Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #600 – The Black Racer and Shilo Norman Special #1

Show Notes

iFanboy celebrates its 600th episode with a triple-sized all listener e-mail spectacular! Josh Flanagan, Ron Richards, and Conor Kilpatrick asked you, the iFanbase, to send them e-mails… and you delivered!

Running Time: 03:08:39

Pick of the Week:
00:04:09 – The Black Racer and Shilo Norman Special #1

Ron Talks About Comics For Two Minutes:The Black Racer and Shilo Norman Special #1
00:16:27 – Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu #1, Star Wars #35, Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1, Infamous Iron Man #11, X-Men: Blue #10, Darkside Special #1, Deadly Class #30, Jean Grey #6, Deadpool #35

Patron Pick:
00:19:21 – Secret Empire #10

Audience Questions:
00:30:08 – The tradition continues as we field questions from the loyal iFanbase for nearly 3 hours. Listen as the iFanboy trio slowly fall apart, talking comics to the very bitter end.

  • Ryan from Madrid, Spain wants us to update our Top 5 desert island comics.
  • Nick P from New Port Beach, CA and Luxembourg want to know what Ron ended up doing with his single issues.
  • Josh F. from Chicago, IL wants to know how the iFanboys got their comic book critique training.
  • Easton B. from Egypt has questions about the new DC movies movie announcements, how emails are chosen for the weekly show, Tom King’s hidden agenda, and Little House on the Prairie.
  • Patrick from Snow Hill, NC wants to know the iFanboys’ favorite series that have come out over the life of the podcast.
  • Brian C. posits two “What If” scenarios: what if the 90s Image bubble hadn’t burst and what if Marvel had never sold its X-Men and Spider-Man film rights?
  • Caleb S. from Minnesota says his favorite character is Nightwing because his personality is the opposite of Dick Grayson.
  • Robert T. from Ann Arbor, MI has a grammar problem with the show.
  • Jeff from Georgia wants to know which series could use a genre shift.
  • Bill S. has questions about “floppies”, the standard length of mini-series, the next iFanboy t-shirt, and the decline of the X-Men.
  • Todd C. thinks it is finally time that iFanboy reveals how the video show was made.
  • Bilel from Utrecht, Holland has some manga he wants iFanboy to check out.
  • Doug M. from Iowa is looking for good comics for kids.
  • Socrates from Palm Bay, FL often wonders which comic book will be his last, and wonders what will be the iFanboys’ last comic book.
  • Bryan R. has questions about Paul Montgomery, Pick of the Week #666, and “the thing.”
  • Alan T. has a real problem with iFanboy’s take on early Steve Epting art.
  • Rick Z. from Topeka, KS wonders if Ron ever read Gotham Central and asks what it takes for an iFanboy to read a book that they otherwise wouldn’t.
  • Tyler R. asks Ron about his favorite experience at Disney World, Conor’s favorite seasonal drinks, and, along with Ryan S. from Louisiana, asks Josh about Elvis Costello.
  • Greg B. form Oakland, CA wants some genre match-up pitches for DC films.
  • Eric W. from Tennessee wants to know when the show will reboot with episode number one.
  • Brian C. from Cleveland, OH wonders if Superman, and his values, are irrelevant in today’s society.
  • Steven B. has questions about Identity Crisis, the iFanboys as analogues to characters on Seinfeld and as analogues of Batman sidekicks.
  • Jason S. thinks HBO should adapt Dreadstar after Game of Thrones ends.
  • David B. from Essex, England wonders why everyone thinks that the concept of a multiverse is considered too confusing.
  • Lukas from Neulengbach, Austria has questions about the iFanboys having prior knowledge of upcoming storylines and what qualifies a book for a re-read.
  • Patrick M. from Chicago, IL looked at the iFanboy photograph on the iFanboy Facebook page and wonders what it wold look like if it was taken today.
  • Chris L. has some fun stats about the Patron Powers.
  • BJ from South Korea has some dumb superpowers for each of the iFanboys.
  • Damian S. from Pittsfield, MA wonders which five series the iFanboys would send into space for alien civilizations to read.
  • Matt G. wonders if the iFanboys have any favorite editor’s notes.
  • Adam D. asks which is better, propane or charcoal?
  • Josh G. from Danbury, CT wonders who will write and draw Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000.
  • CJ B. has deep and personal questions about the iFanboys’ relationships.
  • Luke P. from Perth, Australia wants to know which superhero cartoons are currently driving kids into comics.
  • Wes A. from Friedley, MN wants to know how the sale to Disney has gone for Marvel and why there haven’t been any crossovers between Marvel and Star Wars comics.
  • Darren J. from Glasgow, Scotland wants to know which creative team would write and draw the iFanboy origin story six issue series.
  • Scott S. from Chicago IL is looking for comic books that aren’t so grim and gritty.
  • Kevin C. wants to know how DC Rebirth compares to the New 52.
  • Brice B. from California wants to know why no one can make Hawkman work.
  • Kendall N. from Austin, TX really wants the full iFanboy website to come back.
  • Andrew from Santa Cruz, CA is looking for DC trades similar to Morison’s JLA.
  • Corin E. asks about mispronunciations over the years, dream creative teams, and whether or not he should save to buy a house or spend money on stuff he wants.

