This week the guys are getting ready for Rainbow Book Fair in New York City!
The show kicks off with a brief update on Jeff’s writing and the creation of a production schedule that goes into 2019. Next, they show off the Gay Sex Coloring Book and the picture Jeff colored. On the TV side, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars and the Supergirl/Flash crossover episode are discussed.
April is Autism Awareness Month and friend-of-the-podcast Tammy Middleton is running her annual Authors “Sign Off” for Autism Awareness auction, which features an array of goodies to bid on from authors and publishers–including Jeff’s Hat Trick trilogy in paperback.
Jeff talks about Born for This by Chris Guillebeau and Jeff & Will wish the Love Bytes Review blog, run by Dani Maas, a very happy third Anniversary. The guys go over some answers to last episode’s Question of the Week. Casey at the Bat creator Bob Glasscock joins the show for an interview about the comic, what inspired him to create Casey and what is process is for writing and drawing it. Bob also asks this week’s question: “What comics do you like to read online? Long form? Sci-Fi epics? Gag-a-day?”
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Here are the things we talk about in this episode:
- Gay Sex Positions: An Adult Coloring Book website (NSFW!)
- From The Voice on YouTube
- Nyle and Peta’s Rumba on Dancing with the Stars
- Supergirl/Flash crossover on CBS
- Authors “Sign Off” for Autism Awareness auction details
- Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau on Amazon | Jeff’s Review
- Love Bytes Reviews website
- Bob Glasscock’s Casey at the Bat: website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr
- Casey at the Bat Volume One at IndyPlanet (ebook and paperback available)
- Matt Groening’s Life in Hell overview at Simpsons Wiki
- Tim Fish (creator of Cavalcade of Boys) website
- Slash Pile archive of LGBT web comics on Tumblr
- Jay Fuller’s Boy In the Pink Earmuffs website | LGBT Webcomics directory
- Tony Breed Muddlers Beat website
- Jeph Jacques Questionable Content website
- FlameCon in Brooklyn, NY website
- QueerComicExpo in San Francisco, CA website
- Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast by Greg Fox website
- Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu website
- Rainbow Book Fair in New York, NY website
[h2]Question of the Week Episode 25 Responses:[/h2]
While listeners can leave comments on the website each week, answers come in from various other platforms as well (and we can only read a few answers on the show). Here are all the responses we got to the question “How often do you browse physical bookstores for books?” Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer.
- Nancy: I almost never go into bookstore anymore and I feel guilty about it. Before Amazon I browsed bookstores a lot, for me it was the best way to find out about new books. I started buying from Amazon in the late 1990’s. I started reading ebooks on a PDA in the early 2000’s and then switched to a Kindle. It is just easier and cheaper to buy ebooks and books from Amazon. Another factor is the amount of information available on the web from authors, publishers, bloggers and even Facebook. I recently bought a handwork book directly from an Australian publisher based on a blog I read. I never would have found the book in a US bookstore.
- A.J.: I rarely browse new bookstores, only when I’m killing time at Barnes & Noble before the movies. However, I do love browsing used bookstores. There’s something exciting about searching through the cluttered stacks of a used bookstore, like it’s a treasure hunt. Plus, the book prices at a used bookstore are competitive with ebook prices. I’m more willing to take a chance on a $3 used book than a $19 new book.
- Katie: I love walking through book stores. I go to Half Price Books couple times a year and can never leave empty handed. TBR pile is out of control.
- Gillian: I love bookstores! When I was home in NZ, I actually built up such a rapport with the owner of my local comic store that he would hold things he suspected I would like until I had the chance to look at them. Often, he was right! I didn’t develop a relationship like that at any of our local bookstores but my stepdad did, with an independent book store. When I shop at that store, I go straight to the staff and tell them the kind of book I am looking for and get their recommendations because they know books like nobody’s business.
Currently, I am in Japan! My Japanese is not at book reading levels yet but this has not prevented me from buying Japanese novels here. Because I am currently trying to save I try to avoid bookstores but still end up in one at least once a month.
Fun fact: seeing what Western books end up translated and distributed in Japan is fascinating. Sometimes the titles are completely different and a fun game to play is ‘guess the book.’ If I am in a bigger city with bookstores with English language books, I often end up browsing just to see what is currently popular.
I used to collect and read Elfquest as a young adult, moved briefly into Marvel’s Generation X and then finally settled (after a long detour through various manga series) into the DCU — specifically Superboy, Impulse and Young Justice.
The only online comic I read regularly (I have a comixology account and occasionally check in to see how badly DC is mangling my favourite characters) is actually a hard one to classify — Kate Beaton is a history buff and fan of cool things and smart people. Her sense of humour and smarts appeal to me a lot and the subjects of her comics range from literary figures and characters to historical people you may not have heard of, but need to know more about and also saucy mermaids.
Kate Burton is interesting! I was very into the front page of the site and am going to have to dig in more.
I’m not a comics fan, so I’m going to sit this question out this week.
But, thank you for the Born for This book reco. I read $100 Startup and love it. It’s practical and inspiring. Helped me look at my writing as a business versus a hobby. Chris just did a great podcast interview on Entrepreneur on Fire that I thought you might like: http://www.eofire.com/podcast/chrisguillebeau/
Have fun in NYC. Eat some $1 pizza and Shake Shack.
Thanks for the podcast recommendation, A.J., I’ll have to check that out. And NYC is a blast–although we haven’t braved a Shake Shack line yet.
“Always Raining Here” — auto-delivered via RSS feed. Hazel and Bell are amazing. Start with volume 1 (first page) because you really don’ t want to miss any of this.
From the website: “Adrian is heartsick, Carter is horny.
This is a story about their misadventures as awkward teenagers as they fumble through unrequited romances.”
Thanks for that recommend Ava. I checked it out a couple days ago and had a hard time putting it down. I know I’ll be back to catch up on those episodes.
I have a friend that is an artist and she has a series of Blockhead comic books (coloring books too!)
and she has a series I just started called Sam’s Town. I am not very far because some podcast got me back into reading and now I am buried in new books!
I used to read XFiles comics (they are in a box around here somewhere) and I have the first 20 or so of the Supernatural comics.
I gave a quick look at these a few minutes ago. I love the artwork on the cover of the Blockhead comics and the art work of Sam’s Town (and I only looked at the first page) was very cool. Thanks for the rec.
I read a handful of online comics, mainly
The Young Protectors (http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete_title_page/)
Adam & Andy (http://www.adamandandy.com/)
Kyles Bed & Breakfast (http://kylesbnb.blogspot.com/)