Friday, August 28, 2015

Judd Winick's Hilo The Boy Who Crashed to Earth & Duane Burghard Sci-Fi Conspiracy Gopto

Judd Winick is back! We loved his superhero work for years at DC and Marvel (Batman: Under The Red Hood, Shazam, Exiles, The Outsiders, Green Lantern,) and running the alternate earth adventures of Marvel's Exiles, but it's been a long time since we've enjoyed the art and funny side of Winick's storytelling.

The Cartoonist behind Frumpy The Clown and Barry Ween has put himself back behind the drafting table to draw and write this hilarious action adventure that will delight children and thoroughly entertain their parents with legitimate comic book style action . 

We talk about his feelings on this series compared to his superhero work, his work on The Hulu superhero parody The Awesomes created by Seth Meyers, and more .

Then Sci-Fi writer Duane Burghard brings his own military background into his new novel Gopto combining real world practicality with an alien conspiracy. Duane was also an online talk show host in the early pre-podcast net era, and he shares memories of some famous interviews he got to do i the sci-fi world. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Art Comix Scene With Dean Haspiel Gregory Benton, and Tom Spurgeon

Two interviews that look at the art/alternative comix scene. How is it playing out while the superhero books are seeing massive attention at Conventions and from Film and TV projects?

First Dean Haspiel and Gregory Benton talk about their new books from Hang Dai studios. Haspiel is presenting his real life adventures moving to Brooklyn from Manhattan in Beef With Tomato. Benton has released an ambitious silent comic called Smoke. Hang Dai is also releasing Schmuck the graphic novel written by the late comics photo journalist Seth Kushner . The guys talk about Kushner's continued inspiration in the Hnag Dai Studio, and how they plan to promote these books in the upcoming conventions and comic arts festivals. We also talk about Dean's love of superhero comics particularly the Fantastic Four amd Greg's current obsession with Jack Kirby's Fourth World. 

Then Comics Reporter  Tom Spurgeon joins us for a talk about his blog The Comics Reporter, and new patreon campaign to fund his new monthly online magazine The Comics Report  . It's a chance to compare notes on the changes we've both seen in the comics market. Tom is also organizing a Columbus, Ohio Comics Arts Festival in conjunction with Ohio State University CXC Festival. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Reggie Hudlin and Comic Collector World Record Holder Bob Bretall

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First Reggie Hudlin joins us to discuss the return of Milestone Media. Hudlin promises new projects are on the way, as well as the return of Static Rocket Hardware and the Dakota World. We also talk about his films House Party, Boomerang and producing D'Jango Unchained with Quentin Tarantino.
Hudlin also wrote the D'Jango Vertigo comics adaptation (the series won an Eisner in 2014), plus Marvel runs of Black Panther and Spider-Man. Hudlin also produced the Marvel Knights Black Panther Animated series on BET where he also served as that network's president. Reggie gives us his POV on the current geek market, and a look back at the 70's style of heroes of color.

 "I’m sorry to say that my day job has kept me away from hearing about the recent Marvel Hip Hop cover discussion and the questioning of Marvel's efforts to hire more creators of color until late last week. I’m also sorry to say I didn’t have the chance to talk about these issues directly with Reggie, though he did mention that Axel Alonso had helped him with his transition to writing comic books.
His and Denys Cowan’s quotes about Alonso’s active search for diverse creators in the interview link below represent the consistent opinions I hear from all creators who’ve worked with Axel at Vertigo & Marvel, and frankly Joe Q as well before Axel’s reign as Marvel’s editor in chief.
I think it’s important for all sides to be heard (or read) in such a discussion."

Then Bob Bretall, holder of the Guiness Book World Record as the owner of the world's largest private comic book collection . We'll talk about the Bronze and Silver Ages, our mutaul love of Steranko and Doc Savage, the best panels at this year's  and what you can do to make your collection as big as Bob's. Check out Bob's website too, at

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Marvel TV Movie and Comics Talk With Joe Quesada, Jeremy Haun, and The Filmmakers of Cicada The Movie

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First, Joe Quesada the man who helped revive Marvel starting from 1998 with the creation of Marvel Knights to his long run as Editor in Chief to the present as chief creative office. Joe oversees the comics, films TV and more and we talk about what's been happening on screen and in the pages of Marvel. From Netflix to the ABC shows to this years films and the comic event Secret Wars. 

Then Jeremy Haun returns to talk about his Image Central series The Beauty, co-written with Jason Hurley debuting August 12th. It's a police procedural where cops are investigating a sexually transmitted disease that makes the victims more handsome of beautiful, before it kills them. How would today's world react to such an STD? Haun gives us a guided tour into the world of The Beauty.

We wrap up with the filmmakers behind Cicada The Movie. Producer Actor Jeff Kent, Director David Willis and actor Beau Crawford talk about their hilarious film project in the vein of Troma Films, and the classic 80's & 90's silly but fun horror films that filled the racks of video stores . They are in the final hours of their indie go go campaign, but if you go to their website, you'll see the trailer and find out why this is a film that needs to get made, and desrves your support! 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Star Trek Axanar & The Death Of The DVD Special Feature w Robert Meyer Burnett

Rob Burnett is a film director responsible for the hilarious 1999 Star Trek Valentine Free Enterprise . Currently he's the director of Star Trek:Axanar the ground breaking independent Star Trek Film set 20 years before James T Kirk was Captain of the Enterprise. With a cast and crew of working hollywood professionals, who also love Star Trek They are in the midst of an indie go go fund rasing campaign to make this epic 2hr story. 

As a proof of concept, they made this 21 minute pseudo-documentary, Prelude To Axanar  which chronicles the characters and battles leading up to the film . 

Featuring Star Trek Stars Tony Todd, JG Hertzler and Gary Graham Battlestar Galactica stars Richard Hatch and Kate Vernon, and introducing Alec Peters as Garth Of Izar. The visual effects, score, writing, and acting will blow you away .

Trek fans know Capt. Garth was an academy hero of Kirk's and an eventual original series enemy. Axanar tells the story of Garth and the Federation's historic battle against the Klingons.

Rob also has created many documentaries and special features for films like X-Men, Lord Of The Rings, Aliens, Tron, and The Star Trek TV Shows TNG, Voyager, DS9, and Enterprise. As Rob explains,  we may be seeing an end to the era of great dvd and blu-ray special documentaries and features. 

We also talk comic books, James Bond and ponder the question of how many of the younger geek fans have the interest and patience to sit through vintage Sci-Fi films from the 1930's to the pre Star Wars 1970's?