Comic Geek Speak

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Comic Geek Speak
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Hosted by
Bryan Deemer
Peter Rios
Shane Kelly
Kevin Moyer
Adam "Murd" Murdough
Brian "Pants" Christman
Chris Eberle
GenreAudio Podcast
UpdatesMonday -Friday
Audio formatMP3
Original releaseMarch 2005 – present

Comic Geek Speak (CGS) is a comics audio podcast that focuses on current mainstream and small-press comic books, featuring creator interviews, reviews, commentary on the comic book craft and industry, comic-related movie discussions and more. Bryan Deemer and Peter Rios began the Comic Geek Speak podcast in 2005 and the roster of hosts has expanded to include Shane Kelly, Kevin Moyer, Jamie D., Matt, Adam "Murd" Murdough, Brian "Pants" Christman.[1] The hosts express their individual opinions in an informal way that many fans think resembles a discussion between friends hanging out at home or at the local comic shop, giving the podcast a unique point of view.[2]

Comic Geek Speak has interviewed over 400 creators including Stan Lee, Terry Moore, Jamal Igle, Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, Dave Sim, Geoff Johns, Matt Fraction, Joe Kubert, Freddie Williams II, Paul Pope, Jonathan Hickman, Denis Kitchen, Sean McKeever, and David Petersen, among many others.[3] Other shows have included top 5 discussions, debates, interviews with retailers, and spotlights on specific characters or publishers. The CGS hosts also regularly visit comic conventions, giving day-to-day overviews of their experiences as attendees, interviewing creators as they promote their upcoming projects, talking to listeners, and even moderating or participating on panels.[4]

CGS's motto is "We Are Uniting the World's Mightiest Heroes One Listener at a Time". The motto stems from a listener contest, won by Chris Whittington. The podcast engages in interactive communication with its listeners via email, voice mail, and its own forum. Listeners can ask questions, suggest ideas for future episodes, participate in contests and are occasionally given the chance to guest-hosts a show that touches on a specific topic of interest. CGS recently celebrated their 1,000 numbered episode that was recorded on January 9, 2010. Peter Rios has since left the show, he is the first Geek to officially leave CGS. He has since begun his own successful podcast: The Daily Rios.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

The CGS crew release episodes Monday through Friday. Over 1,230 episodes have been released, ranging from regular shows on current comic books and comic events, to more focused discussions. These discussions include:

Book of the Month[edit | edit source]

A reading club designed to get listeners interested in and exposed to books they may not have been exposed to otherwise. The categories of books rotate from month to month, Marvel, DC, Indie, Manga, and Host Choice. Currently on hiatus.

Indie Publisher Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Showcases various independent and small press comics, as well as the companies and creators behind these titles.

Let's Talk Shop[edit | edit source]

A discussion about comics and the industry with different retailers and comic book store owners.

Off The Rack[edit | edit source]

A discussion of three comics (one Marvel, one DC, and one independent) that the Geeks choose during Previews episodes. They all read and discuss the issues.

Notable Discussions[edit | edit source]

  • Episode 384: Book of the Month - DMZ sparked the debate of whether or not DMZ by Brian Wood is a good series. Bryan Deemer and Jamie D got into a heated discussion on the book, which the listeners carried over to the forums and sparked a line of custom buttons for fans to wear to show "which side they are on".

Segments[edit | edit source]

Stump the Rios[edit | edit source]

A trivia contest. Listeners submit three trivia questions, one for DC, one for Marvel, and one for Independent comics. If host, Peter Rios, cannot answer at least one of the three questions, the submitter will win a prize. The rules for Stump the Rios, came about because Peter was once asked 3 questions all about Scrooge McDuck, and so after this the rules were set that it had to be one Marvel, one DC, and one Independent Comic. Stump the Rios came to an end with Peter Rios leaving the show.

Top 5[edit | edit source]

Hosts list their five favorites in a variety of categories, such as animated movies, villains, and cliffhangers.

Smarty Pants[edit | edit source]

The idea for a TV trivia contest featuring co-host Brian Christman was initiated by Matt when he coined the term "Iron the Pants," the original name for the contest. Listeners submit three trivia questions dealing with American TV shows from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Pants must successfully answer at least one question or he is considered "Ironed." No prizes are awarded. The name of the contest was later changed to "Smarty Pants" to match the segment's theme music, "Smarty Pants" performed by First Choice.

Muddle The Murd[edit | edit source]

This segment takes the place of "Stump The Rios" in regular rotation. Here, listeners submit three questions to try and defeat Adam Murdough. Each question must fit under the criteria of one DC, one Marvel and one Independent. The twist comes with the second set of criteria: one question must come from the Golden Age of comics (anytime before 1970), one from the Silver and Bronze Age (1970-2000), and finally, one from present day (2000-today). If Adam Murdough is unable to answer at least one question correctly he is considered "muddled," and the contestant wins a prize.

Spin Off Podcasts[edit | edit source]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

Where the hosts of CGS take an in-depth, page by page look at some classic comic series and discuss them.

World of Toys[edit | edit source]

Hosted by Shane Kelly and Brian "Pants" Christman. A discussion of newly released toys as well as an in depth look at the toys of yesterday.

Murd's Time Bubble[edit | edit source]

Hosted by Adam "Murd" Murdough. Being behind in his current comics reading by at least eight years, Murd discusses the comics that he is catching up on and his thoughts on the stories.

Jamie's Essentials[edit | edit source]

Hosted by Jamie D. An extensive look at each Marvel character, their "must read" stories, and how they got to where they are now in current continuity.

Easter Eggs[edit | edit source]

The podcast has become well liked among some creators and they have even put easter eggs into their art. One of the most famous is by colorist Morry Hollowell in Marvel Comic's Civil War #3, where he colored a microphone at the Spider-Man press conference with a Comic Geek Speak logo.

Convention Tour[edit | edit source]

Every year Comic Geek Speak has a booth at several comic conventions around the United States, and has participated in panel discussions on podcasting.[5] It has been the Official Comics Podcast for New York Comic Con '06, Pittsburgh Comicon, and Fan Expo Canada '09.[6]

Super Show[edit | edit source]

Comic Geek Speak held their first ever live recording in January 2006, to commemorate the show's 100th episode. The live recording was held at Golden Eagle Comics in Reading, PA, which was also the site for the Episode 200 recording later that year. When the amount of listeners showing up for these recordings outgrew what Golden Eagle could accommodate comfortably, Episode 300 moved to an unoccupied storefront inside the Fairgrounds Square Mall. This was the final milestone episode event held by Comic Geek Speak before switching to a convention model for their listener gatherings.

In September 2008, Comic Geek Speak hosted the first Comic Geek Speak Super Show, a creator focused comic convention at the Greater Reading Expo Center in Reading, PA. Notable guests included Mike Norton, Jamal Igle, David Petersen, Sal Abbinanti of Atomika, Buzz Aw, Morry Hollowell, Danielle Corsetto and many others. The Super Show attracts listeners from all around the world, including attendees from Australia and the UK. The most recent Super Show took place on March 27 and March 28, 2010, with the next one scheduled for April 30 and May 1, 2011.[7]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. "About Us". Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  2. "The Comic Book Podcast Companion". Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  3. "Interview Artist". Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  4. "Comics Podcasting Panel - San Diego Comic Con". Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  5. "Comic-Con Panel". Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  6. "Official Comics Podcast". Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  7. "CGS Presents Super Show 2010". Retrieved 2009-10-12. 

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