Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #400 – Wonder Woman #23

Show Notes

iFanboy celebrates its 400th episode with an extra-sized all listener e-mail spectacular! We asked you, the iFanbase, to send us e-mails on any topic you wanted and boy did you deliver! Not only was it Paul Montgomery’s first show whose recording was streamed live on the internet, but Josh Flanagan broadcast from his survivalist bunker, and Conor Kilpatrick drank giant beers.

Running Time: 02:47:50

Pick of the Week:
00:01:41 – Wonder Woman #23

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00:13:52 – Introduction to the e-mails.
00:14:48 – Dan misses quality mid-tier superhero comic books.
00:19:11 – Randy thinks one publisher is winning digital comics and one is losing.
00:23:53 – Jim wants to know Paul’s iFanboy origin story.
00:27:05 – Edward (Heroville) thinks Batman has become as boring as people think Superman is.
00:33:20 – Peter from Media, PA got a book signed and wonders if he made the wrong choice.
00:35:50 – Drew asks about Geoff Johns’ run on Avengers, what the iFanboy first thoughts of each other, and Ron’s sideburns.
00:43:16 – Nathan from Albuquerque, NM asks who would replace each iFanboy if they ever left the show.
00:46:11 – Adrian from Australia wants to know about favorite foods and drinks while reading comics.
00:48:14 – Randy from Sioux Falls, SD asks about more series like Before Watchmen, comics artists drawing Blu-rays covers, comics based on TV series, and what the iFanboy have been enjoying outside of comics.
00:57:27 – Scott is annoyed when mini-series get extended by one issue.
00:59:44 – Joe (tagalog3p) wants to know how comics with public domain protagonists works.
01:03:05 – Jon (jonnyflash) from Albuquerque, NM asks which 90s gimmicks the iFanboys secretly miss.
01:04:49 – Pete has been reading comics to his 10 week old daughter and wants to know what he should read to her as she gets older.
01:07:35 – Marco from Toronto, Canada asks how the iFanboys approach the challenge of growing as a reader.
01:11:30 – John from Woburn, MA wants to know if the iFanboy still get excited for Wednesdays.
01:14:18 – Johnny is currently in college and wants to know about college pull lists.
01:16:09 – Eric (BigE) wants to know if Clark Kents’ journalistic training was ever shown in comics.
01:17:34 – Ken from Madison Heights, MI asks if The Avengers was a band, who would play which instruments?
01:20:45 – Matthew (pymslap) is worried about the future of The Daily Bugle.
01:21:45 – Morgan from Birmingham, AL is curious about the use of “Back and to the Left”.
01:22:39 – Brian thinks that comics in the ’90s got a bad rap and wants to know the iFanboys favorite thing about the ’90s.
01:25:04 – Adam from Washington, England is finally getting into buying original art.
01:29:45 – Alisdair from Scotland asks how close the iFanboys have come to dropping their favorite books.
01:30:49 – Erik (and Drew) asks about the end of Batman: The Killing Joke and the recent controversy.
01:35:20 – Jackie from Queens, NY wants to know the Top 5 Marvel NOW! books, wants Conor and Josh’s thoughts on The Wolverine, and asks about what Paul has learned since joining the show full-time.
01:40:15 – Mikey from NY asks about superhero movies and wonders where the girls are.
01:44:20 – Marcus R. from San Antonio, TX wants to know if the iFanboy Animated Brain Trust ever goes back to re-watch films and if their opinions have changed.
01:47:05 – Jeff wants to know if the iFanboys could go back to the start of the website and the podcast would they have done anything differently? Also, what’s going to happen with Miles Morales?
01:51:41 – Zach wants to know if people actually miss Peter Parker.
01:53:46 – Socrates asks: do characters sell comics or does violence sell comics?
01:57:01 – Gene from Chicago, IL wants to know what from the pre-Flashpoint DCU should be brought into The New 52.
02:00:00 – Tom wants to compare comic book creators to West Wing actors.
02:01:26 – Sam from Baltimore, MD asks about favorite Jack Kirby works and about artists who ape Kirby’s style.
02:05:31 – Marcus (marcushill73) from Silver Spring, MD wants to know if the comics audience is getting the marketplace it deserves.
02:10:16 – Matthew (imakereality) from Honolulu, HI wants to know what the next evolution of podcasting will be.
02:13:35 – Ricardo has a lot to say about the death of Damian Wayne.
02:18:38 – Merv from FL has a question about the occasional outtakes at the end of the show.
02:19:41 – Edward wants to know how old the iFanboys will be when they stop reading comics.
02:22:59 – Ilan thinks that the output from Marvel and DC Comics has grown stale.
02:27:42 – Stewart from Chelmsford, England asks about comic book pet peeves.
02:31:37 – Mike (Crippler) wants to know what the iFanboy don’t do anymore on the show that they miss.
02:35:06 – Sean from Long Island, NY asks how comics have changed over the past 400 episodes.
02:38:51 – Dave from Buffalo, NY wants comic book recommendations for the characters on The West Wing, thoughts on the Dick Tracy movie, and his dad wants to know if Raquel Welch has ever appeared in any comic books.
02:42:53 – Edward from NE wants some speculation on the future of comic books.
02:43:23 – Dr. Cesar from the Phillipines asks, when the Pick of the Week Podcast hits episode 500, will digital or paper be the norm in comic book reading?

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  1. Would you say that Jimmy Palmioti who I wouldn’t consider mid-tier talent-wise, but does mid-tier comics an answer to question at 14:48?

  2. Thanks so much for answering my question guys! By the way, Ilan (uh, there’s only one “L”, incidentally) is a Hebrew name and is pronounced to rhyme with “run” and the “I” is pronounced “ee”. So, it’s ee-lah-n, basically. No worries but I heard Paul was struggling with it a bit so I thought I would help out.

    And sorry for the wonky grammar in the question – I was way tired when I wrote it.

    Otherwise, really terrific show guys- and the full YouTube recording is even better – and congrats on reaching the big 400!

  3. Just wanted to thank u guys. I found this site after having been out of comics since 1998 and not only did Conner, Josh, Ron, Paul & the rest of iFanboy help rekindle my love of comics, but these podcasts helped me pass alotta downtime until I got through the last year of college(no TV! GASP!!!). Again. thanks guys! Here’s to 400 more!!!

  4. You can check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7ZdSPmS_jY#t=1629

  5. It’s taken me a few days to get through the whole thing, but this was a ton of fun to listen to/watch! Thanks for taking my question about the Avengers band — I saw Captain America as the lead singer mostly because he’s the figurehead of the group and always does a good job with the speechifying.

    To the iFanbase, what do you guys think the JLA band would look like, or the X-Men? The Young Avengers also seem like they’d make a pretty hip musical act.

    • Cap is rhythm guitar, providing the pulse and establishing the harmony. Black Widow is lead guitar, deftly spinning a web of intricate melodies. Thor brings the boom with his “thunderous” bass guitar. Iron Man is on piano / synthesizer with his custom built instruments. Hawkguy is at the drum kit with a quiver of specialized drumsticks. Hulk, who does not need a microphone, is the lead singer with vocals deeper than Barry White; he’s famous for his many “smash” hits.

  6. Conor

    Was “No Holds Barred” the Hulk Hogan movie you were trying to reference?

  7. To Pete w/ the 10 week old: Congrats! I happened to read Sandman and Batman (during the Death of the Family arc) to my daughter when she was about the same age for similar reasons. Then I realized that maybe that’s not the images/voices that I want her to have as her earliest memories.

    Some of the things that I’m going to try as my daughter gets older include Owly and Bone, which have been recommended to me by several people. I also came across this children’s book series called Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox, which is written in comic book style (panels, word balloons) but in the format of and plot of a children’s picture book:


  8. For a second I thought Ron was gonna be on the show when I heard Texas Is The Reason.

  9. Thanks for answering my question guys! (#69 on pet peeves)

    Conor is right regarding “I/we got this”. Once you notice it, you see it everywhere. I’m sure I read a character saying “the thing is…” in every comic now.

    • Haha, this week so far:
      “I’ve got this” in Itty Bitty Hellboy
      “I have this” in Uncanny X-Men
      Can’t stop noticing it now!

      My hope is to see them be somebody’s last words now!

  10. CJ would want to star in a Nightly News sequel.

  11. Thanks for a great show, week in, week out.

    And Josh – you’re not old! Nowhere near it.

  12. Oh, and if anyone after good British TV drama hasn’t come across Whitechapel and Ripper Street, track ’em down!