Friday, April 28, 2017

Dan Slott pt 1 On Spider-Man Universe and Doctor Who Thoughts

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Those are the big subjects we hit in former Spider-Man part 1 of this conversation . Dan can't help but also lapse into great stories about other Spider-Man creators including Gerry Conway, Stan Lee David Michelini and more.

Part 2 is coming next with Silver Surfer talk and more!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jim Zub Drops A Glitterbomb On Us



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Jim Zub joins us to talk about his Marvel Thunderbolts run which wraps up today , and plays a key role in the upcoming Secret Empire event . In thunderbolts we get Bucky Barnes POV on the re-writing of Marvel history thru the machinations of Kobik the sentient Comic Cube, under the influence of The Red Skull.

Jim also talks about his upcoming run on Uncanny Avengers and his creator owned books Wayward and Glitterbomb


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Alex Ross On The State Of The Superhero Genre



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Alex is the keynote speaker at this weekend's Lake FX Chicago, The region's largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs, April 21-22. Alex will be talking Saturday at 3pm at the Chicago Cultural Center .




Friday, April 14, 2017

Don Nunley and The "Failure" Of Steve McQueen's Film LeMans

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Our guest Don Nunley was a longtime Hollywood Property Master who's written an incredible book Steve McQueen-LeMans In The Rear View Mirror. The Book is available now





The book features incredible images shot by Mr Nunley plus his personal account of this passion project that McQueen had dreamt about for 10 years. After films like The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape The Thomas Crown Affair and Bullet, MqQueen was dubbed The King Of Cool and finally had the Hollywood clout to realize his dream of making LeMans.

The production was a nightmare and Nunley's book lays out all the frustrating details that destroyed McQueen's relationship with his film mentor, director John Sturges , His marriage, his production company and nearly cost him his reputation in the industry.



We get great behind the scenes insight from Nunley, including the story about his involvement in selecting one of the most famous pieces of movie memorabilia connected to McQueen The Heuer Monaco Watch. Nearly 50 years later it's still a highly sought fashion statement for men of all ages.



Plus we talk about other Nunley Hollywood memories of the Oscar winning Jack Lemmon classic Save The Tiger and making The ww2 film The Bridge At Ramagen, during which the American film production faced a real life soviet army invasion !




From Hellboy and Back With Gary Gianni



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A new Hellboy OGN comes out April 19th Into The Silent Sea, written by Mike Mignola nd drawn by his old friend Gary Gianni. Gary's creator owned series The Monster Men was featured as a Hellboy back up feature during it's early days. This story features Hellboy on a 19th century haunted whaling ship, with allusions to Moby Dick and even Popeye.

The story design has a lush pulpy style , which has served Gianni well. From Indiana Jones comics, to Book Illustrations for Michael Chabon and George R Martin. Gary tells us about collaborating with Ray Bradbury and his artistic inspirations.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Comic Book Diversity and The Direct Market Deabte With Pop Culture Analyst Rob Salkowitz

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Lot's of recommended reading for this episode. This all came out of a Marvel Summit with Comic Store retailers held last month. Read Milton Griep's ICV2 coverage of the summit and his interview with Marvel's SVP of sales and marketing David Gabriel .

The coverage sparked a massive online debate and discussion about how the new characters of color and diversity are being received by comic book readers.

Is there a big difference between the direct store market wednessday warriors and the bookstore buying-tv viewer and film going masses that represent the "new younger reading audience"?

Are the big 2 publishers DC and Marvel struggling to cater to both audiences?

Rob Salkowitz has written editorials at ICV2 about the questions discussed at the marvel summit and the problem both companies have when they try to create new diverse characters .

Also read G Willow Wilson's blog post giving her POV on why a character like Ms Marvel works.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Marvel Press Conference Guardians Of The Galaxy W Duggan Kuder & White



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Interesting. Guradians Editor Jordan D White  also edits another cosmic branch of comics The Star Wars Marvel Comics line . Could a Guardians-Star Wars Crossover Happen?

Lots of tidbits of info on the upcoming new run of All New Guradians Of The Galaxy from the creative team in this Marvel tele-press conference. You'll hear from writer Gerry Duggan Artist Aaron Kuder and Editor Jordan D White .



Friday, March 31, 2017

How To Build A Detective Novel With Alex Segura




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Alex Segura is back to talk about his Miami Detective Pete Fernandez. His 3rd Novel  Dangerous Ends is out in stores April 11th. His previous Fernandez novel are Silent City and Down The Darkest Street. We talk about building his charcter, and the crime novel fan scene from  podcasts to cons and more.

Alex has fleshed out Pete and his world so thouroughly, you can take a walking tour of Pete's Miami hangouts. 

And listen to these music playlists which gets us insde Pete & Alex's minds . The Silent City Playlist

Down The Darkest Street Playlist 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Origins Of Batman The Animated Series W Martin Pasko Live From FanX



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Live from FanX in Salt Lake City Utah. A behind , the scenes look at Batman TAS the series that ushered in the modern era of superhero cartoons from story editor Marty Pasko.  You'll get casting stories, design innovations , and of course the writer perspective on why this series broke the kiddie mold and brought depths of characterization drama and adventure to animated television.


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.