CCL Podcast #72 – All About The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents

Collected Comics Library Podcast #72
48,212Kb; 41m 08s

I decided this week to get away from Marvel and DC and go for something a little more interesting in terms of the history of the comic book industry: Tower Comics, and the whole bizarre saga both in the pages and in the court room of The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.

I also have some great news to report. The Essential Captain America Volume 3 and The Essential Man-Thing Volume 1 will both be coming out in November!

I do a little review of X-Men: The Last Stand and my thoughts on Swedish furniture store IKEA.


In the USA…
Great new books from In Stock Trades
In the UK and Europe…
Great new books from Forbidden Planet
Superman Doomsday Omnibus TPB
Superman Our Worlds At War Complete Edition
Batman Under The Hood Vol 2 TPB
Cannon God Exaxxion Stage 5 Vol 5 TPB
De Tales Vol 1 TPB
Dmz Vol 1 On The Ground TPB (MR)
Essential Fantastic Four Vol 5 TPB
Fantastic Four Iron Man Big In Japan TPB
Majestic Vol 2 TPB
Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol 3 TPB
Oh My Goddess Vol 23 TPB
Pieces of A Spiral Vol 4
Power Girl TPB
Punisher vs Bullseye TPB
Spider-Girl Vol 6 Too Many Spiders Digest TPB
Hero Squared Vol 1 TPB

Otherworld Book One
Showcase Presents Batman Volume 1
The Losers Volume 5: Endgame
Tom Strong Book Six HC
Wildcats: Nemesis
Cable/Deadpool Volume 5: Living Legends
Essential Hulk Volume 4
Fantastic Four: the Resurrection of Nicholas Scratch
Marvel Masterworks: the Invincible Iron man Volume 3
Spider-Man Visionaries: Kurt Busiek Volume 1
Transformers: Beast Wars – the Gathering
Star Trek the Next Generation Comics Classics Volume 2: Maelstrom
Judge Dredd: the Complete Case Files Volume 5

CCL Podcast #71 – Motor City Con Review

Collected Comics Library Podcast #71
49,505Kb; 42m 14s

On this weeks show I mostly go over all the happenings at the recent Motor City Comic Con, including George Perez, Jim Steranko, Adam West, my car accident, the RIAA, FBI and Leonardo DaVinci.

I also have some wonderful news regarding everyone’s favorite cartoon sailor – Popeye and how you can own a Frank Miller autographed edition of Absolute Dark Knight for only $500.

I also have three audio excepts by George Perez from the Con talking about his new run of The Brave and The Bold and its future trade paperback, the upcoming Infinite Crisis Hardcover and Absolute Edition(?) (guess who asks that question?) and the state of Collected Editions in general.
I’m also giving away a copy of the Essential Captain America, but you have to listen to find out how to enter.


Full audio of the George Perez Q and A; 51,682Kb; 55m 07s


In the USA…
Great new books from In Stock Trades
In the UK and Europe…
Great new books from Forbidden Planet
Superman Cover To Cover HC
Showcase Presents Haunted Tank Vol 1 TPB
Essential Official Handbook Marvel Universe Deluxe Ed Vol 2 TPB
Wolverine Enemy Of The State Vol 2 TPB
Five Fists Of Science GN
JLA Vol 19 World Without A Justice League TPB
Jon Sable Freelance Bloodtrail TPB (MR)
Ju On Vol 2 TPB
Naruto Vol 10 TPB
Night Trippers GN
Predator Forever Midnight Novel
Rurouni Kenshin Vol 27 TPB
Samurai Executioner Vol 10 TPB (MR)
Sentinel Vol 3 Past Imperfect Digest TPB
Seven Soldiers Of Victory Vol 3 TPB
Stagger Lee GN
Krypton Companion
Superman: Up, Up and Away
Gen 13: Who They Are and How They Came to Be
Jonah Hex: a Face Full of Violence
JSA: Mixed Signals
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown Volume 1
Avengers Next Volume 1: Second Coming Digest
Decimation: X-Men – The 198
Decimation: Sentinel Squad O*N*E
Iron Man: Inevitable
Marvel Zombies HC
Rex Mundi Volume 3: the Lost Kings
Mome Fall 2006 (Volume 5)
Liberty Meadows: Cover Girl HC
James Bond: Trouble Spot
Boneyard Volume 5
Abandon the Old in Tokyo
Cavalcade of Boys
Tough Love
Goosebumps Graphix Volume 1: Creepy Creatures


CCL Podcast #70 – Take A Stand, It’s The X-Men!

Collected Comics Library Podcast #70
29,044Kb; 24m 46s

Welcome to the X-Men extravaganza! In today’s podcast I go over everything that has to do with X-Men Masterworks and Essentials, and a few pertinent Hardcovers and Trade Paperbacks that should be in your collected edition library.

I do touch on the Motor City Comic Con, if you’ve read my Blogs, you know how I feel about it, but I go over everything in more detail including Perez, Steranko, West, and the RIAA next week. I’ll even have a few audio clips from George Perez, himself, regarding some books and his thoughts on Writing for the Trade in general.

So come on down, enjoy the podcast and take a stand.


