The monthly manga series is back, and on this episode — the first of two manga shows in October — Shea and Derek discuss a couple of very different works. They begin with Yeon-Sik Hong’s Uncomfortably Happily (Drawn and Quarterly). This is the story of Hong and his wife becoming frustrated with living in crowded and polluted Seoul, ultimately deciding to move to a house in a remote mountain community. As the guys reveal, the majority of the narrative is devoted to the everyday challenges the couple undergo, the quotidian tasks involved in living in such a raw, isolated area. Over the course of their conversation Derek and Shea address the question of autobiography: Is this indeed a memoir of what Hong and his wife actually underwent? Neither of the guys doubts that the story is anchored in Hong’s real-life experiences, although Derek makes the argument that the construction of the narrative bears more of a fictional stamp than one of life writing.
Next the guys turn to a very different kind of manga. Iou Kuroda’s Appleseed Alpha (Kodansha Comics) is a manga based on Shirow Masamune’s original Appleseed, as well as an adaptation of Shinji Aramaki’s anime feature. Both Shea and Derek are impressed with Kuroda’s art, dynamic and drenched in heavy inks, but they’re not as excited about the coherency of the story. There are gaps in the narrative, the various events aren’t necessarily linked cohesively, and the overall story can be a bit confusing at times. Nonetheless, the guys, especially Shea, are taken by Kuroda’s efforts. Shea appreciates this follow-up to the Shirow’s Appleseed, which he has read, and Derek feels impelled now to seek out the original manga series.
At the end of month, Shea and Derek will be back with their second October manga show, a special Halloween show devoted to horror manga. Keep your ears open!
John and Drew discuss ALL STAR BATMAN #14 by DC, AVENGERS #672 by Marvel and SLOTS #1 by IMAGE COMICS.
00:44 DC: ALL STAR BATMAN #14
11:45 Marvel: AVENGERS #672
24:38 Other: SLOTS #1 [IMAGE COMICS]
32:46 General discussion
37:00 Next Week Promo
37:09 Wrap up
37:39 End of episode.
Looking for another great comic you can get through Kickstarter.com? Episode #298 highlights just such a book in New and Improved, so I talk with creators Tara Flynn and Anthony Spay. I met them during the recent Baltimore Comic-Con, and they sent me preview pages of this terrific miniseries! During our interview, we talked about how they brought this comic together as well as what we can expect from them in the near future as well! To find out more about this project, be sure to go to this link after listening to this episode so you can be in on the ground floor with this excellent title!
Episode #297 features the return of scripter Jeff Parker, who I had the privilege of interviewing during the recent Baltimore Comic-Con! We talked about his work on the excellent Future Quest comic for DC, and how much he enjoys writing the various classic Saturday morning characters including the Herculoids, Space Ghost, Birdman, Mightor and Jonny Quest. He talks his favorites as well as what we might expect from this title in the near future. Since I’ve talked with Jeff before, I thought I’d include that interview in this episode as well. At that time, Jeff was working on Aquaman and Batman ’66 for DC Comics, and he talked about how he landed those gigs, among other things. I also chatted with him about his other work, including Underground, a fascinating trade paperback! Don’t miss this Jeff Parker spectacular!
Looking for a great all-ages adventure comic? Well, in Episode #296, you’ll discover just such a book! This week, I chat with Richard Rivera and Alex Lobato, both from Florida and two of the creators behind Shadow Play, an excellent comic that focuses on Bard and Joy, two ninth graders who embark on a mission in the Shadow Realm to save a life! Full disclosure – I have worked with these guys behind the scenes, so I may be a bit biased, but I think you’ll find their new project worthy of your support! For more about their recent successful Kickstarter, go to this link at Kickstarter.com! To learn about Richard Rivera’s other projects, go to stabbitybunny.com or find him on Facebook. To keep up with Alex Lobato, check out his Facebook page!
Jimmy did the press roundtables for GOTHAM while at New York Comic Con. He talked to Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Jessica Lucas, Robin Lord Taylor, Crystal Reed, Chris Chalk, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Morena Baccarin, Cory Michael Smith and Drew Powell. How do the new players fit into the mix? What’s up with Bruce and his new outfit? Is Penguin’s empire secure? Give a listen and then watch the show to see what happens?. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Ryan is joined this month by Anthony to breakdown and discuss Uncanny Avengers #28. The guys reminisce about the past and how this series has been giving us legacy stories from the start. Thanks for listening!
Jimmy AND Producer Joe got more interviews at New York Comic Con! Jimmy talked to Sara Varon (SweaterWeather) and Doogie Horner (A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic). Meanwhile, Producer Joe chatted with Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity) and Vince Ferriero and Ray Chou (Skies of Fire)! Give a listen and go check out their awesome work. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Comic book round table. This week, we have – A talk about Unworthy Thor, The Flash “Current Rebirth Run”, Sam Wilson Captain America #20, All Star Batman #8, Interview with Comic Artist Buzz and more ………..
This week the guys talk about their experience at New York Comic Con 2017! They talk about what they saw and how the con went. Plus they bring you an interview with Richard Rivera, Alex Lobato and Clara Meath where they talk about their new comic Shadow Play. All this and more, enjoy!