Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast
Frank Miller Cancelled, Fans to Blame For Failure, Dismal State of Artist Pay and More

Frank Miller Cancelled, Fans to Blame For Failure, Dismal State of Artist Pay and More

July 30, 2021

Comic book luminary Frank Miller was scheduled to be the guest of honor at the upcoming Thought Bubble Comic Con. Unfortunately, Mr. Miller will no longer be attending after Thought Bubble coordinators were put on blast by Zainab Akhtar for his work on Hill Terror over a decade ago. Another feather in the cap of the woke mob. (00:00:00) Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation was blasted by long time He-Man fans. Paramount Pictures Snake Eyes bombed at the box office after not honoring the character origins. Hollywood is already making excuses and blaming fans rather than owning up to their own mistakes. (00:23:13) Not surprising, since Hollywood is incapable of delivering anything of substance or original. Wes and Mark Pellegrini discuss the depressing state of comics and entertainment. (00:44:31) Mark and Wes then discuss Vertigo Comics original editor Karen Berger gaslighting longtime comic book fans at Comic Con@Home 2021. (01:05:15) Mark Millar shined a light on the depressing state of comic book artist pay in 2021. Wes and Dok break down all the details. (01:28:24) Speaking of Comic Con@Home 2021, Jordan White and the X-Men creators spoke at length regarding the upcoming late of X-Men comics. (01:51:25) Tom Taylor’s Superman: Son of Kal El debuted this week. Wes breaks down why he takes exception with the portrayal of the new Superman. (02:14:31) Finally, viewers asked Wes and Aaron Sparrow to watch and discuss Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. They hold nothing back with a scathing review. (02:34:17)

 

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Is The Comic Book Industry Imploding? With Gevian Dargan

Is The Comic Book Industry Imploding? With Gevian Dargan

July 29, 2021

Gevian Dargan, former assistant-editor at Milestone Comics, joins Wes for  “It’s Complicated.” Wes and Gevian discuss hot-button issues many people shy away from today. For decades comic book fans have predicted the impending doom fo the entire industry. There are certainly troubling signs. It appears the industry is courting speculators, which was one of the key components of the 90’s comic book implosion. Several high profile comic creators are leaving DC and Marvel Comics, concentrating on creator owned works. Which can be interpreted as both good and bad. Indie comics are as hot as they’ve been in years. The rise of manga and YA graphic novel sales indicate there is a thirst for comic books that DC and Marvel can’t meet.  Wes and Gevian have an honest, open debate about the current state of comic books. Is the industry imploding? You guessed it, it’s complicated.

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 07/28

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 07/28

July 28, 2021

Shawn and Drew from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst comic book releases of the week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week July 28ht including Superman: Son of Kal El, Icon and Rocket, Amazing Fantasy and Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads. Shawn and Drew start debating this weeks new releases you shouldn’t expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00:00) Shawn and Drew then name of their Top 10 must read new comics for the week. Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. (00:34:00) Marvel COmics are led be the new Amazing Fantasy and Symbiote Spider-Man series and new issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Beta Ray Bill, Daredevil and Wolverine. DC Comics lineup features new titles Superman: Son of Kal El, Icon and Rocket as well as new issues of Action Comics, Batman: Reptilian, Robin and Wonder Woman. The indie scene is fronted by the debut of Mirka Andolfo’s Sweet Paprika and new issues of Image Comics Skybound X, Spawn and The Department of Truth. Other indie comics of note include; BRZRKR, Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings, TMNT Annual and Shadowman. 

 

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Slabbed & Raw Ep 8: Best Comic Collecting Apps, Buying The Right Slabs and More

Slabbed & Raw Ep 8: Best Comic Collecting Apps, Buying The Right Slabs and More

July 27, 2021

Wes and comic book retailers Pele and Uel Carter dissect the latest developments in comic book collecting. The Slabbed & Raw crew dive into the world of comic book collecting apps. Todays market shifts faster than ever before and collectors need to arm themselves with themes up to date information possible. The panel talk about the positives and negatives of Key Collector, Comic Book Realm, Comic Base, CLZ and Go Collect. (02:33) Buying slabs; Is there more to it than buying the grade? Of course there is. There are many factors comic book collectors need to consider when pricing and ultimately buying slabbed comics. The crew break down all the pro tips so you can get the best value possible. (27:15) Finally, we talk about value hunting, what are the best deals in buying key comics in a market that is correcting? (45:57)

 

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Finding the Right Comic Book Artist and Creative Team with Writers Mark Pellegrini and Aaron Sparrow

Finding the Right Comic Book Artist and Creative Team with Writers Mark Pellegrini and Aaron Sparrow

July 26, 2021

Comic writers Mark Pellegrini and Aaron Sparrow join Wes to talk about putting your creative team together. You can have the best script in the world but if you don’t have the right artist to execute it, it won’t work. Today we talk about the team members a writer needs to bring their script to fruition. Pencillers, inkers, color artist, flatters, letterers and editors are all integral to executing a great comic book. How do you find creators to join your team? How much should you expect to pay? What are keys to remember when assembling your creative team? Aaron Sparrow, Mark Pellegrini and Wes break it all down in this exciting edition of Comic Book Writing 101!

 

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: Masters of the Universe: Revelation Reactions, What If…5G Happened, War on Redheads and More

Comics Aficionados: Masters of the Universe: Revelation Reactions, What If…5G Happened, War on Redheads and More

July 25, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo, comic book industry critic Joshua McDonald, comic book retailers 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. Kevin Smith denied rumors Teela would be the main protagonist in his Masters of the Universe: Revelation series on Netflix. The proof was in the pudding as fans finally got to see the show for the first time. It didn’t go well for the once beloved Kevin Smith. (00:05:40) Rumors abound DC Comics will retcon Tim Drake to a bisexual character (00:52:14) Dan DiDio was fired just as his final event, Generation 5 or 5G, was being prepared for launch. The more details emerge about DC Comics 5G, the more it seems comic fans dogged a bullet…or did they? (01:06:23) Marvel Comics are killing off major characters Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and Scarlett Witch right before they reappear in the MCU. (01:20:15) Hollywood has replaced another traditionally redhead comic book character this week. Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl is the alter in a long line of victims of Hollywood’s war on redheads. (01:35:08) DC Comics are laying out several mysteries in Infinite Frontier, the problem is fans don’t seem to care. (01:51:20) Marvel announced a host of new titles in October including; Darkhold: Blade, Luke Cage: City of Fire, Eternals: Celestia and a Captain Marvel story featuring heroes from the past. (02:04:45) Tom Taylor retconned Nightwing to have a sister this week. Is it a good change? (02:13:18)

 

The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors.

 

Joe Corallo

Twitter: @JoeCorallo

 

Drew From Comics Elite

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA

Website: poppedbyculture.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/

 

Joshua McDonald

Website: batman-news.com

Twitter: @JoshuaLMcDonald

 

Dok

Twitter: @DokTwoPointOh

 

Pele

Twitter: @Just_Pele

 

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Jim Steranko’s Captain America Comic Book Retrospective

Jim Steranko’s Captain America Comic Book Retrospective

July 24, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and life-long reader Eric Breen to discuss Jim Steranko’s 3-issue run on Captain America. CAPTAIN AMERICA #110, #111, #113 represent some of the finest illustrated comics of Marvel’s silver age. Steranko introduces a new Bucky sidekick for Cap and restores his secret identity. While introducing new villain Madam Hydra. Jim Steranko’s Captain America run is very short but he left a indelible mark on the character.

 

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Marvel Comics Never Learn, The Consequences of No Consequences, Loki Season 2 Update and More

Marvel Comics Never Learn, The Consequences of No Consequences, Loki Season 2 Update and More

July 24, 2021

Marvel Comics never learn from their mistakes. Their trailer for Daniel Kibblesmith’s New Warriors miniseries became one of the most mocked and downvoted videos in YouTube history. He’s been rewarded with a Blade one-shot. Only in comic books. (00:00:00) We are living in a new era of comic books that is filed by a singular issue: there are no consequences. No matter your job performance or unprofessional behavior, if you are part of the right click you will always get a new opportunity or promotion in comic books. (00:10:32) Bleeding Cool’ Rich Johnston is tying himself in knots trying not to address the real criticism people have about Marvel’s United States of Captain America. (00:29:33) James Tynion IV opened up about not wanting to work on DC’s planned 5G event. Turns out it was for good reason. The scrapped event was planning on destroying a loved hero. (00:41:43) Valiant Comics named Rob Levin new executive editor this week. Until they acknowledge their issues, readers won’t return. (00:57:31) Mark Pellegrini noticed a lot of Mirage and Archie era TMNT comics have went from the dollar bin to high-price status lately. (01:16:24) Loki Executive Producer and Director Kate Herron won’t return for the second season on Disney+. (01:35:02) Wes and Dok roast Chris Cantwell’s latest comic Iron Man #10 (01:46:01). Finally, Wes reviews the debuts of Moon Knight (02:05:21) and Superman and the Authority. (02:23:25)

 

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Is Diversity Always A Strength? with Gevian Dargan

Is Diversity Always A Strength? with Gevian Dargan

July 22, 2021

Gevian Dargan, former assistant-editor at Milestone Comics, joins Wes for  “It’s Complicated.” Wes and Gevian discuss hot-button issues many people shy away from today. They’re looking to encourage open and honest discourse free of mudslinging, threats and other forms of intimidation in today’s culture. Today Wes and Gevian discuss the current mantra that diversity is always a strength. Unfortunately, when most people use this mantra they’re only talking about racial or ethnic diversity. Diversity, as the name implies, comes in all shapes and sizes. Diversity can 100% be a strength, but as the name of the show implies….it’s complicated. Wes and Gevian have an honest, open discussion about the importance of diversity in modern society.

 

DIVERSITY IS A STRENGTH, BUT WE FORGOT TO DO THESE THINGS FIRST

https://perspective.earth/diversity/

 

Gevian Daragan

Twitter: @GevianDargan

 

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Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 07/21

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 07/21

July 21, 2021

Shawn and Drew from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst comic book releases of the week. DC Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week July 21st including Superman and The Authority, Shazam!, and Blue & Gold. Marvel debuts a new Moon Knight series and continues event storylines Star Wars: War of Bounty Hunters, Infinite Destinies, and Extreme Carnage. Shawn and Drew start debating this weeks new releases you shouldn’t expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00:00) Shawn and Drew then name of their Top 10 must read new comics for the week. Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. (00:45:37) Marvel COmics are led be the new Moon Knight series and new issues of Alien, Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: Legends. DC Comics lineup features new titles Superman & the Authority, Blue & Gold and Shazam! As well as new issues of Nightwing, Flash and Justice League. The indie scene is fronted by the debut of Amelia Clarks M.O.M. Mother of Madness and new issues of Skybound X and Killidelphia from Image Comics. Other titles of note are: BOOM!’s Dark Blood and Power Rangers, Dynamites’ Dejah Thoris vs John Carter, Madcave’s Becstar and IDW’s Yusagi Yojimbo.

 

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