All posts by Derek Coward

I am the host of the Comic Book Noise podcast.

DC Countdown No. 48

A look at DC Countdown No. 48. 30 minutes

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Countdown 48

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Podcast recommendations

In order to do the comic book podcast features that I have been doing, I have been listening to a lot of podcasts. Two individual episodes that really stand out are from friends of mine.

The first is Comic Timing No. 38, Religion and Comic Books. Ian Levenstein was joined by Noise Award winner Wayne Cordova, The Geek Pastor and John Mayo from The Mayo Report, The Comic Book Page podcast and Comic Book Resources. For almost one and a half hour, they deal with a potentially sensitive topic with respect and insight. I highly recommend listening to this episode. It is very entertaining.

The other is Kryptographik No. 12. Brian took the lead in this episode as he interviews two Eisner Award judges, Chris Reilly and James Sime. The first part of the show deals with their views on the state of the industry and a lot of the pressing issues of the time. The real meat of the show is when they get to the discussion about the Award process. Brian does a good job of steering the discussion and asking the right questions. Really good stuff and this is coming from someone who doesn’t like interviews.

Anyone who wants to see a couple of perfect examples of what citizen media can be need look no further than those two episodes. The roundtable format is used to perfection by Comic Timing, while Kryptographik pulls back the mask on a process that a lot of us had probably never even thought about. These are two of my favorite podcast episodes of all time.

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Geek Brunch No. 4

In episode 4, your exhausted hosts talk about Blue Beetle comics, what Mike’s been reading, some horror movies, and why you should never peel a chile pepper and then touch your genitals.

If your name is Candy Cane, meet this episode in room 17 with a bottle of pink champagne. Doesn’t make sense? It will soon.

Enjoy your brunch! 82 minutes.

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Did DC screw themselves?

As most of you know, I have a very small pull list. When 52 ended, I switched over to Countdown. However, the price is higher, instead of the 10 a month that I spent on 52, I am now spending 12 a month. Now in the grand scheme of things 2 dollars isn’t all that much, but it’s a portion of the comic book budget.

To make room for the added expense, I decided that I was going to have to drop a book. To be fair, I would drop a DC book. There’s no reason why Marvel or any of the indies should pay the price. I decided on dropping The Flash. Unlike others, I don’t see Marc Guggenheim as the savior of the title (link: and therefore it was expendable. However, shortly after I made that decision, I found out that Justice League of America and Justice Society of America were going to have a crossover (link: I don’t like multi-title crossovers. It feels like they are trying to trick me out of more money when they do things like that. So I dropped two more. That left me with just Checkmate and Countdown.

Then I found out that Checkmate would be crossing over with The Outsiders (link:, a book that I have no intention of buying. Goodbye, Checkmate.

I will probably pick up the JLA/JSA/LSH and Checkmate/Outsiders crossovers when they come out in trade because I am interested in those particular stories, but by making it so easy to make the decision to drop those individual titles, I have to wonder if DC didn’t screw themselves out of a lot of potential revenue.

Not just from me, because the one thing that I have learned from doing this podcast is, I am not alone. No matter what I think, there is another comic book fan out there that thinks like I do. No matter what I do, there is another comic book fan out there that will be doing that same thing that I do. I used to think that the way the Nielsen ratings are compiled (link: was a load of garbage, but the more I interact with other podcast listeners, the more I am seeing that they make a lot of sense. I’m still not 100% convinced that there isn’t a better way of compiling the data, (link: but I can definitely see that the basic concepts behind it are valid.

Regardless of whether I am part of a small number of crackpots or the vanguard of a new revolution, the question must be asked: With all of the integrated storytelling that DC is doing where it is increasingly obvious that reading peripheral titles is quickly becoming a necessity and not an option, are they screwing themselves?

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Star Wars Mashups

The Wall Street Journal has a blog posting outlining a project from LucasFilms to release clips from the Star Wars franchise so that users can create mashups. There are a few catches, such as no nudity or sexually explicit material, which is totally understandable. Each user generated video will be screened by a team in Costa Rica (?).

Although TPTB say that this is being done for the 30th Anniversary, take care to read the first line of the very last paragraph to see why this is really being done. Given Lucas’ tight rein on his intellectual property it is nice to see that he is allowing others to play in his sandbox, but I wish that it wasn’t being done as if it were some great big favor to us.

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Public apology for DC 52 No. 50

I want to make a public apology for the mistakes in the DC 52 Week 50 and World War 3 episode that I recorded with Tim. As you heard, I recorded everything that was said from the time I called you. When we were finished, I created a backup wav file and edited the original Audacity recording to remove our conversation at the beginning and a few other things along the way. I then exported the recording to another wav file. I took my external hard drive which holds all of my recordings over to Patti’s machine.

At Patti’s machine I took the first wav and ran it through Levelator, which got rid of a lot of the sound level issues that we had. Then I exported it to 52-50.mp3, filled in the ID3 tags and uploaded it to the server. Later I changed the RSS feed and the file was available for download. Since I was done I deleted all of the recordings except for 52-50.mp3. I had listened to the file at least three times, so I didn’t even bother listening to the mp3 again.

If you read the about paragraphs carefully, you will see that I created a backup file, edited the original file, then processed the backup file as if it were the original.

A lot of the things we talked about were not meant to be heard by anyone else but us. I also did not mean for us to spoil anything for 52 52 on this episode.

I apologize to anyone who heard the episode and I especially apologize to Tim. It was bad Quality Control and my part and I take 100% responsibility for it.

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What should be in the feed?

I have been wondering what you think should be in the feed to which you are subscribed.� Currently I have it restricted to the last 30 shows (anything older than that and you can visit the website), but that deals with the number of items and not the actual content.

Here is a better explanation of the poll choices:

1.� Just Comic Book Noise.� This is the original show only.� No THOOM.� No Rocky Mountain Comic Book Noise.� No Not Comic Book Noise. No Comic Book Noise Bytes.� No DC 52/Countdown shows.� No Extravaganza shows.� No Comic Book Noise Talk.� No Geek Brunch.� No Asked And Answered.� No Comic Book Noise Movie Reviews.� No extra shows of any kind.

2.� All of the Comic Book Noise family shows.� This is the original show as well as THOOM, RMCBN and Geek Brunch.

3.� All Comic Book Noise and those special shows.� � Everything that is currently in the feed as well as shows that I have in the works.� In other words, read Option 1, but remove the word ‘No’

4.� Whatever you want to put in there.� I hope I don’t have to explain this one.

Right now I am still feeling that Post-52 euphoria and I want to embrace the world and listen to the opinions of everyone.� I think we all know that this bit of dementia won’t last long so speak up now while I’m still in the mood.

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DC 52 No. 52

A look at DC 52 week 52. 53 minutes.

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