Bonus Episode: Completely An Evening With Robert Kirkman. Redeux!

On December 21, 2011 Robert Kirkman signed autographs during an event at A+ Comics in Lexington, Kentucky. This episode of Completely Comics features: interviews with fans to sharing the excitement of Kirkmania; interviews with A+ Comics friends, staff and owners to share what it takes to put on such an event; and a special interview with Robert Kirkman himself.

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During the show we talk about:

  1. How Robert Kirkman got his start in comics.
  2. What fans brought to have signed.
  3. What it takes for a comic shop to put on such an event.
  4. What we can expect in upcoming episodes of The Walking Dead on AMC.
  5. What an awesome evening was had by all…

Thank you Robert Kirkman and A+ Comics

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Episode 71: Completely Unscripted!

Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 71: Completely Unscripted!
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Unscripted episode!  Here are some topics..

The Not So Secret Orgin Of Madisen
Troy’s Christmas Lights
Dungeons and Dragons on Google + (Tabletop Forge)
Battlestar Gallactica
Amazing Spider-Man #700
Comic Book Realism vs Escapism
DC Animation – Superman vs The Elite, Batman: Year One, Batman: Under the Red Hood
Marvel NOW! Fantastic Four, FF, Uncanny Avengers
The Truman Show
Aquaman, Red Hood and the Outlaws
The Walking Dead
Stan Lee’s Birthday
Cosplay
My Little Pony
Much, Much, More!

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Episode 70: Completely It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I’m Feeling Pretty Okay)

1) Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 70: Completely The End of The World As We Know It (And I’m feeling pretty darn okay)

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2) Weekly Updates

Will- working on FB pages
Troy- Cramps and Bloating….
Madisen- is still awesome and let Troy out of the corner, but he liked it there! ;)

  • In light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings:

“Let’s Give Sandy Hook School a Winter Wonderland”

Snowflake Drive – Like our children, no two snowflakes are alike. We invite you to create snowflakes to decorate Sandy Hook School’s new home. Be creative! All colors and designs are welcome. We know that children will enjoy creating art that can adorn the walls of SHS’s new elementary school. CT PTSA has been contacted from schools across the state and this is a project we can all share. “Snowflake” drop boxes will be available at all schools or can be mailed to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.

3) Comic Book News and Discussion

  • Dan Slott has been receive death threats over his Amazing Spider-Man plotline, on Twitter and on Facebook.  Dan says, “Reality check: There is NO such thing as a ‘funny death threat,’” Slott said on Sunday via Facebook. “Especially if you TAG someone in it. If you think, because of something happening to a FICTIONAL character, that you need to type out a death threat and SEND it to someone: You. Need. Help. If you follow my twitter, you know I’ve taken a devilish bit of delight in re-posting these (mainly because they usually make the OP look like a raving loon– and, for a time, that WAS funny to me.) Well… That’s over. From now on, they ALL get reported. The End.”
  • The animated Dark Knight Returns part 2, based on Frank Miller’s best selling graphic novel will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on January 29th, 2013.  Lost and Person of Interest star Michael Emerson will be voicing The Joker while Human Target star Mark Valley will play Superman.  Peter Weller will continue as Batman.  Other voice actors include Conan O’Brien, David Selby (The Social Network), Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), and Michael McKean.
  • As you may or may not know, Jamie Foxx will be playing Electro in the next Spider-Man movie.  He has stated that the outfit looks different than the comic.  It won’t be green and yellow, and they are trying new things.
  • James Callis has been added to the Arrow cast.

4)  End of the World Discussion

  • 4 Horsemen – Death, Famine, War, Pestilence
  • End of the World Party … who would you invite?
  • The Walking Dead
  • Blackest Night
  • Galactus
  • Brainiac
  • Scott Sigler’s Infected
  • Group site’s verdict is that LSH & Brainiac 5 would be able to stop the Apocalypse.

