Robots From Tomorrow!

For the first of two episodes featuring content from HeroesCon 2015, Greg managed to put together an interview trifecta featuring Corin (Batmite) Howell, Christopher (High Crimes) Sebela, and Frank J. (Five Ghosts) Barbiere. The talks cover new books, old favorites, a beloved 80's action film, artist communes, teaching what you're preaching, and more. One artist, two writers, three great conversations from North Carolina to your ears via the magic of the internet.

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:Interview -- posted at: 2:33am EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, June 24, 2015
Mike- 8house Arclight #1 & Eric Powell’s The Goon Chinatown Artist Ed
Greg- Satellite Sam #15 & G0dland Celestial Edition vol. 3

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:Pull List -- posted at: 6:06pm EDT

Between self-publishing and small-press publishing is a place where a lot of talented cartoonists are finding themselves. Too big for one but not big enough for another, they can find themselves without a solid foundation to send their work off from to the larger readership. But luckily, one of those cartoonists decided it was time to do something about that. Mike & Greg take a look at several 2015 releases from Box Brown’s Retrofit Comics (“An Entity Observes All Things”, “Ink for Beginners”, and “Mowgli’s Mirror”) as they shine the RFT spotlight on Retrofit Comics as a publisher. What’s their angle? How can you find their books? Why was their release of “Prison Planet” #7 so controversial? Given their size and roster, what can they give you that Marvel or DC can’t? All that, plus what it’s like to have a timeshare in independent comics, just how likely Greg is to get a tattoo, 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:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, June 17, 2015
Mike- Dr Fate #1 & Lazarus #17
Greg- Judge Dredd Megazine #361 & Astronauts in Trouble #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

200 episodes! Great Googily-Moogily! Surely the lads have a star-studded anniversary extravaganza planned, yes? Well, not quite. Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so instead it’s time to gaze into the tomorrow of August 2015 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. (You don't get to 200 episodes in less than two years by deviating too much from the schedule...) Luke Cage punches the ocean! Gallery Editions from P. Craig Russell AND Stan Sakai! The Bozz Chronicles! Prez! Ducks galore! Hip-Hop Family Trees! My Hero Academia (plus some other Shonen Jump talk)! Breathtaker! Two Brothers! DC HC/DVD! March Grand Prix! Smart choices for The Usual Gang of Idiots! Plus, how comics fan can live in Okinawa for three years and know less about manga than a fan who never left the East Coast, which Dynamite book is Mike recommending, what DC move gives Greg all the feels, and so 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:Previews -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, June 10, 2015
Mike- 21st Century Tank Girl #1 & Blubber #1
Greg- Absolute Transmetroplitan vol. 1 & Section 8 #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

Godzilla meets OZ. That's the basic premise behind Zander Cannon's new Oni Press series "Kaijumax", and one that has hooked hordes of new readers to the book. But even that high-concept punch doesn't really prepare you for just how good this book is, which is why Greg made a point to sit down with Zander for this conversation about the book, his approach, and the different elements and aspects that went into its development. What brought the series to Oni Press? How does the book represent a new way of working for him? What was it like working as a layout artist on such books as "Top 10" and "JLA"? What kind of reception has "Kaijumax" received since it launched in April? The answers to all those questions and many more are only a mouse click or finger tap 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:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, June 3, 2015
Mike- The Complete Pistolwhip & B.P.R.D. 1946 - 1948
Greg- Bizarro #1 & Airboy #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

The Man Without Fear is riding a new wave of popularity thanks to having a hit Netflix show under his belt, so Mike & Greg turn their heightened comic senses on one of, if not THE, seminal story about Matt Murdock: Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli's 'Born Again'. From singles to digital to trade paperback to Artist Edition, this story is a comic booking master class no matter the format you experience it in. Process is dissected, context is given, praise is assigned and heaped, and hearts are broken when one host describes the Artist Edition to the other. But the Hornhead talk doesn't end there! The Netflix show gets its due! Not a complete love fest, but pretty close! Listen on to find out the boys' theories on Madame Gao, what we could look forward to in Seasons 2 & 3, how seeing the show affects reading the comic, which Miller comics make the Holy Trinity of his bibliography (and why), who hears who in their head for which character, why 'Born Again'-type stories rarely work as well with other characters, 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:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, May 27, 2015
Mike- You Don’t Say & Vacancy
Greg- The Batman Adventures vol. 2 & The Light & Darkness War

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:Pull List -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time to gaze into the tomorrow of July 2015 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. Alternative Comics (the publisher, not the category)! The Spirit! Island! Eisner Eisner Eisner! Oyster War! The Spire! Fante Bukowski! Secret Wars/Battleworld/Mass Hysteria! Dan Hipp covers galore! EC at IDW! Prez! Proust! The Divine! Mox Nox! Plus, why we are living in a comics golden era, the short line to connect Dean White to John Entwhistle, the Eisner podcasts you never knew you absolutely needed, who drew a Godzilla cover good enough to have Mike pick it over a Stokoe Godzilla cover, which creator did Greg unknowingly gender-swap, how Image even reinvents how it solicits books in Previews, when the hell did Gabriel Hardman have time to draw a 96-page OGN, which picks wouldn’t even have been considered for Previews inclusion on a few years prior, and so 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:Previews -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, May 20, 2015
Mike- Apocalyptigirl: An Aria For the End Times & B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #131
Greg- Usagi Yojimbo #145 & Shutter #12

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:Pull List -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

