#35 – Vanessa Marshall – Star Wars Rebels

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 35 - Vanessa Marshall - Star Wars Rebels

Art Eddy talks with Vanessa Marshall, who is the voice of Hera Syndulla on Star Wars Rebels. Vanessa chats about what to expect in Season 3, the evolution of Hera, her favorite Star Wars films, voice acting and so much more.

In Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, Kanan deals with the aftermath of his encounter with Maul, Ezra is tasked with leading rebel missions seeking ships, supplies and new recruits eager to join the cause. With the pursuing forces of the Empire now under the direction of the cunning Grand Admiral Thrawn, the rebels must take greater risks, forge unlikely alliances and face foes from past in their efforts to support the growing rebellion.

Let by a more powerful Ezra, the rebels break an old friend out of prison to help acquire ships for the fleet, but Kanan discovers that Ezra’s new skills come from a dark place when Star Wars Rebels returns SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

Follow Vanessa Marshall on on Twitter @vanmarshall , Facebook, and on VanessaMarshall.com.

Watch Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD.

#34 – Lucas Turnbloom – cartoonist and illustrator

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 34 - Lucas Turnbloom - cartoonist and illustrator

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg bring on Lucas Turnbloom to talk about his graphic novel Dream Jumper, his children’s book Dragon and Captain, and fatherhood.

Lucas is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator who’s best known for his comic strip, Imagine THIS. He was a contributing artist for Darkhorse’s Axe Cop graphic novel series. His work has also appeared in USA Today, and TIME.com. Lucas currently resides in San Diego with his wife and two sons.

Follow Lucas on Twitter @LucasTurnbloom and Facebook.

#33 – LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 33 - LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg talk about the latest video games that are causing them to lose sleep at night, DC Comics new Rebirth comic series and they interview cast members and the executive producers of the new Disney XD show LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. They talk with actor Eugene Byrd and Executive Producers, Bill Motz and Bob Roth.

Introducing new heroes and villains to the LEGO Star Wars universe, the animated television series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20 (10:00 a.m. EDT), on Disney XD. Set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space. The series will also feature familiar characters and locations from the filmed Star Wars saga.

Eugene Byrd stars as Zander Freemaker, the older brother that every kid wants, in the fun-filled animated series, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. In addition to voice work, Byrd currently can be seen on television on the FOX hit show Bones and CW’s Arrow. He has guest-starred on many series including The Mentalist, Numbers, Crossing Jordan,Heroes, Law and Order: SVU among others. In 2006 he won the Break-Out Performance Award at the Method Fest Independent Film Festival for his leading role in the movie Confess.

Follow Eugene @Vududaddy on Twitter.

Bob Roth was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Ithaca, New York where he was fed a steady diet of Lego Bricks and Star Wars toys. Bob graduated Cornell University in 1991 and moved west where he met his writing partner Bill Motz. They quickly sold their first script to Darkwing Duck and have since worked together on a variety of projects including Disney’s Kim Possible, Nickelodeon’s Rufus, and The Penguins of Madagascar for which they won an Emmy in 2011. He lives with his wife and two sons in Southern California.

Bill Motz is from Rock Island Illinois. He started making super-8 films in the second grade and continued on throughout his education, eventually turning his hobby into a vocation. A graduate of Wheaton College, Bill met Bob Roth while at a summer production workshop at USC. They bonded over their mutual love of Star Wars and have been writing and producing together ever since.

Follow Bill Motz @InevitablyBill and Bob Roth @automaticgravy on Twitter.

#32 – J.W. Cortes – combat veteran, actor, singer, police officer

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 32 - J.W. Cortes - combat veteran, actor, singer, police officer

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg bring on J.W. Cortes to talk fatherhood, acting, his time in the military and much more.

J.W. Cortes is an award-winning combat veteran-turned-actor, singer, and New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Officer, who recently became an advocate for service members and veterans. Cortes is now a Hero Ambassador for Boot Campaign, a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting patriotism, raising awareness of veterans’ issues, and providing assistance to current and former military families.

Cortes is best known for originating his recurring role as “Detective Carlos Alvarez” on the FOX hit-series “Gotham.” While balancing his life as an police officer and actor, he has trained in New York City at the world renowned William Esper Studio under highly regarded acting instructor Terry Knickerbocker. As art imitates life, Cortes has played various police and military roles on shows such as NBC’s “The Blacklist” and “The Mysteries of Laura,” and CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” among others.

In 2012, he worked as an operative on NBC’s fierce reality television show “Stars Earn Stripes.” The bilingual Cortes was born and raised in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, at the time a primarily Puerto Rican neighborhood on a street called by the NYPD as “little Vietnam,” that was surrounded by Methadone addicts and gangs. At 18 years old he realized he wanted more, and followed his father’s footsteps into military service.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly 13 years, including tours for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, for which he earned a Combat Action Ribbon and Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

In addition to his work with Boot Campaign, Cortes has dedicated himself to giving back and bringing attention to several causes and charities close to his heart: war veterans and children with disabilities. He also supports Autism Speaks and The Gary Sinise Foundation, and often travels the country singing at various military, sports, and charity events. In partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Cortes joined legendary Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on stage at Madison Square Garden to help raise over six million dollars. “Rolling Stone” magazine described his performance as “Stunning!” saying he sounded like a mixture of a young Marvin Gaye and John Legend.

He is the proud father of two boys, a lucky husband, and loving owner of an American-bulldog named Blue.

On all social platforms, he is @jwcortes.

#31 – Soctt Koblish – inker, colorist, artist

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 31 - Soctt Koblish - inker, colorist, artist

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg bring on inker, colorist, and artist, Scott Koblish.

Scott is an artist that’s done some rad stuff with both DC and Marvel. Currently he is doing books for Deadpool. Past works have been X-Men ’92, Brave and the Bold, and Wolverine.

Scott talks to the guys about fatherhood, working in the comic book industry, and so much more.

Follow him on Twitter @Koblish and his website at koblish.blogspot.com.

#30 – Star Wars, Hasbro, video games, Batman v Superman

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 30 - Star Wars, Hasbro, video games, Batman v Superman

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg talk about getting a cool Star Wars: The Force Awakens pack from Hasbro.

They also chat about the many different video games that they were playing with their kids during Spring Break. From Marvel Battlegrounds from Disney Infinity to Doom to the LEGO Jurassic World app, the guys break down a ton of cool games.

Batman v Superman is also brought up in the mix as Art gives his review on the film.

#29 – Shea Fontana – screenwriter & story editor – DC Super Hero Girls

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 29 - Shea Fontana - screenwriter & story editor - DC Super Hero Girls

Art Eddy chats with Shea Fontana. Shea is a writer and story editor of DC Super Hero Girls, Crowning Jules, The 7D, Doc McStuffins, Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets and lots more.

Shea talks with Art about the new DC Super Hero Girls series on Boomerang. Shea discusses how the series was created, her favorite super hero, Comic-Cons and so much more. DC Super Hero Girls harnesses the power of the world’s most iconic female characters from DC Comics, including Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batgirl, as they learn to hone their super powers in a high school setting and gives young fans the chance to play, watch, read and be inspired to discover their full super power potential.

Follow Shea Fontana on Twitter @SheaFontana and check out her website at SheaFontana.com.

#28 – Mark Warburton – TT Games – LEGO Dimensions – Midway Arcade Level Pack

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 28 - Mark Warburton - TT Games - LEGO Dimensions - Midway Arcade Level Pack

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg bring on Mark Warburton, who is the Associate Producer at TT Games. Mark looks to discuss his work on the LEGO Dimensions game and the upcoming Midway Arcade Level Pack.

