Wait, What? Ep. 94: The Basement Japes
Posted by: Jeff Lester on July 17, 2012
Tags: Action Comics, Ales Kot, Batman, Before Sandman, Bleeding Cool, Christopher Nolan, dark avengers, Dark Knight Rises, Decompressed, Double Barrel, Eddie Campbell, Graeme, Jarett Kobek, Jeff, Jeff Parker, Justice Peace, Kev Walker, Kevin Cannon, Kevin Nowlan, Kieron Gillen, Man-Thing, Mark Waid, Marvel, Melissa and Joey, Michael Bay, Neil Gaiman, Podcast, Punk Rock Jesus, Riley Rossmo, San Diego, sandman, SDCC, Sean Murphy, Shonen Jump Alpha, Steve Gerber, The Lovely Horrible Stuff, Time, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Wait What?, Walking Dead, Wild Children, Zander Cannon
Above: The Farm Fusion Waffle, which is a liege waffle topped with mushroom, spinach, roasted pepper, tomato and marinated chevre, from the Waffle Window, Portland, OR.
Yes, that is one mighty tasty waffle, let me tell you — although let me be honest, I do not tell you in episode 95, I merely mention it to you now. But! Trust me, it’s darn good.
As for what we do discuss in this episode, join me behind the jump for… show notes!
1:20-3:24: The Basement Japes: an introduction
The front page of Time.com and how to get there; Jeff makes Graeme break down the process behind his recent Dark Knight Rises
Graeme has recently seen Transformers: Dark of the Moon
on Netflix Watch Instantly and would like to talk about it and a certain amount of contemplation transpires about the quote-unquote charms of Michael Bay.
By very sad contrast, Jeff has something to say about Melissa & Joey, which he mistakenly calls “Melissa Loves Joey” THE ENTIRE TIME. Is Jeff really so damn old he would get the title confused with Joanie Loves Chachi? The answer, sadly, is yes. Fortunately, Graeme steers Jeff toward Sex House
, instead. Although that seems like a weird lead-in to mentioning Jarett Kobek’s new book, If You Won’t Read, Then Why Should I Write?
(and yes, I also get that title wrong, too), it actually works quite well, honest.
32:02-32:22: This is the point where we acknowledge that we have not really talked about comics at all, yet.
32:22-34:18: So instead of talking about Transformer movies, we mention Transformers comics and GI Joe comics. Woo!
34:18-40:51: Well, and so you can’t really talk about GI Joe Comics without discussing Top Shelf’s Double Barrel, can you? No, of course not. Trust me when I say we speak glowingly of Double Barrel #2.
40:51-56:04: Jeff’s other major comic read of the week was catching up on three weeks of Shonen Jump Alpha. Can Jeff handle jumping into Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal on its ninth chapter? (Spoiler: no.) The pros and cons of reading a mass of serialized information all at a go also gets a bit of the ol’ poke & prod.
This gets us talking about how jumping on points and story density can work both for and against a story’s accessibility with mentions of Morrison’s JLA in trade, Mark Waid’s interview at the AV Club
, and whether Marvel’s recap pages work.
Kieron Gillen has his own podcast, DECOMPRESSED. We haven’t listened to it, but we are very excited about it! Check it out here!
1:02:59-1:14:09: Graeme tallks about Dark Avengers #177 by Jeff Parker and Kev Walker, and Wild Children, the recent Image book by Ales Kot and Riley Rossmo
Graeme picked up the new Eddie Campbell graphic novel, The Lovely Horrible Stuff, digitally (for only five dollars, and you can too, here at the SavCrit Digital Store
) and tells us about it. It sounds quite good. (I admit it, I’ve picked it up since and can sign off on Graeme’s recommendation. It really is quite good.)
1:16:28-1:29:00: Other books Graeme discusses: Action Comics #11,which he likes more than Jeff did, Infernal Man-Thing; and Punk-Rock Jesus.
1:29:00-1:45:38: Were you still wondering why Graeme liked the first volume of the Greg Rucka Punisher trade even though he didn’t like the individual issues he tried? He tells us here, and we get in to a bit of a tussle over the nature of The Punisher, and the differences between Rucka’s approach and Ennis’s approach.
Does that mean we end up talking about Rucka’s run on Elektra and his career at NuMarvel as well as his current webcomic, Lady Sabre
? Why yes, it does!
The end (of the episode) is nigh! Although promising earlier to spoil the hell out of Walking Dead #100, Jeff instead tells the comic book collection bet story from Bleeding Cool
2:03:32-2:10:24: When we recorded this, Neil Gaiman doing Before Sandman was just a rumor. Want to know what we thought of the announcement before it was announced? We talk about it here!
…Oh, and also closing comments, which we are still not very good at doing.
If you’ve got iTunes, it may have already set the nose of your faithful RSS bloodhound stirring. Alternately, you are welcome to have a listen to it here, and sniff at it dismissively at your leisure:
Oh, and a word to the wise, we aren’t recording this week, which means we won’t have an episode for you next week — I’ve got a trip lined up for this week, and I realized it would actually benefit my life greatly if we baked this kind of thing into my schedule, so expect us to have one skip week a month from here on out. (Think of it as an opportunity to catch up.)
As always, we thank you for listening and hope you enjoy!