Thursday, August 16, 2018

Steve Orlando Fills In The Gaps Of DC Universe's Future Dark Age With Electric Warriors



Steve Orlando is back to talk about his current Wonder Woman run, but also to preview his ambitious Electric Warrior mini series .

We all know about Kamandi's time and the fall of Modern DC history , but what about the time after that and the historic path to the Utopian times of the Legion Of Super Heroes. What happened in the centuries in between? That's the subject of Electric Warriors.

Plus new creator owned projects fro Orlando

Monday, August 13, 2018

Portrait Of Catwoman With Joelle Jones



So pleased to welcome Joelle to the podcast and have an in depth discussion about her catwoman run which is just under way. Joelle tells us what makes Selina Kyle Tick, or purr.

We also get into her collaborations with Jamie Rich Tom King and others .

Plus a lot of talk about Joelle's great crime series Lady Killer from Dark Horse

Friday, August 10, 2018

Paul Kupperberg DC Bronze Age Revisited-Bryn Cimino Welcome to Comics



First Paul Kupperberg is back with tales of his writing and editing days. From his runs in the Superman universe to his early Charlton days. Paul not only has comic book tales, but he was also in DC's licensing department, which had him writing stuntman scenarios for Six Flags parks,and other non comic book projects.

We also revisit his great run on Life With Archie the married life, The World Of Krypton mini series, and his new crime novel set in the comic book publishing world of the early 50s called The Same Old Story 

Then we welcome comics newcomer Bryn Cimino who at 13 drew art that appeared in an issue of Two Morrows Alter Ego. She talks about her love of comics and getting her first pro break from AE editor Roy Thomas. 

Monday, August 06, 2018

Dennis O'Neil - The Batman Conversation



An epic discussion with the acclaimed writer of Batman, and so much more. We talk about his early days at Charlton Comics, why did he leave DC for Marvel in the 80s and why did he return to DC in , the 90s? We talk about the Knightfall event, the story choices Dc wouldn't allow him to do and a lot more.

From his first days at DC, to the Hard Traveling Heroes run of Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and the social justice agenda , The master writer shares many stories from the silver bronze and platinum ages .

Friday, July 27, 2018

Roy Thomas On His WW2 comics What If & Ryan Stegman Talks Spider-Man and Venom



First Roy Thomas joins us to talk about his WW2 hero comics The iNvaders and All Star Squadron. We'd never be able to cver all of Roy's work in comics so expect more next month in panels at Terrificon.

Then Ryan Stegman joins us to talk about his origin story breaking into Marvel and great work on Spider-Man and vurrently doing Venom with Donny Cates.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Power Of Shazam With Zachary Levi and Sal Abbinanti



The final Word Balloon Unconventional explores the two faces of Shazam

First a conversation with DC Films New Shazam Zachary Levi. We spoke in June of 2014 about his organization Nerd HQ and the charity he supports operation smile. Its a great look at the former star of NBC's Chuck. 

Then Sal joins us to talk about the new projects Alex Ross and Bill Sienkiewicz have coming up in comic and othe art projects. In addition to being their art dealer, Sal was the physical model of Shazam for Alex's Ross in Kingdom Come and Shazam The Power Of Hope.

Friday, July 20, 2018

DC Before Superman w Nicky Wheeler Nicholson The Business Of Geek Culture w Rob Salkowitz



First Nicky Wheeler Nicholson talks about her grandfather Major Malcom Wheeler Nicholson the creative founder of what became DC Comics. There were several years of DC books before Action Comics #1 and Nicky talks about those early years and The Major's direct involvement in the Superman story.

Then Geek Business analyst Rob Salkowitz is back with a look at how museums have discovered the importance of comic book artm some of the new comic book conventions and lots more.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Legendary Black Panther writer Don McGregor and Jason Inman's Jupiter Jet



It's the first of this weeks UnConVentional episodes, featuring interviews that reflect the quirky San Diego con panels I like to attend.

First up the great Don Mcgregor (photo from 1982) who did ground breaking work in the 70s and 80s on Black Panther and other Marvel comics. The in the 80;s he was on the vangurad for creator owned books like SABLE with Paul Gulacy and Detectives INC. with Marshall Rodgers

Then we talk creator owned books with Jason Inman co-creator of Jupiter Jet. Jason also talks about his work at DC Access videos and his great podcast Geeek History Lesson.





Friday, July 13, 2018

Tom King Q&A The Bat(Man) Is (Heart) Broken



Batman #50 . Wow . Tom King joins us to pick up the pieces of Batman's jilted heart and gives us clues to look for as Bane gathers a strange anti-bat family to torture the caped crusader.

Members of the League Of Word Balloon listeners ask Tom about the firts 50 issues of his Batman run, Collaborations with Adam Kubert on The Wal-Mart Exclusive Superman story, Heroes In Crisis with Clay Mann Mister Miracle with Mitch Gerads and Joelle Jones . Lots of info on many current past and future projects, plus the passing of Steve Ditko and other comic creator encounters.

Monday, July 09, 2018

The Bendis Tapes Man Of Steel Wrap Up Batman & Jinxworld and more



Brain Bendis looks back at The Man Of Steel Mini Series and gives us more clues as to where his Superman saga is going in the pages of Action and Superman
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Plus previews of the upcoming Jixworld books including Powers and United States Of Murder Inc With Mike Oeming, Scarlet with Alex Malev, Peral With Michael Gaydos and Cover with David Mack.

More details on his Batman story with Nick Derrington in the DC Wal Mart 100 Page spectaculars

Plus updates on the Scarlet TV series the utitles X-Men movie with Deadpool director Tim Miller, and more.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Mark Waid Hates Bullies



Mark tells us about his current runs on Doctor Strange and Ant Man and The Wasp for Marvel, and the upcoming Archie 1941 setting the Riverdale gang in their original time frame but with a slightly more serious tone as the second world war gets underway.
We also talk about the recent controversies in comics surrounding comicsgate, the culture wars and more.

Jerry Ordway on Superman JSA Infinity Inc and More



From Ron Troupe Jose Delgado/Gangbuster to Cat Grant -The writer artist reflects on many characters created for the Superman Mythos

Comics and Boxing With Ring Magazine's Doug Fischer



Once again I combine my love for comic books and Boxing with this conversation featuring Ring Magazine's Editor In Chief Douglas Fischer

Monday, June 25, 2018

Skottie Young - Taking Over Deadpool - I Hate Fairyland and More



Skottie gives us his take on Wade Wilson exploring the underbelly of the Marvel Universe . He's got plans to go in the Savage Land and I even give him an idea of what c-level marvel characters  Deadpool should crossover with.

Plus a look at I Hate Fairyland and more Image Projects coming later this year. 




Bronze Age Batman With Michael Kronenberg



The Co-Author Of The Batcave Companion joins us to tak about the 1970s Batman and some of the era's best creators .

Michael is also one of the creative minds behind Ringside Seat, which is a great digital magazine covering the past present and future of the Sweet Science.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dan Slott The Spider Man Exit Interview





Hours ago, Dan Slott called me up at 430am and said "Hey let's do a podcast. Today is my last day writing Spider-Man ."

Issue 801 is out today, and Dan wanted to look back at significant Spidey Arcs character moments collaborations and more .

Friday, June 15, 2018

Tini Howard On Writing Rick And Morty Comics Assasinistas and Hack Slash









Great to welcome Tini Howard to word balloon. Tini is killing it writing Rick and Morty comics for Oni Press. Her stories match the irreverent comedy of the tv show and we discuss her past and future R&M stories .

We also talk in depth about Assasinistas her IDW/Black Crown series with the legendary Gilbert Hernandez . It's another fun action comedy about hit-women who were carefree killers in the 20s dealing with getting older while still trying to be contractors in the modern era.

Tini also talks about her current run on Hack Slash, Tim Seeley's hilarious horror comedy

The Legacy Of George Carlin-With Kelly Carlin





Ten years ago this month George Carlin passed away . His daughter Kelly joins us to talk about her father's incredible career and the release of a new DVD box set the explores the comedian's comedic evolution. From his "Mad Men" clean cut persona in the early 60s, his seven dirty words observational period of the 70s and 80s to his eventual "angry old man" pieces and of the 90s thru the 2000s. 
The set also contains never released material from all the various eras of Carlin's career fom 60s variety shows to 80s tv pilots and live footage from the 2000s of Carlin working out material at comedey clubs.
Kelly is a fellow podcaster and gives us her unique observations of her father's legacy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Will Dennis - JH Williams - Wendy Wright Williams : Where We Live



Where We Live is The Image Comics anthology in tribute to the victims and survivors of The Las Vegas Shootings .Today's episode feature conversations with some of the creative forces behind the project.

First Editor Will Dennis is back to talk about his work on the book, plus we catch up on his current work as a freelance editor for some of the best creator owned comics being made today with creators like Brina Azzarello Eduardo Risso Jeff Lemire Scott Snyder and more. You'll also hear memories of working with the legendary Joe Kubert on some of his final works.

Then JH Williams and Wendy Wright Williams talk about putting Where We Live together.
We talk about The Las Vegas Comics Community and share some of the incredible stories in the Anthology . 

Comedian Phil Proctor :His new Podcast-Show Biz Stories & Incredible Encounters



Comedy Legend Phil Proctor of The Firesign Theater is back to share more stories from his career in films, television, sketch comedy albums and animation voice overs .

Phil has a new podcast of stories from his show biz career- The Proctor Podcast which debuted last friday .

He shares encounters with fellow funnymen Harry Anderson Phil Hendre and Phil Hartman, working on The Hunt For Red October, The origins of the Firesign Theater on radio and hilarious memories of 60s protesting with Peter Fonda.