Back in the day (circa 2006), I dabbled in podcasting. I enjoyed the creative aspect of writing and editing the shows, as well as the geeky technical aspects of producing and distributing. Kansas City has an active podcasting community so I thought I would feature some of them here on the blog. First up, the boys at Worst.Comic.Podcast.Ever! (aka WCPE).
What is your name and what is your role in the podcast?
WCPE is three life-long friends – Cullen Stapleton (Portland, OR), John Holloway (Overland Park, KS), and Jerry McMullen (Olathe, KS)
How would you describe your podcast? Who is your audience?
This is a podcast 30 years in the making. As life-long friends, we enjoy getting together once a week to talk about comics in all forms – print, digital, TV, movies, toys, and more. As fathers, we do our best to keep the podcast family friendly! In terms of our audience, we have fans in all age groups, genders, and backgrounds. From casual fans to comic professionals, we offer something for everyone. If you like comics, we think you will like our show.
When was the podcast launched?
What made you want to launch the podcast?
Growing up, we spent every day together through the end of high school. Then life happened – college, jobs, marriages, mortgages, kids… it was becoming harder and harder to find time to get together and just hang out. So we started the podcast as a reason to meet up once a week and talk comic books.
How often do you publish shows?
Our weekly podcasts go up on Fridays at 10 AM CT. However, we are putting new content up on our site M-F – reviews, previews, videos, comics, and more.
What do you discuss in your shows?
We review comics, TV shows, movies and more. Whenever possible, we interview comic book professionals, either on the podcast or at conventions around the country. We play games, discuss current news, and just have fun.
How long are your shows?
We tend to run between 60-90 minutes per show.
What do you love about podcasting/your show?
First and foremost, for us, it’s getting to spend time with each other. But the best thing to come out of this is the new friendships we have made with the show. We have a dedicated group of listeners that check in with us in feedback and at shows. We have had the opportunity to host panels at conventions, meeting comic professionals and actors.
Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in your show.
In June 2015, we were invited to participate in a fandom event with the Johnson County Library for their summer reading program. We recorded two shows live with a full audience – the first was an interview with a local creator, the second was a Meet the WCPE crew where we talked about our origins and took questions from the audience.
What podcasts do you enjoy listening to?
What future plans lay ahead for your show?
We will be appearing at numerous conventions around the country throughout the year. John and Jerry will be set up at Clint’s Comics for Free Comic Book Day on May 7. All three of us will be together for the two main shows in Kansas City – Planet Comicon and Kansas City Comic Con.
Where can someone find more information about your podcast?
Anything else you’d like to share?
We also volunteer for the Hero Initiative, a non-profit that raises funds for comic book creators in times of financial need. We have set up at Planet Comicon for over 15 years representing Hero. For more info, see heroinitiative.org.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I’ve started a page listing various Kansas City podcasters, some with a geeky focus, some not, so be sure and check that out, and feel free to email me with suggestions of other shows to feature.