Comic News Insider Episode 907 – Reviews R Us!

Comic News Insider: Episode 907 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

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Comics: Betty & Veronica #1, Books of Magic #1/2, Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1/2, Firefly #1, Green Lantern Vol 6 #1, Hack/Slash vs Chaos #1, Livewire #1, Uncanny X-Men Vol 5 #1/2/3, The Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame #1

TV: Arrow, Black Lightning, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Riverdale, The Gifted, Nightflyers, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Star Wars: Resistance

Film: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Venom 

Since there has been so much coverage from Thought Bubble and NYCC, there hasn’t been a lot of reviewing going on lately! We’re here to remedy that for you! Some of Jimmy’s favorite CNI dogs send in audio reviews from recent comics, TV and film. Thanks to Producer Joe, Marta, Heidi, Erica, Emmy, Emily, Jon, Barry and Dave! No news or interviews this time. Just pure reviewing magic! Besides, Jimmy has to continue planning for his birthday this weekend. Enjoy and let us know your thoughts on the reviews! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 900: Michael Emerson/William Jackson Harper/Jamal Igle/Rebecca Soler/Liana Kangas/The CNI Chorus and more!

Comic News Insider: Episode 900 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Blackbird #1, Dead Rabbit #1, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead

It’s the epic 900th episode live recording! And strap in, kids. It’s a LENGTHY ONE at almost 2 hours! We were having so much fun chatting with guests that we didn’t realize the time. You’ll love it though! Once again, Jimmy and Producer Joe hold their anniversary podcast at Hourglass Tavern in NYC. Thanks to Beth & Josh for being such awesome hosts at their restaurant! Jimmy hosted while Producer Joe manned the tech boards while co-hosting. Jimmy welcomed special guests Michael Emerson, William Jackson Harper, Jamal Igle, Rebecca Soler and Liana Kangas. Like every anniversary episode, Jimmy wrote song parodies and recruited friends to be a part of the CNI Chorus. Thanks to Kristen French, Kami Graves, Cheryl Orsini, Rachel Gavaletz, Nic Rockwood and Brianna Melroy for singing their lungs out! And big ups to my newsreaders and reviewers Emily Edwards, Gretchen Souerwine and Ali Sattar.

Such a fantastic night! Thanks to everyone whom attended. We packed the room to standing room only! For reals! Everyone had a great time. Great to see friends and strangers alike that came along to enjoy the show. We couldn’t have made it this far without all of the CNI listeners. Thanks for sticking with us over the years and here’s to looking forward to 1000! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 895 – NYCC: Riverdale w/ Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Showrunner)/KJ Apa/Madchen Amick/Lili Reinhart/Luke Perry!

Comic News Insider: Episode 895 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy attended New York Comic Con and boy are his arms tired. As usual, he got lots of 1:1 interviews and covered as many press rooms as he could. Producer Joe even got in on the interviewing action! In this episode, you’ll hear the press room for the hit CW show Riverdale with showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, actors KJ Apa, Madchen Amick, Lili Reinhart, and Luke Perry. Be here all month to hear more interviews/press rooms from NYCC! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 885 – London Calling CNI!

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Reviews: Archie 1941 #1, House of Whispers #1, Newbury & Hobbes #1, The Wrong Earth #1

Jimmy is in London before heading off to the Thought Bubble Festival this weekend in Leeds! He recruits good pal and fellow podcaster David Monteith (Geek Syndicate) to co-host! Dave gives his recap of the International Comic Expo in Birmingham that he attended over the weekend. Jimmy teases his coverage for Thought Bubble including a massive amount of interviews and 2 panels that he’s moderating. And they both chat about the UK comics scene, London comic shops, UK creators and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 881 – SDCC: Riverdale w/ Camilla Mendes/Lili Reinhart/Madelaine Petsch/Vanessa Morgan/Marisol Nichols/Mark Consuelos/Skeet Ulrich/Madchen Amick/KJ Apa/Cole Sprouse/Luke Perry/Jon Goldwater/Sarah Schechter!

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Jimmy attended the press room for Riverdale and chatted with stars Camilla Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, Vanessa Morgan, Marisol Nichols, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Madchen Amick, KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Luke Perry, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater and producer Sarah Schechter! What’s coming up in season 3? Will Archie survive jail time? Which Lodge is the most powerful? Tune in the find out! No regular format show over the next few weeks. Just the awesome and massive SDCC coverage!! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 862 – Heroes Con: Behind the Cover Panel w/ Francesco Francavilla!

