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Scotch & Comics Episode 025: Carry A Big Stick

I took this photo with my own two hands!! And also with a camera.

I took this photo with my own two hands!! And also with a camera.

I’ve tried to write the show notes for this episode five or six times now and it always just comes down to me trying to not talk about how it’s been a while. So I figure the less said the better!

Long story short: if you want to hear your intrepid host Devin R Bruce talk about awesome independent comic books like Polly & The Pirates, Bitch Planet, The Hypernaturals, and Injection, then this is the episode for you! Also if you are interested in the fantastic comics in Showcase Presents Metamorpho and the unbelievable talent of Ramona Fradon, that’s here too! Enjoy!

Show Notes:

  • I didn’t mention it but Polly & The Pirates was published by Oni Press.
  • Here’s a link to buy Cunning Plans online.
  • For more information on Ramona Fradon, check out this interview at Sequential Tart, or go to her website and marvel at her artistic talents. Because Ramona Fradon is the freaking best.
  • Music in this episode: “Late Bloomer” by Jenny Lewis; “Help I’m Alive” by Metric; “Mouth’s Cradle” by Bjork; “Used To Know Her” by Veruca Salt; “URAQT” by M.I.A.
  • Thanks to Jason Farrell for all his help with this episode. Jason is a class act and a great guy, and you should go tell him so.

Link: Episode 025 on Libsyn
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Scotch & Comics 023: Rum and Television

This zombie is a certified bartender. You can tell by the umbrella in his skull.

This zombie is a certified bartender. You can tell by the umbrella in his skull.

A little while ago I was talking with the ladies from the Boozy Boob Tube podcast, and I said that since I have a podcast where I drink and talk about comics and they have a podcast where they drink and talk about television, we should figure out some kind of awesome crossover. They agreed that it would be a good idea and a fun time, we just needed to come up with a show that I hadn’t seen that was based on a comic book that they hadn’t seen.

Then, iZombie happened. AND A PODCAST WAS BORN!

Special thanks goes out to Jess, Emma, and Katie for agreeing to this meeting of the minds! I had so much fun and hope we can do another one of these in the not-so-distant future.

Show Notes:

  • Note that this is just an audio version of the video they recorded for their website; if you want to see us in our tipsy glory, you can find the link to the video here, and catch up on the rest of the Boozy Boob Tube episodes here.

Link: Episode 023 on Libsyn
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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.)

Link: Episode 021 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 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!

Link: Episode 018 on Libsyn
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Special Announcement: The Listmakers Podcast!

 

Hey folks. Just dropping a note here for those who mainly access me through WordPress. I can’t imagine there are any, but you never know.

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I am VERY excited to announce that my friend Kim Stolz and I, after over TWO YEARS of verrrry slow planning, are debuting our new podcast! The Listmakers is a podcast about two friends trying to make sense of the world by categorizing literally everything they can think of into lists, then discussing them with each other. It’s a podcast about history, movies, science, books, cuisine, music, geography, and more. But it’s really just about friendship and good times. Part entertaining, part educational, part hot air, but all good times. The Listmakers is a podcast (and a website) that is hopefully for everyone: every episode is a new topic. I’d really appreciate it if you downloaded it and spread the word about the podcast and our Twitter feed (especially if you liked it!).

Thanks for your time, all, and just so you know, there will be another Scotch & Comics episode soon. Also: I may have some exciting S&C-related news in a couple weeks! Keep Watching The Pubs!

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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Guest Appearance: The Spoiler Show!

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(This is going to be the first in what I hope will be a flurry of activity over the next few weeks. Because I live in hope.)

This week I was fortunate enough to sit down with Edmonton raconteur and man-about-town Matt Bowes for a guest chat on his podcast, The Spoiler Show. I was on to promote an upcoming event that we’re presenting at The Metro Cinema, which I will put more information up about tomorrow. But if you want to hear two nerds talk about the cultural wasteland of the Star Trek universe, how awesome Deep Space Nine was (answer: very), Hellblazer comics and the rise and fall of the Vertigo imprint, Judge Dredd in both comics and film form, digital distribution, books, MonkeyBrain comics, and much more, then you should either get the episode on iTunes or click here to download it directly. I had a lot of fun talking with Matt, and I hope it’s at least half as fun to listen to.

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 010 – High Tension

Always remember Rule #1 of JSA...

Seriously. Make fun of this guy’s costume. I dare you.

In this, the tenth episode of Scotch and Comics, many questions are raised. Such as: What do a 1970s British cop series, a beloved grandma, and Teacher’s Highland Cream have in common? Which Hernandez brother draws the best smashed-up cars? What comic book can get your intrepid host absolutely (in his own words) JAZZED? And what gives him the right to lay down the law when it comes to the Justice Society? It’s a trip through a wide selection of comics, from Mark Waid’s first story on The Flash, to Remender & Opena’s take on The Punisher, to Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon, to the indie classic Love & Rockets, and DC’s new Earth 2 series. Five Scotch-fueled diatribes and five energetic musical breaks: ten reasons to listen to Scotch & Comics!

Show Notes/Links:

  • This podcast contains very mild spoilers for Planetary. Yes, I’ve made the jump to spoiling things that I’m not even READING.
  • I said “Beyond Palomar” when I should have said “Human Diastrophism.” I haven’t read Beyond Palomar yet.
  • Did you know that I have a Tumblr now? Well I do! Because I don’t my digits in enough internet pies!
  • Also: Wildcat is great. Seriously. You know what I’m talking about, right?
  • The songs featured in this episode are: The Sweeney Theme (written by Harry South), Right Brigade by Bad Brains, The Fifty Minute Hour by The Hylozoists, Hit It & Quit It by Funkadelic, and Train #2 by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Link: Episode 010 on Libsyn
Download: Scotch & Comics Episode 010
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