Comic Book Bears Podcast

Well, we originally were going to record one of our comic book "critique" shows but just weren't feeling it when we got on the mic.  So Billy Z and Steve decided to hang out for an hour and 15 and talk about a lot of topics. Our first exposure to comics. What would  the JLA and Avengers line ups look like if we were writing the books? What are we looking forward to in 2020? What cartoons from our youth have stood the test of time? What are our current cartoon favorites? The West Coast Avengers! The New Teen Titans! Infinity Inc. and the JSA! Battle of the Planets! Rick and Morty! Outer Darkness! White Trees! Event Leviathan! There is a lot in this one! (Steve even curses at one point!) As this episode is being released on Thanksgiving Eve, you might need something to play during your car ride or to distract you from your conspiracy theory spouting uncle or a soundtrack for your tryptophan crash! We might fit the bill just fine with this offbeat episode!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_158.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:23pm EST

This time around the CBBears are thrilled to welcome the creators of Signal and Silence, Chris Lopez and Randy Wyatt. It is a 100 page graphic novel about three college friends -Jimmy, Nica and Dorch- all of whom are haunted by their shared history at an evangelical college. These days, Jimmy and Dorch run a comic store and run role-playing game sessions out of the basement. But over the span of several days, vital secrets are spilled that threaten to tear their bonds apart forever. Signal and Silence began life as a play written by Randy which Chris adapted into comic form. Listen in as Steve and Bill interview these handsome fellas about the project and many other things, including Chris's work with the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and Randy's feelings about a classic children's novel!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_157.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:54pm EST

Billy Z and Steve present the final episode in the trilogy of Comic Book Bears Podcast episodes dedicated to the landmark simultaneous mini-series of X-Men books House of X/Powers of X from the pen of Jonathan Hickman and the drawing boards of Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva and which wrapped up earlier this month. What do a long time line-wide X reader and a life long DC zombie think? Just where does the X-Men status quo stand at the end of the story arc? Which old friends do we see once again? And what lies ahead for the marvelous mutants at the Dawn of X? Join us to find out!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_156.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 5:38pm EST

This time around Richard Rivera, the writer of Stabbity Bunny, returns to the CBB cave to discuss his upcoming special stand-alone one shot! Not only is this the newest chapter of the original Stabbity Bunny saga, at the core of this story is the relationship between Stabbity cast members Emmet and Wally and the heartbreaking consequences of a hate crime. Listen in as Steve and Billy Z have Richard take us through what we can vouch for is a very special, emotional comic book!

STABBITY BUNNY: EMMETS STORY #1 from Scout Comics will be in shops in December and you can pre-order it through the end of October. The Diamond order number is OCT192062.

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_155.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 7:46pm EST

We follow up our last House of X/Powers of X episode with coverage of House of X#s 3 and 4 and Powers of X #4! Listen in as Bill and Steve broadcast from the CBBearcave and offer up their opinions about the groundbreaking new X-Men dual mini-series. (You even get their Sassy Mister Sinister imitations!) Apart from the HOXPOX books, Bill leads a discussion about Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium and Doomsday Clock from DC and Steve flies the indie comic flag by covering Steeple from Dark Horse and You Are Obsolete from Aftershock. And it goes without saying - EXPECT SPOILERS!!!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_154.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

The biggest event happening in comics right now is Jonathan Hickman's revitalization of the X-Men franchise! Join Bill Z and Steve for an 80 minute exploration into the seismic events which went down in House of X #s 1 and 2 and Powers of X #s 1, 2 and 3!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_153.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:45am EST

Well, we didn't intend to be away for 7 weeks.

 

Listen in as Steve and Billy Z finally make a return trip to your earbuds to discuss the various announcements that were made at San Diego Comic Con last month. Among them are the Marvel Cinematic Universe slate for the next three years, the Arrowverse in the 2019/2020 television season including Crisis on Infinite Earths, the new group of X-Men books at Marvel, King and Gerard's Adam Strange, trailers, trailers, Watchmen, trailers, armored polar bears, trailers, Zombie Tidal Wave, trailers, Dark Phoenix Barbie and more trailers!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

Between comic book conventions, illness and work the Comic Book Bears boys have been super busy in June but there was no way they were going to let Pride Month close without getting an episode out to you. So Bill and Steve are presenting to you this "Pride Quickie" where you get to hear about their first Pride experiences and a nice dose of queer comic book reading talk. Happy Pride!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_151.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:30am EST

It's just comics this time around. Listen in as we discuss Doomsday Clock #10 and Heroes in Crisis #9 from DC, Ascender #2 from Image and Killer Groove #1 from Aftershock. In addition to our Woofs of the Week, we also fall into a few tangent potholes along the way.

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_150.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:44am EST

On this new Comic Book Bears Podcast episode Billy Z and Steve are thrilled to bring to the mic for the first time Jack Foster! Jack is the writer and artist of the  ongoing comic book series GUN which tells the story of Trevor Werner. In the world that Trevor inhabits, he is s a gun ... "the good guys are called capes, the bad guys are guns..." Jack has a Kickstarter campaign to collect the first GUN story arc, Fighting is my Monday which ran through issues 1-3 of the series which finds Trevor meeting Olive Armstrong, a fellow gun trying to go straight and they stumble upon an easy money payday in the form of a passed out - and ransomable - super hero and, as with all good capers, things go sideways. We had an absolute blast talking to Jack so, apart from his mega cool comic, there is a lot of laughing and tangents in this episode! Jack's campaign for GUN Volume 1 runs until June 4th so make sure you are one of the cool kids and back it!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/recklesseyeballs/gun-volume-1-fighting-is-my-monday?ref=discovery&term=jack%20foster

 

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_149.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

As close as we have ever come to a live episode, join us for a down and dirty AND SPOILER FILLED discussion of the new film Avengers: Endgame that was just hit the movie theaters! It is the 22nd film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise and in its first weekend has grossed over $1.2 billion dollars worldwide.  And to discuss such a huge movie we bring you all the big guns - we have all three co-hosts (Bryan, Bill and Steve) on the mic along with our good friend Caleb Alexander-McKinzie of the Southern Fried Geekery Podcast! In addition to discussing what we thought of the movie, we also make some recommendations regarding some our favorite Avengers stories in comic book form for you to check out! And once again, THIS IS SPOILER FILLED!!! (If you haven't seen the movie yet you might want to table listening to this until after you have.)

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_148.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07pm EST

For a few months we have been more Pet Shop Boys than The Police with Steve and Bill keeping the CBB ship sailing as a duo but we are thrilled to be joined once again by our beloved brother Bryan Pittard! Bryan fills us in with what he's been up to and then all of three us get the gab going. We talk about DC Universe, Disney+, Star Wars and on the comic book front G. Willow Wilson's Wonder Woman, the Bendis-led Wonder Comics line from DC, the GLOW comic from IDW based on the hit Netflix series, Major X, Bronze Age Boogie and lots more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_147.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 11:17pm EST

With one magic word, the Comic Book Bears boys are back to discuss the new DC Extended Universe film SHAZAM! Join Billy Z and Steve for an hour plus discussion about the movie starring Zachary Levi and Mark Strong and directed by David F. Sandberg. In addition to the film, we also discuss the comic book (and legal) history of the character who at one time was known as Captain Marvel and weigh in with we what think were some of the great Captain Marvel/Shazam stories in the funny books and on TV over the past 80 years! All that and a little bit of comic talk thrown in as usual!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_146.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:11am EST

The Comic Book Bears go back to the movies on this episode to discuss Captain Marvel, the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise! Carol Danvers comes to the silver screen with Brie Larson starring as the title character! Steve and Billy Z weigh in with what they thought about the film and then follow that up with the history of Ms. Marvel/Binary/Warbird/Captain Marvel in comic books. Our two bear boys will be the first to admit that they are not Captain Carol experts but do their best in taking you from her first appearance in the late 60's up to the present day. After that, some current comic talk time is devoted to Marvel's Age of X-Man event, the DC Walmart 100 page books, Valiant's Incursion and the finale of DC's Sideways along with much, much more!

 

Plus a drinking game suggestion: take a shot every time Bill says the word "marquee" during this episode!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_145.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:11pm EST

The Comic Book Bears are thrilled to welcome back to the show Steve Bryant! Steve, best known for Athena Voltaire and Ghoul Scouts (both of which who currently have a home at Action Lab Comics) is here to discuss his Kickstarter campaign for The Catch, a crime-superhero-caper-romance comic! Think Elmore Leonard meets Gotham Central and Powers! Written by Steve, with art by Ismael Canales and coloring by Roger Surroca, The Catch should appeal to fans of super-hero crime comics, like Gotham Central, Alias, or Powers, viewers who like heist or caper movies, or TV shows like Justified, Better Call Saul, or Sneaky Pete as well as indie comic collectors looking to get in on the ground floor of a new book, filled with action, clever dialogue, and great visuals. So, hit play and listen in as Bill Zanowitz and the other Steve (Mowry) talk to Steve about this new project, Athena Voltaire and much more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_144.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 4:48pm EST

 

Late last year the DC Universe app launched. Steve and Bill have been using the streaming service for months and on this episode they talk about the exclusive shows (Titans, Young Justice: Invasion, DC Daily) and other things they enjoying about the streaming service. Then a trip to the spinner rack finds them chatting about the current X-Men books, Wrong Earth and the Ahoy Comics line, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Heroes At Large, Hawkman, Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion and much more! All this plus two great music documentary Woofs of the Week!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_143.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:31pm EST

The horror rages on! Bill Zanowitz and Steve Mowry are back and this time around they discuss their favorite horror comic books of all time! EC Comics of the 1950's, Hellboy and the Mignolaverse, Sandman, Lucifer, Swamp Thing, The Sixth Gun, The Devilers, Hellblazer, Torso, Baltimore, Black Eyed Kids - all of these here and much more! (You might want to listen with the lights on!)

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_142.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 7:10pm EST

The Comic Book Bears turn their cave into something dark and creepy for a change as they welcome writer/artist John Horsley to discuss the new comic project he is Kickstarting, The Eynes Anthology!! The book is about a family with a generation spanning connection to the supernatural! Listen in as John joins Steve and Billy Z in a discussion about the horror collection with numerous artists and writers from around the world joining John to tell us stories throughout time of this family and their demons! Check out eynesanthology.com for additional info about this crowdfunding campaign launching on February 1st!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_141.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 11:26pm EST

Our first episode of 2019 finds Billy Z and Steve discussing Aquaman, the most recent entry in the DC Extended Universe series of films starring Jason Momoa! Listen in as Steve and Billy weigh in on the James Wan directed movie. Beyond the film, the CBBears also talk about the history of Aquaman including reading recommendations from the 60's, 70's, 80's and today including the recent Drowned Earth crossover and the first issue of the new Kelly Sue DeConnick/Ronson Rocha run! We also discuss what comic book based films are coming in 2019, somehow Liza Minnelli works her way into the conversation and we say "Aquabro" a lot!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

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