Friday, June 24, 2016

Word Balloon Podcast Dean Haspiel's Red Hook Takes Back Brooklyn



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Dean Haspiel is back to talk about his new Web Comic The Red Hook, and how this reluctant hero is the beginning of a new Haspiel Universe set in NEW BROOKLYN. Dean gives us the lowdown, and we talk about DC Marvel, and a host of current pop culture subjects.

The Red Hook Web Comic is free along with other free strips at webtoons.com or on their free app.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tom King Talks DC Rebirth Batman, The Vision, and The Sheriff Of Babylon

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With DC's Rebirth underway we welcome Tom King back to talk about his debut run on Batman, and the new heroes he's introduced GOTHAM and GOTHAM GIRL. What do they represent and how will the Dark Knight contend with these new rivals as the city protectors?

Plus we continue to discuss his excellent runs on Vertigo's The Sheriff Of Babylon  and Marvel's Vision

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Word Balloon Podcast The Creator of Suicide Squad John Ostrander & His New Sci-Fi Kickstarter Hexer Dusk

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Writer John Ostrander is back, because he and frequent Star Wars collaborator Jan Duursema are in the closing hours of their kickstarter campaign for Hexer Dusk, a new sci-fi epic that starts with a 72 page graphic novel. John gives us the low down on the concept.



We also take a long look at the history of The Suicide Squad John's 1986 creation spinning out of the DC Event LEGENDS. John wrote the event and talks about it's significance as the 1st DC line event a year after Crisis On Infinite Earths. With the film adaptation just 2 months away, John also talks about his new DC Rebirth One Shot also coming in August.




Thursday, June 09, 2016

Word Balloon Podcast Brad Meltzer on The House Of Secrets Bill Schelly On The Comic Book and Pulp Creations Of Otto Binder

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Two great books that deserve your attention are featured in today's Word Balloon Conversations. If you want to buy them consider doing your Amazon Shopping thru the Word Balloon Portal, where I get a few pennies on the dollar of your amazon purchases.



First Up Brad Meltzer is back talking about THE HOUSE OF SECRETS his new thriller co-written with Tod Goldberg is another great action adventure with a new female hero who is trying to uncover the secrets behind history and her own life. Of course we talk to about DC Rebirth, and Brad's TV shows decoded and Lost History.



The Comic Book Historian Bill Schelly talks about his expanded biography OTTO BINDER THE LIFE AND WORK OF A COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION VISIONARY . Binder wrote many Shazam Captain Marvel  stories in the 40's for Fawcett including the creation of Mary Marvel and the Marvel family. He also wrote the epic Monster Society Of Evil story and created Mr Tawny the Talking Tiger, Mister Mind and many other classic Marvel stories. Then Otto went to work for DC in the 50's creating Supergirl, The Bottled City Of Kandor, The Legion Of Super Heroes and many other significant parts of the Superman Mythos.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Word Balloon Podcast Superman Vs Ali & Watchmen invades DC Rebirth W Neal Adams Dave Gibbons Ed Brubaker & Brian Azzarello



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The past informs the present. Today's episode features clips from past interviews that inadvertently provide insight on some recent events.

The Death Of Sports Icon Muhammad Ali  hits me personally. As a sports reporter I covered Boxing for 16 years in print and radio, and had the opportunity to meet and interview Ali in 1991. I tell the story of our encounter that was full of the Ali magic and charm, even as his Parkinson Syndrome was slowly robbing him of the ability to speak. His ailment did NOT keep him from thinking and he proved that to me directly with his thoughts on previewing The Evander Holyfield George Foreman Championship fight.

Of Course comic fans all know a bit about the DC comics Superman Vs Muhammad Ali, which was an event unto itself. In 2005 Co-plotter and artist Neal Adams talked about his experience on the project and lots of thoughts on the man and his legacy.






Then a look at The conclusion of DC Rebirth featuring the invasion of the Watchmen story and characters in the current DC universe . Was does it mean? Should it happen, given the creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons have no involvement and in Moore case objects to every continuation of the original story?

These same issue came up in 2012 when DC launched Before Watchmen, featuring prequel stories of the heroes and villains drawn and written by different creators. To illustrate the debate we look back at 2012 comments from Dave Gibbons, Ed Brubaker and Brain Azzarello,

Friday, May 27, 2016

Word Balloon Podcast Captain America-Hail Hydra ? Nick Spencer On The Day He Broke The Internet



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Wow! In one issue, Writer Nick Spencer has changed the status quo of Steve Rogers in a new exciting way that has polarized the comic book readership. Captain America is evil, and all of a sudden the Most Trusted Man In the Marvel Universe is now its most dangerous enemy.

Nick joins us to explain the new direction for Caop, and what it means for Civil War 2 and all the relationships in the Marvel Universe.

