This week we’re back to 2001 and Thor v2 #33! Dan Jurgens and Stuart Immonen bring us The Million Dollar Debut of Thor Girl! (whatever that means!), also, the much less auspicious debut of Nullitor (who I can’t stop calling Nullotron throughout the show…) plus the return of…?? Also, I give my thoughts on the state of the MCU, and we even have some listener mail!
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This week the crew are down by two and discuss: ResurrXion books! Aquaman’s Ocean Master! Wolverine gets bulletproof! DC/H-B Crossover Annuals! Iron Fist’s new book! Demon Rider! Harley Sirens movie! Tiny Archie! How to pronounce Immonen! Gypsy’s Vibes & The Flash! Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer, & more!
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Last weekend, Andy W. and Derek attended Small Press Expo in North Bethesda, MD. While there, they were able to interview a variety of creators about their recent releases, their larger body of work, and any future projects they may be working on. The result was an impressive collection of interviews — 28 in all — each of which lasted from anywhere between 5 minutes to over 20 minutes. The guys have now edited these conversations and are presenting them in a series of three on-location interview episodes conducted at SPX. In this first installment, Derek and Andy talk with:
- Derf Backderf
- Theora Kvitka
- Ethan Riley
- Miss Lasko-Gross
- Stuart and Kathryn Immonen
- Jennifer Jordan & Sophie Goldstein
- Gina Wynbrandt
- Julian Hanshaw
- Kristen Gudsnuk
- Rune Ryberg
- Ben Towle
- Cole Closser
- Meags Fitzgerald
The exhibition hall of SPX 2015 was packed, and, as a result, the din of the crowd was at times difficult to talk over. But the Two Guys persevered, despite the sound challenges. Sometimes they talked with the creators at their tables, and at other times — such as the interviews with Cole Closser and Meages Fitzgerald — they were able to find a space outside of the hall that demonstrated less auditory chaos.
Two other episodes of on-location interviews will be released on Friday and Saturday. Derek’s much longer conversation with Bill Griffith was released separately. But for now, enjoy the smooth, creamy, indie goodness of today’s installment.
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Fun with AdHouse
The Two Guys with PhDs are back for another Publisher Spotlight, and this time they turn their attention to recent releases from AdHouse Books. On this episode, they look at the publisher’s 2015 catalog (so far), but first Derek talks briefly with AdHouse’s founder and publisher, Chris Pitzer. He gives the lowdown on the origins of the press, how he translated his designer skills into publishing acumen, the process of artist acquisition, and some of his most notable (and unlikely) publishing successes over the years. After that, the guys plunge into their discussion of the five books that have come out — or are about to come out — from AdHouse this year. They start with the new edition of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s Street Angel. Both Derek and Andy Kunka had already discussed last year’s Street Angel when they had Rugg on for an interview earlier this year, but this new edition gives the reader a different color experience. Whereas the earlier book contained black and white art, this one sets the illustrations on pink paper, giving Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez’s adventures a whole new feel as she keeps the world safe from ninja gangs, evil geologists, nepotism, and math homework. Next, the Two Guys discuss a truly offbeat book from Eric Haven. Ur is a collection of strange, absurd, and hilarious short comics reminiscent of the works of Michael Kupperman, Evan Dorkin, and Ryan Browne. Highlights include the heroics of Bed Man, Dream Lord of the Night Sky, and the demented adventures of everyman Race Murdock. Without question, this is one of the guys’ reading highlights of the week. Next, they turn to the fourth issue of Ethan Rilly’s Pope Hats. The guys bring different perspectives to Rilly’s work, with Derek having read the previous issues and this being Andy’s first exposure to the series. Fans of Pope Hats will find this a different kind of issue. The story of Frances and Vickie is temporarily put on hold while Rilly presents many of his previously published short comics, including the meditative “Stained Glass” and the psychologically moving “The Nest.” After that, the guys look at Sophie Goldstein’s novella-length work, The Oven. This is an alternate world, post-apocalyptic narrative about living off the grid and how empowering and life-changing such a move can be. Goldstein’s simple, evenly paced art reveals deeper levels of understanding than its small page count might suggest. Finally, Derek and Andy wrap up their spotlight with a discussion of Kathryn and Stuart Immonen’s soon-to-be-released Russian Olive to Red King. Much like The Oven, this is a relationship story that unfolds slowly, allowing character to develop in organic and natural ways. In addition to the art, one of the most striking aspects of the book is it’s last third, composed almost entirely of text. The guys note that while prose-heavy narrative can be a potential put-off in comics, Kathryn Immonen handles the story brilliantly, using the text to add depth to its more stoic art. Andy declares this one of his favorite books of 2015 so far. In fact, you could say something similar about all of this year’s AdHouse books taken together.
