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Comic Dwarves

Welcome to the Comic Dwarves, your guided excursion into the rich mines of comicdom! Each week, we invite listeners to unearth a new comic book gem with us then join in as we duke it out at absurd length. Hosted by Tom Bevis and his fellow comic book connoisseurs Sean Corbin, Joshua Shepherd, Michael Brown, Jon Butler, and occasional guests. Let’s get digging!

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Ep. 47: The Z Fighters of the Wine World

Drops of God vol. 1 Story: Tadashi Agi Art: Shu Okimoto Publisher: Vertical & ComiXology Publication Date: October 19, 2019 Manga Month: Chapter Two commences as the gang takes on the ComiXology original that dictates the ebb and flow of wine sales worldwide: Drops of God!  What series is everyone reading every issue of this week, and will Drops of God join those revered ranks?  First, Jon Butler kicks the party off by leading the Dwarves in another thrilling installment of Comickwiz.  Then, Tom shares a controversial secret that may be less shocking than he anticipates.  How many Dragon Ball Z comparisons are the guys willing to make?  And how far will they go to drive the point home?  Later, who tries to sneak in secret requirements for their final vote, and who dares to argue?  Finally, what is the final verdict on this “legendary” (or so ComiXology would lead us to believe) manga series?  Are the guys thrilled to share it with their listeners?  Find out today on Comic Dwarves! Hosted by Tom Bevis, Michael Brown, Jon Butler, Sean Corbin, and Joshua Shepherd. Music by Polynova. Sound Effects by Aaron Corbin. Produced by Tom Bevis and Sean Corbin.

9 Sep 2021

Rank #1

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Ep. 46: These Aren’t MY Z Warriors!

Dragon Ball vol. 1 Story: Akira Toriyama Art: Akira Toriyama Publisher: Viz Publication Date: May 6, 2003 As was foretold in the time before time, Manga Month has finally arrived!  And what heroes have gathered to face it?  Join Mike, Sean, Tom, and Jon as they discuss Akira Toriyama’s groundbreaking manga masterwork, Dragon Ball!  The Haunted House War may be over, but what new fiend is creeping over the horizon?  Does Dragon Ball toe the line or go too far for our heroes to stomach?  How far has Jon gotten in Fables?  Why is everyone hating on Yamcha so much?  And what will the name of Tom’s signature attack be?  Find out all of this and more in this episode of Comic Dwarves, kicking off a month-long celebration of manga, the comic medium’s cousin in the east! Hosted by Tom Bevis, Michael Brown, Jon Butler, Sean Corbin. Music by Polynova. Sound Effects by Aaron Corbin. Produced by Tom Bevis and Sean Corbin.

1hr 8mins

2 Sep 2021

Rank #2

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Ep. 45: The First Ever Second Volume

Rat Queens vol. 3: Demons Story: Kurtis Wiebe Art: Tess Fowler Publisher: Image Comics – Shadowline Publication Date: October 13, 2016 Presenting a momentous Comic Dwarves occasion!  Our valiant heroes tackle their first ever second volume.  Who cares if it’s actually the third volume?  Hear the Comic Dwarves broadcasting from Mage University as they take on Wieve and Fowler’s Rat Queens, vol. 3: Demons.  Michael, Jon, Josh, Sean, and Tom get the ball rolling by determining who’s reading every issue of Fables ever and who isn’t reading every issue of Invincible ever.  Then, the Comic Whiz strikes again with another installment of the Comic Quiz, and you’ll never believe who wins!  From there, the gang discuss exactly how many reboots Rat Queens encounters, the importance of illustrative background, Dungeons and Dragons etiquette, and Blambot fonts.  After that, the Select-O-Matic is hijacked by a spacefaring billionaire, but which one could it be!  Also, the Comic Dwarves get real sexy, and someone escalates the ongoing Haunted House War! Hosted by Tom Bevis, Michael Brown, Jon Butler, Sean Corbin, and Joshua Shepherd. Music by Polynova. Sound Effects by Aaron Corbin. Produced by Tom Bevis and Sean Corbin.

1hr 9mins

28 Aug 2021

Rank #3

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Ep. 044: The 8, The 5, and The 15

Animal Man: The Hunt Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Travel Foreman Publisher: DC Comics Publication Date: October 8, 2013 The Comic Dwarves are here once again and broadcasting to you directly from the Rot!  Join Tom, Jon, and Josh as they take on 2013’s Animal Man: The Hunt, by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman as part of DC’s New 52 event.  In this thrilling episode, the guys get down and dirty about the animal placement in the San Diego Zoo, the best freeways to take in and around San Diego, and the vocabulary of four-year-old girls.  Then, they take a quick detour to talk about Stephen King’s Dark Tower and Marvel’s Dawn of X.  Will they ever get back on topic?  And if they do, how does this reimagining of an oft-overlooked DC hero stack up?  Find out all of this and more this week’s episode of Comic Dwarves! *Please note, this episode was edited by Sean Corbin.  Please direct any complaints about manipulation and jackassery to him.  Thank you! Hosted by Tom Bevis, Jon Butler, and Joshua Shepherd. Music by Polynova. Sound Effects by Aaron Corbin. Produced by Tom Bevis and Sean Corbin.

