Thu, 14 July 2016
With so much turmoil happening in the world, we at the Comic Book Bear Podcast are honored to provide something for you that is celebratory! Please join Bill Zanowitz, Justin Allen, Matt Brossard, Bryan Pittard and Steve Mowry for an hour and a half that we are proud of as we toast each other, our listeners and the art form we adore with our landmark 100th episode! Imagine the ultimate CBB spinner rack as we each talk about our all-time favorite issues, our favorite books that have come out since our podcast started in 2011, our all time favorite comic book covers and our favorite anniversary comics!
Then we talk about OUR favorite comic book bears.
For a nice stretch.
INTRO: Bear in Heaven - "Reflections of You"
OUTRO: Quincy Jones with James Ingram - "One Hundred Ways"
Thu, 7 July 2016
A Flashback from 12/2014: After an extended break, Billy Z, Bryan and Justin are back on the Comic Book Bears mic with nearly two hours of comic book and geek culture talk. Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly's AMAZING Multiversity: Pax Americana is up first in the spotlight! The comic talk continues with the bears boys weighing in ODY-C #1, Matt Fraction, purple nipples, Wonder Woman, AXIS, Thor, Superior Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the original Secret Wars, Mike Zeck, Kraven's ass, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Robert Hack, Action Comics, Superman in the New 52, comic book sales and the back issue market. They then take a non-comic detour to discuss the end of the current season of Doctor Who and the Star Wars Episode 7 teaser trailer. Then they turn on the TV to rap about what is happening on Gotham, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and Constantine. They wrap up as always with the Woof of the Week. Word of caution - the boys are little more potty mouthed on this ep than usual for some reason. And who or what is Havok Thanos Del Rio? Well, you'll just have to listen in to find out!!
THE BREAKDOWN (Because We Love You!)
Intro - "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet
0:24 - Intro
1:24 - Multiversity: Pax Americana (DC)
18:30 - ODY-C #1 (Image)
28:55 - Wonder Woman #s 35 & 36 (DC)
37:55 - AXIS/Thor/Superior Iron Man/Captain America (Marvel)
48:20 - The original Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars (Marvel)
51:59 - The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 (Archie, just a brief teaser)
53:00 - Action Comics #36/Superman in the New 52 (DC)
1:01:04 - Comic Book Sales and Trends
1:07:09 - Non-Comic Detour - Doctor Who and Star Wars
1:32:08 - TV Talk - Gotham/Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./The Flash/Constantine
1:48:04 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - "53rd and 3rd" - The Ramones
Wed, 29 June 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue 52 - The One Where We Talk About NYCC, Movies and TV (Originally Released 11/11/2014)
Here is another CBB Flashback from November, 2014. This was recorded just after we had our first ever live show as part of New York Comic Con's Super Week and we brought on to the cast friend of the show Tom Nordin!
The bear boys are back with a special guest in tow, long time listener and friend of the show Tom Nordin! Tom, Billy Z, Bryan and Justin detail their experiences at New York Comic Con last month with tangents and topics including Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Avengers Station, Justin vs. a Ghostbusters cosplayer, the Empire State Building, hot dogs, Sina Grace, NPR's Ask Me Another, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Coulton, the upcoming Shaft comic book, Judas Priest, The Americans on FX, Harvey Comics 60's super-heroes and more. Then its time to turn the dial to TV with the guys weighing in on The Flash, Constantine, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Doctor Who. We then leap from the small screen to the big screen to discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe's spate of upcoming films. And then we round it off with a little bit of new comic talk by covering Multiversity, Batgirl #35 and the Death of Wolverine. Explicit language - and this time Bryan has the biggest potty mouth!
