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1 on 1 interview show featuring the creative minds behind Comics TV Film Novels & Animation. Hosted by Chicago Pop Culture expert, John Siuntres

1 on 1 interview show featuring the creative minds behind Comics TV Film Novels & Animation. Hosted by Chicago Pop Culture expert, John Siuntres
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1 on 1 interview show featuring the creative minds behind Comics TV Film Novels & Animation. Hosted by Chicago Pop Culture expert, John Siuntres




Portrait Of Catwoman With Joelle Jones

So pleased to welcome Joelle to the podcast and have an in depth discussion about her catwoman run which is just under way. Joelle tells us what makes Selina Kyle Tick, or purr. We also get into her collaborations with Jamie Rich Tom King and others . Plus a lot of talk about Joelle's great crime series Lady Killer from Dark Horse


Paul Kupperberg DC Bronze Age Revisited-Bryn Cimino Welcome to Comics

First Paul Kupperberg is back with tales of his writing and editing days. From his runs in the Superman universe to his early Charlton days. Paul not only has comic book tales, but he was also in DC's licensing department, which had him writing stuntman scenarios for Six Flags parks,and other non comic book projects. We also revisit his great run on Life With Archie the married life, The World Of Krypton mini series, and his new crime novel set in the comic book publishing world of the...


Dennis O'Neil - The Batman Conversation

An epic discussion with the acclaimed writer of Batman, and so much more. We talk about his early days at Charlton Comics, why did he leave DC for Marvel in the 80s and why did he return to DC in the 90s? We talk about the Knightfall event, the story choices Dc wouldn't allow him to do and a lot more. From his first days at DC, to the Hard Traveling Heroes run of Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and the social justice agenda , The master writer shares many stories from the silevr bronze and...


Roy Thomas On His WW2 comics What If & Ryan Stegman Talks Spider-Man and Venom

First Roy Thomas joins us to talk about his WW2 hero comics The iNvaders and All Star Squadron. We'd never be able to cver all of Roy's work in comics so expect more next month in panels at Terrificon. Then Ryan Stegman joins us to talk about his origin story breaking into Marvel and great work on Spider-Man and vurrently doing Venom with Donny Cates.


The Powers Behind Shazam With Zachary Levi and Sal Abbinanti

The final Word Balloon Unconventional explores the two faces of Shazam First a conversation with DC Films New Shazam Zachary Levi. We spoke in June of 2014 about his organization Nerd HQ and the charity he supports operation smile. Its a great look at the former star of Chuck on NBC Then Sal joins us to talk about the new projects Alex Ross and Bill Sienkiewicz have coming up in comic and othe art projects


Before Superman w Nicky Wheeler Nicholson Geek Culture Biz w Rob Salkowitz

First Nicky Wheeler Nicholson talks about her grandfather Major Malcom Wheeler Nicholson the creative founder of what became DC Comics. There were several years of DC books before Action Comics #1 and Nicky talks about those early years and The Major's direct involvement in the Superman story. Then Geek Business analyst Rob Salkowitz is back with a look at how museums have discovered the importance of comic book art and lots more.


Legendary Black Panther writer Don McGregor and Jason Inman's Jupiter Jet

It's the first of this weeks UnConVentional episodes, featuring interviews that reflect the quirky San Diego con panels I like to attend. First up the great Don Mcgregor who did ground breaking work in the 70s and 80s on Black Panther and other Marvel comics. The in the 80;s he was on the vangurad for creator owned books like SABLE with Paul Gulacy and Detectives INC. with Marshall Rodgers Then we talk creator owned books with Jason Inman co-creator of Jupiter Jet. Jason also talks about...


Tom King Q&A The Bat(Man) Is (Heart) Broken

Batman #50 . Wow . Tom King joins us to pick up the pieces of Batman's jilted heart and gives us clues to look for as Bane gathers a strange anti-bat family to torture the caped crusader. Members of the League Of Word Balloon listeners ask Tom about the firts 50 issues of his Batman run, Collaborations with Adam Kubert on The Wal-Mart Exclusive Superman story, Heroes In Crisis with Clay Mann Mister Miracle with Mitch Gerads and Joelle Jones . Lots of info on many current past and future...


The Bendis Tapes Man Of Steel Wrap Up Batman & Jinxworld Previews and more

Brain Bendis looks back at The Man Of Steel Mini Series and gives us more clues as to where his Superman saga is going in the pages of Action and Superman . Plus previews of the upcoming Jixworld books including United States Of Murder Inc With Mike Oeming, Scarlet with Alex Malev, Peral With Michael Gaydos and Cover with David Mack. More details on his Batman story with Nick Derrington in the DC Wal Mart 100 Page spectaculars Plus updates on the Scarlet TV series the utitles X-Men movie...


