Sat, 30 July 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #56 - The One Where We Talk About Throne of Atlantis for a Half An Hour (from February 13th, 2015)
Flashback with us to the second time we had the huggable and incomparable Steve Mowry on the show, before he became a regular co-host. (It was after this show was recorded that we decided we are keeping him!)
The CBBears are pleased to welcome back one of their favorite past guests - Steve Mowry - for a 2+ hour comic confab. First up is an analysis of the recently released DC Universe Animated Movie Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. Then we hit the spinner rack and talk about The Multiversity Handbook, DC's upcoming Convergence event, Avengers, New Avengers, Fantastic Four, All-New X-Factor, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Uncanny Avengers, Valiant's new Timewalker series, Supreme: Blue Rose, the state of Vertigo and Jonathan Hickman's The Dying and the Dead.
Intro: Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"
00:30 - Welcoming back Steve Mowry
02:50 - Throne of Atlantis (Warner Home Video)
28:43 - The Multiversity Guidebook (DC)
47:30 - Convergence solicits (DC)
51:10 - Avengers and New Avengers: Time Runs Out and Fantastic Four (Marvel)
1:06:15 - All-New X-Factor (Marvel)
1:12:20 - Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel)
1:16:50 - Uncanny Avengers (Marvel)
1:25:00 - Ivan, Timewalker (Valiant)
1:39:58 - Supreme: Blue Rose (Image)
1:45:40 - The state of Vertigo/Secret Origins #6 (Vertigo/DC)
1:54:55 - The Dying and the Dead (Image)
2:01:32 - Previews - Coming Up on the Comic Boook Bears
2:02:40 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - T.I. - "56 Barz"
Sat, 30 July 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #55 - Special Guest Steve Lightle! (from January 26th, 2015)
Flashback with us to the first time we had Steve Lightle on the show!!!
We are very pleased to welcome to the CBB podcast artist extraordinaire Steve Lightle! Steve is here to discuss his new project, the futuristic online comic Justin Zane! Steve also discusses with us other projects he has been involved with in his 30+ year career as a comic book creator including his longtime association with the Legion of Super-Heroes, the late 80's revival of the Doom Patrol, his stints as a regular X-Men and Flash cover artist, the creative process and much, much, much more! It was a thrill to have the opportunity to interview Steve and he was gracious enough to stick around as Justin, Bryan and Billy Z cover recent news concerning Marvel and comic book based TV shows, Agent Carter, Secret Avengers, Mutiversity: Thunderworld Adventures, the Miracleman Annual with a long lost Grant Morrison story, Sixis ... we mean, Axis, a little Beatles talk, The Sandman: Overture #4 and of course Marvel's new Star Wars #1.
Intro - Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"
0:30 - Interview with Steve Lightle: Covering Justin Zane!, The Legion, Doom Patrol, cover work and more!
1:14:00 - News about Secret Wars and the Marvel Universe
1:20:00 - Comic based TV show renewals and Agent carter
1:30:00 - Star Wars #1 (Marvel)
1:38:00 - Secret Avengers (Marvel)
1:40:00 - Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures (DC)
1:44:00 - All-New Miracleman Annual #1 (Marvel)
1:48:00 - Sixis ... we mean, Axis (Marvel)
1:55:00 - The Sandman: Overture #4 (Vertigo)
2:00:00 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - The Eagles - "OL' 55"
Fri, 29 July 2016
CBB Flashback Episode: Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #54 - The Best of 2014! (from January 12th, 2015)
Not too early to wax nostalgic for 2014 yet, is it? Enjoy our reflection of the best from that year!
"It's that time! That time when Justin, Bryan and Billy Z offer up their picks for the best of 2014! Join them as they run down their picks for favorite ongoing, favorite mini-series, favorite writer, favorite artist, favorite single issue, favorite cover, favorite mini-series and their favorite comic related media of the past year! What do they pick for their tops of 2014? Multiversity? Big Hero 6? Saga? Storm? Cyclops? Afterlife with Archie? Ramon Perez? Aaron Kuder? Jonathan Hickman? Charles Soule? Some of these get the nods - some of these don't - you'll just have to listen in to find out which ones. There is also a talk about DC cancellations, Convergence, the NFL playoffs, Broadway theatre, comics that made them cry, Lootcrate and other tangents and topics! (Explicit warning - once again there are few cases of potty mouth - but you should have heard what they cut out!)
Intro - "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet
1:30 - Best Comic Related Media of 2014 (and Lootcrate)
14:30 - Best Comic Book Cover of 2014
20:06 - Best Artist of 2014
26:00 - Best Writer of 2014
33:38 - Best Single Issue of 2014 (and comic that made us cry and Mutiversity: Thunderworld Adventures)
47:40 - Best Ongoing of 2014
1:05:10 - Justice League United and the Legion/Convergence/DC titles cancelled/Fantastic Four: 1234/Capote in Kansas
1:16:45 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - "54/40" - Dead Moon
Thu, 14 July 2016
With so much turmoil happening in the world, we at the Comic Book Bear Podcast are honored to provide something for you that is celebratory! Please join Bill Zanowitz, Justin Allen, Matt Brossard, Bryan Pittard and Steve Mowry for an hour and a half that we are proud of as we toast each other, our listeners and the art form we adore with our landmark 100th episode! Imagine the ultimate CBB spinner rack as we each talk about our all-time favorite issues, our favorite books that have come out since our podcast started in 2011, our all time favorite comic book covers and our favorite anniversary comics!
Then we talk about OUR favorite comic book bears.
For a nice stretch.
INTRO: Bear in Heaven - "Reflections of You"
OUTRO: Quincy Jones with James Ingram - "One Hundred Ways"
Thu, 7 July 2016
A Flashback from 12/2014: After an extended break, Billy Z, Bryan and Justin are back on the Comic Book Bears mic with nearly two hours of comic book and geek culture talk. Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly's AMAZING Multiversity: Pax Americana is up first in the spotlight! The comic talk continues with the bears boys weighing in ODY-C #1, Matt Fraction, purple nipples, Wonder Woman, AXIS, Thor, Superior Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the original Secret Wars, Mike Zeck, Kraven's ass, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Robert Hack, Action Comics, Superman in the New 52, comic book sales and the back issue market. They then take a non-comic detour to discuss the end of the current season of Doctor Who and the Star Wars Episode 7 teaser trailer. Then they turn on the TV to rap about what is happening on Gotham, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and Constantine. They wrap up as always with the Woof of the Week. Word of caution - the boys are little more potty mouthed on this ep than usual for some reason. And who or what is Havok Thanos Del Rio? Well, you'll just have to listen in to find out!!
THE BREAKDOWN (Because We Love You!)
Intro - "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet
0:24 - Intro
1:24 - Multiversity: Pax Americana (DC)
18:30 - ODY-C #1 (Image)
28:55 - Wonder Woman #s 35 & 36 (DC)
37:55 - AXIS/Thor/Superior Iron Man/Captain America (Marvel)
48:20 - The original Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars (Marvel)
51:59 - The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 (Archie, just a brief teaser)
53:00 - Action Comics #36/Superman in the New 52 (DC)
1:01:04 - Comic Book Sales and Trends
1:07:09 - Non-Comic Detour - Doctor Who and Star Wars
1:32:08 - TV Talk - Gotham/Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./The Flash/Constantine
1:48:04 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - "53rd and 3rd" - The Ramones
Wed, 29 June 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue 52 - The One Where We Talk About NYCC, Movies and TV (Originally Released 11/11/2014)
Here is another CBB Flashback from November, 2014. This was recorded just after we had our first ever live show as part of New York Comic Con's Super Week and we brought on to the cast friend of the show Tom Nordin!
The bear boys are back with a special guest in tow, long time listener and friend of the show Tom Nordin! Tom, Billy Z, Bryan and Justin detail their experiences at New York Comic Con last month with tangents and topics including Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Avengers Station, Justin vs. a Ghostbusters cosplayer, the Empire State Building, hot dogs, Sina Grace, NPR's Ask Me Another, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Coulton, the upcoming Shaft comic book, Judas Priest, The Americans on FX, Harvey Comics 60's super-heroes and more. Then its time to turn the dial to TV with the guys weighing in on The Flash, Constantine, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Doctor Who. We then leap from the small screen to the big screen to discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe's spate of upcoming films. And then we round it off with a little bit of new comic talk by covering Multiversity, Batgirl #35 and the Death of Wolverine. Explicit language - and this time Bryan has the biggest potty mouth!
Intro: "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet
2:29 - New York Comic Con
33:25 - The Flash on The CW
40:50 - Constantine on NBC
47:00 - Gotham on Fox
1:00:30 - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC
1:08:42 - The current season of Doctor Who and the comics from Titan
1:13:00 - Marvel Cinematic Universe films
1:26:00 - Multiversity
1:34:00 - Death of Wolverine
1:40:26 - Batgirl #35
1:45:00 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro: "52 Girls" - The B-52's
Wed, 29 June 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #51 with Special Guest Steve Pew! (Originally released 10/7/14)
Another CBB Flashback episode - this time with the super sexy Steve Pew from October, 2014!
The bears are back with a new episode, this time with special guest bear Steve Pew! (Ain't he cute?) It is mostly Marvel on the docket this time around as Billy Z, Bryan, Justin and Steve - after a few minutes on the premiere of Gotham - discuss what they are reading. Hickman's Avengers and New Avengers, All-New X-Factor, All-New X-Men #32, the Ultimate Universe, Uncanny X-Men, speculation about Spider-Man and the X-Men, Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist, She-Hulk, New Warriors, The Inhumans all get time in the spotlight along with books from other publishers like Velvet, The Fade Out, Annihilator, DC's September Future's End Books, The Devilers and more. Plus this is our last chance to talk up Comic Book Bears Podcast Live! on October 8th in NYC!
Intro - "Where You Get Love" by Matthew Sweet
1:00 Introducing Guest Bear Steve Pew
4:50 The Premiere of Gotham
19:00 Hickman's Avengers and New Avengers
30:30 All-New X-Factor
37:00 All-New X-Men #32, the Ultimate Universe and Uncanny X-Men
45:30 Spider-Man and the X-Men speculation
49:20 Velvet, Hawkeye, East of West, Immortal Iron Fist
53:05 The Fade Out
55:05 Annihilator and Multiversity: The SOS, Frazier Irving and Chris Sprouse
1:07:30 September's Future's End Books (Justice League United, Justice League, Superman/Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin, Teen Titans, Batman, Batgirl, Red Hood and the Outlaws, World's Finest, Aquaman and more.)
1:22:30 The Devilers
1:25:40 New Warriors, (the all-women) X-Men, Ms. Marvel
1:28:55 She-Hulk and the Inhumans
Then ... The Woofs of the Week and our last chance to talk about Comic Book Bears Podcast Live!
Outro - "Area 51" by The Charlatans (UK)
Wed, 29 June 2016
CBB Flashback - Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #50 - Of Cons and Crises and Captains of Carrots (Originally Released 9/15/14)
The first of our flashback episodes! With the end of the Earth 2 Network we will gradually be re-releasing episodes that previously were only available through the Earth 2 feed! And we start with Episode 50 from September, 2014.
Con recap episodes are a specialty of ours and you get a double shot here with Bryan talking about DragonCon and Billy Z and Justin about Baltimore Comic Con. Then new comic talk covers Mutiversity #1 (DC), Grant Morrison, a lot of Final Crisis talk, The Futures End issues of Earth 2, Action Comics and Swamp Thing, Original Sin #8, Dash #1 from Northwest Press, The Devilers #2, God Hates Astronauts #1 and more.
Intro – “Where You Get Love” by Matthew Sweet
1:06 Bryan talks about DragonCon
19:47 Billy Z and Justin talk Baltimore Comic Con
47:56 – Mutiversity #1 (DC), Grant Morrison and Final Crisis
1:12:10 – The Futures End issues of Earth 2, Action Comics and Swamp Thing (DC)
1:25:10 – Original Sin #8 (Marvel)
1:36:18 – Dash #1 (Northwest Press)
1:43:07 – The Devilers #2 (Dynamite) and Miracleman (Marvel) – briefly
1:47:00 – God Hates Astronauts #1 (Image)
1:56:40 – Kevin Keller #14 (Archie) and Grendel/The Shadow #1 (Dark Horse/Dynamite)
1:59:12 – The Woofs of the Week
Outro “50/50” by The Strokes
Woof Links -
Wed, 22 June 2016
Fair warning: this episode does not contain any comic book talk. As part of the gay community we felt honor bound to talk about the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last week. What you will get in this episode is a fairly raw discussion between three of our co-hosts (Bill Zanowitz, Bryan Pittard and Steve Mowry) about their feelings and perceptions surrounding the tragedy. Our next episode is a big anniversary for us so the funnybook talk will be back in place then but this episode is what it is. For those of you who do hit download, our deepest thanks in advance for listening.
Intro - "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro - "99 Luftballons" by MC Smike
Wed, 15 June 2016
On this week's episode we are honored to welcome to the show Legendary Comics' Editor in Chief Bob Schreck! Bob has been a longtime fixture in the comic world. In the early eighties he worked for Creation Entertainment on their groundbreaking fan conventions and from there he transitioned to a position at Marvel and then as Administrative Director at Comico Comics. From there Bob moved onto an editorial position at Dark Horse Comics which he then left to co-found Oni Press. Toward the end of the last century, Bob moved over to DC Comics where he became the group editor for the Batman books as well as overseeing editorial duties on Green Lantern, Green Arrow, the creation of the All-Star imprint and later a stint with Vertigo. After leaving DC, Schreck joined IDW Publishing as a senior editor and since 2011, he has been a VP and EIC of Legendary Comics, the comic book wing of Legendary Pictures! Legendary Comics launched with Frank Miller’s controversial Holy Terror. Other books that have come out of Legendary include Grant Morrison and Frazier Irving’s Annihilator, The Tower Chronicles and other works by notable names such as Mark Waid, Chris Roberson, Shane Davis and Judd Winnick and series and original graphic novels involving franchises that Legendary has been associated with in the film world such as Godzilla, Trick R Treat, Pacific Rim and Krampus. Bill Z, Steve and Justin speak to Bob to about his impressive career and what is brewing at Legendary Comics. After the interview, Matt joins us and we get down to some talk about current comics including Aliens: Defiance, Wonder Woman: Rebirth, Legend, Providence, some Valiant titles and more.
Intro - "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro - "98.6" by Keith
Tue, 7 June 2016
Rafer Roberts is the writer of the current Archer and Armstrong series at Valiant Comics and the CBBears are thrilled to welcome him to the show! Steve, Billy Z and Matt spend the first hour of the show interviewing Rafer about his work on A&A and his other projects for Valiant as well as his history as an indie comic writer and artist with his work on Plastic Farm, Nightmare the Rat, Magic Bullet, Rise and more! Best of all, you get to hear what Davey the Mackerel actually sounds like!
Afterwards, Bryan joins the cast and the talk shifts to current comics talk including discussion about Scooby Apocalypse, Superman Rebirth, Civil War II, Imperium, Poe Dameron, Cyborg and much more!
Intro - "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Tue, 31 May 2016
With three bears (Matt, Bill, Steve) in the den this week, the Comic Book Bears are thrilled to welcome to the show writer Richard Rivera! Richard is the writer of three current series - Stabbity Bunny, Wild Bull and Chipper and the soon-to-be-released Storm Pirates! Richard provides for us the lowdown on those books as well as his role as the marketing director for Think Alike Productions! The show continues with a tribute to the recently departed Darwyn Cooke and the boys also get in a little bit of current comics talk including a dose of Valiant, Future Quest #1, Midnighter #12, Invincible and more!
Intro - "Reflections of You" - Bear in Heaven
Tue, 31 May 2016
DC Rebirth is an important event! So much so that Justin actually called in from his hospital bed to join Bryan, Steve and Bill to discuss the book! Written by Geoff Johns with art chores by a host of top name talent, DC Rebirth #1 effectively closes the door on the New 52 era and ushers in a new one! Hit download and you get to hear what we thought of it along with the surprising developments seen in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 and (in unexpectedly truncated form) the season finales of some of the current super-hero based network TV shows.
Wed, 27 April 2016
In this week's episode, all five Comic Book Bears are on hand to welcome to the show for the first time the incredible Sina Grace! A writer and illustrator, some of Sina's past projects include Burn the Orphanage, The Li'l Depressed Boy and Not My Bag among others. Sina's most recent project is a web series based on his autobiographical graphic novel Self-Obsessed for Image (which he also stars in!) Our conversation with Sina covers the web series and those projects as well as bears, Scar Jo Sailor Moon, penises, more bears, Prince, working as an editor for Robert Kirkman's Skybound imprint, more penises, one particular syndicated comedy from the 1980's, Generation X and even more penises among other topics! (Yeah, we kind of have to give this one an explicit tag!) We had an utter blast talking with Sina and we hope you will have a blast listening in!
Intro - "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro - "92" by Avail
Wed, 27 April 2016
Recent TV is first up on the docket in this new Comic Book Bears Podcast episode! Bill, Matt, Steve and Justin talk about the Supergirl/Flash crossover, one particular recent episode of Legends of Tomorrow and more! The talk then turns to current comics as the CBBears weigh in on Midnighter, House of Penance, Gwenpool, Public Relations, Empress, Prophet: Earth War, Scarlet Witch and then wrap things up with The Woofs of the Week!
Thu, 17 March 2016
This week, Billy Z, Matt and Steve are jazzed to bring to the show Dale Lazarov for an interview!!! Dale is the writer and art director of numerous gay character-based, sex-positive graphic novels! Dale talks about his process and career, spotlighting a number of his works available through his imprint Sticky Graphic Novels including Bulldogs, Pardners, Peacock Punks, Manly, Sticky (which is celebrating its 10th anniversary) and many others! (Sticky Graphic Novels are published in hardcover by Bruno Gmünder GmbH and in digital format through Class Comics and links for those are below.)
After the interview we get in a little bit of current comic talk, focusing on Midnighter, Ninjak, how we influenced cosmic events with our mention of a 90's crossover on a previous show bearing unexpected fruit and as always closing the show out with our Woofs of the Week!
And fair warning - some explicit language.
Intro - "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro - "87" by The Bouncing Souls
Wed, 10 February 2016
Throughout 2016 the Bear Boys will be welcoming a bunch of bear comic book creators for interviews and Billy Z, Justin, Steve and Matt are thrilled to bring on to the show the super talented Jeremy Owen as the first of those hirsute and handsome hombres!!! Jeremy is the creative force behind Bludgeon from his own imprint, Burly Press. Jeremy goes into his history with comics, his collaborations with Greg Freeland II and our own Bryan Pittard, professional wrestling, Legos, his appearance in the movie Paul and a whole lot more!
Afterwards, we get into some comics talk and grab Titans Hunt, Prophet: Earth War, Faith, Rise of the Eternal Warrior, Injection and retro-pick JSA: The Golden Age off of the spinner rack!
Intro - "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro - "'82" by Stone Sour
Jeremy's Links -
Sun, 3 January 2016
Yeah yeah yeah, we are a comic book based podcast but how can we not talk about The Force Awakens!?!? We are back to five bears strong this week as Bill, Justin, Bryan, Steve and Matt discuss what they thought of the new movie. (SPOILER ... they are not all in agreement ... except about Snap Wexley!) Then the CBBears each recount our earliest Star Wars memories. Then, to tie it back into comic books, we recount the history of Star Wars in comics and spotlight some of our favorite SW funnybooks including Dark Empire, Tales of the Jedi, X-Wing Squadron, Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows, The Star Wars among them right into the current Marvel books.
Intro: Bear in Heaven - "Reflections of You"
Outro: The Clash - "1977"
Sun, 6 December 2015
The Comic Book Bears are back to five strong as Bryan rejoins Matt, Steve, Justin and Bill this week! The state of Marvel is up for discussion first and the boys dig deep into Secret Wars, Thors, The All-New All-Different Avengers, Hercules and more. Then DC gets time with Justice League: The Darkseid War, Starfire, Bizarro and the new books from Vertigo. Indie talk is dominated by the extraordinary Huck, F__k Fairyland and The Devilers. And Justin's retro pick is not Harry Potter. (That's a hint.) We also included a potty mouth preamble to kick off the episode. (During our pre-show conversation we were cussing up a storm. There's a little of that in the main body of the episode for whatever reason.)
