26th Feb2015

Episode 118 – With Sepideh Jodeyri & Miss Lasko-Gross!

by Chris Thompson

With Sepideh Jodeyri & Miss Lasko-Gross …
 
After last week’s chat with Dave Gibbons (which you can still listen to here), this time I shine the spotlight on two incredible & inspiring women: Sepideh Jodeyri (Persian translator of Blue Is The Warmest Colour) and Miss Lasko-Gross (creator of the graphic novel, Henni, from Z2 Comics).
 
In the first part of the show, Sepideh and I discuss how she originally discovered Blue Is The Warmest Colour, what made her want to translate it, the troubles that has caused, and her role as an Iranian poet in exile.
 
And in the second part, Miss and I discuss her early years as a cartoonist, the differences between cultural and religious identity, juggling a work-life-creative balance, and how she feels about the new Fantastic Four movie.
 
And never fear, you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here, as we continue to put out the same quality interviews and discussion with Orbital in Conversation going forward. It’s only gonna get better, folks!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.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 Orbital in Conversation 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: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Sepideh Jodeyri’s Twitter: @Sepideh1976
 
Miss Lasko-Gross’ website: www.misslaskogross.com
Z2 Comics’ website: z2comics.com
 
You can read more about Sepideh’s situation on Julie Maroh’s blog:
www.juliemaroh.com/supporting-sepideh-jodeyri
 
Then hear my previous interview with Julie Maroh about Blue Is The Warmest Colour here:
popculturehound.net/episode-58-blue-is-the-warmest-color-with-julie-maroh
 
And listen to Julie Maroh in conversation with Nicola Streeten and myself here:
www.orbitalcomics.com/the-orbiting-pod-presents-julie-maroh-in-conversation-with-nicola-streeten

19th Feb2015

Episode 117 – In Conversation with Dave Gibbons!

by Chris Thompson

With Dave Gibbons …
 
Following on from last week’s debut of the retitled Orbital in Conversation (OiC) podcast featuring Kurtis Wiebe and friends (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with Comics Laureate and all-round good guy Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Green Lantern, Kingsman: The Secret Service).
 
Dave and I met up in his home studio for an exhaustive (though hopefully not exhausting) look back at his career so far – leading up to the release of the new Kingsman graphic novel/film with Mark Millar & Matthew Vaughn.
 
We discuss how he started out in comics, his days as a real-life superhero with Tornado, the ways in which Watchmen & Kingsman have differed for him, and what people can expect from his role as Comics Laureate for the newly established CLAw (Comics Literacy Awareness) charity.
 
And never fear, you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here, as we continue to put out the same quality interviews and discussion with Orbital in Conversation going forward. It’s only gonna get better, folks!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.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 Orbital in Conversation 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: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Dave Gibbons’ Twitter: @davegibbons90
Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) website: www.claw.org.uk
 
You can hear my previous interview with Dave Gibbons and Marvel Comics’ legend Herb Trimpe here:
popculturehound.net/episode-20-malta-comic-con-dave-gibbons-herb-trimpe
 
And listen to Scott McCloud presenting Dave Gibbons with the inaugural Comics Laureate award here:
popculturehound.net/episode-106-the-magic-of-comics-with-scott-mccloud

16th Feb2015

PCH @ The Movies – Love Is Strange with Ira Sachs!

by Chris Thompson

With Ira Sachs, director of Love Is Strange …
 
After my most recent film-based podcast with Sarah Snook to discuss her role in the mind-bending sci-fi thriller Predestination (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with Ira Sachs, director, producer and co-writer of the wonderfully touching new film, Love Is Strange.
 
Co-written with Mauricio Zacharias, Love Is Strange tells the story of loving couple Ben & George. After getting married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing the two men to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing – a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.
 
Ira and I discuss the nature of love, making something timeless that is still very much of its time, how teaching has impacted upon his own personal creativity, and what conclusions viewers can draw from the film. Ira makes for a wonderful interview, and I only wish we’d had more time!
 