When you think about cartoonist journalists, the first (and probably only) name that comes to mind is almost always Joe Sacco. And for good reason, because the man has been using his cartoonist skills in the service of in-depth reporting for over 20 years. This week, Mike & Greg take a look at “Journalism”, a collection of his shorter reports over a 10-year period from such assignments as Iraq, The Hague, Gaza, India, Malta, and the Caucasus. It’s a 200-page hardcover that provokes more thought and questions in that page count than most OGNs at twice the size. The lads try and come at them from a few different angles, ranging from Sacco’s cartooning chops, how objective a reporter like Sacco can (or should) be, what advantages cartooning has over more naturalistic means of capturing information, why color should or shouldn’t be used in Sacco’s work, who influenced him, and much much more on 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:Book Discussion -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, May 13, 2015
Mike- Harrow County #1 & Secret Wars #2
Greg- Mythic #1 & Injection #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

We’ve got another double interview episode for you today. 

First up is a talk with Joseph Phillip Illidge. Joe was on the show previously with artist & creative collaborator Shawn Martinbrough. but he joins us solo today to talk about his current weekly column The Mission over at Comic Book Resources. Joe doesn’t shy away from giving his readers an honest take on issues of diversity and other voices in comics, and its that kind of discussion that made me want to have him back on the show. He also gives us some insight into what it was like being an editor in the trenches at both DC and Archaia, and how that experience has changed his own writing on projects like his upcoming original graphic novel with Martinbrough and artist Grey Williamson called “The Ren”. So a little looking back and a little looking forward in this one.   

Then we bring in writer Chris Miskiewicz and artist Palle Schmidt to talk about their recently concluded Boom! miniseries Thomas Alsop, which just saw the release of its first trade paperback last week. You’d think a story about a reality-show-starring magician struggling to protect Manhattan from various mystical evils would be complete fiction, but I assure you that there’s more truth in this book than you would think possible. Separated by the Atlantic Ocean but joined by a desire to make awesome comics (and the one night of drunken debauchery that forged their creative alliance), these two are a team to watch out for.

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:Interview -- posted at: 1:03am EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, May 6, 2015
Mike- Rocket Girl #6 & Amazing Spider-Man #18
Greg- Usagi Yojimbo:Senso & Secret Wars #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! Today the guys are dishing out a special episode focusing on some of the goodies that will be available from your local comic shop as part of this year's Free Comic Book Day. 

Picks for Free Comic Book Day 2015
Mike- TMNT: Prelude To Vengeance & Street Fighter Super Combo
Greg- March Grand Prix & Avatar: Last of Airbender

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:Pull List -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

“The death-stench creeps.” “There’s something rotten in Okinawa.” These cover blurbs from today’s book discussion subject should tell you that we’re not talking sweetness and light this week. Mike & Greg go fishing with horror master Junji Ito and the brand-new hardcover collection of his 2001-2002 horror story “Gyo”. How terrifying can a horror story about fish be if 99% of it takes place on land? Ito’s got that covered. Serving up a tale equal parts dread and nihilism, Ito knows what buttons to push in his readers to be effective as a horror master, and he jams them hard here. Find out who Ito took cues from and used as a benchmark to surpass in his story, what the difference is between shonen and seinen manga, how similar “Gyo”’s adaptation into other media is to “Watchmen”’s translation, why a circus can be scarier than a great white shark, which things make the human mind flash ‘DOES NOT COMPUTE’, and much 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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Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, April 29, 2015
Mike- Fantastic Four #645 & Resident Alien Sam Hain Mystery #0
Greg- Batman #40 & Convergence: Shazam #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

We have two interviews for you today; separated by years but united by the common thread of Hollywood and comics. But not comic book movies so much as comics from movie people.

First up is Greg's talk with actor/director/comedian/writer Dan Fogler. You'll recognize Dan from "Balls of Fury", "Fanboys", "Take Me Home Tonight", "Hannibal", or "Secrets & Lies", but what you might not know about Dan is that he's written some comics as well. Two volumes of "Moon Lake" have been released by Archaia so far, but he's currently Kickstarting his new project, "Brooklyn Gladiator". They talked about that, what books Dan is currently reading (and there are a LOT of them), what it's like being behind the camera as well as in front of it, and more. Dan also tells just who he passed a joint to at the SNL 40th Anniversary Party, so this one's got something for everyone.

If that wasn't enough for you, then Greg's unearthed 2013 talk with writer/director Chad Crawford Kinkle should do the trick. This interview, presumed lost in a hard drive crash, has him talking with Chad about the filmmaker's then-current indie horror movie "Jug Face". Chad lifts the curtain on what goes in to making a film on a reduced budget that still delivers big budget entertainment. They also talk about Chad's comic work, including his graphic novel "Harpe", about the two brothers who were America's first serial killers...back in the 18th century! Greg and Chad talk horror in all forms, 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:Interview -- posted at: 12:52am EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, April 22, 2015
Mike- Uncle Scrooge #1 & Lazarus #16
Greg- Hulk: Future Imperfect & Convergence: Swamp Thing #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

