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Kray Z Comics and Stories 574: Comic Sales, Conventions, and Diamond Changes

It’s a potpourri this week, where Cory!! and Joe talk about their recent trips to shops and conventions, mas well as some new about Dark Horse leaving Diamond distribution. They discuss:

  • Cory!! has the microphone too close to his damn nose.
  • Fall has hit Cory!! and Joe right in the face
  • Cory!! went to the Hot Comics Jordan, MN warehouse sale.
  • Joe went to the first Minnesota Comics Exchange convention in Woodbury, MN
  • Joe then went to the MN Toy Posse show
  • CORY!! BAKED A PIE DURING THE SHOW!!
  • Joe went to a few comic shops and talks about the shops and his purchases.
  • Cory!! can’t go to some shops because they have shut down.
  • They discuss both Dark Horse and Diamond’s side of the announcement from Dark Horse moving from Diamond to Penguin for their comics distribution.
  • Cory Tells Tales Of His Comics Retail Life.

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 573: Hero History – She-Hulk

She Hulk is the latest Marvel hero to get a Disney + series, but hat is her history in the comics? Joe and Cory!! are here to help you out with a Hero History! They go over:

  • Comic origin
  • Behind the scenes origin
  • How did the first series do?
  • How did they make She-Hulk a popular character in the 80’s
  • What killed interest in The Thing?
  • What was her costume?
  • Is Stan Lee a sleaze publisher?

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 572: September 2022 Previews

It’s that time again, time for a Super Sized episode where Joe and Cory!! go through the monthly Previews catalog and point out new comics series, interesting collected editions and all sort of other stuff. It’s nearly THREE DAMN HOURS of fun and frivolity!!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 571: The Return of Kray

Through the month of August we had fill-ins, solo episodes and other things to keep you entertain, but the teeming masses have been asking:

Where has Kray been?

We answer that in this episode and he’s been busy! We also go into Cory!!’s recent orders with discount websites, all of the comic shops Joe has been visiting.

We then get into the recent “Tilting at Windmills” article on The Beat where Brian Hibbs talking about how shipping is hurting comic shops. Cory and Joe talk how the comics market is shifting and Cory!! goes through the sales numbers to remind people that the sky is not falling.

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 570: August 2022 Previews

Joe is still hiding out from the world, so Cory!! has to go through Previews, the monthly comics catalog, all on his own. He goes over the new series, trade paperbacks, hardcovers and more in this month’s catalog so YOU can order comics for October!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 569: Comics and Public Domain

It’s a special episode where Cory!! explains Copyright, Trademark, and Public Domain when it comes to old comics. What can you download and read Captain Marvel comics from the 40’s legally, but not Superman? Can you write your won Tarzan novel? How about Captain America?

All of this and much much more in this week’s episode!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 568: Free Comic Book Day 2022 Part 2

Joe and Cory!! screwed up and didn’t get a new episode recorded, so it’s time for a Fill In! This is the second part of the Free Comic Book Day shenanigans with Cory!!, Joe, Butch and Kelly driving back to the Twin Cities from St. Cloud, MN as they talk comics, cheap paperback books and Kelly’s original art collection.

And they do NOT stop at the infamous Alien Cafe.

Be there, aloha!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 567: Sid Jacobson of Harvey Comics, R.I.P.

This week, Joe and Cory!! were GOING to review comics, but the world got in the way. Harvey editor/writer Sid Jacobson passed away, and Cory!! talks about his career. This moves to a discussion of Harvey and Star comics as well as the rise and fall of that company.

They also discuss the state of San Diego Comic Con (spoiler, Cory!! is pissy about it).

Then, we get a discussion about what will be happening in WWE with Vince McMahon’s retirement.

They also discuss:

  • -Joe finally got Covid and THEN got pink eye, so he’s a festering bag of disease.
  • -Cory has ANOTHER job that has figured out how to twist his arm to cover more hours.
  • -Even Joe has “mandatory overtime”
  • -What was the First Star comic?
  • -Did Marvel want to buy Harvey Comics? Why didn’t they?
  • -Who the heck was Artie Awards?
  • -Toy companies are repackaging to to stop weasels from ripping them off.

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 566: July Previews

It’s time for the monthly look at comics coming up for the month of September from Previews catalog. Joe and Cory!! go over the new, the interesting, and whatever they think is interesting.

Be there, aloha!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 565: A Kray Z Spotlight on The Mighty Thor

With a new Thor movie coming out, Cory!! and Joe are going to shine a spotlight on Thor. They discuss:

  • The origin of Thor in the Marvel universe and a little information about Thor in comics before that.
  • Cory!! does NOT spend two hours going over Kirby’s run. But he will…
  • The journey from a super-hero book to a book set mostly in Asgard
  • When Joe and Cory!! started reading Thor
  • Walt Simonson’s amazing run on Thor
  • Thor’s part in the 90’s Heroes Reborn
  • Cory and Joe talk about why JMS doesn’t finish stories at times
  • Jason Aaron’s run being the basis for the new Thor movie
  • What style of Thor stories do they like

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