Funnybook Babylon

August 24, 2009

FBBP #109 – Nerds vs. Nerds, Cap vs. Interest, Loeb v. Readability

Filed under: Podcasts — Chris Eckert @ 7:56 am

A trio of topics are explored this week, spanning the world of Fandom!

First off, the continuing battle over San Diego panels, focusing on the kerfuffle between fans of Venture Brothers and Fables!

Then, we explore our muted reaction to Captain America Reborn, despite our longstanding enjoyment of Ed Brubaker and company’s Cap run.

Finally, we sink into the pit of despair that is the Jeph Loeb Happy Hour. This segment is not recommended for children under the age of twelve, women who are pregnant or nursing, listeners with heart conditions, or anyone wishing to maintain faith in the inherent goodness of humanity!


  1. Ticketed panels work well at other cons I have been to.
    GenCon has had ticketed panels for years, mostly because of all the games that require tickets.

    Comment by Jeff — August 24, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

  2. I solution to overcrowding at panels is to broadcast the panels. You could either do that to overflow rooms with big TVs or streaming it online. You obviously won’t be able to Q&A with those people, but they can still hear what you have to say.

    Chicago Comic-Con had people video taping and putting it up on the web, but they were then charging something like $15 to watch those videos. I’m curious how many people actually paid that.

    Comment by Uthor — August 24, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

  3. From my knowledge of convention spaces, installing *any* sort of video solution in some convention halls requires full union and convention hall support. These aren’t situations where the convention hire 3 dudes for 350$/day to set up a decent recording. Lots of convention halls require special contracts that are specifically extremely expensive for video setups of any kind.

    Specifically, I heard that the Javits is worse about this than anyone else. So, while DC, Marvel each of the independent folks may get a podcast of panels out there, a convention wide solution a la blizzcon gets incredibly expensive. Working out the logistics and hiring people to do this is hard enough, doing so within the constraints of the convention might be difficult.

    Note: I am in general very pro-union. I have just heard insane stories about convention halls.

    Comment by Joseph — August 24, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

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  5. It was only yesterday that I realized that James Cameron’s “Avatar” and “The Last Airbender” were two different “Avatar” movies coming out at the same time, so, Chris: you were not alone in your confusion.

    I’ve got to agree with everyone’s Captain America sentiments. From Brubaker’s entry to Cap’s death, things were phenomenal; from #26 to the recent landmark issues, things were sometimes great, sometimes merely good; and most recently, with #601 and Reborn, everything’s gone bad fast. Oh, well. Thanks for the ride, Bru! At least we still have your Daredevil! … Oh, right.

    As for Ultimatum, it’s naturally another Loebomination. Since you guys already made fun of the book’s writing for me, I’ll instead take a dig at the art and dare anyone to find Colossus’s legs on the cover of #5. Admire the anatomy of Jean Grey’s right hand and right leg while you’re hunting!

    Lastly, I find it impossible to believe that Bendis ever came to an agreement with Loeb as to how Ultimatum was even supposed to begin or end, regardless of how Loeb messed up everything inbetween. I mean, Ultimatum starts with NYC getting destroyed, yet within the first five pages of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1, Bendis has lampshaded this, laughing off the fact that ALL OF NYC WAS REBUILT IN SIX MONTHS. (And that’s putting aside the fact that Bendis immediately [though rightly] shrugged off Spider-Man’s “death” within the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man: Requiem.)

    But again: oh, well. With UC Spider-Man priced at $4, #1 is the last issue of that series that I’ll ever buy, so I don’t really care that all Ultimate continuity no longer makes sense. And again, thank for the ride, BMB, but it looks like this is my stop!

    Comment by Rand — August 30, 2009 @ 3:16 am

  6. It’s hard to be a fan of Fables who thinks that Willingham is a dick.

    Comment by Lugh — September 3, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

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