Monday, February 20, 2017

The Kyle Higgins Film Fest and Ben Blacker's new BOOM! Western

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Kyle Higgins is back because his new sci-fi short film The Shadow Hours is playing the festival cicuit including a March 4th screening at Chicago's Music Box Theater . We talk about the plight of today's short filmmakers days before the Oscars.

Ben Blacker is back to talk about his new BOOM! Studios western Death Be Damed and his thoughts on the current tv market including new shows like Legion and Powerless.








Monday, February 13, 2017

Crime Comics Mashup Spencer and Locke With David Pepose


Spencer And Locke is a very funny but also straight forward comic mash up of a grown up Calvin and Hobbes duo solving grisly crimes in a sin city world. The book is from Action Lab's Danger Zone Mature imprint and a very good time.

Writer David Pepose joins us to talk about the book, its influences and more. 

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Star Trek Discovery and Axanar Views With Robert Meyer Burnett

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Rob Burnett is back to talk about the Axanar Fan Film settlement, and Star Trek Discovery activity. We also talk about a ton of old films TV and his new projects editing the time travel film Paradox starring Zoe Bell currenty on Netflix, and the comedy film Tango Shalom with Lainie Kazan, Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mike North On The Rawhide Kid Sports Talk Radio and Glenn Ford


Today's show is nostalgic for me as I reconnect with an old Chicago Sports Radio Pal, Mike Notrth. You can hear his excellent podcast Sticks and Stones here, as part of the podcast arena network.

Mike talks about his humble beginnings doing an NFL football handicapping radio show on a small foreign language station, and how he parlayed that into huge success in sports talk radio on Chicago's sports station The Score and nationally on Fox Sports Network.

We talk about Mike's favorite comics from Marvel The Rawhide Kid and Kid Colt Outlaw, plus a ton about classic movies from his favorite action heroes to the subtle brilliance of Glenn Ford. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rob Liefeld's Awesome 2016 From Deadpool's film success to his new Extreme Universe film deal



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Stan Lee said it himself. Deadpool's film success was a "game changer" The R rated comedy action film has set a new status quo for upcoming comic book films .

Rob & I talk about what made Deadpool work, because as his co-creator, Rob had a bird's eye view on the whole gestation from the 2009 announcement that there would be a Deadpool solo follow up to the Wolverine Origins Fox film, not to mention his own adventures in the earlier 2000s trying to sell his creator owned books like Youngblood Brigade, etc.

We also go in detail about the last 20 years if comic book films TV and animation and the future.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Word Balloon's 2016 Writer Of The Year Tom King

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Lots of great comics came out this year, but for my money, Tom King had 3 books I looked forward to each month. The Vision Sheriff Of Babylon and Batman . We talk all about all of them, and what's coming up in 2017.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Danny Fingeroth on Ben Reilly Will Eisner Week 2017 and More

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A Nice end of year discussion with the former Spider-man writer. We talk about this year's super hero films and TV, his thoughts on the current portrayal of Ben Reill and the differences between the scarlet-spider and Peter Parker. 

Plus Danny previews projects he has going in 2017, including Will Eisner Week, A Stan Lee Biography and conventional panel programming for Wizard's 2017 conventions. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

A Paul Dini Xmas With Jingle Belle Justice League Action DC Rebirth Holiday Special & More


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Paul Dini joins us just in time to talk about the new definitive collection of his Jingle Belle stories from IDW "Jingle Belle The Full Package"

Paul has written a lot of the new Justice League Action cartoons and we talk about some of his favorite stories coming up, and of course compare those to some of his past animation work on the Batman animated series and Justice League series. Dini has written the Harley Quinn wrap around story for DC Rebirth's Holiday special, and we look back at other classic comic book xmas stories including one he wrote for Detective comics with Don Kramer featuring Tim Drake (Robin)  being captured by The Joker on Xmas Eve .

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Archer's Neal Holman Goes Behind The Scenes & His Oni Press Sci-Fi War Comic Redlines





Archer's longtime Art Director Neal Holman and the show's cast & crew have come out with The Art Of Archer, which unlocks many secrets of the show's production .

