Episode 36: Non-Traditional Comic Recommendations (or Non-Superhero Comics)

Superheroes have been and continue to dominate the sales charts of American comics, but that doesn’t mean that’s all there is.  Thanks to a question from a Reddit user, Kurt goes into non-spoiler details about some of his favorites that he recommends you try out, if you haven’t already.

As mentioned in the show, I’m including a link to Scott McCloud’s homepage, as he has some very “non-traditional” comics, in every sense of the word.

No funny caption on this one.  Just read it.

No funny caption on this one. Just read it.

We all know the monkey is the real star.

We all know the monkey is the real star.

Vertigo: Not just the publishing line, but also the feeling you get looking at this cover.

Vertigo: Not just the publishing line, but also the feeling you get looking at this cover.

I wanted to be sure to show off the detailed backgrounds, but wanted to be sure to make it family-safe.  I think this hits both of those qualifications.

I wanted to be sure to show off the detailed backgrounds, but wanted to be sure to make it family-safe. I think this hits both of those qualifications.

A comic about comics.  Brilliant!

A comic about comics. Brilliant!

Episode 22: Gatekeeping - What Is It, Why Is It Bad, and How To Fight It

I’ve been mentioning “gatekeepers” in the opening of nearly every episode, but what is a gatekeeper?  This week, we define gatekeeping, explain how it harms, and try to figure out where it comes from and how to fight against it.

Whoops. Not that Gatekeeper!

Whoops. Not that Gatekeeper!

Often a textbook example of a gatekeeper on the show.

Often a textbook example of a gatekeeper on the show.

If you are in the Bay Area of California and want a positive comic book store experience, as I mentioned, my friend runs Illusive Comics! She offers shipping of comics to those who can’t find a good store in their area. Let me know other good comic book stores you’ve found, and I’ll shout them out in future episodes!

Episode 15: The Replacements - Superman

The Eradicator.  Cyborg Superman.  Steel.  Superboy.  Each claimed to be Superman's successor, but none were the true heir.  Where did they come from, and what happened to them after Superman's return?

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The story that brought these four to the forefront.

The story that brought these four to the forefront.

One of these turns out to be a villain. Any guesses on which?

One of these turns out to be a villain. Any guesses on which?

The Eradicator’s original form. And yes, that’s Superman with a beard.

The Eradicator’s original form. And yes, that’s Superman with a beard.

Just a slight transformation from his hand-held device form.

Just a slight transformation from his hand-held device form.

Hank has seen better days.

Hank has seen better days.

Who wouldn’t trust that face?

Who wouldn’t trust that face?

Not a replacement, just an homage to a hero.

Not a replacement, just an homage to a hero.

Natasha takes over as Steel, and she means business.

Natasha takes over as Steel, and she means business.

Alas, I knew her Horatio…

Alas, I knew her Horatio…

Leather jacket, unnecessary thigh belt, sunglasses? Oh right, it’s the 90s.

Leather jacket, unnecessary thigh belt, sunglasses? Oh right, it’s the 90s.

Young Justice isn’t a great name, but Impulse wanted to call them Super Heroes In Training, so it could be worse (check the acronym…)

Young Justice isn’t a great name, but Impulse wanted to call them Super Heroes In Training, so it could be worse (check the acronym…)

The 1990s eventually passed, thankfully for Superboy.

The 1990s eventually passed, thankfully for Superboy.

Superboy decides to take after his other “dad” for a little while. It doesn’t end well.

Superboy decides to take after his other “dad” for a little while. It doesn’t end well.

Episode 12: Wakandan Econ

In order to answer a listener's question about the economics of Wakanda, home of the Black Panther, Kurt talks to economics professor Dr. Matt Dobra about how the economics of Wakanda would (or would not) work in the real world.  Learn about Dutch Disease, the Resource Curse, and more, through the lens of pop culture!

Long live the King!

Long live the King!

Pretty close to where I said in the episode, just a little farther east.

Pretty close to where I said in the episode, just a little farther east.

In the movies, this shield is made of pure vibranium. In the comics...that's a little more complicated. Ask me about it sometime!

In the movies, this shield is made of pure vibranium. In the comics...that's a little more complicated. Ask me about it sometime!

Episode 8: I'm talking to you Through the Fourth Wall

We go over a few comic book stories and characters that have fourth-wall breaking as an important part of their dynamic.  And if you're not familiar with what "breaking the fourth wall is," I explain that up front.

Time out! No, seriously, time out! What is this doing here?

Time out! No, seriously, time out! What is this doing here?