Intro: "Reflections of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro: "Teenage Lament '74" by Alice Cooper
Wed, 25 November 2015
The bear boys are thrilled this week to welcome to the show Vivek Tiwary, the author of The Fifth Beatle, the fantastic graphic novel which he wrote with art by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker!! The Fifth Beatle is a #1 New York Times bestseller and the winner of two Harvey awards which tells the story of Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles. A flamboyant but troubled figure who guided The Beatles to worldwide success, Epstein struggled with his homosexuality at a time before it had been decriminalized in the UK and died from an overdose of sleeping pills at age 32 at a point where The Beatles were at the zenith of their success. Vivek takes us through what attracted him to Epstein's story, the process of creating and developing The Fifth Beatle, plans for a major motion picture as well as other projects he is involved with!
Intro - "Reflections of You" - Bear in Heaven
Outro - "The Class of 1973 Bells" - Prefuse 73 with School Of Seven Bells
Wed, 18 November 2015
The bear boys (minus Bryan) are back with the first of their episodes in their new weekly format! That's right - instead of twice a month, you will be getting hairy heavy homo comic talk every week now! Bill Z and Justin start off with a New York Comic Con recap! There is a Valiant Moment with Steve and Matt! Billy Z leads the DC talk! Matt takes the lead with Marvel and Indie talk! Steve gets in some Vertigo chatter! And newly christened Retro Bear Justin offers up the first of his retro pics! In the mix - Art Ops, Book of Death, Weirdworld, Jim Starlin, Mike Mignola, Titans Hunt, a New God getting punched in the face and a LOT more!
Intro - "Reflection of You" by Bear in Heaven
Outro - "Emergency 72 (Live)" by Turin Brakes
Wed, 30 September 2015
We start off the show welcoming Sean Lewis for an interview about his upcoming series for Image Comics SAINTS with artist Benjamin Mackey. Sean is an award winning playwright and This American Life personality and he drops in to tell us about this new ongoing series he is writing; a crime/horror action-packed new series that promises heavy metal, sex and deadly one-liners at every turn. Sean delves into how a Catholic upbringing informs the story, how he and Benjamin came up with the idea for SAINTS, his creative process and a lot more. After that, we hear about Steve’s trip to DragonCon and he gives us the lowdown on his time and the sights there. Then the comic book talk starts off - Injection, lots of Secret War tie ins (Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Civil War, Future Imperfect, Ghost Racers and more), Force Works (!), DC Comics Bombshells and other female magic based books out on the stands, the now obligatory Matt and Steve “Valiant Moment” and we end on mullets and other hair disasters (not a comic).
Wed, 26 August 2015
We all fell in love with them when we saw Barry Bishop propose to Billy Brooks on stage last month at San Diego Comic-Con International. Now we at the Comic Book Bears Podcast are thrilled to bring both Billy and Barry to the show to discuss their Hall H experience, their work in the film industry including Space Station 76 and the upcoming Con Man, their VFX company Mind and Machine, how they developed their interests in geek culture and so much more! Barry and Billy were AMAZING guests: listen in and, we promise, you will be richer for it!
Then stick around as Bill Zanowitz, Justin Allen, Bryan Pittard, Steve Mowry and Matt Brossard soldier on to talk about recent comic based movies (Ant Man, Fantastic Four, Justice League: Gods and Monsters) and comics (Midnighter, Uncanny X-Men, Black Canary, Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Superman, Archie vs. Sharknado and more!)
NOTE: If you are accessing the episode from our the Comic Book Bears iTunes/Libsyn feed, the sound quality may not be up to our usual standards due to space concerns. If you want to listen to the episode in superior sound, please go to the Earth 2 Network iTunes feed or access the episode directly from the link below:
Thu, 30 July 2015
In the first part of our 65th episode, Jamal Igle makes a return visit after his appearance at our New York Comic Con Super Week show last October to discuss his Kickstarter campaign to help fund the ongoing series of his Molly Danger and the bear boys couldn't be more thrilled! Molly Danger is a super powered 10-year-old-alien girl who protects the city of Coopersville, New York from an army of villains called The Supermechs. Although Molly is an internationally famous super heroine, she is incredibly lonely and isolated from the public by D.A.R.T. (Danger’s Action Response Team) command. Forbidden from having personal contact, she has no friends, no family, and no life outside of being a hero; that is until she meets D.A.R.T. pilot and new partner Austin Briggs and befriends his stepson Brian Hammond. The ongoing series picks up nine months since the end of Molly's Book One with Molly continuing to break D.A.R.T. protocols as she begins to question what is and what is not real! Jamal also serves as the Vice President of Marketing for Action Lab Entertainment and he fills us in on what to expect from Action Lab in the near future. And if all that weren't enough Jamal also discusses with us his early work in comics, his two year stint on Supergirl, the return of his Venture project with writer Jay Faerber and much more!!
Thu, 30 July 2015
The Comic Book Bears are back with a special episode where we close the funnybooks for an hour and shift our focus to the silver screen! We are thrilled to have on the show for an interview some of the big names behind the upcoming Bear City 3! Writer/Director Doug Langway and Producer Sam Kite join Billy Z, Justin, Steve and Matt to discuss the Indiegogo campaign to help fund the third and final hilarious installment of the award-winning BearCity Trilogy! Matt pulls double duty on this episode as both a co-host AND a creator as he is drawing the BC 2.5 Graphic Novel, the official BearCity Graphic Novel! BC 2.5 is just one of the many campaign incentives you can choose from when you open up your wallet to help make this project a reality! Listen in as Doug, Sam and Matt take you through what you can expect to see as the BC family heads to camp!
And if you haven't already, click thru to www.bearcity3.com or https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bear-city-3 to find out even more!
Sat, 30 May 2015
NYC is about to have its very first LGBTQ comic convention! And coming on the show to discuss Flame Con are very special guests Joey Stern and Josh Siegel from Geeks OUT! Billy Z, Steve and Matt enlist Joey and Josh to take us through what to expect at Flame Con as well as the history of Geeks OUT, the NYC based queer geek culture group behind it. Josh is also an artist, better known by his pseudonym ModHero, and he talks with us about his work. We then become six on the mic when Brother Bryan joins us to to talk about the Archie Kickstarter and lots of comics including Thor, Secret Wars, Wuvable Oaf, Arcadia, The Filth and Convergence: Supergirl Matrix. Also, lots of show bandwidth is dedicated to just how gay Mr. Sinister is! So listen in and BUY YOUR FLAME CON TIX if you haven't already!
Intro: Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"
THE WOOFY LINKS:
Tue, 31 March 2015
T.H.U.N.D.E.R.H.O.S.T.S. Bill and Rob return to talk about Dynamo #1, originally published by Tower Comics and cover dated August 1966. A giant size offering of our boy Len Brown in solo action! Listen in and hear how Dynamo faces the evil likes of The Red Dragon, The Iron Maiden, Demo, Dr. Sparta, mysterious men from the moon (maybe), Andor and Dr. Oom in battle! He gets nowhere (again) with Alice! He forgets to ask for a raise! He punches dinosaurs in the face! AND we are treated to the debut of Wonder Weed, Super Hero! All this and T.H.U.N.D.E.E.R.tracks from The Buggles and NRBQ!
Sat, 28 February 2015
Bill Zanowitz and Rob Staeger are back and it is a big one folks, as they cover T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7, cover dated August 1966. After their customary tour through the spinner rack of June 1966 (and maybe a little too much Spider-Man talk) they tackle T-Agents #7 which includes some guest appearances from the ladies of Marvel (sorta kinda) ... but more importantly, they end with spotlighting "A Matter of Life and Death", probably the most important T-Agents story ever. T.H.U.N.D.E.R.tracks this time out from Sex Mob and David Bowie.
Sun, 11 January 2015
After an extended hiatus, Bill Zanowitz and Rob Staeger finally return with another episode that breaks down T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #6, originally published by Tower Comics and cover dated July, 1966. The action starts with a few selections from the Silver Age spinner rack as Bill and Rob choose, as always, other books they would have picked up that were on the stands at the same time as T Agents #6. Then they dive into the five stories that make up the book including the first NoMan story with art by the legendary Steve Ditko! (In fact, there is A LOT of Ditko talk toward the end of the episode.) This issue finds the T Agents battling a host maybe-not-so legendary villians such as The Red Star, Richard Wizard, Demo Zizaqz The Mighty and Mr. Image! We also gave this episode an explicit warning tag because the guys do let out a couple of cuss words. All this plus ThunderTracks from Nancy Sinatra and Eddie Beram!
Fri, 31 October 2014
As part of New York Comic Con's official Super Week schedule of events, the Bears convened at Rockbar NYC on October 8th, 2014 for their very first live podcast recording! And we have the audio for the event for you! Join us as the three Bear Boys Billy Z, Justin and Bryan welcome special guests Jamal Igle (Molly Danger/Supergirl/IDW's Kiss) and Yale Stewart (JL8/Amazing Adventures of Superman) who stop by to discuss their work. Then Greg Boas (producer of such films as Drew: The Man Behind the Poster and Sexina) and the co-hosts discuss their favorite and least favorite comic book movies. Our old friend (and birthday boy) Alan "New Mutant" White tells us of his Power Principle trade paperback and it turns out he isn't the only birthday boy in attendance!
A couple of words about the show - Bill apologizes in advance for the number of times you will have to turn down the volume when he is on the mic; fighting voice loss led to WAAAY over compensating on his part. Also there were other segments to the live show (a Silver Age portion with our friend Bob Joy and a trivia contest) which do not appear on this episode due to issues with the soundboard recording. We hope to bring you these segments on later shows once we properly address the audio problems. Despite these unfortunate omissions, we hope you will still enjoy what for us was an unforgettable night!
Intro: Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"
0:30 - The Bears Intros and Current Comic Picks
10:00 - Interview with Jamal Igle
27:12 - Interview with Yale Stewart
40:11 - Greg Boas joins the bear boys to discuss comic book movies
50:20 - Alan "New Mutant" White joins us to discuss The Power Principle and we bring up our birthday celebrating friends
1:00:00 - The Epic Thank Yous!
