Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mathew Clark A Freelance Life - Doom Patrol Superman Felon Outsiders & More

Mathew Clark joins us to tell his comic book origin story, and highlights from his exceptional career. From Collaborations with Greg Rucka Judd Winick and Keith Giffen to his thoughts on Star Trek 

Friday, March 09, 2018

Tom King The Batman Catwoman Wedding Countdown & Mr Miracle's Private Hell

It's a new edition of The King's Speech and DC writer Tom King has a lot on his mind to discuss.We talk about Batman-issue 42 just dropped and in the midst of a Poison Ivy story I get name dropped in the middle of the book. Plus Joelle Jones just released her designs for Catwoman's wedding dress. Is this epic Batman/Catwoman  marriage really happening? We catch up on all the current Batman story arcs and future ones leading up to the wedding.

Then we look at Mr Miracle where we're mid-story on Tom and Mitch Gerads epic yarn. What is happening to Scott Free? A fever dream? A Darkseid plot? A New Gods version of Purgatory or Hell? How does the world's greatest escape artist get out of this one?
Plus more details on Tom's upcoming Sanctuary stories that will delve into the DC Universe Heroes and Villains psyches dealing with post traumatic disorders stemming for their near world ending experiences. Many thoughts on Comic Book History from The DC Silver Age, Thoughts on Stan Lee Jack Kirby Superman 1000 and more.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Joe Henderson Talks Lucifer Season 3 and his new Image Book Skyward

The Fox TV show runner takes us behind the scenes of the show & His New Comic Book

TV writer Joe Henderson is kicking ass with Fox's Lucifer. Season 3 is chugging along with the same energy its had since season one, plus the show got a creative shot in the arm casting Smalllville's Tom Welling as a new adversary for Lucifer . We get a good look at season 3 from Joe.
Plus he's written his first comic book debuting April 18th from Image. Skyward is a great take on a not so future Earth that has become a low gravity paradise and nightmare. We discuss the new book with Joe.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Rucka Debrief Superman Wonder Woman Lazarus Black Magick & The Culture Wars

It's been way too long since our last chat, but Greg catches us up on his creator owned books, thoughts on DC, the current culture wars and more 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Dana Gould On Adapting Rod Serlings Planet Of The Apes Screenplay For Boom!

There are Planet Of The Apes Fans and then there's comedian Dana Gould, who's die-hard devotion to the franchise has influenced his imagination and comedy since first seeing the films as a child. Gould's love of the franchise has included his own parodies portraying Dr Zauis in full costume and make-up on Turner Classic Movies on live comedy shows, and last week at USC's screening and Q&A to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the film's release. 
Gould is adapting Rod Serling's original 1964 screenplay as a graphic novel for BOOM! Studios later this year with artist Chad Lewis.

Serling's original ideas for the film had a very different look and tone from the 1968 classic starring Charlton Heston Roddy McDowell Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans.

Dana talks about the broadstroke differences between the stories, his deep affection for the Marvel Comics b/w Apes Magazine, and many thoughts on the original 5 Apes Films. Plus memories of writing for the Simpsons The Ben Stiller Show and creating his IFC horror comedy series Stan Against Evil. 

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Bendis Tapes-Leaving Marvel Joining DC Superman and a near death experience

Whew! Brian Michael Bendis has had a rollercoaster ride for the last 3 months... 

First he's leaving Marvel after 18 internet breaking years wrapping things up on his creations like Miles Morales (Spider-Man)  Riri Williams (Ironheart) and Jessica Jones .

Then he joined  DC to start a game changing run on Superman, creating a new DC imprint, and moving his Jinxworld titles (Scarlett, Taki-O, Powers) to the new company.

Then he faced a very serious health issue being infected with a septic MRSA infection nearly blinding and killing him (no hyperbole).

Thankfully he's getting better every day, and has joined Word Balloon Host John Siuntres in this marathon conversation. 

We'll get lots of details about how he sees Superman, Clark Kent, Lois and his whole supporting cast. You'll hear details about Action 1000 featuring his first Superman story, drawn by the legendary Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, The DC Nation special issue with stories by Bendis Scott Snyder and Tom King, his 6 weekly issues of Man Of Steel and writing Action and Superman . 

You'll also hear about Brian's health scare that nearly cost him his life, the courage and strength of his wife Alissa, and  great tales of support from Brian's best friends in comics, the fans, and many creators editors and publishers in the entire comics community. 

Here are some highlights from the talk

On leaving Marvel at this particular time-

"Legacy felt like these stories could be the "last stories" for these characters Riri Miles and Jessica...(Executive Editor) Tom Brevort came to me with offers to write Deadpool & Wolverine and some other big projects. Tom was being ambitious, but it felt like the mountain had already been climbed. "

"It was sad to write to my friends at Marvel that I had to go, because they're still my friends ... I was worried about my relationship with Joe (Quesada) because Joe is awesome. There was nothing to worry about . We're great."

"CB Cebulski being named EIC at Marvel brings me such joy, but I'm not part of it. I do know with CB there, what I helped build with Marvel will be maintained and thrive. What else could I ask for?" 

"I know people are tuning in to hear me say something bad about Marvel, but I gotta say there's no drama or gossip. I heard both company's plans for the future and they're both very good. There's more that I can accomplish with what DC was offering . There's more partnership involved. A deep partnership that Marvel, you know...they're not in that business right now. "

"I am of the unpopular belief that DC and Marvel are not in competition. They're in the same business keeping the medium alive...friendly competition will bring great products." 

"It did feel to me that we (The comics industry) needed some more of this stirring of the pot right now, and if I got off my ass, maybe others will get off their asses which seems to be going on and that makes me happy. "

On DC Publisher Dan DiDio's  offer to come over and a secret storyline Easter egg -

"Dan came to me with his master plan ...DiDio has plans for the publishing market that are unbelievable. He knows what he needs to implement the plan and I couldn't jump on fast enough...

"I like Dan a great deal... He texted me saying ' I have a creative challenge for you.'

It's something about the 80's which you'll see in my work later in the year , because I did accept his challenge . I texted back - You and I would've been friends in high school." 

On Taking over Superman instead of Batman 

" I said to Dan if Superman is available sometime in my contract , I want to take a shot at it. I think he thought I was going to ask for Batman...but I think Batman is well taken care of. Not That Superman isn't as well, the Mr Oz story is phenomenal, but one was pulling to me more. Dan said 'We're gonna start a new direction with Action 1000. What a great place to land you and say this is part of the legacy and how much we believe in it. ' ... I would literally have to start writing for DC the day after I finished writing for Marvel, but we could do it." 

On Moving his Jinxworld books to DC DC Imprint.

(For the Jinxworld line if books, this isn't just publishing my work and hoping for the best. They're treating the books as their own. There's a marketing campaign and a distribution campaign . It gives us an unheard of 2nd chance to get Jinxworld up and running at a level it should have been running at the entire time, which is more robust. We'll have Scarlett Vol 3 and The Powers Graphic Novel, and announce new books about a month from now (At Emerald City Comic-Con) featuring some really big collaborators people will be really excited about." 

Will Bendis write for DC Television shows or DCU Films

"At the moment I am not. The things I'm doing in TV and film haven't been announced yet but they are happening, and very exciting."

Plus more details about Bendis's new DC imprint 

behind the scenes stories at DC about the Superman Shorts debate,

The 2003 Batman/Daredevil Crossover (co written with Ed Brubaker) that almost happened. 

Tales from an ill fated all-star Superman Parade from years past in Cleveland, that was supposed to raise funds to build a Superman Museum 

and much more

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Fred Van Lente On Action Presidents The Comic Book History Of Comics and More

Fred is back to discuss Action Presidents, the new spin on history entertainment from him and Ryan Dunlavey. They remind us how great some of our leadesr have been , starting with true adventures of the Father Of Our Country. 
We also discuss The Comic Book History Of Comics now in color with additional material covering the women of comics and the international contributions to the medium. 

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Jeff Lemire On Gideon Falls The Black Hammer Unvierse and His Return To DC Comics

Jeff Lemire is back to talk about Gideon Falls his new suspense horror comic with Andreas Sorentino. The Black Hammer Universe continues to expand with Sherlock Frankenstien and The upcoming Doctor Starr mini-series and we reflect on the origins of the BHU

Plus Jeff talks about his new DC projects The Terrifics and an upcoming look at DCU’s 1980s past with Keith Giffen .

We also discuss Jeff’s 2016  silent Graphic novel project with Rocker Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip original soundtrack , Secret Path. As it says on its website description-Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history – the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system – with the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation. Gord was fighting cancer during this project and sadly passed away late last year. Jeff and I talk about the cultural impact of Secret Path on today’s Canadian culture.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dennis O'Neil - Out From Batman's Shadow With His Autobiographic Novel

Denny O'Neil is back to talk about his autobrigraphic novel The Perils Of Captain Mighty and The Redemption Of  Danny The Kid. The novel tells a lot of Denny's true life story,but he explains why it's also part fiction.
In the interview we get a lot of the real life version of Denny's story from his childhood beginnings getting socially active inspirations from radio serials like Superman and encounters with people that inspired many of his comic creations.
You'll hear the Origin of Leslie Tompkins Bruce Wayne's Crime Alley conscience, Tales of The DC offices, and first impressions of Batman writers like Devin Grayson Chuck Dixon Alan Grant and Frank Miller.
Denny has editing and writing tips, observations on today's comic book tv and films and much more.

Also Check out his 1st Word Balloon interview from 2006

Thursday, January 18, 2018

DC in D.C. With Tom King and Julie & Shawna Benson

Lots of fun catching up with the Benson sisters (Batgirl and The Birds Of Prey) and Tom King (Batman -Mister Miracle) after the big event DC Comics held last weekend in the nation's capital. 
You'll hear about their panels and red carpet encounters, plus Tom gives more background about Sanctuary, his concept to explore Heroes suffering from PTSD after their near death experiences .
Then we all settle in for some classic movie talk while we play a round of Old Movie Trivia. How well will you do compared to us? Play along. 

The Last Last Jedi Review With Art Baltazar and Franco!

It had to happen. The Aw Yeah Comics Creators Art Baltazar and Franco ( DC's Tiny Titans Super Powers Superman Family Adventures) Join me for another hilarious blockbuster movie review. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Mike Norton on his Trump comic strip Lil Donnie and more

We close out the year live at 4 Stars Studio kicking back with Mike Norton who tell us about the initial lark of  creating the comic strip Lil Donnie and it taking over a portion of his working life. It's syndicated by Go Comics home of Doonsebury Peanuts Calvin and Hobbes strips. 
We also talk about his new DC monthly Mystic U written by Alisa Kwitney h​is first web comic series Battlepug and more. ​

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Tim Seeley On Nightwing Green Lanterns and Steve Bryant's Athena Voltaitre

A double feature for today's Word Balloon Christmas edition . First Steve is back to tout the new Athena Voltaire arc starting in February from Action Lab Comics. 

Then Tim Seeley and I talk about his adventures working at DC guiding Dick Grayson and the new young Green Lanterns destinies, while making his creator owned books like Hack Slash and Revival .

We also discuss his new Vertigo book Imaginary Fiends as Vertigo re-positions itself for the current comics era. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Ron Marz Experiment

Ron is back to talk about Beasts Of The Black Hand his new creator owned comic co-created by Paul harding and Mathew Dow Smith. A Diesel Punk WW1 horror spy adventure.

The book is available for pre-order here 

Monday, December 04, 2017

Justice League Film Review

Joining me to talk about the film are the co-hosts of The Aw Yeah Podcast featuring Art Baltazar Franco! (Tiny Titans Superman Family Adventures and Super Powers) and Scoot McMahon ( Wrapped Up, Sami The Squirel). It's a mixed results review of the troubled 5th DC Universe film.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ed Piskor's Grand Designs For The History Of The X-Men

Ed Piskor the creator of Hip Hop Family Tree brings his unique style of design and comic book narrative to re-tell the history of Marvel's Mutant Race in X-Men Grand Design. Ed tells us about his excitement for the challenge of presenting a long story arc for Marvel in his indie style. 
This project was green lit by Axel Alonso before his removal as editor in chief at Marvel . We talk about the significance of that and Marvel's transition to CB Cebulski as EIC

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Jim Zub On Avengers No Surrender and The Business Of Creator Owned Comics

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Jim Zub is back to preview Avengers No Surrender the weekly Avengers Event co-written by Mark Waid and Al Ewing. Jim takes us thrugh the process of writing this event.
We also discuss his creator owned books Wayward and Glitterbomb. Jim is always willing to share his insight on creating books for Image Comics and how they're doing in the modern comics market which is a bigger world than just the direct market stores. We talk about Jim's creator owned tutorials and his Tumblr account where he takes creator questions and manages to difuse negative insults into positive information on a regular basis.  '
Jim's book Glitterbomb has also managed to become even more relevant to today's cultural issues given it's premise of the plight of women in Hollywoood subjected to the real life horrors of sexual abuse. We can't help but discuss the book's ironic timing. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Star Trek Discovery Mid Season Review With Trekspert Robert Meyer Burnett

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It had to happen. Rob Burnett, who made the 1999 cult comedy Free Enterprise and is one of the most knowledgeable Trek experts online, going back to his 90's episode reviews of Star Trek Voyager . These days Rob is reviewing Discovery eps for Colider Video's You Tube Channel , and has his problems with the basic storytelling and characterizations of the crew and the Klingons, based on the "rules" of Trek Univehrse stories all the spin-offs comics and novels have followed. Are we being too picky,or is. Discovery under performing? 

Strap in for a fun trek conversation 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sarah Gaydos on IDW's Star Trek Comics and More Star Trek Discovery Debate

Great to have Sarah back. Lots of terrific IDW trek comics are happening now. The Star Trek Boldy Go series set in the JJ Abrahms film universe started a new multi universe story called IDIC.

She also previews the Discovery prequel series focusing on T'Kuvma and The Kingon Deathship crew cominng later this month, and more. Plus we cant help talking about the new streaming series, with the fall hiatus starting next week. Good thing there's plenty of quality IDW trek comics to get us to the Jan half of the season.

Frank Frazetta The Legacy With Frank Frazetta Jr

Frank Frazetta died in 2010. he fantasy artist left a body of work in comics bookcovers film posters and paintings that modern fantasy artists continue to emulate and get inspirations. The Frazetta Museum has reopened and is in the midst of a kickstarter campaign to raise funds, in addition to great products at their website

Fisrt Moises Chiullan joins us to explain the amazing new limited edition silk screen t-shirts they're selling based on 4 classic Frazetta paintings, and the painstaking process to recreate the texture of the originals.

Then a great chat with Frank Jr telling great stories about his father's works process and legacy.