Deconstructing Comics #578: Helioscope: Steve Lieber, Maria Frantz, and Ben Dewey

Steve Lieber, Maria Frantz, and Ben Dewey

Three more talks with the folks at Helioscope Studio in Portland in this episode!

Steve Lieber, an artist in his own right and also manager of the studio, gives us a brief history of the studio (including its self-naming woes) and tips on how to start your own studio.

Intern/mentee Maria Frantz, a university student and web cartoonist who grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes, explains her internship and the aims of her comics work, and how her generation approaches comics.

Finally, Ben Dewey (Autumnlands, Beasts of Burden) talks about his process of doing art (involving digital pencils and analog watercolors), why you shouldn’t get too fussy over your comics, managing your comics creating time, and what was good about Rob Liefeld’s work.

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Backroom Comics Podcast #180

The Backroom team share some first things first, discuss Marvel NOW! and DC #0, and take a look at animal characters in comics.

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Alternate Reality – Episode 345

Alternate Reality – Episode #345

Jon and Charlie fly solo this week as Chris Partin takes an extended leave of absence.  That doesn’t deter Jon and Charlie in the back to basics episode.  Jon loves Beasts of Burden from Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson and he fills us in on the gruesome details.  Charlie likes Harvest #1, a new offering he was excited about.  These and other comics get heavy scrutinization on the Alternate Reality podcast!!!


00:00:00 – Cold Open

Comic Reviews

00:03:17 – Beasts of Burden One-Shot
00:10:49 – Harvest #1
00:13:13 – Ame-Comi Girls: Power Girl #2
00:21:10 – Earth 2 #4
00:24:31 – Avengers vs. X-Men #9
00:30:53 – Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1
00:34:58 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 1 TP
00:46:35 – Action Comics #12

00:56:00 – Close Out


Intro/Exit Music: Kelly Loveless

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0:00:00 – Spoiler warning

0:10:15 – HAWKEYE #1

The Stacks:
0:18:30 – THIEF OF THIEVES #7
0:19:58 – MIND MGMT #3
0:21:10 – DAREDEVIL #16
0:22:27 – EARTH 2 #4
0:23:59 – SWEET TOOTH #36
0:25:51 – X-MEN #33
0:27:27 – FURY MAX #5
0:28:32 – X-FACTOR #241
0:29:42 – SHADOW #4
0:30:15 – Top of The Stacks
0:31:02 – Pull Quote

0:33:03 – Longbox: MURDER ME DEAD #1

Comic News Insider Episode 338 – More Heroes Con w/ Darwyn Cooke, Becky Cloonan and Scott Weinstein

Comic News Insider: Episode 338 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews:  Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1, Fly #1, Mystery Men #1, Samurai’s Blood #1 Even more Heroes Con love with interviews from Darwyn Cooke, Becky Cloonan and Scott Weinstein. Jimmy is joined by good friend Iz McAuliffe, a fine podcaster in her own right. It’s a SUPERSIZED episode of GIGANTIC proportions (just over 2 hours) but really fun! They wax on about Doctor Who and stray off topic frequently. All comedy gold! News includes: DC releases all 52 titles for relaunch, Beasts of Burden heads to the big screen, Kevin Smith’s new reality show, Mark Millar on his own, and Uncanny X-Men cancelled. Some great listener feedback from a loyal listener. As always, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Backroom Comics Podcast Episode 92 – The Next Big Thing

The Backroom Comics team discuss why they aren’t reading certain comics, look through the November previews catalog, and tackle some #1’s.

Questions? Comments? Stop by the Backroom Comics Podcast website.

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Burnt Weiners Episode 049 Hellboy & Beasts of Burden

Hellboy comes stomping and swinging into Burden Hill and meets the Beasts of Burden, and Burnt Weiners is on the scene reporting! Will Bo show too much cleavage to get the top anchor position? You will only know if you listen!

The Weiners are joined by Brad, long time friend of Weed and former comic book junkie, who has given up the habit but is sucked back into thei dark and seedy world out of boredom.

Brad tells us about an upcoming indie movie called ‘Sad Cafe’ that he graces, waiting for the call from Harvey Weinstein. Steege cracks open Rifts: Planes of Talara (Wildstorm) which is based on an upcoming MMORP.

Bo checks out the last issue of Widow Warriors (Dynamite), Green Arrow (DC) and once again is floored by The Tick (New England). John jumps back into an old love of his Action Comics (DC), checks out the new creative team on Teen Titans (DC) and then dishes about the love story in Henry and Glenn (Cantankerous)!

Weed decides to have mic problems (which is why he doesn’t appear for awhile during the episode) and lets us know what he really thinks about X-Men Vs. Vampires (Marvel), Hack Slash (Image) and Angel (IDW).

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The Fourth Wall Comics Podcast Episode 104

In which Jesse and Freddie celebrate a return to form from Ed Brubaker

and Art wonders why we’re not discussing The Walking Dead.

