Comic News Insider Episode 744 – CNI’s Best of 2016!

Comic News Insider: Episode 744 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Best of 2016! And just like last year, Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2016 favorites in comic books, TV and film. They didn’t read or watch everything released that year, so it’s just the Best of what they did read/watch. Fun discussions on great comics, their creators, TV shows, films, actors and more. What were your favorites last year? Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 666 – Best of 2015!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 666 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Best of 2015! Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2015 favorites in comic books, TV and film. They didn’t read or watch everything released that year, so it’s just the Best of what they did read/watch. Fun discussions on great comics, their creators, TV shows, films, actors and more. What were your favorites last year? Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 589 – CNI Favorites of 2014!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 589 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy is joined in studio by The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald and frequent co-host/pal Jon Hoche! They dive in deep and have a lengthy/lively discussion on their 2014 favorites in comic books, TV, animation, film, video games and more. So much love shown to a lot of the people and things we loved in 2014. Did we leave anything out? You’ll have to tune in for that answer and let us know your picks of the year! We do cover some news as well that includes: Image Expo announces massive slate of titles to be released, Emerald City Comic Con partners with ReedPop, animated Vixen series coming to the CW Seed, and Kate Beaton’s new collection Step Aside, Pops will be released from Drawn & Quarterly this September. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 550 – Fumbling Towards SDCC

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Comic News Insider: Episode 550 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Rocket Raccoon Vol 2 #1, Tech Jacket Vol 2 #1, Knights of Sidonia, Sailor Moon Crystal, The 7D

The podcast wife Erica Schultz returns! Jimmy hopes you loved his massive Heroes Con coverage. If you missed it, just go back and check out the last 5 episodes! They give some mad love to the Hero Initiative and their awesome professional volunteers, wish Heidi MacDonald and The Beat a Happy 10th Anniversary, giggle at the broody Superman picture released, guffaw at the Fox ADHD Captain America song parody and Jimmy expresses glee over Community getting a season 6 on Yahoo. They also end with talking about their tentative San Diego Comic Con plans (hint: SUPER BUSY). News includes Starz developing Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Vertigo announces The Kitchen, Amazon announces top comics of 2014 so far, Sleepy Hollow TV show coming to comics, Green Arrow comic gets new writers, Arrow TV show gets many a new cast member, Barnes and Noble announces Get Pop Cultured, and Marge Simpson goes MAC (cosmetics). Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 536 – TCAF w/ Darwyn Cooke/Nicholas Gurewitch/Kazu Kibuishi/Mike Maihack/Renee Nault

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Comic News Insider: Episode 536 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: No reviews this week as it’s a TCAF recap!

Producer Joe joins Jimmy to discuss their recent jaunt to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in Toronto. They give their recap and thoughts on the terrific show. Such a great time! Thanks to everyone involved for such a well run and fun festival. Great interviews included in this podcast are with Darwyn Cooke (Parker), Nicholas Gurewitch (Perry Bible Fellowship), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space) and Renee Nault (Witchling). News includes: 3 DC titles (iZombie, FlashConstantine) picked up for TV runs, Marvel’s Agent Carter is coming to TV as well with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. getting a second season pick up, More Marvel films from Fox including X-Force, Gambit and Deadpool, Usagi Yojimbo returns with a sci-fi twist, the Finger family is not okay with DC Comics, and the smallest comic might be in your hair. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Tune in later this week for some special podcasts! First up on Friday is a lunch interview with Becky Cloonan (By Chance or Providence, Batman) and Renee Nault (Witchling). Started out as just a recap and turned into a wonderful conversation about self publishing, advice for tabling at a show, and some of their upcoming projects. Then on Sunday, we’ll release the spotlight panel that Jimmy moderated with German cartoonist Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer, Cash: I See A Darkness). He’s a talented, smart and funny man with a great career. Hear them discuss it all! 

Then come back next week for even more TCAF interviews with Jesse Lonergan (All Star), Eric Kim (Nitro Battlers), Box Brown (Andre the Giant), Lianne Sentar/Rebecca Scoble (Sparkler Monthly) and the Sports vs Comics panel that Jimmy moderated. 

Comic News Insider Episode 518 – Favorites of 2013!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 518 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Favorites of 2013 special! We don’t say “Best of” because whom are we to say what’s best? Oh yeah, WE’RE COMIC NEWS INSIDER! Still, call it what you will, it’s our best/favorites/what we liked for 2013 in comics, TV, film and more. Jimmy is joined in studio by The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald, Erika Schultz (M3), Mike Cho and producer Joe Gonzalez. It’s a great, lengthy chat so strap in! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 502: NYCC Recap with Ben Templesmith/Kelly Sue DeConnick/John Layman/Emma Vieceli and more!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 502 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Afterlife with Archie #1

New York Comic Con is over and it’s time for the big CNI recap! Jimmy is joined in studio by Emma Vieceli and they chat about the good and bad, the mood and the sad, and the food and the…uh…glad! Jimmy got SO many interviews over the weekend and you’re going to hear quite a few in this episode from the likes of Ben Templesmith (Tome), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), John Layman (Detective Comics), Vito Delsante (Eternal Kick), David Bass (WildStarMMORPG), Jay Nolte (The Zombie Office), Adam Withers/Comfort Love (Rainbow in the Dark), and Shawn Curran/George Sanders. News includes: DC Comics is bringing back Tiny Titans and Stephanie Brown, Marvel Comics is bringing back Miracle Man and launching a new Silver Surfer series, Priest and Bright are returning to Quantum and Woody, Archie Comics announces Farewell Betty and Veronica series, and Darwyn Cooke will illustrate some prose Parker novels. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 500: The Almost Musical! Michael Emerson/Carrie Preston/Veronica Taylor/Kevin Maguire/ChrisCross/Rafael Kayanan/Simon Fraser/Michelle Mozes/Qui Nguyen/Heidi MacDonald

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Comic News Insider: Episode 500 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: The Other Dead #1, The Powerpuff Girls #1, Rat Queens #1, Sex Criminals #1

It’s the epic 500th episode recording and we do it live with an audience at The Hourglass Tavern (373 w. 46th St.) in New York City! We’ve sang for years and have teased a musical since 2005…and this will be the closest you’ll get. Many a musical number and so many special guests! Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost), Carrie Preston (True Blood, The Good Wife), Veronica Taylor (Pokemon), Kevin Maguire (Justice League), ChrisCross (Bloodshot, Katana), Rafael Kayanan (NCIS: LA, Conan), Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante), Michelle Mozes (Blue Streak), Qui Nguyen (Vampire Cowboys Theatre Co.), and Heidi MacDonald (The Beat). News includes: lightsabers are going to be real, Marvel teases many new titles to be announced at NYCC, DC based TV shows Gotham andConstantine are on the way and Dynamite Entertainment launches toys/games line. The CNI chorus (Patrick Garrigan, Salli Garrigan, Amy Wolk, Kristen French and Erick Pinnick) opens the show with a rocking tune. Jimmy and Kristen sing a duet as Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, a special voice mail from Avengers 2, and Jimmy almost spoils Breaking Bad in song. Many thanks to the rotating co-hosts Erica Schultz (the Podcast Wife), Emily Edwards and Kristin Garay. Of course, none of this would be possible without Producer Joe Gonzalez running everything. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 467 – MoCCA Recap w/ Heidi MacDonald/Rob Davis/Robert Sellers/Matt Miner

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Comic News Insider: Episode 467 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Last of Us: American Dreams #1, Mice Templar Vol 4 Legend #1, Snow Angel One Shot, Thanos Rising #1

Jimmy is joined in studio once again by the EIC of The Beat, Heidi MacDonald! They give their big recaps on MoCCA Festival and were quite pleased with the show. The Society of Illustrators took over this year and did a bang up job! Jimmy gets a few interviews at the show with Rob Davis (The Complete Don Quixote), Robert Sellers (Hellraisers) and Matt Miner (Liberator). They also remember comics legends Carmine Infantino and George Gladir. News includes: Apple bans Saga #12 due to gay sex scene, Carrie Kelley returns as Robin and In the Flesh comes to BBC America.  As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Jimmy moderated a panel about British comics with UK creators from SelfMadeHero (Rob Davis, Glyn Dillon, JAKe, and Robert Sellers). It was recorded but the sound is not great. We are working on putting up a somewhat ear-pleasing version for an episode. If not, we’ll chat a bit about it on next week’s podcast. Stay tuned!

Comic News Insider Episode 453 – Les Spiderables!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 453 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #700, Aquaman #15, Deathmatch #1, Justice League #15, Mara #1

Returning to the studio to co-host is The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald! Always nice to have a real journalist to class up the joint. They chat about Christmas, New Year’s, and send Peter David well wishes.  Jimmy saw Les Miserables and goes on too much about it. He also sings a special  belated birthday song to Stan Lee! And because there can’t be enough music ever, there is also a special song from Doctor Octopus himself following the Amazing Spider-Man #700 review. News includes: Dying Star Trek fan gets wish, NBC passes on Bryan Fuller’s The Munsters reboot, upcoming Disney Infinity game is to be open world, and Animaniacs joins The Hub’s lineup. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 450 – My Damn Channeling with Beth Hoyt and Molly Templeton!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 450 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Avengers Vol 5 #1, Hellboy In Hell #1, Kevin Keller #6, Star Wars Purge: Tyrants Fist #1, Thunderbolts Vol 2 #1

Jimmy heads down to the My Damn Channel studios in midtown to record with Beth Hoyt (Host/Writer) and Molly Templeton (Director of Talent and Audience Development). The opening subject is something you wouldn’t expect…Jimmy’s birthday! Jimmy also gets some mad love from pal Heidi MacDonald’s site The Beat when he is picked as Person of the Day. They give their thoughts on the trailers for Star Trek: Into Darkness and Man of Steel. Plus, Jimmy and Molly are excited to see The Hobbit while he and Beth are excited to see Les Miserables. News includes: Gail Simone off Batgirl, Harlan Ellison and Paul Chadwick team up for DC, Jim Starlin returns to DC with unnamed project, Creator Owned Heroes ends with issue #8 and the new Fantastic Four film gets a release date. Jimmy checks in with Molly and Beth on just exactly what it is they do both at My Damn Channel and in the real world. Let’s just say they are super talented, funny, smart and charming women. SAY IT! And, a special movie trailer for a new Christmas movie starring Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 449 – Rockin’ The Beat with Heidi MacDonald


Comic News Insider: Episode 449 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Arrow #1, FF #1, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #1, RIPD City Of The Damned #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by a real comics journalist in the form of The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald! They chat about Jimmy being drawn by pal John McCrea in a future issue of Mars Atacks!, his upcoming birthday on December 9th and The Beat’s big relaunch bash on Thursday. News includes: Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere coming to BBC Radio 4, Discovery Channel believes in zombies, Bazooka Joe gets canceled and The Dandy ends and begins anew! They also remember and pay homage to comic artists Spain Rodriguez and Josh Medors. Plus, Jimmy gets Heidi’s insight on Karen Berger’s departure from DC/Vertigo and the possibility of Alan Moore getting the Watchmen rights back. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 442 – Even More NYCC with Blair Butler/Seth Kushner/Tera Patrick


Comic News Insider: Episode 442 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Cyberforce Vol 4 #1, Ex Sanguine #1, Ultimate Comics Iron Man #1, Zaucer Of Zilk #1

Jimmy flies solo again to bring you some more great interviews from New York Comic Con with Blair Butler (G4TV),  Seth Kushner (Culture POP Photocomix) and Tera Patrick (Sinner Takes All). News includes: CW’s Arrow gets full season pick up, Warner Bros beats The Shusters, Penguin launches kids line, and Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat named one of 2012’s best blogs. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Come back on Saturday for a post-NYCC late night bar special with Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma and Emma Vieceli! 

Comic News Insider Episode 402 – Bristol Expo/CamCon Recaps w/ Becky Cloonan, Emma Vieceli, Sonia Leong & Morag Lewis

Comic News Insider: Episode 402 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Fury MAX #1, Mind The Gap #1, Rex Zombie Killer One Shot, Trio #1 

Jimmy is in the UK covering Bristol Expo and Kapow Con for about 12 days! He recorded this episode in Cambridge at lovely host Emma Vieceli’s house along with fellow traveling Yank Becky Cloonan and UK comic creators Sonia Leong and Morag Lewis. It’s a recap of Bristol Expo in Bristol which Jimmy attended and CamCon in Cambridge which Emma, Sonia and Morag attended. You can also read Jimmy’s recap here (and follow his UK adventures on his website). No news but lots of interviews and recap love! Jimmy got tons of great interviews at Bristol. So many that there will be an extra show on Saturday so you can hear them all. In this show, you’ll hear: Adam Cadwell, Marc Ellerby, Gavin Mitchell, PJ Montgomery, Joe Glass, Dani Abram, Jennie Gyllblad, Corey Brotherson, Yomi Ayeni, Harry Markos and Joel Meadows! Phew! Lots of great UK creators to be heard. Jimmy’s heading off to Kapow Con this weekend in London so expect more great interviews and news! As always, listener feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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p.s. Apologies for the speed of the episode and fast talking. We were heading out into Cambridge for PIES!

Comic News Insider Episode 401 – CNI Assemble! MoCCA/TCAF Recaps!

Comic News Insider: Episode 401 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Earth Two #1, Smallville Season 11 #1, Worlds Finest Vol 3 #1, The Avengers film

Still recovering from the epic 400th episode last week, Jimmy flies solo to bring you a MoCCA recap and lots of reviews! He gives out his thanks for all the episode 400 love, thoughts on Free Comic Book Day, more Stated Magazine interviews released (Natali MorrisLive Prude Girls), being part of a piece in The Awl, and sadly remembers Maurice Sendak and Adam Yauch. No news as he reviews many of the books he picked up at MoCCA and goes over the awesomeness of the festival. Also, The Beat‘s Heidi MacDonald leaves a message on the hotline to give her TCAF recap. As always, listener feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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