Sunday, July 30, 2006

It's A Crime Mr Collins! Max Allan Collins Interview


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BEFORE JINX, SIN CITY, STRAY BULLETS AND MANY OF THE OTHER CRIME COMICS YOU MIGHT THINK OF, TRUE CRIME NOVELIST MAX COLLINS BROUGHT THE GENRE BACK TO PROMINENCE . FIRST, TAKING OVER THE DICK TRACY STRIP FROM CREATOR CHESTER GOULD, THEN CREATING MS TREE THE MICKEY SPILLANE INSPIRED LADY GUMSHOE, TO HIS OUTSTANDING SERIES "ROAD TO PERDITION", WHICH BECAME THE BASIS FOR THE OUTSTANDING FILM ADAPTATION STARRING TOM HANKS AND PAUL NEWMAN . TO COINCIDE WITH THE UPCOMING IDW HARDCOVER RELEASE OF THE ORIGINAL CHESTER GOULD DICK TRACY COMIC STRIPS, WE PRESENT THIS CONVERSATION WITH MAX ABOUT THIS HISTORY OF TRACY, MS TREE, ROAD TO PERDITION, AS WELL AS DISCUSS THEIR SHARED BACKDROP SETTING THE CITY OF CHICAGO, AND THE TRUE CRIME STORIES THAT INSPIRE COMICS, FILM AND TELEVISION.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

San Diego Comicon: Eisner Winners

Wordballoon salutes The 2006 Eisner Winners with a look back at past winners. Artist Gene Ha Discuses his colaborations with Alan Moore on Top 10, The 49ers,and Geof Darrow explains the genesis behind the Burlyman Comic Shaolin Cowboy, which brought him the year's award for best writer/artist. Also floor interviews with B Clay Moore, Jeremey Haun, David Gantz, Joe Gentile, and Sergio Aragones,

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

San Diego Comicon 06 Recap

Wordballoon was part of a panel dicussing the world of comics podcasting, moderated by Leading man writer B Clay Moore , and featuring 9 podcasting shows. I encourage you to check out all these fine programs. To hear the podcasting panel courtesy of ifanboy, use this url http://media.libsyn.com/media/ifanboy/iFanboy_podcast_SD_podcastpanel.mp3a coming next interviews from the floor , with The Legendary Sergio Aragones, & The writing team of Oni Press's new Spy series, The Leading Man.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

No Fakin, It's Howard Chaykin

What a pleasure talking to the man behind great satire and action like American Flagg, Time 2, The Shadow, The Blackhawks, and Cody Starbuck . You'll hear about his current projects like BITE CLUB, BLADE, GUY GARDNER, JLA CLASSIFIED, along with a look back at his work on STAR WARS , BLACK KISS, AMERICAN CENTURY , his television work on THE FLASH, VIPER, and MUTANT X . We'll discuss his view of Televison, from the shows he loves to what Hollywood is looking for from writers. Between us, we'll throw in enough obscure ancient pop culture references that would make Dennis Miller call his grandfather to confirm. As a lifelong fan of his writing and art, Howard is my kind of people. Podtrac Player

Monday, July 17, 2006

Thomas Waltz, and Our Army At War

A timely discussion, as writer Tom Waltz talks candidly about his experiences in the Marines and US National Guard,that contributed to his creation of the War-Horror tale CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE. The Shooting Star Comics mini series is getting the full trade treatment, from IDW this August. We'll also discuss the War Comics genre and Tom gives his ground level view of the Iraqi conflict. http://www.wordballoon.com/media/WBthomaswaltz.mp3

Sunday, July 16, 2006

In The Paint With Douglas Klauba

THE MAN WHO'S COVERED THE LIKES OF KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER AND THE PHANTOM FOR MOONSTONE IS BACK WITH A NEW ASSIGNMENT ON ANOTHER PULP ICON, THE SPIDER MASTER OF MEN. PLUS DOUG GIVES US THE LOWDOWN ON CREATING CARDS FOR UPPER DECK'S VS INFINITE CRISIS BOOSTER SET, NEW SCI-FI COVER ASSIGNMENTS, AND WHAT IT WAS LIKE HAVING TO INTERVIEW JIM STERANKO, BEFORE A LIVE AUDIENCE.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

The Alchemy Of Dan Brereton and The Nocturnals

THE NOCTURNALS CREATOR DISCUSSES THEIR 2006 RETURN , WITH NEWLY REMASTERED HARDCOVER EDITIONS, INCLUDING NEW STORIES,AND NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED MATERIALS, FROM OLYMPIAN PUBLISHING. WE ALSO TALK ABOUT UPCOMING TRADES LIKE THE PSYCHO AND THE RE-RELEASE OF HIS DC ELSEWORLDS COLLABORATION WITH HOWARD CHAYKIN, THRILLKILLER DEBUTING IN OCTOBER OLYMPIAN PUBLISHING PRESENTS THE FIRST OF A THREE VOLUME OVERSIZED HARDCOVER EDITION OF THE NOCTURNALS SAGA . VOLUME ONE FEATURES THE ENTIRE BLACK PLANET STORYLINE , THE COMPLETE WITCHING HOUR STORYLINE, AND THE ALL NEW STORY CLEAN HANDS, FOR ONLY $29.95. ALSO AT THIS YEARS SAN DIEGO COMICON, DAN WILL BE SIGNING ALL NEW NOCTURNAL PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 3pm TO 4pm AT THE CENTURY GUILD BOOTH #2945. AS YOU CAN SEE DAN'S NOCTURNALS ARE ALSO FEATURED IN THE INAUGURAL EDITION OF THE WORDBALLOON MAGAZINE, WHICH WE WILL BE DISTRIBUTING AT THE SDCC. IT FEATURES ADDITIONAL INTERVIEWS AND ART FROM GEOF DARROW, BRIAN BENDIS, GREG RUCKA, DOUG KLAUBA, THOMAS JANE, GEOFF JOHNS, THE LUNA BROTHERS, JEPH LOEB, MARK SCHULTZ, AND MORE. FREE COPIES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTURY GUILD BOOTH ALL WEEKEND LONG, AND I'LL BE SIGNING COPIES AT THE BOOTH,SATURDAY AT 4PM.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

CHUCK DIXON'S TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORIES

WRITER CHUCK DIXON IS BACK, WITH TALES OF TINSLETOWN COMIC ADAPTATIONS THAT ENDED UP ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR. FROM BUTCH GUICE DRAWING WILL SMITH , TO A DIRTY HARRY/BATMAN CROSSOVER THAT GOT SHOT DOWN BY CLINT EASTWOOD HIMSELF. CHUCK'S ALSO WORKING ON THE "GREEN LIT" ADAPTATION OF THE SAMUEL L JACKSON FILM, "SNAKES ON A PLANE" ALSO, MORE OF THE LOWDOWN BEHIND TRANSFORMERS HEARTS OF STEEL,FROM IDW PUBLISHING PLUS WE LOOK AT HIS TAKE ON CLAW THE UNCONQUERED FOR DC/WILDSTORM, AND THE UPCOMING CONNER HAWKE GREEN ARROW MINI SERIES