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Life's Tough, Superheroes Are TOUGHER!

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Let’s take a closer look at the inner makings of a true Superhero! Stephen Shamus, our host and comic expert, is the President and co-founder of ACE Universe. This show features and highlight themes in the entertainment industry that are grounded in Superheroes, Comic Books, Film and TV. Stephen and co-host Alex aim to enlighten and entertain the audience with a cross-section of guests – Illustrators, Writers, Musicians, Athletes, and anyone touched by their own “Superhero” in their life!

Let’s take a closer look at the inner makings of a true Superhero! Stephen Shamus, our host and comic expert, is the President and co-founder of ACE Universe. This show features and highlight themes in the entertainment industry that are grounded in Superheroes, Comic Books, Film and TV. Stephen and co-host Alex aim to enlighten and entertain the audience with a cross-section of guests – Illustrators, Writers, Musicians, Athletes, and anyone touched by their own “Superhero” in their life!

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United States

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Let’s take a closer look at the inner makings of a true Superhero! Stephen Shamus, our host and comic expert, is the President and co-founder of ACE Universe. This show features and highlight themes in the entertainment industry that are grounded in Superheroes, Comic Books, Film and TV. Stephen and co-host Alex aim to enlighten and entertain the audience with a cross-section of guests – Illustrators, Writers, Musicians, Athletes, and anyone touched by their own “Superhero” in their life!

Language:

English


Episodes

Life's Tough but Colleen Doran is TOUGHER...Colleen Doran, Says It’s More Than Just Comic Books

8/6/2021
Colleen Doran has worked in the world of comic books since she was a teenager. She’s had the good fortune to work on some great collaborations in that time. In a recent interview for the Superheroes are Tougher podcast, she sat down with hosts Stephen Shamus and Alex Rae. She talked about her career and shared stories and anecdotes about some of those great collaborative experiences she’s had. Colleen’s career is not just about comic books; her artistry illustrates many different projects,...

Duration:00:35:47

Life’s Tough, but Larry Hamma is TOUGHER… This Legendary Comic Book Writer Has Come a Long Way!

7/30/2021
He’s worked in underground comics, then for DC, and then for Marvel. He shares the secrets of his progression and his work history in a recent podcast. He sat down with Stephen Shamus and Alex Rae of ACE Universe and told them that the original goal was not to suck! He’s paid his dues and doesn’t suck anymore! Larry gained a chance to hone his art working with some legends during his stint in underground comics. In those days, that was where newcomers worked to get their start. For a year...

Duration:00:42:16

Life’s Tough, but Angélique Roché is TOUGHER… The Voice and Face of Marvel and ACE Tells Us – It’s Okay to Be a Nerd!

7/23/2021
Angélique Roché learned a lot about storytelling in Law School and studying journalism. That’s right; Angélique is a licensed attorney. She began her legal career in politics, then shifted to philanthropy. Angélique sat down and talked with the hosts of the Superheroes are Tougher podcast, Stephen Shamus and Alex Rae, and spoke about her journey as a self-described fandom nerd. Whether you’ve heard her on the Marvel Voices podcast, or one of the other many podcasts and panels she’s been a...

Duration:00:42:59

Life’s Tough, But Frank Caliendo is Tougher… This Funny Man Discusses the Relationship Between Superheroes and Current Culture!

7/16/2021
From the time he was a young boy, Frank Caliendo has been a fan of Superheroes and Comic Books. Recently, on the Life’s Tough, But Superheroes are Tougher podcast, he talks with Stephen Shamus and Alex Rae about how culture influences Superheroes, and Superheroes, in turn, influence culture. Comic Books have always given insight into different aspects of society. Superhero films remain popular and relevant because the themes that run through them provide something for everyone… adults and...

Duration:00:34:00

Life’s Tough, but Frank Caliendo is Tougher… This Funny Man Reveals His Family’s Connection to Superheroes!

7/9/2021
Frank Caliendo is a long-time fan of Superheroes, dating back to when he was a kid watching Super Friends on TV. He got into comic books when his grandfather would take him to the store and buy him comics. He especially liked Iron Man, Spiderman, and Hulk. For a time, his son was interested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still, as he grew older, he wanted to go to the movies with his friends… a natural progression for teenagers. Frank’s daughter, however, was drawn in by the Dark Knight...

Duration:00:26:41

Life’s Tough, but Daniel Mancini is TOUGHER… This Insider Works Behind the Scenes with Superheroes in Hollywood!

