Funnybook Babylon » Podcasts
By Chris Eckert, Joseph Mastantuono, Pedro Tejeda, Jamaal Thomas
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
Tough Love for Comics: a weekly podcast exploring the magical world of comic books, the comic book industry, comic book fandom and other topics that might be described as part of a "freewheeling discussion".
||ExplicitFBBP #139 – Origin Stories with David Brothers||Chris and David Brothers chat about how they got into comics, how they drifted away, how they came back, and lots of other digressions about their formative years. - Check out this gallery of some of the comics we end up discussing!||4/26/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #138 – Daredevil Discourse with David Brothers||We're joined this episode by David Brothers, and he brought with him a classic Marvel run: Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr. on Daredevil! This isn't the gritty noir Daredevil modern readers have grown to expect: -||1/24/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #137 – New Year, Same Old New 52||More New 52 Talk! Action Comics! Batman! Batwoman! Wonder Woman! And more||1/6/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #136 – Jeff Lemire Revisited||As the seasons change, Funnybook Babylon returns to look back on the work of Jeff Lemire! We reviewed Sweet Tooth back in Episode #125 and were divided on its relative quality, but after two additional volumes we are united: it's pretty great.||10/3/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #135 – Eisnerwatch: Best Single Issues||Hey gang! How's your summer been? We've obviously been busy, but we found time to record a podcast awhile back, and now it's up! We reviewed the five books up for the Best Single Issue Eisner. Obviously the Eisners have passed, and you all know who won,||8/20/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #134: EisnerWatch: Nick Spencer||Welcome to the New Look, New Technology Funnybook Babylon Podcast, powered by Skype and an overenthusiastic Chris editing the show so we all sound like we're hopped up on amphetamines! - We're taking a look at the Eisner nominees,||4/20/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #133: The Lonesome Death of Johnny Storm||What more is there to say? Johnny Storm died, and we have joined the rest of the vultures in the media in discussing his tragic passing. - We also share broader thoughts about Jonathan Hickman's Fantastic Four run,||2/3/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #132 – Beasts of Burden, Superman: Earth One and More||Reviews of Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites and Superman: Earth One and more||12/10/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #131 – The NYCC Tapes, 2010||Another New York Comicon has come and gone. - When the first NYCC happened, Funnybook Babylon was but a glimmer in the Internet's eye! At the second NYCC, Chris met Joseph and Jamaal for the first time, and the FBB Podcast began!||10/14/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #130 – Daytripper Reviewed||If you've been reading Avenging the Week -- and if not, why not? -- you know how much Jamaal loved Daytripper, the recent Vertigo mini-series from Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. Now, you can listen to all four of us take a crack at heaping praise at it.||10/5/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #129 – Comics Creator Commentary Controversies!||Controversial statements from veteran comic creators finally succeeded in cracking the Internet in half -- or at least taking our site down for the week. We're back now, and weighing in on: Kurt Busiek vs. Today's Superhero Comics & Private E-Mails||9/11/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #128 – Scott Pilgrim & Daken: Separated at Birth?||We Review Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour and look back at Wolverine Origins||8/6/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #127 – Kanye + Kim Jong-Il = The Mandarin||This week, the gang reads Invincible Iron Man Annual #1 by Matt Fraction and Carmine DiGiandomenic! It features Fraction's "autobio comix" take on stalwart Iron Man villain The Mandarin, borrowing from both Kim Jong-Il's kidnapping of Shin Sang...||7/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #126 – Four Number Ones||Four First Issues reviewed: Atlas #1, Avengers #1, Legion of Superheroes #1, Secret Avengers #1||6/8/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #125 – Geoff! Jeff! Jeff!||Reviews of Geoff Johns's Brightest Day, Jeff Parker's Underground and Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth||5/13/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP Slimcast #1 – Joseph & Jamaal talk Black Widow||A leaner meaner podcast, featuring Joseph and Jamaal's takes on Marvel's recent Black Widow Blitz||5/4/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #124 – Greek Street & Unwritten||Two Vertigo series (Greek Street and Unwritten) are given second chances to impress||3/27/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #123 – DC Editorial Shake-ups, Event Fatigue & iPad Prognostications||Just what it says on the tin: this episode, we put on our Speculation Stocking Caps and wonder aloud what the new DC Entertainment Executive Team announcement portends for the humble funnybook reader, and then add a pair of Wild Guess Earmuffs to the e...||2/26/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #122 – 2009 in Review||In our first podcast of 2010, FBB looks back in love, not in anger at 2009. For regular listeners, our favorite books are||1/27/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #121 – Luke Cage Noir||Luke Cage Noir reviewed, plus a burning question is answered||12/27/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #120 – Love & Shame||Changes at the Comics Journal, plus YOUR e-mail and phone questions!||11/22/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #119 – Hellblazin’ Milligan||A review of Peter Milligan's Hellblazer run||11/12/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #118 – We Like Comics||Four recent books one or more of our panelists enjoyed||11/5/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #117 – The Umbrella Academy||Review: The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba||11/2/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #116 – Planetary Post-Mortem||A final look at Warren Ellis and John Cassaday's Planetary||10/13/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #115 – Deadpool for President||For nearly twenty years, Deadpool has been a cult favorite Marvel character, beloved on the Internet for his scan-ready quips and pop culture references. But lately -- whether it's because his increased presence in movies and video games,||10/8/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #114 – Martha Shrugged||Frank Miller & Dave Gibbons's Martha Washington and Give Me Liberty||9/29/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #113 – The Trouble with Norman||A look at Marvel's Dark Reign focusing on the portrayal of Norman Osborn, on the occasion of The List kicking off||9/23/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #112 – Young Liars: The Final Chapter||David Lapham's Young Liars: A Final Look||9/15/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFBBP #111 – Strange Tales of Corporate Acquisitions||1. Disney Purchases Marvel and What That Means 2. Marvel's "Indie" Anthology, Strange Tales||9/10/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
Some pretty smart insights on comics, both indie and mainstream superhero stuff. There's a lot of different viewpoints in the reviews, which gives you a good cross-section of opinions on the books.
A thoughtful comics podcast
With four different points of view that often times differ, FFB gives you comic analysis without the Marvel and DC hype machine. There might be some confusion if you don't follow the website, but most of the time the conversations stand on their own merits. Also, larger topics like the future of the industry are covered (along with more standard plot discussions). Overall, a great podcast if you care about the industry and not just the characters being used.
The C-Span of comics podcasts?
What I mean to say, is that the conversations are given enough time to breathe that serious thoughtful conversations are had. Not so much with the listener opinion/interaction, occasionally some definite partisanship, and there is rarely, if ever, hectic jumping from book to book, giving a greatest hits account of "This Week in Comics." Like others have mentioned, the discussions are smart, funny, well-informed, and well worth a listen. The only half complaint I have, is the occasionally infrequent air dates.