Monthly Archives: December 2012

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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