The NEW Panel Discussions

March 18, 2018

Ever since I rebranded Panel Discussions: A Comics Podcast as ECV Presents: Panel Discussions, I have been meaning to find the time to do what I have started doing this week.

In addition to backfilling as much of my older content from Panel Discussions Classic as I can, I will be creating a number of specialized episode classifications that will run regularly or semi-regularly:

Emerald City Video is when the ECV "main" podcast (found at features a comic book movie or TV show. Shortly after it runs on the mothership, I will "syndicate" those reviews here, so that they are not being ignored on the show.

35 Minutes Ago... will be episodes that specifically deal with Watchmen and its currently-ongoing sequel series, Doomsday Clock. Originally, this began as its own podcast but is being folded into ECVComics for ease of access.

World of Old Krypton will be our weekly series of discussions about Krypton, SYFY's new Superman prequel. 

There may be additional "imprints" added later, but those are the ones I feel likely to have traction right now. There will be guest-hosts for almost every episode, but occasionally there will also be monologues in the style of the recent "Superman is For Everyone" post, some of which will be longer-form comics reviews if any given comic comes out in a week and I absolutely NEED to talk about it but did not end up being the one to review it for my day job at

Co-hosts and more information coming soon.

Just letting you know what's happening so that you know your feed isn't just being filled with old junk. There's a lot more goin gon.

Emerald City Video: ‘Black Panther’ Review

February 16, 2018

Originally published at Emerald City Video.


Emerald City Video: ‘Watchmen’ Lookback

February 10, 2018

Originally published at Emerald City Video.


35 Minutes Ago: ‘Watchmen’ and Paddy Chayevsky’s ‘Network’

January 27, 2018

In our final episode before the regular hosts get together and start breaking down issues of Doomsday Clock, Russ Burlingame speaks with photojournalist Zach D. Roberts about Paddy Chayefsky’s classic film Network.

Network deals with themes and narrative ideas explored by Watchmen and Doomsday Clock, and has become one of the most timeless and influential films about the media ever made.

Network’s main character, Howard Beale, also make a brief cameo in Doomsday Clock #1, which is why Russ decided it was a good time to examine the film from a different perspective.

You can read Russ’s article about the connections between Doomsday Clockand Network here.


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35 Minutes Ago: ‘Watchmen’ and Iambic Pentameter

November 23, 2017

To celebrate Thanksgiving (you'll hear why), here is a special episode of 35 Minutes Ago..., in which Russ and Mike Brown talk about iambic pentameter as it relates to the nine-panel grid.

The opening and closing music is "Open Up Your Window" by Kirby Krackle. You can get the song here or back the band on Patreon here.

For that matter, you can back the Emerald City Video family of podcasts, which includes Thirty-Five Minutes Ago...on Patron here.

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35 Minutes Ago: ‘Doomsday Clock’ First Reactions

November 20, 2017

The curtain has lifted, and the first reactions to DC Comics's Doomsday Clock are beginning to wind their way through the comics internet.

Enter Thirty-Five Minutes Ago..., a podcast dedicated to a deep, critical examination of the series, which comes from writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank, and colorist Brad Anderson.

The podcast will feature various voices, including KSite's Craig ByrneWomen Write About Comics's Rosie Marx, and more, but tonight's first reactions come from's Russ Burlingame and Sparkshooter writer Troy Brownfield, who used to run Shotgun Reviews. That becomes important at some point in the conversation.

This is a non-spoiler review, but we do get into some plot points which have already been revealed in either press opportunities with Johns or the 6-page ashcan released the week of New York Comic Con. If you want a fully non-spoiler review (as much as is possible, anyway), you can read Russ's official review here.

The opening and closing music is "Open Up Your Window" by Kirby Krackle. You can get the song here or back the band on Patreon here.

For that matter, you can back the Emerald City Video family of podcasts, which includes Thirty-Five Minutes Ago...on Patron here.

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Neal Adams Talks ‘Deadman’

September 22, 2017

Comic book legend Neal Adams talks Deadman, his upcoming series from DC Comics.


Superman Is For Everyone

September 19, 2017

In light of a recent controversy in the comics industry, Russ recorded a little rant about the meaning of Superman. It touches on elements of Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeThe Punisher, and Wonder Woman, so while it is nominally a Panel Discussions episode, we are also releasing it through the main ECV channel for broader exposure.

This episode is also SUPER ROUGH, largely because it is going to be adapted to a video essay soon and then the audio from that will be extracted to replace this episode. So if you like the raw, uncut energy of...whatever this is, then download it now. Soon, it will be much more shiny.

You should also check out our new Patreon -- you can find it here, and among other things backers can get a monthly, exclusive video podcast DELIVERED ON VHS.


Talking to Len Wein About Metal Men, Storytelling, and More

September 11, 2017

Yesterday, the comics industry mourned the loss of Len Wein.

While Wein was best known as the co-creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing, he created dozens of characters in his nearly fifty-year career and wrote or edited notable runs on many more, including The Amazing Spider-ManThe Fantastic FourCrisis on Infinite Earths, and Watchmen.

When DC launched their Legends of Tomorrow anthology series in 2016, Wein was one of a number of comics creators to whom I spoke about his role in the book (he wrote the Metal Men segments).

The files went missing at the time, and the interview never saw the light of day. When the audio of our conversation resurfaced months later, there was no real news hook to attach it to, so I filed it away for the next time there was a big story involving Wein, or the Metal Men.

With the passing of a giant in the comics industry, I was left thinking about the times I had met Len; he was a warm and good-humored man who was generous of his time and insight. I hope that in some small way, presenting my final interview with Len Wein in its entirety (notwithstanding some editing for static fuzz and other such technical issues) helps give some listeners an insight into the man.


Jon Bogdanove Looks Back on 20 Years Since Electric Superman

March 7, 2017

Emerald City Video Podcast host and senior staff writer Russ Burlingame sits down to talk with longtime Superman: The Man of Steel artist Jon Bogdanove about his role in -- and recollections of -- the "Electric Superman" era, which turns 20 next week.