Wait, What? Ep. 144: The “Ass” in “Assemble”

Jeff Lester

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Fuck yes, Shaolin Cowboy.

Hey, so it’s another installment of Wait, What?, and I think maybe this fortnightly thing is going to work out?  (Provided you don’t abandon us in droves or something…)  Whereas our last installment was two hours and us whingeing on about the news, this one is two hours and is us whingeing about comics we’ve read.  Brilliant!

After the jump, Jeff makes some brilliantly incorrect statements about Shaolin Cowboy in service of a perfectly good theory, Graeme fills us in on the most successfully monetized fanfic since 50 Shades of Grey, and we do that thing about the first twenty-five issues of Avengers that would finally allow an old man like me to type ‘smh’ except I have no idea how to pluralize that. (Plus, guest appearances by two of the more important writers in the science fiction and fantasy genres.)  In short: show notes!

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Arriving 1/29/14

Brian Hibbs

Not the biggest week, about what one would expect from a fifth week, but the books hitting the streets are some the best that come out every month. There is some BLACK SCIENCE #3 , SAVIORS #2 and the always hotly anticipated SAGA, catch that before it goes into it’s regular hibernation. Those are books for all different  sci-fi tastes, but if you are looking something else it is likely represented just below the clicky click!

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Hey, internet? Help me research?

Brian Hibbs

So I just got the 2013 BookScan data, but for me the biggest hole is ALWAYS “stuff that didn’t get categorized correctly” — supposed to be coded as “comics”, but, instead, it is listed as something else.  This happens the most frequently with “Memoir” books — I have to manually request things like Maus and Persepolis every year, because they’re not natively on the “Comics” list.

Usually, I spend a few days combing through the previous year’s invoices, hoping to spot something obvious, but this year, with the second store, I barely have time to write the BookScan column at all, let alone being fussy about trying to find those 1-2 books that are worth reporting on, but got missed.

SO: below the cut is a list of titles released in 2013 that BookScan has listed NOT COUNTING any books from Boom, Dark Horse, DC, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Kodansha, Marvel, Valiant, Viz, and Yen (essentially because those 11 pubs never seem to get miscoded, and it cuts the length of the list by about half!) — see if you can think of a 2013 release that you don’t see on this list, THAT MIGHT ALSO be one of the Top 1000 best-selling GNs through bookstores — figure about 2500 or so copies might be the right cut off.

I understand that there are some 1400 items below the cut, and the real likelihood of the crowdsourcing on this is likely to be low, but I figured it was a worth a shot.  What do you have for me, Internet?

 

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A thought about “Free” Comic Book Day

Brian Hibbs

The first Saturday in May is coming soon, and with it Free Comic Book Day.

I Love Free Comic Book Day. Adore it.  It’s the happiest day of the year, as far as I am concerned. But one thing it very much isn’t is “free” for the retailer.

I count fifty-seven FCBD comics for 2014. If your retailer were to let you have one copy of each release, her cost would be $16.83. That doesn’t count the shipping, either. Figure about another $2.85 to get those comics into the store. The total, then? $19.68.

It’s just something to bear in mind when you rush down to FCBD — Just three comics for you can be over a dollar (depending on which books you pick) for your retailer.  And while most of us are happy to do the outreach (I am!), you should take a little pity on your local store when you make your selections, and don’t take things just because they are “free”, but because you actually want them!

-B

 

 

Arriving 1/22/14

Brian Hibbs

This feels like a normal week of comics but there are a few books that make it feel like more than any other week. ZERO #5 hits this week and we could not be more excited for that, plus Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s DEADLY CLASS #1 makes its debut and we are elated.  Those are our picks for the week, what are yours? Click the click below and discover all the comic books that will excite you this week!

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Two-Sentence(-ish) Reviews by Abhay (Who has That Cold That’s Going Around)

Abhay Khosla

VELVET #2. I thought the first issue was incredibly generic, but I was a minority opinion enough there that I tried the second and third issues anyways. Boy, sometimes I am incredibly NOT wrong!  

VELVET #3. Still, it’s a spy comic, so it’s in my wheelhouse– I could see myself inertia-getting more of these, even if it’s not very interesting or entertaining yet, just boy-howdy generic. While I’m not sold at all on Steve Epting (I’m not really into the whole Alex Raymond school of comics), Elizabeth Bretweiser always makes whoever she’s working with look good, better than they are– she’s been critical on any comic I’ve ever seen her on, at least.

SEX CRIMINALS #4. They ran out of things that are funny about sex, I guess, because now the main character is using her Sex Superpowers to avenge date rape…? The comic works in getting you to care about this relationship between the lady and the creepy guy (he’s a creep, right? we’re all on the same page there?), so it works as a story, if not the whole jokes/laughing/mirth thing that I usually look for in a comedy (p.s. …comedy…?).

