Wed, 3 August 2016
We are four bears (Bill, Matt, Justin and Steve) strong this week as Bryan takes the episode off. We focus mainly on the recent spate of new DC Rebirth titles including Superman, Action Comics, Wonder Woman, Batman, Detective Comics, Green Arrow, Flash, Justice League, Aquaman, Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Titans and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey! We stray a little bit away from the DCU to discuss Prophet: Earth War, Jeff Lemire's Plutona and a little bit of classic Marvel talk about Daughters of the Dragon! (Also pay attention to the Woofs of the Week segment as it gives you a clue about what is on the docket for our next episode!)
Sat, 30 July 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #56 - The One Where We Talk About Throne of Atlantis for a Half An Hour (from February 13th, 2015)
Flashback with us to the second time we had the huggable and incomparable Steve Mowry on the show, before he became a regular co-host. (It was after this show was recorded that we decided we are keeping him!)
The CBBears are pleased to welcome back one of their favorite past guests - Steve Mowry - for a 2+ hour comic confab. First up is an analysis of the recently released DC Universe Animated Movie Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. Then we hit the spinner rack and talk about The Multiversity Handbook, DC's upcoming Convergence event, Avengers, New Avengers, Fantastic Four, All-New X-Factor, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Uncanny Avengers, Valiant's new Timewalker series, Supreme: Blue Rose, the state of Vertigo and Jonathan Hickman's The Dying and the Dead.
Intro: Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"
00:30 - Welcoming back Steve Mowry
02:50 - Throne of Atlantis (Warner Home Video)
28:43 - The Multiversity Guidebook (DC)
47:30 - Convergence solicits (DC)
51:10 - Avengers and New Avengers: Time Runs Out and Fantastic Four (Marvel)
1:06:15 - All-New X-Factor (Marvel)
1:12:20 - Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel)
1:16:50 - Uncanny Avengers (Marvel)
1:25:00 - Ivan, Timewalker (Valiant)
1:39:58 - Supreme: Blue Rose (Image)
1:45:40 - The state of Vertigo/Secret Origins #6 (Vertigo/DC)
1:54:55 - The Dying and the Dead (Image)
2:01:32 - Previews - Coming Up on the Comic Boook Bears
2:02:40 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - T.I. - "56 Barz"
Sat, 30 July 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #55 - Special Guest Steve Lightle! (from January 26th, 2015)
Flashback with us to the first time we had Steve Lightle on the show!!!
We are very pleased to welcome to the CBB podcast artist extraordinaire Steve Lightle! Steve is here to discuss his new project, the futuristic online comic Justin Zane! Steve also discusses with us other projects he has been involved with in his 30+ year career as a comic book creator including his longtime association with the Legion of Super-Heroes, the late 80's revival of the Doom Patrol, his stints as a regular X-Men and Flash cover artist, the creative process and much, much, much more! It was a thrill to have the opportunity to interview Steve and he was gracious enough to stick around as Justin, Bryan and Billy Z cover recent news concerning Marvel and comic book based TV shows, Agent Carter, Secret Avengers, Mutiversity: Thunderworld Adventures, the Miracleman Annual with a long lost Grant Morrison story, Sixis ... we mean, Axis, a little Beatles talk, The Sandman: Overture #4 and of course Marvel's new Star Wars #1.
Intro - Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"
0:30 - Interview with Steve Lightle: Covering Justin Zane!, The Legion, Doom Patrol, cover work and more!
1:14:00 - News about Secret Wars and the Marvel Universe
1:20:00 - Comic based TV show renewals and Agent carter
1:30:00 - Star Wars #1 (Marvel)
1:38:00 - Secret Avengers (Marvel)
1:40:00 - Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures (DC)
1:44:00 - All-New Miracleman Annual #1 (Marvel)
1:48:00 - Sixis ... we mean, Axis (Marvel)
1:55:00 - The Sandman: Overture #4 (Vertigo)
2:00:00 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - The Eagles - "OL' 55"
Fri, 29 July 2016
CBB Flashback Episode: Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #54 - The Best of 2014! (from January 12th, 2015)
Not too early to wax nostalgic for 2014 yet, is it? Enjoy our reflection of the best from that year!
"It's that time! That time when Justin, Bryan and Billy Z offer up their picks for the best of 2014! Join them as they run down their picks for favorite ongoing, favorite mini-series, favorite writer, favorite artist, favorite single issue, favorite cover, favorite mini-series and their favorite comic related media of the past year! What do they pick for their tops of 2014? Multiversity? Big Hero 6? Saga? Storm? Cyclops? Afterlife with Archie? Ramon Perez? Aaron Kuder? Jonathan Hickman? Charles Soule? Some of these get the nods - some of these don't - you'll just have to listen in to find out which ones. There is also a talk about DC cancellations, Convergence, the NFL playoffs, Broadway theatre, comics that made them cry, Lootcrate and other tangents and topics! (Explicit warning - once again there are few cases of potty mouth - but you should have heard what they cut out!)
Intro - "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet
1:30 - Best Comic Related Media of 2014 (and Lootcrate)
14:30 - Best Comic Book Cover of 2014
20:06 - Best Artist of 2014
26:00 - Best Writer of 2014
33:38 - Best Single Issue of 2014 (and comic that made us cry and Mutiversity: Thunderworld Adventures)
47:40 - Best Ongoing of 2014
1:05:10 - Justice League United and the Legion/Convergence/DC titles cancelled/Fantastic Four: 1234/Capote in Kansas
1:16:45 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - "54/40" - Dead Moon
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, 22 June 2016
Fair warning: this episode does not contain any comic book talk. As part of the gay community we felt honor bound to talk about the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last week. What you will get in this episode is a fairly raw discussion between three of our co-hosts (Bill Zanowitz, Bryan Pittard and Steve Mowry) about their feelings and perceptions surrounding the tragedy. Our next episode is a big anniversary for us so the funnybook talk will be back in place then but this episode is what it is. For those of you who do hit download, our deepest thanks in advance for listening.
Intro - "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro - "99 Luftballons" by MC Smike