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Comic Book Commentary

75 EpisodesProduced by Forever DogWebsite

Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel, Thrilling Adventure Hour) welcomes the most cutting edge voices in comics to talk through their new and classic titles panel by panel. It's like a DVD commentary track for comics. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.

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Grumble #1

January 22nd, 2020

1:29:05

The entire creative team behind "Grumble" sit down to discuss the premiere issue.

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Batman and the Outsiders #8 with Bryan Hill

December 11th, 2019

36:20

Writer Bryan Hill walks through the newest installment of "Batman and the Outsiders," a new incarnation of the classic hero collective following …

Heart Attack #1 with Shawn Kittelsen

November 20th, 2019

51:55

Shawn Kittelsen premieres the new Skybound series "Heart Attack" - about "Variants," people with special abilities who are the unintended products of gene therapy - and runs through the years-long pitch process.

Rai #1 with Dan Abnett

November 20th, 2019

50:25

Dan Abnett brings new life to Valiant's 41st-century "positronic" ronin with the premiere issue of "Rai."

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Roku #1 with Cullen Bunn

November 13th, 2019

37:16

Cullen Bunn premieres his new Valiant series "Roku," about the titular assassin, filled with lots of bloody action.

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Quarter Killer #2 with Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, and Jamie Jones

October 30th, 2019

1:22:58

The creators of cyberpunk series "Quarter Killer" - Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, and Jamie Jones - are back with issue #2!

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Marauders #1 with Gerry Duggan

October 23rd, 2019

35:25

Gerry Duggan previews "Maurauders #1," where Kate Pride leads a band of seafaring mutants across the world, to help those who need it the most.

Comics Panel Flashback #2 w/ Len Wein, Adam Beechen, Ben Blacker, Heath Corson

October 16th, 2019

56:52

Recorded in June 2013, the late, dearly missed Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more), Adam Beechen (Wonder Park; Batman …

The Watcher #3 with Ralph Tedesco & Victoria Rau

October 9th, 2019

47:52

Ralph Tedesco & Victoria Rau are back, again, with the third installment of The Watcher!

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Killswitch #1 with Jeffrey Bridges & Susan Bridges

October 2nd, 2019

40:11

Jeffrey Bridges and Susan Bridges debut "Killswitch," a series in which clairvoyant Augurs are hunted, tortured and used for their powers. Their only hope? A disaffected military major who witnesses their mistreatment …

Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #4 with Gerard Way and Jeremy Lambert

October 2nd, 2019

37:47

The Doom Patrol head to Destiny Beach, Flex Mentallo's mythical bodybuilding Valhalla.

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Safe Sex #1 with Tina Horn

September 25th, 2019

1:12:16

Tina Horn digs into Safe Sex (a.k.a. SFSX), a dystopian hypothetical future where sex and sexuality are shamed and bureaucratized.

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Bloodshot #1 with Tim Seeley

September 25th, 2019

27:35

Tim Seeley premieres his new series "Bloodshot" about a super-soldier who aims to make up for his past misdeeds.

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Quarter Killer #1 with Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, and Jamie Jones

September 25th, 2019

2:14:16

The creators of the new ComiXology original, "Quarter Killer" - Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, and Jamie Jones - sit down and discuss the origins of their …

Archie 1955 #1 with Mark Waid

September 18th, 2019

21:50

Mark Waid digs into the new series "Archie 1955 #1" and the era of Rock 'n' Roll.

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Strayed #1 with Carlos Giffoni

September 18th, 2019

58:30

Carlos Giffoni premieres his new series, "Strayed," about a special cat who can astrally travel across the universe. Plus some bonus music content!

Going to the Chapel #1 with David Pepose

September 11th, 2019

37:39

David Pepose premieres the first issue of Going to the Chapel!

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The Watcher #2 with Ralph Tedesco & Victoria Rau

September 11th, 2019

55:03

Ralph Tedesco & Victoria Rau are back with the second installment of The Watcher!

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Future Foundation #1-2 with Jeremy Whitley

September 4th, 2019

1:28:43

Jeremy Whitley provides commentary on the first two issues of his exciting new "Fantastic Four"-based series, "Future Foundation"

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Doctor Mirage #1 with Magdalene Visaggio

August 28th, 2019

26:49

Magdalene Visaggio previews her new series, "Doctor Mirage," and talks about her penchant for morbid topics like death.

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Aquaman #51 with Kelly Sue DeConnick

August 21st, 2019

34:53

Aquaman #51 with Kelly Sue DeConnick

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https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/JUN190471

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The Watcher #1 with Victoria Rau and Ralph Tedesco

August 14th, 2019

1:06:31

The Watcher #1 with illustrator Victoria Rau and Zenescope co-founder Ralph Tedesco.

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https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/JUN192056

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Coffin Bound #1 with Dan Watters

August 7th, 2019

36:43

Writer Dan Watters walks us through issue #1 of Coffin Bound.

Cars! Guns! Entropy! Chased by an unstoppable killer, Izzy Tyburn has decided that if the world won't have her in it, it can have nothing of her at all. She's …

Killers #1 with Clay Moore

July 31st, 2019

35:56

Writer Clay Moore walks us through issue #1 of Killers.

They were the best...they killed the rest. Five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by their former sensei, the mysterious Jonin! But what …

Queen of Bad Dreams with Danny Lore

July 31st, 2019

1:01:02

Writer Danny Lore walks us through Queen of Bad Dreams.

When a dream entity known as a figment emerges from a dreamers mind, its Dahers job as an IJ to track them down and make the call: reinsert the figment, or grant …

Comics Panel Flashback #1

July 24th, 2019

59:15

Recorded June 2013, the late, dearly missed Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more) joins comics cohorts Ben Blacker (Hex …

Chelsea Cain and Corin Tucker

July 17th, 2019

56:26

Man-Eaters writer Chelsea Cain talks with Sleater Kinney's Corin Tucker about the process of making art, music, storytelling, and more.

Connect with …

Bad Weekend #1 with Ed Brubaker

July 10th, 2019

42:35

Writer Ed Brubaker walks us through issue #1 of Bad Weekend.

JUST IN TIME FOR CONVENTION SEASONthe ultimate comic con crime tale! Comics won't just …

Female Furies #6 with Cecil Castellucci

July 3rd, 2019

1:00:39

Writer Cecil Castellucci walks us through issues #6 of Female Furies.

If Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, how will Apokolips handle five Female …

Jim Ottaviani, Hawking #1

July 3rd, 2019

37:40

Writer Jim Ottaviani walks us through issue #1 of Hawking.

In Hawking, writer Jim Ottaviani and artist Leland Myrick have crafted an intricate portrait of the great thinker, the public figure, and the man behind both …

Long Ago and Far Away #7-8 with Chris Mancini

June 26th, 2019

43:50

Writer Chris Mancini walks us through issues #7 and #8 of Long Ago and Far Away.

Once Jason was the Child Knight who saved Elvenwood. Now he's a …

Psi-Lords #1 with Fred Van Lente

June 19th, 2019

30:21

Writer Fred Van Lente introduces us to issue #1 of Psi-Lords.

The Psi-Lords make their debut in the modern-era Valiant Universe in a brand-new ongoing series! But WHO are they? And where they heck are they?! Prepare for …

Giant Days #51 with John Allison

June 19th, 2019

58:03

Writer John Allison talks us through issue #51 of his comic Giant Days.

Giant Days is an ongoing comedic comic book written by John Allison, with art …

DIE Vol. 1 with Kieron Gillen

June 12th, 2019

1:03:15

Writer Kieron Gillen walks you through Vol. 1 (TPB) of his "pitch-black fantasy" DIE.

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE writer KIERON GILLEN teams up with …

Road of Bones #1 with Rich Douek

June 12th, 2019

39:34

Writer Rich Douek walks you through issue #1 of Road of Bones.

In 1953, the Siberian Gulag of Kolyma is hell on Earth—which is why Roman Morozov leaps …

Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1 with Amy Chu

June 5th, 2019

32:24

Writer Amy Chu walks you through issue #1 of Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica.

Mystery, murder, and mayhem descends on Riverdale as four of your favorite comic book women meet for the first time. A …

Star Trek: Year Five #1-2 with Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly

May 29th, 2019

1:11:48

Writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly walk you through issues #1 and #2 of Star Trek: Year Five!

The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise left Earth four …

I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation with Natalie Nourigat

May 22nd, 2019

54:06

Writer Natalie Nourigat takes you page by page through her graphic novel "I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation."

When artist Natalie Nourigat left her life in Portland to move to Los Angeles and pursue a job in …

Gryffen: Galaxy's Most Wanted #1 with Ben Kahn

May 15th, 2019

46:49

Writer Ben Kahn walks you page by page through the first issue of Gryffen: Galaxy's Most Wanted.

