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Flash of Two Worlds and Nobody Dies: Comic Book Retrospective with Joe Corallo and Eric Breen

Flash of Two Worlds and Nobody Dies: Comic Book Retrospective with Joe Corallo and Eric Breen

April 28, 2021

Joe Corallo and Eric Breen join Wes to discuss two classic Flash comic book issues. Gardner Fox created the character and wrote numerous classic Flash tales during his time at DC Comics. He returned to the series in Flash #123 for a one-shot titled ‘A Flash of Two Worlds’. The story is an absolute blast as Earth-1 Barry Allen meets Earth-2 Jay Garrick and introduces a concept that remains a driving force in DC Comics, the multiverse. Wally West was the Flash for multiple generations after Barry Allen sacrificed himself to save the universe in ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’. William Messner-Loebs’ run with the character is criminally underrated. Messner-Loebs writes a character defining story in Flash #54 ‘Nobody Dies’. Faced with certain death, Wally West finds the courage to jump from a plane to save a woman he barely knows. It’s one of the most inspiring superhero stories of the modern comic book era. Wes, Joe and Eric dive into essential Flash stories (Flash of Two Worlds, Nobody Dies) that changed the DC Universe and defined a hero for generations.

 

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Incorporating Humor Into Comic Books with Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini

Incorporating Humor Into Comic Books with Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini

April 26, 2021

Aaron Sparrow, Mark Pellegini and Wes dive into writing humor in comic books. Humor serves several purposes in comic books; it adds levity, satire, character development, identify relationships and entertain readers. Unless you’re writing a comedic story a little bit of comedy can go along way. There are many pitfalls writers need to avoid in general and types of jokes that won’t work in comic books. This lesson is a must for writers looking to incorporate jokes and humor into the writing. 

 

Mark Pellegrini Bio

 

Mark Pellegrini is a creative consultant and writer for NINJAINK, LLC and his collaborations with Timothy Lim have been published by IDW and UDON studios. As a freelance featured writer, his articles and creative works have been published by such websites as Adventures in Poor Taste, Comics Alliance, Ain't it Cool News, and io9. You can find more of his writing at TMNT Entity.

 

YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCl-CXprfvSb6wMblmXH-pZg

Website: deviantart.com/ninjaink

Twitter: @PelleCreepy

 

Aaron Sparrow Bio

Aaron Sparrow is a comic book writer and editor who got his start as a copy editor at Tokyopop. In 2009, he became the Lead Editor for Boom! Studios' new line of Disney comic books. In addition to his editorial work on these titles, Sparrow also heavily lobbied to do a Darkwing Duck comic, having been a huge fan of the cartoon. 

 

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Twitter: @Aaron_Sparrow 

 

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Comics Aficionados: New SUPERMAN, Marvel-Viz Media Deal, Fav Comic Stories & More

Comics Aficionados: New SUPERMAN, Marvel-Viz Media Deal, Fav Comic Stories & More

April 26, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados co-host Dok, award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo, veteran editor Gevian Dargan and comic book retailer Uel Carter. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. DC Comics are changing the Superman status quo. They are cancelling the SUPERMAN title and replacing it with SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL written by Tom Taylor. Clark Kent is going The Authority leaving Earth under the protection of the new Superman, Jon Kent. (00:03:42) SPIDER-MAN SINISTER WAR from Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley is coming in July. The Sinister Six square off with the Savage Six with Peter Parker stuck in the middle. What part will Kindred play? (00:31:05) The Gand name their favorite comic book stories of all-times including classic Spider-Man, Batman and Captain America stories (00:54:00) Marvel and North American manga distributor Viz Media agreed to further adapt marvel characters to cash in on the rise of Manga. What does this mean for the future of Marvel and comic books? (01:21:40) DC Comics hit pay dirt with their Batman Fortnite crossover. Plenty of new costumers are visiting comic shops for the first time to collect exclusive DC related Fortnite skins. Will any of them stick around for the comics? (01:38:20) DC are releasing plenty of new titles in July and August including; JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY, SHAZAM!, BLUE AND GOLD, SUICIDE SQUAD HUNTS THE JOKER AND a CONJURING prequel. What comics are the panel excited for? (01:53:45) THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER reached its season 1 finale this week. Sam Wilson is the new Captain America and plenty of plot lines are resolved. Was Season 1 a success? (02:03:00) Finally, the gang hand out their comic book recommendations for the week (02:18:10). The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors.

