Funnybook Babylon

August 20, 2008

FBBP #67 – Manifestos Never End Well

…except for the the one Joe wrote when we started this site. But then, everyone else seemed to ignore it and it never saw the light of day, so probably that was for the best. Look at the track record for public manifestos, it’s not pretty.

This week we review:

Batman #679: The fourth chapter of Grant Morrison & Tony Daniel’s “Batman R.I.P.” storyline

Punisher MAX #60 – The conclusion of Garth Ennis & Goran Parlov‘s “Valley Forge, Valley Forge”, as well as the capstone to nearly a decade’s worth of Punisher stories by Ennis.

We also discuss the big story in the blogosphere this week, new Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman’s video manifesto on “saving the comics industry”. If you listen to Kirkman’s follow-up interview on Wordballoon, you’ll learn that at one point the plan involves creators to literally tell fans to “go fuck themselves”. But there’s so much more to it. Listen and learn!


  1. Great podcast, guys. I’m relatively new to it, I’ve only listened to the last four or so, but your conversations are always fantastic. Often I think that you’re a bit too intelligent sounding for the comics audience at large….but thats not really true. It just *appears* to be true when you read the same mindless drivel on every comic message board (with a few minor exceptions).

    Keep it up.

    Comment by Miguel — August 21, 2008 @ 8:31 am

  2. Thanks for the spoiler from the RIP solicitations, ass.

    Comment by Munk — August 23, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

  3. Munk, if it’s any consolation, the spoiler seems to be a fakeout, and Alfred’s “last days” are in the far-flung future. I got hoodwinked, and passed the hoodwinking onto you. My apologies!

    Comment by Chris Eckert — August 24, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

  4. Just listened to the podcast, and I enjoyed it immensely, but have to pull you guys up about Garth Ennis having to experience war in some way to write about it: he has.

    Ennis grew up in Northern Ireland in the midst of the Irish ‘troubles’ and has more experience of seeing occupying soldiers than virtually any American citizen. He also has experienced an added ethical question as to which side someone should support in a war- the occupiers or the local freedom fighters/terrorists* (*delete where applicable) as I cannot recall ever reading a statement from Ennis regarding whether he regarded himself as an Irish or British citizen in this respect.

    It is this grey morality that has informed much of Ennis’ work, in my opinion, although his earliest work, Troubled Souls is one of the few that address it directly.

    Comment by Lee — September 10, 2008 @ 4:43 am

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