Tue, 30 September 2014
Sat, 30 August 2014
The long awaited Thundercast Episode 4 is finally here! Bill Zanowitz and Rob Staeger once again take you back to early 1966 to cover Tower Comics' titantic T-Agents! And what an issue it is - The return of Iron Maiden! Mod swastikas! The debut of Lightning! NoMan shoots a dude in the face! Weed smoking at super speed! Dinosaurs in Manhattan! Dynamo tells Alice to leave him alone! Plus Thundertracks from Iron Maiden and Eddie Floyd if that wasn't enough to get you to turn the pages of Issue #4 along with us!
Sat, 30 August 2014
This is the first of a number of special edition episodes when the Bears and their extended family will have a chance to talk about topics outside of four-color funnybook goodness. In this episode regular CBB co-host Bill Zanowitz and past guest and geek culture commentator Chris Cummins spend some time talking toys. You'll get to hear what toys Bill and Chris enjoyed as kids, their history with toys as certified manchildren, toy lines they would love to see exist and a lot more.
Mego's World's Greatest Super-Heroes! Mattel's Secret Wars! Fisher Price's Adventure People! Kenner's Star Wars! Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces! Shogun Warriors! Star Trek from Playmates! Defenders of the Earth! Milton Bradley's Duran Duran boardgame! These are just some of the toys we unwrap in this episode!
Sat, 30 August 2014
The bear boys welcome Steve Bryant, the writer and artist of the adventures of that angelic and adventurous aviatrix Athena Voltaire. Dark Horse/Sequential Pulp will be releasing the Athena Voltaire Compendium later in the year, collecting Athena's complete adventures and Steve drops in to talk about her publishing history, what to expect next with Athena, his influences and much more. Plus Billy Z and Steve talk a little football! Then the bears get down to recent comic talk discussing Original Sin, Mike Deodato, John Byrne's Wonder Woman, the influence of comic book movies, Superman in the late 70's, Sensation Comics #1, Future's End, God is Dead: The Book of Acts, Uncanny Avengers, Axis, Attack on Titan, X-Men #18, Star Wars #20 not to mention Bill and Bryan's Washington DC adventure.
Intro: Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"
00:40- The Comic Book Bears welcome Steve Bryant for an interview about the Athena Voltaire Compendium
36:00 - Steve and Billy Z talk football. (Deal with it.)
41:18 - Justin and Bryan manage to get a few questions in for Steve despite interview hog Billy Z
51:00 - Bill and Bryan's Washington DC Adventure
58:20 - Original Sin/Mike Deodato/Wonder Woman
1:05:00 - The influence of movies upon comics/Superman/Guardians of the Galaxy
1:07:29 - Sensation Comics #1
1:11:26 - Future's End
1:14:59 - God is Dead: The Book of Acts
1:18:22 - Uncanny Avengers/Axis/Onslaught
1:27:54 - Attack on Titan
1:32:52 - X-Men #18/Marc Guggenheim
1:39:04 - Star Wars #20/Marvel's Star Wars plans
1:44:20 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - The James Gang - "Funk 49"
Sat, 30 August 2014
The bear boys come back to you with a three-pronged attack in their latest episode! First up, Billy Z interviews Dave O'Hare and Sal Zurzolo, the co-producers of the Garden State Comic Fest, happening in Morristown, NJ on Saturday, July 23rd. Dave and Sal discuss the guests and the events at the upcoming convention. Then Billy takes Dave and Sal through a series of trivia questions about comics. (Wonder what that means?)
After that Justin and Bryan join Billy and Sal to discuss the Guardians of the Galaxy film. Did they like it? (What do you think?)
Then finally Billy Z, Justin and Bryan get down with a cosmic level of new comics talk. Saga, Storm, Rocket Raccoon, Legendary Star Lord, Robin Rises, Low, Afterlife with Archie, The Devilers, G.I. Zombie, New Suicide Squad, Guardians 100th Anniversary, Secret Avengers, Supreme: Blue Rose and more! Plus you come away learning way too much about the underwear preferences of the hosts.
Intro - Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"
1:05 Dave O'Hare and Sal Zurzolo of the Garden State Comic Fest
33:20 Guardians of the Galaxy
1:00:03 Current Comics Talk
1:53:40 The Woofs of the Week
Outro - Suzi Quatro - "48 Crash"
Sun, 27 July 2014
Get ready for our biggest episode yet! Over 3 1/2 hours! We had originally planned to get an episode out to you earlier in the month but ... life happens. So instead enjoy a grizzly-sized double dose. First, author Clifford Meth returns to the show. This time Ciff brings along Jim Reeber, his partner in Aardwolf Publishing. Cliff and Jim take us through their Kickstarter campaign for a project involving the late Dave Cockrum's Futurians. (Fitting that we talk Cockrum in an episode we can banner our own Giant-Size #1!) Before his passing, Dave wrote and drew an unreleased Futurians story and Aardwolf's Kickstarter has its sights set on seeing it finally in print! Then geek culture writer and prior guest Chris Cummins rejoins us! Chris and Billy Z recently attended the Marvel Universe Live arena tour in Philadelphia and you get to hear all about it. It is impossible to have Chris on the show and not talk Archie so you get that as well along with some comic book musical talk. Then Justin and Bryan join Billy Z for comic conversation. Topics in the final section of the show include #firerickremender, Captain America, Original Sin, Fantastic Four, All-New Invaders, All-New Doop, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Flash CW pilot, Superman:Doomed, Adventures of Superman, Infinity Man and the Forever People, Batman 66 vs. The Green Hornet, Dead Boy Detectives, The Private Eye, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and more!
INTRO: "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet
0:25 - Introductions and Explanations
2:14 - Clifford Meth and Jim Reeber of Aardwolf Publishing talk The Futurians
55:05 - Chris and Billy Z talk Marvel Universe Live
1:51:10 - #firerickremender, Jet, Falcon, Captain America and much more Marvel
2:47:30 - The Guardians of the Galaxy preview and the CW pilot for The Flash
2:59:01 - Superman: Doomed, Adventures of Superman and more DC/Vertigo
3:17:40 - Vaughn and Martin's The Private Eye
3:22:45 - Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (A Woofs of the Week false start)
3:25:41 - The Woofs of the Week
OUTRO - Jack Hylton Orchestra - "Forty-Seven Ginger Headed Sailors"
Mon, 30 June 2014
Bill Zanowitz and Rob Staeger have returned to analyze T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3, originally published by Tower Comics and cover dated March, 1966. And what do we get in this issue? Dynamo vs. The Subterraneans! NoMan vs. Vibraman! Dynamo vs. The Red Dragon! The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Squad vs. gray make-up! And best of all - Menthor vs. Dynamo! We also cover what was on TV and what comics were on the spinner rack at the same time T-Agents #3 was on newsstands.There are also tangents galore to enjoy in this one as well, ranging from Northern Soul, Bill's grandfather and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid!
Mon, 30 June 2014
Billy Z, Bryan and Justin are joined by guest bear and fan of the show Steve Mowry! Steve and Bryan recently attended HeroesCon where Bryan presented a panel about gay characters with Los Brothers Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising) and Kate Leth (Kate or Die!, Bravest Warriors). Bryan covers how the panel was put together and how it went down coupled with other con stories from Bryan and Steve. Billy Z was also in attendance at the inaugural Special Edition NYC from Reed Pop as well as the latest AnimeNext convention. In keeping with the subject matter of the latter, all four bears offer their recommendations of anime and manga that they like. They round it out with a small splash of current comics talk and, best of all, we got hate mail!!!
Tue, 17 June 2014
Billy Z, Bryan and Justin are back together in the comic bear den. First up, a little X-Men: Days of Future Past talk. Then it is a big 'ol helping of current comic book talk which includes Forever Evil, Teen Titans, Superman: Doomed, Batman/Superman, Earth 2, Future's End, Firestorm, The Wake, Secret Origins, Cyclops, Amazing Spider-Man, Afterlife with Archie, C.O.W.L., Prophet, Velvet and Thanos Annual #1 (sort of). Then the mega funny and uber sexy Brad Taylor of Warner Brothers Studios Tours joins in on the fun to discuss the Batman at 75 tour of the studio that Brad has initiated. He talks with us about what you can expect to see if you go on the Batman tour, the Warners lot, the Conan and Ellen shows (both of which Brad also works for) and so much more! Let's just say the second half involves cameos from Madonna, Darla from The Little Rascals and Optimus Prime (sort of).
A final word about this episode. We were dogged with technical issues left and right when we recorded. There were a couple of dropouts. (Lying - MANY dropouts.) We edited all of it together but left a portion of the nods to the dropouts in for poops and giggles. Enjoy!
Intro - "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet
1:06 - Days of Future Past
13:29 - Forever Evil Wrap-Up
25:23 - Teen Titans Annual #2
30:00 - Superman: Doomed
35:43 - Batman/Superman #10
37:41 - Earth 2
41:40 - DC Weekly Books and Firestorm
47:46 - The Wake
51:24 - Secret Origins #2
53:00 - Original Sin
1:00:46 - Cyclops and the other X books
1:08:00 - Amazing Spider-Man #2/Amazing Spider-Man: Learning to Crawl
1:10:02 - Thanos Annual #1 (sort of)
1:12:13 - Afterlife With Archie #5
1:14:31 - Image - Prophet, C.O.W.L. and Velvet
1:18:56 - We bring on special guest Brad Talylor
1:41:09 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - "45" - Elvis Costello
Wed, 28 May 2014
As Brother Bryan is sequestered on the job, Billy Z and Justin start the show off with a terrific interview with writer Clifford Meth. Cliff has compiled a series of his past columns about the comic book industry into Comic Book Babylon, out now from Aardwolf Publishing. Cliff takes us through his history in comics and his advocacy for creators rights, why he decided to put together Comic Book Babylon and where he thinks the industry is at today. Dave Cockrum, Gene Colan, Stan Lee, Neal Adams, Harlan Ellison and many other figures work their way in and out of our conversation. Cliff also discusses what's coming up from Aardwolf Publishing, the continuing sale of Dave Cockrum's comic book collection and hella more!
The show wraps up with a discussion about comic books that were cancelled before their time in light of the recent New 52 cancellations from DC. Listen in as the bear boys offer up their picks for brilliant-but-cancelled books which had the axe fall on them way too soon such as Captain Britain and MI-13, Agents of Atlas, Fearless Defenders, O.M.A.C., The Thing, The New Invaders and more.
Links to Clifford Meth's work
And if when you buy Comic Book Babylon, make sure you purchase it directly from Aardwolf!
And because we love you, here is the full episode breakdown -
Intro - "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet
1:11 - Introducing Clifford Meth and what Comic Book Babylon is all about
2:41 - Clifford's first comic book experiences
4:18 - Cliff's original art collection
5:19 - The inspiration behind putting together Comic Book Babylon and the pitfalls of creators from the Silver and Bronze Age
15:37 - Harlan Ellison and Neal Adams
18:53 - Dave Cockrum and Gene Colan
27:57 - Artists who have had 2nd or 3rd "acts"
31:43 - Where Clifford thinks the comic book market is at and how the industry has changed
36:90 - Aardwolf Publishing
41:29 - Selling Dave Cockrum's comic book collection
45:38 - Creator credits, Stan Lee and more
1:02:39 - DC Cancels six New 52 titles and comic books that died before their time
1:06:54 - Captain Britain and MI-13
1:09:13 - The New Invaders
1:12:00 - Agents of Atlas
1:16:03 - Justice Society of America (1992)
1:19:49 - Fearless Defenders
1:23:05 - The Thing
1:24:10 - O.M.A.C.
1:27:40 - Man-Bat
1:34:01 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - The Zombies - "Care of Cell 44"
Mon, 26 May 2014
Bill Zanowitz and Rob Staeger return to cover T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2, cover dated February 1966. Hear all about the terror that is Dynavac, a big reveal about The Warlord, Dynamo's love interest, Mr. Fong, the Junior T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, NoMan's cloak in Newfoundland, and the best mutated fish-man of all time! All that plus Thundercorn, Rob's wife Kathy makes a brief cameo appearance and we let you know what you should ask Rob Liefeld to sketch.
Sat, 17 May 2014
Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue 43 - C2E2ASM2FCBD Special Guest Kyle Schmidt and the First Semi-Annual Bob Joy Drinking Game
The Comic Book Bears are very pleased to welcome Kyle Schmidt to the show for the first time! Kyle is the comic book editor at Milwaukee’s Crimespree Magazine. Both Kyle and Billy Z attended the C2E2 convention in Chicago recently and they both recount their con experiences. Billy also talks about the Batman at 75 program at the Paley Center in NYC that he went to. After that the bears all join in for some Free Comic Book Day and Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie talk. Then they shift over to current comics talk, hitting on DC’s Future’s End, Shutter from Image, Batman: Eternal, Southern Bastards #1, Cyclops #1, Amazing Spider-Man #s 1 and 1.1 and Dan Slott, Black Science, Rick Remender, Original Sin, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man , Stormwatch #30, Secret Origins #1 and lots more. The show is end capped as always with our Woofs of the Week.
Also this episode marks the first of our Semi-Annual Bob Joy Drinking Game episodes! Take a shot every time you hear us bring up Bob Joy. Follow this instruction and you will be hammered by the end of the ep!
Intro – Matthew Sweet – “Where You Get Love”
0:00:25 – Bears Intro and Welcome Guest Kyle Schmidt
0:03:53 – Kyle’s Experiences and Interviews at C2E2 and Crimespree Magazine
0:09:02 – Billy’s Experiences at C2E2
0:17:51 – Billy at the Batman at 75 Program at the Paley Center in NYC
0:20:26 – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Talk
0:37:40 – Free Comic Book Day
0:51:58 - DC’s Future’s End and other FCBD books
1:09:13 – New comic talk starts off with Shutter (Image), Rachel Rising/Strangers in Paradise, Ms. Marvel
1:16:04 – Batman: Eternal, Southern Bastards #1, Cyclops #1
1:26:00 - Amazing Spider-Man #s 1 and 1.1 and Dan Slott
1:36:00 – Black Science, Rick Remender, Uncanny Avengers
1:44:37 – Original Sin and Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1
1:55:00 –Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
1:58:36 – Stormwatch #30 and Secret Origins #1
2:01:32 – The Woofs of the Week
Outro – Jethro Tull – “Hymn 43”
Wed, 30 April 2014
Justin, Bryan and Billy Z are back together in the bear den for the first time in a while! Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD dominates the opening part of the cast, then they switch over to current comic talk, rapping about the current Cap books by Rick Remender, Uncanny Avengers, Magneto, All-New X-Men, Nightcrawler, All-New X-Factor, Inhuman, Daredevil, Action Comics, Supergirl, Batman and Wonder Woman, Batman: Eternal, Batgirl, Earth 2, The Wake, Trillium, Molly Danger by Jamal Igle, Iron Bound by Brendan Leach, curling, RuPaul's Drag Race and transphobia and much more.
Through the course of the episode we discover that Bryan has a thing for Lana Lang and that Justin is a Pumpkin Pounder. (If you don't know what that is, well you'll just have to listen in.)
Wed, 9 April 2014
Billy Z and past guest Bob Joy are joined by Chris Cummins for an Riverdale-riffic episode. Chris is a geek culture writer for Den of Geek US, Topless Robot and Geekadelphia and he also hosts the Nerd Nite Philadelphia events. Chris has hosted a number of trivia events in the past. He serves in the same function here with a trivia contest between Bob and Billy. Chris is also an Archie Comics expert and the conversation turns to a lengthy discussion of all things Archie, past and present. Life with Archie, Sabrina, Jughead's Diner, The Fox, Kevin Keller, Cosmo the Merry Martian, Josie and the Pussycats, Afterlife with Archie - they're all in there and much, much more! Then we get into new comics talk including Animal Man, 50 Girls 50, Daredevil, The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime, All-New Invaders, Silver Surfer, Justice League of America and more. The episode is closed out, as always, with our Woofs of the Week!
And Billy overuses the word "affection" - might make for a good drinking game!
Mon, 7 April 2014
Bill Zanowitz of the Comic Book Bears and Rob Staeger are the hosts for a new podcast about one of the coolest concepts from the Silver Age of Comics - The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents!! Rob and Bill will be conducting an issue by issue examination covering the entire history of the super-heroic espionage team, from its beginnings in 1965 to the current book published by IDW. On this first episode, the spyglass is focused firmly on T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1, published by Tower Comics and cover dated November 1965. Hear all about how Dynamo, NoMan and Menthor came into being as we discuss tales crafted by such comic greats as Wally Wood, Reed Crandall, Gil Kane, George Tuska and Mike Sekowsky.
This episodes T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Tracks -
The Blasters "Samson and Delilah"
Duran Duran - "Sound of Thunder"
Wed, 26 March 2014
Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #40 - The Bears Spread 'Em/A Rock and Roll Flip Book with Double Page Spread Podcast
Billy Z and Justin welcome the amazing Wendi Freeman to the Comic Book Bears Podcast for a rockin' crossover episode with Wendi's Double Page Spread podcast!!! In the first of a two episode crossover, Wendi and the bears talk about rock and roll related comics from the 50s to the 80s. On the turntable - The Beatles, The Originals, The Defenders, Korn, Wings, Matt Wagner, The Micronauts, The Archies, Josie and the Pussycats, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, the Josie and the Pussycats movie, Riot Grrrl Josie and the Pussycats (we wish), KISS, John Romita Jr., Teen Titans, Alice Cooper, rock stars who freaked us out as kids, Dazzler, more Dazzler, even more Dazzler, Shrapnel, Sonic Disruptors, Steeltown Rockers, Rock and Roll Comics, Todd Loren and Revolutionary Comics, The Plasmatics, Dan DiDio impressions, Undertow from Image, True Detective, Patrick Cox, Legands of the Knight and tangents galore! And this is just the beginning - check out Wendi's Double Page Spread Podcast for the second part soon!
INTRO - Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"
0:42 - Introducing Wendi
1:45 - The Boob Toob Podcast Promo
2:54 - Wendi tell us how she got into comics and her podcast
6:00 - Image to Grunge
7:13 - Early developments with rock and roll comics, Pat Boone and The Beatles
8:38 - Associating comics to rock performers
13:57 -The Archies and Josie and the Pussycats
19:14 - The 1970's - KISS, Alice Cooper, Teen Titans #46
26:46 - Dazzler
38:48 - The 1980's - Dave Wyndorf, Sonic Disruptors, Steeltown Rockers, The unauthorized and proud of it Rock and Roll Comics
49:05 - Woofs of the Week
Outro - U2 - "40"
Thu, 13 March 2014
Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #39 - The Bears Go International with James Figueiredo of Bear Nerd!!!
Brother Bear Justin is still on the mend from his most recent surgery so filling his corner of the den this time around is James Figueiredo of the amazing Brazilian online community Bear Nerd! We start off with James taking us through the comic scene in Brazil, some of his all-time favorite books, Bear Nerd, Grizzly and the Bear Patrol (which weaves a little bit into the upcoming Crime Fighter Inquiry) and comic translations. Then it's a whole lotta comic book and comic creator talk with James, Bryan and Billy Z - The Trial of Jean Grey, Amazing X-Men, X-Factor, X-Force, the Avengers books, She-Hulk, Fantastic Four #1 and Leonard Kirk, James Robinson, Leave It To Chance, Miracleman #3, Forever Evil #6, Action Comics #29, the First Contact crossover, Forever Evil: Blight, Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two, Wonder Woman, Starlight, Jupiter's Legacy, King's Watch, Mark Lanning, Archer and Armstrong, Loki: Ragnarock and Roll, classic Justice League International, The Wake, Zombie Killer Rex and much more!
Wed, 26 February 2014
It's an especially schizophrenic episode this time round. Our bi-weekly bear blabfest covers a whole lot of ground - Charles Soule's Strange Attractors and She-Hulk, Mike Allred, lawyers who write comic books, Ms. Marvel, Justice League, Batman, weekly comics (Action Comics Weekly, 52 and more), Scooby Doo Team Up, Looney Tunes, Batman: The TV Stories, Lil' Battlestar Galactica, Bergen Street Comics scaling back on carrying monthly titles from the Big 2, Miracleman, Marvelman, more Miracleman, even more Miracleman, The Lego Movie, Justice League 3000 and wrapping up with our Woofs of the Week (and some unexpected parrothead talk!)
INTRO - Matthew Sweet - "Where You Get Love"
0:52 - Charles Soule's Strange Attractors (Archaia) and She-Hulk #1 (Marvel)
21:13 - Mike Allred and cartoony art styles
27:47 - Lawyers Who Write Comic Books
28:44 - Ms. Marvel #1 (Marvel)
36:00 - Justice League #28 (DC)
38:00 - Batman #28 (DC)
40:50 - Weekly Comics (Action Comics Weekly, 52, Countdown and more.)
50:14 - Sccoby-Doo Team-Up #2 (DC)
52:15 - Looney Tunes #217 (DC)
53:48 - Batman: The TV Stories TPB (DC)
53:43 - Lil' Battlestar Galactica (Dynamite)
58:15 - Bergen Street Comics' decision to cut back on carrying DC and Marvel monthlies
1:07:00 - Miracleman #s 1 + 2 (Marvel) and the history of Marvelman
1:28:12 - The Lego Movie
1:37:07 - Woofs of the Week - including Bill Mantlo, Flame On!/Drag is the New Spandex, Music on the Bay 2014 and Tell God to Blow the Wind from the West (Oily Comics)
Tue, 11 February 2014
Former DC collections editor Bob Joy joins us once again for a spirited discussion about the Silver Age of Comics! With Bryan about to get his Silver Age on by reading the Steranko S.H.I.E.L.D. collection, the other bear boys take us through their favorites from this era in comics. Jimmy Olsen! Curt Swan! The Brave and the Bold! Fanastic Four! Arnold Drake! Tales of the Bizarro World! Wally Wood! Mighty Crusaders! Dick Dillin! The White Suit Wonder Woman! Alex Toth! Challengers of the Unknown! Roy Thomas! The Inhumans! Jack Kirby! Millie the Model! Steve Ditko! T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents! And that's just scratching the Silver Age surface! After that, some new comics talk with RASL, Fury Max, Charles Soule and Strange Attractors, Code Monkey Save World, All-New X-Factor, Superior Spider-Man, the Green Lantern/Red Lanterns flip book, Earth 2 Annual #2 and more in the CBB spotlight. All this plus the bears being bears and "guest" appearances by Lisa Rinna and Joan Rivers.
Wed, 29 January 2014
This time around we find only Billy Z and Bryan in the comic bear den (as Justin continues to hibernate) and they offer up a very loose and lo-fi episode. Discussion topics this time around include author and NPR contributor Glen Weldon, Mid-Atlantic Leather and other gay leather events (stick with us - there is a super-hero connection), All-New X-Factor, All-New Invaders, Jonathan Hickman's S.H.I.E.L.D. and unfinished mini-series, Boom's The Foundation, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows, Star Wars #13, Robotech/Voltron. Doc Savage, The Saviors, Green Arrow, buying back issues, Miracleman, illegal downloads of comics, gaps in our reading, DC's cancellations and the state of DC (just guess where that goes) and a new feature - The Woof of the Week.
Sun, 12 January 2014
Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #35 - CBBears at the movies ... and in front of the TV ... and somewhere you won't expect
There weren't a lot of new books to discuss when we joined together on the mic early last week so the bear boys decided to talk about their all-time favorite comic book based movies, live action and animated series. The recipe also called for a dash of overrated and worst comic book movies along with rehashing some celebrity encounters. But we weren't going to give you a show completely devoid of comic book talk so you'll hear what we think about the Marvel 2014 teasers and recent Batman books. Then Billy Z, Bryan and Justin talk ... sports!?!?! Warning - some explicit language. (But you already knew that.)
INTRO - OCEAN COLOUR SCENE - "You've Got It Bad"
01:55 - Intro and our favorite comic book based movies
17:50 - Overrated comic book movies
23:55 - Great scenes from comic book based films
25:57 - Least favorite comic book films
27:55 - Favorite comic book based live action series
39:35 - Celebrity encounters
52:40 - Favorite comic book based animated films
1:05:55 - Current comic book talk - Marvel 2014 teasers, Detective Comics #27, Batman: The Dark Knight #26, Legends of the Dark Knight #s 42 - 47
1:15:20 - Shout outs and salutes
OUTRO: KARMA TO BURN - "35"
Sun, 22 December 2013
Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #34 - Captain Action Talk with Ed Catto and the Best of 2013 in Comics
In our final episode for 2013, Billy Z, Bryan and Justin are pleased to welcome Ed Catto of Captain Action Enterprises to the show! Captain Action has a special place in history as being the very first super-hero action figure. Ed takes us through the history of the character and his appearances in comic books past and present, including the current Codename Action mini-series written by Chris Roberson and published by Dynamite Entertainment. Ed is also a partner and co-founder of the Bonfire Agency, a marketing firm centered around helping companies connect directly with genre markets. And since we are close to the holidays, favorite comic-related yuletide gifts work their way into the conversation.
In the second part of the episode, the bear boys go through their favorites of 2013. Uncanny Avengers. Avengers Arena. Forever Evil. Saga. Hawkeye. Batman. The Fifth Beatle. Captain Midnight. All-New X-Men. Jonathan Hickman. Brian Michael Bendis. Charles Soule. Matt Fraction. Chip Zdarsky. Ramon Perez. David Aja. Chris Samnee. Afterlife with Archie. Injustice. Something Terrible. Will any of these be among our favorites? Well, you'll just have to listen in to find out! (And see if you can catch where Bill invents a new word to describe the people who put pencil to paper to draw the pretty pictures.)
Tue, 10 December 2013
Brother Bryan is out celebrating so Billy Z and Justin welcome William Lindus from the Movie Bears Podcast to the CBBears Den to fill the third seat! Will lets us in on his history reading comics then we get into current comics talk. You'll hear us rap about Saga, Earth 2, Forever Evil, Year Zero, Animal Man, Scooby Doo Team Up, Fearless Defenders, Avengers Arena, Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe (... again), X-Men: Legacy, Hawkeye, Amazing X-Men, Infinity, Inhumanity, The Fifth Beatle, the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman, Alan Moore and Watchmen. All this plus a huge tangent about lousy haircut and facial hair choices in our collective past, Justin thinks Watchmen is boring and the movie was better, Bill can't pronounce "Moira Queen" to save his life and this episode is probably the only time you will hear Alan Moore being compared to Faye Dunaway.
A word about the sound quality - for some reason when we recorded Bill was way over modulated and Will was a bit under modulated. We fixed it as best as we could in the mix to mono. If it is distracting, we still hope you will stick around because we think we get into some quality funny book conversation.
Mon, 25 November 2013
The CBBears are pleased to have special guest Paul Kupperberg on for an interview during the first hour of our latest episode! Paul is currently the writer of the best selling Life with Archie magazine from Archie Comics. He also authored the first young adult prose novel featuring Kevin Keller. Paul has written over 900 stories for Marvel, Charlton, 2000 AD, Bongo and most prominently for DC Comics, where he created Checkmate and Arion, Lord of Atlantis. We touch on all of these as well as Paul's new novel from Crazy 8 Press, The Same Old Story and other upcoming projects. Then the boys get into some new comic talk. Wanna hear what we think about Afterlife with Archie #2, Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe, Green Lantern Corps #25, Harley Quinn #0, Captain Midnight, Triple Helix, X-Men: Gold, Rocket Girl and other recent books? Then listen in. (EXPLICIT WARNING - yeah, we let out a few cuss words here and there, shame on us.)
Sun, 10 November 2013
Collected editions are up first in the episode as Billy Z, Justin and Bryan are joined by former DC Comics collected editions editor Bob Joy! Bob offers up his insights into collected editions and discusses his experiences editing various books during his tenure at DC. Then we shift over to news of DC's move to Burbank and the passing of Nick Cardy. From there we go into current comic talk, discussing Battle of the Atom, Infinity and Amazing X-Men from Marvel, Sex Criminals and Velvet from Image and DC's Forever Evil. At various points in the cast you will also hear us discuss tranny Jimmy Olsen, Spooky Bear in Provincetown, the Skip Ender's Game events, Greg Rucka, DC Showcase Presents releases, Supergirl as a teen model, the late 70's New Gods revival by Gerry Conway and Don Newton, The Adventures of Superman radio show, Ed McGuinness, Afterlife with Archie and a helluva lot more.
In the mood to play a drinking game as you listen? Then take a shot every time Billy Z says "esoteric".
Sun, 27 October 2013
Billy Z, Bryan and Justin are joined this time by a host of straight guys for a wrap up of New York Comic Con 2013! Lonnie Ruland of New World Manga, The Line it is Drawn and Back Issue magazine contributor John Trumbull and Rob Staeger of The Village Voice join Billy for a rundown of their con experiences. Then the whole gang joins in, first for a talk about growing up on Saturday morning TV in honor of the passing of Lou Scheimer then they hit the spinner rack for dem funny books! IDW Artists Editions, Code Monkey Saves World, Jules Feiffer, Dan DiDio, Jason of Star Command, Sex Criminals, Green Arrow #24, Jupiter's Legacy, Ark II, Letter 44, Afterlife with Archie all get discussed along with so much more! There's a little bit of football talk - yes Virginia, there are gay men who like football - and ... wait for it ... Monchhichis!!!
Thu, 17 October 2013
The bear boys welcome author and columnist Charles Baserap. Charles is a regular contributor to forcesofgeek.com and nerdtopiacast.com and he takes us through some of his interests in comics and topics of recent columns. After that, the discussion turns to Marvel's Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series and some other genre TV talk, Dean Trippe's Something Terrible, DC Villains Month, the latest Infinity and X-Men goings on at Marvel, Mike Carey and The Unwritten and quick takes on Sex Criminals, Jupiter's Legacy, Sidekick, The Star Wars and Kings Watch. And this episode is closed out by our uncoolest outro music yet.
