28th Jan2015

Episode 114 – Doctoring Who with Mike Collins!

by Chris Thompson

With Mike Collins …
 
After last episode with the amazing Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko (which you can still listen to here), I’m back again with acclaimed Doctor Who artist & storyboarder Mike Collins at the recent Malta Comic Con.
 
Mike & I discuss starting out (including his rarely-seen collaboration with Alan Moore), what led to him become the Doctor Who guy, and his recent move into doing storyboards for the TV series. Mike’s had a rich career that rarely gets celebrated as it should, so this is a wonderful eye-opener!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email reviews@popculturehound.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Pop Culture Hound podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson Twitter: @popculturehound
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Mike Collins’ Facebook: www.facebook.com/MikeCollinsArt
Mike Collins’ website: www.freakhousegraphics.com
 
Malta Comic Con Twitter: @MaltaComicCon
Malta Comic Con website: www.maltacomic-con.com

25th Jan2015

Episode 113 – Meeting Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko!

by Chris Thompson

With Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko …
 
Following on from last episode with Leah Moore & John Reppion discussing Electricomics (which you can still listen to here), this week I’m back with the stellar team of Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko (Heathentown, Planet of the Apes, the upcoming Invisible Republic) at the recent Malta Comic Con.
 
Gabriel, Corinna and I discuss how they each started out, when they first met, what prompted them to start working together, and what they’ve got coming up next. It’s a unique glimpse into a rich and creative partnership!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email reviews@popculturehound.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Pop Culture Hound podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson Twitter: @popculturehound
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Gabriel Hardman’s Twitter: @gabrielhardman
Gabriel Hardman’s website: www.gabrielhardman.com
 
Corinna Bechko’s Twitter: @CorinnaBechko
Corinna Bechko’s website: www.thefrogbag.blogspot.com
 
Malta Comic Con Twitter: @MaltaComicCon
Malta Comic Con website: www.maltacomic-con.com
 
And if you missed my first chat with Gabriel about his work, you can listen to that right here:
popculturehound.net/episode-40-telling-stories-with-gabriel-hardman

14th Jan2015

PCH @ The Movies – Beyond Clueless with Charlie Lyne!

by Chris Thompson

With Charlie Lyne, writer/director of Beyond Clueless …
 
After my original film-based podcast with Graham Reynolds to discuss his work scoring Richard Linklater’s brilliant Before Midnight (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with director Charlie Lyne to examine his debut feature, Beyond Clueless. Narrated by The Craft‘s Fairuza Balk, the film offers an intelligent dissection of the teen film genre – peeling back the many layers to expose what lies beneath.
 
Charlie, known primarily for his work with Ultra Culture & The Guardian, has created a tight film that will leave you questioning the teen flicks you’ve previously taken for granted. Featuring a score by indie darlings Summer Camp, Beyond Clueless shines a light on this shadowy and less-explored aspect of cinema.
 
Charlie kindly agreed to chat with me about how he first started out as a film critic, what steps he took to make his dreams come true, and how he brought Beyond Clueless from concept to creation. It’s a fascinating glimpse into another world, but all done with the usual PCH flair and style. I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure into the world of film.
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email reviews@popculturehound.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Pop Culture Hound podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: www.popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Charlie Lyne’s Twitter: @charlielyne
Charlie Lyne’s website: www.charlielyne.com
 
Beyond Clueless Twitter: @beyondclueless
Beyond Clueless website: www.beyondclueless.co.uk
 
And you can buy tickets for The Prince Charles Cinema screening of the film here: princecharlescinema.com
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

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08th Jan2014

Episode 71 – Exploring Joe’s Comics with J. Michael Straczynski!

by Chris Thompson

With J. Michael Straczynski …
 
Following on from last week’s very special new year podcast with the amazing Gerard Way (which you can still listen to here) – I’m pleased to present this new episode recorded live, right here in London, with one of my favourite writers J. Michael Straczynski, otherwise known as JMS!
 
Joe and I discuss the many and varied comic projects he has going on at the moment, including Terminator for Dark Horse Comics, Twilight Zone for Dynamite Entertainment, and his continuing work on the Joe’s Comics imprint with Image Comics (Ten Grand, Sidekick, Protectors Inc.)
 
We also discuss his background with comics, what made him become a writer, the pitfalls and challenges he’s faced along the way, and why it’s important to reinvent yourself and your work. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the mind and process of the man who created Babylon 5 and who, at one time or another, has worked with every major character at the Big Two.
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email reviews@popculturehound.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Pop Culture Hound podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson Twitter: @popculturehound
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
JMS’ Twitter: @straczynski
Studio JMS website: studiojms.com

04th Dec2013

Episode 66 – The Magic Words of Alan Moore & Lance Parkin!

by Chris Thompson

With Alan Moore & Lance Parkin …
 
After my last episode with the amazing Max Bemis from Say Anything (which you can still listen to here) I feel very privileged to bring to you this exclusive recording of Alan Moore & Lance Parkin in conversation at The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, London.
 
Timed to coincide with the release of Magic Words, a biography about Alan which was written by Lance and published by Aurum Press, the night begins as a conversation between the two before becoming an ensemble piece followed by an audience Q & A.
 
