300 episodes

Ostensibly about comic books and graphic novels, "Wait, What?" is a podcast in which two friends swap stories, theories, and jokes about all aspects of pop culture...but especially comics.
For our early episodes, our theme music is Track 18 from Nine Inch Nails' wonderful ambient album Ghosts, which Trent Reznor graciously made available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
But for some time now, it has been an original composition by our very own Graeme McMillan: this update is overdue!

Wait, What? Jeff and Graeme @ waitwhatpodcast.com

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    • 4.8, 101 Ratings

Ostensibly about comic books and graphic novels, "Wait, What?" is a podcast in which two friends swap stories, theories, and jokes about all aspects of pop culture...but especially comics.
For our early episodes, our theme music is Track 18 from Nine Inch Nails' wonderful ambient album Ghosts, which Trent Reznor graciously made available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
But for some time now, it has been an original composition by our very own Graeme McMillan: this update is overdue!

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

Trevortevel ,

Baxter Building

Fantastic Four is so darn good and this podcast makes it even better. If Marvel ever brings FF back for a monthly series I think that you two should write it. Excelsior!

Warwol ,

Smart, pleasant, hamstrung by ideology

Wait, What? is the comics podcast for you if you fancy yourself an intellectual and thought Donald Trump was going to put gay people in concentration camps.

It's honestly probably the smartest comics podcast out there, and the discussion is at the level of most college courses -- but neither of those accolades really says very much nowadays.

In typical liberal white male fashion, both guys are somehow guilt-ridden, and pleased with themselves, and self-deprecating, and smug all at once. It's actually fine listening as long as you don't think too much about the deep inner pain that these aging childless men must be constantly repressing.

In typical modern-day journalistic fashion, the podcast puts forth a wealth of information and yet is totally oblivious to key facts that would crystalize (or refute) their arguments. You can hear them talk for literally three hours over the course of two podcasts about how "diversity" is not killing sales, and yet not once in those three hours do they cite any sales figures. Both guys are extremely knowledgeable about the industry, but they lack basic common sense and inductive reasoning skills. For instance, they will complain about the high price point of a graphic novel, emphasizing again and again the dedicated fanbase that would be interested in it, without bothering to consider that sales for the property have actually been quite small, and thus obviously the price on the graphic novel is high because the publisher would need to charge that much to produce a product with a very limited audience. Limited audience = larger cover price to justify production. Sounds simple. But the Wait, What? guys are instead stuck in the emotional loop of "Ugh why so pricey? People really like! Should be cheaper! Ugh why??? Argh mean corporation business capitalism!!!"

The guys also assume that their own social media bubble constitutes reality. They can't fathom why the comics industry doesn't cater 100% to the tastes of their friends on Tumblr. They become obsessively nervous whenever a comics company does anything with even the slightest shade of meaning that might offend Twitter, and they will spend an hour worrying about how Marvel and DC can possibly patch things up and apologize for misinterpreted offensiveness. Even when they acknowledge that really it is mostly a misunderstanding, never once will they place the onus on the social media crew to simply become a better, fairer, more rational audience. Instead it is all always a big offensive kurfuffle, very "problematic" and troubling. My word, it is all a huge scandal, as if someone forgot to cover their nose when they sneezed in the presence of a duchess in an 18th century European court!

The show is nonetheless enjoyable because of the host's knowledge and general amicability. They have spirited discussions and are generally in good humor. They care about the comics they like, and this comes through. But at the end of the day you have to keep in mind that these are two adult precocious children in their 40s and 50s whose favorite comic is Squirrel Girl, and they go through life believing that Squirrel Girl is actually a hit with young people, women, and minorities. And yet here they are, two straight white guys in their 40s or 50s, and actually Squirrel Girl is more or less... for them. They ostensibily consider themselves liberal and progressive, and yet they buy comics owned by Disney and Warner Bros., and their online presence is devoted to promoting films and other entertainment media made by the same corporations, whom they despise.

Under the surface it's all a troubling morass of hypocrisy and end-of-cycle cultural dysfunction, but on the surface at least it makes for engaging listening.

Da teen ,

Just like chatting at the shop!

Love Jeff and Graeme! These guys crack me up every show. Takes me back to growing up in my local store and debating books, Tv, and movies! Can't wait until the next show as soon as I finish the most recent!

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