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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 12 – The RetreatCast

Get ready for a fireside chat – Scotch & Comics style!

That’s right! The twelfth episode of Scotch & Comics is here, it’s late, and it’s just what you’ve come to expect – but not. Recorded on location on Devin R Bruce’s secret retreat somewhere in the Canadian Rockies, on this episode your outdoorsy host reflects on Supergod by Warren Ellis and Garrie Gastonny, Love & Rockets by Jaime Hernandez, Solomon Kane from Dark Horse Comics, and the first issue of the beloved Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth! And all to the soothing soundtrack of a crackling fire, gentle rain, and not-so-random selections from his music library! Are you lost? In search of a true direction? Then come along on the RetreatCast and find what YOU have been searching for!

Show Notes:
Yes, I say Supergods when I mean Supergod. I had Grant Morrison on the brain.

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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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