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Editorial: Media Shouldn’t Be A Chore

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Hey, guys. Comic Timing is in between episodes at this point, so I figured I’d post an editorial to keep things going a bit til the next one is out. First off, welcome to 2016. I hope 2015 treated you well, and that 2016 is even better. As the calendar turns over again, and as I get another month older (my next birthday is later this month, like it always is), I’m at a point in my entertainment consumption where I no longer want to watch things for the sake of watching them, or read comics just because they’re comics and I’m a comic book reader. Forget all that.

Thanks to the success of comic book movies and TV shows, we’re at a point in geek culture where there is an absolute wealth of content available at our fingertips. At any particular moment, you can turn on a network and they could be showing a film that belongs to Marvel, DC, or otherwise. Same can be said for what’s available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu, PSN, and so on. Doesn’t mean they’re all good, but they’re out there. Over the past few months, there have been some of these movies and shows that have completely wowed me. Others haven’t. Anybody who listens to the show, specifically our latest TV catch-up episode, knows that I’m about a half season behind on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I watched the season premiere and it just didn’t do it for me; the show has just barely been scratching my Marvel itch since its inception, other than a terrific arc apiece in Seasons 1 and 2. Supergirl is another one I’ve had trouble getting into. It’s made for the lowest common denominator, like most CBS shows, meaning that the tone is light and peppy to try and appeal to young and old alike. And that’s awesome! I’m really happy to see it on the air, and that girls and boys alike have a new role model to look up to. But after a strong pilot, the next few episodes fell flat for me story-wise. It felt like the show desperately needed depth. And so I haven’t caught up. Yet here I am, having finished Jessica Jones in just a few weeks time, I’ve watched just about the whole season of the One-Punch Man Anime over the past few days, and I’m just about day and date with The Flash and Arrow when those air.

And then there’s comics themselves. Over the past year, a bunch of my physical collection has been sold off to Wildpig Comics, and my monthly ordering has dropped off substantially. I’m about a month or two away from switching entirely digital to serve my needs, as with that there’s a lot less stuff waiting around to be read and taking up space. Monthly DC Comics aren’t hitting it for me, and Marvel Comics I read, but not right away. Yet I cannot wait to read the next volume of Saga, or the Multiversity Deluxe Hardcover I received for Chirstmukkah this holiday season. Others are up to date and loving everything as it comes out, and that’s okay. But it seems my habits and tastes are changing there too.

On the movie front, the trailer for Captain America: Civil War has me wanting to line up to watch it at the very earliest possible moment. But, shock of shocks, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t cutting it. Star Wars: The Force Awakens made me feel like a kid again, but I’m worried that Star Trek Beyond might make me feel the complete opposite. And you know what? That’s okay too.

Call it getting older, being crotchety, pivoting, or whatever you want to call it. But I don’t want any of my hobbies to become a chore. I’m planning on treating these shows, movies, and books just like I treat podcasting: the minute I stop having fun is the minute it’s time to do something else. The wealth of options currently available to us all allows me to respond to somebody who says, “Hey! You’re a comic book fan! You must love __________!” with, “Not really, doesn’t do it for me. But ________ is great!” There’s only so many hours in the day, and I want to spend them doing and watching things I enjoy, instead of just barely getting through things that aren’t compelling or interesting to me. And there’s so many options available now that you can even like two zombie shows (iZombie and The Walking Dead), and still have one or more you ignore entirely (Fear The Walking Dead)! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be off in the corner mainlining all the episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as I continue my latest obsession.

Comic Timing – Episode 175: Comic TV Catch-Up Fall 2015

comictimingitunesIan, Brent, Jim Dietz, Darrell Taylor, and some Brandon discuss all things 2015 comic book TV! We talk Flash, Supergirl, Gotham, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and more! We tell you what we are thinking of the current seasons of these shows as well as where we think they are going or should go. SPOILER WARNING if you are not up to date, but even if you aren’t, it’s okay because we recorded this prior to Thanksgiving. So more like SPOILER WARNING for up to two weeks ago!

As always – we are sponsored by the newly redesigned 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! And be sure to check out Kris’ Tumblr at Garak’s Clothiers for some excellent cosplay shots and geek fashion.

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Comic Timing – Episode 162: DC and Marvel Movie Slate

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Comic Book movies are coming! In full force! Put yourself in cryostasis now. Brandon, Brent and Ian go movie by movie in chronological order for DC and Marvel, with a little bit of Sony (if it happens) and FOX (please fail Fantastic Four) thrown in for good measure. We’re a little more sour on the DC stuff, but try to stay as even-handed as possible. What do we expect from movies like Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Justice League, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Avengers: Infinity War? Listen in to find out! We also touch on Constantine, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the last few minutes of the show. And thanks to Comics Alliance for the movie infographic.

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! And be sure to pre-order friend of the show Vito Delsante’s Stray either at DCBS when it become available in a few days, or at your local comic book store! The order codes are NOV140915 and NOV140916.

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

Comic Timing – Episode 153

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It’s time for some spoilerific thoughts and opinions on Captain America: the Winter Soldier and the last two episodes (and the season so far) of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Brent and Ian are joined by Rick Gordon of The Pop Cult Online Power Hour and Brandon Christopher as we dissect the movie as a whole, discuss what we liked ad the few things that could have been better, character building moments, what should happen in future movies and more. Plus, some Arrow, King of the Nerds, some stuff on Marvel’s Netflix series and more via conversation meandering. And stay tuned til the end, as both Brandon and I have comments on recent geek controversies including Janette Asselin’s comments on the Teen Titans #1 cover and the not so positive response by the dregs of society, the removal of women’s bathrooms at PAX East, and the overuse and subsequent loss of meaning of words like “fridging” and “problematic”. Thumbs up, soldier!

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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!