0:45: For those just joining us, Joe is making fun of the poor Internet connection and not making fun of Matt. We love Matt to pieces, honest.
4:46: From Labiek's entry on Matsumoto: "He gained his first success through the Comic Open contest, held by the magazine Comic Morning, which allowed him to make his professional debut. He started out with 'Straight', a comic about basketball players. Sports remain his main influence in his next comic, 'Zéro', a story about a boxer."
6:58: The actual full title is Firefighter! Daigo of Fire Company M by Masahito Soda. Viz published the full 20 volumes in the U.S. Used copies are going for pretty reasonable prices on Amazon if you're curious. Shaenon Garrity raves about it here.
7:28: LOOKIT, I MADE A PUN.
10:47: This site makes a case for 1997 as the official "year of the crash" although I think the shit started hitting the fan around 1994 with Marvel buying Heroes world and the subsequent distributor contraction.
11:39: According to his wikipedia page, Wagner currently co-hosts a public access show called The Atheist Experience. "Martin Wagner Owes Me Fifty Bucks" was the 1999 title of Tom Spurgeon's departing essay for the Comics Journal.
13:42: To find a 2nd and Charles store near you, go here:
16:07 A succinct summation of Lycanthrope Leo by Kaji Kengo and Okamura Kenji.
22:34 It was the October 2002 issue of The Comics Journal in fact.
25:32: Copies of Blue Spring are still available on Amazon for about $9. Only seven copies left as of this writing!
30:57. It might not have done well, but Vol. 2 at least is selling for a pretty penny on Amazon.
36:19: You can see some of Yoshikazu Ebisu's art here.
38:57: Here's a link to the iPad app.
41:10: The short film Joe is referring to is "Beyond," written and directed by Koji Morimoto. You can see the film here. He also contributed to the 1987 anthology film "Robot Carnival."
41:35: As I recall on the DVD supplement Arias talks about he isn't really a fan of manga per se, he just really likes Matsumoto's work and Tekkonkinkreet in particular, having been introduced to it by a friend. I could be totally misremembering that though. PS: You can buy a copy of the film here. Michael Arias' site is here in case you want to see what he's been up to lately (mostly live-action)
49:20: Unfortunately, I couldn't find the quote. Maybe I just dreamed it. Anyone who is able to locate it will get a firm, hearty handshake from me the next time I see them in a public setting.
50:03: Here's that Matt Fraction review.
56:37: We talked all about Uno Moralez on a previous podcast.
57:00: I mean, just look at this stuff:
1:06:44: Here's the interview where Matsumoto talks about Sunny's semi-autobiographical nature.
1:09:17: Fanfare/Ponent Mon published Jiro Taniguchi's The Walking Man. Amazon doesn't have copies but it looks like you can buy directly from the publisher.
1:17:06: I'm referring to Lorenzo Mattotti, author of Crackle of the Frost, Chimera, Stigmata and many other graphic novels.