It wasn't their first creative partnership, or even their first long-form work together, but when comic fans think of the book they first noticed how good Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips worked together, they almost always think of "Criminal". With the series now at Image Comics and being rereleased in new trade paperback collections, Mike & Greg take this opportunity to look at the duo's opening storyline: 'Coward'. What does it and the series as a whole know about crime fiction that so many imitators seem to miss? How does it stack up against the Eisner-winning sixth volume "The Last of the Innocent"? Where did the Brubaker/Archie connection first pop up? Why did the duo announce their exclusivity to Image? Who's the best colorist in their crew: Val Staples, Dave Stewart, or Elizabeth Breitweiser? All that and much much more about the whole world of Phillips and Brubaker is ready for your ears on 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:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, April 15, 2015
Mike- B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #130 & Runlovekill #1
Greg- Batman: Mad Love - Deluxe Edition & The Fox: Fox Hunt #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time to gaze into the tomorrow of June 2015 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. Surprise offerings from American Gothic Press & Andrews McMeel! Archie #1! Strange Fruit! Junji Ito! Mike Zeck Artist Edition! Universal War One! Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service! Airboy! 8House! Toth’s Bravo for Adventure! Pope Hats! Magnetic Press! Humanoids! DC LOVE! Plus, the lads share cat manga series recommendations (that’s right, Greg has a manga recommendation for Mike), pondering about what could fish for children with a lollipop on the end of a line, heartfelt love for a surprisingly large chunk of DC’s post-Convergence output, why Adhouse Books is feared among artists having to table across from them at shows, multiple entries for Jeff Lemire & Tom Scioli product, why Secret Wars blew open the doors to Marvel’s vault of weirdness, which one of the hosts is really Jaimie Hewlett, and so much more is just a click/tap/swipe/press/whathaveyou 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:Previews -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, April 8, 2015
Mike- Filth Deluxe Edition & Abe Sapien #22
Greg- Kaijumax #1 & Orion by Walt Simonson

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:Pull List -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Terry Gilliam calls him a god. Entire generations were taught the importance and power of satire by his examples. The highest honor FOR comics professional voted on exclusively BY comics professionals takes its name from him. His name was Harvey Kurtzman, and in 1959 he published “Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book”, a collection of short comic tales intended for the mainstream adult readership almost 15 years before Will Eisner did likewise with “A Contract With God”. Unlike “Contract”, “Jungle Book” landed with a thud of epic proportions. So why are Mike & Greg talking about it today? Why is pure Kurtzman the best Kurtzman when you have artists like Wally Wood, Will Elder, and the like to bring his ideas to life? With all the accolades he achieved, is Kurtzman still underrated? Does “Jungle Book” still hold up almost 60 years later? Learn what brought Kurtzman from EC Comics to Ballantine Books, what did Frank Miller admitted helped him shamelessly steal from Will Eisner in his “Daredevil” run, how does “Jungle Book” stack up against “Comic Book Comix”, an earlier Dark Horse/Kitchen Sink release, and tons 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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Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, April 1, 2015
Mike- Gyo Deluxe Edition & Donald Duck Vol. 2: Sheriff of Bullet Valley
Greg- No Mercy #1 & Avengers: Ultron Forever #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_178_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 10:43pm EDT

When you go into the same field as a successful parent, there are inevitably going to be comparisons about how you measure up to their accomplishments. When you're Brennan Wagner and that parent is Matt Wagner, the accomplishments you're measuring up against are numerous. But Brennan hasn't let that stop him. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone dealing with it with more grace and humor than Brennan. Greg got a chance to finally talk to Brennan about not only his current work on the "Django/Zorro" series written by his father and drawn by Esteve Polls, but what it was like growing up in a family that also included just-retired legendary editor Diana Schutz and editor at Legendary (and Dark Horse, Oni, DC...) Bob Shreck! Brennan drops some truth bombs about being a colorist in this industry, just how many Eisners Dave Stewart has, his own art preferences and influences, and the joys of home-cooked meats. All that and more on today'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:Interview -- posted at: 7:30pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 25, 2015
Mike- Murder Book & Skullkickers #31
Greg- Pastaways #1 & Adventures of Superman vol. 3

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:Pull List -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

Can we ever go home again? It's a question so many creators ask themselves when they revisit work from their earlier days. Mike & Greg take a look at how Toriyama has cracked that particular code with "Jaco", a book that touches on several themes and tones from the manga-ka's early "Dragon Ball" days while still letting him bring his mastery of craft to bear. A funny, adventurous romp, the titular Jaco is a super elite Galactic Patrolman sent to Earth to await the coming of a terrible monster… but he manages to sideswipe the Moon on his way in and crashes next to a small island. Maybe 'super elite' is supposed to be ironic? Find out why "Jaco" is a wonderful standalone manga story with subtle ties to Toriyama's later works, what manga tropes the cartoonist manages to celebrate and subvert simultaneously, how 'adorable' is a perfect descriptive for this book, which Neal Adams work gets compared to "Jaco", and a whole lot 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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Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 18, 2015
Mike- Frankenstein Underground #1 & Strange Sports Stories #1
Greg- Invisible Republic #1 & ACE Magazine #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time to gaze into the tomorrow of May 2015 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. Russian Olive to Red King! Archie 666! Optic Nerve! Mythic! Annihilator! Exquisite Corpse! Peanuts Comics From Titan?!? Providence! GOON ARTIST EDITION!!! Rick Geary's XXth Century Murder! Valhalla Mad! Alternative/Study Group Comics (Titan, It Will All Hurt, Secret Voice)! Harrow County! Creepy Presents Alex Toth! Strange Sports Stories! Sex! You Don't Say! Plus, applying sabremetrics to comic company staffing, a good place to jump on the Adrian Tomine train, Marie Severin brandishing a katana with gleefully deadly intent, and positive vibes and all the feels for Marvel's Secret Wars. All that and the usual truckload of goodness is just a tap/click/press/swipe/whathaveyou 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:Previews -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 11, 2015
Mike- Humans Vol. 1: Humans For Life & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44
Greg- Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Return #1 & Ragnarok #4

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:Pull List -- posted at: 6:47pm EDT

Thirty-eight years of continuous weekly publication has given Judge Dredd fans a huge back catalog of stories to choose from. Mike & Greg flex some Multiver-City One muscles in this episode and take an in-depth look at 'America', the shattering tale by Dredd co-creator John Wagner and artist Colin MacNeil that makes absolutely clear what separates Dredd from other comics action heroes. What makes it Wagner's personal favorite and the top of so many "Best of Dredd" lists? How accessible is it to new readers? Are the sequels (1996's 'Fading of the Light' and 2006's 'Cadet') any good? Why isn't Colin MacNeil a bigger name? Who was Victor Jara? What does an apology from Judge Dredd sound like, and what do you have to do to get one? All that and tons 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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Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 4, 2015
Mike- Halogen #1 & Shaolin Cowboy HC
Greg- Descender #1 & The Avengers by Busiek and Perez Omnibus vol. 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

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 EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 25, 2015
Mike- TMNT Mutanimals #1 & Hinges Book 1: Clockwork City
Greg- Criminal Special Edition & Black Hood #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Although 1993 was not far into the decade, the year "Marvels" was published in some ways saw the peak of its legendary excess: gimmick covers, spinoff glut, character assassinating revamps, and enough grit & grime to block out the sun. But in the middle of all that came a small 4-issue period piece miniseries, from a writer no one cared about and an artist no one knew, with a clarity that rang through the clamor. Mike & Greg take a long look at that Busiek/Ross work, as well as the 2007 followup "Eye of the Camera", to see if it still holds up over 20 years later. What makes that miniseries so unique, even among other stories like "Kingdom Come" or "Earth X"? What does Alex Ross not get enough credit for? What happened to the originally planned "Marvels II"? If someone ripped a gash in the Rocky Mountains the size of the Grand Canyon, and then fixed it on live TV, would anybody care? What simple suggestion did Tom DeFalco make to Busiek that crystallized the whole story for him? 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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Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 18, 2015
Mike- Rumble #3 & Dark Horse Presents #7
Greg- Scalped Deluxe Edition vol. 1 & EI8HT #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:42pm EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time to gaze into the tomorrow of April 2015 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. Kaijumax! The Oven! Luna 1! No Mercy! Artist versus Artisan! Taschen and more Taschen! Resident Alien! Every single issue of DC's Convergence event (yep, we go there)! The Kurdles! Last of the Sandwalkers! Mega Man AND Sonic -- colliding! Last of the Sandwalkers! The Hero! Runlovekill (more like RunloveBUY)! Plus, Greg tries to explain the post-Crisis Origin of the Matrix Supergirl, while Mike drops a bomb about the Dwayne McDuffie/Gil Kane/Ernie Colon comic series you never knew existed! All that and the usual truckload of goodness is just a tap/click/press/swipe/whathaveyou 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:Previews -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 11, 2015
Mike- Wilds End #6 & Amazing Spider-Man #14
Greg- Divinity #1 & DC: The New Frontier Deluxe Edition

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:Pull List -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

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 EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 4, 2015
Mike- The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #1 & Nameless #1
Greg- John Byrne's Next Men Omnibus vol. 1 & Miracleman #15

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:Pull List -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

This week's episode swings the pendulum back in a more mainstream direction by taking aim at a Jim Starlin Big Two cosmic event book with an oddball collection of heroes and a Machiavellian manipulator at the center of things. "Infinity Gauntlet"? Nope! "Cosmic Odyssey"! To make things even better, Mike and Greg are joined on this journey into mystery by Multiversity Comics' own DC expert Brian Salvatore! The lads leave few, if any, stones unturned in this look back at the Prestige Format miniseries from 1988. Come for the Starlin talk, stay for the Mignola discussion and tons of other interesting tidbits, like what are each of our #fourcomics picks, which artist showed Brian that superheroes didn't have to fit a certain artistic mold, why Batman plays the whole "don't use guns" and "don't kill" things pretty fast and loose in this series, how his relationship with Superman should be handled, and who turns out to be the character most affected by this series.

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:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, January 28, 2015
Mike- Saint Cole & Dying and the Dead #1
Greg- The Life Eaters & Casanova: Acetia #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time to gaze into the tomorrow of March 2015 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. Archie #666 (maybe?)! The Complete Eightball (possibly?)! Wuvable Oaf (definitely!)! The Light & Darkness War! Frankenstein Underground! Halogen! Giant Days! Angry Youth Comix! 60's Soul! The absolute gauntlet of new Image books (Chrononauts, Descender, Invisible Republic, Red One, and more)! Miami Vice Remixed! Find out what new Marvel Star Wars book actually cracks a smile on Mike's face, which 2000AD strip the gents think would make a good candidate for the next US-Format miniseries, why Dan Abnett is ten types of unappreciated, and if we should be worried that DC's Convergence is a death sentence for some burgeoning classics.

