Last week, we covered the 2020 Eisner Award Nominees and Winners. In the category of Best Limited Series, Writer Bobby Curnow and Artist Simon Gane were nominated for Ghost Tree. I recently purchased the trade for Ghost Tree so I thought it would be a great time to cover it.
The podcast for this week will be Ghost Tree by Bobby Curnow and Simon Gane with colors by Ian Herring. The comic was published by IDW Publishing. It originally came out in 2019.
I was not familiar with Bobby Curnow’s writing before Ghost Tree. I found out that he has worked on other IDW books like My Little Pony and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is my first time reading his work and I hope he puts out many more books like this.
I was already familiar with Simon Gane’s work. I was reading a comic called They’re Not Like Us from Image that he was working on. That was a great book and the art really sold it for me. I was looking forward to see what he was going to do with Ghost Tree.
Ghost Tree on the surface is a tale about ghosts and the 2 men that have the ability to communicate with them. Below the surface, you get a story about relationships and what you have to do to make them work. Jon and I really like this miniseries and we highly recommend that you pick it up.
***Minor Spoiler Alert*** – we talk about some plot points but we did not give away the major revelations in the comics so it is fairly spoiler free.
We are back and discussing the rest of the Netflix series Locke & Key Season 1. A few weeks ago we started the conversation here. We are now picking up where we left off.
In this week’s CMPodcast, we cover the remaining episodes 4 – 10. Season 1 covers story elements that you can read about in the first 3 story arcs of the IDW Publishing comic: Welcome to Lovecraft, Head Games and Crown of Shadows. The original comic was written by Joe Hill with incredible art by Gabriel Rodriguez.
In this podcast, we compare the differences of the show to the comic. I noticed that overall, the show had a Young Adults feel and was not as dark as the comic. I feel that works best for the show so it gets a wide audience. Most of the changes actually work out better and we list most of them.
Jon and I discuss the different keys that are introduced and why they needed to create some brand new keys for the show. The ending has changed too. I liked this because it was a twist that both comic readers and first timers watching the show did not see coming. An interesting twist that sets up Season 2.
Back in 2016, we had been creating podcasts for over a year and we decided to cover the comic series Locke & Key that was created by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Here is the Lock & Key podcast (sorry about the audio. We were still understanding how mics worked.)
Since that time, Locke & Key – the TV show has been in production hell. Even before we recorded that podcast – the story has been created, cast, shot and cancelled by multiple movie studios and networks that I did not think it would ever get created.
Now, it is February 2020 and Netflix has released the first season of Locke & Key the TV Show! Here is the trailer…
If this trailer does not intrigue you, then don’t bother watching the show! It looks fantastic. Since it stated this past Friday 2/7, Jon and I have only been able to watch 3 of the 10 episode season.
In this weeks podcast, we talk about what we watched, the casting of the characters and if there was any changes between the comic and the show – for better or worse. Overall, we both liked these initial shows and we will be doing a follow up podcast on the first season in 2 weeks.
There have been a lot of good comics to come out lately so Jon and I have decided to do another New Comics Review Podcast.
We will be reviewing 3 new comics. These books have come out within the last 3 weeks so you should still be able to get them at your local comic shop (highly recommended) or download it digitally (if you must). I will tell you up front that all 3 comics are worth buying and we hope to convey through the podcast why each one is great.
The 3 titles we will be reviewing (in the order we review them in the podcast):
Gideon Falls #1 written by Jeff Lemire with art by Andrea Sorrentino (Image Comics)
Dry County #1 written and illustrated by Rick Tommaso (Image Comics)
Highest House #1 written by Mike Carey with art by Peter Gross (IDW Publishing)
Listen to the podcast then rush out and pick up these 3 books.
We have a guest in the studio with us this week: Kevin Glennon. He is was a big fan of the G. I. Joe: Real American Hero comic as a kid and fan of our show. He asked if he could come on and talk about the comic series.
I am also a big fan of Larry Hama’s series and agreed to do an all G. I. Joe: RAH podcast this week. Jon, Kevin and I talk about the history of the series, the stories we (mis)remember as kids and what is going on with that comic today.
If you have never read the G. I. Joe comic – you are missing out on one of the greatest war comics ever made. We hope that you listen to the podcast and run out and buy the newest issue like we do every month.
Also, Kevin Glennon is an accomplished author and has published a book called: