Awesomed By Comics Podcast
A weekly awards show/wrap-up of the week that was in the world of comics, hosted by a husband and wife team of journalist comic book fans in NYC. Weekly features include sound effects and swearing. Please also visit http://awesomedbycomics.blogspot.com.

CONTEST TIME! This very special comic-related non-comic episode of the ABC Podcast is brought to you by the fact that it's CONTEST TIME! We go through about three dozen entries into our 30-word, juggling-inclusive, non-pandering, bananarama fanfiction challenge and eventually walk away with a winner! Who is it? YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO LISTEN TO FIND OUT unless we already emailed you by the time you're listening to this, in which case you already know it's you. If, in fact, it's you who's reading this right now. It might not be you. It might be someone else. If someone else is reading this, then you'll only find out who won by listening. But if YOU are reading this, you, our winner, whoever you are, then YOU might actually know who the winner is before listening to the episode, but you should listen anyway because you won. And also I used high-tech computer analysis tools on a cat chirp. 

A sincere thank you to all of you who entered - seriously every single one of your entries was fantastic, even those of you who sorta didn't follow directions, or who did follow directions but did so too obscurely for us to know. 

We had so much fun doing this, and it was a bright spot in what has otherwise been a relatively rough few days, so guaranteed we'll be doing another contest sometime soon.  And don't be alarmed if you don't hear from us for a while, because we're getting awfully close to babytime. But stay tuned and follow us on twitter and stuff and you'll be among the first to know what's happening and when we're coming back. :)

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

Aw yeah, ABCP is back with about 20 minutes of Evie, and almost two hours of Aaron and guest-host Chris Sims. We make a pretty awesomed announcement for us, which will result in a few weeks without shows for you, but it's pretty important. SMILEYFACE :)  Aaron and Chris agree on Batman, Mudman, Cartoon Batman, Geoff Johns, and some other stuff. Big wins for all that stuff, except Geoff Johns, plus some Atomic Robo talk, some The Boys talk, some Jem talk, and nobody at Marvel noticed that the Bendis record is skipping.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by the third week of our 30-word, non-pandering, juggling-inclusive, bananarama fanfiction challenge, AND War Rocket Ajax, AND Copernicus Jones, AND a book that comes out in April - those last three courtesy of our guest host, the always high-minded Matt Wilson.  Amazing week for Jeff Lemire on both Sweet Tooth and Animal Man, some ridiculously fun ideas being thrown around in Infinite Vacation, some joyful X-Universe images, and some good words for Heart and Luther Strode. Also our kitten Bo sings a song with some shitty slap bass at the end. 

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EST

This return-to-regular-sized episode of ABCP is brought to you by week two of the Bananarama (etc) fanfiction challenge, along with some handy suggestions of properties one could fanfictionalize. In a week with three major surprises, there are no surprises at all among our winners, as Daredevil and Journey Into Mystery take home top honors, like they both almost always do when they come out. Aside from that, a strong but creepy-as-hell start to Garth Ennis and Mike Wolfer's Stitched, another great issue of Incorruptible, and a twist in Avengers Academy that had us both beaming when we read it.

Oh, and a box full of ladies. 

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_156.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EST

This QUADRUPLE-SIZED episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast, which is nearly 50% longer than usual, is brought to you by the Awesomed By Comics 30-Word, Non-Pandering, Juggling-Inclusive, Bananarama Fanfiction Challenge! Here are the rules:

1) Entries must be 30 Words.

2) Entries must be fanfiction of some kind (regardless of what you're writing about).

3) Entries must include the act of juggling.

4) Entries that include blatant pandering will be disqualified.

Send your entries to our email address, with the subject line "Bananarama" 

(note: fanfiction should not be about Bananarama.)

The winner will receive an AWESOMED BY COMICS PRIZE PAK (haha) which includes two (2) comics written and signed by Greg Pak, and an Apple iPad picture, drawn by me. It may or may not also include some cat food. 

We go over our winners and losers from the past two weeks in comics, AND the New York Comic Con! Big wins for Unwritten, Journey Into Mystery, Batman, Birds of Prey, Pokemon Cosplay, Bake Sale, Wonder Woman, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Trevor Cahill. Big losses for those chicks changing into their robot maid outfits in the bathroom.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_155.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by the final standings from this year's Awesomed By Fantasy Baseball league, which ended with Power Listener Dann's team beating Fellow Podcaster Tom's team in the finals. Aaron's team only beat the other two people who also gave up on the league sometime in May.  Great week for The Boys, The Penguin, Moon Knight and Chew. Either a good or a terrible week for Avengers and the end of Schism, depending on who you ask about either. And the best-ever week for the Bone Baron, who is a skeleton pimp with a lance, riding a donkey. Also, Evie's mom says hi!

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_154.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you bythe first time any comic book podcast in the world has used the phrase "Tongue and Rectals."  Some fun with Shadowpa...excuse me, "Justice League Dark" and antics ensue as the cosmic Marvels invade the regular Marvels. Rachel Rising is &%#$@& CREEPY, Miles Morales's dad is gonna bite it unless he doesn't, and Bendis and Bagley have a pretty entertaining crack at the same creator-owned superhero story we've seen half a dozen times elsewhere. Also, "Wolverine The Best There Is" continues to be one of the best there is. Also also, we didn't hate Voodoo as much as we hated Red Hood.

Plus more horsepower fun, PLUS more cat antics, PLUS Aaron takes some allergy medicine! YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS THIS EPISODE!! UNLESS YOU CAN!!

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_153.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by Comics Alliance, which is like having a podcast about the internet and having it fake-sponsored by Google, but we happened to be joined by a very special guest, Comics Alliance's very own proprietor Laura Hudson, so we were duty-bound. HEY ANY GUESSES AS TO WHAT THE CRAP WAS? Here's a hint .... it was Starfire. OH DAMNIT I FORGOT TO USE THE NEW MUSIC. Oh well. Sing it in your heads this week. I'll replace the old one in the template next week. Also we get some awesome recommendations, we hear the pitch on Craig Thompson's extremely intriguing new book, Daredevil continues to be unfair to every other comic, we dig the first Wonder Woman and Batman and Marvel's mutant heroes take a turn for the villainous in two different books.

Oh, and if you like things that are awesome, you MUST check out our blog to see concept sketches for what is no doubt going to be the surprise hit of 2012; Straight from ABCP Teen Patrol,member Greg Deaner, it's "POWER HORSE: THE HORSE WITH HORSEPOWER."

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by THE BEST POWERPUFF GIRLS FANFICTION SOMEONE WHOSE SILLY NAME I GOOGLED HAS EVER READ IN THEIR WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE but which another reader finds less than impressive. We talk about the first comics we ever read, and some of this week's best and worst, as always. Rather predictably, Journey Into Mystery, Batwoman and Daredevil won a bunch of stuff. Rather unpredictably, Superboy and the Monkey King also won. We say hello to the new Ultimate Spider-Man, lament that Squirlgirl didn't actually save the day, and obviously wonder what the hell DC was thinking by getting rid of 2/3 of Amanda Waller.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm EST

This THREE EXCLAMATION POINT episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by 150 episodes of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast! So, including this one, I guess. (META!) We pause to look back on the last 3+ years of this little show, remembering some of the things we really liked ("Trinity?" Remember that?) and some of the things we really didn't like, which you can probably guess. 

Meanwhile, we also do a regular show, for what was a monster week in comics in terms of sheer volume. Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman's debut issue of Animal Man was easily the best of the relaunch issues, Evie has finally caught up on Garth Ennis and Russ Braun's The Boys so we can both talk about that now, some fun cosmic goings-on for Marjorie Liu and Phil Noto's X-23 and her gang, a fantastic #2 issue for G. Willow Wilson and David Lopez's Mystic, and a surprisingly solid start to Rags Morales and Grant Morrison's Superman. And then also we whine about books that were DUH NUH NUH NUH NAAAAAAH NUH NUH NAAAAAH etc.

We also annoint the official ABCP TEEN PATROL:

R.J. Washington (Commenter name: XandGunn)
Ryan Emmet (DocWhiskey)
Alberto De Jesus (Power Listener!)
Jennifer Rubinowitz (ABCP Yugioh Champion)
Laura Abe (Guyalice)
Dann Fuller (Another Power Listener, whose wife's debut novel you should all pick up! "The Princess Curse," in bookstores now!)
David Watts (everyone needs something in parenthesis!)
Greg Deaner (Lebeau2501)
and our very own Rick Jones / Snapper Carr, Ziah Grace.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_150.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by the hurricane that we pretty much slept right through, and which did not give us an opportunity to bond while "hunkering down" but which was also far less destructive than it could have been which in the long run is a better thing for everyone. Winny wins this week for Mystery Men, Gotham City Sirens, Space Wolverines, Punishers, Captains America and Buckies and Confusingly-numbered Iron Man minis. We bid a fond farewell to this confusing iteration of Wonder Woman, and lament that the last-ever appearance of Oracle was as a side character in a hack-ass book. Plus Dr Who, Zelda, Vs. System, Pokemon Board Games, Iron Man Armored Adventures, The Origin of Stan, AND MANY MORE!

The 150th is nigh! Be aware of street preachers and disco remixes!

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_149.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53pm EST

As we creep closer to our 150th show, this episode is brought to you by the return of the Zen Koan .... which quickly devolves into rap videos and masturbation jokes. Many loves for Daredevil, All Nighter, Journey Into Mystery, The Stuff of Legend, Generation Hope, and Power Girl. Not many loves for talksploitation comics and the death of fun. Many shenanigans including several trips to the MyTube, followed by FriendFace and BookSpace. Also we need a damn window in our studio. Or at the very least, a donkey with a box fan attached to it who can mill about the house spreading its cool donkey breeze.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_148.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51pm EST

Whoa Nelly! This 147th episode of the Awesomed By Comics Website is brought to you by a little speed lesson! You got a need for speed? Then let's rev it up! Speed-style! VROOM VROOM VROOOOOOOOM.

This week we bid a melancholy and vaguely disappointing farewell to Batgirl, which has been one of the entire industry's most solid titles, month-after-month, for the last two years, and whose lead character is not going to be appearing in the relaunch stuff for a while anyway. We also bid a lousy farewell to this incarnation of Birds of Prey, who deserved better than the sendoff they got. As Thor might apparently say, "Weak sauce, brah. Totes weak sauce."  The Unwritten takes an interesting turn, and might be setting itself up for a pretty ballsy move, while Cloak and Dagger make a relationship book work in the midst of an event tie-in. Plus Squrlgurl.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

This extra-long episode of the Awesomed By Comics is brought to you by us soliciting ideas for our (now just four episodes away!!) 150th anniversary! That's right, Awesomed By Comics has been around for 150 years, 1874-2011!! 

Yes it does. Several of those years count as two or even three, if the crops were particularly bountiful.

Anyway, this week renewed a lot of our faith in comics.  Strong debuts for Rachel Rising, Severed, The Punisher, The Cape, Snarked and oh yeah, a certain new Ultimate hero. Strong endings for Secret Six and that thing about tennis which was silly but we loved it anyway. Plus great weeks for Irredeemable, Sweet Tooth, Thunderbolts, Hulk - MAN what a good week for comics. Also we talk about Iron Man Armored Adventures Season Two, which is off to a great start, and the next-to-last step for my band's next record which I've been working on and talking about for seriously at least two years.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:45pm EST

Hey! You know what? This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by Horse Quotes, which we invite you to send in at your earliest convenience. We talk a little bit about the last couple weeks of books, recap the best and not-so-best of what we saw at SDCC, AND do our usual show about this week's books! It's like getting one and a quarter shows for the price of having to wait an extra two weeks! Which is not a very good deal at all! Venom, Gotham City Sirens, and Ultimate Fallout were all standouts this week, as were the first Ultimate Fallout and the debut of the all-new, all-not-miserable-anymore Daredevil. Meanwhile, an Eevee family was adorable and Dan DiDio was a colossal jackass at SDCC, but it appears DC is at least going to make an effort to address some of the concerns raised during its panels. (although we learned that too late to talk about it on the show.) Plus other stuff which I forget what it was because we recorded this a thousand days and three billion time zones ago.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:45pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by Bouncing Wailord, which you can (and should) get to by googling "Wailord Pringles." Look, we did it for you, right here. Anyway, we're on that show this week as well, talking about Pokemon for a couple of hours. If you're the kind of person who listens to our show and thinks "man oh man, I wish they would just shut up about comics and get back to Pokemon!" (like I would be, if I listened to our show) then this is the show for you! If you're one of those people who merely tolerates our Pokemon talk, or even has complained about it in the comments or in email, then this is probably not the show for you, but we encourage you to download it anyway even if you have no intention of listening to it - just to make us look more influential than we are. Just download it and delete it, they'll never know. Unless they read this. Which they probably will. SHIT I SHOULD NOT HAVE EATEN THE BACKSPACE KEY ON THIS KEYBOARDE.

