Word Balloon Podcast

Word Balloon Podcast – Scott Snyder, Mark Waid, & Jay Faerber

Show Notes

On this edition of Word Balloon, writer Scott Snyder joins us to discuss his incredible run on Batman which continues with the Court Of Owls saga. We look back at last year’s Detective Comics arc, The Black Mirror and look ahead to the back up Owl stories in Batman and the coming crossovers in the Bat family books. We also discuss his new take on Swamp Thing and it’s upcoming crossover with Animal Man written by Snyder’s good friend Jeff Lemire.

Mark Waid is back to talk about wrapping up his Boom Studios books Irredeemable and Incorruptible. We dissect his current run on Daredevil for Marvel Comics, plus Mark gives us his view of how the comic book business has changed in the last 10 years. Mark also teases his creator owned digital comic book plans which will be announced at WonderCon in Anaheim later this month.

We wrap up with writer Jay Faerber, whose crime comic Near Death has just finished its first arc with the first trade available in stores, and issue 6 debuting later this month. Jay is also on the writing staff of Sarah Michelle Geller’s CW TV series Ringer, and he tells us behind the scene details of the show as they await word on if we’ll get a second season or not. Jay also talks about his 10+ years at Image Comics, and compares the current creator owned digital comics scene to what’s happening in television drama and its new platforms beyond network and Cable TV.

Time Code

00:00 –  30:39             Scott Snyder

30:40 – 118:15             Mark Waid

118:16-End Of Show   Jay Faerber


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  1. Great Waid interview as always (not that the other two were bad, of course!) but it’s sad to hear just how much relations have broken down between him and DC. Not just because I would love to see him write something for them, along with the terrific stuff he’s doing at Marvel but because, even if DC were under no contractual obligation to do so, it was really kind of a dick move to completely exclude him from having anything to do with an animated adaptation of his story – going so far as to not even credit him on the DVD.

    Beyond that I also loved the discussion about the optimistic nature of superheroes and his dismissal of “fanboy torture porn” (why do you think I’m so keen to do some work for DC?) and, as much as I’m loving a lot of what DC are currently putting out, he’s sadly probably correct about the way so much of their output is editorially driven. Though, I’m not entirely sure that Marvel are THAT much better at this right now. He’s obviously in a good position to know about such things but I can’t help but think that he is at least somewhat biased – and for very good reason – towards Marvel management right now.

    And, yeah, DC’s total refusal to collect much of his excellent work still rankles me.

    • Well to be honest, he’s kinda full of shit. As much as i love Mark Waid (i do own my very own Absolute Kingdom Come and the first definitive Irredeemable volume) i can’t really agree with him. Considering the fact that by the time Flashpoint ended, Marvel concluded Fear Itself, began with Spider-Island and Shattered Heroes and then went on to have Schism and Regensis (and let’s not forget that AvsX starts in 1 month). I’m not gonna really defend DC (because they aren’t that much better) but at least they’re staying away from these events that keep plaguing Marvel.

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