Author: Ryan Mount

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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Between the Balloons: Darick Robertson

Darick Robertson is an industry giant and has been working in the comics industry for 30 years.  He is best known for his work on Transmetropolitan, The Boys, and The Punisher.  This past fall we met at Cincy ComicCon and were able to connect to talk about his career, cons in general, and what he is working on now. Ryan Mount:  How was your experience at Cincy ComicCon? I’m originally from the east coast and I really enjoy Cincy ComicCon because it is a creator and comic fan focused show. Darick Robertson:  I really enjoyed my time in Cincinnati. Con organizer/owner and old friend Tony Moore and his fantastic wife Kara were wonderful hosts! The show was well attended and well organized. It was refreshing to see comic artists and writers were the focus of the guest list as so many ‘comic’ cons don’t even put comic art or creators on their posters anymore. They are all about Sci-Fi actors that play characters as those faces are recognizable and a big draw for the average fan. Sad really, as comics are where it all started and even now the name “ComicCon” is almost ironic, as comics and their creators are relatively anonymous. RM: You have had a long, prolific  career, working for many comic publishers including Marvel, Image, DC, Dynamite, and many more.  What do you think has attributed to your success...

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THN Road Trip: Nashville Edition!

Nerd on the Road! Quick Intro: May turned into a busy travel month for me. Anytime I am visiting another town, I like to stop in to a local comic shop and spend a couple dollars. Yelp is pretty useless when it comes to reviewing comic places and thought I would share my road diary and reviews of comic shops in case you are visiting! Trip Date: May 15 – May 17 Destination: Nashville, TN First Stop: Rick’s Comic City Rick’s was a very “standard” comic book shop. It was the only store that really came up as a true comic shop.   It had a pretty great selection of new books, but that was about it. Their “back issue bins” were mainly filled with DC’s New 52 DC and Marvel Now! I brought someone who was a long time lapsed comic reader into the shop and he left empty handed. Largely because I went looking to give him a couple trades to re-spark his interest, but they were missing a lot of entry way books. I could not find any Afterlife with Archie or GI Joe and the Ed Brubaker with Sean Phillips section was a bit sparse as well. I spent over an hour in the store and I ended up purchasing a premiere format issue of the New Mutants. I felt bad after spending so much time...

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