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Word Balloon Comics Podcast

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1 on 1 interview show featuring the creative minds behind Comics TV Film Novels & Animation. Hosted by Chicago Pop Culture expert, John Siuntres

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1 on 1 interview show featuring the creative minds behind Comics TV Film Novels & Animation. Hosted by Chicago Pop Culture expert, John Siuntres

iTunes Ratings

317 Ratings
Average Ratings
271
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No One Beats John

By Chris M. - Sep 24 2019
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Great stuff. Keep it up, John. Still waiting on that Brian Vaughan interview.

Wordballoon is the best

By SeenbySean - Sep 22 2019
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Best pop culture interview show you’ll find on any platform.

iTunes Ratings

317 Ratings
Average Ratings
271
25
11
1
9

No One Beats John

By Chris M. - Sep 24 2019
Read more
Great stuff. Keep it up, John. Still waiting on that Brian Vaughan interview.

Wordballoon is the best

By SeenbySean - Sep 22 2019
Read more
Best pop culture interview show you’ll find on any platform.
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Word Balloon Comics Podcast

Latest release on Jan 13, 2020

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1 on 1 interview show featuring the creative minds behind Comics TV Film Novels & Animation. Hosted by Chicago Pop Culture expert, John Siuntres

Rank #1: Charles Soule His New Novel Plus Wolverine X-Men Star Wars & Daredevil

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Charles is back to promote his debut novel The Oracle Year. A real world look at what happens when an honest to god prophet starts correctly predicting the future and how the reliogious political and social cultures respond .

Plus we talk about his hilarious Image Series Curs Words With Ryan Browne .

Then its all abut his Marvel takes on Daredevil The X-men's ressurection of Charles Xavier , The Hunt For Wolverine and his star wars books. In in depth discussion of Darth Vader and how the Peo Dameron book is pushing the official star wars saga forward with plots tha happened after the events of The Last Jedi!

May 09 2018

2hr 4mins

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Rank #2: Tom King The Batman Catwoman Wedding Countdown & Mr Miracle's Private Hell

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&of Purgatory or Hell? How does the world's greatest escape artist get out of this one?

Plus more details on Tom's upcoming Sanctuary stories that will delve into the DC Universe Heroes and Villians psyches dealing with post traumatic disorders stemming for their near worldending experiences. Many thoughts on Comic Book History from The DC Silver Age, Thoughts on Stan Lee Jack Kirby Superman 1000 and more.

Mar 09 2018

3hr 7mins

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Rank #3: Comic Books Ed Brubaker Criminal and TV writers room 101

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Ed is back to talk about the latest edition of Criminal. his graphic novel All My Heroes Have Been Junkies both with art from Sean and Jacob Phillips. Plus Ed's adventures writing for HBO's Westworld and Jonathan Nolan, and his new Amazon Prime collaboration with filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)

Mar 07 2019

2hr 3mins

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Rank #4: Bendis To DC News With Novelist William Schweigart

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The news is out Brian Bendis leaves Marvel after 17 years, and has signed a new deal with DC comics. What will he write? There may be clues in past Bendis Tapes Discussions here in the Word Balloon archives . You'll hear my take as well as initial reactions from The League Of Word Balloon Listeners .

Then Novelist Bill Schweigart joins us to discuss his trilogy of Fantasy Action Novels The Beast Of Barcroft , Northwoods and The Devil's Colony. Publishers Weekly says "Readers who appreciate a B-movie sensibility, affable characters, and a sense of fun along with their scares will find much to enjoy."

Bill tells us about the books and the twists and turns he experienced bringing the trilogy to life.

Nov 08 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #5: Nick Spencer Secret Empire Wrap Up

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Nick is back to discuss the event, the controversies, the marvel universe fall out from the event, and what's next.

Sep 12 2017

2hr 5mins

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Rank #6: Alex Ross On The State Of The Superhero

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Alex is the keynote speaker at this weekend's Lake FX Chicago, The region's largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs, April 21-22, Alex will be talking Saturday at 3pm at the Chicago Cultural Center .

Apr 18 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #7: Dennis O'Neil - The Batman Conversation

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An epic discussion with the acclaimed writer of Batman, and so much more. We talk about his early days at Charlton Comics, why did he leave DC for Marvel in the 80s and why did he return to DC in the 90s? We talk about the Knightfall event, the story choices Dc wouldn't allow him to do and a lot more.

From his first days at DC, to the Hard Traveling Heroes run of Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and the social justice agenda , The master writer shares many stories from the silver bronze and platinum ages .

