Kray Z Comics and Stories 162: Infinite Secret Crisis Of Thunder Gauntlets

We start by Joe telling the story explaining why he wore a Mr. Rodger’s sweater to watch ECW shows and having a small child talk to a pastor about bald cats. That’s right, it’s time for Joe and Cory to talk about comics! With Marvel announcing Secret Wars for 2015, they talk about Big Event Crossovers through the years as well as:

  • The first crossovers in the 40’s
  • Pre-Secret Wars crossovers
  • Secret Wars
  • The genesis of Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • Why Crossovers/Events have tie-in with regular issues
  • Crossovers they didn’t care for
  • Crossovers they loved
  • Hypertime
  • A Special Tales From The Shop
  • Freaking and Geeking!

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 161: eBay Byrne Victims

Joe begins the episode talking about his stuff on eBay as he is trying to get rid of his vast accumulation of crap! Now, it doesn’t just mean he’s using this here podcast to shill endlessly, he and Cory!! talk about the comics and such with what they know about the comics, shop stories of when Joe had it or whatever else dropping into the brains. They discuss:

  • Linsner’s Dawn series
  • Night of the Living Dead in comics…and you know how much of a George Romero fanboy Cory!! is
  • Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s work together
  • Chromium comics!
  • The Comic Warrior (a comic about a Twin Cities Comic Book dealer)
  • Cory has a “Hangin’ at the Home” story
  • Freaking and Geeking
  • A history lesson on the movie Heaven’s Gate

Plus, the usual silliness, shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 160: FallCon 2014 Wrap up

It’s time for the FallCon (Minnesota’s Big Comic Convention) rundown, but first, Cory wants to talk about the biggest geeking ever! Can you guess what happened? You can if you’ve listened to the show before, Joe sidetracks him into talking about all of these other things like:

  • Making sure you have a plan for people to find your geeky stuff if something happens to you
  • This actually leads to a “Hangin’ At The Home”
  • A HUGE book sale the same day of the convention
  • An Honest to Goodness Con report: What was selling at the convention, what were artists able to sell and other things that were selling
  • How are the sales on the DC 3D covers this time?
  • What did Joe buy?
  • What did Cory!! buy?
  • Freaking and geeking!
  • A special run in at the end of the show!

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 159: Cosplayers Taking Selfies

We start this week’s episode with Joe reading a bunch of strange stuff off of the internet, maybe he’s trying to impress Dangerous Dan Mohr, our special guest to talk about This Year’s FallCon! It takes a bit to get on track, but when they do, they have a wide ranging discussion about the changing face of conventions starting with a creator’s wife talking about “Conventions are now a place where cosplayer’s take selfies”. They also discuss:

  • What should retailers do at a conventions
  • How do creators prepare for conventions
  • Cory!! gets to mention “Wendy Whitebread, Undercover Slut”, the most offensive comic ever printed.
  • How a comic creator can get people interested in their work at a convention.
  • Why shops in Minneapolis don’t have a lot of high dollar books in stock
  • The explosion of cosplay
  • Why Cory!! and Joe are going to start going to Anime conventions (spoiler, it’s not for the women dressed like cats)
  • Cory drops a Talking Heads reference!
  • Dan tells artist to CONFORM!
  • Freaking and Geeking

All of this, the usual shenanigans, a brief cameo by the most hated character is all of podcasting and the usual much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 158: Small Town Boys

It’s the last day of Summer and Joe starts off by talking about how Cory doesn’t like to wait for things, so Cory tells stories about how his parents may have had some trouble hiding presents for Christmas! Cory and Joe also got an e-mail to discuss on the show from James T, which leads them to discuss:

  • Can you have a traditional comic shop in a small city (10,000 – 30,000 people)?
  • What sorts of things CAN a shop in a small city do to diversify?
  • How do you reach new customers in small cities?
  • How long can something be called New?
  • How Cory figured out the mystery in Original Sin
  • How they decide on what high end reprints to purchase
  • Freaking and Geeking

All of this and the proverbial much, much more!!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 157: 1997 Part 2!

We continue with Joe going through one of his invoices from 1997. They talk about what Joe ordered, what sold, what didn’t, and why he ordered the books he ordered. They also discuss:

  • How Joe would reorder trade paperbacks when they sold out
  • Freaking and Geeking!
  • A dispute about the Kirby Archives
  • Tons of spoilers about The West Wing
  • Cory makes a SHOCKING confession
  • An update on Doctor Who

All of this, the usual shenanigans, plus the proverbial much, much more. Try it, you’ll like it!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 156: 1997!

Joe has dug up an old invoice, and he and Cory tell stories of the old comic shop and the comics that came out back in 1997!

They also discus:

  • One of the few times Cory cared about the character Cable
  • Some information on Claypool publishing
  • Information on one of Cory’s favorite series: The Invisibles
  • Cory talks about R. Crumb
  • Silver Surfer comics of the late 90’s

The issue you will have is that Cory and Joe talked for SO long that we’re cutting this episode is half, so this is part 1!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 155: What About The Twinkee?

Joe has been at the State Fair and spends most of the podcast eating cookies. When Joe gets done filling us in on all the stuff he’s be up to, Cory and Joe answer listener questions about getting things in your comic shop you can’t get from Diamond. Other topics discussed are:

  • Setting up a shop
  • Business plans
  • Magazine distribution
  • How Joe’s second shop nearly died the first week
  • LOTS of other information about opening a comic shop
  • Freaking and geeking

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more.  How much more?  An hour and forty five minutes worth!!  Great Googly Moogly!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 154: Guardians of the Galaxy

Is it time? Have you seen it yet? Well, too late, because Cory and Joe talk about the history of the Guardians of the Galaxy! The comics! The characters! The crossovers! And, eventually, The MOVIE! Don’t wait any longer, listen to this!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 153: Ramblin’ Guys

So, as we wind on down the road, what have Cory and Joe been up to? Obviously not getting this damn podcast mixed and posted, the slackers! Joe went to a Toy History exhibit, talks about seeing Sir Paul McCartney in concert and his family’s trip through Wisconsin and comic shops

Cory actually went and did some things too, like visiting Minnesota’s largest candy store, Hot Comics Jordan and a video arcade. Yes they still have them!

They also have a long discussion about canceled comics, Freaking and Geeking, the usual shenanigans and the proverbial much, much more!

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