Monthly Archives: February 2016

Kray Z Comics and Stories 237: X-Files Wrapped In Mylar

Joe, Jin and Cory!! talk about X-Files Season 11 Volume 1, and then they talk about how to store your comics and original art. Should you bag and board your comics? If so, what kind of bags should you use? And what about original comics art, how should THAT be treated. They also talk about slabbing comics and what goes into it. Our team of talkers discuss this topic and many, many others such as:

  • They read a fan letter! THEY GET FAN LETTERS??
  • They discuss the stuff on the new digital channels. Yeah, that has nothing to do with comics, so you’ll skip past it.
  • Why some artists dislike “talking heads” scripts.
  • Jin’s birthday was last week, but we recorded the day before, because of editing and scheduling stuff. DEAL WITH IT!!
  • Why some of Gil Kane’s art is not going to last
  • Cory!! discusses how comic grading became a quantified art and some shops HATED the Overstreet Comics grading guide
  • The now dead art of Restoring old comics
  • An all new Ask the Strode

All of this, a bunch of comics history and the proverbial much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 236: Green Beans and Spider-Armor

The gang is all here, as Cory, Jin and Joe talk about the second Batgirl collection.  This leads to discussion of trends within comics, including a discussion of the good, the bad and the ugly of different historical trends in comics like the post Watchmen “Grim and Gritty” and the “Big Events” that followed the Death of Superman. They also discuss:

  • Power Rangers #1 sells 100,000 copies
  • A Tales from the Shop about the Power Rangers toys
  • Joe’s toy sales vs comics sales
  • Jin and Joe take a candy break
  • Discussing comic book inking
  • Creators following trends
  • Grim and Gritty comics that worked and didn’t work
  • A villain who shoots green beans out of his butt. OK, you’ll have to listen to it.
  • Who the hell is Green Arrow?
  • Cory!! discussed the Mike Grell Green Arrow run.
  • Jin hates chiropractors

All of this, the usual shenanigans, Jin drinks WAY too much and the usual much, much more!

 

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Solo Joe #2

Great Googly-Moogly, Joe has done it again, and with a minimum of sound bites!

This time around, Joe interviews his daughters, Dana and Holly, and asks them what it was like growing up with a Dad who ran a comic shop! They cover topics such as:

* The girls earliest recollection of Hot Comic St Paul and Krayz Comics.

* Their first comics and what they are reading now.

* Why Dana is mad at Cory!
* Holly’s… her…when she… you’ll have to listen.
* Italian shops.

* Where they like to shop for comics currently.

* How they felt when Dad sold or closed the comic shops!
* And a lot more!

It’s an extended Tales from the Shops, and it is ready for you to enjoy!

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Solitaire Rose Radio 50: An Interview With Comics Writer and Novelist Mike Baron

For the 50th episode of Cory!!’s solo podcast, he sits down with the writer of Nexus, Badger, Flash, Punisher and Star Wars comics Mike Baron.  They discus his first comics writing, his writing process, moving into writing novels and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 235: Secret Wars Agent Man

It’s time for the review of Secret Wars! ALL the Secret Wars from the first one in 1984 to the most recent one, Cory!! and Joe talk Secret Wars, Cosmic entities learning to use the bathroom, and other things that make Jin Wicked fall asleep. During this week’s nerdfest, they also discuss:

  • A review of IDW’s Miami Vice remix
  • Cory reviews Renee by Ludovic Debeurme
  • Secret Wars toys, Super Powers toys, John Byrne and Editorial driven stories
  • Secret Wars II, a comic story Cory!! still hasn’t been able to make it through almost 30 years later.
  • Al Milgram inking
  • Bendis’s Secret Wars
  • Charles Atlas

Plus, what everyone has been up to lately, freaking and geeking and the usual shenanigans!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 234: Diamond Distribution: Threat or Menace

Joe and Cory!! were told about a new kickstarter that wants to start up a new comics distributor, and we discuss comic book distribution. They talk what it was like before the collarless of the 90’s, how it worked during the collapse, what the business is like with only one distributor and the barriers for a new distributor to get into the business. They also discuss:

  • 24th anniversary of the founding of Image
  • A Review of the first trade paperback of Image’s Starve
  • Cory tells the story of his short, unsuccessful comic book writing career and how he was a company killer
  • Why Diamond never got into the Twin Cities during the 80’s and 90’s
  • Freaking and Geeking

And much, much more!

The kickstarter discussed is: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1886628783/comics-underground-distribution-the-catalog

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Solitaire Rose Radio 49: Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com

I sit down with Mike “Sparky” Johnson, the best reporter in the field of writing about Professional Wrestling to talk comics, his past, how comic books saved his hearing, finding the job of your dreams and memories of professional wrestling.  All in one interview!  Go visit Mike’s website at PWinsider.com

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