Reviews: Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search For Swamp Thing #1, Flashpoint: Lois Lane And The Resistance #1, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160, Falling Skies, Outcasts
Jimmy is joined by…NO ONE! Yes, in the first solo CNI ever, Jimmy delivers a quick show for your listening pleasure. And fret not, this wont be a regular thing as he knows your ears may bleed if you get too much Jimmy. He laments the passing of the great Gene Colan and briefly talks about the Game of Thrones finale and True Blood season premiere. He also gets a message from his hot 10th grade English teacher. Ooh! News includes: SpongeBob gets a mushroom, Locke & Key to screen at Comic-Con, Stan Lee/Todd McFarlane team up for new comic, all new Justice League of America unofficially announced, DC to end “write for trade” policy, and some quick TV/film news. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
I saw some movies recently. I reviewed them on my podcast, COMIC NEWS INSIDER. Here are some quick versions of those reviews. Apparently, I use the word “fun” a lot when reviewing. Hey, it’s fun to do it!
X-Men: First Class
Lotsa fun, cool action, hot mutant girls but just a teensy bit of racism. Magneto rocked it.
Harkens back to the 80’s adventure/fantastical type films like E.T., The Goonies, etc. If anything, a darker E.T. type film. Cast of kids were great as was the coach from Friday Night Lights. Fun stuff.
Oh, it wasn’t that bad. Not the greatest story, but amazing visuals and I had a fun time with it.
I saw Brooke Shields again recently and it reminded me to share a story or two with you! I hope you had your name dropping basket ready to catch this one! :)
I first met Brooke Shields back in the day when I was working at the well known restaurant Serendipity 3. That place was famous for getting famous people to visit for the then 40 years it had been opened. Brooke would come in quite frequently either with friends or with her ex, Andre Agassi. She was always super sweet and remembered my name. There was a bit of an embarrassing moment with Andre and a candle once, but Brooke seemed to be on my side about it.
Years, later. She became a semi-regular at another spot where I was employed. No, she didn’t remember me from the other place though claims she remembered the candle story. Maybe she did but she’s just so durn sweet and was probably just saying it to make me feel good. Either way, she’s just awesome.
One night (years ago), she was in with friends and we chatted for a minute. My birthday was the day before and a co-worker mentioned it to her. Without missing a beat, she leans over and plants one on my cheek and says “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”
She may or may not remember me now, but I’ll always have that kiss. And the rash I got from not washing my cheek for months. And my rare copy of her hit film Brenda Starr.
We all know our favorite sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, right? Good ol’ SpongeBob SquarePants! Well, he’s so popular that a group of scientists have named a new species of mushroom after him. From the BBC:
"The fungus, named Spongiforma squarepantsii by the researchers at San Francisco State University (SFSU), was found during an expedition to the forests of Borneo.
S. squarepantsii is shaped like a sea sponge and, say its discoverers, has a fruity or musty smell.
The new mushroom is only one of two species that belong in the genus Spongiforma. The other one is found in central Thailand, but differs in its colour and odour.”
You can tell it’s reported from the BBC because of all of those extra letter “U’s”. Pretty cool and yet another big step for the spongey slacker. I wonder how Patrick feels about all of this? Maybe the scientists can name a new species of weed after him?
Reviews: Alpha Flight Vol 4 #1, Wonder Woman And The Furies #1, Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #1, Super 8, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, Galactic Girl in: Attack of the Starbarians
Jimmy is joined by frequent guest host Jon Hoche and Erica Swindell. They are the stars of the hit play Galactic Girl in: Attack of the Starbarians, part of the local Comic Book Theater Festival. They give congrats to Jim Lee and Carla on the baby news and Jimmy is working on putting together a comprehensive list of all of the interviews done in the past! News includes: Image Comics to use rating system, 100 Bullets heads to television, Uncanny X-Men will return, Frank Miller brings Holy Terror, and TV/Film casting notices. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
I bought www.jaquino.com and it redirects to the above. But most people go to the site, cut/paste the URL and use it as the link. Which I understand. But if you have done that and have time, I’d love if you could change it. So please use:
Of course, if you’re linking to a particular post, the URL will revert back to typepad and what not. I understand on that tip. I’d just rather people see the simpler ones when they link from a site as they are easier to remember.
My sister said it well on her Facebook status. “Being raised by a single mom, Father’s Day was often just another day in my house.” Now, for those that don’t know the story, my sister and I have the same father. He was pretty absent in both of our lives (moreso in hers). So, I’ve never really thought of this day as a big deal either. She does find some positivity in it by citing her husband and other brother Tony as great fathers. (I can attest!). She goes on to say, “They have shown me how wonderful fathers can (and should) be.” Word.
I certainly have some friends who are great fathers. But, still…all I really get out of it is the letters and emails I receive anonymously each year that simply state:
My mommy says you’re my daddy.”
Well, I was pretty wild in the 90’s and 00’s. Stay tuned…
I’ve been working on cataloging/alphabetizing ALL of the interviews that we’ve done on my podcast, COMIC NEWS INSIDER (CNI), since its inception in April 2005. Boy, do we have a lot! Tons of comic book folks, naturally. Lotsa TV/Film. A few theater, web, music and theater ones as well! I’ve split them up into various categories. Some people from TV/Film cross over into comics but I put them in for what they are most known for. And I tried to put a little something they are known for in parentheses. Of course, most are known for much more, but I just put down what they may have been working on at the time. Especially in the TV/Film category as many of those interviews were big round table press conferences covering that specific show or film. You get the idea!
