Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Legendary Black Panther writer Don McGregor and Jason Inman's Jupiter Jet

It's the first of this weeks UnConVentional episodes, featuring interviews that reflect the quirky San Diego con panels I like to attend.

First up the great Don Mcgregor (photo from 1982) who did ground breaking work in the 70s and 80s on Black Panther and other Marvel comics. The in the 80;s he was on the vangurad for creator owned books like SABLE with Paul Gulacy and Detectives INC. with Marshall Rodgers

Then we talk creator owned books with Jason Inman co-creator of Jupiter Jet. Jason also talks about his work at DC Access videos and his great podcast Geeek History Lesson.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Tom King Q&A The Bat(Man) Is (Heart) Broken

Batman #50 . Wow . Tom King joins us to pick up the pieces of Batman's jilted heart and gives us clues to look for as Bane gathers a strange anti-bat family to torture the caped crusader.

Members of the League Of Word Balloon listeners ask Tom about the firts 50 issues of his Batman run, Collaborations with Adam Kubert on The Wal-Mart Exclusive Superman story, Heroes In Crisis with Clay Mann Mister Miracle with Mitch Gerads and Joelle Jones . Lots of info on many current past and future projects, plus the passing of Steve Ditko and other comic creator encounters.

Monday, July 09, 2018

The Bendis Tapes Man Of Steel Wrap Up Batman & Jinxworld and more

Brain Bendis looks back at The Man Of Steel Mini Series and gives us more clues as to where his Superman saga is going in the pages of Action and Superman
Plus previews of the upcoming Jixworld books including Powers and United States Of Murder Inc With Mike Oeming, Scarlet with Alex Malev, Peral With Michael Gaydos and Cover with David Mack.

More details on his Batman story with Nick Derrington in the DC Wal Mart 100 Page spectaculars

Plus updates on the Scarlet TV series the utitles X-Men movie with Deadpool director Tim Miller, and more.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Mark Waid Hates Bullies

Mark tells us about his current runs on Doctor Strange and Ant Man and The Wasp for Marvel, and the upcoming Archie 1941 setting the Riverdale gang in their original time frame but with a slightly more serious tone as the second world war gets underway.
We also talk about the recent controversies in comics surrounding comicsgate, the culture wars and more.

Jerry Ordway on Superman JSA Infinity Inc and More

From Ron Troupe Jose Delgado/Gangbuster to Cat Grant -The writer artist reflects on many characters created for the Superman Mythos

Comics and Boxing With Ring Magazine's Doug Fischer

Once again I combine my love for comic books and Boxing with this conversation featuring Ring Magazine's Editor In Chief Douglas Fischer

Monday, June 25, 2018

Skottie Young - Taking Over Deadpool - I Hate Fairyland and More

Skottie gives us his take on Wade Wilson exploring the underbelly of the Marvel Universe . He's got plans to go in the Savage Land and I even give him an idea of what c-level marvel characters  Deadpool should crossover with.

Plus a look at I Hate Fairyland and more Image Projects coming later this year. 

Bronze Age Batman With Michael Kronenberg

The Co-Author Of The Batcave Companion joins us to tak about the 1970s Batman and some of the era's best creators .

Michael is also one of the creative minds behind Ringside Seat, which is a great digital magazine covering the past present and future of the Sweet Science.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dan Slott The Spider Man Exit Interview

Hours ago, Dan Slott called me up at 430am and said "Hey let's do a podcast. Today is my last day writing Spider-Man ."

Issue 801 is out today, and Dan wanted to look back at significant Spidey Arcs character moments collaborations and more .

Friday, June 15, 2018

Tini Howard On Writing Rick And Morty Comics Assasinistas and Hack Slash

Great to welcome Tini Howard to word balloon. Tini is killing it writing Rick and Morty comics for Oni Press. Her stories match the irreverent comedy of the tv show and we discuss her past and future R&M stories .

We also talk in depth about Assasinistas her IDW/Black Crown series with the legendary Gilbert Hernandez . It's another fun action comedy about hit-women who were carefree killers in the 20s dealing with getting older while still trying to be contractors in the modern era.

Tini also talks about her current run on Hack Slash, Tim Seeley's hilarious horror comedy

The Legacy Of George Carlin-With Kelly Carlin

Ten years ago this month George Carlin passed away . His daughter Kelly joins us to talk about her father's incredible career and the release of a new DVD box set the explores the comedian's comedic evolution. From his "Mad Men" clean cut persona in the early 60s, his seven dirty words observational period of the 70s and 80s to his eventual "angry old man" pieces and of the 90s thru the 2000s. 
The set also contains never released material from all the various eras of Carlin's career fom 60s variety shows to 80s tv pilots and live footage from the 2000s of Carlin working out material at comedey clubs.
Kelly is a fellow podcaster and gives us her unique observations of her father's legacy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Will Dennis - JH Williams - Wendy Wright Williams : Where We Live

Where We Live is The Image Comics anthology in tribute to the victims and survivors of The Las Vegas Shootings .Today's episode feature conversations with some of the creative forces behind the project.

First Editor Will Dennis is back to talk about his work on the book, plus we catch up on his current work as a freelance editor for some of the best creator owned comics being made today with creators like Brina Azzarello Eduardo Risso Jeff Lemire Scott Snyder and more. You'll also hear memories of working with the legendary Joe Kubert on some of his final works.

Then JH Williams and Wendy Wright Williams talk about putting Where We Live together.
We talk about The Las Vegas Comics Community and share some of the incredible stories in the Anthology . 

Comedian Phil Proctor :His new Podcast-Show Biz Stories & Incredible Encounters

Comedy Legend Phil Proctor of The Firesign Theater is back to share more stories from his career in films, television, sketch comedy albums and animation voice overs .

Phil has a new podcast of stories from his show biz career- The Proctor Podcast which debuted last friday .

He shares encounters with fellow funnymen Harry Anderson Phil Hendre and Phil Hartman, working on The Hunt For Red October, The origins of the Firesign Theater on radio and hilarious memories of 60s protesting with Peter Fonda.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

I made a guest appearence on the Radio Girl Podcast

 Radiogirl Podcast

My friend Margaret Larkin has been interviewing Chicago Radio broadcasters for almost 10 years.
I was very flattered she asked me to talk about my radio and podcasting careers. You can listen here or download the episode by right clicking the link.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Dan Brereton Talks Nocturnals &The Return Of The Bat-Verse Thrillkiller Stories

Word Balloon welcomes artist extraordinaire Dan Brereton back for a fun conversation . Dan chats about his career from his work creating The Nocturnals series to his spin on the Dick Grayson Barbra Gordon Love Affair "Batman : Thrillkiller" co created with Howard Chaykin. Think Grayson as Elvis and Barbara Gordon as Ann-Margaret

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Stuart Immonen Retrospective

Big news yesterday that Stuart and Kathryn Immonen are stepping away from comics for awhile. Let's look back on my conversations with Stuart about Nextwave, Ultimate Spider-Man, Fear Itself, His Superman run as writer and artist , The Final Night and many other projects with Warren Ellis Matt Fraction Brian Bendis and Kurt Busiek among others.

A Kathryn Immonen Retrospective

Sort of shocking news yesterday that Comic creators Kathryn and Stuart Immonen are stepping away from the industry for awhile to focus on non comics projects.

Stuart is getting the majority of the coverage, but Kathryn has always been a strong writer with great stories about Hellcat Agent Carter X-men Runaways and her creator owned projects with Stuart like the WW2 spy adventure Moving Pictures .

We look back to our word balloon coversations with Kathryn

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Michael Kupperman's All The Answers Looks at His Dad's Reluctant Childhood Fame

What Happens when a Child Media Celebrity doesn't want to be famous ? Kupperman's new graphic novel is a serious look at his father's years as a childhood star of Old Time Radio's The Quiz Kids. The weekly Chicago based radio and TV program was hugely successful in the war years and early 1950s.

Joel Kupperman joined the show as a math prodigy at age 6 but never enjoyed the fame game. It so embittered him, that he dropped Math as a pursuit and refused to talk about his 9 years of fame. As described in the amazon entry

"In this moving graphic memoir, Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Michael Kupperman traces the life of his reclusive father—the once-world-famous Joel Kupperman, Quiz Kid. That his father is slipping into dementia—seems to embrace it, really—means that the past he would never talk about might be erased forever...With wit and heart, Michael Kupperman presents a fascinating account of mid-century radio and early television history, the pro-Jewish propaganda entertainment used to counteract anti-Semitism, and the early age of modern celebrity culture."

Jesse Blaze Snider Crowns The King Of Kings In A Rock Parody Graphic Novel

Jesse Blaze Snider brings his brand of humor in this new graphic novel. The Rocker's new GN is a hilarious comment on Religion by way of a musical reality show competition His indie go go campaign is underway. He talks about the unique way he's promoting the project including some hilarious music videos of himself as Jesus and his dad Dee (Twisted Sister Front-Man ) Snider as The Norse God King Odin . The two also plan a summertime live music event at The Whiskey A Go Go in LA with other music guests.
We also talk about Jesse's previous comic book stories for DC BOOM! and Dynamite Comics doing stories about Batman, The Muppets Toy Story and Brian Pulido's Evil Ernie

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Charles Soule His New Novel Plus Wolverine X-Men Star Wars & Daredevil

Charles is back to promote his debut novel The Oracle Year. A real world look at what happens when an honest to god prophet starts correctly predicting the future and how the reliogious political and social cultures respond .

Plus we talk about his hilarious Image Series Curs Words With Ryan Browne .
Then its all abut his Marvel takes on Daredevil The X-men's ressurection of Charles Xavier , The Hunt For Wolverine and his star wars books. In in depth discussion of Darth Vader and how the Peo Dameron book is pushing the official star wars saga forward with plots tha happened after the events of The Last Jedi !