Robots From Tomorrow! (open discussion)

It's been twenty years since Marvel launched its "Marvel Knights" imprint -- an event so big the lads are taking two episodes to cover it! This week focuses on the imprint itself, and the who/what/when/where/why of how it came to be and what it set in motion for Marvel as a company and comics as a whole. Plus, how did it measure up to other publisher imprints, including the recent Young Animal over at DC. All that and more as Mike and Greg connect the dots on how Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti changed comics as we know it. 

Next week: the comics themselves!

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 6:32pm EST

Greg was recently invited to participate in Comics Alternative's roundtable episode celebrating International Podcast Day 2018. Here's how host Derek Royal describes the episode: 

In celebration of International Podcast Day 2018, Derek invites a variety of other comics podcasters to discuss their experiences in the medium. Joining him are Gina Gagliano, from Graphic Novel TK; Greg Matiasevich, from Robots from Tomorrow; Jay Loving, from The Best of the Rest; and Gwen Tarbox, from The Comics Alternative for Young Readers.

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 3:20am EST

Another freeform discussion this week as the lads talk about Shonen Jump celebrating its 50th anniversary, 2000 AD’s collaboration with Hachette for the Mega-Collection, what the upcoming Keystone Con means to one Philadelphian, and some thoughts on a little indie film called Infinity ... something. East and west collide on today’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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 11:09am EST

With Mike on vacation, Greg brings in some of the newer members to the Multiversity family and asks them their thoughts on how 2018 has been going from the comics and comics culture perspective. Carrying over from last week are Kate Kosturski (MC social media manager), Kevin Gregory (host of Make Mine Multiversity) and Matt Lune (co-host of That’s The Issue). This week's installment focuses on the power and responsibility of comics culture, trying to navigate today's social media landscape, and the necessity of an informed opinion. 

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 4:00am EST

With Mike on vacation, Greg brings in some of the newer members to the Multiversity family and asks them their thoughts on how 2018 has been going from the comics and comics culture perspective. Carrying over from the previous episode are Kate Kosturski (MC social media manager), Kevin Gregory (host of Make Mine Multiversity) and Matt Lune (co-host of That’s The Issue). This week's installment of the two-part conversation also touches on the importance of the LCS in the comics ecosystem and checks out how libraries fit in to the grand scheme of things.

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 11:29am EST

With two trailers now out, the lads weigh in on the upcoming Infinity War film from Marvel Studios. Who’s hyped? Who’s not? Who makes it through alive? Speculation runs rampant! All that, plus the chances of (lady) Death appearing, the merits of pants vs no pants for planet-eating cosmic entities, and how Jack Kirby still can’t catch a break. Opinions assemble!

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Keep the sports-buzz going with this week's episode about the state of sports comics in America! Why don't we have more (given the popularity of sports in this country), and who's doing a good job with the titles we do have? What is it about manga that can make cooking and chess into fan-favorite subjects? Is there a difference between sport and competition? How does the influx of comics in the classrooms influence what arenas publishers should be entering if they want to succeed at the sports comics game? All that, plus Mike gives his thoughts on the mood of Philadelphia at recording time, one day before the Eagles' victory. 

Robots From Tomorrow is a twice-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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 7:48pm EST

With Greg back in the underground recording studio, the lads decide to take a cue from the date and talk turkey; comics turkey, that is! From Mike’s recent foray to the Comics Art Brooklyn show last month to the recent shake-ups over at Marvel Comics, there’s a lot going on in this episode. What could Brian Michael Bendis’ DC future hold? What are the ups and down sides to C.B. Cebulski’s promotion to Editor-in-Chief at Marvel? What does Mike think is a good entry point to the works of Chris Ware? Today’s episode is the perfect way to sneak in a little slice of comics as you slip into that post-Thanksgiving dinner tryptophan coma.

