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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

April 16, 2010

Avenging the Week, pt. 2 – How the World Ends

Filed under: Avenging the Week — Tags: , , , , , — Jamaal Thomas @ 4:37 pm

This week – Cooke shows us how it’s done, Hickman and Weaver keep us guessing, and MoCCA is predictably awesome. Note – Spoilers Below!

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September 1, 2009

FBBP #110 – Parker without Spiders, Spiders without Parker

The word of the week is “adaptation”, as we take a look at two pieces of media with roots in a different form.

First up, Marvel debuts Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. #1 as a “Motion Comic” on iTunes, over a month before the plain ol’ paper version hits the stands. Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev are an all-star creative team, but can they transfer the magic of their Daredevil run onto your iPod? Will there be Clutch Cargo lips? We tackle these questions and more!

Then, we take a look at IDW and Darwyn Cooke’s Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter, the first in Cooke’s planned series translating Stark’s 1960s crime novels into funnybook form. Not every one on the podcast is in love with The Hunter, but do those flaws lie with the Cooke’s adaptation or the source material? Could Parker just not be made for these times? Or, if the rest of the blogosphere is any gauge, are we objectively wrong?

February 14, 2009

FBB Valentine’s Day Weekend: 25 Things Pedro Loves about Comics

On the worst day of the year for single people and absent-minded married men, Team FBB stood back and thought of the things that we love about comics. We capped it at 25 so that this series of articles would be completed sometime this year. One interesting thing that I came across while compiling my list was how many of these selections were based on visual storytelling moments. I’m starting to realize that I enjoy the art side of comics more than the writing.
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October 14, 2008

Pull List Analysis for October 15, 2008

Going to try to skip past the obvious “big books” this week — if you’re following Astonishing X-Men, Final Crisis tie-ins or Amazing Spider-Man I bet you’ll notice the big stacks of them at your local shop tomorrow. Here are some things that might not be so well-stocked:

Are you excited for Halloween? Publishers sure are! Marvel’s gearing up for round eighty-two of ZOMBIE COVER VARIANTS, and DC is putting out the ridiculously titled Superman & Batman vs. Werewolves & Vampires mini-series, and I’m going to be uncharitable and assume the title is the first and last thing you need to read about that book. Here are two slightly more palatable haunts:

monster-hulkHulk Monster-Size Special by Jeff Parker & Gabriel Hardman (Marvel Comics): Yes, this is Superhero Property vs. Universal Monster Property, just like S/BvW/V. But HMSS is a standalone one-shot rather than a six issue mini-series, which gives me hope for a punchy fun story light on exposition and high on goofy slugfests. It also helps that it’s written by Jeff Parker, who has shown a knack for big goofy fun in various Marvel Adventures books. Hopefully everyone will overlook the lack of Red Hulk, who according to Jeph Loeb is “the most popular character since Wolverine”!

Dear Dracula by Joshua Williamson and Vinny Navarrete (Image Comics): Image/Shadowline is rolling out a series of all-ages/children’s graphic novels, starting with Dear Dracula. Everything I know about the book and its creators can be found alongside a preview of the book at Newsarama. Looks cute, and the timing of the release is right.

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September 30, 2008

Pull List Analysis for October 1, 2008

I figured we might try doing these again. Here are some potentially interesting books hitting the shelves tomorrow!

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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 26, 2008

SDCC Linkblog News Round-Up Extravaganza: Day 2, Evening Edition!

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 12:55 am

I guess everyone is out drinking tonight, so not a lot of news trickling out of San Diego. Here’s what we have, though. Eisner results and grousing coming soon!

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March 13, 2008

FBBP #48 – Secrets of the Costume Party

This week we discussed new books from David Lapham and Terry Moore, Darwyn Cooke’s new New Frontier, Jamaal’s take on Stabby X-Men (a.k.a. X-Force, and more! Plus, a discussion of Michael Chabon’s great article in The New Yorker .

Podcast Notes after the jump:

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February 25, 2007

FBBP #1 – Post NYC Comic Con Report

On this week’s show, we talk about the NYC Comic Con, where Pedro spent a ridiculous amount of money, the gang met <a href=”http://kylebaker.com/”Kyle Baker and Chris Batista, and Joe popped his Con cherry.

We also review The Spirit #3, Brave and the Bold #1, and Ultimate Fantastic Four #39, as Pedro and Jamaal fight about comics yet again.

This is Funnybook Babylon for February 25th, 2007.

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