View from the Gutters #183 — Hellboy in Hell

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Hellboy in Hell (v.1 & 2)

Story by . . . . Mike Mignola
Art by . . . . . . Mike Mignola & Dave Stewart

From Goodreads (v.1):

After saving the world in The Storm and the Fury but sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is dead, cast into Hell, where he finds many familiar faces and a throne that awaits him.

Mike Mignola returns to draw Hellboy’s ongoing story for the first time since Conqueror Worm. It’s a story only Mignola could tell, as more of Hellboy’s secrets are at last revealed, in the most bizarre depiction of Hell you’ve ever seen.

From Goodreads (v.2):

After facing off for a second time against the Vampire of Prague, Hellboy, dead and in Hell, comes down with a fatal illness and seeks the help of an incompetent team of doctors. As he explores the geography of Hell, learning little from a confused pair of mapmakers, Hellboy gets a glimpse of the new World Tree that he helped to create, stands accused by his own sister of a terrible murder, and causes the destruction of Pandemonium itself in the climactic chapter of the series that the LA Times calls “the best work of [Mike Mignola’s] career.”

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Injection, Vol. 1 & 2

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

View from the Gutters — Scott Pilgrim

The Long Run takes place outside of our normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series.

In this episode of The Long Run we talk about Scott Pilgrim, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

From Goodreads:

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rockband, he’s “between jobs” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Fables, by Bill Willingham.

Our hosts on this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, Kirbotron2000, and Cade Reynolds.

View from the Gutters presents Back Matter #26 — Jen Van Meter & Social Media

Back Matter is our show focused interviews, news and events in the comics industry, television and movies, or discussions of comics which open onto a broader conversation. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at contact@viewfromthegutters.com.

On this episode of Back Matter, we sit down with author Jen Van Meter to discuss social media and more.

Jen is the author of the Eisner-nominated series Hopeless Savages, as well as various stories for Marvel, DC, and Valiant Comics. She can be found on both Twitter and Tumblr.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, and Audrey Preti. It was recorded on location in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

View from the Gutters #182 – Dr. Strange: The Oath

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Dr. Strange: The Oath

Story by . . . . Brian K. Vaughan
Art by . . . . . . Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez, Willie Schubert
Letters by . . . . Javier Rodriguez

From Goodreads:

Doctor Stephen Strange embarks on the most important paranormal investigation of his career, as he sets out to solve an attempted murder – his own! And with his most trusted friend also at death’s door, Strange turns to an unexpected corner of the Marvel Universe to recruit a new ally.

In addition to our own conversation about this book, Tobiah sat in with Arc Reactions this week to discuss the same book.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Hellboy in Hell

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

View from the Gutters #181 — Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt

Story by . . . .J.M. DeMatteis
Art by . . . . . .Mike Zeck, Bob Mcleod
Additional Art by . . . . Bob Sharen, Janet Jackson, Mike Zeck, Rick Parker

 

From Goodreads:

Kraven the Hunter has stalked and killed every animal known to man. But there is one beast that has eluded him – the wall-crawling web-slinger known as Spider-Man. And to prove that he is the hero’s master, he will pull on his costume and become him – after he shoots and buries him six feet under!

 

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Dr. Strange: The Oath

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

View from the Gutters #180 — Star Wars

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Star Wars

Story by . . . . Jason Aaron
Art by . . . . . . John Cassaday, Stuart Immonen
Additional Art by . . . . Laura Martin, Simone Bianchi, Justin Ponsor, Wade Von Grawbadger

From Amazon:

The greatest space adventure of all returns to Marvel! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebel band opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet – the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fi ght for freedom against the evil of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor!

Tobiah Says:

We’re back after a short (unofficial hiatus). Things got crazy the last month or so, but hopefully we’ll be back on track until that ancient beast, Father Christmas, rears his mighty horns and belches forth destruction upon us all. On this episode we wax lyrical about Star Wars in all its myriad forms, and kind of discuss the comic a bit around the edges.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

View from the Gutters presents Back Matter #21 — Rose City Comic Con 2016

Back Matter is our show focused interviews, news and events in the comics industry, television and movies, or discussions of comics which open onto a broader conversation. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at contact@viewfromthegutters.com.

On this episode of Back Matter Joe and Tobiah discuss their experiences at Rose City Comic Con, which was held in Portland, Oregon on Sept. 10-11, 2016.

On the episode we interview Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, the writers of Hacktivist; Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree, the illustrator and colorist (respectively) of The 6th Gun, which we read on Episode 148 (Vol. 1 & 2) and The Long Run #16 (the rest of the series); and Jen Van Meter, author of Hopeless Savages, which we discussed on Episode 52.

Tobiah also mentions Helen Mask, a Portland illustrator who has done work for DC and Boom Studios.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti and Tobiah Panshin.

View from the Gutters #179 — Superman: Red Son

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Superman: Red Son

Story by . . . . Mark Millar
Art by . . . . . . Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Andrew Robinson & Walden Wong

From Wikipedia:

In the 1950s, the Soviet Union reveals its newest asset to be Superman. The sudden revelation of a superpowered alien under Soviet control causes panic in the United States, shifting the focus of the Cold War arms race from nuclear weapons to superhumans. CIA agent James Olsen recruits Lex Luthor, a scientist employed by S.T.A.R. Labs, to destroy Superman…

Brant Says:

Mill-AR? Mill-Er? Such questions spring eternal and we also talk about Soviet Superman! We join forces wit Sal from ComicPOP to dissect the undissecta…well actually its pretty easy to tear apart. We praise the concept, critique the execution and ponder why Batman would scream out Wonder Woman’s name if he never really knew her as we explore what is often heralded by many as one of “the” top Superman stories of this century.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kirbotron 2000 and special guest Sal Crivelli from ComicPOP. On our next episode we will be reading Star Wars (V2. #1-12)

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Jeremy Ballard.

