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Talkin' Toys with Scott Neitlich

February 19, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 144 MB

A lot of incredible people walk through the doors of Acme Comics. One of our coolest customers is Scott Neitlich, former marketing manager for Mattel (Yes, THAT Mattel) and the impetus behind the Matty Collector brand that focused its content towards the Adult Collectible consumer. 

Acme Cast: The Rise of Getzelman

January 17, 2020 15:09 - 1 hour - 207 MB

You asked for it, we deliver. Austin is back on the podcast and we're talking all things Star Wars! From our history with the franchise to Rise of Skywalker and Mandalorian.  Nothing ever really dies... or does it?

Matthew Rosenberg!

December 26, 2019 14:13 - 54 minutes - 99.4 MB

Ben sat down with writer Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, Punisher, Annihilation Scourge) to discuss how he got into comics, running a record label, the whirlwind of the year that was 2019, and his much anticipated book Hawkeye: Freefall that releases January 1st 2020!

Tales from the Acme Crypt: Joe Hill (Locke and Key, The Cape, and More!)

December 11, 2019 14:01 - 55 minutes - 102 MB

A blast from the past! In honor of an official Netflix release date of Locke and Key we dig up and dust off an incredible discussion with Joe Hill from January 27, 2012.  Contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] 

Thanksgiving Blood Feast

December 03, 2019 16:31 - 1 hour - 113 MB

Ben and Jermaine made a deal. Ben would watch at least one season of Transformers: Beast Wars in exchange for Jermaine to watch one of Ben's favorite movies of all time, Lost Boys. We bring in video rental expert and resident horror-hound Pete Bowne to discuss! Happy Holidays!

Acme Update!

November 19, 2019 16:00 - 56 minutes - 103 MB

Since we last got together tons of things have happened! Jermaine gives a road report of TFCon and Ben updates Lord Retail on everything Halloween Comics Festival! Long Live Steak-Out!

Let's talk about X, baby! The Dawn of X is near

October 10, 2019 12:00 - 1 hour - 146 MB

Spoilers abound as Jermaine and Ben wrap up their Uncanny deep dive with the long-awaited conclusion to the House of X/Powers of X series from Jonathan Hickman! Theories, feelings, heartbreaks, and future speculation all laid on the table for you to enjoy.  This is a great listen if you need a refresher before X-Men number one! We did the work for you!

Lord Retail Celebrates a Birthday & Transformers Artist Casey Coller

October 10, 2019 06:26 - 27 minutes - 49.5 MB

We "Roll Out" all the birthday details from our big 2 day back issue sale that included an inshore appearance by IDW Transformers artist Casey Coller. Included are some customers sharing their favorite Lord Retail stories and an excellent conversation with Casey Coller about working for a franchise such as Transformers and how he got his start!

The Curious Case of Moira MacTaggart

August 20, 2019 21:46 - 35 minutes - 64.4 MB

Our deep dive into Hickman's definitive decade spanning change of Marvel's Mutants continues! Come see us for your copies of House and Powers, or talk to us to find out where to start!

House of X!

August 20, 2019 20:48 - 1 hour - 118 MB

In the first episode of an all new all different Acme Cast, Jermaine and Ben sit down with resident "x-pert" Jon Bethel to deep dive into the first issue of Jonathan Hickman's House of X!

Acmecast #271 - There WILL Be Blood!

October 28, 2016 16:00 - 55 minutes - 51.9 MB

The Book Club is BACK, lead by Pete & Austin, and they've reconvened during this, the creepiest month of the year, to discuss the first volume truly disturbing Image Comics series, Nailbiter by Joshua Williamson & Mike Henderson! "Where do serial killers come from?" and why has Buckaroo, Oregon given birth to sixteen of the most vile serial killers in the world? NSA Agent Nicholas Finch needs to solve that mystery in order to save his friend, and he'll have to team up with the infamous Edw...

Acmecast #270 - Austin Odinson!

October 14, 2016 16:00 - 1 hour - 57.9 MB

Stephen, Pete & Austin sit down with two weeks worth of Comics at the Table, get a recap of the goings-on at New York Comic Con 2016, and get to know Acme's newest employee a little bit better before getting way too sentimental with each other! Show Notes: "Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 Variants by Larroca, Reis" at Comic Book "Snyder & Capullo Re-Teaming for Batman-centric DC Summer Event at Comic Book" "The shot of Stephen & Robert Kirkman from this week's...

Acmecast #269 - Kingdom Come!

September 30, 2016 16:00 - 52 minutes - 48.7 MB

Now's your chance to sit in on the inaugural Acme Comics Book Club, as Pete & Austin lead a group discussion of one of the most important works in the 76 year history of DC Comics, Kingdom Come, and end take a surprise call-in from the book's writer, Mark Waid!

Acmecast #268 - Backstagers!

September 09, 2016 16:00 - 44 minutes - 41 MB

Stephen, Pete & Austin give Jay his moment in the spotlight as they discover how he championed comics as literature while shaping young minds as a high school drama teacher for over a decade, used his job as a radio DJ to develop his collecting habits, and brought it all back around to Star Trek, as always!

Acmecast #267 - Did I Ever Tell You Guys...

August 26, 2016 16:00 - 39 minutes - 36.5 MB

Stephen is joined by Jay & Austin as they probe the secret origins of one of Acme's most enigmatic employees, Pete Bowne! Then the gang breaks done Marvel's Civil War II summer (now into fall) event thus far! Show Notes:   Rewind This! - While no longer available for Instant Streaming on Netflix, you can still get it from them on DVD or buy the documentary directly from the site. "ICv2 Interview: Marvel's David Gabriel - Part 1" at

Acmecast #266 - A Fungeon Affair!

August 19, 2016 16:00 - 49 minutes - 45.5 MB

Stephen and Adam are joined by their officemates to go through the hits and misses of DC Rebirth with Jay, bring you an Acmecast exclusive announcement with Tree Mail creator Brian Smith, and provide alternative methods to break into comics with Thomas Boatwright! Show Notes: "DC Comics Sales Top Marvel In July Thanks to Rebirth's Strong Performance" at Comic Book "Lion Forge Comics Announces 'The Castoffs' From Smith, Reed & Ostertag" at Comics "Raicht & ...

Acmecast #265 - It's Been A Summer!

August 12, 2016 16:00 - 36 minutes - 33.8 MB

WE'RE BACK! Sorry for the late posting, but we figured that since you already had to wait on us for ten weeks, what's a few more hours, right? Show Notes: Luke Cage Official Trailer at Wonder Woman Comic-Con Trailer at Justice League Official Comic-Con Trailer at

Acmecast #264 - Rebirf!

May 27, 2016 16:00 - 53 minutes - 49.8 MB

Stephen, Adam & Rob grab their copies of the Feminine Mystique to critique the second part of Brian Bendis & Alex Maleev's Daredevil run, and then they burn the midnight oil with incoming Batman writer Tom King as they discuss his plans for the Caped Crusader, his time in the CIA and how it influenced his creator-owned series Sheriff of Babylon, and the origins of his run on Vision in his debut novel A Once Crowded Sky!

Acmecast #263 - For Dar! Best, Adam & Stephen.

May 20, 2016 16:00 - 38 minutes - 35.4 MB

Stephen and Adam pay tribute with a final word on their favorite creator that brought them closer together as friends through comics, travel and attitude, Darwyn Cooke. Show Notes: Inside cover doodles of Batman in Batman Ego & Other Stories, The Spirit in volume 1, and Doop in X-Force - Famous, Mutant & Mortal. MegaCon 2008 Green Lantern sketch with detail of the playing card from the New Frontier Casino, reprinted in Retroactive by Brandstudio Press. Issue #6 Page 8 from The Spirit,...

Acmecast #262 - Right This Way, Mrs. May(o/e)r!

