Acmecast
With the gift of gab and the might of 1000 comic book retailers the Acme Comics crew waxes poetic on all things comics!

We're trying something new! As Jermaine unpacks into his new house we'll be periodically going through one of his many boxes from years of collecting and open them up on the show, discussing what we find. Video games, movies, forgotten gems, human body parts. Who knows what we'll find!?

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We get into the thick of it again folks! Why are you reading this? Listen to the episode!

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A brief rundown of things happening at the shop before we dive right into a big mailbag of YOUR listener questions!

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This is a big one folks! All of our thoughts on Zack Snyder's Justice League! Do Ben and Austin hate Superman? The massive Marvel Comics/Penguin Random House distribution deal.
Are you reading Daniel Warren Johnson's Beta Ray Bill? You should be! Listen to Power Trip!

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This week we're talking BRZRKR, celebrity comic book writers, more shop nonsense, media that changed our lives and of course answer your listener questions... To the best of our abilities at least. 

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You might be able to hear the exhaustion in our voices. It's been a rigorous few weeks at ol' camp Acme. Late shipments, comics controversy on Twitter, and the constant pandemic retail grind. But don't worry, we talk about it all and take some more listener questions!

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The Acme Comics Crew is back! We're talking WandaVision(Spoiler Alert!), classic sitcoms, DC Comics, new titles, Lawnmower Man, and we're answering your listener questions. 
Someone get Jermaine a coffee maker, please. 

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Some AcmeCast AUDIO KARATE for your listening pleasure! 
We talk comics, we talk WandaVision and Cobra Kai. 
More listener questions.
Does the Karate Kid work for Marvel? Some think so!

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 We return to our regularly scheduled programming to see what's what's happening in the store this week!
Recorded in the wee hours of the AM before the store opened we talk coffee mishaps, the staff review of Wonder Woman: 1984, and the sitcom nature of some days at the shop. 

Email your podcast questions to ben@acmecomics.com

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The entire Acme crew together at last! Join us as we do a year in review and answer YOUR questions on air!
Email any questions you have for the AcmeCast to ben@acmecomics.com

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Ben talks the creative team behind the upcoming GRIT from Scout Comics. We love being able to shed light on indie comics and smaller press works whenever we get a chance, especial when its a book THIS GOOD! Writer Brian Wickman and artist Kevin Castaniero talk about how they got their start in comics, taking the highway to the diner zone, and of course lots about GRIT. 
GRIT will be on the shelves 7/29!

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The Store is open, comics are back on the shelves and well... The staff is a little crazy. We catch you up on the past few months the only way we know how. 
We talk about the struggles of the past few months, the good times, and fill you in on a lot of the conversations we had while you were away including the return of Wrestling to Acme comics and movies that we can't stand!
Pardon our madness!

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Jermaine digs deep with one of the most accomplished collectors we know of and friend of the store, Aaron Meyers!
Some of you may know about Aaron Meyers, either from his collections he posts on his instagram, AMC Comic Sales, or the legend that looms large. 

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Jermaine sits down for an awesome an inspiring conversation with Anthony Desiato; director of the recently released My Comic Shop Country, My Comic Shop DocumentARy, and host of the My Comic Shop History podcast!
The My Comic Shop Country documentary is available to rent or buy on iTunes, Prime, and more. It even features our own Lord Retail and the Acme Comics crew!

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Austin and Ben are back from ComicsPro in Portland. We break down everything they learned, saw, ate and experienced. The good, the bad, and the ugly of the gathering of comic's retail organization (almost all good).
We also talk the negative energy of Leap Day and our March Madness sale!

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A lot of incredible people walk through the doors of Acme Comics. One of our coolest customers is Scott Neitlich, former marketing manager for Mattel (Yes, THAT Mattel) and the impetus behind the Matty Collector brand that focused its content towards the Adult Collectible consumer. 

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You asked for it, we deliver.
Austin is back on the podcast and we're talking all things Star Wars! From our history with the franchise to Rise of Skywalker and Mandalorian. 
Nothing ever really dies... or does it?

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Ben sat down with writer Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, Punisher, Annihilation Scourge) to discuss how he got into comics, running a record label, the whirlwind of the year that was 2019, and his much anticipated book Hawkeye: Freefall that releases January 1st 2020!


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A blast from the past!
In honor of an official Netflix release date of Locke and Key we dig up and dust off an incredible discussion with Joe Hill from January 27, 2012. 

Contact us at acmelwn@bellsouthsouth.net or ben@acmecomics.com 

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Ben and Jermaine made a deal. Ben would watch at least one season of Transformers: Beast Wars in exchange for Jermaine to watch one of Ben's favorite movies of all time, Lost Boys. We bring in video rental expert and resident horror-hound Pete Bowne to discuss!