1hr

19 Aug 2021

Rank #4

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Ep. 043: Starting at the End

Tokyo Ghost vol. 1 Story: Rick Remender Art: Sean Gordon Murphy Publisher: Image Comics Publication Date: March 6, 2016 Welcome to a dark and bizarre future, where everyone is addicted to technology and fresh digital content is beamed directly into your dome every second of every day!  The Comic Dwarves are down two men, but Sean, Michael, and Jon are bringing you the latest and greatest — that’s right, we’re talking about Remender and Murphy’s Tokyo Ghost!  The fellas duke it out on whether this grizzled, murky work is worthy of our new readers’ attention.  How much does Sean love Murphy’s artwork?  What kind of things do they have in Tokyo?  And who escalates the Haunted House War?  Find out in the latest episode of Comic Dwarves! Hosted by Michael Brown, Jon Butler, Sean Corbin. Music by Polynova. Sound Effects by Aaron Corbin. Produced by Tom Bevis and Sean Corbin.

1hr 6mins

13 Aug 2021

Rank #5

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Ep. 042: These Aren’t MY Turtles!

Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics vol. 1 Story: Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird Art: Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird Publisher: IDW Publishing Publication Date: April 4, 2018 What could Mike, Sean, Josh, and Jon be doing in the dank, damp sewers, and where on earth is Tom?  Join the Comic Dwarves this week to slice into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics vol. 1, IDW’s full-color reprint of the very first issues of this revolutionary series.  First, the gang attempt to slap together an original concept about busboys.  Then, the Comickwiz continues his Comickwiz, this time focusing on a very specific set of mutated amphibians.  Finally, the foursome bursts into the main event!  Who loves TMNT, who hates it, who read the wrong book, and who is grievously wrong about the name of the aliens species?  Find out all of this and more! Hosted by Michael Brown, Jon Butler, Sean Corbin, Joshua Shepherd. Music by Polynova. Sound Effects by Aaron Corbin. Produced by Tom Bevis and Sean Corbin.

1hr 30mins

5 Aug 2021

Rank #6

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Ep. 041: The Haunted House War

Title: House of Penance Story: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Ian Bertram Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Publication Date: January 24, 2017 This is the moment the Comic Dwarves will never be able to turn back from.  At last, the Haunted House War begins!  Join Jon, Sean, Tom, and super special guest Stephanie Lancaster-Bevis as they discuss House of Penance.  Before the war begins, learn what the Comic Dwarves think of books without pictures.  Then, find out whether Tom is ready to use his Downton Abbey voice to perform the spoiler alert as the butler Carson or whether Sean has to do the heavy lifting (again).  And finally, strap is as the Comic Dwarves experience a schism unlike any other as they go head to head over the nature of haunted house stories and whether House of Penance is a good comic.  The end begins now! Hosted by Tom Bevis, Michael Brown, Jon Butler, Sean Corbin, and Stephanie Lancaster-Bevis. Music by Polynova. Sound Effects by Aaron Corbin. Produced by Tom Bevis and Sean Corbin.

1hr 11mins

30 Jul 2021

Rank #7

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Ep. 040: Demonic Leather Daddy

Title: Spawn Origins, volume 1 Story: Todd McFarlane Art: Todd McFarlane Publisher: Image Comics Publication Date: March 20, 2019 Comic Dwarves Week has come to an end. Now, our heroes begin down the long, winding road into Season Two.  However, will that road end with the looming threat of actually covering Watchmen in just 60 short weeks?  Alas, only time will tell!  To celebrate their first anniversary episode, the gang have selected a comic near and dear to their hearts: Spawn Origins volume 1 (collecting issues 1-6 of the groundbreaking series).  Finally, join Tom, Sean, Jon, Mike, and Josh as they discuss the blistering anti-hero, the Comics Code of Ethics, the history of Image Comics, and their appropriate use of the word zany!  Also, everyone agrees that the devil’s name in Spawn is actually Malebolgia. Hosted by Tom Bevis, Michael Brown, Jon Butler, Sean Corbin, and Joshua Shepherd. Music by Polynova. Sound Effects by Aaron Corbin and Tom Bevis. Produced by Tom Bevis and Sean Corbin.

1hr 24mins

22 Jul 2021

Rank #8

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Ep. 039: 2021 Gemmy Awards

The night everyone has been waiting for!  One month ago, the Comic Dwarves presented the categories and nominees for the first annual Gemmy Awards and invited you to vote for your favorite comics, dwarves, and moments from the first year of the Comic Dwarves podcast.  Now, the time has come to reveal the results of this groundbreaking vote!  Sean, Tom, Jon, Josh, and Mike gathered to discuss the categories, the nominees, and of  course, the winners.  Eager to see if your favorite comic is taking home the gold, or whether your favorite Comic Dwarves beef gets the recognition it deserves?  Find out now in the penultimate episode of Comic Dwarves Week! Hosted by Tom Bevis, Michael Brown, Jon Butler, Sean Corbin, and Joshua Shepherd. Music by Polynova. Sound Effects by Sean Corbin. Produced by Tom Bevis and Sean Corbin.

1hr 10mins

21 Jul 2021

Rank #9

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Ep. 038: Year One

Time marches onward as does Comic Dwarves Week!  Next on the celebratory roster is Year One, a retrospective clip show covering the entire first season of Comic Dwarves!  Sean, Tom, Jon, Josh, and Mike gather together to reminisce on their favorite moments from the last year.  Want to relive your favorite moments of the last year of comic books podcasting?  Or maybe you want a quick recap to carry you on into season two?  Or maybe still you’ve never heard an episode and just want a quick primer on what you missed?  No matter the occasion, Year One is a masterwork of editing certain to thrill all comers! Hosted by Tom Bevis, Michael Brown, Jon Butler, Sean Corbin, and Joshua Shepherd. Music by Polynova. Sound Effects by Aaron Corbin and Sean Corbin. Produced by Tom Bevis and Sean Corbin.

1hr 25mins

20 Jul 2021

Rank #10