Jul 22, 2014

80-Pagecast 33: Thor & Her Amazing Friends

The band is back together to talk about the big news about Thor, Captain America, Archie and a couple other thing. We also get into comics we read this week such as She-Hulk #6, Ms Marvel #6, Transformers: Windblade #4, Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #31, Walt Simonson's Ragnarok #1, and Rocket Raccoon #1. Then we ramble on about Thunderstrike, Blackwulf, and movies again.

Jul 7, 2014

80-Pagecast 32.NOW: Give Me Your Frajer

Absolutely no comicbook talk for this movie special episode. We are discussing nothing but Transformers: Age of Extinction starring Marky Mark, Frasier, Walter Sobchak, and lots of murderous robots on a rampage too. We'll be back next week with normal comic talk.

Jun 30, 2014

80-Pagecast 32: Transformers: Fans of the Comics

Although we don't actually talk about Transformers: Age of Extinction, we do spend a long time talking about Transformers. Primarily because Matt went to Botcon. We also read a bunch of Transformers comicbooks again this week. Plus we read some New Warriors and Astro Boy. Feel free to skip ahead an hour if you don't want to listen to five Transformers fans rattle on about robutts.

Jun 17, 2014

80-Pagecast 31: The Edge of Kill

The Summer of Blockbuster comicbook related movies continues as we talk about The Edge of Tomorrow. Which started out as a novel called All You Need is Kill but also has a manga adaptation with knockoff Mecannibals. After an hour of that and our usual news starter we get to talking about some comics we read for the first time in months. Comicbooks such as Silver Surfer, X-Factor, Popeye, New Warriors, Moon Knight, Fantastic Four, and some Road Force.

Jun 3, 2014

80-Pagecast 30: Dawn o` Days o` X-men

This fortnight we have an over stuffed episode with all the gang. Talking news from comicbook tv shows, comicbook movies, comicbook books, and the Human Bat v Robot Gangster. Mainly we talk about X-men: Days of Future Past and how we feel about said future.

May 20, 2014

80-Pagecast 29: Godzilla vs Spider-man

The curse is lifted! We are finally back with an in depth discussing about the Amazing Spider-man 2 (spoilers: save your money, go see Godzilla instead). Along with some of the comicbooky tv and movie news that's happened in the month we were away. Not much actually talking about comicbooks this time, just a mention of the Free Comicbook Day issue of Transformers vs GI Joe.

Apr 22, 2014

80-Pagecast 28: The Superior Windblade

Amazing Spider-man II has opened in theaters! In Australia... so we can't really talk about it because only one of us has seen it. Instead we talk a little bit about Moon Knight #2, Deadpool #27, alot about how the Superior Spider-man is doing in the comics, and our love of robot comics with the first issue of Transformers: Windblade. Recording was a little wonky this episode, but nothing of value was lost. Just more of us going off topic.

Apr 18, 2014

The Melancholy Tale of Charlie Brown and Violet Gray


Anybody who knows Peanuts knows that Charlie Brown is forever pining after the Little Redhead Girl, an unseen character who he never works up the courage to speak with. The earliest years of the strip, however, featured Charlie Brown in an on-again, off-again relationship with another character - a girl named Violet, who was the first major addition to the initial cast after the strip's start. 1953 would give her the surname Gray, a move I can only assume was intended to underscore a parallel between her and Charlie Brown by giving them both color-related last names. (Mind you, it's only ever mentioned once, but feels significant to me in light of very few recurring characters in Peanuts actually having surnames.)

Throughout the rest of the 1950s, the two became less and less friendly. I can't imagine there was any kind of real continuity intended by Schulz, but reading the strips in The Complete Peanuts in sequence as I have been, it becomes painfully apparent that Charlie Brown becomes more desperate to have Violet's approval - to have her as a friend - as time wore on. In a vacuum, you wouldn't really think anything of the individual strips, but looking for whenever the series came back to just the two of them... you feel like you're seeing their relations fall apart piece by piece, like a seaside cliff as it is slowly eroded by the waves of the pounding surf. It might be one of the most subtly depressing things I've seen in comic strips.

(The pink panels come from separate strips - in chronological order, IIRC, but I didn't think to save the dates - while the purple ones are a complete strip from 1952.)

They're playing our song...

Apr 8, 2014

80-Pagecast 27: God Bless America, Captain

Another fortnight goes by and another Marvel movie comes out. So naturally we talk about Captain America: Winter Soldier. Spoilers: we spoil the heck out of the movie. But only after we go through some news and briefly mention Silver Surfer #1, Ghost Rider #1, and Inhuman #1. Of course we wander off topic alot, including talk of Don Glut's odd hobby.

Mar 25, 2014

80-Pagecast 26: We Know Robots

We dig giant robots. So the gang talks about robots, news, cyborgs, Jem, artificial intelligence, Revolutionary War: Motormouth, androids, Transformers: Regeneration One #100, Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #27, Transformers: Robots In Disguise #27, Transformers Dark Cybertron Chapter 12, robot shipping, and that we're still surprised by how much we love Alex Milne. The topic is all robots all the time.