Demon15

0:00-15:10: Greetings and a sad update on the state of our Christmas spirit, with little more than mince pies to keep our holiday spirit aloft.  Discover our holiday plans and feel better about your own!
15:10-21:42:  Our best-of lists for the year!  Graeme gets to go first since he’s (a) made a professional list, and (b) actually read comics from 2016 this year!

adamandsteveGraeme’s list:

  1. The Flintstones by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
  2. Giant Days by John Allison, Whitney Cogar, Max Sarin and Lissa Tremain
  3. Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden
  4. Tom King’s untitled trilogy (Omega Men, Sheriff of Babylon, and The Vision)
  5. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  6. Doom Patrol by Gerard Way and Nick Derington
  7. Jason Shiga’s Demon
  8. Hot Dog Taste Test, by Lisa Hannawalt
  9. Panther by Brecht Evens
  10. The Wicked and The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
  11. We Told You So: Comics As Art by Tom Spurgeon with Michael Dean
  12. The DC line in general (by various)
21:42-1:23:43: Jeff starts out by mentioning the stuff our lists have in common:  The Flintstones, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Demon by Jason Shiga, and The Vision…but we talk about Sheriff of Babylon for a bit.  And then Jeff’s list(s):
Most improved digital service:
Digital service in decline:
Crunchyroll manga
Book Jeff’s Most glad he read (even though it’s not for him):
Shadoweyes by Sophie Campbell
Stuff Jeff missed reading the most:
MANGA. Definitely missed the manga but I did enjoy:
High School Debut by Kazune Kawahara
My Love Story!! by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko (though I fell behind)
My Neighbor Seki by Takuma Morishige
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Jeff’s Best of the year:
  1. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  2. Batman: Superheavy by Snyder & Capullo
  3. The Vision by King and Gabriel Walta (completed)
  4. The Flintstones by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
  5. individual issues of Sheriff of Babylon
  6. Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour
  7. Jason Shiga’s Demo
  8. Spider-Man/Deadpool by Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinnes
  9. Spidey-zine by Hannah Blumenreich
  10. Kill or Be Killed by Brubaker and Phillips
  11. Transformers vs. GI Joe by Tom Scioli and John Barber
  12. The Colonel Corps by Tony Bedard and  Tom Derenick and Trevor Scott (unavailable?)
  13. Super Powers by Tom Scioli (back-up within Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye)
  14. The Fade Out by Brubaker and Phillips
  15. Moon Knight by Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood, Wilfredo Torres, Francesco Francavilla, James Stokoe
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The re-reads and old never-reads:
  1. Manhunter by Goodwin and Simonson
  2. Elektra Assassin by Miller and Sienkiewicz
  3. Madwoman of the Sacred Heart by Jodorowsky and Moebius
  4. Tales of the Batman by Carmine Infantino
  5. Batman #153:  The Prisoner of Three Worlds by Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff and others;
  6. Machine Man by Kirby and Ditko (but really Kirby)
  7. Fury: My War Gone By by Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov
  8. Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast by Starlin and Aparo
  9. Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles by Jack Kirby
  10. By The Numbers vols. 1 and 2 by Laurent Rullier, Stanislas Barthélémy, and Dominique Thomas
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The most okay of 2016! (no links, sorry):
  1. Deathstroke by James Priest, Larry Hama and whoever else is in there
  2. Suicide Squad by Rob Williams, Jim Lee, and whoever else is in there
  3. Patience by Dan Clowes
  4. 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank by Taylor Boss and Matthew Rosenberg
  5. Sun Bakery by Corey Lewis
  6. Marvel’s Future Fight video game
  7. DC Rebirth #1by Geoff Johns and various
  8. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
  9. The Fix by Steve Lieber, Nick Spencer, and Ryan Hill
  10. Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye by Jon Rivera, Gerard Way, and Michael Avon Oeming
  11. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
  12. Kill Them All by Kyle Starks
  13. Red Team: Double Tap and Center Mass by Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak
  14. The Unbelievable Gwenpool by Christopher Hastings and Gurihiru
The Books Jeff Most regrets not reading in 2016:
  1. Kaijumax by Zander Cannon
  2. Ultimates by Al Ewing and Travel Foreman
  3. Spider-Woman by Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez
  4. Superman by Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke
  5. Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart
1:23:43-1:34:45: Graeme recommends 2000 AD, as he is wont to do, and we discuss their 2016, and what they may have for us in 2017, and some of the great old material they’ve recently purchased. (They being 2000 AD and Rebellion, not Jeff & Graeme.)
1:34:45-1:54:46: A quick, spoiler-free discussion of Star Wars: Rogue One, unless what you really care about is, “will Jeff see Rogue One?” In which case:  FULL SPOILERS.  Plus: discussion about how engaged Jeff feels with nerd culture, possible topics for future podcasts, and more.
1:54:46-2:26:35: “Meanwhile, on the Internet, everyone’s like, “2017—the year comics will crash!” Jeff is talking about this story by Todd Allen over at the Beat and the ensuing fallout. We unpack the article’s premises, the feedback, Marvel’s upcoming X-Men relaunch and whether or not it is like DC Rebirthwhat we worry about for the market for 2017, …and what we don’t worry about.
2:26:35-end:  Closing comments! But first:  We make a plan for a January podcast episode!  Look for us on  Stitcher! Itunes! Twitter together and separately: Graeme and Jeff! MattTumblr,  and  on Patreon where a wonderful group of people make this all possible, including the kind crew at American Ninth Art Studios and Empress Audrey, Queen of the Galaxy, to whom we are especially grateful for their continuing support of this podcast.
Next week:  Next week is Christmas! The week after is New Year’s!  But join us after that in 2017 for our twenty-fifth episode of Baxter Building!
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Unchained Ghost

