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Wait, What? Ep. 100: Year Zero

Jeff Lester

(One of my favorite hundredth issue covers, by Joe Staton and Dick Giordano for DC Comics) I don’t know why, but for a moment there… I was very afraid this episode wouldn’t end up existing?  I think because, you know, you say something is a thing, as opposed to just being business as usual, and the next thing you know there’s a certain nimbus of expectation around it, even if only to yourself?  Sometimes it  seems like that kind of nimbus makes the best kind of target for capricious fate… Anyway, enough of that “and then he tore his eyes out in the fifth act!” musing, join us behind the jump for show notes and celebratory waffles, yes?

Wait, What? Ep. 92: Brave Faces

Jeff Lester

Above: the Tomato Bs waffle, which is tomatoes, brie and basil on a savory liege waffle, from The Waffle Window, Portland, OR   So, never let it be said, we don’t go the full nine yards for you here at Castle Wait, What?  For episode 92, not only did I drive 630 miles, set up and record this podcast in Graeme’s attic, drive 630 miles back, mix, edit, and upload the podcast, but I also provided detailed show notes for you! Not sure if it’s one time only thing or not, but join me behind the link so you can smoke it while you’ve got it!

Wait, What? Ep. 76: Dares, Wins

Jeff Lester

And Lo, There Shall Come…An Answering! For most of you, anyway.  I fully confess Graeme and I did punt on a few questions that were either complex enough to take up a full podcast at a later date, or so good that it would require better men than us to answer it.  (Ah, yes: the old “It’s not  you, Listener Question, it’s us” strategy–never leave home without it.) Anyway, as you might imagine with so many exceptional inquiries, it would take us a while to answer them–and of course us being us, we’re going to go egregiously off-topic, right?–so, yeah.  Two hours and forty minutes is what we’ve got for you. We talk so long Graeme turns into The Lord…  Read More…

Wait, What? Ep. 65.1: I Think We’re All Bozos in this Podcast

Jeff Lester

Yup, and so we are back with Wait, What? which some of you might remember from the days of antiquity as a thing like unto a radio play, enacted by Mr. Graeme McMillan and myself for the amusement of listeners. Episode 65 was supposed to be a piercing search by the two of us for the more-than-two-of-you for the secrets to the considerable success of one Steve Gerber and his run on a Marvel series from the ’70s popularly known as The Defenders. I would like to say we were successful but, um, well, you will hear for yourselves. We do discuss it, mind you, but alas we also discuss Carrier IQ for the first batch of minutes, a big…  Read More…

Wait, What? Ep. 60: Two Weeks. Notice.

Jeff Lester

Hello! I must be going. I have several days off in a row and I’m going to make the most of them with reading and watching stuff on Netflix and looking at comic books. So there will be a two week hiatus of good ol’ Wait, What? But I imagine we will back before you know it (Graeme already pointed out the last issue of Fear Itself will probably come out during that time. Will I really be able to resist shooting my mouth off about it after six issues of whining?). And in the meantime: Episode 60! It’s an hour and forty-five mins. of Mr. McMillan and me, talking Marvel’s new digital incentive announcement, September’s sales numbers, Apple, Steve…  Read More…

Wait, What? Ep. 58.2: A Set of Steak Knives

Jeff Lester

No idea. No idea. I remember I had some brilliant idea about the image to go with this episode and it’s just…gone. Thought I wrote it down and everything. Fortunately, I still feel comfortable ganking images from Mr. Tim at the amazing Our Valued Customers. In fact, this wasn’t even the image I’d planned to use but I jumped over there and thought this was brilliant enough to disseminate widely. (Man, those two words seem pervy next to one another. “Disseminate widely.” Brrrrgh.) So no, be warned, we do not talk Big Bang Theory on this latest not-quite-forty-minutes-and-therefore-is-considered-wee-by-our-standards installment of Wait, What? But Graeme and I do talk Green Lantern Corps, Birds of Prey, Daredevil #4, Witch Doctor #3, LoSH…  Read More…

Wait, What? 56.2: Let’s Go Backwards When Forward Fails

Jeff Lester

As our old pal Reid Fleming used to say: “Ungawa!” We’ve got the gripping ninety-two minute finale of Ep. 56 available for you, with Graeme and I talking Action Comics #1, G. Willow Wilson’s Mystic, the Wolverine: Debt of Death one-shot, IDW’s G.I. Joe: Cobra series, Kirby Genesis #3, our worries about the conclusion to X-Men: Schism, and a pretty sustained discussion (which will come as no surprise to long-time listeners) of Casanova #3 by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba. In case you have no need for this thing puny hu-mans call “iTunes,” you are hereby formally invited to listen to our fine audio programme right here, should you so choose: Wait, What? Ep. 56.2: Lets Go Backwards When Forward…  Read More…

Wait, What? 56.1: The Loneliest Number Since…

Jeff Lester

We are back!  With absolutely 100% less whining!  Well, 90%.  Actually, let’s call it 85–no, 82, 82% less whining! Yes, with 82% less whining, here comes Wait, What? Episode 56.1, roaring around the bend, with Graeme McMillan and myself discussing strange and unexpected topics–topics like OMAC #1, Batgirl #1, Animal Man #1, Detective Comics #1, Swamp Thing #1, Stormwatch #1 and, of course… X-Men #17. (That really should have a ‘?!!?’ at end of that sentence, but you get the idea.) It’s one hour and one second of two-fisted soft reboot action! Wise souls have perhaps already encountered this podcast on iTunes (in which case, I hope they were struck it down and achieved instant enlightenment) but you can, of…  Read More…

Wait, What? Ep. 53.1: Why Are They Smiling?

