Posted by: Jeff Lester on January 8, 2013
Tags: Abhay, American Horror Story, Batman and the Outsiders Annual, Batman Inc., Bill Mantlo, Brandon se, Brian Azzarello, CL Cool Graeme, Cliff Chiang, DC Comics Presents, Ed Brubaker, Final Crisis, Flash, Francis Manapul, Godzilla: Half Century War, Graeme, Grant Morrison, Honey Monster, Jack Kirby, James Stokoe, Jeff, Jim Aparo, Jonathan Hickman, Joseph Gilgun, Kikaider, Lukas Ketner, Machine Man, Mark Evanier, Marv Wolfman, Mayflower, Michael Golden, Micronauts Annual, Mike Barr, Misfits, Mr. Miracle, New Avengers, Orion, Prophet, Sachie-Chan Good!, Saga, Shonen Jump Alpha, Shotaro Ishinomori, Sick Again, Simon Roy, Steve Ditko, Steve Epting, Steve Rude, techpocalypse!, The Triumvirate of Cocoa, The West Wing, Tommy and Tupence, Wait What?, Witch Doctor: Mal Practice, Wonder Woman
Oh, man. Remember all the questions you guys asked us and we didn’t get to? Well, don’t say we didn’t start 2013 right!
After the jump: Show notes, no more terrifying photos, still kissing with saliva, etc., etc.
0:00-12:00: Greetings! Before the comics talk, Graeme and Jeff catch up with what they did during the holidays. Unsurprisingly, Jeff got sick and moped. Even less surprisingly, Graeme worked. And worked. And worked. Other exciting topics covered: inadvertent tech problems, deliberate tech problems, Cocoa Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, and Cocoa Krispies and Honey Monster, the Sugar Puffs mascot.
12:00-29:03: Jeff talks about the first season of American Horror Story, which is another “what we did during the holidays” topic, and that leads into a discussion about things that go wrong, TV, and includes mention of The West Wing and Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence. And, just as we almost start talking about comics, we swerve and talk about Misfits about which, in a weird reversal of the status quo, Jeff is caught up on and Graeme is not. Also, you will never know how much coughing I had to edit out to make this sound at all listenable, but it was kind of a lot. Some of them I had to keep in so we could (sort of) hear Graeme. Sorry about that.
29:03-36:16: Graeme lists the comics he’s read! Hey everybody, we’re talking about comics! Well, starting to talk about comics! Well, almost…starting to…talk…
36:16-36:52: Intermission Uno!
36:52-38:52: Hey, who has two thumbs and has been interviewed again by Canadian Television? This guy….Graeme McMillan, whom we all know. Yes, CL Cool Graeme (Canada Loves Cool Graeme) is burning up the airwaves.
38:52-56:58: Comics! We were supposed to talk about all those books Graeme listed so of course…we don’t talk about them. Instead, we talk about Amazing Spider-Man #700.
56:58-1:05:35: And from there, we talk a spot of news–the promotions of Bob Harras and Hank Kanalz over at DC. Also, those great lists of CE’s top-selling books for 2012.
1:05:35-1:05:50: And so…we finally get around to talking about the list of comics Graeme bought! Or….do we? (Hint: we don’t).
1:05:50-1:06:38: Intermission Two!
1:06:38-1:07:23: And we’re back…and the sound is a bit hinky for some reason? Have we thanked you for continuing to listen to us recently? We really should!
1:07:23-1:23:23: Remember that list of comics Graeme mentioned way back when? Here it is! A delightful batch of old issues Graeme picked up at his local comic book shop’s sale: Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1 (1984); DC Comics Presents #60 (Superman and Guardians of the Universe); Machine Man #10 by Marv Wolfman and Steve Ditko; Micronauts Annual #1 (1979); Mr. Miracle Special by Mark Evanier and Steve Rude (1987); and the DC Comics Mystery In Space DC Presents One-Shot (2004) featuring Elliot S! Maggin & J.H. Williams III, and Grant Morrison & Jerry Ordway.
1:23:23-1:39:12: Also, something comics-related(!): Graeme and I talk Final Crisis since both of us (weirdly enough) had re-read it in the last month or so: ccontinuity, the New 52, reverse time, and issues of race, are among the subjects of our conversational hand-wringing. Then…techpocalypse forces us to cut things short in mid-convo and try again.
1:39:12-1:39:32: Intermission 3!
1:39:32-1:42:35: And we are back! (After a few failed attempts, which were a bit on the crazy-making side of things?) So it’s back to more Final Crisis talk–where are those Batman issues? What about the Legion of 3 Worlds?
1:42:35-end: And now on to some quick chat about new comics–Flash #15 and its amazing second half by Francis Manapul; New Avengers #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting (including a shout-out to Abhay’s fantastic commentary on Hickman’s Secret); Sachie-Chan Good!! by Akira Toriyama and Masakazu Katsura (which inspires Graeme to recount the “Miss Universe” pitch from the Downey Files podcast); Batman Inc. #6; Saga #8; Wonder Woman #15; Fatale #11 by Brubaker and Phillips; Prophet #32; Godzilla: The Half-Century War #4; Witch-Doctor: Mal Practice #2; and (digitally) the first volume of Kikaider by Shotaro Ishinomori (sooooo good!) And then a little after the two hour mark–we are finished! For now. [Cue ominous music...]
As I’m a bit out of practice, a bit sick, and staring down the barrel of an early wake-up call, let me just cut through the niceties and say: it’s good to be back! (Hold up, brain: isn’t that a nicety right there?) And blah blah blah blah iTunes, but also right here, and so on:
Ah, but no worries we will be back next week–here is to a Happy New Year to all and, as you may have guessed, we thank you for listening!