Funnybook Babylon

October 13, 2009

FBBP #116 – Planetary Post-Mortem

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 10:05 pm

The Planetary retrospective rolls on with a podcast dissection of the series. WHERE IS THE FOURTH MAN? Sorry Jamaalamanaics, he was busy this weekend. But he’ll be back later this week in our Umbrella Academy review from the archives! Also, if you haven’t already checked it out, our Planetary Timeline has been updated with corrected images and more moments in the past decade of funnybook history!

October 9, 2009

Let Forever Be: A Planetary Retrospective Pt. 2

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , — Chris Eckert @ 12:27 pm

As I discussed in our previous installment, Planetary finishes in a comics world quite different than the one it entered. Sure, Marvel and DC still have an effective oligarchy and pervert suit/nurse novel/ammonite pimp/fanmen still rule the land, but they do so in a different — and I will be so bold as to suggest better — landscape than what existed in 1999.

This timeline is a work in progress, and I know there are loads of important releases and business moves that I have not yet added to it, especially in recent years. If you think I’ve missed something, please let me know in the comments. But in the meanwhile, check out the timeline!

Thanks to Pedro for coding the thing in Flash, and thanks to the Gang of Davids (Brothers, Uzumeri, Cole) for input on dates and design.

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 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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August 28, 2008

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1Hh. Spoilers within. This is actually the first thirty pages of a sixty-page script; I imagine Morrison still did a bit of work to modify it, though, since it ends on a pretty satisfying cliffhanger (if that makes any sense). I assume the second issue won’t hit until at least December, either along with or in place of Final Crisis #7.

The 3-D “gimmick” isn’t really used for any particular narrative purpose just yet, it just looks cool (or distracting/annoying, depending on your outlook). Still, it does distinguish the extradimensional elements from the mundane ones.

After these annotations, I’ll include a few observations regarding FC: Rogues’ Revenge #2. In the absence of Granddaddy Wolk I don’t know if anyone will be covering this issue, but I really haven’t read Johns’s Flash run recently enough to do a full annotation. Last Will and Testament is out too, but it pretty much totally fails to match up in any way with Final Crisis and is really just a vehicle for Brad Meltzer to do his Meltzer Thing. Something else regarding that might be in the works, though…

Anyway.
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May 24, 2008

FBBP #59 – Last Son, Part 6

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , , , — Funnybook Babylon @ 8:56 pm

Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the gap from recording to posting was pretty wide this time. David Brothers fills in for Pedro, as we look at a raft of new books on the shelf!

Issues addressed:

  • Is Batman getting better/more accessible?
  • How cool are the Super Young Team?
  • What’s the deal with Lyja the Lazerfist? Did she really lay an egg?
  • What has more headshots, The Departed or 100 Bullets?
  • Can Pete Wisdom move past his Kitty-Pryde-Banging Warren Ellis Self-Insertion Fan-Fiction roots?
  • Can Chris move past making fun of Warren Ellis’s 1990s Marvel output?
  • Can Jamaal grift his way to profit selling his Guardians of the Galaxy run?

We also discuss the big issue burning up the blogosphere: not Newsarama’s “jihad” joke, not Egypt’s Confiscation of Comics, but how comics cost too darn much! $125 for a comic? COME ON, ALVIN! (n.b. Kramer’s Ergot sounds pretty amazing)

Finally, we wrap up the podcast by explaining what Fantagraphics’s exclusive direct market deal with Diamond and what it means to you, the comic reader!

June 30, 2007

FBBP #17.5 – Matt Fraction’s Casanova

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 4:50 pm

JOE NOTES: Editing this show, it seems that Warren Ellis read Casanova and thought, “Hmm… I’m going to take all the good ideas in this and do them justice in Desolation Jones“. I didn’t realize how much this was true until after the show…

Slight warning. There’s lots me ranting. Lots. So, you might want to skip this if you don’t enjoy my whiny ass whining. My “Too Long, Didn’t Listen” version: None of us liked Casanova. At all. Go Desolation Jones instead.

April 15, 2007

FBBP #7 – “Mommy, Daddy, why are you fighting?”

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , — Jamaal Thomas @ 10:00 am

“Transmetropolitan is why mommy hits daddy, sweetie”…

Find out why the three of us probably can’t discuss Warren Ellis or Transmetropolitan EVER AGAIN. Joe tries to review Desolation Jones (the first trade) and the discussion explodes. At the end of the show, we have our first Podcast Rule: No talking about Transmetropolitan, even mentioning The Smiler will likely provoke violence in the future.

Before the brouhaha, there’s a nice conversation about sales numbers and Gail Simone taking over Wonder Woman before Desolation Jones sets everyone frothing at the mouth, which is strange because we all love the book.

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