Jeff Lester

I kinda like that I’ve decided to call this installment, “Why Are They Smiling?” and I have a this illustration of someone asking “Why are they smiling?” and also maybe someone says it in the very podcast, too. It’s a bit like “Merv Griffin!”, that most excellent Milk & Cheese cartoon, and it’s a bit like that “turtles all the way down” meme, and a bit like that faux-Jack T. Chick Cthulhu strip, and it’s a bit like I have headache and can’t really think of anything especially subtle. So. Due to said headache, I will skip the program notes which I’ve been trying to add (not really sure if they’re helping anyone or not, anyway) and, hmmm, maybe I…  Read More…

Four ones and a sixty-seven: Hibbs on 7/13

Brian Hibbs

Comics, comics, comics! I’m dancin’ as fast as I can!

More Cowbell: Jeff on Things and Stuff.

Jeff Lester

At first, I was just going to write about Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover’s Gingerbread Girl, but I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to say about it.  (Uh, things?  And, uh, stuff?) So, after the jump, Gingerbread Girl, X-Men: First Class (the movie), Star Wars Omnibus (Vol. 3), and more…things and stuff. (oh, and don’t forget to scroll down for the shipping list…and John’s reviews…and Graeme’s reviews?!  Holy shit. We need to learn how to pace ourselves.)

Hibbs is doing stuff, honestly (some 3/23 included)

Brian Hibbs

Where have I been this week? Well, most importantly, I’m waiting for my new computer to arrive — my home machine mostly-died nearly 3 weeks ago, after about a 10-year run, and I can run anything past basic surfing on it, which means that all writing has to be done at work, sheesh — it was scheduled to arrive today, but FedEx ground has, seemingly, lost it….  at least until Monday. *grumble* Then we have the latest podcast with Comic Book Geek Speak — I very much enjoy talking with those guys, and this is my third go ’round, I think? — which you can find here. Plus, there’s a new TILTING AT WINDMILLS where I reflect a little on…  Read More…

Graeme on X-Men: Ce n’est pas un événement comique

Graeme McMillan

As above, so below: I’ve told you about my guilty pleasure of the year already, and now it’s time for its opposite number: The book I kept buying, just out of dread curiosity and something indefinable: X-MEN. Or, to use its subtitle, X-Men: Curse Of The Mutants. Or, to use the title it should’ve had, X-Men: No, Seriously, What The Hell Is This.

Tucker Has No Experience With Which To Gauge These Comics Properly

Tucker Stone

This is a bit too long and overly friendly, so it’s buried under the cut where Chris and Sean won’t have to read it. It’s about this X-Men Second Coming shindig. And me. It’s too long. Also spoilers.

The Future Is Twenty Years Ago

Graeme McMillan

Spot the mistake in this sentence, which paraphrases my thought process in a recent reading of X-MEN: MESSIAH COMPLEX: “Hey, it’s a massive X-book crossover, just like back in the ’90s, but with writers I really like, like Ed Brubaker and Mike Carey! This’ll be like a trip down memory lane, but good!” That’s right. It’s those last two words. If there’s one thing that Messiah CompleX taught me, it’s this: X-Men is the Peter Pan of comics, only replace “the boy that never grows up” with “the superhero comic that never seems to change whatsoever.”

Some Comics from 8/25

Brian Hibbs

Less time than I thought this week — too much message boarding (How does any of those incessant Newsarama posters get ANYthing done in real life? Do they just post on their boss’ dime all day or something? Are they all pale 13 year olds who never see the sun? Someone should do a study!), plus, last night our Television went out so we need to go buy a new one this morning. So just a quick couple of reviews so, y’know, they don’t take my blogging rights away from me. By the way, do I need to insert possible spoiler warnings for the below? Or is it just assumed? WORLDWATCH #1: If I know you well enough, you have…  Read More…

Polishing off the 8/4 comics

Brian Hibbs

Just a few things to go, then I’ll do the books post… LOVE AND ROCKETS v2 #11: Like I said, I don’t “get” L&R, but are Jaime and Gilbert just excellent cartoonists? There are panels throughout each story that I like to just stare at. I especially liked bits from “Life Through Whispers”. I just don’t get the stories at all. Still, aesthetically, hard to say less than Good. GUARDIANS #2: This is probably moving a lot slower than it should (page 2 and the plot is just starting?) but the art is nice and the characterizations are strong. I don’t really care what happens, really (especially for $3 a throw), so let’s call it OK. WOLVERINE / PUNISHER #5:…  Read More…