Off To San Diego!



Did you guys know there’s a comic book convention in San Diego this week? Yeah, apparently it’s a big deal.

I’m heading out there to check it out, shoot some video, do some interviews, buy some comics, you know how I do. So while I’m gone, the ISB is going into a little thing I like to call No-Updates mode. I’ll most likely do a roundup when I get back of what goes on while I’m out West, but until then, keep an eye on ComicsAlliance for everything that happens during the con! We’ve got some really good stuff planned, even beyond me forcing someone to take me to In-N-Out burger.

Animated Batmanology: Tyger Tyger



Our original plan for this week’s Remedial Batmanology was to hit up the 2004 Catwoman movie — which I actually saw in the theater, though I can’t for the life of me remember why — but since we won’t be able to get both installments of that horror done with the San Diego Comic-Con looming in the middle, we decided to take a different route.

Thus, Animated Batmanology takes a look at “Tyger Tyger,” one of the only bad episodes of Batman: The Animated Series! It’s bad, it’s got Catwoman and Uzi and I are progressively overwhelmed by it over the course of a half-hour. Enjoy, and if you’d like to see us talk more TAS in the future (even with that Onion AV Club thing around, which I haven’t read yet), then leave a comment over at ComicsAlliance.

Ask Chris #65: Flashpointless



In this week’s installment of Ask Chris, I review the second Pipettes album, and express my dismay that they moved away from the Phil Spectoresque wall-of-sound style towards a pop music era that I’m personally not all that fond of. But really, when you make an album as perfect as We Are The Pipettes, with songs like “Pull Shapes” and the two-minute pop perfection of “It Hurts To See You Dance So Well,” any follow-up is going to be be underwhelming unless it’s literally the best album of all time and also comes with a hundred dollar bill. But really, I’d almost prefer that they’d left it as is and retired the name to let those songs stand alone under that name. It’s not that the newer songs are bad, but that they just compare.

Also, I spend 2,000 words on why Flashpoint is not very good.