Ep. 085 “Magically Delicious”

It’s time to tap out and take 20 to the dome, as we reach across the aisle to compare comics to their brother-from-another-mothership, Magic: the Gathering. What can popular Magic play formats tell us about being fans and consumers of comics.

First though, Dan gives us a not-so-sterling review of the Rhone Island Comic Con, but manages to hook us up with a few creator soundbites. We get the lowdown on Marvel Universe Live and we talk Halloween costumes and inappropriately-old trick-or-treaters.

In Top o’ the Pile, Josh is nonplussed by Captain America: White, Ben catches up Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man and Dan dives into the back issue bin with Uncanny X-Men #268.

After that, Ben bogarts the mic for 10 minutes to set up our main topic and drop some Magic: the Gathering knowledge on all you comic book fans. We talk about at the Standard, Modern and Legacy formats and decide what books would constitute their comic counterparts.

All that, and a Can o’ Beans makes for magic on the mic that you won’t want to miss.

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Music in this episode by: Dale Hawkins, Bobby “Boris” Picket & the Crypt Kickers, Pilot

Ep. 084 “Comics in a Comic Shop”

For 7+ years and 83 episodes, we’ve tried to tell you that the Near Mint Comic Show is, in fact about comicbooks and not stand-up comedians. And now for something completely different, we’re throwing in the towel and giving you what you want.


On October 26, our friends at Double Midnight Comics hosted the first ever Double Midnight Comics presents: COMICS! – a night of stand-up comics… in a comic store. We were there to record the festivities and play them back for your listening pleasure. The bill includes (full or partial) sets by…

Ryan Chani (@ryanchani) hosts the show, warming up the crowd and introducing each act. Ryan is the host of the Learn to Take a Joke comedy podcast.

Paul Landwehr (paullandwehr.com) is a New England-based comic who was recently featured on WMUR’s Chronicle. He was voted “Best Local Comedian” by readers of The Hippo Press for two consecutive years in NH

Pamela Ross (@PamNotAnderson) is a Connecticut native, making her mark on the Boston comedy scene. She is the host of Comedy Night at Pavement Coffeehouse in Boston.

Jere Palapil (jerepcomedy.com) is the current comic in residence at the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square. He was the runner-up in ImprovBoston’s The People’s Battle and has been a guest on several comedy podcasts.

Jay Chanoine (jaychanoine.com) is a fifth level half-elf rogue, who’s been seen across the east coast and on the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour. His debut comedy album – Come On Feel Chanoine – is available now on iTunes and Amazon.

Nick Lavalle (theotherdude.com) is a featured comic on funnyordie.com. He’s opened for national headliners and solidified himself as a national act by appearing the Laugh Factory in Las Vegas and Hollywood. Nick has several albums, including his latest – The Other Dude – available on iTunes.

If you still want a comicbook fix, fear not. Ben and Josh bookend the show in typical fashion with Top o’ the Pile and Can o’ Beans. Josh gives us the lowdown on the all-new, all-different Amazing Spider-Man #1 and how publishing delays and the Fantastic Four are ruining the end of Secret Wars. We talk Grayson and catch up with #AllTheRobins in Batman and Robin Eternal #1. If you’re just here for the comedy, skip ahead to the 15-minute mark. 

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Music in this episode by: Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars

Ep. 083 “Six Degrees of Howard Chaykin”

Dan and Ben take the helm this week for an episode jam-packed with comic talk. In a totally inaccessible Top o’ the Pile, Dan plugs a 50-year-old Doom Patrol story, and ben previews the yet-to-be-released Image comic, Citizen Jack. We discuss the news spinning out of NY Comic Con, including two upcoming X-Men shows and Y: the Last Man, headed to TV.

Later, Dan lets us help with an art Purchase decision and we debut a new game. Six Degrees of Howard Chaykin is a mashup of UNO and the telephone game with rapid-fire comics recommendations. All this, plus Saga, Bitch Planet, Paper Girls, I Hate Fairy Land, Tokyo Ghost and just about everything but Howard Chaykin – listen now and avoid eternal damnation.

