Sunday, October 19, 2014

Episode 62 - Slow Burn


Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from October 15, 2014. Plus a Second Opinion, featuring questions answered by a different listener each week, with Sam Marx.

(Looking for the NYCC album? It'll be up later tonight.)

Show Notes:

It's October, and we're in the mood for some good horror comics. This week’s theme is the slow burn, as applied to those frightening situations that tease and entice us, revealing just enough to keep us interested. These two comics play to and distort our need to have all of the questions answered as soon as possible. And when they don’t, it often makes things even scarier.



Trees #6 32:45
The creepiest premise. More questions than answers. And the sensation that when things finally start happening, they'll probably not go well for anyone.

The Veil #5 46:40
An end that feels more like a beginning.





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This Weeks Intro: David Bowie - Slow Burn:


This Weeks Outro: Selena Gomez - Slow Down:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Episode 61.1 - I Want To Be A Part Of It (&Not Podcast)


Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

No show this week! Andrea decided that she just wanted to be on vacation and not podcast. Its all her fault. Next week will be our best show yet, we guarantee it. 




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This Weeks Intro: Frank Sinatra - New York, New York:


This Weeks Outro: Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Episode 61 - Die For The Government


Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from October 1, 2014. Plus a Second Opinion, featuring questions answered by a different listener each week, with Carl SmithCarl's Kickstarter for The Horror at Loon Lake is going on now!
On The Couch: artist Annie Wu.

Show Notes:
This week, we’re looking at anti-heroes, but cut from a very specific cloth. Say you are a former sidekick. You used to pal around with a pretty serious hero-type. Captain America, say. Or Batman. Strong moral integrity, clear cut sense of right and wrong. Willing to go to extremes to help the little guy. So what happens when you stop being a sidekick? When you get to decide the hero you want to be, instead of standing in the shadows of another. What traits would you emulate? How much of your former role model would you use to define yourself? We’re looking at two books this week whose characters are definitely not sidekicks, and haven’t been for awhile. These men have broken away from their former identities, though those experiences still inform the kind of hero they are today. The assassin. And the spy.

This is the assassin. You knew that. He's hanging out with Daisy Johnson. You may have known that. She is not his sidekick. Now you know that. And he's definitely not a traditional hero.

Grayson #3 22:15
This is the spy. Did you know that? He used to be Batman's sidekick. You probably knew that. He may still be. Does he know that? He's not a traditional hero, either.

The Couch - Annie Wu 32:47
Most of you will know Annie as the artist behind Kate Bishop’s adventures in Los Angeles in Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye. She also co-created the new Batgirl in Batman Beyond with writer Scott Peterson. Annie is a storyboard artist for The Venture Brothers on Adult Swim, and straight up one of the funniest people on the internet.




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This Weeks Intro: Anti-Flag - Die For Your Government:


This Weeks Outro: DEVO - Secret Agent Man:

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Episode 60 - You're A Lot Like Me. (I'm Sorry.)


Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Three comics from September 24, 2014. Plus Second Opinions, featuring questions answered by a different listener each week, with Chase Magnett.

Show Notes:
This week's theme is parents and children: re-introductions. As we grow older, we usually lose that close parental bond, if we had it at all, as parents and children interact more and more within the context of their broader family and communities. Sometimes that shift happens prematurely, even violently. Sometimes it happens before one or both sides is ready to let go. So when we have a chance to sit down with mom or dad again, we have to rediscover who they are and what they mean to us. The characters in this week’s comics are cast adrift, physically separated from others and forced to re-introduce themselves as a family again. To address past misconceptions and miscommunications. And to decide if they’re going to work together or fall apart.

Low #3 18:05
Faith of the mothers.

Sins of the fathers.

Cyclops #5 39:00
Bounty (hunters) of the fathers.



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This week's intro: Ben Folds - Still Fighting It:


This weeks' outro: Harry Chapin - Cats In The Cradle:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Episode 59 - The Music In Me



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from September 17, 2014. Plus Second Opinions, featuring questions answered by a different listener each week, with Matt Baum.

