Thursday, June 22, 2017

Inside Secret Empire With Nick Spencer


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We welcome Nick back to talk about the first issues of the Captain America Event that has the internet buzzing!


Monday, June 19, 2017

A Wonder Woman Chat With The Animated Amazon Herself, Susan Eisenberg




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Susan Eisenberg Voice actor extraordinaire who's played the Amazing Amazon since the Justice League animated series from Cartoon Network is back! We talk about the greatness of the new film, her own encounters with Gal Gadot on the red carpet and more!

Susan also fills us in on her new WW roles in the Injustice 2 Game, and a very cool DCU online game Age Of Justice- A time traveling adventure featuring the Golden Age Justice Society !


Saturday, June 10, 2017

In Memory- The Adam West Interview

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With the passing of Adam West, Presenting this 2016 conversation.
For the DC Animated Film Return Of The Caped Crusaders .

West reflects on his contributions to the Batman mythos.


Thursday, June 08, 2017

Wynonna Earp's Creator Beau Smith On Season 2 and The IDW Comics



Beau Smith returns to talk about the Earp Comics from IDW and the SYFY channel TV series which returns for season 2 this Friday. Beau tells us about co-writing the comics with cast members Melanie Scrofano and Tim Rozon . We also talk about the show's unique perspective as a prequel to the comics. 



Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The Rise and Fall Of NBC's Powerless w Co Producer Showrunner Patrick Schumacker



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NBC's Powerless had a short network run, only 9 of 12 filmed episodes . The show had a great cast and funny premise, but it just didn't make it.

Patrick Schumacker, the show's producer co- showrunner came in to work on the series after the pilot and had to run a writer's staff to  tweak it before it's February mid season premiere . Patrick came from good comedy stock, on shows like  Surviving Jack, Shit My Dad Says  and Cougar Town

This is a great look at today's struggles in the scripted series world.







Thursday, June 01, 2017

Elliot S! Maggin Talks Superman Miracle Monday Back In Print and More



The great Superman comic writer and novelist is back to announce the re-release of Miracle Monday. This is a great pre-crisis era novel that holds up for an adult audience.

Elliot gives us the details on how the book project came about, starting as a film treatment meant for the first 1978 Superman film.

You'll learn how Mario Puzo's contract demands to write the Superman script resulted in a backdoor opportunity for Elliot's Superman novels to be published, including Last Son Of Krypton. Will DC commission that book to come back?

Plus some great stories about working for DC from the 70's to the early 90s.

Elliot has more publishing plans too. Buy Miracle Monday at Amazon, or Elliot's website .




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I'm a guest on The Off Panel Podcast



David Harper of The Sktchd website had me on his Off Panel Podcast
to discuss my 12 years doing Word Balloon and some of the other issues in the comics and podcast worlds. We had fun chatting!

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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.