Comic News Insider Episode 720 – Ren Faire Dreams!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 720 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Kingsway West #1, Skybourne #1, Snotgirl #1, Supergirl #1

Emmy Potter returns to the rotating co-host chair after a short hiatus. She and Jimmy give their nerd confessions of never having been to a Renaissance Faire or Medieval Times and how they plan to remedy that in the near future. NYCC is fast approaching and Jimmy starts to form his press plans. News includes: Stan Lee’s life will be turned into an action/adventure movie, Super Mario Adventures comics are back in print, Regular Show‘s 8th and last season will be set in space, a new out of continuity Supergirl mini-series will have a “John Hughes” vibe to it,  and Gwen Stefani’s animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku will debut on Nickelodeon soon. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 618 – Heroes Con: DC Panel with Ben Caldwell/Ming Doyle/Jeremy Haun/Stephane Roux/Babs Tarr/Robert Venditti

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Comic News Insider: Episode 618 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: No reviews because it’s a Heroes Con panel special!

Jimmy moderated the DC Comics panel at Heroes Con last weekend with Ben Caldwell, Ming Doyle, Jeremy Haun, Stephane Roux, Babs Tarr and Robert Venditti. Hear how they got their start in comics, the books they are doing for DC, their favorite onomatopoeia and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 614 – Special Edition NYC Recap: Becky Cloonan/Ming Doyle/Miss Lasko-Gross!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 614 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1, Bat-Mite, Bizarro #1, Midnighter #1, Years of Future Past #1, Hannibal

Jimmy is joined in studio by Producer Joe! Finally, someone to keep Jimmy in check. They chat about Special Edition: NYC and give their recap. Jimmy got some great interviews with friends Becky Cloonan, Ming Doyle and Miss Lasko-Gross. News includes: Marvel’s all-new/all-different universe is coming with 60 new titles coming including Invincible Iron Man by Bendis/Marquez, Justice League: Gods & Monsters Chronicles on Machinima prior to film release, a new Tangled TV series based on Disney movie of same name is coming, Constantine the TV series is officially canceled, Jon Bernthal cast as The Punisher in Netflix’s Daredevil series and the Nate Cosby/Chris Eliopoulus comic Cow Boy gets optioned by DreamWorks Animation. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 612 – Bring On BEA!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 612 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: A-Force #1, Adventures of Aero-Girl #1, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #1, Insufferable #1, Master of Kung Fu Vol 2 #1, Oh Killstrike #1, Secret Wars Battleworld #1, Valhalla Mad #1, The Flash S1 finale

Jimmy is joined in studio by good pal Jon Hoche for another heavy review podcastt! Jimmy chats about this week’s Book Expo America/Book Con and some of the interviews he has lined up. News includes: Marvel teases “8 Months Later”, a documenary about George Miller’s never made Justice League film may be coming,  Robert Rodriguez will be directing the live-action Johnny Quest film, Paramount assembles mega-writing team for new Transformers movies, DC/Warner Bros. launches some all ages sites for Justice League/Looney Tunes/Scooby Doo, Agent Carter season 2 will now be 10 episodes instead of 8. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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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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Episode 109: Reviews of Baby Bjornstrand, The Kitchen #1, Masterplasty, and The Humans #1

“For Life. Till Death.”

