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Denver Comic Con General Thoughts

My initial sentiments of it all…….WOW, Denver Comic Con 2018 surpassed ALL of my expectations!! Every year for us, I feel is a small step forward, and this year did not disappoint!

First things first. We got the Convention Center back to what it was like two years ago. No more being confused (I’m ALWAYS at least a little directionally confused), as the floor was not backwards. We had our entrance back, which was only a little bit of a wait on the first day, as a lot of the smaller exhibitors hadn’t setup the day before. But overall, I felt like Denver Comic Con was running on all cylinders, as far as the lines, entrances, bag checks, and all of that is concerned, and we were in, in a flash the other two days!!

The first day is ALWAYS the daunting one!! Not because of the amount of items on the agenda, as I typically keep the first day light, but because of my nerves about the event, as a whole. Coming into the show, we had about 20 total interviews, and panels, scheduled through the whole weekend. Plus any interviews that would come on the showroom floor, as we walked through. For me, Comic Cons are work, and that is what makes me nervous. Work I don’t get paid for, but is always judged. Mostly by us, but judged none the less, and I want to make sure we put the best product that we can, out for the listeners!

So, getting the first interview out of the way, is always a way to get those nerves out, and just move forward!! That first interview was actually our first surprise of the weekend. About two years ago, we did a #popcultureclassic segment on the movie, Monster Squad. Much to our surprise, we were contacted for an opportunity to interview Andre Gower, and Ryan Lambert, from that movie. We spoke to them about their new documentary, “Wolfmans’ Got Nards.” “A feature film exploring The Monster Squad’s 30-year impact on film and its fan base from script to cult classic” is the tagline for the movie. They were fun, and could have spoken for a LONG time about the documentary! Their screening was well received a the comic con that evening!


With that first interview done, my nerves were gone, and it was full force moving forward!! For all those friends who tried to stop me through the weekend, I’m sorry to have given you the “hi/bye” at the same time! We always tell ourselves that we are going to catch up with everyone, but the nature of the show sometimes gets in the way! Friday seemed pretty standard for a comic con. It was busy, but you could definitely tell that people were probably still at work, maybe still commuting to the show, etc. The actual busy day, both for the con, and for us, was Saturday!

Saturday was going well, and then something happened at about 10:30am that morning. We were walking into our interview room, to speak with Matty Cardarople, and who was standing in front of us, finishing an interview of his own? None other than legendary “KING of Rock,” DMC, Darryl McDaniels. Audibly, Gabe says, “holy shit, that’s DMC!” To which our press director laughed, and replied, “do you want to interview him?” (surprise number 2) I mean…..what do you say to that, aside from YES! So we arranged that, excited as could be, for later that day.

And then Matty Cardarople walked in. He is honestly, probably like 6 foot 3, or so. But he is soft spoken, and an absolutely hilarious human being. As Gabe is not always the best when it comes to names, he asked Matty how to pronounce his last name. Matty instead, declined to answer, saying that it would “be a thing” for the show, and laughs didn’t stop from there!! You might remember him from, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Selfie, or Dumb and Dumber To, but you’ll never forget his roles in Jurassic World and Stranger Things. He is an actor that, no matter how small his part is, it’s usually one of the funniest parts of the show/movie.

We did awesome interview, after awesome interview on Saturday. From Pamela Ribon, to Gene Ha, Mairghread Scott, Sanya Anwar, and the list goes on and on! Wow, did we get some amazing interviews for our listeners! I got an email during the day, that our DMC interview was moved to a different spot. This would be the third room, that we would interview people inside of. Getting to see the people walking around downstairs on the showroom floor was very different from being on the floor itself. Watching all the people go, getting their autographs, or taking a break, it’s just a different feel, as a spectator. A few minutes before the interview starts, the nerves start to come back! Gabe even says that he might throw up. BUT, the moment DMC sits down on the couch, and the interview begins, instead of being the nervous “camera guy” I become the intrigued, fan. He was hyped, he was full of energy, and most of all, you could FEEL the great vibes coming off of him, and in his words! It truly was one of the best interviews we have EVER done!!

At the end of the day we finished with a panel, which brings me to probably one of our only “complaints” about Denver Comic Con. The panel itself was about Roller Derby, and being someone who knows nothing about the sport, and is not the biggest fan, I wasn’t sure how many people would or wouldn’t show up. BUT, even with a more well known panel going on, we happened to be going on AT THE SAME TIME as John Barrowman. Come on, what panel goer, wouldn’t want to go see the amazing John Barrowman? One of our other panels was situated DIRECTLY across from a Ron Perlman panel. Now, I don’t know what the answer to problems like these are, because I feel like it makes the panelists who are attending panels, opposite MAJOR stars, feel bad, or like the panel shouldn’t even be going on? Maybe less panels all going on at the same time? Maybe not have panels on the same topic, like five times throughout the weekend? I KNOW that the volunteers “grade” each panel as it is happening. The panels are “graded” on how many people attended, did the moderator start/end on time, were there any problems, etc. I assume they have the data to show what we are seeing, but I’m not sure. I hope all who attended panels had much fun though!