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
 
Ira Sachs’ Twitter: @irasachs
Ira Sachs’ IMDb profile: www.imdb.com/name/nm0755158
 
Love Is Strange UK’s Twitter: @LoveIsStrangeUK
Love Is Strange UK’s website: loveisstrangeuk.com
 
Love Is Strange is out at Curzon Soho now – and nationwide from February 13, 2015.

13th Feb2015

Episode 116 – In Conversation with Kurtis Wiebe & Friends!

by Chris Thompson

With Kurtis Wiebe & Friends …
 
Hello and welcome to the first episode of the retitled Orbital in Conversation (OiC) podcast! To find out more about why this happened and what it means click here, but otherwise just strap yourself in to enjoy the same quality interviews and discussion you’ve come to expect from Pop Culture Hound.
 
On this week’s show I sit down for a pint with acclaimed writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens, Peter Panzerfaust, and the upcoming Pisces) who is in town for this weekend’s Demon Con in Maidstone, Kent.
 
Kurtis & I are joined by his partner Shannon, who runs the successful merchandise/clothing line at RatQueens.com – and Maria Norris, a PhD candidate who has been doing some excellent work on Comics & Human Rights for the London School of Economics blog.
 
Together we discuss the future of Rat Queens, the problem of unflattering clothing fits, how body image (and other issues) affect both men and women, and what else he has coming up in the near future. It’s a fun and relaxed interview conducted in the way they all should be – over drinks!
 
And never fear, you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here, as we continue to put out the same quality interviews and discussion with Orbital in Conversation going forward. It’s only gonna get better, folks!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.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 Orbital in Conversation 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: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Kurtis Wiebe’s Twitter: @kurtisjwiebe
Kurtis Wiebe’s website: kurtiswiebe.com
 
Shannon’s Twitter: @Shanjams84
Rat Queens’ website: www.ratqueens.com
 
Maria Norris’ Twitter: @MariaWNorris
London School of Economics blog: blogs.lse.ac.uk/humanrights

13th Feb2015

Ch-Ch-Changes – or What’s Going On With PCH These Days?

by Chris Thompson


When I first started Pop Culture Hound in late 2009, I had no idea what it would ultimately become. I had delusions of grandeur (as many did) so, after enduring an incredibly stressful work situation, I decided to take the plunge and pursue it full-time. That sabbatical not only served to recharge and reinvigorate me, but it led me to pursue the kind of work I really wanted.
 
By mid 2010 I found myself at Orbital Comics and, over the last five years, that role has developed into my current position as Events Manager. Like anyone in comics, I’m deeply passionate about what I do and love it more than almost anything, which can be a problem at times. The bleed over into my personal life already accounts for a strange (strained?) work/life balance, and trying to juggle PCH on top of that was becoming too much.
 
Besides, there was no good reason to keep things separate any longer. The Pop Culture Hound podcast was birthed out of limitations in what we were doing at the shop, but those didn’t really exist any longer. What I was doing would totally fit in with the direction we were taking, and bringing the two together would only make my life easier … It was a no-brainer. And so the new Orbital in Conversation podcast was born! We even have a snazzy logo for it as you can see above.
 
For those who have been listening for a while, nothing will really change. You can expect the same great interviews and discussion you’ve enjoyed previously on Pop Culture Hound, with the added bonus of being able to employ all the tools at my disposal here at Orbital Comics. We have so many great creators come through our doors for events (or just a quick visit), and now I’m able to do something more about it.
 
Case in point is this week’s show with Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens, Peter Panzerfaust, and the upcoming Pisces). Kurtis was in town for this weekend’s Demon Con, so it was the perfect opportunity to slip out with him and some friends to conduct an interview over drinks. Not all that different to before, is it? At least not on the surface.
 
For me the biggest change is that I no longer feel torn or like there’s some conflict of interest going on. My two worlds have finally (and harmoniously) merged into one beautiful whole, that will only enable me to excel in both. I’ll probably be working just as hard as before (if not harder) but it will be with a singular, rather than a split, purpose.
 
As for the numbering, I decided to keep that for numerous reasons … First of all, Pop Culture Hound has a rich legacy, and I didn’t want to distance myself or the shop from that. Orbital has sponsored the show from the very beginning, so the connection was always there – the change to Orbital in Conversation is just formalising that.
 
Secondly, it felt right. The current trend may differ, but historically comics would often change title while still maintaining the numbering of the book they came from. My favourite example is Marvel‘s Tales of Suspense, which began life as one thing, before becoming home to Captain America and Iron Man, then eventually morphing into the Captain America solo series with issue 100. That’s exactly what’s happened here, with Pop Culture Hound proudly standing for 115 episodes before morphing into Orbital in Conversation with Episode 116. I’ve even kept the original theme tune – with a few little tweaks, of course!
 
So, what am I trying to say here? Basically this is my long-winded explanation for what’s been going on, and my way of saying thank you to those who have stuck with me through it all (as well as those who will going forward) … I genuinely believe the best is yet to come, and once again I feel recharged and reinvigorated by the potential. My two worlds have collided (call it a convergence or an incursion – take your pick) and that can only mean the best for both of them. I hope you’ll stick with me and that you like what we’ve got planned!
 
In the meantime, never fear – you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here. It’s not going anywhere, and (if all goes according to plan) you won’t even need to change your iTunes subscriptions. Of course, if you haven’t already subscribed then now would be a perfect time to do so – I promise to make it worthwhile.
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.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 Orbital in Conversation 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: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com

12th Feb2015

PCH @ The Movies – Predestination with Sarah Snook!

by Chris Thompson

With Sarah Snook of Predestination …
 
Following on from my last film-based podcast with Charlie Lyne to discuss Beyond Clueless (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with Sarah Snook, rising star of the hot new sci-fi thriller Predestination.
 
Written and directed by The Spierig Brothers, Predestination chronicles “the life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.”
 
Sarah and I discuss how she started out, facing the unique challenges of a film like this, the advice Ethan Hawke gave her, and what she’s got coming up next. You can get a closer look at Predesination in the exciting world exclusive clip featured below!
 
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
 
Sarah Snook’s IMDb profile: www.imdb.com/name/nm3512758
Predestination‘s IMDb page: www.imdb.com/title/tt2397535
 
Signature Entertainment presents PREDESTINATION in Cinemas and on Demand February 20th, 2015.

31st Jan2015

Episode 115 – Chatting with Mast, Dayglo, Dialynas & Walta!

by Chris Thompson

With JL Mast, Rufus Dayglo, Mike Dialynas & Gabriel Hernandez Walta …
 
Following on from last episode with Doctor Who‘s Mike Collins (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with the New Europe panel from the recent Malta Comic Con – featuring JL Mast, Rufus Dayglo, Michael Dialynas & Gabriel Hernandez Walta.
 
Mast, Rufus, Mike, Gabriel & I get into a fascinating discussion about the unique influences European creators bring to American comics; the wealth of opportunities now available to them; and how the comics scene in general is changing. It’s a wonderful insight from four very different creators and how they approach their work on a day-to-day basis!
 
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
 
JL Mast’s Twitter: @HeyMast
JL Mast’s website: www.jlmast.com
 
Rufus Dayglo’s Twitter: @RUFUS_DAYGLO
Rufus Dayglo’s website: www.solidgolddeathmask.com
 
Michael Dialynas’ Twitter: @theWoodenKing
Michael Dialynas’ website: woodencrown.com
 
Gabriel Hernandez Walta’s Twitter: @ghwalta
Gabriel Hernandez Walta’s website: gabrielhernandezwalta.blogspot.com
 
Malta Comic Con Twitter: @MaltaComicCon
Malta Comic Con website: www.maltacomic-con.com

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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

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