Category: Show

TOTLB S16 Joe Casey Image Comics

We had the awesome opportunity to speak with Joe Casey from Image Comics while we were at Comic Con International 2018! Joe has been working on comic books for over 20 years, and he is a super interesting guy to speak with!! We had the pleasure of speaking to him about New Lieutenants of Metal and MCMLXXV during this interview!

Issue one of New Lieutenants of Metal hit comic book stores July 4th, of 2018! This is the “most kick ass head banging heroes ever assembled.” They are ready to strike down any threat that comes their way, and do it with a little “metal!” I don’t think that Casey is quite sure where he came up with this idea, but the ideas that come out of his brain are hilarious and worth the read!! With this book, we also discuss the fact that each issue will come with a soundtrack. We discuss where this idea came from, and what influences those soundtracks!

Issue one of MCMLXXV will come out September 12th, 2018! This book tells the story of Pamela Evans. By day she is what we might consider an average cab driver, serving the masses. By night, she turns in to Pamela Evans, “monster fighter.” Not only does she fight crime, she fights crime with an enchanted tire iron!! Not going to lie, that might be the coolest super powered weapon as of late!! If that description doesn’t sell the book for you, listen to the episode. Joe, again, not sure where the ideas come from, tells us a little bit about the book, and some of the ideas behind!!

Joe was great, and if you’ve been following his career at all, you know that you’re in for a crazy, wild, but great ride!!

TOTLB S15 Mego Returns Comic Con International

The Mego Corporation was founded in 1954, but turned to doing license action figures in 1971! One of the first action figures was NFL Hall of Famer, Joe Namath. But they didn’t stop there, as they would include characters from the Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, Micronauts, and so much more, boasting over $100 million at its peak!! Unfortunately, in 1983 Mego closed down, bringing an end to what once was one of the greatest action figures makers in existence!!

The great news is, that in 2018, 34 years after originally closing, MEGO IS BACK!! Comic Con International 2018 brought about this awesome news!! With the help of “Broadway Joe” himself, the Mego Corporation announced that they would be returning, with exclusives in Target stores around the country!

We attended the Mego Corporation panel during Comic Con (video above)! We also got to speak with Paul Clark AKA “Doctor Mego.” He is the Mego action figure expert! He can tell you everything you ever want to know about the whole line! PLUS, HE is the person who has been creating Mego parts for over 20 years, on his spare time, AND with the company! He is the perfect person to be “the man behind the scenes.” PLUS, we get to speak with the man himself, Marty Abrams. He has been the man behind the company for pretty much it’s whole inception! You’ll hear him speak about why it’s coming back, why target, and what the plans are for the future!!

TOTLB S14 The Man In The High Castle Isa and Daniel

Man In The High Castle debuted back in January of 2015!! Based on the 1962 novel, bearing the same name, by Philip K. Dick. Man In The High Castle is a dystopian story about an alternate reality. In this alternate reality the Axis powers won World War II and divided the United States into the Greater Nazi Reich, with the Japanese Pacific States to the west. The show follows characters, whose lives not begin to intersect with each other, when they watch a series of propaganda videos, that show a different version of history, from their own.

In the first part to our Man In The High Castle, Comic Con International, coverage, we speak with executive producers, Isa Dick Hackett (daughter of original creator, Phillip K. Dick) and Daniel Percival. Isa is able to give us some great inside knowledge about how her father would have felt like in society today, as well as his insights into the story. Plus they give us some awesome glimpses into what is coming for season three! If you haven’t watched this series yet, do your due diligence, and go binge watch it!!

TOTLB S13 Rick Remender

At Comic Con International 2018, we had the amazing opportunity to speak with Rick Remender!

Deadly Class is a comic book that Rick Remender, the writer/creator, debuted in 2014! The comic book revolves around Marcus Lopez, a guy living on the streets, trying to transition into a school of assassins! Up until his decision to enroll in the school of assassins, Marcus has lived a pretty rough life! His parents died in a horrific accident, he was placed in a grueling orphanage, and he has done some horrible things as a response. This book tells the story of his enrollment, plus the lives of his classmates!

In April 2018, SYFY picked up the pilot, to make a series, that will release in 2019! THIS is the reason we had the amazing opportunity to speak with Rick Remender during Comic Con! We get to speak with him about some of his favorite scenes that have already been recorded from the pilot, as well as where he thinks (without spoilers) this first season will take us!! PLUS, not only is Rick Remender writing, and creating the TV series so that it doesn’t go astray, BUT the Russo Brothers are also on board!! Amazing creators, and actors, make this show a MUST see when it debuts in 2019!

