Speech Bubble



The podcast that goes one-on-one with the writers, artists, retailers, publishers, critics and journalists inside the Toronto comic book scene.Aaron Broverman has been collecting comics in earnest since 1995 and has been a fixture of the Toronto comic scene since 2003. He was there when big name artists for Marvel, DC and Image were selling their independent comics in artist alley at local Toronto conventions. Now, he hopes to use his interview skills as a professional journalist for NOW Magazine, BlogTO, Huffington Post, Vice and Yahoo to bring his connections in the local comic scene right to your ear for some in-depth, candid conversations on all things comic book.


  • Richard Pace

    27/05/2019 Duración: 01h18min

    Richard Pace is a long-time veteran of the comic book industry, having either been written or drawn for every major comic company in the industry. Career highlights include his mainstream comics art debut on Terror Inc. for Marvel, writing Pitt Crew and the last few issues of Dale Keown's Pitt and co-writing Batman: The Doom that Came to Gotham with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. He also had the honour of bringing the legendary Alan Moore's songs to life as one of the artists on Alan Moore's Songbook. More recently, he's the well-known cover artist for the DC/Vertigo series Imaginary Fiends and with soon be launching an ongoing series on which he takes care of the art duties called, Second Coming featuring a story where Jesus rooms with a Superman archetype. The series is to be released on July 10, 2019, by Ahoy Comics. In an exclusive interview with Speech Bubble, Richard explains why Second Coming was canceled by DC/Vertigo and picked up by Ahoy. He also reveals how he avoided the slush pile at Marvel Comi

  • Jason Kieffer

    13/05/2019 Duración: 01h06min

    Jason Kieffer Jason Kieffer was recommended for this podcast by the legendary Chester Brown and it's with good reason. The young cartoonist is best known for his self-published graphic biography of Toronto street legend Zanta and is one of the only people to ever get the full story straight from this muscle-bound mystery wearing a Santa hat. His penchant for chronicling the characters and oddballs that populate Toronto's has won him equal parts acclaim and scorn. However, at the end of the day, he's just a soft-spoken guy with long-hair and a butcher-boy hat who loves his city and his neighbourhood –Cabbagetown, which is why he writes and draws the ongoing comic of the same name. Some of it is vulgar, a lot of it is bizarre, but all of it is out of love. This episode is sponsored by the iconoclasts at Hairy Tarantula. Jason's website Sponsors Hairy Tarantula

  • Salgood Sam

    29/04/2019 Duración: 58min

    Recorded live at the Toronto Comicon 2019, Salgood talks to Aaron about his colourful father Lionel who inspired him to create the upcoming, Bastards Tale to be serialized in his self-published comic RevolveR. They then move on to how he went from having artists like George Perez fawn over his work, doing sample pages for DC Comics from Neil Gaiman Sandman scripts and being offered to draw his own series for Marvel at 20-years-old under his real name Max Douglas, to drawing one comic issue in nine days and quitting books over personal conflicts with writers and editors. If you want to know how Salgood founded the Sequential Canadian Comix News and Culture blog because of his dyslexia and how it morphed into Sequential Magazine, this is also the place. What about how he goes about teaching creative people the ropes of comics making at Syn Studio in Montreal? Checkpoint Checky! You'll also hear about Salgood's desire to leave a legacy of his own in comics. Perhaps it will be through volume two of his comic Drea

  • Jahnoy Lindsay

    15/04/2019 Duración: 01h17min

    Jahnoy Lindsay Jahnoy is what one might call a comic artist who was never really that into comics. The Brampton, Ontario product is an alumni of the From A Hat Studio collective with Paris Alleyne, (Haven) Jamal Campbell (Naomi) Matt Simas, Te'Shawn Dwyer, (Desert Messiah) and Dylan Burnett (Cosmic Ghost Rider, X-Force). From there, he has gone on to draw for Marvel, starting with a back-up story in Totally Awesome Hulk and then becoming the main artist for She-Hulk's “Jen Walters Must Die” storyline with writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) before going on to release Luke Cage: Everyman as a Marvel Digital Original with writer Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare). But comics were never really his thing, drawing was his thing and what he would draw were anime characters inspired by shows like Naruto. In life, he's a pretty chill and shy kid who mostly keeps to himself, but on the page is where he really feels he can express himself and shine. He tells Aaron that drawing gives him a sense of peace and recoun

  • Craig Yeung

    01/04/2019 Duración: 54min

    Live from Toronto Comicon 2019, Aaron sat down with Marvel inker Craig Yeung. Born and raised in Toronto, Craig is best known as the long time inker of Runaways, written by Brian K. Vaughan with pencils by another Toronto resident, Adrian Alphona. Since Runaways, (now a live action TV series on Hulu in the U.S. and Showcase in Canada) Craig has inked other Marvel comics like X-Men: Gold, The Superior Octopus and Daughters of the Dragon. His pencils have been featured on Riftworld Legends 8, Arrow Season 2.5 and Bitch Planet: Triple Feature. On the podcast, Craig explains what it was like to break into comics before the internet as part of Bright Anvil Studios with Steve McNiven, (Death of Wolverine) a high school age Francis Manapul (Justice League: No Justice) and past Speech Bubble guests Marvin Law (Image's The Pact) and Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet). Craig's big break on Runaways actually came because without high-speed internet, it was too difficult for artist Adrian Alphona to communicate with the

  • Mark Laliberte

    18/03/2019 Duración: 01h04min

    Mark is the managing editor, arts editor and designer of Carousel Magazine – a Canadian arts and literary journal published twice a year. He's also the curator of the 4Panel Project, which began as a back page supplement in Carousel, and the publisher behind Popnoir Editions' comics and zines. Growing up in Windsor, ON. during the black and white comics boom of the 1980s, Mark discovered that some of his favourite comics were printed right in his hometown. Being the enterprising fan that he was, he decided to call them up and see if he could order his favourite comics directly from the printer and cut out the middleman. Even though the printer explained that's not how things worked, they were still nice enough to show Mark around and employ him as an assistant, sparking his love for self-publishing his own comics and graphic novels to this day. Early on in his career, Mark's self-published zines featured the typical run-of-the-mill nihilism you might see from any punk in their twenties, but they came into t

  • Jason Lapidus

    04/03/2019 Duración: 01h08min

    Jason is a Thornhill, ON. native who always wanted to be a comic artist. He could always draw his classmates under the table, but Thornlea Secondary School was the basis for author Gordon Korman's 1985 novel Don't Care High and the moniker was still true when Lapidus went there. The vibe killed any enthusiasm he had for institutional education and that buzz kill continued in art school where he just couldn't connect painting on wood block and philosphizing about art with the practical skills he wanted to learn in order to make comics. Instead, he leaned into his job at the Royal Ontario Museum teaching comic book classes for kids in informal settings. Ironically, this lapsed art student has made a career out of teaching art in unconventional environments to elementary school and college age students. That seemed like where his art talent would go until a double date he definitely didn't want to be on. That's where he met Chris Sanagan. Their girlfriends (now wives) were already best friends and they were j

  • Christopher Yao/Shane Heron

    18/02/2019 Duración: 01h37min

    It's a jam-packed episode with one returning guest and one brand spanking new one. First, friend of the Show Shane Heron (Morris, Black Have Hunters Club) returns in his capacity as co-editor of Cauldron Magazine to promote the Kickstarter for the Spring 2019 issue. If you haven't heard of Cauldron, this is an adult fantasy-horror comic anthology magazine in the vein of Heavy Metal, Savage Sword of Conan, Creepy and Eerie. The upcoming spring issue has a cover from Toronto's own Adam Gorham (New Mutants, Rocket Raccoon) and if you donate to the Kickstarter before it expires on February 22, 2019 you will have a chance to own Adam's original art for the cover. Once Shane takes his leave, we welcome his actual roommate -- fellow artist Christopher Yao. Chris is a straight-up assassin when it comes to sketch covers. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say but he could draw anyone under the table head to head in a sketch cover duel. As a star pupil of Ty Templeton's Comic Book Bootcamp, Chris showed so much promi

  • Wes Tyrell

    04/02/2019 Duración: 01h39min

    Wes is the cartoonist behind the Prophet of Zoom comic strip on the back page of Zoomer Magazine and he's the president of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists representing some of the finest editorial cartoonists from across the country. Aaron met Wes when the cartoonist moderated a panel discussion featuring the Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man creative team of Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert at the Royal Ontario Museum. Since then, he's been wanting to get Wes in the NSN studios and now he finally has his chance. The two begin by paying tribute to Wes's groovy grandma who exposed him to the underground comix of Robert Crumb, Spain Rodriguez and Kim Deitch at a very young age long before he ever knew about superhero comics. Meanwhile his parents took him to the circus and his favourite teacher Mr. Case fostered an advanced talent for drawing. From there, Aaron and Wes talk about his love of British comics from Beano and Dandy to 2000 AD and that time Paul McCartney dropped by Wes's cousin's place t

  • Jonathan Kociuba

    21/01/2019 Duración: 01h19min

    Jonathan is one of the most multi-faceted individuals to ever grace Speech Bubble. Not only does he both write and draw his own self-published comics, but he also draws album covers and is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for local Toronto band Summer and Youth. Aaron traces Jon's artist trajectory from childhood to adulthood, as he goes from making comics with his brother in the 90s (long-haired characters with shoulder pads and pouches) to joining forces with past Speech Bubble guest Jason Loo (Pitiful Human-Lizard) in high school to spending one year in illustration at the famed Sheridan College while waiting for his daughter to be born at age 20. Parental responsibilities meant self-publishing comics was put on the back-burner for ten years, but now Jonathan Kociuba is back with a vengeance. First up, was art chores on a body horror story for those who feel they are pulled in multiple directions called All of This written by Suzanne Alyssa Andrew and then, Paperhead -- a story about a comic creator

  • Jo Lalonde

    07/01/2019 Duración: 50min

    Jo Lalonde tells Aaron she was an artist since she figured out how not to eat the crayons. First apprenticing as a tattoo artist before learning the chalk art trade under legendary Canadian chalk artist Chalk Master Dave, best known for producing the iconic superhero mural on the outside of Silver Snail's former Queen Street location. Jo tells tales of her own superheroism while dealing with the few pedestrians who don't pay attention and walk over her hands and art. Not to mention dealing with other various street buskers while she plied her trade at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square before eventually moving a few blocks up for a safer, more secure place to work. Plus, she tells us her favourite superhero for putting chalk to sidewalk. You'll also learn what it takes to draw a great chalk mural on the sidewalk and why those 3D chalk optical illusions are never done spontaneously and are sometimes more trouble than their hits on social media. She tells us why superheroes get her the most attention and how she got

  • Attila Adorjany

    10/12/2018 Duración: 53min

    For this episode Speech Bubble is coming to you live in front of an audience on Halloween Weekend 2018 at Hairy Tarantula's Hairoween Party at their new location at 3456 Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario Canada. The show is a sort of coming out party for Aaron's guest Attila Adorjany, since a huge re-branding project for a massive corporation took him out of the comic scene for a very long time. Now he's back miking his special effects background with a new custom toy company of his own making called Titly Toys where he's making mini cthulhu figures, zombie Hello Kitty (Goodbye Kitty) and a collection of figures called The Dirty Dozen – an anthropomorphic donut army that's in a lot of ways a G.I. Joe satire (Yo Dough!). His followers on instagram have also been treated to his Kaiju Kars series of drawings mashing popular characters with popular cars from pop culture, like the Demogorgon from Stranger Things driving the Scooby-Do Mystery Machine in a drawing called Stranger Danger. Other artists have been invit

