Radio Free Krypton is the only comics radio show broadcast throughout the multiverse. Hosts Justin Chandler, Jacob Dubé and Mitchell Thompson interview comic creators and talk comics. Broadcast on CJRU 1280 AM in Toronto.
In "The Unquotable Trump," cartoonist Robert Sikoryak matches famous comics covers to choice lines from the President's speeches. In "Terms and Conditions," he takes readers on a journey through the best of American comics and the entire iTunes user agreement. Robert tells Justin what it's like to draw in so many different styles using such unconventional texts.
Mitchell and Justin unpack "American Flagg!" and the comic book philosophy of the controversial Howard Chaykin. This episode features an interview Mitchell did with Chaykin at Toronto ComiCon in March 2018.
For the RFK Creator Series, Toronto artist and writer Shawn Daley joins hosts Justin and Jacob to discuss Louis Riel, Chester Brown's biographical comic on the Métis leader. They also discuss the wonderful feeling of sorrow and emptiness a good book can leave you with.
Hosts Justin and Mitchell join Toronto rapper More or Les to talk about Matt Fraction's take on everyone's sixth or seventh favourite Avenger, Hawkeye. Listen in for insight on the private life of the arrow-slinging superhero as well as some info on More or Les' upcoming musical works.
She's one of the world's most popular superheroes and she's always changing. Justin and Jacob join journalist and podcaster Michael D'Alimonte to discuss his deep-dive podcast into the history of Wonder Woman, Comics 401.
Warren Ellis and John Cassaday's epic Planetary is a genre-hopping love letter to comics and sci-fi. It's also a masterclass example of serialized storytelling. Writer and artist Shane Heron (Morris and Black Hole Hunters Club) joins Justin, Jacob and Mitchell to discuss the comic.
It seems that for most people, Deadpool 2 hit the mark, but we're not so sure. Justin and friend of the show Ally Enrile discuss what they liked and what they didn't. Then Justin and Mitchell ask what makes a good Deadpool story. When does parody and camp go too far?
In terms of scale, Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest comic book movie ever. With 10 years and 18 films to build it up, does it live up to expectation? As your regular hosts lay broken at the feat of Thanos, three heroes—Ally Enrile, Iris Robin and Nathaniel Crouch—step in to save the day and break down the movie.
Listen to another chapter of our Creator Series with comics editor and treasured recurring guest to the show Allison O'Toole all about Mike Mignola's Hellboy series. Listen as hosts Justin, Jacob and Mitchell talk about Hellboy's antics, demeanor and unique art style, and Jacob experiences a scary flashback of an old Arthur episode.
In the latest instalment of our Creator Series—where writers and artists talk to us about the work that inspires them—hosts Justin and Jacob talk to Pitiful Human Lizard creator Jason Loo about Adrian Tomine's Killing and Dying, a book of short comics that features not a single explosion, but a lot of heart.
In the Creator Series, we talk to people who make comics about the comics that inspire them. This week, writer and artist Emmanuelle Chateauneuf tells Justin, Jacob and Mitchell about her love for InuYasha.
Toronto comic creator Shawn Daley tells Justin and Jacob about Samurai Grandpa, a book he drew and Eastin Deverna wrote. They discuss how Shawn took influence from Dragon Ball, what it's like to work with a writer you've never met in person, and how an artist develops a recognizable style.
In the Creator Series, we interview people who make comics about the comics that inspired them. This week, Justin and Jacob talk to Steven Andrews, production editor for TO Comix Press about webcomic Demonology 101.
On the rare time where there's a convention in Toronto, we're freed from our shackles in the studio and allowed to go outside. This week, hosts Jacob, Justin and Mitchell hit Toronto ComiCon to catch up with old guests and Swedish Chefs.
Hosts Jacob, Justin and Mitchell speak to Jameson Rohrer, a California prison librarian who's been doing popular Twitter call outs for donations about his comic collection, censorship and the comic community's reaction to his asks.
After years of snubs and derision, are Hollywood's elites starting to recognize excellence in comic book and genre films? Special guest/nerd goddess Christine Chua joins your comic-lovin' co-hosts to discuss.
Buying monthly comics and comic shops can be hella confusing largely thanks to how comic distribution works. Last week, monopolistic supplier Diamond Comics Distributors announced a big change to how consumers will buy books. Justin and Jacob discuss their experience buying comics different ways.
Justin and Jacob bring on special guests Ally Enrile and Serena Sbrizzi to discuss Marvel's smash hit Black Panther. They talk about how the movie breaks new ground while still falling into some of the MCU's tropes.
In September 2016, Justin and Jacob spoke to Elizabeth LaPensée, a writer and contributor to Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection Vol 1 and 2, about her work with comics and video games, and about Indigenous representation in comics and the media.
Hosts Justin and Jacob talk with writers Andrea Fort, Michael Christopher Heron and artist Sam Beck about the relaunch of their comic series Songs For The Dead, all about a misunderstood necromancer. We talk the book, switching to a publisher, and their favourite RPG's.
"Doomsday Clock" is a DC comic series that brings characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic, "Watchmen," to the universe of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman. Justin, Jacob and Mitchell question the premise and examine the book's goal of righting DC's reboot wrongs.
Hosts Mitchell and Jacob talk to Andrew MacLean, the creator of Head Lopper and Apocalyptigirl, some of the most vivid sci-fi and fantasy comics out in a while. We talk about character creation, Moebius, and where Head Lopper is going in the future.
Join Justin, Jacob (and eventually Mitchell, thanks to a rocket-launcher-based incident) as we discuss our favourite comics of the year— and mention that we stayed away from superhero comics, then immediately started talking about our favourite superhero comics. Honourable mentions include Emmanuelle Chateauneuf's Queen Street, Guy Delisle's hostage, and Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire's After Death.
The newest Star Wars film, "The Last Jedi," is nothing if not noteworthy. To do it justice, RFK reunites the Star Wars panel, featuring comics editor Allison O'Toole (of Chapterhouse and Toronto Comics Press) and "Pitiful Human-Lizard" creator, Jason Loo. Why did this movie upset so many fans? Where do we go from here? And what does Luke's milk drinking mean for the Wookiepedia page on breasts?
Grant Morrison's "All-Star Superman" examines the Man of Steel in a grounded, intimate way. In All-Star, he's more man than Superman. Justin, Jacob and Mitchell discuss Superman's morality, the challenges of writing that character and cosmic awareness.
In 1933, hundreds in Toronto's Jewish community brawled with Nazi sympathizers in the Christie Pits park after a Nazi flag was unveiled following a baseball game. Eighty-four years later, Jamie Michaels of Dirty Water Comics is working to fund a comic about it. He tells Justin, Jacob and Mitchell about the in-depth research it took to put the story together and the relevance of the riots today.
Our hosts (and wonderful guest Iris Robin) attempt to dissect Grant Morrison's Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, an intriguing and mysterious book where Batman is sent into Arkham to stop another one of the Joker's plots, or is it?
Radio Free Krypton spent over a year mentally preparing for "Justice League," but it was still too big threat for them to face alone. Special guests Iris Robin and Michael D'Alimonte answer the call to take on the plot holes, lazy writing and poor characterization.
Jacob goes solo and speaks with Neil Gibson, the author of Twisted Dark, a huge, thrilling, and incredibly organized series of connected stories. We talk about the books, comic TV shows, and some tips on good comic storytelling.
Former Nerd Goddess Christine Chua joins Justin and Jacob to review "Thor: Ragnarok." With self-aware comedy and a Sailor-Moon style villain, "Ragnarok" gets it right. Remember: the real Asgard was the friends you made along the way.
Why are "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and "Kickass" better as movies than comic books? Mitchell, Justin and Jacob analyze the works of prolific writer Mark Millar. He's known for popular books like "Civil War," "The Ultimates" and "Old Man Logan," but does his work hold up?
Which adorable puppers are the comic world's best? Hosts Justin and Jacob are joined by special guest/pup master Serena Sbrizzi to find out. They riff on Krypto, Hotdog, Marmaduke and Jacob's personal favourite, Underdog. Also listen as Mitchell, Jacob and Justin break down the new Justice League and Star Wars trailers, and question why Marvel is associating with arms dealers who aren't Tony Stark.
Comics writer Sam Miserendino takes the old adage of "What Would Jesus Do?" to the next level in his book Prince of Pieces, where Jesus does finally come back to look over his work, and he's not happy. Hosts Jacob and Justin speak with Sam about his book and his unlikely friendship with Punk icon Jello Biafra.
The stories in comics often feature people in colourful tights, but the medium works really well for telling non-fiction stories. From "Pyongyang" to "From Hell," we discuss what happens when comics get real.
Shane Heron tells Justin and Jacob how Toronto's amateur comic creators hang out. He also tells them about his upcoming book "Morris," and "Black Hole Hunters Club," the swear-filled sci-fi book he draws.
