While in Virginia, Don meets up with Scott Conner, who is one of our first listeners. As the conversation flowed, they decided to record a show, and here it is.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Colossus
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.
Our host Dallas is joined by Rook, Don and Al to discuss anything and everything related to comics. Rook pulls out a gem from his childhood called Twilight Man, Don mentions TUKI which begins a nostalgic discussion about Jeff Smith and Bone. Al talks Archie (Archie Vs. Predator, All New Archie) and the wonderful artist of Afterlife With Archie, Francesco Francavilla.
Dallas reminisces about his favorite Alex Ross print of the Uncanny X-Men, and Roy Thomas is name-dropped. Dallas reviews the wonderful Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. And, of course, there is talk of The Walking Dead and the new AMC show, Fear The Walking Dead.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Joy Formidable
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.