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Word Balloon Comic Books Podcast

Jan 11, 2012

The latest Word Balloon is chock full of news and conversation.
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 PeelToo 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 .
Time Cues
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