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Daredevil…The Character Marvel Comics Can’t Help But Get Right

Daredevil…The Character Marvel Comics Can’t Help But Get Right

March 31, 2021

Wes and Joe Corallo talk about the history of Matt Murdock Daredevil. One of the few handicapped superheroes, Daredevil has a sustained run of excellence few characters match. From Frank Miller and Ann Nocenti reimagining who Daredevil is, to today’s excellent run by Chip Zdarksy and Marco Checchetto. Daredevil remains a hero grounded in faith and a sense of responsibility to his community. Matt Murdock remains one of the few Marvel Comics superheroes  true to himself no matter the era. Sit back and enjoy Wes and award-winning editor Joe Corallo breaking down the history of one of comic books greatest street-level superheroes.

 

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Wes and Joe Corallo Are on a Mission to Save X-Men’s Greatest Threat…APOCALYPSE!

Wes and Joe Corallo Are on a Mission to Save X-Men’s Greatest Threat…APOCALYPSE!

March 30, 2021

Award-winning editor Joe Corallo joins Wes to talk about the history of X-Men villain Apocalypse and what with wrong with the character. When Lousie Simonson and Louise Simonson (writer) Jackson Guice (artist) introduced Apocalypse in the pages of X-Factor he immediately became the biggest threat the X-Men franchise ever faced. He was later revealed to be the first mutant in the Marvel Comics Universe. Throughout the years Apocalypse has sought to further survival of the fittest, with mutants being the supreme being. Along the way X-Men creators took some of the bite out of the character and his motivations. Since Jonathan Hickman took over X-Men it’s revealed Apocalypse simply misses his wife and children who are stuck beyond the Krakoa-Arako breach. He’s trying to raise an army strong enough to return his family. Simply put, he’s become Dadpocalypse….a far cry from the original greatest threat in X-Men history. Wes and Joe Corallo join forces to save Apocalypse and return the most powerful villain in X-Men history!

 

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Mark Pellegrini and Aaron Sparrow Break Down Outlining Comic Book Stories: Comic Book Writing 101

Mark Pellegrini and Aaron Sparrow Break Down Outlining Comic Book Stories: Comic Book Writing 101

March 29, 2021

Mark Pellegrini and Aaron Sparrow Break Down Outlining Comic Book Stories: Comic Book Writing 101

 

Comic book writers Mark Pellegrini and Aaron Sparrow join Wes for the second Comic Book Writing 101 lesson, breaking down comic book writing. A lot of writers have trouble scripting their story because they missed a very important step, Outlining! New writers often skip from brainstorming straight to scripting, but they are making a big mistake. Outlining your comic book is integral to the writing process. This allows writers to maximize their writing space, trim excess story and ensure their story flows in a cohesive manner. 

 

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Comics Aficionados: Marvel Comics Leave Diamond, Wally West Flash Retiring and More

Comics Aficionados: Marvel Comics Leave Diamond, Wally West Flash Retiring and More

March 28, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados co-host Dok, award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic book retailers Drew, Uel Carter and Pele. The crew break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Marvel changed the game this week, leaving long-time distribution partner Diamond Comics for Penguin Random House. This fundamentally alters the comic industry at every level! (02:15) DC Comics Wally West Flash is retiring after years of abuse and character assassination. (01:10:20) DC Comics announced price increases for Batman and Joker starting in June. Fan outcry appears to have them walking back an increase to $6, but for how long? (01:39:55) The Comics Aficionados review the latest episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. (02:03:40) Finally, the gang hand out their comic book recommendations for the week. (02:16:27) The Comics Aficionados debate Marvel’s game-changing agreement with Penguin Random House, Wally West retiring, DC Comics raising prices, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and more in an explosive panel.

 

Joe Corallo

Twitter: @JoeCorallo

 

Drew From Comics Elite

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA

Website: comicselitecomics.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/

 

Uel Carter of Fantastic Comics

YT: youtube.com/channel/UC_srW6Z7lAhJHQs4Ugr8TXw

Twitter: @bigblueUel

 

Dok

Twitter: @DokTwoPointOh

 

Pele

Twitter: @Just_Pele

 

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Forecasting DC and Marvel Comics 2021 Progress…Plus 10 Comic Industry Predictions

Forecasting DC and Marvel Comics 2021 Progress…Plus 10 Comic Industry Predictions

March 28, 2021

Wes, Perch and Joe Corallo lay out what the best and worst case scenarios for DC and Marvel Comics in 2021 and make 10 bold predictions for the year. Wes and Perch prognosticate where the comic book industry is heading in 2021. DC Comics are trying to gain new readers with YA graphic novels, betting their characters are more important than high price talent and raising prices in 2021. With a tremendous amount of risk is the potential for huge rewards. Can DC score big with their strategies? (01:18) Marvel Comics continue waiting to see how the new comic book market settles down after Diamond Comics shut down comic book distribution. By all accounts they intend to continue with business as usual with non-stop comic events and flood the shelf strategy while they wait for an expected round of layoffs. (23:44) Joe Corallo joins Wes and Perch to rundown 10 2021 comic book industry predictions. (46:27) 

 

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Marvel Changes the Comic Industry, Falcon & Winter Soldier Review and More

