Fri, 28 December 2007
Time again for another Word Balloon edition of The Bendis Tapes.
Host John Siuntres and Marvel Comics scribe Brian Michael Bendis
answer fan question from his Jinxworld.com message board.
Among the subjects covered they discuss the recent Marvel Creator
Retreat,some tidbits about the upcoming Secret Invasion storyline,
and many plots questions involving Powers, Daredevil-End Of Days,
Ultimate Spider-Man, and the two Avengers books.
Here are some highlights from part 1...
Bendis has two Hollywood projects he's due to start once the WGA strike ends, He can't talk about them until after the strike is settled.
Could Powers continue after the death of either Christian Walker
or Deana Pilgrim?
"Sure. How do you know I haven't (written) that already?"
Don't speculate that the Hood's group of villains in new avengers books represents Bendis new take on the "Masters Of Evil". That story is still coming.
There will be rotating artists on New and Mighty Avengers due to the nature
and pacing of the Secret Invasion story. this will allow a bunch of
artists to jump on the books who's schedule would only allow one or two issues. After that there will be a regular artist on New Avengers ,
and a suprising announcement about Mighty Avengers
Secret Invasion will deal with The Hand's reaction to their being led by the
Skrull/Elektra, and we'll see more of the Infinity gem in Black Bolt's
possession (a dangling plot line from The Illuminati Mini Series)
What does the future hold for Quicksilver ?
"He was a big topic of the last Marvel retreat...
in fact a vote was put about his future as a character,
so you'll be seeing a lot of him."
Daredevil: End Of Days has been delayed due to artists David Mack
and Klaus Janson getting other front burner projects that have to take priority,
but work continues on the DD story. "I've seen pages and they're gorgeous."
The Bendis Alex Maleve Spider-Woman book starts "The moment Secret Invasion ends."
Bendis defended his story choice of having Wolverine confront Spider-Woman in the shower. In New Avengers #36
"Wolverine would wait till she's in the shower, at her most vulnerable...plus Jessica & Logan have had an intimate relationship in the past...I know nudity and sex makes people uncomfortable, but I don't care...It's never done cheaply (by Bendis)."
If Bendis's voice is raspy it was due to his loud disagreements with Jeph Loeb
at the Marvel retreat.
"When we're yelling we're like it's the end of civilization...Sometimes the argument brings out better ideas for both of us, but it's really
like Joe putting two pit-bulls in the same room..."
(Siuntres says "That story is truly one of the funniest creator anecdotes I've heard since starting the Word Balloon podcast")
Thu, 27 December 2007
On this Holiday Edition of Wordballoon, host John Siuntres has a conversation with artist Mike Hawthorne . They discuss his work on The Un-Men from Vertigo, written by John Whalen .
They also talk about Mike's past collaborations with Ivan Brandon, Jeff Amano and Greg Rucka On Ruule & Queen and Country
Sun, 9 December 2007
On This episode of Word Balloon, host John Siuntres tries to get us through the withdrawls of the first Monday, without a new NBC HEROES episode.
The show's Co-Executive Producers Jeph Loeb and Jesse Alexander join John for a look back at Vol 2, and what the future may hold for the show, the story and its characters, as the WGA strike rolls on. They also talk about HEROES: SAVING CHARLIE, the new original novel due in stores Dec. 26th.
The Show was taped live at The Empathic Treehouse, the writing office shared by Jeph Loeb, and other comic book writers, like Geoff Johns, Brian K Vaughn and Allan Heinberg. There may be a few cameo surprises from Loeb's office mates.
Mon, 3 December 2007
On this episode of Word Balloon, host John Siuntres talks with writer Chuck Dixon about his return to thr frontlines of DC's writing staff, and his current books Batman and The Outsiders, and Robin.
We discuss the changes Chuck faces coming back to familiar Bat characters in the post 52 DCU , and the creative challenge covering newer heroes and villians he'd never touched.
We'll also discuss some non- DC Dixon work coming up, including a new golden age Airboy story in the works for Moonstone Books.
Tue, 20 November 2007
On this edition of word balloon host John Siuntres spoke with Heroes Co-Executive Producer Jeph Loeb about episode nine, the possible fate of the spin-off series Heroes Origins, and what may be next for volume 3...whenever that happens.
They also squeeze in some talk about Jeph's upcoming Marvel Books Ultimates Vol 3 and Hulk .
Wed, 14 November 2007
On this episode of Word Balloon Dc Writer Geoff Johns and Host John Siuntres catch up with a big picture look at the characters and story arcs playing out in Action Comics,Justice Society Of America, Booster Gold and Green Lantern.
We'll discuss Geoff's takes on the multiple versions of Superman,
You'll also hear Geoff's thoughts on the WGA strike and some
Some other tidbits from the interview...
Johns has green lantern plotted to issue 55 ...JSA to 25 or longer, Action Comics"if we stay the course, Gary and I have two years of stories to tell."
