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Mar 8, 2018 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Marvel Knights, we welcome Joe Quesada to tell the origin story of the imprint and contextualize it within Marvel history. One lucky break he got early in his career came full circle with the launch of Marvel Knights. That single opportunity he was given has continued to inform his creative career (and life) ever since. Without Marvel Knights, we would not have the version of Black Panther that just hit screens, and were it not for writer Christopher Priest...
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Nov 16, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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John interviews Dean Haspiel pre-Election 2016 about what it is that he's afraid of and the infinite emptiness of the internet, while Moisés talks with Alex de Campi about the glorious darkness of certain fairy tales and the importance of being on a Science Ninja Team.
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Oct 19, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullán
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As a coda to our creator spotlight on Dan Slott, we look at the just-released Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #1. There's a spoiler warning at the point where we start spoiling, so don't worry. In the outro, we tease some upcoming guests and episodes.
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Oct 16, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullán
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Dan Slott injects danger and fear for our hero's life wherever he can, and that's why we love his work on Spider-Man. Those choices extends to how he has brought unexpected, sometimes-hated (and then loved), but always interesting changes to the status quo of various characters. We also hear from the man himself about not only his sensational and spectacular run onAmazing Spider-Man, but also his work on She-Hulk, The Thing, Silver Surfer, Ren & Stimpy, andArkham Asylum: Living Hell.
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Jun 30, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Special Cameo Appearance by Stan "The Man" Lee! We waited until the second issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers came out to talk about the whole "Hail HYDRA" thing. How many people read comics versus read headlines about them? What is and isn't "a gimmick"? Are we on-board?
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Jun 17, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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This is either a "Triple-Sized" One-Shot or a Regular-Sized regular episode (or both!) coveringDC Universe Rebirth #1. There was confusion we were aware of before starting, and all-new, all-different confusion we discover while recording. We stay spoiler-free until the 37-minute mark.
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Apr 21, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Neither of us liked Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. We hadn't spoken to each other about it until we recorded this all-spoiler-filled discussion. Weeks later, neither of us can really tell you what the movie was about or trying to say other than "these characters all suck and need fixing." Well...now they sure as hell do.
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Apr 6, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Southern Cross co-creator Andy Belánger has done Big Two, licensed, and is now a loud-and-proud "creator-owned or GTFO" advocate who is all-in with Image Comics. We discuss his work, fandom, and wrestling. This live episode was recorded at Dallas Fan Days in February 2016.
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Mar 8, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Storyteller artist Paul Ryan was more than just a "pencil guy". A consummate draftsman who came to comics work in his mid-30's, Ryan embodied a work ethic seldom seen then or now. The news of his sudden passing this past weekend took everyone by surprise this morning. The majority of this episode is comprised of a "Modern Marvel Masters" panel we hosted at Dallas Fan Days in October 2015. The panel includes Ryan, his friend and colleague Howard Mackie, and Val Mayerik....
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Feb 19, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #125 is one of the best values you can find for a comic from the 1960’s. Spurred by a Nostradamus prophecy discovered under the sea (you read that correctly), Jimmy Olsen collects the tears of four people, including Superman in the hopes of obtaining superpowers.
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Feb 5, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Kelly Sue DeConnick has a massive, loyal, and deeply passionate following for a very good reason: she makes comics that mean something to people. In this Creator Spotlight episode, we discuss her body of work, and the distinct humanity of her voice as a writer.
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Jan 30, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Captain America gets a lot of Avengers Middle Management Work done! The Red Skull has (consensual) sex with a lady in a hot tub (how does she kiss him?)! Thor (Eric Masterson) is put on probation! Red Skull’s ancestral family house…drips dough!
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Jan 21, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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What is the aftermath of two of the biggest of Big Two Mega-Event Crossovers in comics history? Are our buying habits…FOREVER CHANGED??? (Yes.) How or can we justify $5 cover prices? Find out in a truly 80-ish-“page” (minute) Giant episode of the show! Now that Convergence and Secret Wars (2015+2016) are over, this episode serves as the truefinale to Crossover Crisis Infinity, our 2015 multi-part series on All Big Two Crossovers Ever…which, like Secret Wars, ends the following calendar...
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Jan 16, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Secret Wars (2015) is complete as of this, the second week of 2016. Since we did a mega-event-scale series on crossovers last year that was kicked off by the announcement of Secret Wars, we dig into our spoiler-filled thoughts on the final issue, as well as the event as a whole.
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Jan 9, 2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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A primer on Star Wars comics from 1977 forward, covering everything in general from early movie adaptations to the lengthy Dark Horse work in the Expanded Universe to the "New Marvel Era" and speculation on what is (and we hope) to come.
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2016 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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In our first-ever, short-length, One-Shot episode, John relates the personal and historical significance of Marvel's Star Wars: Special Edition #1. Coming on Giant Size #41, a full episode covering all of Star Wars in comics.
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Dec 6, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullán
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“Breaking in” stories from Steve Epting, Jim Cheung, and Val Mayerik. Neal Adams tells us why people call him an idiot and end up calling him a genius. We also look at how this convention in particular marked an artistic turning point for your hosts. Believe it or not, we aren’t running as late as Secret Wars. Fan Expo Dallas 2015 Special, Part 2 of 2
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Sep 8, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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In the first installment of our 2-part Fan Expo Dallas Special, we and our special guests talk about the importance and impact of Archie, working with material well-known in another medium, and the vital importance of major publishers staying the course when investing in new voices and audiences. Part 1 of 2
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Aug 20, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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In our Comicpalooza 2015 Special, we discuss childhood influences and the importance of licensed properties in comics with a wide array of guests: World Champion wrestler (and comic creator) Booker T, Katie Cook, Peter David, J.M. DeMatteis (albeit briefly), and returning guest Walt Simonson. Our featured guest this week is the great Louise Simonson. Louise Simonson will be the focus of an upcoming Creator Spotlight episode. We'll get to Walt eventually...we suppose.
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Jun 23, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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We look at the vital role of the more-precise-than-ever art of comics coloring, shining a spotlight in particular on the work of Elizabeth Breitweiser and featuring special guests Neal Adams, Steve Epting, and Walt Simonson. NOTE: audio gain as well as clarity are less than ideal in some places (totaling under a minute). We've done our best in post to make this episode as listenable as possible at a consistent volume level.
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Jun 15, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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In framing a conversation with writer Greg Pak about the new direction for Superman in Action Comics (as well as his new creator-owned project The Princess Who Saved Herself), we find ourselves also indulging in preaching the gospel of Adam Warlock. In our conversation with Greg, we look at the importance of "bold, different takes", going back not only to his work on Hulk (Planet- and World War- specifically) and Adam Warlock, but also the major influence of Bill Mantlo's legendary...
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May 21, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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In the first installment of a new recurring series, we recommend great, currently running reads that we've never discussed on the show.
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Apr 28, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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ComiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts join us for an annual check-in, discussing library expansion, the changes post-Amazon acquisition, and the possibility of new UI/UX features in the future.
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Apr 21, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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In our first-annual STAPLE Special, we dive into some of our mutual comfort foods: autobiographical and otherwise-great indie comics. Intercut throughout are interviews with an all-star, all-woman super-team lineup of comics creators.
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Mar 28, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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In the Epilogue to our comprehensive, decades-spanning, senses-altering Crossover Event(s), we each name the five events from each publisher we would "save" if forced to choose. Stay tuned for a shocking conclusion in the conclusion that will change the way you judge us...FOREVER.
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Mar 20, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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The Crossover Crisis War(s) experience is consummated with a dive from AvX and its Consequences (without ruining it for you) through the recently-concluded AXIS. Part 8 of 8
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Mar 13, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Do our hosts come to blows over heroes coming to blows in Civil War?! Who will leave this battle "WWH Champion"? Have one or both of us been Skrulls the whole time? Find out as we take race across the Rainbow Bridge and out of dark-gritty-dark-darkness, toward The Heroic Age! Crossovers Crossover Epic Event: Part 7 of 8
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Mar 9, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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In the aftermath of the 90's and Marvel's bankruptcy, a classic is sequelized, Earth becomes a penal colony for the rest of the galaxy, and writer Bendis kicks off the modern era of line-wide, endlessly connecting crossovers. Crossovers Crossover Epic Event: Part 5 of 8
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Feb 28, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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The trilogy of Infinity Something crossovers (Gauntlet, War, and Crusade) and the rest of the Events of the 1990's employ "crossover tactics" seen in Marvel crossovers through the present. Say "hello" and at once (in many ways) "good riddance" to the 90's! Crossovers Crossover Epic Part 5 of ????
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Feb 20, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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In an episode where we cover both parts of Secret Wars, you'll be amazed at which Marvel crossover we declare the most influential and important to Marvel history in the years leading up to Infinity Gauntlet. Crossovers Crossover Epic Part 4 of ????
