On this week’s episode, I’m digging back into the comics Brian Michael Bendis had a hand in creating after moving from Marvel to DC a few years back. Expanding on Episode 41, this time I’m focusing on just the Wonder Comics imprint that he started which featured his own work as well as that of others like Mark Russell, Stephen Byrne, Amy Reeder, Joe Quinones, Sam Humphries and others on books like Young Justice, Wonder Twins, Amethyst, Jinny Hex Special and Dial H For Hero.
By the way, I realized I talked about watching movies with my friends and didn’t explain how we do it. There’s a Party option on Amazon Video that we use most of the time, but you can also use Teleparty. For that one, you have to use Chrome, download the extension and everyone has to have an account on whatever service you’re using. Both of these options allow you to type to each other while the film syncs up on everyone’s computers. We thought about finding one where you can talk, but figured it’d get pretty loud.
I mentioned a few previous episodes throughout this one. Here are the links if you’re curious!
- Episode 7 – ’50s Inspired Musicals From The ’80s…Mostly
- Episode 11 – The Amazon Queue Clean-Up
- Episode 20 – Excellent Eighties Disc 12
- Episode 28 – Super Movies Not Based On Comics
- Episode 40 – Toy Movies
- Episode 42 – Favorite Book & Comic Discoveries Of 2021
If you’re curious about the other episodes I mentioned, here are a bunch of handy-dandy links!
- Episode 1 – My Favorite Comics & Books Of 2020
- Episode 4 – Five Incredible Black Comic Creators features some must-read comics.
- Episode 6 – A Quintet Of Women Horror Writers contains some of my favorite books of the year.
- Episode 8 – Quick Hit Intros To Wonder Woman gets expanded on in this episode.
- Episode 12 – Great Current Horror Writers…Who Aren’t Stephen King feels pretty self-explanatory.
- Episodes 18 and 19 encapsulate my chat with Ben Morse about the Marv Wolfman/George Perez New Teen Titans book.
- Episodes 25, 26 and 27 contain my interview with Elizabeth Keenan-Penagos about the awesome Rebel Girls.
- Episode 30 – The Works Of Grady Hendrix! I can’t stop thinking about most of these books!
- Episode 32 – Spooky Brave & The Bold Team-Ups was a fun look at a very different Bat era.
- Episode 35 – A Neil Gaiman Sampler is one that I’m still really proud of.
- Episode 39 – Halloween Post Mortem features my praise of Tales From The Crypt, The Goon and Lizard Wine.
- Episode 41 – Brian Michael Bendis At DC Part 1 ! I’m still really enjoying these comics!
George Marston’s Newsarama story about Bendis’ Jinxworld imprint moving to Dark Horse is what spurred me on to read these books in the first place. It’s also where I learned that he was no longer DC-exclusive starting earlier in 2021.
Going back a bit, Bendis leaving Marvel for DC was such a big deal that George Gene Gustines wrote about it for the New York Times in 2017.
Also, big thanks to Carole over at Comic Book Treasury for creating the Bendis Superman/Action Comics Reading Order page that I used to start this journey.
Here’s the very informative interview with the writer himself conducted by Joe Grunenwald for The Beat.
Before wrapping up, I also mentioned the debates between Bendis and Kirkman about creator-owned comics, which you can read a recap of on CBR from 2008!
On this week’s episode, I comb through the dark corners of Disney Plus — yes there are a few! — to tell you about some fun frights for this Halloween season! Also, I’m glad to see that Kindertrauma.com is still up and running!
You know you want some visual Alice Cooper content. Here’s his performance of “School’s Out” AND a brief interview about actually doing the show from a few years ago.
While looking up Fairuzu Balk’s filmography, I discovered that she played a vampire in a ZZ Top video! It’s a very weird and plodding song, but it’s a fun ride AND, like Bride Of Boogedy, it also features Vincent Schiavelli! I gotta get me a guitar-shaped boat now.
Get into the Halloween spirit with this sampler of Neil Gaiman goodies that I think will give you a nice launchpad into his fantastic work! The best part? It’ll only take a few hours!
I also tackled five more films in It’s All Connected 2021 to keep that moving along. I finished my Jill Schoelen mini-marathon, indulged a bit on my favorite slasher franchise, watched another John Carpenter film and then got to one wacky killer animal flick!
On this week’s episode, I fill you in on where It’s All Connected 2021 has taken me after introducing the concept in Episode 29. From Stoker, I went through many films by Guillermo del Toro and Mike Flanagan, two of the best at what they do!