Comic Book Bears Podcast

Recorded before we took a break for the Labor Day weekend, Steve, Caleb and Bill convened in the Comic Book Bear cave for a roundtable on recent (and one not so recent) comic books. The funnybook talk starts after a whole lotta tangents at beginning ranging from current comic book related TV to the passing of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. So … Descender. Kang the Conqueror. The Trial of Magneto. The Other History of the DC Universe. Superman: Red and Blue. John Lewis’s Run. A 1981 UK reprinting of Jim Steranko’s Captain America work. Which of these … and there is more than one … are the comics that made us cry … twice?

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_219.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

All four Comic Book Bears - Bryan, Bill, Caleb and Steve - are on hand for this new episode! This past August 14th marked the latest Free Comic Book Day and there were nearly 50 book offerings this year; listen in to hear which comics each of the CBB boys selected as their picks! The Eternals trailer, the comic books supply shortage of boxes, bags and boards, the recent Substack deals for top creators, the Paris Review (seriously!) along with comics such as Runaways, Cable, It's Not What You Thought It Would Be, the 2021 Flash Annual and more are among the other discussion topics this time around!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_218.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

The CBB boys return to the movie theatre to discuss The Suicide Squad, the tenth film in the DC Extended Universe! The film was written and directed by James Gunn and stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, and Pete Davidson. The covert task force of convicts known as the Suicide Squad are sent to the island nation of Corto Maltese after its government is overthrown by an anti-American regime, and are tasked with destroying the Nazi-era laboratory Jötunheim which holds a secretive experiment known as "Project Starfish".  Tune in to hear what Caleb, Bill and Steve thought about the movie and afterwards they get to yapping about current comics with I Am Not Starfire (DC), The Delicacy (Top Shelf), Not All Robots (AWA) and others among the books discussed!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_217.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

Bill and Steve head over to the bookshelves instead of the spinner rack on this special episode as the CBB boys talk about the earliest graphic novels that they enjoyed reading!  From the first Superman and Batman hardcover collections in the 70s to Peanuts treasuries to groundbreaking collected works from the 80s like Maus, the Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen to projects like the very last collaboration of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, there are a huge number of books that are under discussion this time around.  Hit play and enjoy!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_216.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

Bill and Bryan and Steve and Caleb! That’s right all four CBBears back together on this new audio episode that finds a return to the comic book roundtable! This time around the X-Men books, the American Cults graphic novel, The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield one shot, M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #1, Black Hammer Visions #6, Harrow County, Everyone is Tulip, Claire and the Dragons #1 and more are part of the discussion!  Throw in getting sick in Provincetown, the resurgence of vinyl albums and Space Jam Happy Meal toys and you have a solid one hour and 45 minutes of comics-and-more talk from your four-color hairy, heavy homos!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_215.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

We head back to the movies on this new episode as Steve and Bill take their seats in the cinema to welcome the return of Marvel Cinematic Universe films with the release of Black Widow! Directed by Cate Shortland, the film stars Scarlett Johansson once again in the role of Natasha Romanoff alongside Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz. Taking place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Romanoff is a fugitive for violating the Sokovia Accords and flees to a safehouse in Norway where a series of events triggers a reunion with Natasha’s “family”, culminating in a battle royale in the skies of Russia! The CBB boys weigh in with what they thought of the film along with some comic book chat – Steve talks up Bad Idea and what’s happening in the X-books at Marvel as Bill offers up a DC title round up. All this plus the Woofs of the Week and more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_214.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:23pm EDT

The Comic Book Bears boys come back to their funnybook cave to talk about the wonderful new series from Black Mask, Alice in Leatherland! Italian comic creators and real-life couple Iolanda Zanfardino (writer) and Elisa Romboli,(artist) have crafted an unabashedly queer, romantic, funny and kinky comic! Alice is a children’s fairy tale writer and after her fantasy life is destroyed by her girlfriend’s infidelity, sheltered Alice heads to raucous San Francisco on a journey of sexual awakening, community building, and self-discovery in this bawdy sex-comedy and queer romance that celebrates its diverse ensemble’s joys, kinks, and loves! Bill and Steve dedicate the majority of this episode to discussing Alice’s tale but also discuss other recent series including Marvel’s Heroes Reborn and Good Luck from Boom! You’ll hear some recent comic news coverage and they somehow also work in the 1969 Woodstock festival and one of the more dopey QAnon theories into the mix!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_213.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT

We had a rare recording on a Monday night (6/21 to be exact) but you can play this episode any darn day of the week you would like! Listen in as Steve, Caleb and Bill give an update on the Hellfire Gala goings on in the X-Books, delve into some indie books like Stone Fruit by Lee Lai (Fantagraphics) and Save Yourself #1 (Boom!) and then open the pages of a whole bunch of DC books including Justice League: Last Ride, Truth and Justice, The Flash, Stargirl Spring Break Special and more! Also the tangents range from slasher films to the effects of continued drug use by members of Madchester groups on this last Pride Month episode!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_212.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:32am EDT

On this new audio episode, Bill, Caleb and Steve start the show off by discussing the premiere of Loki, the new Marvel Cinematic Universe series airing on Disney+ with Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the Norse God of Mischief! What is Loki up to, what is the Time Variance Authority and exactly what is Owen Wilson doing there? Well, hit play and find out! We also head over to the virtual spinner rack to discuss the JLA: Tower of Babel collection, Fantastic Four: Life Story, Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon, Crush and Lobo, The Other History of the DC Universe and more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_211.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

On this new audio episode, Bill, Caleb and Steve are focused on original graphic novels. The Times I Knew I Was Gay (Scribner), Fictional Father (Drawn and Quarterly) and Lois Lane and the Friendship Challenge (DC) all get some time under the microscope but the majority of the episode is dedicated to the stunning I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Mannie Murphy, published by Fantagraphics. The book begins as a reflection on the author’s 1990s teenage infatuation with River Phoenix and transforms into telling the larger story of the city of Portland and the state of Oregon's dark history of white nationalism. And all from a queer AF sensibility. We also talk little bit about our coming out stories and what our personal Pride anthems are in this first episode recorded during the Pride month of June!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_210.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

On this Comic Book Bears Podcast audio episode, Steve and Bill Z turn on the tube and chart the comic book related TV we have seen throughout 2021 so far.  And there is a lot - Superman & Lois, Batwoman, WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Jupiter's Legacy, Lucifer, The Flash, Supergirl, M.O.D.O.K., DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Teen Titans Go!, Invincible, Fear the Walking Dead, Wynonna Earp and even more! So if you are in that boob tube mood, hit play and enjoy!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_209.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46pm EDT

New Comic Book Bears Podcast audio episode! Not only do we have Caleb back with us, we also have Jon Runyan of A Comic Book Look podcast joining us again for 105 minutes of comic book roundtable goodness! I Walk with Monsters #6, Challenge of the Super-Sons #1, Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #1 and Geiger #1 are just a few of the titles from Marvel, DC and independent publishers that we talk about this time around!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_208.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

The Comic Book Bears are thrilled to welcome to the show for the first time Sean McArdle! Sean is an Eisner nominated comics creator, filmmaker as well as a college professor at Kent State University. His work has appeared in array of tiles from Image Comics, IDW, and Arcana Studio and he joins us to talk about his graphic novel The Führer And The Tramp! The book is an alternative history retelling of the making of Charlie Chaplin’s landmark film The Great Dictator. It begins in 1939 as Hitler’s reign of terror is continuing to spread across Europe. Personally engaged by President Roosevelt to help sway public opinion we find Chaplin transforming from comedic movie maker to provocateur, traveling the world and facing down the American Bund, Nazi spies, his own insecurities and Hitler himself to complete his film. Originally a comic web series, The Führer And The Tramp is being published by Source Point Press on 6/29/2021 and trust us, it is EXCELLENT! Hit play and enjoy!

http://thefuhrerandthetramp.com/

https://seandouglasmcardle.com/

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_207.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:47am EDT

