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Issue #95: Infinity #1, Kick Ass 2 and Canadian Racism | Comic Book Podcast | Talking Comics

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T-minus five shows until Issue #100… Before we get into the show synopsis and such, we’re still accepting RSVPs for Talking Comics LIVE, but we have a very limited number of spaces available, so let Bobby know ASAP via

Joey Braccino steps in for Steve this week as Steve heads up north for reasons and shenanigans (for once it’s not Stephanie stepping out of the show for a week!). The gang discuss the top news for the week and our topic for the week is answering some of the unanswered questions that we’ve built up over the last little while from you guys.

This issue’s Books of the Week include: True Patriot: Canadian Comic Book Adventures, Red Sonja, Fearless Defenders, Batgirl, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Black Widow, Amelia Cole and the Unknown World, Animal Man, Green Arrow, Deadpool Kills Deadpool, Infinity and more.

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6 Responses

  1. benjiman_1981

    Just in regards to this recurring topic of comics for kids, there was a comment made on a recent one of your podcasts about not only there not being enough comics for kids in Marvel and DC, but also not good quality ones. And I just wanted to point out the in all honesty, quality literally does not matter. And this isn’t just speaking for myself but also for a number of kids I’ve tried to get to read comics. When I was reading comics as a child I was excited by the fact there was a picture of a superhero on the page, whether it be the Phantom, Spider-Man, Superman, X-Men, I wasn’t reading it for the storyling and character development. I was a kid. Likewise, when I ty to get relatives kids, friends kids and so on to read comics they don’t want to see panels of talking heads, they want excitement. So many times I’ve felt shut down by a 6 year old because they said they didn’t like a comic, then I’ll give them something (in terms of writing) absolutely terrible and they lose their minds from excitement because of the double page spreads of action shots. I’m not saying “don’t take kids seriously,” but I think quality and writing in kids comics doesn’t matter, the important thing is the love for comics is planted and then when they grow up, much like myself and many other people, they’ll have these find memories and then start seeking out stories for the writing instead of seeing someone punching someone. SO many times I’ve gone back to read comics I read when I was a kid that in my head was amazing, and it’s crap. But thats to that crap I’ve found 3 bookshelves worth of quality comics now.

  2. Steve

    Steve Dillon was the artist on Jason Aaron’s Punisher run. Not on the Eniss run. I didn’t care for the Rucka Punisher much because of the phototracing art.

  3. Ryan Carroll

    I think that the most severely under-utilized and under-appreciated (so-to speak) market is that of the 10-12 year olds. They’re too mature to appreciate books aimed towards the 4-9 year olds, but most aren’t mature enough to be read the books for the 13-99 year-olds. They’d scoff at the sight of “Lil’ Gotham” or “A-Babies vs. X-Babies,” but they can’t properly process the level of maturity in, say, “Batman.” I’d be the first person to say that many in this age group are more mature than many adults give them credit for (twelve year-olds aren’t seven year olds), but most aren’t exactly full-fledged adults either. As someone who got into comics around age 10, I think that the goal of Marvel and DC in should be making comics that don’t talk down to kids, but aren’t too mature for them to handle. Look back at the 60s, 70s, and 80s–those stories certainly weren’t aimed directly towards kids. They could be enjoyed by anybody. I remember that when I got into comics, my favorite book, Amazing Spider-Man, was Rated “A”–for all Ages 9 and up. More books should be made that can be read by anybody–not too unintelligent that adults are bored and not too simplistic that 9-12 year olds feel that they’re being talked down to. That age group is where the real dedication for comics can be easily sown by publishers–they’re old enough to be deeply involved in the books, but not too old to have any negative preconceptions about comics.

    • Bob Reyer

      What Ryan said!

      Thanks for perfectly encapsulating a year’s worth of my ranting on this sunject! From now on Ryan, I’ll just have people talk to you!


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