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Chew Omnivore Edition

Welcome to What Are You Reading?, our weekly round-up of the comics and other stuff that have escaped the unread stacks of books next to our beds. Our special guest this week is Nathan Edmondson, writer of the Image comics Who is Jake Ellis?, The Light and Olympus. To see what Nathan and the Robot 6 crew have bene reading, click below.

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What Are You Reading?

Thor: The Mighty Avenger #1

Hello and welcome once again to What Are You Reading?, where the Robot 6 crew talk about the comics and graphic novels that they’ve been enjoying lately.

Today’s guest is Zom from the Mindless Ones blog. To see what Zom and the rest of the Robot 6 team have been reading, click below.

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Morrison sets the stage for Batman Inc. with ‘startling revelation’ in Batman & Robin

Batman & Robin #16

This week Grant Morrison wraps up his run on Batman & Robin with a “startling revelation” that sets the stage for the upcoming Batman Inc. title … and that’s popping up in the media. So if you haven’t read issue #16 yet and would like to do it spoiler free, don’t click the “Continue Reading” button below. You might also want to just avoid the internet completely.

SPOILERS WARNING!

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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Absolute All-Star Superman

If it’s Tuesday, it must be time for Food or Comics?, where every week some of the Robot 6 crew talk about what comics we’d buy if we were subject to certain spending limits — $15 and $30. We also talk about what we’d buy if we had extra money to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item. Check out Diamond’s release list to see what arrives in comic shops this week,then play along in our comments section.

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I’m running behind and want to go vote, so I’ll try to make this quick:

If I had $15:

The Boys #48 ($3.99) and Godland #33 ($2.99) are the the two must buys for me this week, along with the 17th issue of Berlin ($4.95). It’s been awhile since Jason Lutes published a chapter in this now-decade-plus long serial set in pre-Nazi Germany. I’m just impressed that he’s still sticking to the serial pamphlet format while every other indie artist has abandoned it. Bully for you, Lutes.

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Grant Morrison on Batman & Robin covers, logos

Batman & Robin logos

With both a deluxe version of Batman & Robin v2: Batman vs. Robin and the final issue of Grant Morrison’s run on the comic hitting shops this week, DC’s Source blog had a trio of posts yesterday promoting the occasion. In addition to a preview of Batman & Robin #16, they also shared Morrison’s thoughts on the covers to issues 7-12 and, as seen above, Rian Hughes’ logo design.

Both arrive in shops tomorrow.

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Four-Color Fear

Welcome to another spook-tacular edition of What Are You Reading? Our special guest this week is writer Sam Costello, who operates and writes horror comics for the site Split Lip. If you’re looking for some spooky stories to read tonight, it’s a good place to start.

To see what Sam and the rest of the Robot 6 crew have been reading lately, click below, if you dare

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Robot 666 | Putting the ‘goth’ back in Gotham with Frazer Irving

from Batman & Robin #14 by Frazer Irving

from Batman & Robin #14 by Frazer Irving

Over on the CBR mothership, Batman & Robin artist Frazer Irving stops by The Bat Signal column to talk to Kiel Phegley about, among other things, his work with Bat-maestro Grant Morrison. Naturally, Irving dishes on some of the darker moments he’s drawn for the Dark Knight and his associates:

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Delays in Grant Morrison’s work?

Grant Morrison

Is Grant Morrison overworked?

That’s the question going through my mind with the recent news that Batman: The Return of Bruce #5 was confirmed as being postponed for two months. Originally scheduled for Aug. 5, the DC Comics website now has it coming out on Oct. 6. Blogger David Uzumeri brought this to my attention with a Twitter poster on Friday, and the realization of the delay dovetailed in with two other pieces of stray information from weeks ago.

The first was the news of a sudden artistic change-up to Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4 from Cameron Stewart to Georges Jeanty; originally solicited for July 21, the book only came out one week late, but the artwork looks a tad rushed. Stewart wrote on his blog that “conditions were such that I felt that my work would be drastically compromised and subpar should I stay on board, and so I felt that it was best that I walked away.” It has proven to be amicable, with pages already filtering out online of a future collaboration with Stewart, Morrison and DC on the 16th issue of Batman & Robin.

