Thursday, May 24, 2007

Fraction-Klock Comic Geek Speak podcast UP NOW

We are episode 256 -- if you are reading this post today just go to

(If you are reading this days later go to and click on episode 256)

If you want to read the responce to the podcast on the Geek Speak Forum, go to

The thing clocks in at like 2 hours. It was a big conversation, possibly because Fraction and I started talking too much about fetish porn and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.

Matt Fraction's blog is over at

Go buy the Casanova hardcover.


Geoff Klock said...

let me start by saying sorry to everyone who had ideas of what to talk about -- the conversation had a momentum of its own, and we were going off the rails so much we had to remember to bring it back to Casanova. I forgot to plug my own blog, if you can believe it (I mentioned I had one, but should have said something like "and if you want to read more of my stuff go to

Anyway -- demand another podcast, so we can get to those topics.

Marc Caputo said...

Geoff: Going to put it on my iPod for this weekend.

We've got to talk about Lost - WOW!!

Also, because you and I (and maybe Sorkin's Aunt Tilly in Peoria) "care", NBC's starting to burn off the last 6 Studio 60s at 10:00 tonight. I actually forgot until I realized my DV-R still had the command to record all new eps.

sara d. reiss said...

shite, G, call your 'rents, have em tape this puppy. mine are still in hawaii and we didn't program their TiVO last weekend.

I'd like to mst3k these suckers as LOST got too intense for my usual snarkiness

Jason Powell said...

Listened to it during work. Very enjoyable.

You've convinced me, Geoff. Next time I'm at the store, I shall buy Luxuria. (And the Spidey/MJ Volume 3 digest while I'm at it.)

Streebo said...

Hey Geoff!

I just finished the podcast. I want to congratulate you on another fine showing. It was an extrememly entertaining and informative listening experience. It's great for me - because I have been listening to Matt Fraction podcasts along with your own - while I've been reading my way through Casanova. So it's an interesting confluence to say the least.

If you really want to find out about the magical properties of comics - or as Grant Morrison says our 3D universe is really a 5D universe in utero - and we can hack into our 5D potential through the use of sigils as focused intent in the form of fiction suits in the medium of comic books.

Soooo - the only way to really test the theory is to develop your own version of Docktor Klockhammer - such as Super Geoff or the like - and put him through a comic sequence of your own. It wouldn't take much. All you need are some stick figures and three or four panels. You could post it on your blog from time to time. DO IT!!!

Well, I'm off to an anime convention for the weekend. I'm going to try to figure out how to transfer that otaku energy into the superhero narrative. If we can figure out how to get the otaku to convert over to regular comics - the whole industry can be revitalized.

Thanks for a great discussion. You definitely need to do it again - and SOON!

Geoff Klock said...

Marc: I work on thurs nights, and have no one to record it for me, and also kinda don't care (I feel like I paid my dues with that show) I will be missing it, unless they play it on Sorry.

And yes, LOST was amazing.

Sara: see above. Sorry babe. We need to buy a TiVo

Jason: good!

Streebo: yeah, I am a little worred about how that experiment will turn out.

david brothers said...

I really enjoyed the cast, at least so far (Fraction is talking about The Eels now), but the absolute best part was your explanation/explication (?) of Kill Bill, about Old Bruce Lee going to kill New Bruce Lee. That honestly blew my mind and kind of readjusted the movie in my head. Well done, truly.

Ultimate Matt said...

Ever notice that in Casanova, the comic is set in Reality 919 (or maybe Cass himself is from 919, I forget which), 919 being the inverse of 616 (the Marvel Universe)? I ssume that's intentional, anyway. Just a fun little note.

Marc Caputo said...

OK - correction, WANTED to get this onto my iPod. Anyone out there who can direct me?
(I know I could just listen to it on my computer, but I don't have that luxury all the time and like the portability)

scott s said...

The podcast was great. Fan/creator interaction is, for me, a huge part of the magic of comics.

But i'm totally on Fraction's team about Kill Bill. Sure, David Carradine vs Bruce Lee is clever and cleverness can be very enjoyable (and enlightening. I saw Zizek's "Pervert's Guide to Cinema" last weekend, which is full of "old vs new bruce lee"-type revelations and really enhances Lynch, Tarkovsky, et al). But intertextuality alone cant make something great. I find Kill Bill very entertaining, but it doesn't knock my socks into the no-socks room (like the LOST season finale did).

Geoff- give me something, beyond clever allusion, that makes Kill Bill vol 1. your favorite movie of all time. And i'm not looking for "emotional weight" like Fraction, it could be anything

Roger said...

great conversation. It sounds like Matt Fraction is one of those people who can involve you in a dizzying vertigo of ideas. The whole thing reminds me of a conversation I had with my dissertation director on Blake's Mental Traveller, where we surmised that the poem was about injecting ourselves into another person's brain.

Geoff Klock said...

David: thanks

UMatt: yeah I have noticed that. There are lots of little things like that all through.

Marc: no idea

Scott S: Kill Bill vol. 1 is NOT my favorite movie of all time; Kill Bill, the whole thing, is my favorite. As for a non allusion thing in Vol 1 that made me love it, how about this: I think the scene between Uma Thurman and Sonny Chiba has enough Emotional Weight for two films. But Fraction clearly does not agree. So here is another one: I think the soundtrack is so perfectly fitted to the film, perfectly fitted to every frame, and that music is so important to every aspect of the film -- and I am thinking here especially of the final fight scene in the garden, where the music starts just after Lucy Lu takes of her shoes -- that it revives, in a very subtle and stange way, the American musical.

Roger: Mental Traveller rocks.