300 | First Experiences

For this episode we each chose two comics and tell about our first experiences with the titles, characters and themes that have defined us. Rook announces In The Collection, Dan Pritchard tells us about three comic book submissions he did in the past and Dallas talks about upcoming work from Joshua Cotter. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Dallas Busha

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300 Episodes And Still Unprofessional.

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297 | Supply And Demand

Eric / Promie joins the Core Four to share his first time foray of going down the rabbit hole of purchasing an in demand comic book he really wanted. Enjoy!

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Batman Fortnite Zero Point 1 Variant Cover.

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295 | New And Previously Read

We begin with series that return after the first storyline ends, then a talk about a couple of things that are new, then one that is not. It all ends with container homes, which we have never built nor lived in, but like all the same.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Checkmate

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Locke $ Key: …In Pale Battalions Go…

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291 | Rogan Gosh, Millar And Dune

Finding Milligan and McCarthy in the dollar box leads this episode down a rabbit hole of eighties comics, National Geographic, online pricing compared to real life and books by Mark Millar. And since we have all read DUNE The Graphic Novel we discuss that again as well as comic books and prose adapted to other media. We finish it out with Dept. H and yet another Ghost Rider series.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil

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Rogan Gosh By Brendan McCarthy And Peter Milligan.

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289 | Star Wars: The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian is discussed, along with other things Star Wars.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Dallas Busha

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Star Wars: Mandalorian.

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282 | Man-Thing & Weird Writers

Al has continued his reading of The Man-Thing Essentials while more talk of muck monsters and the people who drew them are discussed. The writers Steve Gerber and Doug Moench, the many storylines Ghost Rider has appeared in and the fluctuating price of past comic books almost finish it out. But Al asks Rook to explain gaming, which he does.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Craig Anthony Fountain

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Man-Thing Drawn By Arthur Adams And Frank D’Armata.

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277 | Creating Comics & Title Design

Much to Al’s chagrin, Borderguard starts this conversation off, which leads into the fantastic independent comic books of the early eighties and the changing of the industry. And since no one on social media seemed to like the title design for that comic, we talk about that as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Paulus Magnus

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Borderguard By Peter John Palmer, C.J. HendersonAl Val And Scott Hanna.

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276 | Rusty Brown And Wordy Writers

Chris Ware’s Rusty Brown begins the conversation, then Al questions why there are no statues of comic creators? Two series Don found in the dollar box that he can’t stop talking about, writers that use too many words, correspondence and Ramona Fradon. Members of the core four slowly drop off as the episode goes on. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Fanny

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Rusty Brown By Chris Ware.

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275 | Oneshi Press Origins Campaign

Oneshi Press join us to discuss two collections of indie comics they are funding that tell origin stories from zombies to indigenous superheroes to queer cowboys and beyond!

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Jayel Draco And Lynsey G. Oneshi Press Came
On To Talk About Their Origins Campaign.

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270 | The Eighth And Locke & Key

We review The Eighth By Adam Lawson And Jorin Evers, and get an interview with Adam as well. The Netflix series Locke & Key is discussed,along with the comic books we have gotten during isolation.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Evie Richner

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The Eighth By Adam Lawson And Jorin Evers.

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268 | The Unread Pile

Reading piles of comics laying around the house. Been pretty fun!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Cotoba

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Marineman By Ian Churchill.

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266 | French Comics, Mort Drucker

Another final Valerian volume came out, which of course leads to a discussion of Snowpiercer and the movies created from these comics. The recent My Comic Shop Country, cartoonists we lost and work we read in the past are covered at the end.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: 49 Cell Phones

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264 | Comic Shops And Digital

While the planet is in isolation mode, we connected via Skype to discuss comic books. Although most of the conversation steered towards the state of the comic shops, distribution and comics in digital form.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Evie Richner

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257 | Ragnarök, Grip And Descender

Last show of 2019 discusses Ragnarök: The Breaking of Helheim, Grip: The Strange World Of Men, comic book shows on TV and new Ghost Rider books. The first trade of Descender is talked about as well as Fantastic Four Grand Design. Thanks for listening, and enjoy your holiday season!

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Ragnarök: The Breaking of Helheim.

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227 | Locke And Key, The Seeds, Terry And The Pirates And Nikki Sixx

Locke & Key being made into a series on Netflix starts everything off, which goes into other shows and Dungeon And Dragons. A new comic from the Berger Books imprint, Terry And The Pirates, Captain Marvel and racial stereotypes are discussed and we finish with The Heroin Diaries.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Didges Christ SuperDrum

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Locke & Key Will Be A Netflix Series.