Aug 06 2018

2hr 6mins

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Rank #8: Dan Slott pt 1 On Spider-Man Universe and Doctor Who Thoughts

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Those are the big subjects we hit in former Spider-Man part 1 of this conversation . Dan can't help but also lapse into great stories about other Spider-Man creators I cluding Gerry Conway, Stan Lee David Michelini and more.

Part 2 is coming next with Silver Surfer talk and more!

Apr 28 2017

1hr 57mins

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Rank #9: Jim Zub On Avengers No Surrender and The Business Of Creator Owned Comics

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Jim Zub is back to preview Avengers No Surrender the weekly Avengers Event co-written by Mark Waid and Al Ewing. Jim takes us thrugh the process of writing this event.

We also discuss his creator owned books Wayward and Glitterbomb. Jim is always willing to share his insight on creating books for Image Comics and how they're doing in the modern comics market which is a bigger world than just the direct market stores. We talk about Jim's creator owned tutorials and his Tumblr account where he takes creator questions and manages to difuse negative insults into positive information on a regular basis.  '

Jim's book Glitterbomb has also managed to become even more relevant to today's cultural issues given it's premise of the plight of women in Hollywoood subjected to the real life horrors of sexual abuse. We can't help but discuss the book's ironic timing.

Nov 22 2017

1hr 53mins

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Rank #10: The Legacy Of George Carlin-With Kelly Carlin

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Ten years ago this month George Carlin passed away . His daughter Kelly joins us to talk about her father's incredible career and the release of a new DVD box set the explores the comedian's comedic evolution. From his "Mad Men" clean cut persona in the early 60s, his seven dirty words observational period of the 70s and 80s to his eventual "angry old man" pieces and of the 90s thru the 2000s. 

The set also contains never released material from all the various eras of Carlin's career fom 60s variety shows to 80s tv pilots and live footage from the 2000s of Carlin working out material at comedey clubs.

Kelly is a fellow podcaster and gives us her unique observations of her father's legacy.

Jun 15 2018

59mins

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Rank #11: The Psychology Of Wolverine, with Roy Thomas and Dr Suzana Flores

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It's another Word Balloon 101 discussion from Terrificon. Dr Suzana Flores the author of Untamed The Psychology of Wolverine talks about the mysteries of Logan, with Marvel Comics Legend Roy Thomas. We talk about all aspects and iterations of Logan from his comics to films.

Aug 31 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #12: A Stuart Immonen Retrospective

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Big news yesterday that Stuart and Kathryn Immonen are stepping away from comics for awhile. Let's look back on my convesations with Stuart about Nextwave, Ultimate Spider-Man, Fear Itself, His Superman run as writer and artist , The Final Night and many other projects with Warren Ellis Matt Fraction Brian Bendis and Kurt Busiek among others.

May 31 2018

2hr 29mins

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Rank #13: Justice League Film Review

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Joining me to talk about the film are the co-hosts of The Aw Yeah Podcast featuring Art Baltazar Franco! (Tiny Titans Superman Family Adventures and Super Powers) and Scoot McMahon ( Wrapped Up, Sami The Squirel)

Dec 04 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #14: Comic Books Matt Fraction Is Torturing Jimmy Olsen

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Matt talks about his spin on Jimmy working with Greg Rucka and Brian Bendis in the Superman universe and much more

Dec 02 2019

2hr 23mins

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Rank #15: Comic Books The Bendis Tapes q&a Pt1 Superman Legion Leviathan Wonder Comics Jinxworld and More

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Brian is back to discuss The aging of Jon Kent and its impact n Super Sons. Tons of facts about his upcoming Legion Of Super Heroes run., Event Leviathan , writing tips and more.

Jun 24 2019

1hr 41mins

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Rank #16: Comic Books Tom King On Batman New Gods Adam Strange and More

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A new King's Speech as we pre pare to do this in front of an audience at Terrificon this Saturday

Aug 04 2019

1hr 54mins

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Rank #17: Howard Chaykin's Secret History Of Comics and Adam & Aidan Glass

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First, a fresh take on teens fighting monsters in The Lollipop Kids from father and son writing team Adam and Aidan Glass, drawn by Diego Yapur from AfterShock. The main character, Nick, has dyslexia, a conditon he shares with Aidan, but it's more of a superpower than a hinderance that Nick uses to detect and fight a slew of monsters in New York . Nick also discovers a group of fellow teens whose ancestors brought the monsters with them when they came for old world Europe and other places to the US. Adam also talks about his current work on Teen Titans for DC, television writing on shows like The Chi for Showtime, and 4 years on Supernatural.
Then Howard Chaykin is back talking about his new Image series Hey Kids! Comics, a look back at the post WW2 Mad Men era of comics with real life stories from the industry . We also talk about the current comics market and Howard's place in it, conventions and fans, superhero TV and film, and a full recommended TV viewing list from Chaykin.

