Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast
Detective Comics: Strange Apparitions and the Joker Fish Comic Book Retrospective

Detective Comics: Strange Apparitions and the Joker Fish Comic Book Retrospective

May 31, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and life-long reader Eric Breen to discuss Batman and the infamous Joker Fish. Steve Englehart was promised a Batman story when he left Marvel for DC Comics. He finally got take the character for a spin in 1977 with ‘Detective Comics: Strange Apparitions’ with artist Marshall Rogers. It a kinetic affair that see The Dark Knight fight the likes of Boss Thorne, Hugo Strange, The Penguin, Deadshot, Joker and more. But at the heart of the story it’s about identity and if Bruce Wayne is ready to give up Batman to pursue happiness with Silver St. Cloud. Englehart and Rogers also introduce an iconic Joker prop, the Joker Fish. Can the Caped Crusader give up his life of crime fighting to pursue personal happiness? 

 

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Comics Aficionados: Ta-Nehisi Coates Denounces Marvel, Summer Superhero Movies, Bat-Fatigue and More

Comics Aficionados: Ta-Nehisi Coates Denounces Marvel, Summer Superhero Movies, Bat-Fatigue and More

May 31, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados YouTuber Comics, by Perch award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo, animator David Gagnon and comic book retailers Uel Carter from Fantastic Comics and Pele from Parts Unknown. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Ta-Nehisi Coates is wrapping up his time on Marvel Comics Black Panther and Captain America as he transitions to writing Warner Bros. Superman movie reboot. The controversial Coates had pointed words for Marvel and their treatment of comic book creators under the Disney umbrella. (00:06:20) 2021 should see the return of blockbuster movie season and with it a host of high-profile comic book movies to end the years. What comic movies are the Comics Aficionados most looking forward to? (00:52:18) The Aficionados debate their picks for the best comic book writer in the industry today. (01:07:40) In August 2021 46% of new DC Comics releases are fled by Batman or Batman related characters. Can DC burn out readers on the most popular character in the comic book industry? (01:26:33) DC announced SUPERMAN VS LOBO by Tim Seeley on their Black Label imprint. It feels like Black Label has lost almost all meaning at this point. (01:49:43) Jonathan Hickman is leading Marvel Comics next X-Men event, INFERNO. Is it too little too late? Or are readers ready to payoff the storylines Hickman introduced over 2 years ago? (01:54:30) Finally, J.J. Abrams admitted not having a clear plan for Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy wan’t the best approach to relaunching the franchise. (02:01:20) The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors.

 

Comics, by Perch

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCw4ivsPeqZVtHD85VjVnNaw

Twitter: @ComicPerch

 

Joe Corallo

Twitter: @JoeCorallo

 

David

Twitter: @oldmanDavid1

 

Uel Carter of Fantastic Comics

YT: youtube.com/channel/UC_srW6Z7lAhJHQs4Ugr8TXw

Twitter: @bigblueUel

 

Pele

Twitter: @Just_Pele

 

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Tom King and the Death of Story Craft, Politics in Comics, Too Many Batman Comics and More

Tom King and the Death of Story Craft, Politics in Comics, Too Many Batman Comics and More

May 29, 2021

Tom King and DC Comics can’t seem to catch a break these days. He’s once again crapping the bed with STRANGE ADVENTURES and RORSCHACH. Wes has had enough and goes on an epic rant about everything wrong with Tom King and Brian Michael Bendis. (00:00:55) Modern comic book writers have lost the comic script so to speak. The craft of writing comic books is rapidly deteriorating. Dok and Wes talk about the dreadful pacing issue in current day comics. (00:19:53) Politics and social commentary have always been present in comic books. Wes and Perch discuss why so many readers have adverse reactions to politics in modern day comics. (00:42:42) DC Comics released their August 2021 solicitations. A whopping 46% of all new DC Comics are led by a Batman Family member. Wes and Perch discuss why it’s a problem. (00:58:42) Joshua McDonald from batman-news.com joins Wes to discuss the current state of the Batman comic universe. (01:15:26) Dylan from TheRealComicBookGamer YouTube joins Wes to discuss the current state of the Superman comic universe. (01:50:19) Dok rejoins Wes to discuss art swiping at Marvel and the latest issues of WOLVERINE and WAY OF X. (02:12:13) Finally, Wes reviews Jonathan Hickman’s exhilarating X-MEN #20! (02:34:22)

 

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Developing Supporting Characters with Comic Book Writer Mark Pellegrini

Developing Supporting Characters with Comic Book Writer Mark Pellegrini

May 26, 2021

Mark Pellegini and Wes take a deep dive into exploiting the comic book medium. No antagonist or protagonist can carry everything on their own. They need to be surrounded by friends, family, mentors, teachers and rivals to carry a story to a satisfying conclusion. In many ways developing engaging supporting characters is just as important creating your heroes and villains. Supporting characters are vital to fleshing out your main characters and setting, carrying subplots, creating conflict and providing crucial information. To create a captivating comic book story writers need to develop multiple supporting characters to support and challenge their antagonist. Comic book writer Mark Pellegrini demonstrates how to develop supporting characters who challenge and enhance their main characters and settings. 

