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info_outline Episode 33 Nat’l Novel Writing Month with Justin DiFazzio 04/03/2018
Episode 33 Nat’l Novel Writing Month with Justin DiFazzio Justin joins Matt to discuss National Novel Writing month, the challenges of writing a novel in a month, and the stories that has resulted in for him.
info_outline Episode 31 - "The one with Wendi Freeman" 03/06/2016
Episode 31 - "The one with Wendi Freeman" Today on the show I have Wendi Freeman (of the Double Page Spread podcast) on the show. We discuss Legos, Looking at original art at C2E2, Jaime Hernandez, Point Blank with Lee Marvin, Heist movies, Siege Movies, such as Assault on Precinct 13, The Satanic Ritual Abuse Scare of the 80s, and why you can enjoy both Dredd and The Raid. We also discuss the The Documentary Stripped, which covers comic strips and webcomics, and which Avengers (movie) characters Should be dating each other.
info_outline Episode 30- "C2E2 2015!" 06/13/2015
Episode 30- "C2E2 2015!" Tune in this time for a whirlwind tour of Chicago's Best Comic, Convention, C2E2 (Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo). This is a solo podcast with Matt, but don't let that scare you away! Marvel as Matt gets lost in the convention hall (multiple times)! The episode includes swag inventory, thoughts about Batman and Scott Snyder, man-in-the-street interviews, and part of a novel panel about gallows humor. The highlight of this episode may be the Bombast journey into the ICE (Indie Comics Expo) afterparty. This was a mini-con that was mashed together with a nerdcore hiphop triple bill. Adam Warrock, Mega Ran, and Cochise Soulstar! This episode also includes some personal admissions, comics chat with UK pal John Bishop, and an interview with rapper and comics store owner Cochise Soulstar.
info_outline Episode 28: "X-Men Villains pt. 1" 04/20/2015
Episode 28: "X-Men Villains pt. 1" In this episode, Matt is joined by Metal Mikey (of the Metal Mikey's 100 Page Spectacular Blog) to discuss their picks for the best X-Men villains, and the best X-Men villain moments. We get sidetracked a bunch, so we also talk about Rob Liefeld, how the changes in American manufacturing have affected Magneto, Moria MacTaggart, Magneto Baby, Steve Gerber, Asteroid M, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the confusing mess that is X-Men continuity, and how amazingly extensive the ToyBiz X-men toy line was.
info_outline Episode 27: "A Second Chance at Satisfaction" 12/20/2014
Episode 27: "A Second Chance at Satisfaction" In this Episode, recorded back in October (sorry for the wait, folks!) Matt and Phil discuss books, Phil talks about "The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers (1895) as seen in the TV show True Detective. And because he'd like to discuss something they've both read, (and because Matt doesn't know how to read books without pictures...), Phil then brings up Brian Lee O'Malley's graphic novel Seconds, his first since the end of the Scott Pilgrim series. Seconds is the story of cooking, choices in love and life, careers in restaurants, and what could happen if you get more chances than you're supposed to have. Towards the end of the show, Matt and Phil discuss two cover versions of The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" - one by Devo, and one by Otis Redding. Bon Appetit!
info_outline Episode 26: "Bombast at the Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy" 09/01/2014
Episode 26: "Bombast at the Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy" Today Matt, Phil and Janine all discuss the major motion picture Guardians of the Galaxy. We also discuss trailers and the new wonder woman costume. Plus the potential Deadpool movie we've been waiting for since episode 1.
info_outline Peter Browncast Chapter 5: "Mister Bun Goes Apes***" 08/03/2014
Peter Browncast Chapter 5: "Mister Bun Goes Apes***" In this chapter we learn about what happened to Peter's hotel room. We also learn what Charlie's whole deal is (or at least some of it).
info_outline Peter Browncast Chapter 4: A Bad Time to Be Born, a Worse Time to Be Run Over By a Gravel Truck 06/23/2014
Peter Browncast Chapter 4: A Bad Time to Be Born, a Worse Time to Be Run Over By a Gravel Truck This month on the Peter Browncast we delve a bit more into the reason Peter Brown wants to go to Boston in the first place, as well as discussing the intracacies of catching rabbits.
