Acmecast
The Radiation!!!

Stephen, Jay and Riley look back on the year that was with they favorite convention stories (and meals), their observations (and opinions) on the industry's transformations, their favorite new books on the year, and the titles they could have done without completely!

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  • "I wondered the other day how as yet there hasn't been a CW show called “Riverdale”, a la Smallville, with a teen-drama take on Archie and the gang." - Gregg Schigiel
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From our family to yours, 'tis the season of giving and we've delivered what is sure to be the #1 holiday single of the year!

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Jermaine, Stephen and Jody blow the lid off the revelations of Avengers & X-Men: Axis #7, compare the structure of crossover events and annuals, dig through a stack of Comics at the Table, and sit down with Acme Comics Customers of the Year 2014, Frank and Ray Chut, about their favorite comics, events and creators of last 51 weeks!

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It's the first brand, spankin' new Acmecast in a month!

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Recording live on Sunday, November 16th at the Durham Convention Center during NC Comicon 2014! Go behind the counter with Jermaine and Stephen, as well as Heroes Aren't Hard to Find's Shelton Drum, Ultimate Comics' Alan Gill and Ssalefish Comics' Bret Parks!

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...for there you have been and there you will long to return. - Leonardo da Vinci

Jermaine, Stephen and Jay bid farewell to their dear friend and creator of Skyward, Jeremy Dale, before soldiering on to analyze Marvel's cinematic universe Phase 3 announcements, DC's 2015 event, Convergence, and two week's worth of Comics at the Table.

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Jermaine, Stephen and Jay get together to disect the first teaser trailer for the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and see how Lord Retail's comic grading stacks up against the folks from CGC! Then it's an extended conversation between Crogan's Adventures creator Schweizer and Stephen about all things retail!

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Jermaine and Stephen regroup after a hectic barrage of news from New York Comic Con to distill all the headlines you need to make decisions about your upcoming subscriptions, gauge the pros and cons of DC's massive film announcements, and build up to two weeks worth of Comics at the Table!

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Jermaine and Jay currate over an hour and a half of segments including an interview with Nailbiter and Birthright writer Joshua Williamson, a discussion of a massive week of Comics at the Table, an update on the goings-on at Acme Comics Presents with Valerie, and a farewell to Cody!

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Jermaine, Stephen and Jay answer all your questions about this week's comic book small screen premieres, Gotham on Fox and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, recap the Asheville Comic Expo, bring an end to the future of the New 52 and prep you for next week's monsterous offerings!

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Jermaine and Stephen take this month's Previews episode up to the wire, but they're ready to hip you to your new favorite books, from the Saga volume 1 oversized hardcover to Gotham by Midnight #1!

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Jermaine, Stephen and Jody are joined by Gregg Schigiel, creator of Pix: One Weirdest Weekend, to pull back the curtain on self-publishing your own graphic novel, not just the writing and drawing of the thing, but coloring, lettering, leveling and printing of the final product, before jumping into two weeks worth of Comics at the Table!

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Lord Retail is joined by a cavalclade of Acme alumni including John Bethel (ep #106 Good Ol' Children of the Atom, ep. #185 America Still Needs Your Help), Jay Howerton (ep. 120 People v. Acmecast), Ryan Rubio (Acmecast #166 Weapon X-Files, Acmecast #141 Gijoey), and newcomer Devin Turner to bask in the glory of the Marvel cinematic universe, past, present, and future!

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  • Editor's Note: I don't like to over-analyze the episodes that I didn't host myself, but if I could throw one thought out there, it would be that Jon Favreau doesn't get enough credit for establishing a visual style that is able to be both unique to each director and character (Star-Lord's dancing intro in Guardians, the period piece of Captain America: the First Avenger) and transcendant of all genres and actors.

    Jermaine touches on Warner Bros. not getting the interconnectivity of the movies, the DVD shorts, TV shows, etc., and I think that's 100% true, but they've also clung to the super-stylized take that Christopher Nolan brought to Batman, even when it's not appropriate for Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman, etc., as emphasized by the leaked inter-office memo concerning Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

    Even though they haven't gotten too far into the detailed reasoning behind Edgar Wright and the other cast members leaving Ant-Man, maybe Wright, whose body of work has always been 100% his, Simon Pegg's, Nick Frost's and Jessica Hines', couldn't play ball with the visual language to which Marvel movie-going audiences have become accustomed. Wright's other comic adaptation, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a favorite of mine, made just $47 million worldwide, whereas the least successful Marvel cinematic movie, Hulk, still grossed $263 million.
  • I also just want to clarify the creative credits for Annihilation and Annihilation Conquest:
    • Drax the Destroyer came out in 2005 before Annihilation began and was written by Keith Giffen.
    • During the Annihilation minis from 2005-2006, Giffen wrote Silver Surfer, Abnett & Lanning wrote Nova, Javier Grillo-Marxuach wrote Super-Skrull, and Simon Furman wrote Ronan.
    • Giffen then wrote the unifying Annihilation mini series in 2006, which the Nova ongoing series by Abnett & Lanning spun out of in 2007
    • The Annihilation Conquest minis started in 2007, with Quasar written by Christos Gage, Star-Lord by Giffen (introducing the Guardians of the Galaxy as we know them today), and Wraith written by Grillo-Marxuach.
    • Abnett & Lanning then stepped in for the climax mini series in late 2007/ early 2008, from which the Guardians of the Galaxy spun out.
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Stephen and Riley are joined in the studio by Out of Step CrossFit owner and head coach Rob Turner as they get into their divergent and intersecting paths, making fitness and comics work for YOU, and a big week of debut issues with the Fade Out, Dark Horse Presents, Little Nemo Return to Slumberland and Multiversity!

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Jermaine & Stephen set sail without a compass, throwing caution to the wind, and end up way down the rabbit hole as they wind their way through comics, movies and, of course, retail!

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Jermaine debriefs Stephen on his trip to San Diego for Comic-Con International, who he saw and what he heard, they go over the new highlights from comics, TV and movies, provide a spoiler-free review of Guardians of the Galaxy, and go through two weeks worth of Comics at the Table!

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Jermaine and Stephen are joined by comic writer/ artist, photographer and Loikamania podcast host Pat Loika to preview this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego, discuss the pre-show news and talk over some of this week's Comics at the Table!

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If the episode description could be a song, it would be the Flight of the Conchords "Think About It". Since it cannot, Jermaine and Stephen get truly, falsely outraged by the heart of comics today, go to the numbers in search of answers, and console themselves with comics at the table!

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Editor's Note: After the rough first mix on Acmecast #200, I took extra pains to make this the best sounding episode of our entire run!

Jermaine and Stephen OD on Guardians of the Galaxy as they page through July's Previews magazine, wrap up their adventures at HeroesCon 2014, and look forward to a packed midway point of the year!

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Recorded live at HeroesCon 2014 in Charlotte, NC on June 20th!

For nearly four years, Jermaine “Lord Retail” Exum, Stephen Mayer, and the rest of the Acme Comics crew have been bringing you in-depth interviews with your favorite creators, up-to-date reviews of the week’s books, and any other untold amount of nonsense. Now with over 150,000 downloads and 199 episode in the rearview mirror, join them to celebrate their 200th show LIVE with any number of guest drop-ins to be announced!

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Join us on Friday, June 20th at 2:30 PM as we record Acmecast #200 LIVE at HeroesCon 2014 at the Charlotte Convention Center! Special guests, games and Comics at the Table galore! Stop by and see us at Booth 1908-1910 on the show floor before and afterwards!

Recorded live at Acme Comics Presents on Saturday, March 29th, 2014!

ACTION LAB BUSINESS FORUM with Kelly Dale & Kevin Freeman!

  • Once you have an idea or finished product, how to market it via social media or conventions to stores and the public!
  • How to present your portfolio or story to a publisher!
  • What constitutes intellectual property and how to protect it!
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Jermaine & Stephen catch you up on the latest Acme events and comic news, bring you the second half of the Action Lab Day Artist's Forum, and break through two weeks of Comics at the Table!

Recorded live at Acme Comics Presents on Saturday, March 29th!

How to turn a written script into finished art! How to decide between working with full color and black & white! How to layout a cover to stand out on store shelves!

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Jermaine, Stephen & Jay take a first look at the brand-new Hornhead, debate the very merits of art as an institution (and the legalities therein), and dig into the June Previews cataloge to unearth the mysteries of Carpenter's Lo Pan, Jorodowsky's Dune and Bob's Burgers!

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Jermaine, Stephen & Jay look back on last week's Godzilla, look ahead to this week's X-Men Days of Future Past, close the book on Forever Evil and try a suss out what's going on in Original Sin!

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Jermaine & Stephen take some time to reflect on the unprecedented success that was Free Comic Book Day 2014 before diving into a Previews catalogue overflowing with New 52 Future's End, Guardians of the Galaxy, new Image #1's, Walter Simonson goodness and MORE! 

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Jermaine, Stephen & Cody bring you up to speed on several of 2014's Free Comic Book Day offerings, dig into Amazing Spider-man and Southern Bastards #1, and turn on one another as they tear through a spoiler-filled review of the Amazing Spider-man 2!

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Jermaine & Stephen give you a last minute crash-course in Free Comic Book Day scheduling and etiquette, run through the nominees for this year's Eisner Awards, and bring you the first half of the artist's seminar from Action Lab Day!