5) Muy Bueno and honorable mentions

  • Animaniacs is returning to TV. on The Hub! As the perfect Christmas gift, Animaniacs will join The Hub on Monday, December 24 with a marathon from 4-8 p.m. (ET). Check your local listings!  DC comics published the title from 1995 – 2000 for a total of 59 regular monthly issues, plus two specials.

Troy’s note: check out Superbia by Boom Studios Written by Grace Randolph
All-New X-Men #4


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Orig. Published:  December 19, 2012
Rating:  Rated T+
Price:  $3.99
The Story: The Original 5 X-Men come face to face with their counterparts…and it isn’t a peaceful meeting!

FF #2


Writer:  Matt Fraction
Orig. Published:  December 19, 2012
Price:  $2.99
The Story: (hide) Variant cover by MIKE ALLRED • Ant-Man! She Hulk! Medusa! And, um — Ms. Thing? • How does the rest of the Future Foundation react to the new team? • What classic Fantastic Four super-villain can’t wait to get their hands on the new FF?

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The Ages of Comics, by Will Mitchell

We had a recent discussion over on our Facebook group page,  about the different ages of comics.  Starting with the Golden Age, and going to the present.  There have been several different eras and transitional periods since the beginning, so I thought I’d put my two cents in.

1) The Golden Age (Jan 1936 – 1944ish)

New Fun (later More Fun) Comics #1 (first serial comics produced that weren’t newspaper clips) -> The Rise of EC Comics (Super heroes begin to fade out, Horror rises)  This era is notable for the creation of super hero comics and the high patriotism shown by it’s classic characters.

2) The Wertham Era (1944- 1954)

EC Comics Horror comics -> “Seduction of the Innocent” published.  Horror and detective type stories were on the rise, and super hero comics were on the down swing.  Although some super heroes continued to be published, they were few.  Covers depicting women in bondage and horror scenes were prominent.  This era ended with the publication of ‘Seduction of the Innocent’ and the formation of the ‘Comics Code Authority’.

3) The Silver Age (1954 – 1971/73)

Showcase #4 First Barry Allen Flash -> foggy, but the big two companies did it within a couple of years of each other.. Green Lantern v2 #85-86 and Amazing Spider-Man #121.   The silver age was a return to innocence of comics.  The stories were written to target young boys, and super heroes returned to prominence.  With the re-imagining of DC’s stable, and the creation of characters such as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, super heroes were back to stay.  This era ended between 1971 and 1973.. with the more adult issues being covered at DC and Marvel.  Green Arrow discovered his sidekick, Speedy was doing heroine, and Spider-Man’s girl friend, Gwen Stacy was killed by the Green Goblin.

4) The Bronze Age (1973ish – 1986)

This age runs until the tumultuous mid- 80′s.  Comics seemed to be growing up, but were still restricted by the CCA.  Characters were drawn more sexy (see the Legion of Super-Heroes of the Cockrum and Grell eras).  Team books were popular, New Teen Titans, X-Men and Legion of Super-Heroes were the top sellers of the day.
Crisis on Infinite Earths, Secret Wars, Dark Knight Returns and The Watchmen, really changed the landscape of comics. Comics became more dark.. grim, gritty and edgy.

5) The Dark Age aka The Iron Age (1986 – 1992)

With the grittiness of the dark age, comics were no longer aimed at the younger readers, and comics are harder to find at your local convenience store or pharmacy. Books go to direct comic stores only. Soon, a group of artists become fed up with not owning their creations and form Image Comics, ending the age, and changing the face of comics forever.

6) The Image Era aka The Copper Age? (1992 – 1998)

Many independent companies become inspired by Image’s success. A wide variety of comics are published, but many die quickly. Variant covers are the norm.. holographic covers, foil covers, books with bullet holes. Speculators buy every #1 and variant book they can get their hands on. Gimmicks are tried by all the publishers. Heroes Reborn, Death of Superman, Batman’s broken back, etc. Marvel filed for bankruptcy and sales plummet.

7)  The Dynamic Age (coined by CBR writer) (1998 – 2004)

The rise of new blood at DC and Marvel (Dan Didio and Joe Queseda) ushered in a time of growth for both companies. The two companies tried new things, including Marvel’s Ultimate Comics line, and DC’s Young Justice, Major Bummer, Chase and more. Overall, it’s a good time to be a fan, with both of the big two basically recovering from the implosion of the previous age.

8) The Event Age (which the name must be changed.. it’s almost a Dark Age 2) (2004-2011)

Things grow darker again, as the Comics Code is removed from many books. Books such as Identity Crisis and X-Men are incredibly dark and violent. Decapitations, rape, and other horrible actions are depicted in many comics.  Event books were published constantly by companies.  Sometimes multiple events were occurring at the same time throughout the companies lines.

9) The Digital Age (2011- Present)

Publishers go day and date digital, meaning, comics are offered online the same day they go to print. It’s specifically marked by DC in September as they released their ‘New 52′.  This age is still going, as the companies continue to perfect their digital releases, and try new things with the technology.  As the use of personal tablets and cell phones grow, it can be assumed that digital comics will grow along with them.

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Completely Comics Episode 68: Completely MMORPG’s!

1) Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 68: Completely MMORPG’s!

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2) Update with the…’guys’?

Introduce guest host Madisen!
Madisen talks about her big events for the week
Will updates for the week

3) Comic Book News Discussion

  • Jospeh Gordon-Levitt rumored to play Batman in Justice League movie, and cameo in Man of Steel
  • Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan confirmed for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • Hugh Jackman is currently in talks to reprise his Wolverine role, after recently wrapping up filming the movie “The Wolverine.”

4) Comic Book MMO’s (discussion of the recent super hero based MMO’s)

City of Heroes/Villains  City of Heroes Homepage
Champions Online  Champions Online home
DC Universe Online  DC Universe Online – Home
Hero Up!  Super Hero Squad Show Online – Home

5) Muy Bueno (Not talked about on the show!)

FF#1
Price:  $2.99
The Story: Marvel Now! shows you the future, and it’s fantastic! In the Fantastic Four’s absence, a hand-picked substitute squad—Ant-Man, Medusa, She-Hulk and Miss Thing—must guard Earth and the fledgling Future Foundation for four minutes. What could go wrong?  From Matt Fraction and Michael Allred!

6) Wiki of the Week:

Marvel Heroes Video Game
Marvel Heroes (originally known as Marvel Universe Online and Marvel Universe) is a MMORPG currently under development by Gazillion Entertainment, under “Secret Identity Studios”  in San Mateo California. The MMORPG will be similar to its sister game Marvel Super Hero Squad Online. Characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, Deadpool and Wolverine will serve as characters that players can unlock in the game. The lead writer of the game is Brian Michael Bendis, who has written a number of major Marvel comics.  The plot will revolve around the super villain Doctor Doom and various Marvel superheroes. An official release date of the game is yet to be announced.

Gameplay will be very similar to that of the action RPGs Diablo and Diablo II. Marvel Heroes will be free-to-play. While micro-transactions will be used to fund and support the game, players will not need to spend money to access the full game.

Players will able to choose from a large and diverse cast of Marvel superheroes. These characters range from well-known and iconic such as Iron Man and Spider-Man to lesser-known and obscure such as Squirrel Girl and Ka-Zar. Currently, only a portion of the playable characters have been announced.

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Episode 67: Completely Arrow!

1) Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 67: Completely Arrow!

Troy, Will, Omniac from www.allthingsgeek.info and Aaron (the Comic Book Jerk) talk about CW’s new show Arrow.

