The podcast where each month Ryan and Allen will choose a past X-Men arc to digest and discuss. Schedules didn’t line up for the first episode, Rob sits in with Ryan to discuss and review the international ground breaking debut of the first all female X-Men led series. The guys go through issues one through three covering Primer, the arc that kicked this run off. We hope you enjoy the first episode and stick around for more X-Men coverage and more. Thanks for listening!
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On this week’s review episode, the Two Guys with PhDs discuss three recent titles, a couple of which are probably not on most listeners’ radar. They begin with one of these, the latest issue of Smoke Signal, a quarterly tabloid comics anthology published by Desert Island Comics (a shop in Brooklyn, NY) and edited by Gabe Fowler. Andy and Derek focus mainly on the summer 2016 issue, #25, although they also mention several comics in the previous spring issue. Some of the standouts in the latest include Tim Lane’s contributions — the Steve McQueen-inspired “Barnstormer” and the tabloid’s center spread, “The Assassination of Billy Lyons by that Bad Man Stagger Lee” — a new “Cosplayers” story from Dash Shaw, another in Al Columbia’s “Pim and Francie” series, Siobhan Gallagher’s experimental “Apartment to Be,” the portfolio of Jay Rummel art, and a cover by the great Will Elder, a painting that was intended for the third issue of Harvey Kurtzman’s Trump (the magazine was canceled after the second issue).
Next, the guys turn to Andy Warner’s self-published Fool’s Gold: The True Story of the Greates Lost Treasure in American History and the Man Who Had the Bad Luck to Find It. This a twenty-four-page story of the SS Central America‘s sinking off the Carolina coast in 1857 and Tommy Thompson’s efforts at salvaging its lost gold in the 1980s. As the long subtitle suggests, things do not go well for Thompson after his success, leading some to believe that the treasure is cursed. Derek tells how he was already familiar with Andy Warner’s comics, and that this is the kind of reality-based and journalistic story you’ll find in many of his other self-published comics and in the work he does in for such outlets as The Nib and KQED. Learn more about Andy Warner’s work at his website.
Andy and Derek then wrap up with a look at the first issue of Briggs Land(Dark Horse Comics), the much-anticipated series from Brian Wood and Mack Chater and under development for AMC. In fact, the guys start off by discussing the written-with-television-in-mind phenomenon in comics and what it might mean for storytelling practices in the medium. Neither of the guys fault Wood and Chater — or Dark Horse — for the transmedia nature of Briggs Land, although they had different reactions to the title’s potential. Derek was more taken by the story, seeing it as a return to the kind of narrative Wood created in DMZ, while Andy thought the premise less original and too close to the family crime-related television series Sons of Anarchy and Justified. Still, it’s a title with great promise, whether you follow it eagerly in the monthly comics or more casually wait for the trade.
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This week Derek and Andy discuss three recent titles, each of which is part of a larger series. First, they review the third in Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s Nemo trilogy, Nemo: River of Ghosts (Top Shelf). The guys begin their discussion by looking at the series as a whole — even placing the trilogy within the larger context of Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemenuniverse — and then exploring the accessibility of the text as a singular narrative. River of Ghosts certainly needs to stand alongside the first two Nemo volumes, Heart of Ice and The Roses of Berlin, but the intertextual demands imbedded in the story (and in the Nemo trilogyas a whole) are far fewer than they are in the League books. Indeed, the three-part story of Janni Dakkar, beginning in 1925 (in Heart of Ice) and wrapping up in 1987, where River of Ghosts concludes, reads more as an adventure tale to be enjoyed than as a literary text to be deciphered. Yet, the Nemo trilogy is still part of Moore’s larger narrative tapestry, and its picaresque quality adds even further dimension to the already substantive League universe. Next, the Two Guys turn to the latest series from Brian Wood, Rebels (Dark Horse). In this inaugural issue, with art by Andrea Mutti, we get a good dose of historical fiction — the New Hampshire Grants become pivotal, and Ethan Allen even makes an appearance — but in many ways it’s familiar territory to Wood. This first narrative arc’s subtitle, “A Well-Regulated Militia,” as well as the introductory premise embedded on the first page, suggest that this series may be similar to Wood’s long-running DMZ in political and cultural tone. Although that one of his favorite series from the past decade, Derek hopes that the allegorical messaging found in DMZ doesn’t become too heavy in Rebels. And Andy observes that perhaps the series will stick more closely to the kind of historically based fiction we find in Northlanders. Yet, despite a little confusion generated by the issue’s central confrontation, a class between colonials and redcoats at the village courthouse, the guys found Rebels #1 a solid read and anticipate the series to come. Andy and Derek wrap up this week’s show with a review of No Mercy #1 (Image), the new series from Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil. What begins as a potentially light or trendy look at youth culture turns darker and more complex as the story develops. As de Campi makes clear in her comments at the end of this first issue, the lives and interactions of young adults are rich enough with drama without the usual genre-bendings or twists found in many contemporary narratives. There are no vampires, no otherworldly visitations, no anthropomorphic engagements. In No Mercy, we can expect to get real people from real contexts, and the story will be driven by their all-too-real desires and limitations. And in this first issue, we see de Campi and McNeil play out this premise to an uncertain, and unexpected, crescendo.
