Saturday Morning Comics #66: The Interview

14 Feb

What is your favorite grindhouse-style comic?
Strike Master – Shotgun Wedding
Coiny – Preacher
Toymaster – Toxic Avenger
Kyle! – Crossed or Night of Living Dead comics
Marco – Hack/Slash

Ric Flair documentary


Wonder Woman by Sandy Jarrell

1min – Interview with Dan Mendoza, creator of Zombie Tramp
54min – QUESTION
– Divergence discussion – 24 new titles coming in June
– Gene Yang is on Superman!
– Starfire book discussion at 1:07
– 1:13 – Spider-Man allowed to be used in the MCU
– TV Guide article on comic book TV shows
– 1:22 – Ben Templesmith is doing Lovecraft
– NEW New Suicide Squad lineup

1:25min – Zombie Tramp #7
1:37min – United States of Murder Inc #6
1:46min -Lady Killer #2
1:51min – Imperium #1
2:00min –  King Features: Jungle Jim #1
2:05min – Postal #1

Saturday Morning Comics #65: Email Us

10 Feb

Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals
QUESTION: From Phil the listener!!! What story brought the most emotion out of you???

Toymaster – Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (sadness)
Coin-Op – First 15 minutes of Up (sad)  South Park, Cartman’s mom non-reveal (anger!!!!) ICP (Anger!)
Kyle! – Miracle (relief)  42, pennant-clinching hit (relief)
Tugboat – GENRE: sad doggie death movies
Strike Master – Six Feet Under series finale (sadness); Maknind wins WWF championship (joy)
Silver Fox – Glee Finn-Kurt relationship (sadness AND joy)

2 min – Emails!  email us at
3 min – QUESTION
20min – hating on the new Jennifer Lopez movie
– character lineup set for Teen Titans TV show
– Marv Wolfman broke his hip
– Bendis ending his X-Men run; also re-upped with Marvel
– Constantine on life-support
– Gotham discussion
– Daredevil trailer

– Chris Pratt and Chris Evans’ Super Bowl bet
35 min – Papercuts and Inkstains #1  Madius Comics
48 min – Uncanny Avengers #1 Vol 2
1:00 min – King Features: Flash Gordon #1
1:07 min – The Humans #2
1:20 min – Captain Midnight #19
1:27 min – Zombies Hate Kung-Fu
1:40 min – Dying & The Dead #1
1:58 min – Batman #38
2:03 min – King Features: The Phantom #1    (excuse the sneeze at 2:03:45 seconds!!!)
2:08 min – Humans #3
2:19:40 min – Unity #14
2:28 min – Thor #4

Saturday Morning Comics #64: Forgive Me Father

31 Jan

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Saturday Morning Comics #63: Tube Insertion

29 Jan


QUESTION: What is your favorite ever story arc from your childhood or early teens?

Coin-op Chris – Hush
Silver Fox – Dark Phoenix Saga
Toymaster – A Lonely Place of Dying
Kyle! – Mad Love
Strike Master – Age of Apocalypse
Marco – Amalgam Universe crossover


Coin-Op – p147 Strange Sport Stories;   p155 Top Ten TPB;   Descender #1!!!
Strike Master – p291 Hit: 1957 #1;   p 294 Deep State Vol 1 TPB;  p14-15 All-New Hawkeye #1
Toymaster – p88 Convergence #0;  p 91 Earth One: Batman Vol 2;  p160 Motherbox!!!
Silver Fox – p96Justice League #40 movie variant; p270 The Fox #1;  p392 Ninjak #1
Hijacker – Southern Cross #1;   Red One #1; Secret Lobster Claws and Other Misfortunes
Kyle! – p102  Flash #40 movie cover;   p431 Star-Lord and Thanos chess pieces;  p535 Pop Vinyl Big Trouble
Marco – Spider-Gwen #1 ;  Wonder Woman Cover Girl statue

2 min – QUESTION
– Pied Piper will be on Flash!!!  Silver Fox is pumped
– Kyle! is feeling better!!!!!omega_sketch__static_shock_by_gavinsmith-d42vaue
– Marvel/Attack on Titan crossover will be released on FCBD
– Convergrence talk; Chip Kidd doing covers!
– X-Men: Apocalypse casting announcements
– Supergirl casting
– Milestone Comics is back!!!!! Static Shock anyone????
– 33 min – SECRET WARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
– GOTHAM: Red Hood to appear