The FOURTH WALL FIVE for this week are:

  • [01:41] Secret Avengers #5
  • [08:12] Thor #615
  • [17:15] The Flash #5
  • [25:30] Treehouse of Horror #16
  • [31:24] Nemesis #3 (OF 4)

Backroom Comics Podcast Episode 82 – Worth The Price

The Backroom Comics crew discusses the new Darkwing Duck comic series, consider the cost of hardcover books, and reflect on Y: The Last Man.

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Backroom Comics Podcast Episode 79 – With A Twist Of Lime

The Backroom Comics crew interviews Jessica Levey from the web comic Raincloud With A Bar Tab, discuss the complicated history of the X-Men, and review the Harvey Award nominees.

As a bonus, Chris gives a brief update of the latest comics movie news.

Questions? Comments? Please visit the Backroom Comics Podcast website.

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Burnt Weiners Episode 033 Unknown Soldier #21

The Weiners take a look at a series that will unfortunately be ending in a few months, the critically acclaimed Unknown Soldier from Vertigo comics. This issue in particular blows them away . . . no pun intended as it focuses on the firearm AK-47.

Steege gets excited for the new Bloodbowl expansion for PC, and tells us about another excellent podcast focusing on the Bloodbowl board game and videogame, Three Die Block! Check out their podcasts here:

Steege raves a bit more about the movie Red Cliff, before John shoves him out of the way to talk about Beasts of Burden (Dark Horse). Weed checks out Joker’s Asylum II: Clayface, Angel(IDW) and Red Sonja(Dynamite), which brings up a little discussion about Robert E Howard. Bo again tries to get us a deal with Avatar Press as he raves about Chronicles of Wormwood and Captain Swing.

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Heroes Con 2010 Panel: Jill Thompson and Evan Dorkin

Still standing (or sitting) after countless panels, Tom Spurgeon will certainly have his hands full this hour as he moderates a lively discussion between the Scary Godmother herself, Jill Thompson,and Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese) the man who turned a pair of innocent dairy products against humanity.  Jill and Evan will discuss their collaboration process and what it takes to complete each issue of the fantastic new series Beasts of Burden.

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Backroom Comics Podcast – Emerald City ComiCon 2010 Part 3

Part three of our Emerald City ComiCon series: Kevin interviews Tim Sale from Challengers of the Unknown and Greg interviews Jill Thompson from Beasts of Burden. If you would like to share your thoughts, please stop by our site.

This episode is also available on iTunes.

Additionally, we have tons of web-exclusive ECCC content available on our site.

The Pull List podcast #101: Phil Hester interview / SUGARSHOCK / INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #19

(1:05:56) This week the guys get a chance to talk to comic creator Phil Hestor (THE DARKNESS, THE ANCHOR, VAMPIRELLA, FIREBREATHER) and on the review side of things, Craig enjoys the saccharine music of SUGARSHOCK, while Sean wipes his mind to INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #19. All this and much, much more!

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0:00:00 – Show ID

0:00:14 – Music: “Ring Capacity” by Kirby Krackle

0:01:08 – Introductions

0:03:45 – SUGARSHOCK: The best band you’ve never heard of goes into space for an intergalactic battle of the bands; just don’t call Dandelion a viking!

0:10:48 – INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #19: The moment Norman Osborn has waited for is finally here, Tony Stark is in his grasp and nothing can take that victory away from him, right? Right?!

0:19:39 – The Stacks:

0:19:53 – BEASTS OF BURDEN #2

0:21:20 – SPACE ACE #1

0:23:45 – BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28

0:24:51 – FCA: DANCE #6

0:26:00 – CITIZEN REX #4

0:26:44 – POWER GIRL #6


0:29:03 – EX MACHINA #46

0:30:40 – HELLBLAZER #260

0:31:28 – DARK WOLVERINE #79

0:32:48 – UNDERGROUND #2

0:33:40 – X-MEN: LEGACY #228

0:34:50 – TINY TITANS #21

0:35:37 – INVINCIBLE #67

0:36:46 – Top of The Stacks: Sean – INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #19; Craig – BEASTS OF BURDEN #2

0:37:51 – Interview with Phil Hester

1:02:48 – Wrap-up

1:04:38 – Music: “Ring Capacity” by Kirby Krackle

1:05:56 – End

Comic Timing – Episode 96

We’re back! Did you miss us? We are back with another REVIEW CORNER! This time featuring 8 books! 8! We cover, not in this order:









So Sit back, grab a beverage, and maybe a snack, and enjoy!

Comic Timing is sponsored by Heroes Corner. Make sure to check out their deals on all the hottest comic books from the September Previews, and make sure to use the promo code CTROCKS on your first order with Heroes Corner to save an additional 5% off. For first time users of the site only. This month’s Review Corner books are as follows:


JSA ALL-STARS #1 – 75% off retail


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