Funnybook Babylon

March 17, 2009

FBBP #94 – Back in the Air

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , — Chris Eckert @ 3:00 pm

FBB is back on a new server, hopefully everything’s migrated properly. Let us know if you experience any malfunctions.

The meat of this podcast revisits the work of G. Willow Wilson, particularly her Vertigo series Air. The “Try it For a Dollar” seventh issue drops tomorrow, with the bargain-priced first collection headed to stores next week.

We also rummage around in the Marvel/DC newsbin, and Chris formally endorses Maintaining Bohemia over at Zuda. That’s right, someone actually slogged through the Zuda interface!

Plus a Jeph Loeb Happy Hour drive-by on the subject of cannibalism!

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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August 27, 2008

FBBP #68 – Out of Nowhere…

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 9:29 am

With Pedro and Jamaal doing adult things, we brought in a ringer. Jon Bernhardt came up from Baltimore to chat about the first issue of Air, G. Willow Wilson & M.K. Perker’s new Vertigo ongoing.

Then, a surprise visitor arrived just in time for our discussion of Captain America #41 by Ed Brubaker & Steve Epting. I bet if you whisper “Captain America” three times in your bathroom mirror, Pedro will show up at your house too, looking for beer.
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April 24, 2008

FBB Events – G. Willow Wilson and M.K. Perker at NYU

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , — Pedro Tejeda @ 11:24 am

Ever since I started grad school, I haven’t been able to go to many events in the city. But with school out this week, I had some spare time and noticed a posting on G. Willow Wilson’s blog about a talk she was giving and decided to check it out. I’m glad I did, because I had a blast. The panel was held in one of NYU’s swanky meeting rooms, and while they had free pizza and drinks, I had to go to dinner right afterwards, so I passed.

I took a seat on the left side of the room, which would apparently turn out to be the comics side of the audience, as the talk was sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, which was what brought in most of the attendees.
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August 19, 2007

Pull List Analysis for August 22, 2007

Filed under: Pull List Analysis — Tags: — David Uzumeri @ 10:52 pm

Special Interference Note from Chris: David said pretty much anything I’d want to say about the books he’s spotlighted this week, so rather than going all Tag Team for y’all, we are going to play it like the originators, 95 South, and bring you a double a-side of metaphorical Miami Bass comics previewing!

TORONTO, WHERE THE BOOTY AT? WOOT, SUPERHEROES
7809_400×600.jpgBlue Beetle #18
John Rogers & Rafael Albuquerque

In this issue, Jaime Reyes teams up with the Teen Titans to fight Lobo. Apparently, this story is also going to cross over into next week’s Teen Titans #50 and explain Jaime’s presence there. Blue Beetle has been a relentlessly consistent book (barring a single fill-in) that’s kind of been a textbook example of how to introduce a new character into a shared universe that, unfortunately, nobody really seems to be paying attention to, and the occasional tie-ins this book has never feel like distractions from the plot. DC needs to give this series the promotion and care it deserves.

7788_400×600.jpgOutsiders: Five of a Kind – Aquaman/Metamorpho
G. Willow Wilson, Tony Bedard & Joshua Middleton

This is the funnybook debut of G. Willow Wilson, an expatriate American journalist from Cairo who got her foot in the door with a much-hyped Vertigo OGN called, well, Cairo. The fact that she broke into superhero comics with a crossover tie-in at the same time is very unorthodox given most new Vertigo finds, and God knows superhero comics need more female voices – especially good ones. I’m really, really curious to see how this reads, considering most writers seem to be getting carte blanche to do what they want within a thin Bedard-written framework to justify the adventure within the framework of the overall story.
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