41 min – PREVIEWS
1:02 min – Justice League United #8
1:06 min – Conan/Red Sonja #1
1:11 min – Jupiter’s Legacy #5
1:16 min – Mortal Kombat X #1
1:28 min – Suicide Squad #6
1:33 min – X #21
1:39 min – Silver Surfer #8

1:55 min – Injustice: Year 3 #7

2:05 min – Grayson #6
2:11 min – Star Wars #1
2:18 min – Avengers #40


Saturday Morning Comics #61: Best of 2014

15 Jan

QUESTION: What is the most iconic comic book panel?
Silver Fox – Uncanny X-Men #132, FINAL PANEL


COC – Dark Knight Returns

Hijacker Jen: Death of Superman

Toymaster – Batman 244


Kyle! – Batman Adventures #12

– Channing Tatum is Gambit
– Convergence discussion
– Flash rogues, Liam McIntyre cast
– Edward James Olmos cast in Agents of SHIELD
– Constantine TV show discussion; an improved show!!!
– Wonder Woman ’77 #1  BUY IT DIGITALLY
  – Daredevil to be released in April 2015
-26 min – discussion regarding a Cover contest
-33 min – BEST OF 2014

Nominations for Best of 2014

Breakout Writer

James Asmus (Quantum & Woody, The Delinquents)
Justin Jordan (Spread, Dead Body Road, Crossed: Badlands, GL: NG, Dark Gods)
Ben Templesmith  (The Squidder)
James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, The Woods, Amazing X-Men, Memetic)
G Willow WIlson (Ms Marvel)
SMC: 1st: Justin Jordan  2nd: James Asmus
Listeners:  1st: James Tynion IV  2nd: Justin Jordan
Breakout Artist
Russell Dauterman  (Cyclops 1-3, Nightwing 28-29, Thor 1-3)
Michael Dialynas   (The Woods 1-8)
Rod Reis  (COWL 1-6)
Jeremy Roberts  (Suicide Squad 1 and 3, Stormwach #30)
Ben Templesmith   (The Squidder 1-4, Gotham By Midnight #1)
SMC: 1st: Rod Reis  2nd: Ben Templesmith
Listeners: 1st: Michael Dialynas   2nd: Ben Templesmith
Best New Ongoing
Ms Marvel
SMC: 1st: Sinestro  2nd: Ms Marvel
Listeners: 1st: Grayson (landslide victory)  2nd: Sinestro
Best Miniseries
The Squidder
Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland
SMC: 1st: The Squidder  2nd: Wraith/Starlight TIE
Listeners: 1st: Wraith  2nd: The Squidder
Best Cover
SMC: 1st: Sabrina #1  2nd: Batman Eternal #28
Listeners: 1st: Batman Eternal #28  2nd: Zombie Tramp #1
Best Character
Kamala Khan
Superior Spider-Man
Wolf Spider
SMC: 1st: Kamala Khan  2nd: Sinestro
Listeners: 1st: Batman  2nd: Sinestro/Superior Spider-Man TIE
Best Issue
Afterlife with Archie #6
Daredevil #5
Grayson’s Future’s End
Sinestro #5
Wytches #1

