Thursday, March 6, 2014

Episode 5: Comic Book "Issues"

The Geeks briefly discuss the Academy Awards, Sam's new appreciation for Matthew McConaughey, then discuss an article where Image Comics' publisher sparks an argument on what "real comic books" are.

This episode features the song Stretch by Suzi Trash.

Electric Warrior by T. Rex © Reprise Records | In Decay by Com Truise © Ghostly International/IODA


  1. I listen to this show while making comics and it talks about comics. Very meta. I was coloring and lighting the next digital set for Con Nachzehrer while listening. There are a fuckload of props in this bitch.

    I'm glad to see another person like Killer Joe. That play is part of the classic American cannon. It's right up there with Mark Twain, Ernest Hemmingway, and Ayn Rand.

    Killer Joe is a criminal only because of the vast liberal conspiracy. It should be legal to do everything he does in that movie. If your children aren't emancipated from you, why should it be illegal to sell them? I'm pretty sure you could sell slaves before they got emancipated. Missouri Law child law dictates that the parents know what's best for the child. I think it is a glaring loophole that child slavery or hard labor is not included in this category. Some people aren't qualified to do more than suck a dick.

    Also, the tenth amendment points out that we have rights that are not explicitly spelled out in the constitution. The right to kill a cocksucker.

    I'm shocked to see that you did not catch the insidious plot hatched by Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars. Taking selfies? Ordering pizza. It's a trick. The one percent know they have targets on their heads, so they're trying to act normal to avoid getting targeted. Brad Pitt is from my home town and I have documentary evidence that he might be a vampire along with Tom Cruise.

    Sherrill Levitt, Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall have never been found, and Brad Pitt is from Springfield, Missouri. Coincidence?

  2. It's hard for me to listen to this episode as an elitist myself. I have a Webcomic as opposed to trying to get a submission, well, partly because I'm sure a submission would be rejected, but also because I don't want to surrender any creative control.

    Neither of you have any experience with this, but I'm a jackass when it comes to feeling censored in my work. I get really peeved when people try to stop me from making jokes about tragedies. Once, on an unreleased and unfinished Geek Force project, I wanted Jew Avenger to dress up like Hitler when he was helping another hero help practice fighting supervillains. The superhero he is training runs off screaming for help and ends up in a neighbors yard, trying to explain the situation. Then he sees a Nazi flag flying and realizes that the family living there is a family of Neo Nazis. They beat him up and Jew Avenger joins in thinking that the Nazis are role playing just like he is. Once Jew Avenger realizes that they are not, he kicks their asses.

    My collaborators on that found it offensive and wanted to change it. I was furious about it. I actually vetoed it rather than accept changes to it. Of course, we would have never finished it anyway. That was the irony. I tend to be that way. I don't care if someone is offended by what I write, or if they understand it. I refuse to water things down. I do make a few exceptions to this. I really don't want people reading my work who find it offensive or too confusing.

    It's a form of expression. If they like it, great, if not, I won't water it down for them. I also don't like to conform my works to standards set for the mediums I work in. If I can get a readership or money from my work, great, but ultimately my artistic endeavors are for me and my sanity. To express myself. Also because I'm a little bit crazy.

    I decided, however, that the fun thing about being an elitist is being a hypocrite and counting yourself better than other elitists. I think my elitism is different. I don't think that conservatives would like my work, but I'm not going to stop them from reading it. I think it would be awesome if Sarah Palin read my comic. Even if she's a bitch and I would relentlessly mock her for her ignorance. I wish everyone would read an issue of my comic. I'm just not going to be hurt if they don't like it. It's not for everyone.

  3. I can see the fear of, "Oh, if it becomes mainstream, they ruin it." It happened with hippies, it happened with the occult, it happened with eastern philosophy, i happened with zombies, vampires, and I think it happened with Geek culture. That's why I call myself a nerd now. Still, the problem lies with the content creators, not retailers. That's what I don't get.

    If he doesn't like those kinds of comics, then his company shouldn't make them. There shouldn't be a problem with major retailers unless they are censoring his work, which, some retailers are apt to do. That's not his problem though.

    As far as just not liking the customers. That's stupid. I knew a lot of people who told me they liked Rick, the Cryptozoologist who also said they didn't get it. I was just glad they liked my jokes, and I'm not going to make dumb strips for them. I could see not liking it if comics were mainstream and it was crappy comics that went mainstream. Still, most art is crap. It's only 10% of it that's worth a damn. If comics were more legitimized, that would just make it easier for cult comics.

    I also judge adaptations on a case by case basis. There are a couple of Star Wars books I think are brilliant.

    I also totally agree that people shouldn't be snobs about people new to comics. I used to get that way about Godzilla movies, but, to me, part of the fun of liking obscure things is showing it to others. Look at this great undiscovered treasure.

    One final note, I don't go in Walmart often or anything, but I think they do carry some comics. Mostly more well known ones and ones that tie into movies.