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 11:46pm EST

In advance of Jack Kirby's 100th birthday next week, the lads talk about the King and try to take some stock of the body of work he left behind. How do you sum up the career of a man who combined blazing imagination with innate artistic ability and a determined work ethic for over five decades? Have the decades of Kirby clones and imitators made it harder for new fans to recognize the genius in Jack's work? What makes a successful interpretation of a Kirby property? All that and more 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.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

SDCC 2017 news might all be in the history books by now, but Mike & Greg took time out of the busiest weekend in comics to comment on some of the first wave of stories already making headlines. Calling back to discussions from earlier episodes, the lads banter about Sonic’s Archie/IDW move, Ed Piskor tackling History X, expatriate Waid bringing Samnee with him for his “Captain America” homecoming, “Young Animal” getting busted smoking weed, Berger Books vs Black Crown -- When Imprints Clashed(!), just how many books does IDW publish, and 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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

In May 1978, 44 comics professionals (ranging from Frank Miller to Jim Shooter, Paul Levitz to Steve Ditko) gathered at Neal Adams' Continuity Studios in order to form a more perfect comics union. The seeds of that meeting would blossom almost forty years later into...nothing. But why? Why has no attempt at organizing the comics creative workforce ever been successful? Greg enlists the help of comics creator (and friend of the show) Samuel Teer to try and figure out the answer to that very question in this nearly two-hour conversation!

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

With FCBD 2017 mere days away, the lads take a look at how the annual LCS outreach program has grown from such humble beginnings while picking out their favorites from the FIFTY different titles offered up gratis this year. Does FCBD offer a more level playing field for smaller publishers to be noticed by all the new customers? Which comics pass and fail the thumbnail test? All that, plus an unpacking of DC’s decision to reprint a single WW issue for its FCBD offering, why Marvel loves its Secrets like DC loves its Crisises, the similarities of Captains, and why you should STILL buy something at the comic shop (even on FCBD) on this free-form Free Comic Book Day 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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

The boys are back this week, as Mike returns to the show from his sojourn abroad with thrilling tales of splendor seen and treasures purchased! He goes deep-dive into his experience at last weekend's 2000AD 40th Anniversary Thrill Festival, both from behind the microphone and from wandering the convention floor. What kind of shindig does Tharg throw for his favorite Earthlets? How far does the American dollar go in picking up original Thrill-art? When was the last convention you went to where beer-related art accidents were a hazard to consider? Who was the artist 'get' of the show? All that, plus the differences in original art ideology on either side of the Atlantic, the many medias of Mark Buckingham, Rick Veitch tremor meeting Dave Gibbons sheen, recapturing comic shop wonder, solving distribution woes, and much more on today's episode!

BONUS: Video of Mike's "Building Worlds" panel, with Ian Edginton, INJ Culbard, D'Israeli, and Rob Williams.

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

As 2016 winds to a merciful close, the lads decide to end things on a happy note by playing their favorite game: Longbox Roulette! Random dives into the RFT issue archives stir up conversation on Elliot R. Brown’s schematic skills, how cartoonist career building can close doors as well as open them, the Deadpool comic Greg regrets not checking out sooner, Paul Dini & Dustin Nguyen teamups, the expiration date of fame for one Marvel Mutant cover, and more. All that, plus, Mike talks about a THRILLING travel opportunity coming his way in February. It's one last free-form discussion for the year 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.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:08pm EST

With Multiversity Comics heading into the home stretch of its 40 Days of Supergirl celebration, Greg decided it would be neat to have a little Supergirl discussion in conjunction with that. But with Mike unavailable, Greg turned to friend of the show Paul Lai (from the excellent podcast The Paul List) to come on and give the episode his specific brand of considered and researched opinion. The duo focus on the Maid of Steel's origins and the era in which she sprung from the Kryptonian rocket ship, but the conversation manages to touch on other parts of her career, from Crisis to DC Rebirth, and appearances in other media as well. All that and more awaits you 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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 2:34pm EST

This week's episode kicks off with a simple request: pick a number. It's a lottery of sorts for Mike and Greg as random comics are plucked from their places and used as kindling for conversation. Dark Reign-era Marvel, Mike's least favorite "Hellboy" arc, and a deep dive into Ashley Wood's storytelling decisions are just a few topics that're touched on in this wide-ranging free for all! Also, keep this image handy for later reference.

