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Issue #44: What Makes A Perfect Comic? | Comic Book Podcast

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It’s Wednesday and in addition that meaning it’s new comics day, it also means that it’s time for a new Talking Comics podcast. We’ve all missed you since last time and as such, we take the time to answer some questions from our wonderful listeners and we discuss a big topic: what makes a perfect comic… according to us.

Before we get into that though, we start things off the good ol’ fashioned way, with our Books of the Week.

Steve can’t pick just one comic and talks Lenore #6, The Creep #0 and Jeff Lemire’s Lost Dogs, Bobby loves Spider-Men #4 and Bob talks about Go Girl #3, It Girl and the Atomics #1 and Wonder Woman Adventures 100-Page Spectacular. Last but not least, Stephanie (who has returned!), in obscure webcomics fashion, talks about one of her new favourite digital series’, The Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl, which can be found at

Oh, and TC fan, RepStones (on Twitter) asks Stephanie to pronounce an athletes name from the Olympics which just came to a close. Just so you know what kind of name she was up against, check out the reference photo she was sent:

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

FYI: the gang have brand new avatars on Twitter, Facebook and they’ll be uploaded here to the Talking Comics site shortly. 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 (, 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 ( and Steve Seigh ( 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 Until next issue … to be continued!

8 Responses

  1. Boykoesh

    Some Abominable Charles Christopher love, awesome! You guys are really on a roll with the webcomics recommendations. Seed, Battlepug and Insufferable are some of my al-time favorite webcomics.

    I can also highly recommend:
    – Outfoxed (
    – Kukuburi
    – Wormworld
    – FreakAngels (Warren Ellis)
    – Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether (Greg Rucka)
    – Starslip

    Or a bit weirder:
    – Spacetrawler
    – American Barbarian

    And specially for Steve:
    – Realm of Atland (it has boobs 😉 )

    • Stephanie Cooke

      I can’t wait to pick up the first volume of Battlepug from Dark Horse. I got a copy at SDCC, but gave it away to a friend. As for these recommendations, I’m pretty excited to go check them out, so thanks for the heads up! 😀

  2. AvatarofLoki

    Thanks for the show as always!

    Seems each of you named at least one reason why I’ve joined in on the jamboree. Invoking emotion and entertainment are intertwined in my book. Spiffy discussion!

    P.S. Yup, that’s all!

  3. Ian

    I recently went through a comic podcast binge to find podcasts to listen too on the train to work. You’re one of the few that made the cut 🙂

    I enjoyed this weeks topic of what makes a perfect comic. I tend to agree with Stephanie, if the art is bad, no matter how good the story is, I won’t be able to enjoy the comic. It would be akin having an incredible movie script but having terrible actors recite the lines.

    As for Comic covers. I tend to prefer the interior artist to do the cover, because its always a dissapointment when the cover is amazing but the interior art is inferior. Plus whoever is doing the interior art would most likely do a cover to better represent the story playing out in that issue.

  4. RepStones

    Stephanie – great attempt on the name. But beware, im always on the lookout for more 🙂

    Great discussion as usual and Bob made an important point (as always) i had never considered before regarding having a representative cover.

    But folks, y’all forgot just one thing when it comes to having the perfect comic – Gambit 😉

    • Bob Reyer


      Why, thank you for that “as always”; it warms the heart of Cranky Old Uncle Bob to be thought of in such reverence!

      So under this happy glow, I’ll agree with your Gambit assessment, but only if you grant me something I forgot to mention on the show…a perfect comic has gorillas on the cover, and maybe a few giant robots, too!

      ps) …and a giant flying manta ray, with laser beams coming from it’s eyes! (“Showcase” #37!) rrr
      pps) Pardon Robert’s hyperbole, but it is 5 AM, and he’s on his third cup of coffee. Audrey

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