Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Episode 52 - Nothin' But A Good Time

Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

This week’s show is short and sweet, with some fun stories from Aaron about his glory days in San Diego and some specifics about how to find Andrea if you’re going to be at the con. In a non creepy way, of course. Be kind and have fun. Those are the rules.

Andrea's panel with Reading With Pictures is at 4pm on Friday, July 25. More information can be found here.

If you aren't already, you can follow Andrea on Twitter at @andreashock. Or follow her partner in crime Rod at @roderickruth for pictures and shenanigans. You can also follow Aaron at @aaronmeyers, but he'll be in Oregon. Aw snap.

Looking to meet up with us? Add your info to this list. Have a safe, fun SDCC, everyone!

And happy anniversary, Comics Therapy. Here's to another great year.

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This Weeks Intro: Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison:

This Weeks Outro: Captain & Tennille - Love Will Keep Us Together:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Episode 51 - True Colors

Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Plus your Nerd Confessions (about your favorite character origins).
On The Couch: writer Marguerite Bennett.

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is you can’t deny who you really are. Nature or nurture, whatever it is that makes you you, can’t truly be contained. And more importantly, it shouldn’t be. You *are* a unique snowflake, and trying to be someone or something you aren’t just because other people want you to is only going to bum you out in the long term. We’re looking at two characters who are resisting their true selves, one to fit in and one to, well, not kill people. But hey, if killing people is who you are, do your thing. Maybe. In comics, anyway.

Elektra #4 19:15
An assassin with heart, and a discussion of memory and self identity.

A (warrior) fish out of water, and a(nother) discussion of gender roles in today's society.

The Couch - Marguerite Bennett 58:34
Marguerite has written a handful of titles for DC comics, including issues of Batgirl, Lobo, Batman: Joker’s Daughter and Superman: Lois Lane. She’s part of the writing team for the upcoming Earth 2: World’s End weekly series out this fall as well. Last week, Marvel announced that Marguerite would be writing the Lady Deathstrike story as part of The Logan Legacy following the Death of Wolverine, also out this fall. And for Boom, she’s writing the Sleepy Hollow miniseries, based on the television show, and co-writing Butterfly with Aresh Amel, published through their Archaia imprint.

Some of Marguerite's favorite books right now include Lumberjanes, Saga, Batwoman and Batgirl.

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This weeks Intro Cyndi Lauper - True Colors:

This weeks outro Britt Nicole - Gold:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Episode 50 - Getting Angry Never Solved Anything

Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Three comics from Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Plus your Nerd Confessions (about comics that made you angry).

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is getting angry never solved anything. Really. It just makes things worse. We're not saying let people walk all over you, just maybe pick your battles. Chill out. C’est la vie. We’re looking at characters who haven’t quite mastered the art of taking a deep breath and counting to ten before freaking out. Shockingly, not a single one of them is big and green, either. Turns out, there’s a lot of anger in comics. Because while it may not be a great life strategy, it does make for good storytelling.

Punching aliens while the aliens punch you. Carol Danvers hits first and asks questions later.

Punching robots while the robots (and their human) punch you. Magnus hits first and never asks questions at all.
(Bonus: more Carol Danvers talk.)

Punching...your mom? While the CIA tries to punch you? Valentine is surprisingly the most level-headed of this group, so far.
(Bonus: more Carol Danvers talk AND extended insight into Andrea's pop culture dissonance.)

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This week's intro: MIKA - Grace Kelly:

This week's outro: The Traits - Nobody Loves The Hulk:

Friday, July 4, 2014

Episode 49 - I'm the World's Greatest

Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans
No interview this week, but the show is up a day early. For the people.

Three comics from July 2, 2014. Plus your Nerd Confessions (about your favorite comics EVER) and a bit of Regression Therapy. 

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is delusions of grandeur. We’re looking at characters who think they’re untouchable, unstoppable. That’s a pretty common trait in comics. Heroes and villains with a god complex make up probably a third of the books out there. What sorts of things have to be in play to convince an individual that he is all-powerful? And yes, shockingly, all of the delusional characters we’re looking at today happen to be male. Go figure.

Moon Knight #5 22:00
This unstable vigilante is kicking ass and taking names, looking more confident than he has in years. So far, his delusions really are pretty grand.

The White Suits #4 37:35
Who are the good guys anymore? And if revenge is the motivator behind one's actions, are those actions still done for the greater good?

Sheltered #10 52:50
A God amongst kids. Or a reprehensible leader, using his charisma - and a lot of lying - to carry out the most atrocious acts.

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This weeks Intro R. Kelly - The World's Greatest:

This weeks outro Joe Esposito - You're The Best Around:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Episode 48 - Intergalactic

Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two books from June 25, 2014. Plus Your Nerd Confessions (about your favorite comics set in space) and a brief moment of Regression Therapy.
On The Couch: artist Nick Pitarra.