On Green Lantern: "That book with its epic scope... to bring Hal Jordan to issue 50 has become a very personal story for me."
On Superman Prime: "He's absolutley one of my favorite characters to write. he's such a jerk(laughs.)
On the future : Johns and former Blade TV/JSA collaborator David Goyer have a new comic story idea they hope to release in early 2009.
Wed, 7 November 2007
On this episode of Word Balloon, host John Siuntres catches up with writer B Clay Moore. Readers may think Moore took this year off. Despite not having a new book on the stands , several BCM projects in the works are finally hitting the racks starting this month.
Clay's tiki noir series Hawaiian Dick is back as a monthly Image book with an arc drawn by Scott Chantler (Northwest Passage Scandalous) and colored by HD co-creator Steven Griffin.
In January, Clay writes an arc of Superman Confidential (starting with #11) for DC drawn by Phil Hester and Ande Parks, and a Wildcat JSA Classified arc drawn by Ramon Perez. For Image Clay presents his new series Jackie Karma , co-featured in the flip book "76" , and drawn by Ed Tadem
Also coming next spring in Marvel Comics Presents, a BCM Stingray story, drawn by Lee Weeks.
Wed, 31 October 2007
Suppose they held an LA comic book convention without a live audience? That's what happened last week, on a shoot for the CBS TV series NUMB3RS.
The episode revolves around some action at a comic book convention so the word went out for creators to show up to the mock-con and go through the motions of a real show.
There were some familiar names among the creators and guest stars for the shoot, and Word Balloon got the low down from indie artist Tony Fleecs (In My Lifetime, Postcards:True Stories That Never Happened)
Mon, 29 October 2007
On this Halloween edition of Word Balloon, host John Siuntres
We caught Phil as he was recovering from a cold, but still excited about
You'll hear about Hester taking the reins on THE DARKNESS for Top Cow, and a new direction for the series main character Jackie Estacado.
But Phil show his sensitive side too, in a poingant indie short story featured in The Villard Books collection POSTCARDS: "True Stories That Never Happened".
On the art side, Phil previews the December start of his run on Superman Confidential, teaming up with his infamous inking partner Ande Parks and writer B Clay Moore.
Next Year will be busy for Phil, writing and drawing a Daredevil/Magdalena crossoverfor Marvel/Top Cow in February, and in the spring he and artist Andy Kuhn bring back FIREBREATHER for Image Comics.
Thu, 18 October 2007
Part 2 of The Comic Creator Panel That Josh Fialkov put together Sept 29th for the LA Public Libarry.
Featuring Mark Waid Ross Richie, Christos Gage Kazu Kabuishi and Tony Fleecs.
Wed, 17 October 2007
On this episode of Word Balloon, we turn the mics over to writer Joshua Fialkov, who hosted an LA Public Library Comics Creator Panel titled "The Future Of Graphic Literature"
The dais included Fialkov (Elks Run) , Mark Waid (The Brave And Bold) , Ross Richie (Publisher, Boom Studios), Christos Gage (World War Hulk/XMen) , Kazu Kabuishi (Flight) and Tony Fleece (In My Lifetime) .
They address many comic related subjects such as the impact of Hollywood, the success of Japanese manga, the rising price of single issues, and the proliferation of other comic genres in traditional bookstores versus the superhero driven direct market.
Word Balloon presents this lively discussion in 2 parts , with part 2 coming Thursday.
Sun, 14 October 2007
Today we wrap up our conversation with the Kentucky writer. Kirkman tells us about winning a SPIKE-TV scream award last year,and tells us how his scary books play to the non-comics horror crowd.
We also talk about his run on Ultimate X-Men, and preview his collaboration with Rob Liefeld on Kilraven, the Martian hunting hero of Marvel's War Of The Worlds.
Mon, 8 October 2007
This weekend several comic book podcasters got together to do a non-stop 24 hour comics podcast. They included DC artist Mike Norton and Chris Crank of Devil's Due (The Crankcast) Marvel artist Skottie Young, Chris Neesman Brian Salazar & Tom Katers (Around Comics) Stevie D and Eric (The Comic Book Queers) and John Siuntres (Word Balloon).
Along with the round table discussions, there were informal interviews with other comic pros like J Torres, Tim Seeley, Chris Moreno Jeremy Haun Chris Burnham, Sean McKeever and Brian Michael Bendis. Most of the pros just talked casually about work in general, but Bendis dropped a few comic news items regarding his books.
On this special edition of Word Balloon, we present the Bendis interview, moderated by John Siuntres and the Around Comics hosts.
Some highlights from the interview...
On Ultimate Origin being re-scheduled...
Bendis and artist Butch Guice have three issues completed, but some tie-in stories written by Jeph Loeb won't be ready till next year. Plus they didn't want the Ultimate Universe storyline to conflict with Bendis' Secret Invasion miniseries, so Ultimate Origin is getting pushed back until the end of summer 2008.
On the ,b>Avengers/Secret Invasion/Illuminati books…
When artist Frank Cho finishes his Mighty Avengers arc he will move to the Mighty Avengers Annual featuring an all female Avengers team facing a group of female villains. Mark Bagley then replaces Cho on the series, and he's already finished drawing his arc. After issues #6 and #7 of Mighty Avengers comes out, Illuminati #5 will be released.
New Avengers #38 will be a very special issue focusing on Jessica Jones and Luke Cage drawn by Alias co-creator Michael Gaydos. "I don't want to spoil the story but it's called ‘The Break-Up.’"
On Secret Invasion...
There are clues to who is a Skrull in some of the thought balloons in Mighty Avengers, so it will be fun to see who can figure out who the Skrulls are, by re-reading those issues."
On Ultimate Spider-Man
"I got permission to Ultimatize a few villains from the 1967 Ralph Bashki Spidey animated series that have never appeared in any Marvel Comics. "I was surprised that there didn't have to be any legal wrangling to recreate these villains."
In fear of the pending 2008 Hollywood writers/directors strikes, the studios are rushing to production with any potential films in the development pipeline. Apparently, this has resulted in some upcoming good news for Bendis.
"Uh yes... in about three weeks, I should have some announcements."
Sun, 7 October 2007
In this episode of Word Balloon, host John Siuntres begins a two part conversation with writer Robert Kirkman.
Kirkman gives us an update on Haunt, his 2008 collaboration with Todd McFarlane, of which the writer says, "I've written the script for it...we're looking for a May/June 2008 launch. Todd will be designing all the characters,and I'm going to say he'll be doing all the covers . Hopefully it will be a cool book, I've got some cool stuff planned."
We also hear a preview of his return to the Marvel Zombies universe, as Marvel Zombies 2 hits the stores this month. We'll also discuss his string of Image creator owned books, including the very popular Invincible, and his other Zombie mega hit The Walking Dead. he talks about turning over a couple of his creations to new writers, like Bruce Brown (currently writing Brit), and the upcoming Atom Eve miniseries written by Benito Cereno.
On the subject of craft, Kirkman discusses his thoughts on the difficulties in writing a first issue, selling a new series to the public and more
Tue, 2 October 2007
Writer Jason Aaron gives word balloon host John Siuntres the lowdown on his critically acclaimed pulp western series Scalped from Vertigo,
They also talk about his Vertigo debut,the Vietnam mini series The Other Side, his Ripclaw one shot, part of Top Cow's Pilot Season. and
Wed, 26 September 2007
Writer Allan Heinberg wraps up his long awaited 5 part Wonder Woman arc from DC comics, and discusses the story and delays with host John Siuntres.
We also discuss the upcoming Marvel Young Avengers mini series featuring Allan & Jim Cheung's team now in the hands of other creators.
Plus we look at Allan's television work, currently as a co-executive producer of Grey's Anatomy. The Emmy winning ABC series returns for it's 4th season this week.
Fri, 21 September 2007
The Cartoon Satirist is back discussing his new Fantagraphics book The Fun Never Stops a collection of comic strips, cartoons and illustrations from the pages of RAW, MAD, Heavy Metal, SPY, DETAILS, The New Republic,The New York Times Magazine
Drew tells hilarious stories about Woody Allen Jerry Lewis
You'll learn the genesis behind Freidman's recurring hero The
Tue, 18 September 2007
Minnesota Artist Brent Schoonover joins host John Siuntres for a talk about two great indie projects. Horrorwood the 1950's Hollywood Murder Mystery written by Brandon Terrell from Ape Entertainment, and coming out in November Astronaut Dad from Silent Devil Productions written by David Hopkins.
To see more of his art, check out his website www.brentschoonover.com
Wed, 12 September 2007
Word Balloon host John Siuntres sits down with writer Brian Reed for an informative conversation covering his computer game writing and design
background, and an overview of his past, current, and future comic book projects. They also discuss the differences of writing for comics and today's immersive computer games
Reed talks about his new international spy series for Image The Circle which debuts in November , His Marvel books , including the monthly Ms. Marvel The upcoming Captain Marvel Mini Series,and the wrap up to The Illuminati co-written with Brian Michael Bendis.
For Dynamite, The current Red Sonja arc co written with Mike Oeming, and starting in November The Mercenaries mini series which serves as a prequel to the Mercenaries 2 Game also written by Reed .
Wed, 5 September 2007
Word Balloon host John Siuntres wraps up his conversation with writer Martin Pasko. In part 2 they focus on a behind the scenes look at Warner Brothers animation projects like Batman The Animated Series where Marty was employed as a story editor, and co-writing the animated film Batman Mask of The Phantasm.
Pasko also talks about working on the short lived Justice League comic strip, and the Six Flags live action shows featuring DC characters .
