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FTN EXCLUSIVE: Erik Burnham talks Ghostbusters Mass Hysteria, X-Files crossover and some special appearances

November 16th, 2013 by Marc Comments

Last Thursday night (November 14th, 2013) Marc and Saxon on the Following the Nerd LIVE radio show talked to Mr Erik Burnham, the man writing Ghostbusters for IDW’s massively awesome ongoing series and they got chatting about some of the upcoming GB goodness for the year that sees the original movie turn 30.

We’ve seen teasers for Mass Hysteria over the last few weeks from the good folks at IDW (like the one above), but so far very little is know about the series or what it’ll mean to the Ghostbusters.

Well, we asked Erik if he could give us any details about it and, while chatty, he was cagey, but he did confirm that it would be an 8-part massive series and it would feature a God – not Gozer – but Tiahmat, the Mesopotamian goddess of chaos. She will attack the world, having had earth drawn to her attention when the Ghostbusters exploded a proton pack a while back in the series when they were trapped in another dimension which sent ripples through to her dimension.

He also revealled that it will be packed with nods and tidbits to the 30 years of history that Ghostbusters now has, including the return of Louis Tully, who they finally have the rights to use. How awesome is that?! Sadly, he did say they still can’t use Dana… but he really wants to write her.

Another big event coming next year is the IDW massive crossover featuring Ghostbusters, The Crow, Transformers, TMNT and the X-Files and Erik was happy to talk a bit about that too.

He confirmed he knows the whole story and the GB part of it will see the Lone Gunmen visiting the Firehouse. He pointed out that with Mulder and Scully they would be careful not to push things that say ‘Do Not Push’, whereas the Gunmen would ‘poke it with a stick’. This will result in a ghost being released in the ghosthouse and hijinks ensuing.

Oh, one final thing, Extreme Ghostbusters fans should keep their eyes peeled for Eduardo who will be appearing very, very soon…

Who ya gonna call? Erik Burnham, obviously…

The full interview will be available early next week when the podcast goes live. Subscribe here to ensure you don’t miss it.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….