Double Page Spread

2013 wraps up with a countdown featuring the tremendous duo of "JK's Happy Hour" podcast, artist JK Woodward (Doctor Who/Star Trek) and media mogul Darrell Taylor. We give a surprising recount of the best comics of the year, our webcomic discoveries and several other categories. Listen in as we tackle some titles that werent on every other "year end" list and tell us what you thought was best!

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Recently, Challengers Comics and Conversation, in Chicago, threw a massive blowout to celebrate the release of the deluxe edition of “Sixth Gun” vol. 1. They had a tattoo artist on hand giving ink of the various gun sigils, replicas of the guns, whiskey tastings, and the fantastic creative team of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt were on hand. I sat down with them and Oni Press editor Charlie Chu to discuss the popularity of the supernatural western, cutting tv show deals, Bunn’s Marvel projects including “Magneto” and the Deadpool zombie mini, the end of “Fearless Defenders” and so much more!

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This is just an hour of constant laughter as Wendi and writer/artist Ryan Schrodt (Dear Dinosaur, Youngblood) discuss his hilarious webcomic, make important announcements about his upcoming projects and explore the non-musical career of Fred Durst. Featuring a very classic convention bar story at the end involving Spider-Man being cuckolded by a Boondock Saint!

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Wendi is joined again by the fantastic Chris Roberson and Allison Baker of Monkeybrain Comics! They discuss his favorite two fisted tales and writing the clever super scientists of Edison Rex and Doc Savage, the concept of seeing iZombie on tv, the concepts behind concept art and fascinating insights into DC's business model. 

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The fine people of Adagio Tea sent over a number of their fandom teas based on such popular things as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Hannibal and Captain America! So Wendi took this as a chance to make a sequel to her popular fan fiction episode. Pull up a mug and listen as Megan Byrd (Comic Book Candy) and Lauren Burke (writer, PI Jane) read some of the most ridiculous fandom pairings on the web! Twilight meets Star Trek! Godzilla gets angsty! What do Downton Abbey and Sonic the Hedgehog have in common? and so much more!

Plus, a celebrity voicemail from Wendi's 4th favorite Expendable!

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Returning friend Dave Scheidt (writer- Huffington Post, Monster Dudes, Roaring 20s) comes back to discuss spooktacular Halloween comic reading! He is an excellent resource on EC horror history and together we discuss Fantagraphics recent EC reprints, as well as the work of Gahan Wilson, Walt Simonson's "Alien" adaptation, Art and Franco's "Itty Bitty Hellboy", the mosters of "Frankencastle" and so much more!

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Christina Blanch wears many hats in the comic industry- writer, educator, researcher and co-owner of Alter Ego and Aw Yeah! Comics. She shares her enthusiasm for making a friendly retail environment, getting Girl Scouts their comic badges, organizing and teaching a SuperMOOC (massive open online course) on gender in comics and writing "The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood" for Thrillbent. So pop on in and listen to some prison stories and everything she has going on!

Read "The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood" at www.thrillbent.com or see what events are coming up at www.alteregocomics.net

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This week Wendi is joined by the hosts of the Gentlemen's Guide to Midnite Cinema, Big Willy and the Samurai! Together they dissect 3 lesser known comic book movies- Baba Yaga, Cemetary Man and Danger:Diabolik, as well as breaking down the recent crop of animated superhero films and reminding you of other movies you forgot were based on comics!

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Old friend Sampsa Granstrom (Mostly Mellow Popculture Podcast) is back! The Finnish wonder comes on to talk about a variety of comics- James Stokoe's "Godzilla: Half Century War", Cliff Chiang's "Beware the Creeper" and a Finnish webcomic called "Gore". Plus he explains how double consonants are pronounced!

Then new friend Metal Mikey (Action Attraction podcast, Gentlemen's Guide to Midnite Comics) pops by to discuss classic friendships in comics. There's a lot of ridiculous laughs and crazy answers! So have a good time with Wendi and the gang!

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Steve Bissette, with Alan Moore and John Totleben, changed the face of horror comics with their seminal run on "Swamp Thing". He still has an affinity for the genre with the rerelease of his book, "We Are Going to Eat You", documenting the history of cannibal films. Join Steve and Wendi as they talk about Italian shock cinema, 24 hour comics, his dinosaur epic "Tyrant", and hear his surprising answer to what he considers the best current horror comic!

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You may not know Onrie Kompan by name yet, but he is one of the hardest working creators at any convention. His historical Korean epic, "Yi Soon Shin" frequently sells out due to his tenacity and diligence. Now he has teamed up with Freedable Comics to promote other new creators and share his experience.

But first, returning friend RJ Casey of Yeti Press drops by to talk about his new Kickstarter campaign!

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Bruce Mutard is a graphic novelist from Melbourne, Australia who was in town for Chicago's CAKE convention- Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. His prolific and detailed output has included a trilogy of books about Australia during WWII (The Sacrifice, The Silence) and a collection of Crumb-esque dirtiness called 'Strip Show". He recently brought a group of Australian artists on a North American tour and has many insights on the current indie comics market.

You can check out his work at http://www.brucemutard.com.au/

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Jill Thompson's masterful art has been seen in such books as "Sandman", "The Invisibles", "Beasts of Burden" and several children's books. She has recently reobtained the rights to her character "Scary Godmother" and is making a high end, fully articulated doll! So we discuss what goes into the creation of that, as well as baking, hanging out with wrestlers and so much more.

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In the first half of this episode, Wendi visits with Mel Caylo- Marketing Manager of Archaia Comics about their recent merger with Boom!, upcoming releases, Alyssa Milano and the enduring legacy of "Labyrinth".

Then she pops by Challengers Comics and Conversation to chat with co-owner Patrick Brower. He shows her their recent Eisner "Spirit of Retail" award as well as discussing the challenges of running a gallery of original comic art, how to keep people interested in comics and running a store the Chicago Reader calls "The best comic shop without the 'Comic Shop Guy'".

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Sal Abbinanti is the artist and creator of "Atomika", as well as the art dealer for Alex Ross and Bill Sienciewicz, which gives him an inside dish to the convention world. In addition, he is crass, hilarious and shoots straight from the hip- in other words the perfect podcast guest to discuss the madness of San Diego Comic Con. Uncle Sal tells us the best ways to network with comic pros, why artists alley isn't worth your time, and why old people won't use the air conditioner. 

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I hope you like talk about "Barney Miller"! Wendi is joined by always welcome returning guest JK Woodward and writer Keith DeCandido. Between the two of them they have worked on comic/novel adaptations of Eureka, Farscape, Supernatural, Doctor Who and Star Trek so there is a lot of tv discussion, as well as how to write a good parody song and what makes a creative panhandler. They have a kickstarter for a graphic novelization of DeCandido's popular medieval police procedural book series "Dragon Precinct" and want to tell you all about it.

Check it out right here- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/902770045/dragon-precinct-graphic-novel

Feel free to drop me some feedback at doublepagespread@gmail.com or on iTunes! Your ratings are deeply appreciated.

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Brea Grant may be recognizable to listeners from her roles in shows like "Heroes", "Friday Night Lights" and "Dexter" as well as writing comics such as "Let's Play God" and "Suicide Girls". She's here to talk about her just released movie "Best Friends Forever"- a dark comedy road trip story set against the nuclear apocalypse. We chat about her career, what makes horror fans savvy, new methods of film funding and distribution and much more!

Please note- there were audio issues in the middle segment so I had to edit out quite a bit. I only wish I had more of our conversation to share because Brea was a fantastic guest and it was interesting to hear her insights as a first time director. 

You can order "Best Friends Forever" through iTunes and Amazon or check out the website at www.bestfriendsforeverfilm.com

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Dapper Irishman Declan Shalvey (Thunderbolts, Venom, Deadpool. Winter Soldier covers, Northlanders, Conan) joins Wendi in a discussion of keeping your unique art style at the big 2, how writer Brian Wood constructs the beats of his stories and why it's good to have the same cover artist drawing interiors. 

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In the first part of this episode, Wendi and Chris "Zod" Smits (writer, publisher "Aw Yeah Comics") discuss the history and enduring relevance of America's greatest superhero. It's a passionate discourse of ideals vs. relatability, his greatest storylines and whether or not Supes has a punk rock ethos!

Next up..... it's a Byrd, it's a plane... it's Megan Byrd ("Comic Book Candy" and Lauren Burke ("PI Jane", "I'm not Omnigirl") to break down Lois Lane's craziest storylines from the late 60s and 70s! Revisit the trendy fashions, mismanaged social issues and marriage obsession of "Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane".

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Wendi celebrates her 50th episode with Robert E. Howard scholar, Mark Finn. Mark has written forewords to "Conan the Barbarian" comic collections and a biography of Howard, as well as being an accomplished novelist and comic writer himself. We talk all things barbarian (like "Beastmaster" and Grace Jones) as well as diverging on many crazy tangents and his new turn fleshing out the universe of a comic for the popular game "Fruit Ninja". He's a lot of fun, very Texan and an enjoyable listen!

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Mark Waid and Peter Krause have been a dynamic duo for years now on such titles as "Irredeemable", "Incorruptible" and "Insufferable". Now that Mark has basically worked on every comic know to man, he has started his own digital imprint, Thrillbent. We talk about how he maintains his writing pace, building relationships in "Daredevil", and Peter's favorite childhood drawing toy.

This is a great episode if you're just getting into digital comics or really looking to read something new. They break down the diversity of everything Thrillbent is releasing and the innovations to make it easier to share. 

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Writer Sean E. Williams comes by to talk Twain tech in his new comic, "Artful Daggers", as well as waiting 2 years to bring back controversial characters in "Fairest"! 

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There was not a C2E2 podcast panel this year, but that doesn't mean you can't get a bunch of us together to talk! I was incredibly priveleged to sit in on this great roundtable with podcasters who have been doing this far longer than me and hear their insightful opinions.