Sit back and enjoy this very special recording as two giants of comics and literature meet for one very special night. And if you missed Alan’s first appearance with me on PCH then you can listen to that right here: popculturehound.net/pch-special-chatting-with-alan-moore.
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email reviews@popculturehound.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes.
 
You can also support the Pop Culture Hound podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Lance Parkin’s website: lanceparkin.wordpress.com
 
Aurum Press’ Twitter: @aurumpress
Aurum Press’ website: www.aurumpress.co.uk
 
The Prince Charles Cinema’s Twitter: @ThePCCLondon
The Prince Charles Cinema’s website: www.princecharlescinema.com

31st Aug2013

PCH @ The Movies – Before Midnight with Graham Reynolds!

by Chris Thompson

With Graham Reynolds, composer of Before Midnight …
 
In the first of a series of film-based podcasts, I look at Richard Linklater‘s Before Midnight. Not only was it my favourite film of 2013, but it was also the third film in one of my all-time favourite series – following the classic Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004).
 
When we meet Jesse (Ethan Hawke) & Celine (Julie Delpy) this time around, they’ve been together for the last eight years and have started to become like any other couple who have been together for a while. It’s the same characters you know and love, but real life has crept in and made its presence known. The idealised romance of the first two films has given way to the realities of day-to-day life, including the arrival of twin girls.
 
Unlike the previous films, Before Midnight is also the first to feature an original score, composed by Austin-based musician and frequent Richard Linklater collaborator, Graham Reynolds (A Scanner Darkly, Bernie, I’ll Come Running). The soundtrack proved to be a haunting addition to an already stellar production and (like the film itself) has stayed with me long after the credits rolled.
 
Graham agreed to be my first guest on PCH @ The Movies, and so we talked about why he got into music, what led him to doing film scores, how he first met Richard Linklater, and what it was like working on Before Midnight. It’s a fascinating glimpse into another world, but all done with the usual PCH flair and style. I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure into the world of film beyond comics.
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email reviews@popculturehound.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Pop Culture Hound podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: www.popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Graham Reynolds’ Twitter: @grahamreynolds
Graham Reynolds’ website: www.grahamreynolds.com
Graham Reynolds’ on IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm1199960

02nd Dec2012

Episode 17 – Talking Comics with Jim Zub & Matt Pizzolo!

by Chris Thompson

With Jim Zub & Matt Pizzolo …
 
This week saw some rather interesting discussion and commentary after Jim Zubkavich (Skullkickers) did a post on his blog about The Reality of Mainstream Creator-Owned Comics. In the same week, Wired.com did a feature on Matt Pizzolo (Occupy Comics) who they referred to as World’s Most Wired Comics Creator.
 
I found them to be two clever, and potentially quite different, views of comics – so I tweeted the links to all who would listen, and was pleasantly surprised when first Matt and then Jim decided to tweet back. We chatted and I soon knew it had to be a podcast, even if we were spread across three different time-zones (GMT, EST & PST!)
 
So I’m pleased to present this very special episode, outside of our regular transmissions, with Jim Zub & Matt Pizzolo in conversation.
 
To get in touch, discuss sponsorship opportunities or submit projects for consideration, please email reviews@popculturehound.com. You can also follow me on Twitter: @popculturehound. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Pop Culture Hound podcast by clicking on the DONATE button below. Your contributions will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Jim Zubkavich Twitter: @JimZub
Jim Zub’s blog: www.jimzub.com
Skullkickers website: www.skullkickers.com

Matt Pizzolo Twitter: @pizzolo
Halo8 website: halo8.tv
Black Mask Studios website: blackmaskstudios.com
 
If you want to read Jim’s original blog post referenced during the interview, you can find that here:
The Reality of Mainstream Creator-Owned Comics
 
And if you’d like to read Matt’s interview with Wired.com, you can find that here:
World’s Most Wired Comics Creator

17th Nov2011

Event – Labyrinth Masked Ball at The PCC London

by Chris Thompson


Labyrinth
will always hold a special place in my heart … Not only does it have one of my favourite singers, but it also features one of my lifelong crushes (I’ll leave you to figure out which is which). So you can imagine my excitement when The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square announced their first Labyrinth-themed Masquerade Ball & Party for November 12.
 
The night kicked off at 8pm with drinks and music in the downstairs bar. Most people were in fancy dress of some description and a few had really gone all-out. As for me, I donned my tux and a Venetian mask for the occasion – simple yet elegant. Around 8.45pm we were ushered into the cinema where we were given questionnaires to fill out in order to win a bottle of bubbly. I can’t resist a bit of bubbly, so I happily complied.
 
Just after 9pm, the evening’s entertainment began with ‘Jareth the Goblin King’. He had the right look, tone and intonation – it was as if the Thin White Duke were there himself. We managed to film a brief segment of ‘Jareth’ coaching the audience on what to do when certain characters appear on screen. He was just about to announce the winner of the contest when we stopped filming … which is a real shame because the winner was me!
 
The night was such a success that another two Labyrinth balls have been planned before the end of the year. I highly recommend going and getting a Prince Charles membership while you’re there. Not only will it save you money on all the great films they’ve got coming up, but it gives you discounts at various retail outlets around town … Membership has its rewards!
 
 

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