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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.”

Link: Episode 022 on Libsyn
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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.

Link: Episode 020 on Libsyn
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Scotch & Comics Episode 019: Avoiding The Obvious Cultural Reference

The boat looked a LOT bigger in person.

The boat looked a LOT bigger in person.

It’s been a while again since the last episode but now Scotch & Comics is officially back from vacation! Your intrepid host was gone from the “studio” (“apartment”) for the entire month of June; it was very fun and also EXTREMELY busy, and there was only one opportunity to record a podcast. And it was while onboard the Marine Atlantic Ferry from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia! And even MORE exciting, the lovely and talented Kim Stolz (who you may also recognize from The Listmakers Podcast) was on the boat as well! Devin drinks scotch, Kim drinks Coca Cola, and of course, there are also comic books! Lots of comics in a short space, as the two friends dole out their thoughts on Locke & Key, Hopeless Savages, Lot 13, Concrete, and The Human Bomb (the Nu52 version). You know what they say: if this boat is a rockin’, it must be another episode of Scotch & Comics!

Show Notes:

  • For the record, Brian Lee O’Malley’s work on Hopeless Savages was released in the middle of his run on Scott Pilgrim.
  • Music for this episode includes “Go Mental” by The Ramones, “Some Day My Prince Will Come” by Herbie Hancock, and “Smartbomb” by Huevos Rancheros.

Link: Episode 019 on Libsyn
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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.

Link: Episode 017 on Libsyn
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Scotch & Comics Episode 013: One Year (And A Bit) Later

Those clothes! Those boots! It is impossible not to love.

It’s been over a year since the first episode of Scotch & Comics came out. It has something to do with the way time works on the internet. But despite these chronal inconsistencies, your intrepid host Devin R Bruce is back with another installment in the Internet’s fifth-best alcohol-related solo-hosted comics podcast! In this episode, take a jaunt through some of the ignored books in the 999 Regina Challenge, including Power Pack by Louise Simonson, Nexus by Steve Rude & Mike Baron, Man-Thing by Steve Gerber and a slew of artists, and Samurai Executioner by Kazuuo Koike & Goseki Kojima. A little mellow music, a little Islay single malt, and four great comics from a wide depth and breadth of genres, publishers, and countries (okay, well, only 2 countries). Scotch & Comics: the only place where there are 24 weeks a year!

SPOILER ALERT: In my excitement about the comic, spoil the entire first story in Samurai Executioner Volume 5. So if you care about that sort of thing, you have been warned.

Show Notes:

  • I didn’t realize that the alien race that Whitey belonged to was the same horse aliens called the Kyrellians, that become part of the Universal Inhumans in Jonathan Hickman`s run on FF. The more you know!
  • Sober Devin realizes that the Silverhawk`s ships name is The Miraj. Spelled that way for COOLNESS.
  • If you enjoyed this episodes moments of “Devin R Bruce Voice Acts The Great Moments Of Comics,” let us know.`Because apparently that might be a thing now.
  • I meant Shogun Assassin, not Samurai Assassin.
  • Music by Sufjan Stevens, Morrissey, Depeche Mode, and Mastodon. Because I felt like awesome mopey music!

Link: Episode 013 on Libsyn
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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.

Link: Episode 012 on Libsyn
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Scotch & Comics – Episode 003

Happy Hallowe’en everyone! In this horror-themed episode of Scotch and Comics, host Devin R Bruce talks about a real Monster of a whisky and then dives into a trove of dystopian sci-fi, monsters, vampires, and other creepy tales! Featuring looks at Smoke by Alex DiCampi and Igor Kordey; The Complete Dracula by Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Colton Worley; a smattering of Marvel Monsters; Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso’s Spaceman; and a selection from the venerable Creepy Archives, Volume One! Plus side discussions on Canadian ballet films, Kickstarter campaigns, and more. Scotch and Comics: more fun than you can shake a severed limb at!

Show Links
Compass Box Whiskey
Ashes Kickstarter Page (go and donate!)
Trailer for Dracula: Pages From A Virgin’s Diary
Show playlist on 8tracks

Link: Episode 003 on Libsyn
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Scotch & Comics – Episode 002

In this second episode of Scotch and Comics, host Devin R Bruce takes a little bit of time to talk about one of his new favourite Scotch varieties, then dives headfirst into the newly-relaunched (don’t call it a reboot!) line of DC Comics titles. After going through The Good, The Bad, and The Questionable, he then cleanses the palate with some decidedly darker non-superhero fare featuring Joe Casey & Steve Parkhouse’s The Milkman Murders, Rafael Grampa’s Mesmo Delivery, and Kody Chamberlain’s Sweets.

NOTE: The DC Universe talk features a spoiler for Nightwing #1 at about the 27 minute mark, so if you want to keep your reading experience relatively pure the rest of the reviews start at about 32:20.

Show Links
The Glenrothes – A Speyside Distillery
DC Comics – Home of the New 52
Kody Chamberlain’s Blog – Creator of Sweets
Show playlist on 8tracks

Link: Episode 002 on Libsyn
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Scotch & Comics – Episode 001

In this first episode of Scotch and Comics, host Devin R Bruce explains the premise of the show, then wades through a mostly-random selection of comics including Locke & Key, Batgirl, Vice, Jew Gangster, Martian Manhunter, and Incorruptible. Fortified by a healthy dose of Scotch whisky, he shares his thoughts and insights with anyone who cares to listen. Scotch and Comics: two of the greatest things ever invented, now in podcast form!

Show Links
Brandon Schatz a.k.a @SoupyToasterson on Twitter
Anson Jew (http://agoynamedjew.blogspot.com/) and his brother Benton Jew (http://bentonjewart.blogspot.com/)
Ballantine’s Finest – the greatest blended Scotch ever.
Show playlist on 8tracks

Link: Episode 001 on Libsyn
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