06th Sep2012

Episode 6 – DC’s New 52 Zero Issues Week 1!

by Chris Thompson

With Justin Gray …
 
In a move we may well regret, Taylor and I have agreed to cover every single one of DC’s New 52 zero issues as they come out! That’s right – a full in-depth review of each book to help inform your comic purchases … Best of all it should be out before you even leave for the store!
 
This week we cover Action Comics, Animal Man, Batwing, Detective Comics, Dial H, Earth 2, G.I. Combat, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Phantom Stranger, Stormwatch, Swamp Thing, and World’s Finest – whew!
 
On top of all that, Justin Gray (one half of the Palmiotti/Gray writing team) chats with me about his work on G.I. Combat and All Star Western, as well as other projects outside of DC.
 
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03rd Sep2012

Episode 5 – with Curt Pires & David Hine!

by Chris Thompson

With Curt Pires & David Hine …
 
In this week’s episode, Taylor and I dissect the amazing indie comic LP by newcomers Curt Pires and Ramon Villalobos. Done in a similar style and ethos to Sam Humphries Our Love Is Real, LP is a bold statement from two creators you should really keep an eye on. Curt even stops by to provide some background commentary after our Skype link-up fails.
 
From there I conduct another one of my famous pub chats with creator David Hine (Strange Embrace, Elephantmen, The Bulletproof Coffin). We discuss his writing technique, the upcoming Storm Dogs with Doug Braithwaite, his gradual shift away from the Big Two to creator-owned projects, and what else is on the horizon.
 
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27th Aug2012

Episode 4 – with Eliza Frye, Sarah Becan & The 315!

by Chris Thompson


With Eliza Frye, Sarah Becan & The 315 …
 
This episode continues my aural adventures at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.
 
First up, I chat with independent creators Eliza Frye and Sarah Becan who were both able to publish their latest work through successful Kickstarter campaigns.
 
Taylor and I then peel back the layers of the books (Regalia and Shuteye) only to discover – yet again – that we’ve approached them from different angles.
 
Finally, I present my lengthy interview with Matt Heistand and Dan Fifield of the ThreeOneFive at the rather noisy Dick’s Last Resort. We discuss their web series Deep Dive Daredevils, working on back-ups for Joe Keatinge’s Hell Yeah! and why it takes three guys to write a comic.
 
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.





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13th Aug2012

Episode 3 – with Ales Kot from Wild Children & Change!

by Chris Thompson


With Ales Kot …
 
In this episode, I chat with creator Ales Kot about his life and inspirations (both in and out of comics) as well as his Image Comics projects Wild Children and Change.
 
Ales is the up-and-coming writer you need to know about, and if you don’t believe me now then you will by the end of this interview.
 
Also in this episode, Taylor and I have an in-depth discussion about Wild Children while taking a look at some of the more interesting references contained within.
 
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06th Feb2012

Video – More Moore To Benefit Pekar

by Chris Thompson

I’m a big supporter of the Kickstarter model. While I think it’s important to support your local comic shop (and will stand by that point of view until the day I die) some projects simply don’t fit the standard retail model. One such project was a campaign launched by Joyce Brabner to build a memorial statue of her late husband, Harvey Pekar.
 
The statue would be featured within the local library he loved so much (Cleveland Heights) and would take the form of a sculpted comic book page with Harvey quite literally stepping out of the picture. It wasn’t so much intended as a memorial to the man as it was to the artform of comics – at least, that’s how I understood it.
 
I loved the idea and was immediately compelled to contribute, but I wasn’t sure what I could afford. I was pondering things over when a new reward surfaced and made the decision for me – $99 for ‘a cup of tea and a long winter’s chat with comics giant Alan Moore’. How could I say no? I’d listened to Unearthing countless times and generally find anything he says to be of interest. I may not always agree, but his articulation, grace and honesty are without compare.
 
Of course, we couldn’t all just squeeze into Alan Moore’s living room (as much as I’d be prepared to do it), so the decision was made to hold an exclusive video conference, allowing the participants to offer up questions ahead of time. In total 58 of us happily paid the $99 to enjoy tea with Alan, who surpassed all hopes and expectations.
 
Sadly I was mugged and ended up with a severe concussion just days before the event was to take place. The idea of sitting in front of the screen for two or more hours was unbearable with all the headaches I was getting, so I emailed the organisers and made clear my intentions in regard to recording the event. Joyce sent out an email the next day confirming that participants could indeed record the event and do with it as they wish.
 
Although the video was originally intended so I could watch it in bite-sized chunks later on, I felt that was a little selfish and so I decided to put it up on Vimeo for others to enjoy. I’d had the privilege of enjoying it live and contributing to the event, but it wasn’t fair for others to miss out – plus it was an opportunity to raise further awareness of the ongoing campaign. Despite surpassing its original funding target, the project was going to run over-budget due to incidental fees and other costs.
 
The story was picked up over at Bleeding Cool where Dirk Manning (one of my fellow contributors) shared his personal highlights. He also linked to my video on Vimeo which really caused it to take off. I hadn’t intended it to happen, but somehow my home recording became the ‘official’ video of the event (at least for the time being). I’m still hoping a better version becomes available as I’m not super-techy and the recording has its fair share of glitches, but if not  then at least this one record exists of it all.
 
I’ve embedded the video below for those who are interested and possibly haven’t seen it yet. If you do enjoy it (and I have no doubt you will) please consider donating something towards the campaign to make the Harvey Pekar statue a reality. More details can be found at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1844705603/harvey-pekar-library-statue-comics-as-art-and-lite and you can make donations via Paypal using the email address hpekar@aol.com or via the link at Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/02/06/a-tribute-to-harvey-pekar-with-a-little-help-from-alan-moore.
 
My thanks to Joyce Brabner, Alan Moore, Calvin Reid, Joe Brown, and everyone else who helped to make this event possible. The results were amazing and Alan was apparently so pleased that he’s looking to arrange something similar with Joyce in future. Thanks also to all the people who contributed to the overall Kickstarter campaign – nothing is too little and everything means a lot. Remember, if you enjoyed this video then please make a contribution of your own. Thanks!
 
 

Alan Moore chats with Harvey Pekar statue contributors (FULL) from Chris Thompson on Vimeo.