I believe in Brian K. Vaughan!! We’ve missed you!!

Happy Pi Day Everybody! What a great day for comics! 25 Books this week! If all that came out today was Saga and Locke & Key it would still be one of the best days ever! But we’ve also got the highly anticipated second issues of Thief of Thieves and Peter Panzerfaust, Joshua Hale Fialkov’s third installment of his awesome Doctor Who story, new stuff from Vertigo and the conclusion of the first mini series of The Strange Talents of Luther Strode by Justin Jordan (I think we’re going to be seeing a lot from this guy soon! Really great stuff!

SAGA seems to be the word today around the #comicmarket and for all kinds of good reasons! Brian K. Vaughan’s return to comics is met with wide open arms! As a huge fan of his work myself,

(can you tell?) I often complain that he doesn’t write more comics, but after reading the first issue of Saga, I’m reminded just how special his writing is. He’s not writing just to write. His dialog flows so beautifully and is so powerful. Nothing in a Brian K. Vaughan book ever feels fake or half-assed, he commits whole heartily to the character’s development and the worlds he creates for them. I
believe in comic books. I believe in Brian K. Vaughan.

Having said all of that, I would read the shit out of this book with or without Vaughan, because Fiona Staple’s art is simply stunning! This is the first stuff I’ve seen of hers and I’m gonna go ahead and call myself a fan! The character designs are insane and wonderful. The colors are just gorgeous. I can’t wait to turn the page to see what’s next. She really knows how to show facial expression. I truly believed every emotion. That first scene! Are you kidding me?! Simply beautiful! I was immediately involved in their joy and fear of being new parents. Not to mention, Alana’s face when Marko starts chewing through the umbilical chord… perfect!

My only complaint is that she works digitally, and ONLY because I want to buy the original art for every single page. Oh well, maybe she’ll do some prints or something so I can throw my money at her.

I know I say it all the time, but I love that Image Comics is taking so many chances with creator owned books that may not always be considered mainstream. It’s exciting not always knowing what to expect, and I’m so rarely disappointed by new titles they’ve been putting out. Keep doing what you are doing. I will keep buying them. That’s a promise.

One last thing about this book before I get into the top 5 pulls.
44 PAGES! NOT ONE FUCKING AD! $2.99! Well done Image Comics. Well done all around.


Saga #1

Image Comics: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Locke & Key: Clockworks #5 (of 6)

IDW Publishing: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Crossed: Badlands #1 (Garth Ennis returns to Crossed!!)

Avatar Press: Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows

Saucer Country #1

DC Vertigo: Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly

Conan The Barbarian #2

Dark Horse Comics: Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan

Happy Reading!!

What I’m watching this week: picked up the Tintin blu-ray by Steven Moffat (Very exciting!) and I’m like 3 episodes behind on Alcatraz. The return of Bob’s Burgers was fucking awesome! Please watch this show if you don’t, I never want it to get cancelled!

In other news: SHE SAID YES!!

My girlfriend Chelsea and I are getting married!! I know right?! Crazy! I couldn’t be happier! She makes being in love the easiest thing I’ve ever done and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her!

Aren’t we adorable?!

Don’t forget to grab your tickets for Round to of the Bamboozle Break Contest! Help This Good Robot play the main stage at this year’s Bamboozle! It’s totally in your hands! We are playing Round 2 of the Break Contest on Saturday, March 31st! Door are at 11AM, We go on at 5 PM! You can buy tickets NOW at This Good Robot Merch !!!
Thank you so much for all of the support! We can’t do this without you!

My Original Comic Art Gallery: Now I’m just showing off…



Does this make me a nerd?!

Happy New Comic Day!!
So, last week was a bit of a light week for releases and it gave me a chance to finally check out (on @4thworldZombie‘s recommendation) Jeff Lemire’s The Nobody.

DO IT! Seriously! It’ll take you no time at all to read and it is a beautiful little book about an invisible man who can’t help but get noticed by the population of the small fishing town of Large Mouth. Upon completion, it made me think of the Twilight Zone episode, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple”. I really loved it! I want to buy an original page from it eventually for sure!

