Comic News Insider Episode 409 – Poppin’ Fresh!

Comic News Insider: Episode 409 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1, Creator-Owned Heroes #1. Harbinger Vol 2 #1, Higher Earth #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by old pal Kevin Conn (I Hate Earth).  The boys chat about the Arrowand Spider-Man trailer. The Tony awards (especially Wolverine aka Hugh Jackman) are discussed as well as the recent disproportionate Catwoman comic book cover. Which then leads into a small (and rare serious) discussion of the new Tomb Raider trailer and how women are portrayed in games and comics in general. News includes: DC cancellations and new titles announced, Batman to finally appear in Smallville, Archie Comics CEOs settle in court and Laura Hudson leaves Comics Alliance. As always, listener feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 400! Paul Pope, Kevin Maguire, Ben Templesmith, ChrisCross, Becky Cloonan, Ben McCool, Emma Hayley, Dr. Vasilis Pozios & “Alan Moore”!

Comic News Insider: Episode 400 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Airboy Deadeye #1, Merciless Rise Of Ming #1, Popeye Vol 3 #1

It’s the epic 400th episode recording! Recorded live at Hourglass Tavern in midtown Manhattan. Jimmy is joined by frequent co-hosts Kevin Conn, Grace Helbig and Jon Hoche! Producer Joe is on the mixer/tech and made sure everything ran smoothly. So many great guests joined in the fun including Paul Pope, Kevin Maguire, Ben Templesmith, ChrisCross, Becky Cloonan,  Ben McCool, Emma Hayley, Dr. Vasilis Pozios and “Alan Moore” even showed up. There was news, reviews, songs and all sorts of silliness. And oh yes…we drank! Thanks to Kasha  for photography, Brad for video, Producer Joe for producing, and to Beth and Josh at Hourglass for putting up with us. Also, a big thanks to show sponsors Heidi MacDonald of The Beat and Ryan Swearingen of Stated Magazine for chatting with us for  a few minutes as well. CNI and The Beat had a big announcement too! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Pictures! Thanks to Kasha Minenko for being the official CNI Photographer of the night! You can see the entire set at Jimmy’s Flickr account.

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The CNI 400 crew! Co-hosts Kevin Conn, Jon Hoche, Producer Joe Gonzalez, host Jimmy Aquino, co-host Grace Helbig!

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Roommates Ben Templesmith & Jimmy

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Dr. Vasilis Pozios of Broadcast Thought

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Emma Hayley of Self Made Hero

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Roommates Ben Templesmith, Jimmy vs. Roommates Melissa Dowell, Katelan Foisy. Better known as the famous Aquinosmith/Fowell rivalry.

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Comic News Insider Episode 398 – Boston Comic Con Recap w/ Jill Thompson, Alicia Giuffrida/Phil Amylon, Boris Savic, Mike Pecci

Comic News Insider: Episode 398 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Kevin Conn (I Hate Earth) stays on to record some more episodes with Jimmy, who was at Boston Comic Con and got many an interview. He gives his recap of the show and you’ll hear interviews with Jill Thompson, Alicia Giuffrida/Phil Amylon (Lucas), Boris Savic (Banimon) and Mike Pecci. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 397 – Boston Comic Con w/ Billy Tucci/Patt Kelley/Jason Deeble

Comic News Insider: Episode 397 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Blood Feast #1, 3 Story: Secret Files Of The Giant Man One Shot, Reset #1, Resident Alien #0, Shadow Vol 5 #1 

Jimmy is joined in studio by Kevin Conn (I Hate Earth). The boys discuss the tech problems on the previous Episode 396 with Michael Emerson, more Stated interviews, Jimmy’s UK trip, the epicEpisode 400 live recording next week and Jimmy’s trip to Boston Comic Con. He got many an interview and you’ll hear 3 of them here! Billy Tucci, Pat Kelley and Jason Deeble! The rest will be released later this week. News includes: Zak Penn makes comic book debut, a real sonic screwdriver is invented, Fox gets Axe Cop, SyFy announces new projects, Nexus returns to Dark Horse, and Marvel at Madame Tussauds. As always, listener feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 378 – Best of 2011!