Patron Thanks:
02:05:02 – Drew DeSario
02:06:01 – Henry Jones
02:06:34 – Keegan Baggan
02:07:52 – Kyle Rechsteiner

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“Back and To the Left”
Texas is the Reason

After the show ended, Josh took off and Ron and Conor were joined by former iFanboy staffers Mike Romo, Jim Mroczkowski, Ali Colluccio, Ryan Haupt, and Gordon and the Intern for TWO MORE HOURS to answer the emails that didn’t make it onto the show proper. You can check it all out below in the raw video of the livestream:


Get Involved

Doing the podcast is fun and all, but let's be honest, listening to the 2 of us talk to each other can get repetitive, so we look to you, the iFanboy listeners to participate in the podcast! "How can I get in on the fun?" you may ask yourself, well here's how:

  • E-Mail us at contact@ifanboy.com with any questions, comments or anything that may be on your mind.

Please don't forget to leave your name and where you're writing from and each week, we'll pick the best e-mails to include on the podcast!


  1. Infamous Iron Man has been a really good book.
    I support the ‘turn’ for Victor although I do think it’s time for him to start kicking some ass- some. in the name of good though.
    But one small -but actually big complaint for issue 11
    It’s tough for some writers to know when to pull back from a pop culture crossing the line but Dr. Strange saying -“I’m in the zone- Autozone”- Don’t. Just don’t Stop Writing Dr. Strange like Tony Stark!

    • You couldn’t be more right IJ. I think Doc should not be Tony Stark, as wonderful a character that has been, especially in the movies. Doc should have a sense of humor for sure, but walking around with an axe and being Robert Downey Jr. is not what I want from the good doctor.

  2. Congrats on 600, guys!

    I’m watching the video and I’m really enjoying it so far.

    On the Crisis on Infine Earths question (I’ll skip the Identity Crisis question except to say that it’s cheap, lazy, exploitative garbage with great art), I think the most obvious answer is that it came out in 1985/86 – the height of the Comics Aren’t For Kids era. There was definitely a sense, I think, that they wanted to make the line more adult-oriented and the multiverse had a sense of kiddie-ness to it with its super-pets and crazy alternate versions so it makes sense that they would want to streamline the DCU for more mature storytelling.

    As we know by now, that decision was decidedly a mixed bag (and it did rob comics of a certain amount of that insane creativity that came with the multiverse and other Silver Age concepts) but it does make a certain amount of sense if you consider the shifting nature of comics at the time.

  3. Thanks for thinking my intro was funny, guys! Wish I had remembered the part about how the ground had jagged pieces of rebar sticking out everywhere.

    Your answer to my two What Ifs actually inspired two more questions:

    1) If Image stays as it initially was, would the founders have let anyone else into their clubhouse, or would people like Robert Kirkman have tried to build a new clubhouse? I can’t imagine someone like him seeing the benefits of an Image model and not giving it a shot.

    2) WB buys Marvel. THAT’S the story I’d like to see. What would that conglomerate look like?

    Thanks again gentlemen!

  4. Scott S from Chicago with life changes and looking for hopeful books here. I hoped my question would resonate a little with people today, but I’m always curious about the current demographic of listeners.

  5. Great show guys! Thank you for the countless hours of entertainment you’ve provided over the last 10+ years.

    A couple of thoughts I had.

    1. I found it kind of sad that Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns are still the “go to” books seen as the very best of the art form. There really hasn’t been anything better after 30 years? I guess i’m in the minority that as I’ve grown up these books have lost a lot of appeal for me. Especially DKR. I can’t stand Millers version of Batman (and all the other writers who have done an ultra violent Batman since).

    2. Thanks for turning me onto the Great Albums podcast. I’ve already listened to a few and found it terrific.

  6. Congrats on 600! Thanks for answering my question. I had surgery last week and it hurts to laugh. This moment actually caused me pain due to laughing so hard ( Right after the 2 hour mark on the video – https://youtu.be/47ivV3u-cyE?t=2h3m30s). The look on Ron’s face while he answers the question. This is the reason I love this show, serious about comics but so stupid funny.

    Love the show guys!

  7. Finally listened to the whole thing. It was great! Nice job, you three.

    And, speaking as a former writer myself, I agree that Jim and Paul were the best writers for iFanboy.

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