Comic News Insider

Oct 27 2020 59 mins 29

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 Fraction, John Cassaday, Paul Pope, Darwyne Cooke, JM Dematteis, Steve Niles, Garth Ennis, Steve Rude, Kyle Baker, Jim Lee, James Jean, Alison Bechdel, Arthur Suydam, Jonathan Hickman, Greg Pak, John McCrea, Zoe Bell, Ted Raimi, David Tennant, Russel T. Davies, Felicia Day, Seth Green, Rob Zombie, Brian Pulido, Olivia Munn, Michael Rooker, Ben Templesmith, Kate Beaton, Faith Erin Hicks, Amber MacArthur, Seth Meyers, Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Bryan Fuller, Kristin Chenoweth, Rosario Dawson, Olivia D'Abo, Patton Oswalt, Tom Kenny, Michael Emerson, Kevin Pereira, Paul Cornell, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Molly Crabapple, and Blair Butler (G4TV). CNI, the "Entertainment Weekly" of comic podcasts, continues to bring the fun and the funny! (Hey, it's better than being the "US Weekly" of comic podcasts.) Join Jimmy every Wednesday to laugh, learn and maybe even love! Created & Produced by Joe Gonzalez

Episode 1000 - Jimmy and Joe Nerd Chat!
Nov 20 2019 67 mins  
For anniversary episodes, normally there is a live recording at a bar with special guests, songs, comedy bits and more. This time for the epic 1000th episode, and due to busy schedules and time of year, Jimmy and Producer Joe decided to just go back to their roots and record the podcast together. While not in the same physical place to record, they did it over the internet and just did what they love to do. Chat nerdy things! They discuss the beginnings of the podcast, how the industry has changed since they started back in 2005, fave picks over the years and more. Tune in to hear them wax nostalgic and raise a glass to their 1000th episode! Leave your iTunes comments. 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening! =============================== A Note From Jimmy: Our first episode went up in April 2005 and we've been going strong ever since. I travel to conventions all over and have made friends for life. I get to interview people that I admire (and am a fan of their work) and sometimes we even become friends! I've interviewed more than your fair share of celebrities which is super fun and exciting. And teen Jimmy would never believe I'd meet and interview the likes of George Takei, D.M.C. and Stan Lee to name a few. However, I prefer chatting with cartoonists about their work most of the time. I've read tens of thousands of pages of comics, seen thousands of hours of TV/film. A lot of it I may not have checked out if it wasn't for doing the podcast. Since leaving my acting career in 2000, I hadn't really done much artistically. A brief flirtation with doing sketch comedy in 2005 for about a year. But the podcast has been my artistic output for years now. Sure we often just talk about comics, TV and film...but I also write/sing silly songs and do comedy sketches on it as well. Because of the podcast, I was able to call myself a comic book writer! Albeit only a few stories in an anthology (Fat Chunk Volume 2: Zombies! from SLG Publishing) from years back but still pretty cool. And I've appeared in quite a few of your favorite comic books as well thanks to friends whom have written/drawn me in. Thanks to you all! Comic News Insider changed my life for the better. The friends and connections I've made over the years are so memorable. I count people from all over the world as close pals and that's because of CNI. I sincerely hope we've brought people some joy with the podcast. Whether it's listening to an interview of a favorite or liking our reviews or news. I've only wanted to entertain and spread the gospel of comic books to the world! I'm not sure how many more years this will go on, but I hope you keep listening until then. Nerdily yours, Jimmy

Episode 956 - Top Shelf Productions Top 3 Special!
Jul 15 2019 17 mins  
Jimmy recently read 3 new graphic novels from one of his favorite comics publishers, Top Shelf Productions. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei with co-writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott and art by Harmony Becker is a stunning tale of Takei's life in the Japanese intermment camps as a child during World War 2. Takei walks us through his parents' struggle to keep their heads up, his innocence during that time and what he learned after growing up. It's a tale that will not leave you. Highwayman by Koren Shadmi is a futuristic story of a man on a journey trying to find out his purpose in life. In his travels and over the years, he runs across what becomes a barren landscape and very few people. But, he may find some just like him and he has to decide if that's good or bad. Sometimes, you may not always want to know your real story. And finally, Penny Nichols by MK Reed and Greg Means with art by Matt Wiegle is a super fun tale of a woman finding what she wants to do in life. Stuck in job after dull job, Penny just wants to find something meaningful to do. When she stumbles across these amateur horror filmmakers, she thinks she may have found her calling. That is, if she can get through all the fake blood and cheesy scripts. Check out the episode to hear Jimmy's thoughts on all 3 of these great graphic novels! Kudos to Top Shelf Productions for consistently putting out such great content like this! After listening, you'll soon be wanting to read all 3. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

