Since there has been so much coverage from Thought Bubble and NYCC, there hasn’t been a lot of Top 3 picks going on lately! We’re here to remedy that for you! Jimmy does a Top 3 x 3 segment! So, for the math-impaired, that’s 9 picks! Varying from comics to TV to music and more! We always like to suggest things from just about anyone or anywhere so hope you enjoy. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Reviews: Heroes In Crisis #1, Man-Eaters #1, Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #310, Fear the Walking Dead s4 finale, Wynonna Earp s3 finale
Jimmy is joined in studio by one of his favorite cartoonists, Rachael Smith! She’s here for NYCC so he puts her to work co-hosting the podcast. They chat about what she’s got going on at NYCC and Jimmy’s massive interview schedule. And, you’ll hear another Thought Bubble interview with writer Katie West (Becoming Dangerous/Split)! News includes: Humanoids Publishing hires John Cassaday as new CCO and Mark Waid as new Director of Creative Development, the BPRD comics will conclude soon, Netflix announces 3 new sci-fi series and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Michael and Derek are back at their local shop, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, to discuss recent mainstream and indie titles that have captured their attention. Mike starts the ball rolling by focusing on recent expressions of a couple of second-tier characters, Doctor Strange and Hawkman, as handled by Mark Waid and Robert Venditti, respectively. He then takes the conversation into a more “adult” direction with the first issue in Batman: Damned, part of DC’s new Black Label imprint. This title is notable for a couple of reasons. First, it’s now difficult to find, and as such, both fans and retailers are selling copies for a hefty price. But even more significant is the fact that in this first issue, readers get to see Batman naked. That’s right, Wayne’s wang. Batman’s junk. The recent titles that Derek brings up are much tamer in nature. He begins with Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins’s Black Badge(BOOM! Studio), the second issue of which will be released next week. This is a promising new limited series that has all of the secretive, undercover, and espionage-y markings of a Kindt narrative. However, Derek isn’t as excited about the new Image series, Man-Eaters, written by Chelsea Cain and art by Kate Niemczyk. While he admires the message that seems to be embedded in the story, the first issue is rather sketchy in laying any satisfying narrative groundwork. But Derek more enamored by the minicomic Common Blessings and Common Curses, written by Maritsa Patrinos and nominated this year for an Ignatz Award in the Outstanding Minicomic category. It was a wonderful find at this year’s Small Press Expo.
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Reviews: Archie 1941 #1, House of Whispers #1, Newbury & Hobbes #1, The Wrong Earth #1
Jimmy is in London before heading off to the Thought Bubble Festival this weekend in Leeds! He recruits good pal and fellow podcaster David Monteith (Geek Syndicate) to co-host! Dave gives his recap of the International Comic Expo in Birmingham that he attended over the weekend. Jimmy teases his coverage for Thought Bubble including a massive amount of interviews and 2 panels that he’s moderating. And they both chat about the UK comics scene, London comic shops, UK creators and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Host Anthony Desiato journeys to Krypton, Smallville, and Metropolis with guest Dan Greenfield (13th Dimension) as they discuss the five major post-Crisis tellings of Superman’s origin story: MAN OF STEEL (1986) by John Byrne, FOR ALL SEASONS by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, BIRTHRIGHT by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu, SECRET ORIGIN by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, and AMERICAN ALIEN by Max Landis. Part 1 of a two-part book club event. Anthony and Dan will be back in two weeks for Part 2, which will tackle MAN OF STEEL (2018) by Brian Michael Bendis.
This month Ryan is joined by Rob to digest and discuss Avengers #679-682, part of the weekly series event “No Surrender”. Tune in as the guys gush and become fearful of their favorite skunk-hair X-Man, Rogue. In this installment, the creative teams deliver an enjoyable Marvel cosmic event. Thanks for listening!
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Ryan and Allen review and discuss the highly anticipated weekly series event, Marvel’s Avengers “No Surrender”. The series debut gives the guys a ton of excitement to drive to see the future of their beloved characters. Join the guys as they provide an in depth review and give you their overall opinion in the end while snowed in. No better time to talk comics. Thanks for listening!
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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:
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.
Check out the various The Spirit titles discussed in this special episode:
This week on the podcast, the Two Guys with PhDs take a close look at a few #1 issues and one minicomic series. However, before they get into the nitty gritty of their reviews, they share some of the listener mail and attention they’ve been receiving — including a very cool call-out from the Kyle and Drew at Comics for Fun and Profit — and then go into some news out of SDCC. In particular, they discuss this year’s Eisner Award winners, most of which the guys are familiar with and/or had expected (or hoped) to win. However, there were some surprises as well as some disappointments in this year’s Eisners, but such is the game of awards systems such as this. After highlighting a little more news out of San Diego — e.g., the announcement of new Vertigo titles, the return of Lady Killer, Fantagraphics to publish the next Kramers Ergot — Andy and Derek plunge into the titles that they’re discussing this week. First, they look at Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce’s We Stand on Guard #1 (Image Comics). This is one of the most anticipated new series of the year, and the guys waste no time in underscoring not only BKV’s storytelling abilities, but Skroce’s meticulous art. Next, they look at the latest attempt to bring The Spirit back to reading audiences. With Will Eisner’s The Spirit#1 (Dynamite Entertainment), Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade capture not only the spirit — bad pun intended — of the original, but also introduce Eisner’s crime-fighting world in such a way that brand new readers can easily get on board, even without much knowledge of the original. The same can be said of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples’s Archie#1 (Archie Comics). The creators’ take on the comics icon appears both fresh and reverential, making this new series accessible, yet in a familiar way. Still, the guys wonder who exactly the audience might be — or might end up being — for these new spins on Archie Andrews and Denny Colt. Finally, Derek and Andy turn to a minicomic series from Tim Comrie, Leisure. This is an autobiographical, very personal, series with three issues so far. Comrie lays bare both his pleasures and his turmoils, and in a genuine manner that never comes across as calculated or discomforting. The guys also bring in a discussion of Comrie’s other series (along with Mike Heneghan), Five Hour Comics, and compare its style and tone to Leisure. If you’re not familiar with Tim Comrie’s work, then now is the time to check it out!
Jimmy is in L.A. post-SDCC and has to fly solo again. All of his big Hollywood co-hosts backed out at the last minute. Thanks a lot, Jennifer Lawrence! He gives you his recap of the massive craziness that is San Diego Comic Con! You’ll also hear interviews with cartoonist extraordinaire Fabio Moon (Two Brothers, Casanova) and the adorable young actress Francesca Capaldi (The Peanuts Movie, Dog With A Blog). News includes: Eisner winners, Archie to crossover with The Ramones, the Milestone universe returns to DC Comics, The Killing Joke will be DC’s next animated feature, Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will team up, Marvel’s post Secret Wars relaunch will start with Avengers #0, Joss Whedon returns to comics with a creator owned comic called Twist, a Green Lantern Corps movie is in the works and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
I’ve been interested in the Dark Circle Comics line ever since I first heard about it! After all, I’ve been a fan of the Black Hood, The Shield and The Fox for years now!
This week, I get to chat with Alex Segura, editor for those upcoming books, about the characters and the creators who will make these books worth your attention! We discuss what Alex sought out when looking for talent to bring these characters to life, what we might expect and not expect to see when the comics hit the stands, and what the future holds for this ambitious line of books! We even chat a little about Mark Waid coming to script Archie! Look for The Black Hood #1 to arrive on Wednesday, February 25, and to learn more, go to their website at DarkCircleComics.com!