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Solitaire Rose Radio 48: Interview with Artist Matt Brundage

Matt Brundage is the co-artist on the comic book Art Ops, and you may not know his work, but he’s been at it for a long time. He’s drawn parts of the comic adaptation of Chasing Amy, worked at Spumco, done corporate art and has always been a comic book fan. Matt and Cory talk comics, art, storytelling and life in a wide ranging interview. Quit reading and listen and you’ll love his work!

He talks about Pentel Art Brushes:

Copic Markers:

A video of Matt and Mike Allred working on Art Ops 3:

Matt’s Facebook page:

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 227: Geek Expo Team Up

It’s the Holiday Geek Expo podcast! Joe’s wasn’t there on Saturday, so instead it’s Cory and Butch talking comics! We’ve also got a short chat with friend of the show, moviemaker, artist and a hell of a good egg Thommy Lange! Butch and Cory!! discuss team up comics and it all goes out of control from there:

  • Dan and Wolfie drop by to talk about their favorite Hercules team-up story
  • How Butch Guice got “let go” from Marvel
  • Mickey Rooney playing the most racist character of the 1960’s
  • Comics involving Mr. T
  • Cory’s story of his first encounter with Joe
  • How the Russians went after the podcast back in 2012
  • Why Rob Liefled doesn’t listen to the podcast
  • Superman vs Spider-Man and other Treasury comics
  • Cory can’t remember Al Bundy’s name
  • Early Fox Network failures
  • Anthology TV and comic book series
  • Why we love Angel Medina

All of this, a special holiday message, some unusual shenanigans and much, much more. Go listen already, it’s not like it costs anything!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 226: Jumpin’ the Shark

Our theme this week is Jumping the Shark! Joe and Cory!! talk about the term, and times when comics may have Jumped the Shark. They talk about a lot of other stuff as well, like:

  • Joe and Cory!! talk about health, furnaces, and the other things they have been up to between podcasts.
  • Sales figures for Dark Knight III,
  • When did comics start declining?
  • The end of the Golden Age
  • What did Blockbuster do wrong that comic shops do right?
  • How comic shops lost their minds over Marvel Mart
  • The comics code
  • Did Marvel jump when Kirby left?
  • The darkening of Marvel with the death of Gwen Stacy
  • When did the Bronze Age of comics start and end
  • Was the rise of the direct market a Jump the Shark moment?
  • They discuss the early Direct Sales Only comics from Marvel and DC
  • Quesada and Jemas taking over Marvel
  • Cory and Joe answer a reader question about Jack Kirby.

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 225: Writers V Artists IN A STEEL CAGE!

Joe and Cory!! aren’t exactly filled with Christmas cheer as they complain about the worst song ever and the endless Christmas movies Cory!! is subjected to. Don’t worry, the comic talk starts soon. Really, we promise. They give a rundown of their time at the Holiday Geek Expo, which they talked about a couple of episodes ago. You remember that, right?

OK, if you don’t, don’t tell Cory!! He thinks people pay attention to this stuff.

They talk about some of the more interesting vendors at the Holiday Geek Expo. And, oddly, Cory!! doesn’t mention the extra hot woman who was trying to sell him a vest. Weird. Normally, he doesn’t shut up about that stuff. They also talk about:

The main theme of the show them discussing the current twitter war with comics professionals about who is more important in comics: Writers vs Artists.

  • Inkshares.com and search for She Is The End
  • They talk about how they feel when people don’t have prices marked on books or other merch
  • They also hit comics shops after the show, so they discuss the stuff they saw and bought.
  • What bags are best for preserving your comics
  • Who DOES deserve the credit for creating a comic books in the mainstream corporate system
  • Why Cory!! didn’t care for Image’s business practices when it started up
  • How comics creators can work a different model to get their work out and the retailer’s part in all of it
  • Freaking and Geeking

    All of this and much, much more!

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Solitaire Rose Radio 47: Devil’s Due Publisher and Creator Josh Blaylock Part 2

In the second of two parts, Cory!! talks to Josh Blaylock, writer, artist and publisher. It was supposed to be an interview to talk about the Mercy Sparx Omnbibus kickstarter, but it grew as we talked. Josh talks about Mercy Sparx, merchandising, First comics coming back, using conventions to reach new audiences and many more topics. Download and enjoy!

Here’s the link to the Mercy Sparx Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshblaylock/mercy-sparx-omnibus-collection

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 224: Batman Part 2

Joe and Cory!! went long on Monday, so they keep talking Batman from the 60’s up until now! They also discuss:

  • The effect of the Batman TV both when it helped the Batman comic and when it hurt the Batman comic
  • How DC revamped Batman in the 70’s with Neal Adams and Denny O’Neil and then again by Steve Englehart and Marshall Rodgers
  • The Batman sales slump in the 80’s
  • How Frank Miller Saved Batman
  • The death of Robin
  • The Batman movies
  • Joe pushed his eBay stuff and Joe his Giant Size Man Thing!
  • Cory!! doesn’t have a lot of freakings, but they are BIG ones!
  • Cory!! attempts to get rid of the Goody Two Shoes name.

You get freaking and geeking, all sorts of shenanigans, and much, much more!!

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Solitaire Rose Radio 46: Devil’s Due Publisher and Creator Josh Blaylock

In the first of two parts, Cory!! talks to Josh Blaylock, writer, artist and publisher. It was supposed to be an interview to talk about the Mercy Sparx Omnbibus kickstarter, but it grew as we talked. Josh talks about the beginnings of Devil’s Due. He discusses working with licensed properties, getting into the comic book business during one of the lowest points in comic book sales. They also talk about Barak the Barbarian, their time at Image and other topics. Download and enjoy!

Here’s the link to the Mercy Sparx Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshblaylock/mercy-sparx-omnibus-collection

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 223: Batman Part 1

It’s Batman! Bat-time! Dark Knight III #1 was dropped onto the market, and Joe and Cory!! talk about the comic itself, the variant covers and all of the hubbub about the book. This then leads to Cory!! and Joe talking abut the LONG history of Batman! There’s a whole lot of Batman this week!! They discuss the early Batman of the 40’s including the Batman serials.

  • They also discuss Cory!!’s new name
  • Driving in Minnesota snow and ice
  • Cory!! tells his story of his first trip to Houston and his encounter with Giant Levels Of Racism
  • Cory!! keeps pushing Festivus. Joe keeps crapping on it.
  • They discuss Seduction of the Innocent and Batman’s part in the book
  • A sidebar on the weirdness of early Wonder Woman stories.
  • They talk Batman in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and then…

WE END ON A CLIFFHANGER! Tune on later this week for the ending of Kray Z Comics and Stories: Batman!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 222: Holiday Geeking Part 2

The internet went down, Jin has passed out, but Joe, Cory!! and Dangerous Dan Mohr continue with this week’s show, Freaking and Geeking! In which these things happen:

  • Cory!! gives a spoiler filled rant on The Walking Dead as his freaking. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
  • They praise the Howling Commandos
  • They go into a LOT of geeking
  • Joe plugs Jin’s website since she’s passed out hammered in the other room
  • Dan s excited about getting back to the drawing board!
  • Cory highly recommends Art Ops
  • Joe reminds Cory!! of Old Business

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

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