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:Previews -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, January 21, 2015
Mike- Lumberjanes #10
Greg- Flash Gordon #1 & March Book Two

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:Pull List -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

People often say there is a single line between fantasy and reality. But in Farel Dalrymple's "The Wrenchies", there are just as many lines between different realities as there are on the pages themselves. Described by Multiversity Comics' own Matthew Meylikhov as a book "about how damn great and powerful comic books are", Dalrymple's graphic novel is one part post-apocalyptic children's adventure, one part existential adult apocalypse, one part semiautobio, one part love letter to four-color stories, and one part alchemical x-factor. Each new reading brings as many questions as answers, but Mike and Greg take a stab at what Dalrymple is trying to say with Sherwood, Hollis, and the rest of the cast. Background is given, techniques are discussed, knowledge is dropped, and the unforgiving mistress that is watercolor is name-checked in this attempt to try and encapsulate what one of 2014's strongest OGN's means to its characters, its creator, and its audience.

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:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, January 14, 2015
Mike- Henshin & Boom Box 2014 Mix Tape
Greg- Star Wars #1 & The Flash vol. 4

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:Pull List -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

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

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, January 7, 2015
Mike- Jaco the Galactic Patrolman & Dungeon: Twilight Set
Greg- Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #6 & Spawn of Mars

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:Pull List -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 31, 2014
Mike- whatthingsdo.com & studygroupcomics.com
Greg- Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series & Norm Breyfogle's fundraiser

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:Pull List -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 24, 2014
Mike- Gotham By Midnight #2 & The Massive #30
Greg- Twilight

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:Pull List -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time to gaze into the tomorrow of February 2015 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. BOOM! More BOOM! Shaft! Saint Cole! Sweatshop! Scott Pilgrim! Elric! Anathema! Divinity! Rat God! Spider-Gwen! Suiciders! The Dark Knight Returns without color! The Tick (still blue)! The Untold History of Black Comic Books! Nameless! Mutanimals! Annihilator! The Humans! Miracleman! All that plus the gravitational pull of the Toys section & what Mike couldn't bear to not order from it, a quick Matt Baker tutorial, just who Image Comics is gunning for and what everyone else has in their arsenals to retaliate, 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.

Direct download: rft_151_mixdown.mp3
Category:Previews -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 17, 2014
Mike- Rumble #1 & Sheltered #15
Greg- Dark Horse Presents #5 & Transformers vs GI Joe vol. 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Pull List -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

P. Craig Russell has spent the better part of his career finding ways to make the operas he love truly sing as sequential art. In that regard, his 2002 adaptation of Wagner's Ring cycle is his magnum opus. Fourteen issues, over 400 pages, newly collected in one hardcover by Dark Horse, "The Ring of the Nibelung" shows Russell at his best adapting the four operas to comics' strengths while avoiding its weaknesses. Mike & Greg take a look at not only "The Ring" but Russell's career in general, and particularly the influence of his days inking Mike Mignola. Find out what common ground is shared by diehard opera and anime fans, which Marvel story Russell drew twice, why the days of inkers are most likely numbered, who adapted the Ring cycle to comics before Russell, how he was able to so successfully translate Wagner from the stage to the page, and a 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:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 10, 2014
Mike- Superman For All Seasons Deluxe Edition & Amazing Spider-Man #11
Greg- Corto Maltese vol. 1: Under the Sign of Capricorn & Shutter #7

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.

Direct download: rft_148_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 3:38pm EDT

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

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 3, 2014
Mike- Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1 & Essential Kurtzman Vol. 1: Jungle Book
Greg- Nightwing vol. 1: Bludhaven & Tooth & Claw #2

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:Pull List -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

"A gay Jew walks into a bar..."

Far from being the setup for a tasteless joke, this is actually the start of how the world was introduced to The Beatles. Brian Epstein, a gay Jewish man from Liverpool, saw the young band playing in a basement club and knew right then and there, before anyone else, that they had something to give to the whole world and that he was the man who make that happen.

Brian's story became the subject of The Fifth Beatle by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew Robinson, and Kyle Baker. This episode gave Greg the chance to follow up with Vivek from their talk last September, and go into further detail about the graphic novel, the film, and comics in general. Find out which cartoonist Vivek studied for guidance on turning music into comics, what an Indian father told him during his trip to Comic Con India in Hyderabad, the thing his historical mentor taught him not to do, which movie was the first Beatles biopic to have actual Beatles music, the comic that taught this only child what having brothers was like, and so 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:Interview -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 26, 2014
Mike- Hellboy Weird Tales & Lazarus #13
Greg- Arkwright Integral & Batman Beyond Universe #16

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:Pull List -- posted at: 6:18pm EDT

Straight from the pages of Eightball, or the 10th Anniversary Hardcover, or The Daniel Clowes Reader, or the silver screen, or a digital media device of your choosing is Daniel Clowes's Ghost World. This 80-page graphic novella (and film adaptation) succinctly captures two girls' transition from the certainty of sarcastic adolescence to the unforgiving uncertainty of young adulthood. Mike and Greg talk about Ghost World in both forms, touching on topics like how the work can be so specifically in one time but not feel slaved to it, why Zwigoff and Clowes made such a perfect partnership in getting this story to the screen, what chapter almost made Greg check out ot the book entirely, whether Christina Ricci was ever cast as Enid, the power of first influences and how they shape your perceptions going forward, Clowes' distillation of story into absolute essential bits, and much more. (No animals were or are ever harmed during the making of this podcast)

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:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

For today's episode Mike sat down with frequent collaborators Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich to talk about their upcoming series Lady Killer. Set in a mid-century America Lady Killer is the story of a modern woman who can have it all: the perfect house, the loving children, and the carreer as a hired assassin. Jamie and Joëlle talk about how this project came to be, the process behind writing characters with complex motivations, etiquite advice, and more. Lady killer is in this month's Previews and is now available for pre-order wherever comics are sold.

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:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 19, 2014
Mike- Prophet Strikefile #2 & B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #125
Greg- Multiversity Pax Americana & Fantastic Four #13

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.

Direct download: rft_141_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

Earl Tubb may not speak particularly softly, but the main character of the new Image series Southern Bastards ends up brandishing one hell of a stick after returning to his Alabama hometown to put family affairs in order. Jasons Latour and Aaron make this book one part Southern Gothic, one part Walking Tall (Joe Don Baker version), one part Lone Star, and all parts fantastic. Mike & Greg take swings, between talk of fried apple pie and confectionary delights, at trying to do justice to this book and its look at a Southern lifestyle at once mundane and terrifying. Find out what themes and traits this book shares with Aaron's classic series Scalped, as well as how to look at the work fourth dimensionally, the benefits of uncluttered plot progression, the differences between Europeans and Americans when looking at America, and what US town was nuked back in the 1960's (albeit ineptly).

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.

Direct download: rft_140_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Mutants. They are the first thing anyone thinks of when they hear the name Chris Claremont. And rightly so; the man wrote the X-Men for an 17-year unbroken stretch, and has returned to the characters several times, including his current run on the Nightcrawler ongoing series. We've even talked about his X-work on the show before.

But there's more to the man than mutants, and Exhibit A in that case is the re-release of The Black Dragon, his miniseries with artist John Bolton originally published by Epic Comics and now brought back into print from Titan Comics. Greg got the chance to talk with Chris about this book, his collaboration with Bolton on that book and others, his thoughts on Gambit and the news that the upcoming film was based on a treatment he wrote, why he still has things to contribute to comics, and so 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:Interview -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 12, 2014
Mike- TMNT Legends: Soul's Winter & Punkrockpaperscissors
Greg- Astro City #17 & The Red Star vol. 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_138_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time for a glimpse into the tomorrow of January 2015 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman! Archie through the decades! Mad Love! Murder Book! Ur! Ichabod Azrael! THE Multiversity! S.H.I.E.L.D.! Treasury of Mini Comics! Orion! The Michael Moorcock Library! World War X! March Book 2! All that, the usual suspects, and tons more is waiting for you as the fellas take a look into the post-Christmas comics landscape!

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:Previews -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Two great talks for you in one episode! First off, Greg talks with cartoonist Dean Haspiel about photographer/fumettist/creator Seth Kushner. Seth has been battling leukemia for the past year and has had his share of ups & downs, so Dean brings us up-to-date on how Seth is doing, what Seth has done that you should spend your time & attention on, and how you can help out Seth and his family

Following that, the show leaves the bounds of Earth and heads 22,000 miles (or 36,000 km) upwards to The Fuse, an orbiting power station and the setting for Antony Johnston's newest Image series. The Fuse #7 hits shelves today, and Antony tells Greg all about the series, what went into it, and more. The conversation goes in a few different directions after that, including which is the harder writer to adapt to comics (Alan Moore or William Shakespeare), how Antony became the only writer not named Greg Rucka to write a Queen & Country comic, whether or not he has been asked to write for 2000AD, and what NFL team he follows all the way over in the UK. All that and more is just one click away!

You can read the first issues of The Fuse and Wasteland for free at these links.

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

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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 5, 2014
Mike- Tooth & Claw #1 & Gotham Academy #2
Greg- Zenith: Phase One & Batman Adventures vol. 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_135_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT

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.

Direct download: rft_134_mixdown.mp3
Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, October 29, 2014
Mike- East of West: The World & Dredd: Uprise #1
Greg- Stray Bullets vol. 1: Innocence of Nihilism & Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade

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.

Direct download: rft_133_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

Unofficially labeled ‘The Nitnit Trilogy’, Charles Burns’ latest comics work finished this year with the publication of “Sugar Skull” following the release of “X’ed Out” in 2010 and “The Hive” in 2012. With all three volumes in hand, Mike and Greg take a look at the story both as a whole and as a collection of pieces from other sources. Burns’ inspiration for these books ranges from Herge’s TinTin to Silver Age romance comics with a healthy dosage of Burrough’s cut-up technique thrown in, and these factors plus many, many others come into play in this discussion. Find out who else besides Burns is carved onto Mike’s alt-cartoonist Mount Rushmore, what Greg thought the skeleton of the story was, where David Lynch fits into all this, what the fourth book in the trilogy is and where you can or can’t find it, and so 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.

Direct download: rft_132_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, October 22, 2014
Mike- Amazing Spider-Man #8 & Arkham Manor #1
Greg- Judge Dredd: Anderson: PSI Division #3 & Ronin Deluxe Edition

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.

Direct download: rft_131_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, October 15, 2014
Mike- BPRD Hell On Earth #124 & Batman and Robin #35
Greg- The Black Dragon & Usagi Yojimbo Saga vol. 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_129_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time for a glimpse into the tomorrow of December 2014. But this month, Mike & Greg have help! Multiversity Comics columnist and brother-in-arms Vince Ostrowski stops by to add a fresh perspective to the prospective purchases, and brings so much Midwest charm and comics expertise that they had to split this episode into two parts! McBain! Shaft! Plissken! Copra! Crossed! Cerebus! The Sculptor! Creeping Death From Neptune! Soppy: A Love Story! Boom Mix Tape 2014! 2000AD 2015! Mr. Fusion! Rumble! Shutter! New Frontier! And more! We talk about just what the hell is up with Stephanie Brown, why Vince’s love of DC’s future is a great thing, where his comprehensive re-read of all 700 issues of Amazing Spider-Man could lead, and what would make Alan Moore write Crossed; all that and tons more is just a click away!

This is part 2 of 2, picking up where we left off yesterday. This installment will bring us through the larger publishers in the front half of the catalog.

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.

Direct download: rft_128_mixdown.mp3
Category:Previews -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time for a glimpse into the tomorrow of December 2014. But this month, Mike & Greg have help! Multiversity Comics columnist and brother-in-arms Vince Ostrowski stops by to add a fresh perspective to the prospective purchases, and brings so much Midwest charm and comics expertise that they had to split this episode into two parts! McBain! Shaft! Plissken! Copra! Crossed! Cerebus! The Sculptor! Creeping Death From Neptune! Soppy: A Love Story! Boom Mix Tape 2014! 2000AD 2015! Mr. Fusion! Rumble! Shutter! New Frontier! And more! We talk about just what the hell is up with Stephanie Brown, why Vince’s love of DC’s future is a great thing, where his comprehensive re-read of all 700 issues of Amazing Spider-Man could lead, and what would make Alan Moore write Crossed; all that and tons more is just a click away!

This is part 1 of 2, covering the green section of previews. We'll be back tomorrow to tackle the front half of the catalog!

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.

Direct download: rft_127_mixdown.mp3
Category:Previews -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

For today's episode Mike sits down with artist Kody Chambelain to talk about his new series 'Punks'. Co-created with writer Josh Fialkov, 'Punks' is the tale of four friends who may or may not actually like each other and may or may not be in a band. For the look of the comic Kody is working entirely in collage, cutting up photos of guys in suits, bulldogs and Abe Lincoln, and scotch taping the different elements down to create a sequential story. The finished pages serve to enhance the surreal humor that makes up the tone of the comic. There's lots of process talk, which is great because there is nothing on the stands that looks like 'Punks'! Issue one hits stands today from Image 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_126_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, October 8, 2014
Mike- Wilds End #2 & Sabrina #1
Greg- Batgirl #35 & Blacksad: Amarillo

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.

Direct download: rft_125_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

In an RFT first, Mike & Greg follow up their talk about District 14 Season 1 with a new discussion about its sequel (Season 2) and companion book (The Fantastic Voyage of Lady Rozenbilt), also by the creative team of Pierre Gabus and Rommald Reutimann. But this time, mindful of the dangers of retreading old conversation, the boys add a new voice to the mix: Multiversity Comics Editor-in-Chief Matthew Meylikhov! Spoiler alert: if you liked the first book, you’ll love these new volumes. The trio talk about the necessity of showing unseen plot points, which D14 characters they would love to see in a Lady Rozenbilt-style spinoff, whether color helps or hurts the D14 universe, POV characters versus ensemble pieces, and tons 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.

Direct download: rft_124_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, October 1, 2014
Mike- Gotham Academy #1 & Masterplasty
Greg- Edgar Allan Poe Spirits of the Dead & Moon Knight vol. 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_123_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time for a glimpse into the tomorrow of November 2014 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. They spend a good 20 minutes talking about DC without trash-talking! (Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either!) The Far Side! Calvin & Hobbes! Peanuts! Ducks! Deep State! Django/Zorro! Stickleback! Capture Creatures! Over The Garden Wall! Tooth & Claw! Punkrockpaperscissors! Lazarus! The Humans! Evangelion! One Piece! Gotham Academy! Stephanie Brown as Robin? All that, the usual heavy-hitters, and more awaits you on this look into the future!

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.

Direct download: rft_122_mixdown.mp3
Category:Previews -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, September 24, 2014
Mike- Letter 44 #10 & Private Eye #8
Greg- Marvel Covers Artist Edition & Roche Limit #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_121_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

It's the week after Baltimore Comic Con and that means one thing: the Small Press Expo! Greg got a chance to hit the show for all three days and made it out of there with almost two hours worth of interviews. He got the chance to talk to: 

  • Matt Dembicki (XOC, Wild Ocean)
  • Joel Christian Gill (Strange Fruit, Tales of the Talented Tenth)
  • Josh O'Neill (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream)
  • Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, God Is Disappointed In You)
  • Joe Infurnari (The Bunker)
  • Kyle Starks (Sexcastle)
  • Joe Procopio (The Lost Art of Ray Willner)

You also get to hear the second half of the two-part chat with:

  • Chris Pyrate (Feral NYC)
  • Alejandro Bruzzese (Leave This Bright World)

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:Interview -- posted at: 2:28am EDT

For today's episode Mike is joined by writer John Arcudi to discuss his forthcoming Image book Rumble. John is known for his work on BPRD, The Creep and A God Somewhere, as well as working with some of the finest artists in comics today. Artist James Harren is joining John to help tell the tale of Rumble, which focuses on a scarecrow warrior who is past his prime, living in a city that also finds itself on the other side of greatness. John and James are two fantastic creators that, in my opinion, compliment each other's work wonderfully. I'm beyond excited for this series, and hopefully after hearing this you will be, too.

Rumble isn't John's only new series this month's previews brings news off. He'll also be launching Hellboy and the BPRD with Mike Mignola and Alex Maleev. We talk about all of this and more in this wide ranging discussion.

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.

Direct download: rft_119_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, September 17, 2014
Mike- Sugar Skull & Deadly Class #7
Greg- Shutter #6 & Multiversity #1.1

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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_118_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It's September in Baltimore and that means one thing: the Baltimore Comic Con! Greg got a chance to hit the show for all three days and made it out of there with almost two hours worth of interviews. He got the chance to talk to: 

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.

Direct download: rft_117_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 5:43am EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, September 10, 2014
Mike- Wilds End #1 & Edge of Spider-verse #1
Greg- The Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker Complete Collection & X-Men: Asgardian Wars

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.

Direct download: rft_116_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

We're rolling into Baltimore Comicon weekend with this double-shot of interviews! First up, Greg sits down with SPX video interviewers Rusty Rowley and Joe Mochove at a local Starbucks to get some insight on NEXT week's big comic event: the Small Press Expo.  Joe and Rusty have been involved with the show, from either side of the table, almost since its inception, so they have tons of stories to tell. Find out what comic creator Joe was repeatedly mistaken for, which editor almost took comics off Rusty's body with their teeth, just what the Sam Hill toe-shoes are, and why random bursts of chaos can turn good interviews into fantastic ones. Learn everything you need to know about SPX and more right here!

Following that, Greg got a chance to speak with Jorg Tittel about his graphic novel hitting shelves this week: Ricky Rouse Has A Gun. Described as Die Hard in a Chinese knockoff amusement park, Jorg gets a chance to play up some themes of cultural assimilation in between burst of gunfire and massive explosions. Talk then shifts over to the Ricky Rouse music video, Tittel's other film work, and what's next on the horizon for the writer/filmmaker. Spoiler alert: more 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_115_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, September 3, 2014
Mike- Jaybird & Annihilator #1
Greg- Grendel vs The Shadow #1 & Stumptown #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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_114_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

Mike leads this week’s subterranean expedition as he takes Greg and you through the twists and turns of NBM’s Dungeon series’ first volume. Created by the cartoonists Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim, Dungeon serves up a slice of sword-and-sorcery that is one part humor, one part satire, and all parts awesome. If it's good enough to help inspire Pendleton Ward's approach to Adventure Time, then it may just be worth your time! With its anthropomorphic duck protagonist, his skull-as-cod-piece-wearing dragon companion, and his sarcastic-and-demeaning talking belt Dungeon is a whirlwind of fantasy fantasticness. The conversation takes many twists and turns, including talk of Jonathan Hickman, Larry Marder, and Image Comics. Hidden treasure of a comic book nature is just one mouse click away 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.

Direct download: rft_113_mixdown.mp3
Category:Book Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, August 27, 2014
Mike- Love & Rockets: New Stories #7 & Jaegir
Greg- Genius #4 & Swampmen: Muck Monsters of 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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_112_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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.

Direct download: rft_111_mixdown.mp3
Category:Open Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, August 20, 2014
Mike- Dark Horse Presents #1 & B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #122
Greg- The Fade Out #1 & Supreme: Blue Rose #2

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:Pull List -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

Another Previews catalog showed up on their doorsteps, so it’s time for a glimpse into the tomorrow of October 2014 and see what catches Mike and Greg’s eyes. Punks! Batgirl! World Trigger! Original Quantum & Woody! The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow! A City of Fire and Whiskey! The Complete Eightball! Hero Annual/Liberty Annual/Thought Bubble Anthology! Batgirl (yes, again!)! Batman Adventures! Edge of Spider-Verse! Michael Zulli’s Ninja Turtles! David Mack’s Dream Logic! Harvey Kurtzmann’s Jungle Book! All that, the usual heavy-hitters, and more awaits you on this look into the future!

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:Previews -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode the guys have picked a couple of comics that will be 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, August 13, 2014
Mike- Dark Ages #1 & Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi Division #1
Greg- Flesh and Steel: Art of Russ Heath

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:Pull List -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

They say life is stranger than fiction, which is good because when cartoonists turn their attentions to telling stories about real life people and events, they have a lot of competition with all the universes of imaginary characters crowding the shelves. On today’s episode, the boys eschew the usual single-title spotlight to take a look at some OGNs that tell real stories in ways just as entertaining as their fictional counterparts:

     -SHACKLETON: ANTARCTIC ODYSSEY by Nick Bertozzi

     -THE HYPO by Noah Van Sciver

     -FEYNMAN by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick

     -BOXERS & SAINTS by Gene Luen Yang

     -WOMAN REBEL: THE MARGARET SANGER STORY by Peter Bagge

All those works plus some other non-fiction favorites show up in this discussion-slash-rumination on the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges comics creators face when trying to bring real life to the printed page.

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. Today's episode id brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode 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, August 6, 2014
Mike- Demon #1 (of 21) & Captain Victory and The Galactic Rangers #1
Greg- Ring of the Nibelung & Fury: My War Gone By

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. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: rft_106_mixdown.mp3
Category:Pull List -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

We usually follow up a spotlight episode with either a Previews exploration or a free-for-all. But this week is different because Jim Rugg himself stopped by our center-of-the-earth recording studio to drop some truth about Street Angel and his career.Jim is one of the most flat-out creative talents working in comics and design today, and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring you this wide-ranging conversation. His latest book is a re-release of his first published work: Street Angel. It's available from Ad House Books and finer comic shops everywhere.

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: 8:00pm EDT

Welcome to Robots From Tomorrow! For this episode 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, July 30, 2014
Mike- Low #1 & Mind Mgmt #24
Greg- Fatale #24 & Lazarus vol. 2

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:Pull List -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT