Friday, December 21, 2012

The Quad: Episode 001

Heyhey! It’s the new show with Zack and Ben! In this episode, we just sort of giving you guys the gist about how the show is going to roll. Then we talk a little bit about Star Wars and Bravest Warriors. Pretty boss, right? See you next week!


James Brown - Pappa’s Got a Brand New Bag

Friday, November 30, 2012

Episode 044: Good Grief

FINALLY! After six failed attempts, we were finally able to get the 44th episode of the show recorded. It's the last Distinguished Comic Book Podcast, but we are relaunching next month with an, ahem, all new number one!

  1. Swamp Thing (DC)
  2. FF #1 (Marvel)
  3. Planet of the Apes (Boom)
  4. Eisner/Miller  (Dark Horse)

Mudhoney – "Hate the Police"
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Episode 042: I Wonder If They Packed Some Gum in Here

Clip clop! We’re not dead! No, really! We’re still alive and reading comics. Sorry for the prolonged absence, we’re just a couple of regular dudes with crazy-ass lives. But we’re here now and we’re glad that you’re here with us. This episode we talk about fall beers, a little about Daredevil (this is the last time for a while, REALLY), John Milton, the obscenely depressing world of colonial Puritans, gothic romance in the digital world, journeys into the netherworld to learn family secrets, er because she birthed the anti-Christ, tough times in Jersey, and a metaphorical tales about the glory days of the Disney animation studios. Also, we talk about a Martian invasion in trading card form. Chip chip!

  1. Daredevil (Marvel)
  2. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  3. Four Star Studios’ Horror Double Feature: Rose’s Heart (Four Star/Colleen Coover)
  4. Heck  (Top Shelf)
  5. Legends of The Dark Knight (DC Digital)
  6. Buddy Does Jersey (Fantagraphics)
  7. Freeway (Fantagraphics)


Devo – What We Do
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Friday, August 17, 2012

Episode 040: Dumpster-baby Vomit

Bleep-blop! This episode we talk about vacation non-reading, the Pigeon Forge Horror, visiting comic shops in other states, watchin’ the Batmans and the Jonah Hexes on a cartoon, the joy of watching new fans and kids experience old things, the trouble with comic fans and the demands they make on creators, secretly influencing gangsters to group-murder each other, Ben’s finally wraps up the first bit of Frank Miller’s Daredevil, a mean queen loses her head, a priest kills his prostitute daughter because she birthed the anti-Christ, a lady dies from starvation while her husband paints her portrait, werewolf romance, and so much more.  Chip chip!

1. Batman: Under the Red Hood animated movie (DC)
2. A Ditko Act 16 (Steve Ditko and Robin Snyder)
3. Daredevil (Marvel)
4. Creepy Presents: Richard Corben (Dark Horse)
5. The Kind (Ryan Estrada,


INTRO: Unknown Hinson – I Ain’t Afraid of Your Husband
OUTRO: Big Sandy and His Fly Right Boys – In the Steel of the Night

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Episode 039: Goat Riding War Chimps

Ferlple! Back into the normal swing of things, the lads have some new comics to tell you about! Ben and Zack talk about murderous bread trucks from Fort Wayne, journeys of self-discovery, war chimps that ride goats and shoot guns, the humanity of the apes, zorse murders and genius level work from Mike Norton, vampire queens of rock and roll, brave warriors, monster doctors and their demon familiars, and listener comments! Chip chip!

  1. Are You My Mother (Houghton-Mifflin)
  2. Guerillas vol. 2 (Oni Press)
  3. Revival #1 (Image Comics)
  4. Marceline and the Scream Queens #1 (Kaboom!)
  5. Doc Bizzare, MD (Image Comics)

Javier Hernandez’s Ditko comic:

Music: Psy – Gangnam Style
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Episode 038: The Revolutionary Work of Steve Ditko

Nerple! We have another really special episode for you this week as we welcome guest comics historian Blake Bell! We talk all about the works and career of Steve Ditko and his unmatched genius. We spend a lot of time talking about the brilliance and revolutionary nature of the first thirty-eight issues of Amazing Spider-Man. We also dig in a bit with Bill Everett, the Secret History of Marvel Comics, and some of the great modern publishers like Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Top Shelf, Abrams, and so much more! Chip chip!

Blake Bell:

Music: David Bowie – Heroes
Bumper: Egyptian Hip Hop – Middle Name Period

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Friday, July 20, 2012

Episode 037: Comicbook Mythmaking

Garple! The Distinguished Comic Book Podcast has returned with a shiny new episode just for you! And guess what! We have a special guest! Dr. Robert M. Price, the Bible Geek, joins the discussion and the good doctor chats with Ben and Zack about the close relationship of comics and mythology, Lovecraft, and so much more. Chip chip!

INTRO/OUTRO: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – It Ain’t Necessarily So
INTERLUDE: Cream – Tales of Brave Ulysses
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Episode 036: The Andy Sidaris Zombie Apocalypse

Herp! It’s time for the next ep. (short for episode) of the Distinguished Comic Book Podcast dropped in your ear hole! Ben and Zack chit chat about heroic-old-west-immigrant-ladies drawn in a Pilipino style, Stateside vampire clans, buxom ladies murdelizing drug zombies, fun-time curb stompings, horrific sai murders, and David Mazzuchelli’s stunning work on Daredevil. Chip chip!

  1. All-Star Western (DC)
  2. American Vampire (Vertigo)
  3. Fatima (Dark Horse)
  4. Optic Nerve (Drawn & Quarterly)
  5. Daredevil: Born Again: Artist’s Edition (IDW)
Music: The Jackson 5 – The Love You Save

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Episode 035: Above Top Secret Gotham

Plop! Here’s another episode of the Distinguished Comic Book Podcast dropped in your ear hole! The lads blather about bat conspiracies, waitin’ a while for title characters to appear in their own book, being your own book,  Ben touches base with Frank Miller’s Daredevil run,  Buddy Baker’s family life, goat men that will escort you through the underworld, and that’s it! Chip chip!

1. Batman (DC)
2. Swamp Thing (DC)
3. Frank Miller’s Daredevil (Marvel)
4. Animal Man (DC)
5. A little bit about Buddy Bradley, Double Barrel, Heck, ComiXology and more

Music: Chuck Ragan – California Burritos

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Episode 034: Mind Burglar Bureaucracy

Destroying your ear muscles one word at a time, Ben and Zack are back with a new episode of the Distinguished Comic Book Podcast! The lads talk about ritual murder and beautifully written brutal violence, Zack is haunted by Judge Holden, Ben rediscovers Grant Morrison’s caped crusader tales, they chat about tiny dinosaur bullies, the mystery of the fifth Beatle is unveiled, they discuss mind burglars and the bureaucracy they have to deal with, and much, much more! Chip chip!

  1. Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
  2. Batman, Batman & Robin, Batman, Inc. (DC)
  3. Gon volume 1 (Kondasha Comics)
  4. Baby’s in Black (:01 First Second)
  5. Mind MGMT (Dark Horse)

Music: The Beatles – Baby’s in Black
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Episode 033: Lovable Curmudgeons

WHU-HUT! Aw yeah, busy schedules be danged! Ben and Zack have a brand new episode of the show ready for you just two days before the 2012 Summit City Comic Con and it’s because they love you very, very much. As the boy get wound up for Summit City Con they talk about a true American hero and Cleveland’s greatest curmudgeon, post-apocalyptic barbarians in America that drive Honda Civics, the awful mess that occurs when you don’t make sacrifices to wolf gods, learning hard lessons about not pissing off wolf mothers, the rot, pterodactyl onion skins, moon bears, unsettling children’s comics, confusion over potentially Norwegian names, great horror comics from Dark Horse, sadness is funny when it’s in the Van Houten house,  new John Prophet, a serious Tick centennial,   Chip chip!

  1. Cleveland (Top Shelf)
  2. American Barbarian (AdHouse)
  3. Night of 1,000 Wolves #1 (IDW)
  4. Animal Man (DC)
  5. Pterodactyl Hunters in the Guilded City (Top Shelf)
  6. Abominable Charles Christopher (
  7. Amulet (Scholastic/Graphix)
  8. Ragemoor (Dark Horse)
  9. Bart Simpon’s Pal Milhouse (Bongo)
  10. Prophet #24 (Image)
  11. The Tick #100 (New England Comics)
 Music: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Modsquadrophenia
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Episode 032: C2E2 2012

Ben and Zack are joined by Matt Gross and Andy Tom as they recap this year’s C2E2 adventure and the fun times that were had! Huzzah! Listen as they talk about their trip! Marvel as Andy gets needlessly impatient! (to be fair, he was pretty tired) Laugh at Matt’s jokes! Then they talk about drunk guys on trains, trips to Challengers, bringing in your own gin, getting original art from legends and soon to be legends, convention finds and buys, good friends, good food, and a great time! Chip chip!

Music: Frank Sinatra – My Kind of Town
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse, @MattyLeeGross, @AndrewJTom


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Episode 031: Rabbit Gulags

WHUT? It hasn’t been two weeks, but Ben and Zack have a brand new episode of the show ready for you because they love you so very, very much. As the boys get ready for the 2012 C2E2 adventure, they take some time out to talk to you about the most horrifying holiday monster of all time and the coming rabbit apocalypse, well colored worms, GLORY!, the pros and cons of how characters are presented (maybe some are too sexy?), the best barbarian book in a while, Becky Cloonan is sooooooooo good, escaping from magic burlap sacks, ram horned men marryin’ dragon winged ladies, C2E2 plans, how you can get free passes for the Summit City Comic Con, and so much more!  Chip chip!

  1. Hellboy & BPRD (Dark Horse)
  2. Glory #24 (Image)
  3. Conan the Barbarian #2 (Dark Horse)
  4. Adventure Time (kaboom)
  5. Saga (Image)

Music: Fishbone – Shakey Ground
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Episode 030: Golden Pope Medals

FREE BEER! In this episode listen Ben and Zack speak to your ear holes about free beer, magic cats, stakes, not-so-deep thoughts, ghosts and melodramatic teens, monster truck toys going on imagination adventure, golden Pope medals, John Prophet’s continuing adventures, Ben ABSOLUTELY REFUSES TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT ZACK IS TALKING ABOUT AGAIN, unapologetic comics,  Chip chip!

  1. King City (Image)
  2. Anya’s Ghost (:01 First Second)
  3. Monster Truck (Image)
  4. Prophet #22-23 (Image)
  5. Pug Davis (Albatross Exploding Funny Books)
Music: Dick Dale – Miserlou
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Episode 029: Sadness Meals

HEY! It’s comic book time! This episode listen Ben and Zack talk more about Preachers and boys from Hell, Harry Potter analogs, the sadness that is Mr. Jeppard, Cormac McCarthy, the Allen County Public Library, Lynda Barry, sadness meals eaten by people who need hugs, angst that perpetuates through the ages, a little bit of a let down and fun!  Chip chip!

  1. Preacher (Vertigo)
  2. Hellboy Library Edition volume 2 (Dark Horse)
  3. The Unwritten (Vertigo)
  4. Sweet Tooth (Vertigo)
  5. Everything (Drawn & Quarterly)
  6. Life With Mr. Dangerous (Villard)
  7. Buddy Does Seattle (Fantagraphics)
  8. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec volume 1 (Fantagraphics)

Music: Nick CaveNutted by Reality
            Beastie Boys – The Lisa, Lisa Full Force Routine
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Episode 028: Chimp Farms

FLARGAN! It’s podcast time fools! Hear two good pals talk about the comics that they read. It’s a real fun time. Bring the kids.  In this episode, Ben and Zack talk about Preachers, well written Wonder Woman analogs, World War II adventures, Tom Waits (or waits?) on the moon, supernatural crime noir horror, Becky Cloonan and Dave Stewart kill on Conan, and John Prophet is the honey badger of time travelers…he don’t care. The boys cover all of that and more along with listener e-mails! Chip chip!

  1. Preacher (Vertigo)
  2. Glory #23 (Image)
  3. Peter Panzerfaust (Image)
  4. Athos in America (Fantagraphics)
  5. Fatale #1-2 (Image)
  6. Conan the Barbarian #1 (Dark Horse)
  7. Prophet #21 (Image)

Music: Junior Walker & The All Stars – Shotgun
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Monday, February 13, 2012

Episode 027: Existential Despair in Gumby Land!

So. We had a little bit of trouble with Skype and internet connections, but we made it work because we love you! In this episode we drive deep into post apocalyptic Canada (in a collected edition!), pre-teen mall parties (you know, the kind where the kids have a summertime romance and have pie fights and stuff), them crazy indie comix, horrific violence on Mining Colony X7170, oooh heaven is a place at the center of the earth, men who dress like bats and are beautifully drawn, existential despair in Gumby’s neighborhood, Gumby goes to Hell…no, really! Once we get through all of that neat stuff we, and the Ben Tiede Doll, answer listener questions! Chip Chip!

  1. Sweet Tooth (Vertigo)
  2. Kramers Ergot 8 (PictureBox)
  3. Batman #1-5 (DC)
  4. Gumby’s Spring [Art Adams] Specials (Gumby Comics)

Music: Blind Melon – Skinned
Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Episode 026: Who is Ted Danzig?

WHUUUUUUT?! It’s DCB Podcast time fools! Ben briefly mentions Frank Miller’s Daredevil, then we talk about space rabbits, Macaulay Culkin, awkwardly approaching Michael Golden, Danzig, children who won’t go to bed, triceratopses fighting sharks, hippos with go-rilla heads!, Communism in the New Frontier,  dudes whose bodies turn into molten metal and have the strength of an ox team, and killin’ evil dads of good children. Chip Chip!

  1. Frank Miller’s Daredevil (Marvel)
  2. Bucky O’Hare (Vanguard)
  3. Kona #3 (Dell)
  4. New Frontier (DC)
  5. Man o’ Metal in Reg’lar Fellers’ Heroic Comics (Eastern Color Printing [home of Max Gaines!])
  6. Two Generals (McClelland & Stewart)

Music: Das Racist – Rainbow in the Dark
            Das Racist – Booty in the Air

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Episode 025: Ancient Polytheistic Potty Mouths

In this meandering episode, we get deep. Real deep. But first we talk about children, the Unwritten, Mike Kupperman’s genius, Jason, Dan Nadel’s Art in Time, Lapham-pires, Del Toro, crappy Hemmingway jokes, genetically manufactured spacemen, the function of comic book story telling, mud powered teenagers, mind boggling comics, Zoroastrianism, and fun! Chip Chip!

  1. The Strain (Dark Horse)
  2. Spaceman (Vertigo/DC)
  3. Mudman (Image)
  4. Forming (Nobrow Press/

Music: The Mountain Goats – Heretic Pride

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse