All posts tagged Archaia

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On this episode of Back Matter Joe and Tobiah discuss their experiences at Rose City Comic Con, which was held in Portland, Oregon on Sept. 10-11, 2016.

On the episode we interview Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, the writers of Hacktivist; Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree, the illustrator and colorist (respectively) of The 6th Gun, which we read on Episode 148 (Vol. 1 & 2) and The Long Run #16 (the rest of the series); and Jen Van Meter, author of Hopeless Savages, which we discussed on Episode 52.

Tobiah also mentions Helen Mask, a Portland??illustrator who has done work for??DC and??Boom Studios.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti and Tobiah Panshin.


This week on??View from the Gutters??our topic work is??Mouse Guard, the??Eisner Award-winning comic??lovingly hand-crafted by David Peterson. Set in the year 1152,??Mouse Guard??is the story of the eponymous guard, as they encounter and overcome various threats???both external and from within???to the mice of the land.

It’s an excellent all ages tale, and a great introduction to comic books for a young reader. The artwork is lavish and adorable, but conveys emotion and action well. It has a great cast of characters and an imaginative, robust world with lots of interesting set pieces. In volume 1, Fall, the mice of the guard must contend with a shadow threat that looms over the country: The Black Axe.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Green Lantern: Willworld, Batman/Superman: Supergirl, RASL, and Earth 2 for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is RASL.

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


This week on??View from the Gutters, our topic work is Strange Attractors, by??Charles Soule,??Greg Scott, and??Robert Saywitz. Set in present day New York City,??Strange Attractors is the story of a young graduate student, an aging math professor, and the odd magic they weave protecting New York from collapsing into chaos.

It features an elegant style of artwork which grounds the realism of the story, and impresses upon the reader just how close we are to a world like this one. It’s also a great story if you like math wizards and acts of??SCIENCE!??While not necessarily to everyone’s tastes,??Strange Attractors??is another incredible independent release by Archaia Press, who have published several great works previously either recommended or discussed on the podcast, including Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Global Frequency, Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 1 & 2, Saga, Vol. 1, Young Avengers: Sidekicks, and Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1??for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 1 & 2.

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