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Kray Z Comics and Stories 467: Previews for July!

It’s that time again! No, not time for you to send Cory!! pie, although ti’s always a good time to send Cory!!~ pie, no, it’s time for Cory!! and Joe tyo 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:

  • A discussion of how graphic novels make more money for shops, even with lower sales.
  • Joe is still upset with DC comics
  • Alien and Predator are moving over to Marvel because of Disney buying Fox and how you can make money from this.
  • Marvel must think the mini-series Magik from the 80’s in the most important comic ever, and we explain why.
  • Joe and Cory talk about their experience as “call in” staff”
  • Joe’s geeking is ALMOST as long as the rundown of Previews.
  • Cory talks about movies and TV shows that have vanished off the face of the Earth.

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 466: Fave Five Superman Stories

Our theme this week is Our Fave Five Superman stories, so Joe and Cory!! talk abut their five favorite Superman stories. You think means it would be a shorter episode, but YOU WOULD BE WRONG! They also discuss:

  • The wake for their friend Mike Edmundson
  • Cory !! discusses the passing of Joe Sinnot, long time comics inker.
  • Who worked on Marvel’s comic about Pope John Paul II
  • What happened to the owner of the Daily Planet, Morgan Edge, being one of Darksied’s minions?
  • The different versions of Superman through the years
  • Cory!!’s theory on where the Marvel/DC crossovers takes place.
  • Why travel may never be as popular as it was before Covid 19

All of this, the usual shenanigans and Joe went into such details that it’s a SUPERSIZED episode!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 465: Saying Goodbye to our beloved friend Mike Edmondson

In an episode we’d rather not have done, we say good bye to our friend Mike Edmundson. Known as Big Mike, he was an employee at Joe’s shop, but more than that, he was our dear friend, and he passed away last week. He helped run the MCBA conventions, went with us to comics shows, wrestling matches, got married at one of the conventions, but more than that, he was our friend.

We tell stories of Mike’s life

How he started at Joe’s shop in the 90’s.

Mike’s first appearance in the Kray Z Comics Retailer comic book from back then.

Mike’s time as a bouncer and how it helped and affected the comic shop

Why Mike left the shop as a worked, but never stopped helping

We discuss Mike’s passion for art and helping greyhounds

We also discuss comics and the usual stuff, but please listen to our tribute to a great man and our brother in comics.

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 464: June Previews!

The return of comics is moving into its new phase as we get the NEW Previews for July and August. You’d think because the Previews of comics coming out in July and August is shorter and doesn’t have as many books, the Previews episode would be shorter.

You’d think that.

You’d be wrong. It’s a SUPER SIZED episode where we go through Previews, go over comics we’ve read lately as well as:

Denny O’Neil passing

The Batman movies

Worst movies we’ve seen

Ted Turner trying to take Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman away from DC.

More about DC’s/Diamond fallout

How did Eastman and Laird for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get back together to make a comic?

Wait, did Filmation make an animated porn movie? YES THEY DID, AND IT’S TERRIBLE!

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 463: DC Leaves Diamond!

If things in comics weren’t messy enough, DC announced last week that they will no longer be using Diamond as their broker to comics shops, breaking an exclusive agreement that has lasted for 25 years, and a normal distribution agreement that goes back to the founding of Diamond Distribution! Cory!! ad Joe are here to break it all down, give historical perspective and ask questions about what will happen in the future

Joe tells the story of what it was like when Marvel went exclusive with Heroes World, which caused the great exclusivity war of the mid 90’s and gave us Diamond as the only comics distributor until this year.

They also discuss:

The perspective of the owner of Mind’s Eye Comics: https://mindseyecomics.com/

Cory!! goes into detail on the history of comics distribution for a bit

Joe goes through how this will affect shops and their financials

Advice for comic shops dealing with this

How will this affect comics fans?

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 462: Road Trip 2020 Part 2

This episode is a day late due to :: waves hands around frantically :: but it IS ready for you and you can ride along with Cory!!, Joe and Butch as they complete their “Comic shops opening day” here in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul.

So, here is all of us talking about our trips to:

The College of Comic Book Knowledge

Hot Comics Richfield

The Source Comics and Games

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 461: Road Trip 2020 Part 1

First: Both Joe and Cory!! live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and they gives an update on how they are doing as well as how the local comic shops are doing after the riots.

Here is a list of places that you can donate money to to help the people in Minneapolis affected by the riots.

After the update, we get into some comics news and then it’s time for the Road Trip episode!

Cory!!, Joe, and their friend Butch take the first Saturday of comics being back to drive around the Twin Cities, talk comics and look for, of course, comics! And YOU get to ride along!

We went to:

Time Bomb: https://www.timebombvintage.com/
Dreamhaven: http://dreamhavenbooks.com/
The College of Comic Book Knowledge: https://www.comicbookcollege.com/

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 460: Fave Five Comics Shop Memories

Comics are back! And over the last weekend, we have been able to make it to comics shops, but before that, we recorded this episode./ So, what is our theme? Our Fave Five Comic Shop memories! Joe and Cory!! have been going into comics shops for ages., so these are our five favorite times.

Joe grew up in the Twin Cities, and had comic shops from the time he started reading comics. Cory!!, on the other hand, grew up in the middle of nowhere, so there weren’t comics shops around him until after he got out of high school. They talk about a LOT of geeky memories, secrets of comics shops, and all of these things:

  • Cory!! runs down the top ten trades and comics for March
  • Joe’s first comic shop still exists
  • Why video rental was different than most people remember
  • A comics shop in an arcade and how Cory!! was a sneaky bastard when he went
  • God wants comics and SF books
  • Joe was desired all over the twin cities
  • The 24 hour sale Joe had at his old shop

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 459: May Comics Reviews

Cory!! and Joe talk about how the shops in Minnesota are reopening, and Diamond is starting to ship new books to shops this week. They also discuss the history of “New Comics Day” over the last 30 or so years. They go into detail about how comics will be coming to shops and other shipping information.

But that is just the start of things! (LOTS to cover this week) as they also do reviews of these comics:

Infinite Punishment: Shadows of War

Avengers Subterranean War

King of Nowhere

Berserker Unbound

Join the Future

Untold Legends of Batman

Avant Guards

Underdog

The art by Katy Irons Cory!! is talking about is here: https://www.facebook.com/UlyllaDesigns/

And you can get original art from Sal Buscema like Cory!! here: http://www.catskillcomics.com/

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 458: Comic Reviews You Were Not Meant To Hear

The thing that was never meant to escape has gotten out. Joe and Cory!! started reviewing comics, and it all just falls apart from there. Along the way, they discuss comics history, Amazing Heroes magazine, Joe’s twitter account, and all of these ACTUAL REAL COMIC BOOKS!

No Romance in Hell

Dingbats of Danger Street #2

Poop Man and Corn Boy

Skateman #1

I think our friend Dan might be a dolphin

The Generic Comic Book

101 Uses for a condom

Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe

The Masked Potato

There’s all of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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