Intro: "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet
2:29 - New York Comic Con
33:25 - The Flash on The CW
40:50 - Constantine on NBC
47:00 - Gotham on Fox
1:00:30 - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC
1:08:42 - The current season of Doctor Who and the comics from Titan
1:13:00 - Marvel Cinematic Universe films
1:26:00 - Multiversity
1:34:00 - Death of Wolverine
1:40:26 - Batgirl #35
1:45:00 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro: "52 Girls" - The B-52's
Wed, 29 June 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #51 with Special Guest Steve Pew! (Originally released 10/7/14)
Another CBB Flashback episode - this time with the super sexy Steve Pew from October, 2014!
The bears are back with a new episode, this time with special guest bear Steve Pew! (Ain't he cute?) It is mostly Marvel on the docket this time around as Billy Z, Bryan, Justin and Steve - after a few minutes on the premiere of Gotham - discuss what they are reading. Hickman's Avengers and New Avengers, All-New X-Factor, All-New X-Men #32, the Ultimate Universe, Uncanny X-Men, speculation about Spider-Man and the X-Men, Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist, She-Hulk, New Warriors, The Inhumans all get time in the spotlight along with books from other publishers like Velvet, The Fade Out, Annihilator, DC's September Future's End Books, The Devilers and more. Plus this is our last chance to talk up Comic Book Bears Podcast Live! on October 8th in NYC!
Intro - "Where You Get Love" by Matthew Sweet
1:00 Introducing Guest Bear Steve Pew
4:50 The Premiere of Gotham
19:00 Hickman's Avengers and New Avengers
30:30 All-New X-Factor
37:00 All-New X-Men #32, the Ultimate Universe and Uncanny X-Men
45:30 Spider-Man and the X-Men speculation
49:20 Velvet, Hawkeye, East of West, Immortal Iron Fist
53:05 The Fade Out
55:05 Annihilator and Multiversity: The SOS, Frazier Irving and Chris Sprouse
1:07:30 September's Future's End Books (Justice League United, Justice League, Superman/Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin, Teen Titans, Batman, Batgirl, Red Hood and the Outlaws, World's Finest, Aquaman and more.)
1:22:30 The Devilers
1:25:40 New Warriors, (the all-women) X-Men, Ms. Marvel
1:28:55 She-Hulk and the Inhumans
Then ... The Woofs of the Week and our last chance to talk about Comic Book Bears Podcast Live!
Outro - "Area 51" by The Charlatans (UK)
Wed, 29 June 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #50 - Of Cons and Crises and Captains of Carrots (Originally Released 9/15/14)
The first of our flashback episodes! With the end of the Earth 2 Network we will gradually be re-releasing episodes that previously were only available through the Earth 2 feed! And we start with Episode 50 from September, 2014.
Con recap episodes are a specialty of ours and you get a double shot here with Bryan talking about DragonCon and Billy Z and Justin about Baltimore Comic Con. Then new comic talk covers Mutiversity #1 (DC), Grant Morrison, a lot of Final Crisis talk, The Futures End issues of Earth 2, Action Comics and Swamp Thing, Original Sin #8, Dash #1 from Northwest Press, The Devilers #2, God Hates Astronauts #1 and more.
Intro – “Where You Get Love” by Matthew Sweet
1:06 Bryan talks about DragonCon
19:47 Billy Z and Justin talk Baltimore Comic Con
47:56 – Mutiversity #1 (DC), Grant Morrison and Final Crisis
1:12:10 – The Futures End issues of Earth 2, Action Comics and Swamp Thing (DC)
1:25:10 – Original Sin #8 (Marvel)
1:36:18 – Dash #1 (Northwest Press)
1:43:07 – The Devilers #2 (Dynamite) and Miracleman (Marvel) – briefly
1:47:00 – God Hates Astronauts #1 (Image)
1:56:40 – Kevin Keller #14 (Archie) and Grendel/The Shadow #1 (Dark Horse/Dynamite)
1:59:12 – The Woofs of the Week
Outro “50/50” by The Strokes
Woof Links -
Wed, 15 June 2016
On this week's episode we are honored to welcome to the show Legendary Comics' Editor in Chief Bob Schreck! Bob has been a longtime fixture in the comic world. In the early eighties he worked for Creation Entertainment on their groundbreaking fan conventions and from there he transitioned to a position at Marvel and then as Administrative Director at Comico Comics. From there Bob moved onto an editorial position at Dark Horse Comics which he then left to co-found Oni Press. Toward the end of the last century, Bob moved over to DC Comics where he became the group editor for the Batman books as well as overseeing editorial duties on Green Lantern, Green Arrow, the creation of the All-Star imprint and later a stint with Vertigo. After leaving DC, Schreck joined IDW Publishing as a senior editor and since 2011, he has been a VP and EIC of Legendary Comics, the comic book wing of Legendary Pictures! Legendary Comics launched with Frank Miller’s controversial Holy Terror. Other books that have come out of Legendary include Grant Morrison and Frazier Irving’s Annihilator, The Tower Chronicles and other works by notable names such as Mark Waid, Chris Roberson, Shane Davis and Judd Winnick and series and original graphic novels involving franchises that Legendary has been associated with in the film world such as Godzilla, Trick R Treat, Pacific Rim and Krampus. Bill Z, Steve and Justin speak to Bob to about his impressive career and what is brewing at Legendary Comics. After the interview, Matt joins us and we get down to some talk about current comics including Aliens: Defiance, Wonder Woman: Rebirth, Legend, Providence, some Valiant titles and more.
Intro - "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro - "98.6" by Keith
Tue, 7 June 2016
Rafer Roberts is the writer of the current Archer and Armstrong series at Valiant Comics and the CBBears are thrilled to welcome him to the show! Steve, Billy Z and Matt spend the first hour of the show interviewing Rafer about his work on A&A and his other projects for Valiant as well as his history as an indie comic writer and artist with his work on Plastic Farm, Nightmare the Rat, Magic Bullet, Rise and more! Best of all, you get to hear what Davey the Mackerel actually sounds like!
Afterwards, Bryan joins the cast and the talk shifts to current comics talk including discussion about Scooby Apocalypse, Superman Rebirth, Civil War II, Imperium, Poe Dameron, Cyborg and much more!
Intro - "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Wed, 27 April 2016
Recent TV is first up on the docket in this new Comic Book Bears Podcast episode! Bill, Matt, Steve and Justin talk about the Supergirl/Flash crossover, one particular recent episode of Legends of Tomorrow and more! The talk then turns to current comics as the CBBears weigh in on Midnighter, House of Penance, Gwenpool, Public Relations, Empress, Prophet: Earth War, Scarlet Witch and then wrap things up with The Woofs of the Week!
Sun, 6 December 2015
The Comic Book Bears are back to five strong as Bryan rejoins Matt, Steve, Justin and Bill this week! The state of Marvel is up for discussion first and the boys dig deep into Secret Wars, Thors, The All-New All-Different Avengers, Hercules and more. Then DC gets time with Justice League: The Darkseid War, Starfire, Bizarro and the new books from Vertigo. Indie talk is dominated by the extraordinary Huck, F__k Fairyland and The Devilers. And Justin's retro pick is not Harry Potter. (That's a hint.) We also included a potty mouth preamble to kick off the episode. (During our pre-show conversation we were cussing up a storm. There's a little of that in the main body of the episode for whatever reason.)
Intro: "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro: "Teenage Lament '74" by Alice Cooper
Wed, 18 November 2015
The bear boys (minus Bryan) are back with the first of their episodes in their new weekly format! That's right - instead of twice a month, you will be getting hairy heavy homo comic talk every week now! Bill Z and Justin start off with a New York Comic Con recap! There is a Valiant Moment with Steve and Matt! Billy Z leads the DC talk! Matt takes the lead with Marvel and Indie talk! Steve gets in some Vertigo chatter! And newly christened Retro Bear Justin offers up the first of his retro pics! In the mix - Art Ops, Book of Death, Weirdworld, Jim Starlin, Mike Mignola, Titans Hunt, a New God getting punched in the face and a LOT more!
Intro - "Reflection of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro - "Emergency 72 (Live)" by Turin Brakes