This episode begins with Don talking about a comic that has already been discussed on an earlier episode, and Rook finishes with two new books we haven’t seen. We talk about Heavy Metal in the middle. Enjoy!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Dallas Busha
Don has squandered a lot of time on YouTube and talks about The Daily Doug, Loop TV, NewsFromMeTV and the loss of Steve Sherman. 100-Page Giants, Ultraman and MEGO action figures, Prince Planet, Red Sonja and Frank Thorne are discussed after that. Detailed, decorative artists that can be confusing to read, Fantastic Four: Life Story and other silver age comics being retold.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Joyeater
Storage for comics and magazines start the conversation off, but almost immediately goes into music, humor magazines and things that are hard to find. Then Al starts asking about comic book distribution and what past artists are doing now. Scott answered a couple, but not all.
We start off talking about movies Al has finally seen, and double features from the past. Steve Rude, Space Ghost, Jeff Jones, Charles Vess, Michael Kaluta, assorted Artist’s Editions and the first comics bought as a kid are discussed. Chris Ware, paperback book covers of the 70s and architecture in comics come up, along with Hanna-Barbera comics, Owen Fitzgerald, Ernie Colón, Mike Ploog and P. Craig Russell.
LISTENER WARNING! Episode Is SO Packed It Will Download With A THUD.
Al and Don discuss old comic strips reprinted in the seventies and comic book schools, They bring up the question of creators or titles, buying properties only to alter it for the screen and Silver Surfer by Slott and Allred is also discussed.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Dukes Of Stratosphear
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.
After 11 long episodes, the entire crew is finally united for the 12th. We’re kind of like the Justice League. This week, we’re all brought together to discuss Season 2 of Robert Kirkman and AMC’s The Walking Dead. Don and Dallas are absolute fans of the show, Rook is a huge fan of the comic, and Al hasn’t seen it yet. Good times and technical difficulties ensue. As zombie talk winds down, the boys ask WHAT ARE YOU READING, which ranges from the works of Richard Corben to Raymond Briggs. Enjoy, and leave a comment below the show notes!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Groovy Cool