Robots From Tomorrow! (open discussion)

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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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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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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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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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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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