It’s been five weeks, which makes sense since it’s not easy to find books! Even some mainstays have disappointed the last couple months… and, of course, some haven’t.
Floppies – The Weatherman, Punks Not Dead, Barbarella, Bloodstrike, Highest House, Ether: Copper Golems, Infinity 8 vol 2, Maestros, Jimmy’s Bastards, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest, Redneck, X-Men: Second Genesis, Seeds, Kaijumax Season Four.
Retro – Love and Rockets.
Trades – Complete Aleck Sinner Vol 2, Fourth World Omnibus, The Complete The Killer.
Floppies – Ether The Copper Golems, Barrier, Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Doctor Star, The Sentry, Kill or Be Killed, Lazarus, Snagglepuss, Kaijumax, Bloodstrike, Damned, Magic Order, Mister Miracle, Plastic Man, Resident Alien, Weatherman, Barbarella, Flavor, Punks Not Dead, Coda.
Retro – Love and Rockets, DC Comics Presents, Star Trek.
Trades – The Troublemakers, Young Frances.
Mixed media – Whatever Happened to the Girl of Tomorrow, The Flash, Luke Cage, Ant-Man 2.
Only a month since the last episode! Back on track?
Floppies – Isola, Flavor, Death or Glory, Maestro, Lazarus, Barrier, Black Hammer Age of Doom, Doctor Star, Ether The Copper Golems, Infinity 8, Highest House, Barbarella, Jimmys Bastards, Exit Stage Left Snagglepuss, Batman White Knight, Damned, Punks Not Dead, Assassinistas, Love and Rockets.
Trades – Sherlock Frankenstein, Young Frances, The Troublemakers.
Floppies – Terrifics, Doctor Star, Black Hammer, Gideon Falls, Punks not Dead, Kid Lobotomy, Assassinistas, Mister Miracle, Batman White Knight, Vampironica, Ruff and Reddy, Infinity 8, Dry County, Highest House, Vinegar Teeth, Spider King, Resident Alien, Evolution, Kong on Apes, Redneck, Dead Hand, Snagglepuss, I Hate Fairyland , Isola, War Stories, Thrawn, Damned, Lazarus, Barbarella.
Trades – Lone Sloane, X-Men Grand Design, Reefer Madness, Epic Collection Master of Kung Fu vol 1, Dave Sheridan’s Dealer McDope, Leather Nun, and Freak Bros, Aleck Sinner vol 2 The Age of Disenchantment.
Vernon and I start off talking Marvel and C.B. Cebulski and Akira Yoshida. Then we talk a little about the Berger Books ashcan.
Then we get onto the actual comics and there are some good ones….
Floppies – Batman: White Knight, Doomsday Clock, Ruff and Reddy Show, Sherlock Frankenstein, Black Crown Quarterly, Kid Lobotomy, Punisher Platoon, Jimmy’s Bastards, Dastardly and Muttley, Spy Seal, Evolution, The Jetsons, Redneck, Angelic, Maestro, Kill the Minotaur, Copperhead, The Grave Diggers Union Retcon, Coyotes, Kaijumax, Divided States of America, Fu Jitsu.
Trades – Superman: American Alien, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank, The Demon by Jack Kirby
Media – Justice League, Crisis on Earth X, The Punisher
Vernon starts off the show talking about Marvel Legacy from a retailer’s standpoint. Then we review the latest failures of “pitch” comics.
But then the fun starts, because amid all these comics we discuss, there are some truly great ones. Listen to find out which!
Comics discussed: Angelic, Godshaper, Black Hammer, Sherlock Frankenstein, Kill The Minotaur, Damned, Divided States, Ruff & Reddy Show, Kaijumax, Slam Next Jam, Jimmys Bastards, Punisher Platoon, Dastardley and Muttley, Batman White Knight, Mr Miracle, Spy Seal, Fu jitsu, Cinema Purgatorio, Copperhead, Atomahawk, Maestros.
Then we talk about these trades: Mr Miracle by Kirby, Flintstones vol 2, Unquotable Trump, Nick Fury, Alack Sinner.
So it turns out monthly is too much for us; we’re hoping to hold with an every six weeks schedule. You’ll know if it works in six weeks.
We open the show talking, as always, about the state of things in the comics industry.
After that ever-depressing segment, we talk about these comics: Jimmys Bastards, Divided States of Hysteria, Black Hammer, Doom Patrol, Sabrina, Lady Killer, Spy Seal, Hercules Wrath of the Heavens, Godshaper, Motor Crush, Redneck, Kill or Be Killed, Kill the Minotaur, Slam Next Jam, Kaijumax Season 3, Sacred Creatures, Night’s Dominion V2, Mister Miracle, Dastardly and Muttley.
