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The podcast for everything comic book, animation, sci-fi and pop culture. Hosted by Jimmy Aquino & a rotating panel of co-hosts, CNI is your weekly dose of industry news, reviews and interviews. Past guests include: Stan Lee, John Romita, Sr., Jerry Robinson, Brian K. Vaughan, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fr…

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    Episode 1440 - SPX: Monica Gallagher!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2023 29:38


    Jimmy went to SPX in Bethesda, MD. He got 14 interviews which you'll be able to hear over this month and into next. A truly great showcase of small press and independent creators. In this episode, Jimmy talks to old pal and con buddy Monica Gallagher. They chat about the return of Ass Room...uh...Assassin Roommate, Bonnie N. Collide, cryptids, spies, etc. Generally just catching up and making one another laugh as they usually do. Come back for interviews with M.S. Harkness, Mylo Choy, Ana Penyas, and Miss Lasko-Gross. Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 1439 - SPX: Reinhard Kleist!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2023 37:24


    Jimmy went to SPX in Bethesda, MD. He got 14 interviews which you'll be able to hear over this month and into next. A truly great showcase of small press and independent creators. In this episode, Jimmy talks to German cartoonist Reinhard Kleist. They spoke about his latest work STARMAN: BOWIE'S STARDUST YEARS, why he decided to do a book on Bowie, some quirky and outrageous Bowie facts he discovered, what to expect in part 2, doing art with a live band and more. Come back for interviews Monica Gallagher, M.S. Harkness, Mylo Choy, Ana Penyas, and Miss Lasko-Gross. Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 1438 - SPX: Colleen Madden!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2023 40:09


    Jimmy went to SPX in Bethesda, MD. He got 14 interviews which you'll be able to hear over this month and into next. A truly great showcase of small press and independent creators. In this episode, Jimmy talks to Colleen Madden. They talk about her super cute and funny first graphic novel SHELLEY FRANKENSTEIN!:COWPIGGY. It's the first in what Jimmy thinks will be a very successful series. They also chat about being actors, the improv scene in Chicago, Young Frankenstein, working with Mariah Carey on a children's Christmas book and more. Come back for interviews from Reinhard Kleist, Monica Gallagher, M.S. Harkness, Mylo Choy, Ana Penyas, and Miss Lasko-Gross. Stay tuned for more SPX interviews coming! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!  

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    Episode 1437 - SPX: Nicole Goux & Gabrielle Ng!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2023 34:33


    Jimmy went to SPX over the weekend in Bethesda, MD. He got 14 interviews which you'll be able to hear over the next few weeks. A truly great showcase of small press and independent creators. You get 2 interviews in this episode! First up is Nicole Goux. Jimmy and Nicole talk bout her graphic novel PET PEEVES, the aimlessness of youth and why the book is considered horror (no spoilers though). They also talk about her work on SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL, FUCK OFF SQUAD and her ukelele/singing hobby. Jimmy also chatted with Gabrielle Ng. They discuss her adorable webcomic EGGMAN COMICS, why she started doing it, the evolution of it, how funny and charming it is and more. Jimmy also asks about her life playing bass in a band! Come back for interviews from Colleen Madden, Reinhard Kleist, Monica Gallagher, M.S. Harkness, Mylo Choy, Ana Penyas, and Miss Lasko-Gross. Stay tuned for more SPX interviews coming! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 1436 - SPX: Natalie Norris & Daria Tessler!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2023 38:19


    Jimmy went to SPX over the weekend in Bethesda, MD. He got 14 interviews which you'll be able to hear over the next few weeks. A truly great showcase of small press and independent creators. In this episode, Jimmy talks to 2 amazing cartoonists. First, you'll hear his chat with Natalie Norris. They talk about her incredible graphic novel debut DEAR MINI: A GRAPHIC MEMOIR, PART ONE. They discuss why she decided to be so brutally honest about her trauma, the continued road to healing, a tease for Part Two and more. Jimmy also spoke to Daria Tessler (yes that's her in the gorilla mask) about her new graphic novel SALOME'S LAST DANCE. The absurdity of it, hilarity, inspiration for it, the famous dog playing poker painting(s) and more was mentioned. Both great interviews! Come back for interviews from Nicole Goux, Gabrielle Ng, Colleen Madden, Reinhard Kleist, Monica Gallagher, M.S. Harkness, Mylo Choy, Ana Penyas, and Miss Lasko-Gross. Stay tuned for more SPX interviews coming! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 1435 - SPX: Juniper Kim!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2023 31:05


