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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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."
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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
Tim considers three overlooked movies that changed comics forever, particularly when in comes to the work of Grant Morrison, Matt Fraction, and Alan Moore.
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."
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."
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.