Hey Kids, Comics! #345 - Legends on Our Own Minds

• February 17th, 2020

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Hey Kids, Comics #344 - Out of Style or: (Return of the Cash Grab

• February 2nd, 2020

It's baaaaaack!  

The bane of 90's collecting has returned in a new and different form.  While the madness of the foil-enhanced, poly-bagged, embossed, holographic, gimmick covers and editions of comic publications have largely gone extinct, the powers that be have found new ways to generate sales through exclusives and variants that hearken back to the "collector speculator" era.  Join Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston as they take a dive into the past and the curiously similar present state of the comics industry!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #343 - Mirror, Mirror

• January 24th, 2020

There's a dark side to the Justice League of America, sort of, that rears its ugly head from time to time in the form of the Crime Syndicate of America.  Dark analogues of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, the Flash, and Green Lantern from the extra-dimensional Earth-C.  They are the topic of discussion as Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston talk up the diabolical doppelgangers this week.

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Hey Kids, Comics! #342 - Guided Tours

• January 19th, 2020

How do you get fans excited about the shared universe that is populated by hundreds of characters from the familiar to the obscure?  Well if you are  comic book publisher in the 80s, you create the definitive guide to (almost) every single character in the catalog.  And that is exactly what Marvel and DC (most famously) did with "Marvel Universe" and "Who's Who".  At least twice!  Discover these and more as Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston act as your guide to the universe guides of the past.

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Hey KIds, Comics! #341 - Declaration of Independents: Critical Akklaim or: (Valiantly Seeking Acclaim)

• January 11th, 2020

"Declaration of Independents" concludes in the best possible way, with a special guest!  Your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston discuss the history, publications, and fate of Akklaim Comics with none other than show favorite Weldon Adams.  Prepare for some incredible insights into what happened when a video game company set their sights on the successful comic book publisher Valiant Comics.

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Hey Kids, Comics! #340 - Declaration of Independents: I Say Cah-Mik-Oh and You Say Coh-Mee-Coh

• January 4th, 2020

Hey Kids, Comics! is not going to call the whole thing off this week.  Quite the contrary!  Your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are back from their holiday hiatus and ready to take a swing at examining one of the biggest successes in the "big indy" family - Comico ("The Comic Company").  Enjoy the next to the last chapter of Declaration of Indpendents and the tale of a company that started from unusual circumstances and eventually became another often forgotten imprint.

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Hey Kids, Comics! #339 - Declaration of Independents: Defiant Behavior

• December 22nd, 2019

"Declaration of Independents" continues with a chapter that explores one of the more curious examples of the the little big indy and name recognition as a vehicle for success or failure.  When big egos collide and lawsuits fly, you have the tale of Defiant Comics with Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston taking up the challenge of chronicling the fate of this would-be innovator.  

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Hey Kids, Comics! #338 - Declaration of Independents: Malibu Kin

• December 22nd, 2019

Welcome to the second chapter of "Declaration of Independents.  This week Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston explore the rise and disappearance of Malibu Comics.  Among the more successful of the big indys of the 90s, Malibu's characters garnered Hollywood attention with live action and animated television series...then they were simply and quietly taken away from the public eye.  Find out how and so much more with this unique tale spun by your hosts.

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Hey Kids, Comics! #337 - Declaration of Independents: Tekno Union

• December 11th, 2019

A new story arc begins with Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston exploring the "Indy Boom" and some of the publishers that came and went in a time when comics were at the height of their powers.  Catherine Houston joins your hosts this issue as they discover that celebrity names were not enough for Tekno Comix, a corporate-style publisher with ambitions in the retail end of the industry.

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Hey Kids, Comics! #336 - Jingle All the Way (to the Comic Shop)

• November 26th, 2019

The holidays fast approach and your Comic Shop Santas Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston yet again bring you the annual Hey Kids, Comics! Holiday Gift Guide!  Give a listen to some great Christmas present choices for the comic book fan in your life (or for yourself)!

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