Deadpool does it right on the box! (That is probably the least family-friendly comment I'll make on this site or the podcast)

Deadpool does it right on the box! (That is probably the least family-friendly comment I'll make on this site or the podcast)

Classic? Thanks for making me feel old, Marvel!

Classic? Thanks for making me feel old, Marvel!

She really means it folks...

She really means it folks...

This book is as fun as the cover makes it appear to be.

This book is as fun as the cover makes it appear to be.

While this book is as weird as the cover makes it appear to be.

While this book is as weird as the cover makes it appear to be.

I don't remember if this happens in the book, but the fact that it's possible tells you a lot.

I don't remember if this happens in the book, but the fact that it's possible tells you a lot.

Episode 6: Marvel vs. DC - A History

The listener question this time is about the rivalry of Marvel vs. DC; the differences between the two companies, the history of their feuds and collaborations, and other causes for the rift in the fan community.  

One of these fights is fairly even. The other two, not so much...

One of these fights is fairly even. The other two, not so much...

In true 90s fashion, votes for this were either mailed in, or you could vote on an America Online page.

In true 90s fashion, votes for this were either mailed in, or you could vote on an America Online page.

Some of these mash-ups made more sense than others, but they were all fun.

Some of these mash-ups made more sense than others, but they were all fun.

That cover alone made this worth getting. Unfortunately, the trade is out of print, so good luck getting it at a reasonable price.

That cover alone made this worth getting. Unfortunately, the trade is out of print, so good luck getting it at a reasonable price.

Episode 4: Why Are Mutants Hated?

Mutants are "hated and feared" by many humans in the Marvel Universe, but listener Aaron L. wants to know why they're treated so differently from the other super-powered beings.  Kurt tackles this question, as well as announcing a contest! (See below for more details)

How exactly does Iceman see? Perhaps that's why he missed.

How exactly does Iceman see? Perhaps that's why he missed.

No, of course I wasn't the first to make that joke.

No, of course I wasn't the first to make that joke.

16 million dead, and that's the opening chapter. The story's called "E for Extinction" for a reason.

16 million dead, and that's the opening chapter. The story's called "E for Extinction" for a reason.

What's wrong with Wanda?

What's wrong with Wanda?

I accidentally refer to this storyline as "Mutant Messiah" in the episode. I was close...

I accidentally refer to this storyline as "Mutant Messiah" in the episode. I was close...

Contest announcement!  Go to the Welcome to Geektown Facebook page, and share any post there for an entry into the contest.  Get two more entries into the contest by leaving a five-star review on iTunes (this also gets you in the Geektown City Council).  One winner, picked at random, will win their own copy of Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 Trade Paperback, where Peter Parker's origin is retold in a more modern format.  A great jumping-on point!

With great something, comes great something else...

With great something, comes great something else...

Episode 3: A Thanos Primer

In anticipation of Avengers: Infinity War, listener Joel L. asks about its villain, Thanos, and why he's so scary.

The Blood Brothers would be completely forgotten were it not for their being in this issue.

The Blood Brothers would be completely forgotten were it not for their being in this issue.

I see five characters here you'll actually see in the movie. Maybe six.

I see five characters here you'll actually see in the movie. Maybe six.

A lot of characters die in this book. Most are back now.

A lot of characters die in this book. Most are back now.

The defining Thanos story to date, and the major inspiration for the film.

The defining Thanos story to date, and the major inspiration for the film.

Infinity Crusade: Yes, religion gets brought up. No, not well.

Infinity Crusade: Yes, religion gets brought up. No, not well.

We've apparently run out of nouns to go with "Infinity."

We've apparently run out of nouns to go with "Infinity."

 

Don't forget to stay past the credits!

For the cosplayer in your life.

For the cosplayer in your life.

Episode I - The Starts and Restarts of the DC Universe

Learn the history of the various reboots of the DC Universe, both hard and soft.  From Action Comics #1 in 1938 all the way to 2016's Rebirth, find out about the big continuity shake-ups that have changed the history of some of your favorite characters.

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In the beginning...

In the beginning...

The Silver Age starts in a Flash

The Silver Age starts in a Flash

Flash meets Flash

Flash meets Flash

It's called Crisis for a reason

It's called Crisis for a reason

These things never go well for The Flash

These things never go well for The Flash

A major crossover with no Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman?

A major crossover with no Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman?

High collars and low cut tops. Thanks, Jim Lee!

High collars and low cut tops. Thanks, Jim Lee!

The oddest game of tag ever.

The oddest game of tag ever.