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

All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder

Story by . . . . . . The Goddamn Frank Miller
Art by . . . . . . . . The Goddamn Jim Lee

From Wikipedia:

All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder is an American comic book series written by Frank Miller and penciled by Jim Lee. It was published by DC Comics, with a sporadic schedule, between 2005 and 2008… This was the first series to be launched in 2005 under DC’s All Star imprint. These series are helmed by renowned writers and artists in the American comic book industry and attempt to retell some of the history of prominent DC Universe characters, but outside of DC Universe continuity, and not be restricted by it, in order to appeal to new and returning readers. Each title under the All Star imprint is set in its own continuity and separate universe. According to Miller, the series takes place in the same universe as The Dark Knight Returns.

Brant says:

The goddamn hosts of this goddamn podcast try to figure out what the hell is going on with this goddamn comic…I’ll stop now. We, like so many before us, struggle to reconcile the craziness of this story and fit it in its time and place in an attempt to understand what really cannot be understood. I go on a sort of strange rant about Marvel fanboys. Much like the comic we read, this episode is sure to leave most wondering what the hell they just experienced.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, Kenny “Coach” Wisdom and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Monstress.

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

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

Rice Boy

Created by . . . . . Evan Dahm.

From the author’s website:

Rice Boy is a brightly colored and surreal fantasy adventure story, set in the ninth century of the Red Age of Overside. It was started in April 2006 and finished in May 2008. It is divided into five parts, and available in one printed edition.

On the episode, Tobiah made a reference to a reimagining of the Star Wars prequels. Those videos are by Belated Media on Youtube, the first of which can be found here. He incorrectly stated that the concept artist was Zach Weinersmith. It was in fact Jackie Whisler. Appropriate punishment is already being dispensed.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kirbotron2000, and Adam Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder, by Frank Miller and Jim Lee.

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

americanalien

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

Superman: American Alien

Story by . . . . . Max Landis
Art by . . . . . Jonathan Case, Nick Dragotta, Tommy Lee Edwards, Jock, Joëlle Jones, Jae Lee, Francis Manapul, Ryan Sook, and more.

From Amazon:

Hollywood screenwriter and Eisner Award nominee Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra, Adventures of Superman) joins forces with top comics artists including Jock, Francis Manapul and Jae Lee to bring you Superman: American Alien, a new epic that chronicles the life of Clark Kent and his development into the archetypal hero he will eventually become. But these are not the stories of the iconic “Superman” as you know him, but of the soft-spoken, charming, often-funny Kansas farm-boy behind the Man of Steel. With the tone of each issue ranging from heartwarming and simple, to frighteningly gritty and violent, to sexy, sun-kissed and funny, Superman: American Alien is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kirbotron2000, and Cade Reynolds. On our next episode we will be reading Rice Boy, a free to read webcomic which is also available as a eBook and print edition.

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

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We were unable to record our regular episode this week. So enjoy this bonus episode, where-in talking about recent Batman video games leads into a discussion of the evolution of video game consoles and relative evolution of superhero comics.

Our hosts for this episode are Kirbotron2000, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin.We’ll be back next week with Episode 172, discussing 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.

kungfu

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.