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

Bitch Planet

Written by . . . . Kelly Sue Deconnick
Art by . . . . . . . . Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma, Robert Wilson IV
Color Art by . . . Cris Peter, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Lettering by . . . Clayton Cowles

Bitch Planet is a feminist science fiction series in the style of exploitation films, set in a near-future in which patriarchal domination of Earth has reached the level of orthodoxy. Women are made entirely subservient to men, and any woman who is deemed “non-compliant” for any reason can be exiled to a prison facility on a distant world known colloquially as “Bitch Planet.”

The series follows several such women, examining their lives and histories, as well as the world and society they left behind. The main protagonist of the series is Kamau Kogo, a woman of color who is trying to find her already incarcerated sister, and who—through a series of events—is forced into captaining a team of prisoners to compete in the world’s most popular sport: Megaton.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kit DeForge, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Cade Reynolds. On our next episode we will be reading Alex + Ada, Vol. 1-3.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Jeb Korzilius, “Mike”, Jeremy Ballard, Becca Levendowski, Tony Queretaro, Kerfy Gonzo, Shopping Mall Krampus, Addison Appleby, and Bryan May.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Five Ghosts, by Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham, and Garry Brown. The series follows the pulp adventures of Fabian Gray—renowned treasure hunter and adventure-seeker—who some years ago had five crystal shards from the legendary Dreamstone imbedded in his chest. These five shards allow him to call upon the powers of five legendary characters from fiction.

Fabian—along with his erstwhile companions—travel the globe in search of more fragments of the Dreamstone.

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

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this week: Jeb Korzilius, “Mike”, Jeremy Ballard, Chris Bianculli, Tony Queretaro, Kerfy Gonzo, “Becca”, Addison Appleby, and Bryan May.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors, by Mark Andrew Smith and Armand Villavert Jr. Set in a top secret school for young and aspiring super-villains (themselves predominantly the offspring of super-villains), the series follows the hijinks and adventures of a group of students. All is—as is so often the case—not quite as it seems, as unbeknownst to the children a secret accord keeps the peace between heroes and villains, and not everyone is happy with this status quo.

This series is fun, colorful, and great for younger readers—but contains more serious content as well. Readers familiar with animated series such as The Venture Bros. and Teen Titans will be on familiar ground.

For our next episode we will be reading My Friend Dahmer.

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

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is ODY-C, by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward. This series is a psychedelic, sci-fi, gender-bent reboot of the classical epic poem The Odyssey, by Homer. It follows the adventures of Odyssia and her crew, returning home to Ithicaa after the fall of Troiia, beset by all manner of woes at the hands of Zeus and Poseidon in retribution for slights both real and imagined.

If you’re familiar with the story of the original Odyssey—told and retold time and again—than you understand the broad outlines of this series, albeit gloriously twisted. What truly sets this version apart, however, is the astounding artwork of Ward—who paints a trippy, multitudinous-colored, metaphor-laden universe which at all times provokes the senses.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Injection, Princeless, Kill Shakespeare, and Drifter for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Princeless.

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

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 Elephantmen, written by Richard Starkings with various artists. Set two centuries in the future, Elephantmen is a mix of sci-fi and noir. It follows the lives of Hip Flask and Ebony—part of a group of human-animal hybrids built and bred and brainwashed for war—as they struggle to find acceptance and meaning after the war they were designed for ends.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Bone, by Jeff Smith.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Kit DeForge as Tobiah Panshin.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Stagger Lee, by Shepard Hendrix and Derek McCulloch. This limited series from Image examines the history and evolution of the classic ragtime, blues, jazz, and rock ‘n rock song Stagger Lee, as well as the real-life events surrounding the shooting of Billy Lyons by Lee Shelton which inspired the piece.

It is a fascinating story of political corruption, murder, intrigue, and the black experience at the end of the 19th Century.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Lackadaisy, Street Angel, Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm, and Hip hop Family Tree for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Hip hop Family Tree, Vol. 1-3.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and special guest Kenny Wisdom, host of On the Bubble.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, with colors by Becka Kinzie. It is the story of two people, Suzy and John, who independently discover that when they reach orgasm time stands still. One day they meet, they begin to date, and they discover they can enter into The Quiet (or Cumworld, depending on who you ask). Then they do the only logical thing they can, which is rob banks. Oh, and they’re not alone.

Sex Criminals is a raunchy—yet touching and human—romp with tons of humor and style. It is also the definition of NSFW, so you have been warned.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Superman for Tomorrow, Astro City, Madame Xanadu, Rachel Rising, and Sunstone for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Rachel Rising, Vol. 1 & 2.

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

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Goners, written by Jacob Semahn with art by Jorge Corona and colors by Gabriel Cassata. This series follow the life death and adventures of the Latimers, an ancient family of monster hunters. The series begins with the deaths of Raleigh and Evelyn Latimer on national television, followed by the ensuing battle between their children and the forces of darkness.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Trillium, Arkham Asylum, Sex Criminals, Oglaf (NSFW), and Bad Houses for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Sex Criminals, Vol. 1 & 2.

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

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Velvet, Vol. 1 & 2, by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. The series starts with a simple premise: what if James Bond were murdered, and Miss Moneypenny blamed? What launches from there is a thrilling espionage-filled romp staring the thrilling and deadly Velvet Templeton—a secret agent-turned-desk-jockey for the UK’s secretest secret spy agency.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Understanding Comics, Finder, Moon Knight, Rachel Rising, Revival, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Moon Knight, Vol. 1: From the Dead.

 

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

 

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Pretty Deadly, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios, and Jordie Bellaire. Set in the old west, the series follows the adventures of a blind cowboy and his ward who are being hunted by the Reapers of Death, Big Alice and Deathface Ginny. It’s a story of magic, mythology, and folk lore with a beautiful coat of Old West paint.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated iZombie; Dr. Strange: The Oath; Wytches; Trillium; Velvet; and Ivar, Timewalker for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Velvet.

If you are interested in checking out The Fake Geek Girls Podcast you can do so here.

We will be appearing on a panel at the Olympia Comics Festival on June 6 at 2pm.

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