Episode 60 - X-men 04

August 9, 2017

Aaron and Alex continue their discussion of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's original X-men comics. In this issue, Magneto returns with the first appearance of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. As on previous episodes, we discuss how the childish stories and simple plots are elevated by fun and sophisticated characters and exciting art by Jack "King" Kirby.

 

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Episode 59 - X-men 3

August 2, 2017

Aaron and Alex discuss Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's X-men #03.  This issue features the first appearance of the longtime recurring villain, The Blob, and establishes Beast's famous 'intellectual' character trait not seen in previous issues.  This issue also contains the infamous scene in which Professor X secretly confesses his love for Jean Grey.  The discussion mostly revolves around the terribly stupid plot in which Professor X, the world's most powerful telepath, cannot forsee The Blob refusing to join the X-men.  Having revealed the X-Men's secrets to a potential enemy, Professor X again resorts to his morally questionable tactic of erasing memories.

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Episode 58 - Blacksad A Silent Hell

July 5, 2017

I am joined by three artist friends, Gabe Dunston, Ed Bickford, and Levi Hoffmeier to discuss Dark Horse's second Blacksad release titled A Silent Hell. In this lengthy episode, we discuss Juanjo Guarnido's stunning art in this book. From his beautiful water colors to his fluid page layouts, this book is an artistic masterpiece. We also discuss writer Juan Diaz Canalez's work with the film noir genre setting, the anthropomorphic characters, and tell stories about the time Gabe and I met Juanjo at a comic convention.

Check out Levi's comic Mayflower at:
http://www.mayflowercomic.com

Check out Gabe Dunston on Instagram at:
https://www.instagram.com/gabedunstondraws

Check out Ed's art at:
http://www.edbickford.com

 

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Episode 57 - X-men 02

June 28, 2017

Aaron and Alex discuss Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's X-men #02, featuring the forgettable villain The Vanisher!  The discussion revolves around Kirby's unique ability to provide exciting, fantastic art and weird, bizarre design choices.  We also discuss Lee's characterization of the X-men and continue our retroactive observation of continuity or character quirks that would later become the basis for larger stories and plot twists.

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Episode 56 - X-men 01

June 21, 2017

Aaron is joined by Alex Harner to discuss a little comic published by Marvel in 1963 called the X-men #1.  We discuss the historical significance of the issue as well as some of the current events going on at the time that led to the style and tone of the story.  We also look at the issue with our modern perspective to see how well it holds up compared to the vast history and mythos that has become a multi million dollar franchise in the decades since its creation.

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Episode 55 - Creator Hangout Thom Hotka

June 14, 2017

Fellow comic creator Thom Hotka joins me to talk about his webcomic, Nextuus. We also talk shop about some of the differences in writing for webcomics compared to print comics, and we discuss this year's Planet Comic Con and how to deal with a convention that doesn't go well.

Read Nextuus here:
515comics.com

Check out Thom's Channel here:
www.youtube.com/user/NyQuilDreamer

 

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Episode 54 - Creator Hangout Alex Harner

June 7, 2017

This is the first episode in a new style where we break from the traditional Comic DNA format and instead just hang out with a creator and do general interviews. In this episode, my old friend Alex Harner joins me to discuss our favorite topic... X-men comics. We announce our intent to read the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby issues which will be discussed on future episodes of this podcast.
We also discuss the X-men's place in American pop culture, as well as talk about the challenge of being a fan of something without being a dreaded "fanboy".

 

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Episode 53 - The Eltingville Club

May 31, 2017

Aaron is joined by Gabriel Dunston to discuss The Eltingville Club by Evan Dorkin. The dark satire of fanboy culture hits a little too close to home for Aaron and Gabe as they discuss some of the psychological underpinnings of the collectors hobby, whether or not they identify with the unlikable characters presented in the book, and Dorkin's unique and intense art style.

 

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Episode 52 - Building Stories

May 6, 2017

Aaron is joined by his good friend, Alex Harner, to discuss Building Stories by Chris Ware. First published by Pantheon Books in 2012. Building Stories is a boxed set that contains 17 smaller comics printed in a variety of forms ranging from short 4 page strips to hardcover books to giant newspaper fold outs. The story, spread across the different formats, can be read in any order and highlights different moments in the life of an unnamed young woman. Alex and Aaron discuss the effectiveness of the non linear and sprawling narrative of Chris Ware's masterpiece, as well as speculate on different artistic decisions and stylistic choices.

 

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Episode 51 - Watchmen

March 8, 2017

Aaron is joined by two very special guests, Kevin LaPorte and Christopher Ochs to discuss Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons 1986 graphic novel masterpiece, Watchmen as well as the 2009 film adaptation by Zack Snyder.  The discussion mostly revolves whether or not the book can be successfully adaptated into a film and the unique divisivness in fan opinion on Snyder's attempt.

Inverse Press - Read Kevin's comics here!
Fantastic Crap Comics - Read Chris' comics here!

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