Robots From Tomorrow! (open discussion)

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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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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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