Comic News Insider Episode 858 – Heroes Con Interview Special w/ Tini Howard/Kevin Mellon/Andy Runton!

Comic News Insider: Episode 858 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy got some great interviews while at Heroes Con! Tini Howard (Assassinistas, Rick and Morty, Hack/Slash) talks about her work, new found love of wrestling and what she would do if she could write a Venture Bros. comic. Kevin Mellon (Suicide Sisters, Archer) talks about his recent horror/suspense one-shot comics and what it’s like being the storyboard director/artist on the hit animated series Archer. Andy Runto (Owly) chats about his massive all ages hit comic Owly and how it has endured, what you can learn from it and what’s next. He and Jimmy also find out they lived in the same city for years back in the day! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 856 – Hankering For Heroes Con!

Comic News Insider: Episode 856 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Dazzler X Song #1, Immortal Hulk #1, Justice League #1, Cloak and Dagger s1 premiere, Humans s3 premiere

Emily Edwards returns to co-host once again and even tries to take over as the main host! Does she succeed in ousting Jimmy? Listen in to find out! Jimmy chats about his upcoming trip to Heroes Con this weekend. He’ll be moderating 3 panels (info below) and has tons of interviews lined up. He also talks about that Fear the Walking Dead mid-season finale. Damn! They are stepping their game up! News includes: Geoff Johns steps down from executive role at DC to get back to creating w/ formation of Mad Ghost Productions, MTV is developing a live-action Aeon Flux TV series, DC Comics relaunches/rebrands Vertigo and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Here are the 3 panels that Jimmy will be moderating at Heroes Con this weekend. Swing on by!

FRIDAY
5:30 pm
Room 203A
INSPIRATIONS
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) moderates a motivational panel on what inspires cartoonists. Come see and hear MONICA GALLAGHER (Assassin Roommate, Ghost Friends Forever), TINI HOWARD (Assassinistas, Rick and Morty, Hack/Slash), MEGAN LEVENS (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10, Star Trek: Boldly Go), and KATIE SKELLY (My Pretty Vampire, Nurse Nurse) talk about what inspires them to create. Thoughts on art, music, literature, TV/film, pop culture and more and how it helps them along in their creative endeavors. Come discover some new things to inspire you and maybe even share your own!
Saturday
11:30 AM
Room 208B
1:1 With Jim Steranko!
Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits down with the legendary JIM STERANKO for a fun and frank 1:1. They will discuss Steranko’s groundbreaking comics, working with other legends, film work, magic, influences, fandom and more! Come hear about the fascinating life of one of the most enigmatic people in comics! This will be a scintillating session, indeed!
Sunday
12:00pm
Room 209
BEHIND THE COVER:  A LOOK AT THE CREATIVE PROCESS WITH EISNER WINNER COVER ARTIST FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA. 
Join Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) and Eisner winning artist Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle, Afterlife With Archie) for a fun hour of illustration and chat! Francavilla will design a cover based on YOUR suggestions! Have you ever wondered how many of your favorite cover artists come up with their designs? Francavilla will break down that process for you during this entertaining panel!

Comics Alternative, Episode 261: Reviews of Generation Gone, Vol. 1, Assassinistas #1, and Love and Rockets IV #4

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Hackers, Assassins, and Locas

This week Gwen and Derek take a look at three recent and exciting titles. They begin with the first trade collection of Aleš Kot and André Lima Araújo’s Generation Gone (Image Comics). This initial volume establishes the premise of the intriguing series. The story focuses on three hackers who attempt to get into government systems, are discovered, and “infected” with genetic codes that give them supernatural powers. Gwen points out that, in some ways, this narrative is reminiscent of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, although as Derek mentions, Kot and Araújo’s world isn’t anything post-apocalyptic. This first volume introduces what promises to be an engaging series and whets readers’ appetites for what may follow.

Next, the Two People with PhDs Talking about Comics turn to the first of two Hernandez-infused comics covered this week. The first is Gilbert Hernandez and Tini Howard’s Assassinistas #1, part of IDW Publications’ and Shelly Bond’s Black Crown imprint. The debut issue introduces us to three former assassins, two of which — at least as far as we know — have left that life and are attempting to “go legitimate” and live a normal life. However, drama erupts when one of the team, Charlotte “Scarlet” La Costa, has her son kidnapped, bringing another team member, Octavia “Red October” Price, back into a life she thought she had left behind her. And what of the third member of this one-time trio, Rosalyn “Blood” Diamond?  Both of the cohosts enjoyed this title, although the paratextual material in the back of this issue, commentary from editor Shelly Bond, is a bit conspicuous and doesn’t add much.

Finally, Derek and Gwen wrap up by discussing the latest issue of Love and Rockets IV (Fantagraphics). This fourth issue picks up with the various storylines that both Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez have established going back to the previous Love and Rockets annuals. For Jaime, this means continuing the Princess Animus and Isle narratives, as well as giving us glimpses into both Maggie’s and Hopey’s pasts growing up in Hoppers. And then there’s Derek’s favorite part of this issue, a two-page focus on Ray that follows up on the events in The Love Bunglers. Gilbert’s contributions gives us a brief glimpse into Killer’s career choices, but there is also a Pipo storyline where this foundational character tries to come to terms with a relationship she once had in Palomar. In fact, in extended flashbacks, we’re taken back to “classic” Palomar and characters we haven’t seen for quite a while. But as Derek points out, one of the most striking things about this issue is that we see little of Fritz…and no mention at all of any Fritz imitators. A rarity in recent Love and Rockets issues!

Comic News Insider Episode 824 – Sucked Into Jumanji!

Comic News Insider: Episode 824 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Wormwood Gentleman Corpse Christmas Special, 30 Days Of Night Vol 3 #1, Assassinistas #1, X-Men Grand Design #1, Doctor Who Christmas Special, Jumanji

Emily Edwards returns for some nerdy banter! She and Jimmy have an impromptu chat/review about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and hope everyone had a great Christmas/holiday! News includes: Brian Michael Bendis’ last Marvel comic will be Iron Man #600, The Last Jedi‘s kick ass sisters (Rose & Paige) will be getting a comic book prequel and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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