Over its nearly 16-year history, YouTube has succeeded in providing a platform for creators to connect with viewers of incredibly diverse niche interests. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of channels dedicated to discussing comics, and while they take different approaches, the best ones have found a way to connect with comic book fans.
However, since there are many channels on YouTube dedicated to discussing the medium, these might get lost in the crowd. Anyone who loves comics and wants to explore that love, even more, might find these channels right up their alley.
Bare Panel Tape
Strip Panel Naked is a channel run by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (who goes by the name “Hass”) that goes into depth about how a certain comic shows a technique, style, or aspect of the comic creation process, such as lettering or the layout of the panels.
Viewers can tell immediately that Hass knows what he’s talking about, and it’s no surprise he has experience as an Eisner-winning letterer, writer and editor. PanelsPanel magazine. SPN currently posts about once every two months, but each video is well worth the wait.
Have you ever been able to tell that a work was drawn by a certain artist or written by a certain writer? Some call it style, but for Chris Piers, it’s all tropes. Episodes of his channel, Comic Tropes, take between 10 and 30 minutes to talk about a certain creator’s work, an interesting aspect of comic book history, or a specific comic book story.
Chris is also someone with experience in the industry, having done illustration work himself and interviewed creators like Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman on his channel (the latter being a friend of his long time). For a comic book fan’s perspective, Piers is a top choice.
With superhero action movies dominating the box office, it’s no wonder Matt Draper’s self-proclaimed YouTube channel focuses so heavily on the subject. Although not uniquely comic book-focused (he also enjoys revisiting movies and the occasional video game), it’s major, and Draper does gripping essays on the characters and books that inspired today’s great superhero franchises. today.
Draper’s style is easy to pick up, allowing even the casual comic book reader to follow, even if they’re completely unfamiliar with the storyline in question. There’s definitely something for all types of comic book fans here.
Comic Drake (Drake McWhorter) features a more relaxed conversational vibe, which makes viewers feel at home appearing on screen in a stand-up newsroom format, but with a cup of coffee in hand and a comfortable delivery and relaxed.
As the name suggests, Drake focuses on comic books and comic book-inspired media, incorporating comic book discussion and adaptations of comic book characters into movies or television in a way that allows new and old comic book readers to easily jump into a video. at any time. Come for the content, stay for the friendly atmosphere.
While a comic-centric channel doesn’t need to be run by a comic creator to be worth watching, it’s always a plus to have an inside view, and that’s is what the designer Kayfabe offers. Co-hosted by comic book creators Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg, the channel posts analysis videos and interviews, averaging an impressive three to four videos a week.
A good starting point is their breakdown of Watchers — a great graphic novel for beginners and newcomers to comics – over the course of 12 videos, culminating in an extensive interview with watchmen artist, Dave Gibbons. Piskor and Rugg are clearly both fans and experts, and that’s about as inside as it gets.
Owen loves comics
The name says it all: Owen definitely loves them. On Owen Likes Comics, he talks about comic book movies when they come out, but in the meantime he dives into the pages of the comic book stories themselves, like Grant Morrison’s. arkham asylum or JM DeMatteis’ Kraven’s Last Hunt, the latter being one of Spider-Man’s darkest stories.
Even when it’s a video clearly made because of a new release, like his portrayal of Matt Fraction and David Aja Hawk Eye to coincide with the series, the videos feel like they belong with everything else and don’t get dated over time.
The omnibus collector
The Omnibus Collector (real name Ryley) announces its main purpose in the name of its channel: collecting. An “omnibus” is a collection of a series of works, and in comics is a large trade paperback. While viewers don’t need to care about the comic book collection to enjoy its content, it’s the emphasis it places on its work and how it presents it to viewers.
If the collection is in a viewer’s aisle, their channel is a perfect fit. If, on the other hand, a viewer is more interested in reading the comics, Ryley has a lot to offer as well. It also emphasizes manga on its channel, which also makes it a great choice for fans of that style.
Have you ever read a Marvel, DC, or Image book and wished you had a voice to go along with it? Look no further than Comicstorian. The channel’s creators take a paperback or issue, give it a plot synopsis, and then present that synopsis to readers through storytelling.
Comicstorian makes comics more accessible to readers new to a particular character, team, or title. Viewers are encouraged to visit a local comic book retailer to purchase the issues themselves if they find interest there from what is provided. In doing so, the channel becomes an indispensable resource for readers who want to get a glimpse of what they are considering buying.
If you have questions, he has answers. According to the About page, Comics Explained has been reading comics for over 25 years and is there for new and old fans of the medium. If you want to know more about the characters of an upcoming show, he’s got you covered, like with his in-depth look at Ethan Hawke’s Arthur Harrow, one of Moon Knight’s most powerful villains.
As it promises, however, it has a lot to share when it comes to comic book knowledge, and its 2,000+ videos fully deliver on that promise. There’s no better place on YouTube to pick up comic book knowledge than here.
Scott Niswander has been talking about comics to his viewers since 2013 at NerdSync. Originally started as a place to discuss comics and a hub for all things nerdy, in 2019 Niswander shifted the channel’s focus to longer videos ranging from 40 minutes to over 40 minutes. one o’clock.
Its catalog of videos alone is worth watching, but with its reimagining of the channel, NerdSync has become a place to take on the medium of comics, as well as its impact on pop culture through movies and shows. television that comics inspire. Nerds everywhere, welcome!
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