Now, onto Sunday’s adventure, which brings us into Surprise number 3! In order to tell this story, I have to tell you two things. One, Gabe took the morning off from the con on Sunday, in order to spend some much needed time with his family at their traditional pride fest celebration!

Now for the second thing, I have to backtrack to a moment of worry of mine, on Saturday morning. Saturday morning, before we leave for the Con, we get the opportunity to sit in on a press conference with co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman! Now, I know that Gabe is going to be gone in the morning when the press conference will take place, but I’m not going to miss out on the awesome opportunity! So we reach out to Kevin Eastman superfan, and friend of the show, Keith Shimabukuro!

So, Sunday morning is here, and it’s time to meet with the famed artist! We are the first of the press corp to show up, so we get seats front and center! This is not a normal event for Keith so, much like Gabe and I yesterday, he is very nervous. But, he does great. He got to ask a question, and hangout with a hero for a while that morning! Many thanks to Keith for stepping up, and helping out some friends. Especially because he volunteers for Denver Comic Con, and could have easily been too busy to help!

Now, it was time to go have my fun, while Gabe was finishing the last few things of the day/con. Because of the Matt Smith cancellation, my schedule had to be messed with, in order to figure out the substitute photo ops. YES, I go to a “comic con” for photos with celebrities, it’s one of my favorite parts, sorry die hards! For the most part, all of my photo ops were on Sunday. On Saturday I did have the opportunity to take a picture with David Harbour, of Stranger Things fame, and the new Hellboy. Early Sunday I got to meet another actor who sometimes has small parts in movies or TV shows, but they’re show stealers, Sean Gunn. He was super quiet, but it was awesome! My last two photos were Doctor Who heavy!! Originally I had a Matt Smith/David Tennant “team up” photo op! With Matt gone, I still HAD to meet David Tennant. I mean, who the F doesn’t want to meet a Doctor? His face is priceless! Immediately after that, I nailed one down, that was 3 years in the making. The few times I’ve had the opportunity to see/meet/get an autograph from John Barrowman, the stars never aligned! But I got the picture with him AND Billie Piper (Rose)!!!! It was a perfect ending to a damn near perfect comic con!!

With that, Denver Comic Con is over. It’s crazy to believe that we are almost on our 4th year as a team, our 2nd year as Denver Comic Con Press, and we have been accepted as press to other comic cons as well. Our insane little team has accomplished so much in those 4 years, it’s insane. I’m so very proud of us all. While Jonthan wasn’t with us during the festivities, he was there manning the booth for his very successful comic book store! He’s a great friend, and deserves all his success!! It’s crazy to think that we will be officially covering San Diego Comic Con in one month. The emails for different opportunities have already started to pile up……………….here come the nerves again!

Juan Muro

 

 

Denver Comic Con Day 3 Wrapped

I got to spend a good chunk of the parade with my family, before me and my two oldest daughters headed off to the Denver Comic Con in one of the most harrowing of pedicab rides I have ever had. Guys on cell phones were narrowly missed, red lights were run, pedestrians were made upset, but Baleigh, Sophia and I lived through it.

When we got to the convention center it was off to the races one last time. First up a panel on Diversity in Comics, that was very lightly attended, but the conversation between the panelists was fantastic. Georges Jeanty, Spike Trotman, Ron Wilson, Greg Neri, and Joe Pimienta all had really interesting things to say about their time in comics and how it has been changing.

Then we went over to do one of the interviews that I have been looking forward to the most this weekend. Terry Moore was fantastic to talk to and I can’t wait for you guys to hear what he has to say about being a musician, and a prose writer and how he has incorporated those two things into his comic book writing. On top of it all he literally cleaned off a chair for me, and even gave my shoulders a light dusting. It was truly a great interview.

Then we went to do the Art of the Comics Cover. It was the end of the con and the panelists that were there ended up having a great conversation because they all seemed a little slap happy. Even Arthur Adams was nice to me this round. At least the light hearted tone of his ridicule indicated to me that he probably didn’t hate me. Other members of the panel included, Chris Stevens, Joyce Chin, Adam Kubert, Joe Eisma and Chrissie Zullo. It was a ton of fun and I learned more that I ever thought I would doing the panel about the business of creating comic covers, and the lives of secret high end sketch books.

Finally the last two interviews of Denver Comic Con, Jen Vaughn and Chrissie Zullo. They are both great comics creators. Jen largely dealing with licensed properties or her own books. Where as Zullo is more of a covers artist. Both are talented an in their own but very different ways. It was neat to get a change to see different sides of the industry through their eyes.

Then that was it, a little bit of wrap up recording and then I spent the rest of the evening with my daughters, walking around the convention, seeing my friends and just enjoying the rest of fathers day with a couple of my kids.

That makes a wrap on Denver Comic Con 2018. Next up San Diego Comic Con!

Gabe.