Skottie Young - Taking Over Deadpool - I Hate Fairyland and More

Skottie gives us his take on Wade Wilson exploring the underbelly of the Marvel Universe . He's got plans to go in the Savage Land and I even give him an idea of what c-level marvel characters Deadpool should crossover with. Plus a look at I Hate Fairyland and more Image Projects coming later this year.


Dan Slott The Spider Man Exit Interview

Hours ago, Dan Slott called me up at 430am and said Hey let's do a podcast. Today is my last day writing spider-man . Issue 801 is out today, and Dan wanted to look back at significant Spidey Arcs character moments collaborations and more


Tini Howard On Writing Rick And Morty Comics Assasinistas and Hack Slash

Great to welcome Tini Howard to word balloon. Tini is killing it writing Rick and Morty comics for Oni Press. Her stories match the irreverent comedy of the tv show and we discuss her past and future R&M stories . We also talk in depth about Assasinistas her IDW/Black Crown series with the legendary Gilbert Hernandez . It's another fun action comedy about hit-women who were carefree killers in the 20s dealing with getting older while still trying to be contractors in the modern era. Tini...


The Legacy Of George Carlin-With Kelly Carlin

Ten years ago this month George Carlin passed away . His daughter Kelly joins us to talk about her father's incredible career and the release of a new DVD box set the explores the comedian's comedic evolution. From his "Mad Men" clean cut persona in the early 60s, his seven dirty words observational period of the 70s and 80s to his eventual "angry old man" pieces and of the 90s thru the 2000s. The set also contains never released material from all the various eras of Carlin's career fom...


Will Dennis -JH Williams - Wendy Wright Williams : Where We Live

Where We Live is The Image Comics anthology in tribute to the victims and survivors of The Las Vegas Shootings .Today's episode feature conversations with some of the creative forces behind the project. First Editor Will Dennis is back to talk about his work on the book, plus we catch up on his current work as a freelance editor for some of the best creator owned comics being made today with creators like Brina Azzarello Eduardo Risso Jeff Lemire Scott Snyder and more. You'll also hear...


Comedian Phil Proctor :His new Podcast-Show Biz Stories & Incredible Encounters

The Legendary Phil Proctor of The Firesign Theater is back to share more stories from his career in films, television, sketch comedy albums and animation voice overs . Phil has a new podcast of stories from his show biz career- The Proctor Podcast which debuted last friday . He shares encounters with fellow funnymen Harry Anderson and Phil Hartman, working on The Hunt For Red October, The origins of the Firesign Theater on radio and hilarious memories of 60s protesting with Peter Fonda.


Dan Brereton Talks Nocturnals &The Return Of The Bat-Verse Thrillkiller Stories

Word Balloon welcomes artist extraordinaire Dan Brereton. Dan chats about his career from his work creating The Nocturnals series to his spin on the Dick Grayson Barbra Gordon Love Affair Batman : Thrillkiller co created with Howard Chaykin. Think Grayson as Elvis and Barbara Gordon as Ann-Margaret


A Stuart Immonen Retrospective

Big news yesterday that Stuart and Kathryn Immonen are stepping away from comics for awhile. Let's look back on my convesations with Stuart about Nextwave, Ultimate Spider-Man, Fear Itself, His Superman run as writer and artist , The Final Night and many other projects with Warren Ellis Matt Fraction Brian Bendis and Kurt Busiek among others.


A Kathryn Immonen Retrospective

Sort of shocking news yesterday that Comic creators Kathryn and Stuart Immonen are stepping away from the industry for awhile to focus on non comics projects. Stuart is getting the majority of the coverage, but Kathryn has always been a strong writer with great stories about Hellcat Agent Carter X-men Runaways and her creator owned projects with Stuart like the WW2 spy adventure Moving Pictures . We look back to our word balloon coversations with Kathryn


Michael Kupperman's All The Answers Looks at His Dad's Reluctant Childhood Fame

What Happens when a Child Media Celebrity doesn't want to be famous ? Kupperman's new graphic novel is a serious look at his father's years as a childhood star of Old Time Radio's The Quiz Kids. The weekly Chicago based radio and TV program was hugely successful in the war years and early 1950s. Joel Kupperman joined the show as a math prodigy at age 6 but never enjoyed the fame game. It so embittered him, that he dropped Math as a pursuit and refused to talk about his 9 years of fame. As...


Jesse Blaze Snider Crowns The King Of Kings In A Rock Parody Graphic Novel

Jesse Blaze Snider brings his brand of humor in this new graphic novel. The Rocker's new GN is a hilarious comment on Religion by way of a musical reality show competition His indie go go campaign is underway. He talks about the unique way he's promoting the project including some hilarious music videos of himself as Jesus and his dad Dee (Twisted Sister Front-Man) Snider, as The Norse God King Odin . The two also plan a summertime live music event at The Whiskey A Go Go in LA with other...