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Jimmy moderated a panel with his good pal Francesco Francavilla. BEHIND THE COVER: A LOOK AT THE CREATIVE PROCESS WITH EISNER WINNER COVER ARTIST FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (The Black Beetle, Afterlife With Archie). Listen in for a fun hour of illustration and chat! Francavilla designed a cover based on audience suggestions! Have you ever wondered how many of your favorite cover artists come up with their designs? Francavilla broke down that process for you during this entertaining panel! He and Jimmy banter a bit about the piece and some of his recent work. Thanks to the audience for chiming in with suggestions and having fun along with them. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 857 – Heroes Con Recap w/ Monica Gallagher/Babs Tarr!

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Reviews: Magic Order #1, Plastic Man Vol. 5 #1, Thor Vol. 5 #1, Archer s9 finale, Legion s2 finale, Supergirl s3 finale

Jimmy is back from Heroes Con and all you get is this dumb podcast! He got about 10 interviews and moderated 3 panels. You’ll hear those interviews over the next 2 weeks as well as 2 of the panels. In this episode, you’ll get interviews with Monica Gallagher (Assassin Roommate) and Babs Tarr (Motor Crush)! At Heroes, Jimmy sat down with friends Ashley Lanni and Sarah Delaine to review 3 comics this week. He also got friend Megan Fischer to send in an audio review. Thanks to all! News includes: new The Maxx comics are coming from IDW, the Lucifer TV show gets saved by Netflix, Dark Horse will publish a Stranger Things comic mini-series and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 855 – Book Expo America w/ Ngozi Ukazu!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 855 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1,  Blackwood #1, Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special #1, Flash/Speed Buggy Special #1, Man Of Steel Vol 2 #1, Star Wars Lando Double Or Nothing #1, Super Sons/Dynomutt Special #1 

Crazy schedules means a solo episodes with friends sending in their audio reviews! Thanks to Marta, Ashley, Jon, Rachael, Erica, Emily and Adam for those awesome reviews. Jimmy went to Book Expo America last week and sat down with cartoonist Ngozi Ukazu to talk about her webcomic Check, Please! that is being collected by First Second Books later this year. They have a great chat about how the project came to be, the characters, art, and of course, hockey. Jimmy also gives his thoughts on BEA and Book Con. News includes: a new scripted teen crime series podcast is coming from Alex Segura/Monica Gallagher,  Comixology is releasing creator owned titles, Archie 1941 will be a mini-series showing a more realistic look at the Riverdale gang back in the 40’s and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 838 – Ready For MoCCA!

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Reviews: Adventure Time BMO Bonanza #1, Crow Memento Mori #1, Cyberforce Vol 5 #1, Goosebumps: Download and Die! #1, Shadowman Vol 5 #1 

Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair once again. Jimmy attending MoCCA Festival this weekend and talks about what he hopes to cover. News includes: The Fantastic Four are returning to Marvel Comics, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill are retiring after their next LOEG comic series, Z2 Comics is publishing a comic based on the Japanese band BabyMetal and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 274: Reviews of Why Art?, Infidel #1, and Vampironica #1

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:30 – Introduction
  • 00:03:12 – Welcoming new Patreon supporters, and more listener mail!
  • 00:14:29 – Why Art?
  • 00:42:19 – Infidel #1
  • 00:58:55 – Vampironica #1
  • 01:13:58 – Wrap up
  • 01:15:53 – Contact us

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“Another episode of Gene’s forced connections”

This week Gene and Derek discuss three different titles that may or may not be connected (you’ll have to ask Gene). They begin with Eleanor Davis’s Why Art? (Fantagraphics Books). Going into this reading, the guys thought that the book might be more on the expository or critical side. However, they quickly discovered Davis’s unique approach in combining humor, storytelling, and aesthetic analysis. After that they check out the first issue of Infidel (Image Comics), written by Pornsak Pichetshote and with art by Aaron Campbell. This is a curious combination of horror and the dynamics of intolerance, and the first issue raises a variety of questions that start off the series with good story momentum. The Two Guys with PhDs conclude with another horror title, Greg and Megan Smallwood’s Vampironica #1. Although in the tradition of Archie Comics’ other recent horror titles, this first issue doesn’t have the same impact on the guys as did Afterlife with Archie or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Still, the art and premise are an attention-grabbing setup.

