Everyone knows that 2012 represents the end of days on the Mayan calendar. What people don’t know, however, is how Emmet O’Cuana and his crack team of podcasters, like Harry Stamper and his noble crew, may just prevent a global apocalypse with their weekly podcasts.
Perhaps a little back story is in order first. I first met Emmet through a chance comment I left on one of his blog posts for Comic Booked. From there, we exchanged pleasantries and ideologies until a couple of months ago, when Emmet O’Cuana was tasked with heading up the Podcasting Division of Comic Booked. From there he assembled a small team of rotating panelists to cover a variety of topics: comics, movies, television, video games, etc. I jumped at the opportunity to participate in one of these early podcasts and found it a thrilling experience. I host my own weekly media and culture show, COTUSradio, but it was liberating for me to sit back and let someone else control the reigns. What followed was an entertaining and insightful discussion of the state of criticism within independent comics with Emmet and Sarah Ellen. After that, I was also asked to participate in discussions on Before the Watchmen, a news report slamming DC Comics, and Gary Friedrich’s legal woes with Marvel.
What Emmet does, week in and week out, is organize a thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion. He develops a structure and a series of talking points that take the participants into deeper waters than a simple “I like this; I don’t like that” banter. Whether we’re talking about Before Watchmen or The Phantom Menace, Emmet, with feedback from his team, finds an angle that gives greater weight and value to these topics.
I know for a fact that the team is hard at work, planning shows months in advance, so that the strong efforts of the first few episodes will only continue to improve as the show gains more listeners. I consider it a tremendous honor to be able to sit in on these podcasts from time to time because I know, no matter the topic at hand, that I will be exchanging ideas with some truly insightful people. With a talented crew that includes Lucas Stiverson, John Iwasz, and Jeremy Boreske, each episode is bound to bring you fascinating perspectives on exciting topics.
As for saving the world? I could dive into a whole sermon about how overcoming differences is the key to the future of the human race and how the Comicbooked podcasts serve as a microcosm of the greater human experience, but the truth is much simpler: The Mayan Calendar happens to be a really good friend of mine and I know for a fact that he’s a huge fan of the Comicbooked podcasts. He’s agreed to keep adding months to his pages as long as the Comic Booked podcast stays on the air. So spread the word and tell all your friends to listen to the Comic Booked podcast… unless you want the world to end.