In his podcast Comicology, Neil Gorman reviews comics that he thinks are especially noteworthy and gives in-depth profiles of certain comics or characters. I really enjoy formats, mostly because I don’t regularly buy comics anymore. I’ve got two kids in daycare, and that eats up the majority of my “disposable” income. Anyway, particularly enjoy Neil’s character profiles, because he’ll take a character like Nick Fury or the Martian Manhunter and give you the whole crazy history starting 40+ years ago. He’ll explain character “resets”, continuity jumps, the whole deal. For characters that go back as far as the golden age, like the Green Lantern, that makes for particularly interesting listening. I also appreciate that his shows usually only run between 20 and 30 minutes. He’s respectful of my time, and every show he makes a point of acknowledging that there are a lot of listening options out there and thanking us for choosing to listen to him. I compare this to other shows I listen to, which continue to experience time bloat, and I know I’ll always make time for Comicology. It’s a show that others have spoken of highly
Yesterday, out of the blue, I got an IM from Neil. It began with “Hey Preston. Do you still listen to Comicology?” I should say that Neil and I aren’t “tight” or anything. I’ve posted a couple times on his forum and I think I IM’d him once before when he asked for feedback about a show format. However, for all practical purposes we’re strangers. I assured him that I still listen but that I’m an episode or two behind. Neil went on to admit that that his download numbers have dropped off and he’s trying to figure out why.
I assured him that I had no intention of dropping his feed and offered to plug his show here on my blog. If you listen to podcasts, or if you don’t but you’re interested in comics, I’d like to encourage you to check out Comicology. Neil is respectful of your time, always accessible to his listeners, knowledgable about his stubject, and–most importantly–I almost always learn something new or cool from his show. Give Comicology a try.