Comics Alternative Episode 130: Reviews of The Age of Selfishness, Lumberjanes Vol. 1, and Past Aways #1

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On this episode of the podcast, Andy and Derek review three new titles, each of which is a brief glimpse into a facet of our diverse comics culture. They begin by looking at the new book from Darryl Cunningham, The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis (Abrams AgeOfSelfishnessComicArs). This work is an extended essay focusing on the life and philosophy of Rand, the contribution of her objectivist ideas to the 2008 financial crisis, and a general discussion on growing libertarian selfishness of Western culture. In fact, the book is divided into three parts, each of which is devoted to one of these three components. The guys discuss Cunningham’s structural approach when presenting his arguments. Andy feels that the three parts work fairly well together, although Derek isn’t as convinced that the book as a whole has the appropriate balance. For examples, the references to Rand’s philosophy in the second part of the book, “The Crash,” are sporadic and could have been more deeply ingrained. As a result, the transition from the first part of the text, a broad biography of Ayn Rand, to the discussion on the 2008 crash that follows seems to separate two different projects. Still, Cunningham is able to weave his points together through references to Rand’s disciples, the most prominent of which is Alan Greenspan. The Age of Selfishness is definitely an editorializing work with a left-leaning bent — which is OK with the guys — although at times the author tries almost too hard to be evenhanded. Next, Derek and Andy talk about a comic that they’ve been meaning to discuss for some time, Lumberjanes (BOOM! Box). LumberjanesJunkIn their first collected trade, Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen introduce the adventuresome girl team by plunging readers directly into the thick of things, involving yetis, animated statues, werescouts, a mysterious bearwoman, and the subtitular “kitten holy.” This initial volume collects the first four issues of the series, which began about a year ago. The guys wonder why it took so long to put out the first trade, and why this collection comprises only the first four comic books. Derek believes that issues #5, and perhaps even #6, could have been included in the first trade with it still retaining a coherent narrative. But the thing about Lumberjanes is that the storyline is tightly woven, to where it’s difficult to determine where one arc ends and another begins. That’s to the creators’ benefit, as it suggests that they have a solid story to tell and that they’re not merely writing with the typical trade cycle in mind. Finally, the Two Guys discuss the inaugural issue of the new series from Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins, Past Aways (Dark Horse). This is a time-travel  narrative, although one with a different twist. Five explorers from our future are trapped in the early PastAways1twenty-first century, and after a year of being stranded, they drift apart with each going his or her separate way. The opening event in this first issue is what draws everyone back to a common purpose, so in many ways Past Aways has a superhero-ish “getting the team back together” kind of feel. The prelude to this new series actually appeared a couple of months ago in Dark Horse Presents #6 — and the guys briefly discuss that story — but readers do not have to have read that introduction to get into this first issue. Kindt is one of Andy and Derek’s favorite creators, and they love Kolins’s mainstream work in titles such as The Flash. So this new series will be a no-brainer for the guys. They’re on board for the long haul and hope the haul goes on for some time!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #160 With Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins

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This episode, let’s look ahead to a new book coming out on March 25 from Dark Horse called PastAways!

I interview the book’s creators Matt Kindt (from MindMGMT) and Scott Kolins (from The Flash) as we prepare for its upcoming launch!  They give us a lot of information about what I like to call an “adventure” comic, including how the concept and title of the series came to be as well as dishing on the characters and some great sci-fi concepts we’ll find there. Both will update us on other projects they’re working on as well, so don’t miss it!

Be back next week for another great interview with another excellent comics professional!

 

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This week, it’s our big post-C2E2 convention report extravaganza!!

We talk a bit about the convention and what we got up to over the weekend, I read out some listener mail, and then we cap everything off with an interview with Thor: Blood Oath artist, Scott Kolins!

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This episode, we wrap up Thor: Blood Oath with issue #6! Thor and the Warriors Three meet a tanuki, fight Ulik, get buried in sand…plus.. Volstagg kills a  tree!!!

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This week, we cover Thor: Blood Oath #5, where our crew fights Chulain and almost everyone dies! Plus, Hogun is a bad-ass! We also meet some of Ghost Rider’s cousins!

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This time around, we look at Thor: Blood Oath #4, in which Thor & Co. travel from Olympus to Ireland! This issue includes the incredible inflating and deflating chin, leprechauns, a really angry spear, and a gratutitous decapitation!

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We start out this week echoing some of our current themes with “Lord of the Gallows” from Norse mythology.. then we look at Thor: Blood Oath #3, featuring Thor vs. Hercules!!! A really sticky river!! Plus an unidentified god!

Musical excerpts from “Eddan: The Invincible Sword of the Elf Smith” are copyright Mats Wendt and are used with permission.

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This week, we have a shameless plug for one of our talented listeners! Then we hear about Thor’s wet dream, Yoda in squirrel form, and a magical pig in Thor: Blood Oath #2~!!

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This week we start out with a brief discussion of the Norse god, Hermod – Then we cover the first exciting issue of Thor: Blood Oath!!!! ‘Nuff said!!

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 197 (2/5/12)

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Super Bowl weekend, and no superheroes in sight! Pick Of The Week goes to Jeff Lemire for Sweet Tooth #30 (Vertigo)! Fast Five picks include O.M.A.C. #6 (DC), Locke & Key: Clockworks #4 (IDW), Animal Man #6 (DC), The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #5 (Image), and Swamp Thing #6 (DC).

Let’s go Giants!

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 170 (6/12/11)

Quite the impressive week for comics! Pick Of The Week goes to Jason Aaron & R.M. Guera for Scalped #49 (Vertigo). Fast Five picks include Deathstroke: The Curse of the Ravager #1 (DC), Journey Into Mystery #624 (Marvel), American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #1 (Vertigo), PunisherMAX #14 (Marvel), and Citizen Cold #1 (DC).

This episode of Cammy’s Comic Corner has been brought to you by, THE SQUEEG!

The Fourth Wall Comics Podcast Episode 94

In which 3 dudes kick back and talk about comics, video games, and teabagging. Enjoy.

Show Notes:

MAINSTREAM
[01:03] The Flash #3
[09:14] Jokers Asylum: Clayface #1
[17:01] Batman Beyond #1
[23:24] Wonder Woman #600
[33:52] Astonishing X-Men #34
[38:06] Thor #611
[41:03] Secret Avengers #2

INDIES
[49:02] Abe Sapien: Abyssal Plain #1
[53:19] Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper #1
[58:49] Powers v3 #5
[1:01:58] Invincible #73
[1:05:57] The Last Zombie #1

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 115 (2/21/10)

Another week, another episode! Pick Of The Week goes to Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez for Locke & Key: Crown Of Shadows #3 (IDW). Fast Five picks include Green Lantern #51 (DC), Hellblazer #264 (Vertigo), Blackest Night: The Flash #3 (DC), Incorruptible #3 (BOOM! Studios), and Green Lantern Corps #45 (DC).

Reminder: WonderCon this April!

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #44

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Green Lantern Spotlight Episode #44

Join the Green Lantern Spotlight cast as they discuss Green Lantern #51, Green Lantern Corps #45, and Blackest Night: Flash #3. The guys also talk about the latest news to hit DC Comics! Featuring opening and ending themes from Kirby Krackle (http://www.kirbykracklemusic.com/) and The Roy Clark Method (http://www.freewebs.com/royclarkmethod/).

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