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Episode 23

Happy Saturday!

I have a short show for you today, but I wanted to make sure I got these 2 out while they were in the front of my brains

muppet_vol1The Muppet Show Vol 01 Art and Story by Roger Langridge

I don’t want to hurt my parent’s feelings here, but sometimes it feels like I was raised by Jim Henson.  I’m from the latch-key generation, and I spent an awful lot of time parked in front of a TV with Sesame St, Fraggle Rock, or the Muppet Show on.  I learned a lot about resposibility, friendship and even a little Spanish and Ameslan.  The Muppet Show was wild and weird, from Sweetums to Lew Zealand(the guy that throws fish), and I am so happy that this comic totally captures the fun and mild insanity that comes with an episode.  I have this one in single issues, but I will be buying the trade so that I can have the previously unreleased, additional issue at the back.  It’s only $9.99.  Go buy yourself one.

Abs_DeathAbsolute Death, Neil Gaiman and tons of Various Artists

This is a pretty book.  I mean a pretty book.  It is a sexy slipcover edition of some of my favorite stories, with a few rare things and some ephemera thrown in for good measure.  It looks perfect next to my Absolute Sandmans.  (Sandmen?)  That said, unless you are a nutty Gaiman fan like me, I don’t think this is a must have.  I mean, it’s definitely a must have for me, but for regular people?  I love the stories in here, but most of this can be found in the pages of Sandman, the 2 Death graphic novels and short story collections like Endless Nights.  So while I think people should read this stuff, most could get by with the paperbacks.  To hear me go on about the stories in here, you can listen to Episode 15

Halloween is coming, and we will be giving out FCBD comics at the mall again.  If you are a local, and you want to keep your kids inside where it’s warm and well lit, then come on down.  I might even be in costume, which would be a first in like 6 or 7 years.

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Episode 15

I have discovered something deep and meaningful. I think I could have gone my entire life and not known this, had things been just a little bit different. Here is my wisdom distilled for you, in a single, easy sentence:

Buying a bank-owned home sucks with the fury of a thousand black holes.

There. If you can avoid this simple thing, life can be wine and roses everyday. That’s what I keep telling myself. It’s not the house. As far as we are able to tell so far, the house is great. It needs a little work, but that’s no surprise. The problem is that the bank that owns it doesn’t seem to want to, you know, sell it.

So wish me luck, and enjoy Episode 15, wherein I go on and on about how much I like Neil Gaiman.

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As I mentioned last week, it is my intention for my next podcast to be a spotlight on Neil Gaiman. Since I own an awful lot of his work and love almost all of it, I thought it would be an easy one to knock out, no problem. Well, now as I sit and try to assemble all of this stuff coherently and do it justice, I see how big an undertaking it really is.

In order to do it right, I’m going to give myself another week. Just to give you an idea of what I am dealing with, I went to pull out all my books that he worked on, either as a writer or editor. The stack comes up past my knee without adding in my absolutes or any of the Marvel stuff. Wow.

So next week, there will be podcasty goodness.

If you want to read or listen to me go on about how much I love Neil Gaiman’s work you can check out:
Episode 1
Episode 4
Episode 5

Also, in a personal note:

My husband and I get to go to a home inspection on Monday. If all goes well, GDRC Headquarters will get to move soon to a new space where I don’t have to turn off the refrigerator to do a recording. So think happy thoughts for me and my Mr. There will be more news on this front as we get closer.


This week is brought to you by Fred Meyer brand decongestants. I have a nasty ear infection, and it’s making me feel like I have a permanent hang-over. On top of that, the high was 107 F in Spokane today. Since I have to turn off the air conditioner and the fan to record, you get a quick and dirty podcast this week, with a small cameo from my cat.


Simon Dark Cover
New Release

Simon Dark : What Simon Does Written by Steve Niles; Art and cover by Scott Hampton

This was really great. I remember reading The Crow when was 17, and this gives me the same kind of joy. It is a dark mystery, but the main character has no memory, and the innocence of a child. This is one I will be following.

Welcome Back Frank Cover


Punisher Welcome Back Frank Written by Garth Ennis, Pencils by Steve Dillon

Andy left me a note telling me to read this one. According to him, it’s better than sex. I don’t know that I would go that far, but it’s definitely a good read. I love it when Ennis and Dillon work together. Yeah, we gotta cover the Preacher.

Books Of Magic Cover

Books Of Magic Written by Neil Gaiman; Art by Art by John Bolton, Charles Vess, Paul Johnson, and Scott Hampton

Yay, another great classic from Neil Gaiman. I warned you I was kind of a fan-girl. I read this ages ago, before I knew who half (or most) of the characters were. Reading it again was totally different, and way cooler. That said, this is a good book to introduce new readers to a bunch of the cool magic using characters in the DC universe. It was followed up by a really great series of the same name, but sadly, most of that is out of print.

Grim Peddler Cover


Tales of the Grim Peddler Art and Story By Lee Joung-A

I’m always a sucker for retellings of classic stories, and this book was no exception. The art is beautiful and clean, while still having a delicate intricacy that is perfect for stories like Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid. Lee gives the stories a creepy twist that really works. Another winner from an excellent Korean artist.

Ok, My decongestants are totally wearing off, and I’m calling it a night. Thanks for listening to my bleary ramblings.

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Hello to the little handful of readers from Europe! How on earth are people in Berlin finding me?

I hope I don’t sound too tired this week. I have spent pretty much all day recording, first engineering for my friends, the band Sidhe, and then with this. I’m going to be editing in my sleep tonight, but it’s totally worth it.

On to the Comics!

Foolkiller Cover
New Release

Foolkiller: Fools Paradise Writer Gregg Hurwitz, Pencils Paul Azaceta

Wow. Um. This was awful. I know that there are people out there that are going to like this book, but I am not one of them. The whole thing felt kind of like Punisher fanfic done by that kid in Jr High that everyone is afraid is going to snap. The art is good looking though, so points for that.

Batman Tales o/t Demon Cover


Batman Tales of the Demon Art by Neal Adams, Irv Novick, Dick Giordano and others

This collection of short stories was dense and rich with the old school Detective gumshoe goodness. I wish I could say that the cover made more sense. I had this book on the counter for a couple of days last week as I tried to find time to read it. People kept seeing the flung out Robin and the broken-hearted Batman on the cover and going “Ooh! What’s this?” Robin only appears in 2 of the stories in the book, and he doesn’t really get enough page time to be given that level of cover exposure. He’s got great gams though.

Sandman P&N Cover

Sandman Vol 01 Preludes & Nocturnes Written by Neil Gaiman; Art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones, III; Painted Cover by Dave McKean

Reading this book was like having dinner with an old friend. This was my first graphic novel, back when I was a little grunge/goth teenager. Now that I am a grown-up person, I have the posh Absolute Edition. Wow. The new coloring is amazing. They updated the colors and shading and it’s way less garish than my old paperback. If you have the $$ to drop on the fancy ones, go for it. No matter what, everyone should read these. If you have not yet, consider it your homework.

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Nightmare Inspector Story & Art by Shin Mashiba

Yay! More great manga! Like last week’s excellent books, I read both of the available volumes in one sitting. The books are short story collections revolving around a “dream eater” He helps out clients with thier arcane and sometimes spooky problems in exchange for the dream or nightmare that is the root of thier problem. Which he then eats. Cause he’s a dream eater. Some of the stories were creepy as heck, and some were dark but sweet. I look forward to Vol 03 of this series, which should be out soon.

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