Funnybook Babylon

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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November 22, 2009

FBBP #120 – Love & Shame

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 12:55 pm

This episode, we discuss changes over at the Comics Journal and what that means for the blogosphere, plus answer your questions about love, shame, professional wrestling and enabling habits!

If you have questions or topics you’d like to see addressed in future podcasts, write us at editors AT funnybookbabylon DOT com, or take advantage of our new phone service:

(347)-AUNT-MAY

That’s right, New York’s own May Parker has taken time out of her busy schedule of working at a soup kitchen and fretting about her nephew Peter to collect questions for us. Treat her well, she’s a great ol’ gal!

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!

January 20, 2009

FBBP #87 – Ripped from Last Week’s Headlines

Happy Inauguration Day, everyone! Now that President-Elect Obama’s inspirational address has been delivered, we expect you’re primed to listen to more eloquent uplift. But if you’re tired of that sort of thing, why not check out this week’s FBB podcast?

Obamamania
is on everyone’s mind and we’re no exception, but we can’t let other Big Stories get lost in the swirl of Hope and Change: we also discuss Batman Actually R.ing I.P., and a fresh “Yes, This is Being Published” from two reliable purveyors of YTiBPs.

Check back later in the week for a belated birthday appreciation of Sam Kieth!

November 12, 2008

FBBP #79 – Tomorrow Never Lies

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 12:40 pm

This week’s two man show brings you another Jeph Loeb Happy Hour and a look at some of the recent spate of Mod comics. We’ve only got Joseph and Chris for this episode, as Pedro was in Boston checking to see racism is really over while Jamaal got an application ready for these guys.

And while last week’s historic election marked the end of Senator John McCain’s quest to become President, we here at FBB would like to offer Senator McCain a new position: the visual representation of our comic reviews.

The Man of At Least Six Faces

This week we looked at Dave Gibbons’s The Originals, Chynna Clugston’s Scooter Girl and Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie’s Phonogram.

Plus, Chris presented another Jeph Loeb Happy Hour about the debut issue of his Marvel event, Ultimatum. The JLHH is slowly moving into Barfly range.

Warning: the talk devolves into a James Bond theme song discussion 107 minutes in. Yes, the podcast is that grotesquely long and rambling.

October 22, 2008

Pull List Analysis for October 22, 2008

It’s a big week for known quantities at Marvel and DC, as their respective Summer Blockbusters stretch into sweaterweather.

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After last week’s Rogues’ Revenge and Legion of Three Worlds tie-ins, the fourth issue of the core Final Crisis title by Grant Morrison and JG Jones (and Carlo Pacheco, and Doug Mahnke… what up’s, Jonesy?) drops, its “gap month” extended to ten weeks. We’re also getting Submit, a one-shot by Grant Morrison and Matthew Clark. David will be stepping up with annotations later today.

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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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August 18, 2008

Quick Rant on Criticism

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 8:51 pm

I wanted to add my 2¢ to the current debate about “Comics Criticism” that David Brothers over at 4th Letter has already covered.

I believe that the creators repudiating critics haven’t experienced much actual criticism; they seem to be responding to reader mail and message board threads. To paint critics as message board posters is absolutely ridiculous.

If Scott Kurtz feels it’s necessary to ignore all criticism of his work, more power to him, but to frame the discussion as a question of “Which is superior? Artist or Critic?” is silly. I wouldn’t care if this concept wasn’t getting spread around in the blogosphere.

Good criticism isn’t about saying “This sucks!” or “Go buy this thing!” Good criticism is an examination or mediation of its subject. It’s disassembling the pieces to see how the work affects you. A good critic can provide context, illuminating a piece of work that may otherwise be opaque.

A good critic is one whose work you can read after reading the book critiqued to get additional perspective on what you experienced.

Criticism is not a mandate on what an artist’s work should be, even when seems like it is.

To all these creators that feel like they need to tell critics to fuck off, my suggestion is to go read some Pauline Kael. If you want a sample of similar criticism apllied to comics, Chris enjoyed Douglas Wolk’s Reading Comics. Wolk cites Kael as a significant influence.

And if people really need to play the “Which is more important? Critic or Artist?” I’d like to mention Roland Barthes. This guy was a critic that developed a whole new language for talking about visual art, from newspaper advertisements to classical paintings. Barthes revolutionized the way we currently think of images and their meaning, and contributed as much to today’s art as any artist.

But this whole debate feels like a thinly veiled way for certain artists to say, “I’m a better person than you.” Making Good Art does not make you a Good Person. Making Bad Art does not make you a Bad Person.

Case in point: RICHARD WAGNER. Or on the flipside, Jeph Loeb. I’ve heard Loeb in interviews and he seems like a genuinely nice guy who’s trying really hard to make good comics. This doesn’t make him a bad person. It just makes him a person who created a bad comic. And criticizing his book doesn’t mean you’re attacking him as a person. If everyone, from “critics” to “artists” to “fans” could remember this, we’d all be better off.

August 13, 2008

FBBP #66 – Interim Crisis

FBB is at full power, discussing the relaunches of The Authority, NYX: No Way Home, and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane as a nice appetizer platter. We cleanse the palate with a quick Jeph Loeb Happy Hour toasting the Hulk before our main course:

Final Crisis #3 gets the full treatment as we discuss the philosophical issues therein and whether or not Joe can possibly understand what the hell is going on. For a more focused discussion of FC, please refer to David U’s awesome annotations here.

March 20, 2008

FBBP #49 – Secretly Wishing We Could be Paul Pope Characters

This week show barely gets into comics until about 15 minutes in, but when we do we go over the Wizard World LA announcements, the lack of quality books, Vixen’s tone in JLA, the importance of what comic creators do outside of the industry and the fact Radical Comics still fucking sucks.

Sorry this one is up late, but it took me ages to think of a name. Podcast Notes after the jump.

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