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Tired of crossovers and continuity and endless reboots? It's time for something new to come to comics in North America. The original comic book podcaster, Augie De Blieck Jr., introduces you to the world of European comics, specifically the Franco-Belgian kind (les bandes dessinees, or BD). It's a whole new and awesome world of stories and art. Plus, thoughts on the latest comics news of the day and trends in the industry. If you're looking for something new to read or a different opinion on the hot button topics of the day, check out the Pipeline Comics podcast every Tuesday and Friday.

Tired of crossovers and continuity and endless reboots? It's time for something new to come to comics in North America. The original comic book podcaster, Augie De Blieck Jr., introduces you to the world of European comics, specifically the Franco-Belgian kind (les bandes dessinees, or BD). It's a whole new and awesome world of stories and art. Plus, thoughts on the latest comics news of the day and trends in the industry. If you're looking for something new to read or a different opinion on the hot button topics of the day, check out the Pipeline Comics podcast every Tuesday and Friday.
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Tired of crossovers and continuity and endless reboots? It's time for something new to come to comics in North America. The original comic book podcaster, Augie De Blieck Jr., introduces you to the world of European comics, specifically the Franco-Belgian kind (les bandes dessinees, or BD). It's a whole new and awesome world of stories and art. Plus, thoughts on the latest comics news of the day and trends in the industry. If you're looking for something new to read or a different opinion on the hot button topics of the day, check out the Pipeline Comics podcast every Tuesday and Friday.

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Art Doesn't Need to be Perfect

12/10/2019
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"La Grande Odalisque" is an imperfect painting. Borne of a school of technical art that strongly believed in perfect anatomical representation, its painter, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres chose instead to emphasize beauty over perfection. He screwed up the anatomy to make a painting that he thought was better. This got me to thinking about how comic art is filled with purposeful imperfection, how well that might work, and why it's not such a bad thing. In other words, are J. Scott Campbell's...

Duration:00:21:58

Asterix and the Chieftain's Daughter

12/6/2019
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My full review of the book will be available on PipelineComics.com in the days ahead. For the younger listeners who didn't get the reference: Wikipedia explains the 80s sit-com, My Two Dads Full Show Notes: PipelineComics.com/25 Follow me on Twitter: Twitter.com/pipelinecomics Become a Pipeline Patron: Patreon.com/pipelinecomics Email Me: augie@pipelinecomics.com Support this podcast

Duration:00:10:27

Black Water Lilies: An Amazing Murder/Mystery

12/3/2019
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"Black Water Lilies" is an amazing murder/mystery book that I read last week and instantly went to the microphone to talk about. I've also since written up a full review of it on the site that you can find here: "Black Water Lilies: A Novel Turned Graphic Novel" That review also contains the video of Cassegrain's painting technique that I mentioned in the podcast. Full Show Notes: PipelineComics.com/24 Follow me on Twitter: Twitter.com/pipelinecomics Become a Pipeline Patron:...

Duration:00:10:55

Where Do Comic Readers Come From?

11/29/2019
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Where do new comic readers come from? From listening to interviews with comics creators, reading comments from comic readers, and seeing trends, I can point to three moments that brought new comic readers into the world. In order, they are: I'll talk about all of those and bring you some fun nostalgic audio along the way. Full Show Notes: PipelineComics.com/23 Follow me on Twitter: Twitter.com/pipelinecomics Become a Pipeline Patron: PipelineComics.com/patreon Email Me:...

Duration:00:09:26

Silent Comics, Part 2

11/26/2019
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In episode 21, I discussed four Lewis Trondheim books (with Thierry Robin on art in two cases) that included no dialogue. Silent comics. In this episode, I'm looking at a variety of other silent books coming out of France, most of which are even available in print today. Read My Reviews: Paris SoireesLove: The FoxBetty BoobA Sea of LoveGame OverFull Show Notes: PipelineComics.com/22 Follow me on Twitter: Twitter.com/pipelinecomics Become a Pipeline Patron:...

Duration:00:14:12

Silent Comics, Part 1

11/22/2019
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The easiest French comics to read would be the silent ones -- there's nothing to translate! As it happens, Lewis Trondheim wrote four of them that did get translated (!) about 15 years ago, and that's what this show is about: Li'l Santa, Mr. O, and Mr. I. They're all great books, and I'm going to explain why. Li'l Santa: Preview Pages (Amazon [affiliate link]) Happy Halloween, Li'l Santa: Preview Pages (Amazon [affiliate link]) The latter is one is still available direct from NBM for a...

Duration:00:15:53

Comics Organization A - Z

11/19/2019
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Still dreaming.... I would like nothing more than to organize my entire comic book collection into alphabetical order. I crave that organization. But I also wouldn't want it. There are plenty of cases where sorting things in strict A-Z order would be more annoying than anything else. And what about the books-with-spines? I'll never have enough bookshelves for that. Should we all just give up on the dream of bring order into the chaos that is out comic book collections? Let's talk through...

Duration:00:13:19

Asterix In America! Should We Be Worried?

11/15/2019
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What, you thought I’d be giving Asterix a rest after Asterix Week a couple weeks ago? So did I. Then the big news hit, and we need to have a chat about it. Papercutz picked up the license for Asterix and will start reprinting the entire series in the spring of 2020. They'll make omnibus books while also printing the new individual albums as they go, starting with "Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield." But they're shrinking the book size and re-translating the scripts. Should we be...

Duration:00:17:00

Asterix In America! Should We Be Worried?

11/15/2019
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What, you thought I’d be giving Asterix a rest after Asterix Week a couple weeks ago? So did I. Then the big news hit, and we need to have a chat about it. Papercutz picked up the license for Asterix and will start reprinting the entire series in the spring of 2020. They'll make omnibus books while also printing the new individual albums as they go, starting with "Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield." But they're shrinking the book size and re-translating the scripts. Should we be...

Duration:00:05:38

My Comics Collection is a Mess

11/12/2019
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When things get too big and space gets too small and it's tough to get rid of things, then what? I have too many comics. They're spread out across too many locations. The only way to fix this problem is to shrink the collection. I've tried that in the past, but it doesn't get easier. On Friday, come back for a talk about the potential perils of Papercutz's Asterix publishing plans.... Full Show Notes: PipelineComics.com/18 Follow me on Twitter: Twitter.com/pipelinecomics Become a...

Duration:00:05:38

Original Art: Why Splash Pages?!?

11/8/2019
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In the world of original art, the biggest money goes to covers. Splash covers follow. But the "lowly" old panel page is, to me, the best and most valuable kind of original art page of them all. In other news, Papercutz announced that they'll be publishing Asterix here in the States starting in the spring. Yes, I have thoughts. Yes, I will make a podcast about that, but it won't be until next Friday, the 15th. Stay tuned! Keep an eye on PipelineComics.com in the meantime for an article...

Duration:00:09:12

BD for J. Scott Campbell Fans

11/5/2019
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J. Scott Campbell has a particular style that drives some people crazy. And I mean that in both possible ways you might think. This podcast starts off with a defense of Campbell's style and what "style" even means. Then, we get into the structure of the Direct Market comics world and why Campbell's career has mutated into what it is today. Finally, I get to recommending the works of three artists that I think you'll enjoy, if you're a Campbell fan. They are Alessandro Barbucci, Mathieu...

Duration:00:11:30

How Jeopardy! Got Asterix Wrong

11/1/2019
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Asterix Week wraps up with this look back at a Jeopardy! episode with an Asterix clue -- and how the venerable game show got it wrong. Read My Original Article: "How Jeopardy! Got Asterix Wrong" See the Jeopardy! video in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epjIPdUvLdU The JBoard Thread: Thursday June 6, 2019 Game Recap and Discussion Read The Asterix Agenda: PipelineComics.com/asterix Full Show Notes: PipelineComics.com/15 Follow me on Twitter:...

Duration:00:05:52

My Top Ten Favorite Asterix Books

10/31/2019
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There are more than three dozen Asterix books, but not all are created equal. Here's my ten favorite books from the series. For a written version of this list, read "My Top 10 Asterix Books by Goscinny and Uderzo." Full Show Notes: PipelineComics.com/14 Follow me on Twitter: Twitter.com/pipelinecomics Become a Pipeline Patron: Patreon.com/pipelinecomics Support this podcast

Duration:00:17:48

The Getafix Chariot Factor

10/30/2019
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In the world of Asterix, the Druid Getafix, provider of wit, wisdom, magic potion, and Gandalf impersonations has a chariot factor of 1. If he got hit by a chariot tomorrow, the whole village would be doomed. I think Chief Vitalstatistix is to blame for this sorry state of affairs. #ImpeachVitalstatistix This episode is based on an essay I wrote in 2018 titled "The Druid Getafix: A Bus Factor of 1" Full Show Notes: PipelineComics.com/13 Follow me on Twitter:...

Duration:00:10:13

Should Asterix Surrender?

10/29/2019
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A radical thought: The Village would be better off if it surrendered to Rome like just about every other Gallic village did before them, some the hard way. It would save Asterix and friends a whole lot of grief and allow them to evolve and grow. This podcast is based on an article I wrote last year during The Asterix Agenda: "Maybe Asterix Should Just Surrender to Caesar" Full Show Notes: PipelineComics.com/12 Pipeline Patreon: Patreon.com/pipelinecomics Follow me on Twitter:...

Duration:00:08:23

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Asterix

10/28/2019
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If you've never read an "Asterix" volume before, let me answer a few questions you might have. It'll provide the proper perspective to ease you into what is already a very accessible series. This is the Who, What, Where, When, and In What Order of Asterix Journalism. Full Show Notes: PipelineComics.com/11 Pipeline Patreon: Patreon.com/pipelinecomics Follow me on Twitter: Twitter.com/pipelinecomics Become a Pipeline Patron: Patreon.com/pipelinecomics Support this podcast

Duration:00:13:07

Travelogue: Midtown Comics, NYC

10/25/2019
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It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, and I was in the Times Square area of Manhattan. I had a half hour to myself, so I did what I'm supposed to do in a situation like that: I went to the comic shop. On today's podcast, I talk about my trip to the store and what I found there. Sometimes, it's fun just to get lost. If you have no game plan, you never know what surprises might pop up. I kept an eye out for European comics, naturally, and got the chance to see what Magnetic Press and IDW, in...

Duration:00:18:27

Spirou for Beginners

10/22/2019
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If you've never read a Spirou comic before, I have a suggestion for where to start. And it's not a book from 60 years ago. It's not even a book from the Andre Franquin glory years, nor the long run from Tome and Janry in the 80s and 90s. "Spirou in Berlin" is a one-off book set at the end of the Cold War. And despite that little bit of political connection to a specific time frame, Flix's story and art make a timeless and isolated tale that can be enjoyed on its own while introducing you to...

Duration:00:10:56

Fall Plans for Asterix's 60th Anniversary

10/18/2019
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This year is the 60th anniversary of Asterix's first appearance in the pages of Pilote Magazine. Many celebrations and activities are happening, and I'm going to break them down inside this podcast: 09 October: Redressing the Paris Metro rail stations. 14 October: The cover to the new "The Daughter's Chieftain: revealed. 24 October: New book released! "Asterix and the Chieftain's Daugher. Extra Links: "Par Toutatis", the Rap Video La Fille de Vercingetorix Artbook Edition Full Show...

Duration:00:14:59