Oct 01 2018

2hr 13mins

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Rank #18: Frank Frazetta The Legacy With Frank Frazetta Jr

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Frank Frazetta died in 2010. he fantasy artist left a body of work in comics bookcovers film posters and paintings that modern fantasy artists continue to emulate and get inspirations. The Frazetta Museum has reopened and is in the midst of a kickstarter campaign to raise funds, in addition to great products at their website

Fisrt Moises Chiullan joins us to explain the amazing new limited edition silk screen t-shirts they're selling based on 4 classic Frazetta paintings, and the painstaking process to recreate the texture of the originals.

Then a great chat with Frank Jr telling great stories about his father's works process and legacy.

Nov 10 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #19: Comic Books Bendis Tapes pt 2 Marvel, Kitty Pryde Film, Vertigo and More

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Bendis and I continue the Q&A answering tough questions about leaving Marvel, Update On The Kitty Pryde Film, Bendis's audition for Vertigo back in the day, plus more on Leviathan Wonder Comics, Jinxworld, Superman, The Legion and more writing process tips.

Jun 24 2019

1hr 53mins

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Rank #20: Comic Books The Origins Of Batwoman With Greg Rucka

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As The new CW TV show debuts Greg talks about his initial ideas for Kane Kane and his incredible collaboration with JH Williams

Oct 04 2019

1hr 23mins

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Comic Books Marvel writer Jim Zub On Conan D&D Avengers and Serpent War

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Jan 13 2020

1hr 53mins

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Movies Critic Matt Singer talks Award season and a look back at nerd films of 2019

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Jan 13 2020

1hr 45mins

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Television Robert Meyer Burnett on Star Trek Picard Discovery Watchmen and more

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The Director Of Free Enterprise and the host of You Tube's Robservations is back to talk Trek and Other TV and Films

Jan 11 2020

3hr 8mins

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Movies The Matrix 20th Anniversary With Geof Darrow

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From 2005 Geof was one of the conceptual artists on the groundbreaking 1999 film. He shares many behind the scene stories about who were other actors considered for Neo.

We also talk about Geif's comics like Hard Boiled and Big Guy & Rusty The Robot with Frank Miller, Shaolin Cowboy, and working with Mobius .

Dec 31 2019

1hr 3mins

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Comic Books Hero Of The Decade Miles Morales with BENDIS!

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The First and last Conversations about The creation of Miles Morales with Brian Bendis from 2011 and 2017

Dec 30 2019

1hr 9mins

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Movies and TV Pre New Years Eve Party with Art & Franco! Scoot And Skokie Spidey

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More loose movie and TV talk about CATS! The Irishman and recasting The Rise Of Skywalker with other celebs, featuring the almost voices of Bill Cosby Joe Pesci Donald Trump, Jamie Farr and Mathew McConaughey

Dec 30 2019

1hr 10mins

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Star Wars Rise Of Skywalker Spoilers With Art & Franco

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SPOILERS! A crazy discussion about Episode 9 and the Star Wars Mythos in general with The Cast Of The Aw Yeah Podcast Art Baltazar Franco! Scoot McMahon and Skokie Spidey

Dec 27 2019

1hr 46mins

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The Rise and Fall Of The Marvel Comics Movie Panel With Joe Q and Bendis

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During The Holiday Weeks Word Balloon is re-releasing important conversations from 2010-2019. Here's a few talks with Joe Quesada Marvel's Chief Creative office talking about the the Marvel Movie panel's involvement in the MCU films, Netflix and ABC TV and Animation. He, Brian Bendis Publisher Dan Buckley and Alan Light would confer with filmmakers with input on scrips and film direction. and a talk with Brian Bendis when the news dropped that Kevin Feige would no longer work with the panel.

Dec 23 2019

2hr 29mins

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Television Comic Books Mark Millar The Barefoot (Netflix) Exectutive

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In this new chat, Mark Millar opened up about being a Netflix executive. In April 2017 The streaming company bought Millarworld Mark's comic book imprint and story library , and hired him to oversee their adaptations to film and TV properties and create new concepts.

In this interview he discusses the production progress on several of his comic creations
being adapted into films and television series including Jupiter's Legacy,
American Jesus, and Huck. You'll hear about casting choices, screenwriters and directors
for the various projects. Plus he talks about the status of the Millar properties
at other studios made prior to the Neflix deal like Kick-Ass Kingsman
Starlight and Nemesis.

