2 thoughts on “Comic Book Noise 326: Feedback and Resolutions”

  1. Derek! Great episode. I meant to comment on the previous ep that kicked off this dialogue. Glad it came up again. This might be long. But I’m putting here so you see it – and so others can as well. Learning a little true comics podcast history is always a good thing. 🙂

    No one should have any issues with how you choose to run the CBNFamily from here on out. There are some big name podcasts who don’t even MENTION other podcasts. Those that do usually find out that it can be a case of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”. CGS left the Comics Podcast Network early on after being smacked in the nose one too many times for doing nothing more than trying to grow the network. The Comic Forums were created soon after – and then I got emails from some CPN members asking “Why aren’t you promoting the CPN?”. Uhhmmm… really? Then there was the time I was scolded for only rebroadcasting those podcasts that were part of the overall Comic Forums and “ignoring” those not affiliated – even though I played podcast promos for other shows all the time. Heck – CGS got yelled at just a few months back by one of the more popular podcast hosts for not having him on as a guest in the early years. Eventually, you absolutely get a little more selective. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Yes, you are correct: Around Comics spun out of Chicago based CGS listeners and/or forum posters having meet ups and drinking and talking about comics. They even recorded a bit of their conversation for a CGS episode.

    And finally, to the lack of podcast community in recent days/months/years – I was really surprised and disappointed that no one stepped up to keep the community flame going when I left CGS. And this is something that I feel does indeed fall into the “bigger” shows’ laps. I was a big cheerleader for podcast community activities, helping to get panels at conventions, meet-ups, bringing hosts on for particular topics, etc. I’m not saying I was the only one, but I damn well will say I was one of the best at it. Why? Because I didn’t believe that CGS had to be the only voice out there. Not true of other “bigger” shows. So when I left, I could see the “kingdoms” starting to spread further and further apart. That’s too bad.

    So now I’m happy helping promote shows that I listen to, that I like, that I feel are trying to do it differently, more personal or for the “right” reasons. I’ll always credit you and Bruce R. and other solo/duet led podcast hosts who helped pave the way. Because we don’t care about numbers, we don’t care about being friends with creators and talking to them all the time on Twitter or our podcast, we don’t care if we’re the biggest show. I care about comics and podcasting and comics podcasting and the listeners that choose to listen to my show. I’m proud of the fact that I know without a doubt that I could name more of my listeners over the years than those podcast hosts that only care about numbers and being friends with creators.

    In the end – it’s your show. How you run it is your business. Others missed the boat when you were there with open arms. You snooze, you lose.

    – Peter

    PS/ So where can I send my podcast pitch? 😉

  2. Oh please, there are some people who only have to say “Hey Derek, I need a website and some space.” You’re one of those people.

    Thanks for chiming in on this subject and for clarifying the Around Comics connection, I thought it was something like that, but wasn’t 100% sure.

    Unfortunately for me, I like promoting other podcasts, so I will eventually get over this pissy fit and start promoting others again, because I guess I never learn. 😀

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