Comic Book Bears Podcast


This time around CBB boys Steve and Bill are thrilled to welcome to the show writer Stonie Williams! Stonie's new book, Villainous, is published Mad Cave Studios and tells the story of Matilda “Rep-Tilly” Anderson, an intern for the Heroes of the Coalition team of super-heroes. Rep-Tilly, like the rest of her fellow intern class, is paired with a more experienced superhero to hone her crime fighting skills. But the hero she is being mentored by, the strongman Showdown, and the Coalition itself are not exactly what they appear to be to the outside world. We talk to Stonie about his own history with comics, his influences, his epic beard (!) and much more! Following that Stonie joins Bill and Steve for some current comic talk with The Resistance, Hedra, Killadelphia, Thor, Spy Island and more on the spinner rack! 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_186.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

Once again we are playing catch up with audio episodes from our livestreams. Recorded on 10/1/2020, listen in as Bill, Bryan and Steve discuss the graphic novel adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five by Ryan North and Albert Monteys (Boom! Studios), the first few issues of the X of Swords crossover (Marvel) and the beginning of The Dreaming: Waking Hours (DC Black Label) and a whole lot more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_185.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:14pm EDT

The CBB boys (Bryan, Steve, Caleb and a late-to-the-party Bill) are very happy to welcome to the show Mayday Trippe! Mayday is a writer, illustrator and fellow podcaster and they are launching Hallows, a Patreon based webcomic Hallows - a tale of friendship, murder, revenge and supernatural powers! Mayday also discusses their other work and projects (including Butterfly, Project: Rooftop and the stunning Something Terrible!) The show is rounded out by the interviewers and interviewee discussing books they are currently enjoying including Beast Boy, King of Nowhere, Wonder Woman 84: Museum Mayhem, No Straight Lines, Boy's Club and the Feels Good Man documentary, their Woofs of the Week choices and much, much more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_184.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

It is a somewhat different Comic Book Bears Podcast this time around as there is isn't a hell of a lot of actual comic book talk but there is a hell of a lot of comic book related talk. Listen in as Bill, Steve and Bryan talk about the TV versions of The Boys and Lucifer, I Am Thinking of Ending Things, The League of Regrettable Sidekicks, Stuck Rubber Baby, Toni Tennille (!), ComiXology's free Black Panther books, many things Dune and offer a fond farewell to Diana Rigg with a discussion about how Emma Peel influenced comics.

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_183.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT

In this new Comic Book Bears audio episode, Bryan, Bill and Steve reconvene to talk about some indie books that they have recently read. Steve takes on Black Hole, Bryan fills us in on Fantasmagoria and Bill talks up Grendel Archives! Also discussed - DC Fandome, the passing of Chadwick Boseman, life during a pandemic, Doctor Who, Dark Shadows, General Hospital and other soap operas and a whole bunch more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_182.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 7:21am EDT

We are finally caught up with the Comic Book Bears Podcast livestream vs. audio backlog with releasing this episode! Join Steve, Bill and Bryan for Caleb’s last show as a regular for now! (Pesky law school!) On the spinner rack this time around we discuss Strange Adventures (DC), The Death of Nancy Drew (Dynamite), Dragman (Metropolitan Books), various Free Comic Book Day offerings from Archie, Upshot and Dark Horse and much, much more!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_181.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27pm EDT

On this extra long (2 hours) Comic Book Bears Podcast episode we talk about what is awesome about DC Comics! On August 10, 2020 DC Comics  and the DC Universe streaming service were hit with massive layoffs in an event that has been given the tag of the DC Bloodbath. As a counter to the more unsavory elements of "fandom" commenting on this development, Bill, Bryan, Steve and Caleb talk about what some of their all-time favorite DC comics and storylines. And what are their favorites? Listen in and find out!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_180.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:39pm EDT

We are very much behind in releasing our live streams to audio so as we play catch up please enjoy this episode recording at the beginning of August. This time around we have Bryan, Steve and Bill in the bearcave to talk about X-Factor (Marvel), Cable (Marvel), The Death of Superman: The Wake (DC), It Eats What Feeds It (Scout Comics) and much more!!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_179.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:39pm EDT

It’s a new Comic Book Bears Podcast audio episode! Listen in as Bill, Caleb, Steve and Bryan once again reconvene for a funnybook roundtable! Apart from talking about some of the SDCC@Home panels, the books that get pulled off the spinner rack this time are Engine Ward (Scout Comics), March Book One (Top Shelf, in honor of the passing of Congressman John Lewis), Paul is Dead (Image Comics, with a necessary Beatles tangent) and, because once was not enough, a return visit to the Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100- Page Super-Spectacular (DC). (Sidebar - We are hoping to get more audio episodes out to you in the next few days so that we get caught up with our backlog from our livestreams!)

