In this 150th and final issue for Volume 1, Sydney breaks the record for the number of Spider-Men in one place. Great, now I have to check under the toilet seat for Peter Parker.
PLUS: our Kick-Ass Pick of the Week™: BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER WATCHMEN – a look at the spin-offs and legacy of what is arguably the greatest comic book story of all time, whether Alan Moore wants us to or not.
Your Hosts: Richard Gray, David McVay, Dave Longo and guest Jaime Lawrence, Owner and Manager of Good Games Hurstville
So much love, so little time
What We’ve Been Reading
This Week’s Highlights (29 July 2015): Batgirl Annual #3, Star Wars #7, Akira revival…and other stuff that didn’t involve blue wangs.
- Chris Pine has been locked in to play Steve Trevor in the upcoming solo Wonder Woman film directed by Patty Jenkins. This presumably means he won’t be playing Hal Jordan.
- There’s a bear in there! Marvel announces a Hercules ongoing comic series for November, from writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross
- DC All Access has confirmed that Tao Okamoto will play Lex Luthor’s bodyguard Mercy Graves in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Patrick Osborne, the director of Disney’s short film “Feast,” will direct the Battling Boy movie based on Paul Pope’s award winning graphic novel.
- Gambit will commence production with a budget of just over $150 million. Production is planned to run through until February 2016, with an October 2016 release date. But the bigger question is: will it still star Channing Tatum
- Constance Zimmer has signed on for a recurring role in the upcoming third season of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” which will be loosely based on the “Secret Warriors” story arc
- When Supergirl hits screens later this year, she’ll be taking on the stupidly named armored character “Reactron,” played by Chris Browning.
- In Sydney this week, the record for the most Spider-Men, women, and children was broken as 440 costumed wallcrawlers filled out the City Recital Hall in the CBD.
- Finally, clearly trying to promote this live show, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has whipped up a stir this week when he listed Watchmen‘s Rorschach as one of his favourite superheroes.
Kick-Ass Pick of the Week™
DURING WATCHMEN (aka WATCHMEN)
It has been called the greatest comic story of all time. Originally published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987 as a 12-part series, it was created by Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons to deconstruct and parody the superhero genre. Using non-linear narratives, recurring symbols, and a story within a story, it remains one of the most discussed and revered books of its kind almost thirty years later. This is comic book storytelling at its finest. This is WATCHMEN.
Discussion Point: Is WATCHMEN the greatest comic book of all time?
John Dee’s Geek Related Challenge…Or Something
Five favourite stories…of all time?
Good Games Hurstville Presents: Quiz Corner
This week’s questions come from the Marvel Trivia Game
Next Issue (ONE-SHOT): LIVE AT OZ COMIC-CON SYDNEY – with Special Guest Ryan K. Lindsay (Recording 26 September 2015)
At this point we’d like to give a shout-out to all the guests we’ve had on the show during Volume 1 of BEHIND THE PANELS, including but not limited to: Chris Claremont, Kelly-Sue DeConnick, Nicola Scott, Tom Taylor, Jeff Lemire, Mike Grell, Paul Bedford, Larime Taylor, Ryan K. Lindsay, Meri Amber, Freddie E. Williams II, Wolfgang Byslma, Christian Read, Alex Saviuk, Andrew Constant, Justin Randall, Patrick and Carl Purcell, Louie Joyce, Tristan “T-Rex” Jones, JP Kalonji, and Phil Jimenez.
PLUS all the fans and supporters who have listened, downloaded, liked, followed, or shared us over the years, not least of which are the listeners who became guests and friends, John Dee and John Hammond. We’d especially like to thank the good people at Oz Comic-Con and Blue Planet PR, who have been massively supportive of us and our enthusiastic requests. Of course, we need to give a massive shout-out to our friend and sponsor, Jaime Lawrence of Good Games Hurstville.
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