Episode 900: Michael Emerson/William Jackson Harper/Jamal Igle/Rebecca Soler/Liana Kangas/The CNI Chorus and more!
Nov 08 2018 116 mins  
Reviews: Blackbird #1, Dead Rabbit #1, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead It's the epic 900th episode live recording! And strap in, kids. It's a LENGTHY ONE at almost 2 hours! We were having so much fun chatting with guests that we didn't realize the time. You'll love it though! Once again, Jimmy and Producer Joe hold their anniversary podcast at Hourglass Tavern in NYC. Thanks to Beth & Josh for being such awesome hosts at their restaurant! Jimmy hosted while Producer Joe manned the tech boards while co-hosting. Jimmy welcomed special guests Michael Emerson, William Jackson Harper, Jamal Igle, Rebecca Soler and Liana Kangas. Like every anniversary episode, Jimmy wrote song parodies and recruited friends to be a part of the CNI Chorus. Thanks to Kristen French, Kami Graves, Cheryl Orsini, Rachel Gavaletz, Nic Rockwood and Brianna Melroy for singing their lungs out! And big ups to my newsreaders and reviewers Emily Edwards, Gretchen Souerwine and Ali Sattar. Such a fantastic night! Thanks to everyone whom attended. We packed the room to standing room only! For reals! Everyone had a great time. Great to see friends and strangers alike that came along to enjoy the show. We couldn't have made it this far without all of the CNI listeners. Thanks for sticking with us over the years and here's to looking forward to 1000! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

Episode 856 - Hankering For Heroes Con!
Jun 13 2018 55 mins  
Reviews: Dazzler X Song #1, Immortal Hulk #1, Justice League #1, Cloak and Dagger s1 premiere, Humans s3 premiere Emily Edwards returns to co-host once again and even tries to take over as the main host! Does she succeed in ousting Jimmy? Listen in to find out! Jimmy chats about his upcoming trip to Heroes Con this weekend. He'll be moderating 3 panels (info below) and has tons of interviews lined up. He also talks about that Fear the Walking Dead mid-season finale. Damn! They are stepping their game up! News includes: Geoff Johns steps down from executive role at DC to get back to creating w/ formation of Mad Ghost Productions, MTV is developing a live-action Aeon Flux TV series, DC Comics relaunches/rebrands Vertigo and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening! --------------------------------------------------------------- Here are the 3 panels that Jimmy will be moderating at Heroes Con this weekend. Swing on by! FRIDAY 5:30 pm Room 203A INSPIRATIONS Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) moderates a motivational panel on what inspires cartoonists. Come see and hear MONICA GALLAGHER (Assassin Roommate, Ghost Friends Forever), TINI HOWARD (Assassinistas, Rick and Morty, Hack/Slash), MEGAN LEVENS (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10, Star Trek: Boldly Go), and KATIE SKELLY (My Pretty Vampire, Nurse Nurse) talk about what inspires them to create. Thoughts on art, music, literature, TV/film, pop culture and more and how it helps them along in their creative endeavors. Come discover some new things to inspire you and maybe even share your own! Saturday 11:30 AM Room 208B 1:1 With Jim Steranko! Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits down with the legendary JIM STERANKO for a fun and frank 1:1. They will discuss Steranko's groundbreaking comics, working with other legends, film work, magic, influences, fandom and more! Come hear about the fascinating life of one of the most enigmatic people in comics! This will be a scintillating session, indeed! Sunday 12:00pm Room 209 BEHIND THE COVER: A LOOK AT THE CREATIVE PROCESS WITH EISNER WINNER COVER ARTIST FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA. Join Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) and Eisner winning artist Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle, Afterlife With Archie) for a fun hour of illustration and chat! Francavilla will design a cover based on YOUR suggestions! Have you ever wondered how many of your favorite cover artists come up with their designs? Francavilla will break down that process for you during this entertaining panel!

Episode 800 w/ Michael Emerson/Erica Schultz/Jonathan Baylis/Slanty Eyed Mama (Kate Rigg/Lyris Hung)!
Sep 13 2017 86 mins  
Reviews: Bombshells United #1, Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1, Made Men #1, Star Wars Adventures #1, Blood Drive S1 finale We didn't think we'd be able to pull it off at the last minute, but we did it! It's our big 800th episode live recording. Producer Joe comes down from upstate to help out as usual. Special guests: Michael Emerson, Erica Schultz, Jonathan Baylis and Slanty Eyed Mama (Kate Rigg/Lyris Hung)! And, of course, because it's an anniversary episode, there is plenty of music! Many thanks to the CNI Chorus consisting of Sarah Goldrainer, Liz Pepe, Kristen French, Nicky Schmidlein and Emmy Potter. Big ups to Hourglass Tavern for letting us hold the show there for the 4th time. Give them a visit if you're in NYC. News includes: Drew Goddard will direct X-Force, Colin Trevorrow is not directing Star Wars IX anymore, Harley Quinn's 25th anniversary will have her drawn onto classic Batman covers, Futurama returns as a radio play, the Doctor Who spin-off Class has officially been cancelled and the Guy Ritchie directed live-action Aladdin casts Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders (ugh). Michael Emerson teases some of his upcoming work on Arrow, talks about his love of the classics and relays some interesting fan interactions. Erica Schultz tells us about her new work Twelve Devils Dancing and other projects. Jonathan Baylis gives the scoop on the new issue of So Buttons..., his autobio comic anthology. And Slanty Eyed Mama update us on what's happening with them and give us an epic improv spoken word accompanied by violin performance! Give it a listen and enjoy! On to 900! PLEASE DON'T STEAL THE AUDIO (or pictures) AND POST IT ELSEWHERE! JUST LINK TO THE COMIC NEWS INSIDER WEBSITE PLEASE! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

Episode 784 - SDCC Recap: Clare Kramer/Lights/Shannon Wheeler/Dr. Andrea Letamendi!
Jul 26 2017 86 mins  
Jimmy has tamed the beast that was San Diego Comic Con and survived to tell the tales! Here, you'll hear his recap of the show. Just a few fun tidbits of what went down, people he met, celebs he saw, elbows he rubbed, parties, roundtable sessions, interviews, awesome press rooms, hotels, outside of Comic Con, and all of the madness! He mostly did press rooms but managed to get some 1:1 interviews as well. He chatted with the Clare Kramer ("Glory" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) about her new documentary that she directed called Joyrider. He also talked to pop star Lights about her upcoming album Skin & Earth and the comic book mini-series she created/wrote/drew/colored/lettered/etc. that coincides with it. On the last day of the con, he conversed with Shannon Wheeler about his new book Sh*t My President Says as well as his past work. And finally, Jimmy had his annual therapy session interview with clinical psychologist pal Dr. Andrea Letamendi discussing superheroes, Star Wars, and real life issues. Starting next week and the following few weeks after, there will be no regular format shows. Only SDCC press room specials. Jimmy needs that long just to recover from all of the craziness that is Comic Con International. You will hear roundtables for Inhumans, Wynonna Earp, Doctor Who, Legends of Tomorrow, Batman and Harley Quinn, Dirk Gently, Supergirl, Dark Matter, Battlestar Galactica reunion, Gotham, iZombie, Justice League Action, Lucifer and Teen Titans Go! He missed some rooms that he wanted to cover but boy howdy did he still cover a lot! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

Episode 774 - Holding Out For A Heroes...Con!
Jun 14 2017 59 mins  
Reviews: Iceman Vol 3 #1, Kiss/Vampirella #1, Gotham S3 finale, Orphan Black S5 premiere, Wynonna Earp S2 premiere Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair! They chat about that Bat proposal, the Black Panther trailer and fondly remember Adam West. Jimmy is heading down to Heroes Con this weekend in Charlotte, NC. He's got a ton of interviews to do and is moderating 3 panels. (See them listed below). Say hi if you see him whizzing by this weekend. News includes: DC's Bombshells United is coming in August as a digital first title, some E3 news highlights, Jhonen Vasquez will write an issue of the Invader Zim comic, Extraordinary: Stan Lee will be a "This Is Your Life" type documentary and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening! --------------------------- HEROES CON PANELS! Saturday 11:00 AM Room 207D MOTOR CRUSH Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits with MOTOR CRUSH creators BRENDEN FLETCHER, CAMERON STEWART and BABS TARR to talk about their hit sci-fi/action/adventure series from Image Comics! How did they come together for this project? What inspired them? What’s it like working on their own creation as opposed to work for hire? When can we expect more?! Come on by this fun and laid back panel to hear them discuss all of this and more. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3:00 PM Room 203A INSPIRATIONS Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) moderates a motivational panel on what inspires cartoonists. Come see and hear BRIDGIT CONNELL (Brother Nash), ASHLEY LANNI HOYE, (Aspire), KATA KANE (Altar Girl), and CARA MCGEE (Over the Garden Wall) talk about what inspires them to create. Thoughts on art, music, literature, TV/film, pop culture and more and how it helps them along in their creative endeavors. Come discover some new things to inspire you and maybe even share your own! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sunday 3:00 PM Room 203A Spotlight on BEN TEMPLESMITH Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast) sits down with BEN TEMPLESMITH to discuss his illustrious career illustrating illustrations! They’ll chat about old work, new work and upcoming work. From 30 Days of Night to Wormwood to Fell. With some Batman and Doctor Who as well! How did he develop his unique style? What inspires him? Come listen, learn and maybe even love! Hail, Squid!

