Podcast Episode 100

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Hey everybody! I’m about to record the Longbox Review comic book podcast’s 100th episode! Before that, however, I want to invite you to submit suggestions for topics, or your comments on your favorite episode or moment from the show, or any questions that you may have for me that I can answer on “air”.

If you prefer, here are some questions that you can answer for me (thanks to listener Sean for these suggestions): How did you get into comics and why? What are some of your favorite comics and why? Do you have any experiences with comic book creators that you’d like to share? Finally, what do comics mean to you?

If you would like to participate in this way, AND I CHALLENGE ALL OF MY LISTENERS TO DO SO, please leave a comment below this post, email me at longboxreview@gmail.com, tweet at me @longboxreview, or leave a comment on the Facebook page. If you’re feeling particularly bold, you can always leave me voicemail at 208-953-1841. These and the other contact options can be found by clicking the Contact/Feedback tab at the top of the page.

I look forward to your responses. Thanks for supporting the show for 100 episodes!

P.S. — If you don’t mind, please consider leaving a review and/or a five-star rating on iTunes!

Podcast Episode 100 Is Almost Here!!!

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Hey everybody! I wanted to remind you that the Longbox Review comic book podcast is about to release its 100th episode–woo hoo! Before I recorded that episode, I wanted to see if you had any suggestions for topics or had questions for me that I can answer on air. Or do you have a favorite episode or moment that you wanted to comment on? If you would like to participate in this way, AND I CHALLENGE ALL OF MY LISTENERS TO DO SO, please email me at longboxreview@gmail.com, tweet at me @longboxreview, or leave a comment on the Facebook page. If you’re feeling particularly bold, you can always leave me voicemail at 208-953-1841 or you can leave a message via Speakpipe.

I look forward to your responses. Thanks for supporting the show for 100 episodes (and beyond)!

P.S. — You can also leave a review and a five-star rating on iTunes! (Please?) :D

2015 in Review

2015 has come and gone, and as it is customary to reflect upon the past year, I present here some stats that I find interesting about my little endeavor that is Longbox Review.

First (as always), the comics! I purchased 635 new issues/trades throughout the year (which is 338 fewer issues compared to 2014). That averaged out to nearly 53 issues per month and 12 per week. There were three weeks where I got 17 issues (in 2014, there was one week when I purchased 34 issues). Limited series clocked in at 64 titles for the year (wow!), and I bought 31 new trade collections/OGNs. I also bought 10 one-shot issues. The rest are the ongoing series, where I bought issues from 80 different titles for the year. I don’t have exact numbers (again, something I’ll need to work on for 2016), but I bought around 200 back issues and trades throughout the year.

Next, the podcast! In 2015, I released 20 episodes total, including several The Gutters episodes. That’s not nearly the amount I want to release in a year (at least 24 episodes is my goal, plus however many The Gutters episodes that I want to do). Did someone say new year’s resolution? ;) Regardless, there were 8481 downloads among the 109+ episodes (there a few files that are in the feed that I don’t count as proper episodes). March was the busiest month with 1130 downloads, and June 30 saw the most downloads in a day. The most downloaded episode of the year was Episode 80: Favorites of 2014, Part 1, followed very closely by Episode 79: Valentine’s Special (by only three fewer downloads!). That kind of surprised me, by the way. Finally, I love that people in 50+ countries have listened to show.

As far as the videos, I had released only nine videos, but had 551 overall views throughout the year, with the 2014 review video getting the most views and a video I made in 2013 getting the number two spot. Huh.

And this is what WordPress had to tell me about the blog:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

As always, thank you for listening, watching, reading, and interacting. Have a great 2016!

Happy Holidays!

Thanks for all the support this past year!

The World’s Mightiest Heroes

I am currently on my way to Pennsylvania to attend the 10th anniversary celebration of Comic Geek Speak. Back in 2006 I “discovered” the podcast and instantly fell in love with it and the various hosts. I had heard about this thing called podcasting that same year (perhaps earlier), but I never really checked into it until I saw an ad for Comic Geek Speak on the PvP webcomic site (I could be wrong about that, but that’s what I recall). I clicked the link, and thus began a wonderful journey with these guys and their guests. What I loved about the show was all of the various opinions and experiences about and with comic books and everything in between. This group of friends reminded me of my childhood where my friends and I would sit around reading each other’s comics and talking about them. I so badly wanted to become an official “Geek”. :) I was able to meet most of the Geeks very briefly when they attended their and my first Emerald City Comic-Con in 2010. I then saw Brian (Pants) at a couple later shows as he manned the CGS booth, and most recently at the 2013 show.

I wasn’t just a fan of the show. Listening to Comic Geek Speak over the years inspired me to start my own comic book podcast four years later. Being your typical shy nerd growing up, doing an audio show that’s out on the interwebs (aka, in public) is a bit out of character for me, especially considering that my voice is terrible (or so my daughter informs me about my singing voice, and for those who listened to my The Gutters episode, 12 Days of Christmas – Comic Book Edition, you know this to be truth)! However, I pressed on, inviting my good friend Travis as a cohost on several episodes over the years. In 2012, CGS co-founder Peter Rios tweeted that he would be open to appearing on someone else’s podcast, and after several minutes of debating with myself (“Am I good enough?” “Will Peter think I’m a horrible podcaster?” Etc.), I invited Peter to come on to my tiny little show, and he agreed! I felt like I did when I met Wil Wheaton at ECCC–like a little boy, all excited and nervous at the same time. Peter was very gracious with me and his time (we recorded for 3-4 hours, IIRC), and he’s appeared a few more times since then. In fact, after we were done with that first recording, I could barely contain my excitement–I was on cloud 9 for the next several hours. Other people have joined me on the show over the years: Travis’ son Ethan, Greg (another very good friend from years ago), friend-of-the-show Mike, Bruce from the Heroes and Villains podcast, and, more recently, new friends from YouTube, Johnny and Matt. I just realized that I’m starting to mirror what I loved about CGS–gathering friends together to talk about comics.

And so, fans of CGS are assembling on Saturday, March 7, at 12 PM EST to celebrate 10 years of podcasting and camaraderie with the Geeks. I will be there as well (weather permitting–thanks winter storm Thor!), probably with a big, goofy grin on my face. If you’re interested in listening to the show live, you can do so by going to CGS’s Ustream channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/comicgeekspeak1. Otherwise, you can listen to show when it’s released later. Here’s to 10 years of CGS, and their efforts to unite “the world’s mightiest heroes, one listener at a time”!