Thu, 23 August 2007
Word Balloon presents this 2 part chat with writer Marty Pasko.
He started his career as a freelance writer, but soon worked his way through the DC ranks , writing runs on Superman, Dectetive Comics, Justice League Of America, Swamp Thing, and Wonder Woman.
He also revamped The Metal Men, Doctor Fate, The Blackhawks, Secret Six, and Kobra, among others.
Marty shares a detailed look at the 1970's DC bullpen , and the changes in making comics from the Bronze Age, through today.
Fri, 17 August 2007
Couldn't make the trip to Chicago? No problem, just close your eyes and Word Balloon takes you there in this audio podcast report
Taped from the convention floor, host John Siuntres scanned the rows of artist alley and beyond to get quick moments with an assortment of comic creators and executives, that run the gamut of the comics world.
Matt Anderson & Eric Hutchins (White Picket Fences)
Dan Didio (Executive Editor DC Comics)
Art Baltazar & Franco (Tiny Titans)
Will Pieffer (Catwoman & Amazons Attack)
Skottie Young (New X-Men)
Matt Wagner (Grendel, Madame Xanadu, Zorro)
Tony Digerolomo (Bongo Comics, Super Frat, Zombie County)
Micheal Avon Oeming (Mice Templar, Spider-Man Red Sonia, Powers)
Phil Hester (Thirteen Steps, The Darkness)
Ande Parks (Daredevil Annual, Blood Red)
Andy Owens (Buffy Season 8, Countdown Arena)
Don Kramer (Dectective Comics)
Andrew Pepoy (Jack Of Fables, Bongo Comics)
Chris Kirby (Lost Squad)
Dave Wachter (Scar Tissue)
Pat Loika (Pantheon, Path To Armegeddon)
Shane White & Scott Reed (The Overman)
Christian Beranek (Silent Devil Productions)
Raven Gregory (Return To Wonderland)
Sean McManus (The Sin Of Mark Grimm)
Ralph Tedesco (Xenoscope Books)
B Clay Moore (Hawaian Dick, The Leading Man)
Chris Moreno (Sidekicks, Frontline: World War Hulk)
Mon, 13 August 2007
In tribute to the life and career of master artist Mike Wieringo , Word Balloon presents this 2005 interview.
Mike was the first comic creator to approach me about Word Balloon, rather than my attempting to contact them. He wanted to hear my interview with his friend Jeff Parker , but was having trouble downloading it. This afforded me the chance to get him to do this early WB chat.
Ringo gives us an overview of his career from start to his then current work with Peter David on Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. We also talk about his Fantastic Four run with Mark Waid , Tellos, the series he co-created with Todd Dezago, and his DC work on Adventures Of Superman.
Wieringo passed away this weekend, at the young age of 44. Way too soon for this incredible talent and all around good guy.
Thanks for all the entertainment Mike , and rest in peace.
Wed, 8 August 2007
We're in that "twilight zone" time between two big conventions, post San Diego, but pre Wizard Chicago. To tide us over till the news from the Windy City start pouring in, Word Balloon host John Siuntres presents this collection of creator convention stories.
Brian Michael Bendis shares classic encounters with Lou Ferrigno,
Jimmy Palmiotti talks about the strange promotion a convention in Spain set up, to tie into the release of the Garth Ennis Amanda Connor classic, THE PRO.
Chuck Austen gives a first hand account Of Alan moore strange adventures at the infamous 1986 SDCC, his first (and last) american convention.
And Tim Bradstreet tells us what it's like when The great Steranko holds court, after hours at a con.
Thu, 2 August 2007
Couldn't make the trip to San Diego? No problem, just close your eyes and Word Balloon takes you there, in this audio podcast report.
Taped from the convention floor, host John Siuntres
scanned the rows of artist alley, and beyond, to get quick moments
with an assortment of comic creators that run the gamut of the comics world.
We'll catch up with creators like...
Ramona Fradon (Metamorpho, Aquaman)
Zander Cannon (Top 10, SMAX)
Mark Schultz (Bad Planet, Xenozoic Tales )
Jonathon Hickman (THE NIGHTLY NEWS)
Mark Haven Brit (Full Color)
Jeremey Haun (Narcoleptic Sunday, Excalibur)
Jason Auron (Scalped, The Other Side)
Tim Seeley (Hack Slash, Troma Anthology)
David Mack (Kabuki Daredevil End Of Days)
Ivan Brandon (24/7 Vol 2 , NYC MECH)
Alex Saviuk (Amazing Spider-Man comic strip )
Sean McKeever (Teen Titans Birds Of Prey)
Tony Bedard (Black Canary, Countdown)
Barry Levin (Radical Productions)
Tad Stones (Hellboy Animated)
Thom Zahler (Love And Capes, Raider)
Brian Talbot (2000AD, Alice In Sunderland)
Thu, 26 July 2007
More words and memories with artist Tim Bradstreet, who not only gives us some news about the double sized Punisher #50 issue from Marvel's Max line, featuring interior art by Howard Chaykin...
