Mike Baron has been a presence in comics for 35 years, from his own creations Nexus and Badger, to mainstream work like the Flash and the Punisher. Recently he’s turned to thriller and horror novels as a creative outlet, while still keeping Nexus and Badger going. He talks to Tim in this episode about switching from comics writing to prose, balancing grimness and comedy in a story, and more.
This week is a very special episode for me because I chat with one of my all-time favorite comics writers, Mike Baron! You probably know him best from his work on Nexus, The Badger, The Flash and Punisher!
We talk about how he and Devil’s Due/1First Comics are bringing back The Badger, with the first issue of a five-issue miniseries debuting on Wednesday, February 3. Be sure to let your local comics shop know you want this title! We also discuss how he and Steve “The Dude” Rude are creating new Nexus, including a recent Dark Horse Nexus graphic novel and an ongoing Sunday Comics-format series. We also highlight several new projects he has coming soon, so I’m sure you’re going to want to hear what he has to say!
To get The Badger #1 on February 3, be sure to contact your local comics shop! To buy the hardcover Nexus: Into the Past and Other Stories, you can check with your local shops or go to this link at Amazon.com. For more information about the weekly strip, check out rudedudeproductions.com. And keep supporting the excellent products created by Mr. Baron and his collaborators!
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Once again, Jimmy is joined in the remote upper eastside studio by good pal Jon Hoche! News includes: Star Trek cruise to set sail in 2017, artist Steve Rude is seeking a colorist, that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off starring Adrianne Palicki is back on and now called Marvel’s Most Wanted, Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group will start publishing comic books and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Reviews: Batgirl Futures End #1, Copperhead #1, Dawn/Vampirella #1, Rot & Ruin #1, Z Nation
Jimmy is joined in studio once again by the podcast wife Erica Schultz! She totes peanut butter/tabasco cookies this time. Deeeelish! They chat about the official Batmobile pic from set, the Obi-Wan spin-off rumor and the Avengers: Age of Ultron synopsis that was released. News includes: Fantagraphics announces a big FU (Press), Teen Titans travels to TNT, the Steve Rude documentary finally sees a release date and Norman Reedus will release a fan appreciation book. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
Jimmy is joined in studio by playwright extraordinaire Qui Nguyen (Vampire Cowboys Theatre Co.). They chat about the nerd wins at the Oscars, watching mutual pal Maureen Sebastian on Revolution, and the ridiculous witchhunt by a small minority to remove Jonathan Ross from hosting The Hugo Awards. News includes: Marvel to shoot Netflix series in New York, Archie Comics announces Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa as Chief Creative Officer/hires Lena Dunham to write an Archie arc/Afterlife With Archie may be a movie, Arkham Knight will conclude Batman Arkham video game series, SyFy cancels Being Human and picks up Metal Hurlant Chronicles, Rocket Raccoon goes solo, and Steve Rude is back on Superman. As always, Listener Feedback, Top 3 and more. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
What do you get when you mix an old guy showing kids his staff in a cave, a big stripey dude, a giant Loki and a storm that can suffocate?? You have Thor: Godstorm #3, which we cover this week! Nuff said!
This week, the All-Father Odin faces off in a battle of wits against the riddle-master of the giants in “The Lay of Vafthrudnir” courtesy of the ancient Vikings by way of Snorri Sturluson!
Then we have a look at Thor: Godstorm, Book Two, by Busiek and Rude! This story features a large variety of silly voices, an old man talking in titles, horses that spooge out their noses, and a dude made out of Kirby Krackle!! Awesome!
Music from “Eddan: The Invincible Sword of the Elfsmith” is copyright Mats Wendt and is used with permission.
This week we look at the epic adventures of Uller and Wilf as we cover Thor: Godstorm #1!! This is one of the best Silver Age Thor comics since the Silver Age, featuring a villain with unclear motivations, Jane Foster being sappy, levitating farts, Loki being insidious, Odin being a dick, and the Avengers!
Over the years we’ve repeatedly looked at how other media adapt to comics, and vice-versa. This time around, Tim and Kevin look at the challenges of converting comics to audio, including Black & White Nexus #3 (1982) and Daredevil #1 (2011), plus some unofficial takes (including our own!) on Watchmen.
Reviews: Heart #1, Jack Avarice Is The Courier #1, Peanuts Vol 2 #0, Seven Warriors #1, Six Guns #1, Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 #1
Jimmy flies solo since he has the plague and doesn’t want to infect any visitors. He talks about being introduced to the awesome artist ChrisCross, Steve Rude’s recent troubles, no more Cloak and Dagger, and the new animated series Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. News includes: Marvel will finish The Twelve, Marvel cancels some series, Brian K. Vaughan to adapt Stephen King work for Showtime, truck full of comics is stolen, PC version of Arkham City game is coming, die as a “Redshirt” in an IDW Star Trek comic, and a Star Wars fan has the weirdest photoshoot ever. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
We begin a two-review series on comics that ask hard questions about whether murder can ever be justified. This week, Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s Nexus. Beginning in the early ’80s, Baron’s philosophical writing and Rude’s increasingly polished art presented the story of a the far future in which a man kills mass-murderers not out of revenge, but because he feels forced to “in self-defense.” Tim and Paul review.
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Old pal Richard McAuliffe joins Jimmy from sunny Wales to co-host. The boys chat about the recent Big Apple Con, the current Book Expo, Bristol Expo, TV Wonder Woman’s booty shorts, Grace Helbig’s sketch show and more. News includes: Jim Lee and Geoff Johns at Hero Complex Fest, BBC America postpones Doctor Who, Immortals movie will send you to San Diego Comic-Con, Napoloen Dynamite gets animated, The Walking Dead board game, Chris Hardwick takesThe Nerdist to BBC America, Joe Hill’s The Cape returns, and Todd Klein’s new print features Steve Rude. As always, the Top 3, listener feedback and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
If you know your history, then you understand that I was a hardcore Invincible fan at one point in time. So, how does the book hold up when I return to reading after a ten issue hiatus? Have my thoughts changed?! Also, some opinions on DC Entertainment, a congrats to iFanboy, comic reviews and Jeff Sandquist stops by to share his thoughts on Mesmo Delivery (which I now want to read). Enjoy!
Nexus: The Origin
Hate #5 and 6
Spider-woman #5 and 6