The second is from the blog of Sean Murphy, artist of the Morrison-penned Joe the Barbarian. According to his post, he’s waiting on the script for the final two issues of the series.  Joe the Barbarian #7 was originally scheduled for release on July 21, while DC’s website now has a release of Sept. 15.

Checking with the solicitations for the past three months, Morrison is working on four series: Batman, Batman & Robin, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne and Joe The Barbarian. He’s also been announced to work on two miniseries, Batman: The Return and Multiversity, a new series titled Batman Inc., as well as a prose book titled Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero.

Delays are to be expected on comics at some point, but these news tidbits add up to a possible trend. What do you think?

Quote of the day | Cameron Stewart is cartoony as f@!#

New Batman & Robin art from Cameron Stewart

New Batman & Robin art from Cameron Stewart

“If anyone thought my last Batman & Robin run was ‘too cartoony’ (they did) they are going to puke blood when they see this.”

–Once and future Batman & Robin artist Cameron Stewart issues fair warning about the part-Frank Quitely, part-Bruce Timm, part-Mort Drucker style he’ll be using for his upcoming return to the title with issue #16. (That’s a sample “that isn’t too cartoony (or spoilery)” featuring Doctor Hurt above.) Have those mops at the ready, haters!

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The Man with the Getaway Face

The Man with the Getaway Face

Welcome to a special holiday weekend edition of What Are You Reading?, as we take a break from hot dogs and street festivals to take a look at what comics we’ve been reading this week. Our special guest this week is Vito Delsante, writer of FCHS and the upcoming Stray. When he isn’t making comics, he’s selling them at Jim Hanley’s Universe, located in New York near the Empire State Building.

To see what Vito and the rest of the Robot 6 crew are reading, click below …

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What Are You Reading?

Scalped

Scalped

With the school year ending and summer arriving faster than you know it, now’s the time to update your summer reading list — and there’s no better place to find some good stuff to read than right here in our weekly What Are You Reading? column. This week our guests are Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, the creative team behind The Sixth Gun, published by Oni Press. You’ll be seeing a lot of Cullen and Brian over the next few weeks here at Robot 6, so here’s the perfect opportunity to find out what comics they’re into.

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Straight for the tat | Cameron Stewart’s convention-sketch Batman tattoo

Batman tattoo based on the art of Cameron Stewart

Batman tattoo based on the art of Cameron Stewart

“Did the most terrifying commission of my life today at C2E2,” tweeted Batman & Robin artist Cameron Stewart on Saturday. What made it so scary? The guy who commissioned the piece — a drawing of Batman, to be specific — told Stewart he planned on immediately getting it tattooed on his body. No pressure!

Fortunately, the words “Cameron Stewart” are pretty much a seal of quality when it comes to drawings of Batman, and as Stewart revealed today, the tattoo came out bitchin’. You can click here to see the original art, too. “A busy convention is not my ideal environment to draw something that will go on someone’s body forever,” Stewart noted, but he really shouldn’t worry so much.

A Dynamic Duo of Batman & Robin art posts

from Batman & Robin #9 by Cameron Stewart

from Batman & Robin #9 by Cameron Stewart

On his blog, outgoing Batman & Robin artist Cameron Stewart has posted a selection of black-and-white pages from issue #9. Man, you could practically bathe in those inks.

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Wasn’t there a Seinfeld episode about this?

Not the cover to Batman & Robin #9

Not the cover to Batman & Robin #9

Naw, I guess if it’d been on Seinfeld it would have been about Superman. Anyway, Cameron Stewart says via Twitter that this is a “rejected cover sketch for Batman & Robin #9.” Somehow I think he’s kidding. All I know is that if I were young Damian Wayne I’d be pretty pissed at Dick Grayson’s insensitivity too.

Fan shares alternate look at Quitely’s Red Hood

First off, a big thank you to Robot 6 reader Mark Spitz, who shared this with us over email. Mark recently purchased some original Frank Quitely art from Graphic Collectibles, and it included a bonus of sorts.

“I was lucky enough to purchase a couple of Frank Quitely pages from Batman and Robin #1, including #22 (the “do not miss” page),” Spitz wrote. “I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there were actually two versions of the Red Hood panel and both were included in my purchase. The original shows the Red Hood in a different costume with different guns.”

Here are all three versions, starting with the original version and ending with a scan from the published issue:

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Again, thanks to Mark for sharing this cool purchase!


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