Posted by: Jeff Lester on April 22, 2013
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Hey, everyone! Next week is a skip week! Do you hear me? SKIP WEEK.
Show notes? Oh yes, there are certainly show notes. RIGHT AFTER THE JUMP.
(BECAUSE I LIKE ALL CAPS, THAT’S WHY.)
0:00-3:08: Welcome to the opening! Topics include: Internet woe explanations; sexy talk; waffles; beard pics; etc.
3:08-4:35: And right off the bat we have a potential conundrum — when it comes to the week’s books, we are woefully under read. What to do? What to discuss? Graeme confesses to reading Moranthology by Caitlin Moran and rereading the awesome Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe. Graeme also gives Jeff the biggest opening for a joke comic book title ever and Jeff gets paralyzed with the possibilities.
4:35-10:05: So we talk about Age of Ultron #6. Dont’t worry, it’s only for five minutes. No, really. We set a timer.
10:05-31:21: Don’t pay attention to these time codes. It really was five minutes and when the timer went off we were already talking about the, um, Ultron to Age of Ultron’s Vision: The “Days of Future Past” storyline by Claremont and Byrne from Uncanny X-Men. We consider it kosher to continue talking about that piece past the timer. Does it hold up? Was it really good to begin with? Discuss. Also covered: The X-Men Chronicles; that one issue of Uncanny X-Men with Captain America and Black Widow on the cover; Chris Claremont and his greedy delight; John Byrne and “drawing right”; the great twitter account @JohnByrneSays, Who’s Who in the DC Universe; and more.
31:21-45:53: Jeff’s out of blue question for Graeme: Top Five Comic Book Capes. (Jeff swears he didn’t bring up this topic just to bitch about the wasted potential that is Todd McFarlane’s Spawn). Also discussed: The Vision; Freak Flags; Steve Ditko; more stuff. Come for the cape references, stay for the game of “The Blind Leading The Blind” with regards to Spawn publication schedules and collaborators.
45:53-1:04:59: And in part two of “The Blind Leading The Blind”: Jeff tries his best to explain “Moe” while describing the very odd concoction that is Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei’s Ultimo.
1:04:59-1:05:21: Intermission One.
1:05:21-1:21:18: And we’re back, with Graeme still suffering PTSD from reading Stormwatch #19. It leads into a bit of what was being discussed earlier — what changes in a creator’s work as they age that makes them less palatable even as they retain everything that’s identifiably them? And, conversely, creators who still had all of it even as they got older? Don’t ask about those odd faux-Frink noises made by Jeff — he still can’t figure out why he made them.
1:21:18-1:22:04: And then, just when you expect it least: we answer questions from Whatnauts posed to us back in December of last year! Yes! Woo! Got your nose!
1:22:04-1:29:10: Miguel Corti on December 6th, 2012 at 11:00 pm asked: “What current artists are the best at comics storytelling? I don’t mean the best illustrators or the best frozen pose/cover artists, I mean, from panel to panel, who can carry the story, draw your eyes across the page, and not interfere with the story being told? It seems to me that comics are blessed with many a good illustrator, but there aren’t many competent cartoonists. Is this the fault of the artist or the writers who don’t know how to script for them?” Mentioned by us: Chris Samnee, Al Ewing, Avengers Assemble (the Age of Ultron issue), Jackson Guice, and others.
1:29:10-1:34:04: Joel Greenlee on December 7th, 2012 at 7:08 am said: I was wondering if you guys have read either of Harvey Pekar’s final books, “Not the Israel my parents promised me” or “Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland” I think they’re great, but I’m a lifelong Harvey fan a Clevelander as well. Could I get some non-homer perspective from you guys on the books if you’ve read them? Discussed: Harvey Pekar, Alan Moore, R. Crumb, Gary Dumm, Joe Zabel. Not mentioned: Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis, although they were great.
1:34:04-2:04:04: Matt Miller on December 7th, 2012 at 9:47 am said: By what rationale does Jeff continue to buy DC Comics? Under the new management structure, hasn’t DC proven itself to be Marvel’s equal (at least) in lack of respect for creator rights, poor retailer relations and overall creative bankruptcy? Discussed: DC, Vertigo, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Marvel, Stephen Bissette, a terrifying number of indie publishers, Monkeybrain, Double Barrel, The Best of Milligan and McCarthy, Bandette, and the super-strong slate of Eisner nominations.
2:04:04-end: Closing comments! Skip week imminent! Shortened engagement to follow! The Joker’s daughter! Nixon! Thank you and good night!
Yeah, I kind of went out in a blaze of exclamation points at the end there, didn’t I? Well, that’s what happens when a vacation looms, I guess.
Anyway, I haven’t seen this one on iTunes yet which has me a little bit worried but, eh, it’s been working pretty great for us so far…so maybe you’ll see it sooner rather than later?
But either way, you have full unfettered access to the episode below. See, really? Look!
As always, we hope you enjoy and thanks for listening!