Comics Alternative Episode 123: Reviews of March: Book Two, Copra: Round One, and Nameless #1

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March2This week on the podcast, Derek and Andy discuss three new titles. They begin by looking at the second book in John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March trilogy. Although the first volume from fall 2013 was a powerful debut, March: Book Two (Top Shelf Productions) is a decidedly more gripping work. There is more action and drama in this book — and not only conflict between the protesters and the Southern white community, but perhaps more pointedly, conflict within the nonviolent movement’s ranks —  than there was in the initial one. What’s more, this is a much more emotionally charged work, in that readers are taken to the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement and Lewis’s encounters with senseless beatings, attack dogs, fire hoses, and bombings. The guys note that for younger readers, or those unfamiliar with mid-century American history, this book may be a bit of a shock — or a wake-up call — in that it paints a very different, starker picture of race relations in this country than experienced today…even given the realities of Ferguson, Missouri, and the shooting of Trayvon Martin. At the same time, March is a complement to these contemporary tragedies and a much-needed reminder that racial equality in this country is a yet unfinished project. CopraPageNext, Andy and Derek turn to Michel Fiffe’s Copra: Round One (Bergen Street Press). They begin by discussing the subtle popularity of the self-published Copra series, and title that has gained attention primarily though word of mouth. Andy had been telling Derek about this series for several months, and now the guys finally get to talk about its impact. Andy is particularly interested in Fiffe’s take on John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad. And while Derek voices his uncertainly of the collection’s initial pacing, he acknowledges the artist’s unique style that requires more reader engagement with completing the narrative. Finally, the Two Guys with PhDs look at the new title from Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham, Nameless #1 (Image Comics). As they point out, any new Grant Morrison Nameless1title is a cause for notice — and most times, for celebration. There are times when his stories don’t resonate as well as the guys would like, but there are others when his unique brand of storytelling recalls the groundbreaking Doom Patrol and The Invisibles. This first issue of Nameless appears to hold a lot of promise, but the guys are keen to see how Morrison’s narrative plays out. While they think it will resonate more than his last series with Image, Happy!, Derek and Andy wonder how it might compare to what Morrison has currently been doing in the DC University with Multiversity or his creator-owned miniseries over at Legendary, Annihilator. Regardless, both guys on on for the ride, and as with any Morrison tale, who knows where that ride may lead?

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RBDHB Chris Burnham Interview BCC 2014

RBDHB Chris Burnham Interview BCC 2014

Frank was lucky enough to get to interview Chris Burnham at Boston Comic Con 2014. We talk about his work on Batman, his new series Nameless & Jack Kirby.

Check out the audio version of this interview here –

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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #169: Changing The Podcast Game in ’14… With Comic Book Reviews!

Episode #169

On this podcast we talk comics. A lot of comics. Detective Comics #27, Wolverine #13, Avengers World #1, All-New X-Factor #1 and Revolutionary War: Alpha #1. See? Then we talk some news. Listen in!

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Longbox Review Episode 52: Batman, Inc. #13

There’s so much to love about Batman, Incorporated #13 (the epic conclusion!), that I chat a bit about it.

Please send your comments to longboxreview@gmail.com, or leave voicemail at 208-953-1841. Please rate and review on iTunes. I’m on Twitter and Facebook as well.

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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #130: R.I.P. Damian Wayne. Another Batman Inc. #8 Review

Episode #130

On this podcast we review the death of Damian Wayne in Batman Incorporated #8. Then we talk some Evil Dead 4, Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Gail Simone/Red Sonja. This one’s for you, Damian. Listen in!

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Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 207 (5/27/12)

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! No Pick Of The Week this time around, but we do have a delightful Fast Five! Picks include Batman, Incorporated #1 (DC), CHEW #26 (Image), Fables #117 (Vertigo), Prophet #25 (Image), and Justice League Dark #9 (DC). Spoilers!

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Book Of The Month – Officer Downe

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The Book of the Month for April 2012 is none other than Officer Downe: Bigger, Better, Bastard Edition (Image) written by Joe Casey and illustrated by Chris Burnham.

