Mladen and I will be having a break between now and a few days after New Year, but will be back with our weekly podcast as per normal in early January. Until then, you can check out my humble blog, Comic Book Jesus. Thanks for listening!
35 mins. No news, and no what we’ve been reading. It’s our most streamlined, aerodynamic episode yet, and it’s all about Christmas themed comics. Also, singing cats, Angelina Jolie’s tattoos, Under Siege and a dodgy Christopher Walken impersonation.
Fables #56 in which Santa Claus is a natural fit, and he explains just how he visits kids the world over all in one night!
1980′s DC Super Star Holiday Special. Large format, 5 stories.
Vertigo’s 3 issue Winter’s Edge mini-series. Now re-printed!
JLA #60 which shows Plastic Man recounting a tale in which Santa Claus joins the Justice League.
The classic Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special. Poor, poor Santa. And yes, there was a two issue Lobo/The Mask cross-over a decade ago.
The Tick Big Yule Log Special from 1997. Spoooon!
Batman Returns. Yes, it’s a festive superhero film, with lots of snow, nose biting and awkward speeches.
Dear Dracula. It’s a kids’ book showing young Sam writing to his hero Dracula instead of Santa. From Silverline Books.
70 mins. Our Tron: Legacy special in which we dissect the 3D sequel to the classic 1982 film and the latest comic news and reviews. Also, sexy angst, inner beauty and the Star Wars planet naming method.
Your chance to appear as an artist in Udon’s upcoming Mega Man tribute book, Japanses creators band together in protest against new ratings, Crossgen comics launch from Marvel in March, Mark Waid leaves BOOM! Studios, BOOM! to publish Michael Moorcock’s Elric series, the first Marvel TV series to focus on spy/mother Jessica Jones.
18:10 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
The bad Jonah Hex film, Dexter Season 5, Sandman: Book of Dreams short story collection, Magus #1 from 12 Gauge Comics and Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513.
39:15 FEATURE REVIEW – TRON: LEGACY
61 mins. It’s Christmas time! Well, almost. Mladen and I throw out a few suggestions for present buying. Let’s call it our Generous Geek Goodies Giving Guidelines. Or something. We also yak about the manga 2001 Nights, two titles from GG studio and a lesser known character from the creator of Conan.
No Two-Face or Joker in The Dark Knight Rises, Tron: Legacy soundtrack is now available, the trailer for Transformers 3, Anthrax’s Scott Ian is writing The Demon for DC Comics, superheroes become samurai in Marvel’s 5 Ronin mini-series due in March.
17:20 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
Twilight: Eclipse, Hard Candy, the original Spartacus film, Kull: The Hate Witch #1 from Robert E. Howard, manga 2001 Nights from Viz Media, A Skeleton Story and The One from Italian publisher GG Studio.
42:34 GEEK CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Mladen and I give you some guidelines for Christmas purchases. If you want to buy something for the fanboy/fangirl in your life, or if you’re a fanboy/girl who wants to get something for the comics curious person in your life, then have we got some great tips for you?! Yes, yes we do.
66 mins. Now old enough to vote, here’s our 18th podcast! We discuss the new all ages book Marineman, the visually striking Batwoman, a funny manga about an aspiring artist and talk about the terminology of comic books and graphic novels.
The continuing woes of the Spider-Man musical after it’s mixed debut performance, the death of director Irvin Kershner, Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons working together on a secret project.
6:44 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING
I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow by Shunji Aono, Secret Origin doco on the history of DC Comics, early vertigo one-shot Mercy, new all-ages series Marineman by Ian Churchill, Batwoman #0 by J.H Williams III (otherwise knwon as J.H Williams the 3rd), Flesk Publications’ new collection of Xenozoic tales by Mark Schultz and Arnie’s first film Hercules in New York.
38:20 THEME – DEFINITIONS
We attempt to define the difference in terminology between comics and graphic novels. Mladen and I have different thoughts on just what term should be used for what type of sequential art. Is it related to format? Theme? Who knows? We do, or so we think. Let the lively debate begin!