Comic News Insider Episode 744 – CNI’s Best of 2016!

Comic News Insider: Episode 744 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Best of 2016! And just like last year, Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2016 favorites in comic books, TV and film. They didn’t read or watch everything released that year, so it’s just the Best of what they did read/watch. Fun discussions on great comics, their creators, TV shows, films, actors and more. What were your favorites last year? Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 725 – NYCC: First Second Special w/ Box Brown/Falynn Koch/Dave Roman!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 725 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

At New York Comic Con, Jimmy chatted at the First Second booth with Box Brown (Tetris: The Games People Play), Falynn Koch (Science Comics: Bats: Learning to Fly) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry). Coincidentally, all of those comics are published by the awesome First Second Books! Box talks about the history of Tetris, Nintendo and the legal battles involving the game. Falynn gives you all the info you ever needed to know about bats as well as her love of mac and cheese. And Dave talks about his all ages tale of friendship, fun and frolic! Do yourself a favor and go check out the extensive catalog by First Second. You won’t be disappointed. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Box Brown

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Time Codes:

  • 00:24 – Introduction
  • 02:14 – Setup of interview
  • 02:57 – Interview with Box Brown
  • 53:28 – Wrap up
  • 54:53 – Contact us

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On this episode of the interview series Derek talks with Box Brown, whose new book Tetris: The Games People Play has just been released from First Second. As the two discuss, this is a detailed history of the famous video game and the cultural, business, and political contexts swirling around the program’s creation. Box shares his experiences and fascination with the game, explaining the genesis of the project and the research that went into it. Whereas his previous First Second book, Andrea the Giant, focused on one figure, the new work synthesizes the lives of everyone involved in the creation of Tetris including its designer Alexy Pajitnov as well as the many key players at Nintendo, Mirrorsoft, Andromeda Software, Atari, Bulletproof Software, and Elorg, the government bureau tasked with overseeing the profits and negotiations surrounding any computer products coming out of the Soviet Union. But Box also focuses on the psychology of gaming and role it plays in our lives, using Tetris as his illustrative example.

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Comic News Insider Episode 723 – NYCC Pre-Show w/ Conor/Lizzie Boyle!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 723 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batman Beyond Rebirth #1, Josie and the Pussycats Vol 2 #1, Surgeon X #1, Tank Girl Gold #1, Teen Titans Rebirth #1, Aftermath, Timeless, Westworld

Conor and Lizzie Boyle come all the way over from the UK to do the podcast! Okay, they just happen to be in town but they return to CNI to join Jimmy for some NYCC talk, their comic imprint Disconnected Press and Conor’s other comic work. Plus, Jimmy has a few episodes of Luke Cage left to watch and briefly chats about it sans spoilers. News includes: Disney is doing a live action (kind of) The Lion King,  Comixology Originals brings original content, The Dominators will dominate as bad guys for the CW superhero shows, Adventure Time and Archer are ending, Iron Fist will debut on Netflix next March, DC Comics is bringing back the Wildstorm imprint, and Dark Horse Comics is collaborating to release a special Hellboy Reserve Pinot Noir. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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