Notable from last week (not in my top 5):

Dungeons & Dragons?! Seriously?! Me?! Does this make me a nerd?!
When I was a little kid, I went to my local comic shop in Virginia called, Richmond Comix where there were normally kids set up at tables playing some game with a 100 sided dice (forgive me if that’s wrong). These kids were incredibly unwelcoming to newcomers. I get that now. It was their thing. It was their thing which people probably gave them tons of shit about already anyway. Of course they would be unwelcoming, but at the time, I was pissed. I guess it kind of stuck with me, because since then, I’ve done everything in my power to avoid Dungeons & Dragons… That shit is for nerds (how many people did I just piss off?).
Anyway, IDW is putting out a crossover events right now called Infestation 2, which I am only reading because eventually the Ninja Turtles are getting involved. SHIT! I’m going to have to read Dungeons & Dragons comics?! Bullshit!
Turns out, I fucking loved the first issue! It was like Sherlock Holmes in a fantasy setting! It was tons of fun, and I’m actually really looking forward to checking out #2 this week! NERD.

BREAKING NEWS!! Nerdtown’s population is growing!!!!!!!
Tons of new stuff is happening here in Nerdtown! Including some new writers for this blog! I’m teaming with my favorite comic shop in the world, 4th World Comics (Smithtown, NY) in an attempt to bring you guys more. At some point over this next month, you’ll start to see articles, news, reviews or whatever the fuck the fine people over at 4th World feel like saying! There has even been some talk of a weekly podcast… SHHH! Don’t tell anyone!

Let’s do the pulls!!!
It was all I could do to not put American Vampire in my Top 5 this week. It’s just so damn good I can’t stand it! But I promised I would be trying to switch it up a bit and stop picking all the same books every week.
Here we go, 2/22/12 Top 5 Pulls:

Prophet #22

Image: Brandon Graham and Simon Roy

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7

IDW Publishing: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan

Chew #24

Image: John Layman and Rob Guillory

No Place Like Home #1

Image: Angelo Tirotto and Richard Jordan

All Star Western #6

DC Comics: Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Moritat

One more quick thing before I go.

This Good Robot played the first round of The Bamboozle Break Contest this past Sunday and we had a blast!! Made tons of new friends and saw some great new bands! Thank you guys so much for coming out to support us! Thanks to you, This Good Robot has advanced to the next round!
Let’s do it again!!! We could really use your help. YES! YOU!! Go sign up on Yuubreak.com Friend us and talk about us. You have no idea how much just that alone will help! Once we have more info on the next round, we will be sure to pass it on! We can’t do this without you. I’m not just talking about the contest, I’m talking about the band in general… We can’t do it without you… It wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. Be a part of what happens when This Good Robot takes over the planet.

My Original Comic Art Gallery: Now I’m just showing off…


The best comics are free comics!

So I had kind of a weird day. At work, I got hit in the eye and sliced my cornea… Which is exactly as much fun as it sounds. I reluctantly went to the doctor and in the end, I’m glad I did. Nothing worse than infected eyeballs! The doctor said I should be in a lot more pain than I am… Turns out I’m not a pussy after all! Hooorrray!!!
And then… There were comics.
When you go to get your comics this week, be sure to pick up the FREE Vertigo 2012 Preview.

I’m a huge Fables fan, so I was excited to see some of the first pages from the Fairest spin off by Bill Willingham, Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning (#1 on sale March 7, 2012). Before the Fairest preview, which was great by the way, were three others. I normally check out of Vertigo #1’s, but these previews have me totally pumped for:
Dominque Laveau: Voodoo Child by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, Denys Cowan, and John Floyd (#1 on sale March 21, 2012)

The New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett and I. N. J. Culbard (#1 on sale March 28, 2012)

Saucer Country by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly (#1 on sale March 14, 2012)

I’m definitely on board for all four!

