Name: Brian Carpenter


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May 27, 2020 10:53 pm Another slice of life book that I'd recommend is Giant Days. I think it was mentioned once on the podcast when you guys were surprised at its nomination/win of the Eisner that year. The early issues reflect John Allison's webcomic beginnings with a one page setup-payoff, but the character work is endearing. He's also paired with gifted artists over the run of the series, none more so than Max Sarin who takes over art duties with issue seven. Max is one of the finest cartoonists of this generation. Every character has their own distinct look, and the acting is superb. I've often wondered what has kept you guys from giving it a try.
March 4, 2020 6:48 pm Agreed. Something that was said on the podcast this past week stuck with me though. Can't recall the exact phrasing, but centered on the idea of the X-Men as something that isn't human. I've been thinking about how this new approach fully embraces that - they no longer live as humans, they don't worship as humans do, or have relationships like humans. They don't even live and die like humans. And they want to live their way of life. The old approach wasn't coexistence. It was assimilation. This is a genuine attempt to coexist but as a new species rather than pretending to be the old one. But, most of the books are still falling flat for me. As usual with Hickman's stuff, I love the idea but it's not entertaining.
August 12, 2019 9:40 pm I knew there was more than one of us.
August 5, 2019 2:42 pm I was coming here to post the same thing. How can someone who loves super heroes, especially Marvel ones, hate on science talk?
April 22, 2019 9:29 pm Quick note for James who asked about books on making comics. DC recently put out a series of books in this vein. I have one - The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling. It's written by Carl Potts. So far, I think it does a good job of providing common language and skills, but noting that half of what you're doing when making comics is instinctual. Like Josh said, you get better at it by doing it. There appear to be six books in the series - one each on writing, penciling, inking, coloring & lettering (as one), digitally drawing and the one I mentioned above.
March 12, 2019 10:26 pm Check out Adventure Comics #431 to 440 for the Fleisher/Aparo take on the Spectre. Super creepy and fun. It's an often forgotten gem of the Bronze age.
February 18, 2018 9:07 am One more option is your local library. The Cleveland public library system pairs with a service called Hoopla that provides access to digital media, including comics. You can check out five items a month, and they have a library that includes all the DC Rebirth stuff, lots of Image and Dark Horse, and they recently added some Marvel stuff. It is all in trade format, so you won't be current, but I'm finding that less important as I get older.
January 26, 2018 7:43 pm Just thought I'd mention that Amazon has the digital version of this for less than $2. Going to use that iFanboy Amazon link to grab myself a copy after listening to the episode.
January 9, 2018 5:08 pm Happy to have you guys back on my Monday drive to and from work. Hope you feel better!
November 4, 2017 4:34 pm Thanks for this interview, Josh. Phil is a talented guy, and it's nice to see him showcased. The discussion on self-care was welcomed, and something that I think more folks need to hear.