Author: Ryan Mount

Between the Balloons: Fighting Comics and GI Joe with Aubrey Sitterson

Welcome Listenerds!  This installment of Between the Balloons, I had the wonderful pleasure of talking with Aubrey Sitterson.  Aubrey is a current writer at IDW and hosts two incredible podcasts.  We talked about so much is that we will be bringing you the entire interview over three articles.  This installment we discuss his everything from how he came to work at IDW, licensed comics, and his upcoming run on GI Joe. Ryan Mount (Two-Headed Nerd): You were first an editor at Marvel and then Image, how did you end up writing for IDW? Aubrey Sitterson: I’ve written comics –...

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Between the Balloons: Bengal

If you have been to a comic shop in the past year, chances are you managed to pick up one of Bengal’s covers.  He has been working for both Marvel and DC and he took a little bit of time to let us know about his quick rise to the cream of the crop and all his many projects. Ryan Mount for Two Headed Nerd: As an artist working internationally, how has the discovery and collaboration process been? Bengal: Living in France, I would say it made it less easy (or at least, I assume). Without the opportunity to...

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Between the Balloons: Jim Zub

Jim Zubkavich has been receiving a lot of attention lately due to him being on the new creative team to revive Marvel’s Thunderbolts hitting shelves in May 2016. Jim is one of the busiest men in comics and is the premiere writer for fantasy comics including Skullkickers, Pathfinder, and Dungeons & Dragons. We got the time to chat about Role Playing Games, Fantasy Comics, and of course The Thunderbolts. Ryan Mount (for Two-Headed Nerd): One of the most fascinating things I have noticed about your works is that you are really given room to tell your stories over a long period. Skullkickers ran for six volumes, Wayward just finished volume three, and your run on Samurai Jack was 20 issues. Are you more comfortable with that that type of breathing room to tell a story? Jim Zub: I don’t know that I have a particular preference. Skullkickers’ long run was a way for me to establish myself early on as a creator with regular output so I had extra motivation to keep it rolling above and beyond the fact that it was such a joy to work on. I’m hopeful that Wayward has a long and healthy run as well because we have a lot to explore there. It’s definitely nice to have room to build something long term, but I’ve had a lot of fun doing mini-series like...

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Between the Balloons: The Humans

Welcome to another installment of Between the Balloons! Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely are the creative team of Image Comic’s THE HUMANS . You may also know Tom Neely as the creative voice behind Henry and Glenn, a comic about the fictional lives of Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig. The Humans: Volume 2: Humans Til Deth comes out this week on March 16th,  collecting issues #5-#10, plus some extra back matter and pinups. I had the chance to talk to them about all things Apes, Music, and of course The Humans. Ryan Mount (Two-Headed Nerd): King Kong or Planet of the Apes? Keenan Marshall Keller: I Love both the original and the 1970s King Kong movies a lot but Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is my favorite of any of these films, so I’d have to go with that. Tom Neely: That is a tough one! I love Planet of the Apes, but I have to go with King Kong because I am a huge fan of stop-motion animation and Willis O’Brien inspired one of my favorite artists Ray Harryhausen! RM: Are you more excited for War of the Planet of the Apes or Skull Island in 2017? KMK: I’m not too psyched for either but I’d rather see War of the Planet of the Apes. TN: I’m stoked for both! Especially Skull Island! I’m a...

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Monday Morning Quarterback: Batman – Bad Blood

[EDITOR’S NOTE: A Monday morning quarterback is described as one who criticizes or passes judgment from a position of hindsight.  Welcome to the THN version!] For those of you who have read a couple of my past review’s of DC Animated “in-continuity” Batman films, I have been struggling to find reasons to keep watching and reviewing these movies. Outside of Batman: Assault on Arkham and Justice League: Gods and Monsters, both which were in separate universes, these Batman titles have been hyper violent and poorly voice acted. I was struggling to stay engaged and entertained with these series of films and this newest installment of Batman: Bad Blood was no different. To me, these films were once the brightest spots in the entire line of DC media. Therefore, instead of writing that same slog of a review, I wanted to offer a solution. Here are the rules: Keep in continuity the story telling. Work within the basic story line that they film makers tried to convey. So here is the story that I wish Batman: Bad Blood had told… Batman has gone missing. Damien knows that even he cannot stand up to his mother who is surely behind Batman’s disappearance. He must seek out Gotham’s best if he hopes to see his father again. We set this movie into smaller vignettes similar to Green Lantern: Emerald Nights. Nightwing- Damien...

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