Marvel Editor Sarah Brunstad joins Off Panel for a discussion about the wider world of editing comics. Brunstad discusses her path to comics, continuity's impact on editing, editorial divisions, relationship building, the importance of communication, story versus sales, supporting creators, the impact of format, misconceptions about editors, her favorite part of the job, and more.
Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt join the show to talk about C-list villains and their upcoming Dark Horse mini-series, Minor Threats. Blum and Oswalt discuss their love of the lovable losers of comics, the origins of Minor Threats, the book's cast, narrative freedoms, the greatness of Scott Hepburn, villain bars, legacy, building a vibe, creative processes, why comics are always such a draw for them, and more.
Retailer Brian Hibbs joins the show to talk about the world of comic shops. Hibbs discusses the year at his shop, Comix Experience, online stores, different paths to success, the speculator market, what's working at his shop, the major problems facing comics retail right now, Diamond Comic Distributors' issues, serialization, selling single issue comics, product vs. process, his graphic novel clubs, the impact of those, and more.
Comics journalist Graeme McMillan joins the show to talk about the world of writing about comics and five topics or trends of note in the comics space. McMillan discusses the evolution of writing about nerd culture, how it's gotten better and worse, the origins of Popverse, single issue comics distribution, supply chain issues, the dominance of the book market, the shift that's on, manga's success, Marvel's lack of cohesion, DC's big smart plan, digital disruption, the ComiXology mess, the state of Webtoon, creators as publishers and brands, Substack takes, what it does, who is interesting in this space, and more.