Episode 027 – “TV Funhouse”

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The boys are back after a longer-than-usual drought brought on by Harry Potter and ordering ineptitude. We catch up with some shout-outs to the newly-expanded Double Midnight Comics and PJ Huot’s new podcast, Most Gross Danger.  Ben recounts his numerous awkward interactions with creators at the Baltimore Comic-Con.  Then, before the first hour is up, we get into some comic talk, covering Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark, iZombie, DC landmark issues, the conclusion of Ex Machina and of course, Amazing Spider-Man.  Along the way you’ll learn how to properly order a cheesesteak and why we crave change in an unchangeable world.

In the second half of the show, we put the comics on the shelf and talk Fall TV.  With returning favorites like Dexter, the Office and Community; and new debuts like the Event and comics-inspired No Ordinary Family there’s plenty to talk about. We learn that Josh is nearly as compulsive about TV as Ben is with comics. Ben reveals his guiltiest pleasure and we wonder, whatever happened to the Simpsons? Finally, in an effort to completely avoid comics, we wrap things up with some talk about pop music and movies.  If you like hearing Ben and Josh ramble on about nothing, this is the episode for you.

Music in this episode by:
Reid Genauer, Ben Harper, Dire Straits and Katy Perry w/ Snoop Dogg.

Video from the Convention Floor

Rounding out our coverage from the Baltimore Comic-Con, here’s a video montage from the convention floor featuring interviews with creators, Jonathan Hickman (The Nightly News, Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Mike Choi (Uncanny X-Men, X-Force, Astonishing Thor).

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Ben & Josh will be in the Studio this week to record the next episode of the podcast.  Hopefully these video features have kept your Near Mint Comic Show cravings at bay between shows

NEAR MINTerview with Jim Rugg

Happy Labor Day Everyone!

Well, it may be the unofficial last day of summer but we’re celebrating the occasion with a couple of Near Mint firsts.  This is the first installment of coverage from last week’s Baltimore Comic-Con, it’s also our first video NEAR MINTerview.  Ben had the opportunity to sit down with Afrodesiac co-creator, Jim Rugg and he dropped some science on us.  In this 16-minute interview, Jim schools us on the history of comics and the direct market, blaxploitation, and the creative process that went into his amazingly unique work on books like Afrodesiac, Street Angel and Rambo 3.5 (which you can read here for free).

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