1, Uncanny X-Men #10, and more ………..

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News In Comics…. – 2:18- 10:59

Batgirl #1 – 10:59 – 25:41

Venom Space Knight #10 – 25:43 – 31:58

Rom #1 – 31:58– 43:48

Titans #1 – 43:48- 53:27

Uncanny X-Men #10 – 53:27- 1:01:00

Interview with Jim Shooter Denver Comic Con 2016 – 1:05:05 – 1:16:01

Books to look for – 1:17:50

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Comics Alternative – A Special Announcement from The Two Guys with PhDs!

Andy and Derek take a few moments to make a special announcement. August 1st will be their four-year anniversary, and the Two Guys with PhDs would like for listeners help celebrate by responding with their well wishes! That’s right, get in touch with them via voice message, phone, email, and various forms of social media to tell them happy birthday!

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Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Red Red Rock and The Osamu Tezuka Story

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On the July manga episode, Shea and Derek discuss two recent publications that highlight, in different ways, the history of the Japanese medium. They begin with Seiichi Hayashi’s Red Red Rock and Other Stories 1967-1970 (Breakdown Press). All but two stories that compose this collection were originally published in Garo, examples of the avant-garde coming from that publication in its heyday. Although not nearly as abstract and non-linear, Hayashi’s manga reminds the guys of Sasaki Maki’s Ding Dong Circus, which they discussed in December’s manga episode (and also a Breakdown Press publication). As both Derek and Shea point out, the stories collected in Red Red Rock represent some of the earliest of Hayashi’s efforts, and they’re noticeably more experimental, or at least less linear, than his other work available in English, such as Red Colored Elegy and the stories in Gold Pollen and Other Stories. Adding to this collection is an astute contextualizing essay by Ryan Holmberg, also the book’s translator.

After their trip down Garo-inspired memory lane, the Two Guys turn to a work that delineates a much earlier chapter in manga history. The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime is a graphic biography of a man often called “the god of manga” and published by Stone Bridge Press. Created by Toshio Ban (who served as Tezuka’s “sub-chief” assistant) and Tezuka Productions, and translated by Frederik L. Schodt, the book appears to be a collaborative, or even corporate, effort to tease out the dynamism and the many facets of its subject’s life. In fact, both Shea and Derek feel that there are too many details embedded in the narrative and that the book’s 869 pages of story (not counting the substantive Appendixes) could have been paired down significantly. What’s more, the tone of the the biography is blatantly reverential and becomes almost too much at times. Readers are presented with example after example of the seemingly superhuman nature of Tezuka, and with little insight into the contradictions and complications that would define any artist’s life. Still, The Osamu Tezuka Story is a recommended read and a useful, albeit lengthy, introduction to this manga legend.



Kingsmen: The Secret Service (2015)

John and Kay discuss the Kingsmen: The Secret Service film from 2015.

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Comic Frontline Live #115: SDCC 2016!

Half the crew is back to discuss all the news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con International 2016! Plus, they discuss their worst picks and Top 5 picks for the week.

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It’s the big OOPS episode, as we go back in time and cover Thor vol. 2 #22! Why? Because we screwed up!

This issue features the Mangog and Thanos wrecking a planet of gloopy green snot people in search of the Illumination Stone! Plus.. the first appearance of a future supporting cast member!~ Don’t miss it!

Critiquing Comics #095: “The Nowhere Man”

The Nowhere ManA man with a fatal illness decides to end it all before the illness does. He finds himself in an Alice-in-Wonderland-like scenario full of social commentary. Tim and Mulele critique Jonny Bloozit’s The Nowhere Man.

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 77: Comic Book Guilty Pleasures

In every medium, there’s a “guilty pleasure.” It’s a work that audiences feel ashamed for enjoying. You know what we’re talking about, listeners! You can’t hide your love of DATING NAKED from us! Luckily for you, this is a no judgment zone. In fact, on this week’s episode of the ComicsVerse podcast, our contributors actually discuss their guilty pleasures in comics and whether or not there should be a negative connotation to the term, “guilty pleasure”, at all.

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Managing editor Miss Jamie Rice leads Phil Casey, Bob Franco, Matthew Murphy, and Tim O’Reilly in a discussion of four different titles, each representing one of their biggest comic book guilty pleasures. The titles featured in this week’s episode include SUNSTONE by Stejpan Seijic, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell, ARCHIE VS PREDATOR by Alex De Campi and Fernando Ruiz, and ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN by Frank Miller and Jim Lee. With genres ranging from BDSM romance to pop music, it’s hard to imagine how any common ground was found.  Yet, despite these different tastes, a lot of really interesting opinions and questions came out of the discussion. How do we feel about all of these guilty pleasures? Are they okay? Bad? Good? What makes these pleasures guilty anyway?  Do we feel shame for liking these titles? What makes a guilty pleasure “guilty”? Do you feel comfortable recommending your guilty pleasure to friends and family?

