Super Hero Speak – #170:Philly Pod Fest 2016

This week the guys give you their live performance from Philly Pod Fest 2016! Recorded in front of a live audience at Amalgam Comics in Philly. The guys are joined by the owner of Amalgam Comics Ariel Johnson who tell them all about the inspiration for the shop and what it’s like running a community oriented business. Plus they all play Marvel Trivia! Big Thanks to Philly Pod Fest for having us back this year! So sit back and Enjoy, and when you are done listening if you are in the Philly are go check out Amalgam Comics on Frankford Ave.170-ppf16

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Subscription Boxlight: 2016-07

John and Kay open up and discuss the contents of some recent subscription boxes.

Time Codes:
0:00:00 Intro
0:00:36 2016-06 zBox: Threads
0:05:40 2016-07 Legion of Collectors
0:10:34 SuperHeroStuff: Star Trek Gold
0:25:56 2016-07 Comic Con Box
0:36:52 2016-07 Smuggler’s Bounty
0:48:35 2016-07 Arctify
0:52:32 Marvel Collector Corps: Year One
1:11:39 Wrap up
1:12:11 End

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Comic News Insider Episode 715 – SDCC: Steven Universe w/ Zach Callison/DeeDee Magno Hall/Michaela Dietz/Rebecca Sugar/Estelle, We Bare Bears w/ Daniel Chong/Bobby Moynihan/Eric Edelstein/Demetri Martin, The Powerpuff Girls w/ Amanda Leighton/etc!


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At San Diego Comic Con, Jimmy sat in on the roundtables for Steven Universe, We Bare Bears and The Powerpuff Girls. Among the cast/creative participants were Zach Callison, DeeDee Magno Hall, Michaela Dietz, Rebecca Sugar, Estelle, We Bare Bears, Daniel Chong, Bobby Moynihan, Eric Edelstein, Demetri Martin, The Powerpuff Girls, Amanda Leighton, Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman, Nick Jennings, Bob Boyle. You’ll hear about all of their upcoming seasons. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!



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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #240: The Tick! Suicide Squad! Demonic!

The Tick Review Amazon

We’re joined by comic book expert and soon-to-be rap sensation Doc Fluxx this episode as we review Amazon’s Tick pilot, Suicide Squad #1 and Demonic #1. We spit hot fire. Listen in!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Leela Corman

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Trauma, Bellydancing, and Eurovision


Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:07 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:01 – Interview with Leela Corman
  • 01:06:25 – Wrap up
  • 01:07:25 – Contact us


On this interview show, Andy and Derek have the pleasure of talking with Leela Corman. Her latest book, We All Wish for Deadly Force, was just recently released by Retrofit/Big Planet Comics, and it’s a collection of shorter comics spanning a wide range of topic and tone. These pieces have previously appeared in such publications as The NibTabletWomen’s Review of Books, and Nautilus, and the guys begin by asking Leela about her work with these magazines. As both Derek and Andy point out, the comics in this collection fall into one of three main (and, at times, interconnected) categories: stories addressing the loss of her first daughter, Rosalie; those focusing on Leela’s family and her Jewish roots; and tales involving bellydancing, one of Leela’s passions. Indeed, the loss of Rosalie arguably pervades this entire collection in some form or another — see the guys’ earlier interview with Leela’s husband Tom Hart for more on this topic — and the guys talk with Leela about the role that art can play in dealing with trauma. But there are also lighter moments in this collection, such as the occasional comedy found in Leela’s Jewishness as well as her exercise in live drawing the Eurovision song contest. The guys also take the opportunity to talk with their guest about her earlier works, such as Unterzakhn and Queen’s Day, and her upcoming fictional narrative set in the 1940s.

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EMP Episode 110: Two Toe Rogers

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Individually they were just like those guys who like to hang around the comic book shop and talk comics but together they form the Earth’s Mightiest Podcast!

In this episode we review Marvel Comics Avengers books books of June 2016.

0:00:00 Sponsor
0:07:19 Midtro
0:12:17 A-Force (2016) #6
0:18:25 All New All Different Avengers (2015) #10-11
0:32:45 Uncanny Avengers (2015.2) #10
0:39:56 FCBD 2016 Civil War II
0:45:48 Civil War II #0
0:55:58 Civil War II #1
1:05:52 Civil War II #2
1:13:16 New Avengers (2015) #12
1:23:06 Ultimates (2015) #8
1:32:55 Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1
1:34:01 Civil War II: Gods of War #1
1:35:59 Civil War II: Ulysses #1

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View from the Gutters #177 — Batman: Li’l Gotham

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Batman: Li’l Gotham (Volumes I and II)

Story by . . . . . . Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs
Art by . . . . . . . . Dustin Nguyen

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These gorgeously drawn and painted all-ages tales feature all of your favorite Gotham City characters: Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, The Joker, The Penguin and many others!

Brant says:

The goddamn Batman returns…in this adorable all ages book! I gush about how much I love this book while Adam concedes its not quite his cup of tea. We chat about Calvin and Hobbes like influences, the state of all ages superhero stories and Adam wisely pulls us out of a “what is wrong with the comics publishing model” rant.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Adam Panshin, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Asterios Polyp.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

Grawlix Bytes #7: Spawn S01E01 Commentary & More

This Grawlix Bytes Jesse and Randy try something a little different. A commentary track for the first episode of the late ’90s HBO animated series ‘Todd McFarlane’s Spawn‘. Bust out your baggy jeans and sister’s stolen black makeup because it’s about to get dark, edgy, gritty… it’s about to get ’90s! The boys also discuss Mad Max: Fury Road (because why not) and more after the commentary.

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Deconstructing Comics #511: Photo Reference Dos and Don’ts

Photo reference

Most comics artists use photo reference at some point. But some artists can make it melt into their work fluidly, while others end up with stiff drawing or a glorified fumetti. They might also end up with a copyright lawsuit if they don’t choose their reference wisely.

One source of photo reference is Buddy Scalera, who has published several reference books, including Comic Artist’s Essential Photo Reference: People and Poses. Buddy joins Tim to talk about how he got into making photo reference books, choosing poses to shoot, and more.

Then, Stephen Bissette joins us with plenty of examples of the use and misuse of photo reference, the ups and downs of casting celebrities as your characters (Sting, anyone?), and more.

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Comics Alternative for Young Readers: Reviews of Mighty Jack and Ghosts

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All happy families…?


Although some kids may not be so excited to be heading back to school, Gwen and Andy (the Two People with PhDs) give young readers cause to rejoice this month with the upcoming release of two new graphic novels: Mighty Jack (First Second) by Ben Hatke and Ghosts (Graphix/Scholastic) by Raina Telgemeier.

Andy starts things off with Mighty Jack, the story of a kid named Jack who’s not having a very fun summer. To make ends meet, Jack’s single mom finds a second job, but that means Jack will have sole responsibility of keeping an eye on his autistic sister Maddy. Maddy never speaks, until one day at a flea market she shocks Jack by telling him that he must buy a box of seeds from a sketchy-looking man. Later, as Jack and Maddy plant a garden with their new seeds, weird, magical, and dangerous things begin to happen.

Next, Gwen introduces the highly-anticipated new book by Raina Telgemeier, Ghosts. It’s the story of Catrina and her family as they move from Los Angeles to the Northern California coast, hoping the climate will agree with Cat’s sister Maya, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Cat is shocked to discover that everyone in their new town seems obsessed with ghosts, even Maya. Cat just wishes they could just go back to L.A., but her parents — and perhaps the ghosts — have other plans.

Gwen and Andy point out elements common in both books: parental issues, sibling rivalries and bonding, freedom, danger, and fear of the unknown. Both books are multilayered, superbly told, and they should appeal equally to readers young and old (something of a rarity these days). Although their art styles are quite different, these two books demonstrate that Hatke and Telgemeier are both masterful storytellers. These creators are producing what are perhaps their best works. It’s an exciting time for comics readers of all ages, and these are two books to pick up with confidence.



Comics in the Golden Age Episode 41: Hark! The Angel!

Comics in the Golden Age Episode 41

Chris and Mike check out Timely’s The Angel!

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Secret Identity Podcast Issue #743–Superwoman and Suicide Squad

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What’s New?
CT Horror Fest 8/27
Suicide Squad Box Office
Man of Steel 2 Ramping Up Production

Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth
Team Synergy #2
Silk #10
Superwoman #1

Big Screen Bonanza:
Suicide Squad

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Weekly Comics Spotlight #470: 2016-08-10


Time Codes:
0:00:00 Intro
0:00:44 DC: SUPERWOMAN #1
0:15:47 Marvel: ALL NEW X-MEN #12
0:40:43 General discussion
1:02:15 Next Week Promo
1:02:25 Wrap up
1:02:55 End of episode.

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Comic News Insider Episode 714 – SDCC: The Walking Dead w/ Andrew Lincoln/Norman Reedus/Steven Yeun/Lauren Cohan/Danai Gurira/Michael Cudlitz/Sonequa Martin-Green/Christian Serratos/Ross Marquand/Josh McDermitt/Jeffrey Dean Morgan/Robert Kirkman!


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At San Diego Comic Con, Jimmy sat in on the press conference for The Walking Dead. Among the cast/creative participants were Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand, Josh McDermitt, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Executive Producer/Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer/Director/Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero and Executive Producer David Alpert. You’ll hear about the upcoming season 7. Who does Negan kill? Will we ever see winter? When will Ezekiel and his tiger appear? Tune in and find out! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!



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Crisis On Infinite Midlives Show Episode 125: Boston Comic Con 2016 Part II: The Miller Whisperer

CrisisOnInfinideMidlivesPodcastLogo_300x300It’s been a week since the conclusion of Boston Comic Con 2016, and we’re still coming to terms with the fact that we saw Frank Miller speak live.

We have a complicated relationship with Frank Miller here at Crisis On Infinite MIdlives. We will always love him for what he did with Daredevil and Batman in the 1980s, helping to bring comics into adulthood at the same time we were moving through our own adolescence. We will always respect him for doing cool stuff like Give Me Liberty and Robocop Vs. Terminator in the mid-1990s. And we will always be concerned about him due to his public statements about Islam, and there will never be a force on Earth that will make us really like Holy Terror.

But no matter what, the man is a legend in comics, and we were not only there to see him, but to record him. So we’re psyched to be able to bring you panel audio of Miller himself, talking about his Dark Knight trilogy, Sin City, Daredevil and what it was like to be at the forefront of comics during the 1980s.

We also discuss:

  • Civil War II: The Fallen #1, written by Greg Pak with art by Mark Bagley, and:
  • Demonic #1, written by Christopher Sebela with art by Niko Walter!

And, as always, the disclaimers:

  • This show contains spoilers. If you’re not aware which Gamma-irradiated founding Avenger was shot in the brain by Hawkeye, well, then you’re not reading Marvel Comics anyway, and you won’t care.
  • This show contains adult, profane language, and is therefore not safe for work. One of our possible titles involved Amanda using the convolutedly-spelled word “sidebewb”. You should probably use headphones.

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