Comic Book Central #217: Diane Sherry Case, Superman’s Lana Lang, on 40th anniversary of the film

Comic Book Central #216: Michelle Harrison on playing a superhero’s mom on the CW series The Flash

This week, I’m channeling the Speed Force and hangin’ out with the Flash’s mom! Actress Michelle Harrison stops by to talk about her role as Nora Allen on the hit CW series – The Flash!
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Comic Book Central #215: Comic Book Central at Wizard World Cleveland

My adventure in Cleveland, OH continues with a trip to Wizard World Cleveland! You’ll hear from Gotham’s David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee, legendary artists Carl Potts and Phil Ortiz, super animator/director Tom Cook, PLUS – a Justice League cameo with the Flash and Cyborg – Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher!
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Comic Book Central #214: Superman in Cleveland Special

I’m taking the show on the road to Cleveland, OH – the home of Superman! Uncover Superman’s Cleveland roots with Mike Olszewski of the Siegel & Shuster Society, and relive 80 years of Superman history with the Cleveland Public Library’s Amy Dawson! PLUS – celebs share their thoughts on the Man of Steel!
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Comics Alternative, On Location: The March Visit to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

How Much Is Too Much?

For the March on-location recording at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte, NC, the topic of discussion is comics adapted into movies and television series (especially superhero properties), and if we’re about to reach the point of oversaturation. Joining Derek in the conversation are shop customers Zyg, Jack, Jesse, Erica, and Christian. All of them are fans of superhero film and TV, and each brings a unique perspective to the discussion. And, as expected, everyone varies in their opinions on how much is too much when it comes to superhero adaptations. Among the various movies and series they discuss are Black Panther, the Iron Man seriesWatchmen, The CrowJustice League, Tim Burton’s Batman, Gotham, the various Netflix series, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. They also talk about non-superhero comics adaptations such as LuciferiZombie, Ghost World, and, of course, The Walking Dead. And toward the end of their conversation, everyone expresses her or his own wish list of other properties that could be adapted into television series or films.

Comic Book Central #213: Billy Dee Williams on Star Wars, Lando, Batman, and more

Lando in the Lair! This week, I’m sitting down with the King of Cool, the one and only Billy Dee Williams, to talk about Star Wars, Batman, and much more!
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Comic Book Central #212: Corinne Bohrer on returning to The Flash as supervillain sidekick Prank

I’m following up a Trickster…with a PRANK! The lovely and talented Corinne Bohrer is in the Lair this week for Flash Month. Corinne talks about working on the ORIGINAL Flash series with John Wesley Shipp and Mark Hamill, and bringing her character, Prank, back on the NEW series!
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Comic Book Central #211: Kenny Johnston, the Flash from the original Justice League movie, zooms in to chat

Flash Back / Flash Forward February speeds on with Kenny Johnston – the Flash from the ORIGINAL Justice League movie! Kenny zooms in to chat about his time portraying Barry Allen in the 1997 CBS pilot flick!
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Comic Book Central #210: Devon Graye talks tricks as the new Trickster on The Flash

No trick! Flash Back/Flash Forward February continues with a visit from the Trickster, actor Devon Graye! Devon stops by to talk about working with Mark Hamill and Corinne Bohrer, taking down Elongated Man, and the problems with prison pudding!
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Comic Book Central #209: Flash Back/Flash Forward February begins with Flash actor Vito D’Ambrosio

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Actor Vito D’Ambrosio stops by to help me kick off Flash Back/Flash Forward February! Vito talks about appearing on both the classic and current Flash series. PLUS – stories of working with DeNiro, Newman, Cruise, Scorcese, Costner, DePalma, and MORE!
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Comic Book Central #208: John Newton-the Boy of Steel celebrates 30 years of the TV series Superboy

Look! Up in the sky! It’s John Newton! John flies into the Lair this week to reminisce about portraying the Boy of Steel and to help me celebrate the 30th anniversary of the TV series, Superboy!
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#208: John Newton-the Boy of Steel celebrates 30 years of the TV series Superboy

Look! Up in the sky! It’s John Newton! John flies into the Lair this week to reminisce about portraying the Boy of Steel and to help me celebrate the 30th anniversary of the TV series, Superboy!
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Comic Book Central #207: Super stories with David M. Petrou – author of The Making of Superman: The Movie

Superman stuck rescuing a cat? Wardrobe malfunctions? A blackout in NYC? All part of the amazing story detailed in the book “The Making of Superman: The Movie”! This week, I’m celebrating the 40th anniversary of the super flick by sitting down with the author of the super book – David M. Petrou!
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Comic Book Central #206: Actress Brenda Strong on playing Lillian Luthor on the CW series, Supergirl

On Location: Starting off the New Year at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

New Shop, New Conversations

For years The Comics Alternative has held a monthly on-location episode where one or two cohosts go into — physically or virtually — one of their local comics shops and talk with customers and employees about the comics that their reading, what they’re excited about and looking forward to, and what grumblings they may have in terms of comics culture. The last such episode was published last August, right before Derek moved to Charlotte, NC…and as things would turn out, in the final days of Valhalla Games and Comics.

But now that Derek has settled in his new environs, he heads over to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, his new local shop in Charlotte (at 417 Pecan Avenue), to begin once again the monthly series. So January’s show kicks things off, with Derek introducing customers and shop employees to the podcast and beginning what, we hope, will be a fun and informative monthly visit. Snowy weather hit Charlotte this week, so the ice and cold cut down on traffic in the shop over the past couple of days. But several did come in and take the time to talk on show, sharing what titles they’re currently reading and what they’re finding exciting, and frustrating, in comics and comics-related media. For example, Isaiah, coming in for his weekly comics, shares his thoughts on recent DC Rebirth storylines and the shenanigans he sees going on at Marvel. Shop employees, Karla and Eli, talk about the some of the comics that are currently or soon-to-be adapted for television — and Eli is particularly interested in the upcoming series based on Rick Remender’s Deadly Class. And shop owner Shelton Drum comes on to discuss their recent move to a new location, next week’s Charlotte Mini-Con (taking place on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Gary Cole Center), and when we can expect to hear announcements about this summer’s HeroesCon.

A big THANK YOU to Karla and Shelton for helping to make this on-location show happen. And if you’re in the Charlotte area, be sure to come by the shop on Wednesday, February 21, for next month’s on-location recording!