Wayne’s Comics Podcast #340: SDCC 2018 – 1

Paul Dini, Beach Blanket Bad Guys, Sam Humphries, Image’s Blackbird, Cecil Castellucci, Marly Zarcone, Shade the Changing Girl, John Barber, Transformers, Star Trek, Steve Orlando, The Unexpected, John Timms, Harley Quinn, DC, Image, IDWIt’s Episode 340 of the Wayne’s Comics Podcast, and this week we begin a series of episodes featuring interviews from this year’s San Diego Comic Con, which took place from July 19 through the 22nd! First up, you’ll hear my chat with Paul Dini from DC, followed by my interview with Image Comics’ Blackbird co-creator Sam Humphries. After that is Cecil Castellucci and Marly Zarcone discussing DC’s Shade the Changing Girl, followed by IDW’s John Barber, who talks about the recent news about Marvel and IDW teaming up to reach more younger readers. Next up is legendary creator Steve Orlando discussing DC’s The Unexpected. Things wrap up with Sam Humphries (back again), this time with artist John Timms talking about their upcoming run on DC’s Harley Quinn, among other things! Please note that I did have some slight technical trouble, so you might hear a crackle or two, but not often! As always, special thanks to Charlotte Sandler from BH Impact and the folks at DC Comics’ publicity as well as the people from IDW and Image! Next week, even more SDCC interviews! You’ll find the sequence and times you can hear each interview during the podcast below:

  1. Paul Dini, DC’s Beach Blanket Bad Guys                                              2:00
  2. Sam Humphries, Image’s Blackbird                                                       8:11
  3. Cecil Castellucci & Marly Zarcone, DC’s Shade the Changing Girl      18:22
  4. John Barber, IDW’s Transformers/Star Trek                                         28:44
  5. Steve Orlando, DC’s The Unexpected                                                 38:46
  6. Sam Humphries & John Timms, Harley Quinn                                    44:38

Episode 264: Our Favorite Comics of 2017

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  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:03:14 – Contexts and caveats
  • 00:11:32 – Our favorite comics of 2017
  • 02:09:06 – Wrapping up our favorites, and honorable mentions
  • 02:13:52 – Contact us

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And the Winner Is…

Paul and Derek are back with The Comics Alternative‘s annual “Favorites” episode. This is where the Two Guys share what they consider to be the best comics of the past year. Usually this year-end show is released as the very last regular review episode of each year, but this time around the guys had to postpone the recording due to family issues. But we’re not far from the end of 2017, and Paul and Derek wanted to get the show out in as timely a manner as possible. So here you have it, the Two Guys’ 10 favorite titles of 2017:

Paul’s Top 10 of 2017

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Derek’s Top 10 of 2017

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The Honorable Mentions…These Titles Almost, but Just Didn’t Quite, Make It onto Each Guy’s List

For Paul

For Derek

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #300: DC/NYCC 2017

Marguerite Bennett, Batwoman, Bombshells, Flintstones, Mark Russell, Tim Seeley, Green Lanterns, Gail Simone, Wonder Woman, Conan, Cecil Castellucci, Shade the Changing Girl, James Tynion IV, Detective Comics, Jim Lee, Neal Adams, Ray Fawkes, Ragman, Steve Orlando, Supergirl, John Romita Jr Frank Miller, Superman, Charlotte Sandler, BH Impact

It’s landmark Episode 300 of the Wayne’s Comics Podcast! To celebrate, I’m sharing the great interviews I recorded at this year’s New York Comic Con with many great DC Comics creators, all of which took place from October 4 through the 7th! You’ll hear my chat with Marguerite Bennett from Batwoman and DC’s Bombshells followed by my interview with Flintstones creator Mark Russell. After that is Tim Seeley discussing Green Lanterns, Gail Simone from Wonder Woman/Conan, and Cecil Castellucci, who scripts Shade the Changing Girl, followed by James Tynion IV, who talks about Detective Comics and his new series working with Jim Lee. Next up is legendary creator Neal Adams and a writer new to the show: Ray Fawkes, who is launching a revisited Ragman, and then there’s a brief chat with Steve Orlando about Supergirl. Things wrap up with John Romita, Jr., talking about his upcoming projects with Frank Miller and Superman, among other things! Please note that I did have some slight technical trouble, so you’ll hear a crackle or two, but not often! As always, special thanks to Charlotte Sandler from BH Impact and the folks at DC Comics’ publicity! You’ll find the sequence and times you can hear each interview during the podcast below:

  1. Marguerite Bennett, Batwoman                                             2:25
  2. Mark Russell, Flintstones                                                    10:37
  3. Tim Seeley, Green Lanterns                                               15:48
  4. Gail Simone, Wonder Woman/Conan                                27:00
  5. Cecil Castellucci, Shade the Changing Girl                        37:01
  6. James Tynion IV, Detective Comics                                   45:15
  7. Neal Adams, Deadman                                                      58:40
  8. Ray Fawkes, Ragman                                                     1:09:50
  9. Steve Orlando, Supergirl                                                 1:19:34
  10. John Romita, Jr., Silencer                                               1:21:46

 

Comics Alternative, Episode 222: A Discussion of DC’s Young Animal Line

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Animal House

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics discuss DC’s Young Animal titles. They begin with Gerard Way and Nick Derington’s Doom Patrol, the maiden voyage of the new imprint. There have been three issues released so far, and the guys really like what they’ve seen. Way definitely takes a cue from Grant Morrison’s legendary run on the title, referencing many of Morrison’s original additions to the Silver Age series — most notably Danny the Street and Flex Mentallo — yet at the same time making Doom Patrol uniquely his own.

After that, Andy and Derek discuss the first four issues of Shade the Changing Girl. This is Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone’s revamping of the old Steve Ditko creation (and best popularized in the early 1990s by Peter Milligan and Chris Bachelor), Shade the Changing Man. Their emphasis on the lives of young high school women promises to be a curious spin on the property.

Next, the guys turn to what Andy calls his favorite of the Young Animal line, Jonathan Rivera, Gerard Way, and Michael Avon Oeming’s Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye. As they point out, Cave Carson is a character from the early 1960s appearing in both Brave and the Bold and Showcase, but unlike his contemporary Rip Hunter, he never received a title of his own. Way, Rivera, and Oeming are now giving him that opportunity.

The Two Guys conclude their episode with a very different kind of Young Animal title, Jody Houser and Tommy Lee Edwards’s Mother Panic. This is the only one of the four series not to be based on Silver Age properties, and it’s the only one to be deeply enmeshed into the DC Universe. For that reason, Derek is less enamored with Mother Panic — at least in terms of the first two issues so far — feeling that it takes itself too seriously and wonders why this wasn’t a regular DC title. Andy has no problem with this Gotham-drenched series.

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