But he also talks up books from the Raw Entertainment Studios
Wed, 25 July 2007
On this edition of Word Balloon host John Siuntres
Doc, The Gunwitch, Halloween Girl and the other Nocturnals
Dan gives us details on the book, new stories included in the
We'll also spend time talking about Dan's work on September's
Mon, 23 July 2007
A Double Sized final chapter to this session of the Bendis Tapes.
You can hear both Brian Bendis and John break down as the hours tick away, answering this last clump of questions fro the jinxworld message board.
As the air gets thinner, the humor gets crazier
Fri, 20 July 2007
On this edition of Word Balloon host John Siuntres talks with a writer who's finally getting the attention he deserves.
John sits down with tv and film writer Christos Gage to talk about his current comics work on World War Hulk tie ins with the X-Men and Iron Man, His Wildstorm work including the ongoing series Stormwatch PHD drawn by Doug Mahnke, and upcoming new miniseries Armegeddon, and info about The Authority Prime mini sereis.
We'll also get details on future projects like House of M Avengers with
Thu, 19 July 2007
More Q&A from Brian Michael Bendis's message board. On this edition of Word Balloon, He and host John Siuntres provide more insight into Brian's storylines for the months ahead.
Mon, 16 July 2007
As his Marvel works wrap up, and DC comics begin, writer Sean McKeever looks back and forward with Word Balloon host john Siuntres
In this podcast interview, we talk about the wrap up of his run on Spider-Man loves Mary Jane, with Takeshi Miyazawa , the process of writing countdown with Paul Dini for DC, and we'll get hints of what's to come for the Birds Of Prey and Teen Titans.
Sean talks about his formative collaborations with writers like Paul Jenkins and artists like Mike Norton. You'll hear about his Marvel runs on The Inhumans, Gravity, and Sentinel, and future project at DC in the months ahead, like his Search For Ray Palmer issue, featuring
Wed, 11 July 2007
Here's more of the neverending story of Bendis answering questions from his jinxworld.com message board.
You'll get more tidbits on HALO, Ultimate Origins, The Avengers books and Ultimate Spider-Man.
There's even more to come in the days ahead....
Mon, 9 July 2007
On this edition of Word Balloon, more of John Siuntres's one on one talk with Brian Bendis , featuring pop culture talk, some key advice on writing and promoting self published books, and more news from Brian's current and upcoming Marvel Comics ...
Fri, 6 July 2007
On this edition of Word Balloon, host John Siuntres presents another
session of THE BENDIS TAPES, as Brian Michael Bendis hashes through fan questions that have been piling up since his big announcements last month, at the Wizard Philly show.
You'll hear behind the scenes info on all of Brian's current
and future projects, including halo,the current skrull invasion,
powers, ultimate spider-man, next year's icon
crime project with Alex Maleve and much more.
Tue, 3 July 2007
Artist Jeremy Haun is back, but the conversation is all new, with his debut as a crime writer, on this month's Oni Press OGN Narcoleptic Sunday , which debuts at this month's San Diego Comicon.
Jer also discusses his current run on Marvel Comics Excalibur written by X-Men legend Chris Claremont , and the progres of the Kansas City based comic creator studio Atomic Revolver, with writers B Clay Moore Jason Auron and Seth Peck, and artists Tony Moore and Jason Latour.
Thu, 28 June 2007
Ethan Van Sciver is back to showcase THE SINESTRO CORPS, in this very spoilerrefic conversation.
Ethan talks about his colaborative process with Geoff Johns, his early years, and what's in store, for the GLC in 2007.
Mon, 25 June 2007
On this edition of Word Balloon, creator Rick Remender
joins host John Siuntres in a conversation about FEAR AGENT.
The 1950's style sci-fi adventurer's origin is being explored in FEAR AGENT, THE LAST GOODBYE , from Dark Horse Comics.DHC has also released the first two collections of FA stories.
They also discuss Rick's upcoming projects through the end of the
SORROW The new Image Comics series, co-written with Seth Peck,
Francesco Francavilla on art and covers by Kieron Dwyer,
XXXombies with art from Dwyer and Fear Agent co-creator Tony Moore,
and more information on The End League, Rick's epic in progress with artist Mat Broome.
Read Rick's first teaser including Broome art examples about End League here
and if you haven't read Fear Agent, read the first issue here
Wed, 20 June 2007
On this edition of word balloon we sit down with DC Artist Mike Norton and Chris Crank, from Devil's Due Publishing. Chris and Mike are comic pros who also host their own podcast The crankcast.
We'll talk to Mike about his work on The All New Atom with Gail Simone, and the book's involvement in DC's new weekly series Countdown, and Loaded Bible 2 the action packed post apoccalyiptic showdown between Jesus and Legions Of vampires.
