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Issue #72: Issue #72: Marvel at SXSW, Sales Records, and Listener Feedback

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The past few weeks have been jam packed with comic book news and we start things off this week with discussing some of the bigger items to hit the frequencies since our last show.

Of course we then jump into our regular Book of the Week segment which include such books as: Superior Spider-Man, Avengers, All New X-Men, World’s Finest, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, The Dog’s Sins, Retrovirus, New Avengers and more.

Make sure you tune into Talking Comics two EXTRA times this week for special edition interviews with Matt Fraction (Friday, March 15) and Jonathan Hickman (Monday, March 18).

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7 Responses

  1. Adam Shaw

    Oh, damn. I missed the Marvel Unlimited announcement. Definitely thinking to get this. Lots of stuff I want to read, but don’t care about owning them. A great service!

  2. thisjohnd

    I’m actually somewhat interested in Marvel Unlimited after hearing Bobby talk about reading Young Avengers stuff on there. However, just browsing the website I noticed that for something like Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, they have issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9. No issue 8. I’m sure this is just an oversight on Marvel’s end but I don’t want to put my money down on a service only to come across strange gaps while reading major arcs. If you do invest the money in the service, Bobby, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the future.

    Thanks for reading my question about apps. Since I submitted that I’ve actually tried out a few services that other readers might find useful:

    -Comic Shopper is my favorite one but sadly it’s only available on the Google Play store. It simply lists all the comics coming out in a particular week, you check which ones you plan on buying, then it compiles that into a list of what you’re going to buy with a total at the bottom (probably not a good idea for Steve!). Once you’ve bought your items you can tell it to record those purchases and it’ll begin to remember what series you buy each week and automatically add them to your purchases tab each month. Personally I think this is the best app to use if you just want to see what kind of “damage” you’re going to do to your wallet each week but it’s a good way to balance a comic-buying budget as well.

    -Pull List is the best app I could find so far for the iPhone. It’s actually from Comixology so if you have signed up there through the “Print Comics” section of their website, it links up automatically to record your monthly pull list. Basically this serves the same function as Comic Shopper but for me there’s a few too many options when all I really want is what’s coming out and how much is going to cost me

    -Fresh Comics is an app available for both Android and Apple and while it definitely has the best interface of the apps I’ve tried, my one big nitpick is that you can’t be specific about what you want to pull. For instance, if I pull Hawkguy, it’ll not only pull the single issues but the reprints and trades as well. You can select to not show reprints and trades but that removes all reprints and trades from your sight, so if there actually IS a reprint or trade you want, you’ll never see it unless you keep that option enabled.

    Oh, and I have been using Stash My Comics for a while now and I am delighted to hear there’s an app coming because using that site on my phone is not very easy.

    • Sean Lamont

      Hey John,

      Not to butt in, but I’ve been a subscriber to the MC Digital Unlimited for the past two years, so I can give you my perspective at least.

      The native reader for iOS devices is new (like 3-4 months or so new), and it is rather clunky in comparison to something like Comixology’s reader. That being said, it gets the job done if you have a larger screen for full page view, but for now you may as well plan on not having as seamless a guided view experience as you should this late in the tech cycle.

      The search results need tweaking as well. Yes, it’s 13k+ issues out there, many with the exact same name in different volumes, but long run series display out of order all the time and you’ll find issues 1-8 on page 1, and issues 9-14 on page 7. This, combined with a few gaps in titles makes it a little annoying when plopping down to marathon read a bunch of issues. You can’t find the next one, and cant be sure if it is buried on a different page out of order or not added to the collection yet.

      Now it would sound from the above to be a subpar service, but I have got a LOT of my money’s worth out of this over two years. If I break down the number of back issues I have read that I wanted to over 2 years, it comes out to something ridiculous like $.25 an issue. And I am not plowing through runs on a daily basis. Thats like reading an arc on a Sunday morning each week. So fiscally, it is an amazing service if there is a lot of stuff you missed over the last 15 years or so (that seems to be the sweet spot of what they have the most scanned in).

      If you want to save a couple dollars though, wait until SDCC and watch for their annual sale. If they follow suit over the last 2 years, there is a 40% off an annual subscription dealio they do every year during SDCC. Obviously cant say it will be for certain, but I can tell you my subscription comes up that weekend each year. 🙂

      Let me know if you have any exact questions though and I will be happy to assist!


      • thisjohnd

        Sean, feel free to “butt in” more often as that is incredibly helpful information. I just noticed the lack of guided view when I was browsing some free selections last night on my iPhone. Yeah, it’s a pain but I have to imagine that’s something that Marvel is working on implementing.

        I’ll definitely keep an eye out during SDCC for that sale you mentioned. I know I’ve been offered a month free in the past, but the service does seem to offer enough back issues that I wouldn’t mind paying for it. Mainly I would use it for classic stories I never read or just to read the first few issues of a run that I’m currently jumping in the middle of (like Scarlet Spider or Ultimate Spider-Man) just to get a better idea of some of the characters. For this purpose I think Marvel Unlimited would serve me well, though the inexplicable gaps in the middle of story arcs still irks me.

  3. RepStones

    Great show as always guys. I’m sure like me, Bob is bitterly disappointed that Gambit #1 isn’t one of the free #1’s available ;).
    Marvel Unlimited sounds pretty sweet. I had considered making the switch to digital and I do occasionally download the odd one, This might encourage me to download more. That said, I think I’ll always be primarily a print monkey.

    Thisjohnd thanks for the summary of apps you’ve tried. Comic Shopper sounds just the ticket for my tablet.

    Just thinking about comic releases, is there any chance y’all here could put up a list on say Sunday or Monday? I have other sites that I visit to get the info, but it’d be cool to keep sending my traffic Talking Comics way. Just a thought 🙂

    • Bob Reyer


      I was all set to buy one of those “I-tablet” thingies just so I could carry the Li’l Cajun everywhere, but since his book isn’t one of those offered, I’ll just buy two tin cans and some string instead!

      (…who’s moved past bitter into crushed!)

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