The latest Word Balloon is chock full of news and
First, we take you inside Tuesday's Marvel Press Conference call,
as they announced legendary Marvel artist Walter Simonson would be
drawing Brian Michael Bendis's
final Avengers arc starting with April's #25.
You'll hear Bendis and Simonson talk about their first ever
collaboration. Brian also previews April's new Avengers
Assembled series with artist Mark Bagley .
Then DC Vice Presidents John Rood and Bob Wayne join us to talk
about the Diamond Sales Numbers from December. The horse race
between DC and Marvel stayed tight, with Marvel edging out DC, but
there was plenty for DC to brag about, having 8 of the top 10
books including Justice League at number 1. We also talk
about the new back-up features in Batman and Detective comics, and
some retailer questions about what DC will be doing for the 4
months this year that have 5 Wednesdays, plus how the pre "New 52"
trades will be marketed moving forward.
Next, Boom! Studios Publisher Ross Richie joins us to talk about
the Ka-Boom! line of children's comics, like the
new Peanuts monthly and the
coming Adventure Time series. Ross also talks
about licensed books like The Planet Of The
Apes series, The re-release of Grant Morrison's British
Avengers Steed and Mrs Peel, Too Much Coffee
Man creator Shannon Wheeler's books, and more. Ross also
assess the success and strategies of DC and Marvel, since becoming
bigger parts of their corporate media synergy plans.
Finally, we begin a new Bendis Tapes session with questions from
Brian's JINXWORLD message board .
00:00- 23:30 Marvel Press Conference
23:31- 41:12 DC Vice Presidents John
Rood Bob Wayne
41:13- 1:37:23 Boom Studios Ross Richie
137:24-250:23 The Bendis Tapes Part 1