View from the Gutters #178 — Asterios Polyp

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Asterios Polyp

Story and Art by . . . . . . David Mazzucchelli

From Goodreads:

The triumphant return of one of comics’ greatest talents, with an engrossing story of one man’s search for love, meaning, sanity, and perfect architectural proportions. An epic story long awaited, and well worth the wait.

Meet Asterios Polyp: middle-aged, meagerly successful architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is wholly upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames. In a tenacious daze, he leaves the city and relocates to a small town in the American heartland. But what is this “escape” really about?

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Superman: Red Son. We will be joined on that episode by special guest Sal Crivelli of the Youtube channel ComicPOP for that episode.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Jeremy Ballard.

View from the Gutters presents The Long Run #16 — The Sixth Gun

The Long Run takes place outside of our normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series.

In this episode of The Long Run we talk about The Sixth Gun (which we previously talked about on Episode 148), by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, with additional art by Tyler Crook and color by Bill Crabtree.

From Wikipedia:

The Sixth Gun takes place in the old west, shortly after the end of the Civil War. The story centers around a set of six pistols, each imbued with dark powers. The wielder of each pistol gains an ability unique to that weapon, and is tied to the pistol until his or her death. The guns are numbered, with the titular Sixth Gun belonging to one of the story’s protagonists: Becky Montcrief. The other main protagonist is Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a very pragmatic outlook on the guns. The villains of the series include recurring antagonist General Hume, the Knights of Solomon, the Sword of Abraham, and others vying for control of the guns.

Tobiah Says:

This episode features the long-awaited return of Cade (although sadly just for this episode). We have a good solid discussion on the book, along with digressions (and trigressions) into films, opera, and—as apparently always—mystery/crime fiction.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Scott Pilgrim, by Brian Lee O’Malley.

Our hosts on this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, Adam Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

View from the Gutters #177 — Batman: Li’l Gotham

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Batman: Li’l Gotham (Volumes I and II)

Story by . . . . . . Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs
Art by . . . . . . . . Dustin Nguyen

From Goodreads:

These gorgeously drawn and painted all-ages tales feature all of your favorite Gotham City characters: Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, The Joker, The Penguin and many others!

Brant says:

The goddamn Batman returns…in this adorable all ages book! I gush about how much I love this book while Adam concedes its not quite his cup of tea. We chat about Calvin and Hobbes like influences, the state of all ages superhero stories and Adam wisely pulls us out of a “what is wrong with the comics publishing model” rant.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Adam Panshin, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Asterios Polyp.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

View from the Gutters #176 — Brass Sun

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Brass Sun: The Wheel of Worlds

Story by . . . . . . Ian Edington
Art by . . . . . . . . I.N.J. Culbard

From Goodreads:

Wren’s father has revealed to her the secret of their world, that it is only one of many in a clockwork solar system; but it is dying and to save her home, she must first escape it.

The Orrery is a fully functional, life-size clockwork solar system, a clutch of planets orbiting a vast Brass Sun via immense metal spars.

But the once-unified collection of worlds has regressed into eccentric fiefdoms, and ice is encroaching on the outer planets as the sun is dying. Wren and Eptimus must find the key to restart the sun, but first must escape the world known as The Keep….

This is a wholly original new SF-clockpunk series from the bestselling artist of New Deadwardians and the hit writer of Scarlet Traces and Hunterkind.

Brant says:

I might make someone irritated with me tonight : )

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Li’l Gotham, Vol. 1 & 2.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

View from the Gutters #175 — Monstress

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Monstress

Story by . . . . . . Marjorie Liu
Art by . . . . . . . . Sana Takeda

From Image.com:

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. Our next episode will be a bonus episode featuring never before released content cut from our first 50 episodes. In two weeks we will be reading Brass Sun.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

View from the Gutters #174 – All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder

Story by . . . . . . The Goddamn Frank Miller
Art by . . . . . . . . The Goddamn Jim Lee

From Wikipedia:

All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder is an American comic book series written by Frank Miller and penciled by Jim Lee. It was published by DC Comics, with a sporadic schedule, between 2005 and 2008… This was the first series to be launched in 2005 under DC’s All Star imprint. These series are helmed by renowned writers and artists in the American comic book industry and attempt to retell some of the history of prominent DC Universe characters, but outside of DC Universe continuity, and not be restricted by it, in order to appeal to new and returning readers. Each title under the All Star imprint is set in its own continuity and separate universe. According to Miller, the series takes place in the same universe as The Dark Knight Returns.

Brant says:

The goddamn hosts of this goddamn podcast try to figure out what the hell is going on with this goddamn comic…I’ll stop now. We, like so many before us, struggle to reconcile the craziness of this story and fit it in its time and place in an attempt to understand what really cannot be understood. I go on a sort of strange rant about Marvel fanboys. Much like the comic we read, this episode is sure to leave most wondering what the hell they just experienced.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, Kenny “Coach” Wisdom and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Monstress.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

View from the Gutters #173 — Rice Boy

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Rice Boy

Created by . . . . . Evan Dahm.

From the author’s website:

Rice Boy is a brightly colored and surreal fantasy adventure story, set in the ninth century of the Red Age of Overside. It was started in April 2006 and finished in May 2008. It is divided into five parts, and available in one printed edition.

On the episode, Tobiah made a reference to a reimagining of the Star Wars prequels. Those videos are by Belated Media on Youtube, the first of which can be found here. He incorrectly stated that the concept artist was Zach Weinersmith. It was in fact Jackie Whisler. Appropriate punishment is already being dispensed.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kirbotron2000, and Adam Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder, by Frank Miller and Jim Lee.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.