Thursday, April 28, 2016

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

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. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Politics Of Comics With Nick Spencer

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Don't be scared by the show title. Nick IS writing "controversial" books like Sam Wilson, Captain America, and Avengers stand off, but that gives the chance to discuss the whole CA cast of characters and how the Cap mantle is perceived when Sam wears it. 

The Marvel event Avengers Standoff has it's own political undertones as the agents of SHIELD take a radical approach to keeping prisoners.
Plus we check in on Morning Glories and preview Nick's new creator owned series with his Superior Foes Of Spider-man Steve Lieber another heist comedy THE FIX from Image Comics.

We also look at Batman V Superman and DC's REBIRTH 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I'm on the latest Robots From Tomorrow Podcast !

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Greg Matiasevich was kind enough to invite me back to talk about the DVD release of CREED, boxing and boxing films Star Trek and Lots Of Comics Talk..

It’s been a little over two years since he was last on the show, but Wordballoon’s own John Siuntres returns to the studio at the center of the earth to talk to Greg about a subject near and dear to his heart: boxing. The lads thought since John covered boxing as a journalist for almost 16 years, it would be neat to get his take on last year’s CREED (now out on home video) and talk a little bit about the sport in general. If you only know about John through his comics talk, then you are really in for a treat; he is just as passionate and articulate about the sweet science as he is sequential art. Plus, like almost every episode of either Wordballoon or Robots, there are tangents and digressions galore. Movies, TV shows, Star Trek…oh, and of course, comics. We hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as they had having it, and with any luck it isn’t another two years before John comes back on the show.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Word Balloon Keith Champagne makes The Switch

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Keith joins us to discuss his and Tom Nyguen's kickstarter campaign for The Switch a 64 page graphic novel. For a supervillain, growing apart from your friends can be murder.
We also discuss his colaborations with other artists like Doug Mahnke and Don Kramer. We also talk about his part on the epic run of JSA for DC. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Word Balloon Ollie Masters on Snow Blind & The Kitchen Aubrey Sitterson on Street Fighter vs GI JOE

Ollie Masters talks about Vertigo's The Kitchen and BOOM! Studios Snow Blind

Aubrey Sitterson talks about GI JOE Vs Street Fighter from IDW and his podcasts Straight Shoot and Skald 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Word Balloon Jody Houser On Faith & Ed Catto on Capt Action's 50th Anniversary

Writer Jody Houser Talks Faith , the blockbuster hit from Valiant Comics and Orphan Black from IDW 
Ed Catto talks about Captain Action's 50th Anniversary and the current marketing of the geek culture through his company Bonfire Advertising. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Word Balloon Sanford Greene On Power Man and Iron Fist's Return-Phil Hester and Brent Peeples Reboot The Gold Key Alliance

Sanford Greene & David Walker are killing it on Marvel's new Power Man & Iron Fist comic. Greene joins us to talk about the excitement and responsibility they feel to make this a memorable run. They want it to feel fresh,but also hit the right notes of the past great runs featuring the Heroes For Hire. Sanford answers many questions about the series. The book debuts this Wednesday the 17th. 

Then Phil Hester and Brent Peeples join us to talk about THEIR reboot of popular characters, The Gold Key Alliance coming in April from Dynamite, Magnus Robot Fighter Dr Solar, Mighty Sampson and Turok join forces in a modern "real world" story. Hester also has a new Image book Mythic with John McCrea. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Word Balloon Kwanza Osajyefo on the OGN BLACK, Zuda Comics and the early days of digital comics

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Kwanza Osajyfo tells us about the successful Kickstarter campaign for BLACK, his new OGN with Jamal Igle Tim Smith and Khari Randolph. Kwanza was also involved in early digital comics initiatives at Marvel and DC's Zuda Comics and we discuss his experiences in those arenas.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Word Balloon JM DeMatteis talks Batman Bad Blood Blu Ray Justice League 3001 and more

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A great conversation from the legendary writer of Kraven's Last Hunt, The Bwa-Ha-Ha Justice League International era, Moonshadow, and Batman: Going Sane . Marc (JM) wrote the screenplay to the new DC Animated feature Batman Bad Blood, featuring the animated debuts of Batwoman & Batwing. not to mention wrapping up the trilogy of Son Of batman.

He discuss the team oriented writing process for these DC animated films and talks about comic writing in general. We also look at his and Keith Giffen's current run on Justice League 3001, which suffered some controversy last year as some Transgendered readers took offense at their portrayal of Green Lantern Guy Gardener. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Word Balloon Hope Nicholson and The Secret Loves Of Geek Girls

Canadian Comic Historian Hope Nicholson is back to talk about her latest book of essays by comic creators and fans who write about the relationships they found and lost in the Geek world. It's a great insight into their minds and feelings, no matter your age, gender, or orientation might be. I think it makes us all feel like we're not as crazy or strange as we seem to ourselves. 

We also can't help but discuss the gender issues in comics and fandom, but we can debate gently and still respect the other's point of view.

Hope also tells of a lousy convention guest experience, and how she turned that into a positive when a very recent Atlanta show cancelled their con without informing a guest like Hope, who had paid for a table and was making the city part of an extended city travel schedule. Airfare Hotel and travel incidentals that cons wouldn't refund. So what do you do when the show gets cancelled before you can cancel travel plans? 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Word Balloon Fox TV Lucifer Show Runner Joe Henderson

Executive Producer Writer Joe Henderson joins us to preview the latest comic book adaptation from DC Comics LUCIFER. The show debuts Monday The 25th at 9 eastern/8 central on FOX following the new X-Files mini series.

Joe discusses the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman character, who later starred in Mike Carey's incredible Vertigo series. We talk about the cast the over arcing plot, and the religious controversy the show has already faced. 

Plus Joe, who's credits have included running USA hits like White Collar & Graceland gives us his point of view on competing in today's crowded good tv market. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Word Balloon The Latest Greg Rucka Debrief

Greg answers listener questions about his comics Lazarus, Stumptown, Black Magick and more. We also talk about his Star Wars work on the new Force Awakens characters in his new young adult books