Beanworld

This week on the show: Beans that talk, Ducks what walk, and there’s something weird going on in a forest in Japan. Plus, Warcraft breaks a record… AGAIN! And did someone say magical fruit?

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NEWS
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm shatters records
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Stephen
The Suicide Forest #1 (of 4)
El Torres (w) • Gabriel Hernandez (a & c)
Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan… which is also the most famous suicide spot in the entire world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming—haunting deep in those ancient woods. This series from the creators of the acclaimed The Veil examines the lives of Alan, an average worker from Tokyo and his rather unhealthy relationship with Masami, and Ryoko, a forest ranger who recovers the suicide victim’s bodies from the woods. We discover that behind Ryoko’s unconcerned surface lies a secret, and these three lives will be forever changed by the darkness waiting for them in the Suicide Forest.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Rodrigo
DARKWING DUCK #7 (B)
Written by Ian Brill
Drawn by James Silvani
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: James Silvani
COVER B: Sabrina Alberghetti
Experience the ongoing series that has fans “getting dangerous” across the nation! In this issue we have the sorcery showdown of the century! In one corner: the evil, Italian enchantress Magica de Spell! In the other corner: the enigmatic necromancer Morgana McCawber! Oh…yeah…and Darkwing Duck is in it too. Miss this issue at your peril!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Matthew
Thunder Agents #2
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by CAFU & BIT and CHRISCROSS
Cover by GARY FRANK
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS doesn’t let up on the throttle for a second as the team’s assault on the Spider compound to rescue a captured teammate continues! Plus, special guest artist ChrisCross (FIRESTORM) illustrates a story spotlighting the backstory of doomed speedster Lightning!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

MAJOR SPOILERS POLL OF THE WEEK
This week, Dr. Peter Coogan of the Institute for Comic Studies stopped by and dropped off this week’s Poll of the Week the pits the tag team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney against Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Both these teams of creators worked in the 1960s and produced a solid body of work that laid the groundwork for much popular culture that came after them, and in both pairs each member seems to have brought the best in the other member.  Think of McCartney’s work in Wings vs. his work in the Beatles, or Kirby’s solo work–neither accomplished alone what he accomplished while working with his partner (the same is true of Lee and probably Lennon too).  But which team is better, more influential, which raised their chosen genre higher relative to what it was when they started and in comparison with others, etc.

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MAJOR SPOILERS DISCUSSION: Tales of Beanworld Volume 1
Tales of the Beanworld is an independently published comic book, created by Larry Marder. Beanworld features stories about the life and times of the Beans, minimalistic characters which Marder has been drawing since childhood. The stories borrow concepts from various world mythologies, popular concepts of ecology, and pop culture.

The first issue was published in 1985, and the series ran 21 issues until 1993. The first four issues were printed independently (under the imprint The Beanworld Press. Starting with issue five, the title was released by Eclipse Comics. A total of four book collections were released, reprinting issues #1-16.
The series was revived in February 2009 and is now published by Dark Horse Comics in deluxe hardcover editions.  Wahoolazuma (February, 2009) reprinted the first nine issues. The second volume, A Gift Comes!, came out in July, 2009, reprinting the remaining twelve.  A new one-shot comic came out in December, 2008. A third hardcover volume, Remember Here When You Are There!, came out in November, 2009, with all new material. Marder says that this completes the “Springtime” cycle of Beanworld stories. Further volumes are planned.

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4 Comments

  1. Blackthunder01
    December 15, 2010 at 8:38 am — Reply

    Matthew: Thank you for explaining that stance on RPGs for me. After reading through the topic and following posts, I never understood that THAT was the quality that Rodrigo was talking about. I can understand where people can draw the distinction between the two mediums now. I don’t hold any stock in that feature but at least I understand the other side of the argument. Thanks. :)

  2. Gibralter
    December 15, 2010 at 9:14 am — Reply

    The veil has been pulled back and I am undone! The light it burns!

  3. ScottG
    December 15, 2010 at 11:50 am — Reply

    The smell of comics:
    FYI: In the old days, all printing inks were oil based, hence the harsh and persistent smell.
    These days, most printing inks are either soy based – hardly any smell, or acrylic based. These inks are fairly oderless.
    Glad I could help.
    Scott

  4. Ashleigh
    December 16, 2010 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    This is going to be the 3rd comic series I get because of you guys and your podcast/website.
    The first two where Fables and Atomic Robo, I hope I enjoy Beanworld as much.

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