Millar also talks about his observations on the TV Film and Comics markets.
He gives his reactions to Brian Bendis choice to reveal Superman's Clark Kent
Identity, thoughts on DC and Marvel, and the current strength and growth of
creator owned comics.
Plus Mark chats about the return of his American Jesus story arc. The first
issue of the second chapter dropped this past Wednesday

Dec 19 2019

1hr 27mins

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Cartoons Ralph Bakshi Talks Wizards, Spider-Man 67 Mighty Mouse TerryToons and more

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From Feb 2013 . Ralph talks about making cartoon movies with out thinking about the merchandise. We talk about his early days of animation and his most recent release Last Days Of Coney Island now playing at Youtube and Vimeo

Dec 17 2019

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Comic Books Matthew Rosenberg Talks Marvel Hawkeye FreeFall Black Mask and The Wu Tang Clan

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Fun talk with Matthew as he previews the New Years Release Of Hawkeye FreeFall drawn by Otto Schmidt . We talk about past runs of The Punisher Kingpin and Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man . Plus Matt's comics at Black Mask Studios Adventures with Rza and Ghost of The Wu Tang Clan and more

Dec 13 2019

1hr 39mins

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Comic Books Time Travel With Tony Fleecs Plus Star Wars My Little Pony and More

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Tony is back talking about his new Action Lan Graphic Novel Timeshopper Drawn by Christian Meesey. It's hilarious and beautiful! Plus My Little Pony and Star Wars talk

Dec 13 2019

2hr 2mins

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Comic Book TV Jeph Loeb and The History Of Marvel Television pt1

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As Variety reported the coming end of Marvel Television, we look back at conversations with Marvel TV's President Jeph Loeb on the beginnings of the TV production company

Dec 11 2019

1hr 30mins

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Comix David Lloyd Talks Aces Weekly V For Vendetta Kickback and more

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In case you haven't noticed, David Lloyd isn't drawing comic books any more. He's still very much involved in the medium creating the digital comic anthology Aces Weekly, a weekly digital only comic featuring serialized stories in genres from humor to crime adventure and sci-fi. David's current creativity is pointed at publishing this digital only comic. He's stopped drawing to concentrate on this effort. He talks about his view on the current comics market and looks back at V For Vendetta, his war comics with Garth Ennis and his crime graphic novel Kickback

Dec 10 2019

1hr 35mins

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Cartoons Batman Gotham Knight DVD Talks With Bruce Timm Alan Burnett Greg Rucka Brian Azzarello

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A look back at the 2008 animated collection of Batman shorts that came out just before the 2nd Christopher Nolan Batman film The Dark Knight. Conversations about Batman with Bruce Timm Greg Rucka Brian Azzarello Composer Christopher Drake and Alan Burnett

Dec 10 2019

1hr 23mins

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Cartoons Batman The Brave And Bold Cast and Producers Look Back

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Ten Years later a retrospective look ar interviews with showrunners James Tucker and Michael Jelenick, and Stars Diedrich Bader and John DiMaggio

Dec 08 2019

1hr 49mins

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Cartoons Harley Quinn Showrunner Patrick Schumacher Streaming On DC Universe

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We go behind the scenes of the new Harley cartoon starring Kaley Cucco, (Harley) Alan Tudyk, (The Joker) and Lake Bell (Poison Ivy)

Dec 06 2019

1hr 16mins

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Comic Books Henry Barajas Great Grandfather and the Urbanization of Tucson

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Henry Barajas is a Latinx author from Tucson, AZ. He is best known for his graphic memoir about his great-grandfather Ramon Iaurigue titled La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo. We talk about his family and life in his tribe and the Urbanization of Tucson .

Dec 06 2019

1hr 8mins

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Comic Books Matt Fraction Is Torturing Jimmy Olsen

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Matt talks about his spin on Jimmy working with Greg Rucka and Brian Bendis in the Superman universe and much more

Dec 02 2019

2hr 23mins

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Comic Books Happy Birthday Keith Giffen

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From 2006 Keith talks Lobo The Bwa Ha Ha Justice League years, the creation Of Power Girl Legion Of Super Heroes and much more

Dec 02 2019

1hr 30mins

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iTunes Ratings

317 Ratings
Average Ratings
271
25
11
1
9

No One Beats John

By Chris M. - Sep 24 2019
Read more
Great stuff. Keep it up, John. Still waiting on that Brian Vaughan interview.

Wordballoon is the best

By SeenbySean - Sep 22 2019
Read more
Best pop culture interview show you’ll find on any platform.