Episode 702 - SDCC Recap w/ Raina Telgemeier/John Layman/Jeffrey Brown/Dr. Andrea Letamendi!
Jul 27 2016 79 mins  
Jimmy was at San Diego Comic Con and all we got was this lousy t-shirt! It was a crazy busy time and he covered a ton of press rooms from Orphan Black to Supergirl to The Walking Dead. He also had a chance to do some 1:1s. You'll hear him chat with the awesome Raina Telgemeier about her upcoming graphic novel, Ghosts, as well as her past work. Jimmy talked to Jeffrey Brown about the first book in his new series Lucy and Andy Neanderthal. He also talked to old buddy John Layman about the Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens comic he's writing as well as wrapping up his big hit Chew. And finally, you can sit in on Jimmy's annual therapy session...uh...interview with psychologist friend Dr. Andrea Letamendi. They talk about the psychology of some recent superhero films and more! No news or reviews or Top 3 in this episode as he's still recovering from it all. But you get a quick recap with some highlights! Over the next few weeks, there wont be a regular format show. You'll get a lot of special episodes covering the press rooms for Arrow, Animaniacs, Agents of SHIELD, The, Flash, Gotham, Supergirl, The Walking Dead, iZombie, Justice League: Action, The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears, Teen Titans Go, Legends of Tomorrow, Orphan Black, Rick and Morty, Riverdale, Steven Universe, and Wynonna Earp. Special thanks to Kelly Bedard of My Entertainment World for partnering up and covering some of the rooms that Jimmy couldn't cover. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

Episode 700 w/ Michael Emerson/Carrie Preston/Fred Van Lente/Kate Rigg/Lyris Hung/Miss Lasko-Gross/Vera Greentea/Rafael Kayanan!
Jul 13 2016 85 mins  
Reviews: Bounty #1, The Flintstones #1, Kim & Kim #1, Throwaways #1 It was some last minute negotiating/planning, but Jimmy and Producer Joe were able to pull off an 11th hour anniversary episode! We gathered at the wee early hour of 12pm on Sunday at Adella wine bar (410 w. 43rd St) here in NYC. Thanks to Adella for hosting! Swing on by if you're ever in NYC. Big thanks to special guests Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston, Fred Van Lente, Kate Rigg and Lyris Hung. And big ups to last minute drive-by guests that Jimmy called up: Miss Lasko-Gross, Vera Greentea and Rafael Kayanan. Of course, since it's an anniversary episode, there was plenty of singing. Couldn't have done it without the awesome CNI Chorus consisting of Rachel Felstein, Kristen French, James Rodriguez, Tony Wolf, Emmy Potter, and Amy Wolk. Thanks to all whom attended as well! We brought back the "10 words or less" reviews and even covered some news in between. News included: a new Iron Man is coming and she's a young black female named Riri Williams, John Cho says we'll learn his character Sulu is gay in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, Genndy Tartakovsky's Luke Cage mini-series is finally coming to Marvel, Mondo is releasing an Over the Garden Wall vinyl album, and DC is bringing you a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe/Thundercats mini-series in October. Michael Emerson talks about the Person of Interest finale and interesting fan encounters, Carrie Preston talks about her time on The Good Wife and True Blood and has great advice for young actors, Kate Rigg and Lyris Hung do an awesome nerdy spoken word improv, Fred Van Lente talks about some of his current/upcoming work like Weird Detective and Generation Zero, Miss Lask0-Gross discusses The Sweetness, Vera Greentea talks about her recent 9th successful Kickstarter for a new comic she's writing (more Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits) and Rafael Kayanan talks about his upcoming TV work. Give it a listen and enjoy! On to 800! PLEASE DON'T STEAL THE AUDIO AND POST IT ELSEWHERE! JUST LINK TO THE COMIC NEWS INSIDER WEBSITE PLEASE! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! Thanks for listening!