Bloody massacres in the name of the law!

Click here to read the written review!

Cammy’s Comic Corner Presents: The Cammys – Nominees

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The First Annual Prestigious Cammy Awards! I give you the nominees in the following categories: Best Writer, Best Artist, Best Cover Artist, Best Series, Best Miniseries, Best Single Issue, and Best Graphic Novel.

Tune in January 4th, 2012 for the results!

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 173 (7/3/11)

What a great week it was for comics! Pick Of The Week goes to Grant Morrison & Chris Burnham for Batman Incorporated #7 (DC)! Fast Five picks include American Vampire #16 (Vertigo), Witch Doctor #1 (Image), Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #6 (Marvel), Scalped #50 (Vertigo), and The Goon #34 (Dark Horse).

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 166 (5/15/11)

No Pick Of The Week, but we have a wonderful Fast Five! Picks include Daredevil: Reborn #4 (Marvel), Batman Incorporated #6 (DC), CHEW #27 (Image), FF #3 (Marvel), and R.E.B.E.L.S. #28 (DC).

This episode has been brought to you by, VALKYRIE SQUADRON!

Comic Timing – Episode 119: C2E2 and MoCCA

Just in time for CGS Supershow, Comic Timing goes through all the interviews that took place at this year’s C2E2 and MoCCA Festival! Here is a complete list of all the interviews in appearance order.

C2E2:

  • Chris Burnham, newly DC exclusive artist
  • Bryan J.L. Glass, writer of Mice Templar, Thor: First Thunder and various other Thor books.
  • Gail Simone, writer of Secret Sex and Birds of Prey
  • Justin Peterson, creator of Very Near Mint
  • Charles Soule, writer of 27 and Strongman
  • Andy Jewett, creator of HipHopSkotch
  • Cary Kelley, creator of Dynagirl
  • Ed Dunphy, writer of The Mongrel and Mystery Manor Haunted Theater
  • Byron Wilkins of Webcomics: What’s Cooking? and 1977: The Comic
  • Kevin Thurman and Julian Darius of Sequart, producers of Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts and Diagram for Delinquents: Fredric Wertham and the Evolution of Comic Books
  • Jamal Igle, artist of Zatanna and formerly of Supergirl
  • Sean Whelan and Jim Segulin of the Raging Bullets podcast
  • Steve Bryant, creator of Athena Voltaire and Hell Town
  • MoCCA:

  • Tania Marmolejo, artist of Doodling: The Art Of Procrastination
  • Dirk Tiede, creator of Paradigm Shift
  • Thanks to everyone for taking the time out of their weekend to let me interview them. It was great times and I can’t wait to head back in 2012! Unless the world ends.

    This episode of Comic Timing is sponsored by…DCBS! That’s right, Discount Comic Book Service is the new sponsor of Comic Timing. For all first time users of the site, make sure to use the promo code CT8 at checkout to receive an additional 8% off your first order! Here are our Review Corner picks for the month:

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    FLASHPOINT KID FLASH LOST STARRING BART ALLEN #1 (OF 3): 50% off retail (DCBS price $1.49/regular price $2.99)

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    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com, and please vote for us at Podcast Alley and give us your reviews over on iTunes. And of course, if you can, please donate to the HERO Initiative effort if you can. Every little bit helps! Also, be sure to stop on by the CGS Supershow on April 30th and May 1st if you’re in the Reading, PA area! Ian will be hosting the Podcasting Quorum on Saturday and there’s bound to be lots of fun.

    Cammy’s Comic-Con Corner – 2009

    Cammy brings you coverage of Comic-Con 2009. Interviews with Ben Templesmith, Sal Abbinanti, Simone Bianchi, Thomas Jane, Chris Burnham, John Layman, Rob Guillory, and Rick Spears.

    Special thanks to my sponsors Rising Sun Creations and Deadline Graphics.

    Music: Ratatat – Wildcat