Happy Holidays!

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Since we last got together tons of things have happened! Jermaine gives a road report of TFCon and Ben updates Lord Retail on everything Halloween Comics Festival!
Long Live Steak-Out!

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Spoilers abound as Jermaine and Ben wrap up their Uncanny deep dive with the long-awaited conclusion to the House of X/Powers of X series from Jonathan Hickman! Theories, feelings, heartbreaks, and future speculation all laid on the table for you to enjoy. 
This is a great listen if you need a refresher before X-Men number one! We did the work for you!

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We "Roll Out" all the birthday details from our big 2 day back issue sale that included an inshore appearance by IDW Transformers artist Casey Coller. Included are some customers sharing their favorite Lord Retail stories and an excellent conversation with Casey Coller about working for a franchise such as Transformers and how he got his start!

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Our deep dive into Hickman's definitive decade spanning change of Marvel's Mutants continues!
Come see us for your copies of House and Powers, or talk to us to find out where to start!

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In the first episode of an all new all different Acme Cast, Jermaine and Ben sit down with resident "x-pert" Jon Bethel to deep dive into the first issue of Jonathan Hickman's House of X!

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The Book Club is BACK, lead by Pete & Austin, and they've reconvened during this, the creepiest month of the year, to discuss the first volume truly disturbing Image Comics series, Nailbiter by Joshua Williamson & Mike Henderson!

"Where do serial killers come from?" and why has Buckaroo, Oregon given birth to sixteen of the most vile serial killers in the world? NSA Agent Nicholas Finch needs to solve that mystery in order to save his friend, and he'll have to team up with the infamous Edward "Nailbiter" Warren to do it. JOSHUA WILLIAMSON & MIKE HENDERSON deliver a mystery that mixes Twin Peaks with the horror of Se7en!

Show Notes:

 

  • Follow Mike & Josh on Twitter!
  • Follow Mike Henderson on Twitter to check out all of the daily sketches that Austin & Griff were gushing over!

 

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Stephen, Pete & Austin sit down with two weeks worth of Comics at the Table, get a recap of the goings-on at New York Comic Con 2016, and get to know Acme's newest employee a little bit better before getting way too sentimental with each other!

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Now's your chance to sit in on the inaugural Acme Comics Book Club, as Pete & Austin lead a group discussion of one of the most important works in the 76 year history of DC Comics, Kingdom Come, and end take a surprise call-in from the book's writer, Mark Waid!

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Stephen, Pete & Austin give Jay his moment in the spotlight as they discover how he championed comics as literature while shaping young minds as a high school drama teacher for over a decade, used his job as a radio DJ to develop his collecting habits, and brought it all back around to Star Trek, as always!

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Stephen is joined by Jay & Austin as they probe the secret origins of one of Acme's most enigmatic employees, Pete Bowne! Then the gang breaks done Marvel's Civil War II summer (now into fall) event thus far!

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Stephen and Adam are joined by their officemates to go through the hits and misses of DC Rebirth with Jay, bring you an Acmecast exclusive announcement with Tree Mail creator Brian Smith, and provide alternative methods to break into comics with Thomas Boatwright!

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WE'RE BACK!

Sorry for the late posting, but we figured that since you already had to wait on us for ten weeks, what's a few more hours, right?

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Stephen, Adam & Rob grab their copies of the Feminine Mystique to critique the second part of Brian Bendis & Alex Maleev's Daredevil run, and then they burn the midnight oil with incoming Batman writer Tom King as they discuss his plans for the Caped Crusader, his time in the CIA and how it influenced his creator-owned series Sheriff of Babylon, and the origins of his run on Vision in his debut novel A Once Crowded Sky!

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Stephen and Adam pay tribute with a final word on their favorite creator that brought them closer together as friends through comics, travel and attitude, Darwyn Cooke.

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Stephen, Rob and Adam shake off the post-Free Comic Book Day haze to give the final word on this year's festivities (and a hit towards 2017), provide their spoiler-filled review of Captain America: Civil War, and express their amazement at the poignancy of the first volume of Brian Bendis & Alex Maleev's Daredevil, even 14 years later!

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Stephen, Rob and Adam surprise even themselves with their enthusiasm as they dig into the first six issues of Stan Lee & Jack Kirby's original Fantastic Four, featuring the first appearance of the FF (obvs.), the Mole Man, the Skrulls, Miracle Man (?) and Doctor Doom and the return of Namor the Sub-Mariner as well as gag ads, in-House of Ideas promotions, the very first Marvel No Prize, socio-political impacts and MORE!

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Preacher pt. 6 (of 6)

Stephen, Rob and Adam round out their first book club by bringing Preacher to a close, run through the laundry list of "Black"/ sci-fi/ post-apocalyptic/ paranormal/ crime noir announcements from Emerald City Comic Con's Image Expo, and gush over the prolonged Star Wars excited provided by the first Rogue One teaser trailer!

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SPOILERS!!!

To borrow a Jermaine-ism, because you demanded it, seriously, like even when we weren't at work people were asking us, it's a no-holds-barred, SPOILER-filled review of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice with Stephen, the film most vocal opponent RIley, and it's most hopeful supporter Pete, plus a rundown of the creative teams, release dates and formats of DC Rebirth titles shipping in June!

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Preacher pt. 5 (of 6)

Stephen, Rob and Adam get you up to speed on the latest comic-related mature readers/ viewers release dates out of SXSW, including Preacher, Outcast, Daredevil and Batman v. Superman, and take a break from their pursuit of the almighty to seek justice, and a brass ring podcast guest, in their own neck of the woods!

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Stephen, Rob and Adam share their local cues, reach their Preacher threshold and tell you which midwestern and deep south states to avoid in the last episode!

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Stephen and Pete catch you up on the last three days of announcements from the ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meeting, including new titles from Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez and Marvel Star Wars, Image publisher Eric Stephenson's remarks, and MORE!

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Stephen and Pete come to you LIVE from the ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meetings with their reactions to the Day One announcements from Dark Horse, DC Collectibles, DC Sales & Marketing and, most importantly, DC Rebirth!

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Preacher pt. 3 (of 6)

Stephen, Rob and Adam put their reservations about the Deadpool feature film out on front street, bat about their best guesses as to what DC's Rebirth Initiative could be prior to the hopeful reveal at next week's ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meeting, and plot the chronology of Preacher's Ancient History throughout Book Three!

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Preacher pt. 2 (of 6)

Stephen, Rob and Adam break the seal on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens spoilers a month after the release and dig into the unerlying themes of the second book of Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon's Vertigo opus!

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Preacher Pt. 1 (of 6)

Stephen, Rob and Adam recount their days in short pants, running around the yard arguing over who would be the Red, Black or Blue Power Rangers and those feeling that issue #0 from Boom Studios brought back before going in the complete opposite direction and recalling the way Preacher #1 knocked them straight on their butts!

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Stephen is joined by new co-hosts Rob and Adam as they go through the best that 2015 had to offer the industries and lay out plans for upcoming, ongoing segments!

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To celebrate the show's five year anniversary on Wednesday, Stephen & Carly take time out of their seaside vacation to record the program's first feature-length commentary track, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope! Enjoy!

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Jermaine and Stephen greet you this Halloween not with tales of terror and woe, but those of conventions from the past and the not-so-distant future, as Valerie joins them to recount the events of TF Con and the Asheville Comic Expo and NC Comicon Director of Media Brockton McKinney drops by to get you ready for this year's show, taking place November 13th through the 15th, including some EXCLUSIVE NEWS for fans of the Walking Dead and Umbrella Academy!

Show Notes:

  • All Levels ($200 VIP, $40 Weekend, $30 Saturday and $20 Sunday) passes are still available via The Carolina Theatre for NC Comicon 2015!
  • If you're a Delorean enthusiast, check out Back in Time on Netflix!
  • Comics at the Table! - Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1, Art Ops #1, Justice League Darkseid War Batman one-shot, Black Magick #1, Back to the Future #1, Secert Wars Agents of Atlas #1 and Cognetic #1!
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Acme's resident rednecks Stephen and Riley tear through reviews of Jughead #1, What If? Infinity Inhumans #1, What If? Infinity Thanos #1, Paper Girls #1, Lando #5, Plutona #2, Detective Comics #45, Saints #1, Amazing Spider-man #1, All-New All-Different Marvel Point One #1, Doctor Strange #1, Invincible Iron Man #1, Contest of Champions #1, Siege #4, Secret Wars #6, Batman & Robin Eternal #1 and Axcend #1!

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Jermaine recounts his trip to the Diamond Retailer Summit and Baltimore Comic Con, including being sold out by Mark Waid for "stealing" the dessert of Archie Comics president Mike Pellerito, and then he's joined by Stephen in attempt to prepare you for the monster week of new releases to come!

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Stephen and Riley try to decide if their eyes are bigger than their bookshelves as they thumb through the October Previews catalog featuring items shipping in December, what with the prospect of signed slipcases for NOS4A2 and Essex County, original art reproductions of Dark Knight Returns and Wally Wood, and first-time-in-print panoramas for Private Eye!

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Join us on our voyage to Lando Calrissian's very own pleasure moon as Jermaine and Stephen knock out the second half of the September Previews catalogue just a week before its due date, dig deeper into what the Secret Wars delays mean for us as a business, and address the dangers of Star Wars addiction in the run-up to the Force Awakens!

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Coming to you a week late due to travel and pressing shipment processing needs, Stephen, Riley and Austin analyze the packaging and pricing of The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, give their thoughts on Secret Wars #9 of 8, and get through the Dark Horse, DC and IDW sections of the September Previews catalogue for items shipping in November before being so rudely interrupted by work!

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The final installment of the Secret Wars first half debriefing concludes with a focus on the Battleworld and War Zone tie-ins to the collossal Marvel event!

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Jermaine, Stephen and Valerie talk with former retailer/ current attorney and director/ producer/ writer of the My Comic Shop DocumentARy and My Comic Shop History podcast Anthony Desiato for a look behind the scenes and "Where Are They Now?" session a month removed from the conclusion of the show's first season and the closing of Alternate Realities. Then it's part two of your Secret Wars Debriefing with Jermaine, John and Michael and they take you up through the events of Secret Wars #2 before diving into Battleworld themselves!

Show Notes:

  • Flat Squirrel Productions.com, the online home of Anthony's media production company.
  • Rent My Comic Shop DocumentARy available for rent at Vimeo.com.
  • Listen to season one of the My Comic Shop History podcast on iTunes.
  • Follow Anthony on Twitter!
  • Like My Comic Shop on Facebook!
  • Keep up with the continuing adventures of Alternate Realities on Facebook!
  • Bid on "SuperOto's" auction on eBay!
  • "Take Me Back," the outro music this week, as with all of the music for My Comic Shop History, is by Ralph Puma!
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Don't let the title confuse you, we're in perfectly fine spirits, but those adjectives are the first salvo in a bevy of 118 critical reviews of Fox's brand-new Fantastic Four film that have lead to a 10% score of Rotten Tomatoes! Jermaine has already scene it, and in an uncharacteristic display of audience candor, he answers all of Stephen's and Jay's spoiler-filled questions before giving the comic-reading, movie-going public a chance to spend their dollars. Then it's the first installment in a new series by Lord Retail, Michael and John, covering the issues of Time Runs Out on the Last Days of the Marvel Universe leading up to Secret Wars!

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Stephen, Riley and Pete go rogue as they participate the first episode in nearly four years to be recorded on an active sales floor, a la Tell 'Em Steve-Dave, and they do a bang-up job of rambling through an entire Previews catalogue in less than an hour!

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Jermaine and Stephen get back in the driver's seat to catch up on the news our of San Diego Comic Con 2015, a month's worth of new releases, and the Ant-Man movie!

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On the eve of Indpendence Day, the one night game a year, Stephen and Riley do their best to keep up with all of the news coming out of San Francisco & the Image Expo and Bleeding Cool & Marvel Comics and Jermaine and Jay sit down with Manifest Destiny co-creator and artist Matthew Roberts!

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In a return to form, Jermaine, Stephen, Austin and Valerie recap their adventures before, during and after HeroesCon 2015 in Charlotte, NC, bring you up to speed on the latest announcements for the All-New, All-Different Marvel Comics post-Secret Wars, give a broad overview of DC's Divergence soft relaunch, and implore you to pick up next week's We Stand on Guard when they tell you!

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Stephen does his best homage to our sister-show, Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel, and who better to put in the hotseat than the cartoonist/ publisher/ host himself?!

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Jermaine, Stephen, Riley and Austin help you end your week right (or start it off, depending on how you look on the calendar) with a flip through of the June Previews catalogue for items shipping in August, Lord Retail putting a bow on Comics at the Table, and the whole crew updating you on all of the events added to the docket!

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Jermaine, Stephen, Jay and Riley convene on a rambling Thursday to gush over the new Supergirl trailer from CBS (and CW's Legends of Tomorrow while they're at it), the happenings of Secret Wars #2, all of the returnability opportunities in the May Previews catalogue, and the fact that Jodorowsky & Moebius's the Incal will be back in print in July!

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Jermaine, Stephen and special correspondant John Bethel declare the statute of limitations on Avengers Age of Ultron and Marvel's Secret Wars #1 officially passed and drop the kid gloves for a no-holds-barred critique of both the movie and the comic!