Sun, 29 September 2013
In our latest episode the bear boys welcome Rob Kelly, author of the new book HEY KIDS! COMICS, a great collection of contributions from a varied set of essayists discussing how comic books played a significant role in their lives. In addition to the book Rob also discusses ACE KILROY, a webcomic he writes. And as Rob is the force behind the AQUAMAN SHRINE website, you know Billy Z wasn't going to have Rob guest on the show without some Arthur Curry talk. After that, Bryan, Justin and Billy Z shift over to current comics with The Young Protectors webcomic, Battle of the Atom, Infinity, DC Villains Month books (including some talk about the hot bears of the New 52), X-Men Legacy, X-O Manowar and Eternal Warrior each getting their time in the spotlight. You can hear all this plus, for once, the boys somehow do not venture off into Explicit Contentville!
Sun, 15 September 2013
The Comic Book Bears boys are back with their first episode as part of the Earth 2 Podcast Network! First up, the guys reintroduce themselves then immediately cross over to crossover talk. Bryan, Justin and Billy Z weigh in on the current big events from the Big 2 - Infinity, Forever Evil, Trinity War and Battle of the Atom. Captain America, Thor: God of Thunder, Batman Incorporated, JH Williams leaving Batwoman, DC editorial woes, and the Relic and Joker books from Villains Months then get their turn in the spotlight. Lastly, Justin and Billy Z tell of their experiences at Baltimore Comic Con. There's a lot of spoilers, a little bit of cussing and a whole lot of superhero talk in this one!
Wed, 7 August 2013
Billy Z, Justin and Bryan come back atcha with 90+ minutes about what's going on over in the Big 2's team books these days. The Avengers, Justice League, X-Men, Legion and Green Lantern Corps families of titles each get their time in the spotlight, touching on the New Universe, Hunger, Constantine, Injustice: Gods Among Us and What If: AVX in the process. After the team talk subsides Thor: God of Thunder, Batman/Superman, Captain America, Batman 66, Satellite Sam and Hawkeye Annual #1 each go under the hirsuite homo microscope. All this plus shout-outs to Earth 2 Podcast, Flame On!, Furgasm, Victor Dandridge's 8-Bit Challenge and Bergen Street Comics. And ... weight loss discussions?
EXPLICIT CONTENT (Yup, there's one or two cuss words in the mix from these potty mouths.)
Fri, 28 June 2013
Your bear boys Justin, Bryan and Billy Z are back with a new episode! First up, Man of Steel gets the Comic Book Bears once over. After that, our first guest straight bear Lonnie Ruland of the excellent New Jersey shop New World Manga joins the discussion to talk about news from the DC Retailers Roadshow he attended. Lonnie and Bill were both in attendance at the recent AnimeNEXT convention in NJ and they discuss their con experiences. The con talk continues with Bryan's experiences at HeroesCon which include his moderating a Kicstarter panel. DC Villains Month, Vertigo, digital comics, Neal Adamas, Jim Steranko and the History of Comics, Scooby Doo team-ups, The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song, the connection between rock and roll and comics, Brian Epstein, Fearless Defenders, The End Times of Bram and Ben, Mind the Gap and Justice League of America's Vibe - they are all in the mix here. Lastly, this episode is dedicated to the memory of Patience Michael Allen.
Tue, 11 June 2013
Justin is back ... and bionic! What's on the docket with all three of our boys back in the den? Let's see - Bill visits Bryan in Orlando, Beareoke, A Comic Shop, Paul McCartney and seeing acts kick off tours in Florida, Justin under the knife, Uncanny Avengers, Rogue, Wasp (Slutty Jan), Wonder Man, the rest of the current Avengers world, "Pushing Justin Buttons", Hickman's Fantastic Four and FF, X-Men #1, Green Lantern #20, Robert Venditti, Legion of Super-Heroes, LEGO Batman - The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite, Superman Unbound, Supergirl #20, Jae Lee, Simonson's run on Fantastic Four, the Harras era Avengers, All-Star Superman, Sandman, Doctor Who, Len Wein's Justice League of America, the Christine Spar Grendel, Fear Itself, classic X-Men Crossovers, Atlantis Attacks, Operation Galactic Storm, Millennium, Day of Judgment, Our Worlds At War, Acts of Vengeance, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., Armageddon 2001, Days of Future Present, Private Eye, Low Concept 3 (and how it can be hazardous to your health), Injustice: Gods Among Us for the iPad, Marvel video games, Daredevil #26, the writers of 52, HeroesCon, Ryan Browne, Deborah Cox (if just to prove we are still gay men), a secret identity reveal on Flame On, Mike's Amazing World of Comics and Bill owns how many DC Comics?
Mon, 10 June 2013
As Brother Justin deals with a rainy ride home, this time around it is only Billy Z and Bryan occupying the bear den. A two hour long gabfest revolving around Bill's time at C2E2, b-one #7 by Bobgar Ornelas, 3-D comics, Steve Bryant, Steed and Mrs. Peel, Captain Britain, digital comics, Marvel Masterworks and Omnibus editions, Mattel Retro-Action figues, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar, Star Wars: Legacy, The Bible 2, Free Comic Book Day, Infinity, Oni's The Strangers, Captain Midnight, The Stuff of Legend, Age of Ultron, Bryan Hitch, Captain America, Cable and X-Force, Daredevil, Iron Man, Superior Spider-Man, Detective Comics #19, Action Comics #19, Animal Man, Parker and Samnee's Adventures of Superman, Batman Incorporated, Jupiter's Legacy, East of West, Lost Vegas, JMS, Movie Bear Podcast, Kickstarters from Jontahan Coulton and I See Dragons, Charlie Harding, Husker Du and the sheer awesomeness of Wendi Freeman and the Double Page Spread Podcast!
Tue, 16 April 2013
Billy Z, Bryan and Justin are back with a convention centered ep with a healthy dose of Star Wars talk! Justin went to the Tri-State Comic Con in Huntington, West Virginia as Bill headed to Asbury Park Comic Con in his home state of New Jersey and they fill us in on meetings, purchases and going on. Then Bryan joins in on the current comic talk. East of West #1, Batgirl #19 and the trans reveal, Billy Tucci, Dia De Los Muertos, All-New X-Men, Ambush Bug, Sam Ita's amazing pop up books, Ace Kilroy, ModHero, Age of Ultron, Superior Spider-Man #6AU, Guardians of the Galaxy #1, Star Wars: Legacy, Injustice, Hawkeye, DC's upcoming villains month, No Gods and Dustin Carson, Karate Kid, Dan DiDio, Brian Wood's Star Wars, Adhouse Books - they're all in there. Plus, why Batman and Red Robin #19 brought out Grumpy Bill.
Sun, 24 March 2013
Bryan offers up his tales of this year's MeganCon in Orlando with Dean Cain, Neal Adams, Barret Biggs, Charlie Thurston, Benjamin Butler, Rod Roddenberry and (surprise) Ramon Perez working their way into the mix. Afterwards we discuss the changes to Adventures of Superman #1, get into some X-Men talk (All-New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, 80's Captain Britain by Alan Davis), Action Comics #18, Nova #2, Rom and the Spaceknights, Marvel events, disagreement on Fearless Defenders, Batman & Robin #18, the original end sequence for Batman Inc. #8, Lost Vegas, Thor: God of Thunder, Manhattan Projects, The Private Eye, Doctor Who comics, Winter Soldier #15, Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #6, the awesomeness of The Rocketeer, Comixology freebies, Asbury Comic Con, It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman, the Earth-2 Podcast and a look back at comics from 1993. All that plus Kickstarters (Veronica Mars, Alan White's Power Principle) that we are keeping our eyes on and our dream pieces of original art.
Sun, 10 March 2013
The new episode starts off with a more indie vibe than usual with Billy Z and Bryan covering Prophet, Red Team, Lost Vegas, Sex, Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror, The Shadow:Year One and the wrap up of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson's Happy. Then Justin joins in and the boys pull Batman Inc #8, Legion of Super-Heroes #17, the first issues of Justice League of America and Vibe, Hellblazer #300, Nova #1 (and how Jeph Loeb can be irritating) and Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1 off of the spinner rack and discuss. This episode also marks the first appearance of Drunk Billy on the show!
Mon, 18 February 2013
Orson Scott Card's upcoming story arc on the new Adventures of Superman was all over the news and the Comic Book Bears boys weigh in on the controversy for most of the episode. They still get in some new comics talk and cover Batman #17, New Avengers, a bad bearish hottie in Earth 2, Rotworld, Batman and Robin Annual #1, Wolverine and the X-Men, Secret Avengers #1, Batman Incorporated, Ramon Perez, FF, Green Arrow #17, Uncanny X-Men, Uncanny Avengers, New Avengers, Hawkeye #7, Legion Lost #16, Sword of Sorcery and creative changes in the Green Lantern titles. They also weigh in with what they think would be great TV shows based on comic properties. Flame On, Art and Franco and Aw Yeah Comics and our new friends at BearNerd get some love. Plus Bryan offers up some tales of comic shopping while on the road for work and Billy Z and Justin disagree BIG TIME about a nearly two year old anniversary comic.
Thu, 31 January 2013
Our good friend New Mutant rejoins us for a special roundtable. Bryan, Justin, Billy Z and Alan go over each of their all-time favorite titles and choose their three favorite issues! Some clues to the choices - Kitty Pryde, Timber Wolf, Apocalypse and The Shade. Then we serve up some new comics talk with All-New X-Men, New Avengers and the end of Remender's Uncanny X-Force on the menu. We also talk about Alan's Power Principle, Flame On, Twilight(!), Superman apparel, cosplay and The World's Strongest Mailman. And then everyone talks about BillyZ for five minutes. (Sorry, there are a few Skype drop outs on this ep that we couldn’t work around.)
Sun, 13 January 2013
Bryan returns to the den to give us his bests of for 2012, followed by a discussion of our comic related holiday swag, our expectations for 2013 and a quick dive into what we are currently reading.
Hickman. Remender. Bendis. Ramon Perez. Prophet. Deathmatch. Joe Shuster's fetish art. Justice League. Legos. Superman. Batwoman. Thunderbolts. Secret Avengers. The Shade. FF. George Takei in Kevin Keller. Morrison's Happy. All-New X-Men. Indestructible Hulk. They're all in there!
