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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!

July 21, 2010

Number Crunching: Looking at Vertigo Cancellations

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 2:23 am

Vertigo has recently announced the end of three titles: Air, Unknown Soldier, and most recently Greek Street. While comic fans have become inured to superhero cancellations — Agents of Atlas just got canned for what I believe is the nineteenth time in five years — many people feel special pain for the premature end of more personal creator-owned books like those at Vertigo. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise: the majority of Vertigo titles end within about two years, well before their creators’ projected endpoints:


I don’t wish to suggest people cannot lament their favorite underdogs: at least some of us at FBB are outspoken fans of Air and Young Liars, and while none of us cared much for Greek Street, I don’t wish to make light of its fans. But people — and I am focusing on the most prominent mourner, Rich Johnston — need to be realistic about their love of spectacularly unsuccessful projects.

March 27, 2010

FBBP #124 – Greek Street & Unwritten

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 12:10 pm

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 Unwritten (Episode 99), we decided to give each series a second chance to impress. So reviewed today:

Unwritten v1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

Greek Street v1: Blood Calls for Blood v1 by Peter Milligan and Davide Gianfelice

Did either book turn things around? Will second volumes of either book be added to the Funnybook Babylon Library? Listen to find out!

September 10, 2009

FBBP #111 – Strange Tales of Corporate Acquisitions

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 1:52 pm

This week’s recording session unexpectedly expanded out to two podcasts, as we discuss the blockbuster announcement of Disney purchasing Marvel! Will Pluto join the Pet Avengers? Will Goofy be denied the same privilege? Will Punisher be forced to practice “Hanuka Matata”? Or will this just be another corporate merger that involves using the word “synergy” as if it were the wizard’s magic word?

Shifting back to empirical reality, we also take a look at Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology, which gives “indie” creators an opportunity to play in the superhero sandbox. Will Johnny Ryan make jokes about bodily functions? Will Peter Bagge slip in creeping references to Libertarianism? Will Nick Bertozzi somehow make M.O.D.O.K. an oddly touching tragic figure? Spoilers: Yes, yes, and yes!

We’ll be back later this week for a characteristically contentious chapter in our Young Liars Trilogy!

February 17, 2009

FBBP #91 – A Thick Line Between Love and Hate

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 2:20 am

This week, Chris gets glum about the catalog of atrocities that is Terror Titans, but Pedro and Joe valiantly attempt to cheer him up by talking up the fun of Captain Britain and MI-13. Then everyone fights over whether David Lapham’s Young Liars is brilliant or banal. In the spirit of bipartisanship these shownotes will not take a side, but let it be known that the majority of FBB voters believe Young Liars is pretty great. But you don’t have to take our word for it! Gamble a stamp!

February 14, 2009

FBB Valentine’s Day Weekend: 25 Things Jon Loves About Comics

Filed under: Articles — Tags: — Jonathan Bernhardt @ 5:18 pm

Since it’s close enough to Valentine’s Day for government work, some of us at FBB have decided to once again put aside the women in our lives to reflect on our true passion: comic books. We decided to each list twenty-five things we love about comics, be they creators, characters, moments, plot devices, instances in time, whatever. Mine follow. (more…)

October 17, 2008

FBBP #76 – Wishes & Dreams

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 1:06 am

The gang plays God-Emperor a la Spurgeon, discusses a rumored Diamond buyout by DC, and heaps praise on Gilbert Hernandez’s Sloth.

Plus, a public service announcement: give Young Liars another chance. Turns out, they were all really big liars!

June 12, 2008

Pull List Analysis & Reviews for June 11, 2008

Filed under: Pull List Analysis,Reviews — Tags: , , — Chris Eckert @ 11:00 pm

Hey, lots of things happened (Memorial Day, Travel for a Wedding, MOCCA) that conspired against a Pull List last week. I trust everyone got to the store okay anyway. This week I am late enough that I actually got to the store before posting this, so reviews will be intermixed! A friendly reminder to Those That Like Them, these should be on the shelves:

  • 100 Bullets #92 by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso
  • Booster Gold #10 by Geoff Johns, Jeff Katz & Dan Jurgens
  • Local #12 by Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly
  • Tiny Titans #5 by Balthazar & Franco
  • Young Liars #4 by David Lapham


May 8, 2008

Lapham Watch 2008 Continues

Filed under: Blurbs — Jonathan Bernhardt @ 7:14 pm

David Lapham has returned to the internet with a blog. You will not be surprised by its URL.

