On this edition of the Word Balloon podcast, a preview of a
classic western showdown, and a web comic historic look back at the
real life conflicts from the summer of 1968.
Word Balloon host John Siuntres chats with the creative team
behind "The Cisco Kid Vs Wyatt Earp", writer Len Kody and Artist
The story from Moonstone Books has a unique twist.
Moonstone will release two books featuring the Cisco/Wyatt
encounter, but each will feature one cowboy's perspective. The
Wyatt Earp version was writtenby Chuck Dixon and drawn by Enrique
Villigan. Both issues are due later this month.
Len discusses his take on the O Henry anti-hero Cisco, who
bears no resemblance to the smiling hero of the early 1950's TV
show, portrayed by Duncan Renaldo.As Kody explains "In the original
short story, Cisco became a bad man, due to a broken heart. In
addition to the Earp encounter, my story flashes back to an earlier
time, that shows what led Cisco down the wrong path."
Cisco Kid Artist Eric J discusses his western influences and
contributions to the story,and discuss some current and future
projects. A Xenescope Grimm Fairy Tale take on "The Sorcerer's
Apprentice" written by Raven Gregory, and a soon to be released
"Worlds Of Dungeons and Dragons" story, from Devils Due.
Kody also talks about the launch of a new web comic depicting the
events that led up to the infamous Chicago riots during the 1968
Chicago 1968 is a weekly Web Comic, written
by Kody and drawn by newcomer Jenny Frison. Kody describes the
story as a documentary style comic, a dramatic presentation
of historical facts."There's no zombies hiding out, or any "high
He researched the history, trying to capture the tone of the
times, by investigating all perspectives,including one personal
connection to the event.
"My Grandfather was a Chicago police captain sent to the
Conrad Hilton hotel during the infamous 19 minutes of video tape
shown that wed night, when the police, in a very rough fashion,
arrested a whole bunch of hippies yippies and others.
He had his own perspective on how things happened, and of
some of the protesters who were involved wrote about their own
perspectives, plus the way the history books have portrayed it. The
whole subject fascinated me."
"The point of view my story is a Chicago centric take, showing
the police and the leaders of Chicago had their pride on the line
the Democratic Convention, and guys like Mayor Richard J Daley were
not going to be swayed by a protesting mob.
Not to say that I'm defending the police, they definitely went
My political views are with the hippies. The irony is, if I were
then I would've been protesting with Abbie Hoffman, and likely be
arrested by my grandfather. It was a very daunting task to
understand where everyone was coming from during this historic
You can read the first pages of the web comic now, at