Welcome back everyone. Hopefully your year is off to a great start so far, and you had a great holiday season. Let’s get to it shall we?
If you’re like me, you no doubt listen to at least one podcast. Or more accurately are listening to multiple. Right now I’m up to 7 that I listen to on a regular basis. How did it get that way? Well I started off with one, and then as others were recommended to me I took on the rest. In fact, I really love it when I get a good podcast recommendation. So that brings me to the subject of today’s blog. Because I have a few podcasts that I would like to recommend to all of you. And since these are just recommendations, you can feel free to pass on them if you wish. But I would encourage you to at least listen to one episode of one or more of them to at least give them a fair shot. And to hopefully increase the appeal, these won’t all be comic related. But before I start, I would be remiss not to mention that Titan Moon Comics has its own podcast that you can enjoy. The Comics are Stupid podcast is a fun listen and a great way to hear about what’s going on in current comics. I kept it separate from my list to try to not create a conflict of interest, but the people are great and I couldn’t up the chance to mention them. So here we go in no particular order.
I will start off with what I think is the best comics podcast around. So many of you already are listening to Word Balloon, you don’t really need this recommendation. For those of you that haven’t heard of Word Balloon or maybe haven’t gotten around to it, it’s an interview podcast created by John Siuntres who has had a long career in Chicago radio and was also a former boxing journalist. It’s one of the earliest podcasts, not just in comics, but in all of podcasting as it has been around since 2005. In fact, when I started my podcast that same year, he was absolutely one of my main influences. And while mine didn’t quite last, John has set the gold standard for great interviews with scores of the best talent in comics and even crosses over into TV, movies, and books. The reason he gets the best talent is because word has gotten around at how well he researches his guests and how great he is at conducting an interview. If you want to find out about Ethan Van Sciver’s process or what old movies Jonathan Hickman likes, you’ll hear it there. And he puts out a ton of content so there’s never a shortage to listen to.
Last year when President Obama decided he wanted to go on a podcast, he chose comedian Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. It was already one of the most popular in iTunes downloads, and it has only grown since. And I quickly found out why. Maron is funny, tortured, angry, and is great at finding the right questions to get information out of his guests. Comedians, actors, directors, and musicians can’t wait to open up and spill their guts out to Marc Maron. Maybe it’s because he asks the right questions. Or maybe it’s because he does the podcast from the comforts of his own garage. Whatever the reason, it’s a great listen no matter who the guest is. And if you want to get more of an idea of what Marc Maron’s life is like, you can watch his IFC show. It’s an exaggerated fictional representation, but I think it helps create a more complete picture of the guy.
So I’ve already mentioned John Siuntres with Word Balloon. However, he also created another podcast with the creators of Tiny Titans, Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani. It’s called the Aw Yeah Podcast. It’s very different from Word Balloon. Art, Franco, and John do talk about comics, but more often than not, the subject is something else. Usually the conversation delves into what movies or TV shows the guys are watching. Or about stories from the creators’ pasts mixed in with Artie’s love of Mego action figures. And at the drop of a hat, John will switch into one of the many voices he has mastered, such as Trump, Gary Marshall, or my favorite, Dr. Zaius from the original Planet of the Apes movie. It’s always a fun conversation, and you can never really tell where it’s gonna go.
And finally as a quick honorable mention, I will also say that I have really enjoyed the Gilbert Gottfried Amazing Colossal Podcast which usually covers old Hollywood, comedians, and directors. Whether you like Gilbert’s comedy or not, you can’t deny his love and respect for classic movies and TV.
Finally, I meant to get this out before the end of the year, but circumstances didn’t allow for that to happen. So I didn’t get to a more timely mention of my sadness at the passing of Carrie Fisher. As you already know I’m a huge Star Wars fan. Growing up, Princess Leia was my first crush. How could she not be? She was tough, beautiful, graceful, and smarter than everyone around her. To say she was a hero for women, is an understatement. She was a hero for everyone. And now she’s gone. But her legacy on screen and in books remains. For many 2016 was a bad year with all the celebrity deaths and the presidential race. I however can’t say the same. Because 2016 was the year that Maria Elena Lupita Hernandez was born. And in the year that Princess Leia was laid to rest, my princess was born. And for that I can always say that 2016 was a great year.
Rudy Hernandez has been a former comic book retailer, podcaster, a comic book fan since the age of 13, and Star Wars fan since the age of 2. He can be found every month attending the Titan Moon Comics Adult Graphic Novel Book club.