A big THANKS to Chris Pitzer for helping to make this show possible.
And be sure to check out the AdHouse Books website for a full range of their publications!
On this podcast we’re joined by The Professor from Rhymes With Geek as we talk about the return of Underoos and Ash vs Evil Dead. Then it’s on to some new Marvel titles with reviews of Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #5, Superior Iron Man #1 and All-New Captain America #1. Marvel up. Listen in!
The Underoos WE WANT from Foshkos.
On this podcast we talk Marvel Comics latest X crossover, X-Men: Battle of the Atom. The whole thing. Does this change everything? Then we move over to some X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer talk. All X this week. Listen in! Was Battle of the Atom the best X-Men crossover to date? Head over to our podcast Facebook page and let us know.
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On this podcast, we review the return of Young Justice. Then we talk Beast’s new look, pick some of the things we’re looking forward to in 2013 and talk Next-Gen game consoles. Listen in!
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This week, we review the continuation of “Death of the Family” in Batman #14. Then we head over to Marvel NOW! and review All-New X-Men #1 and Fantastic Four #1. Time travel arguments ensue. Listen in!
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Avengers vs. X-Men is well underway, but the fights have just started. This week, we review AvX: VS #1 and the Hulk vs. Colossus fight over in Uncanny X-Men. Things aren’t looking good for the X-Men or the reader. Listen in!
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In this episode I compare and contrast both comic book events that debuted this past summer; Fear Itself (Marvel) and Flashpoint (DC). Event fatigue is one helluva drug. Spoilers!
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In this action-packed episode the Pick Of The Week goes to Scott Snyder, Jock & Francesco Francavilla for Detective Comics #881 (DC)! Fast Five picks include Baltimore: The Curse Bells #1 (Dark Horse), Fear Itself #5 (Marvel), American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #3 (Vertigo), PunisherMAX #16 (Marvel), and Hellboy: The Fury #3 (Dark Horse).
Only 2 video reviews remain until the switch to audio!
Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #38, Blue Estate #1, Fear Itself #1, Herc #1
Being Human (UK) Series 3 finale, Being Human (US) Season 1 finale
Get those earplugs/headphones out as we recorded on the digital recorder this week! Writer Jonathan Baylis (So…Buttons) joins Jimmy as guest co-host. It’s a big MoCCA Festival recap. Interviews with Sarah McIntyre (Vern and Lettuce) and Kean Soo/Tory Woollcott (From Toronto to Tuscany). News includes: Kapow Comic-Con announcements, Zod is cast for Snyder’s Superman film, John Layman and Sam Kieth working on secret project, Pekar’s Cleveland finds a publisher, and 2011 Eisner Nominations are in! The guys give their impressions of the recent MoCCA Festival and the ethics of how much to charge for mini-comics. Listener feedback and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
Stuart Immonen has had a long career as a comic book artist and writer. His wife Kathryn also works in the industry as a writer. Stuart studied art at York University in Toronto. His first comic book work was the self published series PLAYGROUND. Stuart began working for DC Comics and Marvel in 1993.
I was first exposed to Stuarts art on the title THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (vol. IV, better known as the “5 Years Later Kegion”), beginning with issue 39, January 1993. He stayed on the title through issues 61 and 0 (a ZERO HOUR tie-in) and LEGIONNAIRES 10, January 1994.
Stuart also worked as penciller, and sometimes plotter/writer on the Superman titles:
– SUPERMAN 87 and 88, March and April 1994.
– THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 520, February 1995 – 550, September 1997.
– Stuart contributed art for SUPERMAN; THE WEDDING ALBUM, December 1996.
– ACTION COMICS 738, October 1997 – 758, October 1999.
He also wrote and pencilled SUPERMAN: END OF THE CENTURY in 2000.
He also did two webcomics: NEVER AS BAD AS YOU THINK and MOVING PICTURES, which took place during WWII and had the Nazi theft of Eurpoe’s art treasures as a backdrop. MOVING PICTURES was published in a softcover by Top Shelf Productions during the summer of 2010.
The Stuart Immonen stories featured on this episode:
– SUPERMAN 87 and 88, parts I and V of the 5 issue BIZARRO’S WORLD storyline that crossed over the Superman titles cover dated March and part of April 1994.
– ACTION COMICS 758, October 1999 (Triangle No. 1999:38)
– FINAL NIGHT, a four part miniseries that crossed over the entire DC Universe. It brought back the classic Legion nemesis Sun Eater to threaten Earth’s Sun. It was published weekly, carrying the cover date of November 1996, and was published in September of that year.
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