Thursday, April 6, 2017

Episode 91: Waiting for ProTeen OR ProTeen's Shake Brings the Boys to the Yard

It happened! Paul Hix took a day off, so I snuck in and test drove his action chair with Waiting for Doom stalwart, Mike!

Time for an all new episode of WAITING FOR PRO-TEEN! WhutWHUUT! Kick back and chill with your ProBros (one is a surprise GUEST HOST!) before you have an episode about issues and issues with episodes, and LET'S GO PRO!
Actually, something doesn't seem quite right about all that... 
  • Down on Derington Way - 8:14
  • Doom Clock - 12:56
  • Byrne For You - 20:41
  • Doomsplaining - 24:58 - Time to mix the old(ish) with something new(ish), as we dive into the meaty messages hidden between the covers of Doom Patrol Volume 6 issue 1: the Director's Cut! A behind the scenes look at the work of Gerard Way and Nick Derington, with special appearances by Shelly Bond!
  • Mailbag O Doom - 45:49 - We read your responses to the question, "What is your fav-our-ite Disney film?"

So let's get to the visuals from the Director's Cut

The debut of ProTeen! 

The [redacted] about [redacted] was [redacted]. Sheesh. Is this a political transcript?!

Ernie Estrella from SyFy Wire sat down to chat with Gerard Way at Wonder Con last weekend, which you can check out here. The biggest Item I took away from the read and acoompanying video is this bit from Way is that in Casey and Sam, there was "A degree of positivity that was missing from comics that I could channel through those characters." He certainly channeled it. 

As mentioned during the Derington Way segment, here's the link from Comicosity about BUG! and the Wonder Con panel. Heck, I'll even include the BUG! cover. 
So there you have it. A Waiting for Doom in the can. Well, in your ears at least. 

Don't forget, fellow Patrollers, we're looking for YOUR donations for Paul's reading library for the John Byrne issues. If you can help, drop a note here, on the Facebook page, or hit up WilFreD on Twitter. 

Until next episode, be good to each other. And answer this Question of the Week
Which DC villain/bad guy/rogues gallery have you always wanted to see the Patrol face? 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Episode 90: April, You Fool, Check Out That Keen Teen Scene! OR Mike Allred Solo!

No foolin'!
Mike, Paul, Rifty, and WilFreD are back at it again! So we need a post to match, right? 

Here's the Podbean link and text. 

We're BACK! A bit late than usual, but it's due to shenanigans. No time to explain - LET'S GET PATROLLING! 

Down on Derington Way - 6:47
Doom Clock - 12:13
SURPRISE! New segment! GASP! What's it all about?? You'll have to tune in to find out!!
Doomsplaining - 21:19 - Time for something completely different, as we take a look at a story featuring the Doom Patrol and the Teen Titans, from issue 7 of 'Solo', by Mike Allred!
Mailbag O Doom - 36:37 - super short condensed version of the mailbag this week, as there wasn't a QOTW. I'm sure you'll survive.
Here's the imagery for Solo #7 

Let's start with the cover. 

And the interiors. 

No one in comics today does groovy like Mike Allred. Even if by "today" I mean 2005. 


All the grooviness. 


Bunny. Slippers. 

The Chief will teach you music appreciation! 

Thus ends the party. 
Solo #7 includes an Hourman story, a Metal Men pin-up, a Batman (1966ish) adventure, and a story about the Comic Book Clubhouse. The end of the issue comes together in a wonderful celebration of all things Allred, including a shot of Hawkman leading the charge into the adult coloring book fad. 

New Segment

I've teased it here, but the way things have timed out (read: the busy-ness that finds me), I haven't been able to give it the time yet, but we'll get there. I call it ReByrne. 

Derington Way.

It's cancelled. 
It's not.

It's on hiatus.

It's back. 
Long story short: there will be a significant wait between Doom Patrol (v6) #6 and Doom Patrol (v6) #7.

Doom Patrol #6 is slated for 19 April. According to the reports rolling out of WonderCon, Doom Patrol #7 will be out sometime in July. Here's hoping. 

In the interim, we'll make sure to throw a few posts up here. 

For now, enjoy this shot from the WonderCon panel of Gerard Way sporting the Doom Patrollers uniform. 

Until next time, my friends, here's the Question of the Week

What's your favorite Disney movie? 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Episode 89: I Drive the [CENSORED] Ambulance

I love new Doom Patrol weeks. Love. Them. The only thing that makes it any better is when the issue of Doom Patrol is exceptional, as Doom Patrol (v6) #5 is. You can check my review of it out over on Comicosity. I won't repeat any of that stuff here, save for a quick quote. 

Doom Patrol #5 is the first time Larry Trainor, Cliff Steele, Flex Mentallo, Casey Brinke, Sam Reynolds, Danny, and Fugg are all brought together. So, in a sense, this is the first true issue of the new volume of the Doom Patrol. And it’s so damn fun. So much happens in this issue that by the end of it, it feels like a collected edition.

There. That's done. Now, here's the link for the corresponding Waiting for Doom episode

Celebrate good times as we cover a brand new issue! There are spoilers and swear words in this one, so consider yourself warned! LET'S GET PATROLLING!
Down on Derington Way - 8:03Doom Clock - 11:45Doomsplaining - 15:51 - It's time for a brand new issue! HUZZAH! We cover issue 5 of volume 6, from Gerard Way and Nick Derington! Mailbag O Doom - 41:19 - We read your responses to the question, "What is your favourite fictional vehicle?"

And here's the images of the issue. With one exception, I'm just going to share panels, not pages. So let's get going on the issue that brings the Whole Patrol (and then some) back together. 

Standard issue Derington cover. 
The variant cover by Farel Dalrymple.

The creative team behind the dream. 

Captain Trainor suiting up. 
Danny is reunited with his old friends. 

The despair upon Dannyland. 


Lotion, pre-werepuddy. 

Single best image in the whole darn issue. 


Niles Caulder. Always intrusive. 


The good stuff. If the inevitable plush Fugg doesn't come with "the good stuff," I'm going to wait for the deluxe version. 


Jane's back. 

Since the issue is so very recent, I'm trying to preserve the sanctity of the content while sharing its awesomeness. That's not an easy balancing act. I want to show you everything, but if you really want to see everything, then why don't you just buy the issue?

One last thing before closing this up, this piece from Way's Instagram: 

And the text of the post, in case it's too small for you (plus the scroll doesn't work in the image). 
The gang is almost all together, for now.Every time you hold an issue in your hands, you can remember where you were in your life at that moment. One thing I’ll always remember about this issue is that this is where I became completely comfortable writing this book. As a piece of advice right around issue 3, when I was really struggling, Grant Morrison told me that he doesn’t really get comfortable writing a series until about issue 4, and issue 4 was probably the hardest for me to write, but once I got through that everything started to move a lot faster, and I had a lot more confidence—I felt like I knew what I was doing. I had a tremendous amount of fun writing this one, and the issue that follows it. Again, I want to thank everyone for their dedication and patience in allowing us to get the book right. I feel we are getting closer to the schedule getting more regular again, and we’re doing our best to make that happen. Next week, we’ll get an awesome Director’s Cut of Issue 1, so be on the lookout for that.On the left, you’ll see the metallic version of the awesome main cover by Nick Derington, followed by the remarkable variant by Farel Darlymple, and then the regular (also awesome!) non-metallic cover to the main.Farel and I went to school together in NYC at The School of Visual Arts, and not only is he an awesome human but also an incredible artist.We also get another little gem from Brandon Bird in the back of the issue, the newest installment of Bane’s Coloring Corner, a somewhat presidential one.Lots of love
The team killed it on this one, and here they are:Credits:DOOM PATROL #5Written by Gerard Way (I mean I did ok)Art and cover by Nick DeringtonColors by Tamra BonvillainLetters by Todd KleinVariant cover by Farel Dalrymple"Bane’s Coloring Corner" by Brandon Bird

So there you have it, fellow Patrollers. Doom Patrol (v6) #5. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Episode 88: Snakes On A (Dimensional) Plane OR Can We Talk About Teeth-Nipples?

It's time for some more Doom Patrol goodness. Let's start with the Podbean description:
Just as one era ends for the Doom Patrol, another begins, raising several questions, such as one asked by a famous archaeologist: "Snakes....Why did it have to be snakes??"

Down on Derington Way - 7:12
Doom Clock - 9:57
Doomsplaining - 14:03 - It's the start of a new era, as we dive into the chaos of issues 64 and 65 of volume 2, beginning Rachel Pollack's run on the series!
Mailbag O Doom - 49:21 - We read your responses to the question, "Which fictional character would you add to the Doom Patrol roster?"
So let's get to the imagery. Here's the cover for Doom Patrol (volume 2) #64
Brian Bolland checks in for the first cover of Rachel Pollack's Doom Patrol

Thus begins an era. 

Cliff returns! 

Dorothy assembles the Patrol! 

Teeth. Nipples. 

Not a great day for young Dorothy Spinner. 

Really the Doom Patrol at this point is right here. 

Dorothy's craptastic day continues.

Cliff returns for real! 

Even as just a head, Niles Caulder is nothing but trouble. 

The cover to Doom Patrol (v2) #65

And the innards of #65.
That's a pretty sad Mount Rushmore cosplay, Chief. 

Dorothy means business. 

Cliff just isn't sure what to make of it all. 

United Snakes of America

Dorothy learns if you can dream it, you can do it. 

Pig roast fail. 

Time for justice? Or just weirdness? 

Down on Derington Way
Mike and Paul had a little bit on Derington Way this week, as we're all nearly giddy with anticipation of getting a new issue of Doom Patrol on 22 March. That said, it's been a rather thin week or so for news from either Gerard Way or Nick Derington, but "thin" does not mean "non-existent."

As so many artists do, Gerard Way chose to share some insight into his writing process, including an overview of his tools.
THE Notebook! 

From March 16. Tom Fowler tweeted this out. Nice! 
And what would this section be without a Derington-direct tweet?
??? indeed. 
As requested by the gents, here is the link for Ross Pearsall's Super-Team Family site.

Jay Bandoy provided some of the images to WilFreD (thanks for the goose, Jay!). If you've somehow missed this in your life to this point, you need to fix that. Now. Here. Your first one is free.
This just might be the cover mentioned in the Mailbag. 
I'll even throw in a cover of Thing and Robotman, for Steve Lacey of the Fantasicast.

Question of the Week
What is your favo(u)rite fictional vehicle?

Be good to one another, folks! 
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