Soon, I will put it up on it’s own page on the CNI website with links to the exact episode so you can go hear your favorite cartoonist, actor, writer, producer, singer, web host, etc.
Seems obvious, but I’ll explain anyway because that’s how I do. Name of interviewee on left with episode number on the right. Word. Anyway, here’s the rough breakdown.
Comic Books/Books Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) - 187, 189 Matt Anderson (White Picket Fences) - 121 Rob Anderson (Animal Control: SCU) - 335 Jeremy Atkins (Dark Horse Comics PR) - 332 Kyle Baker (Plastic Man, The Bakers) - 17, 94 Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl) - 266 Jonathan Baylis (So Buttons) - 303, 325 Kate Beaton (Hark, A Vagrant) - 197, 267, 300 Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) - 91 Andy Belanger (Kill Shakespeare) - 330 Ryan Bodenheim (Red Mass For Mars) - 148 Ami Bogan (The Glass Urchin) - 303 Dan Boultwood (Hope Falls) - 260 Jennie Breeden (The Devil’s Panties) - 94 Broadcast Thought (Doctors H. Eric Bender, Praveen R. Kambam, Vasilis K. Pozios) - 284, 288 Ed Brubaker (Criminal, Angel of Death) - 54, 213 Jeffrey Burandt (Americans UK) - 303 Chris Butcher (TCAF Director) - 102, 196 Joel Buxton (Awesome Marcus Ninja) - 146 John Cassaday (Planetary, Astonishing X-Men) - 18, 24, 48, 50, 100, 200 Kody Chamberlain (Sweets) - 275 Fred Chao (Johnny Hiro) - 103, 303 Paul Ciaravino (Americans UK) - 303 Chloe Citrine (Rainbow Carousel) - 265 Becky Cloonan (Demo, Wolves) - 338 Kevin Colden (Fishtown) - 198, 200, 266 Nikki Cook (Memoir, DMZ) - 192, 299 Darwyn Cooke (Parker, The Spirit) - 15, 337, 338 Paul Cornell (Captain Britain, Doctor Who) - 140 Danielle Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots) -94, 147, 174 Nate Cosby (PIGS) - 324 Molly Crabapple (Dr. Sketchy’s, Scarlett Takes Manhattan) - 137, 183, 300 Mike Dawson (Freddie & Me) -144, 197 Willow Dawson (No Girls Allowed) - 330 Robert Deas (Manga Shakespeare MacBeth) - 140.5 Kelly Sue DeConnick (Osborn, Sif, Supergirl) - 339 Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare) - 330 Vito Del Sante (Superman, Babe Ruth) - 200 Shelton Drum (Heroes Con Founders) - 145 JM DeMatteis (JLA, JLI) - 63, 167 Ming Doyle (The Loneliest Astronauts, Marvel Girl Comics) - 266, 317, 328 Tommy Lee Edwards (Turf, 1985) - 267 Chris Eliopoulos (Franklin Richards) - 27 Marc Ellerby (Ellerbisms, Chloe Noonan) - 198, 263 Garth Ennis (Preacher, Hellblazer, Hitman, The Boys) - 96, 97, 231 Lance Fensterman (NYCC Show Manager) - 175 David Fickling (DFC) - 263 Josh Finney (Utopiates, Titanium Rain) - 79, 275 Anna Fitzpatrick (Between Worlds) - 265 Matt Fraction (Casanova, Iron Fist, Thor) - 66, 94 Francesco Francavilla (Black Coat, Zorro) - 95, 146, 266 Curt Franklin (Let’s Be Friends Again) - 335 Kevin Freeman (SubCulture) - 95 Leigh Gallagher (Defoe) - 260 Monica Gallagher (Gods & Undergrads) - 144, 254, 299 Simon Gardenfors (120 Days of Simon) - 254 Michael Geszel (Tribes: The Dog Years) - 280 Chris Giarusso (G-Man, Mini Marvels) - 9, 219 Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) - 275 Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel in 30 Days or Less) - 312 Zane Grant (We Will Bury You) - 216, 299 Rob Guillory (Chew) - 275 Chris Haley (Let’s Be Friends Again) - 335 Leanne Hannah (Blue Milk Special) - 205 Dustin Harbin (Former Heroes Con Director, DHARBIN!)- 105.5, 203, 329 Dean Haspiel (The Quitter) - 13 Emma Hayley (Self Made Hero Director) - 140.5 Shane Heron (Awesome Marcus Ninja) - 146, 204 Jonathan Hickman (The Nightly News, Fantastic Four)- 67, 94, 133, 148, 180, 267, 314, 335 Faith Erin Hicks (Zombies Calling) - 117, 198, 329 John Higgins (Watchmen) - 261 Sam Hiti (Death-Day) - 331 Ian Holt (Dracula the Un-Dead) - 178 Dennis Hopeless (GearHead) - 94 Rantz Hoseley (Longbox) - 267 Jason Howard (Astounding Wolfman) - 99 Laura Howell (Fat Chunk Vol 2: Zombies) - 204 Enrica Jang (Azteca) - 335 James Jean (Fables) - 105.5 Van Jensen (Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer) - 336 Antony Johnston (Wasteland) - 51 Joe Keatinge (Former Image Comics PR) - 94 Ruth Keattch (Jarred) - 263 Patt Kelly (Fat Chunk Vol 2: Zombies) - 204 Alan Kerr (Fat Chunk Vol 2: Zombies) - 204 Chip Kidd (Watchmen) - 275 Matt Kindt (Super Spy, 3 Story) - 147 Lawrence Klein (MOCCA Chairman) - 6 Miss Lasko-Gross (A Mess of Everything) - 200 John Layman (Chew, AoD vs Marvel Zombies) - 79, 275 Jim Lee (WildCATS, Batman) - 19, 104 Stan Lee (Everything Marvel) - 68 Tony Lee (Hope Falls, Doctor Who) - 152, 177, 180, 260 Sonia Leong (Manga Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet, Telling Tales) - 140.5, 178, 265 Pat Lewis (The Claws Come Out) - 147 Nana Li (Rising Stars of Manga) - 265 Stephan Lindsay (Jesus Hates Zombies) - 120, 138 Abede Lovelace (City of Walls) - 303 John Lucas (Codename: Knockout, Superman, X-Men) - 65, 94, 100, 308 Heidi MacDonald (The Beat) - 100, 194, 300, 322 Kevin Maguire (Tanga, Justice League of America) - 300, 319 Mike Maihack (Cleopatra In Space, Cow & Buffalo) - 205, 266, 335 Paul Malmont (The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril) - 40 Steve Manale (Superslackers) - 330, 331 Ken Marcus (Super Human Resources) - 206 Harry Markos (Markosia publisher) - 261 Brett Matthews (The Lone Ranger)- 59 Ben McCool (Choker, Memoir, PIGS) - 194, 217, 266, 300, 321, 324 John McCrea (Hitman, The Demon, Dicks) - 141, 231 Ed McGuinness (Deadpool, Superman/Batman) - 337 Sarah McIntyre (Vern & Lettuce) - 325 Kevin Mellon (GearHead) - 94 Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis, JLA) - 313 David Michelinie (Iron Man, Amazing Spider-Man) - 85 Joe Midthun (Death-Day Editor) - 331 Inaki Miranda (Tribes: The Dog Years) - 280 Erika Moen (DAR!) - 266 Michael Molcher (2000AD PR) - 332 Lauren Monardo (Jesus Hates Zombies, Buddy Cops) - 138 Leah Moore (Albion, Raise the Dead, Sherlock Holmes) - 140 David Nakayama (Big Hero 6, Hulk, City of Heroes) - 299 Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop, Chumble Spuzz) - 129 Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark) - 95 Mike Norton (All New Atom, Green Arrow/Black Canary, Gravity) - 114 Michael Avon Oeming (Powers) - 8 Greg Pak (Hulk, Hercules) - 77, 138, 181, 299 Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex, Painkiller Jane, Ash) - 76, 100 David Petersen (Mouse Guard) - 232 Paul Pope (Heavy Liquid, Batman: Year 100, Battling Boy) - 22, 24, 100, 102, 105.5, 233 Brian Pulido (Lady Death, Evil Ernie) - 206 Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Punisher) - 95, 146 John Reppion (Albion, Raise the Dead, Sherlock Holmes) - 140 Philippa Rice (My Cardboard Life) - 263, 329 Keith Richardson (2000AD editor) - 332 Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) - 88 Jerry Robinson (Joker/Robin creator) - 31 Kat Rocha (Utopiates, Titanium Rain) - 79 Jenny Romanchuk (The Zombie Hunters) - 112 ,204 John Romita, Sr.(Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America) - 64 Don Rosa (Scrooge McDuck) - 336, 337 Jonathan Ross (Turf, Friday Night w/ Jonathan Ross) - 264 Bree Rubin (Sex, Drugs and June Cleaver) - 303 Steve Rude (Nexus, The Moth) - 106, 107 Andy Runton (Owly) - 95 Fehed Said (Telling Tales, Talking to Strangers) - 265 Tim Sale (Batman) - 4, 337 Chris Schweizer (Crogan Adventures) - 336 Howard Shum (Gun Fu) - 150 Fahr Sindrams (Losing Neverland) - 263 Jamie Smart (Bear, Ubu Bubu, Corporate Skull, Find Chaffy) - 170, 171, 204, 263 Kean Soo (Jellaby) - 325 Charles Soule (27) - 336 Richard Starkings (Elephantmen) - 263 Jim Starlin (Captain Marvel, Dreadstar, Shang Chi, Thanos) - 74 Chris Staros (Top Shelf Comics Publisher) - 95 Kyle Strahm (We Will Bury You) - 299 Dacre Stoker (Dracula the Un-Dead) - 178 Ward Sutton (Sutton Impact) - 20 Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies, Batman, Conan) - 83 Jamie Tanner (The Aviary) - 102, 230, 303 Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse) - 217, 229, 246, 266, 319 Ben Thompson (BadAss)- 276 Carrie Tucker (I Love Geeks) - 169 Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern, Flash, New X-Men) - 297 Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways) - 55 Emma Vieceli - 140.5, 178, 261, 265, 298 Jose Villarubia (Colorist on Everything!) - 105 Laura Watton (Biomecha) - 265 Scott Weinstein (After-School Agent) - 147, 338 Julia Wertz (The Fart Party) - 146, 312 Sarah Wilkinson (LucasFilm, Topps) - 95 Adam Withers/Comfort Love (The Uniques) - 148, 205 Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind) - 254, 325, 329, 330, 331 Faye Yong (Murphy’s Law) - 265 Jim Zub (Skullkickers) - 330
TV/Film Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) - 289 Melody Anderson (Flash Gordon) - 227 Morena Baccarin (V) - 278 Diedrich Bader (Batman: Brave & the Bold) - 291 Adam Baldwin (Chuck) - 279 Jim Beaver (Supernatural) - 289 Emma Bell (The Walking Dead) - 286 Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital) - 287 Zoe Bell (Angel of Death, Xena) - 213 Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) - 286 Blair Brown (Fringe) - 281 Punky Bruiser (Rollergirls) - 41 Blair Butler (Attack of the Show) - 47, 50, 61, 71, 78, 90, 109, 112, 129, 276 Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) - 286 Luciano Carro (Battlestar Galactica) - 229 Field Cate (Pushing Daisies) - 150.5 Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) - 130, 150.5, 168 David X. Cohen (Futurama producer) - 290 Misha Collins (Supernatural) - 289 Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital) - 287 Angel Coulby (Merlin) - 268 Lenora Crichlow (Being Human - UK) - 282 Olivia D’abo (Invader Zim) - 30 Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead Producer) - 286 Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who, Torchwood) - 211 Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Clerks