Funnybook Babylon

October 26, 2009

Call for Listener Questions

Filed under: Blurbs — Pedro Tejeda @ 10:14 pm

Dear Listeners,

Did you enjoy the Listener Questions segment of our hundredth episode? Did you hate it because we didn’t answer your question? Do you still have a burning question for Joe?

Well, you have another chance to ask questions in a new ongoing segment. You can leave a question in the comments, or dare to take advantage of innovative Web 2.5 technology and call in to the Funnybook Babylon Hotline!

(347) 548-8377

Assuming we can work out this Web 2.5 technology, we might just play your question “on the air”!

October 19, 2009

Huggabroomstik live on Tuesday 10/20!

Filed under: Events — Joseph Mastantuono @ 6:12 pm

If you’re in New York City and you like the music you’ve heard on our podcast you should go see the band that provided us with our music. They’re performing this Tuesday at the Sidewalk Cafe at 11pm.

If you would like a primer before you check them out, listen to this musical retrospective and interview with Huggabroomstik frontman Neil Kelly.

October 17, 2009

John Oxendine *IS* Norman Osborn!

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , — Chris Eckert @ 10:22 pm

Okay, maybe not, but look at his hair. Look at it!

Oxendine is running for governor in Georgia, and was brought to my attention thanks to this amazing cartoon campaign ad, which is well worth watching. If a follow-up ad depicts a political opponent as a spider, somebody track down Mark Millar and shoot him for making Marvel 1985 real.

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.

October 8, 2009

FBBP #115 – Deadpool for President

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 1:50 pm

For nearly twenty years, Deadpool has been a cult favorite Marvel character, beloved on the Internet for his scan-ready quips and pop culture references. But lately — whether it’s because his increased presence in movies and video games, change in market demographics, or just some sort of Yellow Word Balloon Zeitgeist — he’s a bonafide fan favorite, with a third ongoing series forthcoming and his current two series outselling the likes of Superman and Wolverine.

October 7, 2009

Batman and Robin #5 – “Revenge of the Red Hood Part Two: Scarlet”

Filed under: Annotations — Tags: , , , — David Uzumeri @ 6:50 pm
Batman and Robin #5

Batman and Robin #5

As suspected by a few people in last month’s comment thread, the Red Hood is in fact the obvious option, Jason Todd. So that entire mystery’s away from us, although the domino killer and Man-On-Gargoyle are still milling around, not to mention Oberon Sexton.

Philip Tan’s art in this issue is rather confusing and unclear with regards to the storytelling, especially on the fifth page, so I’ll try to disentangle some of those things as we go.

Chartsengrafs: A Planetary Retrospective Pt. 1

Filed under: Articles — Chris Eckert @ 11:36 am

Planetary #1 came out on February 3rd, 1999. Britney Spears was still a chipper seventeen year old whose debut song “Hit Me Baby One More Time” was on top of the Billboard charts. New shows like Family Guy and The Sopranos had debuted days earlier on television. Nobody knew what The Matrix was and people were still optimistic about Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Sales of Zip Discs were peaking, and no one had an iPod, an Xbox, or a TiVo. Major studios like Paramount, Fox and Dreamworks were still resisting the DVD format, throwing their lot in with DIVX.

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