Comic Timing – Episode 184: Changing Political Climates and Comics

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As the title implies, Comic Timing goes political this episode, partially as some catharsis after the events of the past few weeks, and also as a way to try and explain and further understand the political climate, and how it effects the comic book industry. Brandon Christopher of Pop Culture Clash, Donovan Moragn Grant of Questions, We Don’t Have Answers, Brent Kossina and Ian Levenstein discuss the decision made by Humberto Ramos and George Perez to refuse attending conventions in Red States after the President Elect takes office, as well as comic shops refusing to stock Motor Crush issue 1 because it has a black female lead. We also discuss tangential political topics that are not entirely comic related, but are still relevant to the overall conversation.

This episode may not be for everyone, but I really do feel like there is some excellent conversation within. No punches were pulled, but everyone involved did their best to be respectful while speaking their minds. Give it a listen and see for yourself!

You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. You can follow Ian on Twitter @i_am_scifi, on Instagram at i_am_scifi or on Tumblr at heehaw-ds9.tumblr.com; Brent is on Twitter too @kossinab; Brandon is on Twitter @TheDabbaDon, thedabbadon on Instagram, and Geekcetra on Tumblr; Donovan is @donoDMG1 on Twitter.

Thanks again for listening, and we’ll see you next time for Doctor Strange, Luke Cage and more!

BK’s Bullets: Video Games – Fall 2016 Catch-Up

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Brent and Jim Efantis (vyper majik on YouTube) catch up on video games of 2016! It’s been almost a year and we aim to get you a best of 2016 episode out before the year’s end!

**Apologies for the slight feedback in the audio! Don’t know where it came from, but it’s not in the episode much! ENJOY!

As always – we are sponsored by DCBS! That’s right! Discount Comic Book Service! All comics from major publishers like Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse are 40% off or more. And hardcovers and trade paperbacks from Marvel and DC are at least 50% off! Plus, be sure to check out their Comixology digital storefront for even further savings!

You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Thanks, and we’ll catch you next time!

Comic Timing – Episode 183: Comfort, Kris, Conventions, Actors and Adam

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Episode 183 is now available for your ear holes! This is the last piece that was recorded during New York Comic Con weekend, only not at the con itself. Back at the old apartment, Ian sat down with Kris, Comfort Love and Adam Withers to discuss the growing trend of actors and actresses demanding more money from conventions in order to attend a show. How will this in turn affect attendees, artists and writers at the con, and how the show itself is run? What is the ceiling for how much people are willing to pay to hit a convention, and will it take a show saying, “No way,” to an actor to make that ceiling happen?

The group also delve into Comfort and Adam’s history attending shows as independent creators, and a few of the difficulties they faced getting their feet in the door as indie superhero creators, and Kris and Ian briefly get into Flame Con, what made it work so well, and why it is immediately one of the better small cons around. It’s a laid back, flowing conversation, and I hope you guys dig it as much as we all did recording it! For more on DashCon, follow this here link; in return, you get an extra hour in the ball pit. And Adi Fitri IS Malaysian!

You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter @i_am_scifi, Instagram at i_am_scifi or on Tumblr at heehaw-ds9.tumblr.com; Kris is on Twitter @lampbane, Instagram at lampbane, Tumblr at both lampbane.tumblr.com and Garak’s Clothiers, and check out her articles on Engadget. Finally, you can find Comfort and Adam on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr as well. And get The Uniques on Comixology while you’re at it, why don’tcha?

Thanks again for listening, and we’ll catch you next time!

Comic Timing – Episode 182: The NYCC 2016 Interviews

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We’re back, baby! After a month off to recharge and move home base, Comic Timing returns with a doozy. It’s all the interviews Ian conducted at the 2016 New York Comic Con, which took place October 6th through the 9th! Here’s the full list of participants, some new and some returned customers:

  • Julian LytleAnts, Ignorant Bliss Podcast
  • Carlos Cabaleiro – Artist, The Golden Guard
  • Dave DwonchAction Lab Entertainment, Creator, Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab, The Geek Savants Podcast
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  • Chad Cicconi – Label design of Blade’s Bloody Barleywine, Artist, Blue Hour
  • Jamal Igle – Artist, Black, creator of Molly Danger, part of Actionverse
  • Julie and Shawna Benson – Writers, Batgirl & The Birds of Prey, CW’s The 100
  • Thanks once again to everyone who stopped and talked all weekend long, whether it be on the mic or just to catch up. You guys and gals are the best! Onward to 2017’s New York Comic Con.

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter @i_am_scifi, or on Tumblr at heehaw-ds9.tumblr.com; Brent is on Twitter too @kossinab. And be sure to pre-order Comfort and Adam’s The Uniques Vol 2: Paint it Black, which is available for a whopping 45% off at DCBS!

    Thanks again for listening, and we’ll catch you next time!

    Comic Timing – Episode 181: Suicide Squad Review

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    Right under the monthly promise wire we return with our Suicide Squad review!  Join in as Ian Levenstein, Brent Kossina, the LEGENDARY JAMAL IGLE, and Brandon Christopher review the film. The last time these three were together, Brandon heel-turned on Brent over Man of Steel!  Will it be the same this time? Find out in this episode!  Also included is some DC Rebirth talk, and discussion on the future DC Movie trailers released from Comic-Con.

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. You can follow Ian on Twitter @i_am_scifi, or on Tumblr at heehaw-ds9.tumblr.com; Brent is on Twitter too @kossinab; Brandon is @TheDabbaDon; Jamal Igle is @JAMALIGLE.

    The Lost Comic Timing Episode – Batman: Under the Red Hood

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    Gather round, as we go back in time to August 18, 2010. Yup, exactly six years ago to the day. Before Avengers was a movie, before The New 52, before Brent was married, and before Ian owned a smartphone. In this never before released episode, Juan de Jesus returns from a long hiatus, which is now even longer, to join Brent and Ian to review the Batman: Under the Red Hood animated movie, followed by some thoughts on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and why it flopped at the box office. Time flies when you completely forget an episode exists! But this is classic Comic Timing goodness, that’s for sure. Dig in, and reminisce on days gone by.

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter @i_am_scifi, or on Tumblr at heehaw-ds9.tumblr.com; Brent is on Twitter too @kossinab. And if you want to find out what Juan has been up to lately, check out his work over at ReviewFix, or follow him on Twitter @DaNerdyPugilist.

    Thanks again for listening, and we’ll catch you next time!

    Comic Timing Extra Point – Episode 15: Comics, Changes and Criticism

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    Things are happening! Time to catch you guys up with an Extra Point. This episode focuses on changes in Ian’s life and, subsequently, how he collects comics. Time to go completely digital. There’s also a little bit of discussion on Star Trek: Beyond and how it blew expectations out of the water, how fans should give it a rest with their attempt to shut down Rotten Tomatoes, Vito Delsante‘s Kickstarter for Stray: The Ongoing Series, Jamal Igle’s label for this year’s Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA, and a lot more. Tons of stuff jam-packed into a half hour of content!

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter @i_am_scifi, or on Tumblr at heehaw-ds9.tumblr.com; Brent is on Twitter too @kossinab. And finally, if you’re going to be at this year’s Otakon, be sure to check out Ian and Kris‘ latest edition of the American Comics for Manga Fans panel! Date and time and TBD, but you can find out all the info on Guidebook once it is available.

    Thanks again for listening, and we’ll catch you next time!

    Comic Timing – Episode 180: Hydra’s Civil Rebirth

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    Just like DC Comics’ worst kept spoiler in a while, we’re back! On today’s episode, Brent and Ian are joined by the Raph himself, Raphael Soohoo to discuss Captain America: Civil War, Bendis’ Civil War II, Free Comic Book Day and what comics were grabbed at said Free Comic Book Day, DC Comics: Rebirth #1, DC Rebirth in general, the whole Captain America Hydra kerfuffle, Comixology Unlimited, and more! More includes how comics have changed in the past ten years since the show started, by the way. That was fun!

    Ian also meant to talk about X-Men Apocalypse but didn’t, but there’s two minutes or so of talk in the after show, and there might be an Extra Point soon talking more about it. So do stay tuned for more on that and other topics, loyal listeners.

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter @i_am_scifi, or on Tumblr at heehaw-ds9.tumblr.com; Brent is on Twitter too @kossinab, and Raph is @RaphReadsComics. And finally, if you want to read Raph’s Nerds of Color article that was mentioned in this episode, you can do so here.

    Thanks again for listening, and we’ll catch you next time!

    Editorial: Change? How Dare They!

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    Remember when stories were allowed to finish before people called it the worst thing since sliced death? Yeah, so do I. I miss those days.

    Today, the second issue of Nick Spencer’s Steve Rogers: Captain America series was released. The first issue started an arc in which Steve Rogers, America’s sweetheart, was revealed to be a Hydra sleeper agent that had been sleeping ever since he first put on the pointy white ears. Immediately, the whole of the Internet erupted. “HOW DARE THEY DO THIS TO SUCH AN ESTABLISHED CHARACTER???” said most of Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, and probably even on Diaspora for all four of its current users to read. Things got outright cruel even, with certain overreacting individuals threatening death upon Spencer for daring to put his pen on paper to craft this tale.

