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Robin reads The Walking Dead

Posted by The TV Critic on 13 February 2014 | 24 Comments


Hey everyone,

As I announced on the podcast for The Walking Dead's "After", I recently read Compendium One of the graphic novels.

I then recorded a podcast summarising each chapter briefly and commenting on it in my usual style. The podcast is 2 and a half hours long by the end but obviously every second is audio gold :-)

I'm asking listeners to donate $5 or more to get their copy of the podcast. Just click on the donate tab and leave me $5 and then email and say "Give me my episode!" This is just a one-off sale to help cover the costs of my time. All the episode review podcasts are on the feed as usual. If you have any questions please email me.

Some quick notes:
1. You will need to download that from a browser. It's not connected to an RSS feed and won't appear in Itunes or an App.
2. It is called a "graphic" novel for a reason in this case. Don't listen to it around impressionable minds.
3. It obviously contains spoilers for The Walking Dead. If you are an up to date TV viewer who hasn't read the comics (and doesn't plan to) then I think you are safe to listen. Nothing major going forward is spoilt.
4. If you "buy" the episode please don't share the link with anyone.

If you listen to the episode and want to discuss the graphic novels then please comment below. So if you haven't read them or heard the podcast STOP READING NOW. THE BELOW COMMENTS ARE ALL SPOILERY!


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  • Haven't listened to the podcast yet but I just finished reading compendium 1 and wanted to write down my thoughts.

    I watched the show first which I really enjoyed but I aalways thought the comics would be better but ... I'm disappointed. In the comics there is even less characterization, some dialogues are just too long, boring or unbelievable a real person would say that. I work as an editor and I'm sure a lot of dialogue (esp. Ricks speeches) could have been shortened without losing anything. But I have to say I watched the show in english but read the comics in german (my first language) so there could be things got lost in translation i.e. drastic change in tone and things like that. But more than once I thought "no one would use a word like that in spoken language". And, what's with all the swearing? Why is everyone using the same words? And why is no one thinking (I mean those thought bubbles in comparison to "speak" bubbles) - every person just literally says what's on their minds.

    I don't like the portrayal of the women ("they just want to be protected"). And why does everyone seems to be in a romantic relationship? That's a bit akward.

    Don't get me wrong, I love comics but I'm not sure if I'm interested in reading the second compendium. I don't feel connected with any of the characters in the comic. Even Rick annoys me sometimes.

    I read somewhere that amc showed the pilot in black and white as a bonus for the comic fans. Unfortunately this episode is not available in Germany, I'm really interested how that would look like.

    Posted by Maria, 04/12/2014 10:37pm (5 years ago)

  • I really feel they should have had Michonne get raped in the tv show. It would have made more sense why she never liked the governor.

    Posted by kareem wilford, 14/04/2014 4:43pm (6 years ago)

  • Now, let me remind you that they did love Old Yeller and what they did isn't a decision taken lightly, but in the end, it was for the good.

    If HIMYM was based on a book or comic, I would have spoiled it for you. Sorry, I can't be there for all the shows you don't like that you force yourself to watch.

    Posted by Funkhoser, 22/03/2014 7:41am (6 years ago)

  • That's not a flattering analogy. But can we just conclude by saying that I have been watching How I Met Your Mother for 9 seasons and I think it has been disappointing for 8 of them. I clearly don't want to be put out of misery. I love watching TV, good and bad.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 17/03/2014 11:20am (6 years ago)

  • Now, I don't piss people off that much, just a mild irritation sometimes. How do I know? Well, didn't you provide me the information on what you said in the podcast? You're the one who said that there's only one character that's misogynistic in TD, yet in TWD comic, you judged the comic based on the dialogue and decisions made by the female characters. If memory serves, the dialogue and decisions made by the females characters in TD aren't exactly what I would put on a pedestal. So sorry if I raised an eyebrow or two to your reasons. If that's not what you meant, instead of getting angry at me, maybe you should explain it better, after all, you're a professional (or is this more of a hobby for you?) tv critic/writer.

    Along with GoT and BB, you get so many comments for your TWD reviews and thought it has become an obligation for you to write the reviews instead of writing it for the love of the show like you do with BB, GoT, Lost, etc. It was an Old Yeller type situation, but instead of getting the job done, I missed the shot and only clipped the ears.