We are thrilled to welcome back to the show Dave Ebersole! Dave is here to talk about his new project TOMMY DAKOTA AND THE SHOOTOUT AT THE BURGUNDY TEN, a 70-page original graphic novel about an infamous robber meeting the love of his life on his final heist.  With art by Vinnie Rico, Dave has crafted a modern-day pulp western queer romance. The Burgundy Ten saloon was once a nice place for respectable people, but not anymore. Now the saloon is home to a high-stakes underground poker game that features a cadre of gamblers, criminals, and rogues. Among them, Tommy Dakota, an infamous robber, renowned desperado, and legendary outlaw. Tommy was all about the thrill of the heist and the promise of the payoff ...until he met the bartender at The Burgundy Ten. There is a Kickstarter campaign for the book and the link is below! Dave then sticks around to chat with Steve and Bill Z about current comics! Hit play and listen in!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/daveebersole/tommy-dakota-a-queer-western-romance

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_206.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:54pm EDT

Caleb decided to take a study break from law school and he re-enters the Comic Book Bears cave! Listen in as he joins Steve and Bill in talking about the return of comic conventions (big and small), some MCU news and a whole lot of comic book talk including musings on America Chavez: Made in America, Orphan and the Five Beasts, Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk, The Cimmerian, Nocterra and more! Also Bill has ... opinions ... about Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_205.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

Recorded from our 4/8/2021 livestream, this coincided with the extremely rare occurrence of Bill and Steve receiving their most recent DCBS boxes at the same time! Listen in as they unbox their goodies and then shift over to the comic talk! Bill is all about DC this time around (Justice League, Nightwing, The Joker) while Steve flies the indie flag (Please Don't Step on My Jinco Jeans, Die!Die!Die! and Lady Baltimore!)

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_204.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

Recorded on 4/1/2021, the CBBears are back with a new audio episode! Listen in as Bryan, Steve and Bill talk about the long anticipated Synder Cut of Justice League. The DCEU film originally hit theaters in 2017 and director Zack Snyder left the project for a variety of reasons before its release. Now we have the film "remixed" according to his original vision and it is currently streaming on HBOMax! Beyond that, the fellas head over to the spinner rack and discuss Once and Future, Rorschach, Second Coming: Only Begotten Son, Proctor Valley Road and Stray Dogs among other funnybooks!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_203.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:19am EDT

New Comic Book Bears Podcast audio episode! Bill and Steve provide a different type of show this time around so hit play and enjoy an episode that focuses on some of our favorite books about comic books! We start off the show covering price guides and from there give you the lowdown on books about the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics, the horror book scare of the 1950s, war comics, the creative process, comic company profiles, long running franchises and much, much more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_202Ep.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

New Comic Book Bears Podcast audio episode! Steve and Bill are thrilled to welcome to the show for the first time Jon Runyan!! Jon is the co-host of the long running A Comic Book Look podcast and has been a familiar name as a commentator since we started our livestreams! Jon is all kinds of awesome! Listen in as we provide an update on the various comic book based TV programs that have been airing (including WandaVision and Superman and Lois) and a rundown of some of our favorite recent funnybooks!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_201.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

Join us for our 200th episode of the Comic Book Bears Podcast! Bill, Bryan and Steve take you through a history trip of what has transpired in the funnybook world in the nine years since the podcast started.  The CBB boys also discuss their all time favorite issue 200 comic books.  It's a long one, it's a chaotic one but it's also a fun one!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_200.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 7:40pm EDT

New Comic Book Bears Podcast audio episode! We are thrilled to welcome writer Zack Kruse to our comic book review show! We discuss his book Mysterious Travelers: Steve Ditko and a Different Kind of Liberalism, published by University Press of Mississippi, in addition to our normal round-up of our favorite funny books. Zack is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and is a scholar of comics, film and American literature. His essays have been published in numerous journals. His comic strip, Mystery Solved!, appeared in Skeptical Inquirer and he is a regular contributor to a number of comic book podcasts. Hit play for the Ditko talk with Zack, Bill, Bryan and Steve!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_199.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:17am EDT

The Comic Book Bears are thrilled to welcome back to the show writer/artist Steve Bryant! Steve rejoins us to discuss his latest book Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express (which has an active Kickstarter campaign behind it) in addition to our normal weekly round-up of our favorite funny books.
Steve is an Eisner, Manning and Harvey Award-nominated creators. His other work includes Ghoul Scouts, The Catch and the new webcomic Maximus Wrecks. He has also completed projects for Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Boom! Studios, Ape Entertainment and others, as well as extensive work in the roleplaying and boardgame industry.

