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!

Comic News Insider Episode 837 – Kryptoniting!

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Reviews: Iron Man: Hong Kong Heroes #1, Lucy Dreaming #1, Weapon H #1. Krypton 

Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair after his big stint Off-Broadway! News includes: Frank Miller signs a 5 project deal with DC Comics, a Spice Girls animated film is in development, Kurt Busiek’s Astro City is coming to TV 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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Comic News Insider Episode 826 – It’s Time For Ani-CNIacs!

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Reviews: Batman And The Signal #1, Phoenix Resurrection Return Of (Adult) Jean Grey #1-2, Rise Of The Black Panther #1, Rogue & Gambit #1 

Emily Edwards returns to the rotating co-host chair this week! Since she missed last week’s “Best of 2017” podcast, she gives us her 3 picks of the year. Eventually. News includes: new Animaniacs episodes are coming to Hulu, Syfy will adapt George R.R. Martin’s scifi novella Nightflyers, Marvel is bringing back The Exiles 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 805 – NYCC Recap! Ben Templesmith/Alex Segura/Frank Tieri/Dan Parent/Jen Vaughn/Lauren Wilson!

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Jimmy went to New York Comic Con and boy are his arms tired! He covered a bunch of press rooms and got a great amount of 1:1 interviews with some awesome cartoonists/writers/artists. No reviews or news in this episode as we wanted to bring you a bunch of the interviews. Here, you’ll hear Jimmy chat with Ben Templesmith (Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse), Alex Segura (The Archies), Frank Tieri (Jughead: The Hunger), Dan Parent (Your Pal Archie), Jen Vaughn (Deadwater) and Lauren Wilson (The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide). Check out their work. You will not be disappointed. I wouldn’t have talked to them otherwise! Come back later this week for more 1:1s and the Gotham press room. Then next week, even more press rooms from The Tick, Agents of SHIELD, The Walking Dead, The Shannara Chronicles, Carmilla, SuperMansion and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 800 w/ Michael Emerson/Erica Schultz/Jonathan Baylis/Slanty Eyed Mama (Kate Rigg/Lyris Hung)!

Comic News Insider: Episode 800 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Bombshells United #1, Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1, Made Men #1, Star Wars Adventures #1, Blood Drive S1 finale

We didn’t think we’d be able to pull it off at the last minute, but we did it! It’s our big 800th episode live recording. Producer Joe comes down from upstate to help out as usual. Special guests: Michael Emerson, Erica Schultz, Jonathan Baylis and Slanty Eyed Mama (Kate Rigg/Lyris Hung)! And, of course, because it’s an anniversary episode, there is plenty of music! Many thanks to the CNI Chorus consisting of Sarah Goldrainer, Liz Pepe, Kristen French, Nicky Schmidlein and Emmy Potter.  Big ups to Hourglass Tavern for letting us hold the show there for the 4th time. Give them a visit if you’re in NYC. News includes: Drew Goddard will direct X-Force, Colin Trevorrow is not directing Star Wars IX anymore, Harley Quinn’s 25th anniversary will have her drawn onto classic Batman covers, Futurama returns as a radio play, the Doctor Who spin-off Class has officially been cancelled and the Guy Ritchie directed live-action Aladdin casts Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders (ugh).

Michael Emerson teases some of his upcoming work on Arrow, talks about his love of the classics and relays some interesting fan interactions. Erica Schultz tells us about her new work Twelve Devils Dancing and other projects. Jonathan Baylis gives the scoop on the new issue of So Buttons…, his autobio comic anthology. And Slanty Eyed Mama update us on what’s happening with them and give us an epic improv spoken word accompanied by violin performance!

Give it a listen and enjoy! On to 900! PLEASE DON’T STEAL THE AUDIO (or pictures) AND POST IT ELSEWHERE! JUST LINK TO THE COMIC NEWS INSIDER WEBSITE PLEASE! 

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Comic News Insider Episode 757 – More MoCCA w/ Julia Alekseyeva/Matthew Loux!

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Jimmy went to MoCCA Fest over the weekend and got some great interviews! In this episode, you’ll hear from Julia Alekseyeva (Soviet Daughter) and Matthew Loux (The Time Museum). Julia’s graphic novel is a fascinating tale about her great grandmother Lola growing up in the former Soviet Union. She and Jimmy have a great talk about Lola’s life and how it helped to shape Julia into the woman she is today. Matt’s new graphic novel from First Second is a load of time traveling fun! He talks about the various adventurers from different eras in time and why he chose them. Next week, you’ll hear the final MoCCA interview Jimmy conducted with Falynn Koch (Science Comics: Plagues). Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 756 – MoCCA Merrymaking w/ Penelope Bagieu!