Episode 600 w/ Michael Emerson/Anthony Del Col/Vera Greentea/Erica Schultz!
Apr 01 2015 108 mins  
Reviews: The Walking Dead season finale, Aquila #1, Jem and the Holograms #1, Miami Vice Remix #1, Hit 1957 #1 It's the epic 600th episode/10 Year Anniversary recording! As usual, we record our anniversary episodes live at a bar and once again, we were at The Hourglass Tavern (373 w. 46th St) here in NYC. Thanks to Beth, Joss and the staff for taking great care of us all. It was a fun filled night with special guests, a few songs and many a drink. Producer Joe was on hand to take care of all of the tech while Jimmy hosted the grand event. Jimmy chatted with old friend Michael Emerson in a lengthy talk about his career, advice for young actors, fan interactions and more. He also talked to awesome comic book writers Anthony Del Col, Vera Greentea and Erica Schultz. Yes, the podcast wife has lots of great writing gigs going on and coming your way. Alas, a few cancellations over the last week (including some comic artists and actors) but still a great group of guests. Thanks to all! Mad props to guest co-hosts Emily Edwards and Jon Hoche for helping out with news and reviews. And big ups to the CNI Chorus (Rachel Felstein, Erick Pinnick, Emmy Potter, Dana Aber, Amy Wolk and Kristen French) for being so melodic and having fun with us. News includes: Dark Horse comics is bringing back Barb Wire, the animated The Smurfs reboot gets a release date, X-Men: Apocalypse has cast an actual Asian as Jubilee, Legendary Comics to release a Pacific Rim comic, Fear the Walking Dead is the official name for the spin-off and Maisie Williams will guest star in Doctor Who. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Thanks for listening!

Episode 559 - Even More SDCC w/ Orphan Black (Tatiana Maslany/Jordan Gavaris/Maria Doyle Kennedy/Ari Millen/Dylan Bruce/Kristian Bruun/Graeme Manson/John Fawcett) and Gene Luen Yang!
Aug 13 2014 51 mins  
Reviews: Genius #1, Howtoons (Re)Ignition #1, Usagi Yojimbo Senso #1 Jimmy planned on having the podcast wife Erica on to co-host but due to a work commitment (on his part) he had to go solo. Next week there shall be a co-host! He discusses the demise of The Podcast Arena at New York Comic Con this year and mourns/gives tribute to one of his idols Robin Williams. Jimmy sat in the roundtables for the hit BBC America show Orphan Black and chatted with stars and producers Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Ari Millen, Dylan Bruce, Kristian Bruun, Graeme Manson, and John Fawcet. The roundtables were brief as they had to rush off to their panel but we got some good questions in. Apologies for the annoying/unprofessional reporter from HGTV whom manipulated the tables with her inane questions and often interrupted talent to chat with them. Besides that, and while brief, we still managed to get some exciting news about the upcoming season! Jimmy also chatted with amazing cartoonist Gene Luen Yang about his new graphic novel The Shadow Hero and some of his awesome past comic work. News includes: a new Batman comic called Gotham by Midnight coming from Ray Fawkes/Ben Templesmith, Disney theme parks will add more Star Wars and Kyle Maclachlan joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Thanks for listening!

Episode 553 - San Diego Comic Con Madness w/ Bryan Fuller/Susan Eisenberg/Key & Peele!
Jul 30 2014 85 mins  
Jimmy is in L.A. post-Comic Con so he flies solo to bring you some awesome San Diego Comic Con coverage! He chatted with Bryan Fuller (Hannibal), Susan Eisenberg (voice of Wonder Woman) and the hilarious comedians Kegean-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele. Jimmy gives his brief recap of the week (well, as brief as he can keep it!) with some cool moments thrown in for your listening pleasure. We also get a quick bit from Sina Grace (Jimmy's host in L.A.) about his upcoming return to Li'l Depressed Boy in October. And a quickie mp3 from Kat Rocha/Josh Finney about their awesome World War Kaiju comic. No reviews or Top 3 due to the all the coverage! News includes: Marvel announces Star Wars comics from Jason Aaron/John Cassaday, Kieron Gillen/Salvador Larocca, Mark Waid/Terry Dodson, Spider-Woman gets her own ongoing, the Agents of SHIELD TV series gets adapted to comics, a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is coming, DC announces two animated features (Batman vs Robin & Justice League: Gods & Monsters), IDW will bring Orphan Black, Edward Scissorhands and Galaxy Quest comics, Image announces massive slate of new comics, Dark Horse will have a new Hellboy title, Gal Gadot is revealed in her Wonder Woman outfit at Comic Con, exclusive Avengers 2 trailer shows Ultron and resulting destruction, Avengers 3 will feature Thanos, Ant-Man film announces new casting, Batman: The Complete Television Series is available November 11, Robert Kirkman's Outcast is coming to Cinemax, and congrats to all the Eisner winners! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Thanks for listening!

Episode 536 - TCAF w/ Darwyn Cooke/Nicholas Gurewitch/Kazu Kibuishi/Mike Maihack/Renee Nault
May 14 2014 91 mins  
Producer Joe joins Jimmy to discuss their recent jaunt to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in Toronto. They give their recap and thoughts on the terrific show. Such a great time! Thanks to everyone involved for such a well run and fun festival. Great interviews included in this podcast are with Darwyn Cooke (Parker), Nicholas Gurewitch (Perry Bible Fellowship), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space) and Renee Nault (Witchling). News includes: 3 DC titles (iZombie, Flash, Constantine) picked up for TV runs, Marvel's Agent Carter is coming to TV as well with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. getting a second season pick up, More Marvel films from Fox including X-Force, Gambit and Deadpool, Usagi Yojimbo returns with a sci-fi twist, the Finger family is not okay with DC Comics, and the smallest comic might be in your hair. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Thanks for listening! Tune in later this week for some special podcasts! First up on Friday is a lunch interview with Becky Cloonan (By Chance or Providence, Batman) and Renee Nault (Witchling). Started out as just a recap and turned into a wonderful conversation about self publishing, advice for tabling at a show, and some of their upcoming projects. Then on Sunday, we'll release the spotlight panel that Jimmy moderated with German cartoonist Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer, Cash: I See A Darkness). He's a talented, smart and funny man with a great career. Hear them discuss it all! Then come back next week for even more TCAF interviews with Jesse Lonergan (All Star), Eric Kim (Nitro Battlers), Box Brown (Andre the Giant), Lianne Sentar/Rebecca Scoble (Sparkler Monthly) and the Sports vs Comics panel that Jimmy moderated.

Comic News Insider Episode 535 - TCAFfeinated!
May 06 2014 56 mins  
Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #1, Battlestar Galactica Six #1, Dexters Laboratory Vol 2 #1, Southern Bastards #1, V-Wars #1, Vertigo Quarterly Cyan #1, Amazing Spider-Man 2 Producer Joe joins Jimmy in studio to talk about their upcoming trip to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). Jimmy will be moderating 2 panels (info below) and they both will be conducting many an interview. They pay tribute to their friend Jamie Dallessandro and send love to his family/friends. We lost one of the best of us. The guys go on to chat about Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars Day, Fox canceling Being Human, the CBR forum revamp, the ET video game cartridge dump and Jimmy makes up a new gaming company called Atario. News includes: Star Wars VII cast revealed, Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes announced, SyFy developing comic book based shows, Yahoo developing sci-fi comedy, 11th Doctor gets terminated, Carlton Cuse remaking The Returned, and Kevin Smith gets Krampus for Christmas. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Thanks for listening! ----------------------------------------- Jimmy's TCAF Panels I'll be moderating a couple of panels at TCAF this weekend. Come on by and check them out! Sports Vs. Comic Books: Making Peace Between Schoolyard Enemies Jocks Vs. Nerds is an engrained trope, but times have thankfully changed. The North American comics industry is catching up to its European and Japanese compatriots, realizing that blending popular sporting events with comics and graphic novels goes together like peanut butter and chocolate, and the result are great comics that appeal to an entirely new artist. Join authors Box Brown (Andre The Giant), Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer), Wai Au (Fujosports), and Jesse Lonergan (All-Star) for a spirited discussion of this emerging genre of comics! @ The Pilot Saturday, May 10 11am-12pm Spotlight: Reinhard KleistThis would be a feature interview with Kleist about his work and career, with a special focus on The Boxer, which is debuting in English at the festival. @The Marriott 50 Saturday, May 10 12pm-1:15pm

Episode 500: The Almost Musical! Michael Emerson/Carrie Preston/Veronica Taylor/Kevin Maguire/ChrisCross/Rafael Kayanan/Simon Fraser/Michelle Mozes/Qui Nguyen/Heidi MacDonald
Oct 02 2013 120 mins  
Reviews: The Other Dead #1, The Powerpuff Girls #1, Rat Queens #1, Sex Criminals #1 It's the epic 500th episode recording and we do it live with an audience at The Hourglass Tavern (373 w. 46th St.) in New York City! We've sang for years and have teased a musical since 2005...and this will be the closest you'll get. Many a musical number and so many special guests! Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost), Carrie Preston (True Blood, The Good Wife), Veronica Taylor (Pokemon), Kevin Maguire (Justice League), ChrisCross (Bloodshot, Katana), Rafael Kayanan (NCIS: LA, Conan), Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante), Michelle Mozes (Blue Streak), Qui Nguyen (Vampire Cowboys Theatre Co.), and Heidi MacDonald (The Beat). News includes: lightsabers are going to be real, Marvel teases many new titles to be announced at NYCC, DC based TV shows Gotham andConstantine are on the way and Dynamite Entertainment launches toys/games line. The CNI chorus (Patrick Garrigan, Salli Garrigan, Amy Wolk, Kristen French and Erick Pinnick) opens the show with a rocking tune. Jimmy and Kristen sing a duet as Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, a special voice mail from Avengers 2, and Jimmy almost spoils Breaking Bad in song. Many thanks to the rotating co-hosts Erica Schultz (the Podcast Wife), Emily Edwards and Kristin Garay. Of course, none of this would be possible without Producer Joe Gonzalez running everything. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Thanks for listening!

