Comic Book Bears Podcast
Comic Book Bears Podcast LIVE 2014!

As part of New York Comic Con's official Super Week schedule of events, the Bears convened at Rockbar NYC on October 8th, 2014 for their very first live podcast recording! And we have the audio for the event for you! Join us as the three Bear Boys Billy Z, Justin and Bryan welcome special guests Jamal Igle (Molly Danger/Supergirl/IDW's Kiss) and Yale Stewart (JL8/Amazing Adventures of Superman) who stop by to discuss their work. Then Greg Boas (producer of such films as Drew: The Man Behind the Poster and Sexina) and the co-hosts discuss their favorite and least favorite comic book movies.  Our old friend (and birthday boy) Alan "New Mutant" White tells us of his Power Principle trade paperback and it turns out he isn't the only birthday boy in attendance!

A couple of words about the show - Bill apologizes in advance for the number of times you will have to turn down the volume when he is on the mic; fighting voice loss led to WAAAY over compensating on his part.  Also there were other segments to the live show (a Silver Age portion with our friend Bob Joy and a trivia contest) which do not appear on this episode due to issues with the soundboard recording.  We hope to bring you these segments on later shows once we properly address the audio problems.  Despite these unfortunate omissions, we hope you will still enjoy what for us was an unforgettable night!

 

Intro: Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"

0:30 - The Bears Intros and Current Comic Picks

10:00 - Interview with Jamal Igle

27:12 - Interview with Yale Stewart

40:11 - Greg Boas joins the bear boys to discuss comic book movies

50:20 - Alan "New Mutant" White joins us to discuss The Power Principle and we bring up our birthday celebrating friends

1:00:00 - The Epic Thank Yous!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Live_2014.mp3
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T.H.U.N.D.E.R.C.A.S.T. - The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Podcast, Episode 5
The thunderrific fifth episode brings you five villains facing the T-Agents! The Golem! Demo! Baron Von Kampf! The Entrancer! Mastermind! T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #5 from Tower Comics cover dated June 1966 is the issue that Bill Zanowitz and Rob Stager cover in this episode! All this plus our regular shopping at the Silver Age spinner rack, comic convention advice and Thundertracks from The Subdudes and Toyah!

Direct download: Thundercast_Episode_5.mp3
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T.H.U.N.D.E.R.C.A.S.T. - The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Podcast, Episode 4

The long awaited Thundercast Episode 4 is finally here! Bill Zanowitz and Rob Staeger once again take you back to early 1966 to cover Tower Comics' titantic T-Agents! And what an issue it is - The return of Iron Maiden! Mod swastikas! The debut of Lightning! NoMan shoots a dude in the face! Weed smoking at super speed! Dinosaurs in Manhattan! Dynamo tells Alice to leave him alone! Plus Thundertracks from Iron Maiden and Eddie Floyd if that wasn't enough to get you to turn the pages of Issue #4 along with us!

Direct download: Thundercast_Episode_4.mp3
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Comic Book Bears Podcast Special Edition - Bears in the Toybox Episode #1

This is the first of a number of special edition episodes when the Bears and their extended family will have a chance to talk about topics outside of four-color funnybook goodness. In this episode regular CBB co-host Bill Zanowitz and past guest and geek culture commentator Chris Cummins spend some time talking toys. You'll get to hear what toys Bill and Chris enjoyed as kids, their history with toys as certified manchildren, toy lines they would love to see exist and a lot more. 

Mego's World's Greatest Super-Heroes! Mattel's Secret Wars! Fisher Price's Adventure People! Kenner's Star Wars! Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces! Shogun Warriors! Star Trek from Playmates! Defenders of the Earth! Milton Bradley's Duran Duran boardgame! These are just some of the toys we unwrap in this episode! 

Direct download: Bears_in_the_Toybox_Episode_1.mp3
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Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #49 - With Athena Voltaire’s Steve Bryant

The bear boys welcome Steve Bryant, the writer and artist of the adventures of that angelic and adventurous aviatrix Athena Voltaire.  Dark Horse/Sequential Pulp will be releasing the Athena Voltaire Compendium later in the year, collecting Athena's complete adventures and Steve drops in to talk about her publishing history, what to expect next with Athena, his influences and much more.  Plus Billy Z and Steve talk a little football! Then the bears get down to recent comic talk discussing Original Sin, Mike Deodato, John Byrne's Wonder Woman, the influence of comic book movies, Superman in the late 70's, Sensation Comics #1, Future's End, God is Dead: The Book of Acts, Uncanny Avengers, Axis, Attack on Titan, X-Men #18, Star Wars #20 not to mention Bill and Bryan's Washington DC adventure.

