Comic Book Club is a live talk show and comic book podcast held every Tuesday at 8pm in NYC! It’s hosted by Pete LePage, Justin Tyler, and Alex Zalben.
Our Origin Story
Everyone always asks this, so here goes! In 2006, before comics were cool and geek culture was everywhere, Alex was Artistic Director of The Peoples Improv Theater, a.k.a. The PIT. No, there’s no apostrophe in “Peoples.” Sorry.
He had a vague idea for a comic book talk show, and noticed that Pete was holding a bag to Midtown Comics (fun fact! they would later sponsor the show) and confronted him. Initially nervous that the clearly incredibly jock-like Zalben was accusing him of nerdery, it turned out he actually wanted to run the show idea by him. The next week, Justin also came into The PIT with a Midtown Comics bag, Alex confronted him, Justin got nervous, and then warmed to the idea.
A month later, they had hatched an idea of how to do the show, and with a few days free at the theater, decided to try it out.
A year later, the shows were packed, they had been profiled in the New York Times, and geekery was growing cooler. Sort of.
The Video Years
The Podcast Years
Around that time, podcasts were becoming a thing (remember podcasts? Pretty cool), and Comic Book Club became the first comic book podcast on the Nerdist Network. This led to a video version of the show with some pretty cool guests (you can watch that here).
Since then, the live show has continued, going on 12+ years strong. The podcast empire has expanded considerably from just a comic book podcast and live show, Comic Book Club – Live!, to multiple, ongoing TV podcasts — two of which have been nominated for Podcast Awards — including:
- Riverdale After Dark, a Riverdale podcast
- After Krypton, a Krypton podcast
- Inside Legion, a Legion podcast
- Preacher Men, a Preacher podcast
- American Godcast, an American Gods podcast
- The Stack, our weekly comic book review podcast posted in the Comics Book Club – Live! feed every Wednesday at 9am
- …And more to come!
We don’t do it by ourselves, of course. If you want to support the show(s), you can become a patron on Patreon. Also subscribe, rate and like the podcasts on the platform of your choice. And of course, come on by on Tuesday nights for our live show in New York, it’s free and weekly!
And thanks to our current Booth-Man, Giancarlo Osaben, as well as the Booth Men who came before.
Got questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form below. We’re available to host your event, moderate panels, or a bunch of really weird stuff we definitely can’t list here.
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