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Back Matter is our show focused interviews, news and events in the comics industry, television and movies, or discussions of comics which open onto a broader conversation. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at contact@viewfromthegutters.com.

On this episode of Back Matter Joe and Tobiah discuss their experiences at Rose City Comic Con, which was held in Portland, Oregon on Sept. 10-11, 2016.

On the episode we interview Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, the writers of Hacktivist; Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree, the illustrator and colorist (respectively) of The 6th Gun, which we read on Episode 148 (Vol. 1 & 2) and The Long Run #16 (the rest of the series); and Jen Van Meter, author of Hopeless Savages, which we discussed on Episode 52.

Tobiah also mentions Helen Mask, a Portland illustrator who has done work for DC and Boom Studios.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti and Tobiah Panshin.

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

Superman: Red Son

Story by . . . . Mark Millar
Art by . . . . . . Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Andrew Robinson & Walden Wong

From Wikipedia:

In the 1950s, the Soviet Union reveals its newest asset to be Superman. The sudden revelation of a superpowered alien under Soviet control causes panic in the United States, shifting the focus of the Cold War arms race from nuclear weapons to superhumans. CIA agent James Olsen recruits Lex Luthor, a scientist employed by S.T.A.R. Labs, to destroy Superman…

Brant Says:

Mill-AR? Mill-Er? Such questions spring eternal and we also talk about Soviet Superman! We join forces wit Sal from ComicPOP to dissect the undissecta…well actually its pretty easy to tear apart. We praise the concept, critique the execution and ponder why Batman would scream out Wonder Woman’s name if he never really knew her as we explore what is often heralded by many as one of “the” top Superman stories of this century.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kirbotron 2000 and special guest Sal Crivelli from ComicPOP. On our next episode we will be reading Star Wars (V2. #1-12)

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Jeremy Ballard.

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Back Matter is our show focused interviews, news and events in the comics industry, television and movies, or discussions of comics which open onto a broader conversation. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at contact@viewfromthegutters.com.

On this episode of Back Matter our hosts discuss the extended director’s cut of the 2016 film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (again, with lots of extra yelling).

We apologize for the slightly inconsistent sound quality on this episode.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Kenny Wisdom, Kirbotron 2000, Audrey Preti, and Nathan Chinn.

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

Asterios Polyp

Story and Art by . . . . . . David Mazzucchelli

From Goodreads:

The triumphant return of one of comics’ greatest talents, with an engrossing story of one man’s search for love, meaning, sanity, and perfect architectural proportions. An epic story long awaited, and well worth the wait.

Meet Asterios Polyp: middle-aged, meagerly successful architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is wholly upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames. In a tenacious daze, he leaves the city and relocates to a small town in the American heartland. But what is this “escape” really about?

 

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Superman: Red Son. We will be joined on that episode by special guest Sal Crivelli of the Youtube channel ComicPOP for that episode.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Jeremy Ballard.

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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 The Sixth Gun (which we previously talked about on Episode 148), by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, with additional art by Tyler Crook and color by Bill Crabtree.

From Wikipedia:

The Sixth Gun takes place in the old west, shortly after the end of the Civil War. The story centers around a set of six pistols, each imbued with dark powers. The wielder of each pistol gains an ability unique to that weapon, and is tied to the pistol until his or her death. The guns are numbered, with the titular Sixth Gun belonging to one of the story’s protagonists: Becky Montcrief. The other main protagonist is Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a very pragmatic outlook on the guns. The villains of the series include recurring antagonist General Hume, the Knights of Solomon, the Sword of Abraham, and others vying for control of the guns.

Tobiah Says:

This episode features the long-awaited return of Cade (although sadly just for this episode). We have a good solid discussion on the book, along with digressions (and trigressions) into films, opera, and—as apparently always—mystery/crime fiction.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Scott Pilgrim, by Brian Lee O’Malley.

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

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

Batman: Li’l Gotham (Volumes I and II)

Story by . . . . . . Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs
Art by . . . . . . . . Dustin Nguyen

From Goodreads:

These gorgeously drawn and painted all-ages tales feature all of your favorite Gotham City characters: Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, The Joker, The Penguin and many others!

Brant says:

The goddamn Batman returns…in this adorable all ages book! I gush about how much I love this book while Adam concedes its not quite his cup of tea. We chat about Calvin and Hobbes like influences, the state of all ages superhero stories and Adam wisely pulls us out of a “what is wrong with the comics publishing model” rant.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Adam Panshin, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Asterios Polyp.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

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Welcome to Episode 3 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 concept of legacy in superhero comics.

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

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti of View from the Gutters, John Wait of Arc Reactions, and Missy Brinks of Fake Geek Girls.

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

Thank you to View from the Gutters’ Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.