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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Show #20 - Feb 5

Show 20 on MP3

Comic Geek Speak Show #100
Capote in Kansas and In Cold Blood
Conan: The God in the Bowl and Other Stories
The Smith Street Society Jazz Band

Thanks for the coffee and convo! ;-)

Music, as always, by Mayerson.
Other music I listened to this week that I love: Sunshine on Leith, The Proclaimers

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

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  • LT
    Thank you so much for talking about Capote In Kansas!
    Ande Parks deserves every bit of the praise we can give him on this work. Chris Samnee's art is wonderful. Look for his next work in Queen & Country, another title that I would suggest you read.
    Great cast as usual, keep on keepin on!

    By Blogger ManEatingTarp, at 8:21 PM  

  • I am just on after the conan review...you are not the only one who thinks that rape shouldn't be used in comics...I haven't actually read any comics with it in...

    I have heard about Skep Chicks from Skepticality...I believe they were at TAM4...

    keep up the good work on the podcast, but one slight complaint.

    in the conan review you had a 30 second gap where you were looking for someones name in the book...It might of been better to edit something like that out next time.

    By Blogger Shaded Spriter, at 4:41 AM  

  • Well, I just got done listening to show #20, and I was very excited to try and earn the 10 points...and I managed to actually find
    "The Smith Street Society Jazz Band"
    all by myself. Feeling the rush to be an alphamonkey I hurry over to post this little comment, only to find that you've already linked it out in the show notes! *DOH* :D

    Ok, so I found it, but I still don't understand what it means. Unless it's just random for random's sake?

    By Blogger Zizazat, at 7:16 AM  

  • "He thinks he's loaning it to me..."

    If I don't get that back, I'll replace all your Conans with Image Swimsuit issues.


    By Blogger Peter, at 9:18 PM  

  • I just read Conan #21 Guardian of the Tower... here is the answer to your concerns about the rape origin in the story you discussed on your latest podcast. "... there was some dissent among the creative team. However, no we did not offend all women, nor did we discredit a genre - we were hardly the first to tread on these themes, and we did it a lot more delicately than others have. And REH's Conan stories included rape- even demon rape. Like us, Howard never depicted the rape graphically, which is why you can't point the porn finer at this scene. This sort of thing exists in fantasy literature because of less than savory tendencies in our real culture. You suggest a male victim of rape would be conisdered gay by some readers. Those would be some stupid readers, but even you aren't willing to consider that a male victim of rape might have a female aggresor. The sexist, inequitable relationship is there, and even when you try to see around it, you can't. But I don't want to get too deeply into this. If I get any letters of reply to this letter I will bump them up in the queue, because I'd be very interested to see a dialogue on this one." His words not mine.. very well said though. He runs a great letter column in the back of every issue

    By Blogger espressoDOM, at 10:20 AM  

  • Okay, well, I recognized the Bei Mir Bist Du Schon parody immediately (an old, but very popular, Andrews Sisters song, for the uninitiated), but don't know the artist or recording source - very cute, though!

    I sing in a quartet and have exposure to that kind of thing regularly, though, so maybe I should have disqualified myself...

    I wanted to comment briefly on your indication that you were speaking to the "creators" of Conan (or the comic, I'm not sure which) when you asked whether the new character "needed" to have been raped in order to achieve her goal of being a great warrior.

    I can't imagine that it's needed anywhere, but Robert E. Howard used rape as a character history theme regularly, so - if one is being true to the source material - maybe. L. Sprague De Camp re-wrote this "lost" story in 1952 for release in Space Science Fiction Magazine. Some say he utterly destroyed the material, which was a finished story that Howard had written shortly after "The Frost Giant's Daughter and was submitted to Wierd Tales Magazine and rejected.

    Could Busiek have remade this material in a different fashion? Certainly. Should he have? That is a question only the individual can answer. I can guarantee you that Kurt did not take his considerations of the character, his history and that of his creator lightly and that his decision was likely well-considered.

    You might even wish to ask him yourself. He can be found on the DC Message Boards. He might even be interested to listen to your show, which I enjoyed, myself. Thanks for sharing your views - I'm going to go back and listen to your previous shows & get caught up.

    Pax, harmonia,

    Brian G. Philbin

    By Blogger Brian G. Philbin, at 3:51 PM  

  • Just a quick note to say that the Librivox project of A Journey to the Interior of the Earth is now complete, and files for the whole book can be found here:


    Thank you for contributing your chapters!

    By Blogger Niles, at 12:03 PM  

  • Way to call it on the portrayal of rape in comics issue. I don't read Conan, but if I did and I came across this, I'd probably consider it a deal-breaker. You have to ask yourself why graphic rape is portrayed so often in (male-created) comics. Do they really like drawing it so much? It rears its head all over the place when female characters are present. I wonder whether seeing it in such a visual medium as comics so often affects people's view of the issue - when something is shown again and again, it does normalize it to some degree. (Keep in mind, I really don't believe what people read or watch has any bearing on their behavior, but when something is a daily part of your cultural intake, it does become more commonplace in your worldview.)

    Keep up the excellent opinions, don't water them down!

    By Blogger Sarah O, at 7:37 PM  

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