Kray Z Comics and Stories 398: March Previews

Every month, Diamond distribution puts out a catalog of all of the comics scheduled for a future month, and this time, it’s for May 2019. Cory and Joe go over what’s in the catalog, highlight new series, collections and other things that they are interested it.

So, grab your copy of Previews and your order form and follow along! They also discuss:

Joe gives a comic to invest in

Cory!! Explains why nothing happens on wrestling house shows any more

A new segment of American Food! Two new cereals!

Why DC’s cutting their collected editions is a short sighted decision.

What 80’s comics reprints are they excited about

All of this, the usual shenanigans and over 2 hours of comics talk!

Our song this week is by the Cybertronic Spree, “Dare.”

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 397: Marvel Selects Part Two

Marvel has just put out a list of “Marvel Selects”, a series of trade paperbacks that they think will be the best for NEW readers. And if Marvel is putting out a list, you know Cory!! and Joe are going to be talking about it. As a special guest, we have artist Dangerous Dan Mohr!

Are these the best for new readers?

  • MS. MARVEL VOL. 1: NO NORMAL TPB
  • PUNISHER: WELCOME BACK, FRANK TPB
  • RUNAWAYS VOL. 1: PRIDE & JOY TPB
  • THANOS RISING TPB
  • THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TPB* (in stores 1/16)
  • THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL VOL. 1: SQUIRREL POWER TPB
  • THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOL. 1 – THE GOD BUTCHER TPB
  • ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS VOL. 1 TPB
  • ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1: POWER & RESPONSIBILITY TPB
  • VENOM BY DONNY CATES VOL. 1: REX TPB

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

Our closing song this week is from Dave Cofell – Lonesome Train, which you can buy here: http://www.davecofell.com/

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 396: Marvel Selects Part One

Marvel has just put out a list of “Marvel Selects”, a series of trade paperbacks that they think will be the best for NEW readers. And if Marvel is putting out a list, you know Cory!! and Joe are going to be talking about it. As a special guest, we have artist Dangerous Dan Mohr!

Are these the best for new readers?

  • ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL. 1: GIFTED TPB
  • BLACK PANTHER: WHO IS THE BLACK PANTHER? TPB
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER ULTIMATE COLLECTION TPB
  • CIVIL WAR TPB
  • DEADPOOL CLASSIC VOL. 1 TPB
  • DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH TPB
  • FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: THE COMING OF GALACTUS TPB
  • HULK: PLANET HULK TPB
  • IRON MAN: EXTREMIS TPB
  • MARVELS: THE REMASTERED EDITION TPB

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 395: The State of DC Comics

With a lot of news and rumors about DC coming out over the last week, Joe and Cory!! have decided it’s time to discuss the state of DC comics. They go over:

DC Canceling trade paperbacks and hard covers

DC losing characters that they have been using for a long time, which leads to a discussion of how internal corporate economics works in relation to what books DC can publish using Warner’s Communication characters

How Marvel blew millions of dollars in the 90’s chasing the baseball card boom.

They also discuss:

Cory!! explains how not to clear off the snow.

Why Cory!! no longer cares about the Oscars.

Joe and Cory!! discuss chocolate soda

Why Netflix ended the Marvel series

How Turner Classic Movies was created to re-purpose material already owned, and hwo does that relate to comics?

Whatever happened to the Hamburgler?

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 394: February Previews!

Every month, we get a big old catalog of the comics coming out in a couple of months, and this month is no different. It’s time for Cory!! and Joe to go through Previews and highlight new and upcoming comics, trade paperbacks and hardcovers they are excited about.

They also have the usual shenanigans, and much, much more!

Musical Selection: 
https://www.facebook.com/MiseryofFlight/

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 393: A Blizzard of Comics Reviews

Kray Z Comics and Stories 393: A Blizzard of Comics Reviews

393 episodes, and while Joe bumped back recording for his birthday, Cory!! lets us all know some of the other shows we now have done more episodes than! They truly are a National Treasure. And what better way to celebrate Joe’s birthday than doing comic book reviews!