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Feb 13, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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In the first of more parts than we planned, we lay the foundation and start into Marvel Comics crossovers, looking at what a crossover really is (and isn't, and is/isn't perceived to be), including how Marvel invented them (no, seriously).
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Feb 5, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Recorded after our two-part discussion of DC crossover events, this would usually go in the Test Pattern "extras" feed, but this is a major crossover event, so we're including this tie-in you didn't ask for with everything else in your subscription box. Play along with the Marvel Trivia game to tide you over until this weekend (no fair Googling!).
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Jan 31, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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The second part of our intra-show crossover event covering DC and Marvel crossover events (all of them), takes us from Zero Hour (1994) to the New52-generating Flashpoint (2011). Part 2 of ???
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Jan 29, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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The first part of our intra-show crossover event covering DC and Marvel crossover events (all of them), starting with DC's "Big Bang" that set their standard, Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985). We leave you hanging off the cliff just before Zero Hour (1994). Part 2 posts tomorrow. Part 1 of ???
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Jan 25, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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We dispel some misconceptions about this week's major Secret Wars announcement from Marvel and tease our podcast-redefining, multi-episode, intra-show-crossover event, where we will do an overview of major crossover events at DC and Marvel since they began back in the 1970's. Audio Quality Notice: This short bonus episode was recorded over tethered LTE with Skype calling John's cellphone, with him literally "phoning it in", but in peak form.
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Jan 24, 2015 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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We memorialize some great comics cancelled in 2014 with a truly Giant-Size episode that is full of complete runs you can start and finish (for the most part) right now.
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Jan 13, 2015 Moises Chiullan
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Usagi Yojimbo celebrated a 30th Anniversary in 2014. In our first single-creator spotlight episode, we celebrate Miyamoto Usagi and his creator, Stan Sakai.
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Dec 20, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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In our version of an Annual issue, we deconstruct end-of-year lists by just talking about comic-related topics, happenings, and trends that we're thankful for in 2014.
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Dec 12, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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John and Moisés hosted two "sketch duels" at Dallas Fan Days this fall. One of them lent itself nicely to a light "creator sampler" episode. The other was an unmitigated, glorious, and hilarious disaster. Left-to-Right: Crain, Raney, Banks Audio levels and quality are a little dicey in a few places due to multiple not-as-reliable-as-we'd-like source files. This episode has gone through more post-production than any episode of any ESN show yet.
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Nov 1, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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Marvel announced their movie slate through 2019, and it's full of characters that you may not know very well. John and Moisés blow through a ton of rapid-fire reading recommendations to the extent we can predict (or not) what parts of comic lore the movies will use.
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Oct 25, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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"Batman (Without Batman)" comics, especially Gotham Central and Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, the brand-new Gotham Academy and Arkham Manor, as well as great collected series from the last two decades and a light primer on the work of Ed Brubaker.
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Oct 6, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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Among other things, Kevin Maguire talks with John and Moisés about his "signature shot", how Godzilla began and ended his movie career (for now!), the frustrating logic that drives internet insta-controversies in comics, and what he's driven to do next in his career.
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Sep 29, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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We discuss the "origin stories" of how John came to love Swamp Thing, Howard the Duck, and The Thing. From movies on cable and Saturday morning cartoons to reprints and recommendations from friends, we get to better know John's tastes and his "human experience" as "this fan, this podcaster."
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Sep 14, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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The Power of-, Trials of-, and Magic of Shazam are all on the table this week, as we look at one of John's favorite characters. Old-school fans may know Billy Batson's alter-ego better as The Superhero Formerly Known As Captain Marvel.
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Aug 28, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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How to get into Batman, with both older and newer modern-era takes on the Caped Crusader. It's probably best to start with Year One instead of The Dark Knight Returns. This is "Volume 1" in a series of Bat-shows to come.
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Aug 23, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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This is the "Big Damn" Frank Miller episode. We look at his entire body of work while at once barely touching on Sin City or 300. In particular, more attention should be paid to his collaborations with David Mazzuchelli, Geof Darrow, Chris Claremont, Dave Gibbons, Klaus Janson, and Bill Sienkiewicz. Meanwhile, John culls his collection by hundreds of comics, and we discuss the hard choices we make going digital.
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Aug 8, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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Val Mayerik (co-creator of Howard the Duck) discusses his career, work with friends like Steve Gerber and Bill Mantlo, untold tales of "The Duck", and his interest in getting back into comics. Cameo appearance by Larry Hama!
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Aug 1, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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In this year's San Diego Comic-Con special, we further meditate on the balance of forces in fandom. The mainstream has fully invaded comics via TV and movies. Could it be that's how women (both characters and creatives) have gained traction in recent years? Featuring an interview with legendary designer and author Chip Kidd and the majority of the audio from this year's "Superheroines" panel, with Faith Erin Hicks, Marjorie M Liu, Jules Rivera, Joanna Estep, Dr. Andrea Letamendi,...
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Jul 19, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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Our Spider-Man Spectacular continues, with Moisés, John, and Todd taking a much deeper focus on more from the modern era of Spider-stories, the work of Dan Slott in particular. We also hear more from the historic "Stan n' Dan" Q&A. Part 2 of 2
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Jul 12, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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Our Amazing Spider-Man Spectacular begins here, True Believers! We've got good jumping-on points, what we like about ol' webhead, and weird one-off stories (like that time Peter Parker made his own detergent). Todd Nauck, Stan Lee, Dan Slott, and Howard Mackie guest in Part 1 of 2!
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Jun 22, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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Our Dallas Comic Con Special is full of very special guests and a look at the world of convention-going. Is haggling allowed? What about pet pigs? Stan Lee and Dan Slott will return in our next two episodes for a Giant Size Spider-Man extravaganza.
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May 21, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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Rich Stevens and Merlin Mann join Moisés and John to discuss the state of digital comics, discovery, and recommend some good reads.
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Apr 21, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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This intro to Captain America gets into why he’s great and great jumping on points for the Sentinel of Liberty with panelists Brad Graeber and Amanda Schuckman. Is it ok/great/bad to start with The Winter Soldier (the movie or comics)? Find out! Creator Interview: current Cap writer Rick Remender
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Apr 20, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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Full of spoilers and speculation about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. You really should avoid this one until you've seen the movie.
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Apr 5, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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Loosen your belt, this one's a chef's tasting! We recap comics-related happenings from SXSW 2014 and since, from Greg Pak, Jonathan Coulton, and Code Monkey to ComiXology Submit, The Bunker, and Doc Unknown to the digital/app/API revolution we welcome with open arms.
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Mar 7, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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In our first "Creator Sampler" episode, we discuss and recommend the work of Chip Zdarsky, Francesco Francavilla, and Kate Leth. BONUS: Interviews with all three! EXTRA BONUS: Moisés gets thrown out of a comic shop!
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Feb 28, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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David Sparks and Casey Liss talk about being new and aspiring comics readers as adults. Moisés & John give them a varied pile of recommendations for adults that aren't..."adult". Writer/illustrator Terry Moore talks Rachel Rising.
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Feb 19, 2014 Moises Chiullan
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The creators of The Joyners in 3D join Moisés and John to talk 3D comics, how they got in as fans, and the unique (lengthy) process of making their new Original Graphic Novel.
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Feb 10, 2014 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Merlin Mann joins Moisés and John to discuss the X-Men, from reading recommendations and iconic storylines to why they really are so “Gifted” as a team. Interview: Herb Trimpe
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Nov 4, 2013 Moises Chiullan
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Antony Johnston (Umbral, Wasteland) returns and joins Geoff Barrall (CEO of Drobo) to give Moisés a truly Giant-Size primer on Judge Dredd and 2000AD. Colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser (Image's Velvet) talks about the intricacies and nature of her job, an essential role in modern comics.
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Aug 2, 2013 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Returning comics reader Matt Alexander joins us to look at the first six months of Marvel NOW!, covering the (other half of) entire line. Part 2 of 2. Preceded by Giant Size ORIGINS #9
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Jul 23, 2013 John Gholson & Moisés Chiullan
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Returning comics reader Matt Alexander joins us to look at the first six months of Marvel NOW!, covering (half of) the entire line. Part 1 of 2. Concluded in Giant Size ORIGINS #10
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Feb 9, 2013 Moises Chiullan
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Get ready to Hulk out: on the heels of an early 2013 rumor that Marvel Studios plans to tackle Planet Hulk and World War Hulk, John Gholson joins Moisés to look at great ways to jump into the Jade Giant. From Peter David and Bill Mantlo to Harlan Ellison, John Byrne, and Greg Pak, there's a varied assortment of great Gamma-infused stories to read. Note: the audio quality is atypically bad thanks to Skype. It gets better through the show's run.
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Feb 10, 2012 Moises Chiullan
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A short preview of things to come in this show and its "uncut interview" companion feed, Artist Edition.