An article on the 9/11 Commission Report comic book gets Mulele and Tim talking about media portrayals of comics, and comics terminology. Also, the decompression of comics, an evaluation of John Byrne, and The Walking Dead!
Brandon and Tim begin a two-part Skype discussion, starting with Dr. Strange: the Oath! Also, Brandon reads from a 1959 Charles Schulz essay on developing a comic and asks Tim about how he developed Spider-Hag!
We wrap up our discussion of Japanese comics with New Lone Wolf and Cub, Tezuka’s Future Man Chaos, and Inuyasha, plus we get sidetracked on the 25th anniversary edition of Blade Runner!
Tim, Mulele, Patrick, and Patrik discuss Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Parasyte (recently republished by Del-Ray), and (sometimes very goofy) portrayals of Japan and other familiar places in comics and in Hollywood.
Tim, Mulele, and Patrick interview Patrik Washburn, who has just completed his successful first gallery show in Tokyo.
Tim and Brandon finally manage to get together via Skype, and get caught up on comics reviews, including Past Lies, Star Wars Panel to Panel, She-Hulk 19, and Magician: Apprentice!
Starbucks becomes too noisy, so Tim and Mulele evacuate (at 2:44) to a department store stairwell to discuss whether a writer should go ahead with an idea after discovering someone else has already done it. Case in point: Brian Michael Bendis, the return of the Skrulls, and Battlestar Galactica.