May 13, 2016 16:00 - 56 minutes - 52.1 MB

  Stephen, Rob and Adam shake off the post-Free Comic Book Day haze to give the final word on this year's festivities (and a hit towards 2017), provide their spoiler-filled review of Captain America: Civil War, and express their amazement at the poignancy of the first volume of Brian Bendis & Alex Maleev's Daredevil, even 14 years later!

Acmecast #261 - Championship Body!

April 22, 2016 16:00 - 50 minutes - 46.6 MB

Stephen, Rob and Adam surprise even themselves with their enthusiasm as they dig into the first six issues of Stan Lee & Jack Kirby's original Fantastic Four, featuring the first appearance of the FF (obvs.), the Mole Man, the Skrulls, Miracle Man (?) and Doctor Doom and the return of Namor the Sub-Mariner as well as gag ads, in-House of Ideas promotions, the very first Marvel No Prize, socio-political impacts and MORE!

Acmecast #260 - Hatchback!

April 08, 2016 16:00 - 47 minutes - 43.8 MB

Preacher pt. 6 (of 6) Stephen, Rob and Adam round out their first book club by bringing Preacher to a close, run through the laundry list of "Black"/ sci-fi/ post-apocalyptic/ paranormal/ crime noir announcements from Emerald City Comic Con's Image Expo, and gush over the prolonged Star Wars excited provided by the first Rogue One teaser trailer! Show Notes: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Official Teaser Trailer" at You "Harrison Ford Wasn't The Only Person Injured On The Set Of...

Acmecast #259 - Just a Feeling!

April 01, 2016 16:00 - 55 minutes - 51 MB

SPOILERS!!! To borrow a Jermaine-ism, because you demanded it, seriously, like even when we weren't at work people were asking us, it's a no-holds-barred, SPOILER-filled review of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice with Stephen, the film most vocal opponent RIley, and it's most hopeful supporter Pete, plus a rundown of the creative teams, release dates and formats of DC Rebirth titles shipping in June! Show Notes: Batman v. Superman still ranked at 29% on Rotten, compared to...

Acmecast #258 - From the People that Brought You Cleans!

March 18, 2016 16:00 - 43 minutes - 40.4 MB

Preacher pt. 5 (of 6) Stephen, Rob and Adam get you up to speed on the latest comic-related mature readers/ viewers release dates out of SXSW, including Preacher, Outcast, Daredevil and Batman v. Superman, and take a break from their pursuit of the almighty to seek justice, and a brass ring podcast guest, in their own neck of the woods! Show Notes: "Preacher Premiere Date, Trailer, Images, And More" at Den of "Outcast Season 2 Greenlit Ahead of Show's June debut" at Coming Soon....

Acmecast #257 - Mustard!

March 04, 2016 17:00 - 42 minutes - 39.3 MB

Stephen, Rob and Adam share their local cues, reach their Preacher threshold and tell you which midwestern and deep south states to avoid in the last episode! Show Notes: "Looming End" by Torchrunner on Torchrunner's March Midwest Tour! The full original Goosebumps bibliography at The superhero story that Stephen mentioned was, super generically, #25 Attack of the Mutant. The book with the executioner cover that Rob mentions was #27 A Night in Terror Tower. ...

Acmecast #256 - PDX Debriefing!

February 26, 2016 17:00 - 34 minutes - 31.9 MB

Stephen and Pete catch you up on the last three days of announcements from the ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meeting, including new titles from Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez and Marvel Star Wars, Image publisher Eric Stephenson's remarks, and MORE!

Acmecast #255 - I Love This World...

February 19, 2016 14:00 - 44 minutes - 41.6 MB

Stephen and Pete come to you LIVE from the ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meetings with their reactions to the Day One announcements from Dark Horse, DC Collectibles, DC Sales & Marketing and, most importantly, DC Rebirth!

Acmecast #254 - That Speed Force, Gets You Every Time!