There is still some time to get in on the Kickstarter which can be found at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stevebryant/athena-voltaire-and-the-terror-on-the-orient-express?fbclid=IwAR2It3DevvuWYH8pPLzqam-XvuI1exzjHmuJtudUg6QqPchh3Eq1LhAKhi0

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_198.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT

We are thrilled to welcome writer Jon Westhoff to our little dog and pony show! We discuss his latest book CPS: Child Possession Services for which there is an active Kickstarter campaign in its last few days. If Jon’s is a familiar name to CBB folk, it likely is because of his past as co-publisher at King Bone Press and as one of the heads of the Earth 2 Podcast Network that we were once part of.  Apart from being a writer, a writer, Jon is also a letterer and a lover of Kenny Rogers impersonators. CPS was co-created by Jon’s collaborator of over a decade Bobgar Ornelas. Bob and Jon are teaming up once again to bring CPS’s Connie Dhar - social worker for supernaturally possessed kids - in her first full length story to print! In addition, Jon joins Bryan, Steve and Bill in our regular round-up of our favorite funny books.

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_197.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 6:44pm EDT

The Comic Book Bears are thrilled welcome to the show for the first time David Hazan! David is from Sydney, Australia and is the writer of the upcoming series, Nottingham, from Mad Cave Studios and a winner of the Mad Cave Studios 2019 Talent Search. He has a penchant for queer storytelling and formalism in comics, which shines through in his short comics work, some of which is self-published and some of which is to be published in anthologies from publishers in the coming year. David fills us in on Nottingham, a unique reinterpretation of the Robin Hood mythos, and also discusses some of this other work and comic favorites. Then David joins Bryan, Bill and Steve for a spin of the comic rack. This time around the spotlight shines on Fanny Galactic: Drag Queen Super-Heroine!, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt (Dynamite), Batman/Catwoman (DC), Colonel Weird: Cosmogog (Dark Horse) and more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_196.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

Join as Steve and Bill set the B-Wing controls for a galaxy far, far away to meet up with Craig Lantz of the Southern Fried Geekery podcast and Mike Lovins from the Reel Gay Movie Show to talk about all things Star Wars! First up the crew goes through the entire second season of The Mandalorian and offers up what they loved about each episode. The chatter continues as they touch on The Clone Wars, the numerous upcoming Star Wars projects announced at the Disney shareholders meeting and, since we are a comic book based podcast, what has been going on in the Marvel SW world including Target Vader and The High Republic! So hit play or download and join us for almost two hours of Star Wars talk - you can hit Tosche Station to pick up some power converters afterwards!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_195.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

It's the first Comic Book Bears Podcast audio episode of 2021.  Recorded on 1/7/2021- just one day after the failed Trump Insurrection (which we definitely talk about some) - the CBBoys reconvene to chat about many things! Hit play or download to join Bill, Bryan, Steve and Caleb as they offer up their opinions about Wonder Woman 1984, the latest DC Extended Universe film entry directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal! Then it is time to hit the spinner rack with the fellas talking about Glitter Vipers, Insider Art, The Arrival, Death Metal and Dark Knights: Death Metal - The Secret Origin, Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, Cease and Desist: Inspired by the Music of They Might Be Giants, Six Days: The Incredible Story of D-Day's Lost Chapter and the final Bendis-written Superman issues among many others!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_194.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:53pm EDT

Join us for the final Comic Book Bears Podcast audio episode of 2020! Bryan, Bill and Steve are back in the bear cave to discuss recent news, talk about their favorite books of 2020 and amazingly each pick a DC book (Dark Nights: Death Metal - The Last Stories of the DC Universe. The Green Lantern: Season Two, Hawkman) in spotlighting a recent fave read.

