Mon, 29 August 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #89 - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (originally released March 31st, 2016)
With the recent release of BvS on DVD and BluRay, this latest Flashback episode from this past March finds all five Bears on the mic to weigh in on the film!
Original show notes: The bears are back to five strong as Billy Z, Matt, Bryan, Steve and Justin are all on this week's episode to talk about a film you just may have heard of. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is director Zack Snyder's follow-up to 2013's Man of Steel and is the second installment in the DC Extended Universe series of films. What do these hairy heavy homos think of Batfleck, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Superman in the bathtub and the other elements of the movie? Listen in to our spoiler filled, spirited discussion to find out!
Mon, 29 August 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #58 - With Special Guest Peter David! (originally released April 17th, 2015)
Very proud to bring this episode back to our listeners, with our interview with the great Peter David!
Original show notes -
We here at the Comic Book Bears Podcast are thrilled to bring to the show the one and only Peter David for an interview! Peter is here to discuss the recently released Avengers Vault from Thunder Bay Press which he wrote in the first half of our show. We go on to discuss Peter's long and distinguished career as a comic book writer, touching on his work with X-Factor, Spider-Man 2099, Hulk, Fallen Angel, his plans with the upcoming Secret wars, film novelizations and much, much, much more! Peter also takes us through his writing process and we even get to hear about a new project he is involved with for the first time!
Afterwards Justin, Steve, Bryan and Billy Z get into the comic and TV talk. We tune in to what is happening on SHIELD, Gotham, Arrow, Flash, Agent Carter and even some Australian (!) small screen goings on. Then we turn to the four color format and yap about about Avengers #42, All-New Hawkeye #1, Spider-Gwen #1, Batman #39, the new Star Wars books from Marvel and, of course, tangents upon tangents.
Intro - Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"
0:49 - Interview with Peter David
47:44 - Post-Interview chat including Photon, DC vs. Marvel, Doctor Strangefate and Amalgam Comics, original art, artists who work digitally, Ramon Perez, Neal Adams, Steranko
57:10 - Comic TV talk including SHIELD's return, Gotham, Arrow, Flash, the DC team show in development at the WB, Helix, Underbelly, Danger 5
1:18:00 - Comic talk including Avengers, Age of Apocalypse, All-New Hawkeye, Jeff Lemire, Jason Latour, Spider-Gwen, Batman, the abundance of severed hands in the New 52, combo packs and digital codes, Billy Z needs a code buddy, want lists, Bryan manages his whole life with Excel, the Star Wars books from Marvel and more
1:57:03 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - Chicago Transit Authority - "Poem 58"
Mon, 29 August 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #57 - From Intros to Legos, From Nazis to Nameless (originally released March 9th, 2015)
We continue our re=posting of our "missing" episodes with the first appearance of Brother Steve as a regular co-host!
The original show notes provided that "We are very proud to announce that our past guest Steve Mowry is now joining us as a regular co-host! As part of his initiation for his new role, Steve first takes us through some of his favorite things about comic books. Then Billy Z recounts his going to Toy Fair for the first time. Next up Justin and Bryan join in for a discussion about the new Lego DC Comics Super-Heroes movie Justice League vs. Bizarro League. Billy Z attended the NYC premiere screening and you'll hear his interviews with James Arnold Taylor, the voice of The Flash, and filmmakers Brandon Vietti and Jim Krieg. Then some comics related TV talk. Then a whole lotta comics talk - Multiversity: The Mastermen, Nameless, The Black Vortex, All-New X-Men, Marvel's June 2015 Solicits, Ant-Man, Justice League United, Batman, Action Comics, Future's End, Earth 2: World's End, Divinity #1 and Displacement, a graphic novel which maybe made Steve cry."
Thu, 25 August 2016
All five bears are back in the CBB den this week to talk about Suicide Squad, the third movie in the DC Extended Universe series of films. The film stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Margot Robbie among the cast and our furry fivesome weigh in on whether Suicide Squad is a movie you should kill to see or if a neckbomb going off would be preferable. After that, the comic book talk starts with 4001 A.D.: War Mother, All-New X-Men, All-New Wolverine, Black Panther, Old Man Logan, the revival of Rom from IDW, The Vision, Darth Vader, Marvel's recent C-3PO special, Jupiter's Legacy and Superwoman each finding a berth on our spinner rack!
Wed, 17 August 2016
This week's Comic Book Bears Podcast episode finds Billy Z, Steve and (eventually) Matt talking about two television programs that have been on the minds of many folks these past few weeks. In one corner you have Jessie Custer, Tulip and Cassidy! In the other, you have Dustin, Eleven and - sigh - Benny! So tune in to our SPOILER FILLED examination of both AMC's PREACHER (based upon the Vertigo series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon) and STRANGER THINGS from Netflix!
(Yeah, yeah, yeah - we know that STRANGER THINGS isn't really comic book related but sometimes we throw the rules out the window ... and into the Upside Down.)
Intro - "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro - "If I Was a Folkstar" by The Avalanches
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"