Chris talks about Pull Box Online, the digital comics distribution
With convention season under way we talk about the difficulty pros have juggling work deadlines and the need to be out at conventions plugging
Wed, 6 June 2007
Today Word Balloon's host John Siuntres sits down for a chat with artist Tim Bradstreet, who breaks down his style of art, and answers the fans who think light box artists are just "tracers".
They also talk about his years of covers for books like The Punisher, Hellblazer and his current work with his Raw Entertainment Partners Steve Niles and Thomas Jane.
You'll get the details on Tim's longtime pet project Red Sky Diary, and they preview this month's re-return of the Sci-Fi story Bad Planet , written by Tom Jane with new interior artist James Daly.
You'll want to follow along looking at the art examples discussed, so while you're listening, check out Tim's typepad blog, http://timbradstreet.typepad.com/ , and his Red Sky Diary Page, http://www.myspace.com/redskydiary
Thu, 31 May 2007
With stories like infinite crisis and 52,Comic Book writer Geoff Johns has been one of the guiding voices of the entire DC universe.
Now past his involvement in the wide ranging crossover events,
We'll also talk about the new upcoming booster gold series, cowritten with Jeef Katz, and drawn by booster's original creator Dan Jurgens, and Geoff's movie work, including his role as an executive producer on the Metal Men film.
Mon, 21 May 2007
Marvel Comics Writer Ed Brubaker checks in with a look at what happens next after the death of capt america, we'll talk about the media hype that followed the event, plus we discuss Ed's current runs on The Uncanny Xmen, his collaboration on The Immortal Iron fist with Matt Fracation, Daredevil, and Ed's creator owned book from Icon Criminal.
Tue, 15 May 2007
The Co-Excutive Producer Of Heroes checks in with more behind the scenes information, some teases about next season, and a delightful chat about how he hooked up with show creaytor Tim Kring, his long time pal JJ Abrams, and his writing partner Jeph Loeb.
Jesse also wrote ALIAS during it's 5 seasons, was one of the creators behind LOST, and wrote the recent monster parody EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS.
We cover it all, in the classic Word Balloon tradiotion.
Sun, 13 May 2007
From Aug 2004, The acclaimed comic artist discusses his longtime colaborations with the Wachowski's in comics, and film. We talk about the conceptual art behind THE MATRIX, his creations for The Wachowski's comic book imprint Burlyman Entertainment, Shaolin Cowboy and Doc Frankenstien.
Then we look at Geof's many works with Frank Miller. his friendship with Moebius , and our mutual love for the american western.
Wed, 2 May 2007
It's time for the final rucka debrief.
Greg also teases more info about his upcoming batman superman arc,
Rucka also has final thoughts on the "52" project, as the last weekly issue hits the stores today.
Thu, 26 April 2007
In This episode of Wordballoon, we talk with writer Brad Meltzer about The Lightning Saga, the current JLA JSA Legion Of Superheroes Team Up, co written with Geoff Johns. Meltzer also discusses the paperback release of his 2006 best selling novel, The Book Of Fate.
We'll also prevview Brad's remaining stories on Justice League Of America, and revisit his first JLA arc, The Tornado's Saga, His Green Arrow story The Archer's Quest and discuss the fan reaction to Sue Dibny's controversial rape in Identity Crisis.
Tue, 24 April 2007
The conversation continues, as the DC writer answers more fan questions about his characters and stories . You'll learn more about "52", passing the hero mantle of THE QUESTION, film news on WHITEOUT, and why isn't DC considering a new LOIS LANE book?
Wed, 18 April 2007
In this first part of the Rucka debrief , you'll get writing tips from greg,
You'll hear Greg's thoughts on what should and shouldn't be
NOTE: This conversation took place in late March,
Thu, 12 April 2007
Marvel writer Matt fraction checks in with comments on
his new issue of Punisher War Journal.Frank Castle has seemingly picked up the mantle of Capt America, and will carry on the tradition as he sees it.
Matt tells us what it all means, plus we'll look at his work on the Immortal Iron Fist co written by Ed Brubaker, and his all new Marvel super-team series The Champions, debuting this summer.
We'll also talk about the pending return of Cassanova, Matt's whacked out super-spy series from Image, and we'll talk about some new and old movies and tv shows that have Fraction's brain buzzing.
Fri, 6 April 2007
The spider-man film is less than a month away, and we check in with venom's creator. David tells us what it was like to enter the business and create such memorable charcters as Venom,
We cover his runs on The Unknown Soldier, The Avengers, His spider-man and superman years, and talk about his legendary runs
Wed, 28 March 2007
an audio tour of the indie master artist's latest book, Old Jewish Comedians, from Fantagraphics. We talk about the careers of Jerry Lewis Bud Abbott, and Milton Berle and the lesser lights like Benny Rubin, Herbie Faye, and Mousie Garnder.
