Wayne’s Comics Podcast #300: DC/NYCC 2017

Marguerite Bennett, Batwoman, Bombshells, Flintstones, Mark Russell, Tim Seeley, Green Lanterns, Gail Simone, Wonder Woman, Conan, Cecil Castellucci, Shade the Changing Girl, James Tynion IV, Detective Comics, Jim Lee, Neal Adams, Ray Fawkes, Ragman, Steve Orlando, Supergirl, John Romita Jr Frank Miller, Superman, Charlotte Sandler, BH Impact

It’s landmark Episode 300 of the Wayne’s Comics Podcast! To celebrate, I’m sharing the great interviews I recorded at this year’s New York Comic Con with many great DC Comics creators, all of which took place from October 4 through the 7th! You’ll hear my chat with Marguerite Bennett from Batwoman and DC’s Bombshells followed by my interview with Flintstones creator Mark Russell. After that is Tim Seeley discussing Green Lanterns, Gail Simone from Wonder Woman/Conan, and Cecil Castellucci, who scripts Shade the Changing Girl, followed by James Tynion IV, who talks about Detective Comics and his new series working with Jim Lee. Next up is legendary creator Neal Adams and a writer new to the show: Ray Fawkes, who is launching a revisited Ragman, and then there’s a brief chat with Steve Orlando about Supergirl. Things wrap up with John Romita, Jr., talking about his upcoming projects with Frank Miller and Superman, among other things! Please note that I did have some slight technical trouble, so you’ll hear a crackle or two, but not often! As always, special thanks to Charlotte Sandler from BH Impact and the folks at DC Comics’ publicity! You’ll find the sequence and times you can hear each interview during the podcast below:

  1. Marguerite Bennett, Batwoman                                             2:25
  2. Mark Russell, Flintstones                                                    10:37
  3. Tim Seeley, Green Lanterns                                               15:48
  4. Gail Simone, Wonder Woman/Conan                                27:00
  5. Cecil Castellucci, Shade the Changing Girl                        37:01
  6. James Tynion IV, Detective Comics                                   45:15
  7. Neal Adams, Deadman                                                      58:40
  8. Ray Fawkes, Ragman                                                     1:09:50
  9. Steve Orlando, Supergirl                                                 1:19:34
  10. John Romita, Jr., Silencer                                               1:21:46


Comics Alternative, Episode 233: Reviews of Afar, Underwinter #1, and Helena Crash #1

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:29 – Introduction
  • 00:02:30 – Patreon news!
  • 00:04:13 – Listener mail!
  • 00:09:14 – Afar
  • 00:36:46 – Underwinter #1
  • 00:56:10 – Helena Crash #1
  • 01:06:37 – Wrap up
  • 01:07:25 – Contact us


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This week Andy and Derek check out three recent titles for listeners with divergent, yet discerning, tastes. They begin with Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton’s Afar, an original graphic novel coming out next week from Image Comics. Both of the guys enjoyed the story, although Derek feels that the narration is unbalanced. It’s almost as if the creators hadn’t ultimately decided where to take their fantasy or which character’s perspective they wanted to privilege. Andy feels that this “incompleteness” may be due to future plans for the story, that this may be the first installment in a series of graphic novels.

Next, the Two Guys turn to the first issue in the latest series from Ray Fawkes, Underwinter (Image Comics). While the creator’s art style here is reminiscent of his earlier miniseries, Intersect, the storytelling is more immediate and accessible. In what purports to be an ongoing horror series, this first issue of the initial arc does everything that it needs to do and nicely sets the stage for what’s to come. Both guys are impressed!

Finally, Derek and Andy strike a lighter note with Fabian Rangel Jr and Warwick Johnson Cadwell’s Helena Crash #1 (IDW Publishing). This is a fun story, a futuristic tale in some unspecified world where coffee is illegal. The title character is a smuggler of the banned java, and her fearless, caffeinated attitude, along with the luchador crime boss she freelances for, makes for some wacky reading.

Comics Alternative, Episode 161: A Publisher Spotlight on Top Shelf Productions

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Can it be true? Are the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics actually doing yet another publisher spotlight? Are they gluttons for punishment? Are their eyeballs going to fall out from all of the reading? Maybe so, but if their orbs do drop out of their heads, they’ll do so while gazing at some of the great books coming out of Top Shelf Productions. In this episode, you’ll hear Andy and Derek talking about the publisher’s summer and fall releases, including:

