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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Comics Alternative, Episode 145: Reviews of We Stand on Guard #1, Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1, Archie #1, and Leisure

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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 WSOG1guys 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). ComrieFHBThe 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!

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Zone 4 #303: No Visual on the Vision

The crew returns with another brand new episode of your favorite round table comic podcast!

Brant, John, Gordon and Ron discuss the industry news over the last several weeks, including the new Age of Ultron trailer, the return of DuckTales, the Supergirl TV show, and more, plus talk of recent episodes of Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Constantine and so on!

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Arrow/Flash Spinoff

Helen Slater & Dean Cain on Supergirl

Leonard Nimoy Passes Away

Harrison Ford in Plane Crash

Disney to Relaunch DuckTales in 2017

Matt Wagner on The Spirit

Mark Waid on Justice Inc.

Third Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

Hugh Jackman on Avengers/X-Men Crossover

Community Season 6 Trailer

AMC Marvel Movie Marathon

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Louisville Arcade Expo

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Foco Comics and Gaming Festival

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Comic News Insider Episode 581 – Resurrecting Fred Van Lente

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Comic News Insider: Episode 581 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Bigger Bang #1, Django/Zorro #1, The Kitchen #1

Jon Hoche returns to join Jimmy in studio to fill the rotating co-host chair. Jimmy shares his cameo appearance in his pal Grace Helbig’s recent video and they wish a big happy 86th anniversary to Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Special guest Fred Van Lente also joins the guys to chat about his extensive writing career in comics. We cover much including his early work to his massive Marvel comics up to his current new Dark Horse series Resurrectionists.  Fred also has great tips on writing for all of you budding writers out there. And we bring back the old CNI questionnaire to find out some of Fred’s favorite superhero onomatopoeia and catch phrases. It’s a lengthy episode but chock full of FVL goodness! Apologies for rushing at the end though. Jon and Jimmy had to bust out to go see an advanced screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service (Thanks Mark Millar!). Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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RBDHB: Batman & The Monster Men

RBDHB: Batman & The Monster Men

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Returning to our Year of the Bat Specials, we tackle a passion project by Matt Wagner (Grendel). This is Batman and the Monster Men.
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Feed It Comics #37 | Happy Jagged 37th Mr. F

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A big blowout bonanza is what this is! Juan Daeho from Super Podcasto Magnifico honors Doc and Shepherd with his presence, because he wasn’t about to miss out celebrating – on air – Doc’s 37th birthday!!

This terrific trio reviews Harley Quinn #10, Amazing Spider-Man #1.4, and Grendel vs The Shadow Book 1! News items include Captain Citrus, Doctor Doom’s trashy costume for the much dreaded Fantastic Four movie being leaked, the alleged return of Patrick Warburton as the Tick, Joaquin Phoenix in final talks with Marvel to play Doctor Strange, Hayao Miyazaki to be honored with a lifetime achievement award, and Warner Brothers vow to never tell a joke!

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Comic Book Road Show Matt Wagner

We are joined by comic legend Matt Wagner best known for such for his comic creations such as the mastermind assassin, GRENDEL. Also best known for this epic creation and his other, more personal, allegory, MAGE, Wagner has also worked on such classics as the fan-favorite Vertigo title, SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE. We talk to Matt Wagner about his most recent projects such as the supernatural action adventure series The Tower Chronicles drawn by Simon Bisley and published by Legendary. Also the upcoming eight part Dynamite series The Shadow Year One as well as some future projects. http://www.mattwagnercomics.com/home.html We are now on Stitcher Radio This podcast is sponsored by Friendly Neighborhood Comics http://friendlyneighborhoodcomics.com/ Discount Comic Book Services http://www.dcbservice.com/index.aspx Instock Trades http://www.instocktrades.com/ Join us on the forums at http://www.forumforgeeks.com http://thetaylornetwork.wordpress.com/ You can also join us on the Facebook group TaylorNetwork of podcasts Also we ask that if you have some time leave us a rating and or Itunes review because that helps us greatly to promote the show.

Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #83: The Best Independent Comic Books. Ever.

Episode #83This week on Super Podcasto Magnifico!

With the return of Valiant Comics and the slew of upcoming comics from Image, we decided to each pick five of the best independent comic books ever. Surprisingly, there are a lot to choose from. Listen in!

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Teenage Wasteland Episode 52 – Comic Talk

I’ve been reading a lot, and this week it is time to discuss it all in this edition of…Comic Talk.

Items Discussed: Batman & Robin #6, Doctor Mid-Nite #1-3, Cowboy Ninja Viking #1, Sword #1, Punisher #11, Opposable Thumbs, X-Men: Children of the Atom #1-6

Music featured is by Bad Brains.

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