Denver Comic Con Day 2 Wrap Up

You go into every day hoping that it is going to be awesome. When it is a day at a con you hope that you will get to meet someone amazing, or that you will see something that blows your mind. I go into every convention with high expectations that we will talk to some of the best and brightest, but I never could have expected today.

We got to the convention early and were able to get onto the floor a full half hour before we were expecting to. We were looking at our busy day but we had a little bit of time to kill before the whirlwind started. So we walked over to our good buddy Tim Husky’s (@agrovatedartist) booth and talked about his new career as a porn artist. As we stood there waiting, I got a text about my Conan sketch from Terry Moore, and went to pick it up. It is exactly what I had hoped it would be, I love it!

It was time to hit the ground running, right of the bat we chatted with Joe Eisma of Morning Glories and Big Trouble in Little China. It is hard to have any kind of energy day 2 of a con, let alone first thing in the morning but he managed it.

Then it was across the floor to chat with Matty Cardarople. We were thrilled to see him. Our chat with him was understated and hilarious. I hope that he makes it into season 3 of Stranger Things (he literally could give us no spoilers and implied that he would be kidnapped and taken to an undisclosed location if he did). Something happened right before we went into the interview that would change our whole day.

As the door to the interview opened I saw that DMC was sitting on the couch finishing up and interview with someone else and I blurted out, “Holy shit, that is DMC.”

Our contact with DCC then asked me if I would like to interview him, to which I politely and respectfully responded, “Uh, fuck yes.”

The wheels of fate were set in motion.

We finished the Matty C. interview and then sat down with Pamela Ribon. Screen writer for Wreck It Ralph 2, and writer of the amazing roller derby comic book Slam! She was phenomenally funny and wonderful to chat with, and it made me very excited for the panel that I was going to moderate on roller derby with her later in the day.

Next up was Mairghread Scott. It is awesome to get to talk to creative people about their craft, but it is also a lot of fun when you get to talk to them about parenting, and how it has effected their craft. It is a fun interview that I can’t wait for you guys to hear.

Onto the first panel of the day Marvel Comics Creators Through the Years. This was a wide ranging discussion with Arthur Adams, Chris Stevens, Todd Dezago, and Ron Wilson. A lot of great audience questions kept this one moving. It was a lot of fun, and Arthur Adams is the perfect level of curmudgeon.

Shortly there after we got to sit with Gene Ha who has had his art in pretty every major DC property, as well as working with Zander Cannon and Alan Moore on Top 10. He is the kind of person that these 15 minute interviews are far to short for. I want to know so much more about his new book Mae, but I just didn’t have a chance to ask much more. We’ll have to get him on the show some time soon.

So we were up against it. This was our big opportunity. We had been told the time to show up to the secret door. One of the manager of the Media people led us into an upper room, and we were told to set up and wait for the one and only Darryl McDaniels, AKA DMC. Sitting in the room waiting for him I was giddy with anticipation, and DMC did not disappoint. He is my favorite kind of interview. You ask him one question, and he tells you a story. I learned about his childhood, his struggles with depression, how he learned he was adopted at 35, and I even got to listen to equate his person as DMC to being a super hero.

As a Patreon supporter (www.patreon.com/totlb) you can see video of this interview today. Trust me, you want to.

After the interview I was flying high, and we headed down to talk with Sanya Anwar. She is fantastic and engaging and exactly the breath of fresh air that the comics industry need, and her art is something else.

Finally it was the panel on Roller Derby with Kat Leyh, Kiwi Smith and Pamela Ribon. This was a fantastic panel full of love for a sport that has become near and dear to my heart, but it included a bit of sadness.

Recently a local team the Boulder County Bombers lost their track to a fire, and while insurance my cover most of it there was also skater’s gear that was lost and other cost associated with the clean up, so we talked about how you can go to www.facebook.com/BoulderCountyBombers and learn how you can help their team recover their track!

What a fucking day, and we have a whole new day of adventure that starts in just about five hours for me! Until tomorrow.

 

Gabe.

Denver Comic Con Day 1 Wrap Up

What do you mean today was our slow day!

Holy shit what a whirlwind of a day. First off, if you have to make an hour long drive don’t drink a shit load of coffee and water, because when you have to wait in line for a half hour you have to pee so bad, and it is awful. In the door and its off to the races. I didn’t really have a lot going on for the first half of the day so I walk the floor, seeing what I could see and prepping for some of the floor interviews that I wanted to do.

Made a bee line to Terry Moore, there will be more about that in the Sunday wrap up though.

First on the docket was Andre Gower and Ryan Lambert from the new documentary “Wolfman’s Got Nards” about their time making Monster Squad and it’s resurgence in popularity. It is always amazing to chat with the creators of your childhood memories.

Spent some time walking the floor talking to some of the independent creators. There is so much great stuff out there that I know you will love to hear about on our DCC episodes. Pickle Noir, new illustrators, Cartoony Apocalyptic comics, and the most amazing 3d paper cutting I have seen in my whole fucking life.

Got a chance to sit with Wendy Terrion next, writer of the Jason Lex series. What a great read these books are, and as always she is an engaging interview. I hope you all take the time to read these fun fantasy novels about cryptids and secret societies. You will not be disappointed.

