Monthly Archives: January 2012

Kray Z Comics and Stories 59: Haven of Dreams

The episode starts with Joe going on and on about Sid and Marty Kroft TV shows. Your guess is as good as ours. Joe then asks to jump right into Tales from the Shop, where he discusses a person who made it show he could collect comics out in the open.

We leave tales from the shop and go into Sad News: Hostess is now bankrupt. This leads to reflections on Dolly Madison, how Hostess stores make Cory sad and the Peanuts comic book. They also have the new Geeking and Freaking segment! This leads to a discussion of what Cory!! is doing on his overnights and how he is freaking about all of the great geeky TV shows that are filling up his DVR. Joe talks about brainwashing his daughter into reading Grant Morrison comics, and let’s be honest, if she’s reading Grant Morrison, he shouldn’t be surprised if she starts doing a lot of hallucinogens.

This leads to a discussion of how Marvel is letting their trades go out of print, the business reasons Disney bought Marvel and more stuff around the business end of things. And it’s NOT as boring as watching CNBC. Sorry if you LIKE CNBC, but it’s a great sleep aid for normal human beings.

Joe and Cory then discuss how Dreamhaven books (which has been open for 35 years) will no longer have regular store hours. They will be at the Goodbye Party on 1/28/2012, so YOU should show up too! They talk about how Dreamhaven’s business is changing, and how the comic store business is changing, as well as their personal history of the store, comic shops in the Twin Cities and other information about comic shops and the comics business. All of this and the proverbial much much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 58: Catchup Part 2

We start today’s show in medias res. OK, that means In the middle, but I wanted to use a fancy term for it so that I could feel like I haven’t wasted those four years in college getting a minor in English. Our last episode ended in the middle of a conversation, and this one picks up right where Joe’s internet crapped the bed. That’s right, I used the term “crapped the bed” to make up for all of the fancy Latin stuff I started with. It’s all about balance.

As Cory was reading the Buffy series, he started thinking about TV and movie tie-ins with Joe about how shops could use media tie-in comics to bring in new readers. They sidetrack into talking about Jim Shooter’s blog and him misrepresenting how the sales department worked with newsstands and how tie-in books like G. I. Joe and Transformers to bring in new readers.

They then finish up this two parter by talking about what they want from comics in 2012. And no, neither of them want a hug. All of this and the usual shenanigans in this episode of Kray Z Comics and Stories!


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Kray Z Comics and Stories 57: Catchup Part 1

The show starts with Joe revealing a carefully guarded secret: Who is the Golden Age artist appearing at the SpringCon in St. Paul, MN! He probably wasn’t supposed to tell anyone, so expect to hear about him being smacked around in upcoming shows.

After a quick update on Cory’s job hunt and Joe’s illnesses, Joe talks about a road trip where he went to a bunch of comic shops between St. Paul and Madison, talking about some of his finds, food giveaways and bringing his daughter’s mound of things home from college. Joe also talks about how his daughter is hooked on Grant Morrison and they discuss his novel Supergods, the novelization of Final Crisis and how Joe NOW Understands Final Crisis.

There’s MORE, so listen and Joe and Cory!! get caught up after the holidays, check in with all of the sponsors and if you’re not careful, you may learn something before it’s all done!

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