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Comic Book Writing Standards Hit Rock Bottom w/ Comic Editor Roland Mann

Comic Book Writing Standards Hit Rock Bottom w/ Comic Editor Roland Mann

September 21, 2021

Former Malibu and Marvel Comics editor Roland Mann drops by to talk about declining writing standards in comic books. Roland explains how he initially broke into the comic industry and how much talent acquisition and development has changed. Especially, the rise of comic book adaptations on Netflix and other streaming platforms has lead to a new era of decompressed storytelling that better suits binge streaming rather than episodic, monthly storytelling. Writers have also all but lost their imagination as comics have become storyboard pitches, ditching all the elements that make comic books the best story telling medium in the world. 

 

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Roland Mann Bio

Roland Mann is a writer, editor, speaker, and professor. As writer, he is best known for his work on Cat & Mouse, a comic which ran for nearly two years, garnered critical acclaim and led Roland to other work. Other titles Roland wrote include Rocket Ranger, Miss Fury, Planet of the Apes: Blood of the Apes, Krey and Demon's Tails. As editor, Roland is best known for his time as a Malibu/Marvel Comics editor where he edited The Protectors line of comics and many Ultraverse titles. Roland also served as Editor and Publisher of Silverline, a line of independent comics that included such titles as Switchblade and The Scary Book.

 

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Comics Aficionados: Fixing Modern Comics, Spidey v Batman, Remembering Norm McDonald and More

Comics Aficionados: Fixing Modern Comics, Spidey v Batman, Remembering Norm McDonald and More

September 19, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: comic book artist Eric Canete, award-winning comic editor and writer Joe Corallo, comic book YouTuber Kerry from Nerdygirlcreates, comic book retailer and YouTuber Uel Carter from Fantastic Comicsand co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. The comic book industry has veered far off course the past few decades, some would say willingly into an oncoming iceberg. Fixing mainstream comics isn’t easy, the Aficionados discuss and debate what changes they would make to heal comic books. (00:09:10) IDW Media has been hemorrhaging money for years now, leaving the 4th largest comic publisher in jeopardy. IDW Publishing announced good news this week, modest profits and a new exclusive distribution deal with Penguin Random House. (01:05:20) Who would win in a fight between Marvel’s Spider-Man and DC’s Batman? (01:31:15) DC Comics Dec 2021 solicitations included 4 new comic series; World of Krypton, Batgirls, Swamp Thing: Green Hell and One-Star Squadron. (01:41:25) Marvel also released their Dec solicitation information, announcing the end of Hellions, Wastelanders one-shots and Devil’s Reign info. (01:57:15) Esteemed Hollywood director Denis Villeneuve joined Martin Scorsese’s in condemning superhero movies and their effects on the movie industry and audiences. (02:05:10) Finally, we lost a comedic genius this week. Former SNL news anchor Norm McDonald was one of the most fearless comedians in history and will be deeply missed. (02:11:50)

 

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Eric Canete

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Joe Corallo

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Uel Carter of Fantastic Comics

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Nerdygirlcreates

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Dok

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Batman Shadows of the Bat Event, Wolverine‘s Reckoning, Batman/X-Men Reviews and More

Batman Shadows of the Bat Event, Wolverine‘s Reckoning, Batman/X-Men Reviews and More

September 19, 2021

Wes talks about all the latest developments around Batman before X-Men Historian Dok joins Wes to talk the latest X-Men news. Josh McDonald is ill this week so Wes covers the latest Batman news including Joshua Williamson’s first story as Batman writer, Shadows of the Bat event and a Nightwing/Red Hood team-up. (00:30) Wes then reviews Batman: Urban Legends #7, The Jokers #7 and I am Batman #1. Unfortunately, none stand out in a good way but The Joker #7 is certainly the best of the bunch. (17:40) Dok joins Wes to run down the latest X-Men news including writer Ben Percy explaining his direction for Wolverine as well as speculating the identity of Captain Krakoa. They talk about X-Men: Legends #10 and the return of Sabretooth before review Leah Williams’ The Trial of Magneto #2, an unmitigated disaster. (39:49)

 

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5 Ways to Fix Comics (And Why They Won’t Happen), Not Giving Up, New DC/Marvel Titles and More