II, Occult Crimes Taskforce) - 47, 94 Felicia Day (The Guild, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse) - 210 John DiMaggio (Futurama) - 290 Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica) - 229 Erica Durance (Smallville) - 277 Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) - 210 Ben Edlund (Supernatural producer) - 289 David Eick (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica - Producer) - 49 Zach Eisen (Avatar: The Last Airbender Animated - Voice) - 75 Elvira - 276 Michael Emerson (Lost) - 42, 57, 70, 93, 121.5, 179, 200, 215, 222, 237, 258, 259, 296, 300, 319 Chris Fedak (Chuck) - 279 Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) - 144.5 Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) - 223, 276, 305, 306 Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles Showrunner) - 150 Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies - Showrunner, Heroes - Exec. Producer) - 45, 69, 98, 126, 127, 150.5 Julie Gardner (Doctor Who, Torchwood Producer) - 211 Doug Goldstein (Robot Chicken) - 214 Joshua Gomez (Chuck) - 279 Brea Grant (Heroes) - 165, 216, 280, 299 Erin Gray (Buck Rogers) - 227 Seth Green (Robot Chicken) - 214 Ellen Greene (Pushing Daisies) - 150.5 Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The Middleman) - 84, 299 Matt Groening (Simpsons/Futurama Creator) - 290 Emily Hagins (Pathogen - Director/Writer) - 228 Doc Hammer (Venture Bros.) - 137.5, 287 Justin Hartley (Smallville) - 277 Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital) - 287 Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica) - 229 Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead) - 286 Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital) - 287 Logan Huffman (V) - 278 Deric Hughes (Warehouse 13, Living in Infamy) - 14, 218 Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead Producer) - 286 Doug Jones (Angel of Death) - 213 Sinead Keenan (Being Human - UK) - 282 Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants - Voice)- 62 Scott Krinsky (Chuck) - 279 Eric Kripke (Supernatural Producer) - 289 Sid and Marty Krofft (Land of the Lost, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl) - 276 Nick Kroll (Childrens Hospital) - 287 Swoosie Kurtz (Pushing Daisies) - 150.5 Maurice LaMarche (Futurama) - 290 Sarah Lancaster (Chuck) - 279 Ali Larter (Resident Evil: Extinction, Heroes) - 285 Miracle Laurie (Dollhouse) - 227 Mark Christopher Lawrence (Chuck) - 279 Zachary Levi (Chuck) - 279 Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) - 286 Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10, Legion of Superheroes, Bleach - Voice Actor) - 52 Euros Lyn (Torchwood Director) - 211 Mark Marek (MAD) - 293 Chi McBride (Human Target) - 283 Katie McGrath (Merlin) - 268 Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) - 279 Charles Mesure (V) - 278 Breckin Meyer (Robot Chicken) - 214 Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live) - 190 Matt Miller (Human Target Showrunner) - 283 Wentworth Miller (Resident Evil: Extinction) - 285 Elizabeth Mitchell (V) - 278 Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica/Caprica Showrunner) - 269 Esai Morales (Caprica) - 269 Colin Morgan (Merlin) - 268 Olivia Munn (Attack of the Show) - 210 Jasika Nicole (Fringe) - 281 Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead Producer/Make-Up Artist) - 286 John Noble (Fringe) - 268 Patton Oswalt (JLA, Batman - Writer. Comedian) - 39 Jared Padelicki (Supernatural) - 289 Steve Pearlman (V producer) - 278 Kevin Pereira (Attack of the Show) - 150, 280 Brian Peterson (Smallville Showrunner) - 277 Jeff Pinkner (Fringe Showrunner) - 281 Jeremy Platt (The Violent Kind Producer) - 212 Tara Platt (Naruto - Voice Actress) - 52 Carrie Preston (True Blood) - 121.5, 164, 208, 237 Jackson Publick (Venture Bros.) - 137.5, 287 Ben Raab (Warehouse 13, Living in Infamy) - 14, 218 Ted Raimi (Angel of Death) - 213 Lance Reddick (Fringe) - 281 Rhett Reese (Zombieland Writer) - 224 Paula Rhodes (A Good Knight’s Quest) - 280 Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles (Creative Team) - 80 Andrea Romano (Voice Director, Warner Bros.) - 291, 293, 294 Michael Rooker (Meteor, Slither) - 207 Tom Root (Robot Chicken) - 214, 287 Scott Rosenbaum (V producer) - 278 Joe Ruby (Ruby/Spears Producers of Thundarr, Plastic Man, Superman, Rambo) - 276 Vik Sahay (Chuck) - 279 Todd Scheer (Childrens Hospital) - 287 Josh Schwartz (Chuck Showrunner) - 150, 279 Matthew Senreich (Robot Chicken) - 214, 287 Kelly Souders (Smallville Showrunner) - 277 Ken Spears (Ruby/Spears Producers of Thundarr, Plastic Man, Superman, Rambo) - 276 Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) - 166 Todd Stashwick (Devil Insider, Supernatural, Heroes) - 295 Veronica Taylor (Voice of Ash on Pokemon) - 300 David Tennant (Doctor Who) - 211 Ella Thomas (The Surrogates) - 