Robots From Tomorrow!

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.

Direct download: rft_18_mixdown.mp3
Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

James Sime runs The Isotope Lounge, voted Best Comic Shop in San Francisco by the SF Bay Guardian for the last 11 years. He has a suit for every occasion (including under-the-hood auto maintenance) and, when combined with his distinctive electroshock pompadour, cuts the figure of a man engaged in the serious business of being the coolest dude in the room. Little Green Bag by the George Baker Selection has been known to start playing out of nowhere as James walks down a hallway. He once enrolled in and dropped out of a college simply to get the ID card so he could apply for a checking account. His early support and patronage helped give a boost to some of today's most successful comic creators, such as Robert Kirkman, Ed Brubaker, and Brian Wood, but he also packs just as much enthusiam into racking mini-comics on his shelves from creators as young as 7 years old. No one gets carded at the Isotope Lounge, because what they have on tap is comics for all ages, genders, and tastes. Greg went on location to talk to James, the Comic Pimp, in his element. The conversation covered the nature of 'cool', James' holistic approach to marrying brick & mortar retailing with digital sales, taking MorrisonCon from idea to once-in-a-lifetime event, reading his customers minds, and what surprises a guy who's been selling comics for over 13 years.

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 Little Green Bag by the George Baker Selection. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: James_Sime_03.04.14.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 4:40am EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hundred and fourteenth 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, March 5, 2014
Mike- Moon Knight #1 & Dragon Ball 3-in-1 Vol. 4
Greg- Veil #1 & Starlight #1

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_114_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

We go right from one in-depth look episode to another this week, as we set our sights on Paul Pope’s 100%. Published by Vertigo Comics in late 2002, this miniseries marked the end of one phase of Pope’s career and the beginning of the next. What brought about that transition, and how well does Pope’s future-tinged sci-fi hold up after almost 12 years? Just how bad-ass is John Workman, and why does his collaboration with Pope here show why he is a letterer of the first order? What part of the creation stage does Pope consider the most joyful? Find out all that and more as we try and wring 100% of the awesomeness from a work that has fighters, strippers, busboys, artists, first dates on orbiting satellites, and much 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. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_17_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:09am EDT

In his almost nine years behind the mic, John Siuntres has built Word Balloon into THE go-to podcast for long-form creator interviews. While almost all comic podcasters (us included) are coming into this medium from other fields, John brings nearly 30 years of broadcast journalism experience to his show. We have been big fans of John’s for a while now, and are thrilled and honored to bring you this chat we had with him. Find out what made John go from talking sports during the day to comics at night, who he thinks are the people to look out for to get the good interviews, and what creators he has on his “must get” list. We started John talking and held on for the ride; have a listen and find out where he took us!

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: john_siuntres_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hundred and thirteenth 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, February 26, 2014
Mike- Sheltered #7 & Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever #4
Greg- Fantastic Four #1 & Three #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.

Direct download: pull_list_113_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

When you’ve collected tons of awards and loads of critical acclaim for an all-ages adventure series like Bone, where do you go for a followup? If you’re Jeff Smith, you pop over to the next parallel world and come back with a hard-boiled sci-noir story like RASL. His 2008 series tells the story of Robert Johnson, ex-scientist and current dimension-hopping art thief, and is the subject of this week’s book club episode. We take an in-depth look at Smith’s career coming out of Bone, how the different iterations of RASL (original B&W or restored one-volume color HC) affect one’s possible enjoyment of the work, and what it means to be a cartoonist, something we have surprisingly different takes on. Oh, and we talk about the book itself, too. So slap on your t-suits and dial over to our specific parallel dimension for over an hour of talk on Jeff Smith’s RASL!

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_16_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode, the one hundred and twelfth 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, February 19, 2014
Mike- Comix Brew Kickstarter & 47 Ronin HC
Greg- Martian Manhunter v1 & Rogue Trooper #1

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_112_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

Today we welcome Michael Avon Oeming to the show! Michael is the co-creator and artist on titles like Mice Templar, Powers and Takio, as well as the writer and artist of The Victories. Last Saturday it was announced that he'll be launching a new series with long time collaborator Brian Bendis called The United States of Murder INC. This episode has lots of talk about creating characters, conspiracy theories, juggling work 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. Music is The Arsonist by The Extraordinaires. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: michael_avon_oeming_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

With the release of his Oni graphic novel this week, writer Chad Bowers stops by the subterranean recording lair to give us the pitch, answer some questions, and help us make heads and/or tails of comics hitting your comic shop this April. That’s right -- it’s another look into comics’ future a la Previews. But Chad not only ups the chances of you, the listener, hearing about something new and worth your time/money for April’s comics by about 1,000% (or so; I was told there’d be no math), but he also tells us who the template for Down Set Fight’s main character was, why Scott Kowalchuk is the perfect artist to bring this football-coated action crime goodie to life, and what he and co-writer Chris Sims have planned for another book of theirs hitting the digital stands this week: Subatomic Party Girls #3. We put Chad through the RFT gauntlet; does he make it out alive? Have a listen and find out! 

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_15_mixdown.mp3
Category:Previews -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT