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Scotch & Comics 022: The Lost Episode

I looked basically like this in my search for the lost episode, except that I was sporting a magnificent beard.

Devin looked basically like this in his search for the lost episode, except that he was sporting a magnificent beard.

Gather around, podcast listeners, as I tell the tale of Episode 22 of the Scotch & Comics podcast, also known as…The Lost Episode! Abandoned shortly after it was recorded because of its strange aural qualities, it was thought that this episode would never see the light of day, but your intrepid host Devin R. Bruce was not going to let it go that easily. After searching the world for hints about the episode’s location, he tracked it down in Marrakesh. He escaped an underground city of feral accountants and social workers with the artifact, dusted it off, and sent it off to you for safekeeping.

Thrill at the exploits of Bronze Age Superheroes in Adventure Comics #464! Gasp at the twists and turns of The Janus Directive! Shiver as your host revels in the finales of FF and Young Liars. Shudder at the strange audio happenings! All that and more in this very special episode of Scotch & Comics!

Show Notes:

  • As I say at the beginning of the podcast, there are some weird sound issues with this episode: the limiting filter was over-sensitive and cut out a lot of my quieter sounds and some unstressed syllables. It’s still mostly comprehensible but it sounds a little weird.
  • Speaking of Lost Episodes! If you want to hear me wax rhapsodic about Wildcat, please tell Kim Stolz that we should redo our Listmakers episode about superheroes. That last podcast was one of my favourite episodes we ever did, and then it got legitimately lost.
  • The first part of my Young Liars review can be found on my article This Column Has Seven Days on Comics! The Blog, originally published June 6, 2014…
  • The musical excerpts featured on this episode are: The Roots – “Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New;” Ashley MacIsaac – “Devil In The Kitchen;” A.C. Newman – “There Are Maybe Ten Or Twelve Things;” Thelonious Monk – “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

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Scotch & Comics Episode 021: Let’s All Have Some Cake

No Martian Manhunter layer, but you can only ask for so much. (Image via the Fuck Yeah Marvel! Tumblr page.)

No Martian Manhunter layer, but you can only ask for so much. (Image via the Fuck Yeah Marvel! Tumblr page.)

Today may be “his special day” but that doesn’t mean that your intrepid host hasn’t thought of you listeners! Yes, on this very special thirty-fifth birthday episode, host Devin R Bruce has crafted an audio grab bag that is bursting at the seams with comics goodness! Open up and find treats featuring comics from such luminary creators as (in alphabetical order): Brian Azzarello, Richard Corben, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Sean McKeever, Peter Milligan, Sean Phillips, Eric Powell, and John Severin. (And even more!) Though the journey may get a little dark at times, Scotch & Comics will shine a light at the end of that tunnel. BUT DON’T GO INTO THE LIGHT!!

Show Notes:

  • The article about the Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme can be read here. (Still think that “scheme” is a bad word to include in a government plan.)
  • The Mike Carlin episode of The Nerdist Writers Panel can be found here
  • The Polite Dissent Medical Reviews are fun and interesting, and the one on Batman: Jekyll And Hyde #1 is no different.
  • I never did get back to that thing in The Punisher segment, did I?
  • Here’s a link to my column on Comics! The Blog. It’s weekly. It has to be; I promised them it would be!
  • This episode’s musical selections were “Shake It” by Tom Waits; “Unglued” by Stone Temple Pilots; “I’m Afraid of Americans” by David Bowie; “Sinister Rouge” by Bad Religion; “Soft Rocked By Me” by Jonathan Coulton; and “The Honeydripper” by The Oscar Peterson Trio. (I know. I was surprised when Stone Temple Pilots showed up too, but I thought it fit Batman: Jekyll And Hyde thematically rather well.)

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Scotch & Comics Episode 020: Auld Lang Syne

Fun Fact: Robbie Burns' future was so bright he had to wear shades.

Fun Fact: Robbie Burns’ future was so bright he had to wear shades.

It may have been six months since the last episode of Scotch & Comics but that doesn’t mean that your host has gotten rusty. Or even gotten himself a Rusty Nail. (Ouch. I cut myself on that pun.) But in this special Robbie Burns Day episode, your host Devin R Bruce delivers an ode to comics. Specifically the comics Stormwatch, FF, Plastic Man, and Pretty Deadly. It’s a guid a body!

Show Notes:

  • Clarification: Martian Manhunter was in the Nu52 Stormwatch, not the Warren Ellis WildStorm version.
  • The Weird is a strange 80s DC book that Jim Starlin did. It’s a strange book but I like it.
  • The Golden Age magician that showed up in FF that I couldn’t remember is named Drakor. I can’t find references to him anywhere online, so if anyone knows if he has a previous publishing history, please let me know.
  • I feel like I give Pretty Deadly kind of poor lip service in this episode. I was kind of dumbfounded by how good issue 1 was. It’s really good, friends!
  • Musical interludes in this episode are: “Motherfuckers” by Murray Lightburn, “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces” by Ben Folds Five, “I’ve Got A Match” by They Might Be Giants, and “Sattelite Mind” by Metric. More cursing than usual, which is okay sometimes.

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Scotch & Comics Episode 018: Atlas Shrugs

I Want This Poster SO BAD

I Want This Poster SO BAD

REFERENCES! It’s a punny title for a not-very-punny episode as your host Devin R Bruce channels the spirit of one of his Podcast Saints and dives headlong into his Regina pile…and also into madness! Will your intrepid host manage to survive the onslaught of his towering pile of unread comics? With the help of his spirit guide, Just Bill, how can he fail? From Chew to Fantastic Four to Über to Constantine to yes, even The Amazing Spider-Man, not even nine months of unread comics can stop the Scotch & Comics show!

Show Notes:

  • Just Bill’s website is here. The last episode came out in 2012 but it is definitely worth listening to if you like comics.
  • I meant fifteen and a half centimeters. That’s right. #ladies
  • Anyone want to buy me that Poyo poster? Anyone?
  • Seriously: Fraction and the Allreds’ FF kind of broke my brain a little bit. I am sorry if that part makes no sense.
  • And that night was the night I decided to start titrating down on my pills. One pill every other day. #pills
  • If you are on Twitter and you aren’t following Kieron Gillen, you should. Not only is he a good writer and very friendly, he has great taste in music.
  • When I used the phrase “This is real superheroism!” in an insulting manner, I wasn’t trying to indicate that’s what the creators were saying. I was trying to make fun of myself for heading down that road. I am not very clear when I’m tipsy.
  • Seriously. Anyone want to read Hellblazer with me? Cause I’ll do it.
  • No fancy editing: that siren really did fade out the minute I apologized about it. Coincidence? ABSOLUTELY!
  • It feels weird saying Ms. Marvel. I really wanted to say Captain Marvel. (You all are reading Captain Marvel, right?)
  • A little harsh towards the end? Maybe, but then again, in whisky veritas.
  • Please do check out The Listmakers. I’m inordinately proud of it.
  • Musical interludes on this episodes are: “Always Keep An Edge On Your Knife” by The Corb Lund Band, “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” by The Flaming Lips, “Prove Yourself” by Radiohead, “Get Up On It Like This” by The Chemical Brothers, and “Alligator” by Tegan & Sara. Some decent CanCon this episode!

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Scotch & Comics Episode 017 – Nothing To See Here

You're not making ME walk the plank, you landlubber.

You’re not making ME walk the plank, you landlubber.

Pretend it hasn’t been nearly three months. Pretend that your intrepid host Devin R Bruce has always been here, talking to you about the glory that is the comic book and the wonder that is the single malt Scotch whisky. And then pretend this is not entirely unexpected! Because boy howdy, was this a fun one to record. Put your feet up while he fixes you a (virtual) drink. and then rants at you about Batman And The Monster Men by Matt Wagner, Revival by Tim Seely & Mike Norton, Thunderbolts Classic from Marvel, The Invisibles from Vertigo, and Pirate Eye: Mark of The Black Widow from Action Lab Comics! Acceptable superhero fare, small town horror-noir, adventures in metafiction, and a pirate-gangster mashup you won’t soon forget. Is it a vision brought on by finishing off Grant Morrison’s breakfast smoothie? No, it’s just another episode of Scotch & Comics!

Show Notes

  • Seriously. Revival. Is good.
  • For more about Grant Morrison’s thought processes when he was making The Invisibles, and his insignts on superhero comics in general, you could check out Supergods. It’s in need of an edit but the concepts are fascinating.
  • Note: said I was influenced by READING ABOUT drug culture. Like, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Doors of Perception and Warren Ellis comics in general.
  • My friend Stan is awesome. Here is a link to his twitter.
  • Action Lab Comics is a company you should know about, and Pirate Eye: Mark of The Black Widow was just one great thing I’ve read from them. Princeless, Back In The Day, and Fracture are just a few of their awesome offerings. Visit them now and love them like I do!
  • Musical interludes this episode were: “Our World” by LTJ Bukem, “A Song For The Dead” by Queens of The Stone Age, “Miracle Drug” by A.C. Newman. “Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Beatles, and “Dead Man Walking” by David Bowie.

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Scotch & Comics Episode 016: Parallel Parker

YOU'RE ALREADY DEAD!!

Look at those eyes. Those eyes will MURDER YOU.

What’s this? Two episodes of Scotch & Comics in one month? Has the world turned upside down? No, it’s just a special treat for your birthday. In this sixteenth episode of Scotch & Comics, your intrepid host Devin R Bruce braves the sub-zero temperatures of his patio to enjoy Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score by Darwyn Cooke, in an effort to raise the profile of the upcoming Graphic Content screening. Fueled by a choice cigar and a flask of Ballantine’s Finest, he attempts to use the feeble English language to describe the transcendant nature of this work of comics art. Scotch & Comics: a podcast that’s worth at least five hundred words.

Show Notes:

  • Graphic Content is at the Metro Cinema on February 19th at 6:30! You should come!
  • Burlington Tobacconists is the place to go if you’re in Edmonton and want a cigar. Just saying.
  • The word of the day is, apparently, spectacular!
  • Music for this episode is Crescent by John Coltrane, which was released in 1964, the year The Score is set. Sometimes I plan things!

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Scotch & Comics Episode 015: Comics and Crowdsourcing

Sailor Moon Rocks The Doctor Strange Hands

Sailor Moon Rocks The Doctor Strange Hands!

In this fifteenth episode of Scotch & Comics, your friendly host Devin R Bruce was initially found a little lacking for inspiration. But when he’s running low on inspiration, he does what so many other people do: he turned to the internet! Armed with a couple of suggestions from his Twitter companions, he sallies forth to discuss Wolfman & Perez’s New Teen Titans, Edison Rex from Monkeybrain Comics, and Punisher MAX’s Kitchen Irish. Plus, he plugs the upcoming screening of Point Blank as part of the Metro Cinema’s Graphic Content series. (February 19! Scotch served in the theater! You should come!) In the midst of all this, he talks a little about what might be a good gateway whisky for a non-Scotch fan, as well as what Scotch would go best with Sailor Moon. Scotch & Comics: you don’t always know where you’re going, but you’re glad you took the trip!

Show Notes:

  • Go to your Twitter page and follow Matt Bowes (@MattBowes) and Erin Fraser (@ErinEFraser). They are good people.
  • More information on The Metro Cinema’s Graphic Content series can be found here. You should come watch Point Blank with us. And if you do, come find me and I may just buy me a drink!
  • If you don’t know who Peter Rios is, follow him on Twitter (@TheDailyRios) and then listen to his podcast, The Daily Rios. He’s awesome.
  • WHY AREN’T YOU READING MORE MONKEYBRAIN COMICS?!? GO GO GO!
  • In addition to creating Bandette, Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover wrote the amazing Banana Sunday, which is a great comic for readers of all ages.
  • Thom Zahler, the creator of Love & Capes, is a stand-up guy, and had a letter of his posted in Power Pack once. Which just supports the whole “stand-up guy” theory.
  • No joke: First Blood is actually really good.
  • Music this episode by The Donnas, Shonen Knife, Mike Phirman, and The Dropkick Murphys.

Link: Episode 015 on Libsyn
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Scotch & Comics: Episode 009 – Nine Nine Nine Challenge

Answer: YES.

Question: The Greatest Legionnaire of All Time?

In this week’s episode of Scotch & Comics, host Devin R Bruce covers his time at the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, drinks some duty-free Glenfiddich, and talks about the 999 Reading Challenge. (And no, it’s got nothing to do with a Pokemon-loving former US Republican “contender.”) Then, he talks about why the first issue of Stumptown is a perfect crime comic AND waxes rhapsodic on the subject of Chuck Taine of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Short but sweet this week, there’s still plenty of Scotch & Comics to wet your whistles!

