Saturday, November 9, 2019

RGP #017 - Doomspeak - Doctor Doom #2

DOOMSPEAK

Doctor Doom #2, Marvel Comics, cover-dated January 2020.

"Mother Morgan Comes To Me," written by Christopher Cantwell, with art by Salvador Larroca.

What happens when Doctor Doom is accused of horrific terrorist events? Who springs him? And who takes him in? And what did Doom fan Professor Alan think of the second issue of this title?

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Promo: The No Agenda Podcast
Link: James Cain monologue from Richard III

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Friday, November 1, 2019

CRJ #053 - October 2019

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #053

October 2019

So what comics did Professor Alan read during October? How many were the super-scary Halloween horror types of books? How many were new books, right off the shelves? And how many weee contributed by lovely listeners?

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Promo: Hamilton vs Burr:  A Werewolf Tale

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Friday, October 25, 2019

QBP #144 - Four Color Comcs 1253

Quarter-Bin Podcast #144

Four Color Comics 1253 (aka Space Man #1), Dell Comics, cover-dated January - March 1962.

The untitled story was written by Ken Fitch, with art by Jack Sparling.

What happens when Professor Alan talks about a sci-fi comic from before he was born? Can he even talk about this comic, or will the anti-force prevent him? And does he really take valuable podcast time to talk about puzzle books?

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Promo #1: Is It Jaws?
Promo #2: Trekker Talk

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Friday, October 11, 2019

RGP #016 -- Doomspeak - Doctor Doom #1

DOOMSPEAK

Doctor Doom #1, Marvel Comics, cover-dated December 2019.

"Pottersville," written by Christopher Cantwell, with art by Salvador Larocca.

What happens when we finally for the first time ever have a comic entitled Doctor Doom? And what happens when he is framed for a terrorist attack? And what did Doom fan Professor Alan think of the issue?

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Friday, October 4, 2019

CRJ #052 - September 2019

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #052

September 2019

So what comics did Professor Alan read during September, as the Fall semester is in full swing now?

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Promo #1: Pop Culture Affidavit
Promo #2: Deconstructing Comics

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

QBP #143 - Gods for Hire #1

Quarter-Bin Podcast #143

Gods For Hire #1, Hot Comics, cover-dated December 1986.

"The Saturday Knights," written by Joe Judt, with art by Barry Crain & Dell Barras.

What happens when Professor Alan tackles the most obscure comics and publisher in the history of the Quarter-Bin? What does a small-press color comic from the mid-eighties look like?

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Promo: Waiting For Doom

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Monday, September 16, 2019

QBP #142 - Original Ghost Rider Rides Again #1

Quarter-Bin Podcast #142

The Original Ghost Rider Rides Again #1, Marvel Comics, cover-dated April 1991.

"The Curse of Jonathan Blaze!"
and
"Personal Demons"

both written by Roger Stern, with art by Bob Budianksy, Joseph Rubenstein, and Dave Simons.

What happens when the Johnny Blaze wanders into a church on a rainy rainy night? And can he take on the terrifying power of a drunk carnival attender?

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Promo: Avengers Spotlight

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Source: Pulp Reality

Friday, September 6, 2019

CRJ #051 - August 2019

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #051

August 2019

So what comics did Professor Alan read during August, as his summer vacation wraps up? How many were contributed by a certain generous Canadian (Rob Lantz)? How many were falling apart as they were read? How many did he actually pay full price for?

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Promo: Thomas Deja's Cinematic Mirage Podcast

Link: The Comic Connection Store, Oakville, Ontario
Link: David Doub's "Demons in the Darkness" kickstarter

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

SS #066 - Happy 6th Anniversary!


Shortbox Showcase #60 -- Our 6th Anniversary!

Six years ago today (a few weeks ago, that is), our very first Shortbox Showcase episode debuted. Yes, other shows in the network had gone live the week before, but since this has become our flagship program, we consider 7/30/13 as our official network starting date.

In addition to covering some feedback, and talking about how awesome our listeners are and all that, Professor Alan talks about a new campus club that he is helping get off the ground.

Then we start with our ANNUAL tradition of talking about an ANNIVERSARY comics issue. In this case, it's the recent Detective Comics 1000, celebrating Batman's 80th anniversary.

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Promo: Two True Freaks

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Monday, August 19, 2019

QBP #141 - Chase #1

Quarter-Bin Podcast #141

Chase #1, DC Comics, cover-dated April 1998.

"Baptized in Fire," by Dan Curtis Johnson, with art by JH Williams III & Mick Gray.

What happens when the newest agent of the DEO gets to work late on her first day? And what happens when she gets sent to Ohio to investigate the appearance of a new meta-powered teenager? What happens when she discovers she may actually have a power herself?

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Promo: The Longbox Crusade

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Friday, August 9, 2019

QBP #140 - Booster Gold #6

Quarter-Bin Podcast #140

Booster Gold #6, DC Comics, cover-dated July 1986.

"To Cross the Rubicon," written & drawn by Dan Jurgens, and inked by Mike DeCarlo.

What happens when a cute little alien lands in Metropolis and makes friends with a young fellow? What happens when the alien makes it clear he wants to meet Superman? What happens when Booster Gold gets in the way? And what happens when Superman learns about Booster Gold's secret origin? And just how many digressions does Professor Alan go on when talking about this comic?

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Promo: DC 50 Years Ago

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

CRJ #050 - July 2019

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #050

July 2019

So what comics did Professor Alan read during July? How many were from used book stores? How many were from lovely listeners? How many featured a certain beloved Latverian leader?
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Promo: Hacks on Tap

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Friday, July 19, 2019

QBP #139 - Marvel Super-Heroes Megazine #4

Quarter-Bin Podcast #139

Marvel Super-Heroes Megazine #4, Marvel Comics, cover-dated January 1995.

What happens when Professor Alan takes on 96 pages of Marvel reprints? How good was the early work of John Byrne and Frank Miller? Can he handle a Daredevil story that features the Hulk? How about a Hulk story that includes the FF?

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Promo #1: Garage Sale Gloat
Promo #2: The Fanholes Podcast

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Friday, July 12, 2019

QBP #138 - Star Wars Tales From Mos Eisley

Star Wars Tales From Mos Eisley, Dark Horse Comics, cover-dated March 1996.

3 separate reprint stories, all written by Bruce Jones, with art by Bret Blevins.

What happens when podcaster Trentus Magnus joins Professor Alan for some quality time in a certain wretched hive of scum and villainy? How good are the three stories that they overhear in the cantina?

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Promo: Legion of Super Bloggers

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Source: Akron Comic Con

Friday, July 5, 2019

CRJ #049 - June 2019

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #049

June 2019

So what comics did Professor Alan read during June? How many were sent in by lovely listeners? How many featured reboots of Golden-Age properties? How many were brand-new books, right off the shelves?
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Promo: Trentus Revisits Smallville

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

QBP #137 - Time Warp #1

Quarter-Bin Podcast #137

Time Warp #1, DC Press, both cover-dated October / November 1979.

8 All-New Exciting Sci-Fi Thrillers! Doomsday Tales and Other Things!

This comic is from one of Professor Alan's favorite genres -- over-sized Bronze Age sci-fi! Does it live up to his expectations? How many of the 8 stories are classics?

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Promo: RaD Adventures Network

Music in the episode was "Return," by Responsibly Wild., aka Patrick Boberg, @PatBoBomb

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Monday, June 17, 2019

QBP #136 - Queen & Country 19 & 20

Quarter-Bin Podcast #136

Queen & Country 19 & 20, Oni Press, both cover-dated October 2003.

"Storm Front, parts 4 & 5," written by Greg Rucka, with art by Carla Speed McNeil.

This wraps up the 5-issue storyline "Operation Storm Front," in which British MI6 agents handle the kidnapping of a British businessman in the Republic of Georgia.

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Promo: To The Batpoles!

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Friday, June 7, 2019

SS #065 - Defining Our Terms

Shortbox Showcase #65 - Defining our Terms

In this episode, Em and Alan are taking one of their common segments, and turning it into an entire episode!

We talk about a range of topics and concepts that arise out of criticism, reviews, and fan culture. It's a throwback episode to the good ol' days of semi-academic, pseudo-intellectual pretension!!!!!!!!!

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Friday, May 31, 2019

CRJ #048 - May 2019

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #048

May 2019

So what comics did Professor Alan read during May? How many were falling apart or cover-less? How many were purchased at a newly-discovered used bookstore? And how many featured a certain Latverian leader and his beloved Mommy?

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Promo: Coffee & Comics

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

QBP #135 - Free Comic Book Day 2019!

Quarter-Bin Podcast #135

Free Comic Book Day 2019

It's time for the official holiday of The Quarter-Bin Podcast! How did Professor Alan do at Free Comic Book Day this year? How many books did he nab -- and what did he think of them? How many stores did he end up visiting? How many of the books were worth the price? And which dear dear friend did he unintentionally ignore and insult?

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Promo: Batgirl to Oracle

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SS #064 - Feedback and the Small Press Con

Shortbox Showcase #64 - Feedback and SPACE

In this new episode, Alan and Em go over a bunch of wonderful listener feedback. After that, Alan talks about his recent visit to the Small Press and Alternative Comic Expo (SPACE). Just how mini are mini-comics? Did Alan find any academic colleagues who write comics on the side? And HOW MUCH did he spend on a single comic book?????????

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Link: The SPACE Con
Link: Marcus V. Calvert's books on Amazon 
Link: Maryanne Rose Papke
Link: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus
Link: Artist Suzanne Baumann
Link: Writer Terry Eisele
Link: The Comic Nightingale
Link: Jess Ann Artz
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

QBP #134 - Teknophage 1 & 10

Quarter-Bin Podcast #134

Neil Gaiman's Teknophage #1 & #10, Tekno Comics, cover-dated August 1995 & March 1996.

"Hideous Rex," by Rick Veitch, with art by Bryan Talbot & Angus McKie.
and
"The Day God Came From the Machine," by Paul Jenkins, with art by Al Davidson.

This wraps up our two-episode mini-series focusing on the Tekno Comix line of books, from Big Entertainment. We talk about these two issues, and also go over a piece of feedback from a Tekno Comix editor.

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Promo: Longbox Crusade

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Source: In The Ballpark

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

CRJ #047 - April 2019

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #047

April 2019

So what comics did Professor Alan read during April? How many were new DC books? How many were falling apart or coverless? And how many were purchased at a newly-discovered used bookstore?

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Promo #1: The Overlooked Dark Knight
Promo #2: Deconstructing Comics

Link: Christopher Mills' Atomic Pulp Comics
Link: Manuel Carmona's Truthful Comics
Link: Info about Comics for Christmas

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

QBP #133 - Lost Universe #1 & i-Bots #9

Quarter-Bin Podcast #133

Gene Roddenberry's Lost Universe #1, Tekno Comix, cover-dated April 1995. "O Brave New World," by Lawrence Watt-Evans, with art by Jim Callahan & Aaron McClellan.
and
Isaac Isamov's I-Bots #9, Tekno Comix, cover-dated February 1997."Rebirth, Chapter 3: Bot to Front," written by Cliff Biggers & Brett Brooks, with art by David Jacob Beckett, Pat Broderick, & Mark Heike.

This is the first of a two-episode mini-series focusing on the Tekno Comix line of books.

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Promo: Drawn and Paneled

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Friday, April 12, 2019

SS #063 - Spidey-Talk

Shortbox Showcase #63 - Your Friendly Neighborhood Episode

After going over a lot of feedback from a lot of their favorite old and new feedbackers, Alan and Em chat for a little about our recent interactions with everybody's favorite wall-crawling web-slinger.

We talk about Into the Spider-Verse, Infinity War, the PS4 game, but mostly they talk about their love for the recently-killed Spider-Man Unlimited iOS game. How much did they love this great game?

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Promo: The Huntress Podcast

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Friday, April 5, 2019

CRJ #046 - March 2019

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #046

March 2019
So what comics did Professor Alan read during March? How many were kids books? How many were new DC books? And how many were written by a guy that Professor Alan recently had dinner with?

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Promo: Is It Jaws?

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

QBP #132 - All-New X-Men 32

All-New X-Men #32, Marvel Comics, cover-dated November 2014.

Untitled by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Mahmoud Asrar.

What happens when the younger versions of the original X-Men find themselves on an alternate Earth? How does X-23 deal with landing in the middle of a football game -- or is it a match? How Jean Grey deal with hanging out Miles Morales? How does Iceman deal with landing UNDER the Earth? And how does Professor Alan deal with the first ever X-book covered her on the podcast?

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Promo: Gen X Grown Up

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

SS #062 - Gallifrey One Convention 2019

Shortbox Showcase #62 -Gallifrey One 2019

In this new episode, the last part of our Feb-Who-Ary crossover event, Em and Professor Alan talk about their recent experiences at the Doctor Who convention, Gallifrey One!

How many panels did they attend? How many ribbons did they accumulate? Which good buddies did they hang out with? Which comic book writer did Professor Alan have dinner with?

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

RGP #015 - Book Guys Doctor Who Clips

Relatively Geeky Presents: Doctor Who and the Book Guys!

We continue our network-wide Doctor Who crossover by re-presenting segments of two Who-themed Book Guys Show episodes, the first podcast that Professor Alan was a regular part of. On these 2014 episodes, we talk about the 50th anniversary, speak with a pair of Dalek builders, and talk about Doctor Who novels and audio dramas.

Thanks to our friend Paul the Book Guy for allowing us to re-broadcast theses clips from those original podcast recordings. 

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Promo #1: No Agenda

Promo #2: The Book Guys Show

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Monday, March 4, 2019

CRJ #045 - February 2019

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #045

February 2019
So what comics did Professor Alan read during the second month of the year? How many were old comics? How many were new comics? And how many featured a certain madman in a blue box?

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Promo: JLI Podcast

Link: Scout Comics
Link: The Drawn & Paneled Podcast

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Monday, February 25, 2019

SS #061 - Doctor Who Thoughts

Shortbox Showcase #61 - Doctor Doctor Give Me The News

In this new episode, the next part of our Feb-Who-Ary crossover event, Em and Professor Alan talk about their Doctor Who fandom. Who is their favorite Doctor? Companion? What is their favorite classic story? New Who story?Licensed product?

Listen to this episode ... and find out!

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Promo:Straight Outta Gallifrey

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Monday, February 18, 2019

QBP #131 - Doctor Who 8

Quarter-Bin Podcast #131

Doctor Who 8, Marvel Comics, cover-dated May 1985.

"The Collector" and "Dreamers of Death," both written by Steve Moore, with art by Dave Gibbons.

As our network-wide Feb-Who-Ary event continues, we look at an issue from Marvel's 1985 run of Doctor Who, in which they reprinted stories from Marvel UK Doctor Who Magazine, from a few years before.

And by "we," we mean Professor Alan and super-special guest The Irredeemable Shagg, veteran podcaster and Doctor Who super-fan.

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Promo: Dr Who Panel to Panel

Link: The Fire & Water Podcast Network
Link: The Gallifrey One Doctor Who Convention

Next Episode: All-New X-Men 32, Marvel Comics, cover-dated November 2014.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

RGP 014 - Who True Freaks 19

Relatively Geeky Presents: Feb-Who-Ary Begins!

We begin our 6- or 7- episode long, network-wide Doctor Who crossover by re-presenting episode 19 of Who True Freaks. On this 2014 podcast, Em & I joined the late Shawn Engel to discuss the Arthurian story "Battlefield," starring Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Allred.

Thanks to our friends at Two True Freaks for allowing us to re-broadcast this slightly edited version of that original podcast recording.

And Shawn - we still miss you, buddy!

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Promo: The Two True Freaks Internet Radio Network

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Friday, February 1, 2019

CRJ #044 - January 2019

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #044

January 2019
So what comics did Professor Alan read during the first month of the year? How many were old comics? How many were new comics? And how many were given to him by lovely listeners?

Listen to this exciting episode #44 ... and find out!

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Promo: Earth Destruction Directive

Link: Scout Comics
Link: The Drawn & Paneled Podcast

Next Episode: What comics did Professor Alan read during February? And how many were related to the upcoming network-wide crossover event? Listen to the next episode, which should be available in early March.

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