Captain Lyla Gryffen stands trial for their offenses against the galaxy-spanning Sovereign Reach. As the Reach searches for …

Livewire #6 with Vita Ayala

May 15th, 2019

1:06:58

Writer Vita Ayala takes you page by page through the sixth issue of Livewire.

"ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! FOR THE FIRST TIME, LIVEWIRE TAKES CENTER STAGE! Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to …

Spencer & Locke 2 #1 with David Pepose

May 15th, 2019

43:41

Writer David Pepose takes you page by page through the first issue of Spencer & Locke 2.

Suspended by Internal Affairs, Detective Locke grapples with the demons of his past alongside his trusty partner, his childhood …

Wyrd #3 with Curt Pires

May 8th, 2019

27:41

Writer Curt Pires takes you page by page through the third issue of his Dark Horse comic Wyrd. 

There are problems, cases, too strange for US law …

Nothing Special web-comic with Katie Cook

May 8th, 2019

33:53

Writer Katie Cook talks about her web-comic Nothing Special!

In Nothing Special... Callie thinks that in the grand scheme of the worlds at large, she's nothing special. With the unexpected addition of friendship and …

Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #3 with Paul Scheer & Nick Giovannetti

May 1st, 2019

1:00:37

Writers Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti talk about destroying everything you thought you knew about Marvel history in Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys …

Descendent #1 with Stephanie Phillips

May 1st, 2019

32:18

Writer Stephanie Phillips takes you step by step through the first issue of her conspiracy-fueled adventure series, Descendent.

Conspiracy theories, government corruption, and a really good mix of Prince drives David …

Books of Magic #7 (Sandman Universe) with Kat Howard

April 24th, 2019

30:53

Writer Kat Howard walks you through Books of Magic #7 from Vertigo's Sandman Universe series.

Timothy Hunter may be destined to become the most …

X-O Manowar #26 with Matt Kindt

April 17th, 2019

23:22

Writer Matt Kindt takes you page by page through the final issue of his Eisner Award-nominated run on X-O Manowar.

X-O Manowar takes the final battle against the galaxy's baddest bounty hunters into space to decide the …

Shuri #7 with Vita Ayala

April 17th, 2019

1:38:05

Writer Vita Ayala takes you panel by panel through the star-studded seventh issue of Marvel's Shuri series.

When it looks like an enemy of Wakanda has left a signature behind in America, Princess Shuri heads overseas to …

Unstoppable Wasp #6 with Jeremy Whitley

April 10th, 2019

1:12:15

Jeremy Whitley, writer of Unstoppable Wasp, takes you panel by panel through the sixth issue.

Back by popular demand, it’s Nadia Van Dyne — the …

Sabrina the Teenage Witch #1 with Kelly Thompson

March 28th, 2019

32:46

Kelly Thompson, writer of the brand new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series, walks you through the first issue.

Sabrina is a teen witch whos struggling …

Rick and Morty #48 back-up story with Karla Pacheco and Sarah Gaydos

March 27th, 2019

39:21

Karla Pacheco (writer) and Sarah Gaydos (editor) break down the Rick and Morty #48 back-up story.

Rick and Morty #48 available for purchase now:

Hex Wives #6 with Ben Blacker

March 27th, 2019

47:16

Ben Blacker walks you through the final issue (for now) of his DC/Vertigo series, HEX WIVES.

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Middlewest #5 with Skottie Young

March 20th, 2019

1:04:07

Writer Skottie Young walks you through Issue #5 of Middlewest.

The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. The …

Dungeons and Dragons: A Darkened Wish #1 with B. Dave Walters

March 20th, 2019

58:31

Writer B. Dave Walters takes you page by page through Dungeons and Dragons: A Darkened Wish #1.

When war threatens the Moonshae Isles, legendary heroes return to defeat the forces of an unthinkable foe. The Forgotten …

House of Whispers #7 (Sandman Universe) with Nalo Hopkinson

March 13th, 2019

37:47

Writer Nalo Hopkinson walks you through House of Whispers #7 from Vertigo's new Sandman Universe series.

House of Whispers #7 available for purchase …

Assassin Nation #1 with Kyle Starks

March 13th, 2019

35:57

Writer Kyle Starks introduces you to Issue 1 of Assassin Nation.

