Funnybook Babylon

October 14, 2010

FBBP #131 – The NYCC Tapes, 2010

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Chris Eckert @ 2:25 pm

Another New York Comicon has come and gone.

When the first NYCC happened, Funnybook Babylon was but a glimmer in the Internet’s eye!
At the second NYCC, Chris met Joseph and Jamaal for the first time, and the FBB Podcast began!
From the third NYCC was borne a horrifying beast, the FBB Posse Cut, never to be repeated.
The fourth NYCC saw future Fourcast maestro David Brothers sit in on a show.

And now, eighteen months — and somehow only forty-one episodes — later, Chris, Jamaal, and Joseph once again welcome special Con guest stars: Batmannotator Supreme David Uzumeri and New Jersey’s Favorite Son Gavin “Gavok” Jasper!

As this was recorded in a crowded hotel room on Saturday night, here are some corrective shownotes that also serve as a list of topics discussed:

  • Chris Hastings’s The Adventures of Dr. McNinja was indeed picked up by Dark Horse. Congratulations again, Chris!
  • Gavin’s “Venom + Prop” sketchbook is now online!
  • Mark Waid’s current title at Boom Studios is “Chief Creative Officer”.
  • Citing health concerns, Gavin never shook hands with Jeph Loeb
  • While Anthony Bourdain’s Get Jiro isn’t coming out until 2012, the Untitled Azzarello/Risso project is allegedly coming out next year.

Where’s Pedro, you ask? He’s over on the Fourcast as their special guest star. What will the sixth NYCC hold for us? NO ONE KNOWS.


  1. General Thoughts While Listening:

    1) Have you guys ever thought of doing a Dave Sim retrospective? I’ve been thinking about his Cerberus work and how it is the perfect model of a digital age comic book that would thrive in this climate: an outspoken creator with a soap box, a quality product that ships at regular interval with very quick installments, and a great trade paperback investment (25 dollars for over 200 pages?) that rewards retailers purchase the product with signings contests. Warren Ellis did something similar in the 2000s and it seems to work pretty well for independent creators. I’d also love to see you guys tackle a chunk of Dave Sim’s work like you tackle other trade paperbacks.

    2) I think the main problem if comics ever go completely digital, is the “happy accidents” that would occur whenever I would go to a comic shop and just pick up stuff on a whim. The Comic Shop Spinner Rack is a great device…it allows you to stand in one place and find stuff that you might not normally purchase just because it had a great cover that week. I know I picked up stuff like Swamp Thing and Cerberus and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman because they were featured prominently and had very stark covers.

    3) I think I get the appeal of Jeph Loeb. Bathroom habits aside, he seems like one of those guys who can write consistently and hit his deadlines, but never seems to write anything that is re-readable. He seems to get jobs because he is a nice guy that works well with others.

    Comment by gary — October 17, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

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  3. @gary: Presumably there will be more happy accidents when readers can get any comic at any minute of the day with absolute no chance of the store running out of stock.

    And with the amount of free comics already on the comixology app there is even more chance to try new things on a whim.

    Comment by dacl — October 19, 2010 @ 7:22 am

  4. @daci: I don’t think the same happy accidents would happen online, if only because people are very task-oriented when they’re online. I think of stuff like political blogs that I follow tend to agree with me politically, unlike a newspaper that may have differing views. I go to things that I already agree with online, or that I purposefully seek out because FB or 4th Letter or someone I trust recommends it. Internet browsing tends to be very controlled and I don’t think people would just come across stuff that they weren’t looking for intentionally.

    But I guess you could say that about comic shops too. There’s one guy that picks and chooses, and in an economy where everyone is tightening their belt, they tend to choose things that are more mainstream. But I do believe actual browsing and online browsing are two different things. I’m less “present” when I’m multi-tasking online for stuff than when I’m wandering through the aisle of a Barnes and Nobles with a coffee and 20 free minutes.

    I think I could get more stuff online, but I don’t think I would get stuff I normally wouldn’t get if it wasn’t looking at me with a unique spine or in a “1 dollar back issue sale.”

    Comment by gary — October 19, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

  5. RE: Motion Comics and Adaptations

    I’m curious if you’ve ever heard of Graphics Audio? I drive a lot and, while visiting a truck stop, I cam across a Graphics Audio version of 52. Apparently, Greg Cox’s noveltizations of major DCU stories get made into audio plays that are sold, primarily, at truck stops.

    The stories are really well told with a cast that are talented (although slightly hammy). I think this could be the answer to the problems with motion comics: just give us good audio dramatization and stop trying to animate comics that aren’t designed to be animated.

    Comment by gary — October 21, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

  6. Unfortunately I think a lot of comic writers have “George Lucas” disease. Named after a famous story where Harrison Ford allegedly said on the set of Star Wars, “George you can sure as hell write this shit but you can’t fucking say it”.

    Basically it looks ok on the written page, but as soon as you say it, it sounds stupid.

    Comment by Joseph — October 21, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

  7. Gary: Funny you should bring those up discussing this specific episode, because Gavin’s actually reviewed a whole mess of those audiobooks/radio plays over on 4L.

    Reading his reviews/hearing him comment on them is my only experience with them, I have to admit.

    In comic writers’ defense, I don’t know if all of them are guilty of what Joseph describes, and even if they are, they’re not writing things that are meant to be said aloud. Reading a lot of my favorite songs’ lyrics on a sheet of paper makes them sound pretty stupid too. It does pose a problem in adaptation, but hey.

    Comment by Chris Eckert — October 21, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

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