The Beat Podcasts – More To Come: When Comic Shops Go Wrong

The Beat Podcasts – More To Come: When Comic Shops Go Wrong


Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald.

In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Heidi’s adventures at the Angoulême Comics Festival, women and comic shops as observed by Noelle Stevenson, Hayao Miyazaki vs. Otaku, Preacher coming to TV with Seth Rogen, low January comic sales, Ms. Marvel #1 – the new comic from G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona about Kamala Khan, the new Pakistani-American superhero from Jersey and more on PW Comics World’s More To Come.

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  1. JoeC_Mommy says

    I like The Big Bang Theory. I can see that it’s absurd and broad. It’s a caricature. But I can see something more, something that I’ve never tried to put into words. Uh …

    Take a Tootsie Pop. Its outside is a boiled sweet, flavored to taste like a fruit. That’s fine. But its inside is a Tootsie Roll, a chocolate candy. That’s better. (Because chocolate *is* better.)

    Say that The Big Bang Theory is a Tootsie Pop. Its outside, the boiled sweet, is the stereotyped characters. To some, that’s funny by itself. But its inside, the Tootsie Roll, is that it’s well-acted enough and it’s well-written enough that in time, anyone, anywhere, can see through the stereotype and start to feel empathy for its characters. And that’s better, because that’s a change of heart. A change of heart that can change how that anyone, anywhere, treats the fanboys and geeks in their day-to-day.

    Aha! The Big Bang Theory is apologetics for fanboys and geeks! That sounds a bit better, and more mature, than the analogy between it and a Tootsie Pop.

    Have you seen The Bakersfield Expedition? It’s from … Season 6. Here’s a rundown: The boys road-trip to a con in Bakersfield. They stop to take photographs of themselves in costume, mountains in the background. Their ride, and wallets, are stolen. They hike to a diner, where they’re mocked by a waitress and a policeman. You’d have to have a cold, hard heart not to feel for them.

    The girls are in The Bakersfield Expedition, too. They want to see what their boys see in comic books. So they visit their LCS. Yes, the other boys in the LCS gawk at them. (That might happen at a bar or a nightclub, too.) But the owner of the LCS, audibly and authoritatively, tells the gawkers to MYOB. After that, he asks questions, listens, and helps the girls shop. That’s better than some women have it at their real-life LCS. Anyway, the girls buy, read an issue of Thor. And they debate, at length, one question, Which characters are worthy of Mjolnir? I think that’s the one and only time that I’ve seen women read comics on television (outside of documentaries on PBS). And it was a pretty positive portrayal at that. You see? The Big Bang Theory isn’t all bad.

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