Tag Archive for 'Comics'

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #27 - This Allegheny Life

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program

Hosts:
Hank 300 and Nick Marino

Show Notes:
Nick's selfie that he took at 8:55 into the episode.

In light of the AudioShocker's impending retirement, the kids at the Allegheny Teen Center have brainstormed a list of questions about art, comics, life, and other stuff. AND WE ANSWER THEM!

We debate... message boards vs. tumblr!

The teens ask:

  • Do you have any pop cultural phases that you totally regret?
  • What are we missing out on by only reading comics collected in trades?
  • Coloring books versus paint-by-numbers?
  • If someone has an idea for a webcomic, can they make it up as they go along or do they need to write it all out first?

Also, we ask the teens some questions! Why do they like stupid stuff? What's the deal with Adventure Time? And many more.

Plus, we briefly the discuss the new audit Teen Center is undergoing in light of some troubling events that have occurred recently. And of course, after the end theme we name the Teen of the Week.

Next Episode:
Our final Battle Angel Alita podcast! Strap on your reading caps for vols 7-9.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #25 - Garfield: 1984 vs. 2014

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program

Hosts:
Rebecca Cohen and Nick Marino

Show Notes:

Garfield.
Loved and reviled.
A comic strip so mundane that it's become quasi-controversial.

On this episode, we contrast and compare Garfield in January 1984 to Garfield in January 2014.

Q: How has the comic changed over 30 years?
A: Ummm... is that a trick question?

The art has evolved a bit with Garfield spending more time on his hind legs and doubling the size of his feet. But the jokes and themes are practically interchangeable. It's impressive how stagnant consistent it's been over three decades.

After the end theme, we read the latest Allegheny Teen Center announcement from Hank 300 (who wasn't able to record this episode with us due to a catastrophic Super Bowl related internet crisis).

Next Episode:
We dissect the first half of Battle Angel Alita v6!

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #22 - Myth of Eustro

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program

Hosts:
Rebecca Cohen and Nick Marino

Related Posts:
Myth of Eustro Chapter 01 and Myth of Eustro Chapter 02

Show Notes:

We talk about Myth of Eustro, a fantastic digital comic by Solomon Mars. It's a panel-to-panel fantasy story set in the world of Ephon, a land overtaken by a crystal wasteland called the Nightmare Forest.

The main character is Romona, an Arkseologist who's working to fight back the expansion of the crystals while seeking to eradicate them completely.


For years, Solomon Mars has created panel-to-panel comics that he shares online as Flash files. But he's really stepped up the interactivity with Myth of Eustro, layering information about the story of Romona and the world of Ephon into roll-overs and clickable icons.



The direction of Myth of Eustro is also decided by the fans. At the end of each chapter, Solomon asks readers to choose between two actions for Romona. Once the votes are in, Solomon crafts a new chapter that takes Romona and her Famylyr named Ephyx on another adventure.


Since this episode was recorded a couple of weeks early, we've got a special update after the end theme... a conversation between Nick and Hank 300 recorded on location in Walla Walla, WA!

Good news? Hank and Cecily are still alive. Bad news? Cecily is brainwashed and Hank is trapped the bottom of a grain mill that's slowly being filled with flour.

Next Episode:
If Nick, Hank, and Cecily make it out alive, then we'll have a new podcast for you on Tue Jan 7 wherein we'll discuss Battle Angel Alita v5 chapters 1-3.

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Everything Blows with Ross and Nick #13 - Wax Packers

Everything Blows with Ross and Nick

Hosts:
Ross Campbell and Nick Marino

Giveaway:
We've got two awesome prizes for two awesome listeners! Our grand prize winner will get both Bones Brigade and Bonus Brigade on DVD. Our runner up will get a digital copy of Bones Brigade.

How do you win? Leave us a comment about your most embarrassing skateboarding experience! (If you don't have a skating story, then tell us your most embarrassing high school story. Basically, Ross wants to embarrass you.) Deadline is Monday, December 23rd. We'll announce the winner on Christmas 2013!!!

Show Notes:
After a conversation about Ross's earwax, we review the documentary Bones Brigade: An Autobiography and its behind-the-scenes companion, Bonus Brigade.

In Bones Brigade, we follow the history of the infamous 80s skateboarding team of the same name through interviews and archival footage. While the film features a lot skaters, it focuses on a core lineup of Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, and Tommy Guerrero. It's directed by team leader Stacy Peralta (who also made Dogtown and Z-Boys). And Bonus Brigade is a documentary about the documentary, featuring more interview footage combined with video of the original documentary's debut.

At 42:00, we wrap up our Bones Brigade review and shift to comic news (which, of course, means means news about everything except comic books). We complain about the major comic book news sites, from the mainstreamy-est to the indie-est.

We also review a comic book review (meta!) by our buddy Kelly Thompson, who writes eloquently about a book we've never heard of called Marvel Knights: X-Men #2. And after the end theme, Justique talks about the time Nick tried to get her to enter a wet t-shirt contest.

Next Episode:
We really wanna review Iron Man 3 and give away a bunch of Iron Man comics, but the movie's so damn expensive. So uhhhhh we'll talk about something else.

Everything Blows with Ross and Nick #12 - Defunct

Everything Blows with Ross and Nick

Hosts:
Ross Campbell and Nick Marino

Related Posts:
Ross's defunct comics projects on LiveJournal

Show Notes:
Ross talks about his fascinating aborted comics and rejected pitches!

In loose chronological order, Ross details his cornucopia of defunct projects. At the beginning of his career, he passed on drawing Local for Brian Wood. His pitch for a giant monster story called Shibbahyip was rejected by Tokyopop, and so was his original pitch to Oni for Wet Moon.

Ross relives the development hell of Dead Tired, a pitch he worked on with Vertigo at DC Comics for years until he couldn't recognize the story any more. He also talks about his Vertigo pitch for Swamp Things (yes, "Things"), which was rejected in favor of a China Miéville Swamp Thing comic book that never happened.

Ross has had numerous misses with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starting years ago at Mirage Studios up through last year when he was offered an opportunity to draw the main series at IDW. Luckily, Ross was able to get the TMNT thing to finally happen and his four issue IDW Turtles story begins next month!

But wait... there's more! Ross passed up an opportunity to draw an issue of the most recent Young Avengers series, plus he declined to work on the new Marvel Knights Hulk miniseries. And there was also an offer to draw an issue for DC's Villain Month that Ross turned down.

Nick describes a few of his own rejected pitches for animated shorts over at Frederator Studios, including one you can read called The Demon From My Butt.

After that, Ross and Nick rant about annoying comic book news and try to figure out what the #$%& is going on with Scarlet Witch's O-face.

Also... Virtual Joker and Firewall Robin?!? WTF???

Next Episode:
Maybe Kelly Thompson will join us to talk about the science of fandom. Or maybe we'll review Iron Man 3 and give away a buttload of Nick's Iron Man comic books. Or maybe we'll talk about something else entirely.