Comics Alternative, Episode 229: Will Eisner Week 2017 – Uses of The Spirit since 2005

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Capturing the Spirit of The Spirit

Every year for Will Eisner Week, always the first seven days in March, the Two Guys with PhDs like to do something special and Eisner-related for the podcast. This year is no different, and for the current episode Andy and Derek have decided to discuss the many uses of The Spirit since Will Eisner’s passing on January 3, 2005. And there are a lot more manifestations of The Spirit than you might think. The guys compare and contrast the various uses of this seminal crimefighter, highlighting those examples that attempt to capture the original tone of The Spirit, that deviate from the original in curious ways, and that cross over into other narrative worlds. The many titles and creators they discuss include:

  • the one-shot Batman/The Spirit, by Joef Loeb and Darwyn Cooke in 2007 (DC Comics)
  • the 32-issue run of The Spirit between 2007 and 2009, by Darwyn Cooke, Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, and many others (DC Comics)
  • Brian Azzarello and Rags Morales’s 6-issue miniseries First Wave, published between 2010 and 2011 (DC Comics)
  • the concurrent-running The Spirit: First Wave series by Mark Schultz, David Hine, and others, going for 17 issues from 2010-2011 (DC Comics)
  • Mark Waid’s 4-issue miniseries Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction, illustrated by various artists and released in 2013 (IDW Publishing)
  • Will Eisner’s The Spirit by Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade, running for 12 issues between 2015 and 2016 (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • the recent first issue of Francesco Francavilla’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • and Joe Staton and Mike Curtis’s current Dick Tracy strip and its team-up with The Spirit (Tribune Company).

There is a lot packed into this episode — you’ll hear plenty about Ebony White, Commissioner and Ellen Dolan, Silk Satin, Mister Carrion, Sand Serif, The Octopus, and, of course, P’Gell — but, thankfully, almost no mention of the disastrous 2008 film. It’s all about the comics.

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The Grawlix Podcast #32: Dialed Up To 011

Grawlix Podcast Logo CPNOn this episode the G-Crew discuss Darwyn Cooke’s DC: The New Frontier and the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Shout outs all around, actual factual listener mail, and even a bit of video game talk! Enjoy!


Show Notes and Links

INTRO

00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings

IN-HOUSE NEWS

00:02:29 – Buds, Beers, and Brutality Podcast, EMC Crossover #3, Roman Pod and Cast

00:06:43 – Grawlix Bytes #7, Patreon, International Podcast Day 2016

LETTERS PAGE

00:17:05 – Contact us at letters (at) GrawlixPodcast.com or leave a voice mail at (559) 426-6427.

00:18:27 – Email from Patrick of Make Dad Read Comics and Almost Educational

IT’S ALL PIZZA

00:29:43 – Kansas City Comic Con 2016, Walkin’ and Rollin’ Costumes

00:31:54 – Pawns and Pints: Kansas City’s Board Game Cafe

00:33:23 – Herald: Lovecraft and Telsa Tabletop RPG

00:35:32 – Jesse’s First Gameboy, Zelda Games, Skyrim, More Video Game Talk

POLL LIST

00:46:32 – Next Month’s Pick: Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1: Precious Little Life

00:52:02 – DC: The New Frontier

TV TALK

01:34:34 – Stranger Things

02:07:06 – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Trailer

OUTRO

02:16:59 – Outro

Deconstructing Comics #120: “Pyongyang”, “New Frontier”, and more

New FrontierFLASHBACK! Tim and Brandon give their thoughts on Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang, DVD movie Justice League: The New Frontier, Spider-Man One More Day, and Writing for Comics with Peter David!

Originally published March 24, 2008

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My Comic Shop History 2.6: Alternate Realities Book Club

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Host Anthony Desiato founds the Alternate Realities Book Club with Phil Hussain, Rich Roney, and Mike Sangregorio to discuss the Darwyn Cooke masterpiece DC: THE NEW FRONTIER. The group examines the story’s sprawling scope, human heroes, and lasting legacy.

Final Issue Podcast- Episode 51: Final Issue Rebirth!!!

