Robots From Tomorrow!

We usually follow up a spotlight episode with either a Previews exploration or a free-for-all. But this week is different because Jim Rugg himself stopped by our center-of-the-earth recording studio to drop some truth about Street Angel and his career.Jim is one of the most flat-out creative talents working in comics and design today, and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring you this wide-ranging conversation. His latest book is a re-release of his first published work: Street Angel. It's available from Ad House Books and finer comic shops everywhere.

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. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode 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, July 30, 2014
Mike- Low #1 & Mind Mgmt #24
Greg- Fatale #24 & Lazarus vol. 2

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. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

The publisher of this week’s book, Adhouse, suggests that book, Street Angel, be filed under these categories: comedy, poverty, hero, and kung fu. Those terms both entirely describe and woefully undersell the breadth of pure comic booking contained in this 10th anniversary hardcover reprinting of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca's breakout hit. The title character is homeless teenage girl Jesse Sanchez; she sleeps in abandoned buildings and prowls the streets of Wilkesborough on her skateboard, keeping it safe from ninjas, mad scientists, demons, time-displaced Spanish conquerors, more ninjas, and (with the help of an aged but still bad motherSHUT YOUR MOUTH Afrodisiac) racist gun-toting rednecks. This book may be Rugg's first but it still hits like a 100-megaton bomb of experimentation in the name of homage and homage in the name of truth. Listen to Mike and Greg talk about how many ways Street Angel is a little slice of comic book heaven for anyone who picks it up.

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. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

For this week's episode Mike welcomes Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare to the show! Amy and Brandon have been working together for a few years now, and most recently completed the first volume of their creator-owned series Rocket Girl over at Image Comics (available wherever finer comics are sold). What's an artist's motivation for selling original art? How open should creators be with one another in regards to pay and contracts? How do creators stay motivated and not lose steam? Is Klaus Janson's name pronounced with a "J" or a "Y" sound? We cover all this, 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. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, 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, July 23, 2014
Mike- Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 & The Midas Flesh #8
Greg- Batman Beyond Universe #12 & Ragnarok #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.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:33pm EDT

Things kick off with a quick explanation of the new episode numbering (i.e. you haven’t missed 64 episodes between last week and now). After that, the boys jump right into their glimpse into the tomorrow of September 2014 based on this month’s Previews and start firing off things that you should definitely check out. The Chimera Brigade! The Wrenchies! Miss Don’t Touch Me! The Man Who Laughs! Ricky Rouse Has A Gun! Stumptown! Wild’s End! Sugar Skull! Tales of an Imperfect Future! Grendel/Shadow! Edge of Spider-Verse! The Names! All that and more is waiting for you on this look into the future!

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. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Previews -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

There have been many tribute books recently that have dropped jaws with their list of contributors, but none have come close to amassing a gobsmackingly powerful collection of talent as Locust Moon's Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream anthology. With over 130 creators attached, each contributing a full page of Nemo-inspired comics that will be printed at the size of Windsor McCay's original strips (a staggering 16"x21"), this book will be the new standard by which other such anthologies will be measured against.

Click here to see the list of creators involved. 

 

With the Kickstarter campaign entering its final week, Greg got a chance to talk to one of the men putting this book together: Locust Moon's Josh O'Neill. They talk about the origins of the project, how the team avoided some of the pitfalls with such a massive book, and why this whole experience has been one of the most emotionally rewarding of his young career. 

Click here to go to the Kickstarter page.

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. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 5:22am EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hundred and thirty fourth 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, July 16, 2014
Mike- Dredd Illustrated Movie Script & Bryan Lee O Malley's Seconds
Greg- Black Market #1 & League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century HC

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.Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

The lads throw tradition to the wind by taking an in-depth look at a comic currently hitting shelves every other week: Brian Michael Bendis’ X-Men. Following his 8-year Avengers run, Bendis took a quick trip to 1964, picked up a few passengers, and showed up for All-New X-Men #1 with the original five Xavier students (Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman, and Angel) in tow. This juxtaposition kicks off his X-Men tenure and is the gift that keeps on giving, both in terms of story momentum and reader guessing. See what side of the issues raised the hosts fall on in this sprawling free-form discussion of both All-New and Uncanny X-men up through Battle of the Atom, where the Marvel Mutantverse finds itself decades after the foundational Claremont issues, and how good a pair of hands it finds itself in with Bendis.

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. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hundred and thirty third 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, July 9, 2014
Mike- Mike Mignola Hellboy Artist Ed
Greg- Usagi Yojimbo Color Special & Spider-Man 2099 #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. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: pull_list_133_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT