View from the Gutters

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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.

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Hey everybody. We have a bunch of announcements to make, so we made a special mini-episode to cover all the upcoming changes/events here at View from the Gutters.

If you don’t want to listen to the episode, here’s a quick run-down:

1. Voting

We’re making a pretty significant change to the way we make the show, starting with the next episode. After some long conversations behind the scenes we’ve decided to get rid of our voting method for picking the books that we read. There are a few reasons for this, but the short version is that we unanimously agreed that we felt constricted by only knowing what book we’d be reading 1 week ahead, were unhappy??with the politics of the voting, i.e. certain books not getting picked despite strong??support.

The upside for you as listeners is that we’re now going to have a calendar (which you can already see on the right-hand sidebar) of the next 6 books we’ll be discussing. So you can read ahead if you want, and we strongly encourage you to email us??with your questions and comments so that we can include them in our discussion when we record.

2. Patreon

We’ve once again revised our funding levels on Patreon. You can check out our Patreon page??for details, but here’s the big one: we’re going to open our livestream up to everyone who decides to support us at any funding level. We’d love it if you’d contribute to the show, and join us while we record the show. You can even yell at us in the chat channel, or talk to other listeners.

As a special incentive (and this is something we may repeat from time-to-time), we’re going to let absolutely everybody join us on the next??livestream. We’ll flash this link a couple more times in the next week, but you can click here to go to the livestream page. Join us on Wednesday, March 9 at 8pm PST when we talk about the Parker books, by Darwyn Cooke.

3. Emerald City Comic Con

Emerald City is coming up in about a month. We’ll be in attendance, and we’ll be having an informal meet-up for anyone who would like to say hello. The meet-up will be on Saturday, time and location TBD.

We’ll also be in attendance for our good friends Out of the Fridge’s panel on Saturday at 6pm. We think it would be awesome if you could be there too.

Thanks for reading.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is??Kill Shakespeare, by??Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, and Andy Belanger. The series follows Hamlet, of the Shakespeare play, who???having left Denmark and sailed for England as he should???is beset by pirates.??After escaping a bloody battle on a plank of wood Hamlet awakens not in England, but in a land populated by Shakespearian characters,??in the castle of Richard III.

He is soon embroiled in a great war between various factions, all seeking The Bard himself, for their own purposes.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Black Science, The Thessaliad, Friends with Boys, and Five Ghosts??for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is??Five Ghosts.

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

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This episode was pre-recorded as a back-up in case we were unable to record the show as normal, and is being released outside of our normal continuity of shows. We apologize for the gap. We’ll be back next week with our preselected title, Kill Shakespeare.

In the meantime, this week on View from the Gutters our topic work is??Daredevil: Yellow, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. This mini-series???part of an extended run by Loeb and Sale which included Hulk: Grey and Spider-Man: Blue???is look back at the origin and early days of Daredevil, as narrated retrospectively by Matt Murdock. The narration takes??the form of a letter of apology written to Karen Page, Matt’s former lover who (spoilers) dies in the classic 80s mini-series,??Daredevil: Born Again.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is??My Friend Dahmer, by Derf Backderf. Published in 2012, the book??is Derf’s accounting of his experiences in??junior high and high school as a friend of Jeffery Dahmer, the notorious serial murderer who was arrested in 1991, and later murdered in prison by another inmate.

The book was nominated for several awards, including the Harvey and Rueben, and received an??Angoul??me Award.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated The Fuse,??Kill Shakespeare,??Bodies, and??Enigma for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is??Kill Shakespeare.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Cade Reynolds.

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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.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is??Federal Bureau of Physics, written by Simon Oliver, with art by??Robbi Rodriguez and??Alberto Ponticelli, and colors by??Rico Renzi. Released by Vertigo beginning in 2013, the series follows a field team of agents from the eponymous government agency as they undertake missions battling against the breakdown of the laws of nature themselves.??Part and parcel with these missions are glimpses into the mysterious histories of the members of the team.

Bright and colorful, with Rodriguez’s trademark intense style, FBP???originally released for 1 issue as Collider???is a crazy science romp with a healthy serving of mystery on the side. It features engaging characters and occasionally over the top action.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Kaptara,??Prince of Persia, East of West, The Multiversity, and My Friend Dahmer??for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is My Friend Dahmer. We will be reading that title for Episode 155.

For Episode 154 we will be reading Brant’s first redemption pick for 2016, Gladstone School for World Conquerors. For that episode please send us any questions or comments you have for our comment response section, either on previous topic works or just something related to comics.

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