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 10:42pm EST

A co-host’s comment and an EiC’s panel answer spark this week’s discussion on tackling the comic reader’s eternal dilemma: “How can I make time to enjoy the comics I already have when I keep buying more each week?” Unstoppable forces and immovable objects collide as the lads discuss not only quantities of comics but quality of reading as well. When was the last time you got to savor a book? Really look at and absorb for more than two seconds that page an artist worked a whole day creating? But with the market as it stands, and deserving creators needing every single customer to keep their books afloat, is dropping New Comic Day cold turkey really the answer? And what is your definition of ‘deserving’? All those questions and more posed, pondered, and maybe even answered 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.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 11:48pm EST

Mike and Greg close out their month of Dark Horse-focused discussions with a free-ranging conversation on the publisher's history. How did an idea in the back of one comic shop owner’s mind turn into one of the mainstays of the American comics publishing market? What kept Dark Horse afloat when so many other companies launching at the same time sank? And how does Game of Thrones figure in to things? All that and more on this 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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:47pm EST

Mike and Greg squeeze in another freeform talk before the lead-up to next week’s “Dark Horse Month” over at Multiversity Comics. Having recently returned to the office-dwelling workforce, Greg starts things off with thoughts about how to decorate your workspace and the different levels of letting your geek flag fly. Do you go all-out? Is less really more? Even within SFW limits, what are the parameters to consider when deciding what parts of your fandom to share with the uninitiated? And are you prepared for the questions, comments, and fallout of your choices? You might be with this crowd a while, so getting off on the right foot is important. Find out where he & Mike draw their particular lines!

Then it's off to the iPads for some Marvel Unlimited back-issue bin rummaging! Leading out of a request by fellow MCer Matthew Garcia, the lads come up with some off-the-cuff recommendations and cover art critiques. Plus Jim Lee faces off against John Byrne with Mark Chiarello waiting in the wings, Humberto Ramos spins many a Spider-Man cover, and Greg carpet F-bombs the work of one particular Marvel cover artist. Is it Greg Land? Greg Horn? Greg Capullo? Find out who and much more on this 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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 9:01pm EST

The most wonderful time of the (comics) year is nigh upon us: Free Comic Book Day! That first Saturday in May where every LCS worth its salt or Diamond account throws up its doors even wider to the public and offers a huge swath of free comics from publishers specifically geared towards engaging with the non-usual, non-traditional reader. Mike & Greg tackle the list of FCBD 2016 releases head on and tell you what they are most excited about! Plus, find out what major FCBD release isn't coming from the main FCBD group and why you HAVE to get your hands on it! (We have a suggestion about where you can make that happen!) All that and more on this special FCBD 2016 spotlight 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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

With Mike on assignment this week, Greg taps Multiversity Comics editor & frequent RFT guest Brian Salvatore to sit in on this week's episode, taking a look at the recent Eisner Award 2016 nominations. But while most of the internet chatter has been about the nominees, Greg & Brian aim this discussion at a slightly wider angle: do the 2016 Eisner categories really reflect where comics find themselves in 2016? Starting with a peek behind the proverbial curtain for Multiversity's own "Year in Review" criteria & goals, the talk goes wider to the North American comics awards landscape: Eisners, Harveys, and Ignatz. Find out which company had a stranglehold on the "Best Editor" Eisner for its entire run, what awards were given during the 1970s, why we don't give out Kirby Awards, and how to solve a problem like contradictory categories. All that, plus a proposal for the Kim Thompson Award and more on today's episode! 

