Word Balloon Podcast

Word Balloon Podcast – Greg Rucka, Jeff Parker, & Sal Abbinanti

Show Notes

On this episode of Word Balloon, Greg Rucka returns for the start of a new 2-part Rucka Debrief. In part one, we talk about Rucka’s latest novel ALPHA from Mulholland Books. Greg introduces a new action hero Jad Bell, and his challenge is a terrorist threat in a huge theme park with personal and professional stakes on the line. Greg talks about his world building here and creating this new hero who differs in many ways from Greg’s past comic and novel heroes. (part 2 will cover Greg’s comic doings)

Jeff Parker is back to talk about theĀ  transition from his run on Thunderbolts to the title becoming Dark Avengers with T-Bolt artists Kev Walker and Declan Shalvey. Parker’s run on the Red Hulk continues with Haunted Hulk, featuring Red exploring the monster corner of the Marvel Universe. We also talk about Bucko, Jeff and Erika Moen’s webcomic, soon to be released in a September trade collection by Dark Horse Comics. Jeff’s been busy with a diverse run of short works too like his work with Colleen Coover in CREEPY #8, an upcoming DC digital Batman story with Gabriel Hardman, and a short feature in the BOOM! Planet Of The Apes Annual in August.

Finally comic artist Sal Abbinanti is back to promote a live panel he’ll be doing to benefit Chicago Public Radio this weekend. The subject: Have Hollywood and TV drastically changed the mythologies behind Superhero origins?


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  1. I’m an hour into the episode. I’ve read a lot of Greg Rucka’s work (novels and comics) and I’ve really enjoyed most of it. But listening to this particular interview makes me want to read ALL of Greg Rucka’s work. Super smart dude with many perspectives I totally agree with. Nice work, John!

  2. Another great episode. I really like to know all the details about research and all that stuff with Ruck.
    Parker made me laugh with his comment “Draw an rat, Will Eisner would’ve done it”
    And Sal is always entertaining.
    By the way…I’m a girl, ignore the avatar picture

  3. thanks folks part 2 with greg is great too, and will be along side a new talk with the great dave gibbons

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