Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast
Comics Aficionados: Race/Gender Swapping Characters, Overhyping Comics, Best Villains and More

Comics Aficionados: Race/Gender Swapping Characters, Overhyping Comics, Best Villains and More

May 17, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados co-host Dok, YouTuber Comics, by Perch, former editor Gevian Dargan and comic book retailers Uel Carter and Pele. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Marvel writer Dan Slott recently tweeted there’s no reason not to race or gender-swap classic characters. Writer Eddie Robson later backed Dan Slott up claiming it’s hard for new diverse characters “to compete with famous, iconic characters with decades of history behind them.” (00:04:25) Marvel Comics are promoting Planet-Size X-Men #1 will have a bigger impact than 1975’s Giant-Size X-Men #1. GSX #1 introduced the second genesis team that launched X-Men into comic book superstardom leading to best-selling video games, cartoons and a very lucrative movie franchise. (01:09:42) John Romita Jr.’s first work retiring to Marvel will be on Dan Slott’s Fantastic Four 60th Anniversary special. (01:27:10) Marvel’s Superman knockoff Hyperion killed Hulk and Galactus in Heroes Reborn #2. Perhaps Hyperion is a little too overpowered. (01:32:46) Rob Liefeld announced he’s leaving Archie Comics superhero team-up The Mighty Crusaders after retailers spoiled a major series event. (01:42:49) Finally, there are some astounding comic book sales numbers being reported from creators these days. Unfortunately, they can’t be verified by the publisher or distributor. How reliable are these numbers? (02:00:19) 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

 

Uel Carter of Fantastic Comics

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Twitter: @bigblueUel

 

Gevian Daragan

Twitter: @GevianDargan

 

Pele

Twitter: @Just_Pele

 

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J. Scott Campbell Controversy Continues, Marvel Creators Can’t Do Social Media and More

J. Scott Campbell Controversy Continues, Marvel Creators Can’t Do Social Media and More

May 16, 2021

J. Scott Campbell had to release multiple statements following his latest controversy. There were several inappropriate comments supporting him on Twitter and Instagram. In his initial statement he ran afoul of ComicsGate and eventually released an apology. (00:00) Dan Slott made statements supporting race, gender and sexuality swapping in TV, movies and comic books this week. Comic book writer/editor Aaron Sparrow and Wes debate the implicates of Slott’s comments and question why he isn’t willing to give his spot at Marvel. (12:59) Writer Lonnie Nadler lamented many of his friends ion the comic industry considering leaving the profession or finding part-time work to support their careers. Aaron Sparrow and Wes discuss why creators can’t get a break or afford to support their families these days. (36:56) New X-MEN writer Gerry Duggan has a history of disrespecting comic fans. He took it to another level this week. Aaron Sparrow has some pointed words about Gerry’s view of the fans. (59:47) Failing your way to the top seems to work in Marvel’s X-Men office . Gerry Duggan and Leah Williams recently had comics cancelled due to low sales and promptly received higher profile series. Perch and Wes discuss. (01:21:10) The quality of writing and customer service in comics has trend down for many years. Eric Breen and Wes debate how we got here. (01:35:02) Recently Marvel and DC Comics have started courting the indie comic office. No longer creating stories that appeal to the masses. X-Men historian Dok has theories about why this happened. (01:57:33) Marvel Comics are overhyping and spoiling upcoming events and story arcs to generate interest. Comic writer/editor Joe Corallo explains why that’s a recipe for disaster. (02:17:19) Comic artist Timothy Lim is producing art at an unprecedented pace in crowdfunding comics. He’s also a licensed Audiologist, manages all his crowdfunding campaigns, runs a YouTube channel and talk radio host. How does he juggle all the responsibilities and maintain his deadlines? Tim breaks it all down with Wes. (02:36:45)

Fantastic Four #51 and #285 Comic Book Retrospective with Joe Corallo and Breen

Fantastic Four #51 and #285 Comic Book Retrospective with Joe Corallo and Breen

May 12, 2021

Joe Corallo and Eric Breen join Wes to discuss two classic Fantastic Four comic book issues. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four #51 “This Man, This Monster” is the perfect display of two legendary creators at the top of their game. Jack Kirby’s illustrations of Reed Richard’s Negative Zone machine are only equaled by his mind-bending depictions of the Negative Zone itself. Stan Lee weaves a tale of revenge turned hero. John Byrne’s Fantastic Four #285 is a brilliant portrayal of the tragedy superheroes must endure along with their triumph. Wes, Joe and Eric dive into two essential Fantastic Four stories that changed the idea of what a comic book could be.

