This week on the Major Spoielrs Podcast: We are nine! I mean the site is nine (though some of us act like nine year olds! Hooray! Also, The Totally Awesome Hulk, Inside the Sideshow Studio, Daredevil #16, Venture #1, YOU pick the trade paperback, and we reflect on being nine! Again, the site, not our ages.

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NEWS
The Totally Awesome Hulk #1
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REVIEWS
STEPHEN
Inside the Sideshow Studio
Insight Editions
The world of Sideshow itself, and the renaissance-like environment it fosters, is the subject of this unique photographic exploration of creativity and the spaces it inhabits. A must-have for fans and creatives, this beautifully illustrated book will not only grant a look at Sideshow that few have ever seen, but also will inspire readers to push the limits of their talent and surround themselves with artistic spaces of their own.

Rating: ★★★★☆

MATTHEW
Daredevil #16
Story by Mark Waid
Art by Chris Samnee
Colors by Matthew Wilson
Letters by VC – Joe Caramagna
Publisher Marvel Comics
Cover Price:$3.99
In order to preserve the new life he’s built, Daredevil is faced with a critical decision–which may mean the death of Matt Murdock! Plus, with a new rival in town, is DD’s time in San Francisco coming to an end?

Rating: ★★★½☆

RODRIGO
VENTURE #1
Writer(s): Jay Faerber
Artist Name(s): Jamal Igle (penciller/ Inker) James Brown (Colorist)
Down-on-his-luck reporter Reggie Baxter has stumbled onto one of the greatest secrets of all time…superpowered high school history teacher Joe Campbell! But who is Joe Campbell and more importantly, how rich will Reggie become by blackmailing him?

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week

This week, Major Spoilers will turn nine years old. The site has had a lot of ups and downs, and we are hoping that as we approach a decade of service to you, that there the site will move up, up up! But the site and podcasts can only improve with your help and input. This week, we are launching a new kind of Poll of the Week – one where you get to pick the next trade paperback that we review.

GOING FORWARD (IMPORTANT)
If you want to suggest a trade paperback, you need to send an email to podcast@majorspoilers.com. That suggestion will go into the hopper and at least once a month, we’ll pick a number of suggestions for you to vote on, and at the end of the polling period, the book with the most votes will get the Major Spoilers Podcast treatment.

DISCUSSION:
We reflect on the highs and lows of 9 years of Major Spoilers.

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5 Comments

  1. Steve Smetzer
    July 2, 2015 at 6:35 am — Reply

    I think having Stephen’s and Matthew’s wives on the podcast as guests is an excellent idea.

  2. Melanie
    July 2, 2015 at 7:26 am — Reply

    +1 for Randy Scouse Git reference. At least I think it was, as far as I know that’s the only place that phrase came from…

  3. July 3, 2015 at 11:04 pm — Reply

    If I’d known you were going to ask me a direct question on air, I would have listened to the episode sooner, guys! :-)

    To answer your direct question, Stephen: Yes. Public libraries are just as busy now as they have always been. The things people do there don’t necessarily look the same as they did a decade ago, but they are still heavily used. Let me make a few more points:

    Libraries have been collecting and circulating comics in trade/graphic novel form for many years, and those are some of the most heavily used materials in libraries. Right now I have several trades of The Unwritten, the collected Annihilation event, and assorted other comics on my night stand. I recommend it frequently as a place to find comics when you want to go into a character’s back catalog. I’ve commented as such on Geek History Lesson.

    There is a perception that libraries are behind the times when it comes to technology, but the opposite is true. Libraries are often early adopters of various innovations. One of the best examples is the change from card catalogs to online cataloging systems. Libraries realized even before the PC revolution that a computerized database was a much better way to organize and track a collection than drawers full of physical cards. Now you can walk into any library and find public access computers, free wifi, gaming systems in teen spaces, games available for checkout, and other high-tech advancements.

    The announcement by DC and Image about these new partnerships is a big deal, but it’s not the first such agreement between libraries and comics publishers. Just this week I finally got around to reading Lumberjanes, and I did it through a library-only version of the Comics Plus platform through my local library.

    Finally, and I cannot stress this enough, librarians are GEEKS. Teen librarians love creating fan-centered programming like Wizard Rock concerts, Doctor Who parties, and anime clubs. The nationwide theme for kids’ and teens’ summer reading this year is centered around superheroes. Librarians, particularly those who work with young people, are unabashed fans of pop culture, comics, etc. As evidence, I offer you this photo: http://i.imgur.com/pEfC64m.jpg

    That is a picture of Robin Brenner, who is the editor-in-chief of No Flying, No Tights (http://noflyingnotights.com/), a websitthat reviews graphic novels and trades specifically for librarians. She is standing with Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of Welcome To Night Vale. She didn’t see them at a comic convention or Night Vale live show. She was the moderator of their panel at the American Library Association annual conference last week.

    Libraries and comics fans are natural allies and co-conspirators. That’s part of why I recommend Major Spoilers to all of my library friends. :-D

  4. Shay
    July 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    You guys should make Zach read some of the best trade paperbacks you guys have done in the past then talk about it on the show.

    It would be cool to hear his opinion on some of the best comics ever and for you guys to go back and reflect on those books with a modern eye, kinda like what you guys did when Zach on film started.

    I’m honestly interested in what Zach has to say about Bone, Kraven’s last Hunt, and Cerebus.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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