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Issue #63: Talking Comics Awards Show 2012

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Happy New Year everyone! We’re back for our first show of 2013 (recorded in 2013, that is). We’ve missed you guys a ton and we’ve missed talking about our favourite Books of the Week, so that makes a triumphant return to the show and kicks things off. Some of the comics (and books) discussed include: Red She-Hulk #61, Hawkeye #6, Ender’s Game, New Avengers #1, Cow Boy: A Boy And His Horse, Justice League and Aquaman.

AND, if you’ve been following along with shows #60-62, you’ll know that our topic for this week was our favourite comics of 2012. The previous shows were all dedicated to narrowing down our nominees (with your help on the site!) and now we announce the winners of each category. Who wins what? You’ll have to listen to find out (and we’ll post a complete list of them later in the week). In the meantime, you can look at a complete list of the nominees below:

Best Publisher
Dark Horse

Breakthrough Writer
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Kurtis Wiebe
Jeff Parker
Matt Fraction
JH Williams III

Breakthrough Artist
Fiona Staples
Michael Allred
Amanda Conner
Riley Rossmo
Chris Samnee

Best Cover
Batwoman #5
The Massive #1 (Variant)
Punisher #16
Masks #1
Fairest #8

Best Web Or Digital Series
Sarah and the Seed
Hark, A Vagrant!
The Abominable Charles Christopher
Legends of the Dark Knight

Best Mini-Series Or Limited Series
The Cape by Joe Hill
Ghost by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Alabaster Wolves by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Punk Rock Jesus by Sean Murphy
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre

Best Single Issue, Graphic Novel or One-Shot
Underwater Welder
Batman #5
Tale of Sand
Fantastic Four #606
Revival #1

Best New Series
Captain Marvel

Best Story Arc
Batman: Court Of Owls
Saga: Chapter One
Captain Marvel: In Pursuit Of Flight
X-Factor: Breaking Points
Defenders: Everything Dies

Best Artist
Fiona Staples
JH Williams III
Greg Capullo
David Aja
Mike Norton

Best Writer
Scott Snyder
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Jeff Lemire
Mark Waid
Jonathan Hickman

Best On-Going Series

Best Overall Comic
Underwater Welder
Sarah and the Seed

Annnnnnnnnnd… 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 crew have gone all superhero on the world, thanks to the wonderful Hanie Mohd. 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!

10 Responses

  1. Best Comics of 2012 | Talking Comics

    […] Over the past few weeks, the Talking Comics crew has put together a list of the Best Comics of 2012. We narrowed that list down on the last three podcasts and for the first show in 2013, we announced which of those comics wound up victorious in both our minds and the minds of you, the fans. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the show where we announce who won what, I highly (and with much bias) recommend that you check that out first by clicking here. […]

  2. thisjohnd

    Great show as always. One of my comic resolutions for 2013 is to finally start reading some of the suggested work made on the TC podcast each week, books like Rachel Rising or the work of Jeff Lemire. I’m looking forward to reading characters that I’ve never read before and even entering entirely new universes in 2013. I’m also curious to know if the idea that all the smart people in the Marvel universe is headed toward a payoff or just a coincidence between books (Fantastic Four, Cable and the X-Force, etc.).

    Here’s to another great year of comic goodness.

  3. Daryl

    Just discovered the podcast. great show, thanks a lot. I really enjoy the talk directly on comics and not too much meandering around the edges. Also good to hear relatively informed and interestingly different opinions from a group of young guys. (I’m right there aren’t I?)

    Lastly, I heard the comments on being attacked with hate mail and hate tweets.

    Guys… and as young guys you know this, DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS. Either twek them to get them riled up further, or ignore them totally. ANy comments you guys say will not stop them sending emails / tweets saying “I HATE YOU!”

    All in all I’m glad to have found you guys and looking forward to spending 2013 with you all.


    • Stephanie Cooke

      This is true, but at the same time, we wanted to address the fact that we love hearing from our readers. We don’t interact with trolls when we get emails and such, but it’s always nice to encourage the other people out there to get in touch.

      And your mostly right. Three young guys on the show and then me.

      Thanks so much for listening to the podcast and for your words! We look forward to sharing ours with you in 2013.

      • Bob Reyer

        Well, thank you Daryl and Stephanie!

        I can’t recall the last time that Cranky Old Uncle Bob was referred to as “young”!

        To your main point, Daryl; the vast majority of our inter-action with listeners/readers is over-whelmingly positive, and most of the “negatives” are just plain-old disagreements between passionate fans, which are always fun debates, and that we welcome! The 1% of 1% that might be internet muckrakers, pot-stirrers, or general troublemakers will find no purchase here. I speak for all of us in saying that we are very proud to have played a part in assembling our little Talking Comics “family”, and we’re very happy to have you on board, Daryl.

        ps) Just to warn you in advance, I may “meander” a bit tonight! rrr

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