Reflecting on our First Pod Season, Celebrating the Season 2 Vid Format!
It was late January 2017 that I got my first piece of podcast equipment. Fast forward to just over a year later? A whole damn lot has changed!
The very concept of Above and Batman Beyond didn’t exist when I bought my first podcast mic; and my mac mini, and my digital interface/mini audio mixer Apple jargon hoo ha. My first ever podcast was called, Geek News Bat-News: A Batman Podcast, now titled, Geek News General. Listening back to the earliest of episodes was cringeworthy, to say the least. So much so that I’ve admittedly wiped a few of the early stinkers from record (Believe me, it’s better for all of us). Never would I have thought that in less than six months from then, DC Comics legends like Dan Jurgens would be on my show (Writer of Batman Beyond DC Rebirth comics; Creator of DC’s Doomsday and Booster Gold), on some new, more polished interview podcast. Let alone, guests like Batman Beyond TV voice actor, Melissa Disney (Blade Sommer; Curare).
In those first recordings, a podcast mic for me was like being handed a new instrument. And, that is not to imply that I was good. Quite the opposite, in fact. I’ll agree that, with time, I’ve developed a pretty decent podcast voice; but man, at first, I just sounded like a 50s NBC Radio guy mixed with a really boring Batman/Star Wars nerd, talkin’ about toy runs to Target. A lot needed changing. And, pretty quickly, it did.
By June of 2017, I had one, sometimes two interviews lined up for every single Monday of summer. Since then, we’ve done live video/audio convention coverage from major events like NY Comic Con, NJ Comic Expo; we’ve stepped up our sound quality and the quality of programming in general. And now, for season 2 of Above, we finally have pro audio/video skype recording. This means that my skype interviews will now sound in-the-room clear on my end, for you die hard audio listeners. Most excitingly, this also means we get a whole new video audience as well.
Countless people have told me that they don’t listen to podcasts, but they would watch, if I made a video show. So whether you’re video, audio, or both, we got a bunch of video/audio episodes comin’ your way for season 2 of Above.
More than a year after my first equipment haul, celebrating these big changes to the show and our podcast network, I thought this was a good time to start a new season of the show. The Season 2 premiere of Above and Batman Beyond was posted to our Comic Book Intl YouTube channel (SUBSCRIBE!) this past Tuesday, 3/20/18. As its clever title, Beechen Returns, the episode features the return of Adam Beechen to our show. Beechen is a TV and comics writer, formerly on DC’s Batman Beyond book. The premiere of ABB was our first fully Vidcast episode, meaning the entire episode was shot as a video and then converted to audio for our classic Beyond audio listeners. Audio is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, and here as always at BatmanBeyondPodcast.com.
I can’t wait for all the new interviews comin’ your way, too! Here’s a quick preview of what’s to come for the new season…
- The Return of the Jurgens
- Bernard Chang Returns
- Justin Michael, from Batman: The Animated Podcast
- Jim Fletcher, Creative Director of DC Entertainment, Overseeing DC Collectibles
- The guys from the Steady Geekin’ Podcast
- Beyond Expert/Collector, @Batman_Beyond_Fanpage on Instagram
- Toy Photographer, @The.Batfan on Instagram
And again, the big bonus this season are the video episodes. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR COMIC BOOK INTL YOUTUBE CHANNEL!!
But, don’t forget where you come from either. I’ve always loved audio podcasts, and after about 5 years of non-stop obsessive podcast listening, I think it’s safe to say, I always will love audio. That’s what I love about the vidcast so much! Not only does it allow for the Beyond future of YouTube programming and green screen backgrounds at home, but it also gives you the old Bruce Wayne option of a good old audio show.
Please try to enjoy Season 2 of Above and Batman Beyond as much as I will. ‘Cause, I’m gonna be havin’ a f***in’ blast!
Finally, a Beyond thanks and shout out to all the fans, listeners, and guests that have helped make the show what it is. Without y’all, I’d just be another Bat nerd from the audio 50s talkin’ to no one else but the internet.