Big wins this week for Generation Hope #8, Sweet Tooth #23, Secret Six #35, Spider Girl #8, Irredeemable #27 (and part of #26 - you'll see) and Thunderbolts #160. Plus despite some serious love for both Flashpoint and Fear Itself, we've got some ... issues. (one of which is too many damn Juggernauts. The other - we probably shouldn't describe here.)

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by the fact that you can pay Nick Spencer three bucks or some 80 year-old painter a lot more (we're assuming) for basically the same idea. Great week for some old-school avenging, some classic X-Mens bantering, some Harley bitchery, and goddamnit, why isn't Bruce Wayne building schools and funding fire departments and neighborhood watch organizations and whatnot? Also despite Marvel's promise that Prelude to Schism will make us "understand what leads to the Schism that is coming!" why does it do no such thing? Also why does Montreal hate Pokemon? Also who is "Safeword?" Also should we get the Ocarina of Time 3DS remake? Or should Evie play it on the Wii? OR should we go get the N64 from the basement? SO MANY QUESTIONS HALP!!


As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog (where you can also see a picture and get the recipe for Pasta and Vegetables!) and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by special guest Ron Richards from iFanboy, who stops by in Evie's absence to talk about the books that came out this week, as well as one that came out a month ago, but Aaron's backup shop mislabeled. WHADDYAGONNADO. Big wins for David Hahn's All Nighter, Fraction and Coipel's Thor work, the second Rocketeer Adventures from IDW and the avocado-fueled adventures of Blake Griffin and whoever the hell "Carl" is. Some tempered complaints about the Ultimate Spidey spoiler and DC's weird-ass "cat in the tree" excuse, and Ron reveals his fear of cosplay and promises to come to New Jersey for episode 225.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog (where you can also see a picture and get the recipe for Pasta and Vegetables!) and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by a nine year-old who returned to his 3rd-grade class the joy of Pokemon through the power of persuasive letter-writing. We saw the Green Lantern movie (and didn't pay for it, thanks to what happened when we tried to see the Yu-Gi-Oh movie.) and then we watched the Green Lantern cartoon thing, and we gave a bunch of awards to Power Girl and Batgirl, two of the strongest and most appealing female characters in comics, both of whom we only have a few more months to enjoy in their current incarnations. Crap to not knowing what the hell is going on in X-Men Schism and we break down why the interview format worked well in Guardians of the Galaxy but it's annoying as all hell in Avengers.

But the real star of this show is PASTA AND VEGETABLES.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog (where you can also see a picture and get the recipe for Pasta and Vegetables!) and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by Whale Facts, all of which are at least 140% true, and contain 0 grams of trans fat. In a week with a billion firsts and lasts, wins for Empowered, Mystery Men, 15 Love, Journey into Mystery, Unwritten, Kevin Keller, Birds of Prey, Rocket n' Groot, and others. We also briefly discuss the X-Men movie but spend more time on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark because you guys all saw X-Men and every 45 minutes someone else writes something new and smart about it.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35pm EST

Boy, this is a weird one. And not in an especially memorable way, except that we do break into Bobby Darin's Beyond the Sea partway through. Evie's sick as this, this, this and this this week, and didn't have the energy to both make her list AND do the show, so we did the show just based off of Aaron's list, with Evie never having to exercise her veto power except for the categories where Image's The Mission #4 won stuff, because she hasn't been reading that. But she should be, as should all of you, because it's good, but I don't want to tell you what it's about because that would ruin some of the surprise. Also FF, Catwoman, Strange Adventures and X-Men win, while Green Lantern and Secret Avengers lose in ways that are trite and goofy, respectively.

Oh and also, there's a brief technical hiccup where we lost the signal to the studio from our living room. SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT IT. (hint - I replaced the silence with the pokemon battle music, some cats and a gong.)

Oh and also also, if I were a betting man, which I am not, which is good because I would lose a lot of money based on how bad I am at cell phone poker, but that's beside the point, I would bet on there not being a show next week as I'm heading to Atlanta on Sunday. But you never know, stranger things have happened. Like this fish. That's a strange fish. And clearly it has happened.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics podcast is brought to you by life's questions. Questions like:

1) What is the traditional dance of Assam?

2) Has Rod Stewart ever been in a comic?

3) What was the name of the OTHER "Enigma" song?

4) What is Aaron's name?

5) How can we get the kitten to stop going through the garbage?

And also we talk comics a little bit, with the cute little category thing that we do. Great weeks for usual suspects X-Factor and Power Girl, some Ultimate business leads to some Ultimate confusion, I'm pretty sure we dedicate an "eh" joke or two to Alpha Flight, and also Man Bull.

BTW - expect holiday hijinx (hyjinx? "Hi Jynx?") to lead to another late show next week.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you, once again, by the Spectacular Superfriends Show, which has become even more spectacular since last time, if you can believe that! Loki and Savoy steal the show, with additional wins for Abnett & Lanning's solid start to New Mutants, a fun villain reveal in Birds of Prey, and Sue Storm's awesome hair. Also Smallville was Smallville for the last time. But seriously, come to the show on Thursday. You'll be awesomed by it.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

This episode of Awesomed By Comics is brought to you by The Spectacular Superfriends Show on May 19 at Littlefield in Brooklyn, starring Adam Warrock, the Ampersands (aka Aaron), Michael Kupperman, Daniel St. Germain and Chris Gethard, the proununciation of which we experiment upon (was really trying not to end this sentence with a preposition). We of course talk about the new eye-candy Thor movie, as well as excellent editions of Heroes for Hire, Herc, Annihilators, Sweet Tooth, Blue Estate and Secret Six. Fear Itself continues to inspire ambivalence, which does not mean indifference so please don't yell at us.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:02pm EST

This episode of Awesomed By Comics is brought to you by, apparently, the fact that all of you, supposedly, like Evie better than Aaron and subconsciously psychically direct your good vibes more in her general direction, or something. Lots of great team books this week, with Thunderbolts, Generation Hope, X-Factor and Power Girl (which is sort of a team book at the moment) coming out on top. It's a handsy week, as nearly everyone cops a feel, and Aaron thinks this is awesome. The new season of Doctor Who premieres, thank god, as does a fun new Doctor Who comic.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show ! 

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_135.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:07pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by Aaron's new laptop, as we mourn the death of the old one, which had all the scripts and stuff on it. Aaron's finally fully on board the Nick Spencer gravytrain as he pours his meaty gloop onto comic book swedish meatballs known as Infinite Vacation. Meanwhile, the Unwritten crew take a vacation of their own, to explore what happens when an ill-tempered and foul-mouthed human gets stuck in a storybook land, Allegiances are formed, allies are left behind, and heroes go missing. Dark and interesting stuff exploring faith and commitment in both. Also, Murray Spiderman gets a shoutout, Ultimate Spider-man gets shot at, while Amazing Spiderman cracks wise. Catman and Huntress would have really great sex, I think. Probably neither of them would employ the shocker, which we spend an inordinate amount of time discussing.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show !  

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_134.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm EST

This "back from a computer-imposed week off" episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by a very special episode of our very favorite other podcast, featuring a very special artist who has decided to charge a very special $200 for interviews because his very special art career is very specially over. Big wins for Uncanny X-Men's "point one" issue, a turning point for "Who is Jake Ellis," some hero/villain turns in Secret Six, a great start for the new Herc, a pretty good start for Nonplayer, and a pretty bad start for the Fear Itself tie-in book.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show !

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EST

We'll be back next week.