The key art for this episode will only make sense to those of you who listen to the episode all the way through the credits, just so ya know. The show starts off with Ian solo talking Snowpiercer, both the movie and the comic, and Captain America, and then transitions into Ian, Brent, Brandon and Raph discussing some Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. casting news, further thoughts on The Flash pilot, and then there is a lengthy discussion on digital comics and Marvel’s Digital Comics Unlimited platform and how ti might effect numbers on titles that are available in the marketplace. Check it all out!
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On this podcast we talk Marvel Comics latest X crossover, X-Men: Battle of the Atom. The whole thing. Does this change everything? Then we move over to some X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer talk. All X this week. Listen in! Was Battle of the Atom the best X-Men crossover to date? Head over to our podcast Facebook page and let us know.
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Straight from the convention booth of Publishers Weekly at New York Comic Con, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of insider comics publishing news, discussion and controversy. Starring Heidi MacDonald, the Eisner-nominated blogger of ComicsBeat.com, Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly and Kate Fitzsimons, More To Come’s intrepid producer!
In part two of our New York Comic Con interview special, Calvin speaks with Laurence Maslon creator of Superheroes! – both book and PBS documentary, Heidi interviews Mariah Huehner of Emily and the Strangers and Womanthology, Kate talks to Dallas Middaugh of Kodansha USA, as well as Greg Pak of Code Monkey Save World and Batman/Superman, guest host Matt White talks with Colleen Doran of A Distant Soil, Brian Wood of X-Men, Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurt of The Sixth Gun, Sean Murphy of Punk Rock Jesus and author Tom King on PWCW’s More to Come.
Stay tuned for the next installment of our NYCC interview coverage!
Episode 146 is now out! Gaze into the minds of Ian, Brent and Brandon Christopher as they discuss everything from Ian’s decision to drop all DC books, Superior Spider-Man, X-Men: Battle of the Atom, Young Avengers, Young Justice and Beware The Batman!, Affleck as Batman, the Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox movie, The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2 and more! And listen during the credits for Brent and Brandon’s latest travel horror stories.
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Plus, be sure to check out Comic Timing in the Podcast Arena at this year’s New York Comic Con! Ian looks forward to meeting you, and we thank New York Comic Con for their sponsorship of the podcast.
A long time ago (This Wednesday at 8:30 EST), in a galaxy far, far away (wheremonstersdwell.ca) on your favourite comics radio show and podcast, we welcome Brian Wood to the Monster Cave. You know Brian’s writing work from such critically acclaimed creator owned series as DMZ, Northlanders, Demo, and Loca. Recently he has also been tackling some licensed properties like Conan, Star Wars and X-Men. He joins us to chat about all this and so much more so, if you have a question for Brian Wood, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.
On this podcast we talk Wizard World Philadelphia (pics here and here). Then we review Marvel’s newest X-Men title called… X-Men. Then we take a look at the death of (a) Catwoman in Justice League of America #4. Listen in!
The Backroom team disclose their superpowers, share some first things first, deliver the mightiest news in the world, Dial H for Hero, and behold what happens when Mountain Dew and The Dark Knight Rises are combined.
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The twelfth episode of The Process where current creators are brought into the mix to discuss their work and act as a sounding board for the crew.
This episode Jeremy and Kurtis chat with the one and only Brian Wood – creator of such critically acclaimed series as DMZ, Northlanders, Conan, The Massive, and Demo. Brian discusses his start in comics as well as his work process, and the challenges of working as a freelance writer on five monthly titles.
(Note: Brian’s audio occasionally stutters/skips which is purely an audio glitch. Apologies for this malfunction.)
Superman. Iron Man. Lobo. Dredd. The JL. There are a lot of comic book movies coming soon, but where are the other heroes’ flicks? This episode, we pick the comics we want to see on the big screen. Listen in!
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This week, we take a trip to the independent section of our LCS and review Dynamite Entertainment’s Pantha #1, Dark Horse’s The Massive #1 and IMAGE’s Planetoid #1. Listen in and explore the watery world of metal worms and Gods in thongs with us.
Reviews: Avengers Assemble #1, Crossed: Badlands #1, Saga #1, Saucer Country #1, The Walking Dead season 2 finale
Jimmy is joined in studio again by frequent guest co-host and all around good pal Jon Hoche! Jimmy finally joins XBox Live and immediately gets addicted to Peggle. As well as the new Draw Something app on his iPhone. Be forewarned: There’s a lengthy SPOILER FILLED review ofThe Walking Dead season 2 finale. News includes: IDW announces a slew of new titles, will The Ponds survive Doctor Who after all?, Chris Hardwick’s new Nerdist YouTube channel announces line up, Felicia Day’s new Geek and Sundry YouTube channel announces line up, Punisher in Space, new Captain Marvel from Marvel and Brian Wood is all about the X-Men. And for some reason, there’s a lot of Shakespeare influenced stuff talked about this episode. ZOUNDS! As always, listener feedback (with a great guest suggestion), the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!