7/2/2021
Daniel Mancini works as a manager for Inspire Entertainment. He notes that they don’t have a ton of clients… because they are very focused on the talent they represent. The hosts of the Superheroes are Tougher podcast, Stephen Shamus and Alex Rae, had the opportunity to interview Daniel and get his thoughts on various aspects of the Superhero world. Although he was born in Los Angeles, Daniel spent most of his time growing up in the UK. He maintained his US passport, though. After trying a...

Duration:00:28:42

Life’s Tough, but John Romita Jr. is TOUGHER… This Artist Explains that Good Characters Spawn Good Ideas!

6/25/2021
Following in his famous father’s footsteps was a tall order for John Romita Jr., but he’s made a huge name for himself at both DC and Marvel. He sat down recently with hosts of the Superheroes are Tougher podcast, Stephen Shamus and Alex Rae, and shared his thoughts on competition, comics, and everyday heroes. Growing up, John’s Dad, artist John Romita Sr.- responsible for so many iconic covers for Marvel, wanted John to be a fine artist and go into advertising. Instead, John Jr. started...

Duration:00:32:46

2 Life’s Tough, but Billy Martin is TOUGHER… This Artist and Musician Talks About Living Passion Through Dual Careers

6/18/2021
It’s tough enough to “make it” in one creative industry, let alone two! In the premiere episode of our Life’s Tough… Superheroes Are Tougher podcast, hosts Stephen Shamus and Alex Rae sat down and talked to the multi-talented Billy Martin, artist and musician. They spoke about the challenges and rewards of pursuing success through two career paths. Billy started his musical career as a senior in high school with the band Good Charlotte. They worked through the early days connecting with...

Duration:00:24:13

Life’s Tough, but Billy Martin is TOUGHER… This Artist and Musician Talks About Living Passion Through Dual Careers

6/11/2021
It’s tough enough to “make it” in one creative industry, let alone two! In the premiere episode of our Life’s Tough… Superheroes Are Tougher podcast, hosts Stephen Shamus and Alex Rae sat down and talked to the multi-talented Billy Martin, artist and musician. They spoke about the challenges and rewards of pursuing success through two career paths. Billy started his musical career as a senior in high school with the band Good Charlotte. They worked through the early days connecting with...

Duration:00:29:35

Life’s Tough, but Harvey Tolibao is TOUGHER… This Comic Book Illustrator is Making His Mark in the Industry

6/4/2021
His first exposure to comic books was his fascination with his grandmother’s collection. She had been collecting comic books since the 1960s and had an extensive collection to admire. When Harvey Tolibao sat down with the Superheroes Are Tougher podcast hosts, Stephen Shamus and Alex Rae, we learned a lot about his journey to success. You might say he had an advantage since his Dad was an artist and taught him a lot as a kid. But, at the same time, his Father never wanted him to be an...

Duration:00:36:43

Life’s Tough, but Toni Domenech is TOUGHER… This Agent Sees the Human Side of Today’s Big Screen Superheroes

5/28/2021
When she came out to California for film school in 2009 and volunteered for a small comic con, our podcast guest did not anticipate her career path. On our latest episode of the Superheroes are Tougher podcast, Toni Domenech sits down with hosts Stephen Shamus and Alex Rae. They talk about Superheroes, Villains, and everything in between. When she first started attending comic cons and fan shows, Toni noticed a particular attraction for her. She noticed that the shows seemed more...

Duration:00:46:22

Life’s Tough, but Zach Nadler is TOUGHER… This Speaker’s Agent Observes that The Superheroes Influence has Changed Pop Culture

5/21/2021
Before he founded Vayner Speakers and became CEO in 2018, Zach Nadler worked with CAA – Creative Artists Agency. He had an opportunity to work with our host, Stephen Shamus, booking clients for various comic con venues. He sat down and talked with Stephen and Alex Rae, hosts of the Superheroes are Tougher podcast. They spoke about the influence of Superheroes on Pop Culture today… through comic books, TV shows, movies, and live events. They also touched on the way that social media has...

Duration:00:22:55

Superheroes are Tougher

5/7/2021
Calling all Superhero fanatics! Join us backstage as we learn about the incredible makings of a Superhero. Each episode will feature an iconic guest focusing on trends in the Superhero entertainment Universe. We aim to enlighten and entertain the audience with a cross-section of guests – Illustrators, Writers, Musicians, Athletes, and anyone touched by their own “Superhero” in their life! Some of these guest include - Angélique Roché, Zach Nadler, Harvey Tolibao, John Romita Jr., Frank...

Duration:00:00:22