Sun, 23 December 2012
We have a little more stretching room in the Comic Book Bears Den in this episode as our brother Bryan was unable to join us for this 2012 wrap-up episode. Billy Z and Justin talk about their fave raves of the year in this admittedly somewhat somber episode. Somewhere along the lines Saga, The Boys, Dave Wyndorf and Monster Magnet, Dan Slott’s death threats, Legion of Super-Heroes, Jonathan Hickman, Infinite Crisis, Joe Kubert, Marvel Avengers Alliance, Team 7, JL8, Scott Williams, Gail Simone, the Amazing Spider-Man film, Before Watchmen, Robot God Akamatsu, DC Editorial, Justice League, Nicola Scott, Pantha, Jim Lee, All-New X-Men, Night Force, Vibe, FF, AVX: Consequences and The Polyphonic Spree all work their way into the conversation. See you in 2013!
Sat, 8 December 2012
Bill Zanowitz, Justin Allen and Bryan Pittard return with another episode focused mostly on the new Marvel Now! books. We tackle the recent first issues of Fantastic Four, FF, Avengers, Captain America, Deadpool, All-New X-Men and more! Also getting some airtime are the end of the Bendis era of Avengers, AvX: Consequences, Cyclops, Batwoman #0, Karen Berger's departure from Vertigo, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre, Batman Incorporated, changes to New Crusaders, The Boys #72, Masks #1, Battlefields by Ennis along with talk about Hallmark ornaments, our buddy Dean from GuyFi, some bear stuff, the Dream Weaver Kickstarter from our friends at Geeks Out, Songs for Lexi, internet rudeness, our upcoming convention plans along with some plotting for CBBears world domination in 2013. Anything else you ask? We briefly find out that all three co-hosts are pretty good at George Takei imitations. And we also have Bill taking the potty mouth crown away from Justin for an episode, Bryan's love for Jonathan Hickman running so deep that he starts crediting the man with books he didn't write, Bill on everything you need to know about Green Bay Packers games being streamed on internet radio and the episode starts off with Justin eating some major crow concerning a run he previously dissed.
Sun, 25 November 2012
Justin, Bryan and Billy Z come back atcha with a whole lotta comic (Brightest Day, Ultimate FF, JK Woodward, 80's Iron Man, Hickman's FF, Marvel Now Point One, Bendis Avengers, Jeff Lemire, Justice League Dark, Green Arrow, AVX: Consequences, Masters of the Universe, Happy, Action Comics Annual, Tony Lee and Doctor Who, Manhattan Projects, World's Finest, Earth 2, Kevin Maguire, National Comics One-Shots, Multiple Warheads, Bloodstrike, Brubaker's Captain America, Before Watchmen, Superman #13, Joe Kubert Presents, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, God Hates Astronauts, Alan Moore's Supreme) and non-comic (knee surgery, Bear Bust in Orlando, Sawmill Campgrounds, Hurricane Sandy, Honey Boo Boo, child actors, the election) jibber-jabber.
Mon, 29 October 2012
Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #13 - The One After Billy Z Met Grant and Before Justin Becomes Bionic
We were able to record an episode just before Justin went in for his surgery! In this ep, Billy Z discusses his experiences at NYCC. Bryan, Justin and Bill then cover recent comics news and NYCC announcements and then the boys discuss some of their favorite licensed titles - Micronauts, Dr. Who, Jonny Quest, Charmed and The Lone Ranger are among the books based on properties outside of comics that get some airtime. (Or should that be beartime?)
Wed, 10 October 2012
Just before Billy Z heads out to New York Comic Con, Justin, Bryan and Billy convene to discuss the wrap up of Avengers vs. X-Men, the upcoming Marvel Now titles, and the recent DC Zero issues. But, there's more - the more being Grant Morrison's Happy, Black Kiss, IDW's KISS, Avengers, Amethyst, the Milestone characters, Wildstorm, Talon, Phantom Stranger, Wonder Woman, Cable, Rocketeer, Prophet and The Tower Chronicles among other topics the boys touch on at some point.
Sun, 30 September 2012
Bryan Pittard from the Flame On podcast joins us once again for our post Baltimore Comic Con episode! What will you expect to hear the bear boys discuss in this episode? How about convention tales, The Comic Reader, Alan/New Mutant's Power Principle, gossip about creators, Mark Waid, Kevin Keller, original comic art, Greg Laroque, Paul Levitz, Matt Wagner, Janet Lee, Barry Kitson, cosplay, panels, Marvel Now news, Chaykin's Black Kiss, The Manhattan Projects, the new(-ish) Vertigo titles, karaoke and ... yes ... bearaoke? They also get into loads of X-Men talk and it is confirmed that Justin is a giant!
Mon, 24 September 2012
You were probably wondering where the hell did these guys go? Well, we are back with the first of two episodes to be released this week! (And now that summer is over, we will be coming to you on a more regular basis!) In this episode we talk about The Power Principle, Joe Kubert's passing, Brian Wood's upcoming Star Wars book, Liefeld's New 52 talk, Marvel Now, hot books with speculators, Darkseid, JSA, DC Archives, The Boys, CyberForce, Kickstarter, Young Bottoms in Love, Love and Capes, AVX. All this plus Justin gives Billy Z a DC movies quiz and Billy Z gets all gay-activist-political for about 40 seconds!
Sun, 12 August 2012
Comic Book Bears Podcast Issue #9 - "Holy Power Principle, Batman!!!" (Or "New Mutant strikes fear in the heart of Gotham!")
Alan/New Mutant - possibly the all-time grooviest presence on the Interwebs - joins Billy Z and Justin on this long delayed new episode! The Dark Knight Rises is covered and critiqued along with lots of talk of the caped crusader's exploits past and present! Neal Adams! Jim Aparo! Alan Davis! Marshall Rogers! Matt Wagner's covers! Dark Knight Returns! DK2 (!) A Death in the Family! A Lonely Place of Dying! Year One! JLA: Tower of Babel! Batman and the Outsiders! - They all get their time under a bat signal shaped spotlight! Also, Alan gives us the downlow on his Kickstarter project, The Power Principle! All this plus Justin and Bill give us their sad tales of cosplay and hair colors past.
Sun, 15 July 2012
It's an all-Spidey episode! Justin and Billy Z both went to the movies to see The Amazing Spider-Man and they don't exactly agree! After that, Marvel Team-Up, The Death of Jean DeWolff storyline, Kraven's Last Hunt, Back in Black, One More Day, The Kingpin, Flash Thompson, the Spider-Man/X-Force crossover, the 1970's live action show, Doc Ock, the original Clone War saga and many other topics get caught up in their web of discussion. All this and the should-be-legendary Spider-Man Rockomic!
Thu, 5 July 2012
Billy Z and Justin are joined once again by Bryan Pittard of the Flame On podcast to discuss Action Comics #10, LCS events around Astonishing X-Men #51, Before Watchmen: Comedian #1, anime old and new, The Night of the Owls, Prometheus, Walt Kelly's Our Gang, JMS and The Twelve, Jonathan Hickman's Fantastic Four/FF, The Manhattan Projects, Robot God Akamatsu, The Authority and Wildstorm among other topics and tangents. Bryan also gives us the lowdown on his recent experience at Gay Days in Orlando and the upcoming Flame On comic story. And the guys also weigh in on who they think the hot daddies of comics are - both creators and characters.
Thu, 28 June 2012
Billy Z and Justin are back to dish out a heaping pile of Earth 2 with some side helpings of James Robinson's JLA, favorite costumes, Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1, the most recent Jonah Hex series, the Rock and Roll Comics documentary, this summer's comic book movies (again), the next wave of DCnU titles, DC's sword and sorcery titles of the 70's, Ray Bradbury R.I.P., Archie's history of super-hero titles and the New Crusaders app.
Mon, 11 June 2012
Justin and Bill return to discuss Astonishing X-Men #50, Action Comics #9, Batman Incorporated #1, speculation on the new DC gay, One Million Moms (the internet group most in need of an accurate headcount), the Watchmen toaster, the threeboot Legion, Ernie Chua and Tony Dezuniga R.I.P., Flash Gordon:Zeitgeist, the current output from Dynamite Entertainment and the new listeners in Justin's home. Another long delayed episode - this time due to a laptop crash. Another episode is coming really soon!
Mon, 21 May 2012
Justin and Bill go to the movies to discuss The Avengers and then talk about Free Comic Book Day. Tangents galore in this episode include weighing in on other comic book movies, Bring It On, the Wilson Phillips reality show, illegal downloading, Young Justice: Invasion, HBO, Chris Lavoie of The Stephanie Miller Show and Jason of Star Command to name just a few!
Tue, 24 April 2012
Justin and BillyZ welcome their first guest bear with Bryan Pittard of the Flame On podcast joining in on the fun! Topics include BillyZ's trip to C2E2! Disney Gay Days! Ramon Perez! Jim Henson! Athena Voltaire! b-one by Bobgar Ornelas! The Stuff of Legend! Flex Mentallo! Grant Morrison's JLA! Kevin Keller and Archie Comics! Mark Waid and digital comics! The second incarnation of the Secret Six from the 80's! All this and Northstar's impending nuptials - he's gay, you know.
Fri, 13 April 2012
After a whole lotta DC chatter in the past episodes, our bear boys Justin and BillyZ leave their dens to make a House-of-Ideas call. Avengers vs. X-Men#s 0 and 1 are spotlighted and then they cover their past Marvel favorites. Stan and Jack FF, Spider-Man, Marvel Team-Up, Micronauts, Byrne and Claremont, What If?, Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers, Daredevil: Born Again, the outback-era X-Men - all this, plus one of them admits to loving Atlantis Attacks!
Fri, 30 March 2012
For their first regular episode, Justin Allen and Bill Zanowitz discuss the DCnU at the six month point! Justice League! Batman! Action Comics! Batgirl! Aquaman! All-Star Western! Animal Man! Hawk and Dove! O.M.A.C.! Legion Lost! Will one of your favorites be one of theirs? And boy, can those gay bears talk and talk!
Mon, 19 March 2012
Welcome to the first ever Comic Book Bears episode!!! Join co-hosts Justin Allen and Bill Zanowitz as they introduce themselves, briefly cover what a bear is for the unfamiliar, discuss the story behind starting this podcast and talk about some of their favorite creators and series.