If you are a Robots From Tomorrow listener, you might've heard me guest hosting a handful of episodes over the past month. I thought since the 2/22 pull list episode was my final (planned) fill-in episode, I would post the notes I write to prep for the show.  It's a nice little glimpse into how much I over-prepare and might be interesting to see how the notes differ from the recording. I've left the notes as I wrote them, misspellings and all. 

Also, it's an excuse to get me using this blog again. So, look for some Veda content in the coming weeks as well as some more general posts about...stuff? Maybe things? I don't know. 

2/22 Pull List Notes.

SPOTLIGHT: The Old Guard #1.

Greg Rucka. Leandro Fernandez. Immortal mercenaries for hire.

- My FIRST PICK is from Image Comics. It’s by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey and Jordie Bellaire. It’s Autumnlands Vol. 2.

The premise of AUTUMNLANDS is such: When the wizards of the Autumnlands reach through time to bring back a legendary hero, they don’t get the savior they expected, instead they get a solider. Their attempt to use magicto bring back “The Great Champion”  went awry and has left their city ruined. Now their survival in the hands of a caustic solider name Learoyd — who has cybernetic implants beneath his skin and killer’s instinct. 

I am hella burned out on high fantasy comics right now. Autumnlands is clearly the exception to this mostly due to Busiek/Dewey/Bellaire breathing new life into a concept that’s clearly inspired by Kirby’s KAMANDI. In just a few pages, theBusiek/Dewey/Bellaire manage to build a world that has an incredible mythology and visual history. 

In this this second volume of Autumnlands has Learoyd, the Great Champion and young dog-wizard Dusty are stranded in the mountains where they discover gods, goats, living statues, oracle crows, and dangerous secrets about the history of the Autumnlands. Secrets that could help them save the world…if they're able to survive.

This volume collects THE AUTUMNLANDS #7-14, so you’re getting 8 issues for $17.99 price tag. I say if you haven’t read Autumnlands, pick it up and flip through it, you won’t put it back down. Dewey’s art is stellar, Belliarie’s colors are a mixture of romanticism and modern pop sensibility and as always Kurt Busiek’s writing is top-notch. 

So, that’s my pick THE AUTUMNLANDS Vol 2 From Image Comics. 

- Greg’s First Pick: GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.5 DLX RTL HC ED. 

NOTES: Product Dimensions? 7.3 x 1 x 10.3 inches

- My second pick is again from Image Comics. It’s Snotgirl Vol 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung. 

Lottie is fashion blogger. She lives her life one instagram post at a time and her life is always hella amazing — at least that’s what she wants people to think. But Lottie’s life isn’t as flawless as her selfies would lead people to believe. Her friends are human dumpster fires, her boyfriend dumped her for someone younger and her allergies are out of control! Oh! and she may or may not have killed somebody! 

I’ve only read the first issue of this, I bought it when it first came out, read it and decided “Huh. Not for me I guess.” So when I saw that the Snotgirl trade was coming out and I decided to revisit the first issue and I liked it much more this time around. Sometimes comics can be like that. The right time to read something isn’t always the week it comes out. 

If you are only familiar with O’Malley’s work from Scott Pilgrim, SNOTGIRL is a very different animal. O’Malley does bring the same vulnerability that he brought previous works like, Lost At Sea and Seconds but in a much more nuanced way. Some of Lottie’s thoughts make you wince — I’ve seen some reviews attribute that to bad writing but I think it’s intentional move. There’s clearly two distinct levels of Lottie. There’s the surface level where she projects an image of herself, that’s the level that most people interact with and judge her by. The second level is the internal Lottie, you get all of thoughts and fears and insecurities and well, O’Malley doesn’t shy away from showing us that beyond Lottie’s beautiful artifice is a deeply flawed and bitter young woman. 

Leslie Hung’s art is astonishingly gorgeous. I can’t fathom anyone better to draw a book about fashion bloggers than Hung. Her linework and layouts have the confidence of a veteran of comics — as far as I know SNOTGIRL is her first published work? You can tell that she’s putting in a ton of research to make these fashion bloggers look fashionable. Even in the characters ugliest moments, Hung’s depictions have a beauty and a gravity to them. 

I also want to mention Mickey Quinn’s colors because I don’t know that this book would work half was well without Quinn’s color choices. The green of Lottie’s hair and her snot draw your eye and make the pages about her and her internal struggle. But Quinn is careful to balance colors so that Lottie’s color scheme never overpowers any given page or causes you to overlook other characters. 

That’s my pick. Snotgirl Vol 1 which collects SNOTGIRL #1-5 for $9.99.

- Greg’s second pick: Not a pick. Dwayne McDuffie’s birthday.

- NOTES: Can’t find trades? Back issues! Icon #1-10. Static #1-4. Damage Control. Deathlok.

Thank you notes:

So, this is going to be my last episode for the foreseeable future. I came to this podcast as listener and grew into a fan and then was asked to be a guest and now I’ve managed to become an inadvertent temporary co-host. I’ve never done any podcasting before being on this show. So, I want to thank the listeners for sticking with the show while I’ve been trying to get my footing as a substitute for Mike. It’s an incredibly difficult role to try and live up to. And I want to you (greg) and Mike for letting me anchor the show while Mike was on sabbatical, it’s been a lot of work — like a lot —  but it’s been a lot of fun. too. And it’s been gratifying to get be a part of something that I’m a fan of … even if it was just for a little while.  

OUTRO:

I have a website crapcatch.com You can go there and read a 7 page preview of Veda: Assembly Required — a graphic novel I wrote that was drawn by Hyeondo Park, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick and published by Dark Horse Comics. 

There’s links to read reviews of Veda, links to purchase it and even an educational resources section for those of you who are educators and or have book clubs. You can also email me at crapcatch.com 

I’m mostly off social media but I am on instagram at @crapcatch That’s where I’m likely to announce anything new that I have coming out.