Launching on March 15, the Midway Arcade Level Pack adds tons of fresh new content appealing to gamers including 24 classic, fully playable arcade games like Defender, Gauntlet, Joust, Rampage, Spyhunter, and more. Mark shares his insight into the inspiration behind the pack, what players can expect when it launches.

Follow Mark on Twitter@doa1984.

Go to the LEGO Dimensions website to check out the Midway Arcade Level Pack as well as all the Wave 4 DC Comics fun packs, the Ghostbusters pack, and many more.

#27 – Timmy Heague – Arsenal Comics & Games

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 27 - Timmy Heague - Arsenal Comics & Games

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg bring on Timmy Heague, who owns Arsenal Comics & Games in Newbury Park, California. Timmy talks with the guys about the comic book industry, his favorite shows, the latest and greatest comics out there and more.

Here is the origin story of Arsenal Comics & Games.

It was the summer of 2014. It was a different time back then. Obama was president, children were playing a game called Pokemon, and the Simpsons was a popular television show. In Ventura, Timmy Heague was just finishing up a 10 year long research project in comic retailing and back issue sorting at a local shop when he ran into Paul Roman Martinez. Paul was busy creating his own self published comics and recounting sordid tales from the underbelly of the comic book publishing world to small enraptured groups of school age children at comic conventions. Be it fate or providence, the two wandering souls were on a collision course with destiny. Timmy and Paul met in that summer of 2014 and developed an idea. And that idea turned into a thought, and that thought turned into a plan. That plan was to create a store where comic books were created, published, and then passed along to the people. Their hope was to build an oasis in the desert along highway 101 where gamers could gather and engage in Magic, Heroclix, Dice Masters, or whatever games of chance and skill they chose to participate in. This place would become legendary, it was spoken in hushed tones among the comic book illuminati. Its position in the pantheon of great comic book shops would be carved into a cyclopean piece of marble. The place that Timmy and Paul built, the place that became the people’s comic shop, that place is Arsenal Comics & Games.

Follow Arsenal Comics & Games on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

#26 – Lisa Yee – DC Super Hero Girls

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 26 - Lisa Yee - DC Super Hero Girls

Art Eddy talks with author Lisa Yee about her book, Wonder Woman at Super Hero High.

Lisa Yee - DC Super Hero Girls

Art writes…

I am a comic book fan. My dad got me into this genre. I am happy to say that my daughters are comic book fans. It wasn’t something I pushed onto them. They started asking questions about certain heroes and villains. The more they asked, the happier I got. The only issue that I found was that there wasn’t enough books and action figures for kids that centered on women super heroes.

Thankfully all that has changed. DC Comics recently started up a new series called DC Super Hero Girls. It takes place when the heroes we know and love are in high school. At Super Hero High, iconic Super Heroes like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, and Katana navigate all the twists and turns of high school. United by friendship, the DC Super Hero Girls empower kids to shine with confidence and courage, especially while they combat those overwhelming, exciting, and awesomely awkward moments of growing up.

DC Comics and Random House Books brought on the fantastic Lisa Yee to write the first of many novels in this series. The first book, Wonder Woman at Super Hero High follows Wonder Woman as she enters high school as an outsider and tries to fit in. Lisa does a brilliant job of taking the characters that we all know and putting a different spin on each character.

As I read this story to my daughters I loved the different nods Lisa gave to each character that we come across in the book. Yee does a brilliant job of writing in things we know about each character, but balancing in things that a teenage version of each hero and villain would struggle with.

My daughters are eight and five years old. We would read a chapter a night before it was their bedtime. My eight year old couldn’t wait until the evening. After she was done with her homework she would take the book and read it by herself. As a parent you love to see your child embrace reading. Wonder Woman at Super Hero High was one of those books that she couldn’t put down.

For more on DC Super Hero Girls go to DCSuperHeroGirls.com, and to meet Lisa Yee on her book tour, go to her site LisaYee.com for a schedule of her book tour.