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Music in this episode by: Alabama Shakes, Green Day, The Bacon Brothers

Ep. 082 “Reverse Burgling”

In this week’s episode, we introduce two new segments and devise the world’s worst plan to keep your significant other from clamping down on your comic collection. But first up, in Top o’ the Pile, we find out what book Ben can’t quit, what you get when you add fun to Hellboy and whether Josh will ever catch up on Detective Comics.

In our first new segment – If you like that, try this – we discuss Fear The Walking Dead and make comic, movie and novel recommendations for fans of flagship show/comic. Then we head to the boardroom for our next new segment – Near Mint CEO – where we play armchair editor and try to fix D.C. Comics.

With all this, plus a Can o’ Beans, listening to this episode is a matter of life and death. It’s 73 minutes of mindless entertainment that might just save you from the zombie apocalypse.

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Music in this episode by: Warren G, James Brown 

Ep. 081 “Boiled Eggs and Beef Jerky”


It’s a deep dive into geekdom this week as Ben and Dan settle in to cover 2 topics that go together like, well… eggs and jerky. In the first half of the show we revisit the “Kirkman Manifesto” seven years later. Then in act two, we try to pick the definitive stories and defining artists for DC and Marvel’s most popular heroes.

It’s been nearly 80 episodes since we talked about Robert Kirkman’s green-screened glove-slap to the comics industry. With Rick Remender’s recent proclamation to focus on creator-owned work and the Image renaissance in full swing, it’s a perfect time to look back. Join us as we turn back the clock to a bygone era of prophecy and un-ironic MySpace references.

Shifting gears, completely we look at Big-2 superheroes and try to pick the defining stories for the world’s most popular heroes – it’s harder than you’d think. We give our picks and choose a Can o’ Beans from the resulting list.

With all this – plus Top o’ the Pile and a Granitecon recap – you’ll have plenty to chew on in this 108-minute serving of hard-boiled entertainment.

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Music in this episode by: Mark the Hammer, the Isley Brothers 

Ep. 080 “It Exists”

Back to normal after a couple of NEAR MINTerviews and our Cinematic Universe countdown, the boys settle in to talk comics, conventions and art. Con season is upon us in New England as we sit poised between Boston Comic Con and Granite State Comicon.

graniteconNEWBen recaps his experience at Boston Comic Con and his modest foray into original art collection. Then, Pat Covey of Double Midnight Comics (and the self-appointed New England Cosplay Ambassador) joins us to talk about Granitecon. We get a full preview of things to come, including Lando, cosplay and a behind-the-curtain look at what goes into putting on a comicbook convention.

All this, plus Top o’ the Pile, Can o’ Beans, and some miscellaneous comic talk that includes Josh’s tepid response to Secret Wars and Fantastic Four. It’s our 80th episode and… it exists.

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Music in this episode by: AC/DC, John Williams, Lake Street Dive

Ep. 079 • NEAR MINTerview w/ Marc Guggenheim

We’re bringing you a bonus episode this month, and couldn’t be more excited about our guest. Marc Guggenheim is a veteran of both comics and TV writing. His new creator-owned book, Stringers, hits shelves this week and we talk in depth about that book as well as his other comics work.

AMS-574Marc was part of the “Webheads” braintrust that re-launched Amazing Spider-Man in 2008, following “One More Day”. His work on that title was well-received, perhaps none more so than the landmark issue #574, which left an indelible mark on the character of Flash Thompson. He’s currently writing two Secret Wars tie ins at Marvel and the comics adaptation of Arrow for DC. These are just some of Marc’s comics work that we discuss before turning our attention to Television.

ArrowWith dozens of Film and TV credits to his name, Marc is well-established in the cinematic realm. He’s a show-runner on the hit CW show, Arrow and literally joins us from the set to take time for this conversation.  Are Ollie and Felicity meant to be? What are Marc’s favorite Arrow Easter eggs? Can we get Diggle a damn costume?! These questions and more are put to the Arrow scribe on the eve of Season 4. Tune in and enjoy this hour-long conversation with a multi-talented, cross-medium all-star creator.

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Music in this episode by: Dire Straits, Cass Dillon, Blake Neeley, Sam Cooke

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