This year was the best year of the Capes and Tights Podcast by far and it is all thanks to you. Of course, we host this podcast weekly because it is something we extremely enjoy, but the hard work really pays off when you all tune into each episode.
Over the past 52 weeks we have published 76 episodes which included 81 guests including 51 comic book writers, 26 comic book artists, three comic book letterers, two comic book editors, nine authors, and six actors/directors. As well as six movie reviews.
While every episode was listened to many times over, we ran some numbers and determined the following 15 episodes were our most-listened to episodes of 2023.
T15. Episode 136: Adam Cesare – Comic Book Writer and Author
Adam Cesare is the author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning Clown in a Cornfield series, the graphic novel Dead Mall, and several other novels and novellas including the cult hit Video Night. His Clown in a Cornfield series gets a third installment coming sometime in 2024 subtitled Church of Friendo.
Cesare also released, Influencer, his latest novel via Audible Originals on November 2. Adam describes it as a young adult American Psycho mixed with Silence of the Lambs. While the book is an Audible Original, it will make its way to paperback in the future.
T15. Episode 124: Liana Kangas – Comic Book Artist
Liana Kangas is a freelance comic artist, illustrator, and writer, with previous professional history in graphic design and outreach. They recently released the TRVE KVLT trade paperback they co-created and illustrated with writer Scott Bryan Wilson at IDW Publishing as well as the original graphic novel, Mariko Between Worlds, they illustrated and co-created with writer Matthew Erman for Mad Cave Studios. The trade paperback of Know Your Station they illustrated and co-created along with writer Sarah Gailey. his local comic shops on September 20, 2023 from BOOM! Studios.
They have also worked on the IDW Publishing / LucasFilm title Star Wars Adventures written by Sam Maggs, co-writing the short one-shot Seeds of Eden, co-written by Joe Corallo, drawn by Paul Azaceta, and published by TKO Studios, co-created and drew a mini series titled She Said Destroy, written by Corallo and published by Vault Comics, and the BlackAF series title Devil’s Dye written by Vita Ayala published by Black Mask Studios.
Liana’s work has been featured in anthologies including 2000 A.D., Z2’s The Final Symphony, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Comic Mix’s Mine!, Image Comics Where We Live, and A Wave Blue World’s All We Ever Wanted, Dead Beats, Embodied and Dead Beats: London Calling.
Kangas has drawn covers for series published with Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Comixology, Oni Press, Ahoy Comics, Vault Comics, Mad Cave Studios and Scout Comics and licenses such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Dark Spaces: Wildfire, and more.
14. Episode 119: Daniel Kraus – NYT Bestselling Author
Daniel Kraus is a writer of novels, TV, and film. His collaboration with legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, The Living Dead, was acclaimed by The New York Times and The Washington Post.
With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus co-authored Trollhunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Kraus’s The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was named one of Entertainment Weekly‘s Top 10 Books of the Year. Kraus has won the Bram Stoker Award, Scribe Award, two Odyssey Awards (for both Rotters and Scowler), and has appeared multiple times as Library Guild selections, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, and more.
Whalefall is The Martian meets 127 Hours in a “smart, surreal, and powerfully humane” (Owen King, New York Times bestselling author) thriller about a scuba diver who’s been swallowed by an eighty-foot, sixty-ton sperm whale and has only one hour to escape before his oxygen runs out.
13. Episode 121: Mateus Santolouco – Comic Book Artist and Writer
Mateus Santolouco is a Brazilian comic artist and creator. As well as his continued work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he has worked on the titles Two Guns, Dial H, Cover Girl, Dark Reign- Lethal Legion, and more. He is also a member of Stout Club, the creative powerhouse group developing original comic books. Stout Club includes Santolouco, Rafael Albuquerque, Eduardo Medeiros and Rafael Scavone.
Santolouco has worked on the main story in the TMNT continuity as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of the Foot Clan, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Deviations, TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell, and more. Mateus has also contributed many more variant covers.
12. Episode 107: Fred Kennedy – Comic Book Writer
Fearless Fred Kennedy is a radio host, actor, and comic book writer. He works for the Toronto radio station 102.1 The Edge. He recently announced after two years of tinkering that his fan made Star Wars story podcast, Mud79, is coming back.
Kennedy, along with series artist Nick Marinkovich, letterer Andrew Thomas and editor Allison O’Toole, recently dropped the first two issues of Dead Romans at Image Comics.
Arminius, a Germanic prince raised in Rome, has sworn vengeance against the Empire that butchers his people. He wants to make a queen of the woman he loves, Honoria, a fellow slave. Now, fifty thousand Romans will die to give her a throne she never asked for…or wanted. Lush, beautiful illustrations bring to life a brutal tale of love and war from the birth of the Roman Empire.
11. Episode 87: Travis Gibb – Comic Book Creator
Travis Gibb has been working in comics off and on for around 15 years. He has worked on comics such as Negative Burn, Government Bodies, and local imprint Space Coast Comixx. Travis has had multiple successful Kickstarter campaigns including the most recent for the release of Holiday Spirits. In 2023 Travis launched a two-part miniseries Coins of Judas with artist Tyler Carpenter at Band of Bards and more recently Granite State Punk with illustrations from Patrick Buermeyer at Scout Comics.
10. Episode 123: Jordan Blum, Patton Oswalt & Tim Seeley – Comic Book Creators
Jordan Blum is television producer and writer, known for his work on Community, Savage, and American Dad! He co-created Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. for Hulu, plus the comic series Minor Threats along with Oswalt.
Patton Oswalt is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He is best known for his acting roles in The King of Queens, Ratatouille, The Goldbergs, and much more. As mentioned before, he co-created Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. for Hulu and the comic series Minor Threats along with Blum. Oswalt has also written comics such as JLA: Welcome to the Working Week, Black Hammer: Visions, and more.
Additionally, Blum and Oswalt co-wrote the miniseries M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games for Marvel Comics.
Tim Seeley is a New York Times bestselling writer and comic book artist known for his work on comics such as Grayson, Nightwing, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, G.I. Joe vs. Transformers and New Exiles. He is also the co-creator of titles such as Hack/Slash, Revival, Local Man (along with our friend Tony Fleecs), Money Shot, West of Sundown and more.
9. Episode 76: Daniel Kraus – Comic Book Writer
Daniel Kraus is a New York Times bestselling author. His collaboration with legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, The Living Dead, was acclaimed by The New York Times and The Washington Post.
With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus co-authored Trollhunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Kraus’s The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was named one of Entertainment Weekly‘s Top 10 Books of the Year. He has won a Scribe Award, two Odyssey Awards (for both Rotters and Scowler) and has been a Library Guild selection, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bram Stoker finalist, and more.
8. Episode 111: John Allison – Comic Book Writer and Artist
John Allison is an Eisner Award winning comic artist and writer. He is responsible for works such as Giant Days, By Night, and Wicked Things at BOOM! Studios; Bad Machinery at Oni Press; Steeple and The Great British Bump-Off at Dark Horse Comics; webcomics Scary Go Round and Bobbins; and much more.
On Episode 111 of the Capes and Tights Podcast, Allison joins to discuss his Agatha Christie-style murder mystery miniseries with Max Sarin at Dark Horse Comics The Great British Bump-Off and much more.
7. Episode 113: Charles Soule & Ryan Browne – Comic Book Creators
Ryan Browne is a Harvey Award winning comic book writer and artist from Chicago, Illinois. Browne is the creator of God Hates Astronauts as well as the co-creator and artist of Curse Words and Eight Billion Genies.
Charles Soule is a New York-based, New York Times bestselling novelist, comic book writer, musician, and former attorney. While he has worked for DC and other publishers, he is best known for writing Daredevil, She-Hulk, Death of Wolverine, and various Star Wars comics from Marvel, and his creator-owned series Eight Billion Genies and Curse Words.
In addition to his comic book work his novels include The Oracle Year and Anyone with his third novel, The Endless Vessel, released in June 2023. Charles is a creative consultant for Lucasfilm and one of the founding architects (which also includes Cavan Scott and Daniel Jose Older) of Star Wars: The High Republic, a multi-platform Star Wars saga kicked off by his #1 New York Times’ best-selling novel Light of the Jedi, released in January 2021.
6. Episode 102: Daniel Chabon – Dark Horse Senior Editor
Daniel Chabon is an Eisner Award-nominated comic book and graphic novel editor with a master’s degree in book publishing from Portland State University and a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. Daniel started at Dark Horse in 2009 as Assistant Editor and was promoted to Senior Editor in 2019.
In his many years at Dark Horse, Daniel has brought a stellar collection of titles and creators to the company—including work from Brian Michael Bendis, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Margaret Atwood, Dave McKean, William Gibson, James Stokoe, and a host of others. Titles include Black Hammer, Umbrella Academy, and Cullen Bunn‘s Harrow County.
More recently Daniel has served as editor of comics such as Minor Threats, Where Monsters Lie, Blue Book, Hairball, The Great British Bump-off, Masters of the Universe: Masterverse, Shock Shop, Survival Street, and much more!
5. Episode 125: Joe Corallo – Comic Book Writer
Joe Corallo is an Eisner and GLAAD nominated, Ringo winning editor and comic book writer. He co-created She Said Destroy at Vault Comics and Dahlia in the Dark at Mad Cave Studios. Joe is co-writer of Seeds of Eden and The Never-Ending Party. Corallo edits Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim at Black Mask Studios, the Mine! anthology at ComicMIx, and the Dead Beats anthology at A Wave Blue World.
