Thursday, January 18, 2018

DC in D.C. With Tom King and Julie & Shawna Benson

Lots of fun catching up with the Benson sisters (Batgirl and The Birds Of Prey) and Tom King (Batman -Mister Miracle) after the big event DC Comics held last weekend in the nation's capital. 
You'll hear about their panels and red carpet encounters, plus Tom gives more background about Sanctuary, his concept to explore Heroes suffering from PTSD after their near death experiences .
Then we all settle in for some classic movie talk while we play a round of Old Movie Trivia. How well will you do compared to us? Play along. 

The Last Last Jedi Review With Art Baltazar and Franco!



It had to happen. The Aw Yeah Comics Creators Art Baltazar and Franco ( DC's Tiny Titans Super Powers Superman Family Adventures) Join me for another hilarious blockbuster movie review. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Mike Norton on his Trump comic strip Lil Donnie and more

We close out the year live at 4 Stars Studio kicking back with Mike Norton who tell us about the initial lark of  creating the comic strip Lil Donnie and it taking over a portion of his working life. It's syndicated by Go Comics home of Doonsebury Peanuts Calvin and Hobbes strips. 
We also talk about his new DC monthly Mystic U written by Alisa Kwitney h​is first web comic series Battlepug and more. ​

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Tim Seeley On Nightwing Green Lanterns and Steve Bryant's Athena Voltaitre


A double feature for today's Word Balloon Christmas edition . First Steve is back to tout the new Athena Voltaire arc starting in February from Action Lab Comics. 

Then Tim Seeley and I talk about his adventures working at DC guiding Dick Grayson and the new young Green Lanterns destinies, while making his creator owned books like Hack Slash and Revival .

We also discuss his new Vertigo book Imaginary Fiends as Vertigo re-positions itself for the current comics era. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Ron Marz Experiment

Ron is back to talk about Beasts Of The Black Hand his new creator owned comic co-created by Paul harding and Mathew Dow Smith. A Diesel Punk WW1 horror spy adventure.

The book is available for pre-order here 



Monday, December 04, 2017

Justice League Film Review

Joining me to talk about the film are the co-hosts of The Aw Yeah Podcast featuring Art Baltazar Franco! (Tiny Titans Superman Family Adventures and Super Powers) and Scoot McMahon ( Wrapped Up, Sami The Squirel). It's a mixed results review of the troubled 5th DC Universe film.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ed Piskor's Grand Designs For The History Of The X-Men

Ed Piskor the creator of Hip Hop Family Tree brings his unique style of design and comic book narrative to re-tell the history of Marvel's Mutant Race in X-Men Grand Design. Ed tells us about his excitement for the challenge of presenting a long story arc for Marvel in his indie style. 
This project was green lit by Axel Alonso before his removal as editor in chief at Marvel . We talk about the significance of that and Marvel's transition to CB Cebulski as EIC

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Jim Zub On Avengers No Surrender and The Business Of Creator Owned Comics


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Jim Zub is back to preview Avengers No Surrender the weekly Avengers Event co-written by Mark Waid and Al Ewing. Jim takes us thrugh the process of writing this event.
We also discuss his creator owned books Wayward and Glitterbomb. Jim is always willing to share his insight on creating books for Image Comics and how they're doing in the modern comics market which is a bigger world than just the direct market stores. We talk about Jim's creator owned tutorials and his Tumblr account where he takes creator questions and manages to difuse negative insults into positive information on a regular basis.  '
Jim's book Glitterbomb has also managed to become even more relevant to today's cultural issues given it's premise of the plight of women in Hollywoood subjected to the real life horrors of sexual abuse. We can't help but discuss the book's ironic timing. 


Monday, November 20, 2017

Star Trek Discovery Mid Season Review With Trekspert Robert Meyer Burnett

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It had to happen. Rob Burnett, who made the 1999 cult comedy Free Enterprise and is one of the most knowledgeable Trek experts online, going back to his 90's episode reviews of Star Trek Voyager . These days Rob is reviewing Discovery eps for Colider Video's You Tube Channel , and has his problems with the basic storytelling and characterizations of the crew and the Klingons, based on the "rules" of Trek Univehrse stories all the spin-offs comics and novels have followed. Are we being too picky,or is. Discovery under performing? 

Strap in for a fun trek conversation 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sarah Gaydos on IDW's Star Trek Comics and More Star Trek Discovery Debate



Great to have Sarah back. Lots of terrific IDW trek comics are happening now. The Star Trek Boldy Go series set in the JJ Abrahms film universe started a new multi universe story called IDIC.

She also previews the Discovery prequel series focusing on T'Kuvma and The Kingon Deathship crew cominng later this month, and more. Plus we cant help talking about the new streaming series, with the fall hiatus starting next week. Good thing there's plenty of quality IDW trek comics to get us to the Jan half of the season.