Show Notes:
After last week’s navel gazing, we’re turning our eyes upward and outward to ponder the vastness of space and the opportunities that present themselves beyond the limits of this rock we all call home. Do the trials and tribulations of Earth translate to space or is space crime more exciting because it’s in space? And what makes someone decide to go to space in the first place? Earth may be full of issues, but at least they’re usually pretty manageable. Space is so vast and unpredictable, as we’ll see. Plus, in space, no one can hear you scream.

The Fuse #5 14:30
"It's a trap."

Letter 44 #7 29:40
"You will find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view."

The Couch - Nick Pitarra 46:05
Nick is the artist and co-creator of the Eisner-nominated series The Manhattan Projects, published by Image Comics. He previously collaborated with his co-creator Jonathan Hickman on The Red Wing, also published by Image.

It's a long interview, and we kept the pre- and post-conversation in the show. Otherwise you would have missed a sweet discussion about kale. And also comics. And Skype. And drawing. Yeaahhh. It's a loooong interview. You're welcome.

If you're looking for the drawings themselves, here ya go. The rules were as follows:
1. Lying Cat vs. Laika
2. Drawn only during the interview
3. Tradesies at SDCC

As you can see, Nick totally failed to follow #2. Unsurprisingly.

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This weeks Intro Beastie Boys - Intergalactic:

This weeks outro Space Truckin' - Deep Purple:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Episode 47 - That Boy Needs Therapy

Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two books from June 18, 2014. Plus Your Nerd Confessions (about which characters would benefit most from therapy or counseling) and a new segment, Regression Therapy.

Show Notes:
This week's theme is internal demons, specifically in the form of mental illness. There’s such a stigma in our culture when it comes to talking about this kind of stuff, and even more so when it comes to admitting it’s something you have dealt with personally. Comics - and movies, books, television, art in general - give us a chance to be honest under the guise of storytelling. Something happens, though, when that raw truth is recognizable and relatable under the fictional glaze. It’s beautiful and scary and awesome. Comics, man. Good job this week making us think.

The story of the way a young boy deals with his fractured, abusive home life. How he uses fantasy to escape his tragic reality. And how this vivid disassociation itself could be the symptom of something far more insidious going on inside his head. This isn’t a superhero story in the traditional sense at all, and that’s what makes its character journeys so incredible.

A much more complete view of Jon than we’ve ever seen before. He’s struggling. He’s impulsive. He’s intense. He’s detaching from his own contrived reality. He needs help, because he can’t help himself. This issue is Jon’s story of the consequences of his own slippage and one possible attempt at a reset. He’s on meds, so there may not be any more impulsivity issues - bad or good - but there are also no more feelings. Everything is just fine. Until it isn’t.

The Couch - Jen Vaughn 39:55
Jen has contributed to Adventure Time and Princeless, and is part of the team doing Cartozia Tales, the all-ages anthology. Her book Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective - decidedly not all-ages - is published by Monkeybrain Comics. Jen also works in marketing and communications for Fantagraphics and you may have seen her in Cartoon College, the documentary film about the Center for Cartoon Studies where she did her graduate work.

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This week's intro is The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist:

This week's outro is Eels - Novocaine For The Soul:

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Episode 46 - You Don't Know Me At All

Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from June 11, 2014. Plus your Nerd Confessions (about your favorite time meeting a creator in real life).
On The Couch: Eisner-winning writer J. M. DeMatteis

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is you ain’t who you say you are. You know that terrible feeling when you discover waaay late in the game that someone you really thought you knew is in fact totally different in every way? It never works in the positive direction, either. It’s not like suddenly they turn awesome after being a giant asshole. Noooooo. It’s totally like after years and years of trusting you really know someone BOOM! You wake up and realize it was all a lie. We’re looking at two comics that touch on that big reveal, that big realization that there’s a whole lot more  - or less - going on under the surface than you expected. Could be robots. Could be secrets. Murder. Mayhem. Mystery. Could be the comic itself is completely not what you expected. Really, it’s fine.

Two cops. One is a robot. They don't know which one. Hijinks ensue. In the comic and on the show.

Another Marvel event with cosmic implications. And advertisements. And mansplaining. Not a lot of secrets, though. Weird.

The Couch - J.M. DeMatteis 42:28
Over his 35 year career, Mr. DeMatteis has written lengthy runs on Captain America and Spider-Man for Marvel, including the critically acclaimed ‘Kraven’s Last Hunt’ storyline. He’s written countless Justice League stories for DC over the years, winning the Eisner in 2004 for the mini-series Formerly Known As The Justice League with Keith Giffen and Kevin MacGuire. His graphic novels Mercy and Moonshadow among others helped launch the DC imprint Vertigo in the 90s. He’s written all-ages comics and prose, like Abadazad and the novel Imaginalis, as well as episodes of Teen Titans Go!, Ben 10 and other animated shows. He is currently writing Justice League 3000 and Justice League Dark for DC Comics.

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This weeks Intro You Don't Know Me Lyrics - Ben Folds:

This weeks outro Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now: