The Hour Cosmic, Episode 58: Where’s Carl? with Art Baltazar and Franco

By , and | February 14th, 2014
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Welcome to another installment of The Hour Cosmic, your favorite comics game show! This week, our guests are the men behind “Aw Yeah Comics,” Art Baltazar and Franco!

On this week’s show, among other things, we discuss:

– The perks of owning your own comics store!

Superman III vs Superman IV: The Quest for Peace!

– The machinations of the Aw Yeah-verse!

Let’s meet our guests, shall we?

Art Baltazar and Franco are the brains behind “Aw Yeah Comics,” as well as being the champions of all-ages comics the world over. After getting their start self-publishing comics, they rose to prominence when they launched “Tiny Titans” in the spring of 2008, which was co-written by the pair and illustrated by Baltazar. They also wrote a number of DC’s all-ages titles, such as “Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam” and “Young Justice.” They recently just wrapped up both “Superman Family Adventures” and “The Green Team: Teen Trillionaires” for DC, and are bringing “Tiny Titans” back as a six issue miniseries later this year. They also publish their own series, “Aw Yeah Comics,” own their own comic shops, Aw Yeah Comics (in Skokie, IL) and Alter-Ego Comics (co-owned with Mark Waid in Muncie, IN), and are two of the nicest guys you’ll ever find. You can find Franco at Blindwolf Studios and on Twitter (@awyeahfranco), Art at his website and on Twitter (@artbaltazar), and you can check out all things Aw Yeah here. Also, listen to their podcast (after you listen to ours, obviously).

As always, your hosts are:

Chad Bowers – South Carolinian, GI Joe enthusiast, co-writer of “Subatomic Party Girls” “Down Set Fight,” and “Awesome Hospital” with Chris Sims, and writer of “Monster Plus.” He teaches us cool expressions like “Oh, snakes!” and has a lot of opinions about barbeque.

Matthew Meylikhov – Bostonian, cat and beard enthusiast, co-writer of “Detective Space Cat” with Colin Bell, writer of “Morning Glories Babies,” “Morning Glories Academy Study Hall” (both backmatter for the Image Comics series “Morning Glories“) and “Control,” and letterer extraordinaire. He reads more comics than anyone on the planet, and has sworn off White Castle for life.

Brian Salvatore – New Jerseyan, New York Mets enthusiast, host of “Input/Output,” a music podcast, and occasional blogger/freelance writer. He has never met a dog he didn’t like (even that one that bit his leg when he was 10), and has baked better bread than he ever thought possible.

You can interact with the show in all sorts of ways – first of all, please rate, review and subscribe to the show in iTunes. You can email us at thehourcosmic@tellmesomething.org. You can follow the hosts on Twitter – @chadbowers, @mattisnotarobot, and @brianneedsanap – and while on Twitter, make sure to use the hashtag #TheHourCosmic – or tweet the shot directly @thehourcosmic. You can check out our website at thehourcosmic.com, as well as the websites of our corporate overlords at multiversitycomics.com and tellmesomething.org. We, like your mom and that weird kid from high school, are on Facebook, too. Our amazing announcer is Ken Beck – follow him on Twitter and check out his Tumblr. You can check out all of the other great comic shows on the Comics Podcast Network, and you can listen to us anywhere via the Stitcher app.

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Brian Salvatore

Brian Salvatore is an editor, podcaster, reviewer, writer at large, and general task master at Multiversity. When not writing, he can be found playing music, hanging out with his kids, or playing music with his kids. He also has a dog named Lola, a rowboat, and once met Jimmy Carter. Feel free to email him about good beer, the New York Mets, or the best way to make Chicken Parmagiana (add a thin slice of prosciutto under the cheese).


Chad Bowers

Chad Bowers has been reading comics for most of his life. His transition from fan to professional is a work in progress. He’s the co-founder of ACTION AGE COMICS, creator of the webcomic MONSTER PLUS, co-creator of AWESOME HOSPITAL, THE HARD ONES, and DOWN SET FIGHT (coming soon from Oni Press) with Chris Sims. He reviews comics, writes G.I. JoeVersity, and co-hosts The Hour Cosmic for Multiversity Comics! If you've got nothing better to do, you can follow him on Twitter or Tumblr.


Matthew Meylikhov

Once upon a time, Matthew Meylikhov became the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Multiversity Comics, where he was known for his beard and fondness for cats. Then he became only one of those things. Now, if you listen really carefully at night, you may still hear from whispers on the wind a faint voice saying, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine is not as bad as everyone says it issss."


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