5 Ways to Fix Comics (And Why They Won’t Happen), Not Giving Up, New DC/Marvel Titles and More

September 18, 2021

Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book and pop culture news and best conversations of the week. Wes lays out five easy ways to fix the comic book industry and why they can’t happen. (00:00:00) Comics Aficionados co-host Dok joins Wes to talk about why they still read comic books despite rising prices and declining quality. If nobody shines a spotlight on the issues within comic books they can never return to their former glory (00:26:41) She-Ra fans loved talking smack when Netflix rebooted the character, ignoring past history in 2018. Now they are upset Amazon is producing a live-action series, all but ignoring the 2018 animated series, I love irony. (00:49:23) There are a host of rumored gender swaps on the big screen including; Indiana Jones, James Bond and Flight of the Navigator. Wes covers each rumor as Hollywood continues rebooting or replacing male heroes with female leads. (01:09:56) DC Comics announced 4 new comic coming in December including; World of Krypton, Batgirls and Swamp Thing: Green Hell. (01:30:54) Marvel Comics also announced new titles and clarified the future of events like Devil’s Reign and a return to the Old Man Universe. (01:50:47) Drew from Comics Elite comic shop joins Wes to talk about the best comics to read right now. They name a few Marvel and DC favorites but mostly it’s indie comics. (02:10:00) Finally, Wes talks about how you can’t even escape modern strife and events in Batman ’89. (02:37:38)

 

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Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 09/15

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 09/15

September 15, 2021

Drew and Kyle 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 September 15th including Titans United, Vampiverse and Primordial. Drew and Kyle lay out this weeks new releases you shouldn’t expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00) Drew and Kyle then name his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. (1:01:23) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new tissues of Iron man, Fantastic Four and X-MenL The Trial of Magneto. DC Comics feature new title Titans United and new issues of Rorschach, Justice League : Last Ride, The Joker and Batman ’89. The indie scene features new Image Series Primordial, BOOM!’s Maw and Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957: Family Ties. New issues of Image Comics Time Before Time, Jupiter’s Legacy and Man-Eaters arrive. Other indie comics of note include; Beyond the Breach, Power Rangers, Sonic the Hedgehog and Ninjak. 

 

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Denny O’Neil: Humble Genius - Comic Book Career Retrospective

Denny O’Neil: Humble Genius - Comic Book Career Retrospective

September 14, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to discuss one of the under appreciated comic book writers and editors, Denny O’Neil. Denny O’Neil is most well known for his work with Green Arrow and Green Lantern. O’Neil shocked DC Comics fans when Green Arrow discovered his young sidekick Speedy was a heroin addict. This wasn’t the type of storytelling DC fans, or comic fans in general were used to. He also broke the mold and changed comic book writing for good with his Green Arrow/Green Lantern Hard Traveling Heroes angle. Bringing their political and social views much more in to focus. Where he truly left his mark isn on Batman. Not only as writer but as group editor during the most influential runs in the character’s history. Denny O’Neil is remembered as one of the most humble, genius writers in comic book history. 

 

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Jim Starlin’s Death of Captain Marvel Comic Book Retrospective

Jim Starlin’s Death of Captain Marvel Comic Book Retrospective

September 13, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to discuss one of the most influential superhero graphic novels, The Death of Captain Marvel. Jim Starlin is considered one of the greatest comic creators ever, but it’s his work in the Marvel cosmos that most remember. Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet story is probably the work most remember. But it’s his The Death Of Captain marvel graphic novel that stands above the rest. The first release in the very influential Marvel Graphic Novel line, The Death of Captain Marvel is a powerhouse story. Former Kree warrior turned defender of Earth Mar-Vell tells his story of life, redemption and finally death. Almost every major Marvel Comics heroes eventually comes to help Mar-Vell during his final days before they finally say goodbye to one of the greatest superheroes in comic history. 

