24th Jun2016

Episode 199 – Rabbiting About Usagi Yojimbo with Stan Sakai!

by Chris Thompson

With Stan Sakai …
 
Dark Horse Month comes to a close as Chris sits down for a chat with Usagi Yojimbo creator, Stan Sakai. They discuss how he started doing comics, his friendship with Sergio Aragones, the longevity of the character, and what kind of research and detail goes into the book.
 
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 Pop Culture Hound 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.




 
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Stan Sakai’s website: stansakai.com
Usagi Yojimbo’s website: www.usagiyojimbo.com
Dark Horse Comics’ website: www.darkhorse.com
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2016

17th Jun2016

Episode 198 – Chuck Palahniuk & The Tranquility Gambit!

by Chris Thompson

With Chuck Palahniuk …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London!
 
Dark Horse Month continues as Chris chats with writer Chuck Palahniuk about the recently completed Fight Club 2. They dive into some of the deeper concepts behind the series, what Chuck has learned from the experience, and have an exclusive chat about what people can expect from his next project, Bait.
 
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 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.




 
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Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Chuck Palahniuk’s Twitter: @chuckpalahniuk
Chuck Palahniuk’s website: www.chuckpalahniuk.net
Dark Horse Comics’ website: www.darkhorse.com
 
You can listen to my previous chat with Chuck about the first half of Fight Club 2 here:
popculturehound.net/episode-150-talking-fight-club-with-chuck-palahniuk
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2016

10th Jun2016

Episode 197 – Talking Freaks & Geeks with Faith Erin Hicks!

by Chris Thompson

With Faith Erin Hicks …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London!
 
Dark Horse Month continues as Chris chats with creator Faith Erin Hicks about her new Buffy: Freaks & Geeks graphic novel. They delve into how Faith started doing comics, the differences between working for yourself and for others, and what else she has coming up – including more of The Nameless City.
 
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 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.




 
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Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Faith Erin Hicks’ Twitter: @FaithErinHicks
Faith Erin Hicks’ Tumblr: faitherinhicks.tumblr.com
Dark Horse Comics’ website: www.darkhorse.com
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03rd Jun2016

Episode 196 – The End of Hellboy with Mike Mignola!

by Chris Thompson

With Mike Mignola …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London!
 
On this week’s show Chris catches up with the inimitable Mike Mignola as his epic Hellboy In Hell series comes to its anticipated close. Mike discusses how his plans changed along the way, why it was time to end Hellboy’s story now, and what he’s got planned for the future – including some much-needed time off.
 
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 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
 
Art Of Mike Mignola’s Twitter: @artofmmignola
Art Of Mike Mignola’s website: www.artofmikemignola.com
Dark Horse Comics’ website: www.darkhorse.com
 
You can listen to my previous chat with Mike about Hellboy‘s 20th Anniversary here:
popculturehound.net/episode-80-celebrating-hellboy-day-with-mike-mignola
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27th May2016

Episode 195 – Live from The Lakes with Seth!

by Chris Thompson

With cartoonist Seth …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London!
 
This week Chris chats to cartoonist Seth (Palookaville, Wimbledon Green, It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken) at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival. They discuss his early days in comics, why he plunged into his own work so quickly, and what keeps him inspired today. It’s a wonderful discussion, which maintains the intimate feel of a private conversation.
 
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 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.




 
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Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Seth on the D&Q website: www.drawnandquarterly.com/author/seth
 
LICAF’s Twitter: @comicartfest
LICAF’s website: www.comicartfestival.com
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24th May2016

Director’s Commentary – John Allison on Giant Days!

by Chris Thompson

With John Allison …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London!
 
In our latest commentary, John Allison takes us on a guided tour through the latest collection of Giant Days (Volume 2) from Boom! Studios. John discusses what it was like collaborating with the rest of the Giant Days team – sharing stories, revealing secrets, and giving the kind of insight you couldn’t get anywhere else. So enjoy, and keep your eyes peeled for future Orbital Director’s Commentary nights!
 
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 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.




 
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Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
John Allison’s Twitter: @badmachinery
John Allison’s website: scarygoround.com
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2016

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20th May2016

Episode 194 – Live From Athens Comicdom Con!

by Chris Thompson

With Athens Comicdom Con guests …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London!
 
Last month Chris attended the Athens Comicdom Con in Greece as a guest, where he had the opportunity to interview a host of local creators and organisers, including Abraham Kawa, Nikos Kampouropoulos, Kostas Fragiadakis, Lida Tsene, Aniro, Tomek, and more.
 
As an added bonus, we present the Q&A discussion Chris hosted with fellow guests Al Ewing, Goran Sudzuka & PJ Holden during the show.
 
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 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.




 
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Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Comicdom Con’s Twitter: @comicdom
Comicdom Con’s website: www.comicdom-con.gr/en
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2016

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17th May2016

PCH @ The Movies – Boyhood & Beyond with Sandra Adair!

by Chris Thompson

With Sandra Adair …
 
After the return of PCH @ The Movies with the legendary Lloyd Kaufman (which you can still listen to here), this week I’m back with film editor Sandra Adair (Boyhood, Before Sunrise, Everybody Wants Some).
 
We discuss how she got into editing, what it means for the ordinary person, and delve into her extensive career – particularly her rich partnership with director Richard Linklater, which began with Dazed & Confused and is coming full-circle with Everybody Wants Some.
 
