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Casual Comics Cast

You might ask yourself where I’ve been since the last update. I’ve been asking myself the same question.

Part of the answer is this – I’ve been working on a new podcast!

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The other 90% is laughing at old DC comics panels out of context.

Here’s “episode zero” of the new “Casual Comics Cast”, created with my co-host Mo.

A little bit about the podcast:

As you know, I know a lot about a very little cross-section of comics culture – Marvel comics, especially from the 80s and 90s, comic book movies and TV, and whatever I luck across on the comics racks on the occasions when I do get to hit the local comic book shop.

Mo knows even less – but she really wants to learn. So here’s the question… can someone who is really new to comics – including the movies and TV shows – get “into” comics, or is it still too exclusive and difficult to navigate?

We’ll explore a multitude of topics, but we’d love your comments and feedback on our pilot, wherein we try and figure out how to make a podcast a thing while also talking about the trailer for “Suicide Squad”.

Click here to listen to Episode Zero!

Please post comments below. We’re looking for your help in shaping the future of the podcast.

Thanks!

  • CCG

Casual Comics Rewind Review: Vision and the Scarlet Witch #2

Vision and Scarlet Witch #2 – “Faith of our Fathers” delves further into the complicated back story of the Scarlet Witch and her “father” Robert Frank. Turns out he’s not really their father, but Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver have been keeping that on the down low.

Four awesome things about this issue:

  1. The super couple just hangs out around the house in their full-on superhero gear. (To the delight of teenage boys because… Wanda in costume? Hubba, hubba…)
  2. They have a huge supercomputer with a teleconnection to the moon in the living room of an otherwise nondescript home in the suburbs. In fact, it’s quite near the covered porch where Jarvis is enjoying a spot of tea after the altercation in the last issue.

    No danger, just my dad at the door. Better be sure I’m wearing the full costume, though, while I talk to my brother who is ON THE MOON!

  3. Robert Frank still actually thinks he’s the father of Wanda and Pietro.  Quicksilver’s power is super speed. So was Frank’s when he was a hero in the 50s known as… wait for it… “The Whizzer”. Wanda and Pietro have never told Frank he’s not really their father. But face it, I couldn’t bear to bring heartache to an old man who still goes by “The Whizzer” either.
  4. Wanda and the Vision get around town via taxicab – even though one can fly and the other can teleport.

The issue starts out, wonderfully, in media res. The splash page shows the Vision, arm melted into a twisted slag. The guy can turn hard as a diamond or completely intangible. The sight of the Vision – in pain, arm smoldering brings immediate intensity to this issue.

Who knew this was even a thing that could happen?

Via flashback, the readers come to see just how Vision got into this mess. And, delightfully, it involves more family drama.

Robert Frank has another son, Nuklo, a 32 year-old nuclear beast with the mind of a child. Frank wants the Vision and Scarlet Witch to help him take back custody of his abandoned child from the research facility where he is being kept.

Once again, the art is wonderfully ahead of its time for a comic of this era – minimalist, yet striking use of lines and shading. And, the non-linear storytelling really works – helping parcel out more complex backstory and the emotional trauma while maintaining tension.

You all know that Vision and the Scarlet Witch have a special place in my heart. Rereading the stories convince me that the Marvel miniseries I knew and loved still hold up today.

–          CCG

Marvel/Netflix “Daredevil” – A Casual Comics perspective

Daredevil’s got a new series coming to your TV screens. If you have Netflix, that is. Should you be excited?

Daredevil is a guy with an odd name for what he actually does. The name would suggest an Evel Kenevel-type, motorcycle-jumping, shark-defying… well… daredevil. Read the rest of this entry

Into the Void – Comic Preview

For those of you who don’t know, I’m actually working on my very first comic book – “Into the Void”.

Jim Mehsling, a local artist, is doing all the visuals (pencils, inking, lettering, and about a million things I’m sure I”m forgetting). We just posted the roughs of the first page to give you an idea of the look and tone of the book. Character designs, history, and so much more is all on our other blog.

Like this character. You’ll have to go to the Into the Void blog to get his story.

Take a look and let us know if you’ve got any comments. I’ll post back here when we’re finished posting the full “sneak preview” of the first five pages.

Enjoy!

– CCG

SDCC Artists: Albert Morales

On we go with more cool artists I met at SDCC. I asked Albert if he would do an original piece of the Vision and Scarlet Witch. These are two of my favorite characters, as I have mentioned over and over. Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comics Love… Vision and Scarlet Witch

I’ve always had a weak spot for this duo. I have no clue what is going on in the Marvel Universe today, but the Vision and the Scarlet Witch are my all-time favorite characters. Both are outsiders Read the rest of this entry

Mutant Rights – The real world implications for mutants of Marvel’s legal actions

The real world is colliding head-on with the Marvel Universe. You should really hear this podcast on “Mutant Rights”. Read the rest of this entry

What’s Right and Wrong about “What’s Right and What’s Wrong About the San Diego Comic Con” – A Response

So, over on newsarama.com, Jim McLauchlin published a mighty(and lengthy) piece called “What’s RIGHT and What’s WRONG About the San Diego Comic Con”. Somehow my newly minted blog feed picked up the article. Man, the nanobots that power these things are getting good at selecting content. Read the rest of this entry

SDCC Recap: The rest of Thursday

A lot of other stuff…  Then, Gerry and Marty!

The “Ode to Nerds” panel was cool. Then, a lot of other stuff happened. I wandered the convention floor for a while, shopping and taking pictures of people in costumes.

Because 2013 was my first Comic Con since starting to watch Doctor Who, I put special effort into getting pictures of Doctor Who Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comic Review: New Avengers #1

Marvel, you are drunk.


The last time I checked in with the New Avengers was when the New Avengers was new. Back in the days of “Civil War”, when Luke Cage and Jessica Jones had a baby. She was on the run because of the Civil War. Whatever happened to that baby? Read the rest of this entry