Comic News Insider Episode 836 – Call the Kwong!

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Reviews: Encounter #1, Eternity Girl #1, New Mutants: Dead Souls #1, Vampironica #1

By popular demand, Emmy Potter comes back 2 weeks in a row to co-host! She and Jimmy chat about that little Avengers: Infinity War trailer & the facial hair that lies within. News includes: Ava DuVernay is directing a New Gods film, Dark Horse Comics is publishing 2 Incredibles 2 comics. DC Comics will publish a bi-weekly Justice League comic starting in June and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 835 – Jonesing for Jessica!

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Reviews: Ballad Of Sang #1, Dodge City #1, Gideon Falls #1, Oblivion Song #1, Prism Stalker #1, Jessica Jones s2

Emmy Potter returns after a long absence to nerd out with Jimmy! They chat about that rumor that Fox wants Buffy the Vampire Slayer back and Jimmy talks about seeing Penelope Bagiue last week talk about her new book Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. News includes: DC unveils new Black Label imprint, Netflix strikes a deal with Rob Liefeld for his Extreme Universe, Jeff Goldblum will voice his character in the upcoming Jurassic Park video game and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 266: Reviews of Red Winter, Motherlands #1, and The Archies # 4

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:30 – Introduction
  • 00:003:11 – We get significant listener responses!
  • 00:07:41 – Red Winter
  • 00:32:46 – Motherlands #1
  • 00:50:03 – The Archies #4
  • 01:14:34 – Wrap up
  • 01:15:39 – Contact us

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Here We Come, Walking Down the Street…

This week Gene and Derek discuss, yet again, three diverse titles. They begin with Anneli Furmark’s Red Winter (Drawn and Quarterly). It’s the the first in a trilogy of graphic novels, although this is Furmark’s first work translated into English. The narrative is set in the late 1970s and centers on two lovers struggling with complicating relationships, both marital and political. Each chapter focuses on a particular character involved in the drama, and Furmark’s presentation is both contemplative and tonally provocative. The guys eagerly await further Furmark translations coming from Drawn and Quarterly.

Next, the Two Guys check out the first issue of a new Vertigo Comics miniseries, Motherlands, written by Si Spurrier and with art by Rachel Stott. This is a sci-fi, futuristic story of a middle-age multi-dimensional bounty hunter, Tabitha Tubach, trying to earn a living, while at the same time struggling with her past and a mother who marked it (and not for the better). And as if familial matters couldn’t get more any more trying, the end of this inaugural issue brings additional complications with the emergence of Tabitha’s sibling, Bubbsa.

Gene and Derek wrap up this week’s show with Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg, and Joe Eisma’s The Archies #4. It’s unusual that the guys review an issue of a series beyond the first one or two issues, but this is a special case. The focus of The Archies #4 is a musical group near and dear to both Derek and Gene, The Monkees. That’s right, Davy, Mickey, Peter, and Mike meet The Archies…which is not as unusual as you might think. After all, both groups have been perceived as “fictions,” both have been categorized as bubblegum pop, both inadvertently find themselves in weird dilemmas, and both have a history with Don Kirshner. Hey hey…

Comic News Insider Episode 827 – Mad For Mutants!

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Reviews: X-Men Gold Annual #1, The Gifted S1 finale, Runaways S1 finale

Jon Hoche is back as co-host and gives a few of his favorite picks from last year. They chat about a couple of comic fests that happened over the weekend as well. News includes: John Ridley will write The Other History of the DC Universe, a Detective Pikachu game is coming, the Dick Tracy comic reboot is cancelled over a licensing snafu and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 825 – The Best of 2017!

Comic News Insider: Episode 825 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Heidi MacDonald (The Beat) returns to join Jimmy in the annual “Best of 2017” podcast! While there were many amazing comic books, TV shows, films and more…these are the best picks that THEY happen to read/watch. They probably missed some of your favorites but hope you check out what they really enjoyed in 2017. I mean, just check out that picture above. They covered A LOT! They’re definitely more loquacious than laconic so buckle up for a long ride! So many great creators in comics this year and quite a few got multiple kudos throughout the podcast. Thanks to Penelope Bagieu, Emil Ferris, Tillie Walden, Tom King, Greg Pak, Sina Grace and many others for bringing us such amazing work last year. Looking forward to all of your future projects! Drop us a line and let us know what some of your favorites were so we can check them out. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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