Category Archives: Episodes

Episode 66 – Watch out for Dracula f/Jay Pinkerton

This week, we welcome out first video game creator guest, Jay Pinkerton, co-writer of Valve’s Portal 2, which is already, in my humble opinion, a contender for game of the year. Jay’s an old pal of ours, so he sits in with us for the whole show! He talks with us about his (and our) time in the early days of internet comedy, writing comics for Valve, following up the surprise success of the first Portal, working with Stephen Merchant and J.K. Simmons, music to write to, and a ton more! Plus, we examine the fallout of that Action Comics #900 backup. You know the one. And Dracula MAY show up. You’ve been warned.

The Rundown

Comics Talked About:

  • Amazing Spider-Man #659
  • Batman Incorporated #5
  • Detective Comics #876
  • FF#2
  • Action Comics #900

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Episode 65 – Halfway Through, Set Someone on Fire w/ Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt

Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, the writer/artist team behind Oni Press’ The Sixth Gun and The Damned, sit down with us this week to talk about their comics, the best Westerns, collaborating, the power of a good margarita, the difference color makes, why supernatural stuff is a part of their stories and much more! We also welcome another member of the Ajax Hundo Club, Alberto DeJesus, and answer a philosophical listener question!

The Rundown

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Episode 64 – Hells, Damns and Anachronisms f/Brian Clevinger

Atomic Robo and Captain America: The Fighting Avenger writer Brian Clevinger stops in to talk with us about Cap, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, his new Robo anthology, the future of digital comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who he’d pick to voice Robo and lots of other stuff! Plus: A momentous checking of ourselves, one last reading of pledge drive names, and more!

The Rundown

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Episode 63 – Domino Sense f/Chris Burnham

Chris Burnham, artist on Batman Incorporated, Officer Downe and Nixon’s Pals,  stops in this week to talk about his work, particularly on a character one host seems to have some kind of affinity for. Among other things, Mr. Burnham tells us how difficult it is to draw death traps and to not draw Batman murdering people. We also welcome yet another member of the Ajax Hundo Club, Mr. Rob Dean! With him, we answer an age-old question about donuts.

The Rundown

Comics Talked About:

  • Wolverine: The Best There Is
  • Fear Itself #1
  • Nonplayer #1
  • Captain America and Batroc #1
  • Action Double Feature

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Episode 62 – Listen to the Rednecks f/Jeff Parker

Fellow Carolinian and barbecue enthusiast Jeff Parker returns to War Rocket Ajax this week to talk about his work on Hulk, Thunderbolts and his webcomic, Bucko! We talk at length about barbecue (it wouldn’t be WRA without it), why Jeff wasn’t able to have any snow cream this year, the zen-like conundrum of Shaolin monk vs. caveman and much, much more! Plus: We offer one last big incentive in the very last week of our pledge drive, answer a listener question and give our first ever anti-recommendation!

The Rundown

  • Jeff’s on Twitter, and you should follow him there. Plus, check out his website!
  • After you read Bucko, you should really look at artist Erika Moen’s previous (and sexy) webcomic DAR!
  • The @FakeAPStylebook book, Write More Good, comes out tomorrow! Buy it right here! Chris and Matt were both contributors, along with lots of our online pals.
  • If any of you fine folks have any ideas for what the Ajax crew or our listeners ought to be called, let us know in the comments.
  • Chris’s Anti-Rec: WWE’s Top 50 Superstars of All Time
  • Matt’s Rec: Bob’s Burgers
  • Music used: Wolf Parade, “Cave-o-Sapien”

Comics Talked About:

  • Detective Comics #875
  • Punisher: In the Blood
  • Iron Man #502

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Episode 61 – WRA Armory

This week we reveal our full arsenal as we talk with our pals Evie and Aaron of Awesomed by Comics! In addition to the Punisher and his guns, we talk about how Evie and Aaron met, their wedding, Pokemon (big surprise there), Jim Davis, and much more! Plus, Evie and Aaron sit in with us for our checks, recs and comics discussion!

The Rundown

Comics Talked About:

  • Batman Inc. #4
  • Ultimate Spider-Man #156
  • FF #1

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Episode 60 – Caulk Gun Taco

We welcome Colleen Coover back to the show this week to talk about the comics she drew for Marvel and Taco Bell, video games, storytelling, horror and more! Plus: Our pledge drive rolls on, and Chris talks about why the money’s coming in so handy.