Next got a chance to moderate my first panel for Con season. Talked with G. Neri, Gale Galligan, Kurt Lustgarten, and Melissa Jane Osborne about graphic novels that kids should be reading. Had a good chat with them about their books, and books that they suggest for kids.

Then it was a chance to talk with Amy Chu, Sanya Anwar, Gene Ha and Tony Medina about social consciousness in comic books. This was a great discussion that was really heart felt with a little treat. I got to watch as Gene Ha spend the panel answering questions, and taking pictures with his iPad of people that he was interested in. He would then put pencil to paper, and then using and ink brush created a portrait. In the middle of the panel he would get up, walk over to the person that he was drawing and hand them a picture of themselves. Not gonna lie, I was a little jealous that he didn’t draw me! Can’t wait to sit and interview Sanya and Gene over the next couple days.

It was a great day filled with awesome interviews, and time seeing some of my Denver friends. My day was made even better by Mike, Matt, Marika, Randy, Dylan, James, Jeremiah, Meghan, Michael, Ryan, Erik, Smurf, Tim, Dom, John, Alicia, Karissa, Jon, and a whole slew of other people that I’m sure I have forgotten because I’m exhausted. So now I’m gonna sleep, then get up early and get my ass back to Denver for my fucking busy day!

Gabe.

Denver Comic Con TOMORROW!

Well, our first Comic Con of our working season is tomorrow!! Denver Comic Con is FINALLY here!! With more than 100,000 people expected, it is sure to be a crazy, but amazing time!! There will be more than 200 celebrities, artists, authors, and more than 600 hours of different panels/programs. We will even be moderating 6 different panels!! With Denver Comic Con being tomorrow, here are some tips, information, etc. about the show, that you might need to know!

Ticketing 

To promote a quicker and more streamlined entry process, Denver Comic Con has implemented Flash Seats, an ID-based digital ticketing system that allows guests to enter the event with an ID, the credit card used to purchase tickets or with the Flash Seats mobile app, which also allows guests to sell, buy, and transfer tickets. For more on Flash Seats, visit: https://www.flashseats.com/FAQsDetails.aspx?ss=0&a=1#g1

Even with the new, more efficient ticketing system, guests should plan for lines, particularly for some of the more popular events, sessions and guests. Entry lines will be longest when the Con opens at 10 a.m. each day, with the longest lines of the weekend expected on Saturday.

Early badge pick-up will be available Thursday, Jun. 14 at the Colorado Convention Center from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the entrance near 13th St. & Welton St.

Security

Denver Comic Con’s top priority is the welfare and safety of guests. With that in mind, DCC staff works closely with the Denver Police Department and security contractors throughout the year on a variety of measures to enhance guest safety at the event, including training, bag checks and prop checks throughout the weekend.

Please note that the 2018 cosplay guidelines have been updated, and NO prop firearms will be permitted. Guests seeking the optimal fan experience are encouraged to carry in as little as possible with them. Minimizing outside items will expedite security checks and maximize efficiency at points of entry. For details about prop and cosplay guidelines, visit:  https://denvercomiccon.com/show-info/policies/

 General Event Info

Denver Comic Con is one of Denver’s largest consumer conventions, and a program of Pop Culture Classroom, a Denver-based non-profit that brings education and literacy programs to classrooms throughout the Denver metro-area. Last year’s con brought in more than 110,000 attendees and reached all corners of pop culture including film, television, comic books, tabletop and video games, anime, manga, cosplay, horror and science fiction and web comics.”

Remember everyone! Denver Comic Con kicks off tomorrow, June 15th through Sunday June 17th. The doors will open at 10am and close at 7pm, except on Sunday, when the show floor closes at 6pm! All the fun is at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202. This year there are TWO entrances for guests with tickets. You can enter via:

14th Street & Stout Street
13th Street & Welton Street

“The con also features more 10,000 sq. ft. of floor space dedicated to the Kid’s Lab. A space for kids and teens to explore pop culture through projects and talks from industry luminaries.” We personally have had our kids want to stay in the kid’s lab for HOURS! There are different activities and panels catered just for them, and it’s loads of fun!!

 

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $38.50 for adults and $8.25 for children. 3-day passes are sold out, and single-day tickets are moving quickly, but still availability. You can purchase your tickets here if you have not done so yet!

Follow Denver Comic Con on their social media:

www.twitter.com/denvercomiccon

www.facebook.com/DenverComicCon/

Document all of your fun using the hashtag #dcc2018

If you see us, stop us to record some content for our show! We hope to see everyone there!!

New Comics for June 6th 2018

Hey everyone! June is here and man is it hot already! 2 weeks away from Denver Comic Con, so that is pretty exciting too! If you are in Parker this weekend come swing by and say hi to us at Parker Days. We will be in booth 509 in front of the PACE center! Lets get to it!

From DC this week, Justice League #1 hits the shelves! From superstar writer Scott Snyder and artist Jim Cheung, this new series kicks off right after the events of Justice League No Justice and Dark Nights Metal! The Justice League is launched into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…

Also this week, as part of the New Age of Heroes, the Unexpected #1 hits racks! Written by Steve Orlando with art by Ryan Sook. In the aftermath of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, the DC Universe has been forever changed as new heroes are called out of the shadows. Amid this all is Janet Fals…Firebrand! Once a paramedic dedicated to saving lives, she must now start a fight once every 24 hours to feed the Conflict Engine that’s replaced her heart. But Janet’s heart isn’t just a curse-it’s a beacon, drawing out both the mysterious Neon the Unknown and the seductive, malevolent Bad Samaritan. One of them wants to cut out her heart, the other wants to save it-but neither of them knows the true danger hidden within that will kick off a superhero manhunt ranging from Thanagar to the deepest heart of the Dark Multiverse!

From Marvel this week, a slew of new #1s hit the rack, starting off with Ant Man and the Wasp #1 (of 5). Wasp was just trying to help Ant-Man get home to Earth to see his daughter…but a little problem got in the way. Very little. Subatomic, in fact, as Scott Lang was lost in the vast spaces between atoms! Now, Nadia is his only hope of rescue…if only he would listen long enough for her to save them! From master storyteller Mark Waid (CAPTAIN AMERICA, CHAMPIONS) and Marvel Young Gun artist Javier Garrón (SECRET WARRIORS, STAR-LORD) comes a story of a big journey getting smaller all the time!

Dazzler X Song #1 kicks off this week. The Brooklyn punk scene has never been cooler with DAZZLER’s new band taking center stage. But while she’s trying to find herself and reconnect to the one thing she’s always loved, Dazzler stumbles upon a truly toxic part of the underground punk scene. When a new and violent gang threatens the young Inhuman fans that follow her from venue to venue, Dazzler may have to turn to her own past to provide some guidance–and butt kicking. Written by the Eisner-nominated Magdalene Visaggio, and drawn by the incredible Laura Braga.

Hot off the heels of his new movie release, its Deadpool #1! Skottie Young and Nic Klein bring you the craziest tales of the Regeneratin’ Degenerate yet! It’s been a while since Deadpool’s had to merc to make ends meet, but things are tough all over. While Deadpool tries to get his humble mercenary-for-hire business back off the ground, a catastrophic threat so unfathomably huge, so mind-breakingly cataclysmic it defies description, is heading toward Earth, and there’s only ONE PERSON WHO CAN STOP IT!!!

Magically appearing on comic shelves near you this week is Doctor Strange #1! The Eye of Agamotto is closed! Doctor Stephen Strange has lost his connection to the Earth’s arcane power, and he can’t wait to recover while nightmares press against the seams of our reality. Tony Stark offers a 21st-century solution: When astral travel fails, try astronautical travel. Enter Doctor Strange: Space-Explorer Supreme! New spells, allies and enemies – new and old – await Strange beyond the stars, along with corners and secrets of the Marvel Universe seen here for the first time! Space is endless, but time is short. After years of threats, Stephen’s bill for magic use is coming due – who will come to collect?!

Lastly, whats green, has purple pants, and an anger that cant get no? The Immortal Hulk, that’s who! Immortal Hulk #1 smashes its way into comic shops this week. HORROR HAS A NAME. You’d never notice the man. He doesn’t like to be noticed. He’s quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head… all he’d do is die. Until night falls. And someone else gets up again. The man’s name is Banner. The horror is THE IMMORTAL HULK.

Here is your complete list:

Boom! Studios

Garfield Homecoming #1

Giant Days #39

Go Go Power Rangers #10

Rockos Modern Life #5

Dark Horse

Doctor Star & Kingdom Lost Tomorrows #4

Halo Collateral Damage #1

Koshchei the Deathless #6

Sword Daughter #1

Xerxes Fall of House of Darius #3

DC

Batman #48

Batman Prelude to the Wedding Nightwing Vs Hush #1

Bombshells United #19

Curse of Brimstone #3

Cyborg #23

Deathstroke #32

Exit Stage Left Snagglepuss Chronicles #6

Green Arrow #41

Green Lanterns #48

Harley Quinn #43

Injustice 2 #27

Justice League #1

Man of Steel #2

Nightwing #45

Shade the Changing Woman #4

Unexpected #1

Wonder Woman Annual #2

Dynamite

Red Sonja #16

Red Sonja Tarzan #2

Sherlock Holmes Vanishing Man #2

Swashbucklers Saga Continues #3

IDW

Demi God #2

Ghostbusters Crossing Over #3

October Faction Supernatural Dreams #4

Rick Veitch The One #5

Star Wars Adventures #11

TMNT Ongoing #83

Image

Black Science #36

Death or Glory #2

Eternal Empire #9

Gravediggers Union #7

Isola #3

Medieval Spawn Witchblade #2

Moonstruck #6

Paper Girls #21

Prism Stalker #4

Scales & Scoundrels #10

Spawn #286

Walking Dead #180

Marvel

Ant Man & the Wasp #1

Ant Man & Wasp Living Legends #1

Astonishing X-Men #12

Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #19

Captain America #703

Dazzler X Song #1

Deadpool #1

Doctor Strange #1

Hunt For Wolverine Weapon Lost #2

Immortal Hulk #1

Infinity Countdown #4

Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #31

Rise of Black Panther #6

Star Wars #49

Star Wars Last Jedi Adaptation #3

True Believers Ant Man & Wasp Birth Giant Man #1

Weapon X #19

X-Men Gold #29

X-Men Red #5

Abstract Studios

Strangers In Paradise XXV #4

AC Comics

Crypt of Horror #36

Action Lab

Aberrant #1

Black Betty #4

Danger Doll Squad Galactic Gladiators #3

Aftershock Comics

Cold War #5

Dark Ark #7

Shipwreck #6

Alterna Comics

Doppelganger #4

Go West #3

Tinsletown #2

Zero Jumper #2

Amigo Comics

Call of the Suicide Forest #4

Antarctic Press

Gold Digger Swimsuit Special #26

Rochelle Vol 2 #2

Archie Comics

Archie #31

World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #79

Aspen MLT Inc

Charismagic Vol 3 #5

Portal Bound #3

Avatar Press

Crossed Plus 100 Mimic #2

Boundless Comics

Lookers Ember #8

Devils Due/1First Comics

Larks Killer #7

Malefic #7

Keenspot Entertainment

Dreamless #2

Hunters of Salamanstra #10

Legendary Comics

Pacific Rim Aftermath #5

Lion Forge

Cellies #1

Magnetic Collection

Jazz Maynard Vol 2 #5

New England Comics

Tick 2017 #4

Titan Comics

Brother Nash #1

Doctor Who 7th #1

Fighting American Ties That Bind #4

Penny Dreadful #10

Valiant Entertainment

Valiant High #2

Vault Comics

Songs for the Dead #3

Vagrant Queen #1

Wasted Space #2

Zenescope

GFT Dance of the Dead #6

GFT Tarot #6

Jasmine Crown of Kings #2

Mainstream #2

Diamond Comic Distributors, Geppi Makes Multimullion Dollar Donation

Hello and good morning everyone!! The President of Diamond Comic Distributors, Stephen A. Geppi, has made an incredible donation to the Library of Congress!

“For more than a decade, the material has been on display at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) in Baltimore and includes Big Little Books, Beatles memorabilia, a collection of flicker rings popularizing comic book characters and political figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., R.F. Outcault’s The Yellow Kid printing blocks, and the No. 2 Brownie camera model F from Eastman Kodak Company.”

The Geppi Entertainment Museum (GEM) will close it’s doors THIS weekend, June 3rd. That day, admission will be FREE. In order to ensure that his most prized collection would reach it’s biggest audience, Geppi met with the Library of Congress. “In GEM, Geppi achieved a previously unparalleled execution of his vision, but after more than a decade in its historic Camden Yards facility, it was apparent to him that to reach even more people with his message, he was going to need to go bigger. This led to a meeting with Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, who Geppi knew from her time heading up the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. From there, things moved relatively quickly.”

About the announcement, and about all of the people who will now get to enjoy the collection as much as he did, Geppie said “I’ve been blessed to make my living from something I love for decades, and further blessed to be able to share these treasures with others. The idea of how many more people will get to see this material under the auspices of The Library of Congress invigorates my mind with a multitude of possibilities. I definitely have other plans for the future as well. Besides, it’s not like I’m going to stop collecting,”

New Comics May 16th 2018

It’s a relatively light week this week, comparatively speaking, but lots of old standbys to keep you satiated!

From Boom this week, the Shattered Grid event continues in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27! As Lord Drakkon’s power and influence grows, the Power Rangers work with new allies from across time and dimensions, including Ranger teams such as Time Force, RPM, and Samurai, to craft a plan to fight back…but is it already too late?

From DC this week, NO JUSTICE continues! After the cliffhanger from issue #1, the teams arrive at Brainiac’s home world to find it already in chaos. Only by splitting up and journeying to the four cosmic trees of Colu will they have any hope of saving the planet…but what’s waiting for them will test the true mettle of their new alliances!

Also this week, New Challengers #1 (of 6) debuts! From the pages of DARK NIGHTS: METAL! Challengers Mountain has returned to the DC Universe and chosen a new team of explorers! Five misfit strangers are given a second chance at life, but only if they obey the orders of the mysterious Professor and execute deadly missions in the most unexplored corners of the multiverse! And if the new Challengers of the Unknown fail…it will be more than just their own lives that hang in the balance!

Lastly, from DC, Superman Special #1 is here this week! “THE PROMISE”! Superman’s world is about to change in a big way, but before it does, the Man of Steel has some unfinished business to attend to…on Dinosaur Island! Superman and a forgotten soldier of the past take one last trip together into the abyss of tomorrow, as Captain Storm now stands face-to-face with the world of today! This extra-sized special also features stories by writers Mark Russell and Ian Flynn with art by Kaare Andrews and Bryan Hitch!

From Image this week, Gideon Falls #3 hits the shelf! Norton gets closer to the secrets of the Black Barn as Fred discovers a grizzly new crime in Gideon Falls.

From Marvel this week, the hunt for Wolverine continues with the debut of new series Claws of the Killer. As word spreads that Wolverine may have returned from the grave, a handful of his greatest adversaries come together to track him down and put him back there. But the brutal and horrific nightmare that SABRETOOTH, LADY DEATHSTRIKE and DAKEN uncover could lead to even more death than even these vicious killers can handle.

Also from Marvel this week, Mighty Thor Gates of Valhalla #1 hits the shelves. “The Death of the Mighty Thor” has come and gone. But Jane Foster’s power to inspire lives on – even in the far future! Don’t miss the tribute to Jason Aaron’s epic tale of Thor and the mighty hammer Mjolnir, drawn by rising star Jen Bartel!
And with or without a Thor, the War of Realms continues. As Malekith’s power grows, the realms will fall – and who is left to stop him? Eisner Award-winning artist Ramón Pérez kicks off the next stage of Jason Aaron’s ongoing saga.

Lastly from Marvel, the X-Men Wedding Special #1 drops this week and features Chris Claremont’s return to the X-Men! One of the biggest milestone events in X-Men history is almost here! Kitty Pryde and Colossus are finally about the tie the knot…but what’s a wedding without the respective bachelor and bachelorette parties? Join Marc Guggenheim and Kelly Thompson for two parties that can only be celebrated Marvel style! All this, plus, a Kitty and Colossus story by legendary X-Men scribe, Chris Claremont!!!

From AfterShock this week, Garth Ennis and Goran Sudzuka debut a new series called A Walk Through Hell! So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse…
Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. She’s pushing 40, a borderline burnout, the ghastly memories of her last investigation still clinging like shadows. McGregor is younger, more dedicated, hanging onto some measure of idealism whatever the world might throw at him. When two fellow agents go missing inside a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investigate. But what they find waiting is far from routine, as the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most appalling nightmares-in a place where the night may never end at all.

Here is your complete list:

Boom! Studios

Dodge City #3

Fence #6

Garfield 2018 Vacation Time Blues #1

Lucy Dreaming #3

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27

Steven Universe Ongoing #16

Dark Horse

Ether Copper Golems #1

Neil Gaiman American Gods My Ainsel #3

Usagi Yojimbo #3

DC

Aquaman #36

Batman #47

Batman Sins of the Father #4

Batwoman #15

Bombshells United #18

Brave and the Bold Batman & Wonder Woman #4

Cave Carson has an Interstellar Eye #3

Damage #5

Deathbed #4

Future Quest Presents #10

Green Lanterns #47

Harley Loves Joker #2

Injustice 2 #26

Justice League No Justice #2

New Challengers #1

Superman Special #1

Wildstorm #13

Dynamite

BSG Vs BSG #5

James Bond the Body #5

IDW

Assassinistas #5

Bubba Ho-Tep & Cosmic Blood Suckers #1

Goosebumps Download & Die #3

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #66

Star Trek TNG Through the Mirror #3

TMNT ongoing #82

TMNT Universe #22

Image

Barrier #3

Crude #2

Curse Words #14

Dead Hand #2

Death of Love #4

Dry County #3

Flavor #1

Gideon Falls #3

Infidel #3

Kick Ass #4

Moonshine #10

Rat Queens #9

Wicked & Divine #36

Marvel

All New Wolverine #35

Avengers #2

Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #18

Cable #157

Captain America #702

Daredevil #602

Hunt for Wolverine Claws of a Killer #1

Infinity Countdown Daredevil #1

Mighty Thor Gates of Valhalla #1

Punisher #224

Quicksilver No Surrender #1

Star Wars Poe Dameron #27

True Believers Wolverine Dying Game #1

True Believers Wolverine Fatal Attractions #1

Weapon H #3

X-Men Red #4

X-Men Wedding Special #1

You Are Deadpool #3

Action Lab

Athena Voltaire 2018 Ongoing #4

Danger Doll Squad Galactic Gladiators #2

Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong #2

Ruin of Thieves Brigands #1

Aftershock Comics

Cold War #4

Jimmys Bastards #8

Walk Through Hell #1

American Mythology

Land That Time Forgot See-Ta Savage #2

Three Stooges Slaptastic Special #1

Amryl Entertainment

Cavewoman Lycan Run #1

Archie Comics

Archie & Me Comics Digest #7

Archies #7

Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #263

Riverdale Ongoing #12

Aspen MLT Inc

Jinri Volume 3 #3

Avatar Press

Cinema Purgatorio #14

Crossed Plus 100 Mimic #1

Bongo Comicms

Mighty Moe Szyslak #1

Kenzer & Company

Knights of the Dinner Table #254

Lion Forge

Catalyst Prime Summit #5

Encounter #3

Wrapped Up #7

Magnetic Collection

Infinity 8 #3

Oni Press

Ballad of Sang #3

Red 5 Comics

Fractured Mind #2

Scout Comics

Graveland #5

Heavenly Blues #6

Jazz Legend #1

Source Point Press

Rot #1

Titan Comics

Assassins Creed Origins #3

Valiant Entertainment

Bloodshot Salvation #9

Ninja-K #7

Zenescope

GFT Tales of Terror Vol 4 #2

Grimm Fairy Tales #15

There Are Other Podcasts? – Tanis Podcast

There Are Other Podcasts?

