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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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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 57: Completely Derby City Comic Con 2012 Preview!

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1) Update with the guys

Will
Completely Comics Derby City Comic Con trivia contest.   Winner receives two free passes.  The question will be posted on our various social networks, and the first person to answer correctly will win.

  • Troy
    Smithsonian Exhibit on Art of Video Games

2) Comic Book News  

  • Marvel’s Avengers becomes the third biggest film ever, surpassing Harry Potter.  The only two ahead of it are Titanic and Avatar.
  • Alan Scott: DC’s officially announced that he’s the iconic gay character
  • DC has a new video game coming out called Injustice: Gods among us.  Created by NetherRealm Studios, which is ran by Ed Boon, co-creator of Mortal Kombat.  It’s a fighting game.

  • Newly re-born Valiant Entertainment will be releasing a special variant cover for Harbinger #1.  It will feature a ‘talking cover.’  The cover will speak when you scan the QR code with your mobile device.

3) Interview with THE Eric C. Banister with the Derby City Comic Con.

     More information about the Derby City Comic Con can be found at http://www.derbycitycomiccon.com.

4) Muy Bueno

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #1
“Little did we know that poor boy would lead to the end of us all.”
Plus: Don’t miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!
Written by: Darwyn Cooke
Backup Written by: Len Wein
Art by: Darwyn Cooke
Backup Art by:  John Higgins
Cover by:  Darwyn Cooke

Honorable Mention:

EARTH TWO #2


• MR. TERRIFIC – Michael Holt – lands on EARTH TWO!
• Don’t miss the origin of the Earth Two FLASH – and the first time he uses his powers!
• What could be a bigger threat to Earth Two than APOKOLIPS? Jay Garrick is about to find out!
Written by: James Robinson
Art by:  Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
Cover by: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado

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Episode 53: Completely John Tyler Christopher

Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 53: Completely John Tyler Christopher

Annihilators: Earthfall #1 by John Tyler Christopher

Listen while we talk with talent cover artist John Tyler Christopher.  Recorded at Conglomeration 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. There is a buzz that is heard through the recording. We choose to believe it is simply the electricity in the room!

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Show Notes:
1) Quick Into by Will.. without Troy…  awkward!

2) John Tyler Christopher interview.

1:49    John works for Marvel and Top Cow (Currently on Witchblade!)

2:15    A quick review of the Art in Witchblade.

2:40    Review of work on New Mutants, Thunderbolts, which is changing into Dark Avengers.

2:55    The Love Fest begins, John shares his love of Luke Cage.

3:15     John shares his love to the Marvel Character Troll.

3:53    John shares his love for ‘B’ Characters.

5:45    John shares his love for Rembrandt (the artist, not Rembrandt toothpaste) John realizes this is going to be ‘One of those interviews’.

7:13    John drops he is ‘Doing something on spider-man’ that he cannot discuss…

7:39    John shares a time when he was discussing the mechanics of Spider-man as part of his work – Awesome!.

8:22    John discusses how parenting has affected his art.

9:05    John shares how Comics are full of role models for our daughters.

9:54    “Nothing makes me happier than when a dad or mom has their daughter at a comic show.”

10:30    John shares who he thinks are role models for girls in Comics.

13:22    John shares a topic that begins with the phrase, “As a businessman…”

14:10     John begins his discussions of specific Covers he has created. He begins with Annaliators Earthfall #1.

15:43    John discusses the Hidden codes he has inserted on Witchblade covers. NOTE: we have edited out the specific code upon his request.

20:10    John shares his vision for the future of Digital Comics.

24:50    John shares the Dave Matthews Story.

26:00    John shares you can contact him on deviantart page or google him or follow him on Twitter.

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Episode 51: Completely Conglomeration 2012

Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 51: Completely Conglomeration 2012

Listen while we share our take on what is BIG in the Comics Industry. During Conglomeration 2012 we led a panel titled, Comics Round-up. This is the recording of that panel.

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We share a quick introduction and then chat about big comic book news from past year.

  • We talk about the impact of DC’s New 52
  • We answer ‘What is The Culling’
  • We discuss The Court of Owls
  • We talk about DC’s Next Wave
  • We share details and predictions about Avengers vs X-Men
  • We share how DC Nation, Marvel Universe,  and the Movies “The Avengers”, “Dark Knight Rises”, “The Man of Steel” can only benefit the comic industry.
  •  We discuss how Digital Comics, Comicxology and webcomics like Tart  are the next big thing.
  • During our question and answer time we talk about such varied things as : Why is Dark Shadows a comedy; and Why were there aliens in the last Indiana Jones movie; and  discuss that Hunger Games is the first number 1 movie with two main actors from Kentucky. We also talk about movie remakes in general and share how you can get some cool AvX coasters!

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Completely Award Winning

On this episode Troy and Will talk about the 2011 Eisner Awards, Interesting facts about Thor and the Death of Spider-man.

1) Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 16 Completely Award Winning

2) Update with the guys

  • Troy news
  1. B ‘n’ B (http://www.snughollow.com/)
  2. The Completely Comics Phenomenon
  • Will news
  1. Off the Grid
  2. Impact of Last Week’s Muy Buenos

3) Comic Book News

  • News of the week from comics
  • Multi-Media comic related news

4) Review of 2011 Eisner Awards http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_main.php

5) Wiki of the Week – Thor

6) Muy Bueno and honorable mentions

7) Listener Feedback

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