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Nov 17, 2022

Jace chats about the books he has read for the week of November 16, 2022. It's a heavy week for one of our favorite writers Christopher Cantwell. His Iron Man run comes to a close in an emotional and poignant way that encapsulates the series very well. Namor Conquered Shores continues the action of the first issue as we get an examination of the characterization of Namor through this post-apocalyptic look at the Marvel Universe. Finally, Golden Goblin #1 looks at the guilt Norman Osborn is carrying around and we can't help but wonder where this path leads for one of Marvel's oldest villains. Plus Jace gives a run down on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.

Nov 17, 2022

Jace chats with writer B. Clay Moore and the Zoop campaign for Whistling Skull. This is a property B. Clay co-created alongside Tony Moore and it was at one time tied into the DC Universe and the classic Justice Society team. Re-Mastered for a whole new edition showcasing Tony's amazing art, this is your chance to get the complete story ... so far. Could this talented creators return to this rich world, with it's intriguing plot and pulp adventure feel? Listen in and hear what B. Clay's thoughts are on that very thing!

 

The Whistling Skull

In a remote village in Switzerland, the townsfolk face a terrible threat. People keep disappearing without warning or explanation, and the authorities are powerless to help. But the secret organization known as the Skeleton is aware that something sinister is going on, and they've dispatched their top agents to investigate: the eerie crimefighter known as the Whistling Skull!
 
With his assistant Knuckles at his side, the Skull can draw on the benefits of decades of crimefighting to uncover what's happening in the village. But this is not the same hero who went on all of those adventures. The last Whistling Skull disappeared after fighting side-by-side with the heroes of his generation, and though his predecessor has the memories and skills of every man who has come before him...he's never been on a mission before.
 
Can the new Whistling Skull prevail when faced with pure evil? Or will the horrors that were inflicted on the village soon spread to the entire world?

 

From an Entertainment Weekly review:
 
The Whistling Skull is at once a throwback to pulp fiction of the 1930s and 1940s (think Doc Savage and Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels) and a witty, grim and poignant tale.
 
The Whistling Skull and his sidekick, Knuckles, are actually William Massey and Nigel Singleton, Brit boyhood friends who’ve grown up to fight Nazis and other criminals in 1940s Europe. Tony Harris, who has done such marvelous artwork on books including DC’s Starman, is superb (along with colorist Dave McCaig) at conjuring up foggy menace, using dark greens, grays, and sallow yellows as his primary colors to (barely) illuminate figures drawn with lantern jaws and thick bristly eyebrows of determination.
 
B. Clay Moore’s script has The Whistling Skull roaming Europe driving a gigantic Art Deco auto dubbed The Battlewagon. Skull and Knuckles out of costume are like creations born of a cross between Arthur Conan Doyle and P.G. Wodehouse. The mysteries are well thought-out; the humor is boisterous; the crime-fighting is bone-crunching.

 

***These characters were originally brought into the DC Comics universe through the JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull series, but the story has been tweaked for this Zoop campaign by Moore and Harris, re-establishing the world of the Whistling Skull (and Knuckles) as originally intended.

Nov 15, 2022

Jace and Rocky chat about the DC titles for the week of November 14, 2022. Stargirl: The Lost Children continues the story of the lost golden age heroes, Flash has a huge surprise for Wally West and his family and GCPD: The blue Wall continues it's extremely relevant tale. Plus Batman One Bad Day Mr. Freeze has the guys with totally different takes on who Victor Fries is.

Nov 14, 2022

Jace chats with AfterShock's new Editor-In-Chief. Brian Cunningham. They chat about Brian's history in the industry, the challenges of standing out in a crowded marketplace and what has Brian most excited about his new post.

Nov 9, 2022

Jace chats spoiler-free about a few of the books he has had a chance to read already from the week of November 8, 2022. Starhenge continues it's incredible balance of epic storytelling, incredible art & humanizing dialogue. Radiant Black seems to be setting up a big team-up, while we get an incredible, action-packed fight in Captain America, Plus, Dark Ride #2 teases some great things to come.

Nov 8, 2022

Jace chats with writer Paul Cornell about his campaign to finish the epic Saucer Country series. They guys chat about how prescient the series turned out to be, as well as the inherent ties between politics and alien conspiracies.

 

 

 

The Completed Saucer Country

From Syzygy Publishing, the entire Hugo Award-nominated science fiction saga is collected here for the very first time!

Saucer Country is a dark thriller that blends UFO lore and alien abduction with political intrigue, all set in the hauntingly beautiful Southwest.

Experience the full story of alien abductee Arcadia Alvarado's campaign to be US President... and her search for the truth of what happened to her, in the comic that suggested there was Russian intervention in US politics way before it was cool!

Complete with a long-anticipated brand new concluding chapter by creators Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly. All the mysteries answered! All the arcs resolved!

Nov 8, 2022

Jace and Rocky chat about the DC Comics for the week of November 8, 2022. We get the amazing debut of The New Golden Age, WildC.A.T.s makes it's return. Meanwhile Nice House on the Lake and Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths have their penultimate issues while Batman vs Robin starts to speed up.

Nov 2, 2022

Jace talks about some of the titles from the week of November 2, 2022 that he has had a chance to read already. Hell to Pay is nearly perfect in its debut and a wonderful example of how to do a first issue correctly. Captain Marvel is full of guest stars, action & great characterization, while the art does a ton of the heavy lifting in both Little Monsters as well as Old Dog. Plus Jace gives a rundown on some other books you might want to be on the lookout for.

Nov 1, 2022

Jace and Rocky chat about the DC titles for the week of November 1, 2022. We get the debut issue of the long-awaited Marc Silvestri book teaming up Batman and the Joker. The latest issue of Dark Knights of Steel has a crazy ending you have to see believe. Also the fourth issue of Sword of Azrael gives us an all new origin for the Order of St Dumas. All this and more in this episode.

Oct 25, 2022

Jace and Rocky talk about the DC titles for the week of October 25, 2022. We get the debut of Punchline's solo series, Detective Comics continues to be moody and dark, while Batman Fortress continues to be compelling. Books of the Week are DC vs. Vampires as it feels like it building to the end of the finale of Catwoman Lonely City.

Oct 19, 2022

Jace talks about a few of the books he has had a chance to read for the week of October 19, 2022. We have a fantastic issue of Ten Thousand Black Feathers which is his book of the week. We also get the latest installments of Alien and Predator which are both stories that feel so additive to the universes from other medium for these respective properties. Plus, Jace gives a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.

Oct 19, 2022

Jace talks about a few of the books he has had a chance to read for the week of October 19, 2022. We have a fantastic issue of Ten Thousand Black Feathers which is his book of the week. We also get the latest installments of Alien and Predator which are both stories that feel so additive to the universes from other medium for these respective properties. Plus, Jace gives a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.

Oct 18, 2022

Jace and Rocky tackle a huge week of DC books with 17+ titles. Flashpoint Beyond #6 gets Rocky's nod for favorite title this week as it wraps up the series in a very satisfying way, but teases that there is possibly more to come, including new characters from the Golden Age. Jace singles out Nightwing 97, for it's gorgeous art, wonderfully humorous moments and a big shock ending.

Oct 17, 2022

Jace welcomes J.M. DeMatties back to the show to talk all about his current Kickstarter campaign. The crowdfunding effort features four different project with four different c-creators handling the art duties to pair with the worlds J.M. is creating. Listen to the episode for all the details. Plus some talk about the upcoming Spider-Man The Lost Hunt, an exploration of Segei Kravinov and his origins. The guys also discuss J.M's novella The Excavator from earlier this year and how it subverts reader's expectations in the best ways.

Oct 12, 2022

Jace chats with writer Mairghread Scott about her latest project, Sea Serpent's Heir. This graphic novel is the latest in the Skybound Comet line of YA content, but make no mistake it is a rousing adventure tale suitable for all ages. Exploring themes of identity and family, it may also serve as a cautionary tale reinforcing the old adage; be careful what you wish for. Filled with gorgeous art and wonderfully complex and interesting characters, it is an absolute must-read.

Oct 12, 2022

Jace talks about a few of the books he has had a chance to read this week. Highlights include the debut of Namor Conquered Shores, Starhenge #4 and the return of Chicken Devil. He also talks about a few new characters making their first appearances and gives a run down on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.

Oct 11, 2022

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Faceless and the Family Campaign on Zoop with Matt Lesniewskii

 

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Jace chats with writer/artist Matt Lesniewski about his Zoop campaign. This Eisner-nominated creator has created a unique and quirky world filled with equally unique and quirky characters. We learn about about them and their foibles in the first issue and the guys discuss the art & development of the project. You can read the full details on the project from Zoop below.

