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Play Comics Stands With Comic Book Workers United

We here at Play Comics stand behind the employees at Image Comics working to create a union and better working conditions for everyone working at Image.

Making comics is hard work and nobody needs to have the extra pressure of worrying about their livelihood hanging over their head while doing it. From workloads to payment to the coverage of work necessities like office supplies and utilities (covered if you work in the office but not if you work from home) there needs to be a set of standards that publishers are held to.

Play Comics has decided that in a show of solidarity with these people integral to the comics creation process, we will take the following actions until this has been resolved.

  1. Nothing published by Image Comics will be reviewed
  2. No guests will be brought onto the show for the specific purpose of talking about a work published by Image Comics
  3. Episodes of the podcast focusing on games based on comics published by Image Comics will not be aired (anything currently out will stay there because it’s already out in the world and can’t really be put back in the box).
  4. No news will be delivered about Image Comics except things directly related to the current situation.

We hope for a speedy resolution that gives the employees of Image Comics everything they deserve and more.

Posted in Bonus Episodes Crowdfunding Corner Episodes

Legacy Comix with Patrick Hickey Jr

There are a lot of good comic publishers out there. You know what the world needs? Another one. For real. Especially one where I’m friends with one of the founders.

How can we ever have one of those? Maybe Patrick Hickey Jr can help solve that problem with Legacy Comix. And of course, you can help make that happen by helping to support their Kickstarter launch which was fully funded in 5 hours. So yeah, I’d say things are off to a good start.

Editor’s Note: The interview was recorded before the Kickstarter went live and the team at Legacy decided to include the Remastered versions of Condrey 0-3 for their campaign, opting to not include them on the site store like Hickey Jr. indicated during our interview. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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Magical Girl Defense Force with Skyler

We’re pretty much all familiar with magical girls, even if you don’t know the term itself. Be it a classic like Sailor Moon or something new that will capture the hearts and imaginations of people much younger than me. But what happens when all of these worlds get squished together?

Good thing we have Skyler from Blue Turtle Comics here to help us figure out what it’s like when worlds collide. Are you ready to go? Because I’m ready to go, with a pit stop by the Magical Girl Defense Force page on Kickstarter on the way.

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Wendy Every Witch Way with Diego Jourdan Pereira

Sometimes things just have to be brought back to basics. Comics were made for kids and it’s nice to finally look at one of those again. Especially because we get to look at a witch at the height of Spooky Season. Even if the witch in question is a good little witch. 

Diego Jourdan Pereira comes on the show to help take a look at the surprisingly good game and a peek into the Harvey Comics lore that I’m surprised hasn’t shown up here more.

Also be sure to check out his new book Bizarre Bathroom Reader which can be preordered from Skyhorse Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Target.

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From Scratch Comics with Lanier Burton

So let’s say you’re writing comics. Or drawing comics but I’m me so we’re just going to say writing. How are you going to get your stuff out into the world? Maybe you don’t even need a traditional publisher. But how do you get your stuff in front of readers?

Good thing we have Lanier Burton here to help us figure that out. Listen in as we take a look at his work across all of his From Scratch Comics lineup.

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Dr. Crow with Corey Fryia

It’s Spooky Season, and what’s been scarier lately than the threat of disease running rampant throughout the world? Not much, so let’s lean into it and take a look at Dr. Crowe, another wonderful collection from 215 Ink, in which a plague doctor deals with mystical elements in his adventures to stop the supernatural from bringing too much havoc into the world of man.

Listen in as Corey Fryia joins the show to help us break down series and get us ready for the trade paperback where you can get all of the current run at once. “Where can I grab this?” might ask. How about at the Dr. Crowe Kickstarter page or preorder at your local comic shop right now.

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Prospects with Max Majernik and Chris Benamati

It’s always nice to be wanted. Even if the people wanting you are evil scientists. OK, maybe that’s not the best situation to be in but sometimes you have to take what you can get.

Listen in as writer Max Majernik and Band of Bards cofounder Chris Benamati join to show to give us an inside look at their current Kickstarter comic Prospects.

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Savage Wizard with Les Julien

I’m just going to let the comic pitch speak for itself here, because I can’t do any better: What if Conan the Barbarian was forced to reclass as a wizard? And if that doesn’t hook you then I have no idea what will.

You know who might though? Les Julian. Which is a good thing since he literally wrote the book. What book is that you might ask? Savage Wizard, which you can get on Kickstarter right now. And you should. So get on that.

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Captain America Infinity Comics with Jay Edidin

I’m not going to dance around it. This is a story that needs to be told right now. In so many ways the world is going to shit. And sadly part of that seems to be comic characters being twisted in the minds of people in ways that fit the exact opposite of what the character actually represents.

I can’t think of anyone better to have written this story and to talk about it than Jay Edidin. Listen in as we talk about the wild ride that the Captain America story from Marvel’s new Marvel Unlimited exclusive Infinity Comics line took to come into existence.

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Wonderful Women of the World with Michiums

One of the best things about comics is that they can be about literally anything. Super hero stuff is obviously big. Horror comics were big back in the day. We even had comics that focused on historical events. And of course you can tell basically any kind of story you want to.

Part of telling any story is telling the story of people that more of us should know about.  Good thing we have my friend Michiums here to help us take a look at DC’s recent anthology Wonderful Women of the World.

Posted in Episodes Regular Episode

Mutant Academy (All of Them) With Billy

The early 2000s were an exciting time. X-Men had the start of a feature film franchise and I’m sure there isn’t anything that could go wrong with that at all is there….. But for real people were really starting to get the hang of this PlayStation thing. And this was right at the start of every movie having a game to go with it.

Listen in as Billy comes back to help take a look at this game that certainly isn’t a Capcom vs title, but is still nothing to sneeze at. Mostly because that’s a rude thing to do.

This Episode is brought to you in part by Pocus Hocus, a Kickstarter comic that takes a look at what happens when someone sells their soul to the devil and then decides that they want their soul back.

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Gilgamesh Eternal with Cam Kerkau and Kostas Pantoulas

How did I think I was the only one who didn’t read Gilgamesh in school? Somehow I thought I was the only one who missed it. But it turns out that even someone who is making a Gilgamesh comic didn’t have to read it in school. Now that’s just out there.

Good thing we have Cam Kerkau and Kostas Pantoulas here to talk about their Kickstarter comic Gilgamesh Eternal because I need a crash course in the subject.

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Human Remains with Peter Milligan

Imagine a world where you couldn’t feel. No, for real, feeling will get you killed. And not just feeling hate or feeling love or any other specific emotion. All of them. Nothing is safe.

Good thing we have Peter Milligan here to help up navigate through this strange existence. Listen in as we talk about his new book from Vault Comics, Human Remains.

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Men in Black Crashdown with Kristian Cabrera (Simping For Senpai)

Men in Black is a franchise that I don’t think will ever leave the public consciousness. Sure, we didn’t know the comic even existed when the movie came out and we were 10 years old (I’m not doing that math but the age seems right for me). And for most kids when a cartoon happens as well that’s just a goldmine waiting to happen.

Good thing Kristian Cabrera from Simping for Senpai is here to help make up for my childhood foolishness. And maybe to uncover some secret alien related government tomfoolery.

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The OZ With David Pepose

The best thing about public domain IP is that you can do whatever you want with it. Like, oh I don’t know, taking the Wizard of Oz and making it a war story. After all, you did kind of have Dorothy coming in and killing people. That’s not exactly a nice move.

If only I knew someone who has done exactly that….. How about David Pepose? Yeah that would be good. So it’s a good thing that who you get to listen to in this episode.

And just a warning, we recorded this episode before the Kickstarter campaign for The OZ went public. And it kind of exploded a little bit. In a good way.

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Band of Bards with Tom Stolinski

First impressions are a powerful thing, especially on the internet since we’re constantly blasted with so much information that it’s really easy to see a thing flash before our eyes and never see it again.

That’s why when I saw that Band of Bards was a new comic publisher with a focus on diversity I knew I had to hurry up and ask them to be on the show before I had a brain fart and forgot. Thankfully, Tim Stolinski was able to come on and let us know a bit about the company and their current Kickstarter campaign for Final Gamble.

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The Atonement Bell with Jim Ousley

How many times can I say that I’m a sucker for people promoting their own stuff? The Kickstarter Hustle is real folks and I respect the Hell out of it.

That’s why we have Jim Ousley back on the show to talk about his newest project The Atonement Bell.

Posted in Episodes Regular Episode

X-Men Legends with Kevin Newburn

X-Men. It’s the reason I started this podcast. It’s the comic series that people ask me about the most for coming on the show. And they just never disappoint because there are about a billion different reasons why people have gotten into them and why they love them. So what’s wrong with another look?

If you ask Kevin Newburn, nothing at all. Which is great because that would have made for a really awkward episode if he didn’t think that these mutants were worth another look.

Posted in Episodes Regular Episode

Spider-Man 2 The Sinister Six with David Gallaher

Well it’s been a nice run of bonus episodes, way more than I ever intended to run back to back to…. well you get the idea. So to get back to the regular episodes I feel like it’s best to go with on of my first loves, our friendly neighborhood wall crawler Spider-Man.

Good thing today’s guest David Gallaher likes Spider-Man too because otherwise this could have gotten weird. Not that it didn’t anyway but at least it’s the kind of weird that we’ve gotten used to on this show.

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Rainbow Bridge with Steve Foxe and Steve Orlando

Pets are better than people. Nobody should be shocked to hear that from me. I make it no secret that I love my cats more than basically any human who could ever exist. And that when I’ve lost pets in the past it’s just wrecked me.

So on that happy note listen to Steve Orlando and Steve Foxe come on the show to talk about Rainbow Bridge, the story of a boy’s last adventure with his dog. And if that doesn’t hit you right in the feels then I don’t think you were listening.

This Episode is brought to you in part by AfterShock Comics since they are publishing the book and everything.