Hoping that you all had a very happy holiday season and wishing you all a MUCH BETTER year in 2021!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_193.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:57pm EDT

Steve, Bryan and Bill are thrilled to welcome Caleb back to the show following his finishing up his law school finals! First up, the CBB boys talk about the Marvel announcements that were made at the annual Walt Disney Company’s 2020 Investor Day Presentation (with a smattering of Star Wars and Lucasfilm talk thrown in.) Then it is back to the spinner rack for a very healthy dose of comic book talk! Listen in as these hairy heavy homos weigh in on The Other History of the DC Universe, King in Black, Commanders in Crisis, Batman/Catwoman, Atlantis Wasn't Built for Tourists, Sword, Kill a Man, Barbalien: Red Planet and much more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_192.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

On a week where none of us really had time to read comics, Bill, Bryan and Steve instead take you through some of their favorite animated series based on comic book properties! After an HBOMax/Scientology/pandemic tangent filled intro (hey, it happens) the animated talk starts! Listen in to hear what the CBB boys think about Sailor Moon, X-Men, Super Friends/Super Powers, Batman: The Killing Joke, Justice League: The New Frontier, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, The Tick, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Teen Titans GO! and much, much more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_191.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

Your favorite hirsute homos are back to discuss their favorite comic books, this time with special guest Michael Hartney! Michael is an actor, writer, and comedian in New York City. He created the roles of Stanley and Mr. Williams in the original Broadway cast of School of Rock the Musical. His TV appearances include The Politician, 30 Rock, The Break with Michelle Wolf, and Throwing Shade, where Michael also served as a staff writer. Michael also has a FANTASTIC online series named Characters Welcome that you need to check out! Apart from all that Michael happens to be a huge comic book fan. So listen in as he joins Bryan, Bill (before the tech gods made him disappear into the matrix) and Steve to discuss some of his favorite funnybooks and characters. On the spinner rack this time around -Cross Over, Eskatonic, Rorschach, X of Swords, Batman, Batgirl and Flamer! We also discuss Bendis on Superman, erotic fiction possibilities with superheroes, how creepy that robot thing in Superman III was and much, much more!
Twitter: @michaelhartney
Insta: @hartneymichael
 
Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_190.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:19am EDT

The Comic Book Bears are back with their first post-election episode (recorded 11/12/2020.) This one is admittedly a bit of a hodgepodge. Bryan, Steve and Bill talk about their post-election experiences out of the gate. And the comic book talk is fairly varied. Steve discusses Maids, an new original graphic novel from Fantagraphics by Katie Skelly about the real life Papin Sisters murders.  Bryan gives us an X of Swords update. Bill fills us in on Laurel and Hardy Meet The Three Stooges #1 published by American Mythology. Also - though it might be a bit more effective on video - Bill and Steve unbox their most recent DCBS boxes and talk about their newly received comics. Throughout the rest of the episode you will also hear about the promotion of Marie Javins to Editor in Chief at DC Comics, Cross Over #1 (Image), Origins #1 (Boom!), tv series on NXIVM and Scientology, the awfulness of corporate speak, Bill watching things off of Steve's Plex server, the Woofs of the Week and much more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_189.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:47am EDT

It's the time of the year that ghosts and ghouls and goblins roam free as the Comic Book Bears salute Halloween during this horrifying year! Listen in as Bill, Steve and Bryan discuss new books they are enjoying (The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem, Rorschach, Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy) as well as books they recommend for your Halloween reading (Cryozone, Swamp Thing Halloween Spectacular, Showcase Presents House of Mystery) and much, much more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_188.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

The Comic Book Bears Podcast returns with another episode breaking down what is happening over in Marvel's X of Swords crossover - specifically Wolverine #6, X-Force #13, Maurauders #13 and Hellions #5. Between Storm being a total badass in Wakanda and the introduction of a new, formidable adversary for Logan in the new character Solem there is a lot to chat about. Steve, Bill and Bryan get in some more comic talk spotlighting Penultimateman, Be Gay Make Comics and Hawkman. And framing the comic talk are topics and tangents galore including politics, QAnon, what Bill's dad did in the 70's, HBO's The Vow and much, much more.

(Please also note that on this episode, Bryan is very, very low in the mix. We tried to fix it in the edit but it may require turning the volume up and down a few times. Sorry folks.)

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_187.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT


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

It has been awhile since we dedicated a full episode to reviewing current comics so for the final CBB episode of 2019 we make a return to that format! Listen in for an hour as Billy Z and Steve offer up what they thought of Dragonfly and Dragonflyman #2 (Ahoy Comics), Lois Lane #6 (DC Comics), The Magicians #2 (Boom), The Infected: Deathbringer #1 (DC) and Olympia #1 (Image Comics.) Like always the episode is rounded out by our Woofs of the Week and we wish you all a great end to 2019 and look forward to you rejoining us in 2020!!!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_159.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

 

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

The Comic Book Bears are back with you for one more episode for 2018! And this time around Bill and Steve discuss Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!! Listen in as Steve and Bill talk about what they thought of the new animated film featuring various Spideys and also provide some of their own reading histories with Spider-Man and their reading recommendations of Spider-Man stories past. (Don't worry - we'll be talking Aquaman next time!) And since it is the holiday season the CBBoys also talk about what they would love to see underneath their respective Christmas trees!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_139.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:20pm EDT

 

We've been mum on the subject but we think it is high time that the Comic Book Bears addresses the Comicsgate controversy. With Bryan away in the land of the rising sun on the night we recorded, we are thrilled to bring back to the show our friend Caleb Alexander-McKinzie of the Southern Fried Geekery podcast for this episode! Seen by some as a consumer led revolt against forced diversity and liberalism in comics and by others as a harassment campaign targeting women, persons of color and the LGBTQ community, Comicsgate has birthed lawsuits, highly successful crowdfunding campaigns and comic cancellations among many other things. Join us for an hour and half as Steve, Billy Z and Caleb offer up their opinions regarding this hot button issue.

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_138.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

The 2018 editions of Baltimore Comic Con and New York Comic Con are in the history books and some of the CBB boys, past and present, were in attendance! Past and present ... what does that mean, you may ask? Well, for the first time in two years our former co-host and artist extraordinaire Matt Brossard joins us for an episode! Matt and Bill Z formed a dynamic duo while in Baltimore and they recount their exploits at the Charm City's long running con. Then Bill Z and Bryan talk about their NYCC experience. We didn't leave Steve on the sidelines for too long though and he joins in to talk about current comics including X-Men: Black - Mojo, Jook Joint, Cyko Ko! and Fantastic Four!

One word - Slottwater!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_137.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:50pm EDT

Join Steve, Bill (sorry ... William) and Bryan at the spinner rack once again as the CBBears offer up a nice dose of funnybook talk. Their selections this time around include Mister Miracle #11, Border Town #1, Captain America #s 1- 3, Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #2, Royal City #14 and Batman #55. You'll also get a tangent about going digital and we do talk about Batman: Damned ... but not much.

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_136.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 7:03am EDT

As Brother Bryan is off curling, Steve and Billy Z decide to do something a little different on this episode! The fates conspired against Billy's receipt of recent comics so our remaining bears decided to make this episode pretty much comic book free! Instead of chatting about their favorite four-color heroes and indie books the CBBears instead talk about other things they are enjoying during the summer months. Movie and TV news and shows are discussed along with toys, concerts and a recent BluRay/DVD buying binge on the part of one the co-hosts.  Within this episode's 90+ minutes The Toys That Made Us, The Pixies, great concerts, The Alienist, internet responses to casting, Mego toys, Smashing Pumpkins, I'm Dying Up Here, The Expanse, The Americans, terrible concerts, treasures found at Dollar Tree, They Might Be Giants and lots more make an appearance! And what show wouldn't be made better by a lifeguarding/acne tangent!?!?!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_135.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

It is nuptial season in the comic book world and Bill, Bryan and Steve (along with unwanted wedding crasher in the form of Bill's head cold) are back with you for a new Comic Book Bears Podcast episode to talk about the recent Batman/Catwoman and Colossus/Kitty Pryde wedding issues! In addition to the aformentioned lovebirds, the CBB boys also talk about the first comic book wedding issues that they can remember as well as their favorite comic book wedding issues! All this plus Steve talks about the Black Hammer universe, Bryan talks about The Man of Steel and Bill fights a brave battle against the word "ambitious" within this hour+ of funnybook talk!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_134.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 7:48pm EDT

Grab some popcorn and get in your theatre seats as we have a movie triple bill to talk about. And to help out the CBB Boys this week we are thrilled to welcome to the show for the first time the amazing Caleb Alexander-McKinzie of the Southern Fried Geekery Podcast! Like everyone else in the CBB cave, listen in and you'll fall in love with him! (Sorry, boys - he's married!) Over the last few weeks we have seen the releases of Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story and we needed to gather round the mic to talk about them. So join Caleb, Bryan, Bill and Steve to hear their opinions on these three films and we even sneak in a little bit of honest to gosh comic book talk toward the end!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_133.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 11:28pm EDT