In the USA…
Great new books from In Stock Trades
In the UK and Europe…
Great new books from Forbidden Planet
Aliens Book Two DNA War Novel
Black Widow Things They Say About Her TPB
Concrete Vol 5 Think Like A Mountain TPB
Distant Soil Vol 4 Coda Ltd Ed HC
Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex The Lost Memory
Legion Of Super Heroes Vol 2 Death Of A Dream TPB
Loveless Vol 1 A Kin Of Homecoming TPB (MR)
Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol 10 HC Var Ed
Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol 10 New Ed HC
New Thunderbolts Vol 3 Right Of Power TPB
Rising Stars Vol 4 TPB
Scarface Novel (MR)
Scott Pilgrim Vol 1 Scott Pilgrims Precious Little
Scott Pilgrim Vol 3 Infinite Sadness GN (MR)
Spider-Man Black Cat Evil That Men Do Marvel Premiere HC
Superman Strange Attractors TPB
Tenjho Tenge Vol 7
Vampire Hunter D Vol 4 Tale Of Dead Town Novel TPB
Young Magician Vol 4 (MR)

Batman: Face to Face
Enemy Ace Archives Volume 2 HC
Justice Volume 1 Hardcover
Pride of Baghdad HC
Superman: Infinite City
Book of Lost Souls
Decimation: Son of M
Essential Luke Cage Power Man Volume 2
New X-Men: Childhood’s End Volume 2
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. 1 – This is What They Want HC
Reiko the Zombie Shop Volume 4
Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty Volume 1
Tomb Raider Compendium
DearS Official Fan Book
Half Dead

Motor City Comic Con 2006 – Day 2

I’m not going to bore you with the hellish amount of traffic and construction going on in the metro Detroit area, but I will tell you that it took forever to get to the Con. When I got there, I pulled up to pay for my parking. I was at a dead stop, when I decided to pull out my water bottle, which I froze over night, but by now the ice had melted a bit. I untwisted the cap and BOOOM! The bottle exploded in my lap. It scared the hell out me and I let up on the brake and I hit the car which two feet in front of me. My hood flew up and I looked like a total fool. Luckily there was no damage to either car and I didn’t have to exchange any information with the other driver or get the cops involved.

So I get into the Con and I head straight to George Perez’s table to have him sign my two New Teen Titans Archives. When I get to his table he informs the line that he will not be signing anymore books after he is done with the person whom he is signing for at the moment. I was #2 in line. Between last night and now, I am not too pleased. I remind him politely that I was here Friday night with Patrick and he told me to come back Saturday. This must have jogged his memory and he was nice enough to sign the books. I thanked him very much, but he didn’t seem to be in the conversational mood.

I then went over to Martin Nodell to have him sign All-Star Comics Archives Volume 2 and Comics Cavalcade Volume 1. He is such a nice guy and still going strong at the age of 91! Nodell will be at the San Diego Comic Con to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and then he’ll be at Wizard World Chicago in August.

I walked around for much of the show, just looking for reasonably priced older Trades and Hardcovers. I found a few, but nothing really caught my eye. I ended up buying brand new copies of Essential Godzilla for $5 and Legion Archives Volume 7 for $25. Both excellent deals.

At 3:00, I headed over to the Conversation with George Perez. I sat in the front row and I recorded the whole thing with my iRiver, it turned out very well and I will be editing out the pertinent pieces related to this podcast. However, I will be putting up the entire conversation in a special download link. I’ll speak more on that in my next two podcasts.

Later in the day, it turned out to be an unofficial Detroit Podcasters Meet-Up; Mike (Most People Are DJ’s), Derek (Comic Book Noise), Aaron (Weekly Anime Review), Matt (Digital Detroit Radio), and Jasper (Plan Nine Rock Show). By now the show was closing and we all decided to have a few beers at a local bar. Aaron had to go back to Toledo, but we did meet up with Josh and Jason (Podaholics) and Les (Zaldor’s World). We had a great time and we had a few laughs, too.

Then 9:00 comes around and Mike, Jasper, Josh and Jason and I head over to the Official Con After Party at the Doubletree. It turned out to be a total geek fest complete with some yahoo playing with a life sized remote control R2-D2. There were a bunch of celebrities and professionals mingling with fans. I took off around midnight and in conclusion it turned out to be a really fun weekend. I’m glad I didn’t skip it.


Motor City Comic Con 2006 – Day 1

I drive there with my son Patrick (6), It’s his first Con ever and he’s a little nervous as to what he may find. I told him Batman (Adam West) would be there and so would Robin (Burt Ward).
400 cars in the lot at 5:00 and I get an excellent parking spot right by the front door!
I get my pass and I pay for Patrick and we head right for artist alley. On the way I stop and taker a picture of Patrick in front of the Batmobile, Batboat and General Lee.

We go right up to Steranko’s table and I slowly take out my two SHIELD trades, I asked if the dispute is over and he says no. It’s entirely up to Marvel to fix the problems that they are having. He’d be happy to sign anything else I may have, which turned out to be the MCCC program. Nice guy, but I hope he and Marvel can work out their differences someday.

Then we head over to Perez’s table. To my surprise he is all alone and he’s sitting back sketching and drinking a bottle of water. I start to take out my Teen Titans Archives and he tells me that he’ll start signing again at 6:00. I tell him that I’ll be gone at that time (which is true). He tells me, in a smug way, that it’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I shook my head and walked away. I know he’s on a break, but no one was around, I’m with my son and I wouldn’t be more than two minutes of his time. It left a bad taste in my mouth.

OK. We then head over to Adam West’s table to have him sign my trade of Batman in the 60’s, in which he wrote the introduction. After 10 minutes in line, we get up to the front and his associate tells me it will be $40 for an autograph. West and I look eye to eye and I say, in no uncertain terms, “No thank you”. Patrick and I turn and walk away.
And I’m out the door.

I’ll be back on Saturday to do some shopping and hopefully talk Marty Nodell and a few others.