Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Episode 024: Anti-Marshmallow Propaganda

DARE! You hold the future in your hands! It’s time to take a stand! You can win if you dare! It’s the end of the year and we’re wrappin’ it up in style…we’ve been doing this show for a whole year. What? Why? AAANNNNNYway, we figure out the ins and outs of marshmallow buying, Tezuka!, reading habits and our to-read piles, Ben drops sadness-bombs, the new volume of  Conan, Skynet in Detroit, Frank Miller’s Batbooks, a long lost Jim Henson script, some of our favorite titles of the year, production values in collected editions, various jibber jabber, and Andy Tom! Chip Chip!

  1. Osamu Tezuka’s Princess Knight (Vertical)
  2. Robocop v. Terminator (Dark Horse)
  3. A Tale of Sand (Archaia)

Music: Stan Bush - Dare

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse, @AndrewJTom


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Episode 023: Philistines! All of 'em!

Modest audio trouble be damned! We’ve got an awesome guest with us in the great and wonderful Shawn Pryor from Action Lab Comics and the PKD Black Box podcast. Shawn is not only a great friend and a great guy, he’s the man with the plan at Action Lab and he’s gonna tell us all about it. Then we talk about all kinds of great stuff, including: how much we miss Bronze Age storytelling, a little bit of inside baseball, talkin’ about philistines, Roy Lichtenstein, the importance of cake, Bill Cosby, Alfredo Alcala, Bob Kanigher, anthologies, comic book movies, Comic Book Comics, Blacksad, The Centurians, Don Heck, West Coast Avengers, Bob Hall, and lots and lots more!


Music: INTRO – Bad Religion – Best For You
           OUTRO – The Urge – Liar, Liar

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Episode 022: Chewing On Food Loudly!

Chewing on food loudly! Just in time for Thanksgiving Ben and Zack are here with a brand new episode for you! That’s right, you! The boys find out who Jake Ellis is, talk about the peculiarities of the elderly, The King, prostitution: Canadian Style, child-wolves, and more!  Chip! Chip! 

1.            Who Is Jake Ellis?  (Image)
2.            Special Exits (Fantagraphics)
3.            The Comics Journal Library: Jack Kriby (Fantagraphics)
4.            Paying For It (Drawn & Quarterly)
5.            Hellboy: The Wolves of St. August  (Dark Horse)

Music: Sleigh Bells – Tell 'Em

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Episode 021: Unexplored Worlds

After wrapping up what how they spent their Halloweens, the boys discuss the indomitable Steve Ditko (there ain't nobody better), then they talk about terrific all-ages graphic novel series, and death guns.  Chip! Chip!

1.            Mega Man (Archie)
2.            Horror comics from Charlton, EC, Warren and beyond
3.            Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives vol. II (Fantagraphics)
4.            Amulet (Scholastic Graphix)
5.            Death-Ray (Drawn & Quarterly)

Music: Mike Ness – Misery Loves Company
           Alan Moore – Mr. A

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Episode 020: Severed Robot Heads

Oogity boogity! We’re sleepy! The boys chat about their Halloween costumes, Art Clokey’s irrational hatred for robots, Ben’s similarity to Wilt, Zack laments poorly stocked liquor stores, birds conceived in Hades, the unheralded majesty of Warren Publications, the scary world of Simpsons horror stories,  Batman stuff, a robot head with interchanging bodies, curmudgeonly critics, the usefulness of those old Charles Atlas ads, Bobcat Goldthwait, the rape scene in Revenge of The Nerds, and other delights! Chip! Chip!

1.            Gumby
2.            Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends
3.            Pigeons From Hell (Dark Horse)
4.            Creepy Archives vol. 1 (Dark Horse)
5.            The Simpsons’ Tree House of Horror #16 & #17 (Bongo)
6.            Legion of Monsters #1 (Marvel)
7.            Batman: Arkham City (DC)
8.            Batman & Robin #2 (DC)
9.            Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects (Dark Horse)
10.        The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (Image)
11.        ‘80s movies

Music: Rob Zombie – House of 1000 Corpses
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Episode 019: Ball Robots That You Harm Your Friends With

IT’S OVER! It’s the end of the DC Onesplosion! Whew! Finally…. ANYway, Ben and Zack are at it again and they didn't edit a thing. Those slippery sidewindin’ so-and-sos! They’re wrapping up the month of DC #1s, Zack gets angered by numerology, why it’s not a good idea to tell fans that the character they like sucks, baggage, the significance of Tim Burton’s Batman in this month’s Batman #1, assault by lemonade, many mini-comics, undead ladies, trying to understand things in context, Mark Twain’s miraculous adventures in the 20th century!, the difference between Bakuman and Bakugan, what’s appropriate in children’s television, and we’re very tired. Chip! Chip!

