Last week’s show was one of the most fun. It was our 30th episode but it was only by chance that it was so special.
We get to speak with so many amazing people yet we rarely have the chance to interact face to face. Sam and I have yet to share a beer together and we’ve been doing this a while now. Skype and text do a great job in bridging the gap, but it’s not the same as looking a person in the eye as you hold a conversation.
Unfortunately Sam still had to Skype in when we recorded our last show. However guests Sara Moni and Anwar Newton managed to stop by makeshift recording studio in the kitchen.
Sara is an amazing cosplayer who actually found a lot of support from Kieron Gillen’s fan community when he helped spread the images of her amazing Miss America Chavez cosplay. I’m lucky to have known her in high school, where we both attended in Peoria. She also cosplays a kick-ass Wasp, gender-swapped Havok, and lately has been turning heads with fan-favorite Silk. She killed it at Wonder Con a few weeks ago and can next be seen kicking ass at Phoenix Comic Con.
I’ve known of Anwar through a mutual friend as well as the local Phoenix comedy scene. He’s been working shows, open mics, contests and any place else that would let him tell some jokes. Then he went to San Diego Comic-Con, took some psychedelic mushrooms, and texted his entire experience (or ordeal) to his friend. Since going viral with the screencaps, Anwar’s act has gotten bigger. He’s opened for great comedians like Tig Notaro and SNL’s Michael Che.
Anwar was on the show before but he has a shitty computer and microphone. Needless to say, it didn’t work out so well. Now he’s back and without technology to blame. Sara’s first time on the show couldn’t have gone better.
There was no shortage of discussion on the show, especially in the wake of the Controversy of the Week: Iceman Comes Out edition. Both provided thoughtful insight into the new story development and while we all tend to agree that there were issues in the execution, it’s great to continue to see high profile developments in Marvel’s publishing line.
It was a fun show and I hope we have the opportunity for more madness in the future.
Here’s to another 30.
There is a first time for everything. Finally, I have something to say. It’s only fair that I share it with whoever wants to ignore me. But if you like geeking out, if you like it when other’s geek out, then you might enjoy the following word vomit.
Welcome to the Bleed. If you’re reading this, it’s because your curiosity brought you pass the sphere of Bleeding Cool and onto this lovely page. Kudos. We hope you enjoy what we do, because we enjoy doing it.
I’m going to be sharing a few thoughts here because this is the only appropriate place to do it. I’m Joseph Kyle Schmidt (aka Joe [don’t call me Joey]) and I co-host the Bleed comic book club with Samuel Morse (aka Sam [I’ll appreciate if you call him Sammy]).
This is where I’m going to talk about things about the show we might not have time to go into on during our actual recording. Your minutes are precious and what few you don’t have to waste on podcasts, you’re probably perusing blocks of text. This takes much more effort on all parties, whether creating or consuming, but we’re human beings and we fucking love self-immolation. Let the torture begin.
The Bleed began out of frustration. Let it be known that this is the *second* attempt at doing something like this that I’ve been a part of. Friends at Phoenix tabletop gaming collective The Grey Circle began a comic book club and invited me to join in as a bi-weekly Google Plus meeting. My good friend Travis thought I’d be a good fit, and he was right. But everyone was too damn busy to make every-other-week meetings a regular think.
I love those guys. We had a great time arguing about comics we liked and hated, but we all barely scratched the surface. Being that most of these guys were gamers they didn’t really understand, much less appreciate all of the aspects of comic book production that I’d grown to love. It’s no fault of these guys, I just wanted a level of commitment and passion that I don’t think they were able to give. Jeez, I sound like a weepy ex...
So I found a few like minds in Erik Grove, Ian Mageto, and David Dissanayake who helped out in the beginning. We knew at first it would be rough, that it would be a few months before we’d found our voice, and while they all ended up dropping out in the end this show wouldn’t be around without their valued contributions. When we were wandering aimless, each provided their own thoughtful insight both on the show and behind the scenes.
But we really found our voice when Sam Morse joined the show.
David introduced me to Sam immediately with the intention of making him a regular member. I was a bit weary at first, if only because we already had a few people and I’d grown to think it was a bit too crowded. Maybe we should only have two or three people. But I love David, and I’m not going to say no to that sexy face. So we had Sam on for an episode. He was great. He was back the next week. And he’s been here ever since.
The main reason this show works, however, isn’t because Sam and I found our voice or we have a good rapport. No, our success is purely attributed to the amazing guests we have on each and every week.
When I decided to “go deeper,” I didn’t mean to just geek out with a stable group of friends every week. When I go to cons, my favorite thing to do when I meet creators for the first time is to find out what they like. What are they geeking out over? What books inspire them? What comics do they want to tell me about?
Because that’s what the Wednesday Warriors love, am I right? We love to pick up our pulls and peruse the new releases to see if there’s something we might have missed. And we glance at other readers’ stacks and ask if what they’re picking up is any good. Sometimes yes, sometimes no, sometimes awkward “WHY ARE YOU TALKING TO ME GO AWAY” stares, but mostly it’s camaraderie.
There is a sense of community among strangers that doesn’t exist in many other hobbies. It’s why conventions are such a vital and revered piece of the culture. When you’re surrounded by people who love things that you love, people that hate things you love, people that love discussing the minutia of it all, it’s hard not to find yourself caught up in the excitement.
And that’s what we strive for every week. Sam and I love finding out what makes our favorite creators tick, and we also love finding out what inspires them. The Bleed is the perfect opportunity for the best people in comics to talk about the things they might not otherwise bring up. No one at Bleeding Cool is asking what’s at the top of Matt Kindt’s pull list. CBR doesn’t ask what comics make Amy Reeder lose her shit.
We love reading comics, we love talking comics, and we love to hear what drives the people that drive us. If you’re into all that, then fuck, stick around. Comics are a labor of love, and so is this podcast. We’re all in it for the feels.