The English market is dominating the comics industry, and Europe has a strong hold on the French side. Where does that leave Canada? Do we try and mimic the bigger industries or just do our own thing? We spoke to store owners and comic creators in Toronto and Montreal to find out the weird, unique state of French Canadian comics.
It's a Radio Free Rewind! Listen back in time as Jacob and Justin talk with the writer and artist of "Life, Death & Sorcery" and "Obsolete Heroes," the very funny Danny Zabbal. They discuss comics, existential crises and how geeks are safer now. The first volume of "Life Death & Sorcery" should be out at the end of September.
Remember the Toronto Ice Storm? Artist and writer Jon Berg made a comic called "Blackout" about that frigid, frosty week. Justin and Jacob talk to him about the benefits of doing comics by hand and printing on nice paper.
Superhero sex? Musical numbers? Farting in the Batmobile? The new "Batman and Harley Quinn" animated movie has it all. Special guest Evan Hoffman joins hosts Justin and Mitchell to discuss the film, Harley Quinn as a character, and where DC animation is at.
So you've made a comic and now you want to sell it. But how? Steven Andrews, production editor for the Toronto Comics Anthology, takes Justin through the process. From pitching your comic to stores, to selling it on consignment, to getting an ISBN number, it's all here.
With the radical Robot King closing in, the heroic Igs Magnum initiates his last Radio Free Rewind and travels back in time to July 21, 2016—the day RFK began. He meets the Ghost of Kryptons' Past, who shows Igs highlights from the first year of RFK to teach him the true meaning of comics. Will it be enough to defeat that murderous machine? You won't see the end coming.
Justin and Jacob interview American comic-creator and enamel-pin-maker Dave Baker of "Shitty Watchmen," "Fuck Off Squad" and "Action Hospital." They discuss the "Watchmen," creators' rights, Tintin and the beauty of complicated comics.
Spider-Man is everywhere these days! A new comic series by Chip Zdarsky and a new movie with promising early reviews are being released, so we decided to take a step back to our previous conversations with Chip and a long-time Spidey fan, Carl Solis. This episode is webtastic and I'm not very good at puns!
Writer and artist Emmanuelle Chateauneuf talks to Justin and Jacob about her book "Queen Street," which portrays 12 hours in the lives of a mother and her daughter. The book is based on the author's childhood and is influenced by manga she read growing up.
Justin and Jacob talk about who they met and what they learned at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (May 12-14). Then they review "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." Jacob complains about Baby Groot. David Hasselhoff makes Justin's neck hairs prickle.
In our 40th episode, our hosts speak with artist and cartoonist Jonathan Rotsztain about his Dreary Diary comic series, as well as his campaign to get his comic series about handing out Toronto's Metro published in the newspaper.
In honour of Star Wars Day, Justin, Jacob and Mitchell host a Star Wars debate. Fighters include canvas doublet wearer and "Life, Death & Sorcery" creator Danny Zabbal, "The Pitiful Human-Lizard" creator and Wedge-head Jason Loo, and Allison O'Toole, Bail Organa fan and editor for the Toronto Comics Anthology and Chapterhouse.
To celebrate Green Day and the new season of "Doctor Who," here's a Radio Free Rewind all about time, space and the Multiverse. This show features excerpts from our Multiverse show and our interview with Toronto rapper More Or Les.
This week, Jacob speaks with editor Krittika Ghosh about Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women's Resilience, a comic anthology about the experiences of immigrant women. Krittika tells us about the book, as well as the scoop on the state of Archie Comics in India.
Justin, Jacob and Mitchell go to Toronto ComiCon! They catch up with Jason Loo, Shawn Daley and Danny Zabbal. They also meet some new people, like Captain Canuck creator Richard Comely and the funny folks at The Daily Cringe Podcast.
Hosts Jacob and Justin speak with Elizabeth LaPensée, a writer and contributor to Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection Vol 1 and 2, about her work and the state of Indigenous representation in comics and the media.
What's more Toronto than a man running around in a lizard costume? This week, our hosts talk with Pitiful Human Lizard creator Jason Loo about Toronto comics and the people living in Lake Ontario we're not supposed to know about.
Captain Canuck is more Canadian than bagged milk. In our sophomore episode, our hosts speak to Kalman Andrasovky and Fadi Hakim from the Canadian comic publishing company Chapterhouse about rebooting the iconic hero.