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Jermaine and Stephen throw caution to the wind and bring you a spoiler-FILLED episode running through all of the scenes and speculation of Captain America: the Winter Soldier!

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Recorded LIVE during Action Lab Day on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC!

Join Action Lab Entertainment director of marketing Kelly Dale as she leads a workshop discussion with Skyward writer/ artist Jeremy Dale and Ehmm Theory writer Brockton McKinney! Throughout the hour they go into outline and script structure, collaboration techniques, and professional Do's & Don't's!

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Jermaine and Stephen bring you the April Previews catalogue for items shipping in June, fly through a lightning round of Comics at the Table, and keep you up to date on all the latest events on the Acme calendar!

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"These people need what we can do and that is enough for me." - Hellboy

Jermaine and Stephen take a break to discover the origins of Mike Mignola's Hellboy, celebrating his 20th anniversary this Saturday, update you on the changes to Free Comic Book Day 2014, keep you up to speed on all of the latest events taking place around the shop, and bring you two weeks worth of Comics at the Table!

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  • Sequart Orginization, producers of Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods, Warren Ellis: Ghost Boxes, and Image Revolution!
  • Download your own copy of Image Revolution or watch the trailer here!
  • Hellboy Day, celebrating 20 years of the flagship Dark Horse Comics hero! - Saturday, March 22nd  10 AM - 7 PM!
  • Action Lab Day, with special guests Jeremy Dale, Kelly Dale, Larkin Ford, Kevin Freeman and Brockton McKinney! - Saturday, March 29th  11 AM - 5 PM!
  • "Hellbat", the latest Acme Comics exclusive t-shirt, designed by Riley Till, available starting on Saturday for $15 each!
  • The Tyler Crook illustrated Rasputin graphic novel from Oni Press Stephen mentioned was called Petrograd.
  • Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel #40 featuring Daredevil letterer Joe Carmagna!
  • Daredevil artist Chris Samnee's 2014 convention appearances!
  • "Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe" on Hulu.com!
  • Comics at the Table! - Stray Bullets Killers #1, Captain Marvel #1, Secret Avengers #1, American Vampire Second Cycle #1, Batman & Aquaman #29 and Daredevil #1!
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Jermaine and Stephen catch up with Skyward creator Jeremy Dale and Action Lab marketing director Kelly Dale to lay out the goings-on of Action Lab Day on March 29th, connect with cartoonist Gregg Schigiel to comb through Image publisher Eric Stephenson's ComicsPRO 2014 address, and answer YOUR questions!

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Jermaine and Stephen catch up with Skyward creator Jeremy Dale and Action Lab marketing director Kelly Dale to lay out the goings-on of Action Lab Day on March 29th, connect with cartoonist Gregg Schigiel to comb through Image publisher Eric Stephenson's ComicsPRO 2014 address, and answer YOUR questions!

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Acmecast #187 - Acme Wish Book!

Stephen, Jay and Pete dive headfirst into the March Previews catalogue for items shipping May and in the process they pick at Big Two marketing strategies and praise the incentives and structure of smaller publishers!

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Acmecast #186 - Ooga, ooga, ooga-chaka

Jermaine, Stephen and Jay take a trip to the west coast and a galaxy far, far away to analyze the first full Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, educate Lord Retail on the cast of the new Fantastic Four movie reboot, and power through two weeks of Comics at the Table!

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Riding high on the excitement of the newest Captain America: Winter Soldier trailer that debuted during Sunday's Super Bowl, Jermaine is joined by special reporters John Bethel and Travis Covington to go behind the shield (and S.H.I.E.L.D.) and take look at what makes ol' Winghead more than just a super soldier!

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Jermaine, Stephen, Jody and Jay put a bow on the 2014 Charlotte Mini Con, give the back story on their Serenity Leaves on the Wind #1 store exclusive variant cover, run through the latest batch of DC New 52 cancellations, serve up two weeks worth of Comics at the Table, and look at the tradition of comic letters columns and how they live on today!

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Stephen, Jody and Jay put creator-owned things aside to discuss the latest announcements and April 2014 solicitations from Marvel and DC before taking a wild aside into Stephen's greatest fear and internet curiousities!

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Jermaine, Stephen & Jody bring you the "true" 2013 top 10 best-selling publishers, comics and collections from Diamond Comics Distributors, get you up to speed for Comic-Con International, comb through every single announcement from Image Expo 2014, and dig into a huge stack of Anthologies at the Table!

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Jermaine and Stephen sit down with 2013 Acme Comics Customer of the Year Pete Bowne to break down his passion for sequential art before looking back on perhaps the busiest year of their careers!

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