You've got to draw a line somewhere. Here's where we draw ours.
We hate to bring in the raincloud, but we really felt this was something that needed to be discussed. There's been a lot of discourse around how to handle loving an IP or a book or movie when it becomes unfortunately connected to someone problematic. In today's Key Issues, we share where we draw the line for our own ethical consumption.
Looking to 2023 with excitement and expectation!
It's the end of the year, and we're looking back on the best of the best in comics, graphic novels, movies, TV shows, video games, board games, and episodes. Let's get down and dirty on our top picks from 2022!
Justice for Ice Cream Man! Stupid Quibi...
It's been flop after failure-to-launch after cancellation when it comes to comic adaptations lately, and boy has it left some pretty big sticks in our collective craws. Today, we're talking about the three things that keep blocking the successful paths of comic IPs to the big or silver screens: a lack of marketing, good writing, and advocacy.
Who'da thought that a healthy home life breeds quality heroes?
The long-standing trope in comics has always been the death or demise of family - from Spider-Man's tragic loss of Uncle Ben, to Superman's whole dang planet exploding, a lack of family has often been a crutch for plot development. But lately, superheros are not only situated within happy families, but those relationships help provide major forward momentum for their heroism. We are BIG fans of keeping it in the family.
You can be awesome, but maybe not at literally everything?
TO PREFACE we love Darth Vader and Doctor Aphra and Wolverine and Batman and Superman and all these folks as much as the next loud-mouthed podcast team. HOWEVER, when a character is OP, or they constantly overcome challenges just by *being themselves* - their stories start to become predictable, and worse, boring. Let characters be good at stuff, but maybe not the BEST at everything they touch, okay?
How many f-bombs in a sentence is too many?
First of all, if you don't like hearing the F-word, this is probably not the episode for you (or the kiddos in your life)! This week, we're discussing how over-using the f-bomb doesn't really make you sound edgy, but it can make you sound like you don't actually know how people talk. Writers, there are better ways to get your point across, we promise.
Hollywood over here, sippin' on Haterade...
Why do so many in Hollywood find it necessary to diss superhero films? Directors, actors, filmmakers - you name it, celebrities of all calibers have decided it's the "posh" thing to do to hate on a whole subgenre of films that make millions of people around the globe, very, very happy. But why? We talk about the who, what, and why of these haters - and why they're inherently wrong for being so rude about the whole thing. Have an opinion, sure, but be kind, folks!
Maybe comics need a good shake up.
So you've heard that your favorite comic book creator is joining Substack - but what does that even mean? Substack is a newsletter publishing site that's recently courted some of the bigger names in comics. Does this spell the end for the print medium? Probably not, but we get into the nitty gritty of what this could mean for the industry and how it could affect your pull list.
Not with a bang, but with a mumble of no consequence.
Cover B is on summer break, but we'll be back with brand new episodes in August. In the meantime, were sharing some segments from way back when that you may have missed. This week, it's one of our early Key Issues, all about cross over events and how little they seem to matter in comics nowadays. It's all happening now on Cover B.
We're a community, and we'll stand strong.
The comic industry is going to be a weird, scary and unstable place for the foreseeable time-being thanks to COVID-19. Diamond Comic Distributors, the primary distribution source for comics, has had to stop sending new books to retailers, so no new comics are hitting stores any time soon. For that reason, we wanted to share 5 ways you can help the industry - both your local store and the smaller publishing companies - during this time of great turmoil and uncertainty. We'll get through it together, fam.
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Chris & Tee host this weekly comic-focused show, providing insight on new comics, entertainment news and more.