Issue #42: The Listener Feedback Show | Comic Book Podcast

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This week’s Talking Comics Podcast is all about our favourite people in the world… Our listeners. Yup, that’s right! Even moreso than comic book writers and artists, we adore YOU guys the mostest. True story. That’s why we decided to dedicate this show to all of you and any questions that you may have whether they’re comic book related or personal. We’ll be doing these shows semi-regularly, so if we didn’t get to your question this time around, we have a list for next time.

As for our regular segments like Book of the Week… Steve is crazy about Monkeybrain Comics’ Masks and Mobsters #1 (available exclusively on ComiXology) while Stephanie enjoyed the crap out of Monkeybrain’s Bandette #1 (also exclusively on ComiXology). Bobby takes us under the sea with TC favourite Jeff Lemire’s new book, Underwater Welder and last, but not least, Bob encourages us to pick up the hidden gem, Hilly Rose.

We say it on the show, but just in case you missed it, the Talking Comics crew on Twitter are:
Bobby: @bobbyshortle
Steve: @dead_anchoress
Stephanie: @hellocookie
And Bob’s email is bobreyer@talkingcomicbooks.com

FYI: the gang have brand new avatars on Twitter, Facebook and they’ll be uploaded here to the Talking Comics site shortly. Yes, that’s right, the crew have gone all superhero on the world, thanks to the wonderful
Hanie Mohd (a FANTASTIC artist who recently had her art featured in the back of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel #1). Like them? Make sure to follow her and let us know what you think of our new superhero pictures.

The Comic Book Podcast is brought to you by Talking Comics (www.talkingcomicbooks.com), a blog dedicated to covering the latest and greatest in comic book releases. The editorial staff is composed of Editor-in-Chief Bobby Shortle (Fanboy Remix, Doctor Whocast), Stephanie Cooke (JoBlo.com) and Steve Seigh (JoBlo.com contributor) who weekly dissect the releases and give you, the consumer, a simple Roman yay or nay regarding them. Our Twitter handle is @TalkingComics and you can email us at info@talkingcomicbooks.com. Until next issue … to be continued!

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3 Responses

  1. joaoAtienza

    There was a question on the episode about getting new readers into comics. I gave my girlfriend the first hardcover of the current Batman run by Snyder and Capullo.

    Here’s my reasoning.

    First, everybody knows Batman from some place other than comics and a good Batman/Bruce Wayne story is something that people expect to see and will be comfortable with coming in to comics. It’s about lulling her in to the medium by treading familiar ground before diving into the more interesting titles.

    Second, it was designed as a jumping on point but unlike a bunch of the other new fiftytwoniverse titles, it isn’t a complete reboot. After reading the first 10 pages or so, she kept on asking me all sorts of questions about the former Robins and who the villains in the opening Arkham scenes are. So while the book is new, shiny, and accessible, it also makes a nod to continuity and can get the people curious enough to explore exploring.

    Third, it’s well written and well drawn. Sure, it isn’t the best comic book out there by a long shot and it isn’t even the best Batman story of all time but the point isn’t to give the best comic book out there or to recommend the definitive Batman piece. It’s to get my girlfriend to read comics.

    Finally, the collection doesn’t give a complete story. This is why comic book readers are hooked and this is how to hook new readers. After she finished with the collection, she asked what happens after. I gave her issues 7, 8, and 9. Then she asked what happens after that. I told her that I have no idea and we’re going to find out next month.

    This might not be relevant or called for but I figured I should share the story.

    TLDR: I gave my girlfriend (previously not a comics person) a copy of the first Snyder/Capullo Batman hardcover. Pretty soon we’ll be sharing a pull list (awwww).

  2. RepStones

    Excellent discussion about physical vs digital. I’ll hold my hand up and admit that like Steve i do take pride in my collection and enjoy showing it off (even though pride’s a sin…isn’t it?).
    Bob makes an excellent point that anything that gets the medium into readers hands can only be a good thing. I have had a Comixology account for ages but only downloaded their free stuff, but i broke my digital payment cherry to buy Steve’s book of the week masks and mobsters because i just love me some noirish, mobster comic booking yall. With all these excellent recommendations every week, you guys are gonna put me outta house and home. Any of you got a free couch?

  3. Keanon

    I would recommend Chew which I gave to a new friend not long ago which he enjoyed. Funny, creative, and different. He also enjoys Morning Glories and short story compliations like Mystery in Space. He was really into books/novels before this which I didn’t know, but I’m glad I could expose him to a new genre. I would also recommend almost anything by Image, especially Alpha Girl. Higher Earth by Boom Studios is so new and such pluse pouding fun, I would definitely let anyone read that as well.

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