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Mon, September 26th, 2011
- ENTRY LEVEL: Minicomics, Webcomics & the New 52
Tim explores entry-level comics for new readers, looks at some minicomics and webcomics and reflects on the first three weeks of the DC relaunch, all through an interview with his ten-year-old son.
Mon, September 19th, 2011
- Reader Mail: Kubrick, Casanova & More
In a very special WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, Tim answers reader questions about Kubrick and Kirby, Casanova and "Butcher Baker," "Hellblazer" and How these Columns Come to Be.
Mon, September 12th, 2011
Tim talks with Johnny Ryan about the new volume of "Prison Pit" and gets into the important questions about narrative and craft, Captain Bligh and "Powr Mastrs" and the benefits of improvisation.
Tue, September 6th, 2011
- Splash Page Revisted: Flashpoint & the DC Relaunch
Tim reunites with Chad Nevett for a special conversation about Flashpoint, the DC Comics relaunch, the new Justice League and what looks worth reading from DC's New 52.
Mon, August 29th, 2011
- A Baltimore Assortment: Waffles, Cowboys and Astronauts
Tim recounts his experiences at Baltimore Comic-Con last weekend, where he met friends both new and old and learned a lot about waffles, cowboys, and astronauts.
Mon, August 22nd, 2011
- Absolute Cerebus II: This is the End
Tim concludes his look at Dave Sim's infuriating masterpiece "Cerebus" by providing a guide to all 16 volumes. Some of the best comics of all time, and some of the worst as well.
Mon, August 15th, 2011
- Absolute "Cerebus" Part One In the Beginning...
Tim reports on his quicker-than-expected mega-read of Dave Sim's "Cerebus" and talks about antagonistic artists, misguided readings and critical responses.
Mon, August 8th, 2011
- Of Art & Aardvarks
Tim returns from a comic shop discount bin hunt with reports of his findings, and the forces of Cerebus the Aardvark converge to plan reading schedule this month.
Mon, August 1st, 2011
- Going Retro
Tim takes a look at a few attempts to reclaim the past, from DC's Retroactive line to the latest installment of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" series.
Mon, July 25th, 2011
- Conspiracy of the Universe
Tim reflects on some of the major announcements from San Diego, finally reads "The Sixth Gun," praises Francesco Francavilla and sprinkles in the wisdom of William Gibson and Samuel R. Delany.
Tue, July 19th, 2011
- Real Answers to (Some) Fake Questions
This week, Tim tackles some of the big questions of the day, like "Is Flashpoint any Good?" and "Do Realism and Comic Books Mix?" and "Do Canadian Potato Chips Taste Better?"
Mon, July 11th, 2011
- "Loose Ends:" Crime Comics, Done Right
Tim looks at "Loose Ends" #1 by Jason Latour, Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi, reflecting on superhero comics, crime comics and what makes this first issue so great.
Tue, July 5th, 2011
- Revisiting the New Mutants
Tim comes back from some time away with the New Mutants to share the life lessons he takes from the 100 issues of the original series, by the likes of Chris Claremont, Bill Sienkiewicz and Rob Liefeld.
Mon, June 27th, 2011
- The Mother-Goddess and the Barbarian: "Slaine"
Tim cracks open the Rebellion collection of Pat Mills and Simon Bisley's "Sláine: The Horned God," and why this violent barbarian tale is different than you might expect.
Mon, June 20th, 2011
- The Best of 2011 - So Far!
As we close in on the halfway point for 2011, Tim looks back on the best comics of the year (so far), and identifies ten that stand out, including "iZombie," "Nonplayer," "Superboy," and "Scalped."
Mon, June 13th, 2011
- The Comics Keep Pilin' Up: A Strategy Guide
Tim considers how best to read certain serialized comics and spotlights recent books of interest like Paul Cornell's "Action Comics," Rozum and Irving's "Xombi," and Jeff Parker's "Thunderbolts."
Mon, June 6th, 2011
- The First 15 - A Look at the New DCU
Tim reflects on DC Comics' major relaunch, considers what we know about the first fifteen books announced so far and wonders which ones will be worth reading.
Tue, May 31st, 2011
- Joe Casey's "Vengeance" -- Part 2
Tim concludes his discussion with Joe Casey as they get to the important questions, like, "What are some things that actually happen in 'Vengeance'" and "where does Butcher Baker fit in?"
Mon, May 23rd, 2011
- Joe Casey's "Vengeance," Part 1
Tim has a candid conversation with Joe Casey about his upcoming work on Marvel's "Vengeance," with artist Nick Dragotta. Think of an event comic, minus the event, and you're on the right track.
Mon, May 16th, 2011
- Dialogue with Walt Simonson, Pt. 2
Tim concludes his discussion with legendary "Thor" writer/artist Walt Simonson as they talk about alter-egos, teaching, the lessons of history and how to use reality to make better comics.
