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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ComicDorksCast Episode 075 - Farewell -or- The Oath of the Brown Lanterns

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  • Supergirl #43 left our hearts broken and our tears on the floor.
  • Scott's Pick of the Week: Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #5
  • Gotham City Sirens #2 was great on a whole lot of levels.
  • Darren's Pick of the Week: Dethklok Vs. The Goon
  • Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds was well worth the wait.
  • Rob's Pick of the Week: Green Lantern #44.
  • An E-mailer asks about getting into Blackest Night.
  • Brief Mentions.
  • Anticipated Books.
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The Music at the opening and closing of the show was: "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors" by The Editors.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rue Morgue

Rue Morgue
by poet_ronin46

Her skin
a pale canvas
which bears
the art of many

Some the art of others
other her own
paint and shade

Scattered among paintings
sculptures that pierce
with rings of steel

Her body all fluid motion
and unexpected grace

Her form crafted of supple curves
which hint at secret delights

Her eyes deep rich chocolate
lying on a bed of vibrant color

Her smile effuses light
which brightens her laugh

a creature made of alabaster
and crafted of shadows

ComicDorksCast Episode 074 - Be Mad at Nature

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  • Blackest Night #1 left our jaws on the floor and lifted our hopes even higher for how good an event can truly be.
  • Scott's Pick of the Week: DMZ #43
  • JSA Vs. Kobra is one of the best books coming out right now, bar none.
  • Darren's Pick of the Week: Walking Dead #63
  • Batman: Streets of Gotham #2 was HOT ... cause it was full of fire ... and Dustin Nguyen artwork.
  • Rob's Pick of the Week: Dark Avengers #7
  • Brief Mentions.
  • Anticipated Books.
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The Music at the opening and closing of the show was: "Hey" by The Pixies.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

From The Dorks’ Soundtrack: Hey! It’s the Pixies!


Album: Doolittle

Song: "Hey"

Perhaps one of the most underrated bands of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Somehow, illogically placed behind such grunge bands as Nirvana, Pixies gained incredible success in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe but achieved only limited success in the United States. The history of this band starts in Boston Mass., where Black Francis (lead singer/guitarist) and Joey Santiago (guitarist) shared a room together at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Santiago showed Francis to the music of David Bowie and 1970’s punk rock and the two formed a band. Over the next couple weeks, the band welcomed Kim Deal (bassist/singer) and David Lovering (Drums). Not much later the band signed with record label 4AD and produced their first recording, Come On Pilgrim EP. This EP was a success and debut hit songs such as “Caribou”, “Ed is Dead”, and “Nimrod’s Son”. The band quickly followed up Come On Pilgrim with their first full-length album Surfer Rosa. This album debuted possibly their most popular song to date, “Where is My Mind” along with other great songs such as “Gigantic” and “River Euphrates”. Pixies then recorded their second full-length record in the last six weeks of 1988 and produced Doolittle. Doolittle was a clear departure from the previous two works and was a much more cleaner sound than the raw sound heard on the previous two albums. The song “Hey” was featured on this album along with many other great tunes. Surfer Rosa and Doolittle together brought great attention to this east coast band, which was beginning to create music that the world had never heard. After a short hiatus the band reconvened and created two more albums Bossanova and Trompe le Monde, which was not received as well as their previous two albums. Shortly after Trompe Le Monde, the band broke up when Francis surprisingly stated on BBC that the band was finished.

11 years later, rumors began circling of a reunion. The band began touring again but was producing no new music. Black Francis stated in 2008 that he was interested in creating new music with the original band but for now it was “a waiting game”. The band has a legacy that reaches as far back as the birth of grunge. There are many music icons that were influenced by this band such as Kurt Cobain and Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Allmusic.com summed up the band perfectly:

“Combining jagged, roaring guitars and stop-start dynamics with melodic pop hooks, intertwining male-female harmonies and evocative, cryptic lyrics, the Pixies were one of the most influential American alternative rock bands of the late '80s. The Pixies weren't accomplished musicians -- Black Francis wailed and bashed out chords while Joey Santiago's lead guitar squealed out spirals of noise. But the band members were inventive, rabid rock fans who turned conventions inside out, melding punk and indie guitar rock, classic pop, surf rock, and stadium-sized riffs with singer/guitarist Black Francis' bizarre, fragmented lyrics about space, religion, sex, mutilation, and pop culture; while the meaning of his lyrics may have been impenetrable, the music was direct and forceful.”

