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Scotch & Comics Episode 27: Just Like Falling Off A Bike

Falling Off A Bike

It’s me, Devin.

Welcome back to Scotch & Comics! It’s me, Devin R Bruce, coming to you with the first episode in…over two years? Really? It feels like shorter than that. So join me as I kick the tires and take this old podcast out for a spin.

In this episode I talk about a lot of different comic books, including: Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such from DC/Vertigo; Goodnight Paradise from TKO Studios; We Stand On Guard from Image; Dork from Dark Horse; Hex Wives from DC/Vertigo; and Three Fingers from Top Shelf. Which book made me surprisingly angsty and depressed? Which book explains the real reason for the death of Marilyn Monroe? Which book had an unexpected appearance by a late nineteenth-century giant of English literature? All these questions will be answered, and more. Plus: the debut of a new segment (which is also the first segment)! It’s a bold, strange new era for Scotch & Comics. Thanks for being here.

Click here to listen!

Additional Notes:

Featured Music:

  • “San Ber’dino” by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
  • “The Kids Are All Right” by The Who
  • “The Hideout” by Sarah Harmer
  • “Chew” by Jello Biafra & NoMeansNo
  • “Memories of You” by Charles Mingus
  • “Chariots of the Gods” by Duck Sauce.
  • and of course, the opening and closing theme is “The Graveyard Shift” by NoMeansNo

Opening and closing theme is “The Graveyard Shift” by NoMeansNo. Album art by Brandon Schatz.

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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
Download: Scotch & Comics Episode 022
Subscribe on iTunes: Scotch & Comics

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.

Link: Episode 007 on Libsyn
Download: Scotch & Comics Episode 007
Subscribe on Itunes: The Readerfeed

Scotch & Comics Episode 4: The Random Drawerbox Shuffle

I love love LOVE how striking this cover is.

Cover to Welcome To Tranquility #4 by Neil Googe.

It’s been two long weeks but Scotch & Comics returns, with host Devin R Bruce serving up another round of slightly tipsy comics conversation. With the help of his friends on Twitter, he goes through a random selection of comics from his long boxes as well as one book from his shelf. It’s a big glass of superhero comics with a zombie twist and a sprinkling of pixie dust! Featuring conversations about X-Men First Class (the comic, not the movie), Giffen & Levitz’s Legion of Super-Heroes, Fables, Welcome to Tranquility, and the zombie comic Things Undone. Scotch and Comics: stumbling through the long boxes to find nuggets of solid gold!

Show Notes:
Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Twitter friends who helped program the show: @pau1wa11ace, @leah_literally, @kalebd, @RenaissanceDork, @bboyspodcast
You should also follow @GailSimone – because she is not just a very good comics writer but hilarious on Twitter
Linda Medley on the Fantagraphics site, artist of Fables #18 and Castle Waiting
Shane White
– Creator of Things Undone
8Tracks Playlist (will be up soon-ish but you can find the others here)

Link: Episode 004 on Libsyn
Download: Scotch & Comics Episode 004
Subscribe on Itunes: The Readerfeed