This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Like comics, podcasts have really exploded in popularity. Personally, I love it. Podcasts are a great way to listen while I’m doing something else – exercising, cleaning, cooking, or any other fantasy in my house. But when you put comics and podcasts together, it really hits the mark.
Maybe it’s because I like to listen to people who like the same things that I like. Maybe it makes me feel a little less alone in my fandoms. I was very lucky to find a comic book club where I felt welcome but during the COVID-19 lockdowns it was difficult to continue. Some of the best comic book podcasts have helped me out. The discussions made me read, they made me think, and most importantly, they encouraged me to keep looking for other comics. With so many recent movies and TV shows based on or inspired by comics, it was nice to find podcasts to feed my geeky curiosity. But we have to find the right ones. It can take time and space.
So let me save you a bit of the pain and share the best comic book podcasts I’ve found over the past year. Take your pick and find your geek colleagues.
The best comic book podcasts
This is the podcast that started me on a dangerous downward spiral towards more comic book podcasts. Initially, he started a comic book reviews podcast hosted by Andrew Levins and Siobhan Coombs at Kings Comics in Sydney. What I like Serious problems is the very wide array of comics they discuss. Junji Ito featured a lot of stuff this year, along with plenty of indies, a healthy respect for Hawkeye (both) and an unhealthy infatuation with Batman (I blame Siobhan). It’s NSFW but it’s hilarious and very insightful. Siobhan is no longer a regular host, having started his own Cockatoo Comics business. However, she still pops up every now and then on serious issues, and Levins has brought in a constant stream of guests to keep us entertained.
This podcast captures everything I love about panels at comic book conventions. This should come as no surprise since he started in 2009 as a panel at Comic-Con in New York and San Diego to discuss women in the comic book world. It is rotated between Ellie Pyle, Angélique Roché and Judy Stephens (with some overlap). They pretty much stick to the title topics: Women and Marvel, with a few steps aside in comparable topics, but it usually always comes down to Women and Marvel. For a taste of their style, check out recent Episode 252 (November 4, 2021) on Witches in Marvel and History, starring Agatha Harkness, Scarlet Witch, Morgan Le Fey, and Nico Minoru.
I was originally a fan of Feathers and enemy podcast, featuring characters and story arcs from the Bird of Prey series. In July, Feathers and enemy joined The huntress podcast and now features discussions of Batman, Cassandra Cain, and a range of other DC characters. I’m a little excited to see where they’re going with this, broadening their subject matter while continuing to focus on character development and storytelling.
Alright, you got me in the title. And then you produced the goods. X Men is my first love, but there’s no way I can keep up with everything that is going on at any given time. Thanks to this team, I can catch up with almost anything and feel perfectly comfortable with things where I say ‘NOP’. If you are an X-Men fan then you understand exactly how much of a feat this is. If you are not an X-Men fan then this is the podcast to get you started.
This is a fairly recent discovery for me; I was looking for a quick learning on Astra: lost in space by Kenta Shinohara. My kids have recently discovered manga and I don’t have time to add more books to my reading pile. Kory, Helen and Apryll are absolutely amazing at providing insight without skimping on the details. Looking at the history of the episodes, the team covered a wide range of manga across many styles and genres. Sometimes they’re related to the anime, but the focus is always on the manga. Best of all, they have a very easy going style for a subject that can often be very strange. I am a new fan. Manga in your ears is also in partnership with Taiiku Podcast, a monthly podcast of manga and sports anime. Check them both out!
I seem to be one of the lucky few to have married a geek as passionate about comics as me. However, we have always had our differences over the years; we have ours Civil war at home, where I’m adamant #TeamCap and my husband won’t budge from #TeamStark. Fortunately we attended Comic Book Couples Advice Podcast and I wouldn’t say it’s the thing that saved our marriage, but it sure made a laugh! The hosts are Lisa Gullickson and Brad Gullickson, a real comedic couple. Each episode explores the different dynamics of the relationship between comics, both in published form and in interpretation in pop culture. Loved their recent look at Loki / Loki and their New Years episode on Suzie and Jon from Sexual criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky.
I found this one purely by accident but so glad I did! Comadres and Comics is presented by three Latinx women who realized there wasn’t much available in the comics with Latinx characters. Together, they launched the podcast to bring Latinx creators and content together with readers. They are also keen to highlight the presence of women in the industry which has made them beloved in the comic book community. Personally, they look like a family sitting and discussing a lot of different comics (but mostly indies). They are having so much fun talking, I just wanna have a beer and sit with them!
In all fairness, this article should have started with female dogs on comics. The team have been doing this for a few years now and they really know their stuff. Presented by Sara Century and SE Fleenor with sound editing by Kate Warner, the podcast pretty much covers everything with comics. I’ve been a comic fan for years and still learn new things from them! They are probably the most inclusive and welcoming group there is. If you are looking for where to start or discussions on specific topics, there is a list on “Where to start / Organized lists”. The very first episode was “We love libraries, or how do we read and share comics?” “. And if you are a Poison Ivy fan, then now is your new home.
This is the podcast that I love to share with my kids. Created by a longtime geek and a school librarian who both enjoy reviewing graphic novels and swapping collections with female protagonists. It’s great to see a school librarian actively promoting graphic novels and comics as solid reading material for children. I love the wide range of topics and books they cover. From Black Widow: a finely woven yarn by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto at Faith by Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage and Andrew Dalhouse. It’s optimistic, it’s positive, it’s insightful. That’s all we need for a monthly dose of feminism in the comics.
Comics have always been used for social commentary. Again, not just superheroes. It is simply an amazing way to grasp the dichotomy of social issues in the combined space of art and literature. Comicsverse is one of the best comic book podcasts for capturing that vibe and using the comics as a platform to discuss issues like race, sexuality, gender, and inequality. The podcast featured character analysis, issue reviews, and plenty of creator interviews from all publishers. They’ve been silent for a while but I hope it’s a COVID break and they’ll be back soon. In the meantime, there is an extensive catalog to browse.
So this one is a little different and I like it. This podcast brings together a comic book fan and a certified psychiatrist to examine the various mental health issues of popular heroes and villains. Talk about putting Arkham Asylum out of work! I love the way they view all aspects of mental health: behavior, social dynamics, their immediate environment and so much more. There’s a lot of variety here too, going beyond Marvel and DC. My favorite was in April of this year with Elastigirl from The Incredibles. Not only does this make the characters relatable, it also shows how important a good writer is to completing a character!
The magic of podcasts comes from how natural and personal they can feel. That’s why choosing the right podcast is a personal choice. What looks good to one person can irritate another’s hell. Listen to an episode or two from the list above and find a podcast that’s right for you. The best part about it all is the sheer number of comic book podcasts available. Choosing the best comic book podcasts is really hard! But at least we know we’re not alone in our fandoms. Enjoy!
For more literary podcasts, check out Book Riot’s new podcast series: Adaptation country. You can read more about it here. Another rioter from the book, Alison, also shared her favorite writing podcasts earlier this month: The 10 Best Writing Podcasts for Storytellers and Budding Authors.