 

Mark Pellegrini Bio

 

Mark Pellegrini is a creative consultant and writer for NINJAINK, LLC and his collaborations with Timothy Lim have been published by IDW and UDON studios. As a freelance featured writer, his articles and creative works have been published by such websites as Adventures in Poor Taste, Comics Alliance, Ain't it Cool News, and io9. You can find more of his writing at TMNT Entity.

 

YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCl-CXprfvSb6wMblmXH-pZg

Website: deviantart.com/ninjaink

Twitter: @PelleCreepy

 

Aaron Sparrow Bio

Aaron Sparrow is a comic book writer and editor who got his start as a copy editor at Tokyopop. In 2009, he became the Lead Editor for Boom! Studios' new line of Disney comic books. In addition to his editorial work on these titles, Sparrow also heavily lobbied to do a Darkwing Duck comic, having been a huge fan of the cartoon. 

 

YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCFMFLB8b2908bhhChZhgU6A

Twitter: @Aaron_Sparrow 

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Death of the Stacy’s Comic Book Retrospective

The Amazing Spider-Man: Death of the Stacy’s Comic Book Retrospective

May 24, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and life-long reader Eric Breen to discuss two monumental stories from Amazing Spider-Man. Stan Lee, Gil Kane and John Romita Sr. took another father figure away from Peter Parker in 1970’s ‘Death of George Stacy’ (ASM #88-90)  story arc. Not only is it a testament to the extraordinary skills of Stan Lee and Gil Kane, but it stands the test of time as one of the most impactful death scenes in comic history. Yet somehow a very young Gerry Conway did Stan Lee one better with Gil Kane on art just three years later. ‘The Night Gwen Stacy Died’ (ASM #121) is probably the most impactful death in comic book history. It not only changed Peter Parker Spider-Man, it changed the entire industry. Comic books as a medium grew up and nothing would ever be the same following the death of Peter’s love Gwen Stacy. 

 

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Comics Aficionados: Entertainment’s Cancel Culture Battle, WB/Discovery Merger, Best Villains and More

Comics Aficionados: Entertainment’s Cancel Culture Battle, WB/Discovery Merger, Best Villains and More

May 23, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados co-host Dok, YouTubers Comics, by Perch and Dylan from TheRealComicBookGamer, comic book scholar Josh  and comic book retailer Pele. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Legendary comic writer Gerry Conway is waiting into the cancel culture debate, backing Lavar Burton’s position that the terminology is wrong. While Hollywood heavyweights Chris Rock and Alec Baldwin are speaking out on a potentially dangerous movement in Western society. (00:04:14) AT&T seemingly admired a mistake in acquiring WarnerMedia and taking on so much debt years ago. They announced a merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery, seemingly to strengthen their streaming platforms. How will this affect DC Comics? (00:52:06) DC announced horror-themed Batman event FEASR STATE. Tim Drake and Poison Ivey appear to be coming back in a major way as the Bat-Family square off with Scarecrow and the Magistrate. (01:25:16) Diamond Comics announced a new online pillbox service for customers and retailer. Is it too little too late? (01:36:36) DC announced a trio of new animated projects; an Injustice animated film, and new Batman and Superman series for HBO Max. (01:50:53) Finally Marvel’s Al Ewing is getting the Defenders back together for a cosmic adventure later this year. (02:05:33) The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors.

 

Comics, by Perch

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCw4ivsPeqZVtHD85VjVnNaw

Twitter: @ComicPerch

 

Dok

Twitter: @DokTwoPointOh

 

Dylan TheRealComicBookGamer

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Twitter: @The_RCBG

 

Pele

Twitter: @Just_Pele

 

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DC Comics Aren’t Dead Yet, BATMAN FEAR STATE Event, TMNT Comic Dying and More