Show Notes:
The theme this week? If music be the food of love, play on. For centuries, music has been a focus and an outlet for friends, fools and foes alike. It’s a shared passion that brings us together like few other things can. It’s a distraction from pain and an opportunity for greatness. Every musician dreams of hitting it big, becoming a star, becoming a god. We’re looking at two books this week where music and character intertwine. And where gods and mortals do, too.

Aaaaand then we recorded. And Aaron essentially vetoed the theme, as he is wont to do. So instead of talking about comics and music, we mostly just talk about how much he hates comics, and other fun things that are fun.



The Couch - writer Sean E. Williams 36:15
Sean is the co-writer of Artful Daggers, published digitally by Monkeybrain Comics and in trade by IDW. He wrote the New York Times best-selling Fairest: Return of the Maharaja, published by Vertigo, and has written for The Vampire Diaries and upcoming Sensation Comics, published by DC.



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This week's intro: Aretha Franklin ~ Mumbles - I've Got The Music In Me:


This week's outro: The Doors - When the Music's Over:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Episode 58 - Just The Two Of Us



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two books from September 10, 2014. Plus, our brand new segment Second Opinions, featuring questions answered by a single listener each week. Starting us off, Jessica Boyd.

Show Notes:
The theme this week is (deep breath) nonverbal sidekicks and the monologuing women who love them. We’re looking at two comics with strong young female protagonists, both of whom we’ve discussed, but whose point of view, and commentary thereof, is an important part of the identity of the book. In both cases, that insight is tempered by our heroines’ relationships with their nonverbal companions, who serve to actually humanize the interactions with the rest of the characters. Seriously. This is going to be a good conversation. Actually about comics.

Amelia Cole #18: The Enemy Unleashed 11:35
Amelia and Lemmy. And spoilers.

Ms. Marvel #8 22:45
Kamala and Lockjaw. And yet another conversation about predictive gender roles.

The Couch - artist Ibrahim Moustafa 41:30
Ibrahim drew The Pound: Ghoul’s Night out for IDW but you probably know him as the artist on High Crimes, digitally published by Monkeybrain Comics and out in hard cover next spring by Dark Horse Comics.

The artist Ibrahim mentions during the interview is Kim Jung Gi.



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This week's intro: Will Smith - Just The Two Of Us:


This week's outro: Aladdin - Friend Like Me:

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Episode 57 - Small Town



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Three books from September 3, 2014. 

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is small town, big terror. There’s a special kind of monster - and justice - that inhabits a fictional insular community, whether it be in the Pacific Northwest, the deep South or inside the brain of a killer. Yeah, you read that right. This is comics, kids, where murder and mayhem in small town, U.S.A. can take on a whole new level. Serial bullies, serial monsters, serial killers. And don’t get us started on the daddy issues.

Be mindful of the internal time stamps this week. The conversation sort of evolved...or devolved, depending on your perspective, so at various points all three books are sort of loosely discussed. Remember, no reviews. Just analysis. And this episode, a very skewed one at that.

Not a lot of comics talk, but plenty about our own experiences with small towns. Let's just say we can both agree this setting is ripe for the story picking.

Nailbiter #5 11:40 
Start with an intense (and ignorant?) debate about small towns vs. urban areas. Then at 24:45, our fearless hosts attempt to get back on track and chat about comics. It doesn't take.
At 26:50, Andrea prompts Aaron again about - you know, the comic - and then they move on. Don't worry, Nailbiter comes up in subsequent segments at 30:45, 35:32, 37:02 and 43:05.

Headspace #4 27:57
Let's call this segment 35% comic, 65% more arguing about small towns. And the human psyche.

Southern Bastards #4 38:45
And finally, a more evenly balanced discussion about faith, small towns and going back home again. Also comics. Ish.

Songs for the segments transitions are variations of the song "Homeward Bound" by the following artists:
Simon & Garfunkel
Alison Brown
Willie Nelson
Passenger
Red Molly



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This Weeks Intro: John Mellencamp - Small Town:


This Weeks Outro: John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads: