June 14, 2021
Writer Alan Moore is one of the most revered and admired comic book creators of his generation. Many consider him ‘the GOAT’ (Greatest Of All Time) -- but is it true?
On today's episode, we discuss Moore's career, his status as the greatest, and many of his most noted works: Marvelman, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
June 7, 2021
Forty years ago, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ was released in theaters and pop culture was forever changed.
Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, this classic adventure film has everything you want: thrills, chills, spills, and oh, yeah — snakes.
On today's podcast, we celebrate this landmark anniversary by going all-in on the cast, script, the making of the film, and every single bit of trivia we could dig up. We also chat about the careers of Ford and Spielberg, pre and post ‘Raiders’, and how this film is the shared crown jewel in both of their filmographies.
June 1, 2021
On today's podcast, we play back John Carpenter's dystopian action film ‘Escape From New York’.
Released in 1981, this year marks the 40th anniversary of this sci-fi classic and we catch up with all the crazies: Kurt Russell as Snake, Isaac Hayes as The Duke, Ernest Borgnine as Cabbie, as well as Hauk, Brain, Maggie, Romero, and President Harker.
We also get into some trivia as far as how the film got made, alternate casting choices, and a few superstar names who worked behind the scenes.
May 24, 2021
Originally broadcast in November 2010, here is a classic interview from our 'Barchives' with comic artist/illustrator, the late John Paul Leon (1972 - 2021).
Leon’s immense talent and thoughtfulness towards the craft of black and white picture-making was universally respected by peers and fans alike. Among his comics output, he was known for his work on Milestone’s ‘Static’ and ‘Shadow Cabinet’ titles, Marvel’s ‘Earth X’ and WildStorm’s ‘The Winter Men’. In addition, he embellished countless comic book covers with his art and contributed to style guides for Hollywood films such as ‘Superman Returns’, ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’.
This episode continues our re-presentation of classic interviews and roundtables from our previous incarnation as SiDEBAR: The Pop Culture Podcast into our podcast feed. We hope that our listeners, both new and old, will enjoy these vintage back episodes and follow us here for new episodes of Sidebar Forever!
May 17, 2021
Today’s podcast is a Playback review of the 2013 climate-fiction film ‘Snowpiercer’. Written and directed by Bong Joon-Ho, and starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-Ho and Ed Harris, ‘Snowpiercer’ is a post-apocalyptic tale about a second ice age where the last remaining humans and animals live on board a futuristic supertrain. However, if the train stops, everyone freezes to death and humanity is lost forever. The film also explores deeper themes of class, privilege, inequality, and ultimately, survival.
May 10, 2021
The hashtag says it all!
On today's episode, we chop up writer and Winter Soldier co-creator Ed Brubaker's recent comments on the Fatman Beyond podcast. Ed spoke candidly about his unease at seeing the character's success and popularity in the MCU and now, streaming online.
We also discuss other well known comic book creators who haven't **really** been shown the money like Marv Wolfman, Bill Mantlo, Dave Cockrum and the late Len Wein.
May 7, 2021
Swain offers a few words in remembrance of comics artist John Paul Leon (Static, The Winter Men, Earth X), who passed away on May 1, 2021.
He was an immense talent whose mastery of black and white picture-making was truly respected by his peers and fans alike. In addition, Leon was a former guest and friend of our podcast.
(Photo by Luigi Novi)
May 3, 2021
The unlikely duo of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are back, only this time as ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’, streaming right now on Disney+. The Marvel Studios series made its dynamic debut in March 2021 and took off (no pun intended)!
Plenty of action, plenty of buddy cop chemistry between Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and lots of new characters who weren't introduced in the films such as Karli Morganthau and the Flag Smashers, Isaiah Bradley, and John Walker as, um, the new Captain America.
A few familiar faces from the MCU proper do show up in the series like former SHIELD agent Sharon Carter, the Dora Milajie's Ayo from ‘Black Panther’, and the nefarious Baron Zemo.
We unpack all six episodes including the spectacular series finale!
April 26, 2021
On today's podcast, we attempt to figure out whatever happened to the writer-artist in mainstream comics.
In the 1970s and 1980s, artists like Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin, John Byrne, and Frank Miller wrote and drew mainstream books featuring flagship characters. Be it a miniseries like Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, Byrne’s five-year run on ‘The Fantastic Four’ or even Walt Simonson's incredible three years on ‘The Mighty Thor’ — fans ate it up to tremendous sales and acclaim.
However, we see a different version of the writer-artist working in contemporary mainstream comics.
April 19, 2021
Who remembers the old Dell, Gold Key and Charlton comics? Weird, offbeat characters like Magnus: Robot Fighter, Doctor Solar, Turok, and the original Blue Beetle? How about Archie Comics with its never-ending soap opera about a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Riverdale?
Today, we discuss those publishers, their titles, and even some of the creators who worked for them on this episode we're calling — ‘Forgotten Comics’.