In this week's episode of Off Panel, Christina Merkler - the co-owner of Discount Comic Book Service and Lunar Distribution - joins me to chat about her world. Merkler discusses a typical day in her job, the evolution of DCBS, learning curves, the main appeal of DCBS, how their ordering works, the pandemic lift, brick and mortar shops versus DCBS, the origins of Lunar, the multi-distributor model, managing issues, perceptions of Lunar, its expansion, supply chain issues, where the direct market is headed, and more.
In this week's episode of Off Panel, artist Terry Dodson joins the show to chat about his Image series Adventureman. Dodson discusses the past year for him, delighting in Adventureman, the importance of coloring for him, the title's release gap, their larger plans for the book and how they've evolved, the global nature of the story, creator-owned life, what he values in his art, conventions, and more, before we close with some Ted Lasso talk.
In this week's episode of Off Panel, comics critic Oliver Sava returns for the eight millionth annual Superhero State of the Union. Sava discusses idealogical differences between Marvel and DC, different flavors of Batman, DC's current approach, Black Label, Wayne Family Adventures, event comics, general disruption in superhero comics, Marvel's Infinity Comics, the Avengers trinity, Marvel's lack of a plan, Hickman's departure from the X-Men, our favorite non-Marvel/DC superhero book, and more.
In this week's episode of Off Panel, The Beat's Heidi MacDonald returns to the show to chat about the recent craziness in the comics world. MacDonald discusses recent events, what it means, the Substack deal, Substack's reading experience, its viability, ComiXology's big change, the retailer response to this digital wave, the DC/Webtoon deal, creators protecting themselves, conventions, the distribution situation, and more.