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  1. Jeff Cuscutis says:

    The rss feed does not work with iTunes. I think because it contains both media as well as text only items. In any case, it never sees any items. I would love to listen, but I really only listen to podcasts or music on my iPod. Perhaps a podcast only feed?

  2. Russ Rogers says:

    Wow!This is stunning. Splash after spalsh! Beautiful stuff. Relentless. Where I saw Klimt before, now I see shades of Kirby and Mignola.I can't tell if these pages are meant to be a coda to the story we just read, a prelude to a new story or an entr'act in a continuing epic.It's like you're saying, "Ah, we MIGHT tell you THIS cool story, but we're not going to; we'll just give you a bit. And we MIGHT use some of THESE characters soon, but we're making no promises." You've taken years worth of stories (what other artists might take years to tell) and pressed it on us in just twelve pages.This is comics, but it ain't "sequential art," not by McCloud's definition. There's nothing sequential in how the disconnected stories are slapped side by side. It's not even illustrated fiction. We're just teased with tiny epic-lettes. HUGE stories are pared down to a paragraph. And you push, push, PUSH! I'm not complaining. I'm just saying that I have very little to compare it to. This is something very different. Very exciting. We're opening up a Playboy magazine and finding that it's ALL centerfolds!These stories are scattered about like the stones of Saxo's castle. Some are still hot, still on fire. Some are cool and fragmented. And we are left to try to piece together what the whole structure might have looked like. We can tell the architecture was grand. Even the fragments are compelling. But we still wonder what order it all went together in and what grandeur might be tossed aside, lost or forgotten.Finally, why the heck am I the only one commenting here! This is amazing, audacious stuff. I'll say it, "Brilliant!" I've seen NOTHING like this in comics, not in print or the web. I'm sure that something this novel and experimental won't appeal to everyone. But I can't imagine reading these twelve pages and not having SOME kind of opinion!

    • MARK WHEATLEY says:

      Mike Gold is always telling me stories about Del Close. I'm sorry I never met the guy. And Mike tells me that Del's basic rule of improv is; Affirm, Affirm, Affirm! Whatever idea the other guy tosses at you – catch it and twist it and toss it right back, only faster.Every once in a while I've been happy to work with, to collaborate with, a creator who makes great tosses! And Mike Oeming is right at the top of the list. Put Mike and me in a room for a few hours and we will come out with a new project! Or two. Or three.Mike and I have had so many story ideas for HAMMER OF THE GODS that eventually we understood that we would not live long enough to tell them all. Hey – and we both have a few other projects. So this FRAGMENTS collection is our chance to at least get a few of the many ideas out there for the readers.And we also wanted to add to the epic scope of the series.Tell your friends!And there's a lot more of BACK FROM THE DEAD still to come.

  3. Russ Rogers says:

    The credits on this don't seem right. Mark Wheatley: artist and writer. Mike Oeming: just writer?And is John Staton any relation to Joe?

    • MARK WHEATLEY says:

      Well look at that – you are correct – the credits are wrong. While I laid out and designed the pages, designed the display font and did a bit of the color – I am not the artist this week. Mike Oeming drew these beautiful images.John is not even slightly related to Joe. Joe keeps hoping to meet John some day. John Staton is an exceptional manga style artist on his own.