Robots From Tomorrow! (open discussion)

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