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Mon, June 18th, 2012
- Transformers, Exotic P.I.s & Deathzones
This week, Tim opines on Ulises Farinas's Transformers, the sublime Slime Freak by Carlos Gonzales, a forgotten superhero flashback from the Seventies and Michel Fiffe's tribute to the old masters.
Mon, June 11th, 2012
- Before They Were Famous: "Supreme" #40
In another installment of BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS, Tim explores the final pre-Alan Moore issue of "Supreme" and finds a lot more plot, but just as many rippled muscles, as he bargained for.
Mon, June 4th, 2012
- Designed To Death: Chip Kidd's Batman
Tim looks at Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor's "Batman: Death by Design" and reflects on what works, what doesn't and how it relates back to Kidd's earlier novelistic efforts.
Tue, May 29th, 2012
- D&D and the Myth of the Rational Reader
Tim uses his experiences with the public playtest of the new Dungeons & Dragons rules as a springboard to ponder about Marvel and DC comics and "The Myth of the Rational Reader."
Mon, May 21st, 2012
- The Aaron Kuder Interview 2: Finding the Balance
Tim concludes his talk with hot new artist Aaron Kuder as they discuss the importance of background details, the challenge of the Legion and a beloved superhero swine who just might appear by the end of the summer.
Mon, May 14th, 2012
- The Aaron Kuder Interview: Awesomeness is Contagious
Tim talks with soon-to-be-breakout Legion and Spider-Man artist Aaron Kuder on his early days as an Art Adams comic book reader and how a whole lot of message board drawing contests led him on a ten-year journey to success.
Mon, May 7th, 2012
- Revisiting MoCCA Fest 2012
Tim returns from MoCCA Fest 2012 with a pile of worthwhile new comics, including work by Josh Simmons, Katie Skelly, Pat Aulisio, Josh Burggraf and the absent-but-always-impressive Benjamin Marra.
Mon, April 30th, 2012
- Justice Machine: Yesterday's Dystopian Superheroes
Tim looks back on his comic book youth and wonders where he found some of the things that would be such a strong formative influence on him, like a little series by Bill Willingham and Mike Gustovich. Like "The Justice Machine."
Mon, April 23rd, 2012
- Before They Were Famous: "Captain America" #32
In another installment of BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS, Tim takes a look at the Captain America comics right before Ed Brubaker began his enormously-long run. Robert Kirkman superheroes, Marvel-style.
Mon, April 16th, 2012
- Superheroes & Spacemen, Monsters & Y2K
Tim checks in with reviews of a handful of recent comics and graphic novels, including new work from Bryan Hitch, Jonathan Ross, Derf Backderf, Noah Van Sciver, Brendan McCarthy and more.
Mon, April 9th, 2012
- Justice League Digital
Tim boots up the old iPad for a fantastic voyage into the land of digital-first comics, and sets his sights on a familiar crew of characters from a not-too-distant-future in "Justice League Beyond."
Mon, April 2nd, 2012
- Marvel's Augmented Reality
Tim winds up with an unexpected sneak peek at Marvel's new Augmented Reality thanks to the premature release of "AvX" #1. Is Marvel AR a great bonus feature for readers or a failed attempt at enhancing comic books?
Mon, March 26th, 2012
- Dissecting Tim Truman's "The Spider"
Tim reflects on a rarely-discussed pulp revamp from two decades ago, when writer and artist Tim Truman relaunched the Spider for Eclipse and changed the 1930s version of 1991, forever.
Mon, March 19th, 2012
- Three Short Essays on Jeff Parker's "Thunderbolts"
Just in time to tie-in to Marvel's "Dark Avengers" announcement, Tim looks back at an impressive stack of swift-moving stories and presents "Three Essays on Jeff Parker's 'Thunderbolts."
Mon, March 12th, 2012
- March Comics: Three First Issues Plus A Bonus
Tim reads three new first issues, "Saucer Country," "Hell Yeah" and "The Manhattan Projects," calculating the odds he will continue to read each series. Plus, a bonus look at Michael DeForge's new "Incinerator" comic.
Mon, March 5th, 2012
- Before They Were Famous: "X-Men" #66
BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS returns, this time spotlighting the pre-Claremont-era "X-Men" #66, when men were men, women were girls, Hulks were green and Professor Xavier's students faced certain cancellation.
Mon, February 27th, 2012
- Jason Latour on B.P.R.D., Writing & Hilarious Gag Strips
This week, Tim talks with writer/artist Jason Latour and the conversation turns to BPRD, crime fiction, early influences and all the greatness that comics has to offer.
Mon, February 20th, 2012
- Ennis' "Shadow" Script Review
Tim takes a look at the script for Garth Ennis' "The Shadow" #1 from Dynamite and provides a spoiler-free review of the opening issue along with some reflections on the influence of Howard Chaykin and Orson Welles.
