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Comics Alliance Podcast 107: Comic Books On TV And ComiXology’s Controversy

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance Podcast. your source for comic book entertainment culture, news, humor and commentary.

In this week’s episode, we’ll talk about the increasingly well populated landscape of television series based on comic books, our impressions of specific projects, and what if any effect these developments may have on the comic book business itself.

We'll also discuss the latest with ComiXology since the digital comics leader was acquired by Amazon.com. Specifically, the consequences of its controversial removal of in-app purchases from Apple’s iOS platform.

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Comics Alliance Podcast 106: Amazon Buys ComiXology

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The big story of the week is the acquisition of leading digital comics retailer ComiXology by Amazon.com. ComiXology has facilitated over 200 million downloads of digital comics, making it the largest provider of American comic books from nearly every major publisher as well as small press and independent creators. Amazon.com is one of if not the biggest retailers of, well, everything in the world, including a leading seller of digital content in the form of music, video and electronic books.

What does this acquisition mean for Comixology and the American comic book industry as a whole? To address these questions and ask even more besides, Senior Editor Andy Khouri is joined tthis week by Heidi MacDonald, Editor-in-Chief of comics news and culture site The Beat; Matt D. Wilson, ComicsAlliance contributor and the writer of the digital comic book Copernicus Jones, Robot Detective; and Alison Baker and Chris Roberson, publishers of Monkeybrain Comics, an imprint with an exclusive digital distribution deal with ComiXology.

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Comics Alliance Podcast 105: Emerald City Comicon Wrap Up

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance Podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment culture, news, humor and commentary. This week, Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner and Senior Writer Chris Sims share their impressions of this year's Emerald City Comicon and discuss in-depth what distinguishes the fabulous Seattle, Washington show from other conventions of note.

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Comics Alliance Podcast 104: Church of Nerd HQ, Jem and the Holo-Tumblrs, and Asian American Iron Fist

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance Podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment culture, news, humor and commentary. Joining Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner for this episode are Senior Writer Chris Sims and Staff Writer Andrew Wheeler.

On the table for discussion: An Asian American advocacy group petitions Marvel to cast Iron Fist, a blond caucasian kung fu master in the comics, with an Asian American actor in the forthcoming Netflix series. We talk about why this is a great idea.

After decades of waiting, there is to be a live action film based on 1980s iconic animated series, Jem and the Hologram, which will be crowdsourced on Tumblr. Unfortunately, Jem creator Christy Marx has been shut out of the project. We talk about why this is outrageous.

Finally, the group analyzes the controversial Nerd HQ crowd funding campaign undertaken by actor Zachary Levi, who hopes to raise one million dollars to produce an off-site celebrity charity event during San Diego Comic-Con, raising questions both financial and cultural.

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Comics Alliance Podcast 103: Cape Comics Art, Arkham Aesthetics, and Agents of W.T.F.

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment news topics. Joining Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner for this episode are Senior Writer Chris Sims and Staff Writer Andrew Wheeler, who discuss the nature of mainstream American comics with respect to idiosyncratic creators working on corporate properties -- particularly the artists drawing titles published by Marvel and DC Comics.

The group also checks in on the Agents of SHIELD television series, which by most accounts is something of a misfire for the otherwise victorious filmed entertainment division of Marvel.

Finally, we discuss the aesthetic impact the Arkham Asylum games may or may not be having on the ever popular Batman universe of comic books and other stories and products.

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Comics Alliance Podcast 102: The Dueling Philosophies of Eric Stephenson and Dan DiDio

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment news topics. Joining Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner for this episode is CA writer Matt D. Wilson for a conversations about the the keynote address delivered by Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson to the ComicsPro Retailer Conference in Atlanta. Stephenson made a characteristically iconoclastic and not altogether unassailable presentation, urging retailers to become community leaders, abandon their support of gimmicky, high-priced publishing practices, and draw a distinction between good and bad comics.

We’ll contrast Stephenson’s remarks with those of Dan DiDio, his counterpart at DC Comics, one of the stop superhero publishers, who in an interview this week confirmed plans to double— even triple-down — on weekly comics, crossovers and 3D covers, publishing strategies that are seemingly exactly the sort of thing Stephenson that criticized.

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Comics Alliance Podcast, Episode 101: FF Reboot, Guardians of the Galaxy, TMNT Turns 30, and RoboCop Vs. Terminator Is Rad

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Following last week's absolutely unforgettable, star-studded and perhaps even  scandalous100-episode spectacular, ComicsAlliance begins a new era of the best and longest running podcast covering comic book entertainment news.

Recorded on Friday, this episode features Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner alongside writers Chris Sims and Andrew Wheeler for a deep and intense discussion of the most crucial topics affecting the comic book industry. Specifically, who was cast in another Fantastic Four movie; what people think about another superhero movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, that they never thought they'd like anyway; the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and why RoboCop Vs. Terminator is awesome.

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