The Weekly Pop Culture Audio Podcast Featuring In-Depth One On One Interviews and Discussions From The Entertainment Worlds Of Genre Fiction- Comic Books, Novels, Television, Film, Video Games And More. Created In 2005 By Chicago Radio/TV Host John Siuntres
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 !
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.
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.
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 .
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."
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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
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 .
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 !
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.