In this week’s episode, we introduce two new segments and devise the world’s worst plan to keep your significant other from clamping down on your comic collection. But first up, in Top o’ the Pile, we find out what book Ben can’t quit, what you get when you add fun to Hellboy and whether Josh will ever catch up on Detective Comics.
In our first new segment – If you like that, try this – we discuss Fear The Walking Dead and make comic, movie and novel recommendations for fans of flagship show/comic. Then we head to the boardroom for our next new segment – Near Mint CEO – where we play armchair editor and try to fix D.C. Comics.
With all this, plus a Can o’ Beans, listening to this episode is a matter of life and death. It’s 73 minutes of mindless entertainment that might just save you from the zombie apocalypse.
Ben and Josh are back with an old-school Marvel team-up. No movies, no TV, no fluff, just wall-to-wall comics talk in this milestone 75th episode!
In Top O’ the Pile, we get a field report from the front lines of Secret Wars and Spider-verse. Ben makes a big reveal that crosses something off his geek bucket-list. We dive in deep on #MarvelOctober and give out thoughts on every title in the post-Secret-Wars landscape. Which titles are just wacky enough to work? Why do porn stars have no place in comics, but pro wrestlers deserve a chance? What’s our take on the influx of women and minorities as both creators and characters?
It’s a Marvel-centric episode, but D.C. and the indies get some love in a Can O’ Beans that includes The Wake, Kick Ass 3 and a boat-load of Batman. Suit up and strap in for our diamond-studded 75th show!
Welcome to the writer’s room. In this weeks episode look at some of our favorite writers and what it takes to be a great comics writer. But first, Ben and Josh fly solo across the Narrow Sea for a little Game of Thrones talk. [SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t watched the season 5 finale, skip ahead to 28:15]
Dan joins the party for Top O’ The Pile and we talk about Claremont/Byrne X-Men, Secret Wars and Chrononauts by Mark Millar and Sean Murphy – both of whom paid a visit to the granite state recently. Ben recaps the Millar/Murphy signing at Jetpack Comics, which kicks off a discussion about the writers we’ll follow anywhere.
As usual, we wrap things up with a Can O’ Beans. Find out what the boys read (or failed to read) last week and what they pledge to read (or not read) for next time. Find out what writers get sight-unseen treatment. Hear Josh speculate on the fate of the iron throne and find out what to wear when you meet Mark Millar. It’s a hair-raising hundred minutes of geek talk, that’s worth writing home about.
Join us on a Dantastic voyage as we welcome back our good friend, Dan Larson to talk toys, comics and plots to rule the world. In Top o’ the Pile, Dan delves into Secret Wars. We live large with Box Brown’s Andre the Giant: Life and Legend. We wax nostalgic with Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, and toss around thoughts on licensed comics, Star Wars and John Cassaday conspiracy theory.
Later, special guest, Dan Larson opens up the toy box to tell us about his latest ventures – art, acting, his vintage toy site, Hard to Find Blog and the newly-launched toy review show, Toy Galaxy. Find out Dan’s favorite collectibles, past and present and take a look into the world of collectible childhood memories cast in plastic.
The fun doesn’t stop there as we crack open cans o’ beans featuring the legendary talent of Jack Kirby, Walt Simonson and Jim Steranko, plus hearty tangents into Batgirl controversy and definitive creator runs on classic characters. We’ve got two Dans, and nearly two hours of podcast that’s too good to miss!
This week, we welcomed a new member into Near Mint family with the arrival of Theodore Maverick Cason-Bertwell, but not even an 8-day-old baby could keep Dan off the Mic. The boys actually read some comics this week and they’re anxious to talk about them.
The Bean-o-Rama starts with Top o’ the Pile as we get caught up on Batman, The Walking Dead and She-Hulk. There’s plenty for you casual fans too as we get Nason’s take on Avengers: Age of Ultron and give props to Marvel/Fandango for their cross-pollinating digital comics offer.
Later, it’s off to Riverdale, where we take Archie Comics to task for their misguided Kickstarter campaign, but reluctantly express interest in Afterlife with Archie and the forthcoming Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples.
Finally, our Can o’ Beans runneth over with Batman: Endgame, and numerous FCBD books, including 2000 AD, Fight Club, Hip Hop Family Tree and more. Listen to find out what outrageous claims we make to read for next episode.
With Josh out of town, the dynamic duo of Ben and Dan tackle a subject that only they can – parenthood. It’s a parents guide to geekdom, with talk of Superman the Movie, Batman ’66, comics, cartoons and healthy tangents on comics as a medium, superheroes as a genre and the failures of modern DC properties on screen.
There’s redemption for Spider-Gwen as Ben and Dan unanimously sing the praises of Edge of Spider-Verse #2 in Top ‘o the Pileand then team up with the decidedly un-kid-friendly selection of Fury MAX for our Can ‘o Beans. Whether you have kids or not, there’s something for everyone in this dad-tastic new episode.
The Weekly Hit (and Miss) List is a rundown of the best and worst things I read this week regardless of their original publication date. It doesn’t have to be new – just new to me. This was a light reading week for me, so I’m going to keep it brief and focus my efforts on some of the surprise (at least to me) hits of DC’s new 52.
Animal Man #1 | DC | Jeff Lemire (w), Travel Foreman (a)
I really can’t get enough of the New 52. Make no mistake, they haven’t all been great but they’re all NEW and when you’ve read superhero comics for as long as Josh and I have, finding something new can be hard to come by. Of the books I’ve read so far, Animal Man has done the best job of embracing the newness while still establishing a sense of history. That’s a lot to accomplish in 22 pages but Jeff Lemire does it masterfully. I’ll take some heat for liking this on account of my constant New Avengers-bashing, but within the first few pages (which yes, do take place around a kitchen table) it’s obvious that Buddy Baker/Animal Man is an established character with some history but it’s a fresh start for both the characters and the reader and I found myself slipping effortlessly into the story.
We’ve been off for a month but we’re back with a vengeance! In this episode, we open up with some San Diego Comic Con news and a good hearty bitch session about the onslaught of titles in this month’s Marvel Previews.
Then we get to some comic talk, where replacement heroes, Bucky-Cap and the Dick Knight make us think about character evolution. And what do you do when you characters get to old to be human? A hidden bombshell in Captain America #600 sparks a wave of continuity questions.
Finally, we wrap things off with a longbox-load of comic talk including Avengers Invaders, Dark Reign: Mr. Negative & Sinister Spider, Ultimatum and the Ultimate Comics relaunch, Wednesday Comics, Batman, Green Lantern, Chew, Viking and more – It’s too much for you to handle!
As many believed would happen, Heath Ledger won an Academy Award Sunday night for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.
His role in one of history’s highest grossing films is now immortalized with the award. His father, mother and sister accepted on his behalf. Not to speak in cliches, but you could hear a pin drop in the room when they spoke.
It sounds weird to say congratulations to the late Ledger, but perhaps this will help convince people that they’re not just ‘comic book movies’ after all.
2008. For every year older we get, it seems like the years get that much shorter. Years, as they say, just roll by like a broken down dam. But for us comics fans, a lot can happen in a year. A year that saw an invasion unfold and a crisis near finality, a year that gave us a new Captain America and a … um … RIP’d Batman, a year with 3 glorious issues of All-Star Batman & Robin, can feel like a very long time. Continue reading Near Mint Comic Show: Best of 2008→