To celebrate the special occasioning of the end of 2013, we present the first ever Alternate Cover End-of-Year Awards! Which basically means that instead of doing an ordinary episode, we (Seb, James and Rhys) went to a central London pub in mid-December with a bunch of our comics-reading chums and sat around talking for nearly three hours. So please extend a hearty welcome to our guests Alex Hern, Hazel Robinson, Michael Leader and Abigail Brady, who joined us to nominate their own picks for the most discussion-worthy titles of 2013.
Yes, it is a bit of a long episode, even with a few of the more digressionary sections chopped out – but we think it’s mostly entertaining chat, despite getting a bit more drunk and loud towards the end, so hopefully you will too. If you like your podcasts with a backing track, meanwhile, then you’re in luck (who’d have thought a pub would have background noise?) – so you can look forward to hearing the likes of Aretha Franklin, Shakin’ Stevens, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Arcade Fire underscoring our yammering. But, er, we haven’t got a PRS license for this podcast or anything, so don’t tell anyone.
Finally, just one more bit of housekeeping: in discussing Superior Spider-Man, I (Seb) managed to list most of the artists who’ve worked on the series, but forgot (I’m blaming beer) to mention Ryan Stegman, the series’ main artist. So, er, sorry about that, Ryan, but rest assured you’re one of the biggest reasons the series is excellent!
You can download the MP3 directly here, listen to the episode in your browser via the player below, or get it for your preferred player via our iTunes and RSS feeds. Hope you enjoy this unusual episode, and we’ll be back in the new year with some more conventional episodes. Although if this one goes down well, we might do some more group chats in the future, so do let us know what you reckon!