Funnybook Babylon

October 15, 2008

FBBP Rebroadcast – Sentences Review

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This week Vertigo releases two of its original graphic novels in softcover. This week’s podcast discusses Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez, and will be up later today. We reviewed the other book, Sentences by Percy Carey and Ronald Wimberly, on another podcast last November. If you haven’t already purchased it, I highly recommended doing so this week. If you are still on the fence about doing so, here is the original podcast review to hopefully change your mind. Enjoy.


This Book is hot

Pedro, Chris and Jamaal engage in a lengthy discussion about Sentences, the critically acclaimed ‘graphic novel’* written by Percy Carey, a/k/a M.F. Grimm with art by Ronald Wimberly. As a special bonus, this podcast also offers a FBB patented off-topic conversation about unverifiable hip-hop history from the mid ’90’s. We are Joeless again this week, for reasons that are classified. We hope you enjoy.

*Or a graphic memoir, if you prefer.

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August 29, 2008

FBBP #69 – Explicit Invasion

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Jon, Pedro, Chris, and Joe got together on Wednesday to discuss the current status of Marvel’s (not-so) Secret Invasion.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

August 20, 2008

FBBP #67 – Manifestos Never End Well

…except for the the one Joe wrote when we started this site. But then, everyone else seemed to ignore it and it never saw the light of day, so probably that was for the best. Look at the track record for public manifestos, it’s not pretty.

This week we review:

Batman #679: The fourth chapter of Grant Morrison & Tony Daniel’s “Batman R.I.P.” storyline

Punisher MAX #60 – The conclusion of Garth Ennis & Goran Parlov‘s “Valley Forge, Valley Forge”, as well as the capstone to nearly a decade’s worth of Punisher stories by Ennis.

We also discuss the big story in the blogosphere this week, new Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman’s video manifesto on “saving the comics industry”. If you listen to Kirkman’s follow-up interview on Wordballoon, you’ll learn that at one point the plan involves creators to literally tell fans to “go fuck themselves”. But there’s so much more to it. Listen and learn!

August 13, 2008

FBBP #66 – Interim Crisis

FBB is at full power, discussing the relaunches of The Authority, NYX: No Way Home, and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane as a nice appetizer platter. We cleanse the palate with a quick Jeph Loeb Happy Hour toasting the Hulk before our main course:

Final Crisis #3 gets the full treatment as we discuss the philosophical issues therein and whether or not Joe can possibly understand what the hell is going on. For a more focused discussion of FC, please refer to David U’s awesome annotations here.

July 29, 2008

FBBP #65 – Universal Resurrections

With Pedro risking his Dominican ass in Boston drinking Incredible Hulks, Chris, Jamaal and Joe discuss The Dark Knight. Seems like we miss having Pedro’s unabashed enthusiasm around, because we don’t really convey how much we all seriously enjoyed this excellent movie.

We also discuss news from the San Diego Comic Con, including two and a half superhero universes getting revived. So, keep your pants on as Chris tries to explain to me what is going on with Milestone, Impact and Image. Ill-informed idle speculation about the current careers of Christopher Priest, Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Marc Silvestri and Robert Kirkman included!

July 22, 2008

FBBP #64 – Transmedia, the “Synergy” of 2K8

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Back from a long hiatus due to birthdays, movings, and sheer laziness, the Funnybook Babylon crew discusses two recent standout books:

Geoff Johns and Scott Kollin’s Final Crisis: Rogues Revenge #1 has some kinetic art that Joe loves, but does Chris warm to Johns’s new treatment of the Flash Rogues? We also discuss the recently completed Omega the Unknown series by Jonathan Lethem, Farel Dalrymple and Paul Hornschemeier.

We end the podcast with a round-up of Paul Levitz’s speech on Transmedia, The Watchmen Trailer, the “Moving Comics” initiative, and whatever crazy ideas DC decides to shove into another medium.

After SDCC, we are totally going to work FBB into a video game like Def Jam Fight for New York. All your favorite comic bloggers will be in it.

Finally, please vote for a song for Jamaal to sing in three weeks. Try to pick something from the Batman Soundtracks or Celene Dion related. He’s totally gonna have to do it.

July 1, 2008

FBBP #63 – Image and You

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We’re back from a Mac-induced hiatus (Can you believe an Apple product had the gall to break on us?), and we talked about Marvel’s massive week (thirty-four books!!!) and whether any of them were worth your money. Marvel’s tidal wave didn’t stop us from talking about DC’s big book, Final Crisis #2. Have Jamaal and Pedro warmed up to Morrison’s Epic Event?
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June 11, 2008

FBBP #61 – Comics Are Hot as Hell (MoCCA Recap)

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And so was NYC this weekend. Jon was in town, so we blame him, but we understand. The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) art show/convention/whatever was down at the Puck Building downtown on Saturday and Sunday, so that’s what we’re mostly on about, but we also talk DC’s Trinity, Cam Stewart and Catwoman, and the Post-Boom conference held on the Friday before MoCCA (which they possibly sponsored; they were at the very least fellow travelers). And 90’s rap.

There was also a short, positive segment about Juliacks and her graphic novel Swell which was a casualty of editing, so as a mea culpa, here’s her website, which you should check out, unless you have epilepsy or an aversion to giant Flash objects. What the hell, Juliacks??

June 3, 2008

FBBP #60 – Attack of the Scots

This week’s podcast featured more Scotsmen than a Mel Gibson fight scene!

  • Grant Morrison! (All-Star Superman! Batman! Final Crisis!)
  • Frank Quitely! (All-Star Superman too!)
  • Mark Millar! (1985!)

Joining us on the podcast is FBB’s own David Uzumeri, an expert on this exotic species.

Back in America, Marvel is pushing Fred Van Lente and the Periscope Studios Crew. Under Mark Paniccia, they’ve been all over the Marvel Adventures line, Incredible Hercules and the newly announced Marvel Zombies 3 and The Age of the Sentry, We talk about the different style they bring to the Big Two, and what kind of fans that might be attracted by their books.

Finally, FBB proudly announces a new sister corporation, FBB Publishing! Listen to learn the terms of our “pact”, and its advantages over our competitor’s contracts who want to take advantage of impressionable youth! Deviant Art creators, join us! We pay $20.25 for a finished page: just enough to keep your self-respect.

May 24, 2008

FBBP #59 – Last Son, Part 6

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Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the gap from recording to posting was pretty wide this time. David Brothers fills in for Pedro, as we look at a raft of new books on the shelf!

Issues addressed:

  • Is Batman getting better/more accessible?
  • How cool are the Super Young Team?
  • What’s the deal with Lyja the Lazerfist? Did she really lay an egg?
  • What has more headshots, The Departed or 100 Bullets?
  • Can Pete Wisdom move past his Kitty-Pryde-Banging Warren Ellis Self-Insertion Fan-Fiction roots?
  • Can Chris move past making fun of Warren Ellis’s 1990s Marvel output?
  • Can Jamaal grift his way to profit selling his Guardians of the Galaxy run?

We also discuss the big issue burning up the blogosphere: not Newsarama’s “jihad” joke, not Egypt’s Confiscation of Comics, but how comics cost too darn much! $125 for a comic? COME ON, ALVIN! (n.b. Kramer’s Ergot sounds pretty amazing)

Finally, we wrap up the podcast by explaining what Fantagraphics’s exclusive direct market deal with Diamond and what it means to you, the comic reader!

May 15, 2008

What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Infiltration?

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Hey all. Most of you will not know who I am, and shame on you. I’ve made a brief appearance during the NYCC podcasts, but the Secret Invasion has inspired me to actually write an article to help you all figure out whom to trust. So I took a break from drinking (ok, that’s a lie, there’s a scotch by my side), and would like to share some observations. I’ve been re-reading nearly all of Brian Michael Bendis’s Marvel comics from the past few years. While some series have been mostly dead ends (Alias, I’m looking at you, though it was nice to re-read it, just because it’s a good series), New Avengers and Mighty Avengers are, as expected, chock full of clues.

Veranke plans to replace Jessica Drew in NA #40

At first, some people seem to think that the ending of New Avengers #40 is misdirection. In a flashback, it shows Skrull Princess Veranke planning to infiltrate Earth disguised as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman. But since it’s not explicitly shown that she does replace Drew, it does not necessarily indicate that Spider-Woman is a Skrull. It could simply be misdirection. I hate to be the bearer of bad news (ok, that’s another lie), but it’s not misdirection. “Spider-Woman” is a Skrull. I would like to point first at New Avengers #30. Most of the team is suspicious of Clint Barton, (who was thought to have died in “Disassembled”, and was apparently resurrected in House of M, as shown in New Avengers#26), and Dr. Strange casts a spell to prove that Barton is indeed who he says it is.

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May 13, 2008

FBBP #57 – Iron Man and Our Wives

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The original FBB Trio come together for Round One of “Summer ’08 Funnybook Blockbusters” and discuss Iron Man. The opening discussion of Clinton/Obama and Jimmy Carter’s potential as a supervillain informs the rest of the chat, responding to political readings of the movie out in the media. Is Tony Stark a Neocon? A Goldwater Conservative? A Blame America Firster? An Iron Cabin Republican? Listen and learn!

Iron Man the movie satisfied the FBB crew, but what of people who don’t know Tony Stark from John Starks? Pedro, Joe and Jamaal all saw the film with their galpals, and discuss their views.

April 30, 2008

FBBP #56 – No More Posse Cuts

Yeah, we are never doing a podcast like the last ones. 

Yeah, we are never doing a podcast like the last ones.

Batman can be nicer than you think and Pedro talks about the last issue of Checkmate. Archaia Studios Press attempts to steal our hearts from First Second. Jamaal discusses the merits of what has to be the best written collection of essays on the Legion of Superheroes. We then go into a recap of the con and also discuss Spurgeon and Neufield’s opinions of what NYCC should be like in the future. Also, learn about the Looming Shelving Concern and how it can affect you. We finish off with a word from Chris on why we need the CBLDF.

April 21, 2008

Web 2.0: How to E-Win Friends and E-Nuisance People

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Now you can get more FBB on some gadget!I know the official face of Funnybook Babylon looks like an old dude, but he’s hip! He reads Kelly, so he knows that kids today are always into “some gizmo” or other, watching videos on their computer and generally Web 2.0ing it up. Come on kids, some older folks have barely figured out Web 1.0! What’s your rush?

But unlike Ward Sutton, our fictitious old man persona is no curmudgeon; he embraces these technological paradigm shifts, riding their waves to yet more bags with cartoon dollar signs on them. What I mean to say is, uh, we are on MySpace and Facebook now.

I don’t really know what this is going to mean, but I think it has something to do with synergy and SEO and the Marketplace of Ideas. But be our friends! I was only kidding about the nuisance part. We will only post a bulletin if something awesome happens. Like a LOLcat!

April 18, 2008

FBBP #54 – NYCC PRE-SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA!

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A lot of people are here in New York.

Pedro, Jamaal, Jeff, David, Gabe, Ash, Jon, get together at our favorite firefighter’s house for a preshow, involving lots of drinks and cigars. Enjoy.

PS: Make sure you listen to the very end for a very special quote from Stan “The Man” Lee.

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