Friday, September 26, 2008

Fighting The Resistance With Joshua Fialkov

On this edition of the word balloon podcast, we speak with writer Joshua Fialkov. We'll talk about his top cow books Cyblade and his pilot season story Alibi, his new western contribution in Image Comics Anthology Outlaw Territory, and his new Dark Horse mini series The Cleaners. Josh has been busy writing vampire stories. From wrapping up his run on Vampirella, to adaptating the first two Dark-Hunter vampire novels by bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon, Night Pleasures and Night Embrace in manga-style for Dabel Brothers Publishing. We also talk about Josh's new video work online as head writer for the next chapter in the lonely girl 15 online conspiracy suspense drama the resistance. Says Fialkov, "The show is shot cinema verte style... The story revolves around the idea that the Fountain Of Youth is in the blood of tagreted girls, and the secret organization is trying to bleed it out of these women... If you want to see the future of entertainment, check out this show." You can watch all the chapters here,

Friday, September 19, 2008

Jeff Parker's Agents Of Atlas and Age Of the Sentry

On this edition of the Word Balloon podcast, writer Jeff Parker is back to discuss his newest projects for Marvel. This week saw the debut of The Age Of The Sentry mini series. Jeff talks about fleshing out the chzaracter's silver age past, and the direction the character will take in the future. We also get more information on he coming October battle between The Hulk and The Monster Of Frankenstein, and next years debut of the ongoing Agents Of Atlas series. Plus some background on Giant X-Men First Class, and hints at a new direction for the First Class series. We also discuss his book of Alex Toth letters called Dear John, and the status of his creator owned property The Interman .

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Voices In My Head

Welcome To My Delerium. E-Mailers and message board posters have asked how many character voices can I do, and why don't I do more on my podcast (honest, they have). Here's a few. From my radio archives, some quick celeb parodies and animated voices from my repertoire.

Monday, September 08, 2008

The bendis tapes fall 2008 edition pt 4

On this edition of the Word Balloon Podcast we wrap up this marathon edition of the Back to School Edition of The Bendis Tapes. Among the topics discussed, Brian Michael Bendis reveals a tempting project offer earlier this year from Virgin Comics. This was well before the company's current financial re-organizing plans, announced at the end of August. Says Bendis: "I feel weird about Virgin's (current situation), because not even two months ago, I got a pretty spectacular offer from them to co-own and work on the Stan Lee Universe there...I met with Stan. They had come up with a scenario that I may have been able to dance around my Marvel was a serious enough offer to think about...and I'm still the kind of guy who's amazed that Stan even knows my name ...I had a very cool meeting with the 'serious Stan,' as opposed to the 'public Stan"... in the end I couldn't make it work ...but it was quite amazing... and this is the type of thing that will haunt me forever that I didn't do it. "I usually wouldn't tell a story like this.... but i feel like we're all comic books fans, and this would be of interest... if i take anything away from this...after creating the Marvel Universe in the 1940's and that many years later, the guy is still in it. Stan isn't done."

Friday, September 05, 2008

The bendis tapes fall 2008 edition pt 3

Word Balloon rolls on this week, with part 3 of the back to school edition of The Bendis Tapes. John Siuntres and Brian Bendis field questions form the writer's Jinxworld message board. Some highlights from the conversation ... Ultimate Jessica Jones returns in the Ultimate Spider-Man Annual. As for 616 Jessica, New Avengers #47 is about Luke Cage, Jessica, and their relationship. The status of Daredevil: End of Days (The "last" DD story): Brian says he and David Mack are putting the final touches on the story. What are the chances that the Bendis and Maleev one shots books would be collected in a trade? (including the Hawkeye-Wanda interlude in New Avengers #26, and Civil War-The Confession) "It is a possibility." The status of Maleev and Bendis's Icon project? "It's way too early to talk about it we've both had big summers ...but pages have been written." The Spider-Woman book will be according to Bendis, "Absolutely set in the Marvel U," but you will only have to buy Spider-Woman to get the whole story, "if that's your choice." On the Powers TV Pilot- Bendis had the first network story meeting, and surprisingly "Everyone in the meeting did read the comic. I gotta tell you I can count on my hands the times that (hasn't happened) when I laid out the story we had a very educated discussion about the characters and I was given the go ahead to write (the script)." More on the Avengers line-up changes coming post-Secret Invasion: "They will be dramatically different, the November Previews will have a couple of covers that will have people going "WHAT!!"...and "Who's in THAT Costume?" I will tell you, a major marvel character will have had it, with all this BS."

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The bendis tapes fall 2008 edition pt 2

Some tidbits from this edition of the Bendis Tapes... Bendis has seven months of spider-man scripts "in the can." He promises an upcoming issue of New Avengers will center around Luke Cage The Beyonder (of Secret Wars and Illuminatti fame) will return in a future Bendis book. More crazy old convention stories and Brian answers the hypothetical question if he ever went to work for DC which character would he like to tackle first? (hint: it isn't Batman)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Brad Meltzer Won't StopTalking About His Book pt 2

ok, now he'll talk... On this episode of the Word Balloon podcast, we wrap up our conversation with Brad Meltzer, who tells all about the inspirations for his latest novel, The Book Of Lies . Brad discusses the soundtrack specially created for the book, and talks about the pseudo docu-video about The Book Of Lies, featuring Brian K Vaughn, Joss Whedon, and Christopher Hitchens , among others. We go deeper into Brad's theories that writer Jerry Siegel conceived the idea of a bulletproof man called Superman, after the murder of his father in 1932. We also talk at length about Brad's goal to save the Siegel Birthplace via his auction website