With DC’s new National Comics presenting a chance to bring in lots of “dormant” characters, will the past performance of anthology comics stunt their growth? Let’s look at how National could help repopulate the New 52 Universe.
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Blake is running solo this week, and he uses the time to pay tribute to the memory of Dwayne McDuffie, including talking about some of his favorite McDuffie work and reviewing the new All Star Superman animated film. On a lighter note, this week Blake and Erin are jetting off to Las Vegas, so he discusses comics and books they’ll be reading on the plane. In the picks, it’s Darkwing Duck Annual #1! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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DC Comics, once again, is snagging characters from defunct universes and importing them into their own — but it’s not like this is new, and it’s not like they’re the only ones who have done it. Let’s take a look at this (I’m sorry, I can’t resist the pun) “universal” phenomenon. Plus: the pick of the week-Love and Capes #11!
Everything But Imaginary #318: Universe Closing-Merge Right
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It’s been 100 episodes, and they said it wouldn’t last! For their Centennial Celebration, Blake, Chase and Kenny camp out at BSI Comics on the first New Comic Day of the year! The guys tell the Secret Origin of the podcast, Blake gives you 2 in 1 Showcase By the Numbers, the guys read a lot of your e-mails, chat with the staff and customers, and get into a bitter debate over the original leader of the Voltron force! Because that’s how we roll. Also, beginning this week, we’re asking you guys to write in with your own Picks of the Week! Thanks to Robert Willing for the suggestion, and for giving us the first pick! In the regular picks, Chase dives into the back issue bin for Swamp Thing #37-39, Blake finds himself enjoying Ender’s Shadow: Battle School #1, and Kenny loved the Justice Society of America Kingdom Come Special: Magog one-shot. Write us with comments, suggestions, picks of the week, “Ask Chase Anything” questions, or anything else at Showcase@Comixtreme.com!
Episode 100: Showcase Centennial Celebration
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2008 ends in just days, folks, so let’s go out with a Showcase blowout! Joined by back-up geeks Mike and Kenny, the boys announce the winners of the Best of 2008 awards, as voted on by you! Then, it’s a long talk about everything that happened in comics in 2008! The Dark Knight, the rise of Marvel Studios, Diamond refuses to distribute Hack/Slash, Archie goes back to ninth grade, and a heck of a lot more. This double-sized episode is the longest Showcase ever (we promise we won’t make a habit of it)! And instead of our usual picks of the week, stay tuned as our four guys pick their favorite comic books of the entire year! Next week will be the 100th Episode Spectacular! If you’ll be in the New Orleans area on Friday, Jan. 2 at about 4:30 p.m., stop in at BSI Comics to join the guys as they record their centennial episode! You can also send your anniversary greetings, “Ask Chase Anything” questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!
Episode 99: 2008-The Year in Review
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PLUS: In Week in Geek #5, DC Comics has released a teaser image for the upcoming Batman: Battle For the Cowl event. This week, Blake dissects the image to try to figure out the clues and hints hidden within!
Among the many, many announcements at this year’s San Diego Comicon: the heroes of Milestone Comics and the classic Archie superheroes are going to be folded into the DC Universe. How will this be accomplished? What does this mean? And why is Blake so darn happy about the whole thing?
My alarm clock almost never wakes me up.
Yeah, I set it. Yeah, it goes off. By when I know I’ve got to wake up at a certain time, my brain does a number on me. It wakes me up early. It happens nearly every day — I wake up before the alarm goes off, knowing full well that it’s going to go off soon. The frustrating thing is when it goes off: there isn’t enough time until the alarm clock rings for me to really get back to sleep, but there’s too much time for me to go, “heck with it,” and get up anyway, knowing I’m sacrificing a few more sweet, precious moments of limited coherence before beginning the day.
Let’s say I get up an average of 10 minutes early on most weekdays. That’s 50 minutes of potential sleep I lose a week. Times 52 weeks in a year, minus the weeks where I’m on vacation, plus those days during the summer I had to get up for class… minus the time I was sick… carry the four…
I miss out on a lot of sleep. Sleep that I rightfully deserve.
Anyone else have this problem?
Stuff from San Diego
So if you’ve listened to this week’s 2 in 1 Showcase podcast, you heard Chase and me discuss all the announcements that were made at this weekend’s San Diego Comicon — or at least, those announcements that had been made at the time he and I recorded, at about 10 a.m. Saturday morning. That means we missed out on about two more days of announcements. Here are a couple of cool things that got me excited that we didn’t have a chance to talk about:
- DC Comics, which in the past has incorporated the heroes from defunct publishers like Quality Comics, Charlton Comics and Fawcett Comics into their universe, has announced two more “universes” that will be folded into the DCU: the characters from the 1990′s Milestone Comics imprint, and the heroes from MLJ Publishing, a company that was renamed after its most popular character after he drove the superheroes into obsolescence: Archie. What does this mean? Well, the Milestone guys are going to make their return in the pages of Justice League of America, which is written by Milestone co-creator Dwayne McDuffie, which is awesome. The Archie heroes will be reintroduced slowly in the pages of The Brave and the Bold, written by J. Michael Straczynski. Will Static finally join the Teen Titans? Will the Comet encounter the Green Lanterns in the depths of outer space during the Blackest Night? The next time Doomsday is tearing up Metropolis, will Icon and the Shield join the call to action alongside Superman? Man, I really hope so.
- LOST fans: this year’s panel was noticeably tight-lipped, but there were a couple of tidbits I found interesting. While the show won’t abandon the flashback/flashforward format entirely, season five will evidently change the structure and find a different way to tell both on-island and off-island stories. Not sure what that means yet, but I’m intrigued. Also, “Octagon Global Recruiting” spent the whole contention screening people who wanted to volunteer for the Dharma Initiative. At the beginning of the panel, they announced five names and took them of the room. At the end, one of the “recruits” ran back in and played this video:
- Geoff Johns, the writer who has made Green Lantern the definition of “Awesome” over the last few years, will stay on the book after his “Blackest Night” event is over. And he’s also going to work his magic touch on a new miniseries, Flash: Rebirthwith his frequent collaborator Ethan Van Sciver. The two have never made a bad book together. (And very few separately.) Oh yeah — and he’s working with James Robinson and Sterling Gates on something called Superman: New Krypton. Can’t wait.
- New movies announced: Tron 2. Robocop 4. Hmm. I’m more excited about the former.
- Joss Whedon’s online musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, was a smash hit. A DVD is planned before the end of the year, along with more comic book tie-ins with Dark Horse Comics(who did an online comic at their Myspace page), and there are plans for a sequel afoot.
- Hardcover omnibus of the original Golden Age Captain Marvel story, The Monster Society of Evil. I’ve been waiting to read this for years.
- Blake really, really wishes he could have been in San Diego.