 

Joe Corallo

Twitter: @JoeCorallo

 

Dok

Twitter: @DokTwoPointOh

 

Gevian Daragan

Twitter: @GevianDargan

 

Uel Carter of Fantastic Comics

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Big Changes to SUPERMAN, DC Increasing Prices and Marvel Chasing the Manga Money

Big Changes to SUPERMAN, DC Increasing Prices and Marvel Chasing the Manga Money

April 25, 2021

DC Comics are making massive changes to Superman status quo. Jon Kent is replacing Clark as Earth’s Superman while his father joins The Authority on a mission to War World. Wes breaks down how DC Comics got themselves into this mess. (00:00). DC Comics are launching SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL in a 22-page story for $5. DC previously reserved this price for premiere titles with extra pages or backup stories. What does this mean for DC Comics readers and retailers? Comic book writer Aaron Sparrow joins Wes to discuss the current state of DC Comics. (17:08) Perch from ‘Comics, by Perch Podcast’ predicts Marvel and DC readers are in for a long summer as the two major comic book publishers transition their businesses this year. (42:21) Perch sticks around to discuss the recent agreement between Marvel Comics and Viz Media to adapt Marvel characters to Manga and distribute them in the North American market. (01:08:18) UNITED STATES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA is introducing multiple new characters carrying the mantle of Captain America. Eric Breen and Wes discuss the affects of watering down hero legacies. (01:26:47) Marvel debuted their latest X-Men series, WAY OF X from Simon Spurrier this week. Despite a high quality story Wes is concerned Si Spurrier is going to botch the series and ruin fan-favorite Nightcrawler. (01:45:04) X-Men Historian Dok joins the channel to discuss the horrible art in X-FORCE, the derailment of S.W.O.R.D and the potential of WAY OF X. (02:05:08) Wes and Skip review THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER Episode 6. The series not only divided viewers but reviewers as Wes and Skip came away with very different interpretations of the season finale. (02:29:18)

 

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Saving SHE-HULK From Marvel Comics with Joe Corallo

Saving SHE-HULK From Marvel Comics with Joe Corallo

April 24, 2021

Saving SHE-HULK From Marvel Comics with Joe Corallo 

 

Wes and comic book editor Joe Corallo take an in-depth look at Marvel Comics She-Hulk. Originally created by Stan Lee as a hasty measure to ensure Marvel held the copyright to the She-Hulk name. Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters was very much presented as a female version of the famous Hulk character. It wasn’t until legendary writer John Byrne got ahold of the character that she developed unique charter traits and began to come into her own as the fourth-wall breaking, satirical mouthpiece of the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately, Marvel has steadily regressed She-Hulk over time. Killing the appeal she once had. Can Jennifer Walters shine as a unique voice in Marvel Comics again? Wes and Joe join forces to forge a new path ahead and SAVE SHE-HULK!

 

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Avengers/Defenders War Comic Book Retrospective with Joe Corallo and Eric Breen

Avengers/Defenders War Comic Book Retrospective with Joe Corallo and Eric Breen

April 22, 2021

Joe Corallo and Eric Breen join Wes to talk about milestone in comic books, Avengers/Defenders War. When writer Steve Englehart approached Marvel to create a crossover between Avengers and Defenders they were skeptical readers would want to follow a story between two title. Little did Marvel Comics know Steve was creating a blueprint for the comic book industry moving forward. Crossover stories and events are now the norm for Marvel and DC Comics. The Avengers led by Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Vision, Scarlett Witch, Swordsman, and Mantis facing off with The Defenders led by Dr. Strange, Hulk, Namor, Valkyrie, Silver Surfer and Hawkeye holds up to this day. Wes, Joe and Eric discuss Avengers/Defenders War and the history surrounding a milestone for Marvel Comics.

 

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Marvel Comics Events Flop, Comic Fan Disconnect and Challenging the Comic Industry with Doug Ernst

Marvel Comics Events Flop, Comic Fan Disconnect and Challenging the Comic Industry with Doug Ernst

April 17, 2021

Wes talks about growing malaise among Marvel Comics fans. Event fatigue is one thing, but Marvel are burning fans out with constant retreads of classic stories, This week Marvel announced Jason Aaron’s AVENGERS will introduce a World War She-Hulk story. (00:00). Big Bang Comics reported Marvel are offering more variant cover SKU’s than they have orders for HEROES REBORN #1. Comic writer Aaron Sparrow joins the show to talk about why it’s unhealthy for the industry. (12:31) Dok and Wes discuss Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics questioning why Marvel hasn’t had a hit comic in almost 2 years. (34:21) X-Men historian Dok also talks about Marvel’s latest plan to relaunch X-MEN and move Jonathan Hickman to a secret title. (55:42) Marvel revealed the identities of the new X-Men team, spoiling one reason to read the upcoming HELLFIRE GALA event. (01:17:57) Perch and Wes examine the growing disconnect between the comic book industry and their customers. (01:36:21) They then wrap-up KING IN BLACK, the conclusion to Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s 3-year VENOM story. (02:02:27) Doug Ernst explains why forgoing Indiegogo and Kickstarter campaigns for his SOULFINDER: BLACK TIDE comic is drawing so much criticism. (02:22:26) Finally, Wes and Skip review episode 5 of THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER. (02:38:00)

 

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Ra’s al Ghul Saga: Comic Book Retrospective with Joe Corallo and Eric Breen

Ra’s al Ghul Saga: Comic Book Retrospective with Joe Corallo and Eric Breen

April 15, 2021

Joe Corallo and Eric Breen join Wes to talk about the introduction of classic Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul. Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams introduce the villainous leader of the League of Shadows in Batman #232. It as almost a full year before Batman readers see Bruce Wayne and Ra’s al Ghul face-off again in Batman #242. Ra’s isn’t the only memorable introduction, readers also meet Talia al Ghul and the infamous Lazarus Pits. There’s also a fun running joke concerning longtime Batman character Matches Malone, who appears to die early in the story but keeps reappearing. Comic book readers consider Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ Rascal Ghul Saga must read material in the annals of comic book history. 

 

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Developing Memorable Villains with Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini

Developing Memorable Villains with Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini

April 13, 2021

Aaron Sparrow, Mark Pellegini and Wes dive into creating memorable villains. Every great hero needs a formidable villain to oppose them. Comic writers have long known a standout villain is equally important to having a fantastic hero. Aaron and Markexplain their processes and theories behind developing monstrous villains using traditional character development and story-telling methods. This lesson is must-see for any writer wanting to learn the ins-and-outs of creating memorable comic book villains. 

 

Mark Pellegrini Bio

 

Mark Pellegrini is a creative consultant and writer for NINJAINK, LLC and his collaborations with Timothy Lim have been published by IDW and UDON studios. As a freelance featured writer, his articles and creative works have been published by such websites as Adventures in Poor Taste, Comics Alliance, Ain't it Cool News, and io9. You can find more of his writing at TMNT Entity.

 

YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCl-CXprfvSb6wMblmXH-pZg

Website: deviantart.com/ninjaink

Twitter: @PelleCreepy

 

Aaron Sparrow Bio

Aaron Sparrow is a comic book writer and editor who got his start as a copy editor at Tokyopop. In 2009, he became the Lead Editor for Boom! Studios' new line of Disney comic books. In addition to his editorial work on these titles, Sparrow also heavily lobbied to do a Darkwing Duck comic, having been a huge fan of the cartoon. 

 

YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCFMFLB8b2908bhhChZhgU6A

Twitter: @Aaron_Sparrow 

 

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Developing Heroic Characters with Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini

Developing Heroic Characters with Aaron Sparrow and Mark Pellegrini

April 12, 2021

Aaron Sparrow, Mark Pellegini and Wes dive into developing heroic characters. A strong protagonist is the backbone of most successful comic book stories. Comic writers have been blurring the lines between hero and villain for many years. Aaron and Mark are gonna help new comic writers develop defined, identifiable heroes using traditional character development and story-telling methods. This lesson is must-see for any writer wanting to learn the ins-and-puts of creating memorable comic book heroes. 

 

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