    Jimmy went to SPX over the weekend in Bethesda, MD. He got 14 interviews which you'll be able to hear over the next few weeks. A truly great showcase of small press and independent creators. In this episode, you'll hear from the rising star Juniper Kim. Jimmy and Juniper talked about the social history of Halloween, a dream zine, bookbinding, an upcoming graphic novel called NEW KOREATOWN, what she'll be doing next year when she moves to Seoul, South Korea for almost a year and more. Come back for interviews Natalie Norris, Daria Tessler, Nicole Goux, Gabrielle Ng, Colleen Madden, Reinhard Kleist, Monica Gallagher, M.S. Harkness, Mylo Choy, Ana Penyas, and Miss Lasko-Gross. Stay tuned for more SPX interviews coming! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 1434 - SPX: MariNaomi!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2023 64:16


    Jimmy went to SPX over the weekend in Bethesda, MD. He got 14 interviews which you'll be able to hear over the next few weeks. A truly great showcase of small press and independent creators. In this episode, you'll hear the wonderful and brilliant MariNaomi. Jimmy and Mari talked about their recent work I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME, the new edition of TURNING JAPANESE, other autobio work, working in a hostess bar, losing friends, ghosting, and more. Come back for interviews from Juniper Kim, Natalie Norris, Daria Tessler, Nicole Goux, Gabrielle Ng, Colleen Madden, Reinhard Kleist, Monica Gallagher, M.S. Harkness, Mylo Choy, Ana Penyas, and Miss Lasko-Gross. Stay tuned for more SPX interviews coming! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 1433 - SPX Recap! Shing Yin Khor!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2023 51:42


    Jimmy went to SPX over the weekend in Bethesda, MD. He got 14 interviews which you'll be able to hear over the next few weeks. He gives his recap of the show and thoughts overall. A truly great showcase of small press and independent creators. In this episode, you'll hear the fantastically talented Shing Yin Khor. We talked about their amazing award winning graphic novel THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO, Route 66, marionettes, gaming, their strange beast tarot deck, cooking, food and more. Come back for interviews from MariNaomi, Juniper Kim, Natalie Norris, Daria Tessler, Nicole Goux, Gabrielle Ng, Colleen Madden, Reinhard Kleist, Monica Gallagher, M.S. Harkness, Mylo Choy, Ana Penyas, and Miss Lasko-Gross. Stay tuned for more SPX interviews coming! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 1432 - More TV/Film Reviews & Recommendations For You!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2023 49:41


    Reviews: Adventure Time: Fiona and Cake, Ahsoka, One Piece, Riverdale series finale, Blue Beetle, The Monkey King animated film   Jimmy wanted to do a catch up on some TV, streaming and film so he recruited some of his favorite reviewers to help out. Thanks to Producer Joe, Marta, Melissa, Edie and Dave! Always so insightful and detailed. CNI wouldn't be the same without them. Jimmy also recommends some TV/film that he thinks you will enjoy. A2K, Warrior s3, Risque Business: Taiwan, Bleach, and Dream. If you don't like them, well he did so what's the matter with you?! Let us know your thoughts.   Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1431 - SPX Preview & Comic Recommendations Galore!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2023 26:22


    Jimmy is heading to Small Press Expo (SPX) this weekend and gives a quick preview. He's already set up a load of interviews with the likes of MariNaomi, Colleen Madden, Monica Gallagher, Ana Penyas, Miss Lasko-Gross, M.S. Harkness, Natalie Norris, Mylo Choy, Reinhard Kleist, Daria Tessler, Nicole Goux, Shin Ying Khor, Juniper Kim and more. He also recommends a bunch of amazing graphic novels from some of those interviewees! Definitely check out their works. If you're at SPX, say hi to Jimmy. Look for the smartly dressed Filipino man with a mohawk. :) We'll be releasing all of the interviews over the next few weeks in interview specials.   Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 1423 - Flame Con Recap & Reviews Galore!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2023 60:21


