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Kray Z Comics and Stories 269: Dropping Kray

Joe starts with a bang, talking about the Clone Conspiracy! And you know when it comes to clones and Spider-Man, that’s a recipe for success! They then discuss why they stop reading specific comics, now, when they worked in comics retail and when they were younger fans. It’s an episode about what make you drop a comic!

  • Cat cosplay covers.
  • Talk about sales figures, what we know and what we don’t know
  • They talk about great comics runs and ones where things fell apart.
  • The Beyonder from Secret Wars…what happened to him?
  • Early comics subscription services
  • The death of Robin
  • CAPTAIN ARMADILLO!!!

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 268: Newsstand Insanity

Cory!! and Joe talk about an article on The Outhousers about how we need to get comics back on newsstands. They talk about pre-ordering comics, why comics won’t work on the newsstands and other issues around the current distribution of comic books and graphic novels.

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/features/136167-die-industry-die-or-why-letting-comics-fail-is-the-real-only-way-to-save-the-industry.html

They also discuss the new Tilting At Windmills about how DC Rebirth is doing well and Marvel’s Civil War 2 isn’t doing as well. Joe and Cory!! talk about how retailers would handle both events and what it means for the future of the comics market.

Tilting at Windmills #253: Was DC’s Rebirth a Commercial Hit… or Failure?

  • Ellison Gift and News
  • The birth of annuals
  • Why comics moved to the direct market
  • How comic retailers were a weird, paranoid lot in the 80’s
  • Comics publishers who died when the newsstands dried up
  • What do returnable comics mean for a comic shop
  • Valiant – Why?
  • Cory!! Screws up and calls Nightwing Nighthawk and Black Knight Dark Knight.  What a moron.

We’ve also got freaking and geeking and the usual Much, Much more!!

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Solitaire Rose Radio 61: 01 Publishing’s Kat Rocha, Josh Finney and Patrick McEvoy

I sit down again with the crew from http://01publishing.com/ and we talk about their current kickstarter Casefile Arkham: Her Blood Runs Cold.  We talk about how to put together a successful kickstarter, why H P Lovecraft still resonates, how to write series novels, what editors look for from creators and much, much more!  Jump in and enjoy the roundtable discussion!

Their kickstarter for the new Casefile Arkham is right here!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 267: If You Like Angel Medina

Angel Medina drops by to talk about comics and wrestling while Joe’s Internet cuts out and drops the entire show. It’s a way to drop in on what it’s like to sit around with us after a convention where we talk like a bunch of nerds! They discuss all sorts of things like:

  • Their favorite 70’s comics that still hold up
  • AWA in the 80’s
  • Things they liked about both comics and wrestling – Continuity
  • The 80’s Chicago comic cons

Sadly, the recording stopped before we got to freaking and geeking, but it’s still a lot of fun!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 266: The State of the X-Men Nation

The summer is over! So instead of complaining about how summer has ended, they do what they always do, talk comics!! Their topic this week is the X-Men! When did they lose interest, when does it seem like comics fans lost interest and is there anything that can make them the top super-hero comic again?

  • Cory!! talks about his time at Lion Con
  • Joe beats up on Cory!! for retiring from conventions
  • What the website ICV2.com is used for by retailers
  • Cory!! gives the details on how they get the projected comics sales are figured out
  • Are there any new rock bands that anyone cares about?
  • What the hell happened with Dark Beast?
  • THEY TALK ABOUT JACK KIRBY BECAUSE OF COURSE THEY DO!!!

Freaking and geeking, the usual shenanigans and the usual much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 265 Summer Va-KRAY-tion

Joe was off for a week, so he and Cory!! talk about what they did on their summer vacation as well as:

  • Cory!! discusses the Mad Magazine Board game and playing it on camera at Lion Con
  • Cory!! gives advice to comic shop owners around the world
  • Joe tells his tale of horror as he was not able to visit a comic shop on his vacation.
  • Joe talks about his time away from the internet
  • Cory!! discusses the Ed Brubaker run on the X-Men
  • They discuss the dearth of classic underground comix available in trade paperbacks
  • And after the endcap music, Cory!! fills you in on his big announcement from Lion Con
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Solitaire Rose Radio 60: Artist Jayro Lantigua

Cory was introduced to Jayro’s work on the episode of Kray Z Comics and Stories where they discussed artist who need more attention, and was blown away by his work. It’s unique, interesting and shows influences from outside of comic books and more from 90’s animation. Jayro himself is an interesting person as well, driving himself to work on his art while keeping a full time job because he3 is driven to create.

You’ll be interested in his story and his art as you get to know more about him in the far ranging interview.

Visit him at his website:  http://www.jayrolantigua.com/

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 264: Vacationing Kray

Kray is out of town, but the show must go on, so we’ve got substitute host Dangerous Dan Mohr! That’s how easy you can replaced on this show, so Cory!! better look the hell out as he can be replaced with a damp mop. Dan and Cory!! talk about the upcoming Lion Con appearance, and interview the Head Poo-Bah of Lion Con himself Justin Willard:  https://www.facebook.com/LionConmn/

  • The Hasbro universe coming together at IDW
  • Cory!! explains why the DC Universe didn’t really come together until the 70’s
  • Why Gotham is giving people cognitive dissonance
  • Fixing the problem with the DC movies vs the DC TV shows
  • Dan breaking the rule of improv to mess with a fellow cartoonist
  • Dan tells stories about working at The Source in St Paul and some Nick Post stories.

There’s also freaking and geeking and the usual much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 263: Certified Geeks and Bona Fied Nerds

Blizzard World is in the books, so Cory!! gives an update on the convention and then he and Joe talk smaller conventions, odd places where they have found comics and more! Their topics are:

  • When is a good time to put on a comic convention.
  • Cory!! tried a new opening for the show which critics call “Embarrassing”
  • Why dealers are never happy.
  • They review the first trade paperback of Wynonna Earp
  • Joe discusses the “Marketplace” comic conventions of the 90’s
  • Tiny comics shops in Central Illinois
  • Why it takes a long time to build an audience for a convention
  • Cory!! praises the work of Lance Ward, who chatted with him at Blizzard World, and you can see his work at  https://tatertotdiaperman.wordpress.com/

There’s also freaking and geeking and the usual much, much more!

Cory will be appearing at LionCon: 8/27/2016

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 262: Comic Crap

The show is invaded by the folks over at Wrestlecrap Radio, RD Reynolds and Blade Braxton as Kray Z has surpassed their number of episodes! They discuss how Wrestlecrap Radio came to be, how they were an inspiration of Kray Z and all sorts of other stuff. But, we have them here to judge Which Comic Is The Worst!

  • Cory!! chooses Skateman by Neal Adams
  • Joe chooses DeathMate (of Course)
  • Jin chooses the Nancy Comic Strip!

WHICH ONE WINS?!?

  • You’ll have to listen to find out. They also discuss:

    If the crickets were traitors

  • Just how much did Cory!! borrow from their show
  • RD and Jin decide that maybe they shouldn’t be on these two podcasts
  • My Space Karaoke is brought up
  • Joe gets Cory!! talking about Steve Gerber again

All of this, extra shenanigans and much, much more!

Cory will be appearing at LionCon: 8/27/2016

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