1.      Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
2.      All-Star Western (DC Comics)
3.      Aquaman (DC Comics)
4.      OMAC (DC Comics)
5.      Batman (DC Comics)
6.      Super-Dinosaur (Image)
7.      Ryan Browne’s 24-Hour Comic Day mini-comics
8.      Monster Dudes
9.      Ocean Marauders
10.   Rachel Rising (Abstract Studios)
11.   Holy Terror (Legendary Comics)
12.   Mark Twain’s Autobiography 1910-2010 (Fantagraphics)
13.   Bakuman (Viz)
14.   Adventure Time!

Music: VooDoo Glow Skulls – Shoot the Moon
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Episode 018: Oh My God, It's A Prison.

What is this? More DC talk? Good gravy…. Whose gonna set your heart free? WE ARE! Ben and Zack are at it again with special guest, writer and cool guy, Eric Williams! The boys chat up the last two weeks worth of new DC titles, the greatness of OMAC, the digital option, the brand new Ultimate Spider-Man, the fierce warrior Cannibal Fuckface and his merry bandits tearin’ through pee-holes, the true genius of Johnny Ryan, the pros and cons of sharing transgressive movies and books with your spouse, Venom and mid-tier Marvel characters, time travellin’ mofos that have self-team-ups, Zack gets learnt on wine, freaking out squares at the Johnny Appleseed Festival!  Chip! Chip!
  1.           A whole buncha DC #1s
  2.                 Prison Pit book 3 (Fantagraphics)
  3.                 Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)
  4.                 Venom (Marvel)
  5.         The Infinite (Image)
Music: The Supremes - You Keep Me Hangin' On
           Frank Zappa - Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Monday, September 5, 2011

Episode 017: Screw You, Sharon Carter!

Dig this crazy mood we're in! After a brief hiatus brought on by an abrupt job change for Zack, the fellas are back and in quite the mood. Plus! There are two special guests: Matt Gross and Andy Tom! The fearsome foursome chats up the new Justice League, fall weather, pumpkin brews, mutated martial arts reptiles, swashbucklin' blind dudes, plot holes, crappy bad girl characters, Hitler's disembodied consciousness, pillaging penguins, Satan fueled locomotives, a couple of Flashpoint minis, touching vampire vignettes, Bronze Age swamp monsters, the mad, mad world of Sergio Aragones, and lying liars who lie.  Chip! Chip!
  1.                   Justice League #1 & Flashpoint #5 (DC)
  2.                  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (IDW)
  3.                 Daredevil #1-2 (Marvel)
  4.                 Captain America #444-448 (Marvel)
  5.                  Pirate Penguin v. Ninja Chicken (Top Shelf)
  6.          That Hellbound Train (IDW)
  7.                   Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengeance (DC)
  8.                   Flashpoint: Frankenstein and The Creatures of The Unknown (DC)
  9.                   Preacher (DC/Vertigo)
  10.        Swamp Thing (DC)
  11.        Sergio Aragones Funnies & other Bongo comics (Bongo) 

Music: Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Frenzy 

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Episode 016: Oatmeal Cream Pies!

Y'all got fiestas? The boys are back and ready to tell you about stuff! Stuff that's neat! This time around hear about old west gang wars, baby murderin' crazy ladies, how Zack's grandmas probably knew and maybe went to an ice cream social with Gray Morrow, an angry gorilla with a death wish, elementary school stories, kickballs, a vengeful, murderous, doctor, an 80s villain's triumphant return, golden plates mailed to aliens, Billy Dreamer (well, a Billy Dreamer), and a whole bunch'a dead pirates. Chip! Chip!

