After weeks apart, Dal returns to Contest of Challengers and it’s like no time has passed at all. New York Comic Con is happening as this episode is recorded, so we talk about new announcements such as Batwoman, Justice League America and Supersons, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Warren Ellis and a TMNT/WWE crossover. Yes, that’s right. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures dressed as WWE wrestlers. We also talk about… A new Ex Libris Challengers bookplate. Dal got a Vision t-shirt. Cave Carson and the feel of DC’s Young Animal line.
It’s an interview with Jill Thompson! The triple-threat of pop culture; comics, wrestling, and __________? Her brand new graphic novel “Wonder Woman The True Amazon” is out now and she’ll be signing it at Challengers on Saturday, October 15th. We talk about how she got into comics as a fan, her love of wrestling, Peanuts, Archie comics and all about Wonder Woman. Bonus: Brian Azzarello is also in this episode at various points, talking about his new Image comic Moonshine (which he’ll be signing at Challengers on Saturday, November 19th), decompressed storytelling and also, professional wrestling. This episode is presented in an entirely different order than it was recorded, just to confuse you.
This is an international episode of CoC as award-winning England-based writer Antony Johnston joins Patrick and this week’s special guest co-host, artist Christopher Mitten, to talk all about how they got into comics as fans and how they wound up working together. They’ll both be at Challengers on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Also, music from Antony’s SILENCAEON project. -- Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. His graphic novel THE COLDEST CITY is being adapted into a film starring Charlize Theron. His epic series WASTELAND is one of only a handful of such longform comic stories in the medium. His first video game, DEAD SPACE, redefined the survival horror genre.
Antony has written more than thirty graphic novels and comic series, including THE FUSE, UMBRAL, DAREDEVIL, JULIUS, CODENAME BABOUSHKA, THE LONG HAUL, WOLVERINE PRODIGAL SON, the ALEX RIDER graphic novels, the DEAD SPACE transmedia comics, and the adaptation of Alan Moore's 'lost screenplay' FASHION BEAST. His video games include SHADOW OF MORDOR, THE ASSEMBLY, DEAD SPACE EXTRACTION, ZOMBIU, CSR RACING, and more. Antony also hosts the podcast UNJUSTLY MALIGNED on the Incomparable network, and records music under the alias SILENCAEON. -- Originally from the cow-dappled expanse of southern Wisconsin, Christopher MItten now spends his time roaming the misty wilds of suburban Chicago, drawing little people in little boxes.
Among others, he has contributed work for Dark Horse, DC Comics, Oni Press, Vertigo, Image Comics, 44FLOOD, IDW, Black Mask, and Simon & Schuster.
Dal has an iPhone 7. Batman Day 2016 causes some Snapchat confusion. We, once again, sell posters. This week is an embarrassment of great comic riches. So, so, so many great books came out at once! There is more entertainment diversity in comics now than ever before. Patrick does NOT dislike Declan Shalvey’s art. No matter what Dal tells you. Genre racking in comic book shops.
This starts with probably too much talk about a toilet. That leads, naturally of course, into the building of our new Back Issue boxes. This is the last week we’ll bring up our “C” logo t-shirt Kickstarter. Barnes & Noble is having a rough go of book-selling and that leads us to other retailers and their reasons for a perceived economic downturn. Their reasons surprise us. Clowns! DC sales are up. Marvel’s are down. We’re looking forward to: Supergirl: Being Super, Green Valley, Moonshine, Shade the Changing Girl, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon. Brian Azzarello is joining us for Local Comic Shop Day!