    Posted by Funkhoser, 17/03/2014 11:08am (6 years ago)

  • This is why you piss people off. You haven't heard my podcast and yet you are already trying to call me hypocritical for what I may or may not have said. How do you know what I said about misogyny on the Walking Dead?

    And if I ever wanted to be put out my misery I would stop watching a show. Ok?

    Posted by The TV Critic, 16/03/2014 5:25pm (6 years ago)

  • As I explained earlier, I don't remember exactly what I wrote, since it's been a year, so you just have to rummage in your site and see if you got it saved somewhere. How can I justify my actions? Well, think of it like if someone was suffering, would you put them out of their misery or continue to let them suffer type of scenario. Besides, you admitted back then you it's not a big deal and that you forgot the spoilers. Most important, the spoilers I put up were fake anyway. I just picked random characters and said they will die. I thought you would have figured that out by now, then again, you did forget about what I posted.

    Let me get this straight, on True Detective, only Woody Harrelson's character is misogynistic, but you judge the whole TWD comic to be one. Sound to like me you apply a different set of standards from one to another, then again, you are a tv professional critic person not a comic book one, so it's expected.

    Anyway, if anyone care, there's a good piece on the New Yorker on the problems of how the women characters are written in the show. It's a great show, but if people are throwing misogyny around whether it's a show, movie or comic book, TD isn't the exception, imo.

    Posted by Funkhoser, 16/03/2014 9:28am (6 years ago)

  • 3) I didn't get to read your full explanation because I was afraid of spoilers. I'm happy to read it now if you post it. But I don't see how you can justify spoiling someone who explicitly doesn't want to be.

    As for "True Detective" - no I wouldn't call it a misogynistic show. Woody Harrelson's character probably is. But the show seems to be more a reflection of a culture rather than revealing something about its creators. My critique of TWD comics was purely based on the dialogue and decisions made by female characters. I wasn't trying to make any grand social commentary.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 11/03/2014 11:38pm (6 years ago)

  • Sorry for late reply. As James Moriarty said, did you miss me?

    1) Very funny glitch, if I may add. But I'm sure it's nothing to do with how I drive you up the wall sometimes. :)

    2) I'm familiar with premium services offered by websites. I know there's a site for 5 dollars a month you have all access to videos and podcasts, along with the free stuff they offer. You're charging $5 for ONE podcast. Sorry if I don't jump for joy at that offer. Now, I'm not telling you what to do, just expressing why I'm not keen with it.

    3) Sorry if my explanation was completely inadequate for you, but that's what I'm going to stick with. I'm not going to change my stance till you find one that's adequate. If you like, you can post a comment as me and write one up if it makes you feel better. Hell, you don't need my permission, it's your site.

    4) I don't know if I want to give my email address. I'm sure you're nice guy, but sometimes people act different when they are away from public view. Also, I have this effect on turning nice people hostile towards me. It's problem I have sometimes, I know. Can you track me down? Not saying you will, but you're resourceful guy. You have been on tv, you made this website and I'm sure you know people who are just as resourceful as you. I believe you can do it, if you want to.

    Going on William's comment, in the podcast did you pull out the "misogynistic" card? Okay, maybe it was good that I didn't listen to this podcast. Been experiencing a lot of people throwing the word around in video games websites and don't particularly want it creeping into comics talk. Yes, some are warranted, but most of time, people are making mountains out of molehills i.e. Dracula biting someone's neck is considered rape. I'm not making it up , look it up. I shouldn't be surprised, tv and movie critics tend to look down on comics... I mean, graphic novels, since it's more acceptable term to the mainstream audience. Not that I blame them sometimes. I have met a few comic readers who are splitting image of the comic book guy in the Simpsons. Anyway, Robin, just me curious, do you consider True Detective to be misogynistic? Women characters on the show aren't exactly written well and have little depth when compared to the two leading detectives.

    Posted by Funkhoser, 07/03/2014 9:24am (6 years ago)

  • Hey,
    It's good to hear that as that would surely be the reaction that hooked people to keep reading. In this case I will bow to you on that. It was impossible for me to approach the comic without expecting people to die every other page. If I had been reading with no TV show reference then I may well have reacted similarly.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 25/02/2014 7:26pm (6 years ago)

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