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 1:52am EST

Another free-form discussion this week, but one kicked off by talk of the recently released Doctor Strange “teaser” trailer. How spot-on is Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme? Does Strange’s tenuous ties to superheroics make him less or more attractive as a property outside comics, given his difficulty in keeping an ongoing series? What about his “Strange Tales” co-stars Cloak & Dagger? With their possible movie from page to screen, what parts of their dynamic still work outside their early 80’s crime sensationalist origins? Lest you think this episode is all Marvel, the lads throw some consideration to DC’s announcement of Gerard Way’s ‘Young Animal’ imprint. And then Mike tells all about the bounty of Jim Rugg mini comics and special variants picked up. That last bit might sound like boring radio to the uninitiated, were it not for the fact that Jim Rugg is physically incapable of putting out ANYTHING that doesn't merit some discussion. All that, plus Greg gets quizzed on DC imprints throughout the ages, the name “Mr. Jyp” is used in context for the first time in who knows HOW many years, and the secret connection between Maya Lopez and Hank Hall is revealed!

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

The day has come! Given the realities of recording schedules, the lads take to the mics mere hours after DC announced their Rebirth creators. A bit of this, a bit of that, a bit of whathaveyou; opinions are shared and decisions are discussed. But before that, there's the small matter of the Multiversity Rebirth Fantasy Draft! Mike & Greg threw in with several other MC staffers to pick creative teams and solicit copy for the announced titles BEFORE the WonderCon livestream. While you can see the full list here, Mike & Greg go in-depth to talk about what went into their picks. Some no-brainers, some surprises, and some no-brainers that ended up surprising! The fantasy & reality of DC Comics 2016 is right here for your listening enjoyment!

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

After last week's look at Sophie Goldstein's "The Oven", the lads shift focus to the ever-growing stacks of comics coming into the recording studio at the center of the Earth. What titles moved from the "gotta read" pile to the "have read" one? With a list like "Dark Corridor", "Rai", and "The Envelope Manufacturer", you don't have to be a longtime listener (or even short-time one) to know this discussion is going to go in a couple of different and interesting directions. Plenty of talk about comics and what it's like to try and keep up with them week after week is just a click of the mouse, swipe of the finger, or push of a button 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.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 10:15am EST

With DC (via Geoff Johns) finally putting out real information about what those “Rebirth” teasers have been hinting at, Mike & Greg fire up the speculation machine and see what this might actually mean for the company in 2016 and beyond. Along the way, the lads talk about the long & winding road of Bob Harras’ comics career (and how it never seems to stray too far from Jim Lee’s), muse on how much of ‘Rebirth’ is course-correcting the New 52, play Fantasy DC EiC, decipher the silhouette behind the curtain, 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 1:02am EST

It's Flash Appreciation Day at Multiversity Comics, and what better way could we celebrate than by throwing together a "Crisis"-style crossover with the DC3cast? Tune is as Mike, Greg, Zach, Vince and Brian discuss their favorite iterations of The Scarlet Speedster, with conversation spanning from The Golden Age to modern television. Did Jay Garrick really kill a librarian? Who dug Bart's short tenure as The Flash? Do Gorillas sell comics? And what role did fast food have in tesching us about comics? We'll answer these questions, plus a whole lot more, during this special edition of Robots From Tomorrow!

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.

For more adventures with Brian, Vince and Zach, check out the weekly DC3cast on iTunes!

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 12:21am EST

Mike’s preparation for an impending move starts this week’s free-range conversation with talk about how we store all these comics that we buy & hang on to. Long boxes or shelves? Alphabetical or categorical? Sifting through a years-spanning collection always unearths forgotten treasure, which then begged the question of what to DO with that treasure. The loaded ‘slabbing’ debate is talked about, leading to discussion about what actually goes into making an issue ‘key’. First appearance? Death? Wild card? And while we can all think of Big Two special issue tentpoles, what about the independents? What “L&R” issue would YOU slab, given the chance? All that, plus emotional organizing versus objective organizing, the best comics-related gift Greg has ever received, what Diamond boxes are and aren’t good for, which IKEA furniture makes the best library fodder, home library as physical manifestations of our brains, the Pieta, Jim Starlin, Batman/Starman/Hellboy, and 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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