February 12, 2016 17:00 - 46 minutes - 42.9 MB

Preacher pt. 3 (of 6) Stephen, Rob and Adam put their reservations about the Deadpool feature film out on front street, bat about their best guesses as to what DC's Rebirth Initiative could be prior to the hopeful reveal at next week's ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meeting, and plot the chronology of Preacher's Ancient History throughout Book Three! Show Notes: "Rebirth - What Is It? Our Three Best Guesses" at "Tuba Ruba" at - I'm not crazy!

Acmecast #253 - Humperdido!

January 22, 2016 17:00 - 51 minutes - 47.3 MB

Preacher pt. 2 (of 6) Stephen, Rob and Adam break the seal on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens spoilers a month after the release and dig into the unerlying themes of the second book of Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon's Vertigo opus!

Acmecast #252 - "It was the time of the Preacher..."

January 15, 2016 17:00 - 55 minutes - 51.5 MB

Preacher Pt. 1 (of 6) Stephen, Rob and Adam recount their days in short pants, running around the yard arguing over who would be the Red, Black or Blue Power Rangers and those feeling that issue #0 from Boom Studios brought back before going in the complete opposite direction and recalling the way Preacher #1 knocked them straight on their butts! SHOW NOTES: "'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers': Where are they now?" at Entertianment "Jason David Frank still calling for UFC's CM Pu...

Acmecast #251 - All-New All-Different Acmecast!

January 08, 2016 17:00 - 48 minutes - 44.7 MB

Stephen is joined by new co-hosts Rob and Adam as they go through the best that 2015 had to offer the industries and lay out plans for upcoming, ongoing segments! Show Notes: "Star Wars, Paper Girls, Lumberjanes And Funko Are The Big Winners Of the Diamond Gem Awards 2015" at Bleeding "Diamond Announces Top Selling Comic Books & Graphic Novels of 2015" at Diamond "How Matt Pizzolo And Matthew Rosenberg Self-Distributed 'We Can Never Go Home' For Local Comic Shop Day...

Acmecast #250 - A New Hope!

November 06, 2015 16:00 - 2 hours - 87.5 MB

To celebrate the show's five year anniversary on Wednesday, Stephen & Carly take time out of their seaside vacation to record the program's first feature-length commentary track, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope! Enjoy!

Acmecast #249 - Creepy Eerie!

October 30, 2015 16:00 - 1 hour - 80.3 MB

Jermaine and Stephen greet you this Halloween not with tales of terror and woe, but those of conventions from the past and the not-so-distant future, as Valerie joins them to recount the events of TF Con and the Asheville Comic Expo and NC Comicon Director of Media Brockton McKinney drops by to get you ready for this year's show, taking place November 13th through the 15th, including some EXCLUSIVE NEWS for fans of the Walking Dead and Umbrella Academy! Show Notes: All Levels ($200 VIP, $4...

Acmecast #248 - You're Looking at Country!

October 09, 2015 16:00 - 1 hour - 59.1 MB

Acme's resident rednecks Stephen and Riley tear through reviews of Jughead #1, What If? Infinity Inhumans #1, What If? Infinity Thanos #1, Paper Girls #1, Lando #5, Plutona #2, Detective Comics #45, Saints #1, Amazing Spider-man #1, All-New All-Different Marvel Point One #1, Doctor Strange #1, Invincible Iron Man #1, Contest of Champions #1, Siege #4, Secret Wars #6, Batman & Robin Eternal #1 and Axcend #1! Show Notes: Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys available on Nai...

Acmecast #247 - The View from Under the Bus!

October 02, 2015 16:00 - 1 hour - 60.3 MB

Jermaine recounts his trip to the Diamond Retailer Summit and Baltimore Comic Con, including being sold out by Mark Waid for "stealing" the dessert of Archie Comics president Mike Pellerito, and then he's joined by Stephen in attempt to prepare you for the monster week of new releases to come!

Acmecast #246 - St-St-Studio!

September 25, 2015 16:00 - 48 minutes - 44.6 MB

Stephen and Riley try to decide if their eyes are bigger than their bookshelves as they thumb through the October Previews catalog featuring items shipping in December, what with the prospect of signed slipcases for NOS4A2 and Essex County, original art reproductions of Dark Knight Returns and Wally Wood, and first-time-in-print panoramas for Private Eye! Show Notes:  "Discussions With Scott Allie: On Stepping Away From Being EIC, The Craft of Editing, And His Ongoing Projects At Dark Hors...

Acmecast #245 - Lando Land!

September 18, 2015 16:00 - 1 hour - 65 MB

Join us on our voyage to Lando Calrissian's very own pleasure moon as Jermaine and Stephen knock out the second half of the September Previews catalogue just a week before its due date, dig deeper into what the Secret Wars delays mean for us as a business, and address the dangers of Star Wars addiction in the run-up to the Force Awakens! Show Notes: Follow Thomas Boatwright on Instagram! "8 Comics Have Been Cancelled by DC" at Marvel Solicitations for November 2015: All-New, Al...

Acmecast #244 - Pregnant Pauses!

September 04, 2015 16:00 - 38 minutes - 35.8 MB

Coming to you a week late due to travel and pressing shipment processing needs, Stephen, Riley and Austin analyze the packaging and pricing of The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, give their thoughts on Secret Wars #9 of 8, and get through the Dark Horse, DC and IDW sections of the September Previews catalogue for items shipping in November before being so rudely interrupted by work! Show Notes: Solicitations for Dark Knight III Master Race #1 (of 8) and Collectors Edition HC, so you know...

Acmecast #243 - Doom's Speed!

August 21, 2015 16:00 - 58 minutes - 54.6 MB

The final installment of the Secret Wars first half debriefing concludes with a focus on the Battleworld and War Zone tie-ins to the collossal Marvel event! Show Notes: Secret Wars Battleworld map!

Acmecast #242 - Don't Be a Flat Squirrel!

August 14, 2015 16:00 - 1 hour - 72.4 MB

Jermaine, Stephen and Valerie talk with former retailer/ current attorney and director/ producer/ writer of the My Comic Shop DocumentARy and My Comic Shop History podcast Anthony Desiato for a look behind the scenes and "Where Are They Now?" session a month removed from the conclusion of the show's first season and the closing of Alternate Realities. Then it's part two of your Secret Wars Debriefing with Jermaine, John and Michael and they take you up through the events of Secret Wars #2 be...

Acmecast #241 - Dull & Downbeat!

August 07, 2015 16:00 - 1 hour - 73.4 MB

Don't let the title confuse you, we're in perfectly fine spirits, but those adjectives are the first salvo in a bevy of 118 critical reviews of Fox's brand-new Fantastic Four film that have lead to a 10% score of Rotten Tomatoes! Jermaine has already scene it, and in an uncharacteristic display of audience candor, he answers all of Stephen's and Jay's spoiler-filled questions before giving the comic-reading, movie-going public a chance to spend their dollars. Then it's the first installment ...

Acmecast #240 - Fasting!

July 31, 2015 16:00 - 1 hour - 62.1 MB

Stephen, Riley and Pete go rogue as they participate the first episode in nearly four years to be recorded on an active sales floor, a la Tell 'Em Steve-Dave, and they do a bang-up job of rambling through an entire Previews catalogue in less than an hour! Show Notes: Dark Horse Solicitations Hellboy & the BPRD 1953 Phantom Hand & Kelpie #1 Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfade #1 DC Solicitations Batman Eternal #1-5 Superman Lois & Clark #1 Telos #1 Titans Hunt #1 Justice League Gods &...

Acmecast #239 - That's Just Prime!

July 24, 2015 16:00 - 1 hour - 63.4 MB

Jermaine and Stephen get back in the driver's seat to catch up on the news our of San Diego Comic Con 2015, a month's worth of new releases, and the Ant-Man movie! Show Notes: "SDCC '15: About 60,000 people show up without badges" at Comics "The Suicide Squad trailer was great, why does Warner Bros. sound so angry about it?" at "'Faraday Cage' definition" at "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Comic-Con Trailer" at "Suicide Squad Com...