ASTRO CITY #7. I like the move on this one, a character whose powers come from public support having to deal with a public relations crisis…? Kind-of emphasizes what makes the book work: more than one story with that premise would be insufferable, but seeing one story with that premise sounds like a decent time.

ASTRO CITY #8. Less into this one: I’m sure there are readers who want to see Samaritan fight the Confessor, or Astro City’s version of SHIELD in action, so this one’s for them, I guess. Felt like a stepping-stone issue: more of a middle-of-the-road superhero comic, but necessary to lay out the stakes of the public relations crisis in the background, I suppose.

FIVE GHOSTS #7. Never read one of these– impulse buy; some guy who’s friends with ghosts has to go on a pirate adventure involving magic stones or saving a lady or something. I thought it was interesting how much the art seems influenced by Erik Larsen; I like Larsen, but… it just seems like an odd choice, considering all the choices a young fella has in that regard anymore.

PROPHET #42. Another Die Hard comic– not as epic as that last one, just a story about Die Hard having an adventure (one I’m not entirely sure I understood– at least the “Vision” part of it). Ron Wimberly’s pages are fun to look at– I especially liked the weaponized sound effects.

SAGA #17.  Even though I can see how Vaughan’s built himself get out of jail free cards into the story (which I figure he’ll use for at least one of the book’s three big moments), I found this issue pretty involving. I can see how Saga’s schticky-dialogue and overall preciousness can be turn-offs, but occasionally, it’s a mean little book– those are the bits I’m reading for, at least.

X-MEN #16. I tune in once in a blue moon into Bendis working these X-books since he seems to have taken to them, but the last impulse buy I had in this direction was this horrifying thing involving Bendis’s idea of what a “girl’s night out” is like (i.e. ladies going shopping)(p.s. the shopping got interrupted by crossover hooey)(p.p.s. because of course it did). This issue’s a fun one again though, or at least, seems to me something about Bendis and Bachalo doing Magneto comics gets those guys right into the zone or at least me in a more appreciative headspace than I am with shopping-comics (except Bachalo colors himself, and he’s copy-pasting cloud photos into his own comics, which I truly wish I didn’t know was  happening).

PRETTY DEADLY #3. I don’t know if finding out what’s at stake is something I’d ordinarily recommend you should want to save for a third issue– that second one was rough going for me at least, but now that some stakes are laid out (good stakes, I think– emotional stakes), I finally get to be interested to see what happens next for a story reason instead of just “wanting to see the creative team do them some weird shit,” which is what fueled me before, exclusive-like. Plus, I understood this issue the first time I read it, so I felt pretty happy of myself.

ZERO #4. I liked the bit where the cars went into the tunnel– if I’ve seen that before, I can’t remember where (or it’s somewhere class, like Akira or Golgo 13). I wasn’t hot for #3– the whole kickstarter for terrorism bit, the bit where a terrorist doesn’t like that kids die from terrorism (?), the teleportation bit, too many busy bits, too many distractions (even if Velvet could use some of that energy)– so I preferred this one’s “talking then killing” structure, that this one just kept it simple and did the thing.

Tilting at Windmills #229 is up!

Brian Hibbs

This is how you know I am beyond overworked right now — I totally forgot to link to the new column on CBR.

My opening thoughts on running two stores.

(GOD, I AM SO TIRED AND OVERWORKED, it isn’t even funny!!!!)

Read it, love it, comment here, if you like

-B

“G’wan And STARE At Me. I KNOW I’m Not Pretty!” COMICS! Sometimes They’re So Fine They Blow My Mind! (Hey, Mickey!)

John Kane

In which I carved out a bit of free time at the weekend and chose to spend it with you worshipping at the altar of Mike McMahon. Just like any sane person would.

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Anyway, this…

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“As You Love Me.” COMICS! Sometimes It’s London Calling!

John Kane

Let’s start off 2014 with a panel that fair throbs with magnificence:

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That there being Dog vs. Moose by Alex Nino from Alex Nino & Neil Kleid’s adaptation of Jack London’s The Call of The Wild. Kids, use your nascent psychic powers to guess what I’m on about this time!

Anyway, this…
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Wait, What? Ep. 143: The Score

Jeff Lester

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Simpsons Alan Moore: Knows it; wishes to settle it.

Happy New Year, fellow Whatnauts! Graeme and I are back with another installment of the external manifestation of the constant internal chatter constantly haunting your brain.  After the jump: the link and some hasty show notes written by a dude with a cold trying to get this wrapped so he can take a nap!

