Author: Brandon Rieckhoff

Holy Interview, Batman! Interview With Athena Finger

I had the greatest of privileges to interview Athena Finger, granddaughter of famous comic book artist and writer Bill Finger. I am very happy that she participated in this interview. It was an honor getting to know more about her and her grandfather, of whom I am a fan. Readers of this blog, this is your opportunity to get a peek into the life of one of the most awesome women I am acquainted with. Enjoy!  Brandon Rieckhoff: What is it that you do for a living? Athena Finger: I am a mathematics professor. BR: What was the first comic...

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Marvel Assistant Editor Heather Antos Talks Role Models, Industry Advice

I had the privilege of interviewing Marvel Assistant Editor Heather Antos. It was a blast getting to know more about this awesome woman in the comic book industry! Heather is assistant editor of Star Wars titles such as Kanaan, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader. She also edits various Deadpool titles. She is also super nerdy and was the producer of YouTube webseries Lagged Out. Q: How did you get started in the comic book industry? A: A lot of hard work and a little bit of luck! When I decided I wanted to be a comic book editor I started doing just that: edited...

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Short Fiction Spotlight: The Dame At My Doorstep: Part Two

For part one of this short fiction series, go here! My face hit the pavement before I even knew what was going on. My left cheek would be bruised from the haymaker it just took, while my right cheek would be scratched up and bloodied from the impact of kissing asphalt. I turned up in time to see my attacker’s foot coming down to finish the job. Before it could make a crushing connection, messing up my mug permanently, I grabbed the foot with both hands and twisted hard. Upon hearing a satisfying snap and yelp of pain, I...

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An Interview With Voiceover Artist David Sobolov!

I had the amazing opportunity to chat with David Sobolov (voice of Gorilla Grodd in CW’s “The Flash,” Disney XD’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” cartoon, and Lobo in DC’s “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” among other roles) about equality in geek culture, and his career. David also provided some advice to those who want to be a part of the voiceover industry. Why did you get involved in the industry and what is your motivation to stay? I became involved in voice acting around 1995 after I had been working professionally in theatre for several years and touring with an a cappella singing group. I was...

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Short Fiction Spotlight: The Dame at My Doorstep: Part One

These streets I look down upon are cold and mean. The people I deal with daily are the same. Just throw in a side of extra jealous and malice for good measure. I tend to never ask why these things are the way they are. I learned a long time ago to never ask. A knock at the door turns me away from the window and my thoughts. I ignore the knocking that has become more persistent and check my reflection in the mirror to ensure I look presentable to my mystery guest. My eyes are bloodshot from lack...

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An Interview with Jimmy Palmiotti

Earlier this week I spoke with Harley Quinn writer Jimmy Palmiotti. Due to his having to meet deadlines, I conducted my interview with him through email. What follows are his answers to questions I sent him. Those questions range from his early childhood, to strong female role models, and to advice he has for up-and-coming comic book artists and writers. I hope you enjoy reading the interview as much as I enjoyed being part of it. What comics did you read as a kid? Were there any particular titles or characters that stuck with you or inspired you?  Since I had older brothers,...

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Webheads and Webbed Toes: a review of Spider-Gwen #2 and Howard the Duck #1

Good afternoon, True Believers! Today I am going to cover two of Marvel’s fan favorites: Spider-Gwen and Howard the Duck! Howard the Duck #1: Art by Joe Quinones and Script by Chip Zdarsky. Spider-Gwen #2: Art by Robbi Rodriguez and Script by Jason Latour.          I myself am a recent fan to the Howard property; but I was easily hooked. The story begins with Howard in jail. He is soon released and meets a “late bloomer” to crime, Tara. They become fast friends and later part ways; although they are sure to meet up again in...

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Squee! An Interview with Hansi Oppenheimer

  I had the most delightful opportunity to interview the awesome Hansi Oppenheimer, director and producer of the film about females in fandoms: Squee! Squee! is for fangirls everywhere. What the documentary will do is attempt to debunk common misconceptions of fangirls, and exploring the true meaning of what it truly means to be a fangirl. The film uses interviews, weaving them into a narrative, and it is ALL about community. My interview with Hansi follows. BR: What made you want to make the documentary, initially? HO: I’m a huge fangirl. My last film, Color Me Obsessed, was about my favorite band,...

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