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Monday, June 09, 2008

Show #72 - June 9

Show 72 on MP3

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Thor Son of Asgard, Volume 1: The Warriors Teen, Akira Yoshida and Greg Tocchini
Many Legion of Super-Heroes trades!
The Push Man and Other Stories, Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Grace, Garrett Farrelly, Steven Lougheed
Conan: The Hall of the Dead, Kurt Busiek, Tim Truman, Mike Mignola, Cary Nord

Memorial Service for Rory Root on June 21 at Comic Relief

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This podcast is sponsored by Comic Relief, the best comics store ever, and the Lincoln Heights Literary Society - Ontology On the Go!

Music, as always by Ginger Mayerson


  • Hello, I'm a first time listener. Lovely voice and well spoken. I like your reviews although I found myself wondering if I should continue listening by the end of the podcast. Your constant feminist take on things got pretty old by the end of the podcast but what was even worse was the way you ended it. Conan in a loin cloth... Maybe you meant that they depicted Conan in his original vision but it came off as a sad geeky girl perving on a buffed and skantily clad comic character. Negated your whole feminist spiel. Might check out another show despite rolling my eyes a dozen times too many during episode 72.

    By Blogger George, at 4:11 PM  

  • Abnormally developed tongue and vagina?!

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry...

    Loved the barbells comment.

    By Blogger Scartaris, at 12:36 PM  

  • hi - thanks for the podcast. it was nice to listen to whilst working. I think that your perspective on scantily clad female characters is different to majority of male readers. Most comics are read by men - espcially the action/adventure type. Ir has been like this for a long time. So to answer your question - the reason why there are scantily clad women characters is because men like looking at them - believe it or not. You don't like these images as they don't appeal to you. just as a backstreet boys video dosnt appeal to many male readers. However you asking for the creators to stop depicting women like this, is the same as somebody asking the backstreet boys to refrain from showing too much flesh and to "focus on the music". Comics are comics - they can be brash loud or auiet and artsy - but they reflect the readership - so if you have a problem with the content you really have a problem with the readership.

    By Blogger beeman, at 6:31 AM  

  • sorry to double post - but looking at your blog - you've got two half naked pictures of robert downey junior on your front page! What was your problem with sexualised images of female comic characters again?

    By Blogger beeman, at 7:09 AM  

  • first time listener also. huh. not sure what to think.

    first, just a quick fyi, the reason the publishers have taken off the "this trade collects issues #x through #y" is because they want non-comic-heads to perceive each trade as a stand-alone book. they have found that it helps sales to take that information off b/c it causes some people who would otherwise buy it as a stand-alone story to think "oh well, i don't want to start in the middle."

    i was also put off a bit by the constant feminist readings.

    in particular i found it kind of inappropriate in your review of "the push man." the book explores some of the darkest aspects of masculine power. your take of "why does the girl have to be a sex slave" is, in my opinion, an unsophisticated feminist reading. that's the whole point of the book. your overly literal reading of it makes it seem cheap to you, but i think if you reread with an eye towards the social commentary aspect of the book, i think you might find it deeper and more resonant than you did.

    your review came off to me as something akin to watching schindler's list and going "ugh, why are the germans being so mean, i don't like this movie."

    By Blogger Marshall, at 9:23 PM  

  • I've liked this since i found it last year. I like this episode because its more like your earlier episodes with lots of reviews.

    FYI Sif had her hair cut off by Loki while she slept because Loki wanted to make her ugly. It was his attempt to ruin Thor and Sifs romance. To his surprise, her hair grew back jet black and Thor liked it even better than the blonde. I know this is Lee/Kirby continuity, if not classic Norse mythology.

    By Blogger The Effete Bomb, at 10:01 AM  

  • I couldn't disagree more with you in the review you did on The Push Man and Other Stories. I was really surprised with some of the arguments you used for the review.

    If Tatsumi shows something it doesn't mean he agrees with it. And if the story is an horror tale (like in Bedridden) it's totally the opposite of that.

    "Women aren't showed in a positive manner." Are men showed in a positive way? Not more than women, so I guess Tatsumi is ALSO a men hater, right?

    I was thinking of recommending you to read a Tatsumi story called "The Hole", but I guess you would find a way to twist the meaning of it to be just another "women hating" story when it actually openly criticises men's attitude towards women.

    The only thing I agreed with you was on the aborted babys: they were really unrealistically big for a bigger impact. But even then I don't think Tatsumi was judging the persons involved, if that's what you were implying.

    Even the synopsis you made showed how clueless you were about this book. I suggest you to try to make an effort to understand what you read before talking about it.

    By Blogger Sérgio, at 4:54 PM  

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