Robots From Tomorrow! (open discussion)

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 alongside 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 Multiversity cohorts (Multiversians?) Brian Salvatore and James Johnston into an impromptu 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 your funny books.

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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT

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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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

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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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Without a net this week, the lads 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 resurgence? 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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Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

The lads keep things bite-sized this episode just to mix things up. But that doesn’t mean they 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 having that oversized hardcover in pristine, lay-flat condition really is. 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 you read 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 EDT

The boys go without a net or a plan on this one, and the topics range pretty far and wide as a result. From Mike Allred’s criminally underrated Red Rocket 7, to James Harren’s return to B.P.R.D., and whether or not certain creators should just be retired from certain awards categories (Todd Klein and Dave Stewart -- we’re looking at you!).

All that, plus what exactly a graphic novel is and isn’t, thoughts on Darwyn Cooke’s newest Parker adaptation, and what combination of creators did Dynamite put on a book to finally get Mike to consider picking it up. The answer may surprise you! (Not if you’ve been checking the news on Multiversity Comics like we tell you, because they covered it there, but you should still listen to hear Mike talk about it!)

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: 5:47pm EDT

The lads are back from New York Comic Con and ready to bring you, the listener, the inside scoop on one of the largest comic conventions in the country! And not without personal risk, as Mike battles through a delayed “con crud” reaction that Greg managed to somehow avoid (possibly due to his junk-food-fortified constitution).

But that won’t stop you from getting to hear about the Image/ Multiversity party, talking with industry giant Mike Richardson, just where the hell the DC booth was (spoiler: not at NYCC), how to plan your activities effectively, and so many other things. Shouts are outed, and news items from IDW, Archie, Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel are discussed.

Couldn’t make it to the show? Spend an hour with us and you’ll feel like you were there all four days (without the “con crud”)!

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: 6:51pm EDT

Today's episode takes Mike and Greg across all manner of comics! The discussion starts of with Francesco Francavilla's Black Beetle. This story is a true artistic accomplishment, but does story take a backseat to visuals? From there the talk shifts toward the newly solicited X-Men: Battle of the Atom hardcover. It carries a heavy pricetag, and the guys ponder whether or not the second-act storytelling is worth the cost of admission. To wind things down, the conversation turns towards Francis Manapaul and Brian Buccellato's departure from The Flash. After such an impressive run, will DC hand the title off to? And what really keeps us reading a title: the characters or the creators?

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: 10:57pm EDT