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April 20, 2010

Stay Positive: Chris Looks at DC’s July Solicitations

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 9:27 pm

Reader, my two most recent posts have been spiteful missives directed at funnybooks. Most of the other things I’ve been working on are critical of comics as well. I do not wish to simply curse the darkness, so when I looked at yesterday’s DC Solicitations, I struggled mightily not to focus on the negative. So here are some nice things DC will be doing in July, assuming they do not change things and make these books returnable:

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Batman #701 (Grant Morrison & Tony Daniel)
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4
(Grant Morrison & Cameron Stewart)
Batman & Robin #14 (Grant Morrison & Frazier Irving)
Joe the Barbarian #7 (Grant Morrison & Sean Murphy) – Who could imagine, I’m excited for a GMo QUAD-LASER in July! And he’s collaborating with two of his Seven Soldiers running buddies! And Sean Murphy, who is killing it on Joe! And Tony Daniel, who is… uh… providing a narrative consistency with “Batman R.I.P.”! I feel pity for David’s annotatin’ arm come July, but am otherwise unabashedly excited for the barrage of Morrison Batmanalia coming this summer.

Sparta: USA #5 (David Lapham & Johnny Timmons) – Like The Beast Must Die over on Mindless Ones, I’m distracted by Johnny Timmons’s overly photo-referenced art in Sparta. But like TMBD, I’m powering through it to follow Lapham. It’s getting to the point that stiff photoreferenced work is just this era’s Thing You Must Endure, like muddy proto-Vertigo coloring and the awkward introduction of computer coloring and lettering. How many otherwise enjoyable comics were marred by grotesque lensflares, ridiculous character-specific fonts, and panel upon panel awash with different concentrations of brown and purple? Many! And yet comics soldiered on. One day, this too shall pass.
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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!

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!

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!

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, 2008

Dear David Lapham: I Have Been Slowly Dying Since 2005, and It’s All Your Fault

Filed under: Articles — Tags: — Jonathan Bernhardt @ 1:19 pm

Podcast is running a bit late (Technical issues? Joe is sick?? I was wondering why you took my JMS crap seriously, Joe, and now I know!), Pedro wanted some words for the web, and since David Lapham put out a comic recently, I’m gonna write about that.

The fifth and final issue of Lapham’s Terror, Inc., a reimagining of the Dan Chichester/Margaret Clark/Klaus Janson creation that graced the pages of titles such as St. George, the 13-issue first volume of Terror, Inc., and Robert Kirkman’s Marvel Team-Up before making its way to the MAX imprint, came out last week, and as far as I know, I’m the only one who noticed. Except maybe David. It was a good series, and it delivered spectacularly on what the MAX line promises its readers. And if you’re not familiar with what goes on with MAX: it’s an imprint that literally owes its continued existence to a Punisher book where Garth Ennis is allowed to do whatever he pleases. Guess. (more…)

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