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“The death-stench creeps.” “There’s something rotten in Okinawa.” These cover blurbs from today’s book discussion subject should tell you that we’re not talking sweetness and light this week. Mike & Greg go fishing with horror master Junji Ito and the brand-new hardcover collection of his 2001-2002 horror story “Gyo”. How terrifying can a horror story about fish be if 99% of it takes place on land? Ito’s got that covered. Serving up a tale equal parts dread and nihilism, Ito knows what buttons to push in his readers to be effective as a horror master, and he jams them hard here. Find out who Ito took cues from and used as a benchmark to surpass in his story, what the difference is between shonen and seinen manga, how similar “Gyo”’s adaptation into other media is to “Watchmen”’s translation, why a circus can be scarier than a great white shark, which things make the human mind flash ‘DOES NOT COMPUTE’, and much 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.

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Category:Book Discussion -- 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, April 29, 2015
Mike- Fantastic Four #645 & Resident Alien Sam Hain Mystery #0
Greg- Batman #40 & Convergence: Shazam #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_186_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:33pm EST

We have two interviews for you today; separated by years but united by the common thread of Hollywood and comics. But not comic book movies so much as comics from movie people.

First up is Greg's talk with actor/director/comedian/writer Dan Fogler. You'll recognize Dan from "Balls of Fury", "Fanboys", "Take Me Home Tonight", "Hannibal", or "Secrets & Lies", but what you might not know about Dan is that he's written some comics as well. Two volumes of "Moon Lake" have been released by Archaia so far, but he's currently Kickstarting his new project, "Brooklyn Gladiator". They talked about that, what books Dan is currently reading (and there are a LOT of them), what it's like being behind the camera as well as in front of it, and more. Dan also tells just who he passed a joint to at the SNL 40th Anniversary Party, so this one's got something for everyone.

If that wasn't enough for you, then Greg's unearthed 2013 talk with writer/director Chad Crawford Kinkle should do the trick. This interview, presumed lost in a hard drive crash, has him talking with Chad about the filmmaker's then-current indie horror movie "Jug Face". Chad lifts the curtain on what goes in to making a film on a reduced budget that still delivers big budget entertainment. They also talk about Chad's comic work, including his graphic novel "Harpe", about the two brothers who were America's first serial killers...back in the 18th century! Greg and Chad talk horror in all forms, 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.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:52am 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, April 22, 2015
Mike- Uncle Scrooge #1 & Lazarus #16
Greg- Hulk: Future Imperfect & Convergence: Swamp Thing #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_184_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:41pm EST

It wasn't their first creative partnership, or even their first long-form work together, but when comic fans think of the book they first noticed how good Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips worked together, they almost always think of "Criminal". With the series now at Image Comics and being rereleased in new trade paperback collections, Mike & Greg take this opportunity to look at the duo's opening storyline: 'Coward'. What does it and the series as a whole know about crime fiction that so many imitators seem to miss? How does it stack up against the Eisner-winning sixth volume "The Last of the Innocent"? Where did the Brubaker/Archie connection first pop up? Why did the duo announce their exclusivity to Image? Who's the best colorist in their crew: Val Staples, Dave Stewart, or Elizabeth Breitweiser? All that and much much more about the whole world of Phillips and Brubaker is ready for your ears on 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_183_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, April 15, 2015
Mike- B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #130 & Runlovekill #1
Greg- Batman: Mad Love - Deluxe Edition & The Fox: Fox Hunt #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_182_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time to gaze into the tomorrow of June 2015 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. Surprise offerings from American Gothic Press & Andrews McMeel! Archie #1! Strange Fruit! Junji Ito! Mike Zeck Artist Edition! Universal War One! Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service! Airboy! 8House! Toth’s Bravo for Adventure! Pope Hats! Magnetic Press! Humanoids! DC LOVE! Plus, the lads share cat manga series recommendations (that’s right, Greg has a manga recommendation for Mike), pondering about what could fish for children with a lollipop on the end of a line, heartfelt love for a surprisingly large chunk of DC’s post-Convergence output, why Adhouse Books is feared among artists having to table across from them at shows, multiple entries for Jeff Lemire & Tom Scioli product, why Secret Wars blew open the doors to Marvel’s vault of weirdness, which one of the hosts is really Jaimie Hewlett, and so much more is just a click/tap/swipe/press/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_181_mixdown.mp3
Category:Previews -- posted at: 12:00pm 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, April 8, 2015
Mike- Filth Deluxe Edition & Abe Sapien #22
Greg- Kaijumax #1 & Orion by Walt Simonson

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_180_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Terry Gilliam calls him a god. Entire generations were taught the importance and power of satire by his examples. The highest honor FOR comics professional voted on exclusively BY comics professionals takes its name from him. His name was Harvey Kurtzman, and in 1959 he published “Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book”, a collection of short comic tales intended for the mainstream adult readership almost 15 years before Will Eisner did likewise with “A Contract With God”. Unlike “Contract”, “Jungle Book” landed with a thud of epic proportions. So why are Mike & Greg talking about it today? Why is pure Kurtzman the best Kurtzman when you have artists like Wally Wood, Will Elder, and the like to bring his ideas to life? With all the accolades he achieved, is Kurtzman still underrated? Does “Jungle Book” still hold up almost 60 years later? Learn what brought Kurtzman from EC Comics to Ballantine Books, what did Frank Miller admitted helped him shamelessly steal from Will Eisner in his “Daredevil” run, how does “Jungle Book” stack up against “Comic Book Comix”, an earlier Dark Horse/Kitchen Sink release, and tons 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_179_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

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