Browsing posts by Joseph Mastantuono

Born in France, he migrated to the US at a young enough age to not have so much of an accent. If given the chance he’ll talk at length of the superiority of his Gallic ways. The podcast was his idea, and the arrogant bastard complains at every turn at how much time he spends editing it. Coming from a film school background and working in post-production makes him think that he actually has a right to be as pretentious as he is. If you don’t think he’s pretentious, here’s the proof: He wrote a Manifesto for this site...

Jan 6

FBBP #137 – New Year, Same Old New 52

Posted January 6, 2012

Welcome to 2012! Back in the dying days of 2011, we sat down and looked at some of DC’s “New 52″ titles a few issues in. Titles discussed include: Action Comics by Grant Morrison, Rags Morales and others Batman & Robin by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Batwoman [...]

Oct 3

FBBP #136 – Jeff Lemire Revisited

Posted October 3, 2011

As the seasons change, Funnybook Babylon returns to look back on the work of Jeff Lemire! We reviewed Sweet Tooth back in Episode #125 and were divided on its relative quality, but after two additional volumes we are united: it’s pretty great. But don’t take our word for it! The first eleven issues are available [...]

Aug 20

FBBP #135 – Eisnerwatch: Best Single Issues

Posted August 20, 2011

Hey gang! How’s your summer been? We’ve obviously been busy, but we found time to record a podcast awhile back, and now it’s up! We reviewed the five books up for the Best Single Issue Eisner. Obviously the Eisners have passed, and you all know who won, but that doesn’t stop us from having strong [...]

Apr 20

FBBP #134: EisnerWatch: Nick Spencer

Posted April 20, 2011

Welcome to the New Look, New Technology Funnybook Babylon Podcast, powered by Skype and an overenthusiastic Chris editing the show so we all sound like we’re hopped up on amphetamines! We’re taking a look at the Eisner nominees, starting with Nick Spencer. We read Morning Glories and Jimmy Olsen and… we apologize to his fans [...]

Oct 14

FBBP #131 – The NYCC Tapes, 2010

Posted October 14, 2010

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 [...]

Oct 5

FBBP #130 – Daytripper Reviewed

Posted October 5, 2010

If you’ve been reading Avenging the Week — and if not, why not? — you know how much Jamaal loved Daytripper, the recent Vertigo mini-series from Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon.  Now, you can listen to all four of us take a crack at heaping praise at it. Sorry for the spoilers, but we all [...]

Aug 6

FBBP #128 – Scott Pilgrim & Daken: Separated at Birth?

Posted August 6, 2010

This week, we look two semi-autobiographical Young Man Coming of Age stories that came to their conclusion in July! Wolverine Origins #50 by Daniel Way & Will Conrad (Marvel Comics) Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni Press) We’ve talked about Scott Pilgrim before, particularly in FBBP #96. Be forewarned, we follow up [...]

Jul 15

FBBP #127 – Kanye + Kim Jong-Il = The Mandarin

Posted July 15, 2010

This week, the gang reads <i>Invincible Iron Man Annual</i> #1  by Matt Fraction and Carmine DiGiandomenic! It features Fraction’s “autobio comix” take on stalwart Iron Man villain The Mandarin, borrowing from both Kim Jong-Il’s kidnapping of Shin Sang-ok and, more cryptically, Fraction’s MK12 work alongside Kanye West on Common’s “Go” video. IIM Annual #1 was [...]

Jun 8

FBBP #126 – Four Number Ones

Posted June 8, 2010

As a follow-up to our theoretically award-eligible podcast Three Number Ones, Funnybook Babylon planned to look at Four Number Ones, the Billboard #1 singles on our respective birthdays! Sadly, due to a quirk of fate, our birthdays are paired closely together, so we only have two number ones: “MacArthur Park” by Donna Summer (Chris & [...]

May 13

FBBP #125 – Geoff! Jeff! Jeff!

Posted May 13, 2010

The Funnybook Babylon Podcast is back at full power and looking at a trio of books written by a trio of homophonic dudes! Yes, This is Being Published: Brightest Day #1 (DC) by Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi and a Big Bag of Artists Underground (Image Comics) by Jeff Parker & Steve Lieber (collected edition out [...]

May 4

FBBP Slimcast #1 – Joseph & Jamaal talk Black Widow

Posted May 4, 2010

In an effort to present more unsolicited opinions on comics, Funnybook Babylon proudly presents THE SLIMCAST: shorter shows featuring our regular panel and guests briefly discussing the issues of the day. The stars have not been aligning for our traditional full-crew sprawling podcasts in recent weeks, but rest assured they will return soon.

Mar 27

FBBP #124 – Greek Street & Unwritten

Posted March 27, 2010

Funnybook Babylon has notice a trend: first issues from Vertigo are often given lukewarm or negative reviews, but once the series develops, we change our tune. It happened with Air, it happened with Young Liars (at least for some of us), and as we’ve previously panned the first issues of Greek Street (Episode 107) and [...]

Dec 27

FBBP #121 – Luke Cage Noir

Posted December 27, 2009

The holidays were hectic around FBB Headquarters, as you may have inferred from our posting schedule. But we managed to record one last podcast for 2009 that takes a look at Luke Cage Noir, the latest in Marvel’s dusky crime-inspired Elseworlds series. We also tackle a frequently asked question regarding a beloved creator-owned series and [...]

Nov 22

FBBP #120 – Love & Shame

Posted November 22, 2009

This episode, we discuss changes over at the Comics Journal and what that means for the blogosphere, plus answer your questions about love, shame, professional wrestling and enabling habits! If you have questions or topics you’d like to see addressed in future podcasts, write us at editors AT funnybookbabylon DOT com, or take advantage of [...]

Nov 12

FBBP #119 – Hellblazin’ Milligan

Posted November 12, 2009

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 [...]