Ep. 079 • NEAR MINTerview w/ Marc Guggenheim

We’re bringing you a bonus episode this month, and couldn’t be more excited about our guest. Marc Guggenheim is a veteran of both comics and TV writing. His new creator-owned book, Stringers, hits shelves this week and we talk in depth about that book as well as his other comics work.

AMS-574Marc was part of the “Webheads” braintrust that re-launched Amazing Spider-Man in 2008, following “One More Day”. His work on that title was well-received, perhaps none more so than the landmark issue #574, which left an indelible mark on the character of Flash Thompson. He’s currently writing two Secret Wars tie ins at Marvel and the comics adaptation of Arrow for DC. These are just some of Marc’s comics work that we discuss before turning our attention to Television.

ArrowWith dozens of Film and TV credits to his name, Marc is well-established in the cinematic realm. He’s a show-runner on the hit CW show, Arrow and literally joins us from the set to take time for this conversation.  Are Ollie and Felicity meant to be? What are Marc’s favorite Arrow Easter eggs? Can we get Diggle a damn costume?! These questions and more are put to the Arrow scribe on the eve of Season 4. Tune in and enjoy this hour-long conversation with a multi-talented, cross-medium all-star creator.

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Music in this episode by: Dire Straits, Cass Dillon, Blake Neeley, Sam Cooke

Ep. 078 “Cinematic Reviewniverse”

With the July release of Ant-Man, Marvel Studios has concluded “Phase II” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In this much-anticipated episode, we discuss, review and rank all 12 films. It’s hard to believe that when we started this podcast, Marvel had just released it’s first film. Now, just seven years later, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a fully-developed, galaxy-spanning, multi-billion-dollar franchise with a commanding presence on both the big and small screen.

DrDanWe’ve followed the Marvel movies closely over the life of this podcast and now, with Phase II concluded, we look back and give our definitive statements on all the films to date, including: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s the Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and finally Ant-Man.

Find out how each of our hosts rank the Marvel movies and hear our thoughts on the franchise as we wrap up the first two phases and look ahead to Phase III and beyond. Grab some popcorn and settle in because it’s time for a movie marathon.

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Music in this episode by: Gary Glitter, Guns N’ Roses

Ep. 077 • NEAR MINTerview w/ James Sturm

The NEAR MINTerview is back! This week, we sit down with cartoonist, professor and entrepreneur, James Sturm. James is an acclaimed graphic novelist, whose works include The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Market Day and the Eisner-Award-winning Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules. He’s been a contributor to Slate and The Onion and co-founded the Seattle alternative weekly, The Stranger. In 2004, he co-founded the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT – a two year institution offering a Masters of Fine Arts degree in comics and cartoon art.CCSLogo-300x156

In this hour-long conversation, we talk to James about his career, his influences and process as a cartoonist. We discuss alternative comics as a medium and find out all about the Center for Cartoon Studies. It’s a fascinating interview that will leave you feeling smarter than when you started listening.

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Music in this episode by: Simon and Garfunkel

Ep. 076 “Of Heroes and Homewreckers”

Dan and Josh forge bravely into uncharted waters with the first Ben-less episode in Near Mint Comic Show history. First, up in Top o’ the Pile, we talk about The Walking Dead and Old Man Logan, segueing, once again into a discussion on diversity.

With San Diego Comic-Con recently in the rearview, we talk about new movie trailers, upcoming films, and comics news, including ROM the Space Night, Micronauts, new books from Vertigo and of course, Street Fighter vs. G.I.Joe.

There’s more Marvel movie talk, as we preview our upcoming Marvel movie countdown special before wrapping things up with a Can o’ Beans. Ben is barely missed, as Dan and Josh keep the Near Mint banner flying high and do so in super-heroic fashion.

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Music in this episode by: DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Sponge

Ep. 075 “Comic Book Guys”

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Ben and Josh are back with an old-school Marvel team-up. No movies, no TV, no fluff, just wall-to-wall comics talk in this milestone 75th episode!

In Top O’ the Pile, we get a field report from the front lines of Secret Wars and Spider-verse. Ben makes a big reveal that crosses something off his geek bucket-list. We dive in deep on #MarvelOctober and give out thoughts on every title in the post-Secret-Wars landscape. Which titles are just wacky enough to work? Why do porn stars have no place in comics, but pro wrestlers deserve a chance? What’s our take on the influx of women and minorities as both creators and characters?

It’s a Marvel-centric episode, but D.C. and the indies get some love in a Can O’ Beans that includes The Wake, Kick Ass 3 and a boat-load of Batman. Suit up and strap in for our diamond-studded 75th show!

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Music in this episode by: Ween, The Jackson 5

Ep. 074 “Writerssance”


Welcome to the writer’s room. In this weeks episode look at some of our favorite writers and what it takes to be a great comics writer. But first, Ben and Josh fly solo across the Narrow Sea for a little Game of Thrones talk. [SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t watched the season 5 finale, skip ahead to 28:15]

11235442_10153353989902243_5350035583952148975_nDan joins the party for Top O’ The Pile and we talk about Claremont/Byrne X-Men, Secret Wars and Chrononauts by Mark Millar and Sean Murphy – both of whom paid a visit to the granite state recently. Ben recaps the Millar/Murphy signing at Jetpack Comics, which kicks off a discussion about the writers we’ll follow anywhere.

As usual, we wrap things up with a Can O’ Beans. Find out what the boys read (or failed to read) last week and what they pledge to read (or not read) for next time. Find out what writers get sight-unseen treatment. Hear Josh speculate on the fate of the iron throne and find out what to wear when you meet Mark Millar. It’s a hair-raising hundred minutes of geek talk, that’s worth writing home about.

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Music in this episode by: Coldplay feat. Emilia Clarke, the B-52s, Gwen Stefani

Ep. 073 “Dandemonium”

Join us on a Dantastic voyage as we welcome back our good friend, Dan Larson to talk toys, comics and plots to rule the world. In Top o’ the Pile, Dan delves into Secret Wars. We live large with Box Brown’s Andre the Giant: Life and Legend. We wax nostalgic with Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, and toss around thoughts on licensed comics, Star Wars and John Cassaday conspiracy theory.

Later, special guest, Dan Larson opens up the toy box to tell us about his latest ventures – art, acting, his vintage toy site, Hard to Find Blog and the newly-launched toy review show, Toy Galaxy. Find out Dan’s favorite collectibles, past and present and take a look into the world of collectible childhood memories cast in plastic.

The fun doesn’t stop there as we crack open cans o’ beans featuring the legendary talent of Jack Kirby, Walt Simonson and Jim Steranko, plus hearty tangents into Batgirl controversy and definitive creator runs on classic characters. We’ve got two Dans, and nearly two hours of podcast that’s too good to miss!

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Music in this episode by: “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

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