Solitaire Rose Radio 49: Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com

I sit down with Mike “Sparky” Johnson, the best reporter in the field of writing about Professional Wrestling to talk comics, his past, how comic books saved his hearing, finding the job of your dreams and memories of professional wrestling.  All in one interview!  Go visit Mike’s website at PWinsider.com

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Episode 233: Octal, Andre the Giant and 6 Years Of Shenanigans

Cory and Joe start off the episode by introducing their new segment where Cory!! and Linden Palmer talk Anime and Manga. This leads to the reviews of comics that they have been sent to talk about, one of which is a new project called Octal (http://www.drivethrucomics.com/product/166649/Octal-Volume-1) which is a catalog of comics being pitched to publishers. When Jin Wicked FINALLY decides to join the show, they all talk about the idea as well as how comic creators are getting their ideas out into the world with or without publishers.

They also discuss:

  • Andrew the Giant, Closer to Heaven is reviewed
  • Joe read Andre the Giant Life and Legend instead.
  • How Jin does it all herself without a publish and what ideas work best with that approach.
  • A short interview with the publisher of Octal
  • They talk the “30 cent variant comics” from the 70’s and how they came about.
  • Where Marvel’s “Not Brand Ecch” came from
  • Anniversaries all around!

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 232: 2015 In Review

Jin Wicked is Back!  Cory!! and Joe never left!  And now that the crew is all here, they go over the comic sales and news from 2015 and go over the changes int he industry over the last year, as well as discuss the storm clouds on the horizon for 2016.  They also catch up with Jin on what she’s been doing, art-wise, and discuss a TONNE of other topics like:

  • In catching up, we discover Jin has a VERY weird talent when it comes to identifying snack chips.
  • Joe talks about how he would blow out stuff at the end of the year early in the new year to clean out dead product
  • They talk “Operation Galactic Storm”. Have we found Cory!!’s Deathmate?
  • Joe drops out of the call and Cory!! and Jin discuss the what the show would be without Joe
  • And they discuss the cold because they are all in Minnesota and that’s what Minnesotans do. JIN IS NOW ONE OF US! Look forward to her saying “Ya, you betcha” and “Uff da” soon
  • They discuss this column by Brian Hibbs:
    Joe and Cory!! discuss how accurate the sales charts on the internet are
  • Joe does another “Ask the Strode”
  • They discuss the ten best selling comics of the year: SPOILER!! LOTS of media tie-in books.
  • Why the Fantastic Four was canceled and won’t be coming back any time soon
  • Cory and Jin do X-Files discussing while Joe is trying to get his computer to work.
  • Cory tells the story of how he met his bestest friend Jin Wicked and she actually says “Aw” as if she is on “Community”.
  • Joe and Jin decide to crap all over one of Cory’s freakings.
  • We decide once and for all if Cory!! is a Goody Two Shoes or a Lousy Rat Bastard?

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 231: INSTANT Reaction To DC Reborn

It’s an INSTANT podcast where Joe, Cory, Dangerous Dan Mohr and special guest listener and video podcaster Michael Carter discuss the news the snuck out today that DC is doing a relaunch/rebirth in June. Instant reactions, speculation and discussion from the four of us in a special Breaking News Instant Podcast! No time to clean it up, we’re getting what you think out as soon as we think it!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 230: Star Wars Spoilertastic Super Jam Packed Podcast Spectacular!

Joe and Cory!! are joined by Joe’s friend and Star Wars expert Eric “Turbo” Jackson who is a sith lord who loves star wars and beer. They discuss the new Star Wars movie, the games, the books, the comics, the toys and all of the other stuff! So if you haven’t seen it yet, you may want to go see it and come back. So get ready for them to talk all things Jedi! They also discuss:

  • What do each of them think of The Force Awakens
  • Eric has theories about specific parts of the movies
  • Reactions of fans to the end of the Extended Universe
  • A LONG discussion of what goes into the dark side and if Kylo Ren is a good antagonist or not
  • A discussion of the BIG SPOILER
  • They talk about the new characters and how to do a reboot
  • What do you want in Episode 8
  • Eric drives off in the middle of the episode!
  • Joe and Cory!! review the comic: http://baynelegacyapocalypse.weebly.com/
  • Joe has a couple of Ask The Strode questions to see how much stupid comic info Cory has in his head.

All of this, Freaking and Geeking, tons of shenanigans and the usual much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 229: New Kray Year 2016

It’s the first recording of the new year, so Cory!! and Joe talk about what they have been doing, what they’ve been reading, the show (how meta!) and other comic book related topics!

