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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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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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This week we got the chance to interview W. Maxwell Prince writer of one of our favorite comics coming out currently Ice Cream Man. 

W. Maxwell Prince writes in Brooklyn and lives with his wife, daughter. He is the author of ONE WEEK IN THE LIBRARY, The Electric Sublime, and Judas: The Last Days. 

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Joined by special guest Kiley!

Suzie's just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we'd ALL do: rob a couple banks. 

 

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January 6, 2019

Creator Focus: Jeff Lemire

This week we talk about Jeff Lemire! 

Writer, Artist and Cartoonist

 

Link to the Secret Path Video:
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Jeff Lemire: Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller

  • Born: March 21, 1976 (age 42) Essex County, Ontario, Canada
  • Notable Works

    • Essex County Trilogy
    • The Nobody
    • Sweet Tooth
    • Animal Man
    • Green Arrow
    • Black Hammer
    • Gideon Falls
  • Awards

    • Xeric Award, 2005 Lost Dogs
    • YALSA Alex Award, 2008Essex County Volume 1: Tales from the Farm
    • Joe Shuster Award, 2008 Outstanding Cartoonist
    • Doug Wright Award, 2008 Best Emerging Talent
    • Joe Shuster Award, 2009 & 2013 Outstanding Canadian Cartoonist (recognizing his work on Sweet Tooth and The Underwater Welder)
    • Eisner Award, 2017 Black Hammer
    • He has also been nominated for 6-8 Eisner Awards, 5-7 Harvey Awards and 6-8 Shuster Awards.
  • After self-publishing the Xeric Award-winning comic book Lost Dogs in 2005 via his Ashtray Press imprint, Lemire found a home at Top Shelf Productions.
    • This 104-page mythic yarn follows a family man who's larger than life... but even he may not be powerful enough to prevent the loss of everything he's ever known.
  • Lemire wrote and illustrated Essex County Trilogy for Top Shelf
  • Lemire wrote and illustrated the full-colour Vertigo series Sweet Tooth
    • Gus, a young boy with deer features, lives a quiet life deep in the woods with his father. He learns many things, from medical care to religious prophecy. Though he loves his religious father, he yearns to escape as he learns that there is not fire past the trees, but simply more land.

 

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December 30, 2018

Best of 2018

Joined by special guests Kenny and McCord we talk about our picks of 2018!

 

Be sure to check out McCords Movie

Rockwell: God and Guns

http://www.rockwellgodandguns.com

 

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This week we for Creator Focus is all about Joshua Williamson

What have you read by Joshua Williamson that you would recomend?

 

Tyler’s chosen book: The Flash Lightning strikes Twice

Mary’s chosen book: NailBiter

 

Tyler’s pick of the week: Mister Miracle

Mary’s pick of the week: Ice Cream Man  

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July 15, 2018

Was It That Bad?: Spawn

This week we discuss Spawn and answer the question Was it That Bad?

 

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