0:00-3:41: Greetings! Catch up with us as we catch up with each other.  But honestly it’s not that long before we move along to the comics talk, starting with…
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3:41-40:26: Peter Milligan’s The Discipline!  We talk about Milligan’s latest project with Leonardo Fernandez in light of their other projects together (Greek Street and The Names) and separately (Enigma, Shade The Changing Man, Bad Company, The Human Target, among others).  And this leads to a larger discussion about erotic comics, and whether or not all too often erotic comics are, as Graeme says, “the worst of both worlds,” or whether, as Jeff suggests, the sensuousness of a cartoonist’s technique can mesh with the sensuousness of sex to create an odd area all its own.
Also discussed: Howard Chaykin’s Black Kiss, Barbarella, Guido Crepax, Necron by “Magus” (really, writer Mirka Martini and illustrator Roberto Raviola), Italian erotic comics, and a very long bit of blather from Jeff about Gilbert Hernandez and why Jeff doesn’t think that Beto’s obsession with big breasts is about erotic attraction.  And that leads into a discussion about Twilight Children, Darwyn Cooke, whether one can do a “major” work  with work-for-hire superheroes, and more.
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40:26-46:25: And continuing on in our talk about creators who may be past their prime but are still working, Graeme asks Jeff if he’s read the first issue of Neal Adams’ Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1?  Jeff hasn’t, to which Graeme replies: “That Batman: Odyssey magic is alive.”  Discussed: Neal Adams’ work, that magic age when a cartoonist goes batshit, the foundation for superhero comics, and more.
46:25-1:10:25:  And on a related subject: Dark Knight III #3 by Azzarello, Miller, Kubert and Romita, Jr., which has us talking about The Dark Knight Strikes Again!, Dark Knight Returns, Miller’s original pitch for DKR, Miller’s underlying conservatism (on many levels) in Dark Knight Strikes Again!, how much DKIII really takes place in the future or the present, Miller’s use of satire, a great much-shared piece by Susana Polo, politics on the Internet, and more.
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1:10:25-1:26:54: With Dawn of Justice on the horizon, Graeme rewatched Man of Steel.  SPOILERS: he likes it!  Jeff hasn’t seen it recently but…SPOILERS: he didn’t.  There’s some tussle over that, Graeme recounts a capsule summation of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, we try to figure out how financially successful MoS was in its theatrical run, who should be cast as Darkseid and who we would cast as The New Gods, and more.
1:26:54-1:34:16: Because of all the new job craziness, Jeff has kind of been on an accidental vacation from the Internet and he’s kind of okay with it? Discussed: how to adjust one’s internet intake; times when the Internet feels stuck in a rut; Joss Whedon and John Cassaday writing a story for Captain America—a big story or not; and Jeff’s guess at the Whedon/Cassaday story.
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1:34:16-1:52:24: “Jeff, tell me what you’ve read,” Graeme demands and what choice has Jeff but to comply?  After our last discussion about Scott Snyder’s Batman #49 where Jeff expressed interest in reading Scott Snyder’s Justice League, and Graeme expresed the opposite after strongly disliking Superman Unchained, Jeff bought the digital version of Superman Unchained when it was on sale on Superman’s birthday.  Why does the book not work?  Scott Snyder’s thematic deconstruction of Superman? Jim Lee’s art?  The New 52 incarnation of Superman which still doesn’t quite make sense?  With so many culprits, it’s hard to settle on just one!
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1:52:24-2:03:26: Jeff has also read a handful of Wonder Woman ’77 comics by Marc Andreyko and a variety of artists on which he has a few fast thoughts; and he’s also a read a bunch of issues of Batman and Detective Comics purchased in the Neal Adams Comixology sale, many of which have barely any Neal Adams work in them; Manhunter by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson; and more.
2:03:26-end: Closing comments with one more slight digression about our appearances in letter columns and comic books (inspired by Matt Terl’s awesome column from a few weeks ago)! Look for us on  Stitcher!Itunes! Twitter together and separately: Graeme and Jeff! MattTumblr!
Our special thanks to the kind crew at American Ninth Art Studios for their continuing support of this podcast, as well as our continuing special thanks to the Empress Audrey, Queen of the Galaxy…and to all 118 of our supporters on Patreon who make all this possible.
Next week: Baxter Building Ep. 15!  Read Fantastic Four #119-126 with us!
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