Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gail Simone Has All The Answers

On this edition of the word balloon podcast, we present another conversation with DC writer, Gail Simone. She answers fan questions that were posted at the word balloon forums about her current books Wonder Woman, Secret Six, and Welcome To Tranquility, her former works like The All New Atom, Birds Of Prey, and Marvel works like Gus Beezer and Agent X/Deadpool. We also get writing tips from Gail, and hints at some future projects. Some highlights from the session include... Would Gail ever write a huge DC wide event? "I actually have a huge crossover pitch in that's been approved we pushed it back because I need to concentrate on wonder woman and the secret six launch. It's a story I feel needs to be addressed." Gail considered making the schizophrenic Rose/Thorn a member of the Secret Six. She wrote the first 2 drafts of the upcoming Wonder Woman animated DVD feature.. Despite being billed as a Grant Morrison inspired idea , Gail had more ground floor influence and say on the new Atom. "I love Grant Morrison, but the truth is that for the All New Atom we both had individual Atom pitches in, each revolving around the idea of a weird (Ivy) town. Grant created the Panda character, and the first story featured in the Brave New World One shot.... and it was agreed that Ryan Choi would be Asian, but I created his Hong Kong background, and (all the rest) ... I love weird science stories, 1950's B-movie Sci-Fi films, and HP Lovecraft stuff .That book was way up my alley, but people don't realize that, because it's so different from what I did on Birds Of Prey."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Howard Chaykin's New World Order Comes With Fries

In this episode of Word Balloon, we check in with the legendary artist/writer Howard Chaykin. We talk about his solo created 44 page one shot for December,Captain America, Theater Of War, America First 1956. A take on the Origin and career of the Commie Smasher 1950's Cap. “It’s me doing the 50’s, which I haven’t done in awhile. Nick Fury plays a large part in the book, as the voice of reason…and we deal a lot with 50’s iconography, and the conflict between godless Communism and godless capitalism (laughs). I’m doing a very right wing version of Cap, and it’s a challenge.” He gives us a behind the scenes view of Squadron Supreme , his current Marvel monthly, illustrated by Marco Turini. Howard tells us about the new characters he's added to the SS universe, and what's in store for all the super beings of this post apocalyptic world. Chaykin also talked about his collaboration with Garth Ennis on The Phantom Eagle, his wrap up working on Punisher War Journal , the 2006-2007 Blade series with Marc Guggenhiem and we go back and forth, through the usual maze of 20Th century pop culture references . Will we see a new Chaykin adult style story in a MAX Book? “My next major project for Marvel , but I can’t tell you more than that right now. I’m champing at the bit to do it"

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tim Seeley's Hack Slash Makes Me Scream

This time we talk to artist writer Tim seeley, who's creator owned series Hack Slash is nominated for Best Comic Book Series this Tuesday on Spike TV's Scream Awards . During this moment of mnaistream awareness and acceptance, the book is in the midst of a crossover with The Re-Animator Film Series. Seeley arranged the crossover with the film's producer and rights holder Brian Yunza. However, as discussed in this press release, the book has fallen into a property dispute with a seperate company called Re-Animator LLC, forcing issues #16 & 17 to seek alternative distribution away from Diamond. Tim discusses the basics of this puhlic domain dispute , and explains how fans and comic retailers can order the book's final 2 chapters. We also talk about Tim's new run on Marvel's New Exiles series debuting on #14 with writer Chris Claremont in November.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Secret Six, With Gail Simone

On this edition of the Word Balloon podcast, writer Gail Simone takes us on a tour of Secret Six, the all villain team of misfits that got immediate fan acceptance from their debut in the Infinite Crisis tie-in series Villains United. We talk about the team's beginnings, a look at the core team members, and some hints at upcoming plot points for the series. Simone says Six fans can expect the team to face insurmountable odds and foes of both sides of the DC. " You'll see (The Six) take on half the DCU villains , JLAers, and in an upcoming arc they get on the bad side of Wonder Woman." Also in the plans, a flashback look at each team members life, before joining the Six.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Geek Syndicate Hosts The British Invasion

On this edition of Word Balloon we turn the show over to UK podcasters David Montieth and Barry Nugent, The Geek Syndicate. For a one of a kind comics forum they were proud to moderate. . In this special celebrity panel, recorded live last weekend at the Birmingham International Comics Show 2008, the Geek Syndicate guys are joined by four UK comics titans. Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) , Doug Braithwaite (Justice), Paul Cornell (Captain Britain and MI-13) and Mark Buckingham (Fables) discuss how UK comic professionals have invaded the US and what their impact has been. We also discover the differences working in both the US and the UK as a comic professional and what it takes to break into the US market. visit the geeks website http://geeksyndicate.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Who's Watching Dave Gibbons ?

On this edition of the Word Balloon podcast , we talk about all things Watchmen, with the legendary co-creator, artist Dave Gibbons. We discuss the Watchmen Motion Comic, which has released its 2nd issue at Itunes and Amazon Video On Demand. Gibbons has another motion comic in the works, an adaptation of his Batman: Black and White story, The Black And White Bandit. Dave also tells us about his upcoming book, Watching The Watchmen to be released Oct 21st, and his take on the 2009 Zach Snyder film. We also ask Dave about his recent conversations with his friend and collaborator writer Alan Moore, who has been very public concerning his negative feelings about the Watchmen film. Plus we discuss behind the scenes details about his 2006 Vertigo graphic novel, The Originals, the 1985 Superman Annual (#11) he and Moore created, For The Man Who Has Everything, and his upcoming John Constantine story in Hellblazer #250.

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Loeb Report Vol 2 Part 1

On this edition of the Word Balloon podcast, The Loeb Report returns. Marvel Writer and Heroes Co-Executive Producer Jeph Loeb is back, taking questions from Word Balloon listeners about his books HULK , Ultimates Vol 3, Captain America White and the coming event ULTIMATUM. We also discuss the new season of NBC's action series Heroes , and make time to tease Ed Brubaker and Robert Kirkman . Some quotes and tidbits from Part 1 On the true identity of the Red HULK ? " The clues (to his identity) are all there." After the Frank Cho/Art Adams arc, Ed McGuiness will be back on an story featuring the original 4 Defenders (Hulk, Dr. Strange, Namor and The Silver Surfer) versus the startling team-up of Red Hulk Tigershark,Baron Mordo and Terrax known as "The Offenders" ."6 months from now just like Red hulk, all everyone will be talking about will be The Offenders." On Heroes- Jeph has written the final chapter of the Villains arc which was being shot last week .Former Smallville and Battlestar Galactica producer Mark Verheiden has joined the Heroes writers staff, and is writing episode 15.. Heroes producer Jesse Alexander is doing a one shot Sgt Nick Fury WW2 story drawn by John Paul Leon called Shotgun Opera. In the Ultimate Universe, Loeb is writing the Ult Captain America Annual , which will explain why Cap was posing as The Black Panther in Ultimates 3.0. He is also writing the Ultimate Hulk story, which tells what happened to Zarda after she left the Supreme Power Universe. While Mark Millar is returning to the Ultimate Universe with Ultimate Avengers, Jeph will be writing a series called New Ultimates with a cast to be determined from the outcome of Ultimatum

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Jon Hickman Arms The Secret Warriors

Writer Jon Hickman joins us to discuss his innovative styles of design and narrative. We preview his upcoming Marvel project Secret Warriors, co written by Brian Michael Bendis . Col. Nick Fury and the new super powered recruits he's assembled for the Secret Invasion, will represent a a moodus operandi that has a different purpose than the standard way SHIELD stories were told in the past.Says Hickman, "(With Fury, your talking about the oldest living clandestant operative in the world. He's not a 'read and react guy'...Secret Warriors is not going to be about a random number of spy incidents, and calamitous adventures... The book is about setting goals and achieving them for a greater purpose . We will be interacting with major (Marvel U) events and be active participants... we just won't be caught 'on camera'." In addition, we discuss his Image books Red Mass For Mars, Trans Human and Pax Romana, plus his Top Cow Pilot season entry, The Core.