 

Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by the debut of what will likely be a Summer-long feature, in which Aaron recaps how 11 listeners, creators, and fellow podcasters will most likely do much, much better than Aaron at fantasy baseball. Victories abound for FF, DD, Mon Mon, The Mission, Magic Batman, Superlamb, and the niffles. Also, since Evie doesn't listen to the show, there's a bunch of stuff Chris from WRA and I have already covered, including Poker Face, the WW Costume, and last week's Unwritten. Oh, and also we're on WRA this week, you should listen to find out about zoos near you!

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show !

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by Comics Alliance, no matter which member of their team is joining is. This week, Chris Sims sits in for Laura Hudson, who was feeling under the weather and couldn't sit in for Evie, who is in Austin, sitting in her hotel room writing a zillion articles about SXSW. Lots of sitting in, is what I'm getting at. Also, you may notice the audio quality is a little less than usual - I accidentally encoded the final mix at a lower frequency than we usually use, and I didn't save the session, so I would have had to recreate it from the raw files and IT'S NOT THAT BAD JUST DEAL. The Unwritten gets subtextually Biblical, Knight and Squire get whimsically serious, and Archie and the gang (which this week includes Spidey, Korvac, Santanna, Dueling Cyclops/Hope relationships, a plastic dart-shooting hammer and Joey's Rattata) are celebrated. Also Sims gives an award to a book that won a different award last week. I WONDER WHICH ONE THAT COULD BE?!?!

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show !

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27pm EST

This SWEAR-FREE episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by maybe the dumbest thing we've ever done on this show, although I predict a handful of you will say we'll eclipse even that about 26 minutes later.*  Many. many wins for two great books led by two of comics' most heroic teddy bears; Max from The Stuff of Legend, and J. Jonah Jameson. Plus Ennis' soccer-mom Punisher, Jaime's red light red light red light GREEN LIGHT, and even if we can't have Runaways, at least we get their parents.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show !

* We value** your opinions.

** This is honestly not sarcasm at the moment, but we reserve the right to ask you to read it as such, should the need arise.

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_130.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:01pm EST

This episode of Awesomed By Comics is brought to you by slightly off poems about the sad demise of one of our show's earliest fake champions. It's a great comics week, between Secret Six, X-Factor, Sweet Tooth, Avengers Academy, Thunderbolts and the debut of a new Axe Cop series. Great non-comics week, with the release of the first new Pokemon game in four years, about which Aaron is more excited than probably any other exciting past or future life milestone. And thanks to a movie theater's awesome screw up this weekend, we also witnessed the funniest 10 minutes of all motherf&*($in time.

As always, leave your comments or picks on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show !

Direct download: ABCP_Episode_129.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:16pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by Skullkickers #6, in stores now from Image Comics, and if I knew how to make animated gifs, I would make one that just flashed SKULLKICKERS #6 IN STORES NOW and had muppets. Our good friend Chris Sims (author of the first story in the aforementioned Skullkickers #6) sits in for Evie, who just presented a paper on Gene Simmons at a music academia conference in LA, and I am told it went "good." This episode is a true celebration of comics, which includes men of iron, fists of iron, girls of power, men of power, jims of gordon, roller disco, and a whole lot of mourning, including some of our own for the passing of beloved creator Dwayne McDuffie.

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Direct download: ABCP_Episode_128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58pm EST

Feed Test with "Wolkin" theme

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02pm EST

This "top 9!" episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by our good friend and special guest David Wolkin, and his delicious seasonal recipes. Big wins this week for blue covers, Johnny Red, a pinkish surfer, red and green hulks, a grey ghost and a yellow-bellied superman analogue. Booster Gold however...well, it did technically "win" something. Plus we stand up for the motor city, chat about Chat, try to process S.H.I.E.L.D. and remember briefly that Force Works existed, although we will all have forgotten again by next week.

