Thee Comic Column #69: Drinking With Comics @ The Comic Bug

Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 7.14.49 PMRecently my good friend Joe.Baxter and I began discussing the prospects of starting up a video podcast that could act as a sort of companion to this column. We wanted something that dealt with comics but also something that didn’t play up the nerd angle that often finds its way into such enterprises. Comics have come a long way, they’re not just for kids and Comic Book Guy anymore, eh? We wanted something that didn’t propagate the “basement dweller” stereotype but instead captured the social aspects of being a modern fan of comic culture. You know, something that was more akin to the vibe you get when you’re at a party with friends, drinking beer, feeling good and talking passionately about why everyone should be reading Rachel Rising or just what the chances actually are that the next Crow movie will be a shot-for-shot interpretation of the original graphic novel. Because of the passion a lot of the people I talk comics with bring to the table during these conversations – especially after a couple of cold ones – I thought if we got something going, the magic would work itself into the conversation and translate on screen. The only problem seemed to be coordinating schedules and finding the right people to take part in this undertaking. Then a few weeks ago I  made my weekly trip into Manhattan Beach, CA’s The Comic Bug, picked up the stuff in my pull list, browsed the shelves and then spent the most pleasurable part of the visit talking with co-owner Mike Wellman about what books he recommended, our mutual man-love of Rick Remender (mine thanks to Mike!) and the music of Mike Patton. Suddenly it hit me – why not do the podcast at The Comic Bug and ask Mike to co-host? In my head it was the perfect idea. And you know, this past Monday we shot the Giant-Sized First Issue and it turned out – I think – FANTASTIC!!!

See for yourself.

In Drinking With Comics issue #1 Joe mans the cameras while Mike and I discuss the return of Miracle Man, the joys of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye series, the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising and of course, Rick Remender. We get into a bunch of other stuff too, all while the three of us enjoy a delicious six pack of Hoegaarden beer.

Stop by, have a beer while you watch and if you dig it, “Like” the Drinking With Comics youtube channel and tell your comic-reading, beer-swilling friends about us!

 

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

One Response to Thee Comic Column #69: Drinking With Comics @ The Comic Bug
  1. Chester Whelks Reply

    Tremendous job boys. This HAS to be a regular occurrence. When can I buy the T-Shirt emblazoned with Shawn’s face and the soon-to-be-immortal catchphrase “SMACK ME IN THE FACE!”?

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