221 Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall, The Hollow Planet) - 308 Lauren Tom (Futurama) - 290 Russell Tovey (Being Human - UK) - 282 Aidan Turner (Being Human - UK) - 282 James Urbaniak (Venture Bros.) - 137.5 Mark Valley (Human Target) - 283 Laura Vandervoort (V, Smallville) - 278 Indira Varma (Human Target, Torchwood) - 307 Brandon Vietti (Young Justice Producer) - 291 David Wain (Childrens Hospital) - 287 Greg Weisman (Young Justice Producer) - 291 Paul Wernick (Zombieland Writer) - 224 Billy West (Futurama) - 290 Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse) - 48, 210 Toby Whithouse (Being Human Creator/Showrunner - UK) - 282 J.H. Wyman (Fringe Showrunner) - 281 Rob Zombie (Halloween, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto) - 212
Music Kirby Krackle - 266 The Notorious MSG - 157
Theater Terrence Mann (The Addams Family musical, The Dresden Files) - 253 Vampire Cowboys Theater Company: Alice in Slasherland Cast (Writer/Fight Choreographer Qui Nguyen, Director Robert Ross Parker, Bonnie Sherman, Sheldon Best) - 250 Vampire Cowboys Theater Company: Fight Girl Battleworld Cast (Melissa Paladino, Maureen Sebastian, and Paco Tolson) - 132 Vampire Cowboys Theater Company: Men of Steel Cast (Noshir Dalal, Sharon Eisman, Jason Liebman, Tom Myers, Melissa Paladino, Jeremy Sarver, Paco Tolson, Temar Underwood, Writer/Fight Choreographer Qui Nguyen, Director Robert Ross Parker) - 82 Vampire Cowboys Theater Company: Soul Samurai Cast (Maureen Sebastian, Sheldon Best, Bonnie Sherman, Abby Marcus, Qui Nguyen) - 182 The Gay Bride of Frankenstein Cast (Dana Aber, Ashley Kate Adams, Jeremiah James) - 225
Video Games Stephen Frost (Iron Man 2 video game production lead) - 212 Sefton Hill (Arkham Asylum video game director) - 212
Web Grace Helbig (The Daily Grace, Grace n’ Michelle) - 323, 332 Larry Lieberman (Chief Marketing Officer - Aniboom) - 218 Amber MacArthur (CommandN, Net @ Night) - 197 The Mandys (Mandy Kaplan, Mandy Steckelberg) - 90 Alison Rosen (Adam Carolla Show, Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend) - 222 Michelle Vargas (Fart With Headphones On, Grace n’ Michelle) - 323
I don’t want to lose any nerd points from that last post about Sarah Vowell’s book. Hey, I’m a history nerd too! Anyway, I also just finished listening to the audio book version of actor Simon Pegg’s autobio, Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid. If you’re a big Simon Pegg fan like I am, you will love this. Some question why he has written an autobio at the tender age of 40. For the record, he doesn’t think he should have done it anyway. So he intersperses a fictional tale in between all of the reality. Brilliant! Of course, all read by the man himself. From his days as a youth being the funny kid to meeting and working with some of his idols. All great stuff. Do enjoy. It’s only proper.
I’m currently listening to the audio book version of Sarah Vowell’s book, Unfamiliar Fishes. The official blurb:
"Many think of 1776 as the defining year of American history, when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self- government. In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as defining, when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded first Cuba, then the Philippines, becoming an international superpower practically overnight.
Among the developments in these outposts of 1898, Vowell considers the Americanization of Hawaii the most intriguing. From the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820, their goal to Christianize the local heathen, to the coup d’état of the missionaries’ sons in 1893, which overthrew the Hawaiian queen, the events leading up to American annexation feature a cast of beguiling, and often appealing or tragic, characters: whalers who fired cannons at the Bible-thumpers denying them their God-given right to whores, an incestuous princess pulled between her new god and her brother-husband, sugar barons, lepers, con men, Theodore Roosevelt, and the last Hawaiian queen, a songwriter whose sentimental ode “Aloha ‘Oe” serenaded the first Hawaiian president of the United States during his 2009 inaugural parade.
With her trademark smart-alecky insights and reporting, Vowell lights out to discover the off, emblematic, and exceptional history of the fiftieth state, and in so doing finds America, warts and all.”
Sarah narrates the book herself. I’ve listened to all of her previous books as well and I enjoy her speaking. Some aren’t a fan but I find her an engaging historical storyteller. I’d never pick up a book or anything else on this subject if it wasn’t for her. I first saw her on The Daily Show years ago and enjoyed her interview. Since then, any time she releases a new book, I anxiously await the audio book version to hear her wryly discuss the topic at hand. (That, and you know I can’t read unless there are pictures!) Go listen and enjoy!