    Reviews: Mech Cadets, Moving, Secret Invasion, Silo, Twisted Metal, The Walking Dead: Dead City, Zombieverse, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead animated series, Barbie, The Haunted Mansion, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, They Cloned Tyrone, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead live action. We interrupt our massive San Diego Comic Con coverage with a Flame Con recap and review special! Jimmy attended Flame Con on one day here in NYC. As in the past, it is one of the most bright and positive cons around. As soon as you walk in, you feel it. It is an LGBTQIA+ focused event that celebrates the community proudly. Jimmy gives a quick recap on it all. Also, since we've been doing so many SDCC specials, we thought we'd catch up on some TV/Film/streaming. About 13 reviews overall! Thanks to my reviewers Ricky, Melissa, Edie, Marta, Heidi, Therese, David, Sara K, Sarah M, and Producer Joe! Great reviews from all. Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1430 - SDCC: Third Eye w/ Felicia Day/London Hughes/Jonah Ray (Director)!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 26:07


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with cast and creatives behind the upcoming Audible sci-fi/comedy original series. Jimmy joins the roundtables in the press room and had a chance to ask questions to creator/star Felicia Day, cast member London Hughes and director Jonah Ray. They talked about how it came together, what the story is about, the massive list of big talent involved, if the actors were allowed room for improv and more. Super sweet that Felicia remembered our host Jimmy after so many years. A delightful and fun press room! Stay tuned for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1429 - SDCC: Ghosts of Ruin w/ AleXa/John Bentley/Karen Strassman/PJ Accetturo (Creator)/Michael Ryan (Director)/Michael Ramey (Producer)/Katie Stippec (Producer)!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 53:20


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with the cast and creatives behind the upcoming animated series GHOSTS OF RUIN. Jimmy attended the press roundtables for the upcoming series and got to chat with voice over actors AleXa, Karen Strassman, John Bentley, creator PJ Accetturo, director Michael Ryan, and producers Michael Ramey and Katie Stippec. They talked about how the project came together, what to expect, spin-off plans, audience involvement and more! Jimmy also got to slip in a K-Pop question to K-Pop idol AleXa as well. She was an absolute delight about it and lovely in general. Stay tuned for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1428 - SDCC: Veronica Taylor!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 45:42


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Veronica Taylor. Jimmy and Veronica go way back and had a big catch-up chat. Near the end, her daughter Rena joins in on the fun. They talked about her life as a voice over artist, voicing Ash (& other roles) in the first 8 years of the English dubbed POKEMON, multiple other famous roles, advice for people wanting to do voice over, the importance of acting and more. Stay tuned for more SDCC interviews coming! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1427 - SDCC: Chris Staros/Ghezal Omar!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 24:10


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Chris Staros and Ghezal Omar. Jimmy talked to Chris at the Top Shelf/IDW booth about all things Top Shelf. They discussed how he founded the company, some of the great books that are coming out, some of the amazing talent that he has worked with, his love of Elvis and more! Jimmy also talked to Ghezal Omar about her comic line at Artillery Network. They chatted about her being the first Afghani-American comic writer, her books including PIMP KILLER, working in film, 90's blockbuster film inspirations, etc. Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 1426 - SDCC: Hannah Templer/Kayden Phoenix!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 22:55


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Hannah Templer and Kayden Phoenix. Jimmy talked to Hannah at the Top Shelf/IDW booth about her big web hit/now collected comic COSMOKNIGHTS. They talked about the success of the web comic and having it collected in physical form, character inspirations, importance of representation, her work on the GLOW and Joan Jett comics and more! Jimmy also talked to Kayden Phoenix at Comic Con where they discussed her Latina superheroes and princesses, why she decided to create the universes and how they tie in together, diversity, representing her Latina heritage, etc. Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1425 - SDCC: Eddie Campbell!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 31:05