Intro: Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"

00:40- The Comic Book Bears welcome Steve Bryant for an interview about the Athena Voltaire Compendium

36:00 - Steve and Billy Z talk football. (Deal with it.)

41:18 - Justin and Bryan manage to get a few questions in for Steve despite interview hog Billy Z

51:00 - Bill and Bryan's Washington DC Adventure

58:20 - Original Sin/Mike Deodato/Wonder Woman

1:05:00 - The influence of movies upon comics/Superman/Guardians of the Galaxy

1:07:29 - Sensation Comics #1

1:11:26 - Future's End

1:14:59 - God is Dead: The Book of Acts

1:18:22 - Uncanny Avengers/Axis/Onslaught

1:27:54 - Attack on Titan

1:32:52 - X-Men #18/Marc Guggenheim

1:39:04 - Star Wars #20/Marvel's Star Wars plans

1:44:20 - The Woofs of the Week

Outro - The James Gang - "Funk 49"

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Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Issue_49.mp3
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Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #48 - Guardians of the Garden State

The bear boys come back to you with a three-pronged attack in their latest episode!  First up, Billy Z interviews Dave O'Hare and Sal Zurzolo, the co-producers of the Garden State Comic Fest, happening in Morristown, NJ on Saturday, July 23rd.  Dave and Sal discuss the guests and the events at the upcoming convention.  Then Billy takes Dave and Sal through a series of trivia questions about comics. (Wonder what that means?)

After that Justin and Bryan join Billy and Sal to discuss the Guardians of the Galaxy film. Did they like it? (What do you think?)

Then finally Billy Z, Justin and Bryan get down with a cosmic level of new comics talk. Saga, Storm, Rocket Raccoon, Legendary Star Lord, Robin Rises, Low, Afterlife with Archie, The Devilers, G.I. Zombie, New Suicide Squad, Guardians 100th Anniversary, Secret Avengers, Supreme: Blue Rose and more! Plus you come away learning way too much about the underwear preferences of the hosts.

Intro - Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"

1:05      Dave O'Hare and Sal Zurzolo of the Garden State Comic Fest

33:20    Guardians of the Galaxy

1:00:03 Current Comics Talk

1:53:40 The Woofs of the Week

Outro - Suzi Quatro - "48 Crash" 

Links -

http://www.gardenstatecomicfest.com/

http://charlesthurston.com/

http://www.bearbust.org/

http://nerdyshow.com/nerdy-showcase/flame-on/

http://www.bearskn.com/

http://aftertwilightcomics.com/

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Issue_48.mp3
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Comic Book Bears Issue # 47 - Giant-Size Comic Book Bears

Get ready for our biggest episode yet!  Over 3 1/2 hours! We had originally planned to get an episode out to you earlier in the month but ... life happens.  So instead enjoy a grizzly-sized double dose.  First, author Clifford Meth returns to the show.  This time Ciff brings along Jim Reeber, his partner in Aardwolf Publishing. Cliff and Jim take us through their Kickstarter campaign for a project involving the late Dave Cockrum's Futurians. (Fitting that we talk Cockrum in an episode we can banner our own Giant-Size #1!) Before his passing, Dave wrote and drew an unreleased Futurians story and Aardwolf's Kickstarter has its sights set on seeing it finally in print! Then geek culture writer and prior guest Chris Cummins rejoins us! Chris and Billy Z recently attended the Marvel Universe Live arena tour in Philadelphia and you get to hear all about it.  It is impossible to have Chris on the show and not talk Archie so you get that as well along with some comic book musical talk. Then Justin and Bryan join Billy Z for comic conversation.  Topics in the final section of the show include #firerickremender, Captain America, Original Sin, Fantastic Four, All-New Invaders, All-New Doop, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Flash CW pilot, Superman:Doomed, Adventures of Superman, Infinity Man and the Forever People, Batman 66 vs. The Green Hornet, Dead Boy Detectives, The Private Eye, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and more!