We also talk about the crazy backlash from fans and media that the story received, including blowing the DC Universe Rebirth coverage off the front pages.




Thursday, May 19, 2016

ep 614 Word Balloon Podcast Kingdom Come 20th Anniversary Special Part 2 Alex Ross



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Wrapping up our look back at the 20 year old classic, we speak to the guy who had the idea first Alex Ross. he tells us about the influence of Alan Moore on this story, how he came to be paired with Mark Waid, and the debates of their ideas on how to present the story, and what it means to be a hero.

We also talk about current and future projects with Alex, including some incredible lithographs of The Beatles, and The beginings of work with Universal on the classic holywood depictions of their monsters. Not a Robert De Niro Frankenstien or  Gary Oldman Dracula in the bunch.



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ep 613 Word Balloon Podcast Kingdom Come 20th Anniversary Special Part 1 Mark Waid



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To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the acclaimed DC Elseworld story, Word Balloon presents 2 conversations with the creators themselves.

First up writer Mark Waid, who looks back on how he was chosen to join Alex Ross and flesh out the initial ideas.

We also pay tribute to the passing of Darwyn Cooke and I review Captain America Civil War

Monday, May 16, 2016

ep 612 Maria Cabardo On Her Jeffrey Catherine Jones Docu and Kickstarter Hacks From Greg Pak

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First up Documentarian Maria Paz Cabardo talks about her seminal documentary BETTER THINGS THE LIFE AND CHOICES OF JEFFERY CATHERINE JONES.  The film is available on DVD and streaming 






Jeff Jones was one of the founding members of THE STUDIO, an influential 1970's art studio collective featuring Jones, Michael Kaluta Bernie Wrightson and Barry Windsor Smith. Jones's fantasy art was featured in DC Warren National Lampoon and countless fantasy publishers. Late in life Jones decided to transgender and became Jeffery Catherine and candidly spoke about this life change , and the decades of dealing with this difficult personal journey while creating groundbreaking art. 

We talk about Jones personal relationships from his marriage to Louise Simonson, his relationship with Vaughn Bode, friendships with his studio mates, and influences on artists like Bill Sienkiewicz, Jean (Moebius) Giraud, Jon Muth, Kent Williams, Paul Pope and others.



Then Greg Pak is back with an audio excerpt of his new e-book Kickstarter Secrets . These are useful hacks on what you need to know if you're thinking about doing a kickstarter campaign. This audio itself gives great tips, and gives you an idea of the additional useful information that will be in the e-book. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ep 611 You're a Wonder (Woman) Susan Eisenberg


Celebrating Word Balloon's 11th and The Amazon's 75th anniversaries
it's a pleasure to welcome the incredible Susan Eisenberg, who's portrayed Wonder Woman since the 2001 debut of cartoon networks Justice League. She's since played Diana in the follow-up Justice League Unlimited series, animated films like Superman-Batman Apocalypse , Justice League doom, and video games like Injustice .

We talk about her beginnings  in acting and voice work, her getting the WW role and the experiences of working with the Warner Animation cast and crews. 

Check out her website to see a table reading of the original Justice League cast, including WW-Batman moments from the fan favorite episode This Little Piggy 


Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Ep 610 Publisher Ted Adams On The Past Present And Future Of IDW Comics

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Really enjoyed this talk with Ted Adams. It's IDW's 17th anniversary this year, and we look back at the company's beginnings its present and future.

We talk about their approach to licensed comics from CSI to current successes like Star Trek GI JOE Transformers My Little Pony and more.

There's insight on the acquisition of Top Shelf Productions and its distinct line of books.

We talk about Wynonna Earp Beau Smith's creation currently a SyFy Network TV series and IDWs first foray into television.

You'll hear about IDW's experimentation with comic formats, from their mini comics to the oversized Artist Editions and the  equally historic Library Of American Comics volumes.

Coming off my last episode, this is another must listen conversation.





Monday, May 02, 2016

Ep 609 Kaare Andrews on Renato Jones Iron Fist and the changing Comics Market







Great Conversation with Kaare, who's Renato Jones The 1% debuts this Wednesday from Image. This is Andrew's 1st creator owned comic, and he talks about the experiences and inspirations that led him to this project.

We also look back at Kaare's recent run on Iron Fist and the current nerd debate about the white-washing of comic book characters.

Kaare also offer great insight of how the current comic market seems to be unfolding, and a great perspective on how to handle it when creativity and the obstacles of life collide.