HEAR: Jamie interviews X-Men writer- Chris Claremont!

As comics become more popular in today’s society with the current surge in superhero movie properties, it’s hard to imagine a time when the medium as a whole was a guilty pleasure. However, at ComicsVerse, all of our contributors have had a passion for comic books long enough to remember when it was looked down upon to be a fan. We’re sure many of you can as well. That’s why it’s so important to discuss our guilty pleasures. While it’s more accepted to be a reader now, there are still a lot of fans who feel like the things they love are embarrassing. With this podcast, we hope to end that stigma and get people talking more about the titles they enjoy!

The Guilty Pleasure episode of the ComicsVerse podcast is here, so give it a guilt-free listen. We hope you enjoy.

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It’s the April Marvels, and they’re HUGE. TechJedi saw X-Men Apocalypse-and we have to kinda start with a sigh. The he launches into 15 minutes on the flick. Anyway, we jump in eventually starting with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 10 and 11. The fight with Scorpio commences, Spidey beibng saved by Parisians till Anna Maria rescues his ass. Which is fun. Spidey attacks and Scorpio escapes. Peter determines Scorpios position vis-a-vis Parker Industries. All this time Fury’s on a a satellite and that’s funny. Eventually Spidey finds a way through it all and we kinda dig it. DR STRANGE 7 Regales us with the Empirikuls’ origin, which unfortunately is kinda thin. There’s Lovecraftian elements, deaths, and assault on the sanctum, and it’s all great. HAWKEYE 6 has the standard 2 plot element so prevalent and tiring, and Bart’s island figures into it. CAPTAIN MARVEL 4 has Carol consulting T’Challa, Coulson, and Rocket, about finding the saboteur. Cap’s powers are back and she can breathe in space now. Prisoners are taken, and the plot thickens. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN 8 Ninja lightsabres. You’ll have to read the rest yourself, cause that’s enough for me. INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN 2 Tony has taken a bullet for Cassie and recuperates at her faminly manse; Howard picks him up and is taking no shit. Mandroid fight. Go read it. It’s fun. CAPTAIN AMERICA 7 is a huge book with many stories.Pleasant Hill, Kobik, The Amerigun. Ugh. Tim Sale and Baseball. It’s well worth getting. CAPTAIN AMERICA 8 continues Pleasant Hill, there’s a tea party, and it’s tight and fun. DAREDEVIL 5 and 6 It’s the culmination of the 10 Fingers arc, with the release of a Fist, embodiment of  The Hand’s mystic power. 10 turns on his congregation, attempting to kill them to save face. 10 fingers meets his doom, and Blindspot saves the day. In 6, Elektra is back, demanding to know-where’s her child!? Ms Marvel 6 is the conclusion of All My Kamalas as giant Kamala-Golem crashes the engagement party and kamala has to call in Carol-who has the satellite pull and Enterprise, taking care of things from orbit. Carol and Tony and Kamala’s convo alone is worth the price of the book.

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The Podcast of Oa Episode 104 – Back from the Edge of Oblivion

Co-hosts Bill Giancoli and Myron Rumsey are back with episode 104 of the Podcast of Oa.  In this episode Myron shares Green Lantern related news coming out of the recent San Diego Comic Con and then he and Bill dive into conversation about the conclusion of Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion.  The duo also share observations and opinions about the first three issues of Green Lanterns before Bill provides Myron with a new Kilowog Challenge.

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The Podcast of Oa is sponsored by Heroes Your Mom Threw Out Comic Shop. Green Lantern and other related characters are the copyrighted property of DC Comics Inc. and are used without permission. The Blog of Oa and The Podcast of Oa are fan productions and do not claim any ownership over the Green Lantern or any other copyrighted properties.

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Show Notes
00:00:00 Intro
00:01:18 Green Lantern News
00:07:07 Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #6
00:15:29 Green Lanterns #1-3
00:38:18 Kilowog Challenge
00:40:32 Closing


Comic News Insider Episode 702 – SDCC Recap w/ Raina Telgemeier/John Layman/Jeffrey Brown/Dr. Andrea Letamendi!


