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September 30, 2008

Pull List Analysis for October 1, 2008

I figured we might try doing these again. Here are some potentially interesting books hitting the shelves tomorrow!

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September 28, 2008

New New Avengers Lineup Leaked! Spoilers!

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 10:12 pm

Yeah, apparently the full roster and cover for the post-Secret Invasion New Avengers has been leaked thanks to what I assume is the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.

Kevin Huxford, eat your heart out. (I know I said I hated spoilers, but this lineup makes me so excited I can’t contain myself.)

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September 27, 2008

A. David Lewis Interviews Grant Morrison

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 11:29 am

If you haven’t already, check out this interview:

I got into magic to see if it was real. If someone says, “Ok, a demon will appear if you do this spell,” I just say, “Bullshit.” So, I did this spell, and then the demon appeared. So I had to revise my vision of what the world was and how it worked.

A. David Lewis, author of The Lone and Level Sands, interviews Grant Morrison about Magic, consciousness and comic books.

You may have heard Grant tell some similar stories in the past, but this interview is a good primer on some of the ideas that inform his work.

September 25, 2008

FBBP #74 – Review: The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 10:01 am

Eddie Campbell and Dan Best’s new graphic novel from First Second is reviewed, alongside this week’s “Yes, This is Being Published” subject, DC Decisions #1.

John McCain isn’t running for president in the DCU, so it’s Leotard, not Decisions that makes Joe think of his grandpa and his heroic yarns. Barack Obama isn’t running in the DCU either, so Chris is left comparing the band of eternally hopeful dreamers in Leotard to the characters of Terry Gilliam.

September 23, 2008

A Special Message to You, the Reader! RSS Feeds Should Be Working Properly Again!

Filed under: Blurbs — Pedro Tejeda @ 7:40 am

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We received some emails stating that the feeds were not working on the website and not updating properly for all our readers. There was a change made in one of the new WordPress updates that took feeds off the last few days. This post should be proceeded with 7 new to you articles that give you something to catch up to.

Thanks to the readers who brought this to our attention. We appreciate every single bit of feedback we have been given for this site since we started it over a year and half ago. It allows the ability to improve greatly. Thanks again.

September 22, 2008

FBBP #73 – Superman Loves Us All

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , — Pedro Tejeda @ 11:33 pm

Pedro, Jamaal and Joseph get together for a chat on Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely’s freshly concluded All-Star Superman. Is Superman prophet or messiah? Unsurprisingly, Joseph ends up the contentious dissenter on this matter, though he loved the book as much as anyone else. The first half of the series is available now, if you can’t wait for the inevitable Absolute Edition.

Blog and Circuses: MARVEL DOESN’T CARE ABOUT GAY PEOPLE!

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , — Chris Eckert @ 1:16 pm

That’s right, did you hear? MARVEL DOESN’T CARE ABOUT GAY PEOPLE!

Okay, actually it’s just the statements of one of their writers, so I guess MARC GUGGENHEIM DOESN’T CARE ABOUT GAY PEOPLE!

It’s true! He said it! Listen to this!

“Here’s my attitude, if anyone is upset about the marriage going away, then they must all be pro gay marriage,” he continued. Because if you’re pro gay marriage, you understand the distinction between a marriage and a civil union — that a civil union is not equal to a marriage. We downgraded Mary Jane and Peter to a civil union. If that bothers you, then you’re pro gay marriage.”

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September 21, 2008

Thoughts on a Lost Podcast

Filed under: Blurbs — Joseph Mastantuono @ 8:48 pm

We didn’t lose a podcast: our shows about All-Star Superman and The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard will be up later this week.

However, this week was the last episode of GFW Radio, also known to listeners as “The Brodeo 97.5”. Shawn Elliot was the heart of the show, and with his departure the 1up staff has made the decision to lay the show to rest. Why am I bemoaning the loss of a podcast about video games on a comic book podcasting site? When I initially went to Pedro to talk about the idea of a comic book podcast in early 2007, it’s these guys that put the idea of producing a podcast in my head.

Their combination of humor and insightful critique made it one of my favorite shows, yet it was such a natural performance that I thought we would be able to emulate it easily. It took us about a year and a half, but with the help of Chris, Jamaal, Pedro and all or guests (I’m looking at everyone who has been in my apartment these last two years) I feel like we’re only now approaching a good show, all of our own.

