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This Saturday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, I’ll be guest hosting my very first talk radio show on KFI AM 640, More Stimulating Talk, discussing pop culture/comics culture!
As many of you know I have a background in radio and spent seven years working at KFI behind the scenes as a board op, sound designer and finally as the producer of the Phil Hendrie Show. Fourteen years ago I left KFI to focus on CBR and my other business full time, but have stayed in regular contact with many at the station. I’ve even been a guest on the station many times talking about the massive success of so many superhero films over the years.
This is very different for me as for the first time I’ll be in front of the microphone on the radio. I’m incredibly excited and honored to have been asked and a wee-bit nervous! I think I’ll do fine — my years in front of the camera talking with comic creators, actors, producers, directors, etc., on CBR TV has prepped me well, but talk radio is an entirely different beast. It’s very interesting switching gears and finding ways to talk about comics culture with a very mainstream listening audience, but I’m helped in a big way by the fact that these days EVERYONE, on some level, is a geek!
I have some great guests from comics and television lined up, including comic creator Rob Liefed to explain to the world at large who Deadpool is and why they should get excited about the upcoming Fox Studios film. Archie Comics Publisher Jon Goldwater will be on to talk about the very different sort of stories they publish today compared to years past. And Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb will join me to talk all things “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Agent Carter” and “Daredevil.”
I hope you’ll listen this Saturday and think good, positive, energy boosting thoughts for me! I’m going to need it!
You may have read earlier this week that CBR’s blog Robot 6 won a Harvey award for Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation last weekend! Today, the award has arrived and it’s now on display in the CBR office. Take a look.
We had to separate CBR’s two Eisner Awards (2009, 2011 Best Journalism) form the Harvey because they were fighting. The creepy “The Conjuring” doll seems to have kept them apart. Here’s a close up, with a photobomb appearance by Senior Editor Albert Ching.
Special thanks to R6’s Tim O’Shea for shipping it to the office and for accepting the award on the team’s behalf.
The CBR offices are located in the Laemmle Theater building in the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles, California. It’s a small building that’s home to a seven screen movie theater, a Chipotle (oh, man, do we love burritos!), CBR and Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krikorian’s field office. There’s not a lot of traffic in our hallways, but enough that we thought, “HEY, WE HAVE TO TAKE THE PULSE OF THE BUILDING ON THIS BEN AFFLECK BATMAN NEWS!!!!” Well, it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but close.
We put our nifty white board on the door to our suite and asked the question of anyone walking the halls since last Friday. Here are the results.
What have we learned from our super scientific survey? That our hallway is far more supportive of Ben Affleck as Batman than the Internet as a whole is. HALLWAY FTW!
Love this Charlie’s Angels inspired photo of me, Video Producer Remy Minnick and my assistant Andhrea Gapunay on the docks outside the CBR Yacht!
The set turned out nice year.
Here’s my assistant Andhrea wearing the giant ARROW bag. Love it! It’s functional, it’s fashionable!
Editor Steve Sunu dons one of the massive WB bags that have capes this year. Obviously he’s hard at work. Also, video editor Seth Sherwood in the background checking footage.
> Our totem bar for good luck. Looks nicer at night. Also, a self portrait of me. > > >
Our friends at LIONSGATE sent over a Comic-Con care package filled with water, pens, note pads, sun screen, hand sanitizer, a Subway gift card and more, plus this freaky ass mask from YOU’RE NEXT that CBR video producer Remy Minnick was kind enough to wear. We’re making him wear it all day today as he toils away on our Comic-Con schedule. It’s not awkward at all!
Love the comic book theming of the tip jar at SteamPunk Coffee Bar in North Hollywood, CA. I tipped The Joker, naturally.
On October 31st, 2012, CBR moved out of our tiny little office in Hollywood. We outgrew the 550 sq. ft. space in the almost 90 year old building. Then, the office’s ownership changed, improvements to the aging building were slow to come, parking became an inescapable nightmare and rent was ridiculous. Time for a change.
In December of 2012, we moved in to our new space in the NoHo Arts District, in a brand new building with plenty of parking, great access to public transportation (the NoHo Metro station is a block away) and based in a really exciting part of the city filled with great energy. More importantly, we have triple the space of the previously space, allowing me to finally realize the kind of studio I’ve always wanted.
Hey CBR Readers!
Just a quick note to say that CBR is migrating to a new, much faster server this Sunday, June 9th, at 9:00 AM Pacific time. This will mean the main CBR site — www.comicbookresources.com — will be intermittently unavailable from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM.
Lately, all the CBR servers have been pummeled by increased traffic and we only see that increasing, especially with Comic-Con International in San Diego on the horizon. To deal with that, first we’ll move CBR to this new server. Once CBR is on its new server, we’ll prep the old CBR server so we can move the CBR blogs to it. The server the blogs are on is seriously slow and even the two-year old CBR server is 5x faster than the current blog server. We expect to move the CBR blogs on Thursday, June 13th — possibly sooner. We’ll let ya know.
Thanks for your patience, everyone. We hope you’ll be happy with the faster response times to come!
— Jonah Weiland
The management of the building the CBR offices are located in have allowed us to decorate the hallway with movie posters of our choosing. We reached out to friends around town, got some comic book movie posters from them and, well, here’s a look at all the posters we’ve hung outside our suite — but one of these is not like the other!
Special thanks to Michelle at Laemmle’s Noho for the use of that final Avengers poster — how amazing is that?
Here’s a behind the scenes panorama of the CBR Tiki Room at WonderCon as I interview LEVERAGE creator & Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) co-creator John Rogers. Photo by Seth Sherwood.
Check out this fun Panorama that letterer extraordinaire Chris Eliopoulous took while in the CBR Tiki Room, complete with a rather stern look from myself! Bonus!
Just finished up a lovely interview with the creator of MacGyver himself, Lee Zlotoff. Look for the full video interview to be posted next week and thanks to Lee for coming out today.
I’ve known Marvel’s Director of Communications, Publishing & Digital Media Arune Singh for a long time. Arune wrote for CBR from 2001 through 2007 when he moved to New York City to work for Marvel. We’ve been close friends throughout and I’m honored to be one of his groomsmen for his wedding this October, when he marries his lovely bride Michelle.
This week I got the wedding invitation and was pleased to discover a very tangible comics connection inside. Marvel Exclusive Artist David Marquez drew a beautiful rendering of what Arune & Michelle just might look like on their Wedding day, and also if their three cats were allowed to join them. Here’s a front cover scan of the invitation.
Nice job, David! And congratulations to Arune & Michelle!
If you live in Los Angeles, you drive everywhere. While public transportation is better than it was, to get from Downtown to Santa Monica or from the Valley to the South Bay, you really have to drive.
As car culture took hold in California, so did the use of personalized license plates. You see them everywhere in LA. In fact, I had one for 5 years in the ’90s. It said “LA CLIPR” … yes, my fascination with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers has been a bit nuts for years.
The other day, as I drove in to work on Melrose in Hollywood, I found myself behind this car with a personalized license plate I can certainly appreciate.
If you’ve visited Comic Book Resources for a good length of time you know I have a lot of love for cosplayers. Going back to 1996, CBR has regularly featured photos from cosplayers at comic conventions around the world in many, many a photo parade. Yes, sometimes I can be a tad snarky about some of the more, shall we say, poor choices made by some cosplayers, but I really do love seeing the creativity on display. There have been some mind blowingly good costumes over the years.
Where just 15 years ago seeing cosplay outside a comic convention was an oddity (unless you lived near the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, in which case it’s been an every day occurrence for your entire life), these days cosplay seems to happen most anywhere. Even at the Olympics.
I’m watching NBC’s coverage of Women’s Indoor Volleyball this Wednesday evening, a match between Team USA & China, when as the announcer throws to commercial this image of a fan in the audience comes up on the screen.
I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this. It’s not the choice in costume, or even the fact it’s a relative cheaply made costume. No, I have no problem with that. But, I dunno, superhero cosplay seems kinda wrong at the Olympics. Like it just doesn’t fit in.
Oh, who am I kidding — I’m just jealous and wish I was there! If someone wanted to fly me to London, get me in to events, on the condition I wear a Captain America costume at all times, I can be reached at email@example.com.