Kray Z Comics and Stories 384: Kray Z Ways Of Running a Comic Shop

Kray is still on the shelf, but we have a SPECIAL episode recorded before he went under the knife where we discuss a comic shop that announced it is in trouble due to customers not picking up their subscriptions.

We discuss how to keep that from happening, how customers and shops can prevent it, and how Joe dealt with the issue.

AND, after the commercial break, we’ve got a special surprise for you.  What is it?  IF WE TELL YOU, IT WILL SPOIL THE DAMN SURPRISE.

Geez


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Kray Z Comics and Stories 383: Krazy Amish Baby Machines

Joe is out on the disabled list, but we have a podcast from BEFORE he was put on the injured reserve where Joe’s pal Dags McPhearson from the pop culture podcast Amish Baby Machine. It’s a far ranging discussion where they talk about:

  • -Favorite comic artists
  • -Why they kept reading comics
  • -Bill Maher dissing Stan Lee
  • -Cory gives an explanation of Marvel’s multiple universes
  • -Why Joe and Cory!! don’t get upset about changes in Marvel and DC comics
  • -What DOES burn Cory!!’s ass other than a flame about three feet high.

All of this, more than the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

And here is the Amish Baby Machine Podcast!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 382: Holiday Geek Expo Featuring Thanos

Joe is going to get his hip replaced on Thursday, so he won’t make it to Dangerous Dan Mohr’s Holiday Geek Expo in St Paul MN 12/1 and 12/2.

http://wolfiebbad.com/holidaygeekexpo.html

However, they get together to discuss Dan’s favorite character: Thanos!

They both discuss the first Thanos stories they read, as well as the history of the character from the 70’s through the present! They also discuss:

  • What is the Holidays Geek Souffle?
  • Dan fills us in on the local convention scene, and conventions he will be attending as a guest.
  • Cory!! talked about the three upcoming Thanos omnibussesses because Cory!! is all abut the Omnibus format
  • Cory!! gives a Hanging at the Home story
  • Is Thanos a knockoff a Jack Kirby New Gods character?
  • How the crossover between Avengers Annual #7 and Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 came about.

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Solitaire Rose Radio 75: Tom Peyer and Stuart Moore Say Ahoy!

Cory!! welcomes Tom Peyer and Stuart Moore from Ahoy comics! They talk about their new company, Ahoy, and their books The Wrong Earth and Captain Ginger.

The books they discuss are:

The Wrong Earth, a six-issue mini-series by Tom Peyer and artist Jamal Igle. The book’s lead story will tell the story of what happens when two alternate earth versions of a character named Dragonflyman (one a brutal anti-hero and another an adventurer) switch places.

Captain Ginger a space opera set on a starship that is staffed by cats who behave like cats. They’re human cats who really act like cats, written by Stuart Moore and drawn by June Brigman.

They discuss the idea of starting a new company, what Ahoy does differently, and what it’s like moving from the editorial chair to the creative chair. It’s a great discussion with two long-time comics pros!

Ahoy Comics’ web page: http://www.comicsahoy.com/

Their Facebook series: https://www.facebook.com/ComicsAHOY/

Their Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/AhoyComicMags

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 381: Stan Lee

This last week was the passing of Marvel’s former editor in chief, head writer and living legend Stan Lee. Joe and Cory!! discuss the passing of a man who has influenced our lives and the lives of millions of other people. We don’t mourn him, but we praise him and talk about the legacy he leaves behind and the amazing life he led.

They also discuss:

  • The passing of a local comics creator who has been a fixture at Minnesota Comics Conventions for over 25 years: David Watkins.
  • The times they met Stan Lee
  • The story of Stan posing nude for a Marvel comic
  • What was Stan’s last comic work
  • Stan’s length of time as Marvel Editor in Chief and what he did in the job.

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 380: Tales From The Shop, So Much Joe

ICV2.com has an article about how comic shops can combat buying on-line, and Joe takes over completely so that Cory!! can take a nap! Joe talks about how he set his store apart from other shops, first with vintage action figures and then becoming the destination for new action figure collectors. He then goes into thing he did to make his shop and experience, tricks of the trade and what a shop should be doing now to get a log up on competitors.

They also discuss:

  • Joe has not gotten his DCBService box and is tracking it like he’s a kid watching NORAD’s Santa coverage.
  • How both Cory!! and Joe would rush to make sure they got comics as soon as possible when they were younger.
  • Bob Burden is selling his Canceled Comics Cavalcade, and Cory!! explains why that is a big deal.
  • Joe wonders how he would have handled manga when it exploded in 2002.
  • Why has there never been a comic shop chain?
  • What is the #1 thing a shop can do can combat on-line shopping?
  • Joe can’t understand why Cory!! would never want to own his own business.

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 379: If Marvel Published DC

We got interrupted last week, so we’re going to go BACK to that idea:

Back in 1984, DC made an overture to Marvel to have Marvel become the publisher for the DC comics characters. Marvel eventually turned it down due to concerns about being seen as a monopoly, but instead, in OUR podcast, what would WE have done if we were in charge of Marvel to start the DC Universe as a part of Marvel publishing in 1986! Cory!! and Joe go over their ideas including:

  • Having Secret Wars be a part of the integration
  • How would this have changed Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • Joe and Cory!! disagree about how to handle the time after Marvel starts publishing DC
  • Did the previous crossovers between Marvel and DC “Happen” in this new multiverse?
  • What is the fundamental difference between Marvel and DC?
  • How would new pitches be brought in to the combined company?

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 378: Topicus Interruptus

Cory!! and Joe talk about the offer that Time Warner made to Marvel back in 1984. They wanted to put together a deal to license their characters from DC for Marvel to publish, and the plans moved forward until Marvel’s lawyers put the kibosh on it. They BEGIN to discuss this, but a big news story breaks while they are recording, and the topic shifts to the announcement that Roman Reigns will be fighting leukemia…

  • Joe wants to know what Cory!! will do if he won the MegaMillions lottery and Cory!! bores him with his answer
  • Why Joe and Cory!! couldn’t get 7-11 cups
  • Why was First Comics founded?
  • Why was Epic’s “Void Indigo” and the Marvel “Nightmare on Elm Street” magazine canceled after 2 issues?
  • Cory!! and Joe discuss the office politics at DC that made the Post-Crisis “universe” such a mess.
  • Joe starts to give his ideas for how to merge the Marvel and DC universes
  • The life of Bill Mantlo after comics

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 377: We Bought It!

There’s a big old stack of comics that Joe and Cory!! have read lately, so rather than some silly there, they just talk about them. Think about it, a whole episode where they talk about the comics they have read! Comics like:

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Comic
  • Infinity Siblings
  • Amazing Spider-Man annual
  • Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive
  • Heroes in Crisis
  • Where Monsters Dwell
  • Starlord
  • 1984/1994 – The Warren magazines
  • Asgardians of the Galaxy
  • Return of Wolverine

OK, they do talk about other things, such as:

  • Joe found a Land of the Lost reunion conventions.
  • Cory!! goes over the September comics sales chart
  • How can comics shops cash in on TV and movie tie-ins?

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 376: December Previews!

It’s that time! No, not for Cory to quit the show and build a fort out of omnibusesses, but for Joe “Kray Z” Rider and your charming and delightful old uncle rat-bastard to go through Previews and discuss the comics they are excited about coming out in December! Because of that, it’s a long one, and they also discuss:

  • Joe went to FallCon in Minnesota and gives an update on the convention
  • Cory!! did not
  • Joe can’t recommend Weapon Brown’s reprint enough!!
  • Is Cory!! interested in the reboot of The Rocketeer?
  • Would you pay $1500 for a book about Stan Lee?

All of this, the usual shenanigans, and much, much more!

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