Robots From Tomorrow!

"A gay Jew walks into a bar..."

Far from being the setup for a tasteless joke, this is actually the start of how the world was introduced to The Beatles. Brian Epstein, a gay Jewish man from Liverpool, saw the young band playing in a basement club and knew right then and there, before anyone else, that they had something to give to the whole world and that he was the man who make that happen.

Brian's story became the subject of The Fifth Beatle by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew Robinson, and Kyle Baker. This episode gave Greg the chance to follow up with Vivek from their talk last September, and go into further detail about the graphic novel, the film, and comics in general. Find out which cartoonist Vivek studied for guidance on turning music into comics, what an Indian father told him during his trip to Comic Con India in Hyderabad, the thing his historical mentor taught him not to do, which movie was the first Beatles biopic to have actual Beatles music, the comic that taught this only child what having brothers was like, and so 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

 

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, November 26, 2014
Mike- Hellboy Weird Tales & Lazarus #13
Greg- Arkwright Integral & Batman Beyond Universe #16

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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:18pm EDT

Straight from the pages of Eightball, or the 10th Anniversary Hardcover, or The Daniel Clowes Reader, or the silver screen, or a digital media device of your choosing is Daniel Clowes's Ghost World. This 80-page graphic novella (and film adaptation) succinctly captures two girls' transition from the certainty of sarcastic adolescence to the unforgiving uncertainty of young adulthood. Mike and Greg talk about Ghost World in both forms, touching on topics like how the work can be so specifically in one time but not feel slaved to it, why Zwigoff and Clowes made such a perfect partnership in getting this story to the screen, what chapter almost made Greg check out ot the book entirely, whether Christina Ricci was ever cast as Enid, the power of first influences and how they shape your perceptions going forward, Clowes' distillation of story into absolute essential bits, and much more. (No animals were or are ever harmed during the making of this podcast)

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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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

For today's episode Mike sat down with frequent collaborators Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich to talk about their upcoming series Lady Killer. Set in a mid-century America Lady Killer is the story of a modern woman who can have it all: the perfect house, the loving children, and the carreer as a hired assassin. Jamie and Joëlle talk about how this project came to be, the process behind writing characters with complex motivations, etiquite advice, and more. Lady killer is in this month's Previews and is now available for pre-order wherever comics are sold.

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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_142_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, November 19, 2014
Mike- Prophet Strikefile #2 & B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #125
Greg- Multiversity Pax Americana & Fantastic Four #13

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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_141_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

Earl Tubb may not speak particularly softly, but the main character of the new Image series Southern Bastards ends up brandishing one hell of a stick after returning to his Alabama hometown to put family affairs in order. Jasons Latour and Aaron make this book one part Southern Gothic, one part Walking Tall (Joe Don Baker version), one part Lone Star, and all parts fantastic. Mike & Greg take swings, between talk of fried apple pie and confectionary delights, at trying to do justice to this book and its look at a Southern lifestyle at once mundane and terrifying. Find out what themes and traits this book shares with Aaron's classic series Scalped, as well as how to look at the work fourth dimensionally, the benefits of uncluttered plot progression, the differences between Europeans and Americans when looking at America, and what US town was nuked back in the 1960's (albeit ineptly).

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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_140_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Mutants. They are the first thing anyone thinks of when they hear the name Chris Claremont. And rightly so; the man wrote the X-Men for an 17-year unbroken stretch, and has returned to the characters several times, including his current run on the Nightcrawler ongoing series. We've even talked about his X-work on the show before.

But there's more to the man than mutants, and Exhibit A in that case is the re-release of The Black Dragon, his miniseries with artist John Bolton originally published by Epic Comics and now brought back into print from Titan Comics. Greg got the chance to talk with Chris about this book, his collaboration with Bolton on that book and others, his thoughts on Gambit and the news that the upcoming film was based on a treatment he wrote, why he still has things to contribute to comics, and so 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_139_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, November 12, 2014
Mike- TMNT Legends: Soul's Winter & Punkrockpaperscissors
Greg- Astro City #17 & The Red Star vol. 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_138_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time for a glimpse into the tomorrow of January 2015 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman! Archie through the decades! Mad Love! Murder Book! Ur! Ichabod Azrael! THE Multiversity! S.H.I.E.L.D.! Treasury of Mini Comics! Orion! The Michael Moorcock Library! World War X! March Book 2! All that, the usual suspects, and tons more is waiting for you as the fellas take a look into the post-Christmas comics landscape!

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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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

Two great talks for you in one episode! First off, Greg talks with cartoonist Dean Haspiel about photographer/fumettist/creator Seth Kushner. Seth has been battling leukemia for the past year and has had his share of ups & downs, so Dean brings us up-to-date on how Seth is doing, what Seth has done that you should spend your time & attention on, and how you can help out Seth and his family

Following that, the show leaves the bounds of Earth and heads 22,000 miles (or 36,000 km) upwards to The Fuse, an orbiting power station and the setting for Antony Johnston's newest Image series. The Fuse #7 hits shelves today, and Antony tells Greg all about the series, what went into it, and more. The conversation goes in a few different directions after that, including which is the harder writer to adapt to comics (Alan Moore or William Shakespeare), how Antony became the only writer not named Greg Rucka to write a Queen & Country comic, whether or not he has been asked to write for 2000AD, and what NFL team he follows all the way over in the UK. All that and more is just one click away!

You can read the first issues of The Fuse and Wasteland for free at these links.

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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_136_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 2:03am EDT