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Love comic books and nerd culture? This is the podcast for you! Comic book and movie reviews as well as in depth discussion about the medium and community as a whole. In addition to talking all things nerdy, we always try to focus on the Comic Book Creator (s) as much as possible.

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November 3, 2019

Book Club: WE3

We3 is a three-issue American comic book mini-series by writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely, who describe its kinetic style as "Western Manga". It was published in 2004 by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, with a trade paperback released in 2005.

 

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October 6, 2019

Joker Review

Join us this week as we talk about a disturbing movie called JOKER.

"Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker"

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September 15, 2019

Book Club: Reborn

"Bonnie Black has no faith in an afterlife. Spending her last days in the stroke ward of a county hospital, she fears falling asleep in case she doesn't wake up.

When a final stroke ends her life, Bonnie is reborn in Adystria--a sci-fi fantasy world that's locked in a raging battle between good and evil. She's twenty-five again, there's a sword in her hand and she's ready to fight."

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September 3, 2019

Interview: MEZO Creator

MEZO is written by Tyler Chin-Tanner, art by Josh Zingerman, Colors by Doug Garbark, letters by Thomas Mauer, cover by Claudia Ianniciello The rise of the Tzalekuhl Empire disrupts the peace across the land of Mezo. When the conquest begins, a young girl named Kyma witnesses the death of her father, a tribal leader who refused to yield. As the solar eclipse nears, Kyma must unite the various tribes against an emperor determined to make them all kneel before his god or be sacrificed in his name.

 

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  • Matt Fritchman

    • December 1, 1975 (age 43)
    • Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Occupation: Writer
  • Notable Works:
    • Hawkeye
    • Sex Criminals
    • The Invincible Iron Man
    • The Immortal Iron Fist
    • Casanova
    • Uncanny X-Men
  • Awards
    • "Favourite Newcomer Writer" Eagle Award (2007 or 08)
    • Best new Series Eisner Award 2009 Invincible Iron Man
    • 2010 PEN Center USA Literary Award for "Outstanding Body of Work
    • 2014 Harvey Award
      • "Best Single Issue or Story" for Hawkeye #11, "Pizza Is My Business" (shared with David Aja and others).
      • "Best New Series" for Sex Criminals (shared with Chip Zdarsky)
    • 2014 Eisner Award
      • "Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)" for Hawkeye #11, "Pizza Is My Business" (shared with David Aja).[29]
      • "Best New Series" for Sex Criminals (shared with Chip Zdarsky)
    • 2016 Inkpot Award
  • Characters Created By
    • Phil Coulson earth 616
    • Crane Mother
    • Detroit Steel
    • Firebrand
    • Nick Fury Jr
    • Lady Gorgon
    • Praeter
    • Zeke Stane
  • The first comic he remembers buying was Batman #316 (Oct. 1979). Comic strips he enjoyed included Peanuts and Doonesbury.
  • He became a regular, weekly comic reader around the time that the 1985–86 DC Comics storyline "Crisis on Infinite Earths" ended, though he found that storyline too bizarre and impenetrable to a new reader; as a result, he gravitated toward Marvel Comics, finding Spider-Man to be his favorite, along with other books such as Star Wars and G.I. Joe.

1990’s

  • In the late 1990s Fraction worked as an employee at the Charlotte, North Carolina-based comics retailer Heroes Aren't Hard to Find, and participated on the Warren Ellis Forums under the username "Matt Fraction"

2000’s

  • He became known early in his career for his creator-owned work on The Five Fists of Science (2006) and Casanova, before taking on a number of assignments for Marvel Comics
  • 2006: Fraction teamed with Ed Brubaker for a run on Marvel's The Immortal Iron Fist.
  • The pair re-teamed on Uncanny X-Men for a short time, after which Fraction wrote the series solo until leaving it in 2011
  • He wrote The Mighty Thor and The Invincible Iron Man, the latter of which led to his consulting work on the set of the film Iron Man 2 (2010) and writing the Iron Man 2 video game that tied into that film sequel

2010’s

  • In 2011 Fraction wrote the Fear Itself limited series, which was the central part of the crossover storyline of the same name.
  • In December 2011 he revived the series The Defenders with artist Terry Dodson
  • August 2012 he started a new Hawkeye series with David Aja
  • part of Marvel NOW!, Fantastic Four was relaunched in November 2012 with the creative team of Fraction and artist Mark Bagley
    • spinoff series FF was produced by Fraction and artist Mike Allred
  • February 2013, he was named on IGN's list of "The Best Tweeters in Comics", which described him as "the premier comics Twitter personality.
  • 2013, Fraction and Chip Zdarsky co-created the Sex Criminals series for Image Comics
  • He and Christian Ward created the ODY-C series in 2014, a science-fiction retelling of the Odyssey with the characters' genders changed to women.

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Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

 

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June 9, 2019

Dark Phoenix Review

"This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own."