 

Faceless and the Family - Issue #1

by Matt Lesniewski

 

[Los Angeles, CA] - The Eisner-nominated creator Matt Lesniewski launches his creator-owned graphic novel on Zoop!

Now live on Zoop is a new campaign to fund the latest outing from rising star and Eisner-nominated Matt Lesniewski, called Faceless And The Family. The story can best be described as a sci-fi / post apocalyptic journey where a strange and lovable group of misfits form a family. Think of it like an even weirder, yet heartfelt spin on The Wizard of Oz, but completely its own.

The book has been in production for a while and had numerous homes before landing at Zoop to be crowdfunded. Lesniewski is a one-man creative team, writing, drawing, and lettering this personal love letter to comics. The campaign runs for 30 days, and backers will receive a 120-page completed story in softcover format. Other rewards include signatures, remarques, sketches, commissions, and even original pages from the book!

Mind MGMT creator and collaborator Matt Kindt shares “Matt L's work is the most original stuff I’ve seen in comics in years - a singular voice and talent right out of the gate - a once-in-a-generation talent - waiting for the rest of the industry to catch up with him. Unbelievable work.”

 

Matt Lesniewski is an Eisner Award-nominated comics artist, who has worked on multiple series for Dark Horse Comics, such as Mind MGMTStatic, and Crimson Flower. He has also self-published The Freak, and is a favorite amongst original art collectors for his unique and easily identifiable art style.  

Zoop CEO, Jordan Plosky shares: “I’m a huge fan of Matt’s. It’s been great to see his star rise through the comic projects he’s been a part of, and his buzz online as a rising superstar in the world of comics. We’re incredibly excited to play a part in the next step of Matt’s journey to becoming an even bigger name in this industry.”

Zoop is the new home for creator-owned crowdfunding. For publishers and creators, Zoop is an all-in-one pre-order, production, fulfillment, and marketing solution that connects them directly to their fans.

Oct 11, 2022

Jace and Rocky talk about the DC titles for the week of October 11, 2022. The highlights of the week are Batman Inc. #1 and Batman Vs. Robin #2, we also have some first appearances in Batman Urban Legends and the Halloween special Terrors Through Time. Plus the guys run down all the DC news from NYCC.

Oct 11, 2022

Jace and Rocky talk about the DC titles for the week of October 11, 2022. The highlights of the week are Batman Inc. #1 and Batman Vs. Robin #2, we also have some first appearances in Batman Urban Legends and the Halloween special Terrors Through Time. Plus the guys run down all the DC news from NYCC.

Oct 6, 2022

Jace chats with the Bad Idea crew about their Kickstarter Campaign. Just 20 hours old at the time of the live recording from the floor of NYCC and funded in only 7 minutes, there are tons of great comics and exclusive items available. Go check it out now! Also news about the Stop Bad Idea booth at NYCC. Tired of hearing about Bad Idea and their truly Bad Ideas about what and how to publish and distribute comics? In addition to joining the campaign to stop them, you can pick up a special item at the show to show your commitment to ending their evil machinations. Listen in for all the details.

Oct 5, 2022

Jace chats about a few of the books he has had a chance to read for the week of October 5, 2022. The highlights include an incredible debut issue of both Dark Ride and Junkyard Joe. Plus a choose-your-own adventure type issue of Rogue Sun that was incredible fun. Also Jace gives a rundown of some other issue you might want to be on the lookout for.

Oct 4, 2022

Jace and Rocky chat about the DC titles for the week of October 4, 2022. It's a bit of an underwhelming week which is surprising with two Dark Crisis books, but we get a couple of really great Batman titles. Plus the Joker returns and we get a possible explanation for Poison Ivy's psychotic behavior.

Sep 28, 2022

Jace and Jay chat about a few of the books they have had a chance to read for the week of September 27, 2022. Highlights include the debut issue of the highly-anticipated Old Dog, the latest issues of Department of Truth and Eight Billion Genies, plus an exceptional issue of Black Flamingo. Also the guys give a run down of some other books you might want to be on the look out for.

Sep 27, 2022

It's a huge week of DC Comics with over 17 books out this week. Jace and Rocky break down each of the titles and give their thoughts on the stories and where things are headed.

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