This episode Shawn is in his hometown of Chicago – the greater Chicagoland area and his all-time favorite Chicago comic shop Amazing Fantasy Books and Comics, where local co-hosts John Bickness, Joe Kohler, and shop runner Mike Shinabargar talk about the books that made them! Also, Shin runs down his favorite three books of the year and one of them is THANOS!
The crew take the show on the road to Torrance, California’s newest (and best) independent bookstore The Book Frog! Ol Burro Brewery’s Gold Brick Pale Ale and Angel City Brewery’s Angeleno IPA are consumed as Mike and Shawn discuss Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s Nameless, Joshua Dysart’s Imperium, Marvel’s new Star Wars titles, those weird comic book ads of the 70s and 80s and, um… Dianetics? Oh yeah, and Book Frog Proprietor Rebecca Glenn talks with Mike about independent business in the internet age!
The crew welcome Robert Strawder, AKA Boba Fresh to the show for an in-depth discussion on Grant Morrison’s Multiversity. Praga Czech Pilsner and Red Hook’s Winter Hook are among the beers on tap and Robert shares his immense DC knowledge – as well as the harrowing personal story where he discovered his own mutant healing factor! Oh, yeah, and Dial H for Hero comes up, past, present and future!
This issue Mike and Shawn are joined on camera by the Action Figure Insider himself, renowned toy expert Daniel Pickett. Topics of discussion range from McFarlane Toys new Walking Dead Building sets, the new Flash tv show, Brubaker & Phillips’ The Fade Out and Grant Morrison’s Multiversity. The crew also gets a fantastic flashback pic from Daniel in the form of Piranha Press’ Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children (specifically the infamous A Cotton Candy Autopsy) and Mike talks about The Comic Bug’s forthcoming new, second location in Culver City!!! All while enjoying Double Take Brewing’s Belgian White Ale.