Jace and Rocky from Comic Boom! have their final DC Spotlight of the year and it's a big one. We have a few series and storylines coming to an end, the latest Wonder Woman Historia volume, a new direction for Superman and a whole lot more! Plus the guys get a little heated talking about Tim Drake and Punchline may elicit some strong reactions as well.
Merry Christmas! Christopher Cantwell join Jace to dive deep into his recent Iron Man Run. They also talk about the current series Gold Goblin and Namor Conquered Shores. A little bit of Star Wars talk as well as thoughts on the ending of Blue Flame and the start of Briar, Christopher's recent independent work.
Jace chats with writer Cody Ziglar about his new run on Miles Morales: Spider-Man. Cody talks about discovering Miles and how much the character means to him, they guys also discuss getting Miles back to basics and what we can expect in terms of villains on the book. Plus some talk about Federico Vicentini's incredible art on the title.
Jace welcomes Jeremy Adams back to the show for a ton of talk about Flash. Jeremy gives a tease of what's to come in One Minute War, plus some Flashpoint Beyond talk.
Jace is joined by writer Matt Kindt to talk about a wide variety of titles. From the mysterious Hero Trade to the recently released They're All Terrible, the guys touch on Eniac and dive deep into BRZRKR while teasing what's to come with Hairball and Spy Superb.
Jace welcomes Tom King back to the show to talk about a ton of his projects. Kicking it off with Love Everlasting and how it subverts expectations to Jace calling Tom out for giving us flashbacks in Batman Killing Time. The guys also talk some Danger Street with Tom giving an overview of the series. We learn the origins of Tom's Gotham Year One story and how Human Target compares to the love story in Love Everlasting. Plus some One Bad Day Riddler talk.
Jace and Rocky from Comic Boom! talk about the DC comics for the week of December 20, 2022. it's a relatively big week with the end of Dark Crisis. We also get the penultimate issue of Batman vs Robin leading into Lazarus Island, a big reveal in World's Finest, while Stargirl reaches the island that may contain the key to the mystery of the missing sidekicks. Also Nightwing has the perfect blend of action and character-work as we approach issue #100.
Jace welcomes the writing duo of Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly back to the show. This time, not only do they chat about Star Trek and the crew of the USS Thesius, designed by the one and only Montgomery Scott, they guys also talk Batman Beyond, Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty and whiskey!
Jace is joined by mobile game veterans Hatemael and Loot from the WROL Broadcast, known for their experience with DC Legends. They guys get together to discuss the hot new mobile game Marvel Snap. What strategies are the guys employing? How do they feel about the game overall and what cards are perhaps too powerful? All this and more so listen in for all the fun.
Jace chats with Marvel exclusive artist, Joshua Cassara. They talk about Josh's dedicated to sequential storytelling his process for interiors and how it differs from his cover work. There's tons of process information in this one, so listen in!
Jace welcomes Todd Nauck back to the show. They chat about his collaborator and legendary comic writer Peter David. Todd's current ongoing with Geoff Johns, Stargirl: The Lost Children which follows up on the Star Girl Spring Break Special. Also Todd gives some insight into character design and composition for covers versus sequential interiors.
Jace welcomes Stephanie Phillips back to the show to talk about her recent work on Harley Quinn. They also discuss her creator-owned title from Boom, Grim and her upcoming Marvel series, Cosmic Ghost Rider.
Jace chats with writer Tom Taylor about the end of his Superman: Son of Kal-El title. Tom also teases what's to come in the upcoming Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent series and beyond. Plus just who is Red Sin and what do he and Jon have in common.
Jace chats with Jim from the Bronzeville Comics YouTube channel about how he got started creating content. The guys also discuss comic book speculation, the boom and bust created by the pandemic and how to have the hobby fund itself.
Jace chats about a few of the new comics he has had a chance to read already for the week of December 14, 2022. Highlights include the second issue of Hell to Pay, the debut of Monica Rambeau and the final issue of StarHenge Book 1. Dark Ride #3 also is a must-read. All this and more, plus Jace gives a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.
Jace and Rocky break down the DC titles for the week of December 13, 2022. Spawn Batman brings a sense of the familiar. The new state of the DC multiverse is explored in Big Bang and several titles have their best issues of the entire run.
