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Mon, March 25th, 2013 - Tales from Fabletown and Beyond
Tim returns from Minnesota with tales of role-playing and camaraderie, stories of Mythic Fiction and the pleasures of good company. This is no mere convention report. This is Fabletown and Beyond.

Mon, March 18th, 2013 - Catching Up With Green Lantern, Ultron & More
Tim checks out a handful of recent releases, including Keith Giffen's return to the Legion, the tragedy of Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham's "Batman Incorporated," a fresh new voice via Monkeybrain and more!

Mon, March 11th, 2013 - After They Were Famous: "Animal Man" #27
Tim returns to AFTER THEY WERE FAMOUS with a look at Peter Milligan's brief run on "Animal Man," where nothing was quite what it seemed.

Mon, March 4th, 2013 - The Simple Peasures of a Mad Robot: Ultron Begins
Inspired by the upcoming "Age of Ultron," Tim pauses to celebrate the life and times of the villainous robot and his first unforgettable appearance in the pages of Roy Thomas and John Buscema's "Avengers."

Mon, February 25th, 2013 - The Fragments of War: Axe & Hamilton's "Army of God"
Tim explores the death and violence of the Lord's Resistance Army via David Axe and Tim Hamilton's well-intentioned but problematic "Army of God."

Mon, February 18th, 2013 - Superhero Masks in Neon-Noir Crime: "Dream Thief"
Tim previews the first two issues of Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood's upcoming Dark Horse series "Dream Thief," discovering a superstar artist in the making and a comic that's well worth a look.

Mon, February 11th, 2013 - The Helix Files - Chaykin & Cameron's "Cyberella"
Tim opens THE HELIX FILES and looks back on Howard Chaykin and Don Cameron's short-lived 'Cyberella" to see if the sci-fi satire of 1996 remains worthwhile today.

Tue, February 5th, 2013 - After They Were Famous: "Swamp Thing" #65
In a twist on BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS, Tim takes a whole new angle with AFTER THEY WERE FAMOUS with a look at the Rick Veitch written-and-drawn "Swamp Thing" #65, the first post-Moore issue of the series.

Mon, January 28th, 2013 - Latour Tackles "B.P.R.D.," Ties Up "Loose Ends"
Tim concludes his conversation with Jason Latour as they discuss more Marvel comics, the influence of successful peers, working on Mike Mignola's "B.P.R.D." and the fate of the long-awaited "Loose Ends" #4.

Mon, January 21st, 2013 - Latour On "Winter Soldier" and TBS Superstation
Tim checks in with writer/artist Jason Latour to find out what he has planned for "Winter Soldier," which singer-songwriter is most similar to Captain America and what happens when you watch too much TBS Superstation.

Mon, January 14th, 2013 - Morrison's Super-Saga: "Action Comics" Goes Awry
As Grant Morrison's run on "Action Comics" nears its end, Tim looks back on the series meant to establish Superman's role in the New 52 and wonders where it all went wrong.

Mon, January 7th, 2013 - Five Years' of CBR's Top 100 Comics
Tim reflects on the CBR Top 100 Comics for 2012 and looks back at the Best of the Best since 2008 to find out what has emerged from the CBR hivemind and what's still worth talking about.

Mon, December 31st, 2012 - The Ten Best Comics of 2012
Tim reveals his TOP 10 COMICS OF 2012, featuring the work of Matt Fraction, Alan Moore, Michael DeForge, Ryan North, and many other top comic book talents to today.

Mon, December 24th, 2012 - The Best Comics of 2012, 20 - 11
Tim begins his countdown to the Best Comics of 2012 by looking at the ten that almost made the Top Ten, including works by Brandon Graham, Jason Aaron and Charles Forsman.

Mon, December 17th, 2012 - Before They Were Famous: "Doom Patrol" #18
In the newest exciting installment of BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS, Tim looks at '"Doom Patrol" #18, examining Paul Kupperberg's gang of oddball superheroes right before Grant Morrison came in and changed everything.

Mon, December 10th, 2012 - Exploring Basil Wolverton's "Spacehawk"
Tim dives into Fantagraphics recent collected edition of Basil Wolverton's "Spacehawk" and declares it to be, with hyperbole appropriate to the subject matter, one of his favorite comics of all time.

Mon, December 3rd, 2012 - Six Comics Worth Your Time
This week, Tim checks out some new first issues of comics that are completely worth your time to check out from talents like Matt Fraction, Mike Allred, Brandon Graham, Zack Soto, Kathryn Immonen and more!

Mon, November 26th, 2012 - Before They Were Famous: "Iron Man" #115
With the return of BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS, Tim looks at Bill Manto and John Romita Jr.'s "Iron Man" #115 - the issue immediately before David Michelinie and Bob Layton redefined what it meant to be Tony Stark.

Mon, November 19th, 2012 - Documenting "The Image Revolution"
Tim spoke with filmmaker Patrick Meaney about what he's learned from Grant Morrison and Warren Ellis, and what's in store for the upcoming documentary feature, "The Image Revolution."

Mon, November 12th, 2012 - Eleven Comics from Brooklyn
Tim returns from the 2012 Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival with a stack of books and he highlights some interesting work from Michael DeForge, Ben Marra, Joe Kessler, Michel Fiffe and more.

Mon, November 5th, 2012 - The Top 10 List to Top All Top 10s
In response to a reader question, Tim takes a step back from the crush of current comics to reflect on what would make his All-Time Top 10 comics list. Can Kirby, Moore and Giffen make the cut?

Mon, October 29th, 2012 - Wally Wood and "Barack Hussein Obama"
Tim takes a look at two new books from Fantagraphics and explores the artistic recontextualization of Wally Wood alongside the sketchbook-come-to-life that is Steven Weissman's "Barack Hussein Obama."

Mon, October 22nd, 2012 - New York Comic Con Round-Up, Marvel's Best Comic & More
Tim returns from New York Comic Con with some thoughts on the show, brief reviews of some recent comics, and plenty of opinions to share about costumed archers and sci-fi gods.

Mon, October 15th, 2012 - Chris Ware & Marvel's "Untold" Stories
Tim sits down with Chris Ware's massive "Building Stories" and Sean Howe's fascinating "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story" and declares them both to be two of the most important books of the year.

Mon, October 8th, 2012 - Discussing "Avengers Vs X-Men," Splash Page Style
Tim reunites with his Splash Page podcast partner and former CBR reviewer Chad Nevett to discuss the "Avengers vs. X-Men" event and where it ranks compared to Marvel crossovers of the past.

Mon, October 1st, 2012 - Revisiting Goodwin & Simonson's "Alien"
Tim looks back on a few prominent movie adaptations from the height of 'Heavy Metal' magazine and finds a lot to love in the new reprinting of Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson's "Alien: The Illustrated Story."

Mon, September 24th, 2012 - Weighing In On DC's Zero Month
Tim has read every last one of DC Comics' Zero Issues this month and he reflects on the past year of the New 52. Is he impressed with the magnificent quality or disappointed by what he finds?

Mon, September 17th, 2012 - Three Movies That Made Comics What They Are Today
Tim considers three overlooked movies that changed comics forever, particularly when in comes to the work of Grant Morrison, Matt Fraction, and Alan Moore.

Mon, September 10th, 2012 - Before They Were Famous: "Incredible Hulk" #330
Tim looks back at when the Hulk was gray (again), before Joe Fixit came to town, and before Peter David launched his monumental run. Yes, it's BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS, with Al Milgrom's 'Incredible Hulk' #330."

Tue, September 4th, 2012 - Colonizing the Post-Extreme With Brandon Graham's "Prophet"
Tim reflects on the first eight issues of Brandon Graham's "Prophet" series from Image Comics, and, in tribute to Bret Easton Ellis, explores what it means to be "Extreme" or "Post-Extreme."

Mon, August 27th, 2012 - Stack O' Comics, Starring Latour, Fraction & Murphy
Tim continues to ignore his growing stacks of unread comics and shines the spotlight on a few worthwhile issues from creators like Ryan North, Tom Gauld, Matt Fraction, Jason Latour and Sean Murphy.

Mon, August 20th, 2012 - Casey Digs Into "Butcher Baker's" Surprise Ending
Tim follows-up with Joe Casey after the surprise announcement of the end of "Butcher Baker" and finds out why it was always planned as a limited series all along, and why the readers weren't told about the plan sooner.

Mon, August 13th, 2012 - Joe Casey Talks: The Return of "Butcher Baker"
"Butcher Baker: The Righteous Maker" scribe Joe Casey talks about the creator-owned comic, the status of the comic landscape as a whole and discusses the concept of capital-A Art.

Mon, August 6th, 2012 - Before They Were Famous: "Batman" #403
Tim brings us back before Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli redefined Batman's origin and two relatively young creators took a shot at exploring the inner conflict of Bruce Wayne in Before They Were Famous: "Batman" #403.

Mon, July 30th, 2012 - "Tails" & the Perils of Comic Book Realism
This week, Tim considers the strengths and weaknesses of certain genre explorations in comics, spurred by a recent read of Ethan Young's first "Tails" collection.

Mon, July 23rd, 2012 - The Secret Origin Of Oily Comics
Tim visited the headquarters of Oily Comics to discover the secret origin of Charles Forsman, his ever-expanding minicomics empire and how he became next year's Fantagraphics overnight success story.

Mon, July 16th, 2012 - The Brandon Thomas Interview
Tim talks with "Voltron" and "Miranda Mercury" writer Brandon Thomas about his experiences adding emotional depth to a literal cartoon character, his tendency to jump around in time, and the future.

Mon, July 9th, 2012 - "Voltron" Revisited
Tim checks in on the new "Voltron" comics from writer Brandon Thomas and finds more to like in those glossy pages than in any episodes of the still-surprisingly-fondly-remembered animated series.

Mon, July 2nd, 2012 - Best Comics of 2012 (So Far)
Tim looks back on a strong crop of comics already released this year and names his Top 10 So Far, with great work from Jonathan Hickman, Ryan North, Alan Moore, Brandon Graham and many more!

Mon, June 25th, 2012 - Notes From HeroesCon 2012
Tim visits Heroes Con for the first time, sells a few books and learns four important lessons about the likes of Geof Darrow, David Marquez, Ben Marra, and "Adventure Time."

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