It’s the second 3rd anniversary episode of the Grawlix Podcast! The G-Crew put down the comics to talk about the original 1995 anime ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and more.
Show Notes and Links INTRO
00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings IN-HOUSE NEWS
00:01:08 – Our 2nd 3rd anniversary episode, 1996 – the future, and clones. FEATURE TOPIC
00:08:32 – Ghost in the Shell (1995 Anime) TV/MOVIE TALK
00:48:31 – Dragonball Z and anime series delays.
00:53:50 – Arrival and plot twists.
00:58:10 – Netflix’s House of Cards OUTRO
01:02:46 – Letters Page (Contact Us!), Next Episode Topic
01:05:44 – Outro
On this episode of the manga series — a few days later than expected — Shea and Derek discuss two new deluxe editions of older titles. They begin with Revolutionary Girl Utena Complete Deluxe Box Set, soon to be released by VIZ Media. This is a different kind of shōjo, one that the guys don’t often encounter, and an aspect that makes this title stand out is its conceptual genesis. Revolutionary Girl Utena was conceived by the creative team known as Be-Papas but written and drawn by Chiho Saito (also a member of Be_Papas). Shea and Derek discuss the “collaborative feel” of its genesis and the unusual mix of characters, costumes, and scenarios that define the series.
Next, the guys turn to a new deluxe edition of Masamune Shirow’s classic Ghost in the Shell, just released by Kodansha Comics. The paperback versions of this title, and of the two follow-up volumes, are still in print, but Kodansha now has these wonderful new hardbound editions. The new Ghost in the Shell volumes stand out because for the first time in English, the story is presented in the original right-to-left reading order, they retain the author’s original hand-drawn sound effects, the translation has been updated, and everything has been done under the author’s supervision. Both Shea and Derek have a great time revisiting Ghost in the Shell, and they hope that Kodansha will be bringing back more of Shirow’s manga — e.g., Appleseedand Dominion — in these nice deluxe editions.
Reviews: Black Road #1, Goldie Vance #1, Hot Damn #1, House of Penance #1, Moon Knight Vol 8 #1, Orphan Black S4 premiere, Supergirl S1 finale
Jimmy is joined in studio by frequent co-host Jon Hoche! They chat/rant about the questionable casting of non-Asians in Doctor Strange and Ghost in the Shell. As many of you know, Jimmy (former actor) and Jon (working actor) are both of Asian descent and have lots to say about the subject. Oooh, controversy! Slow news week so they have a nice talk about the Eisner nominations and some of the nominees that they’ve read and would like to check out. They give some great recommendations in comics, TV and film as well. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Reviews: Abigail and the Snowman #1, Feathers #1, SHIELD Vol 4 #1, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #1, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1, Agent Carter
Last minute schedule changes forces Jimmy to fly solo. But he gives his views on some comic, TV and film goodness! He’s happy to see friends succeeding with Grace Helbig’s show getting greenlit by E! and Becky Cloonan being named one of the top 5 comic creators to watch by The Hollywood Reporter. Oh, and that Ant-Man trailer. News includes: IDW Publishing acquires Top Shelf Productions, The Scarlett Witch/Quicksilver will be showcased in new Uncanny Avengers comic, Gambit film gets a release date, Scarlett Johansson cast as lead in live action Ghost in the Shell movie, the “Rogue Cut” of X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released this summer and Netflix announces release date of Marvel shows. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
Lil Fat Mikey makes another return to the Danger Room to show Sidekickcast hosts Dan (Marshall Law) and Gavin (the Boneman) just how much he’s fallen down the comic book rabbit hole. We take a look at some comic book animation in the form of Ghost in the Shell, Battle Angel Alita and Iron Man: Armored Adventures.
In the Stack Attack reviews we cover Batman and Robin #5, Daredevil #501, Uncanny X-Men #516, Haunt #1, Chronicles of Wormwood: The Last Battle #1, Invincible Iron Man #19, North 40 #3  and Crossed #7.
It’s time to crap or get off the pot in Secrets and Lies; the comic book news quiz with Gavin so far in the lead with a score of 9-5. Can all the revision Lil Fat Mikey has done this week bring Dan back from the brink? In Knowing Me, Knowing You, Dan has Mike Carey’s The Torch #2 to contend with, can we convince to pick it up for another week? We get a Dig That! recommendation from our favourite comic book dealer Kristian AKA the Comic Guru in the form of Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers. Don’t forget to listen past the outro music for some ridiculously funny out-takes.