iFANBOY (daily 5-minute video, weekly half-hour long video, & weekly hour-long audio podcast) – Hosted by Ron Richards, Conor Kilpatrick, & Josh Flanagan, iFanboy blends personality with professionalism. These guys are work-aholics, with 6 video shows & one audio show every single week. The daily video show deals with everything from reviews to interviews to opinion pieces and the audio show is a Pick of the Week from the week’s comics, and also features fun Q&A’s. While they occasionally have great interviews, it’s the personalities that keep me coming back, as personality is something that is sorely missing from most podcasts, including comics.
Recommended Episode – iFanboy Video Podcast – Episode #27 “Appletini” – Ron sits at letterer-eextraordinaire Chris Eliopoulos’s house, by his pool, in a very laid back conversation about how he got into the business. They also take a fascinating, rare look at just how someone letters a comic.
Their convention coverage is better than anyone, anywhere, so look for their upcoming podcast from New York. (Or check out Video Podcast episodes #30 & #31 to view their San Diego ComicCon coverage from last year.)
FRESH INK (weekly video podcast) – Hosted by Blair Butler, Fresh Ink is produced by the folks at the G4 network, so it’s always very high quality. The show mostly covers her reviews and picks, but occasionally delves into interviews. I think she has a unique perspective on comics and it’s always a pleasure to see what she recommends.
Recommended Episode – Fresh Ink: Best of 2007 – Online Edition – Blair picks her top books from 2007, which will give you a good idea of her personality and the broad range of what she’s into.
IT CAME OUT ON WEDNESDAY (weekly, half-hour long audio podcast) – Peter Jaffe hosts this interview podcast with a great range of indie comics creators from Jonathan Hickman to Matt Wagner to Antony Johnston to David Petersen to Brian Wood to Jeff Smith. The interviews are book-specific, so they don’t spend a lot of time talking about the comics world in general, but they do delve into influences and project origins.
Recommended Episode – The Killer with Matz – This informative interview with Matz, the French writer of “the Killer”, gives some interesting insight into the international world of French comics.
FANBOY RADIO (twice-weekly, hour-long audio podcast) – A local Texas radio show, hosted by the overly enthusiastic Scott Hinze. Fanboy Radio is the first podcast I began listening to, as they were able to secure a massive amount of high profile guests including Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, Thomas Jane, Patton Oswalt, Alan Moore, Joss Whedon, Mike Mignola, Todd McFarlane, Zack Snyder, Grant Morrison, Paul Dini, the RZA, Mike Allred, Erik Larsen, Mark Millar, Rob Liefeld, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott McCloud, Douglas Wolk, Terry Moore, Steve Niles, Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Marc Silvestri, Geoff Johns, Tom Brevoort, Allan Heinberg, Brian K. Vaughan, Mark Waid, Alex Ross, Peter David and many, many, many more (phew!). Hinze oozes excitement as he asks not-so-hard-hitting, but informative questions. Also features a panel called “Sub or Flub” where guests join the hosts in discussing pop-culture news and either “sub”-ing it (you like it) or “flub”-ing it (you don’t).
Recommended Episode: Fanboy Radio #144 – Scott Kurtz, Robert Kirkman, & Mike Wieringo – A great, loose, & very funny discussion with the very funny combo of Kurtz & Kirkman and the late Mike Wieringo.
WORD BALLOON (weekly, hour-ish long audio podcast) – A great interview show with the “professional radio personality” of John Siuntres. Siuntres is a great interviewer and really knows what he’s talking about. Occasionally the show plays like an advertisement for any given book, but for the most part, some great questions are asked. Has in-depth conversations with some of the biggest names in comics including Brad Meltzer, Ed Brubaker, Joe Quesada, Mike Mignola, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Chrisos Gage, Gail Simone, Jay Faerber, Rick Remender, Sean McKeever, Allan Heinberg, Robert Kirkman, Chuck Dixon and more…. Also has 3-hour (at least) long conversations (each) with Brian Michael Bendis & Jeph Loeb where they answer fan questions.
Recommended Episode: “The Future of Graphic Literature” – (Oddly doesn’t feature Sintres) A panel, in two parts, featuring Josh Fialkov (Elks Run), Ross Ritchie (Boom! Studios), Mark Waid (The Brave and the Bold), Christos Gage (Wildstorm: Armageddon), Kazu Kabuishi (Flight), and Tony Fleece (In My Lifetime) as they discuss how the comics industry is changing to meet a new market. Probably the best panel on comics I’ve ever listened to, period.
You can check out all of these great podcasts by clicking on their links or searching for them on iTunes.