info_outline Episode 25: "Bombasterpiece Theatre Presents Ghostbusters" 05/18/2014
Episode 25: "Bombasterpiece Theatre Presents Ghostbusters"
info_outline Peter Browncast Chapter 3: "The Prostitute, the Pastor and the Policeman 05/14/2014
Peter Browncast Chapter 3: "The Prostitute, the Pastor and the Policeman Welcome to episode 3 of Phil's self-flagellation podcast, the Peter Browncast. Today Peter is stuck wandering New York City late at night and has nothing to do so he reminisces about the time he met the Pastor that officiated his mother's funeral. It's probably more fun than that sounds!
info_outline Peter Browncast Episode 2: "A Night on the Town" 03/05/2014
Peter Browncast Episode 2: "A Night on the Town" Alright we are back to the Peter Browncast. This time we listen as Peter decides to leave his hotel room in NYC and go for a little adventure. As always, leave your comments by liking bombast podcast on facebook or e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
info_outline Peter Browncast Episode 1: "Of Women and Weathermen" 02/03/2014
Peter Browncast Episode 1: "Of Women and Weathermen" This is new! Exciting! We've decided that once a month we will release a special mini episode of the podcast which will be a reading of a chapter from Phil's book. This month's episode is the first chapter of the book where we meet Peter Brown at JFK international airport and find out a little bit about his family
info_outline Episode 24 -"How Batman Got His Groove Back" 10/12/2013
Episode 24 -"How Batman Got His Groove Back" During this episode we are joined by friend of the show, Janine, and that can only mean one thing: some scintillating movie talk. The beginning of this episode starts with a discussion of music and other topics, including Lupe Fiasco, Pete Rock, and CL Smooth, Mumford and Sons, Trucking School, and the Motivational techniques that going to trucking school requires.Later on, we talk about summer movies; Iron Man 3 is discussed at length, but we also discuss Star Trek Into Darkness, The Purge, Fruitvale Station, This is The End, and The Wolverine. Ben Affleck and Batman are talked about, so yeah. That is a thing we talk about. We also have a sidebar about product placement and the Star Wars brand. To finish off the show, we stage the return of Bombast Midnight Theatre, with a dramatic reenactment of a 2003 unproduced Batman/Superman screenplay.
info_outline Episode 23 "Soda Shaq" 09/23/2013
Episode 23 "Soda Shaq" On today's show, Matt and Phil discuss the books they've been reading lately, including some books Matt picked up at CAKE (Chicago Alternative Komics Festival). They also discuss the Marvel Now! runs of Hawkeye, Deadpool and Fantastic 4/FF. There is a brief spoiler-free discussion of Man of Steel. Then Phil chugs 3 cans of Soda Shaq and nearly passes out.
info_outline Episode 22: "The Rockford Episode" 07/21/2013
Episode 22: "The Rockford Episode" In this episode, we are joined by friend of the show Jen Smith. We talk about our favorite things in Rockford, about the schools, about buying local, and about taking pride in your community. We also discuss a few songs from Phils Best of 2012 mix cd. Oh yeah, and we also talk about The Walking Dead.
info_outline Episode 21: That's Kinda Raven 04/09/2013
Episode 21: That's Kinda Raven In this episode Matt and Phil continue their way through Phil's favorite songs of 2013. Phil also discusses Shia Labeoourofiu (sp?)'s secret plot to destroy everything Phil loves. The guys also discuss kickstarters and some of their favorite podcasts. Also, they respond to a listener question about what books they're reading. And Matt finishes the episode off by talking about one of his favorite websites.
info_outline episode 20: "Neo-Tokyo is about to explode!" 02/10/2013
episode 20: "Neo-Tokyo is about to explode!" Episode 20 is finally here! We discuss a few songs from Phil's best songs of 2012 mix (full tracklist available here) and then also move on to how much matt loves akira and phil loves avatar: the last airbender.
info_outline Episode 19 -"John Porcellino Cartoonist Interview" 09/27/2012
Episode 19 -"John Porcellino Cartoonist Interview" This is a pretty mellow show, but I think it's a good one. John Porcellino is the cartoonist between the long-running King-Cat mincomic series, and many collections and other books. One of them that Phil and I (Matt) recently read is Perfect Example, a true-life high school story, that has been described as a coming-of-age story which reads like a "goodbye to the familiar Road trips, drunken concerts, and late-night make-out sessions." According to cartoonist Chris Ware, "John Porcellino's comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive." We caught up with John Porcellino before he went to SPX, one of the mainstays on the indie comics convention calendar. Phil and I talk with John P. about self-publishing, what he gained from his art school experience at NIU, the difference between the early days of alternative comics (the 80/90s) and now. We also talk about doing comics for the love of it, and learning from the artwork (it really applies to writing, drawing, and music, as well) while you are making it. And since we share the stateline region with John, I had to ask him about the changes from living in an urban/suburban environment to living in the more rural environment of South Beloit.
info_outline Episode 18 -"High-Heeled Horseshoes- Sexy?" 09/22/2012
Episode 18 -"High-Heeled Horseshoes- Sexy?" SPECIAL CROSSOVER EPISODE! If a podcast can have friends, then the Pod People Podcast is one of the best friends that Bombast has. If you don't know, that show has a focus on Young Adult fiction, and for this episode, we cross over with the hosts of Pod People, Emily White and Vic Caswell. We start off the episode with a round of the game show, "Hip Hop Artist or Superhero?". From there, we move on to Matt's homework assignment for the show, which was to get a date and go to the GZA concert, how to pick up chicks while buying tires, and we talk about Phil's novel, "Peter Brown Goes to Boston", and Phil talks about Emily's YA novel, "Elemental", which he just finished reading. We also talk about a tendency of male character in YA to be what girls wished guys were like, and we compare that to unrealistic women characters in superhero comics. If you listen further, you'll find out the reason that Phil needs to go see a Twilight movie in the theater, and you'll hear Mat ramble on about the Bill Murray movie, "What about Bob?". We round out the end of the show with the epic topic, Sexiest Male and Female Superheroes. The topic does derail briefly into a disagreement about Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" (1992). We laugh a lot during this episode, and I hope you enjoy it, dear listener, because we had blast recording it.
info_outline episode 17 - "The Logging One" 08/25/2012
episode 17 - "The Logging One" in this episode, phil is joined by LEGENDARY COMEDIAN sinbad!!! (sort of) also, matt and phil discuss the olympics, both the canadian and the hip-hop version. they also move on to discuss comic ratings vs their intended audience. we also receive a visit from special guest gollum/smeagol.
info_outline episode 16: "falkor is a disgruntled listener" 08/15/2012
episode 16: "falkor is a disgruntled listener" in this episode we discuss our latest our latest itunes review, then phil and matt discuss their recent attempts to meet ladies. matt also talks some more about san diego comicon and we play some audio of matt and his friends in the car on the way to comicon. matt also guarantees in a legally binding way that he will send listeners medals if they send us itunes reviews, e-mails or facebook comments.
info_outline Episode 15 -"The Dark Knight Rises and San Diego Comic-Con 2012" 08/04/2012
Episode 15 -"The Dark Knight Rises and San Diego Comic-Con 2012" Our first topic is The Dark Knight Rises -If you haven't seen the Dark Knight Rises yet, don't worry, there is a spoiler alert in this movie, so listen for that - or prepare to get spoiled.
info_outline Episode 14 – “CAKE Chicago 2012 and the truth about lightsabers” 07/08/2012
Episode 14 – “CAKE Chicago 2012 and the truth about lightsabers” In this show, Bombast Podcast visits the first ever CAKE show. CAKE is the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, and there are plenty of artist interviews, and comicky goodness. We have interviews with: Nate Powell, JP Pollard, Spike from Templar AZ, Betsey Swardlick, Julia Wertz, Lisa Hanawalt, Domitille Collardey, and Walker Mettling of PCC Showcase with Providence Comics Consortium. After that there is a strange glimpse into the music business that must be heard to be believed. End of the show topics include Superman vs Aliens, Superman vomiting, Marvel vs Capcom, Megaman and the the band that Megaman inspired, The Protomen, Mummies vs Zombies, and the need for a full-on Frankenstein craze. And don't you want to answer the question we pose: "Who is the new character sensation of the year?" Is it Astro Duck, Skater Dude, or Strong Shark? And of course, because things were not ridiculous enough, we talk for a solid minute about how great lightsabers are.
info_outline Episode 13 -"Bombast at the Movies: Prometheus with Janine" 06/29/2012
Episode 13 -"Bombast at the Movies: Prometheus with Janine" Phil, Matt, and Janine go watch Prometheus, Ridleys Scott's Alien prequel film and record their reactions the same night. Before we talk about the movie we talk about the current film trailers, including The Watch, Flight featuring Denzel Washington, The House at the End of the Street, The Amazing Spider-man, and the uses of montage in the other spider-man moviesThe Dark Knight Rises, and move from there to discussing The Situation from Jersey Shore as Spider-Man. We discuss Prometheus in the context of Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986), Noomi Rapace vs. Sigourney Weaver, Michael's Fassbender's performance here and his performance in X-Men:First Class as Magneto, and our problems of both the major and nitpick variety with the movie. Also, at long last, we uncover Phil's hatred of the metric system. After the movie, share the first installment of Bombast Radio Theatre with a dramatic reading of the unproduced Catwoman screenplay written by Daniel Waters. We react to a musical request, and share some heartfelt music that we found. Finally, we wrap up by playing a game of "would you rather?" that you can participate in, if you so choose.
info_outline Episode 12 -"The Advance Team with Will Pfeifer" 06/15/2012
Episode 12 -"The Advance Team with Will Pfeifer" In this episode we great our very special guest, the comics writer, movie reviewer and Rockfordian Will Pfeifer into the hall of Bombast. We discuss "The Advance Team", his darkly comedic sci-fi graphic novel (out now!) about a pizza delivery guy who is chosen to stop the first agents of an alien invasion, and has to do something he's never done before: fight for his life. But are they aliens, or, is he crazy? We also discuss Will's comics work with DC Comics including Catwoman, and HERO, a clever updating of "Dial H for H.E.R.O." We also go over 2012's summer movie season, and what movies we are excited to see, including The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-man with Andrew Garfield, and Prometheus. In the middle of all this, Phil asks Will some questions about the script for a proposed Catwoman solo movie that was set to spin off from 1992's Batman Returns.
info_outline Episode 11 - “Chicago Zine Fest and a Donald Duck Speech Therapist” 05/12/2012
Episode 11 - “Chicago Zine Fest and a Donald Duck Speech Therapist” In this episode, we discuss which dead and supposedly dead performers we'd like to see in hologram form. We also talk about: why neither one of us went to C2E2, Matt gives out trivia facts about the history of zines and fan fiction, Phil nearly accuses Janice Joplin of being a Klansman, and then Matt goes over the comics and Zines he bought at Chicago Zine Fest: Invincible Summer/Clutch, Paper Cutter, Rum Lad, Eat or Be Meatball, Toasty Cats, Beards, Simple Routines, Press Start and Fight, and Pigeon Life. We move on to discuss when you need to blow on a comic, hitch-hiking, and hoboing, before discussing Donald Duck. With Donald, we tackle the hard questions. Why does he never wear pants? What's up with the way he talks? And what's up with this WWII anti-nazi propaganda cartoon: The Fuerher's Face?
info_outline Episode 10 - "Odds and Ends" Bombast Podcast 04/30/2012
Episode 10 - "Odds and Ends" Bombast Podcast This one is kind of a clip show, with odds and ends from a couple different recording sessions. It's also about half the length of a normal episode. In this episode we talk about driving, (specifically Illinois vs. New Jersey drivers), novelty song/postmodern rap group Das Racist, and then we go over our hauls from our experience of Record Store Day.