Then we talk about these trades: Comic Book History of Comics, Slam, Jupiters Legacy vol 2, Alack Sinner.
Two months since our last podcast–we really thought it’d been a month–Vernon and I commit to monthly episodes! Fingers crossed we managed it.
We open the show talking about the Big Two and how lousy they seem to be at making comics people want to read (specifically the House of Bad Ideas).
Then we talk about these comics: Supergirl Being Super, Godshaper, Kill The Minotaur, Redneck, Black Hammer, Kaijumax, Sabrina, Sacred Creatures, Jimmy’s Bastards, Cinema Purgatorio, I Hate Fairyland, War Stories, Aliens Dead Orbit , Mage, Love and Rockets, Empowered, Divided States of Hysteria, Mech Cadet Yu.
It’s been forever since our last episode but we still manage to be (relatively) speedy.
We talk about these comics: Kamandi Challenge, Black Hammer, Godshaper, Aliens Dead Orbit, Heroines, Redneck, New Superman, Letter 44, Hadrian’s Wall, War Stories, Last Contract, Providence, Mockingbird.
Then we talk the CW superhero TV wrap-up (though no “Arrow” because come on) and Vernon tries to get me to spoil Wonder Woman.
The Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ horror masterpiece Providence has just finished, so what better time to talk about what the end of Providence means; not just for faithful readers, but for comic books as a medium.
Another long stretch between episodes so we talk a lot for almost two hours.
We talk about these comics: Extremity, Redline, Royal City, Grass Kings, Crime Destroyer, Loose Ends, Flintstones, God Country, Nights Dominion, Rat Queens, Dead Inside, Empowered Soldier of Love, Cinema Purgatorio, Motor Crush, Lady Killer, Copperhead, Ether, War Stories, Slam, Supergirl Being Super, New Super Man, Lake of Fire, and Demonic. We also talk about a couple more, but we didn’t have them on the outline so I don’t remember.
Then we talk about superhero movies and TV and get somewhat dejected.
The worst, the best, the almost there, the just there.
BPRD, Eltingville Club, Phonogram, Tokyo Ghost, Legacy of Luther Strode, Nowhere Men, PROPHET earth War, Kennel Block Blues/Hot Damn, Circuit Breaker, Empress, The Fix, Strange Fruit, Dark Knight III, Dreaming Eagles /War Stories/ Johnny Red, Prez Corndog in Chief, Starve, Mockingbird, Mickeys Craziest Adventure, Copra, DC’s Young Animals line, Cinema Purgatorio, The Archie Line, Monstress, Ringside, Letter 44, Injection, Blubber, Jupiters Legacy vol 2, Manifest Destiny, Godammned, Hip Hop Family Tree, Weird Detective, Kill or Be Killed, Lady Killer 2, Black Monday Murders, Demonic, Lake of Fire, Jim Thompson- Killer Inside Me, Love and Rockets, Nights Dominion, Hadrians Wall, I Hate Fairyland, Moonshine, New Super Man, Violent Love, Comic Book History of Comics, Ether, Arclight, Electric Sublime, Slam!, Motor Crush, Lazarus, Usagi Yojimbo, Last Contract, The Spire, Harrow County, Baker Street Peculiars, Kaijumax, Flintstones, Black Hammer, Resident Alien-Man With No Name, Providence.
It’s an extra-sized episode because it’s been so long since the last episode.
Here’s what we talk about.
Black Hammer, Ether, Comic Book History of Comics, Kaijumax, Lake of Fire, Hadrians Wall, Electric Sublime, Resident Alien, Lady Killer, Jessica Jones, AD After Death, Cinema Purgatorio, Nights Dominion, Killer Inside Me, Moonshine, Prophet Earth War, Goddamned, Weird Detective, Surgeon X, The Flintstones, Providence, Motor Crush, Motra, Violent Love
Plus Mockingbird: I Can Explain, Mickey’s Craziest Adventures, plus general news and happenings, plus TV talk, including “Arrow” for once because finally they made it essential to watch “Arrow”
Are we on time? We’re not as late as usual though we aren’t exactly on time. But a lot is going on with comics and it’s a very full episode.
Here’s what we talk about.
DC Rebirth, Young Animal, Flintstones, Dark Knight, Mockingbird, Jessica Jones, Afterlife with Archie, Stranger Attractors, Kill or be Killed, Demonic, Nights Dominion, Kong of Skull Island, Betty Boop, Resident Alien, Jupiter’s Legacy, Reborn, 7 to Eternity, Red One, Hadrian’s Wall, Moonshine, Killer Inside Me, Electric Sublime, Manifest Destiny, I Hate Fairyland, Lazarus, Weird Detective, Black Hammer, Kaijumax, Love and Rockets
Plus trades, plus general news and happenings, plus TV talk, minus “Arrow” because no one watches “Arrow”
Matt talked me into seeing Suicide Squad, which I actually forgot to give him crap about on this podcast special.
We talk about the movie, we talk about the comics, we talk about comic book movies. It’s Marvel Comics movies vs. DC Comics movies from a couple DC Comics fans (definitely more so than not, anyway) who don’t even like the Marvel Comics movies too much. Suicide Squad is just so objectively bad, it forces uneasy alliances and unlikely sympathies.
In hindsight, however, the Suicide Squad trailer did have Jared Leto’s Tony Montana meets Patrick Bateman rendition of The Joker promising to hurt someone really, really bad. And the movie delivers. It hurts your brain, really, really bad. Because it’s really, really bad.
So join Matt and I as we relive the lows and lowers and lowests of David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad.
The very BEST Alan Moore ending in his entire body of work. – Guillermo del Toro, filmmaker
The Killing Joke is a story about Batman and the Joker; it isn’t about anything that you’re ever going to encounter in real life, because Batman and the Joker are not like any human beings that have ever lived. So there’s no important human information being imparted … Yeah, it was something that I thought was clumsy, misjudged and had no real human importance. It was just about a couple of licensed DC characters that didn’t really relate to the real world in any way. – Alan Moore, the original writer, The Killing Joke
Wanna say that again, pussy? – Brian Azzarello, screenwriter, Batman: The Killing Joke
Out of nowhere–well, the questionably sincere loins of 2016 DC Animation–comes Batman: The Killing Joke, the animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s seminal 1988 comic book one-shot, starring Tara Strong as Batgirl, Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill in his much-anticipated return as The Joker. Matthew Hurwitz and I thought it might be nice to sit down and hash over the film, much like we did for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Little did we know Killing Joke wouldn’t just turn out to be terrible, it would find astoundingly terrible ways to be terrible.
So join us now, as we gaze long into Batman: The Killing Joke and peel back each layer of superhero comics, animation and movie history that lead from the original book to a movie that did virtually everything wrong. Yeah, you knew we were the only ones up to the task. While everyone else is ranting about the instantly-infamous Batman / Batgirl hookup sex scene, only The Comics Fondle Podcast gives equal time to discussing the idiocy of this version having The Joker use circus freaks as a gang of deadly goons.
(We do actually get to discuss some good things, like “Batman: The Animated Series” and some comics. It’s not all doom and gloom. There’s whimsy)
Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ horror masterpiece Providence has just begun its final act, so what better time to take an in-depth look back at the journey so far with a Comics Fondle Podcast one-shot?
Guest co-host (and occasional Comics Fondle contributor) Matthew Hurwitz of Danger Burger joins to chat for over two hours about Robert Black’s oblivious odyssey through the New England of H.P. Lovecraft. Join us as we take into account the many weird tales interwoven through Moore’s sprawling homage: The Call of Cthulu, The Dunwich Horror, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, Herbert West: Re-Animator, From Beyond, Pickman’s Model, The Haunter of the Dark, et all, plus the epic’s origins in Moore & Burrows’ previous Lovecraft comics from Avatar Press, The Courtyard and Neonomicon.
We also consider the stature Providence could occupy in the context of Moore’s seminal career and speculate as to how he might surprise his readers with the series’ conclusion.
Much trivia mentioned in this recording would not have been ascertained without the starry wisdom of Facts in the Case of Alan Moore’s Providence, whose meticulous research makes the Stella Sapiente’s archival work look like Robert Black’s dream journal.
Sorry in advance for the audio troubles, folks. Vernon and I are trying to figure it out and we’re having separate technological failures concurrently. No fun. But eighty-four or so minutes of Comics Fondle goodness this episode.
After missing a month–we have no idea where that episode went–Vernon and I are back with lots of new comics to talk about. All our regular indies–Image, Oni, Ennis and Moore Avatar–and I think we even talk about a Marvel and DC comic. One for each of them. Give it a listen.
YOWSA! BACK from the dead, your Comics Fondle hosts Andrew and Vernon talk about nothing less than 35 TITLES! Can you TAKE IT, pilgrim? We even manage to reveiw ONE Marvel book! So get a beverage of your choice, sit back in your comfy spot, and find out about all the titles you SHOULD be reading! Order of the Forge! Minimum Wage! Kaijumax! And MANY MANY MORE!