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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

350 Ratings
Average Ratings
300
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12

Great show!

By ShawnMarshall_HJ - Mar 21 2020
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Love these chats with creators of all eras!

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.

iTunes Ratings

350 Ratings
Average Ratings
300
26
11
1
12

Great show!

By ShawnMarshall_HJ - Mar 21 2020
Read more
Love these chats with creators of all eras!

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.
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Word Balloon Comics Podcast

Latest release on Aug 14, 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: Ted Anderson's caper Moth and Whisper-Brad Melzer Talks Neil Armstrong & Comics

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A great double feature, writer Ted Anderson talks about his and Jen Hickman's new book for After Shock Comics Moth and Whisper. It's a caper story in a cyberpunk world with an interesting hero. ted also talks about his past and upcoming work on Adventure Time Comics and My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 
Then Brad Meltzer is back to talk about his and Chris Eliopolus's Biography I am Neil Armstrong, with lots of stories about the first man on the moon. Plus comic book talk about Superman big comic event stories and more

Sep 07 2018

2hr 27mins

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Rank #3: Comic Books Tom King Talks Adam Strange and Strange Adventures Batrman Catwoman and More

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Jan 31 2020

2hr 28mins

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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: Ep 1000 Comic Books After Hours With Tom King

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While we're all sitting in our homes, why not spend the time talking to a friend? Tom and I talk about being at the last convention held before the virus C2E2 and our relief that we didn't get cooties from it. Plus old movie and TV talk comic books, creator and celeb encounters and more.

Mar 17 2020

2hr 21mins

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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: Comic Books The Bendis Tapes Clark Kent Never, Superman Forever?

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Where do you stand on secret identities? Necessary ? Old hat? Bendis is making Superman reveal his to the world in December's Superman #18. What does it ,mean for him his friends family and all the citizens bad and good in the DCU?

Oct 21 2019

1hr 49mins

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Rank #8: 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 #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: 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 #11: DC in D.C. With Tom King and Julie & Shawna Benson

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Lots of fun catching up with the Benson sisters (Batgirl and The Birds Of Prey) and Tom King (Batman -Mister Miracle) after the big event DC Comics held last weekend in the nation's capital. 

You'll hear about their panels and red carpet encounters, plus Tom gives more background about Sanctuary, his concept to explore Heroes suffering from PTSD after their near death experiences .

Then we all settle in for some classic movie talk while we play a round of Old Movie Trivia. How well will you do compared to us? Play along.

Jan 18 2018

2hr 3mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: Father Of The Superhero Crossover Gardner Fox With Comic Book Historian Jennifer DeRoss

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From The first meeting of The Justice Society, to The Flash Of Two Worlds, To The First Crisis Stories . Gardner Fox wrote them all in addition to classic Green Lantern and Batman tales. From The Golden Age To The Bronze Age Fox helped forge the modern superhero stories . In her new biography of Fox, Historian Jennifer DeRoss's examines the writer's oft forgotten contributions to DC cannon , and beyond.

Sep 12 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #16: Writing Your First Comic Tips From Sam Humphries

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The Hammer is back! Sam talks about writing Harley Quinn and Dial H For Hero . We also talk about him co-hosting DC Daily on DC Universe , but Sam has a ton of tips about writing your first comic book .

May 26 2020

1hr 38mins

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Rank #17: Comics The Bendis Tapes Covid 19 Edition

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Brain Checks in to let us know his situation during the virus but also has a message of creative hope. We also squeeze a few laughs in

Apr 08 2020

1hr 25mins

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Rank #18: 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 #19: comic books Bryan Hitch talks Lex Luthor The Batman's Grave and More

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Bryan is back with great observations on Lex, Bruce Alfred and a lot more subjects in this new conversation

Oct 08 2019

2hr 33mins

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Rank #20: Comic Book Diversity and The Direct Market Debate With Pop Culture Analyst Rob Salkowitz

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Lot's of recommended reading for this episode. This all came out of a Marvel Summit with Comic Store retailers held last month. Read Milton Griep's ICV2 coverage of the summit and his interview with Marvel's SVP of sales and marketing David Gabriel .
The coverage sparked a massive online debate and discussion about how the new characters of color and diversity are being received by comic book readers.
Is there a big difference between the direct store market wednessday warriors and the bookstore buying-tv viewer and film going masses that represent the "new younger reading audience"?
Are the big 2 publishers DC and Marvel struggling to cater to both audiences?
Rob Salkowitz has written editorials at ICV2 about the questions discussed at the marvel summit and the problem both companies have when they try to create new diverse characters .
Also read G Willow Wilson's blog post giving her POV on why a character like Ms Marvel works.

Apr 10 2017

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TV To The Outer Limits Ep 2 rewatch 100 Days Of The Dragon

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Aug 14 2020

55mins

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Comics Mark Waid Talks Marvel Humanoids his DC Past...and Future?