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Reviews: Adam Strange Future Quest Special #1, Booster Gold Flinstones Special #1, Green Lantern Space Ghost Special  #1, Suicide Squad Banana Splits Special #1, X-Men Prime #1, Sleepy Hollow season finale, The Walking Dead season finale

Jon Hoche is back to co-host in this very lengthy episode! Jimmy went to MoCCA Fest over the weekend and gives his recap. He got 4 great interviews from the likes of Penelope Bagieu, Falynn Koch, Julia Alekseyeva and Matthew Loux. You’ll hear his great chat with Penelope in this episode! They talked about her recent book from First Second called California Dreamin’, some of her past/upcoming work, how she’s a drummer in a band, her dislike of erasers and more! Such a fantastic interview that you’ll be sure to enjoy. News includes: Gerard Way ensures that more Doom Patrol is coming, a Beetlejuice musical is in the works, Joss Whedon may write/direct/produce a solo Batgirl film, Seth Rogen is set to bring Robert Kirkman’s Invincible to film, a new Invader Zim, Scott Snyder explains Dark Nights: Metal and more! Come back later this week to hear a MoCCA Fest interview special with Julia and Matthew. And then hear the interview with Falynn in next week’s regular format show! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 735 – Rob Kutner at The Plaza!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 735 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Champions #1, 2, Midnighter and Apollo #1, 2, Moonshine #1, Reborn #1, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Class, The Walking Dead S7 premiere, Stan Against Evil, Doctor Strange

Due to some sort of national duty of ours, no one is available to co-host so Jimmy flies solo.  But fret not, he recruits friends to send some audio reviews and read the news. Many thanks to Heidi, Marta, Emily, Rachel, Melissa and Dave for participating! He also had a chance to sit down with Rob Kutner at The Plaza Hotel to talk about his comic book Shrinkage, his podcast Runaway Brains and his work as a writer on The Daily Show and Conan. News includes: Marvel announced a Star Wars: Doctor Aphra comic series, DC announced a Captain Atom series and an Amazons series, IDW announced a Biff to the Future comic series, Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming next fall, Donald Glover has been cast as a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming solo Han Solo film, Season 2 of Jessica Jones will have all female  directors, Cyborg Superman is coming to Supergirl, Young Justice season 3 is coming, a Time Bandits TV series is in the works, Michael Keaton is playing The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming 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 700 w/ Michael Emerson/Carrie Preston/Fred Van Lente/Kate Rigg/Lyris Hung/Miss Lasko-Gross/Vera Greentea/Rafael Kayanan!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 700 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Bounty #1, The Flintstones #1, Kim & Kim #1, Throwaways #1

It was some last minute negotiating/planning, but Jimmy and Producer Joe were able to pull off an 11th hour anniversary episode! We gathered at the wee early hour of 12pm on Sunday at Adella wine bar (410 w. 43rd St) here in NYC. Thanks to Adella for hosting! Swing on by if you’re ever in NYC. Big thanks to special guests Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston, Fred Van Lente, Kate Rigg and Lyris Hung. And big ups to last minute drive-by guests that Jimmy called up: Miss Lasko-Gross, Vera Greentea and Rafael Kayanan. Of course, since it’s an anniversary episode, there was plenty of singing. Couldn’t have done it without the awesome CNI Chorus consisting of Rachel Felstein, Kristen French, James Rodriguez, Tony Wolf, Emmy Potter, and Amy Wolk. Thanks to all whom attended as well! We brought  back the “10 words or less” reviews and even covered some news in between. News included: a new Iron Man is coming and she’s a young black female named Riri Williams, John Cho says we’ll learn his character Sulu is gay in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Luke Cage mini-series is finally coming to Marvel, Mondo is releasing an Over the Garden Wall vinyl album, and DC is bringing you a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe/Thundercats mini-series in October.

Michael Emerson talks about the Person of Interest finale and interesting fan encounters, Carrie Preston talks about her time on The Good Wife and True Blood and has great advice for young actors, Kate Rigg and Lyris Hung do an awesome nerdy spoken word improv, Fred Van Lente talks about some of his current/upcoming work like Weird Detective and Generation Zero, Miss Lask0-Gross discusses The Sweetness, Vera Greentea talks about her recent 9th successful Kickstarter for a new comic she’s writing (more Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits) and Rafael Kayanan talks about his upcoming TV work.

