Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 129 - Insane Clown Posse: The Pendulum #1 (2000)


Greetings, Juggalos! In this episode, neden hunters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive back into the world of the wicked clowns, when they read ICP: The Pendulum #1, published by Chaos Comics and created by Jesse McCann and Jerry Beck in 2000! After some biographical info and an explanation of the twelve songs attached to the twelve issues in this series, the foolios check out all twelve of 'em--songs and comics--lending their vocal talents to only the first issue. After a break, our pious jesters look at the spiritual side of the Insane Clown Posse, explaining the "Joker cards" and the attendant entities that represent their meaning. Plus: how to play "Morton's List!" It's a whoop whoop fun episode, you don't wanna miss it!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Reggie's Comics Stories ep. 10 - When Fairfield County Was the Comic-Strip Capital of the World


Hey everyone! This episode of Reggie's Comics Stories is a reading of Cullen Murphy's 2017 article for Vanity Fair, titled "When Fairfield County Was the Comic-Strip Capital of the World." Mr. Murphy is the author of Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe, a great book about cartooning and cartoonists in the mid-twentieth century. The essay is full of information about comics peddling, and anecdotes about some famous illustrators, here's hoping that you enjoy it!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 128 - The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Prodigy (1976)


Hello, o responsible listeners! In this episode, curious teenagers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) look at a collaboration between Marvel Comics and Planned Parenthood in 1976: The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Prodigyby Ann Robinson and Ross Andru! After some biographical info about the creators--the best that could be done under the circumstances--the promiscuous hosts look at the beginnings of Planned Parenthood and then read every page and panel of the comic book to hand. Then the pair let their hair down and check out the Second Sexual Revolution--that's the groovy one, folks. Finally, they wrap it all up with some terrific listener mail! It's an episode you'll want to share with your family--IF you choose or have chosen to have one!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 10: Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day (2003)

The Titans and Young Justice are standing at the edge of tomorrow... today, because it's Graduation Day!
Join your humble host as he shares not only this story, but the story of traveling for his very own Graduation Day... and how this storyline haunted his troubled trip East.  Learn that the only thing more dangerous than a malfunctioning Superman Android is... having to schedule blog posts to publish ahead of time, especially when the person writing them forgets how Time Zones work!
All this plus an important announcement about the future of the Chris is on Infinite Earths blog!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 127 - Superman #123 (1997)


Hello, denizens of Metropolis! In this episode, amateur electricians Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) read an issue of Superman in which he wasn't quite feeling himself: vol. 2 #123 from 1997, by Dan Jurgens and Ron Frenz! After some creator bios and a little backstory to explain how Superman contracted this condition, our technicians go through every page of this seminal issue, lending their vocal bleats and sarcastic commentary along the way. After a music break, our pair return to close out the bios for Jurgens and Frenz, and then talk about some other instances where Superman changed his look--usually not by choice! It's a transformative episode, you don't want to miss it!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Reggie's Comics Stories ep. 9 - Terry Gilliam on Harvey Kurtzman


Hey folks! In this episode of Reggie's Comics Stories, I read an essay written by Terry Gilliam, alumnus of Monty Python's Flying Circus, about comics and humor legend Harvey Kurtzman, whom he worked for at Help! magazine during the 1960s! It originally appeared in the UK newspaper The Telegraph on July 10, 2009. Since this episode is a little short, I included an excerpt of an interview between Gilliam and VICE magazine from around the same time...in which he reiterates a lot of the same stuff. I hope you enjoy this look at how comics creators' influence can ripple out to influence some amazing people!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 126 - Spider-Man 2099 #1 (1992)


Greetings, futurists! In this episode, Alchemax janitors Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) head thirty-five years into the past...in order to rocket 107 years into the future when they read Marvel Comics' Spider-Man 2099 #1, written by Peter David and pencilled by Rick Leonardi in 1992! After some creator biographies and an explanation of how this concept came to be, our duo delve into every page of this landmark issue, lending their guttural growls and burps along the way. After a break, the pair return to finish off the creators' info and tell what happened to Marvel's 2099 line after this issue. And they wrap up with a look at some other comic book stories and properties that exist in the future––for that is where you and I would like to spend the rest of our lives! You don't want to miss it!

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 129 - Insane Clown Posse: The Pendulum #1 (2000)

Greetings, Juggalos! In this episode, neden hunters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive back into the world of the wick...