The Rundown

  • Follow Colleen Coover on Twitter! We didn’t get to talk about it much on the show, but you should also read her not-at-all-a-webcomic comic Gingerbread Girl at Top Shelf 2.0!
  • If you have read the Taco Bell comics we talked about on the show but have not actually read, let us know what you think!
  • I had a lot of fun at C2E2 this weekend with our pals Euge (a.k.a. Adam Warrock) and Curt and Chris from Let’s Be Friends Again. Expect a full report next week.
  • Chris’s Rec: Pokemon Black (again)
  • Matt’s Rec: Girl Scout cookies
  • Music used: “Colleen” by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Comics Talked About:

  • Superman #709
  • The Sixth Gun trade
  • Parker: The Outfit

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Episode 59 – The Time Is Now f/Christopher Hastings

This week Chris and Matt welcome Dr. McNinja artist/writer and recently named Deadpool: Fear Itself writer Christopher Hastings to the show! We talk with him at length about Dr. McNinja, Deadpool, influences, cursing in webcomics, the classic action film Commando and much more! If that wasn’t enough, we’re also joined by Ajax Hundo Club member Evan Guidry, and Chris takes on a hater on the topic of versatility!

The Rundown

  • Follow Christopher Hastings on Twitter, and read his article on Comics Alliance listing the top five Deadpool moments!
  • In case you had any doubts about the greatness that is Commando.
  • We ask again that anyone who’s considering donating to WRA this week instead send that money to the Red Cross to help the people devastated by the earthquake in Japan. Alternately, GlobalGiving also has a Japan relief fund.
  • To those who don’t like it when we talk about chicken and/or barbecue: Tough for you this week.
  • Oh, hey! I didn’t talk about it on the show, but I’ll be hanging out at C2E2 in Chicago this weekend. I’ll be the guy with the beard, the longish hair and the horn-rimmed glasses. Say hi!
  • Chris’s Rec: Pokemon Black
  • Matt’s Rec: Deadwood on Blu-Ray
  • Evan’s Rec: Gothic Doll
  • Music used: “No Treaties” from the 1989 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles album, “Coming Out of Their Shells”

Comics Talked About:

  • Batman Incorporated #3
  • Venom #1
  • PunisherMAX #11
  • I had to cut it for time (yes, I cut things for time), but I talked about the first trade of The Sixth Gun. It’s great, and you should buy it.

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Episode 58 – Embrace the Kookiness f/ Jim Zubkavich

We managed to get an in somehow and get Jim Zubkavich, creator of Skullkickers and editor/writer of a whole bunch of Street Fighter comics, to talk to us this week! We get Jim to explain what possessed him to allow Chris Sims to write a story in the latest issue of Skullkickers (#6, in stores now), to talk at length about Street Fighter and to answer the burning question of whether there’ll ever be a boy born who can swim as fast as a shark. Plus, our pledge drive rolls on as we welcome the first member of the Ajax Hundo Club, Ryan Holliday, to our third chair!

The Rundown

  • Jim Zub is on Twitter. Follow him! Check out the his LiveJournal and the website for Udon Entertainment!
  • I don’t know if you heard, but Chris has a story in Skullkickers #6.
  • In case you aren’t familiar with Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight.
  • List your real-people team of heroes in the comments! All you need is a strong guy, an experienced guy, a sneaky guy, a guy with a boat and a girl!
  • Thanks again to Ryan for his donation and for coming on the show. Look for other members of the Hundo Club in the coming weeks!
  • Chris’s Rec: WFMU‘s pledge drive
  • Matt’s Rec: CVS brand sinus medicine (the kind with the daytime and nighttime in the same box)
  • Ryan’s Rec: Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Comics Talked About:

  • Amazing Spider-Man #655
  • Detective Comics #874
  • Iron Man 2.0 #1
  • Thor #620
  • Jeff Parker’s Hulk (again)

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Episode 57 – These Are My Words f/Kevin Church

Our bro blogger and Agreeable Comics writer Kevin Church stops by this week to talk about the abrupt ending to The Rack, his other comics, working with artists, Internet commenting vs. blogging, good ’90s comics and much more! Plus, our pledge drive keeps rolling on and Chris and Matt discuss their recent travels. If that wasn’t enough, we also take on someone who’s been hating on the both of us!

The Rundown

Comics Talked About:

  • Amazing Spider-Man #654.1
  • Silver Surfer #1 (wait for the interview)
  • Jeff Parker’s Hulk (ditto)

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