Comic Books Are Burning In Hell

This tim around, Sergeant Peepers and Eyeball Company pick up--sort of--right where they left off in episode 10: talking about 2000 AD! First up, Joe McCulloch gives us his secret origin as a reader of British weekly comics, which leads into everybody getting honest and frank about the comics that they just can't take seriously...because they LOVE EM TOO MUCH! That's right, friend: Matt can't get enough of newspaper comics, Tucker always finds himself nodding frantically whenever the subject of the 5 Years Later run on Legion of Super-Heroes comes up, while Chris thinks Dick Tracy is what all men should be, and become. And then Matt and Chris bond over Moon Mullins! But that's not all: now it's time to talk about Amulet. And man alive, do these guys like to talk about Amulet, even if they don't really like it that much at the end of the day. Along the way they talk about Flight. This one gets mean, people.

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This week, the crew is a man down, but that's no problem: there's a convention to talk about! That's right, this time around, Joe McCulloch, Matt Seneca and Chris Mautner are going to handle things news-a-roaming style, and the topic on display is the SPX convention, which they all attended, together, like a couple of Hardy Boys. SPOILERS: they had a nice time, and have nice things to say. The books! The panels! The room itself! It's all going well for everyone involved.

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This week the Comic Books Burn In Hell Action News Team--that's Chris "Muscles" Mautner, "Professor" Joe McCulloch, "Angry Matt" Seneca and Tucker "Chester" Stone--tear into the humor early, with jokes that will leave you in stitches. Thanks to the crew over at Hooded Utilitarian and their delightful anniversary month of hate, the subject of Geoff Johns once again rises up as a topic of conversation. Yay! It's yaytime, you guys! First up, Matt talks about him for a long time, and the other guys respond. Tucker responds with an anecdote about an old roommate! Then Joe gets into his love of Shako, the polar bear. And let me tell you: his love may sway you. Shako really is the best. Joe's love of Shako gives way to an affectionate discussion about 2000AD--nobody does it better! After that, the affection passes on to Raina Telgemier, whose book Drama is on its way to the same bestselling status as her previous book, Smile. Everybody likes the book. Happy ending for us all!

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In this week's examination of the comic book medium, Tucker Stone, Joe McCulloch, Matt Seneca and Chris Mautner open the door to controversy! Firstly, Tucker examines the difficulty inherent in medal refusal, and then Joe blows the doors off by opening the conversation to Chuck Forsman's End of the Fucking World, a comic that the entire crew has strong, positive feelings about. However, strong and positive does give way to conflicted feelings on the part of Matt, and you'll want to pay close attention to what he has to say. Publishing strategies! Then they talk about what should reach conclusion, industrially. Then Tucker disagrees with Matt. Then they move onto stuff they're really into that they wish was more easily available in the United States. Tucker doesn't participate in this part due to the fact that his response was delivered in a decidedly boring fashion which is why it was cut, and also because the cartoonist he talked about--that Boulet guy--is super easy to come by. Everybody else does though, and they have a whole crop of surprises to show off. Drink it up!

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This week, the crew consists of Matt Seneca, Joe McCulloch, Chris Mautner and Tucker Stone--the whole banana! First up, Matt talks about his vacation for a bit, and that gets Joe chiming in about art restoration. Matt reveals the existence of a NEW school of cartooning, and then its time to talk about comics: firstly, The Making Of, by Brecht Evens. In an interesting moment of synchronicity, the conversation seamlessly transitions into a discussion of Dave Sim, and the conclusion of his series Glamourpuss. After Glamourpuss, Chris gives a rundown on another bittersweet comics conclusion: that of Cul De Sac. And then the episode ends, with nary a bright spot. It's just a big old Debbie Downer!

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This week sees 75% of the squadron alternate between whom misses Matt Seneca more. Thankfully for those of you with little stomach for tears, Tucker Stone, Joe McCulloch and Chris Mautner are able to find time amidst rending their flesh to have a quick chat about Miracleman, which gets used as a surprise introduction to this episode's prize pig of a conversation: Joe Daly's absolutely wonderful Dungeon Quest. To maintain their credentials with the country of their birth, this discussion is followed by a close reading of Batman Earth One and the work of Geoff Johns. Then, it's time to talk about the underbelly of America: when Judge Dredd saw his adventures conjured up by DC Comics. To close it out, they get into James Stokoe's Godzilla comics. And then the episode ends!

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This week, Joe McCulloch, Chris Mautner and Tucker Stone (Matt Seneca is still on vacation) zero in on manga, first opening with Tucker's bizarrely out of proportion complaints regarding mega popular manga Gantz, and then leading into Chris and Joe discussing Bakuman. Bakuman? Oh yeah, you read that correctly: and of course, that leads into the conversation of art versus commerce, which is when the crew touches on Joe Kubert, who had passed away only a few hours to recording. Then, they get into Kickstarter, wherein things get difficult: Joe gets funny, Tucker goes off the rails, and Chris keeps trying to make everything comprehensible.  (Joe ended up winning.)

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This week, Matt Seneca was called away to Greece to examine the effects of electronic music alongst that country's population--early reports have concluded that it makes them dance--so it was left up to the rest of your hardy crew (that's Joe McCulloch, Tucker Stone & Chris Mautner, Americans) to discuss all the comics in the world of today. So they decided to focus on Garth Ennis comics, because no one else can. First up, it's Garth's Hitman series for DC, then it's on to his take on The Shadow, published by Dynamite Comics. And then, because needs must, it's time once again to talk about Fury: My War Gone By. After all that violence, it's time for Howard Chaykin's Black Kiss 2, and, all apologies, a brief discussion of The Dark Knight Rises, which is a film featuring actors. They spoil the movie's ending. That is their way!

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On the latest episode of Comic Books Are Burning In Hell, your comics podcasting squadron talks about Osamu Tezuka's legendary Phoenix series, the most recent (and final) issue of the comics porn anthology Thickness, and then The Smithsonian Book of Newspaper Comics, which opens the door to a whole new level of crazy comics conversation. And then they end it all with the truth about Mort Walker's Beetle Bailey. Call it a comic book legend, revealed? That might be somebody else's phrase.

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Comic Books Are Burning In Hell Episode Three

This time around, the boys--that's Tucker Stone, Matt Seneca, Joe McCulloch and Chris Mautner--end up talking about Before Sandman (or whatever that project is to be called), then a bit on Before Watchmen and its possible relationship to the deafening lack of buzz surrounding Darwyn Cooke's most recent Parker adaptation, and then it's time to get ready for Joe McCulloch's magistrial we-come-not-to-praise-him look at Barry Sonnenfeld's Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens. It's a legitimate barn burner, people.

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