Robots From Tomorrow!

Every once in a while, a comic comes along that looks to stir things up. Pop the balloons. Kick over the table. Show everyone that the emperor has no clothes. Sometimes this is done for shock value, sometimes for sales, and sometimes because the creators have that contrarian streak inside them that just needs to come out.

Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill are in that last category, and their Marshal Law series is the most visceral, scathing, and on-point satire of superheroes and their tropes that we have ever seen. Mike and Greg take a trip to San Futuro via the recently released oversized DC Deluxe Edition, check in on the masked lawman, and come back with this report on how the hero-hunter is doing 25 years after first walking the beat.

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_29_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Picks for Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Mike- Chew/Revival #1 & Deadly Class #5
Greg- Trees #1 & Miracleman Book 1: A Dream of Flying HC

For this episode, the one hundred twenty-seventh installment of our weekly "Pull List" series, the lads pick a couple of books hitting shelves this week and talk about why they’re excited to read them. These bite-sized audio nuggets are the perfect way to kick off the comics week -- for anyone from the most curious newcomer to the most dedicated Wednesday Warrior!

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_127_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time for a glimpse into the tomorrow of July 2014 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes.

The Black Market! DKW: Ditko, Kirby, Wood! Dark Engine! Supreme: Blue Rose! Robin Rises! The Goon! Ragnarok! Street Angel! R. Crumb Sketchbooks!

All that and a whole phonebook-sized helping of more! And if that wasn’t enough, Greg and Mike reminisce about the halcyon days of Quesada/Jemas Marvel circa 2003, when the House of Ideas found itself with a new creative lease!

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_28_mixdown.mp3
Category:Previews -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Picks for Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Mike- Gangsta Vol. 2 & Celeste HC
Greg- Genius Animated: Cartoon Art of Alex Toth HC & Dark Horse Presents #36

For this episode, the one hundred twenty-sixth installment of our weekly "Pull List" series, the lads pick a couple of books hitting shelves this week and talk about why they’re excited to read them. These bite-sized audio nuggets are the perfect way to kick off the comics week -- for anyone from the most curious newcomer to the most dedicated Wednesday Warrior!

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_126_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

The term “all ages” tends to be used as a shorthand for kid’s books in comics, but on this episode, Mike and Greg take a look at a book that truly has something for readers of every age: KOMA by Swiss cartoonists Pierre Wazem and Frederik Peeters.

Published by Humanoids in 2012, KOMA follows a young girl named Addidas (but not like the shoe) as she and her chimney-sweep widower father Julius try and stay one step ahead of their competition, all the while suffering mysterious blackouts. While on a job, Addidas follows one of the endless tunnels into an underground place where gigantic creatures operate machines that seem to control everyone on the surface. But that only gives you a hint of the wide range of things Wazem & Peeters touch on, as reality and metaphysics collide with heart-tugging simplicity in this amazing work.

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_27_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Though it might not be the same in other circles, when someone in comics describes a job as "Workman-like", that is a compliment of the highest order. John Workman has done just about every job in the industry and done so with a consistent excellence for over four decades.

Known primarily for his award-winning lettering for such projects as Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol, Paul Pope's 100%, Tommy Lee Edwards' Marvel 1985, and the majority of Walt Simonson's output, Workman has also been a writer, essayist, cartoonist, and the Art Director for Heavy Metal during the late 70's and early 80's heydey.

He has also been one of the few letterers to really thrive in the digital age, using a hybrid work process to marry electronic efficiency with analog personality. In between his work on the Mega Man/Sonic books for Archie Comics, a new project with Tommy Lee Edwards, and lettering Simonson's new Ragnarok series from IDW, he spared a few hours to talk with Mike and Greg about his career, what he's seen, and where he thinks comics are going from here.

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_Workman_05.09.14.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Picks for Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Mike- Hellboy In Hell #6 & Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two #5
Greg- Red Star Treasury Edition & Starlight #3

For this episode, the one hundred twenty-fifth installment of our weekly "Pull List" series, the lads pick a couple of books hitting shelves this week and talk about why they’re excited to read them. These bite-sized audio nuggets are the perfect way to kick off the comics week -- for anyone from the most curious newcomer to the most dedicated Wednesday Warrior!

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_125_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

Once again, the boys go without a net on this one and land straight into a talk about Marvel's Marvel Unlimited app. What's good? What's bad? How much more are they reading from the a la carte service than they would from pay-per-issue Comixology? And how has Barry Windsor-Smith's Weapon X run held up over the years? The art, colors, the volume, the . . .  humor?

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_26_mixdown.mp3
Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Mike sits down with Douglas Wolk and Ulises Farinas!

These guys are about to wrap up their IDW mini-series Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two, a story that sees the Lawman of the Future character dropped into an environment unlike any he'd seen before. The series captures some of the zany magic of the early Dredd stories, while introducing readers to all sorts of new characters with distinctly Californian motivations. In the west coast Mega-City Two we get to see Dredd on a beach, driving a car, and starring in his own reality television show. Wolk and Farinas talk about their collaboration on the project, the influences they drew upon, and the Judge Dredd movie. Not the new one, the other one.

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: wolk_farinas_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Picks for Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Mike- Andre the Giant: Life and Legend & Bee and Puppycat #1
Greg- Day Men: Pen & Ink & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #7

For this episode, the one hundred twenty-fourth installment of our weekly "Pull List" series, the lads pick a couple of books hitting shelves this week and talk about why they’re excited to read them. These bite-sized audio nuggets are the perfect way to kick off the comics week -- for anyone from the most curious newcomer to the most dedicated Wednesday Warrior!

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_124_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:48pm EDT

Picks for Saturday, May 3 (Free Comic Book Day) 2014
Mike- 2000 AD FCBD Special & MOUSE GUARD/LABYRINTH/RUST HC
Greg- Hip-Hop Family Tree & Sonic X

For this episode, the one hundred twenty-third installment of our weekly "Pull List" series, the lads pick a couple of books hitting shelves this week and talk about why they’re excited to read them. These bite-sized audio nuggets are the perfect way to kick off the comics week -- for anyone from the most curious newcomer to the most dedicated Wednesday Warrior!

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_123_FCBD_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

The book that launched the black & white boom of the 1980's, spawned a thousand imitators, spun off into every conceivable media, and taught millions of kids the names of four Renaissance artists is the subject of this week's episode.

Mike and Greg look at the "Return to New York" arc of the Mirage-era Turtles, but like everything else Turtles-related, the talk mutates into a green-skinned juggernaut. Find out how the IDW continuity tracks with the original Mirage series, which creator did what on any issue, what prompted the "Guest Creator" era, why some issues IDW can't reprint, and just how much Eastman & Laird were making during their heyday.

Straight from the sewers to your ears via our recording studio deep beneath the Earth's surface, the Turtle goodness is just a click away!

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_25_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT

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