Posted by: Jeff Lester on June 10, 2013
Tags: Age of Ultron, Al Ewing, Arrested Development, Avengers Arena, Batman and Robin, Bleeding Cool, Brian Michael Bendis, Catwoman, Chris Samnee, Christophe Blain, Dan Slott, Daredevil, Faith Erin Hicks, Graeme, Graeme Says It Because You Said It, Hellblazer, In the Kitchen with Alain Passard, Jeff, Justice League, man too much coffee, Mark Waid, Paul Jenkins, Ryan Stegman, Spectacular Spider-Man, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, The Fictional Man, Wait What?
Okay, tech problems resolved! (You know, as long as you’re talking about our recording problems, and not about how everyone has basically been hacked by the government without their consent for years…) So, behind the jump, show notes for our two-hour plus installment of the Show That Cannot Say Die (Without Skype Cutting Out On It)!
Oh, but before you do, make sure you check out posts by Hibbs and Smitty below — today is our semi-annual Salute to Content!
Anyway, yeah, embarrassing though it is to admit, I think maybe both Graeme and I using Macs now may have exacerbated some of our recording problems with Skype? Hopefully, that will no longer be an issue as we’re trying a whole new workaround (Audio Hijack Pro of our Facetime calls, in case you’re interested). It’s not quite perfect — I’ve gotta learn how to adjust my microphone levels before we talk and I pray to God that doesn’t mean going through Soundcloud because that shit baffles me — but it’s a start, I guess.
So: show notes! They are short, in part because we were very focused in our chatty way this week and also because I kinda strained my back moving longboxes this weekend and so I’m loathe to spend too much time sitting in this damn uncomfortable desk chair of mine.
0:00-34:57: Salutations: yup, it’s the dawning of a brand-new era for Wait, What? as we dump Skype and go with a different recording method. (To be fair, Skype dumped us first.) We try to be mercifully brief talking tech shit so we can get down to our first minefield of the podcast discussing (again!) the fourth season of Arrested Development. Wildly over-caffeinated, Jeff wants to talk about critical reception and how a person’s individual critical taste develops and (I guess when you get right down to it) how frustrating it is that all the smart sensible people disagree with him. Graeme, for his part, is having–if not none, then certainly very little–of Jeff’s points, for better and worse.
34:57-1:11:05: Finally! Graeme and Jeff talk about Al Ewing’s The Fictional Man! Unfortunately, it’s been long enough for Graeme and Jeff (and Jeff is over-caffeinated) that the opening of our discussion should be listened to *for comedic purposes only*. There’s a tremendous amount of initial flailing about how to describe the book, especially when one of the contributors to the podcast has apparently had a stroke and cannot use his big boy words.
1:11:05-1:24:43: Comics! We do in fact remember what they are. Jeff read and enjoyed tremendously Faith Erin Hicks’ The Adventures of Superhero Girl, and also dug In the Kitchen With Alain Passard by Christophe Blain. Thanks to a Whatnaut sharing their digital codes for Daredevil #26 and Superior Spider-Man #10, I read those and boy oh boy were they good.
1:24:43-1:38:45: By contrast, Graeme has read Age of Ultron #9. If you listen to it, you can hear Jeff rubbing his hands with glee as Graeme shares his feelings about the book, and Graeme also read Avengers Arena #10, which provides a bit of comparison and contrast with the Catwoman/Justice League controversy. “Bonus:” Jeff’s not-very-good Hellblazer story pitch from around the time the Constantine movie came out.
1:39;21-1:43:53: We are back and, in relatively short order, we contemplate Paul Jenkins and his rather spectacular interview at Bleeding Cool and, to a lesser extent, his open letter at Comic Book Resources.
1:43:53-2:07:01: Oh, but first before we do, here’s the first installment of “Graeme Says It Because You Said It” [working title]. Then it’s on to a consideration of what we’re currently buying from DC, whether Jeff should once again take the crazy train to Boycottville, more from the Jenkins article, and what have you.
2:07:01-end: Graeme didn’t much of a chance to talk about comics he’s read this week, so Jeff twists his arm and tries to get some quick opinions from him about Green Lantern, Angel and Faith, and a re-run of Pete Tomasi’s Batman and Robin. And then we end the podcast! Without it ending us first!
Chances are good the sucker will be up on iTunes by now, but even if so, you are welcome to get at it with the handy link provided below. As always, we thank you for listening and we shall return next week with more…of everything.