Wednesday’s Haul 4/25/09– The Big Bang Postulate

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The podcast returns, talking about comics, The Love Boat and pondering where Charo is nowadays.

As well as musing on the potential that would exist in a Love Boat remake, I spend some time talking about Paul Pope’s Star Trek story in the latest issue of Wired and talk about my general disappointment in Superman and, specifically, James Robinson’s Superman: The Coming of Atlas storyline.

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Wednesday’s Haul- Politics in Manga

Scott’s back finally with a new episode and, as part of this month’s Comics Podcast Theme of Politics in Comics, Scott is talking about Kaiji Kawaguchi’s excellent manga series EAGLE: THE MAKING OF AN ASIAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT, a fictitious account of the 2000 Presidential race. But while it’s looking at a past race, it shares much in common with next week’s Presidential elections.

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Links:
Politics in Comics Theme Event
Asgard Press
The Golden Age of Comics
Pop Syndicate

Wednesday’s Haul 625/08– Ty Nelson, J’accuse!!!

This episode was supposed to be a continuation of Duck Month with a thorough look at Marvel’s Essential Howard The Duck but, just as I was really getting into reading it, the book dissolved in my hands. So instead, I take a side track from Duck Month (don’t worry, it’ll continue with the next show) and talk about how do books live up to hype and expectations set for new comic book readers. Plus there’s some Watchmen, Sandman and Miracleman talk that borders on obsessive. At least, I hope it only borders and doesn’t fall into the psychotic range.

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Wednesday’s Haul 6/11/08– The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck

They say every dog has his day but thanks to Don Rosa, we get to see that every duck has his life.

More specifically, Scrooge McDuck gets a life as his story is told in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, an excellent biography of a fictional character. In this episode, Scott takes a look at Don Rosa’s graphic novel about Scrooge McDuck and what makes it an enjoyable book even if it does feature a walking and talking duck.

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Wednesday’s Haul 5/21/08– When Titans CLASH!!!!!

This episode, it’s a meeting of the minds as Wednesday’s Haul hosts the first Wednesday’s Haul/Boxwatcher crossover episode. Joining me this week is Ty Nelson, man about town and the host of Boxwatcher.net, a pop culture blog & podcast. In this first part, Ty and I talk about the commodity of creators in comics, movies and television and how much faith, trust and confidence do we put into them. Do we hang too much importance on the creator of a comic or the creators of a TV show or not enough?

Part 2 of this podcast, where I get to ask Ty what problem he has with “fun” movies should be out later this week.

Click here to listen to Part 1 of the crossover event of the week.

Links:

Boxwatcher

Pop Syndicate

Comics Podcast Network

View From the Cheap Seats

Wednesday’s Haul 5/14/08: A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

It’s a mish-mash episode as I review the first issue of Alex Ross, Jim Kreuger and Steve Sadowski’s Avengers/Invaders (all I’ll say here is that this book is in desperate need of an inker,) talk about about the robbery/shooting of David Pirkola and what kind of a great shop Apparition comics is in Kentwood, MI and finally, I wrap up the episode talking about Just Bill’s Comic Drawer Box episode 69a: Critiquing Comics Without Thinking.

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Just Bill’s Comic Drawer Box ep 69A
iFanboy’s fund drive for David Pirkola
View from the Cheap Seats

Wednesday’s Haul 4/23/08– When does a creator fail?

With Greg Rucka’s last issue of Checkmate hitting the stands, it’s time to discuss when does a creator fail? With him leaving Checkmate and the announcement of the departure of the Brubaker/Fraction team from Iron Fist, I’ve decided to drop those titles. But if I drop them and don’t feel the loss of missing those characters, have the creators really done their job?

Also this episode, I throw out the idea for an Overlooked Comic Book Festival as well as actually review Checkmate 25.

Wednesday’s Haul 3/5/08– Confessions of a Geek Father

We always hope our children will enjoy the things that we do even if we wish better for them. I never planned to raise up my son as a geek but that’s the way it happened. Instead of Big Bird or Barney, he prefers DC: The New Frontier, Jeff Smith’s Bone and Hayao Miyazaki movies. My son may be a nerd and I think I only have myself to blame.

Also in this episode, quick reviews of All Star Batman #9, Criminal V2 #1 and Action Comics #863.

Wednesday’s Haul 5 Minute Review– Hulk #2

Possible spoilers in the podcast

It’s experimenting time around Wednesday’s Haul. For the next couple of weeks, look for 5 minute reviews— complete reviews of new comics in, you guessed it, five minutes. To kick off this grand experiment, I look at the fun Hulk #2. Now I know that this isn’t great literature or even great comics but, as escapist entertainment goes, it’s not all that bad. And Ed McGuinness may have finally found a book where all of his characters don’t look disproportionately out of whack.

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Wednesday’s Haul 1/16/08– Favorites of 2007

Ghost Stories by Jeff LemireWhile it’s still January, it doesn’t seem too late to talk about the Haul’s favorite books of 2007. Some of the books I talk about this week include Criminal #10, Apollo’s Song, Ghost Stories, The Homeless Channel, Madman and Hellboy. And that’s just a small sample.

Wednesday’s Haul 1/4/08 One More Podcast

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21I think since early 2001 Joe Quesada has been looking for a way to break the internet in half. He somehow thought he had it with House of M but that maybe only broke off a corner of the internet and didn’t have the cataclysmic results that he wanted it to have. But congrats to Joe and to Marvel Comics. I think you finally did it, you broke the internet in half.

But I say Spider-Man was already broken. My Spider-Man was broken in 1987 and all that matters is MY Spider-Man in all of this. Really, that’s all this is about– what version of Spider-Man we grew up with. And mine sounds like it’s the same one as Joe Quesada’s.

In this episode, I talk about why this change is meaningless thanks to the many iterations of Spider-Man that exists. Because what I really want to know if how does this affect my enjoyment of Nicholas Hammond and the Electric Company Spider-Man.

What would Easy Reader do?

Links:
Wednesday’s Haul
Geoff Klock’s website
Boxwatcher
Replay Factor

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Wednesday’s Haul 12/19/07– Batman Goes Caroling

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Batman #219 by Neal Adams

Merry Christmas!!! In keeping with the season this podcast, I look at/re-enact the Christmas story from Batman #219, where Batman and the GCPD caroling brings good will and peace to men to Gotham City. Not a hoax, not an imaginary story– Batman sings “Jingle Bells!” and not the “Batman Smells” version.

This Christmas season, please remember The Hero Initiative and the Comic Podcast Network’s Hero for the Holiday drive. The Hero Initiative is a great organization that helps support comic professional who have fallen into need. The CPN encourages our listeners and fellow fans to donate $3 to the Hero Initiative. That’s the sacrifice of one Marvel or DC comics this holiday season. For more info on Hero, check out www.heroinitiative.org.

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Wednesday’s Haul 12/12/07– Where’s Superman’s gold watch?

Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?A couple of weeks ago on his podcast, my buddy Ty asked if it was time to retire characters like Superman, Batman and to let a new generation of heroes become popular. Of course, I couldn’t let a question like that go unanswered. Should Superman be retired? No! Why not? Well, listen to this episode to let me know if you agree or not.

Links:
Wednesday’s Haul website
Comics Podcast Network Hero for the Holidays
The Hero Initiative
Ty Nelson’s Boxwatcher #7
Indie Comic Book Noise for 12/12/07