  • A G Pasquella

    26/11/2018 Duración: 01h24min

    William S. Burroughs once said, “Seize control of the reality studio” and Adam “A.G.” Pasquella has been doing that since he was in second grade. Born in Dallas, Texas but now living in Toronto, he started making comics that ended with him getting all the candy in grade school and just kept right on going through middle school when he sold mini comics through the mail. When the small publisher he sold his first book to went out of business just as the ink was drying on the contract, he once again seized the reality studio and self-published his first two novellas, Why Not a Spider Monkey Jesus and New Town. He comes to discuss the scifi and comic book influences of those two works, a noir chapbook featuring Ms. Pac Man he co-edited with author Terri Favro called Pac N Heat and his latest book – this time for Dundurn Press, Yard Dog – book one in a thriller series featuring a hard luck character named Jack Palace. (A play on Frank Castle) While promoting Yard Dog and its upcoming launch at The Tranzac Club in

  • Joe I the Editor Guy

    12/11/2018 Duración: 40min

    Our illustrious audio editor Joseph Ianni makes his long-awaited return to the show. Having listened to and edited every episode of Speech Bubble since launch, he's like our own version of The Watcher of the Marvel Universe: always observing, never interfering...until now. He comes to us for the first time, to pitch a comic of his own to the Toronto comic artists he knows are making Speech Bubble appointment listening every two weeks. The project is called Noon, a horror /teen drama comic where a state-of-the-art high school goes on lock-down, trapping the students inside with the progenitors of a zombie virus that -- like every good virus -- is about to go global. Thankfully, the students employ their own set of unique skills and abilities to fight back against the zombie horde and hopefully escape the school before they themselves succumb to the curse of the undead. Those who heard Joe's first appearance on the show may remember that this is not his first foray into self-published comics. Past Speech Bubb

  • Evan Munday

    29/10/2018 Duración: 01h11min

    On this episode of Speech Bubble, we have one of Canada's most fashionable males of 2018 – just read The Globe and Mail, where he was voted best dressed. Aaron and Evan go back a long way, to the days when Aaron first moved to Toronto and was just getting into the comic scene and Evan was part of a long-retired artist collective Sketchkrieg with past Speech Bubble guest Jason Loo where he was peddling his own self-published comics, like Amazing Challengers of Unknown Mystery (starring Avril Lavigne) and Quarter-Life Crisis, on the convention circuit. At some point though, he had greater ambitions. This book publicist decided he could write a better children's book than the authors he represents and would you believe it actually worked out? Now, he's the author of a popular young adult novel series called The Dead Kid Detective Agency, which combines ghosts and ghouls with a little Canadian history. For example, right now Evan is on tour in Ontario and Alberta until November 22, 2018 promoting the newest book

  • J Bone

    15/10/2018 Duración: 01h20min

    Jason Bone was comics' golden boy following his very first professional work. The Toronto artist was nominated for an Eisner Award (work deserving of wider recognition) in 2001 for his first comic Solar Stella. His very next project Alison Dare (with past Speech Bubble guest J. Torres) was also Eisner-nominated. Both works drew the attention of the late, legendary Canadian comic artist Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier, Catwoman) who took J under his wing as his inker until Cooke's death from cancer in 2016. J. spends much of this episode reminiscing about what it was like to work with Darwyn and the other famous comic pros he has worked with in the past, including Paul Dini (Batman the Animated Series) and Mike Allred (Madman, X-Statix). We then get into why the idyllic pop culture of the 50s and 60s influences his art style and dissect the clandestine gayness of the era. We'll hear about his latest work inking Dan Parent on Archie Meets Batman '66 and his last fully-pencilled work on The Saviors with writ