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2) Introduce Us

Troy Diggle
Williver Queen

3) Introduce Guests

Omniac from Dead Television Society  http://www.deadtelevisionsociety.com/
Comic Book Jerk  http://comicbookjerk.com/

3) “Arrow” TV Show Talk

We start out discussing the Comiic Book origins of the “Arrow” and then discuss our general thoughts about the show, “Arrow”. While we planned to discuss each episode of the show, (below are Arrow episode synopsis from Wikipedia) we quickly changed it up and our love of the show Arrow comes out…

*Show Synopsis from Wikipedia

Episode 1: “Pilot”
After a shipwreck that claims the life of his father, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his mother Moira, his younger sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home but sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he has become, he tries to reconcile with his former girlfriend, Laurel, for cheating on her with her sister, who also died in the shipwreck. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly masquerades as a hooded vigilante archer by night, attempting to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory as his late father had entrusted him to do before his death. Oliver’s first personal task is to take down corrupt millionaire Adam Hunt, who has scammed millions from various people in Starling City. Laurel’s father, police detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante. Meanwhile, Oliver’s mother is revealed to have an agenda against her son, having orchestrated a kidnapping to determine what his father told him after the shipwreck.

Episode 2: “Honor Thy Father”
Laurel brings a civil suit against millionaire Martin Somers, who is also one of Oliver’s targets, for the taking part in drug trades with the Chinese Triads that ultimately led to the death of a young woman’s father. As the hooded vigilante, Oliver threatens Somers to make him confess to the murder as penance for all of the wrongs he has done to the city. Instead, Somers contacts the Triad, who sends their assassin, China White, to kill Laurel. Oliver saves Laurel from China; he also captures and gives an audio recording of Somers’ confession to Detective Lance. Meanwhile, Oliver’s mother and Walter push Oliver to take a position at the company. Oliver intentionally embarrasses the family at the opening of the company’s new applied sciences division to get out of it, knowing that he cannot honor his father’s request to fight for the city and be the man his mother wants him to be at the same time. A flashback to Oliver’s time on the island shows him being attacked by an unknown hooded figure wielding a bow and arrow.

Episode 3: “Lone Gunmen”
Oliver tracks down another millionaire from his list, but before he can get the answers he wants the man is killed by an assassin known as Deadshot. Initially, the police suspect that the vigilante, whom they refer to as “The Hood”, is responsible for the murder, but the evidence begins to prove that he did not kill anyone. Oliver decides to build a new dance club above his hideout to explain where he goes at night. While comparing the competition, Oliver finds Thea, who reveals that Laurel and Tommy had been sleeping together during Oliver’s abscence. Laurel becomes suspicious when Oliver does not react to the news. Meanwhile, Oliver uses the assassin’s M.O. to learn his true identity, and enlists the help of Detective Lance to stop Deadshot from assassinating more of the wealthy. Oliver manages to stop Deadshot, apparently killing him in the process, but his bodyguard Diggle is shot during the assassination attempt. Oliver is forced to reveal his true identity to Diggle in order to save Diggle’s life. In another flashback, it is revealed that the archer who attacked Oliver was actually trying to help him. Oliver misunderstands and escapes, but is pursued by an unknown group of armed professionals.

Episode 4: “An Innocent Man”
Diggle awakens in Oliver’s hideout, where Oliver offers Diggle a chance to fight at his side and help the city. Diggle turns him down, calling him a murderer. Later, while watching the news, Oliver discovers a connection between Declan, a deathrow inmate, and Jason Brodeur, one of the men on his list. In his vigilante persona, he enlists the help of Laurel to prove the man innocent before he is executed. Working together, the pair uncover the truth, but Jason Brodeur has his bodyguard stage a prison break so that he can have Laurel and the inmate killed before the truth is revealed. Oliver sneaks into the prison dressed as a guard, with a ski mask to hide his face, and saves Laurel and Declan. The bodyguard ultimately confesses to Declan’s innocence. Diggle meets with Oliver and agrees to work with him so that he can both protect the city and protect Oliver from losing his humanity. Detective Lance arrests Oliver on suspicion of being the vigilante after seeing footage of him changing into his disguise before the last Deadshot confrontation. Meanwhile, Walter discovers that Moira has been keeping the salvaged and sabotaged family yacht hidden in a warehouse.