GFW Radio would even occasionally talk comics, and disparaged Jeph Loeb in passing. I only mention this because Shawn’s taste, critique and thoughts about video games have stayed with me, long past the the hour or two that their shows would run. The departure of their show made me think of how instrumental they were in the creation of our show, so I’m pouring out a virtual forty for the members of the Brodeo, and wish them well on their future endeavors.

Here’s one of my favorite rap’s from the “Whiskey Nerd” persona that Shawn Elliot would occasionally summon forth, and debut on their podcast.

September 17, 2008

FBBP #72 – [Expletive Deleted] [fixed]

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 10:55 pm

NOTICE: We had an export issue on our previous post of this podcast. If you have downloaded it, please listen to this one instead, the second half of the Achewood discussion on the previous one got garbled. I blame Apple, and their lack of support for Soundtrack Pro.

This Week: We review Chris Onstad’s The Great Outdoor Fight, discuss the All-Star Batman & Robin controversy, talk Final Crisis: Revelations and debut a new segment, “Yes, This is Being Published”.

YTiBP’s debut topic is Vertigo’s forthcoming Haunted Tank series. You can read a special preview of it on this toilet seat. No, really.

After cutting this podcast, I realized that yes, I am a Hater. Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate! I got Silky Johnson and Buc Nasty on lock, I’m gonna be Hater of the Year!

We go into a lot of detail about the Great Outdoor Fight, so if you aren’t a regular Achewood reader and don’t want your experience “spoiled” you can read the whole story online before listening. Or don’t, just don’t come crying if we reveal the final fate of The Latino Health Crisis.

Requiem for a Sun God: Looking Back on All Star Superman

Filed under: Blurbs — David Uzumeri @ 2:13 pm

All Star Superman #12 is finally here, and Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s twelve-part epic (and it truly is an epic) has come to its long-awaited conclusion. For a while, Morrison was teasing that this conclusion would be the be-all end-all of all Superman stories, so I was somewhat surprised when I got the final page and wasn’t presented with any sort of twist or revelation but rather the final piece of a puzzle that, I think, we’re supposed to put together ourselves.

So with a great deal of thanks to Kal-L at the Comic Bloc and our own Gabe Mariani, I’m going to try to see if I can figure out what was really going on for these twelve issues. Spoilers, obviously, below the fold. (more…)

September 16, 2008

Final Crisis Shipping Schedule: Huh?

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 9:49 pm
Final Crisis: Submit

Final Crisis: Submit

So yeah, Final Crisis isn’t shipping on time. I’m sure someone, somewhere, is shocked, but I can’t fathom it – #3 was a week late, #4’s three weeks late, and we’ve got an extra skip month in December with a Secret Files. (On a side note, I’m incredibly curious to read that Secret Files, since it sounds like he’s getting Frank Quitely of all people to help him in his quixotic quest to reconcile this with Countdown.) However, despite the considerable delay on #4 and the total lack of a delay on subsequent issues, I’m forced to wonder if this quote from Morrison himself isn’t pretty telling:

Submit is designed as Beyond’s complete opposite number – a straight down the line, street level, Hollywood action book about a family in trouble and on the run in Darkseid’s Hell on Earth. It features Black Lightning, gives us a look at the world in the early stages of Darkseid’s takeover and loops straight back into the first scene on the opening pages of Final Crisis #4.

So wait, if Submit takes place before Final Crisis #4, why was it solicited to come out two weeks afterwards originally? And now, it’s delayed (according to the latest DC Direct Channel) until the 15th right alongside FC #4. People may be annoyed if they don’t put a notice in #4 to read Submit first, assuming this was the reason for the delays. This also leads to a single day with no less than five new Final Crisis books, which, I mean, is sort of a lot of a good thing at once: Final Crisis #4, Legion of Three Worlds #2, Submit, Rogues’ Revenge #3 and Rage of the Red Lanterns. Isn’t this sort of a deluge where major books (like Submit itself) might get lost in the shuffle? I never understood why Paul O’Brien complained about this kind of thing regarding the X-books until now.

