Off Panel #101: The Comic Book Podfather with John Siuntres

On this week’s episode of Off Panel, the host of the comic book interview podcast Word Balloon – John Siuntres – joins the show to talk about his 12 years hosting the show. Siuntres talks the origins of Word Balloon, his background before the show started, the impact of having so many comic book podcasts, how he developed Word Balloon’s audience, monetizing podcasts, the evolution of his show, Secret Empire and the state of Marvel and fandom, getting personal with his guests, show regulars, whether he thinks its harder to develop a show now, Newsarama’s impact on the show’s growth, before the show comes to a close with five questions about the 12 years of Word Balloon.

You can find John on Twitter, on the show’s website, and Word Balloon can be found anywhere you can find podcasts (besides Spotify, as it’s invite only and we haven’t been invited yet).

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Header image is from Siuntres’s show. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.