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Do You Like Podcasts?

T Campbell, who's filing stories for Broken Frontier these days, has done a plethora of podcasts this year, calling up and interviewing a ton of interesting people and posting the audio (most recently T talked with Tim "Destructo" Demeter, the editor of Clickwheel and Graphic Smash as well as the creator of the comic Reckless Life).

I wrote a short post pondering why I don't listen to more podcasts but it started to sound a bit too negative. Instead let me ask - how many of you listen to the various comic-related podcasts out there and what do you like and dislike about the format (and the quality of current efforts)?

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I do like podcasts and listen to a variety of webcomic podcasts, including the Gigcast most regularly. I also like the sci-fi old time radio shows called X Minus One. I prefer podcasts under an hour and the one thing I wish producers in general would do more of is to post the mp3 files at lower sound quality (lower bit and sample rate) for faster download. Another practice I wish podcasters would implement is to put a language advisory or some sort of rating on each show. I learned the hard way a long time ago to shy away from shows that have swearing in them, for personal reasons and plus I have little kids too.

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Don't forget about the Bomb Shelter Comics Podcasts. The latest one has an interview with KC Green.

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I listen to so many podcasts

Scarybug's picture

I listen to so many podcasts it's impossible to keep up with them all. I think it helps that I'm an auditory learner. I also find it's a great thing to do while drawing a comic.


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I was going to take the

Tom Brazelton's picture

I was going to take the opportunity to plug our talkcast, but I see Gordon beat me to it!

I never really listened to podcasts until after we started producing our own. For the most part, I think it was because I found difficult to find broadcasts or content that held my interest.

I also didn't exactly understand how the technology worked or when I would find time to listen to them. Now I realize that I can kind have shows on in the background while I work on other things at my computer.

I personally like the interactive elements of TalkShoe talkcasts that allows listeners to call in or leave comments in real time. That's more attractive to me than downloading a complete show after the fact.

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Same here

Same as with Gordon and MrMyth, I'm afraid. I love fiction casts such as Katy Towel's stories, but for discussions and interviews I'd usually rather just read a transcript.

Gordon hit on one of the key

Gordon hit on one of the key reasons I don't regularly listen to podcasts (despite there being a lot of them out there done by people I find hilarious): the loss of control.

With an article or a post or a comic, I can read at my own pace. I can easily check back and forth, or skim down to the part that interests me. Not so easy to do with a podcast.

I don't think they are a bad idea - far from it - but it definitely seems like something that isn't quite for me.

I do a podcast (albeit one

Gordon McAlpin's picture

I do a podcast (albeit one about movies, not comics, except occasionally our own) -- the Triple Feature Talkcast with Tom Brazelton and Joe Dunn -- and I'll tell you what I don't like about the format: you can't skim it, like you can with a block of text.

The only podcast I really listen regularly to is This American Life.

Multiplex is a weekly webcomic revolving around the staff of the Multiplex 10 Cinemas.

Multiplex is a twice weekly humor comic about the staff of the Multiplex 10 Cinemas and the movies that play there.

But that's clearly quality broadcasting

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

This American Life of course is... edited and... carefully produced. I don't mind listening to a show like that where every minute is carefully created... You couldn't imagine Ira Glass just calling up someone, recording the conversation and posting it to the Internet - there's a ton of additional work before and after the actual interviews that go into that show.


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On second thought, let's not go to Comixpedia. It is a silly place.

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Sure, but it's still a

Gordon McAlpin's picture

Sure, but it's still a podcast!

And that's one of the other reasons I don't listen to podcasts: most of them have zeeeeero production qualities and are literally just peoples' retarded phone conversations posted to the internet. But some people like that... like, say, the Triple Feature's listeners... :)

That's the thing -- if people just want to know our opinions about movies, they can find them elsewhere (at least Tom & Joe's; I don't post reviews). If they want to hear us bantering amongst ourselves (occasionally with a caller) and being funny and juvenile and all that, they can listen to the show. The podcast's about Tom, Joe and myself as much as it is the content.

Multiplex is a twice weekly humor comic about the staff of the Multiplex 10 Cinemas and the movies that play there.

Taped Vs. Live

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We're kind of agreeing here!

Podcast to radio is like webcomics to comics. It may seem like a big distinction but it'll be increasingly less important (and obvious) as time goes on.

We're out of the era where anyone gets credit just for posting a podcast on the air.

For a lot of podcasts I just wish there was more prep ahead of time and some editing afterwards. Maybe some people want to listen to the entire phone conversation but I'm interested in (at most) the highlights. This American Life isn't doing anything anyone can't aspire to with a podcast! (I mean you may not be as talented as Ira Glass and Sarah Vowell but that's another problem)

That's completely different than the livecast model like the Triple Feature. You can do prep for that type of show (and people should) although you can't post-edit it. You're right though in that the appeal of the Triple Feature is the banter and opinions of you guys. In that sense you're like a morning radio show that focuses on movies instead of whatever it is that shock jocks do these days.


Xaviar Xerexes

On second thought, let's not go to Comixpedia. It is a silly place.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.