Episode 476 - BEA Brief/Pre-Heroes Con Jam
Jun 04 2013 72 mins  
Reviews: Star Trek #21, The Wake #1, X-Men #1, Orphan Black season finale, Merlin series finale Comic News Insider: Episode 476 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces. Jimmy is joined in studio by his new favorite co-host, Erica Schultz! Jimmy chats about his visit to BookExpo America and how he chatted with some of the comic book publishers there. Alas, no interviews but some good info about an upcoming comic book or two! Also, Jimmy is traumatized by the recent episode of Game of Thrones and the recent Justice League America #4. Good thing Erica brought some of her hubby's famous chocolate chip cookies to soothe his pain! They also chat about the upcoming Heroes Con and what they have planned. Erica is on a panel and is doing a signing at the Comic News Insider booth. Jimmy will be hosting the booth, moderating 3 panels (see info below), doing tons of interviews, taking pictures and more. You'll also see CNI correspondents running around like Melissa Bleier and photographers Faren and Faith as well as new helper Amber! And a mystery guest rings the doorbell! News includes: DC Comics goes Forever Evil, Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who, Grant Morrison's Zenith is finally getting reprinted, and SheZow aims to save The Hub network. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Thanks for listening! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jimmy's Heroes Con Panel Schedule Saturday: 3pm Room 207CDJimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Connor Fan favorites Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Connor sit down with Heroes’ favorite moderator, Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino as they discuss the craft of making great comics. Sunday: 11:30pm Room 207ABCOVERS: VERY GOOD GIRL ARTI re-iterate: Admit it—we all judge books by their covers. With all the choices out there, how do we sift out the noise and select the quality? It all comes down to the covers, and there are few things as appealing to the eye than "Good Girl Art". Join Adam Hughes, Frank Cho, Jenny Frison, Phil Noto, and Amanda Connor as they discuss this craft with Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino. Sunday: 2:30pm Room 208ABCCROSSING-OVER: From Mainstream to Indie and BackJoin psychic huckster Jonathan Edwards as he makes contact with Jack Kirby and Charles Schulz—no wait… sorry…wrongCrossing-Over. Return with us to the land of the living, and join Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino as he discusses working both sides of the fence with Matt Kindt, Becky Cloonan, Kelly Sue Deconnick, and Robbi Rodriguez.

Episode 462 - TED Talks
Mar 06 2013 44 mins  
Reviews: Batman Incorporated #8, Five Weapons #1, Uncanny Skullkickers #1, Amalas Blade #0, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 #0.1, Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #1 Jimmy is back in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida and as is tradition, old highschool/college best pal Ted joins him as co-host! The boys discuss the hit viral Wonder Woman fan trailer, some NPR Cliffnotes and the recent episode of The Walking Dead. Ted discusses his toy collection and first trade show as a retailer. News includes: MonkeyBrain Comics will come to print, some quick TV/Film bits like a possible new Tomb Raider film, Megan Fox in the new TMNT movie, Pushing Daisies to air on Chiller and Tim Curry joins the Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon. LOTS of Emerald City Comic Con news including Gail Simone writing a new Red Sonja book, a new 100 Bullets prequel called Brother Lono from the original creators, Joe Madureira returns to Wolverine, West Coast Ultimates starring Ultimate Wonder Man, Black Knight and others, Dark Horse Comics makes ongoing series out of X, Ghost, The Victories and Captain Midnight, and IDW will bring 3 new GI Joe titles along with an updated X-Files comic series. Phew! Must have been a busy convention! Also, Jimmy hears from Sean Wang about his Runners Kickstarter. Go support it! As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us! 212 501 6246 Email Facebook Thanks for listening!

