The Writers Block

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A weekly post-con-style roundtable romp with some of the most outspoken (yet still employed) creators in comics. Show biz war stories. State of the comic union. Furious debates over ‘80s televisions shows. Great lobster bisque recipes. Something for everybody.

We have voluntarily self-rated this production as PG-13. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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Episode Archive

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    Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum

    Episode Number: 109

    Rylend and David talk with Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. creators/showrunners Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum about their MINOR THREATS comic book universe… Patton and Rylend get through the broadcast - despite being woefully under the weather - by pounding gogol mogol and judiciously using the mute button.

    Episode download: TWB109.mp3

    PATTON OSWALT
    Twitter: @pattonoswalt
    Instagram: @pattonoswalt
    Website: pattonoswalt.com

    JORDAN BLUM
    Twitter: @BlumJordan
    Instagram: @BlumJordan

     

    Release Date: June 12, 2024

    Run Time: 1:02:16
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    Kickstarter State of the Union

    Episode Number: 108

    Rylend and David talk with Kickstarter mainstays Charlie Stickney (WHITE ASH COMICS), Richard Fairgray (THE EX-WIVES OF FRANKENSTEIN), and Steven Prince (MONSTER MATADOR) about the current state of the platform’s union… and after spending an 90-minutes admiring David and Richard’s rather prominent cookie dusters, Rylend seriously considers growing a mustache.

    Episode download: TWB108.mp3

     

    RICHARD FAIRGRAY
    Twitter: @RichardFairgray
    Instagram: @richardfairgrayauthor
    Website: richardfairgray.com

    CHARLIE STICKNEY
    Twitter: @charlesstickney
    Instagram: @whiteashcomics
    Website: whiteashcomic.com

    STEVEN PRINCE
    Twitter: @monstermatador
    Instagram: @monstermatador

    Release Date: June 5, 2024

    Run Time: 1:35:07
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    Rich Douek

    Episode Number: 107

    Rylend and David talk with Bram Stoker Award-nominated comic writer Rich Douek (HEARTPIERCER, MECHAGODZILLA) about the topsy-turvy state of publishing in the wake of the pandemic/the writer’s strike/the streaming collapse/et al… and after a short, cryptic rant about some time spent with Director Simon West years back, Rylend leaves mid-show to watch a CON AIR/THE ROCK double feature.

    Episode download: TWB107.mp3

    RICH DOUEK
    Twitter: @rdouek
    Instagram: @rdouek
    Website: linktr.ee/rdouek

    Release Date: May 29, 2024

    Run Time: 1:17:15
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    Comic Book Law with Gamal Hennessy

    Episode Number: 106

    Rylend and David talk with comic book attorney and business consultant Gamal Hennessy about incorporation and the ins and outs of creator contracts.

    Episode download: TWB106.mp3

    GAMAL HENNESSY
    Twitter: @gamalhennessy
    Instagram: @gamalhennessy
    Website: creativecontractconsulting.com

    Release Date: April 24, 2024

    Run Time: 59:55
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    Working in Comics and Film Panel from WonderCon

    Episode Number: 105

    Live from WonderCon ’24, David and Rylend chat with Rob Kutner (Snot Goblins, Scott Lang: Look Out for the Little Guy, Conan O’Brien) and Tim Sheridan (Alan Scott: The Green Lantern, Masters of the Universe: Revolution) about their experiences working professionally in both film/TV and comics.

    Episode download: TWB105.mp3

    ROB KUTNER
    Twitter: @ApocalypseHow
    Instagram: @robkutner
    Website: robkutner.com

    TIM SHERIDAN
    Instagram: @ilovetimsheridan
    Website: timsheridan.com

    Release Date: April 17, 2024

    Run Time: 47:03
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    Where’s the Front Door? Panel from WonderCon

    Episode Number: 104

    Live from WonderCon ’24, David and Rylend chat with a gang of seasoned comic professionals - David Booher (CANTO), David Pepose (PUNISHER), and Jessica Maison (MARY SHELLY’S SCHOOL FOR MONSTERS) - about how they broke into comics.

    Episode download: TWB104.mp3

    DAVID M. BOOHER
    Twitter: @davidbooher
    Instagram: @davidmbooher
    Website: https://davidbooher.com

    DAVID PEPOSE
    Twitter: @Peposed
    Instagram: @Peposed
    Website: linktr.ee/peposed

    JESSICA MAISON
    Twitter: @jessistarjudd
    Instagram: @dandelion451
    Website: substack.com/@jessicamaison
    Website: wickedtreepress.com

     

    Release Date: April 10, 2024

    Run Time: 50:13
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    Jessica Maison

    Episode Number: 103

    David and Rylend chat with author/comic creator Jessica Maison (MARY SHELLY’S SCHOOL FOR MONSTERS) about their shared film business roots, strategies for communicating effectively with collaborators, and the looming AI threat.

    Episode download: TWB103.mp3

    JESSICA MAISON
    Twitter: @jessistarjudd
    Instagram: @dandelion451
    Website: substack.com/@jessicamaison
    Website: wickedtreepress.com

     

    Release Date: December 13, 2023

    Run Time: 1:19:48
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    Tim Sheridan

    Episode Number: 102

    David and Rylend sit down with comic/TV/animation writer Tim Sheridan to discuss matters of love and hate, the dangers of tribalism, the mysterious ethnicity of Kahn Noonien Sigh, and to examine his recent masterwork ALAN SCOTT: THE GREEN LANTERN.

    Episode download: TWB102.mp3

    TIM SHERIDAN
    Twitter: @iamtimsheridan
    Instagram: @ilovetimsheridan
    Website: timsheridan.com

     

    Release Date: December 6, 2023

    Run Time: 1:37:05
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    Kevin Grevioux

    Episode Number: 101

    David and Rylend chop it up with old friend Kevin Grevioux… writer/creator of the UNDERWORLD movies, iFrankenstein, the Blue Marvel, and director of the recent Frank Grillo action hit KING OF KILLERS.

    Episode download: TWB101.mp3

    KEVIN GREVIOUX
    Twitter: @KevinGrevioux
    Instagram: @KevinGrevioux
    Website: darkstormcomics.com

     

    Release Date: November 29, 2023

    Run Time: 1:32:22
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    100th Episode Spectacular

    Episode Number: 100

    David and Rylend celebrate their 100th episode milestone with a raucous conversation with dear friends/all star guests Barbra Dillion, Richard Fairgray, Charlie Stickney, Amanda Deibert, and Ray Anthony Height.

    Episode download: TWB100.mp3

     

    RAY ANTHONY HEIGHT
    Instagram: @artofraheight
    Website: www.studioskyetiger.com

    RICHARD FAIRGRAY
    Twitter: @RichardFairgray
    Instagram: @richardfairgrayauthor
    Website: richardfairgray.com

    AMANDA DEIBERT
    Twitter: @amandadeibert
    Instagram: @amandadeibertofficial
    Website: https://amandadeibert.com

    CHARLIE STICKNEY
    Twitter: @charlesstickney
    Instagram: @whiteashcomics
    Website: whiteashcomic.com

    BARBRA DILLON
    Twitter: @barbrajdillon
    Instagram: @barbrajdillon

    FANBASE PRESS
    Twitter: @Fanbase_Press
    Instagram: @fanbasepress
    Website: fanbasepress.com

    Release Date: October 11, 2023

    Run Time: 1:59:34
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    Preeti Chibber

    Episode Number: 99

    David and Rylend sit down with author Preeti Chibber to explore the many interrelations of the book and comic comic book businesses and to discuss her latest Marvel YA novel SPIDER-MAN’S BAD CONNECTION. Rylend also slips into a deep meditative trance and takes the group on a magic carpet ride through something he calls the “Elmore Leonardverse.”

    Episode download: TWB099.mp3

    PREETI CHIBBER
    Twitter: @runwithskizzers
    Instagram: @runwithskizzers
    Website: preetichhibber.com

     

    Release Date: October 4, 2023

    Run Time: 1:29:10
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    Rob Kutner

    Episode Number: 98

    David and Rylend sit down with Late night writer (CONAN, Daily Show)-turned-animation writer/author Rob Kutner to talk about how working in comics can and will affect your film/TV writing (and vice versa)… and after threatening to do it for 97 episodes, the guys actually spend way too much time arguing about Star Trek.

    Episode download: TWB098.mp3

    ROB KUTNER
    Twitter: @ApocalypseHow
    Instagram: @robkutner
    Website: robkutner.com

    Pre-order SNOT GOBLINS & OTHER TASTELESS TALES: http://bit.ly/3DpKZlE

     

    Release Date: August 2, 2023

    Run Time: 1:20:18
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    Tilly Bridges

    Episode Number: 97

    David and Rylend gleefully take the red pill, stay in Wonderland, and Tilly Bridges - author of the incredible new book Begin Transmission: The trans allegories of The Matrix - shows them how deep the rabbit hole goes. Luckily, Rylend knows Kung fu.

    Episode download: TWB097.mp3

    TILLY BRIDGES
    Twitter: @TillyBridges
    Instagram: @heckyeahtillybridges
    Website: http://birdguest.com
    Website: http://tillystranstuesdays.com

    Grab Begin Transmission: The trans allegories of The Matrix on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Begin-Transmission-trans-allegories-Matrix/dp/B0BY2FCSVX/

    Release Date: July 26, 2023

    Run Time: 1:36:45
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    Moni Barrette

    Episode Number: 96

    David and Rylend chat with librarian/Creators Assemble Co-Founder Moni Barrette about the wonder that is the public library, the value of comics and pop culture as teaching/literacy tools, and the group colorfully and enthusiastically tells book burners to go ‘F’ themselves.

    Episode download: TWB096.mp3

    MONI BARRETTE
    Twitter: @MoniBarre
    Instagram: @MoniBarre

    CREATORS ASEMBLE
    Twitter: @CreatorsAssemb
    Instagram: @CreatorsAssemb
    Website: https://www.creatorsassemble.org

    OTHER LINKS
    The Fight Against Book Bans: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/fight-against-book-bans-9781440879760/
    CA! on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creatorsassemble 

     

    Release Date: July 19, 2023

    Run Time: 1:24:08
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    Josh Miller

    Episode Number: 95

    David and Rylend chat with screenwriter Josh Miller (Violent Night, Sonic the Hedgehog) about Roger Corman, Andy Sidaris, Lloyd Kauffman, and about what it really takes to hang in the often onerous Hollywood game for 20+ years… and Rylend and Josh gleefully reminisce about the time they spent together at Steven Seagal concerts back in the aughts… yes, CONCERTS… Steven Seagal actually put out a few blues albums back then… we’re serious… look it up.

    Episode download: TWB095.mp3

    JOSH MILLER
    Twitter: @JoshMillerLite
    Instagram: @josh_s_miller

    Best Movies Never Made
    Twitter: @NeverMadeFilm
    Instagram: @bestmoviesnevermade
    Website: anchor.fm/never-made

     

    Release Date: July 12, 2023

    Run Time: 1:46:33
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    Richard Fairgray

    Episode Number: 94

    David and Rylend chat with cartoonist Richard Fairgray about love, hate, social and political turmoil, and his new Fanbase Press release FOUR-COLOR HEROES. Also, Rylend talks WWWAAAYYY too much about Dominic Toretto (what the hell else is new?) and David works through his rather significant issues with THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL.

    Episode download: TWB094.mp3

     

    RICHARD FAIRGRAY
    Twitter: @RichardFairgray
    Instagram: @richardfairgrayauthor
    Website: richardfairgray.com

     

    Release Date: June 28, 2023

    Run Time: 1:53:58
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    WGA Strike with Susan Hurwitz-Arneson

    Episode Number: 93

    David and Rylend get another frontline report on the WGA Strike from TV pro and Sony AM picket captain Susan Hurwitz-Arneson (Preacher, The Tick). The crew talks writers rooms, strike culture, and how to combine errands with picketing.

    Episode download: TWB093.mp3

     

    SUSAN HURWITZ-ARNESON
    Twitter: @batdorkgirl
    Instagram: @susanhurwitzarneson
    Website: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2409134/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

     

    Release Date: June 21, 2023

    Run Time: 1:11:07
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    Andrew Pepoy

    Episode Number: 92

    David and Rylend sit down with Simone and Ajax creator Andrew Pepoy to talk cartooning, comic strips, and librarial influences… and the guys have an exceedingly hard time deciding what to purchase from this month’s Scholastic “book order.”

    Episode download: TWB092.mp3

     

    ANDREW PEPOY
    Twitter: @andrewpepoy
    Instagram: @andrewpepoy
    Website: pepoy.com

     

    Release Date: June 14, 2023

    Run Time: 1:09:30
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    The Writers Strike with Christopher Cantwell

    Episode Number: 91

    David and Rylend sit down with HALT AND CATCH FIRE co-creator/showrunner Christopher Cantwell to delve deep into the philosophical and psychological ramifications of the current Writers Guild strike.

    Episode download: TWB091.mp3

     

    CHRISTOPHER CANTWELL
    Twitter: @ifyoucantwell
    Instagram: @ifyoucantwell

     

    Release Date: June 7, 2023

    Run Time: 1:34:22
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    The Writers Strike with Melody Cooper

    Episode Number: 90

    David and Rylend sit down with film/TV/comics writer Melody Cooper to discuss the complicated ins and outs of the current Writers Guild strike, to hash out where AI might be headed (from an art/writing standpoint), and to seriously examine whether or not Dr. Dre started this whole mess when he helped create digital Tupac back in 2012.

    Episode download: TWB090.mp3

     

    MELODY COOPER
    Twitter: @melodyMcooper
    Instagram: @melodycooperfilm
    Website: melodyMcooper.com

     

    Release Date: May 24, 2023

    Run Time: 1:43:23
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    Ray-Anthony Height

    Episode Number: 89

    David and Rylend sit down with one of their absolute favorite people in the creatorverse - Ray-Anthony Height (MIDNIGHT TIGER, STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA) - to discuss what a writer can, should, and necessarily must pour into a story emotionally, philosophically, and experientially… they also talk about ROAD HOUSE a lot, you know, because it’s freakin’ INCREDIBLE?

    Episode download: TWB089.mp3

     

    RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT
    Facebook: Studio Skye-Tiger: Home of Ray-Anthony Height

    Release Date: May 3, 2023

    Run Time: 1:32:26
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    Derek McCaw and Bearded Comic Bro

    Episode Number: 88

    David and Rylend sit down with Derek McCaw (Fanboy Planet) and the Bearded Comic Bro for part 2 in their “covering comics” discussion series… More on interviewing creators and writing reviews… and much more of Rylend telling people to go “F” themselves.

    Episode download: TWB088.mp3

     

    DEREK MCCAW
    Twitter: @FanboyPlanet
    Instagram: @FanboyPlanet
    Website: fanboyplanet.com

    BEARDED COMIC BRO
    Twitter: @beardedcomicbro
    Instagram: @beardedcomicbro
    YouTube: https://t.co/G5eZk2XOcP

     

    Release Date: April 26, 2023

    Run Time: 1:16:56
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    Blake Morgan and Brian Wayne

    Episode Number: 87

    David and Rylend sit down with Blake Morgan (Blake’s Buzz) and Brian Wayne (Cheers to Comics) to talk the ins and outs, the highs and lows of covering comics… interviewing creators, writing reviews, knocking heads with idiots in hate groups. Oh yeah… and Rylend tells, like, A BUNCH of people to go “F” themselves.

    Episode download: TWB087.mp3

     

    BLAKE MORAGAN
    Twitter: @blakesbuzz
    Instagram: @blakesbuzz
    Patreon: http://patreon.com/blakesbuzz
    Website: drum.io/blakesbuzz

    BRIAN WAYNE
    Twitter: @cheerstocomics
    Instagram: @cheerstocomics
    Website: linktr.ee/cheerstocomics

    Release Date: April 19, 2023

    Run Time: 1:43:08
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    State of the Comics Union Panel from WonderCon

    Episode Number: 86

    Live from WonderCon ’23, David and Rylend chat with a gang of seasoned comic professionals - David Booher (CANTO), Barbra Dillon (EIC Fanbase Press), Charlie Stickney (WHITE ASH) and Ray Anthony Height (STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA) - about the current state of the comic book industry… they discuss the controversies, the challenges, and some possible solutions.

    Episode download: TWB086.mp3

     

    DAVID M. BOOHER
    Twitter: @davidbooher
    Instagram: @davidmbooher
    Website: davidbooher.com

    BARBRA DILLON
    Twitter: @barbrajdillon
    Instagram: @barbrajdillon

    FANBASE PRESS
    Twitter: @Fanbase_Press
    Instagram: @fanbasepress
    Website: fanbasepress.com

    RAY ANTHONY HEIGHT
    Instagram: @artofraheight
    Website: studioskyetiger.com

    CHARLIE STICKNEY
    Twitter: @charlesstickney
    Instagram: @whiteashcomics
    Website: whiteashcomic.com

    Release Date: April 5, 2023

    Run Time: 52:15
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    Kickstarter Now!

    Episode Number: 85

    David and Rylend chat with Kickstarter Hall-of-Famers Pat Shand (STEAMY) and Madeleine Holly-Rosing (BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY) about all the fun happening on the platform right now... and Pat’s cat repeatedly tries to seize control of the broadcast.

    Episode download: TWB085.mp3

     

    PAT SHAND
    Twitter: @PatShand
    Instagram: @PatShand
    Website: linktr.ee/PatShand

    CHECK OUT THE STEAMY KICKSTARTER

    MADELEINE HOLLY-ROSING
    Twitter: @MHollyRosing
    Instagram: @mcholly1

    CHECK OUT THE BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY KICKSTARTER

     

    Release Date: March 29, 2023

    Run Time: 1:06:49

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