Weirdly, but awesome, we also speak about the music that will accompany the TV show, and has accompanied Rick as he created the comic book/TV show! Rick talks about needing to get back to making “Fuck You” music! Essentially, getting back to your roots, going out of your way to make music, or any other creation, that YOU like. Not something that will appease the masses, but rock and roll that goes back to it’s roots! Rick sounds absolutely pumped, and excited for this show to debut, which gives us the feeling that he is all in, and that makes us excited! Sounds like SYFY will have a winner on their hands!!

TOTLB 092 Knights At the Rectangle Table

I KNOW that everyone has been waiting for a normal episode to hit!! Trying to get all of our Comic Con International coverage out to you, but I did also want to make sure that I put a regular episode out, in the middle of it all!!

Episode 92 takes place BEFORE Comic Con International! We all get together at Jon’s comic book shop, Hall of Justice, and, as you know, things get rowdy!! We talk about the spoiler that came of Batman’s wedding, plus all of the things we were excited for, about Comic Con!

No interviews for this one! Just straight laughter!!

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TOTLB S12 Cut Throat City

It’s been about seven years since the last time that I was in New Orleans. This was still at least six years after hurricane Katrina hit, and it was STILL a mess. Driving around different cities, you’d see houses on high stilts, abandoned houses, houses that were demolished, or spaces that were empty because nobody could afford to rebuild. It was definitely a sad sight to see.

Cut Throat City tells the story of a group of kids struggling to get back to normal life after the hurricane hit. What do you do when FEMA is paying attention ONLY to the cities that are bringing in revenue? What do you do as you continue watching you, and your neighbors struggle as they are receiving zero help?

This isn’t a group of thugs, or gangsters. These are just people who turn to robbery, in order to try and save themselves, and their families. Believing that this is the only way for them to survive, follow their journey when Cut Throat City debuts in 2019!!

Comic Con International 2018 brought us the awesome opportunity to speak with some of the principal actors of this upcoming RZA movie! We get to speak with UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, Demetrius Shipp Jr. (Miracle), Keean Johnson, and Denzel Whitaker (Andre). They tell us what is was like being in New Orleans, having to learn the “lingo,” and experiencing still, 13 years later, the leftover chaos of Katrina. They talk about the different fandom, compared to some of the other projects they’ve done, and Tyron talks about MMA being the catalyst to other opportunities, like acting.

It was absolutely awesome getting to hear these guys talk about the passion that they have for the movie, and being able to be on set with the “veterans” of the cast. Wesley Snipes would challenge their bodies, and RZA would challenge their minds in between takes! Listening to them speak, plus learning about the subject matter, and having experienced it in the past, personally, this is going to be a good one! Do NOT miss this movie when it hits the theaters in 2019! Checkout the trailer, plus the small bit of video that we did during the press conference!

TOTLB S11 Dennis Culver

We had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Image Comics creator, Dennis Culver. Dennis is the writer of the upcoming book from Image, Burnouts. Burnouts is rated M, and will debut on September 19th, 2018! Make sure you tell your local comic book store that you want it added to your pull, so they can order it!

Description of the book from Image – Writer DENNIS CULVER (E Is for Extinction) and artist GEOFFO (layout artist of Marvel Rising) team up for a new ongoing series that combines the paranoia of They Live with Stranger Things. To save their friends and families, a group of high school teenagers must fight off an attack on their town by a secret alien invasion… but they can only see the aliens if they’re completely wasted. The Burnouts are saving the world one puff at a time!

Did you read that right? They can ONLY “see the aliens if they’re completely wasted.” This conversation with Dennis is absolutely hilarious. Imagine the looks you would get when you try and save the earth from invading aliens, but nobody can see them PLUS you’re high!! Who the heck would believe that rag tag group of saviors? Well, listen to the interview, and read the book to find out! Dennis and Geoffo did a great job of coming up with something new and different. This book sounds like the hero book you’ve been looking for, that isn’t the same as everything else out there!

TOTLB S10 Pia Guerra

Thanks to Image Comics, we had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Pia Guerra! Pia has been creating for a very long time now, but burst onto the scene with her book, Y: The Last Man, with Brian K. Vaughan! She has worked on Doctor Who, Amazing Spiderman, The Simpsons, and much more! You can’t have an interview with THE Pia Guerra, without speaking a little bit about Y: The Last Man, especially since there was some movie news. But, we the main reason we were speaking was to speak about, “Me The People.”

Me The People will be released by Image Comics, and will come out on October 3rd, 2018. This book is a collection of some of the more recent editorial pictures, created by Pia! We get to speak to Pia about the “why’s” of this creation. She tells us about the anger that came out of the last election, and how she copes with it. Most of the listeners of our show, already know how we feel, but listening to Pia gives us a good feeling, that there are more people like us still out there!!

Speaking with Pia, hopefully you will remember that there are still ways that you can go out and ensure that your voice is heard. Don’t sit behind the computer, or sit in front of the TV and rant. Go out, and create. Make a sign, create a story, march, or any kind of other creative outlets that get your voice heard, and make you feel better. Marching, and creating, made Pia feel much better, in a time of RAGE!! Hopefully you’ll read her new book, coincidentally coming out right before the midterm elections, and you will decide to take action!!

TOTLB S09 Rob Guillory

Rob has now been on our show for the second time! He is such a nice, and chill guy!! In 2008 Guillory rose to fame, working on his, Image Comics book, New York Times Best-Seller, Chew! Born in Louisiana, he “started” his artist career at The University of Louisana! But of course, he really started his career years before, pre-college, drawing and doodling where/when he could.

For this interview, we will be speaking with Rob about his Image Comics book, Farmhand.

The last time we spoke with Rob, the only thing he could tell us, was the title of the comic book. Now we get to learn all about, what promises to be his next big hit! He was already around issue five when we spoke, but because it hadn’t been released yet, the details were scarce. Farmhand released on July 11th, 2018, to great reviews! Chase Magnett of Comicbook.com gave it a 5 out of 5 stars, and said “There is a real beating heart behind their story in addition to the many beating hearts found in the farm itself. ”

Farmhand is all about farmer, Jedidiah Jenkins. As with all of the awesome stories that Guillory tells, Jedidiah doesn’t grow corn, or soy, or onions. This farm is growing limbs!! If you lose a limb, just call Mr. Jenkins, and he will get you something new, farm to body! BUT, there is something growing underneath Jedidiah’s farm, that promises to uproot his life!! Do NOT miss out on this dark comedy by friend of the show, Rob Guillory. If you’re a fan of Rob’s, you already know the awesome dark humor he has, but if you don’t, this is something you should definitely be putting in your pull slot! Call your local comic book store now, and order it!!

TOTLB S08 Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hello everyone, and welcome to our first interview for Comic Con International 2018!!

Sherrilyn Kenyon is a #1 New York Times Best Seller, and you can absolutely tell that she LOVES her world/characters!! Her writing started WAY back before she ever wrote her first big hit! Sherrilyn has been writing ever since she was a young woman, at the behest of a family member or two. She has characters in her books now, that she has been imagining, and writing about, for over 20 years!! Because of this, her work is much more informed, and fleshed out than normal authors, as these characters, ARE a part of her family. They have lived, and breathed with her for almost her whole life, and you can feel like through her writing!

With over 70 million copies sold, throughout 100 different countries, she is an international star, with an international following! Hitting the #1 New York Times Best Seller in 2007 for Devil May Cry #2, and in 2010 for No Mercy, Sherrilyn is definitely an author that you do NOT want to pass up!

We spoke with Sherrilyn about two of her upcoming books:

Stygian – “Out of darkness comes the light. From the loins of the Stygian Hell, you are born and you will be called Urian – The flame of our new people. And one day, you will be my blade. My vengeance upon them all. They took my son from me, and I take theirs from them. Together, my precious Urian, we will destroy the human race, and all the Gods of this earth.

Death Doesn’t Bargain – “But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind’s destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn…and has the perfect lure to destroy them and Thorn, leader of the Hellchasers, once and for all. Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to a mer-race who prides themselves on cruelty, he sacrificed himself for the only woman who has ever shown him kindness. Locked in a hell realm, he doesn’t expect anyone to come to his rescue. He accepts the fact that he was born alone and that he twice died that way once by his own mother’s hand Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser Deadman, it’s her calling, but her resolve stems more from the fact that she’s the reason he died in the first place. If not for him, she’d still be suffering. And she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation.”