Hosted by Al Kennedy

Welcome to Shelfdust Presents: The War Effort, a special twelve-part podcast which will see our cosmic host Al Kennedy joined by some of the best voices in comics podcasting and criticism as they wisely attempt to revisit, recap and reassess every single issue of Marvel’s Secret Wars series from 1984! Can the combined might of Earth’s most powerful comics podcasters defeat the ultimate menace?? Over the next twelve weeks we’ll try to find out!

For our second episode Al is joined by special guests Kelly Kanayama and Claire Napier to talk about Secret Wars #3. They talk about Mr Fantastic and Cyclops being the ultimate wife guys, Magneto’s fabulous chairs, and, of course, Claire’s myriad thoughts about Jim Shooter. And more besides!

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The War Effort is produced by the immensely talented Dave Bulmer, who you can follow on Twitter here. Our logo comes from the tremendously gifted mind of James Wendelborn, who is on Twitter here. Thank you to them both for their incredible work – give them a follow!


Al Kennedy is the host of podcasts House to Astonish and Desert Island Discworld, in which he sits down with special guests to talk about their work, their career, and the Terry Pratchett novel they would take with them if they were cast away to a desert island. He’s also been a featured writer for Shelfdust, and you can find his byline here! For more from Al, you can follow him on Twitter here and follow Desert Island Discworld on Twitter here.

Kelly Kanayama is a writer and comics scholar who is literally writing the book on Garth Ennis. Don’t believe me? Have a look at her Patreon page hereYou can also find Kelly on Twitter here!

Claire Napier is a writer and editor, and has been published by The Guardian, ComicsAlliance, and of course at WomenWriteAboutComics, for which she served as Editor in Chief for several years. You can find her on Twitter hereyou can find her website here, and you can buy her comic Dash Dearborne here!


This podcast is made possible thanks to the Shelfdust Patreon page! To find out more, head to our Patreon page here!