Funnybook Babylon

November 12, 2009

FBBP #119 – Hellblazin’ Milligan

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 3:13 pm

This episode, we take a look at Peter Milligan’s recently started run on Hellblazer, as one of the original British Invasion writers becomes the latest in his gang to tackle one of the longest running monthly American comic books in print.

Does Milligan still have “it”? Does John Constantine? Are they both self-sabotaging, self-destructive British gentlemen of a certain age? Listen and find out!

November 2, 2009

FBBP #117 – The Umbrella Academy

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 11:50 am

Rock ‘n’ Roll and Superhero Comics are two uniquely American creations of the twentieth century, and they share many traits — a patchwork Genesis story, arguments about who was really first, youthful rebellion, corporate co-option, a “British Invasion” coming along and showing up their American rivals, a decades-long struggle to be taken “seriously”.
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October 19, 2009

Huggabroomstik live on Tuesday 10/20!

Filed under: Events — Joseph Mastantuono @ 6:12 pm

If you’re in New York City and you like the music you’ve heard on our podcast you should go see the band that provided us with our music. They’re performing this Tuesday at the Sidewalk Cafe at 11pm.

If you would like a primer before you check them out, listen to this musical retrospective and interview with Huggabroomstik frontman Neil Kelly.

October 13, 2009

FBBP #116 – Planetary Post-Mortem

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 10:05 pm

The Planetary retrospective rolls on with a podcast dissection of the series. WHERE IS THE FOURTH MAN? Sorry Jamaalamanaics, he was busy this weekend. But he’ll be back later this week in our Umbrella Academy review from the archives! Also, if you haven’t already checked it out, our Planetary Timeline has been updated with corrected images and more moments in the past decade of funnybook history!

October 8, 2009

FBBP #115 – Deadpool for President

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 1:50 pm

For nearly twenty years, Deadpool has been a cult favorite Marvel character, beloved on the Internet for his scan-ready quips and pop culture references. But lately — whether it’s because his increased presence in movies and video games, change in market demographics, or just some sort of Yellow Word Balloon Zeitgeist — he’s a bonafide fan favorite, with a third ongoing series forthcoming and his current two series outselling the likes of Superman and Wolverine.
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September 29, 2009

FBBP #114 – Martha Shrugged

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 8:55 pm

This month, Dark Horse Comics released The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century, a behemoth six hundred page hardcover so balling only Pedro could fathom purchasing it.

So instead, we just read 1990’s Give Me Liberty, the four issue series that introduced Martha. This was one of the first projects Miller and Gibbons each worked on after their era-defining works on The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen respectively, and like those works, it has a uniquely Reagan/Thatcher Era vision of a bleak near future. The secret ingredient this time? Ayn Rand!

September 23, 2009

FBBP #113 – The Trouble with Norman

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 8:00 am

With Dark Reign entering a new phase with the release of the first Dark Reign: The List one-shots, the gang looks at Marvel’s recent experiments with telling One Big Story, from Civil War to today. Of special interest in Norman Osborn: is he the Green Goblin, Super-Cheney, or the second coming of Hitler? Marvel’s stable of writers seem to hold different opinions, and we explore them all.

September 15, 2009

FBBP #112 – Young Liars: The Final Chapter

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 3:35 pm

As promised at the end of episode 111, we present a contentious look back at David Lapham’s Young Liars, a frequent podcast topic. In the end, did anyone change their mind? Were any of us Spiders? We may never know!

June 16, 2009

FBBP #101 – The Batman and MoCCA Show

Filed under: Podcasts — Joseph Mastantuono @ 9:57 pm

Two weekends ago, three quarters of our intrepid podcast crew ventured to eighth annual MoCCA Art Festival and gathered to share their firsthand impressions. The numbers in the preceding sentence do not form any sort of secret code.

But before delving into “indie books [you’ll] never care about”, we take a look at two summer blockbusters: Batman & Robin #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, and Dark Avengers #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato! Do either books have The Goods? Listen and learn!

June 10, 2009

FBBP Special – The Huggabroomstik Podcast

Filed under: Podcasts — Joseph Mastantuono @ 11:44 pm

Throughout our hundred episodes, listeners have asked about our introductory music. Apparently a link on our blogroll simply wasn’t enough. So here’s an interview with Huggabroomstik’s frontman Neil Kelly, along with a few of their songs.
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June 5, 2009

FBBP #100 – March at 100, Company Halt

Filed under: Podcasts — Joseph Mastantuono @ 2:10 pm

Despite the title Joseph gave this podcast, WE ARE NOT PODFADING. It’s just a joke. This week, we dig deep into the mail pile to answer all your important questions, such as:

  • What comics do we actually like?
  • Whatever Happened to Downcounting
  • Do you guys like Grant Morrison?
  • Who would be the greatest Black Lantern?

And others! Tune in next week for our March on 300, and say hello if you see any of us at MOCCA this weekend. Thanks for listening, everyone!

April 29, 2009

FBBP #97 – Book Club! Scott Pilgrim v1

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 11:53 am

This week FBB reads the first volume of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s popular Scott Pilgrim series, Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life. With Edgar Wright’s film adaptation in production, this seemed like a fine time for everyone to read (or reread) the book, which Chris once infamously described as being “about video games and punk rock”. Is it really? Listen and find out!

We’ll be checking in on Scott Pilgrim again in the near future, and are accepting suggestions for future “Book Club” suggestions in the coming months. Let us know what you think!

April 7, 2009

FBBP #96 – Comics about Teenagers

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 1:42 pm

Teen Titans! Runaways! Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane! At least one of these books is readable these days! Find out which one, this week on the podcast!

The show kicks off with an Evening at the Improv, followed by a brief discussion of Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart’s Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye (Yay, It’s [Finally] Being Published!) before casting a wary eye on Teen Titans, its treatment of Static, its lack of heroics, and its Sensational Character Find of 2009, The Face.

The bulk of this week’s show examines two recent Terry Moore efforts at Marvel, Runaways: Dead Wrong and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane: Sophomore Jinx. Can Moore live up to the pedigree of these titles, or for that matter his own bibliography? Listen and find out!

March 3, 2009

FBBP #93 – 1987

Filed under: Podcasts — Joseph Mastantuono @ 1:29 am

Hang onto your Glycon amulets! FBB looks to the Reagan Era, reviewing DC’s first collection of Justice League International. Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire were putting this book out concurrently with Watchmen, and while that comparison doubtlessly does JLI no favors, it’s repeatedly invoked.

Speaking of Watchmen, we check in on Alan Moore’s Wired interview, where he talks about why no one should care about these dumb superheroes, be it 1987 or 2009. MANDRAKK THE MONITOR STRIKES!

February 24, 2009

FBBP #92 – Et in Academia Ego

Filed under: Podcasts — Joseph Mastantuono @ 5:43 am

The gang welcomes special guest A. David Lewis onto the show to discuss Comics and Academia! Also, to make dick jokes about Watchmen. We contain multitudes!

Lewis is the author of swell comics like The Lone and Level Sands and Some New Kind of Slaughter, both in conjunction with artist mpMann. Harvey nominators (and everyone else) take note: you can read the first two issues of Slaughter absolutely free online!
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