So, I’m sat near a LOUD drunk lady at a bar. They cut her off. She gets upset and starts cursing the staff out. (Thus proving them right that she shouldn’t be served any more). Lady friend with her (bit more sober) tells them they made a “big mistake” since she loved the place and will never return. Guess what? THEY DON’T CARE. (And lady friend admitted her friend was intoxicated but insisted she shouldn’t have been cut off.)
And classy drunken lady upon her exit grabs a glass off the bar and throws it at the bartender. Not hitting them but still really dangerous. And called the bartender “fucking bitch” upon leaving. LOUDLY. And several times. She doesn’t pay her bill (only one round…she had clearly had a few before entering the establishment) and storms off. Friends and I hear from the bartender girl that drunk lady called to see if she left her purse there. She didn’t. (She never pulled out anything to pay as she DIDN’T pay). Then, apparently, accused the bartender girl of stealing the purse. ALL CLASS.
I bet you’re thinking that it was some 20 something college chick. Nope. In her 50’s.
Last of the Heroes Con interviews with the amazing Kelly Sue DeConnick. Thanks to Iz McAuliffe who stays on to intro/outro the episode. Jimmy sat down with Kelly Sue at Heroes Con and they got along so swimmingly that we decided to release it as a special episode! That, and it’s about an hour long of great conversation. They talk about comics they got as kids, the origin of her signature, adapting English translated manga, acting/working in NYC, comic book theater, and of course…her comic book work like Osborn and upcoming Supergirl. Kelly Sue mentions sending your comics to the troops via the website called Any Soldier. She breaks it down on her own site as well. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
Even more Heroes Con love with interviews from Darwyn Cooke, Becky Cloonan and Scott Weinstein. Jimmy is joined by good friend Iz McAuliffe, a fine podcaster in her own right. It’s a SUPERSIZED episode of GIGANTIC proportions (just over 2 hours) but really fun!They wax on about Doctor Who and stray off topic frequently. All comedy gold! News includes: DC releases all 52 titles for relaunch, Beasts of Burden heads to the big screen, Kevin Smith’s new reality show, Mark Millar on his own, and Uncanny X-Men cancelled. Some great listener feedback from a loyal listener. As always, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
What is Small Press Big Mouth? It’s a podcast about small press and independent comics that my dear friend Stacey Whittle does with her good friend Lee Grice. Go listen to it on the website or through iTunes. I loves it, I do! So much so, that when Stacey put the word out for birthday messages for the show, I just had to do one. But, I was stumped.
Then, I watched the Tony Awards last night. (Well, I fast forwarded through a lot of it). I guess my old musical theater genes kicked back in. Here’s a silly little song I did for SPBM! Get to clicking the link below and enjoy!
Yet even more Heroes Con love! Jimmy moderated a great panel at Heroes Con called TAKING ON THE PROPERTY: ICONOGRAPHY with comic book titans Darwyn Cooke (The Spirit, DC’s New Frontier, Parker), Ed McGuinness (Deadpool, Superman/Batman), Don Rosa (Scrooge McDuck) and Tim Sale (Batman, Hulk, Spider-Man). Here is the whole panel in it’s entirety. The idea of the panel was how they took an established character and put their own stamp on it. Some great things were discussed by these amazing cartoonists. Thanks again to pal Mike Cho for hanging out to intro/outro this episode. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
More Heroes Con love! Jimmy got so many great interviews at the show so we had to put out some specials! Mike Cho stays on to co-host and introduce interviews with Don Rosa (Scrooge McDuck), Chris Schweizer (Crogan Adventures), Van Jensen (Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer) and Charles Soule (27). Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
I don’t use this much, but will on occasion check in when I get a few questions and randomly answer some. Here are some recent ones. My answers in BOLD:
Is it just me or are the Formspring daily questions really banal? Not just you.
One of my pet peeves is the combination of “The Blame Game,” and people failing to say, “I don’t know,” when they cannot answer a question seeking to resolve a problem which falls under mutual purview. How do you address this kind of BS effectively? I don’t stand for BS. I call people out on their shit most of the time. Unless I’m in a good mood and they are nice, then I’ll try to sidestep it. :)
What really bad television have you found yourself unexplainably addicted to? If I’m watching it, then how can it be bad? :)
Will the next WAR OR THE WORLDS happen on Twitter/Tumblr/Formspring — essentially via social networks? What kind of story would you use and how would you co-ordinate its production/execution? Well, not a WOTW type event, but people get fooled on Twitter all of the time. Don’t think something like that is possible to happen again as information is so easily accessible in seconds.
Which actor could you see yourself seriously dating? Considering I used to be an actor and dated quite a few…I’m guessing you mean famous ones. :) Seriously dating? As in she’d take me seriously or I’d take her seriously? Either way, too many to mention.
Which comic book heroes would be hardcore republicans? I think that’s pretty obvious by their characterizations. Oh, yeah. And I don’t care. ;)
As everyone knows, DC is relaunching their entire line of comic books come September. That’s the new Justice League of America as designed by Jim Lee pictured above. There will be 52 new titles starting out with a new #1 issue. All titles are slowly being announced.
My question: Does this mean current DC comic books are meaningless? Why do we need to read them if the entire mythos is going to change in the fall? Sure, some are still entertaining and there’s that. Some are finishing up story lines. But if everything changes, do I care?
