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October 3, 2011

FBBP #136 – Jeff Lemire Revisited

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Chris Eckert @ 8:04 pm

As the seasons change, Funnybook Babylon returns to look back on the work of Jeff Lemire! We reviewed Sweet Tooth back in Episode #125 and were divided on its relative quality, but after two additional volumes we are united: it’s pretty great.

But don’t take our word for it! The first eleven issues are available digitally over at Comixology, or you can purchase the first three volumes (Out of the Woods, In Captivity, and Animal Armies) wherever finer books are sold.

We also take a look at Animal Man #1, part of DC’s New 52 line. We liked it too! We also like digital comics, the kind DC and Top Shelf and Dark Horse have been putting out lately. We are full of love lately!

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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October 5, 2010

FBBP #130 – Daytripper Reviewed

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 8:18 am

If you’ve been reading Avenging the Week — and if not, why not? — you know how much Jamaal loved Daytripper, the recent Vertigo mini-series from Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon.  Now, you can listen to all four of us take a crack at heaping praise at it. Sorry for the spoilers, but we all loved it. Go buy it. Then listen to the podcast. Then go pick up the brothers’ sweet-looking new book Atelier at the New York Comic Con this weekend. Unless it’s about to sell out, then make sure we all have our copies. Then buy it.

But yeah, Daytripper is great. Dave Stewart’s coloring was great too! See everyone at the con!

July 25, 2010

DC/Vertigo Custody Battle: Did Karen Berger Confirm DC Characters To Leave Vertigo?

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 3:53 am

As you may have noticed, I’ve been thinking a lot about Vertigo lately. So has Rich Johnston! In addition to the persistent hand-wringing about cancellations, there has been additional hand-wringing about how DC proper is going to “take back” all of the characters that originated in the DC Universe. According to Johnston, he told us all this would be happening, and posted of Karen Berger’s “confirmation” of the fact at Friday’s Vertigo panel.

I realize this isn’t blockbuster news on par with movies coming out or someone getting stabbed, but it’s been over twenty-four hours and I haven’t seen this reported anywhere else. Granted, none of the big sites have posted write-ups for this panel, which aside from Johnston’s bombshell didn’t contain any real news. But I’ve listened to audio of this panel (available at DCComics.com) and can’t find any mention of this. The audio file is only fifty-seven minutes and thirty-three seconds, and trails off as Berger languidly polls the audience on their interest in different books being reprinted in the Absolute format, so it’s possible the panel ran one hour on the button and those final two minutes and twenty-seven seconds contained Berger’s confirmation. I realize it’s also equally possible that she confirmed it in a venue other than the official mic’d up portion of the panel.

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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:

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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.
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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!

November 12, 2009

FBBP #119 – Hellblazin’ Milligan

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 3:13 pm

This episode, we take a look at Peter Milligan’s recently started run on Hellblazer, as one of the original British Invasion writers becomes the latest in his gang to tackle one of the longest running monthly American comic books in print.

Does Milligan still have “it”? Does John Constantine? Are they both self-sabotaging, self-destructive British gentlemen of a certain age? Listen and find out!

October 28, 2008

Pull List Analysis for October 29, 2008

Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #3 by Brian Michael Bendis & David Lafuente (Marvel Comics): There comes a time in every young superhero’s life when someone decides to do an issue about their sex life. These “very special” issues have come with a range of tasteful comments from the creators:

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I understand that teenage sexuality is a difficult subject for a lot of people. And, as is the custom, I won’t even mention black sexuality. But I don’t think that the people who read Static are afraid to explore storylines ground in the issues of contemporary life.

Dwayne McDuffie on the publication of Static #25

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I called Bob Harras and said, “Excalibur #90, Kitty Pryde gets fucked.” He went deadly silent, then he said, “Just try and keep it tasteful.”

Warren Ellis on the publication of Excalibur #90

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Where will USM Annual #3 fall along the axis? Who knows, though it has the “added bonus” of being part of the MARCH ON ULTIMATUM, though I’m still not entirely sure what that means besides having a really ugly banner along the top.

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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 15, 2008

FBBP Rebroadcast – Sentences Review

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , , — Funnybook Babylon @ 1:28 pm

This week Vertigo releases two of its original graphic novels in softcover. This week’s podcast discusses Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez, and will be up later today. We reviewed the other book, Sentences by Percy Carey and Ronald Wimberly, on another podcast last November. If you haven’t already purchased it, I highly recommended doing so this week. If you are still on the fence about doing so, here is the original podcast review to hopefully change your mind. Enjoy.


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Pedro, Chris and Jamaal engage in a lengthy discussion about Sentences, the critically acclaimed ‘graphic novel’* written by Percy Carey, a/k/a M.F. Grimm with art by Ronald Wimberly. As a special bonus, this podcast also offers a FBB patented off-topic conversation about unverifiable hip-hop history from the mid ’90’s. We are Joeless again this week, for reasons that are classified. We hope you enjoy.

*Or a graphic memoir, if you prefer.

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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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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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November 8, 2007

FBBP #34 -The Vertigo is Fallin’

While Joe’s away, the cast of Funnybook Babylon is left to their own devices and where does it lead them?

Back to the age old (2 weeks) question of whether or not Vertigo is falling apart. With Jeph Loeb and Brian Michael Bendis’ help, they reveal the secret ultimate origin of the Vertigo U, hint: Sandman has black hair and Lucifer is a blond, and only one can lead the pack. Spider Jerusalem is really from a race of humans evolved from bastards instead of apes.

Kyle Baker’s Special Forces is vaguely discussed since Chris didn’t read it. Jamaal gives the nod to ABC (which is apparently not this), and what does Jerry Siegel’s Spectre and Shigeru Miyamoto’s Link have in common? If you said ghostridin’ the whip, you’re only half right.

This episode has been screwed, chopped up and remixed by Swishhouse (Pedro’s an intern there under Slim Thug) so forgive the 36th Chambers level of production. This is part 1 of a seriously long ass podcast, since the podcasts were too small to fit on Dirk Deppey’s Nano.

November 1, 2007

FBBP #33 – Sentences Review

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , — Funnybook Babylon @ 12:55 pm

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Pedro, Chris and Jamaal engage in a lengthy discussion about Sentences, the critically acclaimed ‘graphic novel’* written by Percy Carey, a/k/a M.F. Grimm with art by Ronald Wimberly. As a special bonus, this podcast also offers a FBB patented off topic conversation about unverifiable hip-hop history from the mid ’90’s. We are Joeless again this week, for reasons that are classified. We hope you enjoy.

*Or a graphic memoir, if you prefer.

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