Show Notes

  • This year’s Emerald City Comic Con was the tenth anniversary, and if next year’s is going to be anything like this year, I’ll be back for year eleven!
  • The Glenfiddich website covers their whole range of whiskys; I’ve only ever had the 12, myself, but I hope to try more in the future.
  • I know said I’d put up my ECCC sketches but my scanner is down; I’ll update the blog when I’ve worked out all the kinks.
  • I’ll be podcasting about books I’m tackling during the 999 Challenge, but if you’re interested in following my capsule reviews, here’s the Scotch & Comics Tumblr.
  • The musical interludes in this episode is from Kirby Krackle & Adam Warrock, two artists I have liked for a few years now and I got to see BOTH of them live during Kracklefest. Eugene (aka Adam Warrock) and Kyle (from Kirby Krackle) are really cool guys, from the brief conversations I’ve had with them, and you should legally acquire their music. By paying them for it. I know, it seems old-fashioned, but you’ll feel good about it.

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Scotch & Comics: Episode 008 – Re-Peat Business

I know I wouldn't want to mess with this guy.
Rogue Trooper with his best friends and his combat gear.

 

Welcome back! In this eighth episode of Scotch & Comics, your host Devin R Bruce climbs on board the peat train thanks to a liberal dosage of the Ardbeg 10 Year Old Single Malt. Fortified by heavy doses of scotch that you could smell across the hall, he then leads a motley group of comics into the fray: The Hood from Marvel Comics’s Marvel MAX imprint, 2000AD’s Rogue Trooper, the third volume in Jeff Lemire’s Essex County trilogy from Top Shelf, and the first four issues of the  post-Crisis Justice League title from DC Comics. From war to sci-fi, superhero adventures to small-town crises, Scotch & Comics serves up one hell of a strong cocktail!

Show Notes
Happy Harbor Comics is one of the best comics stores in Edmonton. If you’re in town, you should visit.
The Malt Troll Whisky Club is a group founded for the enjoyment of and education regarding whisky. Again: if in town, attending one of their tastings is highly recommended.
Ardbeg Distillery. The place that smells like heaven.
I really do think Thor: Vikings by Garth Ennis & Glenn Fabry is Mavel MAX superheroics done right. Thor fighting undead Vikings who are trying to loot Manhattan. How can you lose?
The whole “Saliva Teeth” thing I was talking about is kind of summed up in this post from the HeroMachine blog, but I’d seen it referenced in something else first. Anyone know what I’m vaguely referring to?
The Sweater by Roch Carrier is best known to patriotic Canadians in this short from the National Film Board. Every time I watch it I become six years old.
Seriously: the 1980s Black Canary Costume. Horrendous. No wonder she burned it.
I said “Giffen and his inkers.” I of course meant “Maguire and his inkers.” Blame the whisky, not the man.
Hey, remember when I made 8tracks playlists for these things? Well, I started doing it again. Featuring the music used in this episode (from The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Medeski Martin & Wood, Beck, and The Soundtrack of Our Lives) and thirteen more tracks. Check it out!

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Scotch & Comics: Episode 007 – License to Spill

Deadshot #1

I mean, isn't that a striking cover?

It’s the day after Anna Howard Shaw Day and what better way to get over your love hangover than with a dose of Scotch & Comics! After going on a little bit about Glenlivet, French oak trees, barreling, and the difference a few drops of water can make, we dive into a strange but satisfying combination of comic books. This episode features Neil Young’s Greendale, 1988’s Deadshot miniseries (spinning out of DC’s groundbreaking Suicide Squad title), a horrifying thriller in Silverfish, and the secret history of The Lone Ranger. A little of everything this week: western adventure, creepy crime fiction, ecological fantasy, and supervillains.

Show Links/Notes
Doctor Thirteen was a really exciting and wacky adventure series as well as a great tongue-in-cheek look at DC’s 52 event. Cliff Chiang’s website has a link to the unused cover for the trade collection, as well as links to the interviews he and Brian Azzarello did for the series. Well worth your time to check out even if you haven’t read 52.
In the podcast I say I know John Ostrander best from Suicide Squad. That is a lie. I don’t know how I forgot about this but I first discovered him as the writer of the 1990s Martian Manhunter series, and THEN I discovered he wrote Suicide Squad. Sober Devin apologizes.
I said “James Owlsey” when I should have said “James Owsley.” I don’t think I’ve ever said his name correctly. Damn tongue twisters.
Double Page Spread features comics, cooking, conversation, and cracking good times. Also, I was fortunate enough to be on the first episode. Take a listen!
Seriously, I welcome any suggestions for shelf organization. Please. Help a nerd in need.

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