iFanboy Video Podcast

iFanboy #53 – Answering Comic Book Voicemails

Show Notes

It’s time to empty the voice mail box and hear the comic book questions that the iFanboy iFanbase have been dying to ask. The diligent iFanboy trio tries answers those questions and even bickers a little bit.

  • Jake from Virginia needs to get his frustration with the most recent issues of Robin off his chest.
  • Ryan from Houston, TX is curious about the manga title, Lone Wolf and Cub.
  • Scott from St. Louis, MO is a comic book store manager and wants to know what we think makes a good store. He also want to know what we think of J.M. DeMatteis and David Lapham?
  • Eddie from Soledad, CA jogs our memories of the Marvel trading cards from the 1990s.
  • Raph from Kentucky calls in asking if we have any bad comics in our collections and if so, why did we buy them?
  • Chanra calls in asking for books that are like Age of Bronze, by Eric Shanower
  • Brian from Seattle, WA asks about comics that read better monthly than collected in trade paperback.

Running Time: 00:25:59


Get Involved

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  1. I got my question answered… sweet.
    I’d wondered if it had gotten lost in the shuffle.

  2. Hey, it’s Scott from Saint Louis. You answered my Voice Mail. Thanks for plucking mine out of the ether. I feel like I was able to spark some interesting conversation and make some possible recommendations (and you guys should really read the stuff that DeMatties wrote for Paradox and Vertigo … it’s really good stuff) and that was, in all honesty, my hope. I asked the question about Comic stores because my store is in a little bit of financial slump and I was trying to figure out if I was doing something wrong or somehow offending my customers by the way I presented my store that I could change … discounting (across the board) is something that I am not allowed to do by mandate of my owners but do weekly discounts on different stuff and have select buy one get one free trades each month … so … anyway … Thanks again.

    -Scott from Saint Louis

  3. I love the video show. It’s all right there in front of my eyes, graphic novel spines, drawings of Tim Drake, and Ron Richards’ “iconic sideburns.”
    How’d you guys get the taxi driver from Watchmen to call in? ifanboy is magic.

  4. Funny thing about Lone Wolf and Cub they actually used the Frank Miller and the other American covers for the reprints in Japan.

  5. Brian’s question was really good. I would’ve sworn by reading trade-only until recently, but lately there’s certain titles I love getting monthly.

    A couple of examples, and this just my opinion, are Gotham Underground (even though that’s a mini-series) and Buffy Season 8. The cliffhangers have been fantastic, and they’ve been regular enough to not lose any momentum.

    Other titles though, like Northlanders, I’ve dropped from monthly and I’m gonna wait for the trade. I liked it, but it was pretty slow and I found myself not having much excitement for the next issue.

    Great show, guys!

  6. Thanks, Eyun.

    You know, I really do think that is one of the keys to trade reading. Some stories are just plotted that way, and unfold slowly over the course of six issues (or so). If you’re reading 10-15 comic books a week that can really lessen the impact of those comics. I’m finding myself more and more satisfied by the trade format. I’m even enjoying things much more in trade that I didn’t totally love in issues.

  7. I’m totally starting to get that now. I feel really lucky that I came to certain stories like Preacher when all the trades were out – currently on trade #4 – as I think it would drive me crazy in issues (by the way, Josh IS Cassidy!!!).

    Having said that Gotham Underground is like a great episode of Lost… it sets up just enough for the next issue, and I for one love how it’s handling it. It’s working for me. And obviously, for Buffy, Joss knows how to pace episodic stories.

  8. Great show guys, and SO! much easier to find the latest episode here than it is on the new Rev3 site

  9. Great show guys, and SO! much easier to find the latest episode here than it is on the new Rev3 site

    That’s ironic…

    Whenever you want to find our show at Revision3, just go to http://revision3.com/ifanboy/.

  10. Rev3 site in general. Cluttered, and sorry, your not my first port of call when visiting that site… your the 2nd; first being the main page to see what the new releases are…. although now, not so much *shrug* I’ll just come to your site, has the info I need, fast and easy to use.

  11. Just wanted to say that Conors socks at the end totally did it for me!

  12. Dude you look like Private Pile from Full Metal Jacket. Do you live in a world of shit?!?!

  13. Ahhhh, NOW I can happily say I can now visit the Rev3 site. Just for the un-needed updage 😉

  14. I had to stop the show (ep 53) and comment… but Scott lobdell (sp?) is one of the reasons of why I love marvel and the x-men. My first marvel, and x-men, comic was x-men #14, adjectiveless, and I love Lobdell’s writing. He introduced me to marvel, and he kept me there. He’s a great talent, from his 3 issues of fantastic four of heroes return to his x-men onslaught mega-crossover to generation x, I love his stuff (except for his movie credits, like ‘man of the house’) but his comic work is under appreciated, and he deserves more credit than he receives, like his bridge between between alan davis’s and grant morrison’s run on x-men.

  15. follow up…

    Why does Conor shave his head but not his face???

  16. Because that’s what I do.

  17. Aparently that’s why he rules!

  18. I read the first few trades of Walking Dead and I think it would be better in issue form as well.

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