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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Infinite Kung Fu

Story and Art by . . . . . . Kagan Mcleod

From Goodreads:

“Infinite Kung Fu” walks you through familiar corridors in the house of martial mayhem, but still smashes your face through walls of wonder and into rooms where kung fu is afraid to go! The Martial World is ruled by a mysterious emperor whose five armies are each headed by a cruel and highly skilled kung fu master. Lei Kung, a soldier in one of these armies, grows tired of his master’s evil ways and seeks enlightenment elsewhere. However, he soon finds that he’s been chosen as the one who will put an end to the emperor’s tyrannical rule — personally! Allegiances are blurred as techniques are perfected, and Lei Kung becomes less certain who’s friend and who’s foe in each chapter! Fists fly, limbs are lost, and blood vessels burst in this tale of furious rivals, supernatural masters, walking corpses, and above all, raging kung fu!

 

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Superman: American Alien.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Becca Levendowski, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

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Welcome to Episode 2 of our new super-group series we’re producing on a roughly monthly basis. On each episode we’ll be discussing a topic from the broader world of geekery, selected by our hosts. To subscribe to just the West Coast Podvengers, add this RSS feed to your favorite podcatcher.

On this episode we discuss the recent release of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, and the debate which ensued from its cliff-hanger final page.

WARNING: This show contains explicit language, and spoilers for its topic work.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin of View from the Gutters, John Wait and Dylan Donaldson of Arc Reactions, and Missy Brinks and Merri Christianson of Fake Geek Girls.

Please direct questions, comments, and suggestions for future topics to contact@viewfromthegutters.com.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Lucky Penny

Story by . . . . . . Ananth Hirsh
Art by . . . . . . . . Yuko Ota

From CBR:

“Lucky Penny” collects a story arc from “Johnny Wander,” Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota’s webcomic, into print. It follows the travails of Penny Brighton, who finds herself without a job or a home at the beginning of the story…Most of “Penny Lucky” has an off-kilter, slice-of-life tone to it, but this changes two-thirds of the way through the book, when Penny’s place gets trashed and the action shifts from believable to bizarre. It’s a risky move to change the framework and the stakes like this without warning, but there’s a significant payoff. The jump is jarring, but Hirsh and Ota successively use the reader’s momentary confusion to add tension to the climax…

Brant says:

I miss this one, much to my regret because I really enjoyed this book. The group breaks down what they like about the book, Joe rants about Johnny Wander for a bit and also admits that he likes sweetness in general. There is praise for the dialogues in the book around relationships. The convo wraps with a conversation about the notion of maturity and how certain ideas and works tend to be tied to considered as more “sophisticated” due to their darker tone. (Much to our chagrin as we see lightness having an equal position in informing the human experience.)

Our hosts for this episode are Kirbotron 2000, Joe Preti, Kit DeForge and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Infinite Kungfu.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Becca Levendowski, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

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The Long Run takes place outside of our normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series.

In this episode of The Long Run we talk about Doom Patrol, by Grant Morrison, Richard Case, Scott Hanna, and John Nyburg. This series continues the adventures of DC’s not-quite-the-X-Men team of misfit superheroes, quickly veering into Morrison’s trademark brand of existential surrealism. Witness as the Doom Patrol combats imaginary cities and the nonsensical Brotherhood of Dada, while teaming up with allies such as Danny the Street (an actual street) and Flex Mentallo, muscle wizard.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading The Sixth Gun, by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt.

Our hosts on this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds.

Supreme

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Supreme: Blue Rose

Story by . . . . . . Warren Ellis
Art by . . . . . . . . Tula Lotay

From Goodreads:

…Supreme: Blue Rose re-introduces the central Image Comics character Supreme, in a multi-layered and often hallucinatory mystery presented by New York Times bestselling writer Warren Ellis and acclaimed new artist Tula Lotay in her astonishing graphic novel debut.

Brant says:

We work our way through an entire episode looking to express how Warren Ellis and other brit comic authors make us feel as we rave about Tula Lotay’s art and argue just how well we actually understood this book. We struggle to make Joe talk into his mic and we wax about Alan Moore in a positive light as we wonder how the hell Rob Leifeld ever convinced him to be involved in this property’s history that Ellis so capably takes on in his own intense way.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Adam Panshin, Joe Preti, Kit DeForge and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Lucky Penny.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Becca Levendowski, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

 

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Pedro and Me.

Story and Art by . . . . . . Judd Winick

From Wikipedia:

Pedro and Me is an autobiographical graphic novel by Judd Winick regarding his friendship with AIDS educator Pedro Zamora after the two met while on the reality television series, The Real World: San Francisco. It was published in September 2000.

Tobiah says:

This is one of our shorter episodes, but it’s a significant work and a great introduction to the world outside of superheroes, particularly for people who are new to comic books. We also had a great conversation about DC Comics (a frequent topic in our group) which was cut from the main episode, but has been appended following the credits.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Supreme: Blue Rose.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Becca Levendowski, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Daredevil: Love and War

Story by . . . . . . Frank Miller
Art by . . . . . . . . Bill Sienkiewicz

From Goodreads:

Daredevil: Love and War, in which the notorious Kingpin of Crime must rescue his own wife from the clutches of extortionists.

Brant Says:

I love the terseness of the blurbs for this book. Considered by many to be one of the great hidden gems of Miller’s Daredevil work, this is a book that features a lot less Daredevil than one might expect but helps to serve as a defining work for the Kingpin. I miss this one due to illness but our intrepid hosts discuss the book in depth and tear into the problematic Miller onion and some of his issues with women, men, superheroes, and so on and how he serves as a source for modern stories and how the critique of that works is also used to source modern stories.

Our hosts for this episode are Kit DeForge, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, Adam Panshin and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Pedro & Me.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Becca Levendowski, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.