First Issue- State of the Podcast

Second Issue- The passing of Darwyn Cooke

Final Issue- Rebirth reactions

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Comics in the Golden Age Podcast Episode 36: A Bat-astrophe Starring Batman and the Spirit!

Comics in the Golden Age Episode 36

Chris and Mike discuss the late, great Darwyn Cooke and his Batman/Spirit team up.

The Comics in the Golden Age Podcast is available through iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play, or at our website, comicsinthegoldenage.com.

Comic News Insider Episode 689 – Preachin’!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 689 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Archangel #1, Future Quest #1, Lumberjanes 2016 Special Dont Axe Dont Tale #1, Mae #1, Preacher on AMC

Emmy Potter returns to he rotating co-host chair. Jimmy briefly mentions the Gotham and Agents of SHIELD finales, the Preacher press day he attended and they both swoon over the much viewed Beauty and the Beast trailer. News includes: ComiXology introduces new subscription service ComiXology Unlimited, Afterlife With Archie returns after a year long hiatus, the Riverdale live action TV show will be dramatic and very CW according to the recently released synopsis, and the CW powers that be promise a 4 part crossover between newly acquired Supergirl with Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 688 – Darwyn Cooke Special

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Comic News Insider: Episode 688 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

The comic book community lost a great one last week. Darwyn Cooke. The stories of love for the man that followed were endless. He was one of our very first interviews back at San Diego Comic Con in 2005. And in 2011 at Heroes Con, Jimmy sat down with him for a lengthy 1:1. And the final CNI interview with him was at TCAF in 2014. Producer Joe put them all together as a special tribute to hear the still inspiring words of one of the greatest cartoonists to ever grace the page. Jimmy and Joe also say a few words about this astonishing giant of the industry. His work will live on and we sincerely hope more and more people discover it every day. Thank you, Darwyn.

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Comic News Insider Episode 687 – Remembering Darwyn Cooke

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Comic News Insider: Episode 687 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Back to the Future Citizen Brown #1, Penny Dreadful #1, Satellite Falling #1

Melissa Dowell joins Jimmy in studio for this solemn remembrance of the legendary Darwyn Cooke. They chat about his legacy and some of their favorite works. Jimmy was lucky enough to have known Darwyn over the years (see previous post on CNI website) having interviewed him a few times and hung out at various comic shows. The comic world lost a great one but his work will live on and you must check it out if you haven’t. Producer Joe also helped put together a compilation of the 3 interviews that CNI did with Darwyn over the years and will release it later this week. Still great talks and Darwyn gives great insight into his work. News includes: DC Comics gets a new logo (again), Agent Carter and The Muppets are officially cancelled, Supergirl moves to The CW for season 2, Disney Tsum Tsum plush toys are coming to Marvel comics, an X-Force film is being developed, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will get a spin-off movie, San Diego Comic Con may be creating a special Comic Con awards show, New York Comic Con will require fan verification for all attendees and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics in the Golden Age Podcast Episode 26: The Suspicious Stirrings of the Spirit!

Comics in the Golden Age Episode 26

Chris and Mike explore Will Eisner’s The Spirit!

The Comics in the Golden Age Podcast is available through iTunes and Stitcher, or at our website, comicsinthegoldenage.com.

Comic News Insider Episode 585 – It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like CNI

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Comic News Insider: Episode 585 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Bitch Planet #1, Herald Lovecraft & Tesla #1, The Valiant #1, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Once Upon A Time

Jimmy has last minute scheduling changes so has to do a quickie solo episode for you! Hope you enjoy! He mentions the Golden Globes nerdy nominations, the possibility of Spider-Man going back to Marvel from Sony and the new Mad Max: Fury Road trailer. News includes: Archie Comics to relaunch flagship title, The Venture Bros. returns. Star Wars: The Force Awakens character names revealed via old style Topps trading cards and the lost Disney cartoon Empty Socks is found. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 536 – TCAF w/ Darwyn Cooke/Nicholas Gurewitch/Kazu Kibuishi/Mike Maihack/Renee Nault

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Comic News Insider: Episode 536 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: No reviews this week as it’s a TCAF recap!