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_178.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT

Time for a new Comic Book Bears Podcast episode and it is an audio only episode! Listen in as Caleb, Steve and Bill (with Bryan taking a breather) talk about Supergirl: Being Super, Sub-Mariner Marvel Masterworks Vol. 1 and Adventureman #1 and 2.  Additionally we have a round up of the comic related streaming shows and movies out there including The Old Guard, Doom Patrol and more!

And just what is "Hancock scared"?

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_177.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:11am EDT

Writer/Artist Tom Kelly has a Kickstarter campaign going for his original Foot Fist Frankenstein graphic novel and we are thrilled to have Tom on the show to discuss it! Foot Fist Frankenstein blends Tom's main childhood influences -  monsters, comic books and martial arts movies - is an action adventure revenge story, "kinda like John Wick meets the Hulk by way of Kung Fu theater." Listen in as Tom talks about the project, his influences, his adventures at conventions and much more! Tom then sticks around and joins Bill, Steve and Bryan to talk about the books they are currently reading - DeadEndia, Jonathan Case's The New Deal, The Old Guard, Fire Power, X-Force #10 and much more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_176.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT

It's just the hosts this week (Bill, Bryan, Steve and Caleb) who have convened for, despite the title of the episode, an indie dominated roundtable. Listen in as the CBB boys discuss Ash and Thorn (Ahoy Comics), Letter 44 (Oni Press), American Jesus: The New Messiah (Image), Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes (IDW), eschatology, Alien and Predator moving over to Marvel, Christian grindhouse films, copyright and the public domain and much, much more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_175.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15pm EDT

We are thrilled to welcome back to the show Dave Ebersole and Zan Christensen to discuss the Kickstarter campaign for Dash, a gay noir graphic novel! Dave is the writer for the collection which compiles the previously published single issues of the series along with plenty of new material which is published by Zan's LGBT-centered comics company Northwest Press! With art by Delia Gable and Vinnie Roca, Dash tells the story of private eye Dashell Malone wrapped up in a mystery with a bad boy lover, a wise-cracking Gal Friday, an ancient artifact and a shocking murder in a love letter to noir crime and classic horror pictures! Dave and Zan talk about Dash's conception and Zan also shines a light on some of the other books published by Northwest Press. They then join Bryan, Caleb, Steve and Bill for a discussion of comics they are enjoying and, of course, the Woofs of the Week!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zan/dash-the-gay-noir-graphic-novel/description

https://northwestpress.com/

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_174.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

We are thrilled to welcome back to the show Clifford Meth! Mister Meth is the co-publisher of Aardwolf Publishing and has been fixture in the world of comic book fandom for over 30 years! Cliff was instrumental in reaching settlements for Dave Cockrum, Gene Colan and Marv Wolfman with Marvel regarding participation for the characters and concepts they created! As a writer, his works include Comic Book Babylon and the upcoming Unsuckled! He discusses all of that, his relationships with many other creators along with an in-progress sale of books from Dave Cockrum's personal comic book collection that benefits scholarships at the Joe Kubert School! (Links are below!) After that we find Bill, Caleb,  Steve and Bryan in the newsroom talking about DC's sudden separation from Diamond Distribution and the equally sudden departures of Ruby Rose (Batwoman) and Hartley Sawyer (The Flash) from their respective CW shows. All this and as usual our Woofs of the Week!

http://thecliffordmethod.blogspot.com/

https://thecliffordmethod.blogspot.com/2019/05/dave-cockrum-estate-sale.html

 

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue173_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

Killowog really has nothing to do with this episode - it will become clear when you listen in! On this latest Comic Book Bears Podcast episode the CBBears couldn't not talk about what is going on in the USA and around the world so the show starts off with Bryan, Bill, Caleb and Steve sounding off on protesting for police reform, voting and contending with COVID-19. Additionally, comic stores reopening and DC's successful Young Adult OGNs end up on the discussion table. After that we each pick our favorite reads of the week with Black (Black Mask Press), Chew and Mind MGMT (both from Image) and the upcoming Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio graphic novel (Abrams Comicarts) each getting their time in the spotlight. And as always we round the episode out with the Woofs of the Week!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_172.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:28pm EDT

The latest "Quarantina" episode of the Comic Book Bears Podcast finds the CBBoys talking about four books that are currently available for free on ComiXology. The virtual spinner rack for this episode include the first issues of Huck (Image), Vagrant Queen (Scout), The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion (Dark Horse) and The Seeds (Berger Books/Dark Horse). Apart from that there is some talk of comic shops re-opening, a lengthy MST3K/Rifftrax tangent and some tea being spilled.

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_171.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am EDT

This time on the Comic Book Bears Podcast, there is a whole lotta comic related news talk and we still get in some new and new-to-us books! So hit download or play and hear us talk about Ruby Rose's departure from Batwoman, HBO Max's release of the "Snyder Cut" of Justice League, Youth from ComiXology Originals, Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars from Papercutz and much much more.

Unfortunately as we are getting used to both video and audio, there are some issues with this episode. From a technical standpoint, Caleb is really low in the mix. From a performance standpoint, Bill stammers and "um ahh"'s a lot more than usual. Still we thought there was good discussion to be had here.

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_170.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

The CBBears are thrilled to welcome back to the show artist and writer extraordinaire Sina Grace! Join us as Sina discusses his current Ghosted in L.A. series from Boom, the upcoming Getting It Together from Image and his work for other companies including Go-Go Power Rangers, Iceman, King Shazam, Burn The Orphanage, Jughead's Time Police, editors he has worked with and much, much more! (Trust us, it is worth listening in if just to hear how Sina got the voice for Billy Batson!) And as always Bill, Bryan and Steve giving you the funnybook talk!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_169.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT

The CBBears are very happy to welcome to the show for the first time Greg Smith! Greg has impeccable geek cred as the writer of Junior Braves of the Apocalypse from ONI Press, the owner of the Retro Emporium shop in Kent, Washington and a big time podcast (Narrative Gunslingers, Nerds From The Crypts, The Last Podcast) veteran! Greg joins us to talk about Heroes Need Masks, an upcoming comic anthology that will benefit GetUsPPE, a grassroots coalition of volunteers mobilized to address the PPE shortage and get healthcare heroes the protection they need. Greg then joins Bill, Bryan, Caleb and Steve to discuss what they are currently reading and grooving on!

As soon as we have a link for the Heroes Needs Masks campaign we will post it for you! And a big thanks to John Horsley of the Spoilerverse podcast network for connecting us with Greg!

https://getusppe.org/

https://www.comixology.com/Junior-Braves-of-the-Apocalypse/comics-series/42414?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy

https://www.facebook.com/retroemporiumKent/

https://www.facebook.com/NerdsFTC/

https://www.facebook.com/narrativegunslingers

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_168.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT

We are thrilled to bring back to the show FAN FAVORITE Jack Foster! Join us as Steve, Bryan, Caleb and Bill for almost two hours with Jack to talk about his comic book series Gun, indie comics and their creators, conventions, recent comic news and so much more!

You'll also want to watch the video version as Jack can rock a sailor's hat!

AND as a plus to help our listeners get through lockdown, Jack has made the first volume of Gun available for free!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJEaF2VZM54

https://guncomic.com/

https://guncomic.com/freegunvol1?fbclid=IwAR1Vl3SBJMEEb8Ojq7qZLUyzW_0yoHFDvLrjmTbtUUagQTLWhHboq-IUWSY

 

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

We hope you tuned in to our last two video episodes! We are playing catch-up and are now releasing the first of the two episodes in audio form! Listen in as Bryan, Caleb, Bill and Steve provide a re-introduction of themselves and talk about books that they think people who are unaccustomed to comic books might benefit from as their first reads! AND a familiar voice from our show's past makes a surprise appearance!!

Please know that we encountered some audio issues when recorded - this is new terrain for us - and there are parts where the audio gets choppy. (Again, we did our best in the edit!)