4. Episode 96: Cullen Bunn – Comic Book Writer
Cullen Bunn writes comic books for Oni Press (The Sixth Gun, The Damned, The Tooth); Marvel Comics (Wolverine, Spider-Man: Season One, Fear Itself: The Fearless), Dark Horse Comics (Tales from Harrow County), BOOM! Studios (The Empty Man, The Unsound), Vault Comics, and more. He also writes short fiction and novels, including the middle reader horror novel, Crooked Hills.
His short stories and non-fiction have appeared in dozens of magazines, anthologies, and e-zines. Cullen Bunn’s noir/horror comic (and first collaboration with Brian Hurtt), The Damned, was published in 2007 by Oni Press. The follow-up, The Damned: Prodigal Sons, was released in 2008. Since then, Brian and Bunn have teamed up again on The Sixth Gun, an ongoing supernatural western, and he has worked on several other projects for Oni Press, Marvel, and DC.
In 2011, Bunn became a full-time writer. Somewhere along the way, he founded Undaunted Press and edited the critically acclaimed small press horror magazine, Whispers from the Shattered Forum.
Bunn is a multiple time Eisner Award nominated, two-time Ghastly Award winner, and Broken Frontier Award winning writer.
His six-issue miniseries The Empty Man from BOOM! Studios was optioned by 20th Century Studios in 2016. The film release in October 2020 starring James Badge, Dale Marin Ireland, Stephen Root, Ron Canada, Robert Aramayo, Joel Courtney, and Sasha Frolova.
Bunn recently released Basilisk Vol. 3 (BOOM! Studios) and A Foulness in the Walls (Aftershock Comics) and is currently working on A Legacy of Violence (Mad Cave Studios), Door to Door Night by Night (Vault Comics), Nightwalkers (Source Point Press), and Red Zone (AWA Studios). Cullen debuting Ghostlore (BOOM! Studios), Lamentation (Oni Press), Chilling Adventures Presents Cult of That Wilkin Boy (Archie Comics), Shock Shop TP (Dark Horse Comics), and All My Little Demons Omnibus (Aftershock Comics) over the next few months.
3. Episode 92: Dan Panosian – Comic Book Artist
Dan Panosian has worked on Alpha Flight, Astonishing X-Men, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Magneto, Marvel Tales, Savage Sword of Conan, Thor, The Uncanny X-Men, Web of Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Wonder Man at Marvel Comics. At Image Comics Panosian has illustrated Spawn, Pitt, Prophet, Savage Dragon and more.
2. Episode 88: Marc Bernardin – Comic Book and TV Writer
Marc Bernardin is a WGA Award-winning television writer-producer who has worked on Star Trek: Picard, Carnival Row, Treadstone, Castle Rock, Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, Masters of the Universe: Revelations, and Alphas. Previously, Bernardin was a journalist for the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Playboy, and Entertainment Weekly.
In the world of comics, Marc is an Eisner nominated and Inkpot-winning writer of Adora and the Distance, Genius, The Highwaymen, Census and Monster Attack Network. Bernardin has also worked on The Authority, Push, Static Shock, and more for DC Comics; Wolverine, X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, Women of Marvel, King In Black: Planet Of The Symbiotes, Heroes Reborn Peter Parker The Amazing Shutterbug, and more at Marvel Comics.
He is currently work on Messenger: The Legend of Muhammad Ali which released where books are sold in August 2023.
Additionally, Marc is the co-host of the Fatman Beyond podcast along with Kevin Smith. Their podcast discusses the world of pop culture, movies, television, comics and so much more.
Recently Bernardin completed work on his short film Splinter which is making the film festival circuit tour and will be available for viewing sometime in the near future.
1. Episode 101: Skottie Young – Comic Book Artist and Writer
Skottie Young got his start at Marvel on titles like Spider-Man: Legend of the Spider Clan, Human Torch, and Venom. He soon began adapting the L. Frank Baum OZ novels at Marvel with Eric Shanower. After five years, four Eisner Awards and six OZ graphic novels, he began writing and drawing the hit series Rocket Raccoon, illustrating the children’s book Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman, and the Young Marvel variant covers.
Skottie then created, wrote and drew the series I Hate Fairyland at Image Comics. He followed that with co-creating and writing Bully Wars with artist Aaron Conley as well as Middlewest and The Me You Love In The Dark with artist Jorge Corona. His work with Marvel includes writing Deadpool and Strange Academy. Twig, a new fantasy and adventure book with artist Kyle Strahm, launched in May 2022 and the sequel to I Hate Fairyland is currently available at local comic shops.
Young has launched a super successful website where you can grab exclusive variants, prints and much more.
The Young Marvel variants are widely popular and for our host such a love he has multiple Skottie tattoos including Gertrude, Venom, Nova and his Deadpool Run The Jewels variant cover.