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Eddie Campbell. Jimmy had a fun and laid-back chat with Eddie at the Top Shelf/IDW booth about his new book THE SECOND FAKE DEATH OF EDDIE CAMPBELL along with the reprint flip side of THE FATE OF THE ARTIST. They talked about the meta-ness of the books, dirty comic strips, life in lockdown, coloring FROM HELL and more! Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1424 - SDCC: Dan Santat!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 54:36


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Dan Santat. Jimmy had a lengthy and fun talk with cartoonist Dan Santat about his new book A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING. They discussed a lot of the "firsts" he experienced on a trip to Europe when he was a teen, what didn't make it into the book, Fanta flavors, upcoming works with Jake Gyllenhaal and Henry Winkler, re-connecting with old friends and more! Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1422 - SDCC: Briana Loewinsohn/Ryan Benjamin & Tom Akel!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 44:55


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Briana Loewinsohn, Ryan Benjamin and Tom Akel. Jimmy chatted with Briana at the Fantagraphics booth to talk about her new graphic memoir EPHEMERA. Mistaken memory, magic realism, graphic medicine, art tones, teaching and mental health were all discussed.  Jimmy also chatted with Ryan Benjamin (while he continued to work on an art commission, no less!) and Tom Akel (Rocketship Entertainment founder) about their joint projects like STAN LEE'S GENESIS and more! Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1421 - SDCC: Marc Bernardin!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 32:35


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Marc Bernardin. Jimmy sat down w/ his friend Marc to discuss his new graphic novel, MESSENGER: THE LEGEND OF MUHAMMAD ALI. He talked about his favorite Ali fight, Ali's relationship to Howard Cosell, why the book takes poetic license in places, podcasting with Kevin Smith, the writer's strike and more! Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1420 - SDCC: Victoria Ying/Ray Chou!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2023 42:39


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Victoria Ying and Ray Chou. Jimmy and Victoria found a secret interview room to have their great conversation about Victoria's new book HUNGRY GHOST. They talk about how personal the book is, ways too heal and love yourself, art style, parental trauma, Studio Ghibli and more! On the last day of the con, Jimmy chatted with Ray Chou about his company Mythworks, their big collected comic work SKIES OF FIRE, finding artists, Kickstarter, working in film, etc! Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us!   Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1419 - SDCC: Thien Pham!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2023 33:16


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Thien Pham. Jimmy and Thien talk about his new graphic novel FAMILY STYLE: MEMORIES OF AN AMERICAN FROM VIETNAM. They chat the importance of food, the journey over from Vietnam, adjusting to American life, finding love for art, becoming a teacher and more. Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1418 - SDCC: Dean Haspiel/Paul Cornell!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2023 28:55


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Dean Haspiel and Paul Cornell. Jimmy chatted with old pal Dean about his BILLY DOGMA Kickstarter, COVID COP, theater, and more. Always great to catch up with Dino! Jimmy also talked to friend Paul Cornell about his endless work. They covered CON & ON, THE WITCHES OF WORLD WAR II, favorite cryptids, WILD  CARDS, and lots more. Such a great conversation! Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1417 - SDCC: Deb JJ Lee!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2023 48:34


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Deb JJ Lee. Their graphic novel debut, IN LIMBO, is an incredible autobiography about her teen years growing up as a Korean American trying to find their place in the world. Jimmy talks with them about the book's serious tone dealing with mental health issues, what it was like to navigate through their American teen years with Korean parents, friendships, discovering art, and more. A moving and touching tale. They also talked about inspirations, fun times and upcoming work. Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1416 - SDCC: Dr. Andrea Letamendi!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2023 65:27


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with Jimmy's annual therapy session with clinical psychologist friend Dr. Andrea Letamendi. They chat her various podcasts, psychology, Batman, Star Wars, Star Trek, bourbon milkshakes with bacon and more. They do get serious a bit as Jimmy opens up about his own mental health issues. Dr. Drea always gives great advice on how to cope and reach out. Always a wonderful talk! Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1415 - SDCC: Kwento Comics w/ Cecilia Lim/Waverley Lim/Kaitlyn Fajilan/Jenapher Zheng/Minerva Fox!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2023 63:23


