Robots From Tomorrow! (open discussion)

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