At Comic-Con International in 2007, CBR began a new chapter in its long history – creating original video content. Those early video interviews conducted on the CBR yacht are rough, to say the least, but you have to start somewhere.
Since then we’ve produced a lot more video, upgrading our equipment significantly and learning a lot about what it takes to produce video for the Web. While it’s still very much a learning process, I’m happy with the progress we’ve made. Since those initial attempts we’ve conducted more than 200 video interviews with your favorite comic creators and celebrities. Some conducted at conventions, while others were done in our Los Angeles based studio.
While our production quality improved, our distribution was still a mess. That all changes today. Through a partnership with our friends at Blip.tv, I’m very excited to announce the launch of CBR’s new Video site at video.comicbookresources.com. By partnering with Blip TV we’re able to offer a higher quality viewing experience (including HD video), as well as greater syndication opportunities to come. And whereas before those of you with iPads and iPhones couldn’t watch CBR videos on your mobile device, Blip TV supports those platforms. Now you can enjoy CBR TV goodness while on the go!
In addition, this partnership also allows CBR the opportunity for more video production in 2011 and at this very moment our goal is 150 interviews in 2011, almost double our 2010 output.
In the process of migrating our video to this new platform, we unearthed some completed videos from our archives that unfortunately never ran. In the coming weeks we’ll bring you a selection of videos from 2007, 2008 and 2009 that while may be dated in some ways, still give you incredible insight in to the creative minds behind your favorite comics. Check the site this coming weekend for the first FROM THE VIDEO ARCHIVES interview with Jason Aaron from 2009.
Moving forward, I’m looking forward to that increased production schedule. 150 interviews is a lot, but I think I can handle it! In fact, our next video shoot in Los Angeles is Saturday December 11th – if you’re a comics creator, publicist, actor or anyone working within the comics industry and would like to inquire about an interview, e-mail me about your interest and we’ll try to set something up.
There’s a number of people who helped set this new site up who need some thanks. Our lead designer Matt Brett did the usual stellar job he usually does. Steve Woolf at Blip helped make this transition far easier than it could have been. Lead developer Frank Beaton htlped with back end support. Plus, thanks go out to Jacob Riskin, Casey McKinnon, Mark Milhollan, Stephen Gerding and everyone else who helped us make this transition.
Before I let you go, I figured I’d offer up a selection of some of my favorite interviews conducted over the past four years. Check ’em out and leave a comment when you’re done viewing/listening.
- Stan Lee – Sorry about the audio on this one – a damned cable came unplugged!
- Scott Allie & Gerard Way – “Umbrella Academy” is still one of my favorite comics.
- “Smallville’s” Justin Hartley
- Mike Mignola
- Actor William Katt — “The Greatest American Hero” was one of my favorite shows as a kid, so this was a real treat.
- Grant Morrison — Not only is Grant one of the nicest guys in comics, he makes interviewing easy with compelling answers to every question, no matter how lame the question!
- Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man
- Thomas Jane – Talking with Tom is always an adventure. Absolutely love his passion for comics.
- Matt Wagner – One of my favorite comic creators of all time and I finally got to interview him on camera!
- “Lost’s” Damon Lindeloff – a fun :30 minute Q&A done at Golden Apple Comics, Hollywood
- Behind the Scenes of “Heroes” – One of my favorite set visits, with footage from an amazing carnival set that includes interviews with Robert Knepper, Ray Park, Zachary Quinto and more!
- Greg Rucka
- John Romita Jr.
- Felicia Day & Jeff Lewis from “The Guild”
- Nick & Gene Simmons – It was great getting to meet legendary KISS front man Gene Simmons, but about six months after conducting this video interview it became clear that Nick’s comic was heavily plagiarized.
- Bruce Campbell — Meeting Bruce was one of the highlights of 2009’s Comic-Con!
- Robert Englund — Not only a great interview, but he went to my college!
- Erik Larsen & Rob Liefeld – Erik’s Todd McFarlane impression alone is worth a watch!
- We covered the opening of Geoff Johns’ Earth-2 Northridge store – Check out Philip Tan drawing on the wall and Geoff & Jeph arguing up a storm over who came up with “spectrum” heroes first!
- William Shatner – Five parts and one where he talks about horses? What?
- Mike Carey
- SNL’s Bill Hader & Seth Meyers – One of the most unexpected interviews I did at NYCC 2009. Kiel Phegley simply brought them up to the skybox and I was totally unprepared, but these guys were great!
- Brian Bendis Part 1, Brian Bendis Part 2
- Keith Giffen – He hates drawing horses!
- Milo Ventimiglia – This is my third interview with Milo and definitely the best.
- Brian Bendis – He’s always a great interview.
- John Romita Jr. – This time he brought a little friend!
- Joe Quesada
- Todd McFarlane – My second interview with Todd in 2010, this time we talked Baseball!
- Marjorie Liu – Kiel Phegley actually did this interview and did a great job.
- Misha Collins from “Supernatural” – Despite butchering the name of his character on the show, I really enjoyed this interview with Misha. Fascinating guy.
- Ziggy Marley
- Todd McFarlane – This one recorded at Comic-Con.
- Berkeley Breathed – If you liked “Bloom County” or “Opus,” you must watch this. Fascinating guy.
- Simon Pegg & Nick Frost
- Tommy Lee Edwards and Jonathan Ross – Probably my favorite interview of all time!
- Grant Morrison – Like I said earlier, always compelling.
- Brian Bendis – with his response to the Joe Q filmed bit!
- Joe Quesada – The one where Joe slaps the hell out of CBR Senior Editor Stephen Gerding!
- Zachary Quinto Takes Over – Zachary Quinto decided to interview his own writers! Conducted in 2009, but held until the release of the books in 2010.
- Samuel L. Jackson, Part 1, Samuel L. Jackson, Part 2 – MAKE SURE you stick around past the end of the credits for Part 2!
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