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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

"Documentary"

11/30/2020
Disney+ has a new documentary series called "Marvel 616." It's a cute piece of Marvel brand building, and caused a bit of a stir over the episode titled "Marvel Method." I think a lot of that internet furor was misguided. This podcast is going to be my point of view on where this "documentary" fails, and what it really reveals that everyone else overlooked. Learning French: I'm trying out https://www.duolingo.com/courses/fr (DuoLingo) for learning French. Let's be friends! My daily streak is...

Duration:00:11:57

Black Friday 2020

11/26/2020
It's that time of year again -- Black Friday sales! And there are a bunch of European comics on sale now at Comixology and Izneo: http://comixology.com/sales (http://comixology.com/sales) https://www.izneo.com/en/ (https://www.izneo.com/en/) Or, if you prefer print editions, check out Magnetic Press: https://store.magnetic-press.com (https://store.magnetic-press.com) For reviews of the titles I mentioned here, go to https://pipelinecomics.com (https://pipelinecomics.com) and use the little...

Duration:00:13:25

Marvel's Fortnite Mistake?

8/28/2020
Marvel characters are the stars of the new season of Fortnite, a video game claiming 350 million players. Fortnite characters are making appearances on Marvel comic book covers, as well as a storyline in Thor. I think Marvel needs to be hyper aggressive with this. It's the marketing opportunity of a lifetime. And they're choosing to lead with -- variant covers?!? This could be the biggest mistake the company's ever made. And I remember Daredevil's armor.... Comics Beat:...

Duration:00:09:00

Death of the Floppy

8/23/2020
Static Shock is back -- but there isn't a floppy in sight. What does this mean? Here are some links of note: https://www.comicsbeat.com/dc-comics-publishing-hollywood-and-the-great-reckoning/ (DC, the fate fo the floppy, Hollywood, and the Great Reckoning) (I added the Oxford Comma, because it's the right thing to do.) Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dcs-jim-lee-companys-future-we-are-still-business-publishing-comics-1307413 (DC's Jim Lee on the Company's...

Duration:00:09:17

Shifting Tides

8/13/2020
Sean Phillips and Ed Brubaker have a new project that will be released as a series of standalone graphic novels. The format and intent of the "Reckless" series reminds me a bit of the European album tradition, even if the physical format isn't quite so large. Other professionals are considering OGNs now, too. The only growth in comics is in the book market for younger readers, which is filled with stand-alone books. We're moving closer to the European model, folks.... News on "Reckless":...

Duration:00:11:41

BD is a Better Value

8/1/2020
Due to the timeliness of some of the recommended comics on sale in this podcast, I'm releasing it early. Go check out the sales this weekend and get yourself some amazing reading material for dirty cheap! The gist of this podcast: Marvel wants you to pay $5 for a 20 page story. Here's a source for hundreds of BD albums with 2x - 4x the pages of storytelling for a lesser price, some as low as $1. Empyre #3 on Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/Empyre-2020-3-of-6/digital-comic/844567...

Duration:00:11:29

Variant Covers

7/31/2020
Please note: This podcast was recorded before https://www.comicsbeat.com/dynamite-issues-statement-after-backlash/ (the recent kerfuffle with Dynamite Comics), Jae Lee, Tom King, etc Comic books aren't in trouble. The Direct Market is in trouble. There's no better single example of this than the way the market relies so heavily on variant covers to bring in the money instead of, you know, new comics or new comics readers. Links:...

Duration:00:14:24

Marvel and Its Many Licenses

7/29/2020
Marvel has licensed out any comics not meant for readers over the age of, say, 21 to IDW and Scholastic now. Is this just a good business move to cater to your core competency and let others spread your brand message? Does this tell us that Disney sees Marvel as solely a Direct Market company that it's unwilling to expand to attack new markets with? Has Marvel Comics officially given up on the kids and is letting Disney parse that out now? Marvel's Scholastic Licensing Deal Announced:...

Duration:00:08:41

Asterix in America 2

7/23/2020
Programming note: I recorded this podcast last week. So when I refer to Bastille Day as being during "this week," you'll understand why I said that better. (That's July 14th, for my non-Francophone friends.) My First Look at the Papercutz Asterix Translation: https://www.pipelinecomics.com/first-look-papercutz-asterix-translation/ The Asterix Agenda: The Reference Sites: https://www.pipelinecomics.com/the-asterix-agenda-reference-sites/ Asterix v1 is the best deal in digital comics history:...

Duration:00:14:38

Bluecoats and the Business of BD

7/10/2020
ActuaBD did the reporting that this podcast is based on. Check out the sources here: BeKa and Munuera to Bluecoats: https://www.actuabd.com/SOUS-EMBARGO-Les-BeKa-et-Munuera-realisent-le-prochain-album-des-Tuniques Interview with BeKa: https://www.actuabd.com/BeKa-Nous-avons-ecrit-l-album-des-Tuniques-bleues-que-nous-aimerions-lire 2019: Three Cauvin series canceled: https://www.actuabd.com/Fin-de-series-chez-Dupuis Learning French: I'm trying out https://www.duolingo.com/courses/fr...

Duration:00:14:42

Saturday and Sunday

7/2/2020
Cute book. Read my original review at PipelineComics.com: https://www.pipelinecomics.com/saturday-and-sunday-v1-rock-heaven/ ( Saturday and Sunday v1: “Rock Heaven” ) Learning French: I'm trying out https://www.duolingo.com/courses/fr (DuoLingo) for learning French. Let's be friends! I'm on a 180 day streak now Full Show Notes: https://PipelineComics.com/54 (PipelineComics.com/54) Facebook Page: https://PipelineComics.com/facebook (PipelineComics.com/facebook) Follow me on Twitter:...

Duration:00:08:38

DC Dumps Diamond. What's Next?

6/9/2020
Two Must Read notes before listening to this podcast: First, it was recorded on Saturday morning while news and rumors were still in the midst of breaking and I hadn't even read much of them yet. I almost didn't publish this because parts of it felt incomplete in the light of new thoughts. But the second half is so "timeless," that it didn't seem right to bury it. Second: DC does not own the two new distributors that are launching to carry their books. But when two smaller companies rely on...

Duration:00:11:31

Miss Endicott

5/31/2020
Miss Endicott is a two part series that's now available digitally through Europe Comics. I've read the first book and was impressed by the artwork of Xavier Fourquemin and colorist Scarlett Smulkowski. Let's talk about that a little... Full text review and artistic dissection to follow in the days ahead. Keep an eye on PipelineComics.com for those. Learning French: I'm trying out https://www.duolingo.com/courses/fr (DuoLingo) for learning French. Let's be friends! Full Show Notes:...

Duration:00:09:18

Exo and First Volumes

5/22/2020
The three volume "Exo" series has, to my storytelling mind, some fundamental shortcomings that turn what might be a good story into something of a confusing mess. It all makes sense in the end, but getting there was more confusing that exciting. And then there's the bad drug trips, which are just as bad a bit of plot mechanics as dream sequences. My three "Exo" Reviews: Volume 1: https://www.pipelinecomics.com/exo-v1-darwin-ii-humanoids-review/ Volume 2:...

Duration:00:08:41

The Detection Club

5/16/2020
This time around, I'm taking a look at the first volume of a two-parter called "The Detection Club." It's a story based on a real life social club that started in the 1930s for detective writers in Great Britain. They're a fascinating cast of characters, with quick wits and dialogue that drips with sarcasm, put downs, and one-liners. It's all very... British. And I LOVE it. Corrections: * The second volume of "The Detection Club" is only 51 pages long, not 100. And this first volume is 88...

Duration:00:11:25

On Sale Now! (May 2020 Edition)

5/8/2020
May turns out to be a great month for comics on sale. But hurry up - some of these sales are ending soon. Humanoids Groupee: https://groupees.com/humanoids (https://groupees.com/humanoids) Comixology: Europe Comics Mega Trilogy Sale: https://www.comixology.com/comics-sale?list_id=34439&lang=1 (https://www.comixology.com/comics-sale?list_id=34439&lang=1) Comixology: Humanoids Crime Doesn't Pay: https://www.comixology.com/comics-sale?list_id=34179&lang=1&34179_pg=1&cu=0...

Duration:00:16:20

Geppi Talks

5/2/2020
Steve Geppi appeared on YouTube a few days back to talk about the state of Diamond Distributors and the comics world. I'm not going to respond point by point here, but he said a few things that prompted me to say a few things. So here we go! The Steve Geppi YouTube Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgN-JmPP0aM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgN-JmPP0aM) My review of "Venezia", by Lewis Trondheim and Fabrice Parme, is a great book....

Duration:00:16:46

Confinement Purge

4/23/2020
I haven't done one of these in a couple years: A comics purge, where I reassess what comics means to me, and ditch the ones that I don't need anymore. In this episode, I'll go over which comics I'm getting rid of (generally speaking), how many, and why I know I'm getting old in the process. Some links of relevance: Pipeline Comics Podcast: Episode 18: https://www.pipelinecomics.com/episode-18-my-comic-book-collection-is-a-mess/ ("My Comics Collection Is a Mess") My eBay Page:...

Duration:00:15:00

Pipeline and Sundry 2

4/15/2020
Today, I'll run through four assorted stories in relation to the most recent podcasts discussing the future of the Direct Market and the retailers' reactions to it. The Direct Market is not Comics. And Comics is not the Direct Market. What should creators be doing during this time? What move did Boom! make, and how is it the perfect example of how comics publishing works? If the Direct Market blows away, where do all the comics go? Previous Podcasts: Episode 44: https://pipelinecomics.com/44...

Duration:00:10:50

Retailers Are Brainstorming

4/14/2020
Before you listen to this podcast, read Brian Hibbs' article on Comics Beat: https://www.comicsbeat.com/how-comics-retailing-moves-forward/ (https://www.comicsbeat.com/how-comics-retailing-moves-forward/) The retailers document that I'm quoting so liberally from now requires permission to read. I don't know how freely they're granting that, to be honest. This podcast's dramatic reading of the article may be as close you get to it. In the previous Pipeline podcast: Direct Market Doom and...

Duration:00:39:53