Panel Discussions #0018 – Fabian Nicieza & Ron Marz

Shortly before the final New 52 titles came out, we were joined by Fabian Nicieza and Ron Marz to talk their upcoming books for DC. Unfortunately that episode was lost to the sands of time and the whims of Libsyn. Now it’s back!

Music by Jonathan Coulton ( and Jimi Hendrix.
Ron Marz –

Panel Discussions #17 – Jeff Lemire & Kyle Higgins

This week’s episode sees Russ joined by Jeff Lemire, whose Sweet Tooth and Essex County books have made him an indie darling and whose Superboy bought him enough mainstream cred to position him as one of the architects of DC’s New 52 relaunch project. As the writer of the much-anticipated Animal Man #1, out today, and of Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1, due out next week. The pair talk about expectations, being excited about the DC relaunch and what “no events” really means.

In the second half? None other than Kyle Higgins, whose upcoming Deathstroke and Nightwing series will help establish a pair of characters who have more years in the metahuman game under their belts than almost anybody, even in the new DC Universe. Will time and age amount to baggage, or will time as Batman simply help to bolster Nightwing’s confidence in his new/old gig?

Played for laughs is our intro music, Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon’s “Nostalgia For an Age That Never Existed,” which is a reference to the fact that Dan DiDio seems to have suggested that Ted Kord, Wally West and Connor Hawke simply never were in this new timeline. And as a sendoff to the old DC Universe in our first new episode since the release of Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1 last week, R.E.M.’s “It’s The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” plays us out.

Links of Note

Jeff Lemire’s Blog

Kyle Higgins’s website

Kyle Higgins’s The League

Subscribe to DC’s New 52 titles

Buy “Prairie Home Invasion” on Amazon

Buy “Eponymous” on Amazon

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Panel Discussions #0016 – I, Fialkov!

Special thanks go out this week to Joshua Hale Fialkov, who joined me last-minute for an interview after Jonathan and I started talking at-length about Fialkov’s upcoming I, Vampire relaunch for DC. His enthusiasm, energy and humor made him instantly one of my favorite guests, and I’ll be rooting for this title even more now.

As Josh knows, I had some…technical difficulties (regular listeners will know this is not uncommon), and as a result the audio between Jonathan and me is pretty iffy. I personally think it’s listenable if you’re interested in what we’re saying, but listeners who want to skip it can jump forward to the 49:30 point to hear some words from our friends at Cloud City Comics & Toys, followed by the Fialkov interview.

Handy note to my fellow podcasters: Never trust Google Voice to record your conversation.

Our intro music this week is from “Peg O’ My Heart” by The Dropkick Murphys and Bruce Springsteen; our closing song is The Spin Doctors’s “Vampires in the Sun.”

Suck on that, Andrew Bennett.


Links of interest:

Joshua Hale Fialkov’s website and Twitter page

I, Vampire‘s site at DC’s New 52 homepage

Download Peg O’ My Heart or Vampires in the Sun on Amazon

Panel Discussions #15 – The Gold Exchange Finale!

Booster Gold Omnibus cover by Norm Rapmund

Art by Norm Rapmund

The episode so big, it needed no introduction!

Okay, so maybe I just forgot to record one before jumping into the interview with Dan Jurgens. Sue me! I’ve only been at this for four years.

With the final issue of Booster Gold released last week, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund agreed to join me for a call-in show so that listeners and readers could harass them in person. Unfortunately, my longstanding series of technical problems ravaged the actual realtime nature of call-ins and left me instead with only a few callers and no Norm Rapmund!

That said, it’s a fun interview with Dan (and I got some nice stuff from Norm that I deliver myself) and a nice look back at a series that I’ll hold dear for a very long time. Also, in one of those rare treats for an interviewer, I got to surprise Dan here more than he surprised me!

Questions from members of the DC Message Board community, as well as, range from continuity minutae to more personal questions about Dan’s approach to the book and the character’s development.

All that, plus an announcement on the future of The Gold Exchange–not only will there be an ebook of the current volume, but will we see a continuation of the column to follow Justice League International? Listen and learn…!

In this dynamic episode of the Why I Love Comics podcast, I, Eric Ratcliffe, am joined once again by none other than Russell Burlingame! As we discuss what makes a good story and many other things. Also, my phone rings and I have a one sided conversation with New Comic Day artist extraordinaire Chad strohl!

In this episode:


Things discussed:

Mutant X
The Mary Sue
Blue Beetle
Russ’s 4 point discussion of what makes a good story
The city being a character itself (lots of Gotham discussion)
All-Star Superman

Next week, we may have a guest but if not…what fictional city would you live in and why?


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Shattercast 28 – The DC Relaunch

Jake and Gav are joined this podcast by Owen Gieni to talk about the big DC Relaunch and they end up discussing each of the 52 titles (much to Jake’s dismay). They also discuss a recent study of head trauma in Asterix Comics, Bradley Cooper’s potential as The Crow, the terrible-looking trailer for the Green Lantern Animated series and somehow end up discussing South Park for a bit, too.


iFanboy’s Definitive Guide to the DC Relaunch

The Asterix study

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

The Green Lantern series trailer

Owen Gieni’s page and his twitter

Sidekickcast Episode #55 – One Flew Over The Sidekick’s Nest

Sidekickcast Episode #55 - One Flew Over The Sidekick's Nest

Running late but playing catch up Sidekickcast regular hosts Gavin and Dan mix it up with what they’re calling the DC Situation, everyone has an opinion on the relaunch, why wouldn’t these jokers be any different?

This week the Sidekicks catch up on Age of X, Fear Itself and Flashpoint with an event filled Stack Attack, also included in the line up are Infinite Vacation #2, Green Wake #2, Moon Knight #1-2 and Uncanny X-Force #7-10.

The gap btween the Sidekicks is getting ever bigger in the ongoing feud that is Secrets and Lies, can Dan claw something back this week? The show rounds out with a chat down the pub with Peter Rogers, writer of the upcoming Markosia book; The Interactives. Don’t forget to listen past the outro music for the usual brand of out-takes.

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