Baby_BjornstrandThis week on the podcast, Andy W. joins Derek to discuss four recent titles…and boy, are you in for a treat. First, they look at Renée French’s new book, Baby Bjornstrand (Koyama Press). The guys discuss its Samuel Beckettesque setting, the unusual characters that make up the cast, the fragmented temporal arrangements, and French’s stripped down narrative style. Yet while some readers have described the book as bleak and downbeat, both Derek and Andy see a more hopeful — and perhaps even life-affirming — ending in the story. Next, they move from French’s barren landscape outside of time to an all-too-real story set in Hell’s Kitchen during the 1970s. Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle’s The Kitchen #1 (Vertigo) is a solid piece of Kitchenstorytelling that effectively launches this 8-issue miniseries. The guys are particularly taken by the final pages of this first issue, where Masters complicates his premise while at the same time laying on exposition without being overbearing. Andy and Derek then turn their attention to two recent titles from Image Comics. James Harvey’s one-shot Masterplasty is a curious story that doesn’t seem to stand entirely on its own…which may explain why Harvey describes it as a prequel to a much longer narrative Masterplastyhe’s working on. Perhaps the most notable thing about this comic is its unconventional size, the ultimate purpose of which has the guys scratching their heads. Finally, they look at the first issue in a new series from Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely, The Humans. Unlike most reviewers of this title, Derek and Andy don’t feel that this has much of a Planet of the Apes vibe. (Also, that’s way too facile a comparison, just because you have apes riding motorcycles.) Instead, they feel that the story in this first issues stands entirely on its own, and if anything, it reminds the guys of the kind of biker movies they remembered from the 1970s. While this is yet another offbeat humor comic from Image — following in the wake of God Hates Astronauts and Punks: The Comic — it’s one with a harder edge…as the overt references to pot, Quaaludes, and fellatio will attest. There’s a lot of weird, fun stuff for this week, and we hope you will join Andy and Derek for the wild ride.

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And as the guys mentioned on the show, you should throw your enthusiastic support behind Gabriel Dunston and his new Kickstarter campaign, Purgatory Pub (Book 2). It has the official Comics Alternative Stamp of Approval!

Also, be sure to check out the hip, clever, and visually appealing publication, Bachelor Pad Magazine, the digest of atomic age culture. Remember, booze, babes, and burly-Q can be your friends!

This episode’s incidental music is brought to you by
Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes
and The Humans Soundtrack

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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 549 – Heroes Con: Shop Talk Panel w/ Eric Canete/Cliff Chiang/Michael! Cho/Ming Doyle

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Comic News Insider: Episode 549 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy moderated the Shop Talk panel with Eric Canete, Cliff Chiang, Michael Cho and Ming Doyle. They chatted about their craft and how they became the incredibly talented artists that they are today. And how they continue to challenge themselves into becoming even better (if that’s even possible!). Tools of the trade, penciling, inking, coloring, digital art, styles and so much more was discussed. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 545 – Heroes Con w/ Ben Templesmith/Stephane Roux/Emi Lenox/Michael Cho/Amy Chu/Matthew Smith!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 545 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Doodle Jump #1, Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever Original Teleplay #1, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time #1, The Wicked & The Divine #1

Jimmy snuck down to his hometown Jacksonville, FL post-Heroes Con with pal Ashley Lanni whom had to deal with his road trip confessions. They are joined by old pal Ted to record the Heroes Con recap with interviews galore! Jimmy sat down at Heroes with Ben Templesmith (The Squidder), Stephane Roux (Harley Quinn), Emi Lenox (EmiTown), Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Amy Chu (Girls Night Out) and Matthew Smith (Bee Sting). Ashley and Jimmy give their recaps of the most amazing comic convention Heroes Con and encourage all to attend. No news this week so we could fit in more interview goodness. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 544 – Special Editioning w/ Will Sliney/Enrica Jang/Matt Miner & Heroes Con Preview!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 544 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Angry Birds Comics #1, That’s Because You’re A Robot One-Shot, Game of Thrones season finale, The Last Ship premiere

Producer Joe steps in to co-host and join Jimmy in recapping Special Edition NYC. Jimmy sat down with Will Sliney (Spider-Man 2099), Enrica Jang (Red Stylo Media) and Matt Miner (Liberator) at the show to chat about their work. It was a great show full of comic booky goodness. The guys talk about Allison Glock-Cooper’s book Changers, Han Solo’s broken ankle, give congrats to friend Jill Pantozzi and The Mary Sue on their new direction and Jimmy finally started playing BioShock Infinite and digs it. News includes: lots of E3 highlights, Powers TV show coming to Playstation network, Disney developing new Lion King series, NYCC introduces New York Super Week, Jason Momoa is Aquaman in the Superman/Batman film and zombie comics help kids learn geography. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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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 497 – Evil CNI

