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Comic book panel show Giant Size, uncut Artist Edition interviews, and related Test Pattern pre/post-shows from ESN.fm
||CleanGiant Size 49: Joe Quesada - Reasons Why I’m Here||To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Marvel Knights, we welcome Joe Quesada to tell the origin story of the imprint and contextualize it within Marvel history.||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 48: Enforceable Curfew and Women in Towers||John interviews Dean Haspiel pre-Election 2016 about what it is that he's afraid of and the infinite emptiness of the internet, while Moisés talks with Alex de Campi about the glorious darkness of certain fairy tales and the importance of being on a Sc||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size One-Shot 7: The Death Of||As a coda to our creator spotlight on Dan Slott, we look at the just-released Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #1. There's a spoiler warning at the point where we start spoiling, so don't worry. In the outro, we tease some upcoming guests and episodes||10/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 47: Monkey's Paws with Dan Slott||Dan Slott injects danger and fear for our hero's life wherever he can, and that's why we love his work on Spider-Man. Those choices extends to how he has brought unexpected, sometimes-hated (and then loved), but always interesting changes to the status||10/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size One-Shot 6: The Amazing Cube||Special Cameo Appearance by Stan "The Man" Lee! We waited until the second issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers came out to talk about the whole "Hail HYDRA" thing. How many people read comics versus read headlines about them? What is and isn't "a gim||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size One-Shot 5: Emotional Payoff||This is either a "Triple-Sized" One-Shot or a Regular-Sized regular episode (or both!) coveringDC Universe Rebirth #1. There was confusion we were aware of before starting, and all-new, all-different confusion we discover while recording. We stay spoil||6/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 46: Teaser Trailers for Other Superheroes||Neither of us liked Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. We hadn't spoken to each other about it until we recorded this all-spoiler-filled discussion. Weeks later, neither of us can really tell you what the movie was about or trying to say other than "th||4/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 45: Do Your Thousand Pages||Southern Cross co-creator Andy Belánger has done Big Two, licensed, and is now a loud-and-proud "creator-owned or GTFO" advocate who is all-in with Image Comics. We discuss his work, fandom, and wrestling. This live episode was recorded at Dallas Fan D||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 44: I'm Not Stan, You're Not Jack||Storyteller artist Paul Ryan was more than just a "pencil guy". A consummate draftsman who came to comics work in his mid-30's, Ryan embodied a work ethic seldom seen then or now. The news of his sudden passing this past weekend took everyone by surpris||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size One-Shot 4: Dream Big, Jimmy Olsen||Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #125 is one of the best values you can find for a comic from the 1960’s. Spurred by a Nostradamus prophecy discovered under the sea (you read that correctly), Jimmy Olsen collects the tears of four people, including Superm||2/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 43: Collaborative and Non-Compliant||Kelly Sue DeConnick has a massive, loyal, and deeply passionate following for a very good reason: she makes comics that mean something to people. In this Creator Spotlight episode, we discuss her body of work, and the distinct humanity of her voice as a||2/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size One-Shot 3: Sentient Dough||Captain America gets a lot of Avengers Middle Management Work done! The Red Skull has (consensual) sex with a lady in a hot tub (how does she kiss him?)! Thor (Eric Masterson) is put on probation! Red Skull’s ancestral family house…drips dough!||1/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 42: No Children Were Murdered||What is the aftermath of two of the biggest of Big Two Mega-Event Crossovers in comics history? Are our buying habits…FOREVER CHANGED??? (Yes.) How or can we justify $5 cover prices? Find out in a truly 80-ish-“page” (minute) Giant episode of the||1/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size One-Shot 2: Issue Ten Out of Eight||Secret Wars (2015) is complete as of this, the second week of 2016. Since we did a mega-event-scale series on crossovers last year that was kicked off by the announcement of Secret Wars, we dig into our spoiler-filled thoughts on the final issue, as wel||1/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 41: Definitely Wedge||A primer on Star Wars comics from 1977 forward.||1/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size One-Shot 1: The Comic That Kept Marvel Afloat||In our first-ever, short-length, One-Shot episode, John relates the personal and historical significance of Marvel's Star Wars: Special Edition #1. Coming on Giant Size #41, a full episode covering all of Star Wars in comics.||12/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 40: Muscle Memory||“Breaking in” stories from Steve Epting, Jim Cheung, and Val Mayerik. Neal Adams tells us why people call him an idiot and end up calling him a genius. We also look at how this convention in particular marked an artistic turning point for your hosts||12/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 39: Re-Hooked on Comics||In the first installment of our 2-part Fan Expo Dallas Special, we and our special guests talk about the importance and impact of Archie, working with material well-known in another medium, and the vital importance of major publishers staying the course||9/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 38: When I Was a Kid||We discuss childhood influences and the importance of licensed properties in comics with a wide array of guests: World Champion wrestler (and comic creator) Booker T, Katie Cook, Peter David, J.M. DeMatteis (albeit briefly), and returning guest Walt Sim||8/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 37: Color Theory||We look at the vital role of the more-precise-than-ever art of comics coloring, shining a spotlight in particular on the work of Elizabeth Breitweiser and featuring special guests Neal Adams, Steve Epting, and Walt Simonson.||6/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 36: T-Shirt and Jeans Look||In framing a conversation with writer Greg Pak about the new direction for Superman in Action Comics (as well as his new creator-owned project The Princess Who Saved Herself), we find ourselves also indulging in preaching the gospel of Adam Warlock.||6/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 35: Slap-in-the-Mouth Guarantee||In the first installment of a new recurring series, we recommend great, currently running reads that we've never discussed on the show.||5/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 34: Reading Orders||ComiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts join us for an annual check-in, discussing library expansion, the changes post-Amazon acquisition, and the possibility of new UI/UX features in the future.||4/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArtist Edition 63: Janelle Asselin - STAPLE 2015 "Pitching Comics" Panel||STAPLE 2015 "Pitching Comics" Panel with Janelle Asselin, hosted by Meredith Nudo, a valiant Valkyrie from Houston, TX. Whether looking to pitch your own or just learn more about the process of how comics are made, this is a great primer on all of the a||4/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArtist Edition 62: Monica Gallagher - Elfquest Tattoo||Monica Gallagher started making comics on the web, but before that, anime and manga (and Elfquest) made her a fan who wanted to create in addition to consume. An excerpt of this interview was originally featured on Giant Size #33: Heart and Soul, our S||4/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArtist Edition 61: STAPLE 2015 Q&A with Allen, Ellis, and Tarr||STAPLE 2015 Q&A with Brooke Allen, Grace Ellis, and Babs Tarr, hosted by Annie Bulloch, Valkyrie owner of 8th Dimension Comics in Houston, TX. Behold (...be-hear?) the origin of "Lumberjumbies", as coined by Brooke Allen and as memorialized on the Lumbe||4/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArtist Edition 60: Brooke Allen & Grace Ellis - Above the Fold||Brooke Allen (illustrator, speaks first) and Grace Ellis (writer, speaks second) are two of the co-creators of the mega-smash-hit, *New York Times-bestselling *Lumberjanes. This interview was originally featured (in full, uncut) on Giant Size #33: Hear||4/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 33: Heart and Soul||In our first-annual STAPLE Special, we dive into some of our mutual comfort foods: autobiographical and otherwise-great indie comics. Intercut throughout are interviews with an all-star, all-woman super-team lineup of comics creators.||4/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 32: Every Flavor is Chocolate!||In the Epilogue to our comprehensive, decades-spanning, senses-altering Crossover Event(s), we each name the five events from each publisher we would "save" if forced to choose. Stay tuned for a shocking conclusion in the conclusion that will change th||3/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 31: This Hero Must Die!||The Crossover Crisis War(s) experience is consummated with a dive from AvX and its Consequences (without ruining it for you) through the recently-concluded AXIS. Part 8 of 8||3/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 30: Beyond Continuity Porn||Do our hosts come to blows over heroes coming to blows in Civil War?! Who will leave this battle "WWH Champion"? Have one or both of us been Skrulls the whole time? Find out as we take race across the Rainbow Bridge and out of dark-gritty-dark-darkness,||3/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 29: Doctor Strange Explains It All||In the aftermath of the 90's and Marvel's bankruptcy, a classic is sequelized, Earth becomes a penal colony for the rest of the galaxy, and writer Bendis kicks off the modern era of line-wide, endlessly connecting crossovers. Crossovers Crossover Epic||3/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 28: Chain Mail and a Bomber Jacket||The trilogy of Infinity Something crossovers (Gauntlet, War, and Crusade) and the rest of the Events of the 1990's employ "crossover tactics" seen in Marvel crossovers through the present. Say "hello" and at once (in many ways) "good riddance" to the 90||2/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 27: The Experience Has Been Consummated!||In an episode where we cover both parts of Secret Wars, you'll be amazed at which Marvel crossover we declare the most influential and important to Marvel history in the years leading up to Infinity Gauntlet. Crossovers Crossover Epic Part 4 of ????||2/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 26: Heroes Punching Each Other||In the first of more parts than we planned, we lay the foundation and start into Marvel Comics crossovers, looking at what a crossover really is (and isn't, and is/isn't perceived to be), including how Marvel invented them (no, seriously).||2/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 25.5: A Game for Children||Recorded after our two-part discussion of DC crossover events, this would usually go in the Test Pattern "extras" feed, but this is a major crossover event, so we're including this tie-in you didn't ask for with everything else in your subscription box.||2/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 25: End of the Universe||The second part of our intra-show crossover event covering DC and Marvel crossover events (all of them), takes us from Zero Hour (1994) to the New52-generating Flashpoint (2011). Part 2 of ???||1/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 24: Your World is Going to be Destroyed!||The first part of our intra-show crossover event covering DC and Marvel crossover events (all of them), starting with DC's "Big Bang" that set their standard, Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985). We leave you hanging off the cliff just before Zero Hour (19||1/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 23: All-New Secret Age of Infinity Crossover War CrisisPoint Convergence||We dispel some misconceptions about this week's major Secret Wars announcement from Marvel and tease our podcast-redefining, multi-episode, intra-show-crossover event, where we will do an overview of major crossover events at DC and Marvel since they be||1/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiant Size 22: Super-Powered Murder Cat||We memorialize some great comics cancelled in 2014 with a truly Giant-Size episode that is full of complete runs you can start and finish (for the most part) right now.||1/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Great podcast with excellent hosts, content, and production.
I love the fact that they cover not only traditional single issue comic books but also movies, TV shows, and really anything related to comics in general.
Listening to Moises and John is awesome but the episodes that feature guests provide additional insight and perspective — love those episodes.
The creator interviews are amazing and provide a lot of insight into the industry as well as just being plain interesting.
As someone who started collecting comics in 1990s, these two guys hit all the right notes for remembering comics. I collected comics when Frank Miller was biggest deal. I love his run on Daredevil, Electra Assassin, Ronin, and Batman: Year One. I also like the interview of Bill Sienkiewicz in the middle. Finally, it was interesting to hear about how they are downsizing their comic collection and going to more digital.
Best comics podcast out there!
Moises' and John's insight into and advice about the wide world of comics, past and present, is incomparable. Their deep and broad knowledge of the topic, as well as their accessible and entertaining approach to discussing characters, stories, creators, and art in Giant Size makes it a "must-listen" for comics aficionados and new/lapsed fans alike. In addition, they offer great starting points for anyone who wants to get into comics, with reading suggestions focused not solely on Marvel and DC but including other publishers and indie comics, as well. As a big fan of pre-code horror comics, I especially appreciate their coverage of the important work being done at IDW preserving and making available to the public essential parts of comics history (in awesome editions!), like the Chilling Archive of Horror.
Finally, their interviews with creators are far better and more interesting than anything you're going to find anywhere else. They don't *just* geek-out with their favorite writers and artists--they get at the things that make those specific issues or characters or stories or art extra special and something to remember. These guys know what they're doing.
If you're going to listen to a comics podcast, make it this one!