Anyway, great job. I suggest though bringing up live guests and asking them questions on the air or something.
Yeah we plan to do this occasionally! They tend to involve a little more planning and organization (plus finding a good guest/topic match) so I'm not sure it will ever be a *frequent* thing, but we do have another one lined up for the very near future and plans for a couple more when the time is right. :] I suspect when we're more comfortable with them we'll have more of them, we're still kind of figuring out how to get these put together most efficiently.
Big points to skoolmunkee for discussing her disappointment over the sexualized portrayal of female characters in comics
Thanks for saying that. :] It's something I try not to bring up too much, because I don't want to come off as having a chip on my shoulder about it, but a couple of times I've had to say something. I normally don't mind too much to be honest, I recoginise it's going to happen (and I've probably done it myself). Just sometimes it's very glaring.
especially since this episode was only 45 minutes! Not good. At least an hour please, especially if we have additional content like the voicemail segment.
One thing we're not sure about is time, we're still not sure what the ideal time for these should be (plus we're not very good at keeping track of time while we're talking). We've been trying to get in between 45-60 minutes. Would it be worthwhile creating some kind of anonymised survey to find out what time, features of the show, etc people most commonly want?
In its current format, the features seem somewhat scripted and too planned out; I think a natural organic discussion between two friends approach would better serve that segment.
They pretty much are scripts. That's because the quackcasts have been taking more time to prepare as we go, and we thought it would save us a good hour or so of prep time by not having to read each other's features much and just have a few critical comments to make. We tended to talk a lot longer about the features when it was conversational too, and we were hoping to free up time to give to the main topic and to add in stuff like the ‘voicemail.’ Maybe there's a compromise?
It's all pretty experimental really. We want to have informative and interesting quackcasts without too much rambling, but don't want to sound like it's a bunch of bullet points we have to hit and talk through on rails. We don't want them to run too long but we also don't like having to leave out stuff we prepared. And as we get into more informative topics, prep time goes up, so we put that time where we felt like it was more important. It's a small balancing act, I don't think we've worked it out completely yet. That's why feedback is good. :] If listeners feel something we're doing isn't working it's good to know, maybe that is something we fan fix. I don't think we'll be able to suit everybody of course.
None of that was me saying “that's how it is and it isn't going to change,” just some explanation in repsonse to your comments.