Rank #1: Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen | The Wicked + The Divine
In this episode Jamie and Kieron get meta and talk about the end of WicDiv but also other comics.
Topics include being gods and maybe dying themselves, not sure what to do after WicDiv, trying to escape each other, not being able to sing, the bible ya know, not smoking for good reasons, not liking the monetization of diversity, being aware that art transforms people lives, daring their readers, re-doing the work itself, the final scene of the run, music video direction, potentially leaving to direct, Matt Wilson for President, and what they’re reading!
Sep 27 2016
Rank #2: Gene Yang | New Super-Man
In this episode Gene Yang sat with us to talk about education and also comics.
Topics include New Super-Man, using comics to help educate, teaching high school for 17 years, educational uses in comics, getting the Xeric grant, “turtles money,” maybe saying new to a brand new Super-Man comic book, Kenan as a bully, Superman maybe a bully too so, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and he’s reading!
Sep 06 2016
Rank #3: Tula Lotay | Thought Bubble
In this episode Tula Lotay sat with us to talk about her work on Thought Bubble and also comics.
Topics include free cookies, Though Bubble art festival, dyslexia, educational programs, Tula’s artbook, the eternal time struggle, getting experimental on Heartless with Warren Ellis, and Tia brings it all back to WicDiv because of course.
Sep 01 2016
Rank #4: Shawn Martinbrough | Thief of Thieves
In this episode Shawn sat with us to talk about his work on Thief of Thieves, love and also other comics.
Topics include staying put on Thief of Thieves, Kirkman running the writer’s room, different vibes on different writers, the whys of creator owned work, owning property, staying on a schedule and delivering quality work, creating a platform with VERGE, working outside of your medium, “the Ren” and the Harlem Renaissance, the creative vibe of going to the FAME school, Pizza Hut and Seamless, and he’s reading!
Aug 23 2016
Rank #5: Susana Polo | Polygon
In this episode Susana Polo sat with us to talk about Batman but also other comics.
Topics include Susana’s deal, wanting to be friends, video games and entertainment, audience reaction, what would you say you do around here, growing up and getting older with Frank Miller’s work, critical thinking, what we need from Batman OK, Bane and Knightfall forever, poor Jim Gordon, Arkham vs Telltale, the fake geek girl, obstacles creating the Mary Sue, and what she’s reading!
Aug 18 2016
Rank #6: Peter J. Tomasi + Patrick Gleason | Superman
In this episode Peter and Patrick sat with us to talk about fatherhood and also Superman.
Topics include bringing parenthood into storytelling, not caring about Damian, fatherhood as a weakness or strength, parenting isn’t as easy as you once thought, creator for writer and artist, and what he’s reading!
Aug 16 2016
Rank #7: Simon Hansellman | Megg & Mogg
In this episode Simon Hansellman sat with us to talk about rainy port towns and comics.
Topics include the the Hansel Man, growing in Tasmania, Mad Magazine, weird hippies, company shill, publishing zines from 8 years old, possibly all-ages version to deal with heavy topics and themes, meeting Matt Groening, weird TV meetings, Sci-Fi settings, VICE comics, my kind of people, sexy Spider-Man, wanting more rip-offs, and what he’s reading!
Aug 12 2016
Rank #8: Matt Miller | Game Informer
In this episode Matt Miller sat with us to talk about melding comics and video games just for you.
Topics include video games obv, getting Stranger Things references out of the way early, 80s references, RPG, communal experience, what does a senior previews editor even mean anyway(?), retro Transformers comics, X-Men forever, Matt talks about AoA and Wizard for the millionth time so whoever took that number you win this week, it all comes full circle with pro wrestling, trying not to hate what you love, HALO, maybe not getting yelled at while playing games, and what he’s reading!
Aug 09 2016
Rank #9: Traveling Podcast Party w/ Hope Nicholson + Kieron Gillen
In this episode Hope and Kieron sat with us to talk about Elfquest and other books they love.
Topics include reading the reading lists of our lives, 7-Eleven, Ralph’s, the beautiful Neil Morgan Auditorium at the San Diego Central Library, comics in Pathmark because where else would go for comics, OK Hope got them at flea markets so, Elfquest, elves as fascist, British Transformers, sobbing at comics, gasping audiences, works that pushed yourself to work inside of comics, Enigma, 1940s comics, bonkers panel setups, comics to finally recommend!
Aug 02 2016
Rank #10: Margaret Atwood and G. Willow Wilson
In this episode Margaret and G. Willow sat with us to talk about inspiration and authors saying goodbye to their work.
Topics include reading each other’s work, writing talent and becoming inspired to write, seeing inspiration, making it OK to talk about feminism in genre fiction, prophetic works, taking Ms Marvel and aging her for a different and growing audience, grasping the changes you brought to the reader, the author saying goodbye to the work itself, different readers finding different meanings!
Jul 23 2016
Rank #11: Sam Riedel and Carolyn Cox | The Mary Sue
In this episode Sam and Carolyn from The Mary Sue discuss writing for The Mary Sue and loving comics!