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Could a new Superman run be in Mark's Future? Listen closely. We also talk about The invisible Woman Dr Strange and other recent Marvel runs, his EIC job at Humanoids and fans talks about The Flash FF and other great story runs from Mark's past

Aug 13 2020

1hr 16mins

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Comics Tom Taylor Talks 7 Secrets Suicide Squad DCeased Injustice

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Tom talks about his hit new book from Boom out today and already a sell put. The International Mystery Seven Secrets

Then we go over all of Tom's hit books from DC The new slew of characters he's created for Suicide Squad , The extinction level events in DCeased and the latest volume of Injustice

Plus a preview of his Marvel What If series in this year's free comic book summer book. That series starts early next year

Aug 12 2020

1hr 20mins

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Comix Mike Hawthorne On His OGN Happiness Will Follow

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The great Marvel artists stretches with his autobiography . Mike and his single mom had a rough life growing up in Puerto Rico and in Philadelphia in the 80s and 90s filled with crime and violence to survive and dealing with those mixed feelings .

Aug 12 2020

1hr 18mins

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Ep 1131 Movies Scene Missing With Mike and Steve Kronenberg

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Aug 09 2020

2hr 46mins

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TV Rewatch To The Outer Limit(S) Ep1 The Galaxy Being

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Co Host Gabe Hardman and I discuss the classic 1963 sci-fi series. Today it's epsiode 1 with Cliff Robertson starring in The Galaxy Being

Aug 09 2020

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Comics Steve Orlando Talks DC MMA Comics New Superheroes and more

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Aug 07 2020

1hr 27mins

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TV Star Trek Lower Decks Ep 1 Review Spoilers

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Aug 07 2020

1hr 5mins

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Comics Cecil Castellucci On Batgirl Shade New Gods and More

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Aug 05 2020

1hr 10mins

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Comics Rod Reis On Marvel Giant Sized Fantomex New Mutants X-Men and More

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Aug 04 2020

1hr 15mins

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Comics Eisner Winner Sanford Greene Talks Bitter Root's Present and Future

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Aug 02 2020

1hr 25mins

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Comics Eisner winner Chip Zdarsky Talks Daredevil XMen Vs FF Stillwater and more

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Along with his Marvel books Stillwater is a new Image book Chip is doing with Ramon Perez

Aug 01 2020

1hr 29mins

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Comics Jim Terry Man Of Two Worlds

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Jim's new autobiographical OGN Come Home Indio tells the story of a man born half Irish and half Native American, but feeling apart from both cultures. It's a gripping story that any teenager from divorced parents can relate to, but also gives insight to growing up in the 80's surrounded by an indifferent pop culture. Comics saved Jim and this is his story.

Jul 30 2020

1hr 3mins

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Comics John Con pt 3 With Scott Houser Winick Castellucci Inman Robinson

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Jul 28 2020

1hr 42mins

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Comics John Con pt2 with Seeley Percy Bond Cantwell Chu Oeming Soma Ayala Sharp Slott

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Featuring: Tom King, Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Liam Sharp, Dan Slott, Shelly and Philip Bond, Mike Oeming, Taki Soma,Tim Seeley, Chris Cantwell, Robert Venditti Vita Ayala, Ben Percy, Amy Chu, Phil Jimenez, Franco! and more...!

Jul 27 2020

1hr 35mins

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Ep 1120 Comics John Con pt 1 W Ordway Jimenez Ayala Chu Bensons Sharp Vendetti

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The Only thing missing from Comic Con At Home was an after hours hang out . Enter JohnCon. Julie and Shawna Benson and I reached out to friends to join us, like Jerry Ordway Phil Jimenez Amy Chu Vita Ayala Liam Sharp amd Dan Slott .More guests and conversation in parts 2 and 3

Jul 26 2020

1hr 17mins

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Comics The Rucka Debrief

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Talking Lois Lane The Old Guard film and comics, Stumptown, Batwoman, Batman Marvel runs Lazarus Gotham Central Queen and Country, Greg's Novels and more

Jul 24 2020

2hr 7mins

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Comics Dan Jurgens and The Sons Of Batman

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Dan discusses his runs on Nightwing Batman Beyond, plus past runs on Superman Thor and Captain America

Jul 23 2020

1hr 22mins

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Comix The Pandemix Charity Anthology with Dean Haspiel and Whitney Matheson

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Dean and Whitney discuss this fantastic anthology with full proceeds going to the hero initiative . it's only 6 dollars and is reminiscent of the McSweeny comix collections featuring works from Dean, Whitney. Josh Neufeld Marguerite Dabaie Peter RostovskyJoan Reilly
N. Steven Harris and Frank Reynoso Kristen Radtke Morgan Pielli Dave Proch
Jen Ferguson J.J. Colagrande and George O’ConnorEllen Lindner Jeffrey Burandt and Christa Cassano and Owen Brozman.

Order it at patreon.com/pandemix

Jul 23 2020

1hr 39mins

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Comics Charlie Adlard talks Negin Lives What's Next and more

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Jul 21 2020

1hr 22mins

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iTunes Ratings

350 Ratings
Average Ratings
300
26
11
1
12

Great show!

By ShawnMarshall_HJ - Mar 21 2020
Read more
Love these chats with creators of all eras!

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.