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Direct download: ABCP_Episode_127.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58am EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by a very irritated Aaron, who became even more irritated after he edited the show and realized he wasn't actually as irritated as he thought he was, and that he interrupted the show during the editing process for no real reason. Also the dryer caught on fire yesterday and a cat clawed me in the leg and whatever X-FACTOR WAS GREAT AND SO WAS POWER MAN AND IRON FIST AND BATGIRL AND OMG THEY KILLED A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE THIS WEEK AND THE WHOLE HOUSE SMELLS LIKE BURNED OUT DRYER AND SOMEBODY SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE MEEEEEEE. Also, BOYS RULE GIRLS DROOL!

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Direct download: ABCP_Episode_126.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:51pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by Evie's back! Seriously, her back donated a year's worth of hosting fees, and while we're not quite sure where it got the money, we're thankful for the gesture. We recorded this show instead of watching the Super Bowl, because we don't really care about either team, and would rather it have been a matchup of the two generic teams on the Best Buy circulars telling you to get a new tv for the copyright-free "Big Game" (we've got $100 on the team with the all blue helmets, vs the team with the all red helmets.) Meanwhile in comics land, wins for Incorruptible, Spider-Girl, Secret Six, Jimmy Olsen, a cleavage-less issue of Gotham City Sirens, and a much-needed breather issue of Sweet Tooth. Plus a rare OGN win leads Aaron to reminisce about working at a copy shop in the mid 90's.

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Direct download: ABCP_Episode_125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by Fantastic Fangirls and the friendly, fundamentally first-rate feelings of their founder*, the fabulous Caroline, whose name really should begin with a different letter. Big wins for Dr Faustus, Hercules, Joker, Human Torch, Twilight Guardian, an old camera, and I seriously think the rest was all Bendis, Ultimate and otherwise. Evie is still AWOL, and she may or may not be back next week but YOU'LL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THAT EPISODE WILL BE POLY-BAGGED.

*maybe? probably co-founder, but that breaks the alliteration. My sincere apologies to her partners over there if this information is faulty, false, fallacious, fictitious, fraudulent, or fishy.

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Direct download: ABCP_Episode_124.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm EST

This episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by some pretty sweet aughts jazz, and the comic book analysis stylings of the delightful Kelly Thompson (from whom you can get lots more here, or here, or here, or here.) And please go get the latest episode of 3 Chicks Review Comics - it'll make us look influential. With Evie out of the country for the week, Kelly and Aaron stage a bit of a "getting to know your taste in comics" marathon, as you might expect from people who have never spoken to each other before, as opposed to people who have lived together for 6 years. Big wins for Wolverine and Jubilee, The Boys, Memoir, and ... Buffy! (Another first!)

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Direct download: ABCP_Episode_123.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37pm EST

This episode of Evie & Aaron and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Weekend is brought to you by compromised immune systems and the inability to STOP THE RUN. We give much respect to two future-tech-idea-driven comics at different ends of their runs (The Infinite Vacation and Vision Machine) pay tribute to the always exceptional Secret Six, and Aaron has a bit of trouble with the proximity of the "O" and "P" keys on the keyboard. Speaking of which, Heroes for Hire keeps rolling, Daredevil and Superman start to get back on track (despite a shit beginning and some ridiculous proportions for Lois) and we bid a fond farewell to Thor: The Mighty Avenger without having ever learned the identity of the mysterious "Mister K."

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Direct download: ABCP_Episode_122.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm EST

Happy New Year, again! This episode of Awesomed By Comics is brought to you by Stump the Music Critic, in which Aaron puts Evie to the test about music trivia and naturally cheats like it's his job. This week's awards have praise, gasps and tears for Sweet Tooth, cheers for Thanos Imperative: Devastation and Who is Jake Ellis?, as well as predictable love for X-Factor, even with its questionable jokes. We hand out some thank yous for year-end gifts, and there is some extra Pokemon talk if you need to fast forward.

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Direct download: ABCP_Episode_121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17pm EST

Let's all start the New Year off right - by taking care of the stuff we were supposed to have done last week! Namely, our year-end show. We trot out dozens and dozens of nominee-nominees, some of which become actual nominees, and of those, some of them will win! "When, When, When," you ask? "Why, right now!" we reply, also in Italian. We've also added a donate button to the website (http://awesomedbycomics.blogspot.com/) and you can also go there to check out the full list of nominee-nominees.

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Direct download: ABCP_2010_Year_in_Review.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm EST