The Albums
Come On Pilgrim (1987)
Surfer Rosa (1988)
Doolittle (1989)
Bossanova (1990)
Trompe de Monde (1991)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

ComicDorksCast Episode 073 - DuoPod

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  • House of Mystery #15 answered some long held questions and proposed even more.
  • Scott's Pick of the Week: B.P.R.D.: 1947 #1
  • Blackest Night gets an early start in Green Lantern #43.
  • Rob's Pick of the Week: Batman #688
  • A bunch of stuff to get caught up on that we couldn't talk about seeing as how we didn't have an episode last week.
  • Brief Mentions.
  • Anticipated Books.
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The Music at the opening and closing of the show was: "Oviedo" by Blind Pilot.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Written By Andi Watson

Illustrated by Josh Howard

Charlotte “Lottie” Brooke is your typical city goth, into the scene. That is until she is exiled to Meadowdale for the summer after getting caught with a fake I.D. at an exclusive night club. Needless to say, she is displeased with the prospect of spending her summer with her grandparents at their country club and working at the pro shop. Upon arriving the into the country, her grandmother starts trying to set her up with the head groundskeeper’s son, the only male her age at the country club. Her grandfather takes her for a walk in the rain to see how the new country club is coming along. This is where Lottie’s luck goes from bad to worse. She snaps the heel off of her three hundred dollar boots.

If that weren’t bad enough, there’s no cell phone reception and she’s not allowed in her grandfather’s office to use the dial-up to get to the internet. It is Lottie’s own personal hell. She’s forced to go on a morning stroll with her grandmother the next day, and, after struggling to keep up, she heads down to the town for a pop. She meets Howard, the groundskeeper’s son, whom she immediately dislikes, gets kicked out of the taproom for being a girl, and meets Emma, a local goth. All in all, the summer is starting to suck. It starts to turn around when she overhears her grandfather talking with Geraldine, who turns up dead after causing a scene at the cake baking event. And that’s just the beginning of the weirdness that Lottie experiences during her summer break.

This was another great Minx book that I got to read. I am sad that DC killed the line. Pretty much every Minx book I have read, I’ve liked. Andi Watson tells a great and twisted story and Josh Howard’s art is fun and lively. Lottie reminds me a lot of one of my friends, and has a good bit of growing up in the story. I definitely did not see the ending coming; it took me completely by surprise. I recommend this book highly for anyone who likes a good, campy, twisty story.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

What Do You Mean They're Not Superheroes?!?!?: An Announcement and a Hint at Some Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Alright, for the first time in our history as a podcast The ComicDorksCast is actively taking a week off. We realize that there have been weeks where episodes were not posted but that was always because of technical difficulties. This weekend is the 4th of July. Independence Day. There are a lot of family commitments and whatnot that coincide with that and so unfortunately we'll be unable to record a show for this coming week. I (Scott) will be posting my thoughts on some of the comics I read here, on the message boards at www.fantasyshoponline.com and through my Twitter account at www.twitter.com/ScottDont if you're interested in what my thoughts are on this tumultuous week of comics.

Also, as I mentioned in the headline there are going to be some changes coming up for the ComicDorksCast and I hope that with the coming changes that you'll all feel that we're still bringing you the best in comics podcasting this side of the Mississippi!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Brief Mentions: The Future Brings Dark Days

X-Factor #45

Written By: Peter David

Art By: Marco Santucci @ Valentine de Landro

I’m finally caught up and it feels good. For along time now I have been buying X-Factor issues but not reading them. The main obstacle standing in my way was the Secret Invasion crossover. One factor (no pun intended) was that Secret Invasion was an event that I was no longer concerned about and secondly was the art. But, as always, Peter David’s storytelling continues to become more involved, more emotional, and more awesome. This last week I decided to soldier through the horrendous art and read up to this week’s current issue X-Factor #45, part 3 of Madrox’s journey into the future. This issue has made me so glad that I am finally caught up in issues. David continues to create new and exciting stories, filled with unique new characters and concepts. Jamie Madrox finds himself in the middle of the Summers Rebellion consisting of a battered Scott Summers and his daughter, Ruby. The fate of this rebellion lies in the hands of a familiar foe from long ago. The mystery of the cortex also furthers as the xf investigators frantically try to figure out the cortex’s meaning while being battled on all fronts. Marco Santucci and Valentine de Landro absolutely destroy on this art. I will never take good art for granted ever again. This is just an excellent book and has been since it’s beginning. I urge everyone to check this book out and read some amazing comic booking that is easily some of the best in the industry.

Dark Avengers #6

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis

Art By: Mike Deodato @ Will Conrad

Dark Reign has been a very fulfilling event. Many great books have come out of this event and one such book is Dark Avengers. Just the concept of the book itself is an amazing one. The head of the avengers is the “former” Green Goblin, the rest of the team consists of some of the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe and their most powerful weapon, The Sentry, has the mind of a child. In Dark Avengers #6, an Atlantean terrorist cell has attacked American soil. Norman Osborn immediately takes hold of the situation and attacks swiftly and brutally. The Cabal meets, which ultimately leads to a shouting match, and the power of The Sentry is put to use. Superhero team books are only successful if they remain interesting and hold a unique, dynamic team and Bendis definitely has that with Dark Avengers. Mike Deodato and Will Conrad do an excellent job drawing these characters and also shade the book heavily, which holds true to the “dark” theme of the book. Dark Avengers, along with many other books under the “Dark Reign” banner is excellent. The Marvel Universe becomes more and more unique with each passing issue. This is one of the first Marvel events that have really enjoyed and I hope it will not be the last.