This week we bring you the final installment of our Great Philadelphia Comic Con 2016 series featuring a chat with the voice of Yoda, Tom Kane and Hollywood sound engineer and the voice of General Grievous Matthew Wood.
The Jedi Ras is joined by the host of The Ninja Starship, Jimmy McKnight to review their adventure at Niagara Falls Comic Con, featuring a chat from AA with GTA creator Keith Grachow. Also reviewed is the first episode of Voltron : Legendary Defender.
We celebrate 200 episodes by crosspodding with The Ninja Starship LIVE from the Podcast Detroit booth at Motor City Comic Con featuring guests Tony and Derek of Drunk On Comics and Ming Chen and Michael Zapcic of the Mike and Ming Show. Good times were had by all.
Toronto comicbook writer and long time friend Anthony Ruttgaizer ( The F1rst Hero ) joins us to discuss a little Batman v Superman, Star Wars ; Rogue One, his upcoming projects and the new ACTIONVERSE crossover series from Action Lab Comics starting April 13th.
The Jedi Ras brings you conversations straight from the trenches of Artist’s Alley at C2E2 2016 with such amazing talents as Scott Hepburn (Star Wars, Drax) Jay Fosgitt (Rocket and Groot, Dead Duck and Zombie Chic) Bob Salley (The Salvagers) Josh Dahl (Rapid City: Below Zero) and Ryan lee(The Naturals, InHumans).
The Jedi Ras gives his quick opinion of Batman V Superman before diving into his adventure at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo 2016. The party begins with a quadcast featuring the Weapon, Comic Pros and Cons and fellow P.O.I network members Drunk On Comics and The Ninja Starship followed by chats with the mighty and merciless Ming Chen, The Jedi Ras’ faithful Podawan Da Nerdette, fellow Ontarian writer/artist Jim Zub, Youtuber The Comicstorian and writer/artist and creative director for Action LabJamal Igle.
This week I venture from the 905 to the 416 to sit down for a chat with a few of the editors of the Toronto Comics Anthology Vol.3, Andrew Stevenson, Allison O’Toole and Aaron Feldman. We talk about the origin of the project, the T.O. comic community, the people, artists and writers involved and what it takes to put together an endeavour such as this.
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The Jedi Ras assembles a council of fellow Podfathers to discuss the shift in attitudes during comicbook culture’s growth throughout the decades, the DC and Marvel cinematic and television universes, Deadpool and it’s potential effects on comicbook movie making and DC : REBIRTH.
This week I had the extreme pleasure of talking with legendary writer John Ostrander. John has written for countless titles across DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and others including Batman, X-men, Martian Manhunter, The Punisher, Hawkworld and much much more. He was a major player in the Star Wars EU comics having written for Republic and Legacy as well as being the creator of the modern day version of The Suicide Squad, his own title Grimjack and the character of Oracle. We discuss his work and career in comics and have a good time geek out session over the upcoming Suicide Squad film, DC’s television universe and Doctor Who.
I’m joined by the trombonist and co-lead vocalist for The Slackers, Glen Pine. We discuss the band’s 25th anniversary, tours, storied career adventures, ska and their new self titled album ( which is BLOODY amazing) dropping on Feb 19th.
After years of chasing the mystical and illusive creature know as the artist Sean Seal , The Weapon is very proud to finally welcome one of the most talented guests to ever grace this podcast. Sean is a fine artist from the Michigan area and as it turns out, is a really nice guy as well. We discuss his life, art, painting, little zen trees, The Rot and Norah, his upcoming masterpiece with writer Kasey Pierce from Source Point Press.
This week I’m joined by an incredible friend and an amazing talent, cartoonist/illustrator Jay P. Fosgitt. Jay is an artist for My Little Pony and his own personal creation Bodie Troll as well as producing the new Gwenpool variant cover for Marvel’s Avengers Standoff. Jay is one of my favourite individuals to ever have had the pleasure of talking to and has a heart the size of his insane imagination. Fun times, indeed.
The Weapon returns with it’s first show of 2016! To start the new year off with a bang we chat all the way over to Australia for the first time and welcome creator Mike Speakman. We chat about his work, the Australian comic scene and more. Mike is behind the book Carmen from Source Point Press, now available on Comixology, check it out!
To celebrate the release of Episode VII, The Force Awakens, I bring you a conversation with Tron a.k.a Juan Cholo, a.k.a Aaron of Solo’s Hold, a custom lightsaber and prop fabricator with some serious skills. We chat about his art and our thoughts on The Force Awakens.
It’s a dream come true for The Jedi Ras as he gets to chat with Dave Hillyard, founder and saxophonist for the legendary NYC Ska band, The Slackers. Dave is a very influential figure in the Ska/Reggae scene and an extremely talented musician. We talk about family, The Slackers relentless touring schedule, his hippy dippy beginnings and of course, Jamaican Rock ‘n Roll.
This week The Jedi Ras welcomes the talented and super cool Dan Dougherty. Dan is the writer and artist behind Beardo comics and also Touching Evil, a thrilling comic that is currently being collected into a 240 page hardcover graphic novel via Kickstarter. Please visit and lend some support to one the best comic books I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year, truly amazing stuff, kids.
Part two of the local Toronto Comic creator event, Pints and Pages LIVE from The Cameron House. This episode features a lengthy chat with Oakville artist Mike Rooth ( Red Sonja and Conan ) about his career and art and perpetual nice guy, T.O. native Shawn Daley ( TerraQuill ).
This episode features some good time conversation from Pints and Pages,a recent event held at The Cameron House in Toronto. This event brought together some of the GTA’s finest up and coming local comic book creators to hang out, draw, have a few pints and share some laughs. Part one features artists T. Medeiros ( Tales of Lost) Joe Osei Bonsu ( Heroes of The World) and Aaron Ong ( MaddSketch )
I’m joined by local creator, writer and artist A. Shay Hahn to chat about his work and the Toronto independent comic community in preparation for his event, Pints and Pages at the Cameron House Nov 14/15, where many of the GTA’s coolest up and coming comic creators will be hanging out drawing, drinking and being merry! The Weapon will be there also so come on down from 3-7pm for some good good times!
I visited Grand Rapids Comic Con where I sat down for an in depth discussion with author Kasey Pierce, writer of Pieces of Madness and the upcoming Norah. Kasey is one of the coolest cats to ever grace this show.We kosmic kids enjoyed a pint together talking comics, writing, family, religion, childhood, the ’80’s and much much more. This episode also features a foreword about Ms. Pierce provided by her sensai himself, Dirk Manning. And, as if that wasn’t enough, as a prologue I got to spend two minutes with Anthony Carrigan ( Victor Zsasz ) of TV’s Gotham.
The Weapon joins forces with The AGP presents podcast for a classic crosspod chatting about comics, podcasting and much, much more. Featuring The Jedi Ras and AGP host Amanda Gilliam. Check out Amanda Gilliam Presents…
Get your groove ready as I welcome writer/musician Phil Buck for a fantastic talk about his experimental project Those Shadow People, wherein his comic and band co-exist as a singularity birthed from the same well of inspiration. To experience this mad meta mixing of media goodness please visit … Those Shadow People
After a little post FanExpo break we return to celebrate Batman Day. The Jedi Ras , Stan Konopka and Jay Webb gather to babble all about the Bat and review Star Wars: Shattered Empire issue 1, Journey to the Force Awakens.
The Jedi Ras moderates his very first live FanExpo panel featuring Michigan comic creators Jay Fosgitt and Ted Woods as well as London, Ontario’s own Jules Faulkner. A great deal of fun was had and perhaps a few things learned as well as these three fine artists lay down their own personal paths to self publishing and marketing through a very lively discussion and at times, debate. They also take some smart questions from a very interested audience. Good times. #makecomics #makepod
Welcome to our 3rd annual FanExpo Extravaganza! It was the best year yet for this epic monster of a con as The Jedi Ras brings his guerilla pod stylies to the floor featuring a chat with Canadian comic book artist Ty Templeton about growing up in the L5J, being part of a legendary Toronto family, the origins of the creation of Superman and how he came to work on Batman ’66. Also featured is a chat with Michigan native and current killer artist for My Little Pony, Katie Cook !
The Jedi Ras sits down with friend of the show and 29 year veteran of the comic biz, DC/Marvel/Dark Horse artist and inker Mark McKenna. Mark tells some stories abouit breaking into the industry, his time on staff at DC and in the Marvel Bullpen, his first time working on Detective Comics and the new kickstarter for his book Combat Jacks #3.
This week I had the extreme pleasure of getting to know indie comic journalist Crystal O’Rourke. Crystal, a.k.a The Indie Huntress, is a writer for TheOutHousers.com and a staunch supporter of the independent comic community. We chat about her foray into the comics world, the motivations behind her writing and the art of the interview. As well, there’s little bit of a history lesson on The Weapon it’s self as Crystal flips the script on me and I find myself responding to her own queries. We also discuss Michigan, gush about some of our favourite artists and dwell upon the man in black himself, the indelible Dirk Manning. Hope you enjoy this chat as much as I did.
-The Jedi Ras
Long time friend and frequent guest Anthony Ruttgaizer a.k.a “Kingdom” James, comic writer and pro wrestler, returns to the Weapon to chat about his new Kickstarter for The F1rst Hero Vol.2 from Action Lab, his farewell tour on the wrestling circuit and memories of the late, great “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
What if Walter White was a hippy? Jay and Stan ponder this and chat about DC’s upcoming animated version of The Killing Joke, Batman V Superman, Smallville and what the hell IS Supernatural anyway? Also, Stan gives a review of his experience at the Garden State Comic Fest with Nemesis Studios. Up, Up and away!