“The only constant in life is change.” Boy, is that ever true as far as comics! It wasn’t that long ago that I used to read, on what seemed a daily basis, of the latest comics creator who was signing an exclusive contract with someone. That seems to have slowed down to a trickle, though it still happens. What’s up with that?
I hope you’re ready for some “pulp hero” magic! This week, I have a fun conversation with Gregg Taylor, the mastermind behind Mask of the Red Panda, a miniseries available at Monkeybraincomics. com! If you’ve discovered the audio adventures of this Canadian hero at decoderringtheatre.com, you know you’re in for a real treat! We discuss how the character and his supporting cast came to be as well as his successfully completed Kickstarter project taking the Red Panda to an full-cast audio comic venue. I apologize in advance that some of the interview is a little broken up due to Skype’s
First, the bad news. Rumor has it that John Layman is leaving this title to work on Catwoman for DC. I’ve been greatly enjoying his stories as well as his focus on the “job” aspect of being Batman, so we got a lot of tales about the Dark Knight versus his foes, which I always love.
A friend and I were talking online recently about the number of “pulp heroes” getting their own new comics. “I want new stories and new characters, not these old guys and girls. Why can’t they come up with something new and different?” The answer I gave him was one given to me by a sales expert I got to chat with once: Nostalgia sells!
This week, I have a special conversation with Robert Venditti, who created The Surrogates (which was turned into a major motion picture). He’s doing terrific things with Valiant’s X-O Manowar, which he discusses, including the upcoming Unity event, which will begin in November. We also talk about his work on DC’s Green Lantern, so don’t miss it! Then I give brief reviews of the books I thought were great that arrived in comics shops on Wednesday, September 25, followed by the latest “News & Previews!” Everything wraps up with my take on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which debuted this week
The comics industry has always recognized that they need new readers to keep the business going. After all, those of us who have been reading comics for decades aren’t always going to be here to make our weekly jaunts to the local comics shop, as sad as it is to point that out. Most recently, DC launched the New 52 and Marvel began Marvel NOW in order to create places where fans who haven’t been reading their books for a long time could find a “jumping on” point and give comics a shot.
It’s the 101st episode! This time, I have a fun discussion with Curt Pires, scripter of such good things as Theremin at MonkeyBrainComics.com! We talk about what makes this book so unique and his past work as well. Don’t miss it! Then I give the latest “News & Previews,“ including what’s going to arrive in comics shops on Wednesday, September 25. Next week: Episode 102! http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/majorspoilers/wcomics101.mp3 Direct Download Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe to the Major Spoilers Podcast Network Master Feed! Major Spoilers Podcast Network Master Feed RSS Feed Show your thanks to Major Spoilers for this episode by becoming a
Is anyone else getting tired of having our chains jerked around? Some people seem to know that those of us into comics and anything related to them “freak out” when certain “news” hits the Internet. The latest example happened recently when Justin Bieber, teen pop star, sent out a photo supposedly showing him taking a picture of a script from the upcoming Batman versus Superman film with the hashtag “#robin?” Predictably, the fans went nuts, saying that Warner Bros. had lost its collective mind anywhere they could on the Web.