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_166.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm EDT

The Comic Book Bears are back with our weekly social distancing episode. The books that Bill, Bryan, Steve and Caleb discuss this time around include Dry County (Image), Al-Qaeda's Super Secret Weapon (Northwest Press), Plunge (DC/Hill House) and a return visit to The Fifth Beatle (Dark Horse.) 

(Please also note that this episode is not up to our usual audio quality: we did our best to fix things in the editing but we made a commitment to weekly episodes while staying at home and we are sticking to it!)

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_165.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

The Comic Book Bears are back to four strong for the time being as we are thrilled to announce that Caleb Alexander-McKinzie will be joining us for the duration of our social distancing period. The books that Bill, Bryan, Steve and Caleb discuss this time around include Leviathan Dawn (DC), Howard the Human (Marvel), Fearful Hunter (Northwest Press) and The Three Rooms in Valerie's Head (IDW). Tangents include the virtues of open book vs closed book tests in law school and Alice in Chains. All this plus an expanded Woofs of the Week segment!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_164.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

 

As more and more of the world comes under stay-in-place or other similar orders, the Comic Book Bears are back with you with a new episode! Bryan Pittard returns to the show as does our special guest and good friend Caleb Alexander-McKinzie for this occasion. Listen in as Bryan, Caleb, Bill and Steve discuss what they have been doing since the current work-from-era began. They (eventually) get around to talking about comics. Selections include books from the Big Two (Justice League, Cable) and the world of independent creators (A Letter to Jo, Kid Gloves.)

We hope you are all hanging in there through these difficult times. (And if you just came to escape it all, you can fast forward to the 20:00 mark when the funnybook chatter begins!)

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_163.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT

We know that social distancing is in full force for many people and we decided to format an episode where all the books we discuss are currently available for FREE on ComiXology! So if you want to you can grab all six of the books (two Marvels, two DCs and two indies) easily before you listen in … or after … please do! The books we discuss are:

BugHouse #1
Captain America & Thor: Avengers!(One Shot)
M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #1
Rex Libris #1
Sensation Comics #1
Superman (1939) #1

Listen in as Steve and Bill Z discuss these books and know that this will be the first of our sequestration episodes that we will be getting out to you regularly!

Hang in there, everyone! We will get through this!

We know that social distancing is in full force for many people and we decided to format an episode where all the books we discuss are currently available for FREE on ComiXology! So if you want to you can grab all six of the books (two Marvels, two DCs and two indies) easily before you listen in … or after … please do! The books we discuss are:

BugHouse #1
Captain America & Thor: Avengers!(One Shot)
M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #1
Rex Libris #1
Sensation Comics #1
Superman (1939) #1

Listen in as Steve and Bill Z discuss these books and know that this will be the first of our sequestration episodes that we will be getting out to you regularly!

Hang in there, everyone! We will get through this!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_162.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:20pm EDT

The CBB boys head once again to the movies, this time to weigh in on the latest DCEU film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) in this new episode! Over the space of an hour Steve Mowry and Bill Zanowitz detail what they thought about the new film starring Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez and Ewan McGregor and based on the DC Comics title of the same name.  In addition to their thoughts on the movie they also provide their recommendations for trade paperbacks and arcs stemming from the Birds of Prey universe of four-color stories. All this plus Billy Z goes to a comic book auction, Steve uncharacteristically mocks Bill's New Jersey accent and the phrase "connective tissue" is said waaayyy too many times! 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_161.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 6:22am EDT

Get out your lightsabers, fuel up your land speeders and pre-order your Child merch! With The Rise of Skywalker in theaters and The Mandalorian finishing up its first season on Disney+ the CBB boys decided for their first episode of 2020 to focus on the Star Wars universe!  And with a special episode comes special guests!! Joining Billy Z and Steve for this show are two of the biggest Star Wars fans we know among our fellow podcasters : Craig Lantz from the Southern Fried Geekery Podcast and Mike Lovins from the Reel Gay Movie Show! Apart from the aforementioned TROS and the Baby Yoda Show we also discuss the Jedi: Fallen Order video game, our own histories with the franchise and, since this IS a comic book podcast, some of the Star Wars comic books we are digging. All this and Star Wars themed Woofs of the Week!

This is the way.

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_160.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

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