Producer Joe joins Jimmy to discuss their recent jaunt to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in Toronto. They give their recap and thoughts on the terrific show. Such a great time! Thanks to everyone involved for such a well run and fun festival. Great interviews included in this podcast are with Darwyn Cooke (Parker), Nicholas Gurewitch (Perry Bible Fellowship), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space) and Renee Nault (Witchling). News includes: 3 DC titles (iZombie, FlashConstantine) picked up for TV runs, Marvel’s Agent Carter is coming to TV as well with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. getting a second season pick up, More Marvel films from Fox including X-Force, Gambit and Deadpool, Usagi Yojimbo returns with a sci-fi twist, the Finger family is not okay with DC Comics, and the smallest comic might be in your hair. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Tune in later this week for some special podcasts! First up on Friday is a lunch interview with Becky Cloonan (By Chance or Providence, Batman) and Renee Nault (Witchling). Started out as just a recap and turned into a wonderful conversation about self publishing, advice for tabling at a show, and some of their upcoming projects. Then on Sunday, we’ll release the spotlight panel that Jimmy moderated with German cartoonist Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer, Cash: I See A Darkness). He’s a talented, smart and funny man with a great career. Hear them discuss it all! 

Then come back next week for even more TCAF interviews with Jesse Lonergan (All Star), Eric Kim (Nitro Battlers), Box Brown (Andre the Giant), Lianne Sentar/Rebecca Scoble (Sparkler Monthly) and the Sports vs Comics panel that Jimmy moderated. 

Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 70: Reviews of Slayground, The Saviors #1, and The Midas Flesh #1

“It’s like Invasion of the Body Snatchers…but with more weed.”

Slayground1This week on The Comics Alternative, Andy and Derek review three recent works. They begin with Darwyn Cooke’s Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground, from IDW Publishing. This is the fourth of Cooke’s comics adaptation of the Parker crime/heist novels from acclaimed writer Donald Westlake (AKA, Richard Stark). The Two Guys compare Slayground to the three other works Cooke has previously released: The Hunter (2009), The Outfit (2010), and Slayground2The Score (2012). They note that while they like this graphic novel, and find Cooke’s artwork (as always) truly outstanding, they nonetheless feel that the book is a little slim, especially when compared to the earlier works. At the same time, the book also includes a reprint of the 11-page story “The 7eventh,” originally appearing in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (2011). What with IDW’s recent announcement that they’re going to be publishing Westlake’s original Parker novels, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke, and the promise of another Cooke adaptation of one of those novels, this is an exciting time to be reading the Parker narratives.

SaviorsNext, the Two Guys with PhDs discuss two new #1 issues: James Robinson and J. Bone’s The Saviors (Image Comics) and The Midas Flesh (BOOM! Studios), written by Ryan North with art by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline. Their discussions of these two recent comic books are complementary, and at times provide illustrations of contrast. The Saviors gets going with an Invasion of the Body Snatchers and horror kind of feel — weird creatures of some sort apparently infiltrate a small Southwestern community and pose as respected locals — MidasFleshis told from the perspective of a pothead, and ends with a cliffhanger…literally! The Midas Flesh, which will be an 8-issue miniseries, juxtaposes two different stories, one a sci-fi quest taking place in an apocalyptic (?) future and the other alluding to Greek mythology set in some distant past. What makes this title especially notable is that it’s the first for the publisher’s BOOM! Box imprint, and the guys still aren’t sure how BOOM! will be defining that imprint. Both of these new #1s leave the guys, to greater or lesser degrees, anticipating future issues and looking forward to how their stories unfold.

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Where Monsters Dwell 271 with Scott Dunbier

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This week, after a quick hiatus week, we welcome Comic Editor Scott Dunbier to the Monster Cave. A former comic art dealer, Scott has become a groundbreaking editor in comics, ushering in such innovations as the ‘Absolute Edition’ at DC and the ‘Artist’s Edition’ at IDW.

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