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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Atomic Robo, Vol. 1-3, by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener. Launching in 2007, it follows the life and adventures of an atomic robot designed and built by Nikola Tesla in 1923 as he and his team of action scientists fight Nazis, intelligent dinosaurs, and the horrors of unexplained science not yet named!

Atomic Robo is a delightful series suitable for kids and adults, filled with action, adventure, and hilarious banter. It follows the adventures of our hero across his life, from pulp adventures in the 1930s to fighting in World War II, combating eldritch horrors with Carl Sagan in the 1970s, and up through to the present day.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Astonishing X-Men, Morning Glories, Animal Man, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Goners for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Goners.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Brant Gillihan-Eddy.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Lumberjanes, Vol. 1, written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis, with art by Brooke Allen and colors by Maarta Laiho. The series is an all-ages book which follows the adventures of 5 best friends at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types (also known as the Lumberjanes) as they fight monsters, investigate mysteries, and survive the travails of summer camp.

It is the winner of Eisner awards for Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Federal Bureau of Physics, Punisher MAX, Atomic Robo, Supreme: Blue Rose, and Roche Limit for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Atomic Robo, Vol. 1-3.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Brant Gillihan-Eddy.

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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.

Welcome back, to Back Matter. We’ve returned after a long hiatus to have a conversation which will certainly result in no hurt feelings for anyone anywhere. Please direct your sternly worded (but polite) opprobrium to the email address above.

On this episode of Back Matter we have an earnest discussion about copyright, piracy, file-sharing, and the new age of digital media we find ourselves in. Our regular hosts are joined for this episode by John and Dylan, who can be found regularly on their podcasts Arc Reactions and Bat-Books for Beginners.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, Dylan Donaldson, and John Wait.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson. Originally created as Stevenson’s art school thesis, the graphic novel ran first as a webcomic and was released in print in 2015. It has been optioned for a animated feature film.

The comic is an all-ages story, and has a light, fun style with frequent humor—as well as more serious elements. It combines elements of science fiction and fantasy, in a medieval kingdom of knights and magic which also contains cell phones, TV news, zombie movies, and more.

It features Lord Blackheart, the evilest knight of the kingdom battling Sir Goldenloin, his former best friend (and possible lover). But not all is quite as it seems, nor are the lines of good and evil so clear cut. Into this conflict enters Nimona, a young girl with the power to shapeshift into any living creature, who offers herself to Lord Blackheart as his loyal henchwoman. Not all is quite as it seems with her, either.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Daredevil: Born Again, Lumberjanes Vol. 1, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Red One, and Glory for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 (which coincidentally has won Eisner awards for Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens).

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Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Cade Reynolds.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1 & 2, by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba. Premiering in 2007, Umbrella Academy is the brain-child of and first comic by Gerard Way, front-man of the band My Chemical Romance.

It examines the disfunctional lives of 7 super-powered people who were adopted and trained to save the world by the mysterious Sir Reginald Hargreeves. In style it follows in the footsteps of Hellboy, Atomic Robo, and Invincible with a slightly tongue-in-cheek romp, with brilliant art by Gabriel Ba whose work we previously discussed on Episode 58 — Daytripper.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Nimona, Rumble, Gotham Academy, Amory Wars: Second Stage Turbine Blade, and Oppolpolis for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Nimona.

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Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Brant Gillihan-Eddy.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Stumptown, written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Matthew Southworth and Justin Greenwood. Set in modern day Portland, Oregon, Stumptown is a detective story starring Dex Parios, a private eye and gambling addict.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Umbrella Academy, The Killer, Afterlife with Archie, Green Arrow, Vol. 1-3 (Kevin Smith), and The Autumn Lands (née Tooth and Claw) for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1 & 2.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Cade Reynolds.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Alias, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Released in 2001 and running for 28 issues, Alias kicked off Marvel’s MAX line of comics for mature readers which abandoned the Comics Code for the first time. It follows the adventures of Jessica Jones, a one-time superhero who retired from the powers game to become a private eye.

The term “gritty and realistic” has been vastly overused, but is an accurate description of this series, which attempts to look at the Marvel universe in the same serious light as contemporary TV series such as The Wire or Homicide: Life on the Street did for TV cop dramas. It deals with both real-world topics like homosexuality, sexual assault, and drug-use; as well as more traditionally superhero elements like maintaining secret identities.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Here, The Fuse Vol. 2, Journey into Mystery: Fear Itself Vol. 1 & 2, Ring of the Nibelung, 5 Ghosts, and Stumptown for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Stumptown, Vol. 1-3.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Cade Reynolds.