Ming Chen is a pioneer in podcasting, in addition to being a member of Kevin Smith’s ViewAskewniverse. Star of the AMC series Comic Book Men, Ming has been a positive face on comic fandom and geek culture over the past decade. In this episode, he and I sit down and discuss the business podcaster-to-podcaster, as well as reflect on his love of video games and our affinity for bootleg DVDs.
Pat Jankiewicz is an actor, writer, and collector of pop culture knowledge. He’s written for Star Trek Magazine, Starlog, and is the author of books on Buck Rogers and The Incredible Hulk. Pat and I get into a great discussion on how the comic industry is shifting, and the importance of grabbing new readers. There’s also a great discussion on the differences between online conventions and real-world ones.
Ron Marz is a longtime writer of comic books, having worked for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, and other companies. I get to share my fondness for Ron’s work at DC in the 90s, as well as that era of comics in general, then he and I swap notes about how comic fans deal with change… and the unique challenges that presents to the writers of comics. SPOILER: I’m a big fan of his Green Lantern story, Emerald Twilight.
Amanda Deibert is a writer, currently working with DC Comics on titles such as Wonder Woman ’77 and DC Superhero Girls. She’s also a working mother with a huge social media following, and in our chat, we talk about the balance between professional interests and being a good parent and spouse.
Amanda has a lot of really fun projects in the works, such as Work for a Million, a lesbian detective novel, and John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and find her full body of work on her official website.
Independent comic artist Pete Doree has created an amazing tribute story titled “Stan & Jack”, which puts Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the roles of Fantastic Four-Style superheroes. Pete and I sit down and have a chat about his project, as well as our love of Silver- and Bronze-Age comics from Marvel and DC. We also work through our pain points with the Batman movies as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
J.K. Woodward is one of the top comic artists with IDW Publishing, known for his work on Star Trek and Doctor Who titles. In this episode, we discuss Trek history, the role the comics have played in the franchise, as well as his collaboration with Peter David. J.K. also discusses the SDCC announcement of a Mirror Voyager one-shot. Also, during our talk, I make reference to my wall art, a painting called “Of Bajor” by Brandon Bird.
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The 7th Matrix – Blogger Rod Faulkner (@RodTFaulkner) uses his blog to review independent science fiction films and filmmakers. His podcast, Eye on Sci Fi, has a lot of great one-on-one discussions. With so many people making indie films these days, it’s hard to find the real talent, and Rod has an excellent eye.
Jerry Bennett is one of the best comic illustrators in Oklahoma and one of the most popular convention guests at conventions across the country. Jerry and I catch up and spend time talking about comic fandom, Batman, Star Trek, and how Oklahoma makes it easy to enjoy it all. During the discussion, I struggled to remember the name of a comic expert from Oklahoma, who ended up being E. Nelson Bridwell. Bridwell’s works can be read in the compilation bookSuper Friends: Saturday Morning Comics Vol. 1 . Be sure to catch up with Jerry at the following sites:
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