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Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 06/30

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 06/30

June 30, 2021

Shawn and Drew from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst comic book releases of the week. Being the fifth week of June the offerings are a bit light all around with more Annual comics than normal. DC Comics is led by GREEN ARROW 80TH ANNIVERSARY and TEEN TITANS ACADEMY 2021 YEARBOOK. Marvel Comics are celebrating 80 years of Captain America with UNITED STATES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA, BETA RAY BILL #4 and the final week of X-MEN: HELLFIRE GALA. Plenty of indie comics to choose from including; Rob Liefeld’s MIGHTY CRUSADERS: THE SHIELD, PARASOMNIA #1 and BARBARIC #1. Shawn and Drew’s lay out their Top 10 must-read list and what comics they think you can skip. 

 

Comics Elite Info

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA

Website: comicselitecomics.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/

 

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Slabbed & Raw Ep 4: Huge Wait Times For Comic Grading, How to Collect and More

Slabbed & Raw Ep 4: Huge Wait Times For Comic Grading, How to Collect and More

June 30, 2021

Wes, Pele, Uel Carter and Dok discuss all the latest developments in the comic book collecting community. Grading services across the board from GCG to To CBCS to GX are severely backed up. Even with expedited service customers can expect wait periods of up to 6 months. The panel discuss what can you collectors do and any loopholes around this issue. With key issue prices skyrocketing is now the time to adjust your comic collecting priorities? There are many ways to enjoy collecting outside having the most demand keys, many comic collectors are filling their runs in the meantime. 

 

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Comic Book Industry Networking & Finding Your Audience with Writers Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini

Comic Book Industry Networking & Finding Your Audience with Writers Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini

June 29, 2021

Comic writers Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini join Wes to help new comic creators understand the importance of industry networking and growing you audience. The comic book industry is notoriously insular, it’s nearly impossible to break in without knowing decision makers within the industry. Creators need to make sure they’re getting their name and work out in order to get hired. If they are going the crowd funding route, production and distribution lies squarely on your shoulders. You need to make industry contacts before you’re ready to launch you campaign. And before you do that you need to find an audience willing to buy your products. Far too often comic creators neglect or take their paying customers for granted. Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini go in-depth on comic industry networking and finding your audience.

 

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: Shady Comic News Media, Warren Ellis Complies, ASM Team, More

Comics Aficionados: Shady Comic News Media, Warren Ellis Complies, ASM Team, More

June 27, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: YouTubers Comic, by Perch and Comic Quirks, comic book retailers Uel Carter from Fantastic Comics and Pele from Parts Unknown and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. The comic book news media is a shell of tis former self. They rarely even pretend to provide objective truth or criticism about the industry anymore. In the internet age consumers are inundated with the personal agendas and politics of the people behind websites, a plethora of shocking click-bate headlines and an endless string of dishonest, bought-and-paid-for shill takes. The panel discuss how we got here and how we can reverse course. (00:02:40) Legendary comic writer Warren Ellis and collaborator Ben Templesmith announced the return of their FELL series to Image Comics 1 years after allegations of abuse against Ellis. It didn’t take long for the mob to get their pitchforks out. The project has been indefinitely postponed until Ellis satiates the mob. Should Ellis be banned from comics for life? (00:35:40) Marvel announced not one, but five writers are replacing Nick Spencer at the helm of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Kelly Thompson, Saladin Ahmed, Zeb Wells, Patrick Gleason and Cody Ziglar are replacing Peter Parker with clone Ben Reilly in an upcoming initiative called “Spider-Man Beyond.” (01:21:21) Loki has long been a complex figure in Norse mythology. This week LOKI director Kate Herron tried to portray the character as bisexual, but it’s far more complicated than that. (01:35:05) Jason Aaron’s AVENGERS story arc “World War She-Hulk” is featuring a new iteration of the Jennifer Walters, Winter Hulk. The most hideous, masculine version of the character yet. (01:39:22) Finally, it appears Marvel are no longer comfortable launching new X-Men ongoing titles. The Aficionados debate what it all means for X-Men moving forward. (01:51:14) The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors.

