We got voice mail on Episode 150, so Cory!! goes through it, listens to it and answers it while Joe hides somewhere.
It’s the 150th Episode! Super-Sized with more Tales From The Shop than you can shake an iPod at, and a LONG discussion about opening a comic shop in today’s world! Be There!
It’s a new episode, Joe is excited about the new Weird Al album and Cory is ready to talk comics! He’s got a format list and everything!!
There’s a LOT of Tales From The Shop this week, including:
- The FIRST variant cover comic and other important variant cover comics
- Spider-Man #1 from Marvel in 1990
- X-Factor #1
- X-Men #1
- And all of the records those broke.
- Is there any monetary value to any of these special covers?
- Freaking and Geeking!
All of this, the usual shenanigans and the proverbial Much Much more!!
We start the episode with talking about 70′s Saturday morning shows, since Joe done bought himself the Hudson Brother Razzle Dazzle Show on DVD. BE AFRAID! We also find out WHY Joe was GOING to hate Cory, but instead, he gets to laugh at Cory trying to see a sneak preview of Guardians of the Galaxy. They also discuss:
- Sneak preview tickets given to comic shops
- Record breaking concession sales when comic book fans show up at the movies
- Joe goes through an old invoice from his days in the shop where they discuss how they ordered, what they remember about the book and other stories about the comic shop
- Freaking and Geeking
And the proverbial much, much more!
This episode covers Kirby’s work and life from 1962 – 1970, the most famous and creatively fertile period of Jack Kirby’s career. I go into the amount of work Kirby did, the creativity involved, and the reasons why he left Marvel in 1970 and much much more. It’s another hour discussing the life of the King of Comics, Jack Kirby!
Kassie Brown, writer of Rethinking Democracy isn’t someone involved in comic books, but instead, she is someone who is putting her life where her beliefs are. She works in making the world better a little bit at a time, traveling with Americorps and doing little things that help people lives, one step at a time. This is her story so far.
Joe DEMANDED we start podcasting early, so he obviously has a lot to talk about, right? Nope. So Cory!! has to come up with things to talk about. Things such as:
- How do Cory and Joe (and many other comics fans) read their comics now.
- How Netflix has affected comic reading
- How can comic shops cater to the new way people read comics and consume media
- Marvel’s future history chronology
- The different philosophy between Marvel and DC when it comes to capitalizing on tie-ins.
- Back when Diamond would get MAD about trying to sell comics directly to shops and fans
- Freaking and Geeking, where Joe will send you FREE STUFF!!
All of this and much, much more!
Cory was out of town last weekend, so no podcast last week…so they make up for it this week! Cory discusses what happened when he went home to Central Illinois and Joe talks about what he did while Cory was gone. Joe visits a new bookstore while Cory gets his hands on Kitchen Cooked Potato Chips… Oh, and they DO talk about funny books, as well as:
- Joe’s wife has won an award, despite being married to Joe!
- Cory asks Joe about direct sales reps with Marvel and DC, and tales of sales conferences
- More tales of Shinder’s
- The questions and issues Joe had with DC and Marvel when they talked sales
- Dealing with trying to get Marvel and DC to help with TV ads for comic shops
- What small press publisher do to try to boost their sales in comic shops
- Having the Diamond Comics Distribution rep drop by the shop and watch TV with us
- Freaking and Geeking
And, as always, much, much more!
Joe’s digging around in the garage again, and starts off with a Tale From The Shop about getting around Wizard’s “One Copy Per Person” rule for their Comic book promos. They also talk about:
- The rules of time travel
- The reboot of Prophet
- Will the Fantastic Four go away for a while?
- What happens when a character goes away for a while?
- How do shops deal with returning characters and trying to help readers fid them?
- Why do characters get changed when they are revived?
- Freaking and Geeking!
All of this plus the proverbial much, much more!
Joe and Cory start talking about the massive tragedy of Ann B. Davis passing and the comic book connection therein!
- Joe tells the story of a single comic book that killed a comic shop!
- This leads to a discussion of when Marvel started showing how powerful Franklin Richards is
- Joe reviews DC’s big event Forever Evil
- A discussion of Perez on Wonder Woman and his War of the Gods mini-series/crossover
- Did the delays with Forever Evil hurt the sales and impact of the book?
- Freaking and geeking
And the usually shenanigans and the proverbial much, much more!