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Comic News Insider: Episode 497 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Danger Girl: The Chase #1, Forever Evil #1, Batman #23.1, Batman and Robin #23.1, Detective Comics #23.1, The Dark Knight #23.1, Justice League #23.1, Justice League of America #7.1, Superman #23.1, The Star Wars #1, X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1

Jimmy is joined in the new studio by recent co-host Taylor Katz and his roomie Malcolm Branch. Both are experienced nerds, so fret not! They chat about the Robocop trailer and the whether or not they’ll be getting the new iPhone. (See? Nerdy!). News includes: creative team leaves Batwoman title, Marvel announces All-New Marvel Now line, Fantagraphics will release Don Rosa collection, Harley Quinn wants you, Brooklyn Defender to help your liver enjoy NYCC, Ming Doyle to draw second arc of Quantum and Woody, Teen Titans Go! will be a new digital comic, Royal Canadian Mint producers special Superman 75th anniversary coins and more! 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 488 – SDCC w/ Dr. Andrea Letamendi/Sam Park (Monsterverse)/Cole Drumb, Jennifer Luk (PostHuman) & Boston Comic Con w/ Ming Doyle (Mara), Jeff Burns (Super Knocked Up)

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Comic News Insider: Episode 488 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Goblin Hood and His Merry Monsters #1, It Came! #1, Lady Rawhide #1, Molly Danger #1

Lots of interviews from both San Diego Comic Con (Dr. Andrea Letamendi, Sam Park, Cole Drumb & Jennifer Luk) and Boston Comic Con (Ming Doyle & Jeff Burns) to get through so Jimmy does it solo so the episode isn’t too supersized. He laments/rejoices over selling his massive comic book collection (appx. 15,000) to Shelton Drum of Heroes Con fame. He also visited Boston Comic Con on Sunday and gives his recap of what he saw, whom he met, etc. Great show! News includes: Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor in Doctor Who, Sequential graphic novels app goes global, Disney to publish Space Mountain graphic novel, and Young Justice: Legacyvideo game gets delayed. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Come back later this week to hear the roundtable interviews with the cast/creators of the hit NBC show Hannibal and the smash TNT show Falling Skies

Comic News Insider Episode 477 – Heroes Con Recap w/ Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Vivek Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle), Ryan Black (Tension)

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Comic News Insider: Episode 477 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: No reviews this week

Jimmy is joined in studio by his podcast wife Erica Schultz! (Thanks to her real hubby AJ for the baked goods again). They both just got back from Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC and are here to give you the rundown of all the nerdy goodness. No reviews but some great interviews with Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Vivek Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle) and Ryan Black (Tension). Plus a big Heroes Con recap. They also chat about the rumored character that Karen Gillan will be playing in the Guardians of the Galaxy film and give kudos to some Critics’ Choice awards winners like Tatiana Maslany (Best Drama Actress for Orphan Black). News includes: Marvel makes Mighty Avengerswith Al Ewing and Greg Land,  a live action Archie movie is on the way along with an Afterlife With Archie comic series, DC Comics brings back Batman: Black and White, and you too can smell like Stan Lee. 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 454 – Best of 2012 w/ Marvel’s The Watcher Lorraine Cink!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 454 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Mars Attacks Popeye One Shot, Morbius The Living Vampire Vol 2 #1, New Avengers Vol 3 #1, The Red Ten #1

It’s the super huge and long BEST OF 2012 show! Jimmy is joined by Marvel’s The Watcher host Lorraine Cink and good pal Mike Cho. Both are CNI vets and bring their nerdy knowledge to the podcast once again. Jimmy saw Django Unchained and Attack of the 50 Ft Cheerleader. One had lotsa violence and another had lotsa boobs. Guess which one he REALLY liked? News bits include:Axe Cop will debut on Fox’s late night animation domination in July, Guillermo del Toro is heading up a  DC comics based “Dark Universe” film, XX coming from Marvel, Adventure Time graphic novel on the way, Joseph Gordon Levitt cast in Sin City 2, Disney’s Aladdin coming to Broadway, and Disney Junior’s “A Poem is…” series recruits Doctor Who and Lady Mary Crawley. And the feature segment is our lengthy, informative and fun BEST OF 2012 picks…that we read! As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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