 

Comics, by Perch

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCw4ivsPeqZVtHD85VjVnNaw

Twitter: @ComicPerch

 

Uel Carter of Fantastic Comics

YT: youtube.com/channel/UC_srW6Z7lAhJHQs4Ugr8TXw

Twitter: @bigblueUel

 

Comic Quirks

YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_7GKIbEOS9hegsGXKY-RgA

Twitter: @josh_quirky

 

Dok

Twitter: @DokTwoPointOh

 

Pele

Twitter: @Just_Pele

 

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Marvel Comics Hate SHE-HULK, Warren Ellis Controversy, LOKI Review & More

Marvel Comics Hate SHE-HULK, Warren Ellis Controversy, LOKI Review & More

June 26, 2021

Marvel Comics and Jason Aaron debuted images of their latest creating “Winter Hulk” from Aaron’s upcoming AVENGERS story ‘World War She-Hulk’. If the constant retreading up old stories isn’t enough, Marvel are obsessed with regressing Jennifer Walters She-Hulk to the point everyone hates the character. (00:11:35) Marvel announced not one but five writers are replacing Nick Spencer on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Kelly Thompson, Zeb Wells, Patrick Gleason and Cody Ziglar are replacing Peter Parker with Ben Reilly for their upcoming Spider-Man Beyond story. (00:33:09) Valiant Comics Upcoming NINJAK features some of the worst on in modern superhero comics. Many customers criticized the work, you won’t believe what Big Bang Comics in Dublin had to say about it. (00:46:19) Why are certain corners of the fandom obsessed with the sexual orientation and proclivities of fictional superheroes? Wes and Eric Breen have a thing or two to say about it. (01:02:30) Back in the day the belief was the customer was always right, meaning it was the responsibility of the service provider to ensure their customers were happy with their product or service. Does this rule still apply to the modern comic book industry? (01:19:04) Last weeks PLANET-SIZE X-MEN had an enormous reveal. Can one cool reveal save the Hellfire Gala Event from going down as one of the worst events in modern comic book history? (01:41:13) Disney+ LOKI is halfway complete, and its felt pretty underwhelming. Episode 3 is certainly the most exciting of the series thus far, but they have plenty of work to do to end this on a high note. (02:04:19)

 

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Justice League of America: Crisis On Earth 1, 2, & 3 Comic Book Retrospective

Justice League of America: Crisis On Earth 1, 2, & 3 Comic Book Retrospective

June 23, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and life-long reader Eric Breen to discuss 2 JUSTICE LEAGUE stories that forever altered DC Comics. Legendary writer Gardner Fox introduced the idea of the DC multiverse in FLASH #123 ‘A Flash of Two Worlds.’ In JUSTICE LEAGOE OF AMERICA #22, #23, #29 and #30 he introduced The Crime Syndicate and Crisis to the DC Universe. Fox and comic artist Mike Sekowsky JLA stories feature heroes and villains bouncing between multiverses and the first team up if the Golden Age Justice Society and Silver Age Justice League. Before both teams encounter their evil counterparts on Earth-3, a universe where evil rules and history unfolds in a very odd, yet familiar way. DC Comics silver age might seem a bit silly to some, but the ideas introduced by Gardner Fox still drive the DC Comics Universe to this day.

 

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Slabbed & Raw Ep 3: Pricing Old Comic Book Collectors Out, DC Comics Bargains and More

Slabbed & Raw Ep 3: Pricing Old Comic Book Collectors Out, DC Comics Bargains and More

June 22, 2021

Wes, Pele, Uel Carter and Dok discuss all the latest developments in the comic book collecting community. Key issue comic prices have been skyrocketing the past few years. In many cases, longtime collectors have seen prices on issues they waited to buy increase out of their grasp. The crew discuss if the comic book collectors market have priced out a core group of customers. There are still bargains to be found. DC Comics back issues haven’t seen the across the board increases that Marvel have. The panel debate where collectors can find great deals on DC keys. Finally, the MCU has entered phase 4. Iron Man, Captain America, Thanos, Black Widow, Loki and many other fan favorites won’t be in the MCU moving forward. If the MCU loses steam what kind of impact will that have on comic book collectors market?

 

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Creating Endings and Cliffhangers with Comic Book Writers Aaron Sparrow and Joe Corallo

Creating Endings and Cliffhangers with Comic Book Writers Aaron Sparrow and Joe Corallo

June 22, 2021

Comic writer/editors Aaron Sparrow and Joe Corallo join Wes to discuss creating fantastic comic book endings and cliffhangers. In many ways a story ending is the most important element of your entire work. An unfulfilling ending leaves readers with a sour taste in your mouth. Aaron and Joe explain how to set up your comic book for success by creating great endings that fit your story and leave readers satisfied. Cliffhangers are one of the most important literary devices in any comic book writers toolbox. Most comic books are told sequentially. Leaving your reader on a high note will have them eager for your next chapter. Aaron Sparrow and Joe Corallo give an array of tips on how to set your comic book up for success with sensational endings and cliffhangers

 

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: Comic Industry Vs Piracy, PLANET-SIZE X-MEN, IDW Money Woes and More

Comics Aficionados: Comic Industry Vs Piracy, PLANET-SIZE X-MEN, IDW Money Woes and More

June 21, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados comic artist Eric Canete, YouTuber Fatal Jay, comic book retailers Uel Drew from Comics Elite and Pele from Parts Unknown and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Comic book pros continue crying foul over the proliferation of digital piracy. Some comic book piracy sites record hundred of thousands of illegal downloads. What can be done to stop the comic piracy epidemic? (00:03:48) Marvel Comics announced Nick Spencer is leaving flagship AMAZING SPIDER-MAN in September. Spencer had the dark cloud of SECRET EMPIRE hanging over him when he took the gig. The Aficionados talk about his legacy with Spider-Man. (00:51:07) Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman officially complete their Venom work this week with VENOM #200. Upstart indie publisher Bad Idea have been trolling fans for months. (01:04:15) Now they claim they’re shutting down at the end of 2021. (01:21:41) IDW continues reporting financial loses despite a rise in publishing revenue. How long can the hold out? (01:30:47) PLANET-SIZE X-MEN a new era of Krakoa and mutant relations in the Marvel Comics universe. The panel discuss the potential ramifications. (01:40:07) Finally, there’s a social media  controversy regarding exactly Batman will and won’t do to please Catwoman. Why are people so interested in what superheroes do in the bedroom? (01:55:50) The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors.

 

Eric Canete

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCSjn4s9zrX9v9Xyk7jIolpQ

Website: ericcanete.com/

Twitter: @EricCanete

 

Drew From Comics Elite

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA

Website: comicselitecomics.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/

 

Fatal Jay

YT: youtube.com/user/JAYBIRD75961

Twitter: @FatalJayShow

 

Dok

Twitter: @DokTwoPointOh

 

Pele

Twitter: @Just_Pele

 

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Marvel Load Up End of 2021, Tim Drake Gay?, Manga and Piracy Killing Comics, More

Marvel Load Up End of 2021, Tim Drake Gay?, Manga and Piracy Killing Comics, More

June 19, 2021

Marvel Comics are loading up the final quarter of 2021 with huge reboots and events to coincide with their new exclusive agreement with Penguin Random House. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, VENOM, HULK, MS. MARVEL, DEATH OF DR. STRANGE, PREDATOR and DARK AGES are all confirmed to launch by the end of the year. We also have indications of more events involving the X-MEN, SPIDER-MAN and VENOM. (00:00:00) DC Comics suffered a pair of high level defections this week. It appears 2 years of restructures and the uncertainty involved in the WarnerMEdia Discovery merger is too much for some value employees to endure. (00:11:47) Comic books writer/editor Joe Corallo and Wes discuss the implications that longtime Robin Tim Drake is about to come out as bisexual or gay in the DCU. (00:28:05) Comics, by Perch joins Wes to dispel the notion that manga will be the death of comics (00:47:44) and the theory that comic book piracy is what is hurting Western comics. (01:07:19) They also discuss the latest news involving Bad Idea, Skybound and IDW Publishing. (01:24:08) Marvel Comics continue a familiar pattern of hiring creators based on surface traits and identity politics rather than merit. How many readers will they lose before changing course? (01:39:39) Comic book writer Aaron Sparrow joins the channel to discuss the latest controversy involving Kevin Smith’s MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION series on Netflix.(02:03:53) Finally, they review the second episode of Disny+ MCU series LOKI. (02:28:51)

 

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