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
Red Molly

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This Weeks Intro: John Mellencamp - Small Town:

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

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Episode 56 - Fight The Power

Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from August 27, 2014. Plus Regression Therapy (about DC and Marvel, go figure).
On The Couch: writer Joe Casey.

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is one part respect my authority, one part know your enemies. We’re looking at two comics where the organizations in power are characters in and of themselves. Where the members of said organizations are guided and influenced, for better or for worse, by their affiliation. Where the greater good is wildly up for debate and where absolute power just might corrupt absolutely. We’d like to believe that super powered authorities would have our super best interests in mind, but in comics that’s definitely not the case.

C.O.W.L. #4 13:17
Superhero union negotiations in 1960s Chicago. When the super law of the land is an official - and public - part of the political machine, corruption is included.

Mind MGMT #25 26:07
Sometimes managing the super talented is secondary to using them to manage the regular folks. But when the shadowy organization designed to do that falls apart, chaos reigns for all.

The Couch - writer Joe Casey 41:15
Joe has written for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse among others, and his creator-owned works like Godland, The Bounce and Sex have been published through Image Comics. His development and production company Man of Action created Ben 10 and Generator Rex, both on the Cartoon Network, and produced and story edited Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel's Avenger’s Assemble on Disney XD. Just recently he picked up the reigns on the new Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers ongoing published by Dynamite Entertainment, and at the Image Expo that kicked off San Diego Comic Con, he announced his newest creator-owned book Valhalla Mad.
Songs for the segment transitions are variations of "I Fought The Law" by the following artists:
Nanci Griffith
Bobby Fuller Four
The Clash
The Dead Kennedys

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This week's intro: Public Enemy - Fight The Power:

This week's outro: David Bowie - Queen Bitch:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Episode 55 - We Can Build This Dream Together

Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from August 20, 2014. Plus your Nerd Confessions (about your favorite teams).

Show Notes:
This week we’re talking about teams, however reluctantly they may come together. We’ve always been fascinated by group dynamics, especially if the members of the group are aware of their own inherent dysfunction. And maybe it’s more accurate to say we’re talking about that self awareness rather than the teams themselves. In all three books today - Secret Avengers and The Multiversity, as well as The Wrenchies which we discussed with creator Farel Dalrymple - members of the teams in question are not only aware of the precariousness of their partnerships but also that their entire existence is a construct in a comic book. The ultimate meta team for the multiverse.

Breaking the fourth wall. Ask Aaron how he feels about that.
Also: Marvel continuity and a shocking role reversal.

Bending the fourth wall. Now ask Aaron how he feels about that.
Also: DC continuity and...we don't know shit.

The Couch - Farel Dalrymple 36:33
Farel is known for his creator-owned work, like the Eisner-nominated It Will All Hurt, published by Study Group Comics and Pop Gun War, published by Dark Horse Comics. He also drew Omega the Unknown for Marvel Comics. In 2013, Delusional, a collection of comics and sketches was published by AdHouse Books. His newest work, the graphic novel The Wrenchies, was published this summer by First Second.

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This Weeks Intro: Ben Folds Five - Philosophy:

This Weeks Outro: Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Episode 54 - How The Gods Kill

Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from August 13, 2014. Plus your Nerd Confessions (about your favorite gods in comics).

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is the gods must be crazy. We’re talking about two books that illustrate how fucked up the powers that be - or not to be - really are. And they definitely hold a grudge against the women and men created in their image. So much so that sometimes it’s not clear whether we’re talking about the good guys or the bad guys, the gods or the demons themselves.

This episode was recorded LIVE AND IN PERSON for only the second (and possibly final) time ever, and features not one but TWO Eisner-nominated creators named Chris! That also means the audio quality for the first half of the show is not up to our usual standards, but hopefully we made up for it with bonus hilarity.

The Couch - Chris Ross 44:05
Chris is the Director of Digital Publishing for Top Shelf Productions. He’s also their lead designer, and you’ve seen his work on Nate Powell, John Lewis and Andrew Aydin’s March, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler’s God is Disappointed in You, Jeff Lemire’s Lost Dogs and Underwater Welder and of course Ed Piskor’s Wizzywig, nominated for Best Publication Design, probably for it’s sweet dimensional cover hotness. We talked about what exactly all this production stuff means, and some good old fashioned digital vs. print ideas. Also scotch. And wine.

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This Weeks Intro: Danzig - How The Gods Kill:

This Weeks Outro: 2pac - Only God Can Judge Me:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Episode 53 - On The Streets (Alternate Title: Oh The Humanity)

Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from August 6, 2014. Plus your Nerd Confessions (shouting out your most favorite LCS, in honor of our friends at Legends Comics & Coffee taking home an Eisner for best comic shop in the world!)

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is on the streets where you live. (There’s even a great song from the musical My Fair Lady that we could have used for the intro music, but of course Aaron vetoed that because he hates joy.) We are looking at two characters who live on and are masters of the streets. One, a masterful tactician one the wrong side of the law, the other a skateboarding vigilante. Both happen to be young and female, by the way, so that’s kind of awesome.

We were also off for two weeks, so we talked for a loooooooong time at the top of the show. (Turns out we actually like each other. Except Aaron.) As always, the markers are below if you'd like to skip past the kid talk and SDCC recap.

Genius #1 27:45
Genius or sociopath? How plausible is a young, black female embodying the military genius of Napoleon or Patton? And how much does that matter as her story unfolds?

In a more fantastical world, a young teen battles ninjas, conquistadors and the Devil. Plausibility is less of an issue, but just how important is it that Street Angel is female to tell her story?

The Couch - Ulises Farinas 54:40
Ulises drew the Agents of Change stories in the Catalyst Comix reboot, published by Dark Horse and just wrapped up the Judge Dredd: Mega City Two mini series published by IDW. He is teaming up again with his Agents of Change collaborator Joe Casey for the Captain Victory series published by Dynamite Comics the first issue of which came out this week. He’s co-writing the anthology series Amazing Forest, published digitally by Monkeybrain Comics. And he’s the artist and co-writer of Gamma, a one-shot serialized in Dark Horse Presents.

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This week's intro: Marky Mark feat. Prince Ital Joe - Life in the streets:

This week's outro: Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell:

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Episode ## - No Show This Week

Hey Friends just a quick note to let you know there won't be a show this week. Recovery from SDCC, some food poisoning, life, work etc. We will be back with a great guest interview and some hot comics talk next week, we promise!

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