Comic News Insider: Episode 378 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Last week’s all star crew of Lorraine Cink, Kevin Conn and Jon Hoche stay on to record the Best of 2011 show! It’s a lengthy one but so much fun! Along with Jimmy, they bring their favorite picks in comic books, TV, films, videogames, podcasts, and more. They also discuss some of the biggest stories of the year including DC’s New 52 and the rise of digital comics. Plus, they briefly chat about the end of the Smallville TV show and Harry Potter films. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 377 – Happy New Year!

Comic News Insider: Episode 377 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Brody’s Ghost #1, DC Comics Presents Elseworlds 100-Page Spectacular One-Shot, DMZ #72 (Final issue), The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #1, Too Much Coffee Man #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by old CNI stalwarts Kevin Conn and Jon Hoche as well as first timer Lorraine Cink. She’s a hilarious, nerdy and adorable lady who does improv with our palGrace Helbig. The drinks flow heavy (yet again) and the show goes off the rails early just like you like it! Jimmy and Lorraine sing about their new year’s eve, they all discuss the Russian Avengers and the Upside Down trailers and try to figure out what the big deal is with Wonder Woman onHarry’s Law. News includes: DC finally reveals their mystery woman, Bryan Hitch and Jonathan Ross announce their new series, St. Trinian’s creator Ronald Searle dies, Marvel lawyers claim mutants are NOT humans, and a sci-fi brothel is beaming into Nevada. Plus, the CNI Hotline is very busy with calls of (what we thought were congratulations and wishes of a happy new year) confusion and outright annoyance. Calling in are pals “Arlene Fowler” (True Blood), Michael Emerson (Person of Interest),  Jonathan Ross (UK chat show host), Sara Cox (BBC Radio 1 DJ/personality), Blair Herter (G4TV’s X-Play), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Osborn, Castle: Deadly Storm) & Matt Fraction (Casanova, Iron Man). As always, listener feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Tune in this FRIDAY for the BEST OF 2011 show where the same crew in this episode (and seen below) break down their favorite comics, TV shows, and films. It’s a fun discussion of our year’s best! And yes, even more drinking happened. 

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Comic News Insider Episode 375 – It’s A CNI Christmas!

Comic News Insider: Episode 375 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy invites you into his home for a very special Comic News Insider Christmas! Guests Grace Helbig (Daily Grace), Kevin Conn, Jon Hoche and Andy Gleaner help welcome and entertain with Christmas related comic book, TV and movie reviews and even some carols are sung! Grace brings an exclusive trailer for the sequel to It’s A Wonderful Life and also reads from The Twelve Terrors of Christmas by John Updike/Edward Gorey. Santa and the Baby Jesus swing by to spread some Christmas love as well! A special moment doesn’t go as planned but it doesn’t mar the Christmas festivities. Merry Christmas to everyone in CNI Land! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Ho Ho Ho!

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Comic News Insider Episode 374 – A Christmas Party with Grace Helbig and Friends!

Comic News Insider: Episode 374 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Avengers: X-Sanction #1, The Ray #1, The Strain #1

Jimmy has an impromtu Christmas party and boy was it liquor-fueled. Apologies in advance as we derail A LOT in this podcast due to lots of bourbon consumption. Internet sensation Grace Helbig (Daily Grace) comes over to drink podcast and brings along her old college pal Andy Gleaner. Old CNI stalwarts Kevin Conn and Jon Hoche are along for the drunken ride as well. They chat about the new trailer for Dark Knight Rises, the German trailer for The Avengers and Shatner on Broadway. News includes: RIP Joe Simon and Eduardo Barreto, Russ Cochran brings backSunday Comics, Marvel announces more Season One comics, Anthony Bourdain gets Jiro, andThe Tick #100 will guest star Invincible. Did I mention we drank a lot? As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 372 – The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

Comic News Insider: Episode 372 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Archie #627, Kirby Genesis: Captain Victory #1, Theory Of Everything Pilot Season #1, THUNDER Agents Vol 4 #1

Jimmy is again joined in studio by Kevin Conn in an attempt to do a better and less rushed show than last week. Jimmy went to The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival and reports on what he saw/found. The boys talk about 2 recent online Star Wars themed videos (Elf Sabers and Cello Wars),  The Cabin in the Woods trailer, and Russell T. Davies temporary retirement, NASA finds Earth 2 and it’s Jimmy’s birthday on Friday, December 9th. News includes: X-Men vs. Avengers, Bendis leaving Avengers, Emily Carroll goes to print, Free Comic Book Day books announced, Red Cross concerned video games violate Geneva Conventions, Khan returns in Star Trek sequel, and Turf goes to film. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 371 – The Fastest Podcast Alive!

Comic News Insider: Episode 371 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Billy Tucci’s A Child Is Born One Shot, Fantastic Four Vol 3 #600, Kapow Guinness World Record Special #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by Kevin Conn who returns after a long absence. The boys talk turkey (literally), The Shade maxi-series, Jimmy’s upcoming birthday, Christmas time approaching, and Kevin finds a new podcast. News includes: Occupy Comics on Kickstarter, Doctor Who on Christmas Day, new Madman hardcover, Lego Batman sequel, and The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival comes this Saturday. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 334 – BookExpo America w/ Jeremy Atkins (Dark Horse Comics), Michael Molcher/Keith Richardson (2000AD) and Grace Reviews X-Men: First Class!

Comic News Insider: Episode 334 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Comeback Kings #1, Hack Slash Eva Monsters Ball #1, Tattered Man One Shot

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Kevin Conn (Unemployed Skeletor/Lava-Roid) sits in the guest co-host chair! Jimmy was at BookExpo America last week and got a couple of interviews with Michael Molcher/Keith Richardson (2000Ad) and Jeremy Atkins (Dark Horse Comics).

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Grace Helbig returns to give a non-spoilery review of X-Men: First Class. (Thank, Gracie!)

The boys talk about Green Lantern #60, the Old Spice Guy does Luke Cage and just what were those X’s in the sky all about? Jimmy also got a press pack containing the first 3 episodes of the upcoming Torchwood: Miracle Day series and he gives a non-spoilery type chat about it. Guess what? It rocks! (Thanks, Starz!) News includes: DC to reboot entire comics line, Steve Rogers returns as Captain America, Chinese prisoners forced to play WOW, Orlando Bloom confirmed for The Hobbit film, and Fox releases an X-Men: First Class iPad app. And is Lego-Lass a new Legionairre?!! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Jimmy will be attending Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina. June 3-5. It’s one of the best purely comic book based conventions around and always a favorite of ours here at Comic News Insider. Once again, CNI will have a table so please come by to say Hi! Jimmy will be doing interviews galore as per usual at the table.  CNI and other podcasters like Comic Geek Speak will be located at the front entrance next to the info booth! Meanwhile, click on the link above to check out the impressive guest list that is at Heroes Con this year!

And…Jimmy is moderating 3 panels!

  1. Everything ARCHIE – All Ages Celebration continues as we bring together Paul Kaminski, Jon Gray, Ian Flynn and Jim Amash to discuss the creative process from the folks who bring us all things Riverdale as well as all things SONIC! FRIDAY, 2:30 p.m. Room 206.
  2. Taking on the Property: ICONOGRAPHY– Reshaping an ICON– Bringing your own stamp, but still staying true: Tim Sale (Batman) Ed McGuiness (Superman) Darwyn Cooke (Spirit and New Frontier) Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge). SATURDAY, 4:30 p.m. Room 207BCD.
  3. Web Comics: Group Efforts – Meet the Small Press groups who have developed their own multi-strip brand Curt Franklin, Chris Haley, Mike Maihack, Kevin Church, Benjamin Birdie and TJ Kirsch, talk about creativity in the Small Press World. SUNDAY, 11:30 a.m. Room 206.