    We continue our San Diego Comic Con coverage with the amazing women of Kwento Comics! Jimmy discovered the all Asian/all female collective recently and was very excited to meet with them at SDCC as he is a fellow Filipino. He talked to the mother/daughter founders Cecilia and Waverley Lim, head writer Kaitlyn Fajilan, editor/art supervisor Jenapher Zheng and artist Minerva Fox. He chatted with them about how/why they started the company, their first series THE MASK OF HALIYA, the importance of Asian representation, Filipino folklore and more. Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more SDCC interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1414 - San Diego Comic Con Recap! Interviews w/ Becky Cloonan/Nidhi Chanani!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2023 45:33


    San Diego Comic Con has come and gone and Jimmy is EXHAUSTED! He got around 25 interviews, did 2 press rooms and a panel. Phew! You'll hear 2 of those interviews here with Becky Cloonan and Nidhi Chanani. Both amazing and fun chats. Also, you''ll hear his big recap of the show, who he interviewed, things he saw, people he met, etc. The big winners and losers. The good and the bad. Mostly a fun but exhausting time was had. Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more of those interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1413 - Putting the Comic Back in San Diego Comic Con!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2023 24:44


    Jimmy is off to San Diego Comic Con on Tuesday morning so he thought he'd get this one out before then. With Hollywood backing out due to the writer's strike and now actor's strike, what will he cover?! Gasp! ACTUAL COMICS? Yup, you guessed it! He's got 20+ confirmed interviews with more possible confirmations over the next day or 2. He's been reading thousands of pages of comics to prep for it as well. Yes, he'll miss hobnobbing with the stars in those press rooms for TV/film but he's elated that the COMIC is back in Comic Con this year. In this episode, he briefly goes over his planned interviews and boy howdy are there a lot. He forgot to mention he's on a panel on Thursday as well. Come on by if you're attending: Comics Journalism: Looking at Panels Beyond the Page. Convention Room 24ABC. Thurdsay: 4:30-5:30pm. Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1412 - Top 3 x 5!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2023 26:44


    We had so much Heroes Con coverage and Jimmy hasn't done a Top 3 in ages. So he decided to do 5 Top 3 picks. Yep, you old math wizard, that's 15 recommendations this episode! All comics! Hear his thoughts on: FAMILY STYLE by Thien Pham IN LIMBO by Deb JJ Lee THE BOOKS OF CLASH by Gene Yang/Les McClaine/Alison Acton RAIN by David M. Booher/Zoe Thorogood/Chris O'Halloran COSMO KNIGHTS by Hannah Templer  THE SECOND FAKE DEATH OF EDDIE CAMPBELL by Eddie Campbell SNIPPETS: 52 WEEKS OF DIARY COMICS by Rachael Smith MESSENGER: THE LEGEND OF MUHAMMAD ALI by Marc Bernardin/Ron Salas A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING by Dan Santat NIMONA by ND Stevenson THE COMPLETE IRREDEEMABLE by Mark Waid/Peter Krause/Andrew Dalhouse MEGA-CITY MAX ONE-SHOT by various BARNSTORMERS by Scott Snyder/Tula Lotay I'M JUST A DOG by Anya Driffill UNSTOPPABLE TUFF GIRL by Bryan L. Mon/Merrill Hagan Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1411 - Yet Another Review Special!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2023 26:39


    Reviews: Gotham Knights s1 finale, My Adventures with Superman animated series premiere, Superman and Lois s3 finale, The Witcher s3 part 1, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead anime series premiere, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Nimona We had so much Heroes Con coverage so we brought you another review special! Jimmy recruits some of his fave reviewer pals again this week. Thanks to Therese, Melissa, and Edie. It's all TV/film this time around and boy do we all have something to say about it. Did you watch any of this? Do you agree with us? Let us know what you think!  Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1405 - Another Review Special!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2023 42:28


    Reviews: Ultimate Invasion #1, Void Rivals #1, Black Mirror s6, Secret Invasion series premiere, Skull Island animated series, The Walking Dead: Dead City season premiere, Elemental, The Flash We interrupt this Heroes Con coverage to bring you a review special! Jimmy recruits some of his fave reviewer pals again this week. Thanks to Melissa, Marta, Edie, Ricky, Therese and Jon. They cover some comics, TV and film for your listening pleasure. Did you read/watch any of this? Do you agree with them? Let us know what you think!  And keep coming back over the next few weeks for more great Heroes Con interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1410 - Heroes Con: Ben Templesmith/Bryan Mon!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2023 30:01


    Jimmy went down to Charlotte, NC to attend Heroes Con. He got 12 interviews over the weekend. In this final Heroes Con episode, he talks to old roommate/good pal Ben Templesmith and also to Bryan Mon. Ben and Jimmy basically just make fun of each other and were not sure if there's even any comic talk there but it's entertaining! Bryan talks of his comic Tuff-Girl, his work at Cartoon Network, current work at Disney and more. Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1409 - Heroes Con: Angela Fernot!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2023 25:25


    Jimmy went down to Charlotte, NC to attend Heroes Con. He got 12 interviews over the weekend. In this episode, he has a lovely chat with North Carolina local Angela Fernot. Angela talks about the anthology she works on with other locals, being a teacher, streaming online, favorite TV and more. Keep coming back over the next few weeks for more great interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1408 - Heroes Con: Kayla E.!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2023 30:40


    Jimmy went down to Charlotte, NC to attend Heroes Con. He got 12 interviews over the weekend. In this episode, he talks to Kayla E. Kayla talks about her brutally honest and raw autobio work Precious Rubbish, the pain of those memories she accounts in the work, her role as creative director for Fantagraphics and more. It's a vulnerable and emotional interview. Jimmy has so much respect for Kayla and sends mad love. Keep coming back over the next few weeks for more great interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1407 - Heroes Con: Bridgit Connell!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2023 31:43


    Jimmy went down to Charlotte, NC to attend Heroes Con. He got 12 interviews over the weekend. In this episode, he talks to his amazing friend Bridgit Connell. Bridgit talks Lady Baltimore, being a new mom, Rutger Hauer, Ted Lasso, werewolves, dream projects, contacts falling out and just who is Billie Converse?! Keep coming back over the next few weeks for more great interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1406 - Heroes Con: Cara McGee!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2023 27:48


    Jimmy went down to Charlotte, NC to attend Heroes Con. He got 12 interviews over the weekend. In this episode, he chats with cartoonist Cara McGee. Cara talks about the recent collected edition of .Self, Aaron Fischer (Captain America of the Railways), a dream character to work on and more. Keep coming back over the next few weeks for more great interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1404 - Heroes Con: Sarah Myer!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2023 60:18


    Jimmy went down to Charlotte, NC to attend Heroes Con. He got 12 interviews over the weekend. In this episode, he chats with Sarah Myer. Sarah talks about their upcoming graphic novel Monstrous, growing up as a Korean adoptee, musical theater, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, cosplay, and so much more! A lengthy and fun conversation. Keep coming back over the next few weeks for more great interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1403 - Heroes Con: Mike Maihack/Karen Whitfield (Bronze Age Batgirl)!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2023 31:52


    Jimmy went down to Charlotte, NC to attend Heroes Con. He got 12 interviews over the weekend. In this episode, you'll hear from his good pal Mike Maihack and new friend Karen Whitfield. Mike chats about his new YA Spider-Man trilogy out with Abrams Books, Cleopatra in Space, his Batgirl/Supergirl fan comics and more. Jimmy also sits down with the delightful Karen Whitfield, the Bronze Age Batgirl. They talk about how she met Burt Ward, traveled as Batgirl with Burt and Adam West for promotions, and told some fun stories of her time with them. Keep coming back over the next few weeks for more great interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1402 - Heroes Con: Becky Cloonan!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2023 27:33


    Jimmy went down to Charlotte, NC to attend Heroes Con. He got 12 interviews over the weekend. In this episode, you'll hear from his old friend Becky Cloonan. They talk about her writing work on Batgirls, Wonder Woman, and XO Manowar, her return to drawing, and her involvement with the new publisher DSTLRY. Keep coming back over the next few weeks for more great interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1401 - Heroes Con Recap! Interviews w/ Tula Lotay/Zoe Thorogood!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2023 38:11


    Jimmy went down to Charlotte, NC to attend Heroes Con. He got 12 interviews over the weekend with Tula Lotay (Barnstormers), Zoe Thorogood (It's Lonely at the Centre of the Earth), Becky Cloonan (Batgirls/Wonder Woman), Mike Maihack (Spider-Man: Animals Assemble), Ben Templesmith (Modir), Sarah Myer (Monstrous), Kayla E. (Precious Rubbish), Cara McGee (.Self), Bridgit Connell (Lady Baltimore), Angela Fernot (Tales of Cape Fear), Bryan Mon (Tuff-Girl) and Karen Whitfield (Bronze-Age Batgirl). You'll be hearing them over the next few weeks. In this episode, he gives his recap of the convention. You'll also hear interviews from 2 2023 Eisner nominees, Tula Lotay and Zoe Thorogood! Tula chats about her Eisner nominated work, founding Thought Bubble Festival, artistic influences and her involvement with the new publisher DSTLRY. Zoe talks about her 5 Eisner nominations this year, the nominated series Rain, what's next and more. Keep coming back over the next few weeks for more great interviews! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 1400! Special Guests: Michael Emerson/Eunsoo Jeong/Qui Nguyen/MariNaomi!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2023 97:25


    Jimmy and Producer Joe celebrate their 1400th episode with some special guests via Zoom. Old pal Michael Emerson joins them to chat about his current show EVIL, the writer's strike and theater. Another great friend Eunsoo Jeong pops in to talk about her amazing zine KOREANGRY and kindly puts up with Jimmy's embarrassing rap for their aspiring K-Pop group.  Good buddy Qui Nguyen comes on to talk his writing/directing career in theater/TV/film, some Disney work and the return to NYC. And new friend MariNaomi (photo by Geoff Cordner) chats with them about her amazing new graphic novel I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME. The hosts also discuss a few things they are enjoying lately in comics, TV and film. Can they hit another 1400 episodes? Keep on listening and supporting and maybe so! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1399 - The Return to Heroes Con!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2023 31:20


    Reviews: Deadpool: Badder Blood #1, In Hell We Fight #1, Steelworks #1, You've Been Cancelled #1 As usual, some of our favorite reviewers help out with this week's reviews. Thanks to Melissa and Ricky! No news this week but Jimmy gives a little Heroes Con preview. He's returning to the convention for the first time since 2018. Lots of interviews already lined up and possible panels to moderate. As usual, Jimmy has his Top 3 picks of the week to suggest. Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 1398 - Jeremy Holt Back in the City!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2023 57:27


    Jimmy meets up with Jeremy Holt here in NYC over coffee for a fun and casual chat. They talk Jeremy's new graphic novel GATSBY (based on the classic by Fitzgerald), writing new character Xanthe & Batwoman for DC Comics, writing Silk & Iron Fist Pei for Marvel, representation, diversity, TV, film, music, ghost stories, Billy Porter, Kurt Cobain, being a juror for the Tribeca Film Festival, and much more. Another great catchup! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1397 - Julia Wertz Returns!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2023 53:35


    Jimmy and Producer Joe welcome back (after a loooooong time) the amazingly talented and hilarious Julia Wertz. Last time she was on was Episode 312 back in January 2011. It was also Producer Joe's last show that he co-hosted full time so she holds a special place in the CNI annals. They talk about her new book IMPOSSIBLE PEOPLE: A COMPLETELY AVERAGE RECOVERY STORY. Along with the book talk, they also chat about drinking, illegal NYC apartments, musicals (especially Les Miserables), Christmas, urban exploring, being a new mom, The New Yorker, returning to NYC for a visit, mom jokes, stick figure comics and so much more. Such a delightful and fun catch-up. Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1396 - Across the CNI-Verse!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2023 25:16


    Reviews: Power Girl Special #1 (One-Shot), The Savage Strength of Starstorm #1, Star Trek Annual 2023 #1, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saturday Morning Adventures #1, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse As usual, Jimmy recruits some of his favorite reviewers to help out with this week's reviews. Thanks to Edie, Therese, Melissa, Jon and Ricky! Thanks to Emily for the news which includes: a live-action Miles Morales Spider-Man film is coming, Stracyznski returns to Marvel Comics, the new Sid and Marty Krofft channel is coming and more! As usual, Jimmy has his Top 3 picks of the week to suggest. Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1395 - American Born Chinese Review Special!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2023 28:09


    The highly anticipated new TV series AMERICAN BORN CHINESE dropped on Disney+ last week. Since we loved it so much, we decided to do a review special w/ some friends sending in their thoughts as well. As usual, Jimmy recruits some of his favorite reviewers to help out. Thanks to Therese, Melissa, Steph, Marta, Evan and Producer Joe! Based on the award-winning graphic novel of the same name by Gene Luen Yang, the series is 8 episode long and all are available now. Yang has been on the podcast several times over the years and we hope to chat with him soon about this wonderful series. Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1394 - CNI in a Flash!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2023 41:00


    Reviews: City Boy #1, Storm Vol. 4 #1, The Flash series finale, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, The Little Mermaid As usual, Jimmy recruits some of his favorite reviewers to help out with this week's reviews. Thanks to Edie, Therese, Melissa, and Ricky! Jimmy does the news for the vacationing Emily which includes: Alligator Loki gets a comic, The Nib shuts down, Eisner Awards drama and more! As usual, Jimmy has his Top 3 picks of the week to suggest. Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1393 - Not Cancelled!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2023 30:28


    Reviews: Avengers Vol 8. #1, Disney Villains: Maleficent #1, Miss Truesdale and the Fall of Hyperborea #1, Vigil #1 As usual, Jimmy recruits some of his favorite reviewers to help out with this week's comic and TV reviews. Thanks to Edie, Marta, Melissa, and Ricky! And to news anchor Emily for the news which includes: lots of TV cancellations, Disney to close Star Wars hotel, HAWKEYE spin-off ECHO gets a release date and more! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1392 - CNI Mayhem!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2023 32:22


    Reviews: King Kong: The Great War #1, Murder Inc: Jagger Rose #1, Silk Vol. 5 #1, Spirit World #1, Fear the Walking Dead s8 premiere, The Muppets Mayhem s1, Titans series finale As usual, Jimmy recruits some of his favorite reviewers to help out with this week's comic and TV reviews. Thanks to Edie, Marta, Melissa, Ricky and Jon! And to news anchor Emily for the loads of news which includes: Lana Condor will star in a sci-fi  thriller podcast, Wonder Woman's daughter will debut next month, Viz Media releases a new manga reading app and more! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1391 - Guardians of the Podcast!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2023 34:19


    Reviews: Shazam vol 4 #1, Star Wars: Visions s2 premiere, Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures series premiere, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 As usual, Jimmy recruits some of his favorite reviewers to help out with this week's comic and TV reviews. Thanks to Edie, Marta and Emily! And to news anchor Emily for the loads of news which includes: SWEET TOOTH will return for a 3rd & final season, more JUSTICE SOCIETY comics coming, Sesame Street introduces a Filipino puppet and more! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

    Episode 1390 - Comics, Baking & More w/ Kim-Joy!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 31:44


    Jimmy's friend and famed Great British Bake-Off finalist, cookbook author, card game maker, and so much more is now making her debut as a graphic novel writer! She's in NYC this week to appear on the Today Show (catch her appearance on their YouTube). Jimmy went out to dinner with her and her partner Nabil (Thought Bubble Festival Founder/Director) on Monday and chatted after. Her brand new graphic novel, TURTLE BREAD: A GRAPHIC NOVEL ABOUT BAKING, FITTING IN, AND THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP, is out now on comiXology. We talk the book, her new cook book BAKE ME A CAT: 50 PURRFECT RECIPES FOR EDIBLE KITTY CAKES, COOKIES AND MORE!, mental health, the card game she helped put together, baking and much more. Always a delight to catch up. Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

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