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Arriving 1/15/14

Brian Hibbs

Not to be out done by last week, this Wednesday comes out swinging with some excellent comic books for your pleasure! Along with new ASTRO CITY and COFFIN HILL, Marvel sends out into the world it’s first issue of their MIRACLEMAN reprints in an attempt to make the world a better place. That and so much more just after the cut!

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Arriving 1/8/14

Brian Hibbs

It is a new year and it brings with it new comics! The first shipment of 2014 sets the bar pretty high, and is welcomed after the smallish weeks it is following, seeing the release of SEX CIMRINALS #4 and AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #3 plus so much more, but just click the cut and find out for yourself.

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Comix Experience Best Sellers 2013: Books

Brian Hibbs

And below the jump will be this year’s list of best-selling books and graphic novels at Comix Experience!

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Comix Experience Best Sellers 2013: Comics

Brian Hibbs

There are those people who find this kind of thing interesting, and those who have no interest — I put it behind the jump for the benefit of the latter!

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“If This Was Dinner…I Can’t Wait For The Cabaret!” MOVIES! Sometimes…The Year Must Die!

John Kane

So, I didn’t get near any comics this Holiday but I am always writing nevertheless. In my head mostly. So, although I haven’t got anything about comics I have got a head full of dumb words about some Peter Cushing films I watched this year. Usually I just dump this head written stuff into the ether but I felt like posting something and this was all I had. So I dumped it on you. Attractive, non? Anway; an old man, some old movies and a spatter of tired old jokes. What better way to see the New Year in. Have a drink, it’ll read better that way. Everything’s better when you’re insensate with drink. That’s what it’s for.

Oh yeah, Happy New Year everybody!

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Arriving 12/31/2013

Brian Hibbs

Because of the way the calendar worked out this year we manage to sneak in one last new comic day before we say good bye to 2013. Again, new comics are on Tuesday this week. Not the largest week, but far from the smallest and we still manage to get things like MANHATTAN PROJECTS and ROCKET GIRL. Surely something will interest you this week, if only you would click the cut, yes?

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Wait, What? Ep. 142: Out Like A Lamprey

Jeff Lester


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Not mentioned in any way in our podcast but I do love how it captures what’s most important about the holidays — conquering and invulnerability.

Ho, ho, ho! Hoist high the Jolly Roger and all that! It is Christmas, when boys become men and Boy II Men become headliners at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  (As always, I wish Graeme was doing this entry as the holiday spirit comes terrifyingly easy to him and is a much more uncomfortable fit for me.)

Oh, and before you read any of this, go read Abhay’s post first because it is undoubtedly a million times better.  Really, I can’t wait to stop writing this entry so I can go back to reading his…

After the jump, I leave coal in your stocking! And also show notes for our two and a half hour end-of-2013 episode!  Come, sit uncomfortably on my knee and realize you’re close enough to smell what I ate for lunch! And other holiday tradition-like things!

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Arriving 12/24/2013

Brian Hibbs

Second to last new comic day of the year and because certain western holidays fall on the usual Wednesday for new comics, new comics this week, and next, come out on Tuesday! It’s a very special gift from comics to you! Though this week is, to put it lightly, slim, there are new issues of AVENGERS, FOREVER EVIL and JUSTICE LEAGUE. Not much follows the cut, but you should probably click it anyways so you aren’t surprised you didn’t know something came out this week.

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Abhay: 2013– Another Year that I Mindlessly Consumed Entertainment

Abhay Khosla

Here are some Year-end Best-Of Lists– no one else was writing those, so I thought I would be the only person to do that.

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“Why Did You Turn Us From Pets Into Slaves?” COMICS! Sometimes It Is Christmas On The Planet of The Apes (Part 4)

John Kane

Believe you me when I say I share your relief as we thunder into the fourth and final part of what people as far away as the chair next to me are calling a Planet of The Apes Weekly gallery! Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho!
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Anyway, this…
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“Because I Loathe Bananas!” COMICS! Sometimes It Is Christmas On The Planet of The Apes (Part 3)

John Kane

“Beware the beast Man, for he is the Content’s pawn. Alone among God’s primates, he scans for the attention of strangers during Internet lulls. Yea, he will politely ask his work-mate to borrow his work-mate’s Planet of The Apes Weekly collection. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will spend most of his time washing, cleaning and generally running about to little result before finally sitting and staring dully into the far distance. Shun him; drive him back into his new-build lair, for he is the harbinger of death.” Thus spaketh The Lawgiver. And so Part Three of the Planet of The Apes Weekly cover gallery begins:

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Anyway, this…
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