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Advertise On The Word Balloon Podcast

After a two year absence, Word Balloon returns to San Diego for next month’s Comic Con International.

I’ve been asked to moderate and appear on a couple of panels , in addition to my usual bird-dogging fun of roaming the isles and doing floor interviews.

Leading up to the show, there will be many “Road to San Diego” episodes of Word Balloon, featuring top creators including 2 more Bendis tapes sessions.

If you are a vendor or small publisher heading to the con, I’m offering an affordable advertising option for the next few weeks.

Sometimes the con floor can be a blur to attendees

By advertising on an episode of Word Balloon, your message will be heard by thousands, and is the best direct marketing option to guide con goers to your specific  booth number, and product. This is a perfect opportunity for small publishers, vendors,  etc.

An ad buy on word balloon will give you a top of the show and end of the podcast  commercial  read by me, plus I’ll perform a short phone interview with you about your San Diego promotion.

To check out the affordable spot rates and more details,  send me an email

john@wordballoon.com

The Bendis Tapes Part 4 The Secret Origin Of Manuel Sanc hez

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On this edition of Word balloon , it’s part four of The Bendis Tapes. More talk about Avengers Prime and New Avengers #1 plus you’ll hear about Brian’s one on one interview with writer/director David Mamet some San Diego announcements and recollections of  little known career moments. Like the fact that Bendis was offered the chance to write the Dick Tracy comic strip with art by Mike Oeming, but Warren Beatty’s long standing option on the Tracy license squashed the plan. You’ll hear about his early days in Cleveland assisting Mike Gustovich on things like The Justice Machine. Plus the secret origin of “Manuel Sanchez”.

Comic Strips & Al Williamson W Mark Schultz And Steve Bryant



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This was supposed to be a friendly conversation with Mark Schultz, to discuss his work on DC books like The Spirit with Moritat, Mark’s scripting of the Sunday Prince valiant newspaper comic strip with Gary Gianni, and past and future Schultz projects.

Then we learned of the death of artist Al Williamson Sunday.  Mark was good friends with Al and his wife Cori. The good news is Mark and I spent part of Thursday’s conversation talking about Al’s seminal work on Flash Gordon. Last Year Mark wrote the Flesk Publication Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon

In addition I wanted another guest to talk about more of Willaimson’s incredible art, so I roped Athena Voltaire creator Steve Bryant into a short interview about Al.

The result ? A history lesson of Williamson, The Past Present and Future of Newspaper Comic Strips, and a look at Mark Schultz’s body of work.

Bonus: This 1990 news clip of Williamson George Evans and Dave Stevens  at a Comics Convention.

Al Williamson RIP


So sad to hear another great comics creator has passed. EC comics veteran Al Williamson was famous for his runs in newspaper comic strips on classics like Secret Agent Corrigan and Star Wars, both scripted by Archie Goodwin.

Last year Mark Schultz and Flesk Publications released an incredible collection of Williamson’s Flash Gordon work.

Everything from early childhood attempts to capture Alex Raymond’s style, to Al’s work on Album Covers, Magazine ads, the King Comics, and Gold Key’s 1980 adaptation of the Dino De Lerentus film

here’s an excellent examination of Williamson’s process

I was planing to release a new WB episode that features a talk with Mark Schultz, and it includes a lot of talk about his Williamson book, and Mark’s appreciation of Al’s work . Expect it on Tuesday.

Word Balloon University Webcomics 101



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We debut Word Balloon Unversity, with a course in Web Comics from the Summit City Comicon Panel. ​
Featuring Katie Cook (Clone Wars- Gronk!) , Dave Wachter (Guns Of Shadow Valley) Mike Schwartz (Oceanverse) , and Andrew Fraizer (Bridgette’s Belly)

The Bendis Tapes Part 3

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On this edition of the podcast, more questions answered by Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis as we continue to discuss his runs on the Avenger titles, Ultimate Spider-Man , his creator owned properties and more. In this part, you’ll hear more background on the first chapter of the Oral History Of The Avengers, Why the Next Avengers were chosen for their role in the first Avengers Arc, Comparisons of the Scarlet Witch and The Sentry’s mental breakdowns, which hero was let down more by their compatriots?  The continuing discussion of the $3.99 monthly comic book price. Movie talk about Spider-Man 4 ,  and an offer from Warner Bros to write the Flash movie? Pranks played on DC creators at Con Panels , and another healthy dose of pop culture talk.