Mon, February 13th, 2012
- Tom Scioli Part 2 - Kirby Tech, Big Endings & Barbarians
Tim concludes his conversation with Tom Scioli as they wrap up the New Gods chat and turn their attention toward Scioli's new "American Barbarian" from AdHouse book and his final two issues of "GODLAND."
Mon, February 6th, 2012
- Tom Scioli Part 1 - He-Men and New Gods
Tim begins a two-part conversation with artist Tom Scioli, discussing formative Masters of the Universe comics, astonishing Jack Kirby tales and the aesthetic origin of the "American Barbarian" creator.
Mon, January 30th, 2012
- Thoughts on Nobody: Tomasi & Gleason's "Batman & Robin"
Tim explores the strange wonderfulness of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's "Batman and Robin," tracking unlikely allusions and off-kilter symbolism through the recent life of the Dark Knight.
Mon, January 23rd, 2012
- Jason Horn 2: Apps, Kickstarting & More Ninjasaur
Tim wraps up his interview with "Ninjasaur" creator Jason Horn with a discussion about app development, webcomics, convention trends and the opportunities afforded by Kickstarter.
Mon, January 16th, 2012
- Ninjas, Dinosaurs, Comics & More
"Ninjasaur" creator Jason Horn talks with Tim about the behind-the-scenes origin of the world's deadliest dinosaur ninja and how a man with a graphic design degree and a comic book dream gets his ideas into the world.
Mon, January 9th, 2012
- Notes on Being Mike Murdock
Tim goes back to the early days of Marvel and provides a close look at the fractured psychology of Daredevil in a series of 'Notes on Being Mike Murdock.
Mon, January 2nd, 2012
- Before They Were Famous: "Saga of the Swamp Thing" #19
Tim kicks off the new year with a new feature called "Before They Were Famous," putting the spotlight on 'The Saga of the Swamp Thing' #19 in a way you might not expect. Alan Moore may or may not be mentioned.
Mon, December 26th, 2011
- SPECIAL EDITION: Thoughts of Randomness
Tim provides a series of deep and meaningful - and perhaps random - thoughts about "Justice League," "2000 AD," his return to podcasting, Michael Mann's "The Keep" and the early works of Alan Moore.
Mon, December 19th, 2011
- The Top 10 Comics of 2011
Tim counts down his list of Top 10 Comics of 2011, highlighting great books from the past year like "Deadpool MAX,"" Casanova," "Xombi" and seven others.
Mon, December 12th, 2011
- Best Comics of 2011: The Runners Up
Tim looks back at the best comics of 2011 and begins to name his Top 30. Join him this week as he talks "Wonder Woman," "Holy Terror," "iZombie," "Daredevil" and more.
Mon, December 5th, 2011
- No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn (Comics & Graphics Festival)
Tim returns from the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival with a truckload of comics and thoughts about 1990s-era Rob Liefeld tributes, the relationship between 'Kramers Ergot' and the DC relaunch and more.
Mon, November 28th, 2011
- The New 52 First Quarter Review
Tim looks at the first three months of DC's New 52, explaining why "Wonder Woman" is the best, how some Batman titles are better than others and why Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli's take on "Frankenstein" is so interesting.
Mon, November 21st, 2011
- Genre Avoidance, Squadron Supreme & Watchmen 2012
Tim tackles three big questions on the topics of Genre Avoidance, the Most Overlooked Influential Creator and Darwyn Cooke's Possible "Watchmen" sequel.
Mon, November 14th, 2011
- The Legend of Andy Helfer
This week, Tim asks 'Whatever Happened to Andy Helfer?' by looking at some of the highlights of his career, from Atari Force, to Justice League, to the Shadow, to his leadership of Paradox Press.
Mon, November 7th, 2011
- Playing Kirby: The Dynamite Problem
Tim takes aim at the shortfalls of Dynamite's "Kirby: Genesis" project and points to what makes post-Kirby projects succeed or fail. How does the first issue of the upcoming "Silver Star" series fare?
Mon, October 31st, 2011
- Retrofit Comics & Surviving the Apocalypse
Tim talks to award-winning cartoonist and nascent alt-publisher Box Brown about his beginnings as a comic book artist, how James Kochalka changed his life and how to survive the inevitable meteor strike.
Mon, October 24th, 2011
- Reflections on NYCC 2011
Tim returns to take a belated look at the New York Comic Con, placing into context what it feels like to be a comic book reader these days, when everything new is old again.
Mon, October 10th, 2011
- The Origin of a Comic Book Reader
Tim discusses his origins as a comic book reader and the two issues of "Uncanny X-Men" and "Justice League of America" that forever changed the direction of his life.
Mon, October 3rd, 2011
- Beaton, Perez, Thompson & Miller's Intent
Tim runs through a week of reading with discussions about Kate Beaton, Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Hamlet, Craig Thompson, Frank Miller and the Trouble with Intent.
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.