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    August 20, 2016 2:16 pm Interesting response. I myself am a huge Stephen King fan, though I've yet to read On Writing. I have several friends who read quite extensively, and most seem to feel King rarely sticks the landing at the end. I don't always agree with this, though I thought It, Under the Dome and Tommyknockers each had horribly executed endings...among some others. As far as Hickman is concerned, by no means am I saying he is a bad writer. It's just his style really is cold and distant from the characters. This makes them hard to relate to as a reader. Sometimes I think this would be okay, but not constantly. Finally, BionicDave, your pic is awesome. Can't tell if it looks more like Pitbull or Maynard James Keenan.
    August 19, 2016 12:23 am I often wonder if this is more normal than we realize. Do you think writers often get a plot going without having any idea of how it will end? They just figure it will come to them as they go? That seems like poor writing to me...
    August 18, 2016 8:05 pm I'm right with you on the assessment of Hickman's work, Josh. I find myself wanting to like his stuff more than I actually do. It's clear he is on top of his game at nearly all times. Plots are planned out almost clinically it seems. But my goodness I get tired out by it all. A complaint I've had about his writing for years now is I feel it is poorly suited to the monthly format of comics (when released on time that is). If I'm taking the plunge into Hickman-world, I imagine it should be tackled in trade form only. East of West being a great example for me of that. Having said all that, I really dug Black Monday Murders. I was devouring all of the little text additions along with the main story. Now, will I feel that way after 4, 5 more issues of it? Let's see if my head remains above water. Also, what the hell happened to Manhattan Projects? Is that still a thing?
    August 16, 2016 7:54 pm I'm completely with Big Al on this one. Without question we live in an age where there is often a hive mind that forms on Internet message boards. I felt all along this movie was doomed from the moment I first heard about it. No, not because it is a movie based in the DC universe. It was because all of the DC bashing that goes on is obnoxious. This started to become the "in" thing to do with The Dark Knight rises, and now the snowball is truly an unstoppable force rolling down the hill. Was Rises as good as Returns? Absolutely not. Was it as hideous as many "critics" and the angry mobs of "fans" would have you believe? Not even close. Likewise, MOS and BvsS were not perfect by a long shot, but the vitriol spewed their way? Wow. And yes, I've been a fan of these characters for years. And enough with the complaints about the DCU being too "dark". This is so played out to the point of being completely tired. As always, to each his/her own. But my god I wish some of these sheep would quiet down.
    August 16, 2016 3:27 pm At the risk of nitpicking, and that's not my intent, I found the take on Mignight of the Soul to be an interesting one. From my perspective it seemed as though you guys gave Paper Girls a bit of a hard time for its propensity to use nostalgia as a crutch to cover up for perhaps less than great storytelling (Josh seemed to make the most of this point). However, by the same token, it seems like that very same feeling of nostalgia (though for a different era) is considered a strength for Midnight. I'm just not sure I understand the difference. Perhaps you just think Midnight is telling a better story? I just know for me personally, yes, I think it's kind of cool to witness a story involving youths living in the 80s (the same time period in which I grew up in) . I don't feel that is a gimick though. I like the story Paper Girls is telling. I legitimately thought Strange Things told an engaging story as well. The comment about nostalgia did seem a bit dismissive. Especially when it is praised for a different project.
    July 28, 2016 11:48 pm Carlosparlos, Well said, and I'm right there with you. I will buy the occasional digital comic, but nothing replicates the experience of holding a physical copy of a comic. Never has. Never will.
    July 27, 2016 7:35 pm I'm confused. Are you basically saying the comic book companies should continue to make single floppies, but we as consumers shouldn't buy them? I would imagine you see the flaw in that situation. Or, are you saying the companies should stop making floppies and just come out with trades, etc? I also hope you see the flaw in that business model. Believe me, overall I really enjoy reading trades. The uninterrupted flow in the story is great. However, I still want my single issues. That's partially the collector in me. It is also a case of me wanting to support the creators.
    July 19, 2016 9:06 pm Honestly, what is with all of the, "I got this", "we got this", "you've got this", etc in comics now? It makes zero sense. And it can't be coincidence that ALL of these writers decided to use this tired phrase, or variation thereof, all at the same time...can it?! Now that you all have brought it up, it's all I can focus on! Blech.
    July 18, 2016 11:18 am I loved the discussion of what's happening to the Marvel universe. I'm finding the renumberings and the rebootings to be completely obnoxious. At this point I realize most books will maybe get to issue 8 and then, hey whattaya know, a new #1! Ugh. I hate it. I collected and read comics as a kid up until college and then stopped for over 10 years. I decided to come back to the medium and you know what I did? I just jumped in and found my way, taking to Google to perhaps fill in some blanks I was struggling with. I wish these companies would give us readers some credit. Realize we don't need new number ones every nine months. I wish they'd realize that the feeling of a building history that comes with a book being able to reach a 200th issue and beyond is a good thing, and part of the allure. I'm just so tired of all of this. But hey, all in the name of grabbing new readers who like the movies, right? On a final note. I loved the analogy of moving into a new neighborhood and having to make all new friends. Absolutely goddamn right.
    July 8, 2016 8:46 am Josh, I'm a little confused about your comments concerning issue 10 of Captain America: Sam Wilson (this happened last episode). Based on these comments, it seemed like you are leaning towards the idea that a white writer isn't capable of or isn't properly equipped to write a story involving predominantly black characters. Am I correct in that assessment of what was said? If that is the case, I disagree. Does this also work in the opposite direction? Should David Walker only write Cyborg and perhaps Power Man, but leave Iron Fist alone? Would he not have the proper voice for writing a predominantly white cast of characters? I personally don't care what the race of any writer is as it pertains to the races of the characters they are writing. Just give me good, well written stories. And I'd be willing to bet that overall, you feel the same way. Love your show, I never miss an episode. You guys are great.