As a special holiday treat, the Midtown Comics Podcast has teamed up the husband and wife team of comic book writer Fred Van Lente and playwright Crystal Skillman to present their play, King Kirby. King Kirby was performed for a live audience this summer, but now it’s presented to you in audio format for the first time for free!

King Kirby podcast

King Kirby Cast

Kirby – Steven Rattazi

Simon (and others) Joseph Mathers

Fox (and others) Timothy McCown Reynolds

Stanley (and others) Nat Cassidy

Roz (and others) Amy Lee Pearsall

The play was recorded at the Downtown location of Midtown Comics on December 11th, 2014.

The play has some strong language so please be advised.

The Midtown Comics Podcast consists of the Downtown’s store manager Ted. Marketing Manager Andrew, Video Host Sam, Customer Gavin and Grand Central store manager Dimitrios.  We come to you every week with the latest comic and pop culture news, comic reviews, giveaways, and more fun! If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through our TwitterFacebook or email us at podcast@midtowncomics.com. Leave a question on our voicemail at 980-MIDTOWN and we’ll play it on the show!

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast and play are those of the hosts and performers and do not reflect the views of Midtown Comics.

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The Midtown Comics Podcast is excited to bring its listeners a special gift just in time for Christmas! Introducing the first full-length audio recording of King Kirby by Fred Van Lente and Crystal Skillman!

This special recording features the original cast: Steven Rattazzi as Kirby (best known to comics fans as the voice of Dr. Orpheus from Cartoon Network’s The Venture Bros), is joined by a wonderful ensemble: Amy Lee Pearsall as Roz, Joseph Mathers as Joe Simon, Nat Cassidy as Stan Lee, and Timothy McCown Reynolds as the bosses in Kirby’s life.

King Kirby is a play by the husband-and-wife team of New York Times bestselling comics writer Fred Van Lente and NYIT award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman about the life and times of Jack Kirby, the great comic book artist who created or co-created some of your favorite heroes on the page and screen, including Captain America, the Avengers, Thor, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Young Romance, the New Gods, Darkseid, The Demon… the list goes on and on.

From the Jewish ghetto of New York’s Lower East Side, to the battlefields of France, to the Senate hearings of 1950s, this is a hysterical and heartbreaking story about a man who pours his quintessentially Twentieth Century life into his comics, only to make the fateful mistake that sends him into obscurity while his creations become known to every person on Earth.

A real-life “Adventures of Kavalier & Klay”, King Kirby asks what happens when an artist doesn’t own his own legacy? Can he ever get it back?

For the first time ever, you can listen to King Kirby in its entirety exclusively on the Midtown Comics Podcast. This special episode will be released Wednesday, December 24th, just in time for Christmas! Consider it a free gift from Fred, Crystal, and your friends at Midtown Comics! In the meantime, you can listen to the previous episodes of the Midtown Comics Podcast here!

Fred Van Lente is the Harvey Award-nominated, New York Times-bestselling comics Incredible Hercules, Marvel Zombies, and Cowboys & Aliens, the basis for the feature film, as well as the American Library Association- and Xeric Award-winning Action Philosophers.

Crystal Skillman  is the award-winning author of Wild (IRT Theater/SanguineTheatre in NYC; Kid Brooklyn Productions in Chicago); Geek (Vampire Cowboys/Incubator Arts, NYT and TONY Critics Pick); Cut (The Management, New York Times Critic’s Pick); The Vigil or The Guided Cradle (ITG/The Brick Theater, NYIT Award Outstanding Play), Drunk Art Love (First Breath Reading Series, finalist for Harold Clurman Residency), and Another Kind of Love.

The whole gang (Andrew, Dimitirios, Sam, Gavin, and Ted) finally gets back together! We catch up on our Thanksgiving break. We then discuss the latest movie news including the Star Wars Episode 7 teaser, the Terminator Genisys trailer, Suicide Squad casting, and some actors finally getting announced for some projects.  Andrew tries to make heads or tails on the Walking Dead comic and TV show.  We then talk about our hot picks of the week and answer a voicemail from a listener.

If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through our TwitterFacebook or email us at podcast@midtowncomics.com. Leave a question on our voicemail at 980-MIDTOWN and we’ll play it on the show!

To read the books that we talked about in this episode visit www.midtowncomics.com and have them delivered right to your door anywhere in the world.

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With the holidays getting closer, and Black Friday just around the corner, Midtown Comics has put together our Holiday Gift Guide for 2014! We made it easy for you to find the hottest items that came out this year for all the collectors, book lovers, gamers, and comic book fans in your life! Whether young or old, Marvel or DC, Superman or Spider-Man, this comprehensive guide shows you some of the best items we have available for the holidays! Check it out below!

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This week Ted, Gavin, Sam, and Dimitrios welcome former customer of the store Matt Miner and Sean Von Gorman.  They talk about their new book Toe Tag Riot which comes out next week!  Also, next week will be Matt’s book Critical Hit #3 We also get a great education about how to get into comics yourself and Matt gives Ted quite a surprise for an upcoming issue of Criticial Hit! Don’t miss our chat on all things from Frozen to the movie Spring Breakers to Alf!  Afterwards the team gives you their top picks for the week and what you should be looking forward to next week!
If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through our TwitterFacebook or email us at podcast@midtowncomics.com.  Call our voicemail at 980-MIDTOWN and we’ll play it on the show!

To read the books that we talked about in this episode visit www.midtowncomics.com and have them delivered right to your door anywhere in the world.

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By Andrew Cohen

Where do we even begin? Like always, we had a blast at this year’s New York Comic Con 2014! Our Midtown Comics booth #2036 was constantly packed all weekend long with comic book fans of all ages—some new faces and some familiar faces as well! We also had the chance to interview some awesome cosplayers, some old friends of Midtown, and some Zombie crawlers! Read on for exclusive coverage of this year’s NYCC 2014!

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