Funnybook Babylon

August 20, 2011

FBBP #135 – Eisnerwatch: Best Single Issues

Filed under: Podcasts — Chris Eckert @ 8:24 pm

Hey gang! How’s your summer been? We’ve obviously been busy, but we found time to record a podcast awhile back, and now it’s up!

We reviewed the five books up for the Best Single Issue Eisner. Obviously the Eisners have passed, and you all know who won, but that doesn’t stop us from having strong opinions about all five books. Those books are:

Remarkably, not a single one of these books is available digitally! Well, IDW’s two entries might be, but because I don’t have a PSP or an iOS device, I have no way of obtaining — or even checking — to see if they are! The links above are to (four of the five) books’ trade paperback collections.

We’re still looking for things to talk about besides the same old things. Give us suggestions!


  1. How about anything you Guys are one of two comic pOdcasts I can stand listenng to. (other,house to astonish).

    Comment by Asteele — August 21, 2011 @ 2:57 am

  2. For the record, both of IDWs entries are on their iOS app, The Cape for $1.99 and that Locke and Key issue is free.

    Comment by Neil — August 21, 2011 @ 9:20 am

  3. How about the best manga Eisner nominees Ayako, Bunny Drop, A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, House of Five Leaves, and Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys?
    I just got A Zoo in Winter also, which will surely be on next year’s list and is well worth a read.

    Comment by Justin B. — August 21, 2011 @ 10:40 am

  4. What are some of the best single issues that you’ve read? I’ve been trying to find really good single, stand alone issues for a class that I’m teaching.

    Comment by gary — August 21, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

  5. Nice! I lucked onto this blog and podcast, due to having a summer which contained my 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 2nd readings of Final Crisis, Final Crisis, Final Crisis, and Morrison’s Batman, respectively.

    AND, now I’m going through back issues. You all have just the intelligent commentary I have been looking for in a podcast, and while you have definitely been harsh at times (I for one, still enjoy Nick Spencer), several episodes have actually given me new perspectives on things (All-star supes, specifically).

    So, it’s cool to see you’re still going.

    Comment by Andrew — August 21, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

  6. Honestly, you can cover basically any topic so long as you keep backing up why it is that you feel how you do. You guys go more in-depth in a lot of your opinions and that’s why I keep listening- even when I disagree on a subject, I at least come away with the reasons someone who doesn’t like what I do feels that way, as opposed to some kind of fanboy “nuh-uh” or quick dismissal.

    If you want some topic suggestions, though, a couple of ideas:
    – books/series you might have recommended on here that you’ve fallen off the wagon on, and what finally did them in
    – I honestly don’t know if this is just me but there’s the occasional thing that I REALLY wish someone or another would collect that vanishes into the back catalogs of a company, talking about those sunken “treasures” (god knows some aren’t gold)

    Comment by Syrg — August 21, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

  7. I agree with Syrg, you could cover any subject you wish (obviously) so long as you bring the same critical eye and honesty to the table. I enjoy that each member of the podcast has strong opinions, I also like that you all are willing to hear each other out when your viewpoints differ (even if someone is just playing devil’s advocate). I think that so far the podcast has been pretty consistent in tone and content. There have been a fair mix of episodes on spotlighting creators, comics news, issue reviews, and con reviews. If anything I would like the podcast to come out on a more consistent basis (though I understand that life happens when you’re making other plans).

    I would be interested in hearing about your favorite comic runs. I understand that given the availability or length of some material, it may make it difficult to have each member of the cast read through a run and effectively comment on it. Which seems to be the given format of the show. However I do wonder whether this is something you might experiment with. Perhaps have a segment of an episode where a member recommends a run (say Gruenwald’s Cap) to the group by stating their case for it. And then at some point in the future, after some or all of the group have read the run, discuss the merits of the run in context:

    – Where does it fit in the writer’s oeuvre?
    – Where does it fit in the artist’s oeuvre?
    – Does it redefine a character/team?
    – How influential has it been on the title?
    – How influential has it been on the comics industry, and in what way? Did it effect the publication? The publisher? The industry?
    – Is it “canon”?
    – Does this run define your conception of a particular character, team, or trope?
    – IS IT GOOD?
    – What compelled the original recommendation?

    And so on. Keep up the good work gentlemen.

    Comment by Richard A. — August 23, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

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