Giant Size has become my favorite ESN program. I listened to the various 5by5 incarnations of the show, and the ESN edition has settled into a format that balances the discussion and interview aspects of the podcast and better serves the show’s goal of introducing listeners to characters, stories, and creators. The interview clips are focused and feel more integrated into the overall theme of individual episodes (take the fourth episode, “Personal and Honest,” as an example). Panel-heavy episodes, such as the sixth episode’s discussion of Captain America, give a taste of what you can expect from a character’s history, as well as jumping-on points if you want to explore further.
I’ve only recently become a regular comics reader. From what I’ve read online, many people share my situation: having picked up comics sporadically over the years, we have gaps in our knowledge of some mainstream stories and characters, in addition to not knowing about other great work. The mix of books that Moisés, John, and guests talk about is valuable. Recommendations made on the podcast include plenty of superhero comics, both classic story arcs and ongoing series that are not receiving enough attention. However, you might find your reading habits shifting toward unfamiliar genres. I now read sci-fi, horror, and pulp books, as well as more personal comics from independent creators. I wouldn’t have considered getting into most of these books had I not caught them on Giant Size.