1.                  A brief word about the DC Relaunch
2.                 Jonah Hex #44-50 (DC)
3.                  The Collector #27 (Bill G. Wilson Fanzine)
4.                  Flashpoint: Grodd of War (DC)
5.                   Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance (DC)
6.         Venom (Marvel)
7.                  Kirby Genesis #0 (Dynamite)
8.                  Will Eisner's The Dreamer (W.W. Norton)
9.                  The Isle of 100,000 Graves (Fantagraphics)

Music: The Fratellis - Henrietta 
           The Capitols - Cool Jerk

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Episode 015: Motivating A Monster

More super comic friends! Cartoonist Andrew Fraser joins Ben and Zack for a rip-roaring good time! This episode has a desperate cry for help from a little boy who grew up hating love, a whole bunch'a dead bodies, mystical dragons that answer your queries, gangster cats, perpetually pregnant anthropomorphic mice, mystical mayhem with a medical twist, pulpy action heroes, a manufacturing facility for The Adversary, and Captain America movie chatter. Chip! Chip!

1.                  Apollo's Song volumes 1 & 2 (Vertical)
2.                  The Isle of 100,000 Graves (Fantagraphics)
3.                  One Question (
4.                  Lackadaisy (
5.                  Bridgette's Belly (
6.         Witch Doctor #1 (Image)
7.                  Rocketeer Adventures (IDW)
8.                  The Satan Factory (Dark Horse)
9.                  Captain America movie chatter

Music: Against Me! - Piss & Vinegar

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Episode 014: Crusty Magic Cauldrons

He's cool! He's hip! He's Matt Gross! And he's back again to talk about comics and such with Zack and Ben in this, the fourteenth episode of the Distinguished Comic Book Podcast. It's full of mutilated guys with stars carved in their eyes, dead rats and their fly friends, Crumb, punk rock rebellion, jerks that don't pay contractors, creepy & crusty magic cauldrons, an awesome anthology, dystopian futures saved by swallowable obelisks, incredibly sexy webcomics, the English Batman, Dracula's moon castle, how to draw ladies, a great art magazine, overgrowth in Gotham, some random webcomics chatter and Zack briefly fills you in about his new webcomic.  Enjoy!

1.                  Preacher volume 4 hardcover (Vertigo)
2.                  An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories vol. 1 (Yale Press)
3.                  The Bradleys (Fantagraphics)
4.                  Congress of The Animals (Fantagraphics)
5.                  The Cauldron In The Back of The Cabinet (Red Rocket Comics)
6.                  Low Concept 
7.                  The Incal (Humanoids)
8.                  Chester 5000 XYV redux with more erotic comics by Jess Fink (
9.                  Knight & Squire (DC)
10.       How To Draw Women (Abstract Studios)
11.       Hi-Fructose 
12.       Saga of The Swamp Thing (DC/Vertigo)

Music: Billy Stewart - Summertime

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Episode 013: Pneumatic Cheesecake

It’s another shoot from the hip episode! It’s the thirteenth episode there isn’t a triskaidekaphobe in sight. In this sexy, superstition-free episode Ben and Zack talk about satan fueled locomotives, lycanthropy,  geriatric superheroes, Canada’s greatest super team, post apocalyptic worlds—some that involve super-intelligent apes and some that have children that are animal hybrids—then there’s the love-making pneumatic robots and 57 years of cheesecake from one of the best. Enjoy!

1.                  That Hellbound Train #1 (IDW)
2.                  Astounding Wolf-Man (Image)
3.                  Super Patriot (Image)
4.                  Destroyer #1 (Marvel)
5.                  Alpha Flight #1 (Marvel)
6.                  Planet of The Apes #2 (BOOM!)
7.                  Sweet Tooth (DC/Vertigo)
8.                  Chester 5000 XYV (Top Shelf)
9.                  The Art of Doug Sneyd (Dark Horse)

Music: Johnny Cash - Thirteen

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Episode 012: Ah, crap.

Ah, crap. Well. We PLANNED to talk about Osamu Tezuka’s Apollo’s Song. …but we couldn’t get enough copies of the book in time. Such is life. We survived. Instead you get to hear good ol’ Ben and Zack talkin’ about what they’ve read over the last week! And other stuff! And olives! It’s a delightful discussion about werewolves, Caligula making us uncomfortable, Cowboy ridin’ bears, poundin’ pavement for Summit City Con, amazing miniature hamburgers, bat-human hybrids that run for president, little girls with beards that love Mexican food, DC news, drinking olive juice, and demon killin’ Inquisitors. Enjoy! Olives!

  1. Astounding Wolf-Man (Image)
  2. Caligula (Avatar)
  3. Reed Gunther (Image)
  4. Bat-Boy: The Complete Weekly World News Comic Strips (IDW)
  5. Chimichanga (Exploding Albatross Funny Books)
  6. The Marquis: Inferno (Dark Horse)
Music: Warren G - Regulators

Sponsor: Summit City Comic Con

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Monday, May 23, 2011

Episode 011: Three Story: The Secret History of The Giant Man

Eleven! Eleven! Eleven! The Distinguished Comic Book Podcast is back for its eleventh episode and Ben and Zack are joined by special guest and cool cat, Mr. Jay Sternitzky! Writer and co-creator of Short Stack: Tales of A Superhuman Plumber and The Skeptic! Tune into this looong(ish) episode to hear the boys talk up the wonderous Matt Kindt; the world's greatest Scotty; what characters, books and creators do you hold near and dear; and Zack's big stack of books where he just had to talk about each and every one of the terrific comics in the pile. 

1. Three Story: The Secret History of The Giant Man (Dark Horse)
2. Science Dog #2 (Image)
3. Super Dinosaur (Image)
4. Xombi (DC)
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage/IDW)
6. Gladstone's School for World Conquerors (Image)
7. Planet of The Apes (Boom!)
8. Butcher Baker: The Righteous Maker (Image)
9. Mega Man (Archie)
10. Nonplayer (Image)

Music: No Use For A Name - On The Outside

Sponsor: Summit City Comic Con

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Episode 010: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Hip hip hurrah! The Distinguished Comic Book Podcast is back for its TENTH installment. Woo-hoo! Join Ben and Zack in this episode for conversation about Guilded Age politics, winged monkeys, cats that turn into useful items, dinosaurs, mad scientists, bears, using insecticide as a narcotic, and all kinds of awesome stuff! Yay comics!

1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Marvel)
2. King City (Image & TokyoPop)
3. Super Dinosaur and other Free Comic Book Day Books
4. The Intrepids (Image)
5. The Exterminators (DC/Vertigo)

Music: Four King Sisters - In The Mood (intro)
Judy Garland - Over The Rainbow (outro)

Sponsor: Summit City Comic Con

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Episode 009: Elmer

Bok bok bigock! The boys are back for the newest episode of the Distinguished Comic Book Podcast! This episode Ben and Zack discuss SLG's Elmer, the seedy underbelly of Gotham City and it's police force, and Bertrand Russell! It's math! It's superheroes! It's crime! It's talking chickens! It's under 90 minutes! For your health!

1. Elmer (Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics)
2. Gotham Central (DC)
3. Logicomix (Bloomsbury Press)

Music: The Meters – Chicken Strut

Sponsor: Summit City Comic Con -

Twitter: @zackkruse, @bentiede


Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Episode 008: Skyscrapers of The Midwest

Blabba-do-blabba-do-blabba-do! It's a NEW episode! Join Ben and Zack as they discuss Josh Cotter's incredible work, Skyscrapers of The Midwest. You'll also hear about childhood memories, Saturday morning cartoons, poop and pee jokes, Jay Stephens' Jetcat Clubhouse, Johnny Ryan's Comic Book Holocaust, and Craig Yoe's The Great Anti-War Cartoons. Send us your bones!

1. Skyscrapers of The Midwest (AdHouse)
2. Jetcat Clubhouse (Oni)
3. The Comic Book Holocaust (Buenaventura Press)
4. The Great Anti-War Cartoons (Fantagraphics)

Music: Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

Sponsor: Summit City Comic Con -

Twitter: @zackkruse, @bentiede


Monday, April 4, 2011

Next Episode...Skyscrapers of the Midwest

by Joshua W. Cotter and from AdHouse Books. See you next episode!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Episode 007: c2e2 wrap up and Jetta: Tales of The Toshigawa

Hey who likes new stuff? WE DO! In the first half of this episode of the Distinguished Comic Book Podcast, Ben and Zack are joined by road ally, good buddy, and DCB Podcast veteran Mr. Matt Gross as we wrap up the highs and lows and good times of the 2011 C2E2! In part two of this fantastic episode, Ben and Zack have a chat with Kevin Williams, editor of Jetta: Tales of The Toshigawa. Enjoy!

a. Zander Cannon
b. Dave Losso
c. Sean Dove
d. Ryan Browne
e. Andy Jewett
f. 11 O'Clock Comics

2. Jetta: Tales of The Toshigawa (MAW Publishing)

Music: Deal’s Gone Bad – City, City

Sponsor: Discount Comic Book Service -

Twitter: @zackkruse, @bentiede