Acmecast #238 - L-7 Weenies!

July 03, 2015 16:00 - 56 minutes - 52.1 MB

On the eve of Indpendence Day, the one night game a year, Stephen and Riley do their best to keep up with all of the news coming out of San Francisco & the Image Expo and Bleeding Cool & Marvel Comics and Jermaine and Jay sit down with Manifest Destiny co-creator and artist Matthew Roberts! Show Notes: Bleeding Cool's #ImageExpo posts "Marvel Just Revealed Its Entire 'All-New, All-Different' Comic Universe" at Read Private Eye now, well ahead of the November print release, at Pa...

Acmecast #237 - Peter Porker!

June 26, 2015 13:00 - 1 hour - 63 MB

In a return to form, Jermaine, Stephen, Austin and Valerie recap their adventures before, during and after HeroesCon 2015 in Charlotte, NC, bring you up to speed on the latest announcements for the All-New, All-Different Marvel Comics post-Secret Wars, give a broad overview of DC's Divergence soft relaunch, and implore you to pick up next week's We Stand on Guard when they tell you! Show Notes: "HeroesCon: DeConnick to End Run on Captain Marvel; Milkfed Criminal Masterminds Talk New and Up...

Acmecast #236 - Stuff Said!

June 05, 2015 16:00 - 1 hour - 72 MB

Stephen does his best homage to our sister-show, Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel, and who better to put in the hotseat than the cartoonist/ publisher/ host himself?! Show Notes: "'All-New, All-Different Marvel' Teaser Features Wolverine, Daredevil, Thing" at Comic Book Scott Pilgrim reference for the library where the Toronto Comics & Arts Festival takes place. Hatter, the online home of Gregg Schigiel. Follow Gregg on Twitter. Cruisin' Together #13 - Da...

Acmecast #235 - It's not love or anything, but I think we like you, too.

May 31, 2015 20:00 - 1 hour - 67.5 MB

Jermaine, Stephen, Riley and Austin help you end your week right (or start it off, depending on how you look on the calendar) with a flip through of the June Previews catalogue for items shipping in August, Lord Retail putting a bow on Comics at the Table, and the whole crew updating you on all of the events added to the docket! Show Notes: All-Encompassing MANIFEST DESTINY SIGNING with artist Matthew Roberts! - Saturday, June 27th • 12 PM • Acme Comics SALE ON THE FOURTH OF JULY!!! - 60%...

Acmecast #234 - You Know, Up, Up & Away!

May 15, 2015 13:00 - 1 hour - 61.7 MB

Jermaine, Stephen, Jay and Riley convene on a rambling Thursday to gush over the new Supergirl trailer from CBS (and CW's Legends of Tomorrow while they're at it), the happenings of Secret Wars #2, all of the returnability opportunities in the May Previews catalogue, and the fact that Jodorowsky & Moebius's the Incal will be back in print in July! Show Notes: "Supergirl - First Look" on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow - First Look" on Jorge Corona's Superman #42 Teen ...

Acmecast #233 - Spoil Sports!

May 10, 2015 13:00 - 1 hour - 60.9 MB

Jermaine, Stephen and special correspondant John Bethel declare the statute of limitations on Avengers Age of Ultron and Marvel's Secret Wars #1 officially passed and drop the kid gloves for a no-holds-barred critique of both the movie and the comic! Show Notes: Acme Comics Free Comic Book Day 2015 Line Walk at "James Gunn reveals how Joss Whedon changed the Guardians of the Galaxy script" at

Acmecast #232 - Language!

May 01, 2015 13:00 - 1 hour - 49.2 MB

Jermaine and Stephen sit down with Eisner Award nominee and North Carolina native Jeff Parker to discuss the intricaces of writing for a company-wide event, balancing work-for-hire and creator-owned projects and live in Portlandia. Then, your hosts are joined by Austin to bring you some preliminary, spoiler-free thoughts on Avengers Age of Ultron!