Deconstructing Comics #463: Bat in Time

Is this the sixties, or 2039?

Batman Year 100In a time without superheroes, Batman sightings are reported. But isn’t he an urban legend? Paul Pope brings his unique, inventive style to the Batman of 2039 in Batman Year 100. While new characters stand in for Robin and Oracle, is there a reason there’s no Alfred analogue? Why do Paul Pope characters have big lips? Tim and Brandon discuss this and more.

Batman '66: The Lost EpisodeFrom Batman 2039, we move to Batman 1966! When production of the Adam West Batman series was gearing up, Harlan Ellison (writer of the Star Trek episode “City on the Edge of Forever”, and much else of note) submitted a treatment for an episode featuring Two-Face. While the treatment was accepted, it never made it to the script stage. Finally, in 2014, DC released a comics adaptation of this story, Batman ’66: The Lost Episode, scripted by Len Wein and drawn by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (cover by Alex Ross). Does it feel like the show? Who might have played Two-Face? What does this book tell us about the differences between making a TV show and making a comic? Tim and Paul slide down the Batpoles for a closer look.

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Comic News Insider Episode 634 – SDCC Interruption aka Proof of Life!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 634 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Archie: Sharknado One-Shot, Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1, Invader Zim #1, King #1, Star Wars: Lando #1, Fear the Walking Dead TV series, Fantastic Four film

Jimmy decides to take a break from all of the massive SDCC coverage to hit you up with some reviews and news from the past few weeks! It’s a quickie solo episode as it’s very last minute. We’ve been playing nothing but SDCC related podcasts and miss reviewing comics and sharing the news so we thought we’d jump back into the fray with a last regular format show. We know you missed hearing Jimmy’s beautiful voice. Well, okay…he missed recording. News includes:

  • Adam McKay & Funny or Die are teaming with Archie Comics for an Archie musical.
  • Judge Dredd: America collected edition is finally available in actual America.
  • MoCCA announces new venue/dates.
  • New production company Modern Prometheus will adapt Paul Pope’s The One Trick Rip-Off to film.
  • Disney is releasing a giant Miyazaki blu-ray collection in November.
  • Matt Ryan’s Constantine will make an appearance in an upcoming Season 4 episode of Arrow.
  • Chris Pine will be Steve Trevor in the upcoming Wonder Woman film.
  • Tom Hardy will produce and possibly star in an adaptation of the Vertigo comic series 100 Bullets.
  • The sides have been chosen for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
  • And much more!

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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 553 – San Diego Comic Con Madness w/ Bryan Fuller/Susan Eisenberg/Key & Peele!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 553 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy is in L.A. post-Comic Con so he flies solo to bring you some awesome San Diego Comic Con coverage! He chatted with Bryan Fuller (Hannibal), Susan Eisenberg (voice of Wonder Woman) and the hilarious comedians Kegean-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele. Jimmy gives his brief recap of the week (well, as brief as he can keep it!) with some cool moments thrown in for your listening pleasure. We also get a quick bit from Sina Grace (Jimmy’s host in L.A.) about his upcoming return to Li’l Depressed Boy in October. And a quickie mp3 from Kat Rocha/Josh Finney about their awesome World War Kaiju comic. No reviews or Top 3 due to the all the coverage! News includes:  Marvel announces Star Wars comics from Jason Aaron/John Cassaday, Kieron Gillen/Salvador Larocca, Mark Waid/Terry Dodson, Spider-Woman gets her own ongoing, the Agents of SHIELD TV series gets adapted to comics, a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is coming, DC announces two animated features (Batman vs Robin & Justice League: Gods & Monsters), IDW will bring Orphan Black, Edward Scissorhands and Galaxy Quest comics, Image announces massive slate of new comics, Dark Horse will have a new Hellboy title, Gal Gadot is revealed in her Wonder Woman outfit at Comic Con, exclusive Avengers 2 trailer shows Ultron and resulting destruction, Avengers 3 will feature Thanos, Ant-Man film announces new casting, Batman: The Complete Television Series is available November 11, Robert Kirkman’s Outcast is coming to Cinemax, and congrats to all the Eisner winners! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 543 – Special Edition Preview

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Comic News Insider: Episode 543 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Painkiller Jane: 22 Brides #1, Rise of the Magi #1, Vampirella Vol 5 #1

The podcast wife Erica Schultz (M3) returns! She and Jimmy chat about the upcoming Special Edition convention here in NYC and the multitude of great guests attending. They also have a mini-argument about live tweeting TV shows (she does, he doesn’t) but their friendship endures! News includes: Bill Watterson returns to comics, first all female creative team takes on the Fantastic Four comic, DC finally going to credit Bill Finger, Peyton Reed takes over directing duties on Marvel’s Ant-Man film, and Jeffrey Brown returns to Star Wars. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 534 – Free CNI Podcast Day!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 534 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: 24 #1, 7th Sword #1, Danger Girl: Mayday #1, Original Sin #0

Jimmy is joined in studio by nerdy pal Lauren Galliart! They chat about the recent article about Martin Freeman in EWOrphan BlackGame of Thrones, Natalie Dormer and Free Comic Book Day. Jimmy also gets some good advice from a listener about sound. News includes: Amazon changes Comixology app, Justice League movie will happen, Gun Machine by Warren Ellis is heading to XBox, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot return, Greg Pak will tackle a new Storm ongoing series, The Legendary Star Lord ongoing series will be out in time for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film, Marvel will release 100th anniversary futuristic comics, Vertigo announces SuicidersBodies and CYMK, Boom! announces The Woods from James Tynion IV, and Batman scribe Scott Snyder teases the return of The Joker. 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 473 – DINTERVIEW w/ Paul Pope, Becky Cloonan, Glyn Dillon and Monica Gallagher!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 473 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s a special DINTERVIEW episode! That’s Dinner + Interview = DINTERVIEW! Thanks to Becky Cloonan for that. You guessed it, it’s another podcast dinner where Jimmy sits down with some cartoonists over dinner to talk comics. While in Toronto for TCAF, Jimmy was joined by Paul Pope, Becky Cloonan, Glyn Dillon, and Monica Gallagher. They discussed the ins and outs of comics. From what they use to draw, the process of cartooning, their approach to the medium, digital vs. print, inspirations,  influences and so much more! They even all got a bit silly at times and there may even be some singing and about 5 attempts to end the podcast. It’s a bit lengthy as they were having such a grand time. Jimmy turned on the recorder and let it go for 2 hours! Not only do you hear the cartoonists, you’ll hear the background noise, the waiter taking our orders, our food arriving, clinking of our silverware, etc. So sit back and be a fly on the wall for an exciting, informative and fun 2 hours of comic goodness with some of the best in the business! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 472 – TCAF Recap w/ Adam Cadwell/Marc Ellerby/Jess Fink/Monica Gallagher/Agnes Garbowska/Lucy Knisley/Renee Nault

 

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Comic News Insider: Episode 472 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s a special recap episode of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)! Jimmy recorded this while still in Toronto and got cartoonist pals Adam Cadwell (The Everyday) and Marc Ellerby (Ellerbisms) to join in the fun! They give their thoughts on the show, the guests, the parties, panels and the drinking. OH THE DRINKING! Jimmy chatted with many at the show and you’ll hear great interviews with Jess Fink (We Can Fix It!), Monica Gallagher (Glitter Kiss), Agnes Garbowska (You, Me and Zombie), Lucy Knisley (Relish) and Renee Nault (Witchling). No news or reviews just lots of TCAF goodness! 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 471 – Tiny TCAF Adventures

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Comic News Insider: Episode 471 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Black Bat #1, Movement #1, Suicide Risk #1, Ten Grand #1, Iron Man 3

