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I Read Comics

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Show #16 - Dec 11

Show 16 on MP3

Reviewed this time around:

Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book by Gerard Jones
Librivox.org presents audiobooks
Bad yaoi from Sin Factory
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 1 by Bendis & company
Astonishing X-Men 1-11
Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson
The Summer of Love by Debbie Dreschler
Spider-Man 2 - special DVD edition and a bit o' heresy

Read Katheryne's Spider-Man fanfic!

Music, as always, by Mayerson.
Other music I listened to this week that I love: Split Enz, Waiata

A proud member of the Comics Podcasts Network!

This podcast is sponsored by the Lincoln Heights Literary Society - Ontology On the Go!

Peter Parker? Toby McGuire? Sam Raimi? Elijah Wood? Who can tell?


  • for some reason iTunes has been giving me the message "'I Read Comics Podcast' does not seem to be a valid Podcast URL. Please check that you have entered the correct URL and try again."

    I checked, and I have the correct URL. There might be some problem with the xml feed.

    By Blogger LesMcClaine, at 5:36 PM  

  • Thanks, Les. I think it's fixed now.

    By Blogger LT, at 6:03 PM  

  • So, mocking the guy who wrote the Spider-Man 2 review...was he being as pretentious as someone who puts classical music in each of their podcasts about comics? Not that I don't enjoy some bitchiness in the intelligentsia.

    Once again I find myself disagreeing with 95% of what you've said LT but I can't stop listening. You remain the only person to make me want to shout at my iPod.

    By Anonymous Dave W, at 4:12 AM  

  • "prĂ©tentieuse, elle?!"

    Couldn't agree more about the use of the "real" when it comes to casting. Currently I'm getting my Portman's mixed up with my Knightley's for some reason.

    Sandman in Spiderman 3? eh? .. oh ok, there's two characters floating around with this name (I'm thinking "geek-lite" would be a good term also: for people who like comic-book movies but really don't know what the earth going on)

    My pet peeve for DVD "extras" is how there seems to be a graphic-interface arms race going on .. I can't-get-behind such complexity at 1 in the morning .. I need something simple like a table of contents


    By Anonymous GregGray, at 2:49 PM  

  • Great show, LT. Glad to find someone else who shares my opinion of Ultimate Spider-Man. Sure, it's competent, but it doesn't really bring anything truly new to the table, and it just lacks that certain oomph that makes me actually want to read it.

    I also liked your friend's definition of the semi-geek. I like to think I fall into that category - I enjoy my geeky things, but I also consider hygiene to be pretty important!

    By Blogger Bill, at 2:15 PM  

  • Yes.

    Way too much of Emma Frost's boobs.

    Not just in Astonishing X-men, but in general.

    The only thing I can come up with to rationalize her ridiculous costume, is that as a telepath she finds an advantage to distracting her opponents (and as an evil telepath, *everyone* is her opponent). While their brains are in automatic "Look at boobs!" mode, she can mind-control them.

    Or maybe it's just pandering.

    Yeah, its just pandering.

    By Anonymous WetRats, at 10:47 AM  

  • About Astonishing X-Men...

    I was tired of the mutant invasion in Marvel comics and hadn't read any X-titled book until I discovered Grant Morrison's X-Men and, after that, Joss Whedon's Astonishing. I love those books, but in Whedon's ones (much more than in Morrison's work on X-Men) continuity is a big point.
    As a reader, I found myself divided about this topic. I like continuity, because it gives more consistency to this universe you've been visiting since you were a kid, and (sometimes, when the writer is a good one) it helps to make characters evolve and become more and more complex and interesting.
    But, on the other hand, it's easy to get lost in continuity. For instance, I didn't know anything about Colossus's death, as I didn't know how Emma Frost came to become a member of the X-Men when I was reading Morrison's books. It's not hard to catch the continuity (I did it constantly when a kid, and today it's even easier thanks to the Internet) but when the story is depending so much on continuity related aspects, sometimes it can bother you.
    Anyway, I'm loving Whedon's X-Men as I usually like all of his work.

    About Spiderman 2...

    Not much things to say about the movie. I really enjoyed it, much more than the first one (I hated that Power-Ranger-enemy-like Green Goblin!). I specially loved the train scene, when Peter is trying to stop the train but he doesn't know how to do it.
    Traditionally, comic-book superheroes can use their power as soon as they get them. But... well, it takes a human being about 15 months to learn to walk, how can you expect you will learn to use a new never-before-seen power in 5 minutes?!! Writers were missing a very interesting and huge source (dramatically speaking) of good stories!
    It hasn't been until some years ago that we started reading books about superheroes trying to realize the real use of their powers, and it was funny to see it on the movie. The tag line for that should be: WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSABILITY... BUT NOT A USER'S HANDBOOK. (And if you are interested in reading more about this kind of stories, you should definitely read 1st volume of Brian Vaughan's Runaways)

    Well, that's all. Keep poscasting, LT! ;P

    By Anonymous Irra (from Barcelona), at 7:09 AM  

  • There are a lot of levels of geekdom/fanboy-girlism/etc. In the ten years that I was going to comic cons on the east coast I tended to feel like an outcast while walking in the dealer's room or chucking through the city and stuff. There was something about parades of storm troopers though downtown Atlanta or or the ability to wait in lines for hours to get C3P0's signature on the variant Topps schlong card that just tended to make me uncomfortable.

    I mean I'm into comics, movies, RPGs and board games and all that junk, but I also tend to get my fill of conventions (at least the smaller ones that grace Atlanta, I've yet to hit San Diego) after a day or so. I guess I'm just a part time geek...

    By Blogger Smurfwreck, at 6:24 PM  

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