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
 
Sandra Adair’s Twitter: @sadair20
Sandra Adair’s IMDB profile: www.imdb.com/name/nm0010471
 
Everybody Wants Some is released in the UK on May 13.
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2016

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16th May2016

Remembering Darwyn Cooke: 1962-2016

by Chris Thompson

It would be disingenuous to say that I knew Darwyn Cooke well … but I did spend a lot of time with him at The Lakes Comic Art Festival last year, and for the duration of that show he was my ‘con buddy’. He was the guy I did a lot of my panels and talks with, and he was the guy who was helping me prop up the bar in the wee small hours. I would only have another shot if Darwyn had one with me, and he was the sensible one who always suggested late-night ham sandwiches to soak up the alcohol. He was that kind of guy.
 
The beauty of going to any convention is you never know who those people are going to be … The ones you connect with and forge a bond, even if it’s only for that time. It’s one of my favourite parts of travelling to a show, and I’m so glad to have got that time with Darwyn.
 
I’d been a fan of Darwyn’s from very early on, and I can still clearly remember buying Batman: Ego off the shelf at Comics Etc. in Brisbane when it first came out. In fact, I remember that being an incredibly productive week because not only did I get Ego, but I also picked up issue 1 of a little book called Powers from Image Comics. Who was this Brian Michael Bendis? I already knew Mike Avon Oeming from DC’s Judge Dredd series, but I had no knowledge of this Bendis and his extensive letters pages. But I digress … This is about Darwyn.
 
It’s funny because I didn’t know at first if we’d get along. I remember hearing he’d be coming over for the Lakes Festival, and so I begged the wonderful organiser Julie Tait to let me host his events. They ended up taking the form of a spotlight panel (one of my favourites) where we delved into his career and touched on some rather personal, candid moments – and a live-draw featuring him, Stuart Immonen & Ian McQue.
 
As is customary at any of these shows, we started an email chain ahead of time to discuss what we would do and what was needed. I asked Darwyn if there was anything he did or didn’t want to talk about, and asked if he could supply us with some images for a slideshow since he would have better access to his work. He wrote back saying: “Believe it or not, I’m the kind of guy who believes that the images and questions are completely up to you. I’m not afraid of tough questions and I believe that the tone of the panel should be set by you. As for images, I’m sure you can find whatever you need on google.”
 
I’ll admit … I was taken aback. That’s one of the downfalls of emails, you can misinterpret the way in which something is said – and boy did I get this one wrong. When I met Darwyn it all fell into place – I realised exactly what he meant by his email and, having spoken with him, I could hear exactly how it would sound in his voice. I still can as I cut-and-paste those words from his original email.
 
The truth is we hit it off right away, and we bonded in the bar on the first night. He reaffirmed that I could ask him anything, and I asked if that included fighting and punching people at cons. He laughed and told me all the stories – the real stories – not the ones that had been passed around like some bad game of ‘telephone’. It turns out there was a lot more myth to them than fact, and I think Darwyn was okay with that. We discussed it all again on the panel the next day – telling the stories that could be told, and leaving the others in the bar where they belonged.
 
The thing I remember most of all was when Darwyn welled up talking about his years in advertising, and that moment of realisation that he wasn’t doing what he wanted. It was hard to tell, but sitting there next to him I could see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice … It’s one of those moments that has stuck with me because we were two guys having a very real conversation in front of a crowded room. You can listen to that interview here and hopefully experience some of the magic for yourself: popculturehound.net/oic-episode-156-live-from-the-lakes-with-darwyn-cooke.
 
Again we spent the night in the bar – hanging out with Jeff Chahal from NICE Convention – and finishing the night with our customary shots and ham sandwiches. Fortunately that didn’t wreck us for our live-draw event the next day with Stuart Immonen & Ian McQue. Hosting live-draws can be a lot of fun, as not only do you get to chat with the artists, but you can have them draw what you want. I knew in this case I wanted to see Darwyn and Stuart do Superman (because I was a big fan of both) and I wanted to have them do a self-portrait as well. Both of those pieces were eventually auctioned off as part of the Lakes Charity Auction here at Orbital, and it was hard to see them go.
 
Even harder now is knowing that Darwyn is gone … It was so sudden, so unexpected, and so tragic. It hit me personally because beyond appreciating the work I’d become invested in the man, and to lose him so early – so young – is something I can’t make sense of. I’ve lost a few good friends in the comic industry over the last few years … Herb Trimpe is one that still hurts and who I think about often. I think that’s the nature of comics – so many of the people are great, and that’s something we can tend to forget as the latest scandal or outrage unfolds.
 
Personally I prefer to dwell on the positive, and to remember the good times, but today while I do that I’ll be shedding a tear for Darwyn and his family – especially as I listen to our interview once again. I will never forget Darwyn or that brief window of time we had together.

Copyright © Chris Thompson, May 2016

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13th May2016

Episode 193 – Visions of Utopia with Bryan & Mary Talbot!

by Chris Thompson

With Bryan & Mary Talbot …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London!
 
This week Chris & Karl join Bryan & Mary Talbot at the pub to discuss their new book, The Red Virgin, from Dark Horse Comics and Jonathan Cape. Bryan & Mary discuss how their careers ran sidelong over the years, what prompted them to finally start working together, and how they’ve found the experience since.
 
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 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
 
Bryan Talbot’s Twitter: @bryan_talbot
Bryan Talbot’s website: www.bryan-talbot.com
 
Mary Talbot’s Twitter: @EyeDotter
Mary Talbot’s website: www.mary-talbot.co.uk
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2016

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