Cory!! and Joe review:

The complete Dell Peanuts

Decades: Marvel in the 40’s

Fight Like A Girl

Lee and Kirby: Stuff Said

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Fantastic Four Wedding Special #1

Shazam #1 and 2

Green Lantern

AND, they talk about:

The return of American Food!

Joe decides that Cory!! is dead wrong about Star Trek novels

We discuss the greatest panel in Marvel Comics History

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

Links!

See Joe and his lovely, long suffering wife on The Jason Show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t833E4AJdbw&feature=share

Link to Flight Like a Girl eBook:
https://ko-fi.com/lmnopart

Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda and the M*A*S*H Reunion:
https://www.facebook.com/clearandvivid/?ref=br_rs

WIN A COMIC BOOK STORE:

Musical Selection: 
https://www.facebook.com/MiseryofFlight/

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 392: Decluttering Kray

This show was recorded during the height of the Polar Vortex! So, Joe and Cory!! hunkered down to record a podcast and talk about comics.

They discuss the layoffs at DC comics, and Cory!! and Joe discuss the memo that was sent to employees after the layoffs occurred. They also discuss why these changes may have happened and what DC will do going forward.

They also discuss tidying up their collections. What are they willing to get rid of, what won’t they get rid of, what brings them joy and, what is Cory!!’s plan with his collection of crap!

-What Cory!! enjoys about his collection vs what Joe enjoys about his collection

-Why Joe buys more stuff when he’s also purging his collections

-Why does Cory!! keep his DVDs

-Getting rid of unitaskers

-Can you find what you need in your collection when you want it?

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 391: All About George Perez With Angel Medina

Comics artist George Perez announced his retirement from drawing comics. In response, Cory!! and Joe invite comics artist Angel Medina to discuss the art and career of one of the greatest super-hero comics artists of all time! They discuss:

How he was working an insane schedule right from the beginning

Perez’s intricate costumes

Who does Angel like better, Joe or Cory!! (hint, it’s not Cory!!)

Angel tells a very cool George Perez Story

George Perez challenges people to stump him with obscure comics

Angel discusses the differences between American comics conventions and European comics conventions

They discuss the reasons why George Perez’s art stands out in the field

All three discuss their favorite George Perez stories

Angel updates us on what he’s been up to and why so many comics artists aren’t doing monthly comics any more

All of this, the usual shenanigans and talk about Marvel Two-In-One!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 390: January Previews

The government is still on Shutdown, Joe is still home recovering, Cory!! is still using his home as a place to get changed and showered between jobs and it’s time for us to talk Previews! Previews is the monthly magazine that has ALL of the comics being solicited for March, and every month, Cory!! and Joe talk about the exciting things in the catalog like new series, collected editions, original graphic novels and more!

Why they love Scud the Disposable Assassin

A discussion on special and incentive covers, for Detective 1000.

They talk about the trades and omnibussseses they are interested in, and this month is the Heroes Reborn omnibus is discussed.

Cory gives actual comics investing advice

Cory discusses the big Humble Bundle that gives a TONNE of comics from Dynamite comics

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 389: Things Have Got To Change

On ICV2.com, retailer Phil Boyle of Coliseum of Comics wrote an article about what he feels needs to change with the relationship between publishers and retailers in the comics business.

https://icv2.com/articles/columns/view/42172/something-has-change?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2u7SVpRceb7UsgOm-1uDM3dtyibxgHDyKITRbTeKDa8ChP_oWH5-btczY

Joe and Cory!! go over his points and explain how the comics business is different than it used to, and how those changes affect comics shops and dealing with the new world of digital,. Trades, etc… They also discuss:

  • Cory!! issues a correction
  • Why the idea of comics of collectibles are a poor idea for running a business
  • How comics should order new number one issues
  • Why publishers put out so so many one shots and mini-series.
  • Their feelings of special covers
  • Joe talks a lot about spin-off mini-series.
  • They have a LONG disagreement about how to use past sales date.

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

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