We are thrilled to welcome to the show for the first time queer comic book creator and educator Justin Hall! Justin is an Associate Professor of Comics at the California College of the Arts and a Fulbright Scholar. He's a pioneer historian of LGBTQ comics and in 2012 he curated the anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which featured milestone contributions by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer comics creators. Now, Justin's Lambda Literary Award-winning and Eisner-nominated collection is the inspiration for a documentary film directed by Peabody Award-winning and national Emmy-nominated filmmaker Vivian Kleiman. This feature-length film will bring stories from the comics off the page and give you a personal introduction to the dynamic artists and writers who paved the way! Justin discusses the Kickstarter campaign for the film, which runs until May 23rd, as well as his own comic work and much, much more! Links are below!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1077551457/no-straight-lines-four-decades-of-queer-comics

https://www.facebook.com/justinhall.comics

https://www.cca.edu/academics/faculty/jhall

https://twitter.com/justincomics

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_132.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT

Comic Books Bears Billy Z and Steve offer up a very special episode about a very special episode this time around! To talk about the recent "Carrie The Musical" episode of The CW's Riverdale the CBB boys are thrilled to bring back to the show geek culture writer and Archie Comics expert Chris Cummins! Not only is there a discussion regarding the episode, the history of Carrie The Musical itself (which was a legendary Broadway flop) is also covered in all its blood stained glory!

DISCLAIMER 1: There were some recording glitches which Billy Z did his best to cure in the mixing process.

DISCLAIMER 2: This is our gayest episode yet! Hands down!

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_131.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

Bryan, Bill Z and Steve are back on the mic to offer up to you a solid hour and a half of comic book and comic related talk.  We cover recent comic culture news such as the concerns for Stan Lee after his appearance at the Silicon Valley Comic Con and the controversies over the recent 99 cents Marvel sales on Comixology.  We then turn on the tube and talk about what is happening with Legion, Legends of Tomorrow, SHIELD and Krypton. Finally we lope on over to the spinner rack and talk about Dark Knights: Metal, Brilliant Trash, Snagglepuss, The Terrifics, Lockjaw and more!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_130.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

Though we were unhappy that Bryan could not join us for our latest episode due to his work travels, we are thrilled to bring back to the show special guest Wendi Freeman of the Double Page Spread Podcast! Instead of testing out Steve and Bill's chairs, beds and porridge Wendi joins the boys at the spinner rack as they discuss Milk Wars, Super Sons, Armstrong and The Vault of Spirits, Young Monsters in Love, the Black Hammer-verse and much, much more.  And in celebration of International Women's Month, we also spotlight women artists we really dig and our recommendations for kick ass female led comics. And we celebrate the face that we got through over an hour without going too far off on tangents ... by going off on tangents.  Listen in as and you will find out about the recent importance of bananas in Wendi's life, what Bill thinks of 1970's Hanna-Barbera cartoons and just why the cover girl for our episode is Stevie Nicks!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_129.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

The Comic Book Bears boys head to the movies this time around! Put those earbuds in and enjoy an hour of discussion about Black Panther! Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, it is the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis! Bill, Bryan and Steve offer up their (SPOILER FILLED) opinions about the film that is breaking box office records all over the place! And since it is a comic book based podcast, the CBBears have comic book runs starring Black Panther to recommend! In this episode you will also hear Bryan super excited about his favorite sport now that the Winter Olympics are happening, Bill revealing a film he thinks is better than Superman III, Batman and Robin, Catwoman AND Howard the Duck, and you won't believe the verbal mileage Steve gets out of a 10 page back up story from 1980!

WAKANDA FOREVER!

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

We are finally back to having all of the CBBears on the mic with Steve, Bryan and Bill convening to talk about current comics! And what is on this episode's pull list? Mister Miracle #6! The Phoenix Resurrection #s 1-5, Superman #39, Dark Nights: Metal #5, The Silencer #1, Doomsday Clock #3, Detective Comics Annual #1, The Flash Annual #1, Sex Criminals #21, Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #1 and more! All that and naturally The Woofs of the Week!

