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Issue #131: ComiXology, FCBD, and Justice League

Issue #131ComiXology, FCBD, and Justice League| Comic Book Podcast

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This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day and you know what that means… Well, I mean, I technically already told you. It means free comics. Which is, of course, a good thing. A GREAT thing, even. We talk about some of the titles you can expect to see in shops and we also tackle Amazon buying ComiXology, the Justice League movie announcements, new Marvel books and more!

Books of the Week are also back, coupled with the second show with our new segment, Lightning Round. Some of the books that get talked about include: Invaders, True Patriot, Elektra, Silver Surfer: Requiem (again), Superior Spider-Man, The Love Bunglars, Iron Patriot, The Flash, Justice League United, Secret Origins, Daredevil, Eltingville Club, Empire of the Dead, Fantastic Four 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 bobreyer@talkingcomicbooks.com

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 superhero pictures.


The Comic Book Podcast is brought to you by Talking Comics (www.talkingcomicbooks.com), 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 (JoBlo.com 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 info@talkingcomicbooks.com.


Kyle Garrett
“Although I feel like they would never do it, I think a good stopgap would be for most or all websites to remove their comment sections. If these hooligans want to keep running their mouths let them do it within the privacy of their own personal emails.
Aside from that or pulling a Jay and Silent Bob and going door to door handing out knuckle sandwiches, I think the sites like yours that require people to log in or authenticate before commenting are at least heading off some of the creeps who like to throw shade anonymously. The ones that are bold enough to behave this way while logged in at least are being monitored. I know there are work-arounds for that too though, so I do understand that these measures only go so far. The fine staff at TheMarySue.com can attest to this on an almost weekly if not daily basis…
What we have here are people who don’t see their point of view as wrong or offensive. And if they do, they revel in it. They are sociopaths yes? I don’t know how you force these people to evolve their personal sense of culture without having them be forced to accept the ramifications of their actions. I wish Janelle Asselin or Anita Sarkeesian for that matter, could have an army of counterhackers to help defend them. Go after _their_ bank accounts. Crash their websites, Youtube channels and spam their Facebook accounts. That is the problem with certain conflicts…often you have to be willing to take on the methods of your enemy to get them to stop. It is horrifying and sad but we’ve seen examples of this throughout history.
The only thing I can do personally is to help call it out online when I see it and also watch out for my fellow fans at conventions. These creeps seldom make the same kinds of efforts in person that they do online however, because in the end they are all cowards.
P.S. I just remembered that Jordie Bellaire is in the process of making Comics Equality t-shirts, I love this idea. I am looking forward to purchasing a few and wearing them proudly. You can check her twitter feed for progress on that project.



Max Winter

“Hey Talking Comics Crew,
Long time listener, first time ‘caller’. I’m writing because I felt really compelled to respond to your discussion in Wednesday’s episode about some of the issues around bullying specifically in comics, but also on the internet in general. I’m no expert or anything like that, but I have some thoughts about this that I wanted to share with you all:
I think for most fans of comic books and other genre fiction (whether it be movies, TV, etc.), we love these characters, worlds, and stories because in one way or another they appeal to us in the face of the realties of every day life. So for some people, they may just have been that quirky kid who was always imagining other, brighter possibilities; or unfortunately they may have been the kid who’s dad left and who’s mom drank instead of spending time with them. But wherever we are on that spectrum, we’ve found this other place and we’re pleasantly surprised to realize that there’s people here who are just like us. We thought we were alone. We all carve out our own niche (favorite heroes, favorite writers, etc.), but at the core is this shared belief that these aren’t just dumb superhero stories that were made up to sell magazines to kids: they matter.
Talking Comics stands out to me as being a place that I want to go to for three hours every week. And the reason for that is because I think you guys embody this idea. TC has become a place where everyone can come together and share this thing that we all love so much. I think this is evidenced really strongly on the forums, the book club segments, etc. Even just within the confines of the show, the four of you bring diverse ideas to the table, and while you don’t always agree, every idea is treated as a valid one. To me, that trickles down to us as listeners as well, so no matter how veteran (or not) a reader we are, no matter whether we love to read Batman, or Alex & Ada, or even Transformers: we still have a place in your community.
So I guess to answer your question, what I would like to see in an ‘Anti-Bullying in Comics Week’ is just a celebration of all the different stories and backgrounds and viewpoints of your community and what kind of difference comics has made to them. Instead of shining a spotlighting all the negative stuff that’s out there, I would rather hear all of the good that comics and Talking Comics are doing and just how much this all means to people.
Anyway, just my two cents! I really appreciate all the time you guys put in and the truly inclusive community you’ve built around your show: it really does make a difference on the other side of the screen!”
Michael Kocinski
Hi Bobby, 

My name’s Michael Kocinski, I’ve been listening to the show for a long time, and I’ve communicated with you guys a few times via facebook and the forum. My wife and I had our second son in January, so I haven’t had a lot of free time for the internet but I never miss a show, and yesterday’s really hit me hard. One of the aspects of the podcast I really value and admire is your position on bullying and the importance of good will and good behavior. I feel like I want to be part of the solution, so I wrote about it for my blog. I emailed Bob Reyer a link to the blog, and he seemed to like it and suggested I share it with you and the rest of the crew, so I’m sending you a link, too. I told Bob that I’m not sure what I can do, but I can at least add my voice to the others who are asking for a better comics community. I hope you like what I wrote. Thanks so much for the show, I look forward to your ‘company’ every week.
Take Care, 
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?…

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