News

Hey everybody. We have a bunch of announcements to make, so we made a special mini-episode to cover all the upcoming changes/events here at View from the Gutters.

If you don’t want to listen to the episode, here’s a quick run-down:

1. Voting

We’re making a pretty significant change to the way we make the show, starting with the next episode. After some long conversations behind the scenes we’ve decided to get rid of our voting method for picking the books that we read. There are a few reasons for this, but the short version is that we unanimously agreed that we felt constricted by only knowing what book we’d be reading 1 week ahead, were unhappy with the politics of the voting, i.e. certain books not getting picked despite strong support.

The upside for you as listeners is that we’re now going to have a calendar (which you can already see on the right-hand sidebar) of the next 6 books we’ll be discussing. So you can read ahead if you want, and we strongly encourage you to email us with your questions and comments so that we can include them in our discussion when we record.

2. Patreon

We’ve once again revised our funding levels on Patreon. You can check out our Patreon page for details, but here’s the big one: we’re going to open our livestream up to everyone who decides to support us at any funding level. We’d love it if you’d contribute to the show, and join us while we record the show. You can even yell at us in the chat channel, or talk to other listeners.

As a special incentive (and this is something we may repeat from time-to-time), we’re going to let absolutely everybody join us on the next livestream. We’ll flash this link a couple more times in the next week, but you can click here to go to the livestream page. Join us on Wednesday, March 9 at 8pm PST when we talk about the Parker books, by Darwyn Cooke.

3. Emerald City Comic Con

Emerald City is coming up in about a month. We’ll be in attendance, and we’ll be having an informal meet-up for anyone who would like to say hello. The meet-up will be on Saturday, time and location TBD.

We’ll also be in attendance for our good friends Out of the Fridge’s panel on Saturday at 6pm. We think it would be awesome if you could be there too.

Thanks for reading.

On Feb. 6 we participated in a panel discussing creatively expressing your fannish interests, hosted by the University Place Library in University Place, WA.

On this panel were Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Audrey Preti (with Joe yelling things from the audience).

Joining us was Gil Lawson, author of the comic series Charlatan. You can learn more about Gil and Charlatan at http://ozmatic.com/

Hey everybody. We had an announcement at the top of this week’s episode that I wanted to repeat in writing: Andrew Chard has made the decision to step away from View from the Gutters in order to focus on producing new video content for Gamma Bomb, Andrew’s channel on Youtube.

Chard is not just a, but the founding member of the show, and he has been instrumental in its production these past few years. The significance of his contribution cannot be overstated. We are all deeply appreciative of him and the time and effort that he’s put into making View from the Gutters a success. We also wish him the best on his future projects.

As for View from the Gutters itself, the show will continue to come out weekly just as before. However, you may notice some small changes to the show in the coming weeks and months as we adjust to a new workflow and move into our 4th year of the show—the first of which is a brand new intro theme tune composed by Joe Preti.

Comments and questions are welcome, as always. Thank you all for listening, and we hope you’re having an excellent holiday season.

Andrew Chard can be found on Youtube at his channel, Gamma Bomb. He will also continue to feature as a contributor to Out of the Fridge.

Hi everyone. We’ve had a couple of logistical issues crop up here at VtfG this week which proved an insurmountable obstacle to our regular recording: there has been a massive riot, culminating in a breakout from cookie jail. Cookie felons are on the loose!

As a result episode 146 will be delayed. However, the new episode of The Long Run—discussing Elephantmen—is already in the can and being edited, so we will be releasing that episode on Monday in place of the regular episode. We should be back to our normal release schedule very soon, but we ask that you bear with us in this time of cookie chaos.

Thank you all for your patience as we get things sorted here. We love you all very much, and Happy Thanksgiving to our listeners from US. To everyone else: happy totally regular Thursday/Friday.

Just a quick announcement: we’ve been catching up on uploading episodes to our somewhat neglected Youtube page. All of the regular episodes are now up there through Episode 133—the latest episode released.

Now that those are up to date we’ll start on the backlog of Long Runs, Back Matters, and other bonus episodes. New episodes will continue to be uploaded within a day of the podcast release, so if you prefer to subscribe to the show through Youtube you can feel free to do so without worrying that you’ll miss anything.