When we originally started out on this project (all of a month ago), the plan was that each show would feature Jon and either Rebecca or Jared. This was mostly Jon’s effort to minimise the time requirement from the others, having roped them in to this in the first place. Show one was all three of us so that we all had a chance to establish ourselves, then the regular routine was due to kick in.
Except it turns out everyone enjoys it enough to want to do them all, and three perspectives opens up the discussion more. So it looks like we’re inverting the model and the usual routine will be three of us per show with possible occasional two-handers if schedules get sticky.
Also, the About page here now has a short bio for each of us to give a bit more of a sense of where we’re coming from.
Changing gears in a couple of ways this week, we look at the first collection of the webcomic Breaks by Emma Vieceli and Malin Ryden, which scores points by hitting a genre most of the team like and being cleverly universal in its setting. And then we’ve got our hands on some new research about comicbook film adaptations from Vue cinemas. Will we agree with the statistically relevant sample? What do you think? You can find Breaks here: http://www.breakscomic.com/
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With episode three in the wild; a quick look at the next few shows:
Show number four will be a look at the Breaks webcomic, which you can find here if you’d like to check it out. A print edition of the Prologue chapter is also available.
For number five we’re jumping back into superheroes for the first time since show one when we talk about Batgirl #35 from DC – the first issue of that series’ new direction.
And then in show six we go right off the deep end and dig into one of the Frank stories from Jim Woodring’s The Portable Frank.
As always, we’d love to hear what you think of what we’re doing, and any suggestions for content. We’re planning to keep mixing old and new, genres, formats and publishers
This time, for our third debut issue in a row we’re talking about issue one of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina from Archie Comics and along the way we identify “the Brady Bunch of comics”, are surprised by the grimdarkness of it all, and unexpectedly return to previous themes including characterful animals, people in trees and witches. (Okay, given this is a book about a teenage witch the last one’s not *that* unexpected.)
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Show number one was put together with various images from the Thor comic we were discussing extracted and included in the file to illustrate the points we were making.
Show number two wasn’t.
It’s early days and we’re still experimenting with how we do things, but we suspect that feature probably won’t be coming back. Two reasons:
1) It’s a bit of a pain in the arse to find the right frames, capture them, crop them to squares and edit them in at the right points.
2) It’s by no means clear how much value they actually added. It’s an audio podcast so the chance are people aren’t looking at their device most of the time when they’re listening.
So if you did notice the difference from one to two; now you know why.
This time, Bex and Jon take a look at the first issue of a new series from Image: Wytches, by Scott Snyder, Jock, and Matthew Hollingsworth, and consider whether comics can be frightening, what exactly was happening with that deer, and the creepiness of teeth, among other pressing issues.
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For our first outing, Bex, Jared and Jon talk about the debut of the new Thor from Marvel, and find ourselves oddly drawn to a well drawn goat. And somewhere along the way we make Thor an X-Man. This could be a sign of things to come.
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So a few inevitable teething issues later (what failed recording necessitating us repeating two-thirds of the thing?), show one is recorded.
As mentioned on Twitter last night, show one is about issue one of the new Thor series from Marvel.
A few words that you’ll be hearing: “problematic”, “goats” and “moping”. Though not “problematic goats moping”, which is a significantly different comic.
Should be available for download over the weekend.
So we’ll be recording the first One Comic tomorrow (Thursday 2nd) and all being well it will be available for download at the weekend. Based on the current plan that should be a relatively regular schedule.
What will we talk about for our number one? We’ll announce that on our Twitter feed on Thursday evening.
Come on – it’s our first show – you have to allow us a little bit of theatre.