0:01-4:27: Greetings! Remember when talking about the weather was a pleasant form of inoffensive chitchat as opposed to a worried check-in to make sure the other person is safe and not boiled alive? Sadly, even if you do, get ready for the latter as we hear about Graeme’s two weeks in the boiling kettle of the Pacific Northwest!
4:27-18:58: Part of the challenge of the heat is working in it, and it’s especially two weeks when the last two weeks for Graeme have been: his story on Substack, and the announcement (and then un-announcement) of Image Comics intending to publish new issues of Fell by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith. Graeme brings us up to speed on the weirdness in front of—and behind—the scenes!
18:58-31:39: And Jeff has news to report, too! (Although please ignore him saying “showhorn” instead of “shoehorn.” Not quite sure what he was thinking there.). Azuki is a new streaming manga service that offer the latest chapters of officially licensed manga…and for a monthly fee of $4.99, you can get access to the previous chapters. Jeff talks more about it and his cautious hopes for the service.
31:39-37:00: And more news: with Nick Spencer departing, Amazing Spider-Man is bringing back Ben Reilly and the Brand New Day multiple creative teams/high publishing frequency approach with Spider-Man: Beyond, written by head writer Zeb Wells, Kelly Thompson, Saladin Ahmed, Cody Ziegler and Patrick Gleason (who is also doing double duty as artist, along with Sara Pichelli and Michael Dowling (with Art Adams on covers)).
37:00-56:30: Also discussed: the upcoming Avengers storyline World War She-Hulk? With the debut of…The Winter Hulk?! That leads us to talk about hopping off the preview train with a surprisingly long talk about our respective tenures writing preview copy for the Comix Experience newsletter back in the day…worth listening to for Graeme’s hilariously dead-on recreation of an Image solicit.
56:30-1:00:35: Numbers about the state of the comics industry are out at ICv2 and they are a welcome surprise!
1:00:35-1:19:01: But, you know, would a truly healthy comics industry produce Spawn’s Universe #1? And have it apparently sell hundreds of thousands of copies? Graeme reviewed it for Polygon and wants to lure Jeff into talking about it by pretending that Jeff is some kind of expert about the character (or likes Spawn, even) which is…a dicey proposition. Nonetheless, we do talk Spawn’s Universe #1!
1:19:01-1:38:14: What else have we been reading, you may wonder? Graeme talks about reading Steve McManus’s The Mighty One: My Life Inside The Nerve Centre, his memoirs that include editing 2000 A.D. during its golden age. Graeme has also read Geiger by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank and wants to revisit the topic with Jeff—it’s a big of a dog’s breakfast because it takes a while to determine we’ve both read issue #1, Graeme has read a preview of issue #4 (which Jeff hasn’t) while Jeff has read issues #2 and #3 (which Graeme hasn’t). Who says this isn’t the Wait, What? Age of Comic Book Befuddlement?
1:38:14-2:05:30: Jeff has read: The Mystery of The Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel by Ryan North and Derek Charm! Drowning Love by George Asakuara! Please Put Them On, Takamine-san by Yuichi Hiiragi! Can you guess which book Graeme refuses to exist before he does? Also discussed: Tenet, Below Decks, The Lady in the Van, The Kid Detective, and more.
2:05:30-end: Closing Comments! Oh, but fortunately some things never change: look for us on Stitcher! Itunes! Instagram! Twitter together and separately: Graeme and Jeff! Tumblr, and on Patreon where a wonderful group of people make this all possible, including Empress Audrey, Queen of the Galaxy, to whom we are especially grateful for her continuing support of this podcast.
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