The quote “how do you describe a color, that only you’ve seen?” is read, and Al runs off with it. Movies and stories on color, comics that were bought but not read, and odd random comparisons Don started making on past cartoonists.
Be careful what you wish for, because it may come true. The final volumes of Valerian And Laureline start this episode off. We talk about a 3D movies, material that needs to be translated, a book we have never heard of and curating your collection.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: French Maide
Catching up on reading The Walking Dead, and learning there was one more issue of Miracle Man written by Alan Moore we were not aware of. Binge reading comic series and filling in the blanks to a story because of issues you missed was discussed. Somehow the Muppets roll into the conversation and we finish out with Kong Crew.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil
Our friend Dan Pritchard joins us and hopes his interest in comics will return. Miracleman from the early 80s start things off, then goes into The Avengers line-ups a few years after that. We get off topic as always, and other podcasts Dan is involved in are discussed as well.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Dan Pritchard
Dallas gives his take on the current Doom Patrol, which leads into a discussion of the different incarnations of the comic and Ted McKeever who had worked on it, but we didn’t know. The Vision, Ramona Fradon and the many awesome projects of Mark Chiarello.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Strung Out
Talking about back-up stories led into Alan Moore and Swamp Thing, Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye, Shade The Changing Girl, Groo Fray Of The Gods and Love And Rockets. Then Pullapalooza closes it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Harry Nilsson
The core four are back and keep asking why. Why hasn’t Rook made his reading list available? Why hasn’t he ever mentioned No Hero? Why haven’t we heard of Batman / Doc Savage? And why haven’t we EVER talked about Len Wein? Why?
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Red Club
The core four return with Baby Emily to talk shop about comics! Don gives the gang rose rocks from Oklahoma, Dallas considers his multiple attacks by animals this past week, and Rook *finally* swears off DC’s exhausting Rebirth series.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Purity Ring
Rook Says Goodbye To DC Rebirth.
We starts it off with Dennis The Menace Comic Books by Al Wiseman and Fred Toole, go into Owen Fitzgerald’s Dennis The Menace, as well as his many other comic work. Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson’s Nail Biter is discussed, as well as Nemo: River Of Ghosts and League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume II. And we finish it off with Top Shelf Productions, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! and Last Days Of The Silver Surfer.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson & Ed Woltil
Al, Dallas and Don start off talking about comics found in dollar boxes, then go into the pros and cons of digital comics and finish off with the 1963 series.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Dungeon Boss
Welcome to the Halloween Episode! Join Dallas, Al and Don as they explore the classic horror comics of the past. The boys discuss the roots of 20th Century American horror comics, sensationalized in the EC line – most notable Tales from the Crypt. Dallas and Al go into detail on Warren Publishing and their “Creepy” and Eerie” line. The famous horror artists are discussed, such as Graham Ingels, Reed Crandall, Gray Morrow, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Frazetta, and more.
DCs pre-Vertigo horror line is brought up, including The House of Secrets and it’s hosts, Cain and Abel. Al reminisces about Vampirella, and Dallas gushes over From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. Other points of interest include Skywald Publications and Dead of Night featuring the Scarecrow.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: THIS IS HALLOWEEN!!!
Had he lived, Jack Kirby would have been 98. Al starts it off with a discussion that without The King’s influence, would comic books have taken a more boring direction? Don brings Dave Gibbons’ Watching The Watchmen book, and they finish with a quick Pullapalooza.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Circus Devils
Episode 103 finds the entire crew returning once again at their secret lair deep within Rook’s house. Don, Al, Rook and Dallas discuss their favorite writer/artist and penciller/inker duos.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: In honor of the beginning of the Halloween season,
it’s CONCRETE BLONDE with BLOODLETTING!
The fantastic foursome return! Talking points include: Locke & Key, The Flash (TV), Gotham (TV), Agents of Shield (TV). Cartoon talk! Adventure Time, Ed Edd & Eddy, Looney Tunes and the documentary “I Know That Voice.” We discuss matching voices to animated lips and Don’s love for The Incredibles.
Dallas gushes over Supergods by Grant Morrison, and Don compares superhero comics to MC Hammer. We review Little Nemo by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Rose of Berlin by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Samaria
The gang talk about comic book binding, Mark Waid and Mike Weiringo’s Fantastic Four, Archie and Atlas comics, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples,
a great documentary called Jack Kirby: Storyteller, lootcrate.com (check it out – trust us), The Walking Dead, Jupiter Legacy by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely,
and the lasting effects of Alan Moore and Frank Miller.
We also discuss subscribing to monthly books and stack reading etiquette, late monthly books vs. trades, and hidden gems at the flea market.
While Binding Comic Books Were Discussed, Al Mentioned
The Many Publishing Attempts For Flash Gordon.
THE ALL-PROMETHEA EPISODE!
Dallas and Don break into an in-depth discussion on one of their famous comic book runs, Promethea by Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III. (Rook is there too, but he’s nursing a hangover and falls asleep). Spoilers abound as we break apart the story, ideas, and characters that make up the 32 issue run.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Seven Nations
Al and Don start off discussing Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez which leads into black and white comics and a brief bit about coloring comics. They finish with some League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and and some more black and white goodness.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Jury
The core four returns with another episode full of book suggestions! Dallas, Al, Don and Rook pass around books to each other, book-club style. We won’t give the names of the books away here, but shenanigans ensue!!! More Walking Dead talk mysteriously creeps in, and the countdown to episode 50 continues!!!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Destroyed
Don, Rook, Dallas and Al (A.K.A. Dr. Morbius) return for an exciting night of comics discussion. The topic tonight is what comic book would you give to a non-comic book reader? The choices are varied. Dallas suggests UNDERSTANDING COMICS, an insightful meditation on the medium, while Don suggests THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE, a highly entertaining book that can be read and enjoyed by all ages. Al decides to pick his very first comic book, FANTASTIC FOUR #57 for all the reasons you can guess… basically, Jack and Stan. Rook has an interesting pick, and we won’t spoil it here. And, as usual, more Walking Dead talk follows. Excelsior!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Hell-Bent
Once again, the whole gang is present, and thanks to Al we discuss letterers and the art of typography. What’s better.. digital fonts or traditional lettering?
We reminisce about some of the old school lettering masters such as John Workman, Moebius, and Tom Orzechowski. Don finds a way to slide in a Carl Barks comment,
and Dallas gushes about Dave Sim’s typographical masterpiece, Cerebus.
We then discuss “event fatigue” in the DC and Marvel universe, and Rook tastefully bags on DC’s New 52 concept. We talk about how boring the superhero “status quo” can be,
and how refreshing books like Spider-Man’s Brand New Day and Morrison’s New X-Men can be. There’s some creator-owned rights talk, and Don brings up symphonic music
to hammer home his point on artistic “innovators” and “cultivators”.
Oh, and Rook sticks up for Aquaman.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Brilliant Green
Not Only Could No One Draw Or Design Like Alex Toth,
No One Could Letter Like He Could As Well.
Yet, We Missed Talking About It On This Episode.