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Love comic books and nerd culture? This is the podcast for you! Comic book and movie reviews as well as in depth discussion about the medium and community as a whole. In addition to talking all things nerdy, we always try to focus on the Comic Book Creator (s) as much as possible.

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October 13, 2019

Creator Focus: Jeph Loeb

"Joseph "Jeph" Loeb III is an American film and television writer, producer and comic book writer. Loeb was a producer/writer on the TV series Smallville and Lost, writer for the films Commando and Teen Wolf, and a writer and co-executive producer on the NBC TV show Heroes from its premiere in 2006 to November 2008"

 

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September 22, 2019

Top 5 Supporting Characters

This week we talk about our Top 5 Supporting Characters in comics

 

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Miskatoic High: Five teens take on H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters and their small-town high school … They’re just not sure which is worse.

 

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September 1, 2019

Should Superheroes Kill?

This week we talk about and ask the question Should Superheroes kill?

Be sure to let us know your thoughts as well and where you stand. Are you a hard Yes or No or do you fall in the middle?

 

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Written by James Maddox, Art by Gavin Smith, Letters by Ryan Ferrier, Cover by Leo Colapietro.

"A widow seeking revenge. A champion hellbent on losing. A world-class assassin second-guessing her contract. The Dead Legends tournament contains a long history of pitting the best fighters in the world against one another. But this year, these combatants bend the rules and place the future of the tournament in jeopardy. This is the martial arts throwback series that hits harder than a kick to the skull, where alliances are made, bonds are broken, and fighters lose their lives."

Check out Dead Legends on A Wave Blue World

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This week we talk about Gail Simone for Creator Focus

Gail Simone

Born:     July 29, 1974 Oregon

Occupation: Writer, Critic

Notable Works:

  • Birds of Prey
  • Secret Six
  • Welcome to Tranquility
  • Wonder Woman
  • Red Sonja
  • Batgirl

Awards

  • 2009, she was inducted into the Friends of Lulu's Female Comic Creator's Hall Of Fame.
  • 2010 and 2012, Simone was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book through her work on Secret Six
  • July 2014, Simone was awarded the first ever True Believers Comic Award for Roll of Honor/Comic Excellence at London Film and Comic Con

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1990’s

  • Simone first came to fan attention through Women in Refrigerators, a website founded in 1999

    • In response to Green Lantern #54, where Kyle’r girlfriend (Alexandra DeWitt) was murdered and put into a refrigerator.
    • The site was dedicated to identifying female superheroes who had been killed, raped, or otherwise suffered traumatic indignities as a plot device for a male character.
  • Simone worked for Bongo Comics, scripting many of their comics based on The Simpsons.
    • Her contributions include stories for Simpsons Comics, an annual Treehouse of Horror special, and regular scripts for Bart Simpson Comics.

2000’s

  • Simone entered the comics mainstream with a run on Marvel Comics' Deadpool.
  • When Deadpool was canceled and relaunched as Agent X, Simone continued as writer, but eventually left the series after a conflict with the series' editor
  • After the dispute with Marvel, Simone moved on to DC Comics, where she was given the Birds of Prey title in 2003
    • all-female group consisting of Oracle, Black Canary, The Huntress and Lady Blackhawk.
  • Simone took over Action Comics after writer Chuck Austen, with John Byrne penciling.
  • 2005 Villains United limited series – part of the "Infinite Crisis" crossover – in which she revitalized the Catman character.
  • wrote a two-issue story arc that focused on the new Hawk & Dove for the third Teen Titans series, with Rob Liefeld penciling.
    • Simone maintained her usual enthusiastic stance, fandom was quick to lambast the promotional art Liefeld produced in tandem with the PR announcement.
  • In 2005 Simone wrote a Villains United limited series spin-off, entitled Secret Six, which led to an ongoing series
    • debuted in September 2008 and finished with the rest of DC's titles prior to the September 2011 New 52 relaunch.
  • Killer Princesses #1–3 (with Lea Hernandez, Oni Press, December 2001 – April 2003) collected as:
    • Killer Princesses (96 pages, February 2004
  • Action Comics #827–831 & 833–835 2006
    • Collected as: Superman: Strange Attractors
  • Rose and Thorn #1–6 2004
  • Simone also wrote an Atom series, based on ideas by Grant Morrison
  • Other work includes a Gen¹³ series 2006
  • and a creator-owned project about a retirement community of super-heroes, Welcome to Tranquility, for the company Wildstorm.
  • Simone was also a contributor to Tori Amos's Comic Book Tattoo
    • an Eisner Award and Harvey Award-winning anthology graphic novel made up of fifty-one stories, each based on or inspired by a song by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos, published by Image Comics in 2008.
  • April 12, 2007, DC announced that Simone would be the new regular writer of the third volume of Wonder Woman
    • notable for being Wonder Woman's longest-running female writer