 

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Avoiding Comic Book Writing Tropes with Mark Pellegrini and Aaron Sparrow

Avoiding Comic Book Writing Tropes with Mark Pellegrini and Aaron Sparrow

May 11, 2021

Comic writers Aaron Sparrow (Darkwing Duck) and Mark Pellegrini (Kamen America) join Wes to discuss the worst writing tropes in comics. Writing tropes exist for a reason, they work! Tropes are very useful tools but overused they detract from the story and often times excuse poor writing or planning. McGuffin/Deus Ex Machina, Written in the Stars, Superhero Family and Tragic Villain are some of the most played out tropes in all of comics. Aaron and Mark explain the pitfalls of tropes and how to keep your comic book writing fresh, exciting and trope free.

 

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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Comics Aficionados: Art Fixing Controversy, Marvel Comics News, MCU Phase 4

Comics Aficionados: Art Fixing Controversy, Marvel Comics News, MCU Phase 4

May 10, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados co-host Dok, comic book industry YouTubers Perch, Critical Blast and Fatal Jay and comic book retailers Drew and Pele. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. 

 

Art Fixers have been harassing artist J. Scott Campbell for years, claiming his covers portray unreal beauty standards. J. Scott Campbell, never one to stand down, turned the tables this week. Fixing the art trolls work, providing a masterclass in comic book composition and the human anatomy. Some people felt J. Scott Campbell was punching down, defending his art. (00:04:00)  Rumors are swirling DC Comics are planning another crisis event in 2022. DC have long used crisis events to reset their universe and move in a new direction. (00:42:40) Marvel Comics had a slew of comic book announcements including, John Ridley writing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a new Native America Captain America, celebrities appearing at X-Men Hellfire Gala and Magneto going back on trial after the gala event. (00:57:50) Jason Aaron’s Heroes Reborn finally arrived this week. It represents a significant step-up from his recent Avengers work. But is still severely flawed. (01:20:22) BOOM! Studios continues its ascent among comic publishers. Solidified with several big hits headlined by big-name talent. It appears Something is Killing the Children, BRZRKR and upcoming series Basilisk are keeping BOOM! Racing up the sales charts. (01:30:25) Geoffrey Thorne introduced several game changing ideas in this weeks Green Lanterns #2 including; what the Guardians of Oa are, structure of the omniverse and the importance of human lanterns. (01:46:32) Marvel Studios announced several titles for upcoming movie projects in MCU Phase 4. (-1:53:12) 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

 

Fatal Jay YT

YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/JAYBIRD75961

Twitter: @FatalJayShow

 

Critical Blast YT

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Twitter: @CriticalBlast

 

 

Pele

Twitter: @Just_Pele

 

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Marvel Addicted to Events, J. Scott Campbell Controversy, Batman News and More

Marvel Addicted to Events, J. Scott Campbell Controversy, Batman News and More

May 9, 2021

Wes runs down the biggest comic book news, rumors and in-depth conversations in this weeks The Comic Wrap. Marvel Comics continue announcing future event and crossover comics before the previous events are even started. Marvel Comics are wearing readers out with events and crossovers in 2021. In June alone, Marvel has 5 concurrent comic book events. In July, they feature 4 comic book events. These are terrible signs for the short term health of Marvel Comics. (00:00) An amateur artist tried “fixing” a classic J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man cover featuring longtime love interest Mary Jane. J. Scott Campbell turned the tables and provided a professional critique of the “fix”. Comic writer Aaron Sparrow and Wes detail the ensuing controversy. (14:40) Wes and Perch from Comics, by Perch discuss the evolution of Ccmic book sales and marketing over the decades. What changes brought us to our current state. (34:56) Eric Breen explains why remaking classic stories is almost always a bad idea. (56:06) Comic Quirks YouTube host Jimmy quit reading DC and Marvel Comics recently. What’s causing young readers to give up on the Big 2 so early? (01:16:35) Wes and Perch discuss writer John Ridley’s new BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER gig. Is he the rich man for the job? (01:36:39) BATMAN writer James Tynion IV is the hottest creator in comics. Touting huge sales on DC’s flagship title, he also announced he’s giving Red Robin Trim Drake a bigger spotlight in a future crossover event. (01:50:50) Marvel announced Eminem, Conan O’Brien and members of the US Women’s Soccer team are attending X-MEN HELLFIRE GALA. (01:07:29) X-Men historian Dok shares his opinion on the Marvel’s promotion for their upcoming X-MEN HELLFIRE GALA event. (02:23:59)