Topics include Kara winging the intro live, that fancy new Pokemon game of course, using Pokemon GO as motivation for POC and transpeople, writing on the internet is actually really really tough when you’re not a man, Matt apologizing for all men everywhere and then stops talking, when Kara discovered The Mary Sue, finding the balance and being inclusive as much as possible, balancing point of views, getting into comics, Tim Drake connections, why write(?), feeling empowered by sharing your analysis, Kim’s nude selfie, and what they are reading!
Jul 12 2016
Rank #12: Gwenda Bond, Kate Leth, and Ming Doyle | Girl Over Paris
In this episode Gwenda, Kate, and Ming discuss turning the hugely popular Girl on a Wire into a graphic novel.
Topics include the greatest info of all time(?), how Gwenda brought the novel into the medium of comics, Kate and Ming working on a licensed property in a brand new visual format, how does a book like this even get made, Pinterest boards, not many folks choose the circus as a setting, getting inside of Jules’ head, Ming Doyle puns, not being defined by relationships, Google Maps, Matt’s a bigshot who has been to Paris FYI, maybe we’re into grave-robbing, and what they are reading!
Jul 06 2016
Rank #13: Sal and Tiffany | ComicPOP!
In this episode Sal and Tiffany discuss their mega popular YouTube channel and loving comics!
Topics include how Sal and Tiffany first got into comic books at the breakfast table or even later in life, The Clone Saga, The Wildcats TV show, low level Public Access Television, starting the video vibes, 90s ruining things and then making comics get again, Wizard as the internet, being the positivity, smiling and nodding, comic book burnout, and what they are reading!
Jun 28 2016
Rank #14: George Gustines | New York Times
In this episode George Gustines discusses loving comics and spreading the word at the New York Times.
Topics include how George first got into comic books with the Superfriends, George Perez on Justice League 200, reading comics from the newsstand, movies and TV shows as the new gateway into comics, approaching writing at the Times as opposed to a comic news site, not looking like an idiot to comic fans, comics tackling real world events, not crying during Rebirth, getting dazzled, Darwyn Cooke, staying engaged at the Times after being there for so long, and what he’s reading!
Jun 21 2016
Rank #15: Seth Meyers | Late Night with..
In this episode Seth Meyers discussed loving comics and then us loving him.
Topics include when Seth first got into comic books, Green Lantern giving up a month after he started, being more of a DC guy at first, spending money on booze instead of comics in college, living abroad, Hellblazer, Starman, Grant Morrison’s JLA, co-writing Spider-Man during the writer’s strike, working together with Kevin Maguire, Justice League being his Watchmen, meeting Kevin Maguire, JL on CW, getting back into comics with Joss Whedon’s X-Men and Brian Michael Bendis’s DD, digital comics on plane rides, using his large platform to share comics love, Matt being a dorky father and asking about kids and comics, just what does a talk show host’s schedule look like, and what he’s reading, and then we give some picks for Seth!
Apr 20 2016
Rank #16: Jen Vaughn | Angoulême
In this episode Jen Vaughn discusses her travelogue, freelancing, and explains color flatting to us noobs.
Topics include Matt being a dullard, the world of a freelancer, trying to put a travelogue together, Avery Fatbottom #2 is maybe coming out soon, blown out underwear, The Wolverine movie bullet train, French fellowships are mind-blowing, come to France for love, amazing troll accents, what the heck is color flatting anyway, do demi-gods age(?), being a part of an anthology, what to keep an eye out for with Jen, and what she’s reading!
Mar 21 2016
Rank #17: Charles Soule + Alberto Alburquerque | Letter 44
In this episode Charles Soule + Alberto Alburquerque discuss BIG STUFF happening in Letter 44.
Topics include bringing Letter 44 to other locations, both creators meeting just for the second time and how that impacts the creation process, faking liking each other, preferring the album format, allowing for a lead time, big time crap happening right now, how two creators plan the end, OTOMO, “this is not pop culture, this is culture,” and what they’re reading!
Mar 14 2016
Rank #18: Noah Van Sciver | Fante Bukowski
In this episode Noah Van Sciver discusses loser characters and why we love them.
Topics include working your way out of being a loser, being inspired by Robert Crumb, skewering this type of “I’m a poet“ writer, weird romantic writers, that pipe dildo + gun scene, translating to another language, universal stories, Saint Cole messing with Matt’s mind, artistic fellowships, being a celebrity in Denver, interviewing terrible bands, and what he’s reading!
Mar 07 2016
Rank #19: Ivan Brandon | Drifter
In this episode Ivan talks about Drifter and its inspirations.
Topics include the inspirations for Drifter, Matt mentions Fear Agent because of course, LA Noir, high concept coupled with a rich cast, Nick on art is underrated as all get out, having a local dialect and personal expression, writing preferences, Flash Gordon, Han Solo and friends, and what he’s reading!
Feb 29 2016
Rank #20: Jason Latour | Southern Bastards
In this episode Jason talks about football, Dusty Rhodes, and maybe some comics.
Topics include Southern Bastards as the ultra American comic, translation nuance, Milestone, finding a French football fan, the absurdity of it all, understanding Spider-Gwen, Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl, going to see The Force Awakens with the entire team, sitting next to Magnum TA at an American Gladiators event, Dusty Rhodes impressions, TREE: life drawings, not wanting to miss the overall experience of Southern Bastards through the larger cast, and what he’s reading!
Feb 22 2016