Robots From Tomorrow!

We end up talking about street gangs from both sides of the Atlantic in this episode. An off-air chat about Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterpiece spills onto the show as a prelude to our upcoming Akira talk. The 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray with DVDs included and all possible language combinations available is out, and you should buy it! Start reading and watching now, because our Akira talk is coming! But before that happens, we go from Neo-Toyko to New York/Jersey with Brendan Leach’s Pterodactyl Hunters in the Gilded City and Iron Bound. Both stories were given high marks by each host, but does Greg think Iron Bound is a step forward for Leach, or backwards? Does Mike convince him that a creator of Leach’s caliber does nothing without consideration, and therefore everything is intentional? That passion making squiggles of straight lines should be embraced? That Leach is a creator to keep an eye on right now and moving forward? (Spoiler for the last question: yes). 

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:Book Discussion -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hundred and second installment of the weekly Pull List series, the guys pick a couple of comics hitting shelves this week and talk about why they're excited to read them. Clocking in at around 15 minutes, this bite-sized audio nugget is the perfect companion for any Wednesday Warrior!

Picks for Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mike- Dead Body Road #1 & 2000 AD 2014
Greg- Parker’s SLAYGROUND & Lazarus #5

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:Pull List -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

Guy Adams is a writer who will be reintroducing a little know character to readers in this week's 2000 AD Prog 2014. Back in 1987 maniac-for-hire Ulysses Sweet appeared in the pages of the weekly British comics anthology 2000 AD. He made three appearances, all written by a young Grant Morrison, and then promptly disappeared (we ran said strips here, here and here). We talk to Guy about what it's like to dust off a character like that, as well as his transition from prose writing to comics.

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:Interview -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT

Before continuing the Marvel streak with a look at the original Wolverine limited series from 1982, Greg takes a minute to ask the listeners to consider helping out Stan (Usagi Yojimbo) Sakai and his wife Sharon in their time of need by contributing to the CAPS campaign/art auction set up for their benefit. That said, he and Mike launch into a discussion about the Claremont/Miller mini-series, having just revisited the work for the first time in years. Does it still hold up? What works? What doesn’t? Is Logan dancing a jig in a bar while holding a man five times his size over his head? It goes without saying that these four issues cemented in the eyes of an entire generation of readers what was cool about Wolverine, Marvel, and comics in general. But what unholy terror of shortcuts did this work unleash upon the superstar artists of the “future”? Plus, we compare/contrast Miller’s issues with the Paul Smith X-Men issues that immediately follow them. Why did Storm go punk so quickly? What did Claremont and Miller do completely backwards that worked out so well? And why did a series literally built on evolution stop evolving so long ago, and who’s to blame?

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.

Direct download: rft_ep_7_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 9:31pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hundred and first installment of the weekly Pull List series, the guys pick a couple of comics hitting shelves this week and talk about why they're excited to read them. Clocking in at around 15 minutes, this bite-sized audio nugget is the perfect companion for any Wednesday Warrior!

Picks for Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Mike- Hellboy In Hell #5 & Prophet #41
Greg- COPRA #12 & Numbercruncher HC

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.

Direct download: pull_list_101_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 9:08pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hundredth installment of the weekly Pull List series, the guys pick a couple of comics hitting shelves this week and talk about why they're excited to read them. Clocking in at around 15 minutes, this bite-sized audio nugget is the perfect companion for any Wednesday Warrior!

Picks for Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Mike- Black Science #1 & Judge Dredd #13
Greg- Judge Dredd Classics #6 & G0dland Finale

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.

Direct download: pull_list_100_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

Having not yet reached his breaking point, THE HOUR COSMIC’s Brian Salvatore returns to the show and, like any good guest, brings with him a gift. Lo, there shall come a topic! Jonathan Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four: great comic magazine or The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine? Is it too soon to call for this series? What works and what doesn’t? And did Marvel drop the ball in continuing the title’s greatest (if you agree it’s there) with the run that followed Hickman’s? Brian throws down the (Infinity) gauntlet he got from the Council of Reeds for Mike and Greg. Are they up to the challenge?

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.

Direct download: rft_6_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the nintey-ninth installment of the weekly Pull List series, the guys pick a couple of comics hitting shelves this week and talk about why they're excited to read them. Clocking in at around 15 minutes, this bite-sized audio nugget is the perfect companion for any Wednesday Warrior!

Picks for Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Brian- Fifth Beatle : The Brian Epstein Story & Green Lantern: New Guardians #25
Mike- Maxx Maxximized #1 & Adventure Time #22
Greg- Dark Horse Presents #30

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.

Direct download: Pull_List_99_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 7:58pm EDT

This week we flip (and click) through the latest issue of Previews to see what’s coming up in January that you should keep an eye out for. Considering the magnitude of such a task, we asked THE HOUR COSMIC’s Brian Salvatore to stay a while and give us a hand. But before that, we run Brian through a gauntlet of questions about his show and Multiversity Comics in general, as this is the first time we’ve actually had, on the show, a representative of the website we recommend week in and week out. Hear his answers and see if we are able to make it through the comic industry’s catalog of wonders without stopping to pick the low-hanging fruit of controversy from a distinguishedly competitive publisher.

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:Previews -- posted at: 8:40pm EDT

With the release of Action Presidents #1 this week, we take this opportunity to bring you a chat with the creative team behind that book, as well as Action Philosophers, Comic Book Comics, and a whole host of other titles from publishers as diverse as Valiant, Marvel, IDW, and Clarkson Potter: Fred van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey! Greg managed to carve out some time from their busy schedules to talk past, present, and future with the duo. And since technical difficulties have presented this talk from being broadcast since its March 2013 recording, their future is our present! None of that pesky waiting around for stuff to happen....it already has! All manner of van Lente/Dunlavey work is discussed, including the aforementioned edu-tainment titles, as well as Ryan's cook book with vegetarian chef Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy) and, of course, Action Presidents! Bon appetit!

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:Interview -- posted at: 11:56pm EDT