The advice flows freely in this episode, as Mike & Greg spitball ideas on how to fix parts of the comics industry that aren't working the way they should. From DC’s packaging of DCYou titles to mainstream outreach to looking out for the comics little guys (and gals), a kind of ‘fantasy comics’ plays out as the lads put together their ideal distribution consortium. Plus, Artist & Gallery Edition talk covers the recent P. Craig Russell volume from Dark Horse and looks ahead (still) to The Maxx from IDW (eventually). All that and more on this 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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

With Mike on assignment, the lads are more than happy to have Multiversity Comics colleague and comics-wielding educator Paul Lai filling in on the mic in his stead. And like any good substitute, Paul brought his own lesson plans and discussion topic: getting into and staying in comics. But this isn't a 'breaking in' discussion; he and Greg talk about how they got into READING comics and managed to wind up where they are today, lo those many years later. Secret origins are revealed, knowledge is dropped, mutual admiration espoused, and a pretty free-wheeling discussion spins out of Paul's visit to the subterranean recording studio. 

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 2:44am EST

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.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm 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.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

The lads ease into the new year with another free-form discussion. Just because the gift-giving season has passed doesn't mean that all the present opening is over. Mike opens a swag-filled envelope from an Image creative team live on air (or our closest equivalent) and then leads the discussion into the pros and pros of partaking in Fantagraphics's recent "Fanta Bucks" promotion, with stops along the way to talk some Peanuts, Donald Duck, Nancy, and Fukitor. Greg wonders about nature versus nurture in artist families like the Romitas, Kuberts, Buscemas, Hernandez, and the Zaffinos family. They both dissect the first volume of "SAM" from Cinebook, and compare notes on recent TV viewing: The Flash, Gotham, and The Wire. 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.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

A slight change in plans brings another free-for-all episode, with all the comics riffing and off-the-cuff discussion you've come to expect! Mike & Greg take a slice of the Thanksgiving holiday to talk about creativity, the changing comic audience demographics, publishing cycles and mentalities through the decades, the influences of media rights in 21st century genre comics, Tumblr feeds and the older skill sets they are bringing back to the fore. And Spider-Man! Find out where Greg spent his post-tryptophan Black Friday, what deduction by The World's Greatest Detective didn't sit well with Mike, 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

It’s another free-form talk that goes all over the map! Both Mike and Greg dig into childhood comic collecting memories to talk about the events they loved, the team-ups they treasured, and the books that they read until they fell apart (the comics, not the hosts). From The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told to Civil War to Armor Wars to what the hell to do with a shortbox full of Wolverine team-up issues, things get very nostalgic but with an eye to the future. What are the costumes of today that future comic fans will look back on with the same affection we bring to the Silver Centurion armor or the black-suited Spider-Man? How long does it take for Wolverine to find his lower torso after its been ripped off? What do Lee/Kirby Fantastic Four have to do with The Dark Knight Returns? What Philly comic shop has the best back issue bins? Find out the answers to these questions and more you didn’t know you had in this 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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 6:54pm EST

The net is taken away as Mike and Greg go stream-of-consciousness for this one. As Baltimore Comicon and SPX approach, talk turns to those conventions and the corners of comics that they represent. This leads into a discussion of Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol work, which mushrooms into a consideration of his post-Final Crisis output, and then rolls right on into meditations on the impending The Multiversity release. Maps are consulted, tunes are whistled, time is hyped, and minds are blown on this 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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

A couple of weeks ago Mike left behind the comforts of our subterranian recording studio and made his way to Special Edition: NYC. Feeling the need to have a more comics focused event, the folks behind New York Comic Con decided to start the summer off with what was essentially an Artist Alley extravaganza. Top flight creators set up shop along side retailers and a subdued publisher presence for a show that felt like a convention from yesterday. Greg was preparing for the following weekend's Heroes Con and couldn't make it to the show, but fear not! Mike wrangled fellow MCers Brian Salvatore and James Johnston into an impropmtu floor conversation! 