Hot off her breakout success at Marvel, two-time Eisner award winner ERICA HENDERSON (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead) teams up with KYLE STARKS …

Green Arrow #50 with Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly

March 6th, 2019

1:15:16

Writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly walk you through the anniversary issue #50 of Green Lantern!

Spinning out of the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO …

Female Furies #1 with Cecil Castellucci

February 27th, 2019

43:44

Writer Cecil Castellucci walks you through the first issue of Female Furies!

All their lives the Female Furies have been raised to be the meanest, …

Man-Eaters #6 with Chelsea Cain, Lia Miternique, and Stella Greenvoss

February 27th, 2019

46:11

Chelsea Cain (writer), Lia Miternique (cover design, front and back matter, additional interior art, and Chelsea's production partner), and Stella …

Jessica Jones: Purple Daughter #1 with Kelly Thompson

February 20th, 2019

52:25

Writer Kelly Thompson takes you page by page through the first issue of her new Jessica Jones' series Purple Daughter.

PURPLE DAUGHTER Parts 1 & 2! - PURPLE DAUGHTER STARTS HERE! When her daughter comes home with …

High Level #1 with Rob Sheridan

February 20th, 2019

30:05

Writer Rob Sheridan walks through page by page of his new DC/Vertigo series High Level.

Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a self-interested smuggler is forced to traverse …

Atom Ant back-up features with Heath Corson

February 13th, 2019

49:24

Writer Heath Corson breaks down the Atom Ant back-up features that have been appearing in the Scooby Apocalypse series.

Scooby Apocalypse #34 …

Wonder Twins #1 with Mark Russell

February 13th, 2019

36:35

Writer Mark Russell takes you page by page through Wonder Twins #1.

Exiled from their home planet, alien heroes Zan and Jayna must navigate life as …

Euthanauts #1 with Tini Howard

February 13th, 2019

50:21

Writer Tini Howard takes you behind the scenes of Euthanauts #1.

Death is like outer space a seemingly unknowable, terrifying blackness that yields …

Daredevil #1 with Chip Zdarsky

February 6th, 2019

38:10

The brand new Daredevil relaunch gets the Comic Book Commentary treatment courtesy of writer Chip Zdarsky. Travel behind the scenes of Daredevil #1 …

Doctor Strange #10 (400th Issue Anniversary) with Mark Waid

January 30th, 2019

47:54

Celebrate the release of the 400th issue of Marvel's Doctor Strange with writer Mark Waid as he walks you through the milestone installment, Doctor …

Hex Wives #4 with Ben Blacker

January 30th, 2019

44:01

Ben Blacker walks you through the latest issue of his DC/Vertigo series, HEX WIVES.

Issue #4 is available for purchase now:

Skyward #10 with Joe Henderson

January 30th, 2019

50:15

Writer Joe Henderson walks you through the climactic Issue #10 of Skyward (Image Comics).

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The Avant-Guards #1 with Carly Usdin & Noah Hayes

January 23rd, 2019

1:16:54

Writer Carly Usdin and Artist Noah Hayes walk you through the first issue of their brand new series, The Avant-Guards.

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Coyotes Vol. 2 with Sean Lewis

January 23rd, 2019

41:24

Sean Lewis, writer and co-creator of Coyotes, walks you through the just released Volume 2.

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Captain Marvel #1 with Kelly Thompson

January 9th, 2019

58:49

Kelly Thompson, writer of the brand new Captain Marvel series, walks you through the first issue panel by panel.

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Iceman #5 with Sina Grace

January 9th, 2019

1:00:12

Writer Sina Grace walks you through his groundbreaking Iceman #5 and talks helming the first Iceman solo series, unpacking Bobby Drake's queer …

Hex Wives #3 with Ben Blacker & Marissa Louise

January 9th, 2019

1:31:24

Writer Ben Blacker and Colorist Marissa Louise walk through the art, composition, and process of their Vertigo comic, Hex Wives #3.

COMIC BOOK …

Hex Wives #2 with Ben Blacker

November 28th, 2018

56:29

Ben takes you through his critically-acclaimed Vertigo comic Hex Wives #2.

Available for purchase here:

https://www.vertigocomics.com/comics/hex-wives-2018/hex-wives-1

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Hex Wives #1 with Ben Blacker

November 26th, 2018

1:17:49

Ben takes you through his critically-acclaimed Vertigo comic Hex Wives #1.

Available for purchase here:

https://www.vertigocomics.com/comics/hex-wives-2018/hex-wives-1

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