Strangers in Paradise Podcast

This week on the show: Diversity all around…

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Stephen
The Infinite #1 (of 6)
Robert Kirkman – writer
Rob Leifeld – artist
Freedom fighter Bowen has lost everything in the war against The Infinite. His only hope is to travel back in time to prevent their world domination before it starts! Bowen can’t do this alone, he must turn to the only ally he knows he can trust: HIMSELF. Now a man in his 40s, damaged by the horrors of war, must team up with his younger, reckless and optimistic 20-year-old self in order to SAVE THE WORLD!

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Rodrigo
From Dust
Discover a unique Modern God game where nature is the star: From Dust, the latest original concept by Eric Chahi, visionary creator of Another World. Behold the beauty of a primitive world pulsing with life and face the might of nature. Beware the danger of a world that is constantly changing under your command. Control the destiny of a tribe struggling to survive and help it recover its ancestors’ lost powers. Immerse yourself in a world as exotically beautiful as it is dangerous. A universe where Nature reclaims what is Hers; and you are your people’s only chance of survival.

Rating: ★★★★½

Matthew
Crossed: Psychopath #4 of 6
David Lapham continues to spin his seven-issue tale of pure evil! The band of survivors Harold Lorre has connected with begin to unravel as they are picked off and meet horrific fates. But no one suspects that Lorre himself might be a greater danger than the clans of Crossed they are hiding from. Lorre might be the most evil man alive, but also one of the craftiest. Join us as Lapham and artist Raulo (Capt Swing) Caceres descend into a story about the worst aspects of human behavior, a tale of unspeakable evils, violent assaults on both mind and body, and of longing for death and the sweet release it will bring. When civilization crumbles in one terrifying moment; when people are gleefully breaking into unthinkable acts of violence all around you; when everyone you love has died screaming in agony: What do you do? There is no help. There is no hope. There is no escape. There are only the Crossed.
Story by By: David Lapham, Raulo Caceres, Jacen Burrows
Art by By: David Lapham, Raulo Caceres, Jacen Burrows
Cover by By: David Lapham, Raulo Caceres, Jacen Burrows

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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Trade Paperback of the Week
Strangers in Paradise Volume One
Writer: Terry Moore
Artist: Terry Moore
Katchoo is a beautiful young woman living a quiet life with everything going for her. She’s smart, independent and very much in love with her best friend, Francine. Then Katchoo meets David, a gentle but persistent young man who is determined to win Katchoo’s heart. The resulting love triangle is a touching comedy of romantic errors until Katchoo’s former employer comes looking for her and $850,000 in missing mob money. As her idyllic life begins to fall apart, Katchoo discovers no one can be trusted and that the past she thought she left behind now threatens to destroy her and everything she loves, including Francine. This is the first edition in the series – don’t miss it!

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5 Comments

  1. Lafajet
    August 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm — Reply

    Note to self: Do not drink anything whenever Dan DiDio is mentioned on the Major Spoilers podcast. I know it’s coming, and I still laugh. *shakes fist at Matthew*

  2. The Great NateO
    August 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm — Reply

    Great Show this week guys, you do take on the best topics. I would read stuff from a monkey with a typewriter if it is half way desent. In regards to Psychopath, I have see this all before on a show call Firefly (Big Fan) they were called Reavers.

  3. August 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm — Reply

    Great podcast, you guys- I’ve really been shocked by the amount of flack the Big Two have been getting both for their diversity or lack thereof. To answer Steven’s mid-show question: I do pay attention to who the writers and artists are. BUT, that is because I am a writer and an artist who has dabbled in-and-out of comics on my own. Ergo, yeah, I’m going to see what my favorite artists are doing. I’m more likely to pick a book written by someone I’ve heard of. This goes back to something you guys summed up quite nicely- yeah, everyone has an agenda of some sort. My being prone to artists I like is not any fundamentally different from people who prefer female artists, or want more writers of color in the industry– that agenda only becomes a bad thing if (like those at DiDio’s umpteenth panel) they choose to push it in an otherwise uncouth fashion.

  4. August 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm — Reply

    Hey guys, love the show. I just wanted to chime in on your discussion about Dan Didio’s reaction to fans questioning the use of woman creators. I was at the now infamous panel in question at San Diego and think it should be mentioned that the audio of the incident that is floating around the Internet is incomplete.

    First off it leaves out Didio’s comments prior to the question about female creative talent where he talks about how it can be easy to make generalizations but he wanted to talk about specifics. Of course the immediate follow up to that was a generalization disguised as a specific question. (“12% to 1%” is really the same as the general question “why are there fewer women creators”), and Didio’s reaction was an attempt (albeit a very assertive attempt) to talk about specifics. That’s why he keeps saying “Who? Who should we hire?” He wasn’t trying to be a jerk, he had simple said seconds earlier he said he didn’t want to talk generally about what DC was doing, he wanted to deal with specifics.

    The audio after where the Internet version cuts out is also somewhat relevant since Didio proceeded to address the status of several female artists and writers with as the crowd threw names at him. I didn’t count but I’d bet that there were at least half a dozen names thrown out, and he updated the crowd as to what DC’s stance was on each of the people named. Was he being a little in the face of the audience? Yes. However I also think that placing this audio out of context as several sites around the web have done make the exchange seem much more aggressive and defensive than it really was. In my opinion playing part of the discussion to mislead those who weren’t in San Diego is much more irresponsible than DC’s stance on female creators. I realize that you guys weren’t at Comic-Con and that comment isn’t directed at you, but some of the other sites should be embarrassed by their coverage of this incident.

    Keep up the good work and I’m loving the fact that the show is getting a little edgier at times.

  5. TechParadox
    August 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    Regarding Strangers In Paradise – I was (and still am) a huge fan of this book. It and Bone were my gateway into the world of indie comics in the early ’90s and it holds a special place in my memories. The owner of my (now sadly gone) local comic shop always gave me an odd look when he took my order and it had SIP on it, as apparently I was the only guy who frequented the shop that read the book. But I digress.

    As you guys alluded to in the discussion, the original publication of the first arc was under the Antarctic Press imprint in ’93, which very much shows in the art in the book; the clothing and hair styles of the characters are VERY ’90s. For being a small-press book, it sold fairly well, though – Antarctic even did a TPB of the series, which is somewhat sought-after by fans of the series. The reprint of the original three-issue arc is where I jumped on-board. At this point Terry had begun self-publishing the book under his Abstract Studios imprint. I got a chuckle every time I heard Steven say something about it not being a super hero book, because for a short while the book was published under the Image studios imprint and there was one issue where Katchoo and Francine are swinging from the rooftops. Moore hand-waves it away as being a dream sequence, iirc, but there’s still a bit of fan-service there.

    Overall the book is a solid read despite a tendency to drag in places, and the whole overall plotline revolving around the David/Katchoo/Francine triangle gets lost in the shuffle at points thanks to the whole “international crime ring” plotline that hinges around David and Katchoo’s separate-but-still-linked-past, but it all does tie back together in the end. For anyone who is interested in the series, I’d suggest picking up the first volume of the Pocket Book series of TPBs. It includes the original 3-issue run as well as the first thirteen issues of the second series, and is a very affordable jumping-on point. You can find it for under twenty bucks on Amazon, or if you’re the instant-gratification type then your FLCS probably has copies.

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