Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #679 – Middlewest #6

Show Notes

Conor’s on vacation and Josh is some sort of podcasting masochist and turns in this semi-annual solo extravaganza. Settle in, and listen for the creeping fatigue.

Running Time: 01:00:15

Pick of the Week:
00:03:10 – Middlewest #6

00:10:35 – Farmhand #7
00:14:11 – Assassin Nation #2
00:15:21 – Oliver #3
00:15:51 – The Amazing Spider-Man #19.HU
00:17:28 – Avengers: No Road Home #10
00:19:50 – Guardians of the Galaxy #4
00:21:08 – Daredevil #4
00:22:14 – Old Man Quill #4
00:23:33 – Miles Morales: Spider-Man #5
00:24:51 – Meet the Skrulls #3
00:28:20 – Spider-Man: Life Story #2
00:29:37 – Star Wars: Tie Fighter #1
00:31:00 – Thor #12
00:31:59 – The War of the Realms #2
00:33:00 – The War of the Realms: War Scrolls #1
00:34:27 – Batman #69
00:35:23 – American Carnage #6
00:36:15 – Naomi #4
00:37:26 – Pearl #8

Patron Pick:
00:41:16 – B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #15

Patron Thanks:
00:46:02 – Jean-Marie Arondel
00:46:51 – Andrew Dziengel
00:47:53 – Kyle D

Audience Question:
00:50:01 – James wasn’t some books about making comics.
00:53:10 – Deezer returns to the fold, says nice things.

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  1. *slow clap*

    Bravo Josh. Bravo.

  2. Two things,

    • Yes one can never have enough Beta Ray Bill
    • I think Superman without underwear is possibly worse than the glowing spider

    Good job flying solo Josh

  3. Well done Josh. If it gives you any sense of confirmation about your pick I had a similar feeling about Middlewest. I almost dropped it although it is beautiful. I didn’t see it going anywhere or meaning anything much. I’m glad I stick with h it because this issue turned it around for me.

    I’m a child of divorce and my dad got custody of me an my brother when I was 3 and he was 6 (over share). I always thought that he was really angry all the time, but later in life I realized he was just a kid who happened to be put in a position of having kids on his own. He was doing the best he could. I kind of relate to the kid in this story. I escaped into my imagination a lot. I was a tornado of my own a lot of the time too. This story turned into something really touching for me.

    Anyways… I’m with you on the pick and well done going it alone this week.

  4. Good solo effort, Josh, and excellent sound effect for that Honda morphing into an AT-AT

  5. Tired Josh is adorable. I know it’s not a fun place to be, but heck me if it ain’t entertaining as all heck.

  6. I was very happy that The Devil You Know brought all of this back together considering for the longest time this was a very splintered story. My feeling as someone who continued to read BPRD all the way through is that it was ultimately a very nihilistic story. They created a bunch of really great characters and introduced some really fun concepts, but the story kept pushing all of that toward this slow oblivion. That wasn’t always fun to read and did get quite fatiguing. Josh is exactly right to say “what is the point”. I’ve certainly gotten to that point even though I kept reading. If BPRD was guilty of anything it was definitely guilty of taking too long to tell this sort of story. Maybe it reads better in trades. I’m glad that they finally dropped a curtain on it so to speak. If they continue from here then let it be something fresh rather than a continued jog down the same road.

    That all made it seem like maybe I didn’t enjoy it, but looking back I still really love the book. Things like Roger the homunculus , Ted Howards and his sword, Ashley Strode and her exorcist abilities, the Oannes Society … are all alot of fun. I mean at one point we got a scene where a head in a jar shoots a cthulian horror with a mystical cannon mounted on the top of his steampunk submarine and it felt like a natural extension of the story (and not just absurd hyperbole). Fun stuff. Pages like that one kept me reading BPRD until the end.

  7. Quick note for James who asked about books on making comics. DC recently put out a series of books in this vein. I have one – The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling. It’s written by Carl Potts. So far, I think it does a good job of providing common language and skills, but noting that half of what you’re doing when making comics is instinctual. Like Josh said, you get better at it by doing it.

    There appear to be six books in the series – one each on writing, penciling, inking, coloring & lettering (as one), digitally drawing and the one I mentioned above.

  8. Just a quick thanks to Josh for a sterling effort!

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