Jace and Rocky from Comic Boom talk about the DC titles for the week of December 6, 2022. Highlights include Gotham City Year One #3 and Sword of Azrael #5. The guys take some exception with the Dark Crisis One-Shot and Jace breaks down Batman falling from the moon.
Jace chats with actors Grant Gelt and Victor DiMattia about the iconic movie, The Sandlot. On the verge of it's 30th anniversary this film is about so much more than baseball. It captures the essence of what it means to be friends and go the extra mile for your team. As the anniversary approaches, Victor and Grant have started a charity, Play Forever, to help give back and ensure that today's kids have the opportunities to experience those same types of friendships through sports and activities.
Los Angeles, CA – Cast members from the classic 1993 baseball film, The Sandlot, will take the main stage at this year’s L.A. Comic Con, for a panel on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 1:30pm to announce their new non-profit, Play Forever, and look back at the last 30 years of the classic film. Play Forever is focused on improving access for children to participate in sports, removing financial, community and social barriers that make it difficult, if not impossible for kids to have equitable access to sports throughout their childhoods. Play Forever’s mission is to make sports accessible to everyone, anywhere we can be the most impactful.
Throughout the weekend, members of the Sandlot cast will be dropping by Play Forever's booth and will be available for signings and photo ops. Play Forever will also have a variety of exclusive signed memorabilia available for auction and for sale, with all proceeds going to support Play Forever. For more information about Play Forever, you can visit https://www.playforever.org and @playforever_org.
Play Forever was co-founded by cast members Grant Gelt, who played the character of Bertram Grover Weeks, and Victor DiMattia who played the role of Timmy Timmons in The Sandlot.
Additional cast members will participate in Play Forever activities, as the group prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film in 2023.
“30 years ago, circumstance brought a bunch of kids together to create a baseball film, never imagining the impact the movie would have on generations of fans,” said co-founder Grant Gelt. “Now, we want to channel our years-long friendship and the generational impact the movie’s had and use it as an opportunity to get more kids involved in all aspects of sports, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.”
“We have all personally benefited from playing sports, learning valuable life skills and building resiliency through competition,” so co-founder Victor DiMattia. “If we can pool together the love of The Sandlot, to improve the lives of young people, and level the playing field for kids, it would be special.”
The non-profit was also co-founded by Jacque Williamson, who has over 15 years of experience working in environmental and education nonprofits. Ivan Carter, also a veteran of nonprofit work, will serve as Chief Operating Officer.
About Grant Gelt
Playing the role of "Bertram Grover Weeks" in the film The Sandlot, Grant Gelt is a seasoned music and entertainment industry veteran with a 20+ year career spanning artist management, creative services, brand, and technology sectors.
Gelt is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Masscult, a creative agency based in Nashville, TN, amongst other consumer products, technology, and hospitality ventures.
About Victor DiMattia
Victor DiMattia played the role of "Timmy Timmons" in the iconic 1990s film The Sandlot. His experience acting in films as a youth led him on a journey in the entertainment industry, as a musician, actor, and trained film director. Today, Victor works as the Director of Web3 Initiatives for Masscult.
Victor is a lifelong sports fan, having played ice hockey growing up, and is an avid fan of football, baseball, and basketball.
Recording Live at the recent Los Angeles Comic Con, Artist Ronald Wimberly discusses his project with the legendary Scotch Whiskey company, Ardbeg. The intersection of Scotch and comics may not seem like a natural one at first, but as Ronald discusses the project with Ardbeg National Brand Ambassador Cameron George, the overlap between these two distinctive artforms, making comics and making scotch, become apparent. You'll hear the panel in it's entirety and then a quick on-on-one with Jace and Ronald highlighting some of the points discussed on the panel. The press release for the event is below.
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 18, 2022) - Ardbeg, the famous Islay distillery known for pushing the boundaries of whisky-making, announced today its plans to bring bold, tasteful fan experiences to L.A. Comic Con from December 3-4. Showcasing the brand’s first-ever, limited-edition graphic novel, titled Planet Ardbeg, whisky enthusiasts and weirdos alike will take part in an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience into the world of Ardbeg.