Before they get into the titles themselves, Derek shares a brief interview he conducted with Chris Staros, the publisher of Top Shelf. They talk about the origins of Top Shelf, the authors who have helped define their line, and their recent acquisition by IDW Publishing. Then, it’s on to the books! The guys begin with a discussion of Eddie Campbell’s Bacchus Omnibus, Vol. 1. This is the first of two behemoth books collecting all of Campbell’s Bacchus stories, complete with the titular god of wine and revelry, Joe Theseus, Hermes, the Stygian Leech, and the guys’ favorite, the Eyeball Kid. After that, Derek and Andy revisit a comic that they first discussed almost two years ago, Chris Sheridan’s Motorcycle Samurai. Back in January of 2014, they looked at the first two issues of the digital series, but this time they focus on the first completed narrative arc. The guys point out some of TopSelfLogothe differences between the two versions, digital and hardcopy, while at the same time highlighting many of he strengths in Sheridan’s storytelling. The next book they cover, Julian Hanshaw’s Tim Ginger, turns out to be one of their favorite books of the year. Both Andy and Derek point out the ambitiousness of this narrative, both thematically and visually, especially given the book’s compressed format. Indeed, Andy wonders if perhaps there was too much that Hanshaw was attempting to take on. Jennifer Hayden’s The Story of My Tits is where they go after that. This is an autobiographic tale of the author’s bout with breast cancer. But the book is much more than a personal cancer narrative. It is also Hayden’s account of her important life relationships, both with her loved ones and with her breasts as they relate to self-image. Next, the Two Guys turn to a completely different kind of book, Troy Little’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Like the original, this is a wild ride, and Little’s composition brings out the surreal and even frightening quality of Thompson’s narrative. The guys note that Little does what Ralph Steadman does in his illustrations for the 1972 book, without being derivative in any way, and that this is a more approachable version that Terry Gilliam’s 1998 film. Finally, the guys wrap up with a book that is not yet out but will soon be, Ray Fawkes and Vince Locke’s Junction True. This is a disturbing science fiction tale that doesn’t seem that unrealistic at all. In fact, its thematic focus on body enhancement and media exhibitionism is not too far from the culture in which we currently reside. One could even read Junction True metaphorically as a cautionary tale…or one of contemporary gothic horror.



Comic News Insider Episode 559 – Even More SDCC w/ Orphan Black (Tatiana Maslany/Jordan Gavaris/Maria Doyle Kennedy/Ari Millen/Dylan Bruce/Kristian Bruun/Graeme Manson/John Fawcett) and Gene Luen Yang!


Comic News Insider: Episode 559 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Genius #1, Howtoons (Re)Ignition #1, Usagi Yojimbo Senso #1

Jimmy planned on having the podcast wife Erica on to co-host but due to a work commitment (on his part) he had to go solo. Next week there shall be a co-host! He discusses the demise of The Podcast Arena at New York Comic Con this year and mourns/gives tribute to one of his idols Robin Williams. Jimmy sat in the roundtables for the hit BBC America show Orphan Black and chatted with stars and producers Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Ari Millen, Dylan Bruce, Kristian Bruun, Graeme Manson, and John Fawcet. The roundtables were brief as they had to rush off to their panel but we got some good questions in. Apologies for the annoying/unprofessional reporter from HGTV whom manipulated the tables with her inane questions and often interrupted talent to chat with them. Besides that, and while brief, we still managed to get some exciting news about the upcoming season! Jimmy also chatted with amazing cartoonist Gene Luen Yang about his new graphic novel The Shadow Hero and some of his awesome past comic work. News includes: a new Batman comic called Gotham by Midnight coming from Ray Fawkes/Ben Templesmith, Disney theme parks will add more Star Wars and Kyle Maclachlan joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #146: Pandora, What If?, Superior Foes of Spider-Man and Batman ‘66

Episode #146

On this podcast we review three new titles: DC Comics’ Trinity of Sin: Pandora and Batman ‘66, and Marvel Comics’ What If? AVX #1. Oh, and a quick review of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1. That’s about it, really. Listen in!


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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #133: Comic Book Reviews, RIP John Stewart? & Marvel Meets Angela

Episode #133

On this podcast we review Valiant’s X-O Manowar #11, IMAGE’s Invincible #101 and DC’s Constantine #1. Then we talk some news with the possible death of John Stewart and the savior of the Marvel Universe: Neil Gaiman’s Angela. Listen in!


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Fight For Comics – Episode #106 – Secret Warriors Exposed

Fight For Comics 106

The Wednesday Warriors spotlight Secret Warriors with its stellar last issue. Wes also joins us to talk about his adventures at Tr!ckster and two movie discussions somehow got past security and find their way into our discussion.

Rise of Planet of the Apes

Cowboys Vs. Aliens

Caligula #3 (Avatar Press)
Written by David Lapham; Art by German Nobile

Heroes Comics 2011 (IDW Publishing)
Written by Neil Gaiman, Chris Ivy, John Layman, Jason Craig, Sam Kieth, Ralph Reese & Richard Starkings; Art by Mike Dringenberg, Sam Kieth, Chris Ivy, Rob Guillory, Jason Craig, Ralph Reese & Dougie Braithwaite

Severed #1 (Image Comics)
Written by Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft; Art by Attila Futaki

One Soul (Oni Press)
Written and drawn by Ray Fawkes

The Vault (Image Comics)
Written by Sam Sarkar; Art by Garrie M. Gastonny

Rust (Archaia Entertainment)
Written and drawn by Royden Lepp

Secret Warriors (Marvel Comics)
Written by Jonathan Hickman & Brian Michael Bendis; Art by Alessandro Vitti, David Marquez, Mirko Colak, Gianluca Gugliotta & Stefano Caselli

Trivia contest: Daytripper #1-10 signed by Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon.

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Burnt Weiners – Jims Indie Rack 002

Jim’s back again with a short and sweet episode of all things independent!
Join him as he discusses the Lush Comics app, a new format for independent creators to publish their work for iPhone and iPad (http://lushcomics.com/). He also talks a bit about Time Bomb comics upcoming release Dick Turpin and the Crimson Plague and other works by Steve Tanner.
One Soul by Ray Fawkes (Oni Press)
Freak Leap by Joe List
West issue #5  by Andrew Cheverton and Tim Keable  (Angry Candy)
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