Episode: 5: “Damaged”
Detective Lance charges Oliver with murder, so Oliver hires Laurel to be his attorney. Given Oliver’s time on the island, the district attorney offers Oliver an insanity plea with an indeterminate amount of time spent in a psychiatric facility under a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. Oliver declines, and offers to take a polygraph test for Detective Lance to prove his innocence. Although his test indicates he is telling the truth about not being the vigilante, the experience causes Oliver to have flashbacks to his time on the island. Oliver specifically remembers when he is caught by the armed professionals and tortured by Deathstroke before being saved by the hooded archer, which he shares with Laurel. While under house arrest, Oliver maintains his bachelor playboy facade by throwing a prison themed party and reveals to Diggle his plan was to get caught so that he could convince everyone that he was not the vigilante from the start. To accomplish this, Oliver has Diggle dress as the vigilante and go after a German arms dealer who is in the city to sell automatic weapons to the city gangs. Oliver’s plan works and the charges are dropped against him. Meanwhile, Moira meets with the an unknown associate, who is tied to the list that Oliver has, regarding the vigilante attacking members of their secret organization. Walter leaves the house after confronting Moira on her deception.

Episode 6: “Legacies”
Oliver begins preparing to take on another individual from his father’s list, but Diggle argues that he should expand his work and help the police take down a group of bank robbers. Oliver initially refuses, believing that it detracts from his mission to right his father’s wrongs; Diggle is able to persuade Oliver in the end. Oliver uses police files and IT specialist Felicity Smoak to deduce that the robbers are actually a family unit, and that the leader Derek Reston worked for Queen Industries before Robert Queen outsourced 1500 jobs to China and the Reston family lost their home as a result. Feeling guilty, Oliver tries to persuade Derek to right his own wrongs, but when he learns that the family are going to rob another bank he chooses to stop them. During Oliver’s confrontation, Derek is shot and not killed. Meanwhile, Tommy throws Laurel a fundraiser to help her pro-bono law firm, CNRI, stay in business; Tommy hopes that this will show Laurel that he is serious about wanting a relationship with her. Flashbacks also reveal how Oliver first discovered the target names in his father’s notebook.

7) Other Arrow podcasts you may enjoy:
Quiver: The Green Arrow Podcast at: http://quiverpodcast.com/
Rogue Arrow Podcast at: http://roguearrow.blogspot.com/

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Episode 66: Completely X-Citement!

1) Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 66:  Completely X-Citement

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2) Update with the guys

Troy – Death of Storage Wars Fan Podcast
Will – Earthquake, Byte Girl

3) Comic Book News Discussion

  • Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and Star Wars.  Episodes VII, VIII, IX announced.
  • MTV Geek declares Aquaman the Sexiest (male) super hero alive.
  • Young Justice comic cancelled as of February..  With 5 hiatus in two seasons, could the cartoon be far behind?
  • The Walking Dead TV Show, New Character announcement

4) Resource Review

ComicWow on facebook and at http://comicwow.com/welcomepage

5) Muy Bueno and honorable mentions

All-New X-Men (2012) #1
Rating:
Rated T+
Price:
$3.99
The Story: Marvel Now! The five original X-Men have been plucked from yesteryear and sent to the present. How will they deal with the current state of Xavier’s dream, and how will today’s X-Men cope with facing their former selves?

6) Wiki of the Week: X-Men Titles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_X-Men_comics

The X-Men are a group of superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. The monthly X-Men comic book debuted in 1963, along with the team itself. That series is now titled Uncanny X-Men and is best known by that name. Due to the X-Men’s immense popularity, Marvel has launched dozens of spin-off series, called “X-Books,” throughout the years.
Like Uncanny X-Men, most X-books feature mutants, human beings born with extraordinary powers due to a quantum leap in genetic evolution. Some X-Books feature mutant superhero teams while others feature solo adventures of characters who became popular in Uncanny X-Men or another X-Book. Occasionally, X-Books use mutants as a metaphor for racial, religious and other minorities oppressed by society.
For the purpose of this list, “X-Men Comics” will be defined by the following criteria:

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