SMC: 1st: Sinestro #5  2nd:
Listeners: 1st: Sinestro #5  2nd: Afterlife with Archie #6/Wytches #1 TIE
Best Ongoing Series
Batman Eternal
Manifest Destiny
Wonder Woman
SMC: 1st: Daredevil  2nd: Sinestro (NOT ON THE LIST!!!!)
Listeners:  1st: Batman Eternal  2nd: Saga
Best Editor
Sana Amanat (Cpatain Marvel, Elektra, Hawkeye, Ms Marvel, New Warriors, Rocket Raccoon)
Alejandro Arbona (Quantum & Woody, Archers & Armstrong, Rai, Armor Hunters, Eternal Warrior)
Spencer Cushing (Skyman, Cap Midnight, Brain Boy, Project Black Sky)
Mark Doyle (Batman, Batgirl, Arkham Manor, Batman Eternal, Detective, Gotham Academy, Grayson, Harley)
Ellie Pyle (Amazing Spider-Man, Black Widow, Daredevil, Moon Knight)
SMC: 1st: Mark Doyle  2nd: Sana Amanat
Listeners: 1st: Mark Doyle  2nd: Ellie Pyle
Best Colorist
Jordie Bellaire (Magneto, Zero, Flash Gordon, Moon Knight, Tooth & Claw, X-Files, Manhattan Projects and more)
Matt Hollingsworth (Detective Comics, The Wake, Hawkeye, The Flash, Wytches, Savage Hulk)
Marcelo Maiolo (Green Arrow, Uncanny X-Men Annual #1, JL United, Green Lantern Corps)
Javier Rodriguez (Daredevil, Axis: Hobgoblin, Edge of Spider-Verse #2)
Val Staples (Ghost Rider, Deadpool 26-34, Deadpool Art of War)
SMC: 1st: Marcelo Maiolo  2nd: Val Staples
Listeners: 1st: Matt Hollingsworth  2nd: Val Staples
Most Disappointing Thing In Comics
Johns/Romita Jr Superman run
New 52 angry Wonder Woman
Sirens #1
Zero Year
SMC: 1st: Angry Wonder Woman  2nd: Zero Year
Listeners:  1st: Zero Year  2nd: AXIS
Most Depressing Cancellation
All-Star Western
Flash Gordon
Superior Spider-Man
SMC: 1st: She-Hulk  2nd: Superior Spider-Man (didn’t get cancelled, LEE)
Listeners: 1st: Superior Spider-Man  2nd: All-Star Western
Worst Person In Comics
Joker’s Daughter
Frank Miller
Howard Chaykin
Rob Liefeld
SMC: 1st: Howard Chaykin  2nd: Deadpool/Joker’s Daughter TIE
Listeners: 1st: Rob Liefeld  2nd: Joker’s Daughter
Best Comic Book Show
The Strain
SMC: 1st: The Flash   2nd: EVERYBODY CHOSE FLASH
Listeners  1st: The Flash  2nd: Gotham
Best Comic Book Movie
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Big Hero 6
Captain America: Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

SMC: 1st: Captain America: Winter Soldier   2nd: GOTG
Listeners:  1st: Batman: Assault  2nd: GOTG

Best Comics Podcast
Comic Geek Speak
Fatman On Batman
Inter-Comics Podcast
Real Books Don’t Have Batman
Talking Comics

SMC:  1st: Comic Geek Speak   2nd: RBDHB
Listeners: 1st:  RBDHB   2nd: Fatman on Batman

Best Event/Crossover
Armor Hunters
Future’s End
Original Sin
SMC: 1st: The Multiversity/Godhead  TIE
Listeners: 1st: Godhead  2nd: Original Sin
Best Graphic Novel
Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
Battling Boy: Rise of Aurora West by Paul Pope and David Rubin
Pinocchio Vampire Slayer by Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Zatanna/Black Canary Blood Spell by Paul Dini and Joe Quinones
Listeners: 1st: Andre the Giant  2nd: Pinocchio Vampire Slayer
SMC:  1st: Zatanna/Black Canary  2nd: Pinocchio Vampire Slayer
Best Writer
Jason Aaron (Men of Wrath, Original Sin, Southern Bastards, Thor: God of Thunder,
Cullen Bunn (Brides of Helheim, Deadpool minis, Lobo, Magneto, Sinestro, Sixth Gun, The Empty Man,
Van Jensen (Flash, Green Lantern Corps, Pinocchio Vampire Slayer,
Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine, Inhuman, Letter 44, Red Lanters, Swamp Thing, She-Hulk, Superman/Wonder Woman, Thunderbolts)
Mark Waid (Daredevil, Doctor Spektor, Fox, Hulk, Insufferable, Original Sin #0
SMC: 1st: Cullen Bun   2nd: Jason Aaron
Listeners: 1st: Cullen Bunn  2nd: Charles Soule
Best Artist
Clayton Crain (Rai 1-5, Valiant covers)
Chris Samnee (Daredevil 33-36 1-9, Fantastic Four #5, multiple covers)
Fiona Staples (Saga 18-24, Life w Archie #36 cover, Thor #1 variant)
Ben Templesmith (The Squidder 1-4, Gotham by Midnight #1)
Ethan Van Sciver (DC covers, Sensation Comics #1, Sinestro #7, Dark Knight 28-29, Future’s End #0, Godhead One-Shot)
SMC: 1st: Chris Samnee  2nd: Ethan Van Sciver
Listeners:  1st: Ethan Van Sciver (landslide)  2nd: Fiona Staples
Company of the Year
SMC:  1st: Image  2nd: Valiant
Listeners:  1st:  DC  2nd: Image

