|Conrad Knapp took to filmmaking while growing up in Rochester, NY. Now he's a pre-media / press project manager in LA, working with the major Hollywood film studios. He's the host of the AFI 100 Years 100 Movies Podcast, a countdown of the American Film Institute's massive list of cinema classics.|
Through the use of highly scientific calculations (a.k.a. vague podPress statistics), we here at the AudioShocker are proud to present a curated selection of our most popular podcasts of the past 12 months!
Here's how our stats work: podPress ranks our mp3s by Feeds (how many listens we got via RSS), Downloads (people who saved the files to their computers), and Plays (listeners who streamed our podcasts from our site). It looks like this:
So when you see the number in bold next to an episode on this list, it's a combination of all three factors. And, to be totally fair, the fact that only some of our podcasts get posted to the Comics Podcast Network and the Comic Related Podcasting Network means that our stats are skewed towards podcasts about comics.
And (final disclaimer!) this isn't simply a list of our most listened episodes. It's a list of our most listened episodes from each of our seven series. But first...
Honorable Mention! - A Podcast with Ross and Nick #120
While this wasn't one of the most listened of 2012, it was the most commented! Kelly Thompson joined Ross Campbell and I to discuss a fascinating question: what do creators owe fans? Our debate spilled over into the comments section and finally stopped with 50 posts from hosts and listeners alike. Thanks to all of you who joined in on the discussion!
9. AFI 100 Years 100 Movies Podcast #19 - 333
A common theme you'll notice on this list is that episodes from early in 2012 tend to be most listened. That's because they've been out the longest! Our most popular episode of the AFI 100 Movies Podcast featured some brisk conversation between Conrad and I as we discussed West Side Story and North by Northwest.
8. HyperComboCast #26 - 336
Kenny landed a K.O. with this solo episode of HyperComboCast. He dropped fighting games knowledge and teased topics for upcoming 2012 episodes. Also, he drank some Courvoisier.
7. Gello Shots #4 - 369
This year, Shawn Atkins launched Gello Shots, a new podcast series focused on his webcomic Gello Apocalypse. In this episode, I played Ed McMahon while Shawn gabbed about his latest Gello story and reviewed The Zombie Hunters webcomic.
6. Destruct-O-Cast #7 - 531
2012 also saw the debut of the Destruct-O-Cast, a series going behind-the-scenes of my superhero satire webcomic, Super Haters. The most popular podcast was an oddball installment featuring a very sleepy yours truly giving a confused explanation of the quasi-conspiracy theory that inspired my Fast Cash story.
5. AudioShocker Podcast #211 - 548
Ironically, our 2011 recap was the most listened AudioShocker Podcast episode of 2012! Justique, Neal, and I delivered YOU DON'T SUCK Awards in the categories of movies, TV, watch instantly, music, comics, and podcasts. Soon we'll be gearing up for our next awards podcast, so keep an ear out for that in early 2013.
4. Sequential Underground #38 - 555
Our second most popular Sequential Underground episode focused on the first ToonSeum Minicon, a Pittsburgh comics event organized by Juan José Fernández in April 2012. Dan Greenwald, Shawn, and I teamed up with Juan to promote the con and get people psyched for the two day par-tay. Did it work? Turnout was awesome! Wanna see proof? Pics of the event are here.
3. Sequential Underground #36 - 575
Our most listened episode of SU centered around acting locally and taking advantage of what your comics community has to offer. Dan, Shawn, and I welcomed our friend Virginia Shields to the show. She shared her experiences about creating Pittsburgh-focused comics and dipping her toes into the Steel City's comics scene.
2. HyperComboCast #39 - 606
Our fighting games podcast logged a high score this past April when my cousin and I reviewed Justice League Task Force, a cheesy forgotten 90s console release.
1. A Podcast with Ross and Nick #140 - 677
Our most popular podcast of the year was an 2012 NYCC recap featuring guest Heather Nunnelly. Ross, Heather, and I covered everything from show floor experiences to what we did once the con closed up shop each night. All in all, I think this was a pretty deserving top episode of 2012!
We've cracked the Top 20 of the AFI 100 list!! We're in the home stretch.
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Despite some dragging moments, Nick enjoyed watching this again. And Conrad was impressed with how much of it is reflected in pop culture. Also, Danny DeVito??
19. Chinatown (1974)
Conrad really enjoyed watching this Jack Nicholson classic for the first time (even though he already knew the twist). Nick prefers the sequel, The Two Jakes.
18 (new). The General (1926)
Buster Keaton did wonders with the elaborate train action sequences, but everything else about this flick is very meh.
18. Psycho (1960)
Upon rewatching it, both guys agree the ending (post reveal) is unnecessary. But Nick absolutely loved the film, while Conrad was simply fond of this Hitchcock staple.
NEXT: The African Queen, All About Eve, Star Wars, and Some Like It Hot.
Conrad and Nick continue their careful climb up the AFI 100 list!
25. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Conrad likes it. Nick prefers Mac and Me.
24. Raging Bull (1980)
BOOOOOOORING!!! Why it's this high on the list (not to mention ranking at #4 on the revised list) is beyond us.
23. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Conrad likes it. Nick thinks the plot is too slow and the talking is too fast.
22. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This movie was probably awesome back when LSD was still new and exciting. Nowadays, it's pretty dull. Also, slow plot and fast talking.
21. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Way better than we expected!! In fact, pretty goddamn good.
NEXT: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Chinatown, Psycho, and The General.
Conrad and Nick continue their countdown of the AFI 100 list!
28. Apocalypse Now (1979)
Conrad was stoked to rewatch this massive movie. And he highly recommends the 'making of' documentary, Hearts of Darkness.
27. Bonnie and Clyde (1977)
Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... not so good.
IRON MAN INTERMISSION!!!
26. Dr. Strangelove (1948)
Conrad thinks that-- wait, it's a...
DR. STRANGE INTERMISSION!!!
Okay, back to the movie reviews. This one is okay. An interesting story but probably too high up on the list.
NEXT: E.T., Raging Bull, and The Maltese Falcon
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