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Jermaine and Stephen sit down with Eisner Award nominee and North Carolina native Jeff Parker to discuss the intricaces of writing for a company-wide event, balancing work-for-hire and creator-owned projects and live in Portlandia. Then, your hosts are joined by Austin to bring you some preliminary, spoiler-free thoughts on Avengers Age of Ultron!

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Jermaine, Stephen and Austin give you all the tips and tricks you need to make the most of your Free Comic Book Day experience on Saturday, May 2nd, Gregg Schigiel & Chris Giarrusso get you prepped for the first-ever live recording of Cruisin' together, and Lord Retail convenes the Cabal to bring you a spoiler-filled review of Netflix's Daredevil!

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Cartoonists and co-hosts Gregg Schigiel (Pix: One Weirdest Weekend) and Chris Giarrusso (G-Man Super Journal) join us to announce the first ever Cruisin' Together Live Show covering Mission Impossible II, taking place on Saturday, May 2nd at 7 PM at Acme Comics Presents as part of the Free Comic Book Day 2015 festivities!

If you haven't listened to Cruisin' Together yet, it's the podcast that is real, fun and inspiring and also chronologically makes its way through the filmography of Mr. Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, better known to you as Tom Cruise! Catch up and listen at Hatter Entertainment.com or subscrine on iTunes! Admission to the live show is FREE!

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Join Lord Retail and friends as they take you through the comprehensive history of Matt Murdock, the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, ol' Hornhead, Daredevil, to prepare you for the launch of the Netflix original series today!

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Jermaine sits down with special correspondants Ryan and John to illuminate the importance of the Secert Wars storyline and title to the Marvel Universe before Battleworld assembles this May!

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As the guys sit down with the latest installment of Previews magazine, featuring items shipping in June 2015, Stephen outlines the high points of DC's Divergence initiative, Jay bemoans the launch of series and characters in anthology series, and Riley searches high and low for new Humanoids titles to try out!

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Stephen, Jay and Austin explore the controversies surrounding Erik Larsen and J. Scott Campbell's comments on Wonder Woman's new costume, June's proposed Batgirl #40 Joker variant by Rafael Albuquerque and accusations against X-Men '92 writer Chris Sims from fellow blogger Valerie D'Orazio before getting caught up on two weeks of Comics at the Table! As if that wasn't enough, Jermaine and Val also bring you a road report on Wizard World Raleigh!

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Jermaine, Stephen and Jay welcome new Acme employee and podcast editor Austin to the show as they attempt to make sense of the structure of Secret Wars, illuminate on the distinction that there are Artist Editions and then there is everything else, and call their shots on the best comics and graphic novels in the March Previews catalogue for items shipping in May!

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Jermaine, Stephen and Jay announce the arrival of writer, artist, painter, Vertigo cornerstone and Eisner-award winner Jill Thompson to the sketch pavilion for Free Comic Book Day 2015, run through three big weeks of Comics at the Table, and check in on the happenings at the 2015 ComicsPRO Annual Meeting in Portland with special correspondent and Pittsburgh Comics owner Colin McMahon, all before mourning the passing of Leonard Nimoy as the news breaks.

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...to bring you these very special announcements from DC and Marvel Comics! The revelations of Divergence and Secret Wars that came to light Friday morning were too big to ignore for eight days, so Jermaine, Stephen, Jay and John bring you this special report on the plans publishers' plans post-Convergence and on Battleworld!

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After recovering from an excellent Charlotte Mini Con 2015, Jermaine and Stephen crack open the February Previews catalogue for items shipping in April to shed new insights on Convergence and Secret Wars, Inhumans and Star Wars, Brian Wood and Mark Millar! Plus, their thoughts on the Fantastic Four reboot trailer!

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Jermaine and Stephen collect and analyze all the available data about the Big Two spring/ summer events, DC's Convergence and Marvel's Secret Wars, in an attempt to assuage fears, educate prospective readers and have some fun! They also gush over Spider-Verse and Guardians of the Galaxy and beg for more advance reader copies to books like Black Mask's We Can Never Go Home!

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Recorded live at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema on Saturday, January 10th as part of the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Release Party festivities, join Jermaine, Stephen and first-timer Colleen as they sit down with artist Erica Henderson and colorist Rico Renzi and get the lowdown on their creative process and their preference of Star Wars vs. Star Trek!

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Even on the day before our Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Release Party with Erica Henderson & Rico Renzi, there's just too much comic news to be ignored, so join Stephen and Jay as they give their take on the 2014 Diamond Gem Awards, critique the 2-hour premiere of Agent Carter and the Ant-Man teaser trailer, and express their excitement for all of the announcements from Thursday's Image Expo in San Francisco!

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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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