 

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Mark Pellegrini Spells Out Worldbuiding in Comic Books

Mark Pellegrini Spells Out Worldbuiding in Comic Books

May 4, 2021

Mark Pellegini and Wes break down Worldbuilding in comics. Worldbuilding is key no matter what genre or world you’re creating in. It establishes the rules and setting your characters and story operate in. In many ways it can be the longest and most part of comic book writing. In fact, a vast majority of the rules, history and culture you create may never show up in your comic book. But it drives your story and allows readers to become immersed in the setting and story your telling. 

 

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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Comics Aficionados: Hellfire Gala Drives X-Men Fans Away, Diamond vs Penguin and More

Comics Aficionados: Hellfire Gala Drives X-Men Fans Away, Diamond vs Penguin and More

May 3, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados co-host Dok, award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo, YouTuber Comic Book Hut and comic book retailers Drew and Pele. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. 

Marvel Comics upcoming X-Men: HellFire Gala event continues making headlines for all the wring reasons. Readers are up-in-arms over the outlandish costumes and sheer insanity of creating a 12-part event around a dinner party. (00:02:14) Diamond Comics Distributors are calling around the country, seeing which shops will remain with them after Marvel’s new exclusive agreement with Penguin Random House starts in October. (00:41:05) The Comics Aficionados discuss their personal favorite comic book collections. (01:01:20) Madefire shut down their digital comic platform, resulting in the Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios, Scout Comics apps closing as well. Comic book readers reported losing years worth of digital purchases supported by Madefire. (01:30:20) Amazon Prime Renewed Invincible for 2 more seasons. The animated series based on the classic Robert Kirkman series has been lights out since debuting. (01:42:30) DC Comics announced DC FanDome 2021, a virtual convention to announce all the new DC Comics related programs. (01:54:00) Finally, the gang hand out their comic book recommendations for the week. (02:09:40) The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors.

 

Joe Corallo

Twitter: @JoeCorallo

 

Dok

Twitter: @DokTwoPointOh

 

Drew From Comics Elite

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Website: comicselitecomics.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/

 

Comic Book Hut

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Twitter: @ComicBookHut

 

Pele

Twitter: @Just_Pele

 

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Marvel’s X-Men Line Dying, Comics Can’t Develop Talent, Marketing Issues and More

Marvel’s X-Men Line Dying, Comics Can’t Develop Talent, Marketing Issues and More

May 1, 2021

Marvel Comics continue running off longtime X-Men readers. Hellfire Gala was already derided after initial promo materials featuring characters in outlandish costumes. The X-Men team take it to another level with their free X-Men Hellfire Gala Guide this week. How long before readers refuse to come back? (00:00) The comic book industry has a long standing tradition of developing new talent in-house. The industry is trying to figure out how to develop writing and art talent in today’s climate of creating at home. Dok and Wes talk about the history and current climate of developing new talent. (14:25) Marvel and DC Comics are creating content for a new, modern audience. But they have yet to crack the code on how to market their stories to this new audience. Gevian Dargan and Wes discuss the ramification. (36:22) DC Comics Batman Fortnite cross-promotion is an enormous success. What can DC Comics do to top it next.? Video game developer and comic artist Eric Canete joins the channel to discuss. (01:06:01) Comic book readers are weary of digital comics because you don’t actually own the material. This week Madefire shutdown, leaving digital customers of Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios and others with nothing to show for their money. Joe Corallo and Wes discuss the worst case scenario playing out. (01:24:17) JoeCoralloa sticks around and discusses the latest reports Disney aren’t paying royalties to comic book creators. (01:42:40) Finally, Wes and comic books etailer Pele review last weeks CHAMPIONS #1 from Danny Lore. Many in the industry have hailed them the next bog writer in comics. Based on CHAMPIONS #1 they have plenty of work to do to make it to the top. (01:58:20)

 

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