Robots From Tomorrow! (open discussion)

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT