Robots From Tomorrow!

We go right from one in-depth look episode to another this week, as we set our sights on Paul Pope’s 100%. Published by Vertigo Comics in late 2002, this miniseries marked the end of one phase of Pope’s career and the beginning of the next. What brought about that transition, and how well does Pope’s future-tinged sci-fi hold up after almost 12 years? Just how bad-ass is John Workman, and why does his collaboration with Pope here show why he is a letterer of the first order? What part of the creation stage does Pope consider the most joyful? Find out all that and more as we try and wring 100% of the awesomeness from a work that has fighters, strippers, busboys, artists, first dates on orbiting satellites, and much much more!

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_17_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:09am EDT

In his almost nine years behind the mic, John Siuntres has built Word Balloon into THE go-to podcast for long-form creator interviews. While almost all comic podcasters (us included) are coming into this medium from other fields, John brings nearly 30 years of broadcast journalism experience to his show. We have been big fans of John’s for a while now, and are thrilled and honored to bring you this chat we had with him. Find out what made John go from talking sports during the day to comics at night, who he thinks are the people to look out for to get the good interviews, and what creators he has on his “must get” list. We started John talking and held on for the ride; have a listen and find out where he took us!

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: john_siuntres_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hundred and thirteenth installment of the weekly Pull List series, the guys pick a couple of comics hitting shelves this week and talk about why they're excited to read them. Clocking in at around 15 minutes, this bite-sized audio nugget is the perfect companion for any Wednesday Warrior!

Picks for Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Mike- Sheltered #7 & Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever #4
Greg- Fantastic Four #1 & Three #5

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

When you’ve collected tons of awards and loads of critical acclaim for an all-ages adventure series like Bone, where do you go for a followup? If you’re Jeff Smith, you pop over to the next parallel world and come back with a hard-boiled sci-noir story like RASL. His 2008 series tells the story of Robert Johnson, ex-scientist and current dimension-hopping art thief, and is the subject of this week’s book club episode. We take an in-depth look at Smith’s career coming out of Bone, how the different iterations of RASL (original B&W or restored one-volume color HC) affect one’s possible enjoyment of the work, and what it means to be a cartoonist, something we have surprisingly different takes on. Oh, and we talk about the book itself, too. So slap on your t-suits and dial over to our specific parallel dimension for over an hour of talk on Jeff Smith’s RASL!

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_16_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hundred and twelfth installment of the weekly Pull List series, the guys pick a couple of comics hitting shelves this week and talk about why they're excited to read them. Clocking in at around 15 minutes, this bite-sized audio nugget is the perfect companion for any Wednesday Warrior!

Picks for Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Mike- Comix Brew Kickstarter & 47 Ronin HC
Greg- Martian Manhunter v1 & Rogue Trooper #1

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: pull_list_112_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

Today we welcome Michael Avon Oeming to the show! Michael is the co-creator and artist on titles like Mice Templar, Powers and Takio, as well as the writer and artist of The Victories. Last Saturday it was announced that he'll be launching a new series with long time collaborator Brian Bendis called The United States of Murder INC. This episode has lots of talk about creating characters, conspiracy theories, juggling work and more!

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. Music is The Arsonist by The Extraordinaires. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: michael_avon_oeming_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

With the release of his Oni graphic novel this week, writer Chad Bowers stops by the subterranean recording lair to give us the pitch, answer some questions, and help us make heads and/or tails of comics hitting your comic shop this April. That’s right -- it’s another look into comics’ future a la Previews. But Chad not only ups the chances of you, the listener, hearing about something new and worth your time/money for April’s comics by about 1,000% (or so; I was told there’d be no math), but he also tells us who the template for Down Set Fight’s main character was, why Scott Kowalchuk is the perfect artist to bring this football-coated action crime goodie to life, and what he and co-writer Chris Sims have planned for another book of theirs hitting the digital stands this week: Subatomic Party Girls #3. We put Chad through the RFT gauntlet; does he make it out alive? Have a listen and find out! 

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_15_mixdown.mp3
Category:Previews -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Today we are joined form across the Black Atlantic by writer Rob Williams! Rob's knee deep in all sorts of new comics work, so there's a lot to cover. He's currently writing the weekly Judge Dredd stip for 2000 AD, getting ready to launch new creator owned mini series at Titan and Vertigo, and helping reintroduce Marvel UK characters to the world. Rob is an incredibly inventive writer who's worked with some of the best artists out there, and we are glad he was able to carve out a little time to talk with us.

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. Today's music is Oh Mandy by The Spinto Band. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rob_williams_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hundred and eleventh installment of the weekly Pull List series, the guys pick a couple of comics hitting shelves this week and talk about why they're excited to read them. Clocking in at around 15 minutes, this bite-sized audio nugget is the perfect companion for any Wednesday Warrior!

Picks for Wednesday,February 11, 2014
Mike- Down Set Fight & Insect Bath #1
Greg- Bunker #1 & She-Hulk #1

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: pull_list_111_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

The boys go without a net or a plan on this one, and the topics range pretty far and wide as a result. From Mike Allred’s criminally underrated Red Rocket 7, to James Harren’s return to BPRD, and whether or not certain creators should just be retired from certain awards categories (Todd Klein and Dave Stewart -- we’re looking at you!). All that, plus what exactly a graphic novel is and isn’t, thoughts on Darwyn Cooke’s newest Parker adaptation, and what combination of creators did Dynamite put on a book to finally get Mike to consider picking it up. The answer may surprise you! (Not if you’ve been checking the news on Multiversity Comics like we tell you, because they covered it there, but you should still listen to hear Mike talk about it!)

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_14_mixdown.mp3
Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT