Funny Books with Aron and Paulie: The Dead Will Rise!

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The theatrical release of episode three of Funny Books with Aron & Paulie:

  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • DC’s Blackest Night
  • Getting back into comics after an extended absence
  • Our first podcast contest (BTW, this is the blog article you’re looking for).  Listen for to this week’s podcast for details.  Deadline for contest entries is 11:59 pm Central Friday, July 31.

In this episode, we include an excerpt from RPG podcast Kicked in the Dicebags. Check out the IoM review here.

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  1. Thanks for the recommendations. I haven’t read many comics. Just DC: New Frontier, Kingdom Come, Watchmen, Justice, JLA: Secret Origins, JLA: Liberty and Justice, and TMNT: The Collected Movie Books. I’ve been wanting to read others, but didn’t really know where to start. I think I’ll stick with trade paperback.

  2. Thanks for recommending Marvel Adventures. I have a nephew who is just learning to read, and of course he likes superheroes. Unfortunately the comics I own aren’t appropriate for him. Marvel Adventures should be something we can both enjoy.

  3. I’m glad you guys warned of spoilers. There were a bunch of minutes I had to skip as I’ve still not read Final Crisis (nor am I any more, perhaps a little less excited to read it now) and want to attack that story before Blackest Night, even though it apparently makes no difference to DC continuity from what I heard in the cast.

    If I may offer some constructive criticism, maybe let people know at which minute they should skip to in case they want to avoid storyline spoilers. I’ve become a wait for trader or wait for Richard’s bargain boxes reader for the most part, so I’m often months or one or two years behind a lot of titles, especially with $3.99 price tags on so many titles.

  4. Much like Jonathon listening to the first episode of Funny Books has enticed me back into comics. I picked up the first Thor TPB along with Darkest Night and Tales of the Corp last week.

    I loved Darkest Night and have been sporting my black lantern ring ever since (much to the dismay of my wife).

  5. Hey,
    I’m entered into a contest!

    To Josh: I should clarify my “been out for a while” statement. My comic reading began 1991-1996. I got out after Age of Apocalypse. I went out on a high note, as AoA was by far the best comic event I’ve ever read. I came back and read X-Men titles from 2002-Grant Morrison. I left when Grant took the X-Men in, what I feel, was the most horrible direction I’ve ever seen the book go. My last issue: Beak babies!…ugh…
    I read and loved Ultimate Spiderman, but I’m told the Ultimate Universe is done now, but will be back sometime in the future.

    To Aron: “Dicebag Jonathan”? I like it. Makes me feel like I should play guitar for Pantera.

    To Aron & Paulie: Thanks, guys. I enjoyed the suggestions enough to feel it was worth waiting through all the Blackest Night business.

  6. Hey guys,
    Just wanted to post and say you have a great show. I started visiting the blog a few months ago after being intrigued by the posts on the spook outhouse page. I have been enjoying the podcasts. Like Dicebag Jonathan, I am now very tempted to start looking into comics again. I have taken a hiatus due to graduate school and now that I am starting to make some form of income, I think I want to get back into the hobby. Thanks for the suggestions for jumping on points!
    Keep up the great work,
    Aaron

  7. Hi Josh,

    I agree – reading a trade is absolutely the best way to get back into comics. I think we were just trying to go with the thinking of getting back into the floppies as a stipulation for ourselves. There’s some great tales in trade that I would whole heartedly recommend even moreso than some of the floppies we did, but we were trying to think, “Okay, you’re going to the comic shop tomorrow. What do you buy?” Trades are hard to come by in comic shops nowadays … at least the ones around here.

    Dang man…dissin’ RASL? That ain’t cool :-).

  8. I think you guys were too quick to eliminate trade paperback collections as a good way for Jonathan to “get back into” comics. If he’s been out of the hobby for several years, he wouldn’t know that almost all comics are now written with the eventual trade collection in mind. Even traditionally episodic superhero books are structured in discrete story arcs now.

    My advice to someone getting back into the hobby would be to avoid individual issues. Don’t be the guy who buys half a dozen issues per week–be the guy who buys one or two trades per week. There have been a lot of great stories collected in the last several years–enough that you could spend your weekly comics allowance on trades for years and never miss single issues.

    If you were an avid X-Men reader, start with the collections of Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men, which nicely set up Whedon’s run on Astonishing, and are good X-stories besides. If you want good Spider-Man stories, start with the first volume of Bendis’s Ultimate Spider-Man.

    Also, I’ll second all of Aron and Paulie’s recommendations to Jonathan with the exception of Rasl. As nice as Smith’s artwork is, a three-minute read isn’t worth $3.50.

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