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So here we are, about a month since the final episode of the show, and there’s a part of me that misses this thing. This is all informed by the many encounters I’ve had with listeners, comics pros and others over the last month. There was a lot of love from a lot of people and I was overwhelmed, and grateful for all of it.

Comics is an incredible medium. It’s the perfect marriage of the written word and the drawn line. It’s a medium where your imagination is the only thing that limits you and there’s nothing too ridiculous or nothing too stupid to make work. Its fictional storytelling at its best, its an amazing way to retell our own life’s stories. And much like real life, the medium has some incredible contributors, writers, pencillers, inkers, colorists, letterers, editors, flatters and so many more. This podcast existed as a means to celebrate them all. From the interns getting their foot in the door, to the architects behind the biggest stories of recent memory. I’ve had them all here, and I love this industry for giving me all of this. Never forget to celebrate their contributions, however small or big they are, for each of these people serve an integral role in putting a story together.

This podcast gave me some of the best years of my life as a lover of this medium. It allowed me to speak with so many of these creators, and it even helped build friendships with many of them. At the same time, it also altered my perception on a lot of things in my life. Thank you all so much for being a part of that.

What’s next for me? Well, I’m looking into creating things. I’ve got a big photography project I’m focusing on over the next year, and I’m also looking to write comics again. I figured after all these years, I should put some of the things I’ve learned picking the brains of the industry’s best to good use. I also have something in the works for San Diego Comic-Con this year, I’ll update this page if it works out, but suffice to say, I’m aiming to hopefully have a panel reuniting some of our favorites on the show.

Finally, a couple of bits of advice: do not take your friendships and relationships for granted. Build them. Nurture them. Be a face, be a presence to others. Life is such a great thing when you surround yourself with great people. Over the last few years, I learned to really improve that aspect of my life. I’m a much happier person than I was before this podcast came to be.

And of course, this should go without saying: be the best version of you that you could be. That’s something Brian Bendis always writes, and it has always been one of those mantras that I always listen to. Be a good friend. A good child or parent. Be someone’s inspiration. Just be good.

Thank you all.


Loikamania 250: The End with Brian Michael Bendis

Episode 250 The End

Bendis returns for the final episode of the Loikamania podcast to try to talk some sense into Pat. We also catch up on Brian’s work, life, and so much more. Plus, a final word from Pat.

Cover designed and illustrated by Chris Maze.

Brian on twitter: @BrianMBendis

Pat on twitter: @patloika
Pat on Instagram: @patloika

Loikamania 246: Jordie Bellaire and Declan Shalvey

Episode 246 DeclanShalveyJordieBellaire

Declan and Jordie make their triumphant return…and final appearance on the show! We catch up and talk about their work, how their collaborations come to fruition, and how far they’ve both come since their first appearances on the show. We also discuss the importance of proper credit in comics, and what their future plans are. Another fun show with a pair of Pat’s favorite guests, so check it out!

Cover art illustrated by Declan Shalvey, colored by Jordie Bellaire, design by Chris Maze.

Declan on twitter: @declanshalvey
Jordie on twitter: @whoajordie

Pat on twitter: @patloika
Pat on Instagram: @patloika

Loikamania 243: Kris Anka

Episode 243 Kris Anka

Kris Anka returns for his final Loikamania appearance! We chat about his work on Captain Marvel and for Sideshow Collectibles. Plus, we talk about the direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and quite a bit of talk about the Fast and Furious movie franchise. Another fun show, so give it a listen!

Cover illustrated by Kris Anka with colors by Matt Wilson, design by Chris Maze.

Kris on twitter: @kristaferanka

Pat on twitter: @patloika
Pat on Instagram: @patloika

Loikamania 230: Susan Fair of Sideshow Collectibles


If you know me, then you know how much I love Sideshow Collectibles. This week, I’m joined by Sideshow’s social media master, Susan Fair. We talk about her love of comics, and how she got into the hobby. We then chat about her work at Sideshow, and her experiences with their fans. Plus: an appreciation for 90’s X-Men!

Come join us, won’t you?

Loikamania theme by The Revengineers.

Cover photo by Pat Loika, design by Chris Maze.

Sideshow on twitter: @collectsideshow
On Instagram: @sideshowcollectibles

Pat on twitter: @patloika
Pat on Instagram: @patloika

Loikamania 229: Dave Marquez

Episode 229 Dave Marquez

This week, Dave Marquez returns to chat about the end of his run on Miles Morales’ book, and shares his thoughts on working on this ground-breaking character. We chat about his upcoming run on Invincible Iron Man with Brian Michael Bendis. We also talk about some process, conventions and so much more.

Another fun show, so give it a listen!

Loikamania theme by The Revengineers.

Cover art by Dave Marquez and Matt Wilson, design by Chris Maze.

Dave on twitter: @davemarquez
Dave on Instagram: @marquezcomicart
Dave’s website:

Pat on twitter: @patloika
Pat on Instagram: @patloika

Loikamania 227: SDCC Hangover

Episode 227 SDCC Hangover

SDCC has come and gone. Join Pat and guest Howard Han as we reminisce about the con. The highs, the lows, some big and small moments, and what we all took home at the end. A really fun show, so check it out!

Big thanks again to all the friends, pros, listeners and SDCC staff who made Comic-Con an amazing experience!

Cover art photographed by Pat Loika and designed by Chris Maze.

Loikamania theme song by the Revengineers, closing song is ‘San Diego’ by Wheat.

Pat on twitter: @patloika (@patloika on instagram)
Howard on twitter: @howardhan (@thehowardhan on instagram)

Loikamania 225: Schemes And Dreams

Episode 225 Schemes and Dreams

The tables are turned on Pat once again! This time, his good pal Howard Han interviews him and we discover how he got into art collecting, what IS it about comics that made him fall in love with the medium, and learn what he would do if he were running Marvel or DC. A fun show as always, so check it out!

Cover design by Chris Maze, music by the Revengineers and a track from the NJPW soundtrack!

Pat on twitter: @patloika (@patloika on instagram)
Howard on twitter: @howardhan (@thehowardhan on instagram)

Loikamania 222: Transformers and GI Joe

Episode 222 Transformers GI JoeWe’re baaaaack!

Pat explains where he’s been and what’s going on. And of course, Gabe Bustamantez returns to talk GI Joe and Transformers animated movies! We recount our experience seeing the two films on the big screen again, and talk about what these films meant to our childhoods, and to the franchises they represented.

A fun show, so check it out!

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Loikamania 221: Wrestlemania Preview!

Episode 221 WM Preview

This week, Pat and guest Howard Han preview the grand spectacle, the grand-daddy of them all: WRESTLEMANIA. We go over all the matches, make predictions and do some fantasy booking as we prepare for a huge weekend of pro-wrestling.

A fun show, so come and get it!

Follow our Wrestlemania weekend through this hashtag: #superwrestlecation

Pat on twitter: @patloika (@patloika on instagram)
Howard on twitter: @howardhan (@thehowardhan on instagram)