    People reacted with all this vitriol after issue one. Marvel’s Tom Brevoort, along with Spencer, soaked this all in and gave interviews saying this would be Steve Rogers’ status quo for the foreseeable future:

    Issue 2 will lay a lot of our cards on the table in terms of what the new status quo is, but the one thing we can say unequivocally is: This is not a clone, not an impostor, not mind control, not someone else acting through Steve. This really is Steve Rogers, Captain America himself.

    And so here we are, June 29th, and issue two hits stands. Spencer did stick to his exact words: Captain America isn’t being mind controlled, nor has he been replaced by a clone named The Scarlet America, and it’s not an actor whose features have been altered to make him look exactly like Steve Rogers. You’re welcome for those references, fans of 90’s Spider-Man comics. Instead, Cap’s entire history, personality, and existence has been altered by Marvel’s favorite McGuffin: The Cosmic Cube.

    Which brings me to an article published by Paste Magazine earlier today, in which the author of the piece insinuates that Marvel saw the response to the beginning of this storyline and decided to alter their course to placate the masses. “All of this just screams of a shameless gimmick while also trying to give readers what they want,” the article says. Insert my response in gif form below.

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    When issue one was released, it was not billed as a one-shot. It was released as the start of a new storyline. Admittedly, I was a bit taken aback by the Hydra news at first, but then I came to my senses. Why? Because this is comics. And, as tends to be the norm with at least Marvel and DC, things happen to a well established character, and then eventually they are resolved and restored. I never thought Hydra Cap would be the norm, just like I knew that eventually Peter Parker would regain control of his mind in Superior Spider-Man. Just like I knew back in the day that Superman would come back from the dead. Just like I knew that Batman’s back wasn’t going to stay broken, or that Iron Man wasn’t going to be a teenage boy forever. Oy to that last one.

    We comic book readers appreciate being challenged to read something new and different, as long as what replaces it is something enjoyable. New 52 over at DC was a mixed bag, but at least it was an attempt at reinventing the wheel. And now they’re righting that ship with Rebirth, which is the New New. Steve Rogers: Captain America is the current New, but once this storyline is complete, no matter how long Nick Spencer lets this sleeper agent story go, us readers will be able to assess whether or not this particular twist was worth it or not. The first issue just isn’t the place to do that, and neither is the second issue. As Michael Golden once said, to everyone’s chagrin, “Patience is a Virtue.” I truly wish that the media, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+ were able to exercise that virtue more often sometimes. But that’s not how the Internet works, unfortunately. I await the newest overblown outrage to the next New, whatever that may be.

    Comic Timing – Episode 179: There’s Always Time For Collecting Comics!

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    Today is a very special day. On this date, May 1st, in 2006, the very first episode of Comic Timing was released. That’s ten years ago! Holy crap! Time flies, right? To celebrate, Ian and Brent have put together one heck of an episode for you all. The duo are joined by the Comic Geek Speak crew of Chris Eberle, Shane Kelly, and Adam Murdough to discuss what we all love to do: collect comics! The conversation ranges from how we all first got into the medium to how many comics we’ve owned over the years, how collecting has changed since we all started, what the introduction of digital has done to the industry as a whole, where collecting may go in the future, and a whole lot more. Plus, there are even some suggestions for new readers to check out if you’re looking for a way in the door of comic book collecting!

    In honor of this very special 10th anniversary episode of the show, the Comic Timing site has gone through a much needed redesign! A lot of the site has been streamlined, and there is now an Amazon box on the right sidebar you can use to purchase items with. This is a great way to support the show, as part of your Amazon Affiliate purchase will get kicked back to Ian, and go towards maintaining the show’s servers and general maintenance! And yes, as has been the norm, the Patreon is still coming, so stay tuned for that as well.

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. You can follow Ian on Twitter @i_am_scifi, or on Tumblr at heehaw-ds9.tumblr.com; Brent is on Twitter too @kossinab. Be sure to head to The Comic Forums to discuss this episode, as it will be syndicated on the CGS feed a few days after its release here. And if you live in New Jersey, go ahead and stop by Wild Pig Comics on Free Comic Book Day, May 7th, for their amazing annual sale! Everything from their wide variety of 50 cent comics to both new and used trades, POP! Vinyls and Toon Tumblers will be 25% off sticker price! That’s Wild Pig Comics at 14 South Michigan Avenue in Kenilworth, NJ.

    It was an honor and a privilege to have these guys on the show, and we certainly hope you enjoy listening to this as much as we enjoyed making it happen. Thank you all for listening for TEN YEARS of shows, and we’ll catch you next time!