Notable from last week (not in my top 5):
Allstar Western #6

I never put this one in my top 5, and I’m not really sure why. Every issue so far has been a blast!

Now, onto this weeks pulls!

Severed #7 (of 7)

Image: Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft and Attila Futaki
Just read it… I miss it already. What a great story! It’s totally possible to be scared while reading a comic book… This is proof.

Thief of Thieves #1

Image: Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer and Shawn Matinbrough

Memorial #3

IDW Publishing: Chris Roberson and Rich Ellis

The Unwritten #34

DC Vertigo: Mike Carey and Peter Gross

Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #6

DC Comics: Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli

I’ve got an episode of Alcatraz on and I’m not devoting nearly enough attention to it. I’m done here.


The Best Day Ever!! Very late Top 5 pulls

So, I’m late for the first time since starting my top 5’s. I started writing a post for Wednesday on Tuesday night and based on what was coming out, the post was entitled, “The Best Day Ever!!”. Then Wednesday happened and for me, it was one of the worst days I’ve ever had. But at least there were comics. Great comics. Most of my favorites in fact. I’d been in a bad mood since and made a point not to read any of my books for fear that my mood would ruin my favorite things. Meanwhile, the comics probably would have helped. Anyway, I’m sorry for posting late.
I know that my top 5’s tend to be a bit repetitive, and I’m working on it, but really, it shouldn’t be my responsibility. On average I pick up 20 – 30 books a week and try to give most everything a fighting chance. If something is awesome, or of a publisher or creative team has me excited to check something out, it’ll be in my top 5.

Since I’m late posting late, I’m gonna do a little more than usual. I’d like to start doing this from now on when it’s called for. There were some books from last week that were not in my top 5, but I thought were worth mentioning.

Rachel Rising #5 by Terry Moore

The scene where she describes waking up underground was fucking intense!

And The Flash #5 by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

This has been one of my favorites of the New 52’s and all of the sudden I like it even more… time travel. Plus, the art continues to be some of the best in comics right now. definitely go check out these two books.

Moving on!
This is the most exciting thing that’s come out so far this year! I’ve only had a chance to flip through it so far… (let’s go Amazon! Fuck! I hate you! But nobody can compete with your prices! Gahhhww! Send the damn thing already!)


This thing is fucking huge!!!!! Seriously. 11 x 17 Hardcover and features art and stories by… Well… everyone.

As you can see,



I’m a Madman fan.
(totally unnecessary brag note: figure in the back right of the display case was made by a company in France, numbered #1 of 100, signed by Mike Allred and is actually 1 of a kind from what I’m told… Whatever, No big deal.)
What is a big deal is BRAND NEW MADMAN STORIES! This book is overflowing with them. If you’ve never read any Madman, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s what got me into comics in the first place and continues to be the most fun I’ve ever had with comics.

Without Madman in my life… This Top 5 may never have existed (nice dramatic segue):

Locke & Key: Clockworks #4 (in 9 issues, it’s all over!) 😦

IDW: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Sweet Tooth #30

DC Vertigo: Jeff Lemire

Swamp Thing #6

DC Comics: Scott Snyder and Marco Rudy

Animal Man #6

DC Comics: Jeff Lemire, John Paul Leon and Travel Foreman

Superman: Action Comics #6

DC Comics: Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert

In other news, tickets are still on sale for This Good Robot’s date of the Bamboozle Break Contest! We want to play this year’s Bamboozle Festival and we can with your help!! Come out and support!! BUY TICKETS HERE!!!


Vampires! Zombies! And Cyborgs! OH MY!! Top 5

And don’t forget Mutant Turtles!! And to be fair, it’s only one cyborg (that I know of, I haven’t started reading my stack yet.) I was told that this was going to be a light week and yet, I still left 4th World Comics (Smithtown, NY — GO TO THERE!) with 22 books tonight. Just warming up for next week. Apparently next we is when everything comes out. Everything ever… All of it. It’s all out next Wednesday… You name it… It’s coming out. I really can’t stand the wait for that new Madman hardcover any longer. ONE MORE WEEK!!!!

Getting way ahead of myself. … Let’s get into the top pulls. Some great stuff today. Would you believe I’ve never been especially into Vampires?

1/25/12 Top 5 Pulls:

American Vampire #23

DC/Vertigo: Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6

IDW: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan

The Walking Dead #93

Image Comics: Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

Justice League #5

DC Comics: Geoff Johns and Jim Lee

I, Vampire #5

DC Comics: Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino

There’s the top 5 for this week! If I don’t post next week, it’s because Madman has every bit of my attention!

Quickly in other news:
This Good Robot wants to play the Bamboozle this year! You can help make it happen!!


IT’S BIGGER ON THE INSIDE! New comics! Top 5 Pulls!

One of my favorite writers, Joshua Hale Fialkov, is writing Doctor Who comics!! The first of his 4 issue run came out today and to celebrate… I bought myself another Tardis.

This one is life sized. I’ve been needing a life sized Tardis for a while now so I’m really glad I finally took care of that. On that note… The Pulls.

Doctor motherfucking Who #13!!!!!!!!!! (my apologies, my iPhone is telling me now that “motherfucking is not a word. We do not condone the use of poor spelling or bad grammar on this motherfucking blog.)

IDW: Joshua Hale Fialkov and Matthew Dow Smith

Whispers #1

Image: Joshua Luna

Severed #6

Image: Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft and Attila Futaki

The Strange Talents of Luther Strode

Image: Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore

Invincible #87

Image: Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley

According to this Top 5, I seem to really be into what’s happening over at Image Comics these days. I couldn’t fit The Last of the Greats in there, but figured I already had his Who book in the top spot and went with Invincible instead. I also picked up 8 “New 52” books, of which I’m especially excited for Frankenstein: Agent of Shade by Jeff Lemire and I’ve been enjoying Green Lantern by Geoff Johns.

This Good Robot has 2 shows this weekend!! Friday in Rocky Point, NY and Sunday at Webster Hall in NYC with Patent Pending (Contact me here or on twitter for tickets!!!) For more info: THISGOODROBOT.COM

Good talk. See you out there.
(cue Tardis sound effects while I disappear) ::VWORP:: ::VWORP::

New Comic Day – Top 5 Pulls 1/4/12 Grant Morrison Art?? And Larry Bird.

HOLY CRAP!! First pulls of the new year! We’ve got monsters, some comic history and I give my brother Joe what he really needs for Christmas! Oh! And pulls! Don’t forget the pulls! 5 of em!

I’ve got a nice, yet not too intimidating stack in front of me. I promised you monsters… Looks like we’ve got one on the cover of Green Arrow and I, Zombie is filled with just about every kind you can think of.

There shall be more!!

Got some #1’s I’m excited to check out including Fatale by Brubaker and Phillips and Ferals by Lapham (both of which seem to have monsters on the cover)


Onto the Pulls!!! (…and probably more monsters.)

The Goon#37 (Is that a monster on the cover? Do zombie gorillas count? Well, of course they do!! COUNT IT!)

Dark Horse Comics: Eric Powell

Swamp Thing #5 (Monsters.)

DC Comics: Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette

Animal Man #5 (Monsters.)

DC Comics: Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman and Steve Pugh

Sweet Tooth #29 (HYBRID HUMAN ANIMAL CHILDREN ARE NOT MONSTERS!!! That’s a terrible thing to say!)

DC Vertigo: Jeff Lemire

Action Comics #5 (He’s an alien, not a monster.)

DC Comics: Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert

Speaking of Grant Morrison, check this shit out! I got these for my brother-in-law for Christmas:

20120104-162059.jpg Correct me if I’m wrong, but these are the first things Grant Morrison ever had published. I found out about these while reading Morrison’s new book, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

20120104-165635.jpgGreat book by the way! Definitely check it out if you are interested in the history of comics. Anyway, there are 4 total, I was only able to find two of them. He’s got a 5 or so page story in each. Here’s what makes them really cool:

I’m pretty sure this is the only thing he ever published that he wrote and drew himself. I wasn’t expecting much from the art, but he’s actually really good! Here are some random pages:





I didn’t get a chance to read them before gifting them. Is it tacky to borrow something you gave as a gift? If so, there is no way I would have gotten my brother Rob those Simpsons DVDs this year… Fuck that guy.

