Episode 4 – All Ages w/ Colleen Coover

We’re back from our Labor Day break with artist and writer, Colleen Coover. Our topic is “All Ages,” as we talk to Colleen about writing for both younger and older audiences, ranging from the younger themed Banana Sunday to her more adult-oriented title Small Favors. We also talk about how our habits of comic buying and reading have changed since childhood, and have a long, detailed discussion about what it’s like working for Marvel, the distinctive traits of a monkey, and the concept of new jack swing. Also, a special guest stops by to address a hater.

The Rundown:

  • This Week’s Guest: If you want to find out more about Colleen Coover’s work, please go to her website here. Also, check out her books on Amazon.. We also cut out some discussion of it, but I highly recommend you read Colleen’s story, The Boogeyman, in the collection paperback, Sexy Chix. It is a gorgeously drawn and emotionally beautiful story, and is one of my favorites.
  • Also be sure to check out Matt Wilson’s hilarious work at the great website, The International Society of Supervillains here.
  • Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 is now available to actually, y’know, buy. Download it now.
  • For reference: new jack swing.
  • Please check out Tom Katers’ awesome podcast, Tom vs. The Flash here. Thanks for the mention, and congrats on the wedding, Tom!
  • Check out the comics podcast, Awesomed by Comics here. Evie, we’ll work on shoving in that Tony! Toni! Tone! reference, I promise.
  • To the Haters: Hey The Yellow Dart, big ups! Hey Chris’s hater, big ups!
  • Also, please check out Chris and me on Episode 96 of Television Zombies, where we talk about Anita Blake! Thanks again to Chris Piers for the invite.

Rusty Has Too Much Time


Rusty went back and did art for Episode 1 with Matt Fraction. What’s that you say? You haven’t listened to Episode 1 yet? Go now! It was a simpler time back then. Also, click on the above pic for full size art by Rusty.

Colleen Coover is the guest next Monday. And remember how I said we were recording with our next guest this week? We bumped it to next week so our news and talk wouldn’t be completely out of date again. Check out Episode 4 on Monday to see who that guest will be.

Break’s Over — Lotsa News


We’re back from our break (“we” meaning “me”) and ready to launch the War Rocket back into regular schedule. For now, might I refer you to our archives on iTunes or URL? Check out the first 3 episodes and let Matt Fraction, Caitlin Kittredge, and Jess Nevins blow your mind with awesomeness.

Colleen Coover joins us for Episode 4, and that episode will post next Monday, as the show will go back on a week to week basis after that, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Stick around to the blog this week to see who our next guest will be, as we’re recording Episode 5 this week.

Speaking of the blog, we’re considering bringing in a couple of bloggers to put regular content on the blog, some related to comics, some related to other pop cultural areas (movies, television, video games, genre literature, etc.).  If you are a regular reader of this blog, consider this post to be the floor open to discussion about what kind of a site you’d read, or wouldn’t read. But please leave comments, as it would help us get an idea of how many regular readers we have on the site.


Are you planning on being at the Small Press Expo this September 26-27 in Bethesda, MD? If so, I’m going to be running around recording audio snippets with any and everyone who’ll talk to me in an effort to cobble together an SPX podcast episode. I know a bunch of our friends will be there, and those jerks from Let’s Be Friends Again.

Very simple, if you and your comic/company want to be featured on War Rocket Ajax, please email the show at WarRocketPodcast[at]gmail.com to make sure I know to look for you and grab a quickie interview with you to go up in our episode. If you’re just going to be attending, please feel free to say hi and record a quick snippet for the show too!

Also, seriously. Give it up to Rusty Shackles for the weekly art the guy is hammering out for us. He’s the man.

Enjoy the short week. We’re going to keep bringing it soon enough.

Fourth Guest! Colleen Coover! All Ages!


Even though we’re taking Labor Day week off, we’re still recording our fourth episode with our special guest, Colleen Coover, tonight around 9:30 PM eastern time. You’ve seen Colleen’s work in Marvel’s Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers, X-Men: First Class, and others, or in her own titles Banana Sunday (with Paul Tobin) and Small Favors!

Our theme is “All Ages,” so we’re going to talk to Colleen about drawing and writing comics for both a younger audience and adults, as well as our changing sensibilities about comics from childhood to grownup-dom. Or whatever. We count as grownups, right? I mean, just because Sims still has Batman sheets doesn’t make the guy a CHILD does it? Sheesh, you guys are so judgmental. Anyway, twitter us questions for Colleen tonight! Here’s Chris! Here’s me!

Chris and I also appear on the Television Zombies podcast this week, where we have a commentary on the Anita Blake comics that Chris annotates over at the ISB, and the coming TV series based on the comic in 2010. Thanks to Chris Piers for giving us the spot. Go check it out!

And also, previous guest Caitlin Kittredge‘s fourth Nocturne City novel, Witch Craft, was released yesterday. Go buy it now!

Episode 3 – The Details w/ Jess Nevins

Our third episode welcomes comics scholar and pulp/victoriana master Jess Nevins to the show to talk about the details in comics. Which really boils down to Jess talking about things like the Golden Age Black Widow, Six Gun Gorilla, and what it’s like having Alan Moore as a friend.

The Rundown:

  • This Week’s Guest: If you want to find out more about Jess Nevins’ work, check out his website here, and his collected comic book annotations here. Also, check out Jess’s stuff on Amazon
  • KRS One is writing a hip hop bible. Will you be a member of the new civilization? Thanks to KingOblivionPhD at the ISS for the heads up to our new world order.
  • As if you need any more talk about Arkham Asylum, you get it.
  • Seriously, you should check out issue 570 of The Fantastic Four, where Jonathan Hickman takes the writing helm. Read some of Chris’s thoughts at the ISB here.
  • Read Andrew Hussie’s epic animated .gif adventures at MS Paint Adventures. Also, check out my interview with Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics, over at PYDK Podcast!
  • Check out Naoka Urasawa’s Monster for some great manga (are you happy Curt?!). Buy Volume 1 of Monster now!
  • Correction(s): Thanks again to Gardner Linn for the correction on our Achewood discussion. Check out this strip to see Cartilage Head perform, whom we incorrectly identified as “Death” in last week’s ep. Thanks again, and check out Gardner’s comic Registered Weapon while you’re checking out some great webcomics.
  • Once again, a big thanks to Jamillah Knowles of BBC 5Live’s show, Pods and Blogs, for the great mention and plug on the show and the site.

Monday Isn’t So Far Away


Oh Spiderman. Next Monday is not so far away. Check back with us next Monday to hear Jess Nevins talk about The Details in comic books. Also, while you’re here, why not take a trip to iTunes on the sidebar and leave us a review? (link). We’d appreciate it.

Third Guest! Wednesday! The Devil’s in the Details!


Our guest for Episode 3 is Jess Nevins, the walking encyclopedia of Victoriana and master of comic book annotations. He’ll join us for a discussion on the details in comics, and his loving work in extracting those details for all to enjoy. He’s also promised a discussion including, but not limited to the following topics: gorillas, Paste Pot Pete, why the Golden Age Black Widow has the #2 origin of all time, and Don Heck, O.G. pimp.

We are recording this episode early this week on Wednesday evening, August 26. So tweet questions for Jess to Chris or me to have them read on the show! Take notes. There will be a test.

In other news, our iTunes feed is now fixed, so please go and subscribe to the show, and drop us a review. And check out the BBC 5Live show, Pods and Blogs, where host Jamillah Knowles gives us a nice shout out towards the end (around 5:00 remaining in the show).

Bear With Us

Look, I’m not going to lie to you guys. I’ve had some issues with technology in the past few days (which go a long way in explaining the sound cues in this week’s episode, long story, trust me).

The iTunes feed is currently messed up. It is redirecting people to my other podcast, PYDK, b/c for some reason the podcast feeds are not right in the iTunes store (damn you Apple). This will be fixed tonight when I get home. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. For now, you can download the ep or listen to it embedded in the site. All of this will be fixed soon.

But hey, look. Amazon links! —>

Episode 2 – A Dialogue w/ Caitlin Kittredge

We’re back with our second episode, as we talk to Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Nocturne City novels and co-author of the superhero novel, Black and White. Since Caitlin’s a successful published author (and hardcore comics fan), we talk about dialogue and writing in comics, as Caitlin and Chris talk about their favorite lines of dialogue in comics, their writing processes for novels and comics, and the many reasons why Caitlin is NOT Alan Moore. (Artwork by Rusty Shackles – Click for full size)

The Rundown:

  • For more information on Caitlin and all her works, check out her website here. You can check out her vlog entry here.
  • Buy Caitlin’s books on Amazon here!
  • Check out Chris Onstad’s Achewood. Start here if you want to read the storyline Chris and I were talking about.
  • Also, go get Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight by ordering here.  I ordered it after our discussion.
  • Purchase Chris Yost’s Killer of Demons trade paperback, with Chris’s introduction, here.
  • Tonight I gotta cut.
  • Big Ups to All My Haters: Caitlin didn’t name names, but still, go to her livejournal. Maybe you can find her hater there (as of this posting, she is STILL not Alan Moore).
  • No, but seriously, Alan Moore, Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, if you guys are listening feel free to leave a comment.
  • Follow Chris , Euge and Rusty on twitter, and livetweet questions to us for all future guests!

CHECK OUT the BBC 5 Live show, Pods and Blogs, hosted by Jamillah Knowles (link)! Sorry we couldn’t get the scheduling right, Jamillah, hopefully you can have Chris and I on a future show!

Get In On the Action!


We’re recording tonight, so tweet all questions to Sims or me for our guest Caitlin Kittredge. We’ll be talking about writing, whether it’s novels (with Caitlin), comics (with Sims), or awesome anti-establishment bongos-accompanied beat poetry (with me).

While you’re here, why not check out Sims’s latest article at Comics Alliance, which takes a look at the history of crime and noir in comics. Also, Action Age comics has a preview of some of the new projects coming down the way, so go and check out the great artwork. Also, all go worship at the altar of Rusty Shackles.

Episode 2 posts early next week. Can youuu diiiig iiiiiiiiit.