Neal Adams is a comics legend. He's had a career revival of late, by doing some recent high-profile work for the Big Two and fully embracing his veteran status as new fans express interest in his older work (particularly on Batman and Green Arrow). He's also extremely passionate about science - particularly a theory that the Earth is growing - and is willing to discuss this theory with any curious party. The curious party in this case is Moises Chuillan, but don't worry that it's all science talk! There's also a discussion on Adams' role in creator rights in comics, in this slightly different episode of Giant Size.
On the latest episode of Giant Size, host Moises Chiullan and I discuss the comic book-related things we're most thankful for in 2013, from Image's aggressive publishing slate to the proliferation of inexpensive collections to the creators to watch in 2014. All this and so much more, including lots of Valiant talk and the distinction between Sex and Sex Criminals. It's like a year-end episode that isn't a year-end episode! In the second half of the show, we're joined by artist Cary Nord (Conan the Barbarian, Daredevil, X-O Manowar) to talk about his latest passions and projects.
I was asked to join the Nerds Without Pants (Julian Titus, Patrick Kijek, and Angelo Grant) for a discussion about comic books and comic book video games. Think of this as an origin story of sorts, as each of us revisits how we got into comics in the first place, then we cover our personal history with comic book games, from the earliest consoles to the modern era. Listen to find out if I ever beat Silver Surfer on the NES. Spoiler: I totally did.
Editor of Movies.com, Erik Davis and invited me and colleague Sean O'Connell for a brief discussion concerning today's huge Marvel news. Netflix and Marvel are partnering for four exclusive 13-episode original series -- Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones -- culminating in an event mini-series titled The Defenders. The new shows roll out in 2015 as part of Netflix's subscription-based streaming service. You can read Marve;'s press release here. Spoiler: I'm really glad to see DD coming to TV.
Ok, for real - this is one of our best episodes. Host Moises Chiullan and I discuss the current interest in villain comics, from DC's "Villains Month" to Marvel's use of Thanos to Image's superlative Bedlam and more! A good portion of the discussion centers around our mutual love of Superior Foes of Spider-Man, but that's not all, I promise! This episode also includes a 1-on-1 interview with Antony Johnson, creator of Wasteland and Image's fantasy Umbral (with Chris Mitten).
So...Since my last update, the list of DC Comics' "departures, firings, and bridge-burnings" has gone viral . It's been a strange experience seeing comic pros I follow on Twitter (and whose careers I've followed for years as a fan) share the link to something I wrote, and it's certainly not how I ever wanted to end up on DC's radar, but here we are. Thanks to everyone who's spread the link, and special thanks to the dedicated comics bloggers who are reporting the changes in the first place. My day job and personal life get in the way of regular updates here at G&P, but you can always follow me on Twitter at @gholson and the site at @gutterspanels.
I talk about the list on the latest episode of 5by5's comic podcast Giant Size, but it's not the main focus of the show. The real reason I'm in-studio with host Moises Chiullan is to discuss our all-time favorite books from Image Comics, both old and new. You can listen to the show here or subscribe to the podcast through iTunes.