2010’s

  • named as the writer for Birds of Prey under the "Brightest Day" banner.
  • A second Welcome to Tranquility limited series was also published in 2010
  • June 2011, it was announced that Simone would be working on a revamped Firestorm series starring Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch
  • 2011, Simone contributed to The Power Within, a Kickstarter-funded comic book that focuses on teen bullying
  • That same year, as part of DC Comics' New 52 initiative, Simone wrote the new Batgirl title starring Barbara Gordon.
    • Simone introduced a character named Alysia Yeoh, who was later revealed to be transgender, the first major transgender character written in a contemporary context in a mainstream comic book
  • 2012, various press reported rumors that her exclusivity deal with DC was coming to an end, that she was leaving the Batgirl title and possibly DC
    • December 9, 2012 Simone revealed that her departure was not voluntary, and that she had been fired from Batgirl the preceding Wednesday by the book's new editor, Brian Cunningham
    • December 21, Simone was back writing Batgirl
  • 2013, DC announced The Movement, a new series by Simone and artist Freddie Williams II, which Simone calls, "a book about power – who owns it, who uses it, who suffers from its abuse."
    • It focused on a group of teenagers, known as The Movement or Channel M, who use their superpowers to fight the corruption in Coral City.
  • The following month Simone began writing a new ongoing Red Sonja series for Dynamite
  • Simone was listed first on IGN's list of the "Best Tweeters in Comics" for the "enthusiasm and thoughtfulness" of her Twitter posts
  • 2014 to 2015, Simone wrote the Lara Croft series Tomb Raider for Dark Horse Comics.
    • The series was set in the continuity of the 2013 video game reboot and takes place between that game and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Bonus: Other Media

  • Simone worked on the Justice League Unlimited episode "Double Date", which features Question, Huntress, Green Arrow and Black Canary in a romantic adventure tinged with revenge and jealousy.
  • She also wrote a 2010 episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold titled "The Mask of Matches Malone!", which features Black Canary and Huntress from the Birds of Prey, as they try to remind Matches Malone that he is Batman.
  • 2007, Simone created and wrote an episode of GameTap's Revisioned: Tomb Raider, entitled "Pre-Teen Raider"
  • 2019 she wrote "Between Dark and Dawn", an episode of the television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

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We have David and Drew on the show to talk about Canto

Canto’s adventure begins! Enslaved for generations, Canto’s people once had hearts. Now they have clocks. When slavers damage a little tin girl’s clock beyond repair, Canto must brave his strange and fantastic world to bring back her heart. Can he overcome the dangers that await to save the one he loves?

CREATORS:

David M. Booher (Author)  Twit: @davidbooher

Drew Zucker (Artist, Cover Artist)  Twit: @ Drew_Zucker

Vittorio Astone (Colorist)

 

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June 23, 2019

Triage with Phillip Sevy

This week comic creator Phillip Sevy returns to the fortress to tell us about his upcoming mini series from Dark Horse Comics "Triage". The first issue of Triage comes out on September 4th so be sure to let your LCS know that you want it!

Follow Phillip Sevy

@phillipsevy on Twitter

@phillipsevycomicart on Facebook and Instagram

Buy art from Phillip at phillipsevy.com 

 

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June 2, 2019

Interview: Doug Wagner

This week we got to talk to Doug Wagner about a his new book The Ride.

 

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