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226 | Superman 1, X-Men Grand Design And The Avengers

Bendis Superman starts the conversation off, then Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design is discussed in depth. Jason Aaron’s Avengers run is being read (Ghost Rider is in it) and it all ends with Velvet By Brubaker and Epting.

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Superman 1 Cover By Adam Hughes.

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217 | Flat Squirrel, Superman, Reading And Rereading

Anthony Desiato from Flat Squirrel Productions joins us, and besides discussing his many past and future projects, the different eras and storylines of Superman are covered as well. Then we go into books that are currently being read or reread.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Jakub Zytecki

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Superman.

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214 | Webcomics And Dollar Boxes

Vague talk of the new Star Wars movie and a discussion of the webcomic Blue starts the episode off. Page design, storytelling and website navigation come up, along with the new trailer for the upcoming Avengers movie. Dollar box diving, overinflated prices for back issues in the past and airline meals that no longer exist.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Blow

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Blue By Pat Grant.

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213 | Injection, Thriller And Clear Blue Tomorrows

This episode starts off with Injection, a retrospective of the short lived Thriller and the imported Clear Blue Tomorrows. Translations for foreign comics and comic book letter pages finish it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Pentatonix

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Injection By Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey And Jordie Bellaire.

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212 | Alex Toth, Newspaper Comics And Matt Howarth

The work and thought process of Alex Toth is discussed as well as newspaper comics we had never seen or didn’t bother reading when they were being published. Don talks about the incredible work of Matt Howarth while Al stays silent until Howard Chaykin is brought up.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Emitt Rhodes

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Alter Ego 63 Remembering Alex Toth.

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211 | Two Brothers, Wild Things And Mighty Crusaders

Two Brothers starts this episode off, which leads into The Umbrella AcademyThe Airtight Garage and Where The Wild Things Are. The second half covers the 1966 version of the MLJ superheroes The Mighty Crusaders and other lighthearted comic books. We enjoyed recording the second half so much that we did it twice.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: DisperseJakub Zytecki

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Two Brothers By Gabriel Bá And Fabio Moon.
Here Is Their Word Balloon Interview.

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209 | Mister Miracle, Espers And Underground Comix

Dallas is back, and he wants to talk about Halloween! Unfortunately Mister Miracle and his different creative teams, Espers, EC and underground comix are what we talk about. The holliday is discussed a little bit at the end.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Stars

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Mister Miracle By Tom King And Mitch Gerads.

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203 | Valerian, Pullapalooza And Earth’s Final Chapter

Valerian: The Complete Collection Volume 1 starts everything off, which sidetracks into the Squirrel Girl comic and the Valerian movie. Snow Piercer, listener mail and pullapalooza are discussed and we finish with a review of Earth’s Final Chapter From Endless Ink.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket

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202 | Miracleman And The Avengers

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

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Miracleman Written By Alan Moore.

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200 | Still No Direction

Two hundred episodes in and still no direction. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: ArkasiaAlex ChiltonPuffy AmiYumi

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197 | Free Comic Book Day 2017

It is Free Comic Book Day so it is another road trip to Yancy Street Comics.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: hitomi

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Don Thought Free Comic Book Day Started In The Nineties.
But It Began In 2003.

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193 | All-New X-Men

Dallas and Don have read the All New X-Men Trade 1 and discuss their thoughts on the book through Skype. Don briefly talks about The Maxx, and brings up that he confused that character with The Goon and Lobo, only because they were big guys with four letter names.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Robert Fripp & Andy Summers

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All New X-Men Trade 1 By Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen,
Wade Von Grawbadger And Marte Gracia.

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186 | Doom Patrol, Low And Alex And Ada

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.

Low: The Delirium Of Hope and the tight line of fantastic graphics and not being confusing is gone over, along with the third trade of Alex + Ada and text features In old comic books.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Strung Out

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Doom Patrol 2 From DC Young Animal. Cover By Michael Allred.

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185 | The World Of Edena, Nod Away And The Undertaking Of Lily Chen

Moebius and The World of Edena is discussed in great detail. Nod AwayThe Undertaking Of Lily Chen, Prince Of Persia and Doom Force are covered as well,
but not as much.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Pierre Legault

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Moebius Library: The World of Edena.

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183 | Archie Newspaper Strip, Bootlegs, RASL And Star Comics

While on the road, Al and Don discuss the Archie newspaper strip and the Archie Library Series. Bootleg recordings and obscure items found through mail order, comic shops and dollar boxes come up as well. Dallas comes on for ten minutes and talks about RASL Then Al asks about the Marvel imprint Star Comics, And Don Showed How Little He Actually Knew.

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The Archie Library 4.

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