Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Mark Millar Minute

Download The MP3 Here On this edition of the show, we get a brief conversation with writer Mark Millar, who's on a whirlwind tour promoting the UK release of the Kick Ass DVD. We discuss the debut of CLINT magazine this Thursday . A 100 page anthology of comics articles and comedy from UK stars like Jonathon Ross and Frankie Boyle, Mark compares his new venture to it’s Uk preedecessors from The Eagle and 2000AD on the comics side, to the Lad magazines of today like FHM and Maxim. We discuss the magazine's content , format, and the very bold notion of starting a new paper magazine while others are going out of business every month. Clint will feature the UK debuts of the new comic Kick Ass 2 and Nemesis, which will still be comming out in North America through Marvel's Icon imprint. Mark explains how the two methods of distribution will work. He also teases at some future project plans on paper and in film, including the confirmation that Kick ass2 is being green lit, based on world wide box office and projected DVD sales.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Aw Yeah Podcast Ep 3 Celebrity ...HEY!!!

Download The MP3 Here As part of our Word Balloon Network, we present a full episode of the new Aw Yeah Podcast With the Tiny Titans creative team of Art Baltazar & Franco! This time the guys talk about their convention adventures meeting celebrities like Vanna White, Adam West, Michael Hogan, Lorenzo Lamas and more. Plus Art wonders which Muppet movie is the best to show his kids to introduce them to their greatness, more Star Wars Celebration talk, and Franco prepares for a vacation at Martha's Vineyards where he expects to run into the Obamas, just like he did last year. Thanks to friend of the program Patrick Scullin(Super Siblings) for the fantastic sketch of the Aw Yeah Team .

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chicago Comic Con Ethan Van Sciver Words And Music

Download The MP3 From Here From last weekend’s Wizard World Chicago Comicon I moderated this panel with DC artist Ethan Van Sciver . In addition to words about his early art beginnings , We looked back at his original creation Cyberfrog, creating new villains for The Flash and Green Lantern, his transformation of Sinestro into the modern threat he represents to current DC continuity and discuss his future plans which include some writing such as a new story in October’s Untold Tales Of The Blackest Night . In addition Ethan arranged for a baby grand piano for the room, and performed several f his original songs about Wolverine , Star Trek, The BP Oil disaster , and a post nuclear war future. By the way, in the center of the photo above, that's the controversial ex-governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, flanked by Ethan and his pal Gil.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Chicago Comicon Ethan Van Sciver Panel

Pleased to annonce I'll be moderating the Ethan Van Sciver panel at this weekend's Chicago Comcicon. Ethan requested a piano, so hopefully the full Van Sciver floor show wil be in effect. The panel is Saturday at noon.

Francis Manapul Pt 2 Francis's new TV Show Beast Legends

Download The MP3 Here Part 2 of our conversation with DC Comics artist Francis Manapul is all about his new reality tv show Beast Legends, currently airing on History Television Canada. The show's US debut is September 9th on Syfy. Francis discusses his role on the show as on the scene sketch artist, bringing mythical creatures to life in his sketchbook. You'll hear all about his hilarious globetrotting adventures, in search of Griffins, Dragons, Krakens and more.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Art and Franco's AW YEAH trailer And Comics For Kids Con Panel

Download The MP3 Here The Word Balloon Network of podcasts is expanding, and I'm pleased to present a preview of the brand new AW YEAH PODCAST with Art Baltazar and Franco (Tiny Titans, Billy Batson and The Magic Of Shazam and Young Justice) On Their first epsiode there was a little static, so please bear with it, but enjoy the freewheeling conversation. Then a great con panel from May's Summit City Comicon featuring Art Baltazar, Mike Norton (Green Arrow, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam) Dan Davis (Scooby Doo, Sponge Bob Squarepants) and Dave Losso (The Great Sandwich Detective)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Francis Manapul Pt1 Flash Facts

Download The MP3 Here On this episode of Word Balloon, we begin a 2 part conversation with artist Francis Manapul, and discuss his dazzling art on books like the Flash and Adventure Comics with Geoff Johns. You'll hear about his takes on Connor Kent, and Barry Allen and the evolution of his art style from his days at Top Cow, to the present. Francis tells us about his comic beginings, the influences on his art from the Image founders to Mike Wieringo, and we discuss the role Filipino artists have played in American comic books, going back to the comic book bronze age.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

SDCC 2010 Kathryn and Stuart Immonen

Download The Mp3 Here I was honored to host this spotlight panel focusing on the careers of Kathryn and Stuart Immonen from their beginnings in the late 1980’s black and white independent comics scene in Toronto. We talk about their first joint project Playground a punk rock murder mystery , and subsequent work for Vortex, Caliber and Revolutionary Comics . They also go in-depth about their new graphic novel Moving Pictures from Top Shelf, which collects the entire story that was first presented as a weekly web comic. Stuart discussed how he arrived at the style for the web comic, which he could conform to without straying too far from his daily drawing style for books like Ultimate Spider-Man and New Avengers . You’ll also hear about their next collaboration which is just getting started called Russian Olive To Red King. You’ll hear about Kathryn’s latest writing efforts from the recent weekly 5 part mini series Heralds for Marvel , her Shamrock story in Girls Comics drawn by Colleen Coover, and call backs to her work on Runaways with Sara Pichelli and Hellcat with David LaFuente . Kathryn promises more Patsy Walker/Hellcat in the near future. Stuart also discusses the prospects of more Nextwave from himself and Warren Ellis, and his current work on New Avengers with Brian Bendis.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Jason Aaron, Southern Man Part 2

Download The MP3 Here Here’s part 2 of my summer conversation with Jason Aaron. We talk about Jason’s views on the relationship between Spider-Man and Wolverine and the vibe he’s trying to cinvey in their team-up book. We talk abut Scalped and where the story is in terms of it’s series arc. Jason compares the editing styles of Axel Alonso and Will Dennis , and talks about the evolution of Vertigo Comics. We also discuss the differences between Vertigo and Marvel’s MAX line. Like many returning guests of Word Balloon, the conversation turns to our favorite Movies, TV and Music. We talk about Tv shows like Michael Mann’s Crime Story, the FX series Justified, and the films of William Petersen , and Jason’s love of country music.

Matt Kindt's Revolving Worlds

Download The MP3 Here Matt Kindt talks about his new Vertigo Graphic Novel Revolver. A great chasing end of the world action thriller that has a twist of science fiction at its core. We also discuss he wonderful books like Super-spy, Pistol Whip from Top Shelf , and 3 Story From Dark Horse.