  • Sam Maggs/Megan Purdy

    01/10/2018 Duración: 01h25min

    This week's episode is a twofer. First, Aaron's got a short interview with writer, comics scribe (Star Trek: Waypoint, Jem and the Holograms) and geek girl personality Sam Maggs live from Fan Expo Canada spotlighting the launch of her new book, Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships that Changed History, which comes out Oct. 2, 2018 from Penguin Random House Canada and Quirk Books. Then, Aaron comes back to the studio and sits down with comic industry journalist and editor Megan Purdy, founder of Women Write About Comics, Bleating Heart Press and The MNT and co-editor of The Toronto Comics Anthology: Osgoode as Gold and Called Into Being: A Celebration of Frankenstein, which is on Kickstarter as of the release of this episode. Both the women featured here work very hard to amplify female, non-binary and other minority voices in comics and in the comic convention scene. With Sam, Aaron talks about the ways comic shops and comic conventions are changing to become more welcoming to women and other minorities, while

  • Casey Parsons

    17/09/2018 Duración: 45min

    As part owner of Comic 1 Books in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Casey Parsons in one of the few artists who can say he has actually sold a comic book he worked on in his own store. Classically trained in art at Sheridan College but disillusioned by the business, it took him until his 40s to really embrace comics as his chosen art form – always reading as fan, but never creating them -- until now. Now, he's figuring out how to balance comic book mechanics with a fine art look, a marriage he showcased as one of the founding artists on Cauldron Magazine. Newly launched in September 2018, Cauldron is the first Canadian-made, adults-only, fantasy and horror anthology magazine in the spirit of Heavy Metal, Creepy, Eerie and Sword of Conan. Casey's art is featured on a cover that has three stories from Casey and past Speech Bubble guests Ricky Lima, Sam Noir and Shane Heron, all of whom do nothing but sing Casey's praises. Aaron and Casey discuss how Cauldron came to be, the connection Casey's other project Blood Moon has

  • Mike Rooth

    03/09/2018 Duración: 42min

    Mike went to art school at Sheridan College, but was too chicken to pursue a career in comics, so he put his dreams on hold and picked up odd jobs doing menial labour until a work site accident almost crushed his hands. It was the bell he needed to hear and from then on he vowed to dedicate himself to his art or starve doing it. Work with big publishers like Scholastic and Rubicon started paying the bills, but it wasn't until a few local comic shops gave him a chance drawing their store exclusives that the variant cover world came calling. Now, he has done variants for all kinds of titles like Kick-Ass, The Wicked + The Divine, Quantum and Woody, Baby Teeth and Animosity, to name a few. It was from this incredible exposure that he finally grabbed his first assignment as the main illustrator on an ongoing title. As of this recording, Mike is working on Dodge, a prequel to Matt Nixon's Retcon series. It's a great honour and a gargantuan challenge for him and yet, he explains on this episode how difficult it was

  • Pages for Pledges

    20/08/2018 Duración: 01h19min

    It's our first ever clip show live from a back storeroom inside Paradise Comics at Yonge and Lawrence during a very special fundraiser. Sketches for Pledges was organized by past Speech Bubble guest Shane Kirshenblatt to benefit The Canadian Cancer Society in honor of the legendary Toronto born comic artist Darwyn Cooke (Batman: Ego, Justice League: The New Frontier) and, friend of the Toronto comics community, Brendan Yapp. Local artists including the three guests on this show -- Steve Bynoe, Jason Roussel and Nik Zezos -- raised $3297.20 -- by sketching for a very generous public. Now, listen as they discuss everything from their latest projects to their artistic style and how they too were touched by cancer as we follow their efforts to break in to the comic industry as part of this fundraiser and beyond. This podcast sponsored by our friends at Hairy Tarantula. Steve Bynoe Instagram Twitter Facebook latest comic book - Chronokari Alpha Website Instagram Editorial director of Comix Asylum Web

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