DC Comics Aren’t Dead Yet, BATMAN FEAR STATE Event, TMNT Comic Dying and More

May 23, 2021

AT&T admitted a mistake announcing a merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery to create a mega entertainment entity primed to be a huge player in the streaming market. With WarnerMedia comes DC Comics publishing and their vast array of characters. Many people have been proclaiming doom and gloom for the venerable comic publisher. Are DC Comics really in trouble? (00:00:00) Award-winning comic editor Joe Corallo and Wes break down the details of the WarnerMedia/Discovery merger and potential fallout for DC Comics. (00:15:00) Joe sticks around to discuss BATMAN: FEAR STATE DC Comics horror-themed crossover event. (00:34:20) Comics writer and TMNT enthusiast Mark Pellegrini and Wes discuss the current state of Teenage Mutant Turtles after the introduction of Jennika. New writer Sophie Campbell places Jennika front and center in TMNT comic, with the original four brothers take a back seat. Unsurprisingly sales continue to drop. (00:56:30) marvel Writer Dan Slott broke the cardinal rule this week; never apologize to the mob. Writer Aaron Sparrow and Wes breakdown why it’s a terrible idea in today’s cancel culture. (01:27:44) Dok, Pele, Uel Carter and Wes preview an upcoming show on the podcast diving into the comic book collectors market. Back issue comics and key comic prices are skyrocketing and Pele has all the answers. (01:47:20) X-Men Historian Dok and Wes have a four-pronged solution to save Hickman-era X-Men. (02:20:28) Si Spurrier’s WAY OF X is the most promising new X-Men series since House of X/Powers of X. Wes reviews issue #2 and explains why this could be a turning point for the franchise. (02:44:42) Life-long comic reader Eric Breen joins the pod to break down his Top 5 game changing comic book stories or series of all-times. (03:06:18)

 

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Learning Art Under Jim Lee, Taking Criticism and the Future of Comics with Eric Canete

Learning Art Under Jim Lee, Taking Criticism and the Future of Comics with Eric Canete

May 21, 2021

Wes talks with renowned concept artist and comic book illustrator Eric Canete about joining WildStorm, learning the business from legendary artist Jim Lee, moving into the animation and video game industries, taking criticism in from comic readers, J. Scott Campbell defending himself and the future of the comic book industry. Eric Canete also talks about his upcoming creator owned  series ARC ATHENA. 

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Action Comics #544-546…New Braniac Comic Book Retrospective

Action Comics #544-546…New Braniac Comic Book Retrospective

May 19, 2021

Joe Corallo, Eric Breen and Wes travel back to 1983 and talk about the first appearance of the new Braniac. Introduced in the back-up story in the 45th anniversary special Action Comics #544, Marv Wolfman and Gil Kane gave Braniac a new sinister design and personality. Braniac had become too similar to Lex Luthor, who was firmly established as Superman’s arch nemesis. The new Braniac was a colder and even more calculating foe than before. Gil Kane’s stunning art brought the new diabolical sentient robot to life with an enormous skull-shaped ship in tow. Superman eventually enlists the aid of the Justice League and Teen Titans when Braniac presents a clear and present danger to earth. Marv Wolfman and Gil Kane’s Action Comics #544-546 goes down as a new take on a classic villain and masterclass in superhero storytelling.

 

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Exploiting the Comic Book Medium with Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini

Exploiting the Comic Book Medium with Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini

May 18, 2021

Aaron Sparrow, Mark Pellegini and Wes take a deep dive into exploiting the comic book medium. Movies, television and prose have several storytelling limitations that aren’t present in comic books. Live-action entertainment is great for presenting external action and conflict but have inherent weakness in presenting complex emotions and thoughts. Prose are great for presenting internal states but can fold under the pressure of explaining complex action scenes. Comic books allow creators the freedom to visually display elements of action and external expression and explain the internal thoughts and feelings of characters. Comic book creators are only limited by their own imaginations. Comic book readers expect creators to take full advantage of the medium when telling their stories. Mark and Aaron give their tips and advice for exploiting the comic book medium to its fullest.

 

Mark Pellegrini Bio

 

Mark Pellegrini is a creative consultant and writer for NINJAINK, LLC and his collaborations with Timothy Lim have been published by IDW and UDON studios. As a freelance featured writer, his articles and creative works have been published by such websites as Adventures in Poor Taste, Comics Alliance, Ain't it Cool News, and io9. You can find more of his writing at TMNT Entity.

 

YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCl-CXprfvSb6wMblmXH-pZg

Website: deviantart.com/ninjaink

Twitter: @PelleCreepy

 

Aaron Sparrow Bio

Aaron Sparrow is a comic book writer and editor who got his start as a copy editor at Tokyopop. In 2009, he became the Lead Editor for Boom! Studios' new line of Disney comic books. In addition to his editorial work on these titles, Sparrow also heavily lobbied to do a Darkwing Duck comic, having been a huge fan of the cartoon. 

 

YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCFMFLB8b2908bhhChZhgU6A

Twitter: @Aaron_Sparrow 

 

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