Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Paul Cornell on The UFO Conspiracies Behind IDW's Saucer State

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Paul Cornell is back to talk about Saucer State, his and Ryan Kelly's new IDW comic that continues the epic UFO story they started in Vertigo's Saucer Country .

This is Vol 2 of the story, but after reading issue 1, you'll get caught up very fast on what you need to know about The newly elected US president who thinks she'll finally get to the bottom of her own UFO encounters in her past.

We also have our obligatory talks about Doctor Who and Paul's great contributions to the Who mythos.

Plus His new novel Chalk which includes it's own pop music soundtrack playlist . As the novel description puts it..."Paul Cornell plumbs the depths of magic and despair in this brutal exploration of bullying in Margaret Thatcher’s England."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Frank Barbiere Talks Violent Love Five Ghosts Return and More

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Frank is back to talk about the release of the first Violent Love trade, out this Wed. We talk about his co-creator Victor Santos, how they got together, and more. Violent Love is a great crime story set in the 60s & 70s. These guys really captured the look and feel of the era. Darwyn Cooke Parker fans will love this series.

We also talk about the coming return of Five Ghosts, Franks ongoing series with co creator Chris Mooneyham. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Karl Kesel On Superboy The (Jewish) Thing and Kickstarting Section Zero

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The writer inker is her to talk about reviving his and Tom Grummet's series section Zero started in Gorilla Comics in 2000 which halted in mid story, to be revived in a current Kickstarter Campaign.

We talk about Karl's beginnings from his Kubert School days, to his inking big DC events like The History Of The DC Universe Legends, to writing the Final Night event with Stuart Immonen, to joining the superman writers during the Reign Of The Supermen . Karl and Grummet co-created the Kon-El Superboy and had 2 big runs of the character in his book and Adventures Of Superman .

We also talk about his Marvel work including being the inker of Mike Wieringo & Mark Waid's FF run. Karl is also the FF writer who made Ben Grimm Jewish . We talk about his runs on Daredevil and the Captain America 1940's comic strip. Lots of great stories about Karl's collaborations over the years. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Bendis Tapes Part 2 -Film Critic David Fowlie

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Brian Bendis & I continue our latest conversation , featuring his Free Comic Book Day experiences, more talk about Defenders Jessica Jones Spider-Man , and the current debate about creating new legacy versions of Marvel Heroes while balancing the stories of the original heroes.

Plus Chicago Film Critic David Fowlie joins us to talk about the Chicago Critics Film Festival happening now thru May 18th. We discuss lots of current festival films you need to keep your eyes out when they come to town, or to streaming video and DVD, featuring actors like Burt Reynolds Sam Jones and Harry Dean Stanton

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The Bendis Tapes pt 1 Defenders Spider-Men 2 Legacy and More

To celebrate Word Balloon's 12th anniversary (5-10-05) it's time for a new Bendis Tapes . Brian Bendis & I talk about the coming sequel to Spider-Men. How has Miles being in the same universe as Peter Parker changed the story?

We also talk about Marvel's Legacy event coming up later this year, and some Jessica Jones, then we present the Marvel press conference about The Defenders featuring Brian Dave Marquez and Tom Brevort .

Also a serious plea from me to petition the FCC about Net Neutrality, with help from John Oliver

Friday, May 05, 2017

JK Woodward On Star Trek TNG Mirror Broken

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Lots Of Trek talk with master painter JK Woodward. JK has an uncanny ability painting the recognizable faces of Trek in all of his covers and interiors for IDW's Star Trek Comics.

We can't help but get into many Star Trek topics including the upcoming Star Trek Discovery

Monday, May 01, 2017

Dan Slott Part 2 Talks Secret Empire Silver Surfer Silk's Origin and " The Legacy Thing "

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Our conversation with Dan continues .

Dan Talks Secret Empire and compares it to his Superior Spider-Man critics,
plus Silver Surfer Silk's Origin  and " The Legacy Thing "

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dan Slott pt 1 On Spider-Man Universe and Doctor Who Thoughts

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Those are the big subjects we hit in former Spider-Man part 1 of this conversation . Dan can't help but also lapse into great stories about other Spider-Man creators including Gerry Conway, Stan Lee David Michelini and more.

Part 2 is coming next with Silver Surfer talk and more!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jim Zub Drops A Glitterbomb On Us

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Jim Zub joins us to talk about his Marvel Thunderbolts run which wraps up today , and plays a key role in the upcoming Secret Empire event . In thunderbolts we get Bucky Barnes POV on the re-writing of Marvel history thru the machinations of Kobik the sentient Comic Cube, under the influence of The Red Skull.

Jim also talks about his upcoming run on Uncanny Avengers and his creator owned books Wayward and Glitterbomb

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Alex Ross On The State Of The Superhero Genre

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Alex is the keynote speaker at this weekend's Lake FX Chicago, The region's largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs, April 21-22. Alex will be talking Saturday at 3pm at the Chicago Cultural Center .

Friday, April 14, 2017

Don Nunley and The "Failure" Of Steve McQueen's Film LeMans

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Our guest Don Nunley was a longtime Hollywood Property Master who's written an incredible book Steve McQueen-LeMans In The Rear View Mirror. The Book is available now

The book features incredible images shot by Mr Nunley plus his personal account of this passion project that McQueen had dreamt about for 10 years. After films like The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape The Thomas Crown Affair and Bullet, MqQueen was dubbed The King Of Cool and finally had the Hollywood clout to realize his dream of making LeMans.

The production was a nightmare and Nunley's book lays out all the frustrating details that destroyed McQueen's relationship with his film mentor, director John Sturges , His marriage, his production company and nearly cost him his reputation in the industry.

We get great behind the scenes insight from Nunley, including the story about his involvement in selecting one of the most famous pieces of movie memorabilia connected to McQueen The Heuer Monaco Watch. Nearly 50 years later it's still a highly sought fashion statement for men of all ages.

Plus we talk about other Nunley Hollywood memories of the Oscar winning Jack Lemmon classic Save The Tiger and making The ww2 film The Bridge At Ramagen, during which the American film production faced a real life soviet army invasion !

From Hellboy and Back With Gary Gianni

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A new Hellboy OGN comes out April 19th Into The Silent Sea, written by Mike Mignola nd drawn by his old friend Gary Gianni. Gary's creator owned series The Monster Men was featured as a Hellboy back up feature during it's early days. This story features Hellboy on a 19th century haunted whaling ship, with allusions to Moby Dick and even Popeye.

The story design has a lush pulpy style , which has served Gianni well. From Indiana Jones comics, to Book Illustrations for Michael Chabon and George R Martin. Gary tells us about collaborating with Ray Bradbury and his artistic inspirations.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Comic Book Diversity and The Direct Market Deabte With Pop Culture Analyst Rob Salkowitz

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Lot's of recommended reading for this episode. This all came out of a Marvel Summit with Comic Store retailers held last month. Read Milton Griep's ICV2 coverage of the summit and his interview with Marvel's SVP of sales and marketing David Gabriel .

The coverage sparked a massive online debate and discussion about how the new characters of color and diversity are being received by comic book readers.

Is there a big difference between the direct store market wednessday warriors and the bookstore buying-tv viewer and film going masses that represent the "new younger reading audience"?

Are the big 2 publishers DC and Marvel struggling to cater to both audiences?

Rob Salkowitz has written editorials at ICV2 about the questions discussed at the marvel summit and the problem both companies have when they try to create new diverse characters .

Also read G Willow Wilson's blog post giving her POV on why a character like Ms Marvel works.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Marvel Press Conference Guardians Of The Galaxy W Duggan Kuder & White

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Interesting. Guradians Editor Jordan D White  also edits another cosmic branch of comics The Star Wars Marvel Comics line . Could a Guardians-Star Wars Crossover Happen?

Lots of tidbits of info on the upcoming new run of All New Guradians Of The Galaxy from the creative team in this Marvel tele-press conference. You'll hear from writer Gerry Duggan Artist Aaron Kuder and Editor Jordan D White .

Friday, March 31, 2017

How To Build A Detective Novel With Alex Segura

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Alex Segura is back to talk about his Miami Detective Pete Fernandez. His 3rd Novel  Dangerous Ends is out in stores April 11th. His previous Fernandez novel are Silent City and Down The Darkest Street. We talk about building his charcter, and the crime novel fan scene from  podcasts to cons and more.

Alex has fleshed out Pete and his world so thouroughly, you can take a walking tour of Pete's Miami hangouts. 

And listen to these music playlists which gets us insde Pete & Alex's minds . The Silent City Playlist

Down The Darkest Street Playlist 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Origins Of Batman The Animated Series W Martin Pasko Live From FanX

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Live from FanX in Salt Lake City Utah. A behind , the scenes look at Batman TAS the series that ushered in the modern era of superhero cartoons from story editor Marty Pasko.  You'll get casting stories, design innovations , and of course the writer perspective on why this series broke the kiddie mold and brought depths of characterization drama and adventure to animated television.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Conversation With Marv Wolfman Live From FanX Con

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Just got back from Salt Lake City and will be presenting 2 great conversations live in front of eager audiences. First up Marv Wolfman talks about Rebooting The Teen Titans, Crisis On Infinite Earths, Blade, Tomb Of Dracula and so much more.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nick Spencer previews Marvel's Secret Empire and the evil plot of Captain America

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It's been interestig, not only reading this controversial story in the pages of Steve Rogers Captain America, and Thunderbolts, but also to read the fan reaction which has been extreme from those who love it, or hate it.

I love this idea, and frankly the hand wringing editorials about how shameful it is to portray Cap as an evil double agent, who is working for Hydra are silly.

The real mastermind behind Cap going bad is writer Nick Spencer. He's back to give us the low down on this summer's Marvel event.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Brad Meltzer On Jim Henson and The Muppets

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We Welcome Brad Meltzer Back to the show to talk about his latest kids biography I Am Jim Henson drawn by Chris Eliopoulus . Henson was a genius and Brad's biography gets to the heart of his genius in a simple way for kids to relate . Chris's art is amazing and fun to see HIS take on drawing the muppets.

This gives Brad and I a chance to do our usualy geek out session, with lots of subjects