Mon, May 9th, 2011
- Dialogue with Walt Simonson, Pt. 1
This week, Tim speaks with Walt Simonson about the relationship between Norse mythology and comics, Dr. Donald Blake's origins and more "Thor" goodness.
Mon, May 2nd, 2011
- Secret Warriors Part 3: Consciousness Arises
Tim concludes his look at Jonathan Hickman's "Secret Warriors" by actually talking about what he thinks of the series, its literalism, its plot reversals and how it relates to Hickman's Image work.
Mon, April 25th, 2011
- Revisiting "The Comics Journal"
Tim avoids talking directly about 'Secret Warriors' by digressing on early issues of 'The Comics Journal,' back in the days when creators spoke their minds, even when that led to kicking and screaming.
Mon, April 18th, 2011
- Nick Fury Ain't No Lee Marvin
Tim digs into Jonathan Hickman's "Secret Warriors" and talks about Nick Fury, Brian Michael Bendis and where the lies, conspiracies, double-crosses and other spy-goodness in the Marvel Universe all began.
Tue, April 12th, 2011
- MoCCA 2011
Tim returns from MoCCA Fest 2011 with thoughts on comics and comic book art, and he highlights two special purchases from this year's show: "Liar's Kiss" and "1001."
Mon, April 4th, 2011
Tim and Graeme McMillan conclude their two-part discussion about "Legends," "Millennium" and "Invasion!" by asking questions about the lasting legacy of these series and quoting from the sacred book of Steve Englehart.
Mon, March 28th, 2011
- The Post-Crisis Event Horizon
In preparation for this season's Marvel and DC crossover events, Tim and special guest Graeme McMillan discuss the glory days of event books from years past: "Legends," "Millennium" and "Invasion!"
Mon, March 21st, 2011
Tim looks back on recent trends and talks about sword and sorcery comics then and now while highlighting the best of the new breed of "Gamer Comics" from the likes of Nate Simpson, John Rogers and more.
Mon, March 14th, 2011
With the first "iZombie" collection hitting stores this week, Tim looks back on Chris Roberson's work on the series and contrasts it with his first major story: "Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love."
Mon, March 7th, 2011
This week, Tim talks with Cody Walker, editor of "Keeping the World Strange: A Planetary Guide," about all things Warren Ellis. But they mostly end up chatting about "Planetary" and its importance in the history of comics.
Mon, February 28th, 2011
Tim considers narrative voice in mainstream comics and comes up with five thoughts that may redefine the way we look at the relationship between art and writing. Or maybe it's just an excuse to write about the Hulk...
Mon, February 21st, 2011
- "Farenheit 451," Comics & Me
After a recent rereading of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," Tim ponders what it all means in this fast-paced world of the 21st century, and why it conjures up thoughts on "Scalped" and "Deadpool MAX."
Mon, February 14th, 2011
Tim and Ryan K. Lindsay conclude their month-long exploration into the major runs that have made "Daredevil" so special, or not-so-special, in the pre-Marvel Knights era. This week: Nocenti, Chichester and more.
Mon, February 7th, 2011
This week, Tim continues THE DAREDEVIL DIALOGUES with Ryan K. Lindsay. In part 3, they talk about the topic everyone has been waiting for: Frank Miller's Daredevil. Is it really as good as its reputation?
Mon, January 31st, 2011
Tim continues THE DAREDEVIL DIALOGUES with Ryan K. Lindsay as they look at the Roy Thomas run on the character, analyze the move to San Francisco and explain why Steve Gerber is one of the best ever.
Tue, January 25th, 2011
Tim begins a lengthy look at Daredevil with the help of CBR reviewer Ryan K. Lindsay. From Stan Lee to Ann Nocenti and Ed Brubaker, they discuss the essentials of the Man Without Fear in "The Daredevil Dialogues."
Mon, January 17th, 2011
Tim concludes his look at Robert Kirkman's X-Men by considering the subtle genius of a Wolverine from the future and exploring how Kirkman breaks the Professor X vs. Magneto pattern with the help of Yanick Paquette.
Mon, January 10th, 2011
This week, Timothy continues his look back at Robert Kirkman's run on Ultimate X-Men, explaining how everything isn't always what it seems, and shows how everything can be undone by a little magic.
Wed, January 5th, 2011
Tim joins us for a special Wednesday installment of WHEN WORDS COLLIDE to discuss the recent news of a Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely "Flex Mentallo" hardcover and why it's such an important comic book series.
Mon, January 3rd, 2011
In preparing to talk about Robert Kirkman's fascinating X-Men comics, Tim reflects on the way the Ultimate universe diverged from its original intent and how it has influenced mainstream Marvel comics today.