Comet Boots Episode 30: Hot Dog America

2016-08-14 19.01.29

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Special guest Kelly, who has a Twitter, a blog, another blog, a podcast, gosh, so much stuff. Get on the ground floor of her guns and ammo roundtable with special guest of podcasts past Duncan, over at Mindless Ones.


COMICS WE TALK ABOUT

Providence #10
Frank Discussions:
Punisher #4
Lots Of 90’s Punisher
Hitman (Yes, all of it)
Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits
Black Monday Murders #1
2000AD prog 1994
Misty (2000AD reprint)
All-New, All-Different Avengers #1-2ish
The Wicked + The Divine #22
Ladykiller vol.2 #1
World of Tanks #1
Deathstroke #1
All-Star Batman #1
Superwoman #1

3 thoughts on “Comet Boots Episode 30: Hot Dog America

  1. I really enjoy the podcast! As an Alan Moore partisan, though I want to point out, in my opinion, an inconsistency. Your latest pod critiques Alan Moore for depictions of rape, then praises Punisher for guns, cutting off peoples faces, and running them over with cars… I haven’t read recent Punisher – it may well be awesome – and I don’t think that we all need to be massively consistent in all our tastes – different comics will appeal to different readers, and that’s good.

  2. Thanks for listening, commenting, and complimenting, Joe! Adam and I are both Facts in the Case fans, as I’m sure you know.

    I’m comfortable saying fictional depictions of sexual violence need to be handled differently and with more sensitivity than standard action violence (even when the latter is pushed to the extreme, as in some of our favourite Punisher comics). There are various reasons for this: a disproportionate affect on women, likelihood of triggering PTSD symptoms, lack of societal support for victims being just a few.

    I don’t think this means it’s off-limits as a subject, but it comes up a lot in Alan Moore’s work, and after his recent public response to criticism, a lot of readers (myself included) get the feeling he’s being deliberately provocative. That doesn’t seem like a very good reason to include sexual violence in a story, and neither do shock, formal experimentation or deconstructing Lovecraft’s ouvre. By no means do I think this invalidates Providence as a comic of value, but equally I’d feel remiss if I didn’t register my discomfort at the inclusion of these elements.*

    *Obviously discomfort is an intended effect, but again, given recent comments I don’t think Moore is asking us to question fictional depictions of rape so much as just be repulsed.

    Sorry to go on, but thank you for forcing me to put my thoughts down in a more considered fashion!

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