Roll out the red carpet, break out the bow ties and pull on some Prada – it’s Minty Awards time! In the 5th Annual Minty Awards, we look back at the best comics, creators, characters and industry happenings of 2012.
It’s been a while since Ben & Josh stepped up to the mic so there’s lots of catching up to do before the awards get handed out. Skip ahead to the 32-minute mark to get right to the Mintys, but if you do you’ll miss our opening ramble in which we talk Oscar movies, academia, craft beer and giant monsters. With the initial pleasantries out of the way we open up the envelopes and dish out more comic talk than you can shake a fiddlestick at.
Minty Awards are given by each of our illustrious co-hosts in 23 categories across all areas of comicdom. Industry happenings, characters, creators and comics all get their dues but what who will be the big winners? Listen as we pack a year’s worth of shocks, surprises and spider powers into three awesome hours. If you only attend one fake awards show this year, the Minty Awards should be it!
Best Cover honors are just the beginning for Amazing Spider-Man and Saga in the 5th Annual Minty Awards.
Music in this episode by: The Who, Rage Against the Machine, Assembly of Dust, Lady Gaga
The 5th Annual Minty Awards are almost here, in which we recap the greatest comics, creators and stuff of 2012. We’ll be recording the Minty Awards show in late February and once again, we want YOUR input. Ben and Josh will name their own winners for best writer, best ongoing series, ‘oh-shit’ moment of the year and more – but we want to hear from you listeners as well! Give us your winners in some or all of the categories and we’ll include them in the show.
PLUS, we’ll select one response at random and that person will win a comics prize pack containing comics, packing peanuts and more. So not only will you contribute to the show and give props to your favorite comics, but you could score yourself some cool swag in the process – what are you waiting for?!
2013 is upon us and we’re kicking off the new year with one of our biggest guests to date. Bill Willingham is the Eisner Award-winning creator of Fables and he joined us for an in-depth conversation about the series and it’s ever-growing universe.
Willingham reveals his secret origin as an MP before breaking into comics as a penciler. Then, we discuss the latest Fables collection (vol. 18, “Cubs in Toyland”) and why you might need an english lit lesson before you read it. We also talk about the spinoff series, Fairest and the recent original graphic novel, Werewolves of the Heartland, and find out what character he couldn’t bear to turn over to another writer.
Later in the conversation we learn about Fabletown and Beyond, a 3-day convention coming to Minnesota, March 22-24 to celebrate Fables and other comics from the “mythic fiction” genre. Willingham gives his perspective on the departure of longtime Vertigo editor, Karen Berger and what it means for the future of the imprint. Finally, we wrap things up with a preview of the 2012 Minty Awards. What is Bill Willingham’s “Oh shit” Moment to the Year? Listen and find out.
It’s Inauguration day in the U.S. – this year coinciding with the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, leaving many Americans home from work and looking for a good read to turn to inbetwixt politically-rousing TV. Dark Horse Comics’ Orchid, by Tom Morello and Scott Hepburn, offers up just the right amount of social criticism to be fitting of this civic holiday, while packing in all the action set-pieces and mutant creatures you look for in a day off work.
Orchid, which earned a Minty Award last year for best new series, concludes with Issue #12 (on shelves January 30th). We’ve been big fans of this book from day one and if you ignored our previous recommendations, you can catch up with the first two trade paperbacks (also on sale). Throughout the 12 issue series, we’re brought into a world ravaged by cataclysmic floods, genetic mutation and the rise of a tyrant autocracy. Generations have lived in the throws of dystopia, inspired only by a small band of rebels and legends of their supernatural champion, General China. Just as things seem at their bleakest, the fledgling rebellion is given new hope in the form of a former slave girl named Orchid.
Rising from the ashes in the wake of human tragedy, we offer up a pre-Christmas episode filled with peace, love and good will towards mankind… that, and game shows.
In the holiday spirit, we open things up by announcing a new charitable endeavor. before launching in the the comics-related task at hand. Spilling over from last episode, we take up Matchmaking in Minnesota’s challenge to play the Newlywed Game geek-culture-style. Dark secrets are revealed as we find out how much Ben and Josh really know about each other.
After that, we launch into some comic talk with The Walking Dead, Venom, B.P.R.D and a thorough post-mortem on Bendis’ run on the Avengers. There’s Spider-Man talk, of course, as we hurtle towards the dramatic conclusion of Amazing Spider-Man. Marvel NOW! talk continues, fueled by our exclusive info-graphic tracking the origins of Marvel’s new titles.
Finally, it’s back to the Game Show set for a high-stakes game of way-too-difficult Marvel trivia, with the loser forced to read a book of the winner’s choosing for all of 2013. There’s twists, turns, surprises and a musical gift to all our listeners to close out the show!
Music in this episode by:
Al Green & Annie Lennox, Elvis Presley, The Shins, Tom Petty, Ben Peirce
If you’re confused about Marvel NOW!, you’re not alone. While DC cleaned its slate in one fell swoop for the 52 reboot, Marvel opted for a slower rollout of their new titles, leading to some confusion over the meaning behind the initiative, the timeline for publication and what became of/what will become of your favorite Marvel “Then” titles.
We’ve done a little research and provided you with this handy infographic to help sort things out.
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As of this writing (and based on the December 2012 edition of Marvel previews), there are 12 “Marvel Then” titles whose fate is yet to be determined. Those titles include:
Age of Apocalypse
So what do you think? What Marvel NOW! titles do you pick up or will pick up?
Need something to be thankful for this November? How about 2+ hours of Near Mint action to keep you company as over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house you go!
The appetizer is a very Josh-centric opening, as he recaps European travels, NASCAR and new academic endeavors. Then we dish up a Superman-sized portion of comic talk including Batman, Liberty Annual 2012, Uncanny Avengers, The Walking Dead TV series, The Dark Knight Returns animated movie and more. Plus, we get into a healthy conversation about the newly-minted Marvel NOW!
After that, it’s time to open up the Near Mint mailbag and answer some listener questions which take us down a dark and winding road beset by wardrobe interventions, disembodied voices and fight scenes, setting the stage for an exiting and high-stakes next episode.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone – DIG IN!
Music in this episode by: The Rolling Stones, Wiz Khalifa, Public Enemy, El Cuarteto De Nos, The Marvelettes
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