Off Panel #356: The Comeback with Graeme McMillan

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. Just a quick note: we recorded this last Tuesday, so if we don’t reference certain things from last week, you know why!

You can find McMillan on Twitter, Popverse, and his email newsletter, Comics FYI.

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Thanks to the sponsor of this week’s podcast: Macroverse. Macroverse is a next generation digital comics platform, and one with an astonishing number of comics, with currently over 50 series from over 100 creators on their app with a five star rating both on Apple and Google’s app stores. Download the app and binge all their titles, and it’s just $4.99 a month to subscribe to Macroverse, with proceeds directly supporting the creators on the platform. Keep an eye on the future of Macroverse too, as 2022 is going to bring an “Epic” upgrade that offers a new level of digital collectability and more, with early adopters able to sign up for more information at their website.

Also, thanks to the other sponsor of this week’s podcast: Bad Idea! Bad Idea is…uhh…doing something, I guess. They’re still sponsoring the show, even though they’re “over.” Heavy emphasis on the quotation marks. They might be making donuts now? Baking donuts? I don’t know what’s going on.

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Header art is from Scott McDaniel’s cover to Hourman #1 . Off Panel’s theme music is an original track by custom music agency Upright T-Rex Music, written and performed specifically for the podcast. A huge thanks to Ross and Cody from Upright T-Rex Music for putting the track together!