Feel free to go over there and comment on his promo article for Young Liars about how much you wish he was working on Stray Bullets instead. I hear he loves it when people do that.

So far, he’s promised us harrowing tales from his childhood, which is the stuff I’m primarily looking forward to from the blog, but has posted only nice little tidbits about Young Liars, which the FBB Braintrust did not very much approve of, and Orson Welles, which to my knowledge the FBB Braintrust has no real feelings on one way or the other. Still! It’s good to see him excited about things, and having fun majorly interacting with the net for the first time in recent memory (though El Capitan Books could probably use a website where I can give them money in exchange for their comics), but since he’s one of the best creators in comics today, hopefully he won’t spend too much time giving us free what he could be drawing pictures of and charging for.

Seriously, stay away from the Internet, David! It will bring you nothing but tears.

April 15, 2008

David Lapham Update: Goddammit, David Lapham

Filed under: Articles — Jonathan Bernhardt @ 12:58 am

hey wasn't this in a james bond movie or something Some of you out there in FBB Readerland who follow the site might be under the impression that, beyond showing up on the occasional podcast sounding like I’m phoning in from Atlantis, all I do is read the mainstream work of vaguely indie guys and then bitch either about them getting no respect for that work, or that they really should be spending their time doing something else. This is not true — I have also taken cheap internet potshots at J. Michael Straczynski and defended All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, as something much more engaging and awesome than a simple troll (turning it, in effect, into an amazing meta-troll!).

Well, now I’m going back to basics. The second issue of David Lapham’s Young Liars came out this past week. I’ve gotten around to writing about it now because I wasn’t sure I wanted to really sink my teeth into a full-on post about it until a couple more issues came out and I could get a feel for what Lapham was trying to do with the book on the whole, but then I listened to the advance copy of the podcast that went down Sunday and realized that fucker Pedro stole half of my lines about the book. So I’m reappropriating it, taking that shit back — and really, as of Young Liars #2, Lapham’s put enough on the reader’s plate to judge what’s to me the most important aspect of the book: the tone of the work, and the themes it’s starting to develop.


April 9, 2008

Pull List Analysis for April 9, 2008

Filed under: Pull List Analysis — Chris Eckert @ 9:00 am

Hey there, I know we haven’t been doing Pull List Analysis lately. I guess David wanted to shift over to doing actual reviews. But I like the idea of looking over the coming week’s comics and taking a look at what’s coming up. I’m kind of out of the weekly loop lately, so if I’ve overlook something strong, do talk your picks up.

There are several books a lot of people like that are coming out that are in the middle of stuff. So if you (like me) enjoyed the previous issues of Young Liars, Tiny Titans or Criminal, know that those will be on the shelves this Wednesday! Also in the Big Two’s Neighborhood, Jason Aaron continues his big debut on Wolverine, Geoff Johns does some stuff I am assured is not a Silver Age Circlejerk in Justice Society of America, HitLar do the damn thing for their third Fantastic Four issue, and Garth Ennis hits the penultimate issue of his107 issue meditation on Being a Hard Man in Punisher MAX. But what else might you run across?

February 19, 2008

Damn DC, why don’t you just cancel the book?

Filed under: Blurbs — Pedro Tejeda @ 6:09 pm

Written by Bruce Jones
Art and cover by Manual Garcia
“Chimera, ” by Bruce Jones (Hulk) and Manuel Garcia (COUNTDOWN) begins! Left for dead on a Middle East minefield, one soldier’s only chance to survive is as a test subject of a dangerous-but-invaluable project run by the Black King. Both the King’s wildest hopes and fears will be realized when the project takes a wrong turn, creating a fighter remarkably well-suited for supernatural battles!
On sale May 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

So, swapping out Young Liars for Checkmate. Shoot, is Trautmann busy or something? Bruce Jones? UGH. I got 3 months to warn my guy, but I hope this is just one issue of this guy.

Edit: And it looks like the team that I care for, Rucka, Trautmann, and Bennett are all off. Shit, there is only one thing to do after issue #25….

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