Episode 439 - New York Comic Con w/ Cliff Chiang/JM DeMatteis/Greg Pak/Ben Templesmith/Dan Parent/Michelle Mozes
Oct 18 2012 104 mins  
Reviews: Ame-Comic Girls Featuring Wonder Woman #1, Evil Ernie #1, Uncanny Avengers #1 Jimmy flies solo to bring you this massive NYCC special! Tons of interviews from amazing creators like Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), JM DeMatteis (The Adventures of Augusta Wind), Greg Pak (X-Treme X-Men), Ben Templesmith (Lust), Dan Parent (Archie) and Michelle Mozes (BlueStreak). Jimmy gives us blow by blow recap full of whom he saw, interviewed, drank with and more. Expect lots of name dropping and friend worship. News includes: Cartoon Network pulls DC Nation block, DC cancels titles, David S. Goyer to write a DC series, Scott Snyder will write The Wake, Jeff Lemire will write/paint Trillium: The Last Love Story Ever Told, Dynamite Entertainment brings big creators (Rick Remender, Mark Waid, Fred Van Lente) to their fold, Image announces multiple titles with big creators, Super Spider-Man to replace Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel gets cosmic with Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy, Agent Coulson lives in The SHIELD TV series and in comic book form, Scott Snyder teams wth Jim Lee for new Superman title Man of Steel, and The Goon film seeks your help. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Thanks for listening! Come back on Thursday for a NYCC interview special with Caleb Monroe (Steed and Mrs. Peel), David Phillips/Sarah Braly (Hi-Fructose Zombies), JT Petty (Bloody Chester), Josh O'Neil/Andrew Carl (Once Upon A Time Machine), Neil Dvorak (Easy Pieces), Peter Tomassi (Red Bubble Chief Community Officer). And then again on Saturday for a NYCC movie special featuring roundtable interviews with Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead), Julianne Moore (Carrie) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie).

Episode 437 - David Reuss (Society of Illustrators)
Oct 03 2012 109 mins  
Reviews: Batman Incorporated Vol 2 #0, Batman The Dark Knight Vol 2 #0, Happy #1, Justice League Dark #0, Talon #0 Back in the rotating guest co-host chair this week is Gretchen Souerwine! It's been awhile but she comes well prepared and researched plus brings her professional news reader voice. Also joining Jimmy, is artist David Reuss. He discusses his work, being on the board of the Society of Illustrators, their recent acquisition of MoCCA and more! Gretchen and Jimmy talk some of the new fall TV shows like Elementary and Park Avenue 666 and wax on way too long about theDoctor Who midseason finale. News includes: Grant Morrison reveales Multiversity, Patrick Stewart may be back in X-Men, FOX signs Mark Millar, Asians in comics exhibit in NYC, LUST from Ben Templesmith, Steve Niles and menton3, and Halloween Comic Fest 2012 coming on Halloween. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Thanks for listening! New York Comic Con is coming up next week from October 11th-14th! Comic News Insider will have their booth again in the Podcast Arena! Come by and visit #3350 for signings, interviews and our annual fundraising raffle where you can win great swag! Signed comics, toys and more! The schedule of events at the CNI table will go up next week! Producer Joe will be there as well taking donations for The Project Solution and giving away messenger bags with original Paul Pope art (also signed/numbered) as a thank you gift for donation $30 cash or $32 credit. We'll also have some official CNI photographers roaming around taking pictures so look for a massive photo album coming the following week. SO MUCH GOING ON!

Episode 412 - Heroes Con w/ Ben Templesmith/Jonathan Hickman/Ryan Bodenheim/Nick Pitarra/Jeffrey Brown/Nate Cosby and more!
Jun 27 2012 113 mins  
Reviews: Astonishing X-Men #51, Before Watchmen: The Comedian #1, Dark Horse Presents #13 (Ghost story), Mars Attacks #1 Jimmy is joined in studio by 1/3 of Broadcast Thought, Dr. Vasilis Pozios. Jimmy's roommate, Ben Templesmith, pops in for a few minutes to discuss his new project 44FLOOD and the successful TOME Kickstarter. They chat about the massive coverage that Jimmy got at Heroes Con and the awesome time that was had by all! Jimmy moderated 2 panels and interviewed tons of cartoonists. In this episode, you'll hear Jonathan Hickman, Ryan Bodenheim, Nick Pitarra, Jeffrey Brown, Nate Cosby, Keu Cha, Brockton McKinney, Bo Fader, Amy Mebberson, Jay Potts, Rachel Pandich and Tom King! News highlights include: Ed Brubaker is leaving Captain America, George Takei beams into Kevin Keller, Midtown Comics gets its' own reality show and True Blood actress Camilla Luddington is Lara Croft. It's a lengthy one, folks, so strap in! As always, listener feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Thanks for listening! Tune in Thursday for a special Heroes Con interview show with Steve Niles, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kevin Mellon, Chad Cicconi, Charles Soule, Christine Brunson, Melanie Florencio, and Ian Flynn! And then check back on Saturday to hear the panel that Jimmy moderated with Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson!