Kray Z Comics and Stories 481: Previews October 2020

It’s time for Joe and Cory!! to go through Previews, the catalog of upcoming comics, and let you know what looks cool! We dig through the over 500 page catalog to find the new comics and books that we are interested in and you might be as well!! They also discuss:

  • A reader sends in an Ask The Strode about Saturday Morning Comic #1 from Marvel
  • Joe and Cory!! talk alternative radio in the 90’s in the Twin Cites and how much they loved Rev 10 and how it led to Public Radio’s service The Current
  • Dark Horse’s last comic based on the Alien movies, and Marvel’s first collection based on it all come out the same month.
  • Cory!! does DC all on his own
  • Wait, Chris Claremont works for Marvel exclusively?
  • A rant on how Marvel screwed up the Hobgoblin character

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 480: Nerdin’ Out Road Trip

A NEW comic shop, Nerdin’ Out, opened in the Twin Cities, so Cory!!, Joe, and Butch hit the road to see what they’ve got as well as Cedar Cliff Collectibles, and Nostalgia Zone! Once again, you get to ride along. They alos discuss:

  • Cory asks Butch and Joe how they find new bands.
  • Why Cory and Joe never went into radio as a profession
  • We were asked to explain our connection to the 1994 Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie (which we proved a couple of years ago is the greatest super-hero movie ever made)
  • We talk about not being able to get into Dreamhaven
  • Our trip to Nostalgia Zone
  • Our trip to Cedar Cliff Collectibles
  • Early Days of Joe owning Hot Comics St Paul
  • Butch finally got his Ka-Zar comic

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 479: Gerry Conway’s Comic Publisher Plan

First, Cory!! and Joe review one f the book in the book series Ch05sen. You can buy the book from Amazon here, and here is more information on t he series from its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ch05enbooks/?ref=bookmarks

Gerry Conway, comics and TV writer, recently put out his idea for what should happen with the comic book industry. Cory!! and Joe disagree, and go through the flaws in his argument and go over what they think can “save” the comic book industry.

They talk briefly about how Donald Trump is helping publishing

Cory!! talks comic book lettering, what works and what doesn’t.

Who was DC comics publishing for in the 60’s?

How to tell how comics sell by looking at the shelves at the local Barnes and Noble

We aren’t doing ads until the election. Instead, go to Betterknowaballot.com

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 478: Free Comic Book Day 2020 Roundup!

Now that Joe and Cory!! have all of the book from Free Comic Book Summer, they go through the box and talk about some of the books that showed up. What they liked, what will convince them to buy more, and what you should be looking for!

They also discuss:

  • Changes to DC’s online service
  • How did Marvel gets the rights to Conan back in the 70’s?
  • Free comic book day because free comic book summer
  • Joe gives advice on how to think about your collection when it comes to estate planning
  • Here is the website we talk about for Estate planning: https://www.mycomicshop.com/estate

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 477: September Previews

Every month, we get a catalog of the comics coming out in a couple of months, and this month is no different. And, like a good comics podcast should do, Joe and Cory!! go through that catalog and point out the new stuff, the interesting stuff and the stuff we think you should take a look at when placing your comics order or heading to your local book seller.

And THIS ONE IS DAMN LONG!!!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 476: What If We Did Reviews?

It’s time for reviews! Cory!! and Joe go through their stacks of comics and review a few and let you know if you should Buy, Borrow, or Ignore these books:

Kong on the Planet of the Apes: Boom!

Inkblot: Image

Headlocked: Self published

Empyre: Marvel

What If? The Complete Collection Vol. 1: Marvel

Hellblazer Rise and Fall: DC Black Label

They also discuss

  • Cory!! talks abut how his son got married and Cory!! officiated the ceremony
  • How Minnesota dropped 40 degrees in a single day

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 475: Twin Cities Comics owner Torrie Quella

Torrie Quella of Twin Cities Comics is our guest.

Torrie started as a fan and has gone on to create a business by providing authenticated autographs of comics creators, celebrities and others and wee sit down with him to talk about how he got started in the business, how it works, and other stories about the world of autographs!

They also discuss:

Comics grading

Stories of celebrities signing things they didn’t know existed

The logistics of doing the signings

Can you get your omnibus signed?

Who was the most delightful person to get a signing?

How the Neil Gaiman signings have gone through Dreamhaven books

What are signings like in the age of Covid 19?

His sites are:

https://twincitiescomics.com/

https://www.ebay.com/str/twincitiescomics

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 474: Mankato Trip Part 2, Electric Boogaloo

Cory!!, Joe and Butch piled into the car and take off across Minnesota to hunt or comics, books, masks, antiques, donuts, pie, and all sorts of other things, and this is the second half of that road trip, and it’s an extra long episode by popular demand!

They go to Pulp Comics and Games

And The Dork Den

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 473: August Previews

It’s that time again! No, not time for you to send Cory!! pie, although it’s always a good time to send Cory!! pie, no, it’s time for Cory!! and Joe to go through Previews!

Previews is the monthly catalog for the comics industry and every month, they go through pointing out new series, cool collected editions and other things that you MAY want to order from your local comic shop. They also discuss:

  • Joe has FINALLY started watching Ring of Honor
  • Why things are delayed this month
  • Cory goes into comics economics
  • Cory has to do DC all on his own. ALL ALONE!
  • What may Cory buy even though he already has it as a comic, a trade and a omnibus?
  • What was “Fantastic Four The Lost Adventure”
  • What is Cory’s favorite Rush album
  • Joe discusses a magazine that it worth HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS if you have the later issues.
  • Who is Bill Stinky Witch?

All of this, the usual shenanigans, a possible new segment, and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stores 472: DCeased

Breaking news! DC comics suffered an attack by their corporate overlords and at least 1/3rd of their staff have been laid off as Warner Communications had massive layoffs throughout the entire company. DC Universe had their entire staff laid off, DC Direct (the collectible toy division) was shut down, and the rumors of other changes are flying.

Cory!! and Joe break down the news, go over what it means for comics fans, comics shops and the future of DC comics

  • 20 – 25% of the comics line will be cut
  • The first round of cancellations have been announced
  • Who are the new people in charge of DC now?
  • What is DC’s “Two Year Plan”
  • Black Label is esse4ntially dead
  • Why are there so many new Batman spin off characters?
  • Why major companies see Streaming as the future, even if it is not a good options for comics according to Joe
  • What was the reason it took cable TV so long to make it out into most places
  • How to understand corporate changes when they happen no matter the company
  • Joe invents the phrase “Sticking their nose out at you”

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

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