 

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Donny Cates

Born: Sept 14th 1984 Garland, Texas

Occupation: Writer

Notable Works:

  • Cosmic Ghost Rider
  • Babyteeth
  • God Country

Awards:

  • 2018 Best Limited Comic Series Golden Issue Cosmic Ghost Rider
  • 3 Diamond Gem awards

Cates studied sequential art at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

He then got an internship for Marvel Comics, working in the New York editorial office for their Ultimates line

His first title, Hunter Quaid, was published in Dark Horse's anthology, Dark Horse Presents

Link to the interview mentioned in the Podcast

https://www.comiccrusaders.com/family-man-an-interview-with-donny-cates/

Career

2010’s

  • Dark Horse Presents 2011 and 2014
  • Archer and Armstrong #25 2014
  • Unity 2013
  • He also wrote Buzzkill which was published by Dark Horse Comics in 2013.
    • Ruben is an unconventional superhero who gets his powers through the consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs. On one fateful day, facing a world-ending threat, Reuben drank so much that he blacked out. He saved the world...but he has no idea how or why. Now, he's in recovery, trying to get sober and piece together not only the events of the night in question, but the broken parts of his life as an alcoholic and an addict.
  • Ghost Fleet 2014 – 2015 7 issues
  • Captain America: Sam Wilson 2015
  • Captain America: Steve Rogers 2016
  • Interceptor 2016 5 issues
    • Poli has a mech suit and a mission. Weep has machine guns and a temper. Together they lead a band of freedom fighters on a planet populated exclusively by blood-sucking vampires. A planet called Earth. Donny Cates (Venom, God Country) and Dylan Burnett (Cosmic Ghost Rider, X-Force) bring you neon-drenched, blood-soaked, all-out vampire warfare. #DeathBeforeUndead
  • Star Trek 2016 and 2017
    • Waypoint
    • Deviations
  • God Country 2017
    • In GOD COUNTRY, readers meet Emmett Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia. Emmett isn't just a problem for his children—his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home—as well as the surrounding West Texas town—a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage.
    • An enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He's now the only man who can face these otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State... 
  • Atomahawk 2017
  • Babyteeth 2017
  • Redneck 2017
    • The Bowmans are VAMPIRES who have quietly run the local barbecue joint in their small town for years, living off cow's blood. Their peaceful coexistence ends as generations of hate, fear and bad blood bubble to the surface--making it impossible to separate man from monster!
  • Thanos Legacy 2018
  • Death of Inhumans 2018
  • Venom 2018
  • Web of Venom: Ve’Nam 2018
  • Doctor Strange 2018
    • Damnation
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2019
  • Web of Venom: Carnage Born

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This week we got the chance to interview W. Maxwell Prince writer of one of our favorite comics coming out currently Ice Cream Man. 

W. Maxwell Prince writes in Brooklyn and lives with his wife, daughter. He is the author of ONE WEEK IN THE LIBRARY, The Electric Sublime, and Judas: The Last Days. 

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This Week we interviewed part of the team working on a kickstarter book named Abigail.

We are Joined by Clifton (Creator, Writer) Brian (Colorist) and Philip (Cover Artist)

Here is a who, what, when and where.
 

Who: 
          This is a narrative that is going to follow eight chosen on their path to ascension and well past it, it is being told by Abigail. The characters are as follows: Abigail, Chris, Lilith, Astoria, Kyree, Craig, Jason and Rachel. If you would like to get to know these characters a little better there are bios at facebook.com/sacredchaoscomics.
 

What: 
          What happens in this narrative is a dark story (Sci-fi/Horror) of a virus that has been unleashed on our planet and the only way to survive is to bow before our new god who is the president. They have gotten their hands on immortal life and grant it only to the chosen that will follow every order given to them. It will also take you into the chosen’s present. It will tell you how they become ascended and become immortal to serve the almighty ones. The virus has had its time to change the earth as well and that is where missions for the ascended will take place.
 

When: 
          This is will tell you of what occurred in the past but mainly be told in the year 2106
 

Where: 
          This story takes place on Earth and in “Heaven”
 

     I was going to give a how but I seemed to already describe that in the "what" section haha. Hope you enjoy this description.

 

Kickstarter Link

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cliftonlewis/abigail-book-1?fbclid=IwAR2ne7MFHHR21d7x0XBrFTWxzn4SwAbTTFHriidwU5uirztXkiJgemQomWM

 

Clifton: " This is a Universe that has been living inside my mind for ten years, kicking and screaming to be set free. I always had the fear of failure crippling me to the point of not sharing this story. I have finally gotten over this fear though.
          I have finished writing the first book and currently have an amazing artist Thomas Machiyo working on the panels. Once that is complete it will be sent off to Bryan SilverBax for colors, lettering and fine tuning. I can not wait to achieve this goal and see how much everyone loves my creation."

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