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All posts for the month September, 2014

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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 life and times of Stephanie Brown. For this special episode we read a selection of titles including??many issues of Robin and??Batgirl, the crossover events??War Drums, War Games,??and War Crimes,??and several one-shots and special issues. A full list can be found here.

Stephanie Brown began as a minor supporting character during the 90s in the Tim Drake??Robin series. As the daughter of C-list Batman-villain The Cluemaster, Stephanie dressed up as The Spoiler in order to foil her father’s schemes. As time went on the character garnered a following, and she evolved into a love-interest for Tim, and ultimately a full fledged member of the Bat-family.

She eventually (and briefly) graduated to the role of Robin when Tim quit, but was quickly shuffled off both the team and the mortal coil. Death, however, could not keep Stephanie down and she returned DC Comics, this time as the 3rd Batgirl. Her series received critical acclaim, and ran for two years until Stephanie finally suffered totally existential failure, blinking out of existence in the New-52 reboot of the DCU.

On the next episode of The??Long Run??we will be reading Hayao Miyazaki’s??Nausica?? of the Valley of the Wind, the manga which served as the basis (and as a continuation of) the classic animated film.

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

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Back Matter is our roundtable discussion show focused on all things news worthy in the world of comics. From the big buzz around the latest comics to comic book movies and TV shows, as well as other discussion that didn’t make it into our main show. 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 we present our thoughts and experiences from Rose City Comic Con 2014, which took place on September 20-21 in Portland, Oregon. We had a great time and are eagerly looking forward to attending again next year.

We also have an interview with Patrick Mapp, who was for about two decades the co-owner???along with his wife Kendra???of The Danger Room, one of our local comic shops in Olympia. In this special interview Patrick and Tobiah sit down to discuss the evolution of the comics marketplace, what it’s like to own a comic shop, and some of Pat’s thoughts on the comics community.

Our hosts on this episode were Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, Audrey Preti, and Kayleigh Fleeman.

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This week on??View from the Gutters??our topic work is??The Incredible Hercules, Vol. 1: Against the World, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, with art by Khoi Pham. Following the events of??World War Hulk, Hercules took over the Hulk’s comic, teaming up with Amadeus Cho???a young man known as the 7th Smartest Man in the World. In this volume we see Herc and Cho fighting against a SHIELD they no longer trust as well as Herc’s brother, Ares, who was at the time an Avenger.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated The Losers, Infinite Horizon, Morning Glories, Justice League of America, Vol. 1: The Tornado’s Path, and Dungeons & Dragons, Volume 1: Shadowplague for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??The Losers, Vol. 1. (#1-12)

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic??on??our subreddit.

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

transformers

This week on??View from the Gutters??our topic work is??Transformers Classics, Vol. 1 & 2, which reprints issues #1-25 of the classic 80s Marvel series written by Bill Mantlo, Bob Budiansky, and various artists. First published in 1984, this series provided the basis for much of the Transformers canon, including the names and back history of many of the core characters.

It is a series that shows the wear of age, but nevertheless has a panache that’s hard to beat and an important read for anyone interested in the origins of the Transformers Mythos.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated 100 Bullets, Batman/Superman:??Public Enemies, The Incredible Hercules, Usagi Yojimbo: Shades of Death, and Thief of Thieves for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is The Incredible Hercules, Vol. 1:??Against The World.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic??on??our subreddit.

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

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This is week one of??our Rocking September Batman 75th Anniversary Extravaganza. During the month of September we’ll be talking a lot about the caped crusader, starting right now.

This week on??View from the Gutters??our topic work is??Batman: Knightfall, the classic??first part of the Knight Saga which saw Bruce Wayne confined to a wheelchair, replaced him with Azrael as the Batman in what can only be described as the raddest Robo-Bat-Armor imaginable, and introduced Bane.

It was part of a wave of events at DC which saw many of their marquee heroes replaced, and has since become an indelible part of the Batman canon, with images and motifs that are still being called back to today.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Asterios Polyp, The Transformers [originally published by Marvel, collected as Transformers Classics by IDW], Namor: The Sub-Mariner, and Genesis for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Transformers Classics, Vol. 1 & 2??(collecting issue #1-25 of the Marvel series).

You can hear more about Batman from our sister podcast, Out of the Fridge, at outofthefridgecomics.com.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic??on??our subreddit.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds.

thefuse

This week on??View from the Gutters??our topic work is??The Fuse, Vol. 1: The Russian Shift, by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood. In the far future, The Fuse is an autonomous space station in orbit above Earth, five miles long and home to half a million people. In volume 1 we follow??police detectives Dietrich and Klem as they investigate??a pair of murders that seem to lead straight to the office of the mayor himself.

You can download a??free??digital copy of Issue 1 directly from Image’s website.

This week we are kicking off our Rocking September Batman 75th Anniversary Extravaganza. During the month of September we’ll be talking a lot about the caped crusader, starting with next week’s episode for we all pitched a Bat-family book.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated??Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Batman: Contagion, Batman: Knightfall, Gotham Central, and??Catwoman Vol. 1: Trail of the Catwoman for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??Batman: Knightfall.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic??on??our subreddit.

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