142 | Acme Novelty Library, Standoff, Legion, Hellfire, Hip Hop Family Tree And Asterix

It’s ride or die as Dallas records the shortest episode in Two Dimension history. He reviews Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library, and discusses The Avengers: Standoff
event, two new X-Men shows: Legion and Hellfire, Hip Hop Family Tree and Asterix The Gaul.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Cameron McGill and What Army

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Acme Novelty Library By Chris Ware.

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128 | Bill Watterson, Newspaper Comics, Hugo Pratt And What Happened To Magazines?

Enemies of mankind beware! Here comes… Dallas Busha, A.K.A. “The Host” – with the ability to stop any conversation mid-sentence for a music break! Don Moore, A.K.A. “The Straight Guy” – with the power to see both sides of a debate! Al Val, A.K.A. “Dr. Morbius” – with the power to bring Monster Magazines back into fashion! And Jim Johnson, A.K.A. “The Comic Shop Guy”, with the ability to dismiss any art by Don Heck as “rubbish”!

Tucked away at their underground hideout, the gang discusses numerous comic strips and comic books. Don reviews the wonderful Exploring Calvin And Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue. This leads the boys to a trip down memory lane, as they talk about their favorite comic strips including The Far Side, Bloom County, Peanuts, Pogo, Krazy Kat, Doonesbury, Popeye and Flash Gordon. Don continues his review streak and talks about “Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn” by the legendary Hugo Pratt.

The entire gang discusses the wonderful absurdity of 50’s comics such as “Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen” and “Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane” (as well as the impact these books have on modern books such as All Star Superman by Grant Morrison) Finally, Al relishes in monster magazines both old and new, such as Famous Monsters Of Filmland and Scary Monsters Magazine.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: GLASSJAW

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Exploring Calvin And Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue
By Bill Watterson.

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121 | Free Comic Book Day And The Comic Book History Of Comics

Dallas is back, but no Al and no Rook. Free Comic Book Day at Yancy Street Comics are discussed, along with digital comics and The Comic Book History Of Comics, all wrapped up in poor sound quality.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Adrien Belew And The Prophet Omega

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Comics Festival 2015.

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70 | Vinyl Records, French Comics, Strong Female Characters And Muck Monsters

Al and Don start off talking about John Severin, then go into humor magazines of the seventies, rising paper costs of the nineties, the evolution of brick and mortar bookstores  and the return of vinyl records.

Comic book artists streamlining styles as they progress, color work and uninked pencils are discussed, as well as comic book heroines, French comics and muck monsters.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson

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John Severin Cover For Cracked.

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