Episode 219 – Knockin’ Dirt Daubers off the Barn f/ Jason Latour

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The co-creator and artist of Southern Bastards, Jason Latour, joins us this week to talk about sweet tea, barbecue, logos on clothing, meeting Jason Aaron, dog poop, and so much more! It’s our most Southern episode ever. Plus: More Every Story Ever entries!

The Rundown

Comics Talked About:

  • Multiversity #1
  • Batman ’66 #41
  • The Delinquents #1

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5 thoughts on “Episode 219 – Knockin’ Dirt Daubers off the Barn f/ Jason Latour”

  1. I didn’t have problems reading Multiversity #1. HOWEVER, I realized that because of Morrison’s reputation, people will want to find and understand all the layers that he placed on this comic. To the point that as straightforward as it is, people don’t think it could ever be that simple. They want it to be harder to understand than it actually is.

    Also, I think you guys nailed it on how this requires a little more time to read. I read it in a loud comic shop next to a bunch of chatty people. It was hard to focus, so I did have to take more time to read the page, but no one should really have trouble understanding this first issue.

    1. I love Morrison. He’s probably my favorite comic writer. But I completely understand why he loses people. It’s not that the concepts are confusing, it’s that the pacing is.

      In the episode, Chris and Matt mention people being confused by Rock of Ages. I was one of them – JLA was my first Morrison comic. And the thing Morrison does is throw plot elements that would be explained across five pages, or a whole issue, in any other comic into a single panel, with maybe a few dialogue balloons to explain it.

      In Rock of Ages where Metron shows up in the middle of an unrelated story and sends the heroes on a psychadelic trip through space-time, which we see in disjointed snippets and flashbacks instead of as an actual narrative, to hunt for a thing we have never heard of before, and none of it is explained until a month later. After you know what the Worlogog is, and read the whole story to the end, it makes sense – but when that issue came out it was freaking incomprehensible, to me at least.

      Multiversity is like that (and so are a lot of Morrison comics). Once it’s finished and you re-read it, it will all make perfect sense. The first time, there will be whole pages of stuff where you have to just accept that things aren’t really going to make sense yet.

  2. To help Matt out, here is the Every Story Ever list WITHOUT today’s entries:
    Amazing Spider-Man #31 -#33 If This Be My Destiny
    Batman Year One
    Watchmen
    All-Star Superman
    Gotham Central by Brubaker & Rucka
    Supreme by Alan Moore
    Daredevil Born Again
    the Dark Knight Returns
    Hitman
    Impulse #3 Mr. Popularity
    Fantastic Four #51 This Man, This Monster
    Runaways by BKV
    NEXTWAVE Agents of HATE
    the Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck
    Preacher
    Punisher Welcome Back Frank
    X-Men the Dark Phoenix Saga
    Batman RIP
    Y: the Last Man
    Transmetropolitain
    the Great Darkness Saga (LEGION)
    Flash: the Return of Barry Allen
    Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow
    Superman: the Man of Steel (John Byrne)
    Starman (James Robinson)
    OMAC 1-8 Jack Kirby
    COPRA vol. 1
    Batman #156 Robin Dies at Dawn
    Superman For the Man Who Has Everything
    X-Men Days of Future’s Past
    Cosmic Odyssey
    Infinity Gauntlet
    Thor the Mighty Avenger
    Squadron Supreme
    Frog Thor
    the Last Iron Fist Story (Fraction/Brubaker)
    Age of the Sentry
    Punisher vs. Archie
    Judge Dredd the Apocalypse War
    Final Crisis
    Secret Wars (1985)
    JLA/Avengers
    New X-Men: E is for Extinction
    Planet Hulk
    Persepolis
    Planetary
    JLA the Nail
    the Authority 1-12
    DC the New Frontier
    Palmiotti/Gray/Conner’s Power Girl
    the Mighty Thor-cules
    Batman No Man’s Land
    Teen Titans the Judas Contract
    Joe Kelly’s Deadpool
    Marvel’s Godzilla
    SMAX by Alan Moore & Zander Cannon
    Secret Six
    Sea Guy
    OMAC 1-8 Giffen/Didio
    Superman Red Son
    Irreedemable
    Power Pack: Thor & the Warriors Four
    Pride of Bagdahd
    Green Arrow by Brad Meltzer & Phil Hester
    the Ultimates by Millar & Hitch
    Spider-Man Identity Crisis
    Spider-Man 2099
    Batman Year Two
    Fifty-Two
    Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight
    X-Men by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
    Marvel Zombies
    Batman: Seduction of the Gun
    WildCATs 3.0 (Joe Casey)
    Wolverine: Old Man Logan
    the Sentry
    Earth X
    X-Tinction Agenda
    Maximum Carnage
    OMAC by John Byrne
    Marvel 1602
    Ultimate Galactus Trilogy
    House of M
    Civil War
    Flash Rebirth
    Civil War Front Line
    Heroes Reborn
    the Ultimates 2
    Superman/Batman Generations Three
    Batman Arkham Asylum OGN
    Batman War Games
    X-Cutioner’s Song
    Spider-Man: One More Day
    Supreme Power
    New 52 Suicide Sqaud
    Spawn/WildCATS Devil Day
    All-Star Batman & Robin
    Spider-Man Chapter One
    Rising Stars
    Maximum Cloneage
    Batman: Hush
    Kick-Ass
    Jusitce League: the Rise of Arsenal
    Batman the Widening Gyre
    Trouble
    Justice League: Cry for Justice
    Ultimatum
    Spider-Man Sins Past
    X-Men the Draco
    Mar-ville
    Identity Crisis

  3. I had SO MUCH FUN listening to this interview–a blast of pure nostalgia for the 16 years I lived in central North Carolina. And your focus on “the logos” gave me a much greater appreciation for how Latour’s depth of backgrounds makes SOUTHERN BASTARDS such a rich comics experience. So thank you guys for that.

    AVENGERS ANNUAL 10 directly followed from the events of two issues of MS. MARVEL that were left unpublished when the book was canceled; those were published in the mid-1990s in an issue of (if memory serves) MARVEL SUPER-HEROES. I would rate ANNUAL 10 higher than you guys did because of the glorious Michael Golden art–there was a period in which this was my absolute hands-down favorite art on any comic ever. Golden is largely overlooked these days, which is a real shame–his small body of work was an acknowledged major influence on Art Adams (and thus on Todd McFarlane) and I suspect on Mike Wieringo and Humberto Ramos.

    Also, “Michelinie” rhymes with “pickle-my-knee”. Just so’s ya know.

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