Comic News Insider: Episode 702 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy was at San Diego Comic Con and all we got was this lousy t-shirt! It was a crazy busy time and he covered a ton of press rooms from Orphan Black to Supergirl to The Walking Dead. He also had a chance to do some 1:1s. You’ll hear him chat with the awesome Raina Telgemeier about her upcoming graphic novel, Ghosts, as well as her past work. Jimmy talked to Jeffrey Brown about the first book in his new series Lucy and Andy Neanderthal. He also talked to old buddy John Layman about the Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens comic he’s writing as well as wrapping up his big hit Chew. And finally, you can sit in on Jimmy’s annual therapy session…uh…interview with psychologist friend Dr. Andrea Letamendi. They talk about the psychology of some recent superhero films and more! No news or reviews or Top 3 in this episode as he’s still recovering from it all. But you get a quick recap with some highlights!

Over the next few weeks, there wont be a regular format show. You’ll get a lot of special episodes covering the press rooms for Arrow, Animaniacs, Agents of SHIELD, The, Flash, Gotham, Supergirl, The Walking Dead, iZombie, Justice League: Action, The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears, Teen Titans Go, Legends of Tomorrow, Orphan Black, Rick and Morty, Riverdale, Steven Universe, and Wynonna Earp. Special thanks to Kelly Bedard of My Entertainment World for partnering up and covering some of the rooms that Jimmy couldn’t cover.

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Comic Book Central – Episode #136: Phil Morris

From rural Kansas to the final frontier and everywhere in between! Actor Phil Morris has brought heroes (Martian Manhunter) and villains (Vandal Savage) to life and has soared with the crew of the Enterprise. Today, he's hangin' out in the Lair and talkin' about comics! #PhilMorris #Smallville #JohnJones #JonnJonzz #MartianManhunter #TomWelling #Superman #VandalSavage #JusticeLeague #GreenLantern #SaintWalker #StarTrek #Voyager #DeepSpaceNine #MissionImpossible #GregMorris #PeterGraves #Seinfeld #JackieChiles #EddieMurphy #PJs #DC #ComicBookCentral #Comics #ComicBooks Subscribe to the show in iTunes: Subscribe to the show on Blubrry: Listen to the show via Stitcher: "Like" Comic Book Central on Facebook: Follow Comic Book Central on Twitter: email:

From rural Kansas to the final frontier and everywhere in between! Actor Phil Morris has brought heroes (Martian Manhunter) and villains (Vandal Savage) to life and has soared with the crew of the Enterprise. Today, he’s hangin’ out in the Lair and talkin’ about comics!
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Comics Alternative, Episode 198: Reviews of The Blue Dahlia, Kill or Be Killed #1, and Sombra #1

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs turn their attention to three recent noir titles. But before they jump into their reviews, they talk about comics news and recent awards.

First, they congratulate Sonny Liew on receiving this year’s Singapore Literature Prize for English fiction for his best-selling work The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. This comes on the heels of him getting the Book of the Year accolade at the Singapore Book Awards, held in May.

Next, Andy and Derek say a few words about the results of this year’s Eisner Awards, announced at SDCC last Friday. The guys note that there are really no surprises in the winners, and that with perhaps one or two exceptions, those coming out on top in their categories make perfect sense. They are particularly pleased that so many of the titles and creators that they’ve discussed on the podcast received this recognition, and they are especially excited that so many friends of the show — such as Craig Yoe and Tom Heintjes — received the coveted Eisner.

After all of the awards talk, the guys get into the nitty gritty of this week’s episode. They start off with an adaptation of James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia (BOOM! Studios/Archaia), the first in the novelist’s L.A. Quartet. Adapted by Matz and David Fincher, and with art by Miles Hyman, the story springs from the real-life murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947. As with the original book, this graphic novel reveals the dark underside of Los Angeles and the post-war days of its entertainment industry. And it contains all of the icons and tropes that define noir narrative.

From there the guys turn to the latest collaboration from the superb crime-writing team of Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser, Kill or Be Killed #1 (Image Comics). This first issue has all of the trappings of the kind of stories we’ve come to expect from Brubaker and Phillips (e.g., The Fade OutCriminalSleeper), but there’s a particular twist to the plot that recalls the supernatural tinges of Fatale. In fact, Derek and Andy aren’t sure if what happens in the story is because of other-worldly forces or just the result of psychological imbalance.

Finally, the guys wrap up with yet another crime comic, Justin Jordan and Raul Trevino’s Sombra #1 (BOOM! Studios). This story revolves around a young DEA agent, Danielle, and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father, also an agent. This first issue takes the narrative into some dark places, and the guys focus on this comic as a retelling of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. In fact, the missing DEA agent is name Conrad Marlowe. How appropriate!