We start this week’s episode with Joe reading a bunch of strange stuff off of the internet, maybe he’s trying to impress Dangerous Dan Mohr, our special guest to talk about This Year’s FallCon! It takes a bit to get on track, but when they do, they have a wide ranging discussion about the changing face of conventions starting with a creator’s wife talking about “Conventions are now a place where cosplayer’s take selfies”. They also discuss:
What should retailers do at a conventions
How do creators prepare for conventions
Cory!! gets to mention “Wendy Whitebread, Undercover Slut”, the most offensive comic ever printed.
How a comic creator can get people interested in their work at a convention.
Why shops in Minneapolis don’t have a lot of high dollar books in stock
The explosion of cosplay
Why Cory!! and Joe are going to start going to Anime conventions (spoiler, it’s not for the women dressed like cats)
Cory drops a Talking Heads reference!
Dan tells artist to CONFORM!
Freaking and Geeking
All of this, the usual shenanigans, a brief cameo by the most hated character is all of podcasting and the usual much, much more!
It’s the last day of Summer and Joe starts off by talking about how Cory doesn’t like to wait for things, so Cory tells stories about how his parents may have had some trouble hiding presents for Christmas! Cory and Joe also got an e-mail to discuss on the show from James T, which leads them to discuss:
Can you have a traditional comic shop in a small city (10,000 – 30,000 people)?
What sorts of things CAN a shop in a small city do to diversify?
How do you reach new customers in small cities?
How long can something be called New?
How Cory figured out the mystery in Original Sin
How they decide on what high end reprints to purchase
Joe has been at the State Fair and spends most of the podcast eating cookies. When Joe gets done filling us in on all the stuff he’s be up to, Cory and Joe answer listener questions about getting things in your comic shop you can’t get from Diamond. Other topics discussed are:
Setting up a shop
How Joe’s second shop nearly died the first week
LOTS of other information about opening a comic shop
Freaking and geeking
All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more. How much more? An hour and forty five minutes worth!! Great Googly Moogly!
Is it time? Have you seen it yet? Well, too late, because Cory and Joe talk about the history of the Guardians of the Galaxy! The comics! The characters! The crossovers! And, eventually, The MOVIE! Don’t wait any longer, listen to this!
So, as we wind on down the road, what have Cory and Joe been up to? Obviously not getting this damn podcast mixed and posted, the slackers! Joe went to a Toy History exhibit, talks about seeing Sir Paul McCartney in concert and his family’s trip through Wisconsin and comic shops
Cory actually went and did some things too, like visiting Minnesota’s largest candy store, Hot Comics Jordan and a video arcade. Yes they still have them!
They also have a long discussion about canceled comics, Freaking and Geeking, the usual shenanigans and the proverbial much, much more!
150 is over, and you’d think Cory!! and Joe would take a break, but you would be WRONG! They start up chatting about San Diego Comic Con, Batman day, and Barnes and Noble bribing comic book fans to come in their stores! They also discuss:
Cory’s film geekery shows up as he talks about the new version of Metropolis
Joe talks gangster movies
Cory talks Marvel Star Wars comics
John Carter Warlord of Mars Omnibuses. Omnibi? Omnibuseseseses? I don’t know. Those big damn books Marvel makes.
Lots of TV talk because Cory and Joe love the TV shows
Comic book media crossing over so that you can actually get from Charlie Chaplin to Futurama through comic book crossovers.
Cory and Joe discuss a memo from Marvel where Marvel nearly got the rights to publish DC’s comics back in the 80’s and what THEY would do.
Geeking and Freaking
All of this, the proverbial much, much more and the usual shenanigans!