Issue #76: Influences, Inspirations and Saga Vs. Apple


Issue #76: Influences and Inspirations and Saga Vs. Apple

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A lot of incredible people have passed away recently: Roger Ebert, Carmine Infantino, Jane Henson, Margaret Thatcher (love her or hate her), Annette Funicello and so many more. With these inspirational and influential people in our minds and hearts, we decided to dedicate the show not to them specifically, but to the people in our lives who have made a mark on who we are today. We’ve asked you on Twitter and Facebook for your feedback, so this show is all about those special people.

But before we get to that, the gang tackle their Books of the Week. Such books as: Jason Aaron’s Thanos Rising, the latest Age of Ultron, Locke & Key: Omega, reMIND, Miss Fury, World’s Finest, Red She-Hulk, Birds of Prey (specifically #’s 96-108), Rachel Rising (seriously everyone, just buy this book already!), reMIND, Swamp Thing, Indestructible Hulk and more.

At the end of the show, Stephanie mentions a little comic book shop in Toronto that’s dedicated to comics for children. It’s apparently the “World’s First Comic Book Store For Kids” and she thinks it’s an AMAZING idea, so if you’d like to support the shop (Little Island Comics), you should visit their web site or send them an email to tell them what a great idea it is.

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 (Misfortune Cookie) 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

3 thoughts on “Issue #76: Influences, Inspirations and Saga Vs. Apple

  1. Another great show, guys.

    Really enjoyed the shout out at the end for a kids’ comic store.
    I was discussing all ages comic books only the other day with the manager at my local comic shop, and we were both bemoaning the kid unfriendly-ness at the moment, both in stores and in reading material, especially from the Big Two.
    Really hope this catches on and we see more younger readers being welcomed into comicbook reading.
    I know DC has the Lil’Gotham comic and one or two other things coming, but other than that there is a real dirth of comics out there.
    What would you guys like to see on the shelves for a younger audience?

    Also, whilst I’m on.
    About Edgar Wright directing a scene in a summer movie; My guess is that, given how close he is to Simon Pegg, it might be for the new Star Trek film, and not one of the Marvel movies….

  2. Anyone looking for those issues of Birds of Prey that Bob mentioned featuring Misfit, it appears that they ARE collected in trade in Birds of Prey Volumes 6 (“Blood and Circuits”) & 7 (“Dead of Winter”). Unfortunately the only available versions from Amazon are through other dealers for a bit more than what they should be. Nevertheless, they do at least exist.

    Maybe it’s because I just recently read that issue of Batgirl that Steve mentioned but I think Stephanie Brown would be ideal in a role explaining the rest of the DC universe. I’d love her crude drawings depicting the events of the Superman universe or Swamp Thing. I think my main problem with the current “Channel 52” is that, as it was mentioned on the show, the thing is just too light-hearted for a general line of books that are darker in tone.

    Also, where is the “Thrift Shop” remake lyrics talked about during the last part of the show? I’d love to read it.

    1. John,

      Thanks for the BOP tip! It’s a tough series to try to get a hold of these days, as so much of the trade-collected run by Gail Simone is now out-of-print, with the Chuck Dixon beginnings of the series virtually never reprinted in the first place!


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