Give it a listen and enjoy! On to 800! PLEASE DON’T STEAL THE AUDIO AND POST IT ELSEWHERE! JUST LINK TO THE COMIC NEWS INSIDER WEBSITE PLEASE! 

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Comic News Insider Episode 699 – Racing to 700!

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Reviews:  Cryptocracy #1, Jade Street Protection Services #1, Super Human Resources #1, Zoe Dare vs Disasteroid #1

We are one episode away til the big 700th anniversary recording this Sunday! Jimmy is joined in studio by Rachel Felstein and Kristen French in the rotating co-host chair(s). They are also going to be part of the CNI Chorus this weekend as they have in the past. Oh yes, as usual, there will be songs! In this episode, we talk about more 700 happenings/guests/etc. News includes: the sad passing of TV’s Lois Lane, Noel Neill, Samuel L. Jackson says his Star Wars character, Mace Windu, is still alive, Tom Felton is joining the cast of The Flash as a series regular, Marvel is unveiling a 13′ bronze Captain America statue at SDCC, Pixar says it will only have original movies starting in 2019 and lay off sequels for awhile, and the OED has added “Scooby snack” as a word. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 687 – Remembering Darwyn Cooke

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Reviews: Back to the Future Citizen Brown #1, Penny Dreadful #1, Satellite Falling #1

Melissa Dowell joins Jimmy in studio for this solemn remembrance of the legendary Darwyn Cooke. They chat about his legacy and some of their favorite works. Jimmy was lucky enough to have known Darwyn over the years (see previous post on CNI website) having interviewed him a few times and hung out at various comic shows. The comic world lost a great one but his work will live on and you must check it out if you haven’t. Producer Joe also helped put together a compilation of the 3 interviews that CNI did with Darwyn over the years and will release it later this week. Still great talks and Darwyn gives great insight into his work. News includes: DC Comics gets a new logo (again), Agent Carter and The Muppets are officially cancelled, Supergirl moves to The CW for season 2, Disney Tsum Tsum plush toys are coming to Marvel comics, an X-Force film is being developed, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will get a spin-off movie, San Diego Comic Con may be creating a special Comic Con awards show, New York Comic Con will require fan verification for all attendees 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 667 – Foley Artist Edition!

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Reviews: A-Force Vol 2 #1, Last Contract #1, Lone Wolf 2100 Vol 2 #1, Obi-Wan and Anakin #1, The Shannara Chronicles

Jimmy is joined in studio by regular co-host Jon Hoche and newcomer/future foley artist Megan Bussiere! They chat some more Best of 2015 that they forgot about, Jimmy’s going to guest on another podcast and they focus on The Force before heading off to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the 3rd time (2nd for Megan)! News includes: Gene Yang named national ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Netflix will launch new Dreamworks Animation shows including Voltron, The Venture Bros. season 6 premieres January 31st, KaBoom! Studios is making Over the Garden Wall an ongoing series and the final hour long episode of Gravity Falls will air February 15. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 637 – Straight Outta CNI!

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Reviews: Americatown #1, Beauty #1, Boy-1 #1 

Jimmy is joined in the remote upper eastside studio by good pal Jon Hoche! They catch up on things over the past month, reminisce on their time on Disneyland last month, and marvel over the time Eazy-E showed up at one of Rob Liefeld’s signings back in the 90’s. News includes: a Star Wars land will be built simultaneously in Disney Land and Disney World, Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon are teaming up to work on a young Han Solo stand-alone feature, The Walking Dead season 6 will premiere during New York Super Week at NYCC, a DC Comics based workplace comedy called Powerless is coming to NBC, trading cards featuring top comic creators will benefit Seth Kushner’s family 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 631 – SDCC: Steven Universe/Adventure Time w/ Rebecca Sugar/Zach Callison/Ian Jones Quartey/John DiMaggio/Tom Kenny/Adam Muto/Olivia Olson/Jeremy Shada!

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Jimmy joined the roundtables for the hit Cartoon Network shows STEVEN UNIVERSE and ADVENTURE TIME. For SU, you’ll hear from creator Rebecca Sugar, Zach Callison and supervising directorIan Jones Quartey. And for AT, the hilarity ensues with John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, producer Adam Muto, Olivia Olson and Jeremy Shada. Rebecca Sugar talks about her dream of having SU as a live stage musical. And Tom Kenny and John DiMaggio just spout off the funny both in and out of character.LeaveyouriTunescomments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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