The 10 Best Graphic Novels Of 2014

3 Jan

NOTE: Of What I’ve read and not in specific order

1. Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet (Drawn & Quarterly) – Translated from Belgian comics, writer Vehlmann’s deep discussion of the human pecking order and what happens in a quasi-Lord of the Flies society is complemented with amazing artwork from the duo of Kerascoet. The watercolors and Disney-esque, old-school animated artwork infuses an eerie tone into the story, raising it into rarified air.  A must read.

2. Battling Boy: The Rise of Aurora West by Paul Pope, JT Petty and David Rubin (First Second) – Aurora West is a hero in training in a city besieged by monsters. Her family lineage puts her on the path but she must be the one to take it. The prequel to last year’s terrific Battling Boy, David Rubin capably parallels Paul Pope’s artwork while putting his own stamp on the action. One barely needs to read the words to understand the action, but what is written is terrific. It stands on its own two feet as a book about Aurora West but there are also hints of what’s to come in the Battling Boy series. A terrific series of books for the tween or adult in your life.

3. Andre The Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown (First Second) – How much of Andre the Giant’s story is life and how much is legend is up to the reader to discern, which is sort of the point. So much of wrestling is in preserving how the business operates, ensuring a certain level of impenetrability that the public cannot pierce. That being said, this book recounts story after story of Andre interacting with the public, his family, his size and his health. Brown’s style lends to the cartoonish nature of wrestling (publicly anyhow), with sparse daring lines, letting the artwork stand there for all to see. Andre was larger than life, perhaps outshining even his own.

4. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (Margaret McElderry Books) – My second-favorite book of 2014, it actually compiles several years of Carroll’s online horror works. Her art is evocative and distinct, brushed with care. The seeming lack of color in some stories actually makes the eye go towards the reds and blues, further accentuating a feeling of anxiety. Her stories give one goosebumps and lets the imagination go wild with what could possibly be until all is revealed (or isn’t revealed and lingers even more in the reader’s brain). Five full stories of dread. Enjoy. And keep a light on.

5. Ant Colony by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly) – Weird. Crazy. Imaginative. All these words can be used to describe this book, one where a group of ants live in an impossibly dark yet funny world. Told in a bunch of vignettes and various layouts (with homage to cartoon strips), DeForge uses incredible colors and hilarious character models to create his world. His work on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time shines through in a much more adult manner.

6. Blacksad Amarillo by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (Dark Horse) – The newest Blacksad book takes the cat detective to the United States where he ends up investigating a murder in a deeply racist, deeply secretive town while also going some crazy writers who stole his car. The story stems from Guarnido’s amazing art. Every line is conveyed perfectly and the color is masterful. The way the anthropomorphic characters are modeled are so natural that the reader doesn’t even notice after a few pages. This is my favorite book of 2014, and a must-read for any fan of the either noir or crime.

7. The People Inside by Ray Fawkes (Oni Press) – Fawkes is now writing superhero comics, but he’s actually an accomplished artist and burst onto the scene with One Soul in 2011. The People Inside expands on the narrative ‘trick’ in that book, telling 24 individual stories and many more relationship stories all at once. Panels merge and break up as the people do as well. Panels blacken entirely until only one relationship, and one person, are left. Done with pen and ink, the innovative layout and the intense, true-to-life humanity within these pages make it a must-read for 2014.

