This week new comic book day is also new podcast day, because the Comic Booked Podcast is back! I’ve picked a special topic with which to kick off the new year, something that I’ve had rolling around my brain for a long time. I’ve always wanted to do an inside the writers’ room kind of special, as a way to let people in on the process. A lot of work goes into what we do, and while I don’t want to take away the magic completely, sometimes it’s fun to get a little peek behind the curtain. The first edition of this new Comic Booked podcast is all about how I approach a professional review. I do a little bit of everything here at Comic Booked, but I’ve always had a special place in my heart for reviews. I don’t have much in the way of paid training or education related to writing, in fact a successful career in entertainment journalism was never really a goal of mine until very recently. I actually came up through the message board system, where as a user I saw some of the best and worst of both writing and people. I read amazing insights that truly enhanced my understanding and enjoyment of fiction, and also comments that could shake even the firmest optimist’s faith in humanity. Along the way I took a lot of notes on what to do and what not to do, and now I finally have the chance to create the kind content that I’ve always wanted to see. I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to share my ideals or not, but in the end my desire to contribute to the betterment of the whole hobby won out over my instinct to protect what might make my writing unique. What I’m about to share is my take on what makes for a quality, full professional review, and the principles hold true for both written and audio/podcast versions of reviews. The main examples I use to illustrate my points are movies such as The Dark Knight Rises and Twilight, and comic books containing Wolverine. This is about starting a dialogue as much as anything else, so comments and feedback are welcome!
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