So, tell me. Should I stop buying DC until the new stuff comes out in September and just start over?
Jimmy attended Heroes Con and got a ton of great interviews for your listening pleasure! Enough to spread out over 4 or 5 episodes! In this episode, Jimmy chats with Jonathan Hickman, Mike Maihack, Curt Franklin/Chris Haley, Rob Anderson, and Enrica Jang. Good pal Mike Cho returns to guest c0-host. They briefly talk about some of the games coming out of E3 and Jimmy gives his massive Heroes Con recap. News includes: DC starts announcing new titles for relaunch, Batman Inc. will return, Eliza Dushku gets Torched, Valiant Comics returns and Jeff Lemire’s Essex County makes the jump to film. As always, the Top 3, listener feedback and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
I attended Heroes Con for my podcast COMIC NEWS INSIDER over the weekend and all I got was an awesome time! Always one of my favorite shows, Heroes Con takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mastermind of Shelton Drum. A true comics show that focuses on comics almost exclusively. Be it print comics or web comics. It’s very friendly and everyone is approachable so it’s a great show for long time nerds and newbies alike. I think it’s my 5th year going and it just gets better every time. Strap in for the recap, kids. Here goes.
Me & Kelly Sue Deconnick
I arrived a bit later than I wanted on Friday morning thanks to the long flight delays at La Guardia. After checking in, changing and grabbing my gear, I got to the convention center around 11:30 a.m. Like every year, the powers that be at Heroes Con give a few of the podcasters tables so we can do interviews and help promote the show. The CNI table was right up front by the info booth along with Comic Related and Comic Geek Speak. After setting up the mics, banners and postcards, I headed off to do my walkabout. Friday is always the day I get the lay of the land. Figure out where everyone is, stop and say hi and perhaps pick up some comics. I saw a ton of friends and a few others that I planned on interviewing. I tend to not do interviews on Friday either as everyone is just settling in and establishing their tables. The day ended early and it was back to the hotel for the patented Aquino disco nap.
Me, Jen Maihack and other “Con wives”. Photo stolen from pal Heidi MacDonald of The Beat
Dinner time with pals Mike and Jen Maihack, Heidi MacDonald, Adam Withers & Comfort Love and some of the “Con Wives”. I had never heard this but it cracked me up to no end. A bunch of the cartoonist wives are all friends, ergo…Con Wives! I told them I wanted to shoot a mock reality show with them at the next convention.
"Confessional room with Jen: (In bad New Jersey accent). If one more nerd hits on me, I swear I’m gonna buy some Hulk hands and punch his lights out!"
It’s a working script. We ate at the awesome soul food spot, Mert’s. We go every year. Go if you are ever in Charlotte! Post-dinner, back to the Westin bar where everyone hangs out. I had a nice meeting with Adam and Comfort about a project that you may hear more of in the near future. The bar was fun for awhile and as per usual, someone had a mini-room party.
Me & Kevin Colden posing for our album cover
Fun times with Heidi, Ben, the 2 Kevins, Bobby, Danna, Will the Irish stereotype, Tom, etc. Finally bedtime around 3 or 4 a.m. Good first day.
Joker on vacation
Saturday is usually the busiest day. And sure enough, it didn’t disappoint. Still, as busy as it can get, you never feel overwhelmed. Always a great floor plan with plenty of room to walk around. This day also was set to be reunion day with an old friend, Faren Kilpatrick. We were on a dance team together back in our late teens and toured the former U.S.S.R., Denmark and Sweden in 1987. (We’re old). She found me on Facebook last year and saw that I was involved in the comic book industry. She said her 11 year old daughter, Faith, was a big manga fan! They lived nearby so I suggested they come. So great seeing her again after 20 years and meeting her daughter who absolutely LOVED the show. I introduced Faith to several of my cartoonist friends who gave her some great words of advice. Thanks to Ming Doyle, Mike Maihack and the boys of Kill Shakespeare (Andy, Connor and Anthony) for chatting her up and being so kind. Also, Faren is a professional photographer and acted as the official CNI shutterbug! Check out her photos of the show here.
I did a few interviews at the table. I had a great time chatting with Kelly Sue DeConnick. She’s one of my new favorite writers and we’ve been trying to set up an interview over the last year or so. To make up for that lost time, we chatted for an hour! Yep. She is so interesting, smart, funny and just plain engaging. I could have talked to her for hours. Just the perfect interviewee. And she sweetly said I made her feel at ease. Which is always my hope with people I interview.
Me & Darwyn Cooke
I ran around the show a bit more to set up some interviews but had to go upstairs to do a bit more research/reading for one of the panels I was moderating. This was the big one. Taking on the Property: Iconography with Darwyn Cooke, Ed McGuinness, Don Rosa, and Tim Sale. Yeah, hardly first timers! I know Darwyn and we’ve hung a bit through mutual friends but hadn’t met any of the others. I did introduce myself to Don the day before and Ed and I shared a shuttle from the airport on Friday. They were all quite pleasant! I wanted to panel to be very conversational. Sure, I’ll ask questions and lead it but I really wanted them to ask each other questions. Which is exactly what happened! It went a little over an hour but all seemed to be having a good time and were quite informative. There was a good sized crowd and all seemed to enjoy. I was quite happy with how it all turned out and they told me I did a fine job. Let’s hope they weren’t just being nice. Actually, both Darwyn and Don told me later that it was fun and really laid back and thought I handled it all well. Thanks, guys! Coming from the 2 of them, that means a lot. I recorded the panel and will be putting it up as a podcast later this week. Stay tuned!
