Saturday, August 23

Episode 2: Cat Fight(s)

We talk about the little feedback left from Episode 1 and Marc goes on a little rant about a couple of the listeners. We also go over some listener questions and argue a bit about Secret Invasion & Watchmen.

We review Jonathan's picks for the episode, Pride of Baghdad (Brian K. Vaughan & Niko Henrichon) and We3 (Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely). There's debate over the merits of each, especially We3 (which only Jonathan liked). Who is right? You decide!

This episode has been brought to you by Booty Sweat with music by Cat Noises and Skype Drops!

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Tuesday, August 19

2008 Eisner Awards for Vertigo

Vertigo titles and creators did pretty well at the 2008 Eisner Awards, winning for best ongoing series, best letterer, best penciler/inker team, and best cover artist.

Best Ongoing Series: Y the Last Man
Best Penciller/Inker Team: Pia Guerra/Jose Marzan, Jr. (Y the Last Man)
Best Cover Artist: James Jean (Fables)
Best Lettering: Todd Klein (Fables, Jack of Fables, Crossing Midnight)

Creators of note to Vertigo readers were added to the Eisner Hall of Fame, as well, including Arnold Drake (creator of Deadman) and Len Wein (co-creator of Swamp Thing, and edited Watchmen).

See the full story here.

Wednesday, August 13

Episode 1.1: Here We Go (Remastered)

Now with significantly less noise!

In our first episode we introduce the show and ourselves, talk about some Vertigo News and get into a debate on the merits of black and white comics, answer a question from Thomacus, talk about the history of Vertigo Comics, then review and debate Preacher vol. 1: Gone to Texas.

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50 Most Important Issues Ever

Comic Book Resources has posted a list of the 50 most well-known, important, single issues in comic book history. Most of them are mainstream superhero books from the 50's-60's, but a few Vertigo titles made the cut:

Swamp Thing #37
Written by Alan Moore
Penciled by Rick Veitch
The first appearance of John Constantine. Constantine would go on to star in his own series, Hellblazer, beginning in 1989. Hellblazer is the only Vertigo title that has been in print continuously since the imprints inception.

Animal Man #26
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Truog & Framer
In this final Morrison-penned issue of Animal Man, the story that Morrison is now renowned for comes to it's weird finale, with Morrison interacting with the title character. Breaking the 4th wall in comics at its most bizarre.

Swamp Thing #21
Written by Alan Moore
Pencilled by Stephen R. Bissette
This was only Alan Moore's 2nd issue, but he went ahead and made some sweeping changes to the character, which set up his now-epic run on the title. Namely, (spoilers--highlight to reveal)that Swamp Thing was not Dr. Alec Holland, transformed by a chemical explosion, but rather a plant elemental formed from swamp goo transformed by the chemical explosion that killed Holland (/spoiler).

Doom Patrol #19
Written by Grant Morrison
Pencilled by Richard Case
Grant Morrison's first issue on Doom Patrol started another landmark run. More significantly, rarely has a creator made such drastic changes to a title with his first issue on it, but Morrison went to town.

Watchmen #12
Written by Alan Moore
Pencilled by Dave Gibbons
Well, it's Watchmen, the best comic book ever, so it's kind of a given that it's going to appear somewhere on any list of most important comics. Issue 12 was the finale of the maxi-series, and helped set the precedent for 12 issues being the standard maxi-series length.

Sandman #8
Written by Neil Gaiman
Art by Dringenberg & Jones
The first appearance of Sandman's sister, Death, and, by extension, the Endless, which go on to play a major part in the Sandman series. Plus, the story, "The Sound of Her Wings," is really good, too.

See the full list, plus explanations for all of 'em, here.

Sunday, August 3

In August Previews

The Exterminators vol. 5: Bug Brothers Forever
The finale of The Exterminators, one of my favorite Vertigo series. "It's the explosive final battle between Bug-Bee-Gone and the killer cockroaches! The fate of humanity hangs in the balance"
$8.99 through DCBS.

Fables vol. 11: War and Pieces
"The war for Fabletown heats up! Cinderella heads out on a cloak-and-dagger mission to bring a mysterious package back into town. But when the Empire heads after the same prize, there's no telling who will be left standing when the smoke clears. "
$10.79 through DCBS

Kill Your Boyfriend
A new printing of the "cult classic" by Grant Morrison. (I've never read it, but for $3.50, why not?) "Originally published in 1995, Kill Your Boyfriend is an over-the-top black comedy of rebellion and teen romance topped with a heady mix of random violence and dark humor."
$3.59 through DCBS

The Unknown Soldier #1
I love the original Unknown Soldier series, so I'm looking forward to this one. I'm going to read it in trade, as I do with all Vertigo titles, but if you're a single issue person, pick this one up.
$1.49 through DCBS