Friday, September 21, 2018

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund President Christina Merkler

Newly appointed CBLDF President Christina Merkler tells us about the current challenges facing the CBLDF in today's comic book marketplace. We also discuss Banned Books week which starts this Sunday and runs through the 30th and the comics community's role in the Libraries involved.

Comic Books Ashley Robinson on Her Kickstarter Science ! Star Trek Thoughts and More

Ashley Robinson is back to discuss her 2nd Kickstarter Graphic Novel "Science! ", co written with Jason Inman.

The Colider Video co-host talks about the book that she describes as Harry Potter Meets Starfleet Academy

This also causes us to discuss all the recent news and changes in the Star Trek TV universe, from Discovery's season 2, to the coming Patrick Stewart Jean Luc Picard series , the new actor playing Spock and more.

Funny stuff

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Boxing History-Gene Tunney A Closer Look With Tunney Biographer Jack Cavanaugh

Listen to "Boxing History-Gene Tunney A Closer Look With Tunney Biographer  Jack Cavanaugh" on Spreaker.

Imagine if we thought only about Joe Frazier when talking about the Ali Frazer fights? Ali won the 2nd and 3rd fights. Gene Tunney lived that sort of frustration. He won both matches against Jack Dempsey decisively yet we mostly remember Dempsey's 7th round knockdown of Tunney that produced "The Long Count Moment" .

Tunney biographer Jack Cavanaugh is here to set the record straight and remind of Gene's overall greatness beyond those 14 seconds on the mat against Dempsey.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Boxing Big Bout Episode 2 Canelo Vs GGG 2 Review With Mike North

We review Saturday Night's Main Event With Chicago Sports Talk Legend Mike North

Listen to "Boxing PPV Review Canelo vs GGG 2 With Chicago Sports Talker Mike North" on Spreaker.

New Podcast Debut-The Big Bout Podcast

For 17 years I covered the sport of Boxing for magazines like Ring Magazine and Boxing Illustrated on TV for PBS Chicago and Fox Sports, and as a radio reporter and host at WMVP, WSCR The Score in Chicago and The Sporting News Radio Network from 1989-2006.

I've started The Big Bout Podcast, which focuses on current bouts and historic fighters and matches. The first episode is an audio documentary on the rivalry
between Heavyweight champions Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney

This Saturday Sept 22nd marks the 91st anniversary of The Dempsey-Tunney "Long Count Fight held at Soldier Field in 1927. Along with being one of the biggest sporting events of the 1920s,it was controversial. Demspey was losing the fight but knocked Tunney down in the 7th round. The referee took a long time to start the 10 count and Tunney stayed down for 14 seconds. Many sports reporters have to this day debated if Tunney could've continued had the referee started the count as soon as Tunney  hit the floor .

The documentary features interviews with Studs Terkel (who listened to the live radio
broadcast as a 14 year old) Screenwriter/Sportswriter Budd Schulberg (On The Waterfront 
The Harder They Fall) Dempsey biographer Roger Khan Tunney Biographer and Jack Cavanaugh, Boxing historian Bert Sugar and David Zivin who wrote a feature about the bout for Chicago Magazine 

Subsequent episodes feature the full length interviews with Schulberg Sugar and Cavanaugh, plus a talk with actor Max Baer Jr (Jethro of The Beverly Hillbillies) about his late father, former 1930's heavyweight champion Max Sr .

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The History Of The Infinity Gauntlet & Marvel Cosmic With Jim Starlin Roy Thomas Ron Lim And Joe Rubenstien

2 incredible live discussions from Terrificon ast month .

The Origins Of Avengers Infinity War and beyond. First a discussion of the original Thanos Comic Book event that led to this year's Marvel Blockbuster film featuring Thano's creator Jim Starlin and Infinity Gauntlet artists Ron Lim and Joe Rubenstien.

Then Roy Thomas and Jim Starlin dicuss the history of Marvel Cosmic from The Stan Lee Jack Kirby beginnings, to the Kree Skrull War Captain Marvel all the way to the upcoming 2019 film.
Incredible behind the scene facts that will blow your mind

Friday, September 07, 2018

Ted Anderson's caper Moth and Whisper-Brad Melzer Talks Neil Armstrong & Comics

A great double feature, writer Ted Anderson talks about his and Jen Hickman's new book for After Shock Comics Moth and Whisper. It's a caper story in a cyberpunk world with an interesting hero. ted also talks about his past and upcoming work on Adventure Time Comics and My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic

Then Brad Meltzer is back to talk about his and Chris Eliopolus's Biography I am Neil Armstrong, with lots of stories about the first man on the moon. Plus comic book talk about Superman big comic event stories and more

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

A Walk Through Wakanda The Black Panther Panel

An incredible discussion with Black Panther creators Don McGregor Christopher Priest, Afua Richardson and Bob Almond . From Terrificon recorded last month at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Psychology Of Wolverine, with Roy Thomas and Dr Suzana Flores

It's another Word Balloon 101 discussion from Terrificon. Dr Suzanna Flores the author of Untamed The Psychology of Wolverine talks about the mysteries of Logan, with Marvel Comics Legend Roy Thomas. We talk about all aspects and iterations of Logan from his comics to films.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A Valentine to 1960's DC Romance Comics Barbara Frielander & Paul Kupperberg

This Terrificon panel features writer Editor Paul Kupperberg in conversation with Barbara Frielander, who wrote and edited many of DC's Romance Comics from 1964 to 1969. She describes in detail what is was like being a single woman at DC in the silver age. She talk about the artists she loved and ones she didn't like , tough editors and corporate officers, and much more. Barbara describes the 1960's offices and Mad Men Era of DC Comics

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bill Morrison Yellow Submarine Futurama Bongo Comics Mad Magazine and More

Bill Morrison c hats about his amazing adaption taking The Beatles Yellow Submarine and turning it into a graphic novel from Titan. The books feels like Bill was there 50 years ago pointing his "camera" at different angles c apturing the story and designs from a different angle. The book is a must for Beatle fans and comic book fans.

We also talk about his continuing collaborations with Simpsons creator Matt Groening  from being in charge of Bongo Comics, to The Art Director of Futurama to his work on the new Netflix series Disenchantment

Friday, August 24, 2018

Marvel Today With CB Cebulski Charles Soule and Nick Spencer

Word Balloon 101 Current Events Class .More back to school sessions from Terrificon. A great discussion with Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man) Charles Soule (Daredevil Star Wars :Poe Dameron) and Editor In Chief CB Cebulski

Mike Norton Speaks Truth To Power In Lil Donnie

Our back to school podcasts begin with a candid talk with the newest political cartoonist on the block. Mike Norton's Lil Donnie shows another skill set in the artist's abilities. Great renditions of all the Trump players with sharp humor. Norton's work received a Ruben Award Nomination. We spoke at a store signing at Challengers Comics in Chicago. The strip is collected in the new Image Collection Executive Privilege

A Video of the interview is also available on twitch  

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bryan Edward Hill On Batman Black Lightning Titans Tv Show and More

Bryan Edward Hill joins us talk about his Detective Comics Batman Black Lightning story that wraps up this Wednesday. We aklso talk about his work, writing for the new Titans TV Series debuting on the DC Universe Streaming Service later this year.

You'll also hear about his first breakthrough series Postal at Top Cow, writing for the Starz TV series Ash Vs Evil Dead, His Michael Cray Wildstorm series and more.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Steve Orlando Fills In The Gaps Of DC Universe's Future Dark Age With Electric Warriors

Steve Orlando is back to talk about his current Wonder Woman run, but also to preview his ambitious Electric Warrior mini series .

We all know about Kamandi's time and the fall of Modern DC history , but what about the time after that and the historic path to the Utopian times of the Legion Of Super Heroes. What happened in the centuries in between? That's the subject of Electric Warriors.

Plus new creator owned projects fro Orlando

Monday, August 13, 2018

Portrait Of Catwoman With Joelle Jones

So pleased to welcome Joelle to the podcast and have an in depth discussion about her catwoman run which is just under way. Joelle tells us what makes Selina Kyle Tick, or purr.

We also get into her collaborations with Jamie Rich Tom King and others .

Plus a lot of talk about Joelle's great crime series Lady Killer from Dark Horse

Friday, August 10, 2018

Paul Kupperberg DC Bronze Age Revisited-Bryn Cimino Welcome to Comics

First Paul Kupperberg is back with tales of his writing and editing days. From his runs in the Superman universe to his early Charlton days. Paul not only has comic book tales, but he was also in DC's licensing department, which had him writing stuntman scenarios for Six Flags parks,and other non comic book projects.

We also revisit his great run on Life With Archie the married life, The World Of Krypton mini series, and his new crime novel set in the comic book publishing world of the early 50s called The Same Old Story 

Then we welcome comics newcomer Bryn Cimino who at 13 drew art that appeared in an issue of Two Morrows Alter Ego. She talks about her love of comics and getting her first pro break from AE editor Roy Thomas. 

Monday, August 06, 2018

Dennis O'Neil - The Batman Conversation

An epic discussion with the acclaimed writer of Batman, and so much more. We talk about his early days at Charlton Comics, why did he leave DC for Marvel in the 80s and why did he return to DC in , the 90s? We talk about the Knightfall event, the story choices Dc wouldn't allow him to do and a lot more.

From his first days at DC, to the Hard Traveling Heroes run of Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and the social justice agenda , The master writer shares many stories from the silver bronze and platinum ages .

Friday, July 27, 2018

Roy Thomas On His WW2 comics What If & Ryan Stegman Talks Spider-Man and Venom

First Roy Thomas joins us to talk about his WW2 hero comics The iNvaders and All Star Squadron. We'd never be able to cver all of Roy's work in comics so expect more next month in panels at Terrificon.

Then Ryan Stegman joins us to talk about his origin story breaking into Marvel and great work on Spider-Man and vurrently doing Venom with Donny Cates.