I’ve never really warmed to audio podcasts for a long time. Specially when You Tube came. I thought, why do audio podcasts at all when you can do it on video? That didn’t stop me from trying though. Back in August of 2006 Jonas Diego, Randy Valiente and myself recorded an audio podcast which I had planned to broadcast right from my blog. Thing is, the technology to do podcasts at the time dumbfounded both Jonas and I so much that we just gave it up. I remember having fun recording it though.
And of course, being the video freak I was and still am, I did a video blog of us doing the audio podcast. Here you can see bits of the audio podcast that we did. It’s in Tagalog…
Komikero Video Blog #4
Oh my God why did I embed that? In August of 2006 I was still a video blogging newbie and it showed. In the video I mentioned plans to do podcasts regularly, but since we were unsuccessful in putting up just one, we abandoned plans to do it further.
Fast forward to 2008….
I started looking for and listening to podcasts in the last few months as I worked on finishing the illustrations on ELMER. I needed to listen to something while I worked, and I’ve pretty much musicked and DVD audio commentaried myself out. I wanted to listen to something else.
The first podcast I listened to was Radio Lab’s dissection of Orson Welles’ radio adaptation of HG Well’s War of The Worlds and why it worked so well at fooling people. Give a listen. It’s an an excellent podcast.
I started listening to other podcasts from Radio Lab and I have to say, they know how to make some excellent podcasts.
I started listening to podcasts that relates to comics, and so I discovered the Inkstuds, which has interviews with Eddie Campbell, Melinda Gebbie, Bryan Talbot, Joe Matt, Jessica Abel and loads of other independent comic book creators. It’s a hit and miss podcast show for me though. But it’s more to do with some interviewees who are better left to let their comics speak for them. Sometimes, they seem to be interviewing people at 2am when the subject is so sleepy/lethargic that it can get rather frustrating to listen to. But sometimes they find a creator who gives a great and lively interview. In any case, it’s one of the best podcasts to listen to if you’re an independent comic book fan.
One of the best new comics podcast shows I listen to is House to Astonish where they talk mostly about new mainstream comic books.
I’m also getting into Comic Geek Speak, specially for their detailed podcasts on classic comics from the 80′s (I love 80′s comics!!).
Thankfully, there is a Philippine equivalent in Tres Komikeros. They talk mostly about new comics from Marvel, DC and a few independents, and with their newest episode, they started talking about locally made comics.
Another local podcaster is http://blog.literature-ph.com/, which has a podcast with Trese creators Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. Audio isn’t the best, but its always great for me to listen to Budjette talk about comics.
Now all this has sparked my interest to re-start my attempt at doing my own audio podcasts from right here in my blog. Now unlike my video blogs, I don’t feel comfortable doing these podcasts by myself. It would be too boring, I think. Ilyn has agreed to do them with me, and whenever friends are over for a visit, we most likely will do one.
This time, I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on the technology, specially since there’s a nifty WordPress plug in just for this purpose. All right! Something else to watch out for!