So this poses the question: Are #4 and #5 actually coming out two weeks apart? It seems pretty unlikely, but if Submit was the cause for #4’s delay it’s not impossible. It seems odd that they took a month off, and production problems, not JG Jones, were blamed for #3’s lateness, and still couldn’t get the book out on time.

It’s just a theory, so if they announce #5’s being delayed until the end of November or whatever I still won’t be especially surprised.

September 14, 2008

Sunday Morning Thoughts and Linkblogging: For Immature Readers Only?

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 12:51 pm
All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder #10

All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder #10

It’s been an eventful week here on Team FBB as we (well, at least I) have been glued to the stats watching a bunch of cellphone shots of a funnybook using dirty words become, like, our most popular post ever. Back to that in a second.

In the meantime, I’ve been horribly delinquent in pimping my reviews over at the legitimate money-laundering front for FBB and 4thletter!, Popcultureshock. I’ve recently done reviews for X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1, X-Factor #34 and X-Factor: Layla Miller Special, Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1 and Cable #6, so if you’re at all interested in my views on comics other than the Morrison-centric stuff I’ve been putting up here, check it out. More importantly, check out the rest of the site; 4l’s own Gavin Jasper and David Brothers are putting up great articles as well.

Meanwhile, I believe Pedro, Jamaal, Chris and Joe are soon congregating in New York for the podcast and Rock Band. Pray Jamaal isn’t handed the microphone in the latter activity, for the sake of public health.

Anyway, back to All-Star Batman. As for my personal views on the book’s artistic merit, our own Jon Bernhardt articulated his love for the book far more eloquently than I ever could, and having read the oh so naughty ASBAR #10 myself, it does nothing to change my high opinion of the book. People are complaining about the blatant immaturity of the use of language; I assure you, in context, that’s exactly how it’s portrayed as well. Of course, it’s always far sexier to get outraged over out-of-context panels than try to engage the material with an open mind. And, let’s be frank (no pun intended), these out-of-context panels are indeed practically media bait. (more…)

September 10, 2008

FBBP #71 – Back to School with a Song

Jamaal is back and it’s time for him to pay the piper! What song must he sing? Stay tuned to the end, true believers!

In the spoken word portion of the podcast, we discuss the new Secret Six, Marvel Apes and Sub-Mariner: The Depths mini-series, and spin off into a larger discussion of Depths author Peter Milligan’s other recent series Infinity Inc. and The Programme. Milligan has built up a lot of goodwill with series like X-Statix, Human Target and Shade the Changing Man, but how do his newer books stack up? Listen and learn!

Finally, our resident canary in the mineshaft Chris has decided to join the MARCH ON ULTIMATUM, and gives a recap of Aron Coliete’s initial Ultimate X-Men arc. In this metaphor, the canary has died and had its corpse repeatedly defiled.

September 9, 2008

Tough Love Tuesday Breaking News: Insufficient Censorship

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 3:48 pm

We interupt our regularly scheduled nitpicking about proper grammar and usage to bring you this breaking story:

The reason behind All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder‘s recall revealed! The censor bars didn’t print properly a whole bunch of times! Cusswords are visible! Look out! Don’t click through if you don’t want to see Batgirl being super-sassy:

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September 2, 2008

FBBP #70 – The Last Will and Testament of the Third Dimension

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 11:25 pm

For the second week running, we’re missing Jamaal. We miss Jamaal so much that we want to remind everyone that we’re still taking suggestions for what we should make him sing on next week’s podcast. A BET IS A BET!

Two books of the week this time out: one for its importance, and another for its je ne sais quoi:
Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1 by Grant Morrison & Doug Mahnke (annotated here!)
DC Universe: Last Will & Testament by Brad Meltzer & Adam Kubert

Speaking of Last Wills, Virgin Comics has joined the dustbin of comics history alongside CrossGen, Tekno Comix and countless others. What lessons can be learned? What went wrong? Just how many different things has Richard Branson slapped “Virgin” on?

We also begin our discussion on Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Most of the discussion is Joe introducing the Nausicaa and its creator Hayao Miyazaki, so anyone wanting to catch up still has time. We’ll be doing the second (and final) Nausicaa book club discussion in a couple weeks.

The whole series is translated in seven volumes (Volumes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) and you can buy them through Amazon for $10, supporting the site at the same time.

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