Robots From Tomorrow!

The idea of having certain works always in print & available is an old one for book publishers, but something comics publishers have only really embraced in the last thirty years. Mike & Greg walk the comics publishing landscape and survey the efforts publishers both big & small are making to keep their most accessible stories available to the public. Why was DC one of the first companies to have success with keeping a backlist in print? Why couldn't Marvel duplicate that, and are they still second-best? What kind of risk/reward questions do publishers ask themselves, and what kind of answers do they get? Is "in print" even a concern now with digital distribution? And how has the Image Comics publishing model enabled that company to do more with less? All that, plus why Warren Ellis saw all this coming even as he was utterly ruining the Marvel Universe, in this week's episode!

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_169_mixdown.mp3
Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

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, February 25, 2015
Mike- TMNT Mutanimals #1 & Hinges Book 1: Clockwork City
Greg- Criminal Special Edition & Black Hood #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_168_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Although 1993 was not far into the decade, the year "Marvels" was published in some ways saw the peak of its legendary excess: gimmick covers, spinoff glut, character assassinating revamps, and enough grit & grime to block out the sun. But in the middle of all that came a small 4-issue period piece miniseries, from a writer no one cared about and an artist no one knew, with a clarity that rang through the clamor. Mike & Greg take a long look at that Busiek/Ross work, as well as the 2007 followup "Eye of the Camera", to see if it still holds up over 20 years later. What makes that miniseries so unique, even among other stories like "Kingdom Come" or "Earth X"? What does Alex Ross not get enough credit for? What happened to the originally planned "Marvels II"? If someone ripped a gash in the Rocky Mountains the size of the Grand Canyon, and then fixed it on live TV, would anybody care? What simple suggestion did Tom DeFalco make to Busiek that crystallized the whole story for him? All that and more in this week's episode!

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_167_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

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, February 18, 2015
Mike- Rumble #3 & Dark Horse Presents #7
Greg- Scalped Deluxe Edition vol. 1 & EI8HT #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_166_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:42pm EST

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time to gaze into the tomorrow of April 2015 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. Kaijumax! The Oven! Luna 1! No Mercy! Artist versus Artisan! Taschen and more Taschen! Resident Alien! Every single issue of DC's Convergence event (yep, we go there)! The Kurdles! Last of the Sandwalkers! Mega Man AND Sonic -- colliding! Last of the Sandwalkers! The Hero! Runlovekill (more like RunloveBUY)! Plus, Greg tries to explain the post-Crisis Origin of the Matrix Supergirl, while Mike drops a bomb about the Dwayne McDuffie/Gil Kane/Ernie Colon comic series you never knew existed! All that and the usual truckload of goodness is just a tap/click/press/swipe/whathaveyou 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_165_mixdown.mp3
Category:Previews -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

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, February 11, 2015
Mike- Wilds End #6 & Amazing Spider-Man #14
Greg- Divinity #1 & DC: The New Frontier Deluxe Edition

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_164_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 5:16pm EST

The latest open discussion kicks off with Greg recounting his busy comic event-filled week: Vivek Tiwary at the Library of Congress, Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin at the National Press Club, and Scott Snyder at Third Eye Comics! That last one includes a cast of over 1,100 people, 32 degrees (fahrenheit), and a pizza (it'll make sense in the episode; trust me). Mike follows that up with some Dan DeCarlo love and things slide into talk of influences, original art, Lost Art Books, Dan Smith, Erik Larsen, the collegiality of comics versus other media, and a whole lot 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_163_mixdown.mp3
Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

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, February 4, 2015
Mike- The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #1 & Nameless #1
Greg- John Byrne's Next Men Omnibus vol. 1 & Miracleman #15

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_162_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

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