Funnybook Babylon

April 26, 2012

FBBP #139 – Origin Stories with David Brothers

Filed under: Podcasts — Chris Eckert @ 2:59 pm

Chris and David Brothers chat about how they got into comics, how they drifted away, how they came back, and lots of other digressions about their formative years.

Check out this gallery of some of the comics we end up discussing!
Plus: Bronze Age DC, the Death of Superman novelization, Marvel’s Star Wars comics, the Ultraverse, Frank Miller in Spanish, Marvel Knights, and much much more!

Coming up next: more Origin Stories, with the rest of the FBB Gang.

January 24, 2012

FBBP #138 – Daredevil Discourse with David Brothers

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , — Chris Eckert @ 10:00 am

We’re joined this episode by David Brothers, and he brought with him a classic Marvel run: Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr. on Daredevil!

This isn’t the gritty noir Daredevil modern readers have grown to expect:

It contains a critique of factory farming!
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Philosophical (and physical) fights about feminism! (And DD joking!)
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The Inhumans! (And philosophical fights about societal ethos!)
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Ultron!! (And fights about the notion of free will and perfection!)
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And that’s before everyone literally Goes to Hell.
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It’s an awesome read, though the issues we dug up to discuss (DD #270-282) are largely out of print. That shouldn’t stop you from seeking them out of the back issue bins, or reading the earlier part of this epic run collected in Typhoid Mary and Lone Stranger. A decent portion of the run is also up on Marvel’s Digital Store.

This is a long one, but chock full of things to discuss: we drifted off into conversations about the heady topics hinted at above, the terrible implications of Inhuman society, why Quicksilver is better as a turbo-dick, Alan Moore’s Supreme, recent issues of Secret Avengers, and Nocenti’s upcoming run on Green Arrow.

Coming up: more podcasts! Got something (or someone) you think we should have on the show? Let us know in the comments.

January 6, 2012

FBBP #137 – New Year, Same Old New 52

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 by JH Williams III and Haden Blackman
  • Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

We also talked about the overall “success” of The New 52, how we as readers should judge the success, how much digital comics should cost, and how Apple should really sell Chris an iPad for ten dollars. Seriously. It would be great PR.

What New 52 books are we sleeping on? What books are we insane to enjoy? Why aren’t we reading something not published by DC? All good questions, and it’s up to you, the FBBArmy, to tell us!

COMING IN 2012: More Avenging the Week, more Girl Talk, more podcasts, and A Cavalcade of Davids!

October 3, 2011

FBBP #136 – Jeff Lemire Revisited

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Chris Eckert @ 8:04 pm

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 digitally over at Comixology, or you can purchase the first three volumes (Out of the Woods, In Captivity, and Animal Armies) wherever finer books are sold.

We also take a look at Animal Man #1, part of DC’s New 52 line. We liked it too! We also like digital comics, the kind DC and Top Shelf and Dark Horse have been putting out lately. We are full of love lately!

August 20, 2011

FBBP #135 – Eisnerwatch: Best Single Issues

Filed under: Podcasts — Chris Eckert @ 8:24 pm

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 opinions about all five books. Those books are:

Remarkably, not a single one of these books is available digitally! Well, IDW’s two entries might be, but because I don’t have a PSP or an iOS device, I have no way of obtaining — or even checking — to see if they are! The links above are to (four of the five) books’ trade paperback collections.

We’re still looking for things to talk about besides the same old things. Give us suggestions!

April 20, 2011

FBBP #134: EisnerWatch: Nick Spencer

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 in advance.

Admittedly, we’ve been harsh to early works by creators like Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman before, and later came around to appreciating their talent. Why is this a pattern? We discuss that, pick apart Jimmy Olsen’s musical taste, try to remember what Rules of Engagement was, and much, much more!

February 3, 2011

FBBP #133: The Lonesome Death of Johnny Storm

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 10:53 pm

Dead Means Dead!What more is there to say? Johnny Storm died, and we have joined the rest of the vultures in the media in discussing his tragic passing.

We also share broader thoughts about Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four run, and you can also check out our earlier forays into Hickman’s work on FBB, plus David and Chris’s in-progress FF Annotation Project on Comics Alliance.

December 10, 2010

FBBP #132 – Beasts of Burden, Superman: Earth One and More

Filed under: Podcasts — Chris Eckert @ 2:05 pm

Coming up next: FBB’s The Best Comics of 2010! We’ve been lagging this year in terms of actually producing podcasts, so doubtlessly there are many books we may have overlooked. What are your nominations? Tell us in the comments!

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!
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October 5, 2010

FBBP #130 – Daytripper Reviewed

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 8:18 am

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 loved it. Go buy it. Then listen to the podcast. Then go pick up the brothers’ sweet-looking new book Atelier at the New York Comic Con this weekend. Unless it’s about to sell out, then make sure we all have our copies. Then buy it.

But yeah, Daytripper is great. Dave Stewart’s coloring was great too! See everyone at the con!

September 11, 2010

FBBP #129 – Comics Creator Commentary Controversies!

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , — Chris Eckert @ 6:57 pm

Controversial statements from veteran comic creators finally succeeded in cracking the Internet in half — or at least taking our site down for the week. We’re back now, and weighing in on:

  • Kurt Busiek vs. Today’s Superhero Comics & Private E-Mails
  • Darwyn Cooke vs. Today’s Superhero Comics & Perverted 45 Year Old Men
  • Mark Waid vs. The World on Digital Comics

August 6, 2010

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

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 on some of the discussions from that podcast, not to mention spoiling the crap out of the entire series.

There’s been less FBB talk about Daken (aka Daniel Kenneth Way), but Jamaal has been reading the book all along, and shares his thoughts on the evolution of both Da*Ken*s. We know Daken’s taken on The World, but does he Get it Together? Is this either young man’s actual Finest Hour? Find out this week!

July 15, 2010

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

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , — Chris Eckert @ 6:18 pm

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 also Marvel’s first day-and-date digital release, so we take a look at that, which devolves into an argument about marginal value and price points. Maybe we were all coming off World Cup Fever, but it gets feisty.

June 8, 2010

FBBP #126 – Four Number Ones

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 & Jamaal)
Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes (Joseph & Pedro)

So we had to go with our backup plan: reviewing comics. I think we can all agree those are a couple of wretched songs; will the comics be any better?
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May 13, 2010

FBBP #125 – Geoff! Jeff! Jeff!

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 9:57 am

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 this week)

Sweet Tooth Volume 1: Out of the Woods (DC/Vertigo) by Jeff Lemire (collected edition also out this week)

This was a happy accident, the Trio of [Geo/J]effs, and one we may follow up on in the future. What show would you guys like to see? The Briancast? The Petercast? The Sarahcast? The Bongcast? Let us know!

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