Frank Frazetta The Legacy With Frank Frazetta Jr




Frank Frazetta died in 2010. he fantasy artist left a body of work in comics bookcovers film posters and paintings that modern fantasy artists continue to emulate and get inspirations. The Frazetta Museum has reopened and is in the midst of a kickstarter campaign to raise funds, in addition to great products at their website

Fisrt Moises Chiullan joins us to explain the amazing new limited edition silk screen t-shirts they're selling based on 4 classic Frazetta paintings, and the painstaking process to recreate the texture of the originals.

Then a great chat with Frank Jr telling great stories about his father's works process and legacy.


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Bendis Leaves Marvel , Heads To DC News and Novelist Bill Schweigart

The news is out Brian Bendis leaves Marvel after 17 years, and has signed a new deal with DC comics. What will he write? There may be clues in past Bendis Tapes Discussions here in the Word Balloon archives . You'll hear my take as well as initial reactions from The League Of Word Balloon Listeners .

Then Novelist Bill Schweigart joins us to discuss his trilogy of Fantasy Action Novels The Beast Of Barcroft , Northwoods and The Devil's Colony. Publishers Weekly says "Readers who appreciate a B-movie sensibility, affable characters, and a sense of fun along with their scares will find much to enjoy."
Bill tells us about the books and the twists and turns he experienced bringing the trilogy to life.


Jupiter Jet and Star Trek Discovery Talk With Ashley Robinson and Jason Inman




Back by popular demand Jason Inman from DC Access videos and so much more geek content is joined by his co host of the Geek History Podcast and Colider's Star Trek Discovery review show Ashley Robinson.
We get together for a massive Star Trek discussion, but also to celebrate their brand new adventure comic from Action Lab, Jupiter Jet. She's a 1930's teen with a jet pack tangling with Gangsters and othe rneighborhood threats. In the vein of The Rocketeer, this is a great bouncy book filled with humor and fun.


Friday, November 03, 2017

The Art Myths And Science Of Michael Avon Oeming


I had the pleasure of writing the text for Mike's new Art Book No Plan B, The Art Of Michael Avon Oeming From Dark Horse.

We talk about the book, Mike's work on Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye With Gerard Way & Jon Rivera from DC's Young Animal Imprint .

Plus we talk Powers, Mike's love of Conspiracies Myths and More.


Inside Johnny Carson With Mark Malkoff

Mark is the host of The Carson Podcast. His one man mission is to explore Johnny Carson's 30 years as host of The Tonight Show. He interviews famous guests, comedy writers and others who worked on the show to explore it's  impact on 20th century pop culture . Johnny's Tonight Show is still the gold standard to which all late night hosts since measure their current success.



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Jeremy Haun Invites You To The Realm





Live from Downtown Chicago's scenic Riverwalk, Jeremy spends a lazy Sunday afternoon, telling us about his new Image series The Realm drawn by him, and co-written with Seth M Peck . The book is 2 issues in and has already connected with the audience. We talk about the continuing success Haun has had with his other Image series The Beauty co-written by Jason Hurley.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The State Of The Geek Industry With Vaneta Rogers

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The Newsarama reporter is back to talk about the concerns of the direct market, and a look at the film and TV superhero output of 2017


Friday, October 13, 2017

Phil Proctor Talks Rugrats The Firesign Theater and The 60's Evolution Of Sketch Comedy


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Phil Proctor played Howard DeVille on Rugrats television and films for 14 years . You'll hear about his adventures in voice over animation, but that's only Phil's recent history

He also revolutionized subversive sketch comedy with his co members of The Firesign Theater doing counter culture anti establishment bits long before Monty Python or Cheech and Chong . Their ground breaking style of improvisations first played on live radio then they signed with Columbia & later Rhino Records to create almost 20 albums from the 60s thru the 2000s.

Phil has a new autobiography WHERE'S MY FORTUNE COOKIE which documents his adventures living the Hollywood Rock N Roll lifestyle of the 60s-70s with crazy adventures on Broadway,TV Film and making comedy.




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Inktober With Marvel OHOTMU Legend Joe Rubenstien





A look back with the prolific inker , who started his comics career at 17 under the guidance of Dick Giordano. Joe has great stories of the bronze age in this amazing conversation from Salt Lake Comic Con.

We talk about his work on the John Byrne Frank Miller Wolverine imini series, the casting of artists for his long running work on The official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe and much more.



Monday, October 02, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reflections Of A Lifelong Comic Book Fan




Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins us to talk about his new graphic novel from Titan Mycroft Holmes and The Apocalypse Handbook. He's a longtime Sherlock Holmes fan and we talk about his take on the elder Holmes backstory, something Arthur Conan Doyle barely hinted at in few of Sherlock's adventures. Kareem has created an exciting steampunk backdrop and envisions the young Mycroft as a dashing hero rubbing shoulders with many famous people of the 19th century. This is a great read for Holmes and steampunk fans.

We also go full blast into Kareem's life long love of comcs from buying them at his local candy store as a child, to his adult appreciation of the books today. You'll hear about encounters with comic book luminaries, adventures at san diego comic cons, and much more.