Thursday, November 12, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Jason Aaron's New Testamnet on The Goddamned , Star Wars, Thor, Southern Bastards and Weirdworld

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Jason is back to talk about his great run on Star Wars leading into the crossover with Marvel's Darth Vader book Vader Down.

We also discuss his new Image series The Goddmaned featuring warrior style drama set in bibilical times with familiar biblical heroes.

Plus news about Thor and Jason's secret war tie-ins THORS and WEIRDWORLD.
and an update on Southern Bastards both comic wise and info about the FX TV series in development.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Filmmakers Robert Gordon Best Of Enemies & Lucha Mexico's Alex Hammond & Ian Markowicz

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Today On Word Balloon we highlight 2 new documentaries that have blown me away with their respective stories.

First Best Of Enemies co-director Robert Gordon joins us to talk about the hotly engaged debates between intellectual giants Gore Vidal and William F Buckley. The two despised each other and their mutual hatred came out on live television during the 1968 presidential campaign. ABC hosted 10 live debates during the presidential convention season, and the two men sparred of over issues of the day, that still resonate in the political arena. Vidal was coming off his recent publocation of the political satire Myra Breckenridge, featuring a transgendered woman who takes revenge on the Hollywood insiders who screwed up her life when she was a man.Buckley was the leading voice of conservative thinkers . Both thought the others philosophies and ways of life would harm the American culture. The resulting debates were as compelling as any classic boxing match.

Then Lucha Mexico Filmmakers Alex Hammond & Ian Markowicz join us to talk about their excellent entry in this weekend's NYC DOC festival. The film explores the history and traditions of Mexican Wrestling and the Arena Mexico, home to the Lucha Libre telecasts and matches . We see the stories of current wrestlers like Shocker, Blue Demon Jr, Jon Strongman and others.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Tana Ford and The War On Diversity In Comics

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Tana Ford is a Gay Comics creator who's making her own comics like Duck and doing art duties for DC & Marvel on Strange Sports Stories and SILK . We talk about the slow but steady changes in diversity at the big two, her creator owned books, and a lot about star trek (this was recorded before CBS 
announced the new TV series) .

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast The History Of Stand Up Comedy With Author Kliph Nesteroff

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Kliph Nesteroff is a fan and historian of American Comedy. His new book The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy is packed with anecdotes from his classic television show biz blog . Kliph has an archive of one on one oral history interviews with hundreds of comedy performers and behind the scenes participants. There is hours of incredible reading there. 
In our conversation we look back from vaudeville's 1st stand ups to Louis CK and Marc Maron . We spend time looking back at the creation of the modern comedy album in the 1950s by Redd Foxx, the coffeehouse scene which created the icons Lenny Bruce Jonathan Winters leading to their spiritual successors George Carlin and Robin Williams. The comedy club drug connection of the 70s and 80s personified in the rise and fall of Gary Muledeer . Kliph closes the talk recounting the final performance of Albert Brooks & Bob (Super Dave) Einstein's dad  Harry Einstein 

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Sam Humphries Talks Citizen Jack and Star-Lord

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Sam Humphries talks about his new hilarious Presidential Image Comics satire with Tommy Patterson . What if a demon told a hapless half wit he could be the next US president? Has it already happened in real life?

We also talk about his current Marvel work on Star-Lord, Weirdworld, and his upcoming Boom Studios comedy Jonesy with Caitlin Rose Boyle 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon on Two Brothers Casanova and more

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The brothers discuss their new Graphic Novel Two Brothers adapted from the classic Brazilian Novel by Milton Hatoum .

We also talk about their collaborations with Matt Fraction and Michael Chabon on Casanova, Mike Mignola on BPRD, and Gerard Way on the Umbrella Academy

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Mark Millar Halo's Master Chief Steve Downes & The Fables Writers Panel

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On today's Word Balloon Podcast, Mark Millar (Kingsmen, Kick-Ass Wanted) is back talking about his new Millarworld Comic from Image HUCK, with art by Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire).  We also talk about various Millarworld comics in film development like Chrononauts Nemesis and others. Mark was on back in June so we focused today on Huck and a few other topics, including his POV on the current comic market.

HALO 5 Guardians debuts this Tuesday, so today we re-present a 2012 conversation with Steve Downes , who's played the voice of Master Chief since the Halo game was created. We learn about the character's creation and how it's evolved during these many years. 

Finally I moderated last month's Fables Writers Panel at the Cincy Comicon. Creator Bill Willingham, Mathew Sturges (Jack Of Fables & Wolf In The Fold) and Chris Roberson (Cinderella) talk about the creation and 150 issiue run of the main series, the sin off books, and many stories thru Fables 13 year run that wrapped up earlier this year. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Supergirl Press Conference Ande Parks & Brent Schoonover

First, Monday's CBS Supergirl Press Conference featuring Executive Producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler, and SUPERGIRL herself Melissa Benoist face the press and answer questions as we head toward next monday's world premiere. SUPERGIRL premieres Monday, Oct. 26 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/PT), and moves to its regular time period (8:00-9:00 PM) on Monday, Nov. 2 on the CBS Television Network.

Then Ande Parks joins us to talk about his writing and inking efforts of late includig crime books Ciudad from Oni Press, December's Seducton of The Innocent, and from Vertigo Slash And Burn.

Finally we wrap up with Brent Schoonover who talks about his work on the first issue of the new IDW Back To The Future Comic and next month from Marvel Howling Commandos with writer Frank Barberie

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Skottie Young's Revenge On Fairyland-Ming Doyle Chris Burnham & Mike Norton Sketch Off

Skottie Young joins us to talk about his new Image Book I hate Fairyland debuting this week. We also talk about his Marvel work including Rocket Raccoon, and the Giant Sized Little Marvel Secret Wars Tie in. 

Then from Cincy Comicon, a live sketch off and informal talk with Ming Doyle Chris Burnham and Mike Norton 

Monday, October 12, 2015

I was a guest on The Sidebar Podcast !

Great to talk with Swain Hunt on the Sidebar Podcast. We talked about how the nerd world has changed since we were kids.We also talk about the marvel Hip Hop variant covers, and lots of pop culture topics.

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Monday, October 05, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Kelly Sue DeConnick A Non Compliant Conversation about Bitch Planet Pretty Deadly and More

Kelly Sue DeConnick is back! Just in time for the release of the first Bitch Planet arc in graphic novel form, from Image Oct 7th. We review the first arc with a nod toward the upcoming 6th issue .

SPOILER WARNING from 31:33-35:45 Bitch planet spoiler stuff  during these few minutes if you haven't read the first 5 issues.

We also talk about the return of Pretty Deadly this November with artist Emma Rios, and have a frank discussion about diversity in comics. 

In the interview Kelly Sue mentioned an exceptional British WW2 spy Nancy Wake. As it says in the start of her Wasington Post Obit. "The Gestapo called her “The White Mouse” for the way she deftly avoided their traps." 
Read her incredible story here 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Cincy Comic Con Panels W Rick Remender Tony Moore Evan Dorkin Ryan Browne Sarah Dyer and more

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Our Cincy Comic Con coverage begins with 2 great panels loaded with candid conversation from creators who've struggled in the creator owned before hitting their goals. Some would say they're still struggling today after being in the biz for 30 years.
First up The Fear Agent 10th anniversary panel with Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers Captain America)  Tony Moore (The Walking Dead Punisher Ghost Rider) and Mike Hawthorne (Deadpool The Un-Men). Rick and Tony created the Fear Agent Heath Huston, space cowboy, interplanetary war vet, and killer of icky space creatures . The series was an homage to the 50's EC comics style of Sci-Fi, and the guys talk about the book's struggle over 32 issues and how it inspired many of their works that followed.
1:23:50-end of show
More Creator owned advice from this excellent panel featuring Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese, DC Comics World's Funniest) Zine editor publisher Sarah Dyer (Action Girl) Kickstarter Master Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts- Blast Furnace) and amazing illustrator Jeremy Bastion (Arcadia's Cursed Pirate Girl) . This information they share is extremely helpful to any aspiring creators. It's one of the best panels I've had the pleasure of moderating.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Valentine D'Landro Talks Bitch Planet Heath Corson On Bizzaro

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Great conversations this week. First Val Delandro tells us about his comics art career . From drawing backgrounds in a Toronto Studio to Marvel gigs like his long collaboration with Peter David on the X-men book X-Factor. Today Val is co creator of Bitch Planet, the Sci-Fi Prison World Sports epic written by the red hot scribe Kelly Sue DeConnick .

Then writer Heath Corson is back in studio to talk about his current run n the very funny Bizarro with dynamic art by Gustavo Duarte . Heath also talks about recent animated features that are on the market now, including the Tom & Jerry-Jonny Quest crossover SPY QUEST, and the latest Batman Unlimited & Arkham Asylum (the animated precursor to next year's SUICIDE SQUAD film) . Heath is also a great comics podcaster, and he talk about his show The Nerdist Writers Panel Comics Edition

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast The Bendis Tapes Summer 2015 So... Any News Lately?

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  • What was scheduled to be a Summer Review of Powers 1st season, Comic Con Stories and a look at Brian's Secret Wars Tie-Ins, all got interrupted with what may be a Major Sea Change in the way Marvel makes movies
  • Big News broke this week that Marvel Film Honcho Kevin Feige has gained independence from Marvel's CEO Ike Perlmutter answering only to Disney CEO Alan Horn. A reported bi-product of this power shift was the apparent dissolution of The Marvel Creative Committee of Bendis, Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and Publisher Dan Buckley. What does this mean for the future Marvel films ? Wasn't the inclusion of input from the comic book makers the difference in Full Fledged Marvel Films versus the failures like Fantastic Four, The Andrew Garfield Spider-Man Films, etc? 

  • During the first 35 minutes of this marathon edition of The Bendis Tapes, I ask Brian questions   regarding the news. Things like,  "How does it impact the future films ? How does his role at Mavrel change ? " . We also talk about new comics Bendis recommends, more Powers TV news and More. Then we present a talk we started to record last month featuring More Powers Behind the scenes talk including upcoming changes in the production of the series, including the inclusion of Comics and TV masterscribe Ben Edlund (The Tick, Buffy, Angel) on the writing staff. plus more talk about Brian's current and future books. It'll play like we're old and don't realize we were talking about these smae books an hour earlier, but the information is more detailed in this earlier conversation. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast Sanford Greene talks Marvel Runaways Hip Hop Covers and Animation Plans

Sanford Greene is back to talk about his current and future plans in comics and animation. We talk about his current Marvel Secret Wars series Runaways with Limberjanes co-creator Noelle Stevenson.

We also look at the coming Marvel Hip Hop Variant Covers . Sanford has drawn 2 so far, and has more on the way in addition to his role brining more  creators to this project and others at Marvel. The conversation gets into the current debate about diversity at the big 2 publishers. Greene has thoughts and says the Hip Hop Varriant are just the beggining of changes at Marvel . These changes are already happening in the TV and film divisions and the comics as well. 

We also look at Sanford's animation company Secret Sauce that has projects on the way comming to Netflix, and more. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Word Balloon Podcast 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.