Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Conversation With Marv Wolfman Live From FanX Con

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Just got back from Salt Lake City and will be presenting 2 great conversations live in front of eager audiences. First up Marv Wolfman talks about Rebooting The Teen Titans, Crisis On Infinite Earths, Blade, Tomb Of Dracula and so much more.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nick Spencer previews Marvel's Secret Empire and the evil plot of Captain America

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It's been interestig, not only reading this controversial story in the pages of Steve Rogers Captain America, and Thunderbolts, but also to read the fan reaction which has been extreme from those who love it, or hate it.

I love this idea, and frankly the hand wringing editorials about how shameful it is to portray Cap as an evil double agent, who is working for Hydra are silly.

The real mastermind behind Cap going bad is writer Nick Spencer. He's back to give us the low down on this summer's Marvel event.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Brad Meltzer On Jim Henson and The Muppets

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We Welcome Brad Meltzer Back to the show to talk about his latest kids biography I Am Jim Henson drawn by Chris Eliopoulus . Henson was a genius and Brad's biography gets to the heart of his genius in a simple way for kids to relate . Chris's art is amazing and fun to see HIS take on drawing the muppets.

This gives Brad and I a chance to do our usualy geek out session, with lots of subjects 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tom Taylor Talks Wolverine Injusttice Vol 2 Justice League Vs Power Rangers The Deep & More

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Glad to welcome Tom Taylor back to talk about his takes on Marvel's  All New Wolveeine ( X-23) and Old Man Logan in the ANW book. We also talk about his work on the Injustice series for DC and the Justice League Power Rangers book from BOOM! .

Plus Tom's original all ages comic the Deep is being published by BOOM! and it's animated series is running on Netflix. Great talk with a great guy!

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Kyle Higgins Film Fest and Ben Blacker's new BOOM! Western

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Kyle Higgins is back because his new sci-fi short film The Shadow Hours is playing the festival cicuit including a March 4th screening at Chicago's Music Box Theater . We talk about the plight of today's short filmmakers days before the Oscars.

Ben Blacker is back to talk about his new BOOM! Studios western Death Be Damed and his thoughts on the current tv market including new shows like Legion and Powerless.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Crime Comics Mashup Spencer and Locke With David Pepose

Spencer And Locke is a very funny but also straight forward comic mash up of a grown up Calvin and Hobbes duo solving grisly crimes in a sin city world. The book is from Action Lab's Danger Zone Mature imprint and a very good time.

Writer David Pepose joins us to talk about the book, its influences and more. 

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Star Trek Discovery and Axanar Views With Robert Meyer Burnett

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Rob Burnett is back to talk about the Axanar Fan Film settlement, and Star Trek Discovery activity. We also talk about a ton of old films TV and his new projects editing the time travel film Paradox starring Zoe Bell currenty on Netflix, and the comedy film Tango Shalom with Lainie Kazan, Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mike North On The Rawhide Kid Sports Talk Radio and Glenn Ford

Today's show is nostalgic for me as I reconnect with an old Chicago Sports Radio Pal, Mike Notrth. You can hear his excellent podcast Sticks and Stones here, as part of the podcast arena network.

Mike talks about his humble beginnings doing an NFL football handicapping radio show on a small foreign language station, and how he parlayed that into huge success in sports talk radio on Chicago's sports station The Score and nationally on Fox Sports Network.

We talk about Mike's favorite comics from Marvel The Rawhide Kid and Kid Colt Outlaw, plus a ton about classic movies from his favorite action heroes to the subtle brilliance of Glenn Ford. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rob Liefeld's Awesome 2016 From Deadpool's film success to his new Extreme Universe film deal

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Stan Lee said it himself. Deadpool's film success was a "game changer" The R rated comedy action film has set a new status quo for upcoming comic book films .

Rob & I talk about what made Deadpool work, because as his co-creator, Rob had a bird's eye view on the whole gestation from the 2009 announcement that there would be a Deadpool solo follow up to the Wolverine Origins Fox film, not to mention his own adventures in the earlier 2000s trying to sell his creator owned books like Youngblood Brigade, etc.

