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    June 18, 2015 11:01 am I don't think people are complaining about the (possible) use of a familiar trope. I think they are complaining that they don't see/want Han as a guy who cheats on his wife. In other words they would prefer the trope. Or maybe I don't understand what the furor is about.
    June 17, 2015 12:38 pm Re: Han Solo. I'm not following why this is such an issue for anyone. It is a fairly common, *light hearted* trope that quickly resolves: Short story arc/caper with a happy ending, the forgotten or accidental marriage finally officially annulled, the spouse goes on his/her way, etc. I feel like I probably saw this on like every 80's tv show: Magnum PI, Miami Vice, A-Team, maybe even a Star Trek here or there? It is nothing new or drastic. I don't understand why it must somehow fundamentally change the movie's Han Solo characterization. Is everyone assuming that Aaron is turning "lovable rogue"-Han into "player-wife-abandoner"-Han? Why? Maybe he won her in a poker game or something, etc...... Seems like everyone should just calm down and give Jason Aaron a little longer leash!
    June 15, 2015 9:35 pm Please tell me that is not how (@24:20) chutzpah is pronounced in New Hampshire!
    April 28, 2015 10:48 pm Really dug the discussion around West's question. Simultaneous with comic hero "replacement" with Dark Knight: cultural "replacement" of 1960's/70's rock guitar gods by rappers. Coincidence or not? Talk amongst yourselves...
    January 29, 2015 3:28 pm Rodfa- Again, I don't disagree. But neither diversity nor political correctness matter to me in a story, and certainly not in a creator. One can like Ms. Marvel, and also comics with radical Islamic terrorists as the bad guys. One (Jewish like me) can like Bendis' work and Dickens'. Look--if Paul had made his comment in a vacuum I probably wouldn't have noticed or cared much. It was more that his Oh Comics! co-host explicitly revealed that she was "hyper-sensitive" (those might have been her exact words?) to race and ethnicity in comics and injected it into much of her commentary. So I get it...for some people that is a "thing" now they want in comics. So great, let the Oh Comics! folks do their thing over there, and my preference is that iFanboy stay on its own path and leave the p.c. meta out of the analysis. I don't mean to criticize your choices or tastes in comics review shows like iFanboy. We just like different things, that's all. By all means, try Oh Comics! and support Paul (no sarcasm intended).
    January 29, 2015 11:55 am rodfa- Also not to go too far off the reservation, but you might find some of Chomsky's essays on political correctness thought provoking.
    January 29, 2015 11:53 am rodfa02 - I have no quarrel with those who want to see (and feel) diversity in comics. Let the creators know you want it, and support them when they give it. But that is a separate issue from, in my opinion, judging the work. I tune in to iFanboy because I trust their judgment and it guides my purchasing decisions. There are plenty of podcasts that discuss comics "meta" and the creative process (Viscardi's is a good one). I don't come to iFanboy for that (although I do like how the listener emails are fair game, and the annual relationship episode is fun). That is just me personally. Also, it's not just race and color. I also don't care which creator has the best tweets, signs the most autographs at conventions, political leanings, etc. I am sure a lot of them are really swell people, and some are a-holes. But the work has to stand on its own two legs. For me, it is first, last, and always, the story. Coincidentally, I am currently re-reading Oliver Twist. Am I happy about the Fagin ("the Jew") character? No, but historically it is what it is...and still a great novel.
    January 28, 2015 9:38 pm Didn't care for the politically correct meta with Paul's opening comments about Reyn. His Oh Comics! co-host's hyper awareness of race and gender in comics turned me off to that podcast after just two shows. Please don't let it infect iFanboy. Before I get flamed, for my money G.Willow Wilson was the best writer in 2014, and Fiona Staples was the best artist. Could care less about the plumbing or color of the creators or characters. "It's the story-telling, stupid."
    January 19, 2015 10:34 pm I disagree. There are dozens of comics podcasts comprised of "outsiders." They mostly suck. If you don't have a comics shop nearby, perhaps those podcasts fill a niche to give the experience of conversations that might take place in one. Point in fact they have had a few outsider-ish guests, and in my opinion....meh. Among the reason I like ifanboy is the fact that the analysis is flavored with some personal knowledge of the creators. Another great podcast is Viscardi's, clearly an insider. Another, Nerdist Writers Comics Panel is o.k. too. If you're suggesting that the friendships with creators lead to bias...I think this episode was a good example that the guys, especially Connor, don't pull punches. They certainly aren't brown-nosers like a certain comics "insider" podcast I won't name...
    January 19, 2015 4:53 pm Re: Paul Paul brought a high level of articulate, mature and succinct literary criticism (with apparent humility) that is going to be missed. (Whatever happened to Fuzzy Typewriter podcast, it was great?!) I am fine with a Connor & Josh show, but suspect you will ultimately need a 3rd to restore balance to the Force. A writing or literature teacher would be the kind of person that could fill Paul's gap. Please be discriminating. Love or knowledge of comics rarely imbues articulate insight (hint: thumbs down on some of last year's fill-ins).