May 29, 2016

Graphic Novelty, or Ephemily Podcasts

How does a person who has been racking their brain to find an outlet for their creativity, but also has an unhealthy need to sit on the couch and watch TV indulge both urges?  Why, podcasting, of course!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Spencer approached me about a comics related podcast he and some friends had been looking to start.  Of course I was interested, and being that I was going to spend the weekend at Planet Comicon in KC, I would have plenty to talk about for at least one episode.  I jumped at the chance to sign on and be part of the three guys and a gal talking comics once a week.

Let me let you in on a little secret though.  Despite rarely being at a loss for words, I was a little worried that my comics habit wouldn't quite mesh.  I don't have the exposure to the the history in the Marvel and DC universe.  I find myself drawn to the smaller publishing houses, or I follow names and themes I know I like.  I was worried I might not have the chops to be able to participate much more than the occasional giggle and vague agreement.  Plainly stated, I was worried about being the token.

Now that we have the first episode in the bag, I feel pretty confident that I don't need to be steeped in the history of comics past.  We have plenty who can speak to that.  It's the conversation and seeing where it takes us in the here and now that's interesting, and something I think I will enjoy in future episodes.  Because I hate the sound of my own voice, I haven't listened to the show yet, but I know I left the bullshit session after recording was done feeling like I wasn't just the token.  That I added to the discussion, and that's what's going to keep me stepping up to the mic every week.

So, it seems that my Sundays are completely dedicated to geekdom for the foreseeable future.  Between AMC hitting it out of the park with The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and now Preacher, in the evenings, and recording Graphic Novelty in the afternoons, I'm up to my pasty neck in comics culture.

And now for the shameless self promotion.  Graphic Novelty has a web presence.  Here's the link to the very first episode.  We'll be publishing the podcast on several platforms, so file that under Coming Soon.  You can find our twitter and facebook pages on the blog.  As always, feedback is encouraged.

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