Comic News Insider Episode 773 – Book Expo America Adventures!

Comic News Insider: Episode 773 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Blood Bowl: More Guts More Glory #1, Cable Vol 4 #1, Judge Dredd Funko Universe One-Shot, Class S1 finale, Fear the Walking Dead S3 premiere, Wonder Woman

Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair. Jimmy went to Book Expo America and tells all about it! He made some great new contacts, saw some amazing books and hung with old pals. BEA is always an awesome show! News includes: the creative team for the new Runaways comic is announced, SpongeBob SquarePants the musical is coming to Broadway, Tala Ashe is joining Legends of Tomorrow as a series regular, Cowboy Bebop is going to be a live action series 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 759 – American Gods w/ Kristin Chenoweth!

Comic News Insider: Episode 759 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Black Panther and The Crew #1, Godshaper #1, Rose #1, Weapon X Vol 3 #1, X-Men Blue #1, Class series premiere, Doctor Who S10 premiere

Jon Hoche and Emily Edwards join Jimmy is this super fun episode! They chat about the Doctor Who casting rumors and the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. Jimmy attended the amazing American Gods press junket hosted by Starz and got some great roundtable interviews! Here, you’ll hear the awesomely talented and funny Kristin Chenoweth. Later this week and next, you’ll be able to hear the rest. The show is absolutely astounding and you all should check it out when it debuts on April 30th! News includes: Warner Bros. is making an R-rated animated Watchmen film, Jude Law will be a young Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts series of films, Shea Fontana will take over writing Wonder Woman, Dan Parent is bringing his updated classic Archie style to a new comic series, Captain Phasma gets her own comic 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 737 – Talkin’ Turkey w/ Rebecca Soler!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 737 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Comic Book History of Comics #1, Ether #1, Slam #1, Yakuza Demon Killers, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Finally! Jimmy is joined in studio with a co-host! Returning to the rotating co-host chair is the always awesome Emily Edwards, beatboxer extraordinaire! You’ll also hear a great interview that Jimmy did with super talented voice over actress/all around amazing lady Rebecca Soler. She talks about her voice over work in audio books, animation, video games and more. News includes: March Book 3 wins a National Book Award, Archaia is publishing a Dark Crystal sequel comic, an animated feature based on Jeff Smith’s Bone comic is coming, the Archie Comics live action adaptation Riverdale will debut on January 26th, Emilia Clarke has been cast in the upcoming Han Solo film, Angela Bassett has been cast in the Black Panther film, the Justice League Action animated series will debut on December 16th and more! Everyone go be thankful and love and have a Happy Turkey Time! 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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Comic News Insider: Episode 699 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

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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Comics Alternative, Episode 192: Reviews of Limbo, Weird Detective #1, and Control #1

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The Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics are back to give you another ear-full of good quality comics talk, and this week the focus is on noir weirdness. They begin with the collected trade edition of Limbo (Image Comics). Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard’s six-issue limited series ran from November 2015 to April of this year, but last week the TPB was released. It’s the story of Clay, a cynical and world-worn detective who finds himself stuck in a strange world whose origins are a mystery. Andy W. and Derek liken this book to a voodoo-infused version of Videodrome, and the guys are particularly struck by by Wijngaard’s neon palette and his occasional metafictional page layouts.

And while Limbo injects more than enough weirdness into its noir, it’s easily rivaled by the Lovecraftian flair of Fred Van Lent and Guiu Vilanova’s Weird Detective #1 (Dark Horse Comics). The first issue in this miniseries introduces us to Detective Sebastian Greene, a heretofore mundane investigator whose recent display of uncanny abilities at detecting confound his partner, Sana Fayez, and their superiors. The strangeness is compounded by a string of unusual crimes that are sure to appeal to fans of the Great Old Ones.

Finally, Derek and Andy wrap up with a more conventional noir narrative, Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank, and Andrea Mutti’s Control #1 (Dynamite Entertainment). While this one doesn’t have the genre-bending, otherworldly twists of this week’s other titles, it nonetheless concerns an unfathomable dark region. Not electric voodoo or Cthulhu, but Washington, D.C. politics. At least that’s what the guys gather from this first installment in this six-issue series. As Andy and Derek point out, Diggle is an old hat at this kind of storytelling, and this helps explain why Control is perhaps the most tightly woven narrative they look at this week. And from the information found on the copyright page, this looks like a series with a promise of multiple volumes, something akin to Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s Criminal. At least the Two Guys hope.

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Comic News Insider Episode 651 – NYCC: Archie Comics Special w/ Chip Zdarsky/Erica Henderson/Frank Tieri/Alex Segura!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 651 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Astonishing Ant-Man #1, Back To The Future Vol 2 #1, Cognetic #1, Shield Vol 3 #1, Titans Hunt #1, Uncanny Inhumans #1

After a long absence, the podcast wife Erica Schultz returns to co-host! They chat about Halloween, the Jessica Jones trailer, and the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies trailer. Even more New York Comic Con interviews in this Archie Comics special. Jimmy interviewed the new Jughead creative team of Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson, Hangman writer Frank Tieri and Archie SVP/Dark Circle Line Editor Alex Segura. News includes Becky Cloonan and Steve Dillon to take on The Punisher,  the first Preacher trailer will air this Sunday during The Walking Dead, Bryan Fuller is bringing back Amazing Stories to NBC, Edgar Wright and Johnny Depp are teaming up to bring Neil Gaiman’s children’s book Fortunately, the Milk to the big screen, David Tennant will be returning as the Tenth Doctor, and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, in a series of three audio dramas, and Russian sculptor turns Lenin statue into Darth Vader. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 581 – Resurrecting Fred Van Lente

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Comic News Insider: Episode 581 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Bigger Bang #1, Django/Zorro #1, The Kitchen #1

Jon Hoche returns to join Jimmy in studio to fill the rotating co-host chair. Jimmy shares his cameo appearance in his pal Grace Helbig’s recent video and they wish a big happy 86th anniversary to Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Special guest Fred Van Lente also joins the guys to chat about his extensive writing career in comics. We cover much including his early work to his massive Marvel comics up to his current new Dark Horse series Resurrectionists.  Fred also has great tips on writing for all of you budding writers out there. And we bring back the old CNI questionnaire to find out some of Fred’s favorite superhero onomatopoeia and catch phrases. It’s a lengthy episode but chock full of FVL goodness! Apologies for rushing at the end though. Jon and Jimmy had to bust out to go see an advanced screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service (Thanks Mark Millar!). Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Valiant Effort 022: Sect Civil War

Will the Sect Civil War lead to internal conflict between Nick and Josh? Why can’t Archer just get along with Armstrong? How do the emoticons change of the Black Bloc’s faces? Has Nick ever been drunk before? Why do I keep asking questions? … Well, how come you don’t know? Are you ready to listen to our take on the fourth Archer & Armstrong trade? …Well then how come you haven’t pressed play yet?

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Comic News Insider Episode 579 – CNI Theater Presents – King Ra: Light’s Out!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 579 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Deathlok Vol 5 #1, Pirouette #1, The Rage Vol 1: Zombie Generation, Rasputin #1, Over the Garden Wall

Old pal and newly dubbed podcast brother Jon Hoche joins Jimmy in studio along with the podcast mistress Emily Edwards. They applaud Marvel for finally adding Jack Kirby’s name to the credits in their comics and chat about Emily’s lackluster sandwich. News includes: DC Comics announces next big event with Convergence, Netflix orders live action Richie Rich series and Marvel to crossover with Attack on Titan. And, in a very special segment, we bring you some awesome radio play action with KING RA: LIGHT’S OUT! Written by Bryce Weinert and directed by Emily Edwards. Voiced by Jimmy Aquino, Rebecca Comtois, Lex Friedman and Jon Hoche. It’s a fun superhero romp with a twist. You’ll laugh, cry and wet yourself! Special thanks to composer George Shaw for letting us use his awesome music! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 87: A Publisher Spotlight on Dynamite’s Gold Key Titles

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The Two Guys with PhDs (talking about comics) are back with another Publisher Spotlight episode. This time they are focusing on Dynamite Entertainment, specifically the new Gold Key comics that they have been reviving: DynamiteTurok: Dinosaur Hunter, by Greg Pak and Mirko Colak; Magnus: Robot Fighter, by Fred Van Lente and Cory Smith; Solar: Man of the Atom, by Frank J. Barbiere and Joe Bennett; and Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult, by Mark Waid and Neil Edwards. They discuss the new series in the order in which they’ve been introduced, and the guys even comment on Dynamite’s strategy of staggering releases and not just publishing everything at once, much like Valiant did with their new revived titles a couple of years ago. Andy is more familiar with the original Gold Key comics, at least most of them, than Derek, so when they can they point out the similarities and differences between the recent comics and their earlier manifestations from Gold Key, Valiant, Acclaim, and Dark Horse.  The guys definitely have their preferences — e.g., they love Van Lente’s humor in Magnus, they appreciate both Van Lente and Waid’s send up of reality television, they’re curious where Barbiere is going with Solar’s daughter, and while they’re not big fantasy/Conan fans, they do like what Pak and Colak have done with Turok — and much of this comes out in their discussion. Overall, they really like what Dynamite is doing with their recent revival and look forward to seeing how it unfolds…and how things may all come together (as we are teased in the first issue of Doctor Spektor).

Plus, the guys share listener mail that they’ve recently received. Keep ’em coming!

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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #177: Flash TV, Cap 3 vs. Batman vs. Superman and Comic Reviews!

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On this podcast we talk about The Flash’s new costume. Tight enough for you? Then some Captain America 3 news, and reviews for Captain Marvel #1, Magnus: Robot Fighter #1 and Secret Avengers #1. Listen in!

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Comic Book Savant Episode 184: Comics Talk: Top Ten Comics I am Currently Reading

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This week I go through all the Comics that I am currently reading, I decide what are my top ten books being published right now. I will discuss what makes each title that must read for me month in and month out and hopefully make some recommendations for you. Enjoy!

Comics Alternative Interviews: Fred Van Lente

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VanLenteOn this episode of The Comics Alternative Interviews, Andy and Derek speak with writer Fred Van Lente. They begin by asking him about his work on the recent Dark Horse title, Brain Boy — a revamp of the short-lived 1960s character — and how he translated the title for a contemporary audience. VanLenteComicsVan Lente also shares a bit of insight into his upcoming reboot of Magnus: Robot Fighter, part of Dynamite Entertainment’s new Gold Key line, as well as his plans for the new Action Presidents series. The Two Guys also talk with Fred about his run on Archer and Armstrong and the early humorous titles he created with Ryan Dunlavey, the comics that really put him on the map: Action Philosophers and The Comic Book History of Comics. They spend a lot of time focusing on Fred’s special sense of humor, his meticulous research, and his melding of abstract thoughts and tangible — and very entertaining — storytelling. All in all, Derek and Andy had a good time talking with the acclaimed author…and their conversation ended right when Fred needed to take his shepherd’s pie out of the oven. The Two Guys are  nothing if not timely!

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Wayne’s Comics #110 With Fred Van Lente And Cullen Bunn

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It’s another special episode of the Wayne’s Comics podcast, with two more great interviews!

First up is Fred Van Lente, scripter for Valiant’s Archer & Armstrong as well as Dark Horse’s Brain Boy. We talk about the history of Archer & Armstrong, including how it came to be and how unique this book and its characters are compared to other comics available today. If you aren’t reading it, this is the week to pick up issue #16 so you can get on board with this terrific comic! And Brain Boy is worth your money and attention as well!

I interview Cullen Bunn next, and we chat about The Sixth Gun, a successful book available from Oni Press! Cullen discusses the series and what we can expect in the coming months. He also updates us on how possible moves of this story to television is currently doing! Be sure you buy the 36th issue, out this Wednesday! Oh, and you’ll learn a lot about Hellheim as well during our chat, so don’t miss it!

More terrific interviews coming next week here at MajorSpoilers.com!