Plus after years making movies, Kaare is stepping into the world of directing television. He talks about these new experiences.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ep 608 Marvel Press Conference on Capt America With Nick Spencer and Tom Brevoort

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Today Marvel addressed the comic book press to discuss the wrap up of the Avengers Standoff event, and the rejuvenated Captain America. Writer Nick Spencer and Editor Tom Brevoort fielded questions about the comic book future of Steve Rogers

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ep 607 Comedian Podcaster and Writer Frank Santopadre and Jesse Blaze Snider On His Black Light District

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From Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast ,we welcome co-host Frank Santopadre to talk about their fantastic interviews with many show biz greats. Frank is also a comic book vet in his own right, working at Topps writing jokes for Bazooka Joe , Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids cards. Frank's "day job" is as a writer on ABC's The View . Tons of great stories packed in this interview from attending the last of the 3 Stooges  Curly Joe De Rita's funeral, to writing jokes for Dr Ben Carson Miss Piggy and Christopher Walken.





Then we welcome back writer and musician Jesse Blaze Snider who has combines his talents on his latest project Black Light District . Six issues and songs combine for what I've been calling Comic Sonnets ( though poets may disagree with my use of the term. Check out the video below to Symptoms










Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Matt Kindt's Dept H And Some Valiant Efforts & NHL Great Jeremy Roenick on his favorite Sci-Fi Sagas

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Matt Kindt is back to talk about his new underwater "locked room murder mystery" DEPT H .
We also talk about his many projects at Valiant like Ninjak Rai, and including the upcoming summer event 4001 AD.

Plus NHL All Time Great Jeremy Roenick drops by for a break from the NHL playoff coverage to talk about his new podcast, and his favorite Sci-Fi passions.




Monday, April 11, 2016

Editor Will Dennis Life After Vertigo

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A great conversation with the longtime Vertigo editor. We talk about his 16 years with the company working with many of the imprint's top creators. Will gives us his point of view of what made Vertigo unique. Has the imprint place in today's comic market changed?

We also talk about what he's currently doing inlcuding teaching and editing new projects like the recently announced Image Title Moonshiners featuring his old 100 Bullets pals Brian Azzarello & Edwardo Risso.




Thursday, April 07, 2016

Word Balloon TV's Highlander Adrian Paul and Batman Author Glen Weldon

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Very excited to welcome Adrian Paul, Highlander's Duncan Macloud . Of course we talk about the series and new film projects he's working on, but Paul is also conducting amazing seminars in a program called The Sword Experience. It gives participants the chance to learn sword fighting techniques from Adrian himself. A great opportunity for actors, historic reenactors, LARP players and more.

They're happening in great cities and exotic locales all over the world beginning this weekend in California, and next month in Chicago. Paul describes the activities and techniques learned at the day long experiences, which include photo and video opps, luxurious meals and more. We also talk about his own podcast Peace Radio, his charity work and  get his action hero view on today's exploding interest in genre fiction.



Then author and NPR correspondent Glen Weldon talks about his latest book The Caped Crusade Batman And The Rise Of Nerd Culture, from Simon and Schuster . A great chance to discuss Batman thru the decades and his impact on the fans sometimes changing the interpretation of the character. We look at some of the decades, and of course talk about the polarizing reactions to Batman V Superman.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Word Balloon Exclusive The Greg Rucka Debrief Coming Back To DC, Wonder Woman , and the impact on his creator owned books

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The title says it all. In his first interview after DC Comics broke the news in their Re-Birth presentation Greg Rucka joins us to talk about the decision to return to DC to write Wonder Woman with alternating artists Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott. The first arc is called Lies and will alternate with a Year One WW story featuring Nicola's art.

It's been 7 years since Rucka abruptly left DC after just getting started co-creating the new Batwoman with artist JH Williams. Why comeback now? How does it effect his current output of creator owned books and webcomics, like Lazarus, Stumptown Lady Sabre?  Most directly how does it impact Black Magick which features co-creator Nicola Scott, who's joins Greg on this Wonder Woman Project?

Greg give us all the answers in this exclusive conversation.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Word Balloon John K Snyder III Talks Fashion In Action, Suicide Squad, Dr Mid-Nite and More

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John K Snyder III joins us to discuss his kickstarter campaign to collect his excellent 80's Eclipse series Fashion In action featuring a team of futuristic super spy girls in slick neo- noir action.

We also talk about hist contributions to the Suicide Squad, Grendel and the co-creation of the 3rd and current Dr Mid-Nite,  Pieter Cross 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Word Balloon Ethan Van Sciver on The DC Rebirth Internet Pioneer Mr Skin

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Everytime there's been a DC Rebirth Project, Artist Ethan Van Sciver has been given the art chores. He is among the 4 artists chosen for the DC Rebirth 80 page giant coming in late May. He joins us to give his perspective what has the "rebirth" label meant when rebooting an established DC hero? 

Then Internet great Mr Skin jins me to talk about the recently held Anatomy Awards and his 17 years as a pop culture content creator. From the parody of his company in the Judd Apatow classic Knocked Up, to the breat nude scenes of geek culture icons both women and men.