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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Episode 42

Get out your laser guns and jet packs. In this action-packed episode we discuss the future of comics. Hold on to your butts.

Episode 42 on MP3

Show Notes

Starring: Bryan, Shane, Kevin, Jamie, Peter

Discussion What do we think is the future for comicbooks? Why does manga sell so well? Are Compendiums/digests/trades the future? Does writing for the trade hurt sales? Find out here in Part One of our ongoing examination of the industry.

Stump the Geeks David Akers of tvtriviapodcast.blogspot.com quizzes us on Land of the Lost

Geek of the Day from Rusty on his Star Wars Episode III experience

Comic Movie News Tom Martinek of ILM gives us all the current news in a new CGS segment

Stump the Rios Peter gets 0 of 0. Find out who won the V for Vendetta trade


  • The importance of comic books was not lost on my mom either for my sister & me. I got a Superman title or He Man comic book & my sister got Betty & Veronica. Reading the latest Harry Potter book or an kids comic (Johhny DC) serves a great purpose to open a child's mind to the world of fantasy & adventure and that is what matters most.

    By Blogger Matthew Guy, at 10:52 AM  

  • Great show guys. I think that you hit all the important points. One thing that I've never been sure of though, is whether the comic shops killed the newstand distribution (its certainly better business to sell 50,000 copies outright than to send out 100,000 and get 25,000 in returns, isn't it?) or was the newstand distribution dieing anyway?

    Point of purchase, inexpensive comics, aimed at a wider audience, seems to me to be the way to go. But I think the whole returnable thing scares the publishers.

    Great new segment from Tom (Mr. Fusion, Mr. ILM). Succint but full of information. Great!

    Next up, you need to do a "B&W Boom" (and bust)show. Doesn't seem all that long ago that it happened, but I suspect there are a lot of your listeners that don't know what it was. (Who knows, maybe you can make all that stuff hot collectables again and I can unload several long boxes of that stuff on eBay! ;-)

    By Anonymous Bruce R, at 4:57 PM  

  • Oh, and as to supportive parents, I count myself among the lucky. My dad would shuttle me around every week or so to several Cirlce K stores and drug stores so I could pick up all the comics that I needed. No one place seemed to carry them all. He never complained, although he usually wrangled some extra chores out of me!

    By Anonymous Bruce R, at 5:01 PM  

  • You know, I expected my local newspaper to spoil the Harry Potter, I wasn't even wholly surprised when ET spoiled the book. But CGS, with it's anti-spoiler position, I guess the "no spoilers" aspect only applies to comics, because JAMIE SPOILED HARRY POTTER!!!!!

    By Anonymous JM Campbell, at 12:17 AM  

  • Hey,
    Great show :D i love comics to.. the problem is (really there 2 problems) i live in The Netherlands and they dont really publish comics here.. kinda sucky and if they do publish its in dutch! this sucks soo much! its not even cool to read its called "X-mannen".. and the second problem is they cost like 7 euro.. thats about 9 dollar for one comic.. its to expensive :'(. Does anyone know where i can buy comics online perhaps?
    Please help me lol :D
    My mail adress is tim@thebaitshop.nl

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:34 AM  

  • I had assumed that Jamie's "spoiler" was a joke... And frankly, I still think so!

    By Anonymous Bruce R, at 10:27 AM  

  • It was a joke. He hasn't even read the book yet.


    By Blogger Peter, at 10:36 AM  

  • Did no one listen to what I said... I said if you did a comic book set during the first years at Hogwarts you couldnt have Dumbledore die or Ron Weasley lose an arm because we know they are still alive in future books...I only just finished the book last night and I will not discuss it unless someone wants to write me and discuss it...I would never never ruin anything on the podcast unless we do a all spoiler episode...for those of you that have listened for a long time there have been many discussions that I have had to tap dance around as to not spoil them for the listeners


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:19 PM  

  • Jamie,
    I think he was reffering to your last remark, something like, "oh, and Snapes is really Harry's father." As I said, I assumed it was a joke because you'd just said that you would never spoil the book, but it came off sort of I won't spoil the book and then boom, spoiler. Great delivery actually!

    By Anonymous Bruce R, at 6:04 PM  

  • Jamie,

    That's not really what you said. You made a big deal about how the comics could show stuff IN BETWEEN the books. Then you talked about Dumbledore Dying, and the Weasley thing as events that would not happen in the comic.

    The conclusion I drew, and others did as well, was that those were events that did not happen in between the books. i.e. They happened IN the books.


    By Blogger Michael, at 11:15 AM  

  • I know you will think that i'm just backing him up because he's my friend, but at the time, I knew Jamie was joking. Maybe because I've known him for 16 years I know when he's joking, but even still I think the context and his tone reveals his jest.


    By Blogger Geek Bry, at 11:42 AM  

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