We also talk about his new Oni Press comic Redlines featuring a look at today's military on Mars. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kyle Higgins Shakes Up The Power Rangers & Pop Cult Collector Roger Anderson

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First Up Kyle Higgins joins us to explain the hell he's putting The Power Rangers through in their Boom! series. Higgins introduced the White Ranger in issue #9 and promises more trouble along the way. Kyle is also in the midst of his new Image book Hadrian's Wall an astronaut murder mystery co-written with Alec Siegel and drawn by Rob Reis. Higgins is also gearing up his film-making career with a new "proof of concept short film The Shadow Hours.



Then Roger Anderson joins us to talk about his collection of Comics Gold & Platinum discs, and protecting his collection with his own line of protective durable and affordable custom frames at eccframes.com What follows is a discussion of the best ways to protect collectibles and suggest a great holiday gift idea for yourself or others. I've used ecc frames to preserve my spider-man original comic strips.



Both guests also talk about the geek culture tv & films favorites of 2016.




Wednesday, December 07, 2016

NEWSFLASH-Marvel Clone Conspiracy Reveal Press Conference SPOILERS

                                                         

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Marvel just wrapped up a press conference about the spoiler end to Spider-Man The Clone Conspiracy #3 just out today.

Writer Dan Slott and editors Nick Lowe and Devin Lewis were on hand to answer press questions.

SPOILERS- You really should read Clone Conspiracy 3 before listening.


Vivek Tiwary's 5th Beatle-Heath Corson On Detective Chimp in DC Rebirth Holiday Special


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Two great conversations


Friday, December 02, 2016

Presenting The Comic Stylings Of Drew Friedman



Great To welcome Drew Friedman back to talk about his new collection of portraits of Golden Age Comic Creators called More Heroes Of The Comics . Volume 2 digs deeper in the history of comic books with more obscure names and interesting faces that populated the comic book studios of the 40s and 50s. 


Drew shares many stories of these creators and his own comic book celeb encounters from Groucho Marx to working for Stan Lee . We talk about the evolution of his art from his stipple days to his current style. 



We also talk about a kickstarter project to make a documentary about Friedman's art and passion for forgotten pop culture . Check out the trailer , and go donate at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1627530099/drew-friedman-vermeer-of-the-borscht-belt or click on the image below 




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Super Powers Revolution Aw Yeah From Art and Franco

                                                         
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Today's episode is a combination of the Word Balloon Network's two podcasts. Featuring the co-hosts of the Aw Yeah Podcast Art Baltazar & Franco.

The guys have just released the first issue of SUPER POWERS from DC.  A continuation of their Tiny Titans Universe, but featuring a Justice League event of grand proportions. Lots Of Heroes Lots Of Bad guys, plus the shocking return to life of Superman's Kryptonian Parents Jor-El and Lara expecting a 2nd child! As Art secretively says, "Were doing things never done in a DC comic before."

The guys also talk about an IDW crossover event featuring all the Hasbro characters done in the Aw Yeah style REVOLUTION AW YEAH, featuring GI JOe Transformers ROM and more.

Then the interview devolves into our usual silly conversations and voices.








Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Charles Soule On Curse Words The Inhumans Daredevil Poe Dameron Death Of X Letter 44 and more



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Charles Soule is back to talk about his new Image Book Curse Words with Ryan Browne plus his Oni Press sci-fi story Letter 44.

You'll hear extensive coverage of his Marvel work including The Inhumans The Death Of X event and coming Inhumans Vs The X-Men war , and Daredevil

We also talk about his Star Wars work on the pre episode 7 adventures of Poe Dameron

Monday, November 14, 2016

Steve Orlando on Namesake Supergirl Midnighter Apollo & The JLA



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Steve Orlando joins us to talk about his new BOOM! Studios book Namesake a sci-fi adventure story about a Gay Fireman who travels to an alternate dimension to bury his fathers and discover the truth about his past,

We also get into Steve's work in the DC universe on Supergirl Midnighter & Apollo and his plans for January's Justice League Of America.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Adult Animation With Filmmaker Bill Plympton




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The legendary filmmaker and satirist joins me for a fun conversation to talk about some of his recent works including a new free mockumentary posted at his website plymptoons.com "Hitler's Folly", which imagines the dictator never giving up his art and following a path of animation and amusement parks. As Plympton says he sees the similarities of conquering the world thru war and Hollywood's publicity machine.

We talk about the way Bill raises money for his animation thru crowdfunding, and collaborations with fellow animators like Jim Lujan, and talk about his many animated and live action films including his famous 25 Ways To Quit Smoking which was shown many times in the 90's on MTV.