We also go in detail about the last 20 years if comic book films TV and animation and the future.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Word Balloon's 2016 Writer Of The Year Tom King

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Lots of great comics came out this year, but for my money, Tom King had 3 books I looked forward to each month. The Vision Sheriff Of Babylon and Batman . We talk all about all of them, and what's coming up in 2017.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Danny Fingeroth on Ben Reilly Will Eisner Week 2017 and More

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A Nice end of year discussion with the former Spider-man writer. We talk about this year's super hero films and TV, his thoughts on the current portrayal of Ben Reill and the differences between the scarlet-spider and Peter Parker. 

Plus Danny previews projects he has going in 2017, including Will Eisner Week, A Stan Lee Biography and conventional panel programming for Wizard's 2017 conventions. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

A Paul Dini Xmas With Jingle Belle Justice League Action DC Rebirth Holiday Special & More

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Paul Dini joins us just in time to talk about the new definitive collection of his Jingle Belle stories from IDW "Jingle Belle The Full Package"

Paul has written a lot of the new Justice League Action cartoons and we talk about some of his favorite stories coming up, and of course compare those to some of his past animation work on the Batman animated series and Justice League series. Dini has written the Harley Quinn wrap around story for DC Rebirth's Holiday special, and we look back at other classic comic book xmas stories including one he wrote for Detective comics with Don Kramer featuring Tim Drake (Robin)  being captured by The Joker on Xmas Eve .

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Archer's Neal Holman Goes Behind The Scenes & His Oni Press Sci-Fi War Comic Redlines

Archer's longtime Art Director Neal Holman and the show's cast & crew have come out with The Art Of Archer, which unlocks many secrets of the show's production .

We also talk about his new Oni Press comic Redlines featuring a look at today's military on Mars. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kyle Higgins Shakes Up The Power Rangers & Pop Cult Collector Roger Anderson

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First Up Kyle Higgins joins us to explain the hell he's putting The Power Rangers through in their Boom! series. Higgins introduced the White Ranger in issue #9 and promises more trouble along the way. Kyle is also in the midst of his new Image book Hadrian's Wall an astronaut murder mystery co-written with Alec Siegel and drawn by Rob Reis. Higgins is also gearing up his film-making career with a new "proof of concept short film The Shadow Hours.

Then Roger Anderson joins us to talk about his collection of Comics Gold & Platinum discs, and protecting his collection with his own line of protective durable and affordable custom frames at What follows is a discussion of the best ways to protect collectibles and suggest a great holiday gift idea for yourself or others. I've used ecc frames to preserve my spider-man original comic strips.

Both guests also talk about the geek culture tv & films favorites of 2016.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

NEWSFLASH-Marvel Clone Conspiracy Reveal Press Conference SPOILERS


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Marvel just wrapped up a press conference about the spoiler end to Spider-Man The Clone Conspiracy #3 just out today.

Writer Dan Slott and editors Nick Lowe and Devin Lewis were on hand to answer press questions.

SPOILERS- You really should read Clone Conspiracy 3 before listening.

Vivek Tiwary's 5th Beatle-Heath Corson On Detective Chimp in DC Rebirth Holiday Special

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Two great conversations

Friday, December 02, 2016

Presenting The Comic Stylings Of Drew Friedman

Great To welcome Drew Friedman back to talk about his new collection of portraits of Golden Age Comic Creators called More Heroes Of The Comics . Volume 2 digs deeper in the history of comic books with more obscure names and interesting faces that populated the comic book studios of the 40s and 50s. 

Drew shares many stories of these creators and his own comic book celeb encounters from Groucho Marx to working for Stan Lee . We talk about the evolution of his art from his stipple days to his current style. 

We also talk about a kickstarter project to make a documentary about Friedman's art and passion for forgotten pop culture . Check out the trailer , and go donate at or click on the image below