 

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Comics Aficionados: Spider-Man Sins Past Retcon, DC Replacing Heroes, Shang Chi Box and More

Comics Aficionados: Spider-Man Sins Past Retcon, DC Replacing Heroes, Shang Chi Box and More

September 12, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: upstart comic publisher Gevian Dargan, comic book YouTuber Jimmy from Comic Quirks, comic book retailer Drew from Comics Elite, comic book critic Josh McDonald and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Spider-Man fans have long speculated Nick Spencer would retcon One More Day before he finishes his ASM run this month. (00:05:32) Turns out he retconned an even more hated story, Sins Past. Can Spencer remove the two most hated Spider-Man stories in history in back-to-back issues? DC Comics are replacing Arthur Curry with Jackson Hyde as Aquaman soon. Hot on the heels of Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent vacating their homes, Diana Prince dying and most of the Green Lantern Corps losing their powers. What’s DC Comics angle here? (00:34:57) Shang Chi was expected to have the lowest opening weekend in MCU history just a week ago. It ended up breaking every major Labor Day weekend box office record. (01:16:50) DC Comics and Webtoon launched their first joint series, Batman: Wayne Family Adventures this week. As well as a host of other events to celebrate Batman Day 2021. (01:47:08) Marvel Comics relaunched their Marvel Unlimited digital comics app this week along with a new line of webcomics, Marvel Infinity. Rumors started last year that DC Comics are readying their next crisis event in 2022. (01:57:02) In this weeks Infinite Frontier finale it looks like they laid the foundation to reset the DC Comics universe….again. (02:08:57) Mirage Studios sold Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Viacom/Nickelodeon in 2009, but maintained a presence selling merchandise. This week, 37 years after publishing their first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic they officially shut down. (02:22:23) 

 

Jimmy from Comic Quirks

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Gevian Daragan

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Drew From Comics Elite

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Joshua McDonald

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Twitter: twitter.com/JoshuaLMcDonald

 

Dok

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Batman Webtoon Series, Batman Day 2021, Tom King Destroys Catwoman, X-Men Reviews and More

Batman Webtoon Series, Batman Day 2021, Tom King Destroys Catwoman, X-Men Reviews and More

September 12, 2021

Batman Critic Josh McDonald and X-Men Historian Dok join Wes to talk about all the latest developments and comics in Batman and X-Men. Josh McDonald joins Wes first to talk about the launch of Batman: Wayne Family Adventures on Webtoon. The is the first series since DC and Webtoon announced a formal partnership. DC also announced a host of other events to celebrate Batman Day 2021. (00:00) Josh and Wes talk about Tom King taking aim and destroying Catwoman in batman/Catwoman #7. They also review Batman #112, Suicide Squad: Get Joker #2 and The Joker Presents A Puzzlebox. (19:36) Dok joins the program to talk the latest news in X-Men. Jonathan Hickman teased a surprise digital X-Men series this week. It didn’t take long for X-Men Unlimited to debut the first two issues on Marvel Unlimited. Ben Percy’s X-Force has been trending down but bounced back this week in a very solid X-Force #23 issue. (46:52)

 

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DC Replacing Classic Heroes, Hypocritical Marvel, Shang Chi Breaks Records and More

DC Replacing Classic Heroes, Hypocritical Marvel, Shang Chi Breaks Records and More

September 11, 2021

Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book industry news and best conversations of the week. DC Comics are replacing Arthur Curry with Jackson Hyde as Aquaman in the near future. This is after Bruce Wayne leaves Gotham, Clak Kent leaves Earth, Dianna Prince dies and almost every Green lantern is rendered powerless. (00:00:00) Bryan Hitch and Mark Waid are working in a yet to be announced Superman Black Label series. Despite Waid’s work with the Man of Steel it’s hard to continue supporting him. (00:12:49) Marvel Comics fired Brazilian artist Joe Bennett for a political cartoon he drew in 2017. Wes explains why it’s a very hypocritical stance for Marvel to take. (00:30:23) Marvel Aficionado Dok joins Wes to run down Marvel Comics 7 Deadly Sins. (00:51:30) Shang Chi was expected to have the lowest opening weekend in MCU history just a week ago. It ended up breaking every major Labor Day weekend box office record. (01:16:03) Fans of Harley and Poison Ivy attacked disabled comic writer Tee Franklin for portraying Ivy as bisexual in comics. (01:31:50) Marvel Comics announced new features and performance upgrades for their Marvel Unlimited relaunch. They also released seven new comics designed for reading on phones and tablets. (01:47:36) Nick Spencer retconned one of the most hated stories in comic book history, Spider-Man: Sins Past. (02:05:05)

 

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