Fri, 27 May 2016
Wow! In one issue, Writer Nick Spencer has changed the status quo of Steve Rogers in a new exciting way that has polarized the comic book readership. Captain America is evil, and all of a sudden the Most Trusted Man In the Marvel Universe is now its most dangerous enemy.
Nick joins us to explain the new direction for Caop, and what it means for Civil War 2 and all the relationships in the Marvel Universe.
We also talk about the crazy backlash from fans and media that the story received, including blowing the DC Universe Rebirth coverage off the front pages.
Thu, 19 May 2016
Wrapping up our look back at the 20 year old classic, we speak to the guy who had the idea first Alex Ross. he tells us about the influence of Alan Moore on this story, how he came to be paired with Mark Waid, and the debates of their ideas on how to present the story, and what it means to be a hero.
We also talk about current and future projects with Alice, including some incredible lithographs of The Beatles, and The beginnings of work with Universal on the classic Hollywood depictions of their monsters. Not a Robert De Niro Frankenstien or Gary Oldman Dracula in the bunch.
Tue, 17 May 2016
To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the acclaimed DC Elseworld story, Word Balloon presents 2 conversations with the creators themselves.
First up writer Mark Waid, who looks back on how he was chosen to join Alex Ross and flesh out the initial ideas.
We also pay tribute to the passing of Darwyn Cooke and I review Captain America Civil War
Sun, 15 May 2016
First up Documentarian Maria Paz Cabardo talks about her seminal documentary BETTER THINGS THE LIFE AND CHOICES OF JEFFERY CATHERINE JONES. The film is available on DVD and streaming
Jeff Jones was one of the founding members of THE STUDIO, an influential 1970's art studio collective featuring Jones, Michael Kaluta Bernie Wrightson and Barry Windsor Smith. Jones's fantasy art was featured in DC Warren National Lampoon and countless fantasy publishers. Late in life Jones decided to transgender and became Jeffery Catherine and candidly spoke about this life change , and the decades of dealing with this difficult personal journey while creating groundbreaking art.
We talk about Jones personal relationships from his marriage to Louise Simonson, his relationship with Vaughn Bode, friendships with his studio mates, and influences on artists like Bill Sienkiewicz, Jean (Moebius) Giraud, Jon Muth, Kent Williams, Paul Pope and others.
Then Greg Pak is back with an audio excerpt of his new e-book Kickstarter Secrets . These are useful hacks on what you need to know if you're thinking about doing a kickstarter campaign. This audio itself gives great tips, and gives you an idea of the additional useful information that will be in the e-book.
Wed, 11 May 2016
Celebrating Word Balloon's 11th and The Amazon's 75th anniversaries it's a pleasure to welcome the incredible Susan Eisenberg, who's portrayed Wonder Woman since the 2001 debut of cartoon networks Justice League. She's since played Diana in the follow-up Justice League Unlimited series, animated films like Superman-Batman Apocalypse , Justice League doom, and video games like Injustice .
We talk about her beginnings in acting and voice work, her getting the WW role and the experiences of working with the Warner Animation cast and crews.
Check out Susan's website to see a table reading of the original Justice League cast, including WW-Batman moments from the fan favorite episode This Little Piggy
Tue, 3 May 2016
Really enjoyed this talk with Ted Adams. It's IDW's 17th anniversary this year, and we look back at the company's beginnings it's present and future.
We talk about their approach to licensed comics from CSI to current successes like Star Trek GI JOE Transformers My Little Pony and more.
We talk about Wynonna Earp eau Smith's creation currently a SyFy Network TV series and IDWs first foray into television.
You'll hear about IDW's experimentation with comic formats, from their mini comics to the oversized Artist Editions and the equally historic Library Of American Comics volumes.
Coming off my last episode, this is another must listen conversation.
Mon, 2 May 2016
Great Conversation with Kaare , who's Renato Jones The 1% debutsthis Wednesday from Image. This is Andrew's 1st creator ownedcomic, and he talks about the experiences and inspirations that ledhim to this project.
We also look back at Kaare's recent run on Iron Fist and thecurrent nerd debate about the white-washing of comic bookcharacters.
Kaare also offer great insight of how the current comic marketseems to be unfolding, and a great perspective on how to handle itwhen creativity and the obstacles of life collide.
Plus after years making movies, Kaare is stepping into the worldof directing television. He talks about these newexperiences.