8. This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki (First Second) – Awago Beach is where Rose Wallace and her family vacation. It’s also where secrets let themselves loose and devastate everyone in their wake. A coming-of-age tale, the book is heavy while still being charming, the latter mostly coming through in her friend Windy.  A teenagers’ rather adult problems are at the periphery of Rose’s adventures, and she isn’t sure if she wishes to dive in. The color work in the piece is faded and with blue tints, denoting a time gone past. Jillian Tamaki is the artist, and she takes a humanistic style to her characters. The terrific double-page splashes are set at perfect junctures within the story and drawn with loving care by Tamaki. This book is a great read for any teenager unsure of that weird see-saw between childhood and adulthood.

9. Youth is Wasted by Noah Van Sciver (AdHouse Books) – Van Sciver’s most recent collection of short stories are deeply personal and discuss the idea that one is going nowhere and fast. He also weaves his way through mental despair, the drudgery of a nowhere job, and of course creating his own Brothers Grimm fairytale. Because of course he did. It’s in a very detailed, classic cartoon style, with exaggerated heads and decidedly un-flattering bodies. All in all, the reader is bound to find their favorite story here which they’ll re-read over and over again.

10. Spider-Man: Family Business by Mark Waid, James Robinson, Gabriele Dell’Otto and Werther Dell’Edera (Marvel) – Spider-Man has a sister?! Surely this will change things forever for our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Perhaps, perhaps not, but what we do get is an engaging tale involving a gregarious, wise-cracking Peter Parker, one of the best villains ever created in the Kingpin, and a new character named Teresa. Spy intrigue is not something one would normally ascribe to a Spidey book, but the stellar art by Dell’Otto (normally a cover artist due to the level of detail and time it takes to create his pages) and Dell’Edera really evoke a sense of the expansiveness of the story and the immediacy of the action. The painted style lends itself perfectly to creating the narrative. It’s certainly the best thing to come out of either of the ‘Big Two’ companies this year as far as graphic novels are concerned. Check it out.

Any others? Mention them below!

The Best Single Comics Issues of 2014

26 Dec

NOTE: Of what I’ve read

Daredevil #5 – Chris Samnee and Mark Waid figure out what happened to Foggy Nelson. Matt Murdock (Daredevil for those that don’t know!!!) figures it all out for us. I cried. What of it? It is the single best issue of 2014.

Starlight #1 – What happens to Flash Gordon after he returns? Will anyone believe him? Does he move on? What happens to the world he saves? And let’s say Goran Parlov draws the aftermath. This issue puts Parlov in the driver’s seat of an emotional roller coaster, with Mark Millar scripting lightly and allowing the story to breathe.

Sabrina #1 – Robert Hack’s art and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s script create a world we do and don’t know; a world where Sabrina the Teenage Witch is living the normal teenage life and where the reader wants to know the history behind these witches and their rules. Her parents, what of them? This

Afterlife with Archie #4 – Depressing. Sad. Engrossing. All these describe this issue. I won’t spoil it beyond saying bring your tissues. Dammit.

Multiversity: Pax Americana – Comics at its very finest. A mainstream audience is introduced to multiple concepts, layers and breakdowns of both the superhero genre and the ideas behind political expediency, determinism, and fourth-dimensional storytelling. Frank Quitely puts on a tour de force. Perhaps the best drawn comic of the year.

Moon Knight #4 – Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire dominate this issue, what with the artwork telling the story of a buried corpse and its DMT-influence. Warren Ellis’ script lets the art flow, elaborate and engage the reader. A masterpiece in comics.

New Avengers #21 – Decisions, decisions. We found out who had the cojones and who didn’t. We found out who was willing to go far enough, and whether it was even worth it. An issue 21 issues in the making.

Animal Man #29 – Told in the manner of a fairy tale, the entire series gets encapsulated by Jeff Lemire’s engrossing and sumptuous artwork.

Wonder Woman #35 – The culmination of Azzarello and Chiang’s run, it unleashes all that is about Wonder Woman. Love, sacrifice and rehabilitation, this issue has it all. Chiang’s Diana is structurally perfect.

Southern Bastards #4 – Imagine you return to your hometown. This hometown you ran away from. This hometown run by a corrupt figure that goes by the name of Coach Boss and wants to strike you down for fear of an uprising. And imagine…he wins.  But, there is something that gives the reader hope. The second-best issue of 2014.


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