We know you are loyal fans, that would never ever listen to another podcast. Just in case you were curious about other podcasts (which we know you aren’t), “There Are Other Podcasts?” will review some of the podcasts that we think are fun and interesting, but not as fun and interesting as our podcast of course. If you would like us to give your podcast a listen, or you listen to a show that you think might pique our interest, shoot us an email at: outsidethelongbox@gmail.com.

Tanis – www.tanispodcast.com

I like to believe that there is a world of mystery out there. That the tales of ghosts and spirits aren’t just a figment of the collective imagination. That magic and ritual do drive powers that we don’t understand into doing our bidding. That there is something just below the surface of what we consider reality trying to scratch its way to the surface. So does Nic Silver, host of Tanis.

A serialized, sci-fi/horror audio drama this faux NPR show starts innocuously enough with Nic Silver seeking out mystery in an information age. He feels that the internet and the pervasive nature of information has stripped the world of all of its wonder, and by looking out for the strange and unusual he thinks that he can grab onto that last shred of wonder in the world. Little does he know that as he digs deeper and deeper into those mysteries, he will uncover one larger story. A story larger and more bizarre than he could have ever expected.

From the same group (Minnow Beats Whale and Public Radio Alliance) that produces the also fantastic serialized horror drama The Black Tapes; Tanis finds its story in real life. Using tales like the bizarre occult work of Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard or the strange death of Elisa Lam as a jumping off point for it’s story telling, Tanis has just enough of a foot in reality to make it extremely compelling.

I know that this is a big show, and that you have probably already heard of it, but as I binge through what is out of the fourth season I am again reminded of how worth your time this show is. It is creepy, it leads you to real life stories of the strange, and damn if it isn’t entertaining. I could do without the episodic cliff-hangers, but other than that worth it.

PRA and Minnow Beats Whale have three other shows. The Black Tape (which I also actively listen to), Rabbits (which was not really my speed but I may give another try) and The Last Movie (which is their newest show and I have only listened to the first episode of). The have consistently excellent production values, and truly compelling stories. So give it a try, who knows this may be your first step down a strange path that leads to an odd cabin in a strange wood.

On the Horizon – Black Badge/Luke Cage

On The Horizon

Week to week we receive emails from comic book companies and other pop culture venues. Taking those we present you with the things that we think will be the most interesting to you the listeners. If you have any news or announcements that you would like to share with Thinking Outside the Longbox shoot us an email at: outsidethelongbox@gmail.com

Oh man is it good to not have so much shit going on that I can’t get to these articles. Sitting in front of the computer to get a chance to write about the things that I love sounds like an excellent way to spend my lunch break at work so with no further ado here are some things that are On The Horizon

TV

Holy fuck yes! While Defenders was a bit of a dud, and I still haven’t gotten around to watching The Punisher or season two of Jessica Jones, I’ll tell you right now that on June 22 when season two of Luke Cage drops I will be smoking a bowl setting up some snacks and watching the shit out of this. The more I think on it the more I feel like this is my favorite of all of the Marvel Netflix show and I can’t wait. I hope the music, action and story are just as good as they were in the first season. Speaking of music, do yourself a favor and find the Luke Cage playlist on Spotify. You know what, fuck that, here it is (https://open.spotify.com/user/g0u1d1e1/playlist/6CdBcKJ5vXXkWJfmC45kqB).

Comics

In August Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins, the Eisner Nominated team behind Grass Kings will be coming out with a new title called Black Badge. Black Badge revolves around a covert and elite boy scout troop tasked by the government with going on actual covert scouting missions:

“I’m super excited to be teaming with Tyler and Hilary on a new project after the amazing run we had on Grass Kings,” said Matt Kindt. “BLACK BADGE is an idea I’d had for a long time — ‘Boy Scouts — but for real.’ Sending them on real scouting missions and into danger. It’s an idea that started out as a joke with me complaining about how the scouts never really scout. But now that I’m writing the series — I’m realizing the deeper and (sometimes) horrible consequences of sending these kids out on missions. It’s going to be funny, emotional, and horrific — sometimes all on one page.”

“Well, truthfully, I can’t even find words to express my happiness at working with Matt again,” said Tyler Jenkins. “And this new series, BLACK BADGE, is another vehicle for us to tackle subjects and ideas that mean something to us. After the unrelenting darkness of Grass Kings, I am very excited to explore a completely different world…a world with a tad more levity. This is going to be an adventure. A wild adventure. But it’s gonna get real, so hang on!”

Black Badge starts coming out in August from Boom! Studios and will be available from your local comic shop, including Hall of Justice Comics and Collectibles in Parker, CO.