INTRO: "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet

0:25 - Introductions and Explanations

2:14 - Clifford Meth and Jim Reeber of Aardwolf Publishing talk The Futurians

55:05 - Chris and Billy Z talk Marvel Universe Live

1:51:10 - #firerickremender, Jet, Falcon, Captain America and much more Marvel

2:47:30 - The Guardians of the Galaxy preview and the CW pilot for The Flash

2:59:01 - Superman: Doomed, Adventures of Superman and more DC/Vertigo

3:17:40 - Vaughn and Martin's The Private Eye

3:22:45 - Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (A Woofs of the Week false start)

3:25:41 - The Woofs of the Week

OUTRO - Jack Hylton Orchestra - "Forty-Seven Ginger Headed Sailors"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Issue_47.mp3
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T.H.U.N.D.E.R.C.A.S.T. - The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Podcast, Episode 3

Bill Zanowitz and Rob Staeger have returned to analyze T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3, originally published by Tower Comics and cover dated March, 1966.  And what do we get in this issue? Dynamo vs. The Subterraneans! NoMan vs. Vibraman! Dynamo vs. The Red Dragon! The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Squad vs. gray make-up! And best of all - Menthor vs. Dynamo! We also cover what was on TV and what comics were on the spinner rack at the same time T-Agents #3 was on newsstands.There are also tangents galore to enjoy in this one as well, ranging from Northern Soul, Bill's grandfather and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid!

Direct download: Thundercast_Episode_3.mp3
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Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #46 - Manga, Mowry, Mail, Magnus, Moore and Much More

Billy Z, Bryan and Justin are joined by guest bear and fan of the show Steve Mowry!  Steve and Bryan recently attended HeroesCon where Bryan presented a panel about gay characters with Los Brothers Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising) and Kate Leth (Kate or Die!, Bravest Warriors). Bryan covers how the panel was put together and how it went down coupled with other con stories from Bryan and Steve. Billy Z was also in attendance at the inaugural Special Edition NYC from Reed Pop as well as the latest AnimeNext convention.  In keeping with the subject matter of the latter, all four bears offer their recommendations of anime and manga that they like.  They round it out with a small splash of current comics talk and, best of all, we got hate mail!!! 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Issue_46.mp3
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Billy Z, Bryan and Justin are back together in the comic bear den.  First up, a little X-Men: Days of Future Past talk.  Then it is a big 'ol helping of current comic book talk which includes Forever Evil, Teen Titans, Superman: Doomed, Batman/Superman, Earth 2, Future's End, Firestorm, The Wake, Secret Origins, Cyclops, Amazing Spider-Man, Afterlife with Archie, C.O.W.L., Prophet, Velvet and Thanos Annual #1 (sort of). Then the mega funny and uber sexy Brad Taylor of Warner Brothers Studios Tours joins in on the fun to discuss the Batman at 75 tour of the studio that Brad has initiated.  He talks with us about what you can expect to see if you go on the Batman tour, the Warners lot, the Conan and Ellen shows (both of which Brad also works for) and so much more! Let's just say the second half involves cameos from Madonna, Darla from The Little Rascals and Optimus Prime (sort of).

A final word about this episode.  We were dogged with technical issues left and right when we recorded.  There were a couple of dropouts. (Lying - MANY dropouts.) We edited all of it together but left a portion of the nods to the dropouts in for poops and giggles. Enjoy!

Intro - "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet

1:06 - Days of Future Past

13:29 - Forever Evil Wrap-Up

25:23 - Teen Titans Annual #2

30:00 - Superman: Doomed

35:43 - Batman/Superman #10

37:41 - Earth 2

41:40 - DC Weekly Books and Firestorm

47:46 - The Wake

51:24 - Secret Origins #2

53:00 - Original Sin

1:00:46 - Cyclops and the other X books

1:08:00 - Amazing Spider-Man #2/Amazing Spider-Man: Learning to Crawl

1:10:02 - Thanos Annual #1 (sort of)

1:12:13 - Afterlife With Archie #5

1:14:31 - Image - Prophet, C.O.W.L. and Velvet

1:18:56 - We bring on special guest Brad Talylor

1:41:09 - The Woofs of the Week

Outro - "45" - Elvis Costello

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_45.mp3
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