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 the show!

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:37pm EST

Being from the future, we know things you don’t. In our efforts to not completely destroy the space/time continuum, we keep most of those future secrets from you for your own protection. But every once in a while, we like to slip a little truth your way, just to keep things interesting. This week, Mike postulates a future where Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and Comics Universe are in lock-step with one another, complete with quarterly jump-on comics aimed directly at movie-goers. Give this a listen as he lays out how this (might?) go down, and Greg does his best to keep up and act appropriately mind-blown. It’s a huge chunk of the (possible) future beamed right to you today, so give it a listen and (maybe) be ahead of the game!

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

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.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Without a net this week, Mike and Greg spin the roulette wheel of comics topics and hit a few lucky numbers! First up is Heavy Metal, that magazine you’ve heard people say was really good a long time ago. Is it having a resurgance? Then comes Archie Comics, and how they are showing everyone else in comics how to give new spins on old characters (and yes, there’s some DC talk spilling out of that). But like the bouncing ball, we land on another positive topic: Stuart Immonen and the sliding scale of comic art abstraction. And what comics talk is complete without some apocryphal tales: did a well-known comic artist really dangle a DC editor out a window, Bud White-style? If so, which one? All that and lots 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. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

We keep things bite-sized this episode, just to mix things up. But that doesn’t mean we don’t give you something to think about the rest of the week. Like how lucky Mike is to be living in Philly, what the correlations between record shops and comic shops are and how one can learn from the other, and just how important it is having that oversized hardcover in pristine, lay-flat condition. Would you sacrifice your grandkids for it? We put that little ethical dilemma to the test, and explain why just that very scenario is happening as I type this.

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 9:47pm EST

The boys go without a net or a plan on this one, and the topics range pretty far and wide as a result. From Mike Allred’s criminally underrated Red Rocket 7, to James Harren’s return to BPRD, and whether or not certain creators should just be retired from certain awards categories (Todd Klein and Dave Stewart -- we’re looking at you!). All that, plus what exactly a graphic novel is and isn’t, thoughts on Darwyn Cooke’s newest Parker adaptation, and what combination of creators did Dynamite put on a book to finally get Mike to consider picking it up. The answer may surprise you! (Not if you’ve been checking the news on Multiversity Comics like we tell you, because they covered it there, but you should still listen to hear Mike talk about it!)

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:Open Discussion -- posted at: 5:47pm EST

Robots From Tomorrow is back from New York Comic Con and ready to bring you, the listener, the inside scoop on one of the largest comic conventions in the country! And not without personal risk, as Mike battles through a delayed “con crud” reaction that Greg managed to somehow avoid (possibly due to his junk-food-fortified constitution). But that won’t stop you from getting to hear about the Image/Mutliversity party, talking with industry giant Mike Richardson, just where the hell the DC booth was (spoiler: not at NYCC), how to plan your activities effectively, and so many other things. Shouts are outed, and news items from IDW, Archie, Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel are discussed. Couldn’t make it to the show? Spend an hour with us and you’ll feel like you were there all four days (without the “con crud”)!

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 6:51pm EST

Today's episode takes Mike and Greg across all manner of comics! The discussion starts of with Francesco Francavilla's Black Beetle. This story is a true artistic accomplishment, but does story take a backseat to visuals? From there the talk shifts toward the newly solicited Battle of the Atom hardcover. It carries a heavy pricetag, and the guys ponder whether or not the second-act storytelling is worth the cost of admission. To wind things down, the conversation turns towards Francis Manapaul and Brian Buccellato's departure from The Flash. After such an impressive run, will DC hand the title off to? And what really keeps us reading a title: the characters or the creators?

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 10:57pm EST

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