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The lineup-

John Siuntres

Word Balloon

http://wordballoon.blogspot.com/

@johnwordballoon

Brian Christman

Comic Geek Speak 

http://www.comicgeekspeak.com/

@comicgeekspeak

MikelOD (Mike Pfeiffer) 

Most People Are DJ's

http://www.mostpeoplearedjs.com/

@Mikel_OD

Stevie D

Comic Book Queers

http://www.comicbookqueers.com/

@stevieDisme

Chris Marshall

Collected Comics Library

http://www.collectedcomicslibrary.com/

@ChrisCCL

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It's the return of legendary Justice League/Moonshadow scribe JM DeMatteis! He gives us all the scoop on Phantom Stranger and his partnership with Keith Giffen on Larfleeze. Then we get into a round of Beatles trivia! JM is sincerely one of the most inspiring, open minded and positive people I've ever had the joy of talking to, with an imagination as big as the multiverse. So take a listen!

@doublepgspread on twitter and please subscribe on iTunes

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This week Wendi sits down with Jim Mclauchlin of the Hero Initiative nonprofit to talk about their important mission, what's coming up for convention season and updates on how Peter David and Roger Slifer are recovering.

Then she talks to Caitlin Rosberg, one of the editors of the Ladies Night Anthology to discuss her project, giving new artists a break and how to keep an emotional punch in comics.

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Skottie Young has made a successful name for himself pencilling Oz adaptation books for Marvel for about 10 years (Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Ozma of Oz, Road to Oz). Recently he's become the go-to guy for super cute variant covers. We dive into the transition of his art over the years, how he got to work with Neil Gaiman and a lot of talk about 90s hip hop and what the heck IS dubstep?

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Wendi comes to you live from the Kill Shakespeare Bar at "Fabletown and Beyond"- the comic convention for mythic fiction. She is joined by host Bill Willingham (Fables), and creators Lauren Beukes (Fairest), Sean E. Williams (Fairest, Artful Daggers), and Mitch Gerads (The Activity). So pull up a seat at the bar and order a gin Grimmlet!

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I'm not going to lie to you- this episode is fantastic because Bobby Timony is an adorable man. He's a fun artist, has an infectious laugh, can juggle knives and loves classic old timey comedy. He's got a new title coming out from Monkeybrain called "Detectobot" and you should hear him talk about it. 

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Digital duo Chris Roberson and Allison Baker talk to Wendi about pulp heroes, the digital Monkeybrain imprint, upcoming Fabletown and Beyond convention and Xanadu! 

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Wendi drops by Four Star Studios to talk to the creative team of Dark Horse's "Ex-Sanguine"- Josh Emmons and Tim Seeley (Revival, Hack/Slash) about vampire/serial killer romance, the cost of reprinting comics, and what makes a bad movie earnest. 

Check out Tim's new Kickstarter here- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1168046118/mini-comics-included-0

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Starting off the show, Wendi speaks to artist Hannah Chapman about a comic book event she's organized in Bath, England.

Then she gets to party hard with the dynamic crew of Yeti Press comics (RJ Casey, Kat Lay, David Alvarado, Kevin Budnik and Eric Roesner). They talk about the trials of producing a comic every day, Wendi outs someone's eating disorder, plus people who we love the idea of, but don't really like their work. 

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The Aw Yeah Comics crew of Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani have been bringing all ages joy for years through "Tiny Titans", "Superman Family Adventures", the Aw Yeah! podcast and their own family friendly store. Now they're ready to expand their empire of fun with a new self published comic featuring some recognizable names and exciting new creators! You can help fund it through a Kickstarter with some innovative incentive ideas. So join Wendi, Art and Franco with Chris Smits and Alejandro Rosado as they let you in on the upcoming hijinx of Aw Yeah Comics!

Donate here- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1197720703/aw-yeah-comics

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This episode is part 2 of the crossover event between DPS and the "Earth 2 Podcast Presents- The Boob Toob" tv podcast. In this episode Wendi is joined by co hosts Bobgar Ornelas and Daniel Pua to talk the series finale of "Fringe" and the season finale of "Homeland". Spoilers ahoy!

Check out part 1 as well as other great episodes on iTunes or at http://earth2network.podbean.com/

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In the wake of recent stories about convention organizers not regarding colorists as real artists, Wendi sits down with colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser (Winter Soldier, Secret Avengers) and penciller Mitch Breitweiser (Captain America: Patriot, Captain America: The Chosen, Planet of the Apes cover artist). It's an in depth conversation of the skills and abilities of the craft of coloring, innovative ways to create original art in a digital world and the perseverance it takes to break in comics.

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A 2 hour conversation with Evan Dorkin (Dork!, Milk and Cheese, Beasts of Burden) veers from snarky Q&A to love of character actor David Patrick Kelly to sincere dialogue about anxiety and depression. Evan is a creator who never holds back on his opinions and provides genuine insight to the industry. PS- every time we make fun of "V/H/S" we are referring to the horror anthology film, not the video format. 

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Wendi is joined by the hosts of "JK's Happy Hour"- JK Woodward (Star Trek/Doctor Who: Assimilation) and Darrell Taylor as they break out their lists to debate, argue and nitpick the top 10 comics of 2012!

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