Not everything I’ve done has been guesting on a manga podcast. In fact I’ve been on one more podcast, and co-hosted another. Probably more of a mark of the horrific lack of reliability that I’ve had all along, they’re still good stuff all the same, and more than worth writing about here as cherished products and contributions.
(I don’t think we came up with a logo or image for this pod. Must remedy)
A sequel podcast of sorts to our short-lived attempt to solve all the problems rampant in popular culture that we’d done on the Geek Syndicate, TAMLETKALFPC was and continues to be mine and Tim’s irregular series about the valuable life lessons our life attached to screens, books, speakers, and such similar mediums, going through various periods of our young lives, and then onto specific forms of entertainment and the like, including that greatest of influences upon us both, the Star Wars. Like Manga Mavericks, we run long, to an almost unreasonable levels, especially for something so introspective, but I feel confident that the 9 episodes we’ve managed to put out so far have been quality pieces of entertainment, and the guests that Tim has managed to line up along the way have been fantastic. To say nothing of Tim himself.
Well, I *say* to say nothing. I’m gonna say a bunch. Timothy Swann has been a hell of a co-conspirator, able to tolerate my worst impulses, and doing the majority of the legwork for every episode of the show, despite whatever obstacles might get in the way. I couldn’t ask for a better co-podder, and is a fantastic pal. I’m sure if I’d ever pulled it out on my end we’d be much further along by now.
There’s been a lot of value in these shows, especially when it comes to getting the ropes of podcasting with other people. My approach to solo-casting may impress people occasionally, but it often comes down to me being very particular, as well as incredibly nervous about giving people a bad time. Getting to have lengthy, relaxed chats with Tim on the microphone has been a crucial learning experience when it comes to stepping outside the FEV comfort zone.
Look forward to more Tim & Max in the future, but in the meantime I *highly* recommend our episodes on Politics (Featuring James of 2 Grown Men, and We Have Issues), and Comedy (featuring comedy expert Josie). They’re good shows, where Tim, our guests and I all delve deep into topics we’re particularly interested in.
It would be fair to assume from all I do both here and on social media that I’m mostly about Japanese comics. A TRICK! A RUSE! Before FEV even existed I was a presence on the Monkey On My Back Podcast, talking about a healthy MIX of Japanese and Western comics (with the occasional room for eurocomics but I need to up my game there). But yes, since late 2010 I’ve been doing little 5+ minute contributions for Nick and company, reviewing comics, talking industry nonsense, or whatever comics-adjacent stuff I can get away with. With the relaunch as We Have Issues I started out the gate with a series on the History of Manga, covering RIGHT UP TILL THE ACTUAL POINT MANGA HAPPENS, which brings us back to that whole unreliable thing again but, despite that disappointing failure to keep something up (fnarr fnarr), I’ve since been keeping up a pretty irregular series of contributions whenever I can, through varying times for the podcast, both good and bad. It’s a good show, and a great platform to just gush about stuff I like, or even to crap on stuff I hate, though as mentioned in a previous post, WHI has an unoffical lean towards comics positivity, and that lesson has been one of the most important things when it comes to doing my own comics commentary, in an area of the internet where cynicism tends to rule over all.
You can find all my contributions (and the occasional other episode where the word max turns up in the episode description) over on this link here, and all History of Manga contributions in this series of links you’re seeing now. Wait, that didn’t work out. One more HERE.
That ALMOST catches you all up on everything of interest I’ve done. But not quite. I’ve still got one more thing I’ve done, and it’s… It’s not amazing, but I’ve got a lot to say about it, and want to come back to it at some point. Look, it’s a let’s play youtube channel, right? Jesus.