And I most definitely would not have given my brother Joe 11 Copies of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson’s When The Game Was Ours with Jackie Macmullan.


I gave them to him one by one all addressed from different members of the family. My favorite was the one I managed to get into a much smaller box and addressed from his fiancé… It couldn’t possibly be… Oh shit! It is! Damn! I wish I had a picture of that! That particular copy isn’t exactly readable anymore…

Well, this was fun! Until next week! Be sure to let me know if I missed any monsters!!

New Comic Day – Top 5 Pulls 12/28/11

Happy Holidays!! Hope everyone had a great christmas or whatever. I most certainly did! My girlfriend and parents spoiled the fucking shit out of me with tons of new original comic art (then i spoiled myself a bit)! So much art, it warrants its own post (later this week). I posted a few of the pieces on my CAF Gallery. Go check it out!!

Last pulls of the year right here!!

DMZ #72 (Final Issue)

DC/Vertigo: Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli

The Cape #3 (of 4)

IDW Publishing: Jason Ciaramella and Zach Howard

American Vampire #22

DC/Vertigo: Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque

Spaceman #3(of 9)

DC/Vertigo: Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #2: Michelangelo

IDW Publishing: Brian Lynch and Andy Kuhn

Have a safe and happy new year!!

New Comic Day Top 5 Pulls (7)

Wednesday!!!!!! Sorry guys, busy night ahead, so I’m gonna go ahead and jump right in. Just the pulls. Nothing but the pulls, so help me God…

December 21, 2011 – Top 5 Pulls:

Fables #112

DC/Vertigo: Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

Lady Mechanika #3

Aspen: Joe Benitez

Justice League #4

DC Comics: Geoff Johns and Jim Lee

Invincible #86

Image: Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker

Memorial #1

IDW Publishing: Chris Roberson and Rich Ellis

Sorry to blog and run but…

“Keys… That do stuff.” New Comic Day Top 5 Pulls (6)

Finally! It’s Wednesday! Just got home from the comic shop and I couldn’t be more excited for a brand new issue of Locke & Key. I can’t believe there are only 10 left. If you aren’t reading Locke & Key, I suggest you start. All i want to do is talk about it! It’s the perfect comic, even for people who don’t read comics. Stuff like this doesn’t come around too often. It’s special. It’s important. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez bring us one of the most unique and well executed stories in the comic world. Keys… that do stuff. Why didn’t I think of that? Read Locke & Key.

If you are like me, then you just can’t get enough Locke & Key. Check out Skelton Crew Studios where you can get a Head Key of your own! Once you get it, open the heads of all your friends, drop in the first four trades. This way you’ll have more people to talk to about this incredible book.

I’m not sure what the latest news on the Locke & Key pilot episode is, but if you find yourself with a chance to see it, FUCKING DO IT! I was fortunate enough to see it at the New York Comic Con in October, and it was great! The kid who plays Bode totally stole the show! It’ll be a real shame if it doesn’t get picked up, could have been a great series.

Oh right! And there were totally other new comics out today too!

Top 5 Pulls – 12/14/11

Locke & Key: Clockworks #3

IDW Publishing: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

American Vampire #21

DC/Vertigo: Scott Snyder and Jordi Bernet

Green Lantern #4

DC Comics: Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke

Stitched #2

Avatar Press: Garth Ennis and Mike Wolfer

The Walking Dead #92

Image Comics: Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

Don’t forget to buy your Christmosh 2011 tickets! December 26th: Patent Pending, Punchline and This Good Robot at Ollie’s Point in Amityville, NY

Now leave me alone, I’ve got comics to read!