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_127.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT

Bill and Steve offer up an hour plus of retro comics talk as they look back on the very early days of Image Comics. What Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino and Rob Liefeld did in the early 90's was nothing short of revolutionary for the comic book industry.  Join us as the CBB spinner rack becomes a time machine and we discuss Spawn, Youngblood, WildC.A.T.S., Savage Dragon, Shadowhawk, Cyberforce and more. We also delve into titles that the big two released in the wake of the aforementioned that were very, very Image-y in certain ways.

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_126.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 7:59pm EDT

The Comic Book Bears are finally back!! After too long a wait Steve Mowry and Bill Zanowitz make their return to your earbuds and for the first episode of 2018 a bunch of fairly recent books are discussed! Doomsday Clock #s 1 & 2! Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1! Batman Annual #2! Phoenix Resurrection: The Return Of Jean Grey! Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man! Plus The Woofs of the Week and more!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_125.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

In the first part of this new episode, Bill Zanowitz interviews Andy Mangels! Andy is a man of many pop culture credits including authoring novels, comic books, and magazine articles and producing DVD collections. Andy is here to discuss the recent Wonder Woman 77 Meets The Bionic Woman from Dynamite and DC which he wrote and which has recently been released in a collected edition. Apart from taking us through this historic first meeting between Princess Diana and Jaime Sommers, Andy also discusses his long standing role in fandom, his work with Gay Comix, his moderating of the first Gays in Comics panel ever and his work producing DVD documentary materials for many TV seasons sets! And if that's not enough we also get to hear about with his performing with the Broadway Bears singing group and about his creating the first prominent LGBT character in the Star Trek universe!

After the interview, Bryan and Steve join up with Bill to discuss a couple of movies that you may have heard were recently released - Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League!

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_124.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 8:18pm EDT

We did things a little different on this episode.  We turn on the tube instead of heading over to the spinner rack as Bill, Bryan and Steve are all on the mic in this ep to talk about the first few weeks of comic book based TV of the 2017-2018 season. Plus we throw alcohol into the mix. We flip the channels to talk about Lucifer, Supergirl, The Gifted, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Gotham, Arrow and Inhumans. Listen to this barely edited episode with some bits of snark, excessive appearances of "um"s and "like"s, Bill forgetting Steve's name and all of us forgetting Lou Diamond Phillips' name. 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_123.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT

Bryan and Bill recently went to New York Comic Con and also participated in a number of NYCC Presents events, just as they have in years past! Listen in and you'll hear about when went down at NYCC 2017! Then, while we were recording we went off on a tangent! Neither Bill nor Bryan were able to go to the queer oriented panels at this year's con but that doesn't mean they not did have opinions about the recent panels of a similar stripe that they either hosted or attended.  It turned into a really robust discussion and the CBBs decided to include it in full (and naturally would welcome anyone else's opinions on the subject matter that we cover.) We eventually course correct, get back to the con coverage and then head over to the spinner rack for some chatter about DC Rebirth titles, Marvel Legacy, Iceman, Mister Miracle and more current comics!

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_122.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

Just sneaking in with another end of month check in! Bryan is otherwise occupied but Steve and Billy Z are back to let you about what has been going on, a preview of NYCC events that the co-hosts will be part of as well as some comic book talk with hairy heavy homo chatter about Dark Day: Metal, Archie #23, Heavy Metal #287, Runaways #1 and more!

Intro: Bear In Heaven - "Reflections of You"

Outro: Elbow with John Grant - "Kindling (Fickle Flame)"

And make sure you check out this Kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/keepleft/captain-freedom-combat-hate-comic-book

 

 

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue_121.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

We have been quiet on the Comic Book Bears front for most of the summer but we didn't want to send off Summer 2017 without leaving you with another episode.  This time around Bryan talks about what it was like hosting a panel at San Diego Comic Con! After that Bryan joins Bill and Steve at the spinner rack where they discuss books that are making them smile including Valiant's Secret Weapons, Mr. Miracle (and the Fourth World in general), Batgirl, Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Secret Empire and Super Sons!

 

Direct download: Comic_Book_Bears_Podcast_Issue120.mp3
Category:Comic Books -- posted at: 10:23am EDT