Drew also shares some his influences that led to his unique style of art and satire, tales of working with R Crumb, and Art Spigelman, and answers age old literary questions like "What night time TV soap star did JD Salinger stalk in the 80's", "What comic strip kept Vladimir Nabokov mystified/" and "Who is Menasha Skulnick ?"
Fri, 23 March 2007
Steve Niles made his mark in comics when he formed his own publishing company called Arcane Comix, where he published, edited and adapted several comics and anthologies for Eclipse Comics.
His adaptations have included works by Clive Barker, Richard Matheson and Harlan Ellison. Niles is best known for his horror noir chracter Cal McDonald the star of many mini series and prose projects, his original vapire tale 30 days of night will sooon be released as a major motion picture,
He's also working with comics legend bernie wrightson on City of Others, and on several other projects that come up in the course of our conversation. We'll talk about his work with Sam Rami, Tim Bradstreet Thomas Jane, and the pros and cons of comic creators on the web.
Mon, 19 March 2007
Wordballoon, in association with newsarama.com presents part 2, as we wrap things up with the writer of many Marvel Comics and The Co-Executive Producer of NBC's Heroes.
We discuss the Buffy Season 8 comic book from dark Horse and jeph's eventual association with the series. We also get into a detailed debate about the amount of publisher wide events that DC and Marvel are serving non-stop to their readers. Finally we wrap up with an insider's view of the breakout hit tv series of this season, Heroes.
Thu, 15 March 2007
In our first WB conversation, Jeph and I spoke on his car phone, while he made his daily commute from his home to the studios of LOST .
The travelouge nature of our talks continue in this chat which starts in the cabride from Wonder-Con, To The SF airport, and finally wraps up at stately Loeb Manor, and his new office digs at HEROES.
In part 1, Jeph gives us the background behind his Wolverine run, and his involvemnt in Civil War, which led to the creation of FALLEN SON, THE DEATH OF CAPT AMERICA
Mon, 12 March 2007
We wrap up our talk with Brian Bendis. see How mnay hidden double meanings there are in some of his answers, givien the recent events in the Marvel Universe and their impact on the two Avengers teams....
Sun, 4 March 2007
Part 2 of our marathon conversation continues, with comments about the philosophy behind comic book events, more backgorund of Ultimate Spider-Man and The Avengers books, and lots more!
Tue, 27 February 2007
The Great Thing about having these marathon conversations with Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis is the amount of plot hints, character studies, and project updates for his books and films in production. Aspiring comic book makers will learn a lot about the craft of writing, and how to promote a new indie book.
The challenge (and fun) is to wade through the hundreds of silly and random questions provided by myself and Bendis's message board community at jinxworld.com to get to those nugets of information.
If You'd Like to follow along with the thread containing all of the questions' here's the link
Mon, 26 February 2007
Wordballoon.com, Instocktrades.com, and Newsarama present a special post NYCC podcast, featuring WB host John Siuntres interviewing Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, with his exclusive comments on the projects announced at this weekend's convention.
In this special edition of THE BENDIS TAPES, Brian gives his thoughts on DAREDEVIL : END OF DAYS, his THE END project co-written by David Mack, with art by Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkewicz, and Alex Maelev,and his work with Maelev on the first arc of the new Marvel ongoing HALO series, produced in conjunction with Bungie and Sony.
In addition, Brian discusses behind the scene facts about CIVIL WAR:THE CONFESSION , The current and future issues of NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI , and the upcoming arcs in NEW AVENGERS and MIGHTY AVENGERS.
If you want to hear more about the future of Mighty Avengers New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man, and a whole lot more, the 2007 winter edition of THE BENDIS TAPES podcasts start Tuesday
Mon, 19 February 2007
As comic book readers get older, some may tire of the safety rules superhero stories have when published by the big two DC and Marvel Comics.
Writer Jay Faerber has written for the big two on titles like DC's Teen Titans and Marvel's the New Warriors, but these days seems happiest focusing on his own original ideas. Joining his soap opera hero series Nobel Causes is a new hero team book from Image, Dynamo 5 featuring the illegitimate superpowered children of Captian Dynamo
We'll also talk about Jay's love of detective fiction in books and TV, and his original gumshoe creation, Dodge's Bullets.
Tue, 13 February 2007
FROM 2006...THE POPULAR DC WRITER ANSWERS QUESTIONS FROM FANS ABOUT BEHIND THE SCENES FACTS ON BOOKS LIKE BIRDS OF PREY, AND SECRET SIX, HER INTEREST IN WRITING OTHER FAN FAVORITE PROJECTS, AND LOOKS AHEAD TO BOOKS LIKE THE ALL NEW ATOM AND GEN 13. GAIL RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT HER WRITING STYLE, HER INFAMOUS ESSAY ON THE 90'S PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN IN COMICS "WOMEN IN REFRIGERATORS" , AND HER CONTINUING SPITBALL FEUD WITH BRIAN BENDIS. YOU'LL ALSO LEARN THE ONE BIRDS OF PREY STORY IDEA DC WOULD NEVER LET GAIL USE... IT'S A DOOZY!
Sun, 11 February 2007
From 2005, a fun conversation with the man who put THE PUNISHER in The Big Leagues, with the 1986 mini series CIRCLE OF BLOOD, with artist Mike Zeck.
We talk about Steve's work with the legendary Gil Kane, His crime comics, the weekly Permanent Damage column at CBR and his epic bio comic on the late Pope John Paul The 2nd!
Wed, 7 February 2007
It's time for part two, the wrap of up my coverage of the FX con in Orlando Florida. In this episode you'll hear from Gene Ha the Eisner Award winning artist, who's working with Grant Morrison on The Authority from Wildstorn, and a few other high profile projects.
Artist Mike Perkins tells us what he can about Capt America's post civil war plans, and other projects in the works at Marvel.
Chuck Dixon Lays out his Wildstorm slate of books.
Cover painter Mark Sparacio tells us about his cover work for the overstreet guide, comic buyers guide, Heroes for Hire at marvel and more upcoming work
Indie creators Derrick Fish (Dandy & Co) , Shannon Chenowith (The Line) , and Art Baltazar (Gorilla Gorilla & Patrick The Wolf Boy)
and we wrap things up with two stars from the Sci-fi Chanel's hit series Eureka, the father daughter duo of Collin Ferguson and Jordan Hinson
Tue, 30 January 2007
What a great time at Orlando's FX Convention! This is the first of two shows, featuring panels and conversation with Matt Wagner (GRENDEL MAGE BATMAN ) Chuck Dixon & Derick Donovan (CONNOR HAWKE), Dave Johnson (100 BULLETS BEN 10) Steve Scott (CHECKMATE SHADOWPACT) Michael Golden (MICRONAUTS THE NAM), and the guys from Desperado Publishing, including Joe Pruett (KILROY IS HERE) Mike Perkins (NEGATIVE BURN) Chris Moreno (SIDEKICKS) Stephan Nilson (ATOMIK MIKE) and Andrew Robinson(DUSTY STAR) .
Later this week, more conversations in part 2 !
Wed, 24 January 2007
A brand new talk, with one of the Chicago based Comic Book creators ...
If you're a fan of the RA Salvatore comic adaptations, or early Devil's Due GI Joe books, you already know Tim Seeley is a great artist. But his writing is distinctly funny and consistantly entertaining . We talk about Tim's work on JOE, The Salvatore adaptations of Deamon Wars and Forgotten Relms, and his original horror creation, Hack Slash, which has beemn optioned for a future motion picture release.
Tim's also hard at work on a Troma Pictures comic anthology , adapting films like The Toxic Avenger, Surf Nazis Must Die, and the like, and the long awaited sequel to LOADED BIBLE , with artist Mike Norton.
Sat, 20 January 2007
Ethan is an exceptional artist and a very funny guy! I had so much fun talking about his work and comics in general.
Learn all about the secrets behind Cyberfrog, Ethan's early Heavy Metal influences, his long collaborations with Geoff Johns, which began on the sometimes forgotten FLASH IRON HEIGHTS and continued with GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH. We'll also disucss his run on Superman Batman with Mark Verheiden , and wait till you here his take on a classic O'Neil/Adams Green Lantern Green Arrow scene .
From Dec 2005
Mon, 15 January 2007
Sorry folks a few new interviews got lost in a hard drive mishap, so enjoy this June 2005 interview with the great fantasy artist Colleen doran, who's work on A Distatnt Soil , The Book Of Fate, Orbiter and other comic books continues to amaze readers.
Colleen discusses her colaborations with Mike Carey J Michael Straczynski, and Warren Ellis. She also discusses her approach in drawing Japanese style manga projects.
This was one of the first wordballoon episodes, Has my voice changed much?
Tue, 9 January 2007
The 24 hr news cycle is taken to task in Jonathon Hickman's new book from Image Comics.
Citizen victims of false accusations form an agressive cult that seeks revenge on the irresponsible reporters and news organizations that ruined their lives.
But the plot of the nightly news is only half of Hickman's
We talk with writer artist Jonathon Hickman, about the issues and design of The Nightly News.
Mon, 1 January 2007
From Jan 2006 A Conversation With Writer/Producer Dwyane McDuffie.
Dwayne co-founded the Milestone Comic Book Line, created Static Shock , and Marvel Comics Damage Control . He wrote great adventures for books like X-O Man Of War, Deathlok, and the Fantastic Four.
He also was part of the phenominal production staff that made the Warner Bros/DC Cartoons of the 90's. We spend a lot of time talking about the Static Shock TV series, and Justice League , which scoring huge ratings for the Cartoon Network. Details about classic JL stories, and the other comic creators who had a hand in various episodes.
Learn all about Dwayne's comic books,cartoons and his love of the superhero genre .