  • Cory!! tells Joe about changes in the show this year, which Joe knew nothing about because Cory!! never tells Joe a damn thing about the show.
  • Cory!! announces his NEW podcast: weeklynewsupdate.solitairerose.com
  • They review Six Gun Gorilla, available here: http://www.sixgungorilla.com/
  • Cartoonist John Stanley and his work like Nancy, Little Lulu or 13 going on 18
  • Roy Thomas at Marvel in the 1990’s.
  • They point out some cool stuff in Previews this month.
  • Why the post Secret Wars Avengers and the post-Convergence DC just aren’t grabbing them.
  • A discussion of spoilers and how upset they get over them.
  • Cory!! was a lousy rat bastard during the release of Return of the Jedi
  • The annual New Year’s Eve Hangin’ at the Home story

They also discuss Freaking and geeking, Joe’s eBay stuff and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 228: You Sick Bastard

Being sick and comic books don’t seem like things that go together, but Cory!! ending up in the hospital reminds us that when we get sick, we want Comfort and what better to take comfort in than comics! Special Guest Butch drops by and Joe and Cory!! discuss hospital stays, comic books and much more like:

  • What Cory!! has in his go-bag (comics and other things)
  • The 80’s TV event “Special Bulletin”
  • Cory!! going into the hospital 2 days before Christmas as a kid and being given a big stack of comics to read in the hospital
  • Joe having to get people to watch his shop because of his surgery
  • Why nose tubes are evil
  • Cory!! saw the Hateful Eight for Christmas and was ignored by most everyone who said they would wish him a Merry Christmas, so bugger them.
  • Butch doing a run in!!
  • They talk about Driving Cory!! home
  • Butch discusses what he did for Christmas
  • Butch talking about comics he read when he was sick
  • A discussion of Steve Ditko’s current publishing
  • Joe’s eBay stuff

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

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Solitaire Rose Radio 48: Interview with Artist Matt Brundage

Matt Brundage is the co-artist on the comic book Art Ops, and you may not know his work, but he’s been at it for a long time. He’s drawn parts of the comic adaptation of Chasing Amy, worked at Spumco, done corporate art and has always been a comic book fan. Matt and Cory talk comics, art, storytelling and life in a wide ranging interview. Quit reading and listen and you’ll love his work!

He talks about Pentel Art Brushes:

Copic Markers:

A video of Matt and Mike Allred working on Art Ops 3:

Matt’s Facebook page:

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 227: Geek Expo Team Up

It’s the Holiday Geek Expo podcast! Joe’s wasn’t there on Saturday, so instead it’s Cory and Butch talking comics! We’ve also got a short chat with friend of the show, moviemaker, artist and a hell of a good egg Thommy Lange! Butch and Cory!! discuss team up comics and it all goes out of control from there:

  • Dan and Wolfie drop by to talk about their favorite Hercules team-up story
  • How Butch Guice got “let go” from Marvel
  • Mickey Rooney playing the most racist character of the 1960’s
  • Comics involving Mr. T
  • Cory’s story of his first encounter with Joe
  • How the Russians went after the podcast back in 2012
  • Why Rob Liefled doesn’t listen to the podcast
  • Superman vs Spider-Man and other Treasury comics
  • Cory can’t remember Al Bundy’s name
  • Early Fox Network failures
  • Anthology TV and comic book series
  • Why we love Angel Medina

All of this, a special holiday message, some unusual shenanigans and much, much more. Go listen already, it’s not like it costs anything!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 226: Jumpin’ the Shark

Our theme this week is Jumping the Shark! Joe and Cory!! talk about the term, and times when comics may have Jumped the Shark. They talk about a lot of other stuff as well, like:

  • Joe and Cory!! talk about health, furnaces, and the other things they have been up to between podcasts.
  • Sales figures for Dark Knight III,
  • When did comics start declining?
  • The end of the Golden Age
  • What did Blockbuster do wrong that comic shops do right?
  • How comic shops lost their minds over Marvel Mart
  • The comics code
  • Did Marvel jump when Kirby left?
  • The darkening of Marvel with the death of Gwen Stacy
  • When did the Bronze Age of comics start and end
  • Was the rise of the direct market a Jump the Shark moment?
  • They discuss the early Direct Sales Only comics from Marvel and DC
  • Quesada and Jemas taking over Marvel
  • Cory and Joe answer a reader question about Jack Kirby.

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

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