Saturday, July 31, 2010

SDCC 2010 The Podcast Panel

Download The MP3 Here On this episode of the Word Balloon Podcast we present another San Diego Panel moderated by yours truly. For the fifth time the San Diego Comic con hosted a panel dedicated to comic book podcasts. Joining me on the panel were iFanboy's own Josh Flanagan, along with Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider), Brian "Pants" Christman (Comic Geek Speak), Bob Bretall (The Comic Book Page), and Cameron Hatheway (Cammy's Comic Corner). The topics ranged from the most significant events in the last 5 years of the comics industry, a digital comics debate, the most impressive creators of the era, and where each host drew the line in terms of journalistic ethics, critiquing comics, and the podcaster's role in industry punditry. Recorded Thursday July 22nd 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SDCC 2010 Panel The Bendis Tapes

Download the MP3 here Word Balloon is proud to present our San Diego Comicon coverage, begining with the spotlight panel on Brian Michael Bendis. During thsi live presentation of the Bendis Tapes Featuring questions from the con audience, Brian recieved the con's prestigious Inkpot Award from Comicon's director of print and publications Gary Sassaman , Marvel TV's Senior Vice President Jeph Loeb stops by and asks Brian to be the executive producer of the upcoming ultimate spider-man animated series, and fielded many questions about his marvel and creator owned books.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Haspiel Talks about Harvey Pekar

Donwload The MP3 Here Earlier this week Harvey Pekar passed away. People have asked if I was going to do a tribute episode, but I think my first conversation with Deam Haspiel serves as the best tribute. Dean will be back in a new talk , but this 2006 talk spent a lot of time covering his first collaborations with Pekar, including putting him together with the people who shot the American Splendor Film . We discuss his first story he drew for Harvey and the graphic novel The Quitter, which created enough demand at Vertigo to start a whole new series of Pekar stories.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Twitter story from Me & Kelly Sue DeConnick

This is exactly why I love Twitter. Small moments of creativity in 140 characters or less. KS & her husband Matt Fraction are the baby brother and sister I never had Kelly Sue tweets..."Whiskey Bravo" and my brain starts working... @kellysue didn't she have an affair with Victor Fox Trot? @johnwordballoon Until Romeo Tango found out. @kellysue tell me there isn't a story there! we're half way done with it! @johnwordballoon Throw Papa Bravo and the India Hotel in the mix? SOLD. @kellysue Alpha Charlie ran the saloon at the india hotel... @kellysue we can make it an audio drama, that only plays on air traffic control radios. @kellysue our pen name should be "Roger Wilco" @johnwordballoon And boom! (her new born daughter) Tallulah's going to college. copyright 2010 DeConnick-Siuntres LLC all rights reserved

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Loeb Report Summer 2010 pt 2

Download The MP3 Here On this edition of the Loeb Report we get into the questions from our word balloon listeners. We’ll hear more about the creation of Ultimate X with Art Adams , and story points from HULK and New Ulltimates. We’ll learn about the current status of works in progress, like Captain America White with Tim Sale and the yet unnamed Spider-Man project with J Scott Campbell. And Jeph looks back revisiting details on Batman: Hush and Ultimatum, how he originally got the job writing Cable in 1994. You’ll find out Jeph’s view on this years slate of comic book films, what pieces of original art he owns from past collaborators, and the difficulties of writing Spider-Man’s quips, and the toughest story Loeb ever wrote., and the seemingly unending teen devotion to his work as screenwriter on the films Commando and Teen Wolf.

Word Balloon At SDCC 2010!

I can't begin to express my gratitude to the creators who've asked me to moderate their panels and how much I look forward to this year's Comic Con. You can count on recordings of all these panels as upcoming WB eps. THURSDAY 5:00-6:00 The 5th Annual Comics Podcasting Panel!— Five years ago, the comics podcasting stars came together on one panel for the first time in San Diego, and now they're back to discuss comics, podcasting, and how the comic book industry has changed since that first panel. Podcasters appearing on the panel include John Siuntres (Word Balloon), Josh Flanagan (iFanboy), Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider), Brian "Pants" Christman (Comic Geek Speak), Bob Bretall (The Comic Book Page), and Cameron Hatheway (Cammy's Comic Corner). Don't miss your chance to see all your favorite podcasters on one panel! Room 32AB FRIDAY 12:30-1:30 Spotlight on the Immonens: Sex, Lies and Comic Books— Kathryn Immonen (Heralds) and Stuart Immonen (New Avengers) enter the ring with the peerless John Siuntres ( to talk about working for Marvel, publishing with Top Shelf, and sleeping with the enemy. See new work unveiled! Bring your questions! Room 9 SATURDAY 12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Brian Michael Bendis— The controversial Marvel writer and Comic-Con special guest Brian Michael Bendis turns his spotlight panel into a live taping of the popular Word Balloon Bendis Tapes. Word Balloon podcast host John Siuntres will moderate the panel and take questions from the audience, with nothing off limits. Bendis will also be giving away limited-edition variant covers of his new creator-owned series Scarlet. Room 6DE

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I Guest on 2 new Podcasts!

I Guested On This Week's Tales From The Parents Basement (Click here to get to the show's web page.) And I crashed the Crank Cast, click here for that episode, 248 The guys on both shows were great and I had a blast being the guest as opposed to the host.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Sean McKeever's Young Allies

Download The MP3 Here Sean McKeever is here to discuss the new Marvel book, The Young Allies, whose 2nd issue debuts today, with a 2nd printing of issue #1 . Sean talks about the formation of the ensemble and is quick to correct you if you call this a team book. We discuss the entire group of individuals put together in this story situation, along with a look at the recent one shots, short stories, and minis written by McKeever that led up to the YA series.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Allan Heinberg & Patrick Scullin The Young avengers Begin Their Crusade

Download The MP3 Here Today Allan Heinberg is back to talk about Avengers: The Children's Crusade. The 9 part bi-monthly series begins this week, and re-unites the young avengers creative team of Heinberg and artist Jim Cheung. The story is a self contained event the crosses the Avengers and -X-men worlds, as Young Avenger Wiccan searches for the woman he believes is his mother, Wanda the Scarlet Witch . The longtime Avenger’s mind seemed to shatter as she killed Avenger teammates and Mutants in the mid 2000 events Avengers Disassembled and House Of M . Allan talks about writing a story that will stand the test of time,while trying not to conflict with the current month to month continuity. We also discuss his 4 years of work on the popular TV series Grey’s Anatomy coming to a close and the similarities and differences of the TV writers room, compared to the Marvel creative summits . Plus a short talk with web comic creator Patrick Scullins who discusses his two connected features Supersiblings, and his family web strip Meet The Clarks

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Loeb Report Part 1-The Barefoot Executive

Download The MP3 here Time for a new Loeb report. Jeph made news this week when he was named Vice President of Marvel TV and explains what the job entails in the first part of our episode. You'll also hear plenty of up to date information on Jeph's current books, Hulk New Ultimates and Ultimate X We go into detail on Hulk #23, and answer the question "Where does General Ross's mustache go when he turn into the Red Hulk?"� Jeph goes behind the scenes on Ultimate X #2 & #3 and what his Ultimate universe philosophy is on the surviving Mutants and Heroes in the post Ultimatum world.