Sunday, December 30, 2018

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 122 - The New Avengers (2005)


Happy novus annus, everyone! In this episode, the same-old consistent Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out an early Marvel relaunch of their flagship superhero team, and the career of one of comics' most prolific writers, when they read The New Avengers #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch from 2005! After a lengthy biography of BMB and some background on why the Avengers were "newed." After a break, our sticks-in-the-mud wrap up their biographies and look at some other "new" things at Marvel...which looked suspiciously familiar, even at the time. Everything new is old again in this episode, you don't want to miss it!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 7 - JSA #55 (2004)


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, Dear Listeners!
This time out, Chris (@acecomics) discusses a wonderful Christmas-themed issue featuring the Justice Society of America... and the return of one of the more unique Golden-Age characters.  After going through the issue, he tries (in vain) to qualify and affix the nebulous comic-reviewing metric known as "heart".

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 121 - Limited Collectors Edition #C-24 (1973) aka New Giant Adventures of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! In this episode, workshop janitors Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) read a seasonal favorite enjoyed for generations: DC Comics' Limited Collectors Edition #C-24 from 1973, aka New Giant Adventures of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Sy Reit and Rube Grossman! After some biographical information about our creators, and a look at how these oversized treasury editions came to be in the first place, our reindeer groomers read all three of the Rudolph stories in the book, following each twist and turn, no matter how inane. After a break, they talk about the rest of the Limited Collectors Edition line, including some titles that made it into other formats entirely! It's an episode sure to chase the seasonal doldrums away, don't miss it!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Reggie's Comics Stories ep. 5 - R. Crumb is a Sexual Predator

Hey folks! In episode of Reggie's Stories, there's some personal recollections about Robert Crumb, a brief biography, and a reading of the essay "Robert Crumb is a Sexual Predator," as written by Kim O'Connor on her site The Shallow Brigade. It's superbly-written, and hopefully this reading does it justice. The episode wraps up with some final–or not-so-final–thoughts on Robert Crumb from Reggie himself. Give it a listen!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 120 - Saved By the Bell Summer Break #1 (1992)


hey Hey HEY WHAT is going on here?? In this episode, matriculated students Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out one of their other shared interests...bordering on obsessions, when they read Harvey Comics' Saved By the Bell Summer Break #1 from 1992! After a deep dive into the secret origins and trappings of the television show, our Bayside Tigers provide biographies for creators Angelo de Cesare and Hy Rosen. Then, they read every goofy page of the comic, lending about the same level of talent to their voices as most of the actors brought to the show. After a break, they provide a brief history of Harvey Comics, before breezily talking about the show and devolving into fits of wheezing laughter. It's a show these knuckleheads couldn't wait to make, don't miss it!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Chris is on Infinite Earths, Episode 6: DC Universe Rebirth #1 (2016)


This week Chris (@acecomics) is joined by guest Patrick Kotenberg (@dcufanfam) to discuss the world-changing DC Universe Rebirth #1 from 2016.  After Chris does his usual blibbuh blabbuh (emphasis on the "blabbuh" this time around) and walks through the issue, Patrick shares how he, as a new-to-DC fan received Rebirth, and how it kept him coming back to the comic shop week after week.  It's a good time as usual, doncha dare miss it!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 119 - Star Wars #1 (1977)


Beep beep tweet, folks! In this episode, Nerf herders Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) look at some events that occurred some time in the past, in a remote corner of the universe, as depicted in Marvel Comics' Star Wars #1 by Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin, published in 1977! After some biographical information about these legendary creators, and a little background information on how the deal was struck, they go through every page of the inaugural issue, butchering the voices as politely as possible. After a break, these rebel traitors return to wrap up their histories of Mr. Thomas and Mr. Chaykin, and wrap it all up by talking about how the comic book fared at Marvel going into the 1980s–including an aside about a giant green bunny? The episode is more fun than a barrel full of light sabers, you don't want to miss it!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Young Animal Gatherum, Episode 18


One-Thousand Seven-Hundred Ninety-Two Minutes...
One-Thousand Seven-Hundred Ninety-Two Moments stacked up real tall...
One-Thousand Seven-Hundred Ninety-Two Minutes
How do you measure,
Measure Young Animal?

In delays?
In t-shirts?
In f-words?
In cups of milk?
In pages, in singles, in trades and omnibi?

In One-Thousand Seven-Hundred Ninety-Two Minutes.
How do you measure a pop-up imprint?

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Reggie's Comics Stories ep. 5 - Hey Kids, Comics! Edited by Rob Kelly


Hiya, folks! This week, Reggie (@reggiereggie) is reading three essays from the book Hey Kids, Comics!: True-Life Tales From the Spinner Rack, edited by Rob Kelly, published in 2013. Highlighting stories by Doug Slack, Steve Englehart, and Richard Harland Smith, Reggie provides a little background for each author before delving into their secret comic book origins. At the end, Reggie provides a little context for his own passage into comic book enthusiasm! It's a real love-fest of four-color funnybooks, don't miss it!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Cosmic Treadmill ep. 118 - MAD #4 (1953)


Hello, fershlugginer comics fans! In this episode, pratfall experts Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) take a look at the life of Harvey Kurtzman and the magazine that changed everything when they read MAD #4 from 1953! After a history of the publisher that begat the rag, they describe all four stories in the issue, providing some brief artist biographies, and concentrating their vocal abuse on "Supderduperman" and "The Shadow!" After a break, the Assistants to the Assistant Copy Boy continue discussing Kurtzman and MAD magazine, including the iconic logo and a certain gap-toothed fellow that hasn't a care in the world. This episode is sure to drive any parents buggy, you don't want to miss it!

Why We Collect ep. 1 with Jamie Greiff

Hey folks! In this, the fifth episode of our look at the hobby of collecting–but the first one re-titled to reflect that–Reggie talk...