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Comic Book Podcast Issue #84 Listener Feedback, Marvel Heroes and more! | | Talking Comics

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How well did X-Men #1 sell? Is Marvel Heroes worth your time? What is the coolest thing in the Talking Comics crew’s comic collection? All this and more is covered on this week’s Listener Question focused Talking Comics Podcast!

We talk about the news of the week (namely E3), monthly sales and of course this week’s Books of the Week. Some books included in our discussion are: The Wake, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, X-Factor, Moth City, Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter, Wolves, Bikini Cowboy, Brain Camp, The New York Five, Swamp Thing, Green Lantern, Daredevil, Astro City, Red She-Hulk, Fearless Defenders, The Movement and more.

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.

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Stephanie is [obviously] a comic book fan, but she also considers herself an avid gamer, movie watcher, lover of music, board games fan (although she doesn’t find nearly enough time for them…) and being snarky. Oh, and Twitter. Twitter’s a hobby, right? Stephanie is a purveyor of too many projects and outside of Talking Comics she’s done work for, Agents of Geek, Word of the Nerd, C&G Magazine, Dork Shelf, Misfortune Cookie (her personal blog for words and pictures) and more. She wrote a story for the anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls (coming in October 2016 from Dark Horse) and she also runs Toronto Geek Trivia in her home city. She can be found helping out at other “geek” community things around there.

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12 Responses

  1. Ethan

    Hi. I wanted to say a few things. First, thanks for reading my email. I appreciate how welcoming and responsive all of you are to listener feedback, questions, comments, etc.

    Second, Bob, I really enjoyed the far too short segment on the Comic-Book Code. Have you ever considered doing a supplementary series of podcast episodes on the history of comics? Or just a single supplementary episode giving an overview of the history of American comic books?

    Third, there was a question on how to display comic books. BCW has a selection of comic-book displays here: I haven’t used any of them, but I do use their mylar bags for the books I really care about.

    • Christian


      That was my question about comic book storage. Thanks for liking the question. I have found something similar to this, but since I am a handy woodworker I am making it myself for a fraction of the cost. I am making a six drawer option.

      Those comic book showcase thing from BCW looks pretty cool.


      • thisjohnd


        Good luck in your pursuit to make the comic cubes. I wish I was nearly that handy. I would love to have something like that but the cost is out of this realm of possibility for–I would imagine–most people.

        My collection is not quite far enough along yet that I need serious storage but I wanted to ditch the longboxes as well so I bought one of those stackable 9-cube organizers that they sell at Target, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, etc. Each of those cloth cubes fits about as much as a longbox.

        As for displaying cherished comic covers, you all should try this nifty Ikea frame “hack”:

        I’ve done it with a few of my signed covers and for the price, you can’t beat it. Plus the frames come in a variety of fun colors.

        One final note to Steve about wanting to see his monthly pull list: If you already have a Comixology account, go to and you can set up a virtual pull list. There are options to show what you’re pulling for a particular week but you can also show the entire month. The only downside is sometimes books get shifted around/cancelled/delayed so it might not perfectly accurate 100% of the time.

      • Ethan

        Hi thisjohnd,

        The frame “hack” looks really nice! Since there’s other stuff I need at Ikea anyway, I may pick up some photo-frames and try it out. Thanks!

      • Christian

        Thanks. I have built one set already, though it does not look all too good, but it was a first draft so to speak and the next one I am making much nicer, I hope.

        With the right tools it has not been too difficult to get done and it is far cheaper than buying the comic cube option by factors.

        Do you have a link for the Target thing? I tried using a plastic shelving thing to hold my boxes but it just did not work at all, it ended up breaking some because it wasn’t up to the task.

        As for me I have about 8 longboxes worth of comics. All mine are bagged and boarded. The comic shop I buy from sells them that way at no add’t charge.

        As for my pull list it is 20-30 comics each week.

    • Bob Reyer


      Thanks for the kind words!

      Considering that I had no advance knowledge of the question, I think it came out O.K.!

      As to “history courses”, it’s not a bad idea! Let me warn you though–I’m a tough grader!

      • Christian


        When you get a chance check out the comments from Issue 84, I left a perspective from a bean counter/economist just for you. 🙂


  2. Jamxrunner

    Hi guys,

    My wife and I were just listening today and you said you would like to see I am legend in a graphic novel. They do my wife and I own it. It is based on the book from the 70s so it is not the new Will Smith movie. It is really well done and one of my science fiction books and one of my favorite graphic novels. Here is the link to if you are interested.

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