The panel: Me, Don Rosa, Tim Sale, Darwyn Cooke, Ed McGuinness
The panel ended the show for the day (for me at least) and it was off to the hotel for the disco nap. The annual art auction started at 8pm so I popped in for a few with Faren and Faith. Too rich for my blood but some great pieces from so many great cartoonists were up for auction. Off to dinner with the girls in the Westin restaurant, Ember. They called it an early night so it was back to drinking! Great convos with Darwyn Cooke, Billy Tucci, Steve Niles, Anthony Del Col, and Andy Belanger at the Ember Bar. Over to the lobby bar and I just hopped about to various friends. I met Dan Panosian and his wife Elena. She looked familiar and I couldn’t figure out why. I found out later she’s a working actress and we’ve all probably seen her on the ol’ tube or in the talking pictures. Both were really nice! That’s what I love about the comic book industry, it’s rare that you meet people who aren’t just lovely. Sure, there are a few that will go unnamed, but most are great!
Me looking like an idiot next to Becky Cloonan
Someone mentioned the club that gentleman frequent and the game was afoot! If you remember, we go there every year and a few of the girls are big comic book nerds that we see at the show over the weekend. So, we’re just returning the favor of patronizing their business! Yeah, that’s it! Fun and entertaining times (get over yourselves with the judging) and sure enough, some stripper nerds. One of the girls told a friend that she chose the stage name Phoenix because of Dark Phoenix from the X-Men! Personally, I was looking for a Zatanna or Batgirl, but I chatted up a very lovely lady who resembled Dazzler. She could shoot lights out of her…
Anyway, we stayed for a short while and headed back to the Westin for more drinks. Yes, that’s what you do at a convention. Drink and socialize. Bed time around 3 a.m. A truly dazzling day.
Me & Don Rosa
Sunday was a slow start. I had a panel to moderate at 11:30 so figured I’d get to the show around 11 a.m. Which I did. I thought the show started at 10 a.m. but it was actually 11! So, I was on time! I chilled at the table for a bit and then it was off to moderate the Web Comics: Group Effort panel. It was a great group of web comic folks. Kevin Church, Benjamin Birdie, Curt Franklin, Chris Sims, Chad Bowers and Matt Digges. It was a disappointing turnout but the creators had fun chatting about their comics. I did feel it was a bit crowded on the panel but it still came out quite well. I had a chance to at least familiarize myself with all of their web comics and genuinely enjoy them all. Google them up, kids. You’ll be happy you did.
Ming Doyle and some Gothamites
Sundays are normally my big interview day and this was no exception. I got so many! It was almost back to back all day with such folks like Jonathan Hickman, Darwyn Cooke, Mike Maihack and others. I ended with the amazing Don Rosa. If you’re not familiar, he is the man behind some of the best Scrooge McDuck comics out there. I was hoping to get at least 10 minutes or so from the well respected cartoonist but instead…I got 30!
Back to the hotel. No time for disco nap since we were soon heading off to the Dead Dog party held at the comic book store that Shelton Drum owns called Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find. It’s a BBQ with food/drink provided by Shelton. Such a nice way to end the weekend. Heidi MacDonald observed how many people stayed over to attend the party. Often, people head straight out after a show to get home. Shelton and his staff take such good care of everyone that it makes people want to stay longer. Catered BBQ with drinks, shuttles to/fro the hotels/airport, etc. NO OTHER SHOW DOES THAT! Kudos to Shelton and his crew for everything. Big ups to Rico Renzi and Andy Mansell for taking over the reigns from Dustin Harbin and doing a fantastic job! Many, many thanks!
As you may be able to tell, I had a blast at the show. I got a ton of great interviews that you will soon hear on CNI. I’ll be recording the regular format show tonight and a few of the interviews will be on that show. I’ll also release a special interview only show as well as the Iconography panel this week. I’ll continue with more interviews in next week’s show! Stay tuned!
Green Lantern with his toy
There is no other show that cares about everyone attending as much as Heroes Con. There’s just not. Sure, some other great shows and I’m not hating on them. Heroes just goes above and beyond. If you’re a creator that’s never attended, get in touch with them. If you’re just a fan, plan on this one next year. Just know that you will be forced to have a rockin’ good time!
She took almost 100 pics in the 2 days she was there. I asked her to get a lot of me interviewing guests and the panels I moderated. Which she did. She also got some adorable ones of her 11 year old daughter Faith (a budding cartoonist herself) who was attending her first comic book convention! Direct link to that set of pics on her site is here.
Mad props to Faren and Faith for the pictures. You both rock!
I got tons of great interviews at #HeroesCon! I’ll be putting them up over this week and possibly next. Stay tuned for when you can hear them! I’ll also be putting up the Iconography panel that I did with Darwyn Cooke, Ed McGuinness, Don Rosa and Tim Sale. Other interviews:
Rob Anderson (Animal Control: Special Creatures Unit, Rex: Zombie Killer)
We weren’t necessarily gone. BUT. We have a new web series in the works and we need YOUR help. Imagine that! We need suggestions for XBOX LIVE games for us to play. Because we’ll be playing them. In this new web series. As well as doing other things. Non sexual. Stop it. So, give us your games?!
I return to great news! Help them out, friends. What games should they play?