Jimmy jets through a quickie solo show before heading off to TCAF (Toronto Comics Arts Festival) this weekend. He gives his thoughts on the recent Free Comic Book Day, meeting Natalie Dormer and interviewing Neil Gaiman about his upcoming Doctor Who episode. No news this week but a brief bit about his plans for TCAF. 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 459 – State of the Podcast

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Comic News Insider: Episode 459 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Comics: Dia De Los Muertos #1, Fairy Quest #1, Fearless Defenders #1, Legend Of The Shadow Clan #1, Snapshot #1, Son Of Merlin #1 

TVBattlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, The Walking Dead

Jimmy is joined in studio by good old pal Emily Edwards. They discuss the Entertainment Weekly possible Star Trek slip up about “Khan”,  are thankful that it’s not PAUL Pope resigning, the scrapping of the Justice League of America movie script, Matt Damon on Let’s Talk About Something More Interesting with Live Prude Girls and more. News includes: Geoff Johns steps down from writing Green Lantern, Don Rosa explains why he’s leaving comics, Civil Rights legend Rep. John Lewis to pen graphic novel, The Luna Bros. The Sword comes to film, Star Wars spin-offs coming to a galaxy near you, Venture Bros. returns, Superman the musical returns for a brief time and zombies just may become a reality. Thanks science! 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 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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Dr. Vasilis Pozios of Broadcast Thought

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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 362 – Pre-New York Comic Con Madness!

Comic News Insider: Episode 362 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Avengers 1959 #1, Blood Red Dragon #0, Chopper #1, Huntress Vol 3 #1, Last Of The Greats #1, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #1, Frank Miller’s Holy Terror

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Jimmy is joined by yet another Aussie sitting in the guest co-host chair, Jen Timms. She works in the gaming industry and is in town for New York Comic Con (NYCC) staying at the Aquino/Templesmith palace. She is also Jimmy’s right hand at the CNI booth (D18) in Podcast Arena located in Artist’s Alley. They give some love/reverance to the late Steve Jobs, Jimmy talks about the Warehouse 13 and Breaking Bad finales and tells of his love for Karine Vanasse in Pan Am. They also nerd out over the new Avengers trailerNews includes James Robinson back on Starman, Barnes & Noble yanks DC books, Locke & Key screening at NYCC, Archie Comics brings back superheroes, and Stieg Larson’s trilogy comes to comic books. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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NYCC is this weekend (October 13-16) and CNI has lots of great stuff lined up at their table D18. Signings at the booth (CHECK BACK AT WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO SOON) with the likes of Greg Pak, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kevin Colden, Becky Cloonan, Ben Templesmith, Ben McCool, Veronica Taylor, and Jeremy Bastian. Tentative guests include Paul Pope, Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston. The annual raffle will be held this year as well! It’s a fundraiser for CNI so we can get some new equipment/pay for trips/etc. Great prizes in the raffle as per usual with donations from Garth Ennis, Bryan Fuller, Ben Templesmith, Rafael Kayanan, Paul Pope, John Cassaday, DC comics, IDW publishing. Dark Horse comics, Smith Micro, Fred Van Lente, Dean Haspiel, Dan Panosian, Dynamite Entertainment, 2000AD and more! Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. The more you buy, the better chance to win! We’ll do the raffle once on Thursday and twice a day from Friday-Sunday. Swing on by D18 in Artist Alley to see all of the exciting events happening with Comic News Insider at NYCC!

Deconstructing Comics #297: When genres collide: “Anya’s Ghost” and “Heavy Liquid”

Heavy Liquid & Anya's GhostTim and Brandon take on two graphic novels: First, Vera Brosgol’s ghost/coming to America/coming-of-age story “Anya’s Ghost”; then, Paul Pope’s sci-fi/relationship/drug story “Heavy Liquid”.

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Cammy’s Comic Corner – Book Of The Month – Strange Science Fantasy

The Book of the Month for July 2011 is none other than Strange Science Fantasy (IDW Publishing) written and illustrated by Scott Morse.

Quite possibly the most original and fascinating thing you’ll read this year from the brilliant mind of Scott Morse.

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