Planet Ardbeg features three distinct tales inspired by the flavors and origin stories of three Ardbeg expressions – Ardbeg Ten Years Old, Ardbeg An Oa and Ardbeg Wee Beastie. L.A. Comic Con attendees will immerse themselves in the 40-page sci-fi anthology through the tales of “Guardians of Oa,” “The Best Laid Schemes” and “Take it with a Grain of Sand” during a specially crafted and otherworldly drinking experience.
Attendees will be presented with three paths representing the three distinct tales drafted from the unique qualities of three whiskies: 10 YO, An Oa and Wee Beastie. The experience leads guests through a hallway into a series of inlets and rooms where they encounter various environments they interact with based on the graphic novel. The cocktails will be served during a private tasting. Guests will need to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to gain access to the “invite-only” post-event tasting hours taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 4pm - 6pm PT.
The graphic novel was conceived by cartoonist Ronald Wimberly, Emma Rios and Sanford Greene., each bringing their own distinctive voice and style to the project. Using three expressions in Ardbeg’s Core Range as their creative launchpad, together they produced an anthology of tales as bold and unique as Ardbeg itself, featuring a land of giant botanicals and even bigger beasts. Traversing the triptych of fantastical tales is the Quantum Distiller, who journeys across time and space gathering ingredients and inspiration to concoct the ultimate dram through the three stories influenced by Ardbeg expressions.
Available online via ReserveBar, fans can also experience the three whiskies the novel is based on - Ten Years Old, An Oa and Wee Beastie - at home.
The Planet Ardbeg graphic novel will be available for purchase at the Ardbeg Distillery Visitor Centre, in select comic book shops as well as via Ardbeg.com in certain markets. A digital version will also be available exclusively for members of the Ardbeg Committee to read (at no cost) at Ardbeg.com/planet-ardbeg.
Fans can stay up-to-date with the latest news by following Ardbeg at @ardbeg_usa on Instagram. For more information, please visit: https://www.ardbeg.com/en-US/
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Ardbeg prides itself on being The Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky. Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts. Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ardbeg suffered from an uncertain future and it was not until the brand was purchased by The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 that the Distillery was saved from extinction. Since then, the Distillery has risen like a phoenix and today Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt, with a passionate following.
Ardbeg and The Glenmorangie Company advocate responsible drinking and suggest that drinkers savor Ardbeg whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.
Jace chats with writer Josh Trujillo about Blue Beetle Graduation Day. With it's first issue debuting recently, Josh talks about the themes he wants to explore in the series with family being an important part. They also discuss the new location of Palmera City, Ted Kord and his newly-introduced sister and a while lot more. Josh's joy for Jaimie Reyes is infectious so listen in for all the fun.
Jace flies solo to break down the DC Comics titles for the week of November 29, 2022. His favorite titles are the debut of Geoff Johns Justice Society which feels so wildly different than any JSA title that has come before and the Wildstorm 30th Anniversary SPecial which does a great job of celebrating the nostalgia of these characters while gradual shifting to stories that have them feel grounded in the whole of the DCU.
Jace and Jay break down a few of the books they have had a chance to read for the week of November 23, 2022. Vanish is brutal, violent and a heck of a lot of fun, Alien has plenty of action and betrayal while Eight Billion Genies starts to ramp up the timeline. All this plus spoiler-free reviews of more titles and they guys give a rundown of some other books you may want to be on the lookout for.
Jace chats with writer/artist Dan Panosian about an upcoming project from AWA Studios that combines many of Dan’s favorite things. Set in the late 60’s, that tumult of that time period is perfectly suited for a story combing horror, rock and roll with some Kung Fu thrown in for good measure. Jace and Dan discuss choosing this specific time period for the story, how you can find the light by coming through the darkness, the incredible art of his collaborator on the project, Dalibor Talajic and a whole lot more. Final Order cut-off is January 9, 2023, so tell your retailer to order you a copy now!
Jace chats about what to expect at the upcoming Los Angeles Comic Con. It will be the biggest show ever with a huge guest list and tons of comic, toy and anime vendors. Plus a huge cosplay presence
Jace and Rocky talk about the new Dawn of DC publishing initiative coming from DC in 2023. Twenty new titles are on the way, but is that in addition to what's already coming out or in place of? Maybe it is somewhere in between. The guys discuss the creative teams that have been announced as well as what "Dawn of DC" could mean over all. You can see the full press release from DC below.