Russ Burlingame is a journalist and graphic novelist living and working out of Upstate New York. He has worked for WIZARD Magazine, Newsarama and Comic Related and is presently working on a his first full-length graphic novel.
Emerald City Video Podcast host and ComicBook.com senior staff writer Russ Burlingame sits down to talk with longtime Superman: The Man of Steel artist Jon Bogdanove about his role in — and recollections of — the “Electric Superman” era, which turns 20 this month.
We also talk with Jeremiah Jay Fettinger from Cloud City Comics and Toys to talk about what comics you might like if ou were a Jon Bogdanove fan and wanted to try something new.
This episode marks the revival of the Panel Discussions podcast, which had been largely out of commission since March 2012.
This week we’re joined by iZombie and Memorial writer, who talks about the artistic and financial state of the comics industry in the wake of the Walking Dead and Ghost Rider lawsuits and the Before Watchmen controversy.
In episode #56 of the Why I Love Comics podcast, I am joined by Executive Produder and writer on Leverage, John Rogers. We discuss Jackie Chan Adventures, his first draft of the Transformers movie, the 3 years he worked on Catwoman for (the movie) his run on Blue Beetle with Keith Giffen, How awesome Whil Wheaton and Mark Shepard are and just so much more!
Shortly before the final New 52 titles came out, we were joined by Fabian Nicieza and Ron Marz to talk their upcoming books for DC. Unfortunately that episode was lost to the sands of time and the whims of Libsyn. Now it’s back!
Music by Jonathan Coulton (www.jonathancoulton.com) and Jimi Hendrix.
Ron Marz – www.ronmarz.com
This week’s episode sees Russ joined by Jeff Lemire, whose Sweet Tooth and Essex County books have made him an indie darling and whose Superboy bought him enough mainstream cred to position him as one of the architects of DC’s New 52 relaunch project. As the writer of the much-anticipated Animal Man #1, out today, and of Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1, due out next week. The pair talk about expectations, being excited about the DC relaunch and what “no events” really means.
In the second half? None other than Kyle Higgins, whose upcoming Deathstroke and Nightwing series will help establish a pair of characters who have more years in the metahuman game under their belts than almost anybody, even in the new DC Universe. Will time and age amount to baggage, or will time as Batman simply help to bolster Nightwing’s confidence in his new/old gig?
Played for laughs is our intro music, Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon’s “Nostalgia For an Age That Never Existed,” which is a reference to the fact that Dan DiDio seems to have suggested that Ted Kord, Wally West and Connor Hawke simply never were in this new timeline. And as a sendoff to the old DC Universe in our first new episode since the release of Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1 last week, R.E.M.’s “It’s The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” plays us out.
Special thanks go out this week to Joshua Hale Fialkov, who joined me last-minute for an interview after Jonathan and I started talking at-length about Fialkov’s upcoming I, Vampire relaunch for DC. His enthusiasm, energy and humor made him instantly one of my favorite guests, and I’ll be rooting for this title even more now.
As Josh knows, I had some…technical difficulties (regular listeners will know this is not uncommon), and as a result the audio between Jonathan and me is pretty iffy. I personally think it’s listenable if you’re interested in what we’re saying, but listeners who want to skip it can jump forward to the 49:30 point to hear some words from our friends at Cloud City Comics & Toys, followed by the Fialkov interview.
Handy note to my fellow podcasters: Never trust Google Voice to record your conversation.
Our intro music this week is from “Peg O’ My Heart” by The Dropkick Murphys and Bruce Springsteen; our closing song is The Spin Doctors’s “Vampires in the Sun.”
Okay, so maybe I just forgot to record one before jumping into the interview with Dan Jurgens. Sue me! I’ve only been at this for four years.
With the final issue of Booster Gold released last week, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund agreed to join me for a call-in show so that listeners and readers could harass them in person. Unfortunately, my longstanding series of technical problems ravaged the actual realtime nature of call-ins and left me instead with only a few callers and no Norm Rapmund!
That said, it’s a fun interview with Dan (and I got some nice stuff from Norm that I deliver myself) and a nice look back at a series that I’ll hold dear for a very long time. Also, in one of those rare treats for an interviewer, I got to surprise Dan here more than he surprised me!
Questions from members of the DC Message Board community, as well as Boosterrific.com, range from continuity minutae to more personal questions about Dan’s approach to the book and the character’s development.
All that, plus an announcement on the future of The Gold Exchange–not only will there be an ebook of the current volume, but will we see a continuation of the column to follow Justice League International? Listen and learn…!
This week on Panel Discussions, the show goes WEEKLY!
Also, I encounter every technological problem known to man, including the inability to use the letter “b” on my keyboard. So please excuse any b-related typos.
On the heels of race and sex debates raging with regard to DC’s relaunch, Ultimate Spider-Man and Man of Steel, I sit back and address none of it-or next to none-talking instead about the slate of titles I’d release next if I were DC, and how I would do it. Also, breaking news not yet on the front page of CR in the first five minutes, AND RELATED TO THE TOPIC. How lucky is that?
On this edition of the Why I Love Comics podcast, we recorded right before San Diego Comic Con and talk about the teaser trailers for next year’s big movie releases. We also discuss why Russ thinks he’s a bad nerd/geek and just so much more! It’s another random episode of the WILC’s podcast!
On this episode:
Our intrepid host, Eric Ratcliffe
Rantmaster Supreme, Russell Burlingame
The Amazing Spider-Man
Lois and Clark no longer being married
Dark Knight rises
San Diego Comic Con
Walking Dead DVD
DC/Marvel crossover omnibus
The work of Ron Marz
Current events in Green Lantern
The end of Harry Potter
This episode, Russ and Jon talk the dissolution of the Lois/Clark marriage as well as some of the other surprising elements of DC Comics’s upcoming relaunch. Then comes the parade of nerd rock, as Russ is joined by Dan Jircitano from Awkwardcore Records to talk about recent releases from The Kirby Krackle and They Might Be Giants. That conversation segues to an interview with filmmaker Kenneth Bowser, director of the film Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune, which came to DVD recently.
In short, even clocking in at a longer runtime than usual this is a packed episode.
Timeline: DC Relaunch talk starts at 0:00, Dan Jircitano at 54:07 and Kenneth Bowser at 78:14.
Coming up Friday or Monday: A special episode dedicated to the news coming out of San Diego.
Next episode: A roundtable of Green Lantern lovers dissect Geoff Johns’s Green Lantern Volume 4.
Yes, I came back after the first conversation. But it wasn’t music, only a message from our friends at Cloud City Comics & Toys, that I came back after.
Co-host Jonathan Bidwell rejoins the podcast this episode after a few shows away, and we talk the DC relaunch, since he hasn’t been here since that whole hornet’s nest got kicked and he’s got a decidedly different take from the one Russ has been bringing the last few weeks.
Also on the show, Jon Hoche, writer and director of Galactic Girl in: Attack of the Starbarians, which recently concluded its run in New York. Jon is this week’s guest in the “What Do You Hope To See From the DC Relaunch?” feature. Jon was recently engaged to the lovely Erica Swindell (Galactic Girl herself), and so in recognition of that I used “Four-Color Love Story” by The Metasciences as our sign-off music.
In this edition of the podcast, our heroes are taking a tour through the coolest places in pop culture from Marvel New York to Angel Grove. We also discuss the worst places to live and end up somehow talking about music. It’s another packed episode of the Why I Love Comics podcast so pull up a chair and listen in on the fun!
Your host who sometimes knows what he’s talking about: Eric Ratcliffe
Rant master supreme: Russell Burlingame!
The return of Halo expert Jeremy Wiggins!