Marvel Changes the Comic Industry, Falcon & Winter Soldier Review and More

March 27, 2021

Wes weighs in on Marvel shocking the comic book industry this week, announcing a new exclusive distribution agreement with Penguin Random House. With Penguin Random House’s infrastructure and current deals this likely changes the comic distribution landscape for the better (00:00). Perch joins the show to discuss the fallout from Marvel signing with Penguin Random House and possible demise of Diamond Comics Distributors. This deal effects every publisher, comic book retailer and reader (12:00). Uel Carter (Fantastic Comics owner) and Wes celebrate Uel's birthday reminiscing about the changes he’s seen since Diamond Comics shut down distribution last year. (33:25) Comic book super fan Eric Breen is reenergized after jumping into back issue comic books, something I’ve heard from several channel listeners (58:27). Wes and Skip review the second episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. John Walker is the new Captain America but cracks already beginning to show. (1:23:20) Finally, Wes and Gevian Dargan discuss Valiant Comics vocally supporting for Black Lives Matter but not following up with any action. (1:47:46)

 

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Jason Medley and Gevian Dargan Share Stories About Black Comic Characters and Creators

Jason Medley and Gevian Dargan Share Stories About Black Comic Characters and Creators

March 25, 2021

Former Milestone Comics Artist Jason Medley and former Milestone editor Gevian Dargan join Joe Corallo and Wes to discuss the history of black comic book characters and creators. Black characters have been in comic books since the beginning but were often portrayed as stereotypes or sidekicks. It wasn’t until the introduction of Black Panther in Fantastic Four #52 black characters were portrayed as superheroes. Throughout the 70’s there were many milestones for black superheroes in comic books. Milestone Comics was a industry disruptor in the 90’s. Jason Medley and Gevian Dargan explain that a sense of pride and professionalism from Milestone leadership and staff led to the imprint still being influential to this very day. Jason Medley and Gevian Dargan give a fantastic account of the early stages of black superheroes in comics and what it was like to be part of Milestone Comics. 

 

Jason Medley’s ‘Sheriff Wright’

Website: urbanlegendsmedia.com/

 

The Unacknowledged History of Black Creators and Black Characters in Comic Books

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‘Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books’ by Ken Quattro

penguinrandomhouse.com/books/609355/invisible-men-the-trailblazing-black-artists-of-comic-books-by-ken-quattro/

 

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Interview: Washington Times Writer Doug Ernst on Comic Book Culture War, Superman & Captain America

Interview: Washington Times Writer Doug Ernst on Comic Book Culture War, Superman & Captain America

March 24, 2021

Washington Times Journalist Douglas Ernst joins Wes to discuss how comic book writers are fundamentally altering characters like Superman and Captain America. Traditional values characters like Superman and Captain America are not tolerated in modern pop culture. These characters must be altered to their core or risk being cancelled from culture altogether. Why is this happening? Douglas Ernst and Wes go in-depth in the the comic book culture war and the long-term effects on Superman and Captain America. Douglas Ernst also talks about his latest comic book Soulfinder: Black Tide. See below for ordering information. 

 

Soulfinder: Black Tide

Order Now: https://www.iconiccomics.com/product-page/soulfinder-vol-2-black-tide

 

The Anticipated Sequel to Soulfinder: Demon's Match! Released Exclusively with Iconic Comics in Hardcover with Gold Gilded Edges, a Red Silk Ribbon Bookmark, and a 3D Effect of Embossed & Debossed Front and Back Wrap Around Cover with a Beautiful Mixture of Matte, Glossy and Glow-in-the-Dark Elements!

 

The Hardcover Edition of our 56-page action/adventure story comes with twelve pages of bonus materials that include an afterword by Soulfinder creator Douglas Ernst and art by both Matthew Weldon, Vince Rush and Timothy Lim. The Hardcover Edition has additional bonus “Script Talk” by Douglas Ernst, and the entire 56-page story in its Original Black & White Inks Version by Matthew Weldon. The Hardcover Edition has a total of 128 pages!

 

Creative Team:

Douglas Ernst (Writer)

Matthew Weldon (Artist & Variant Cover Artist)

Brett R. Smith (Colorist)

Dave Dorman (Cover Artist)

Bill Williams (Letterer)

Timothy Lim (Variant Cover Artist)

 

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Bitcoin Mining Tech Tom Meidanis Dives Into Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Controversy

Bitcoin Mining Tech Tom Meidanis Dives Into Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Controversy

March 24, 2021

Former Bitcoin mining facility technician Tom Meidanis joins Wes and comic book artist Eric Canete to talk about the controversy surrounding Non-Fungible Token (NFT) art. Everyone is talking about NFT energy consumption and carbon footprints. Tom breaks Bitcoin mining down and answers the controversy surround NFT environmental effects. They also discuss the current NFT market for comic book art. Other applications NFTs may have on comics and entertainment as a whole. If you have questions about NFTs and all the controversy this is the interview for you.

 

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Comic Book Writing 101: Lesson 1 - Brainstorming Your Ideas

Comic Book Writing 101: Lesson 1 - Brainstorming Your Ideas

March 23, 2021

Comic book writers Mark Pellegrini and Aaron Sparrow join Wes for the first Comic Book Writing 101 lesson of many, breaking down comic book writing. Every good comic book story starts somewhere….brainstorming! It might not be the sexiest part of the writing process but brainstorming shapes your characters and story to the very core. Mark and Aaron emphasize that brainstorming is instrumental to developing layered characters and executing comic book writing at a high level. If you want to write a comic book but don’t know where to start…Comic Book Writing 101 is the podcast series for you!

 

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