28th Aug2015

Episode 146 – In Conversation with Mark Buckingham!

by Chris Thompson

With Mark Buckingham …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London! We’re very excited to join the team at Multiversity Comics as not only are they an excellent group of people, but they share a similar level of taste and sensibility … It’s going to be a good fit.
 
On this episode, I sit down for a chat with writer/artist Mark Buckingham (Fables, Fairest, Miracleman). We discuss his early work as an animator with Aardman, working with Neil Gaiman on The Truth & Miracleman, his breakthrough as an inker in the ’90s, and what brought him back to pencilling again. We would’ve got further, but time was against us – so expect a follow-up soon.
 
Plus: as an extra bonus, the second-half of the episode features Mark walking guests through his recent exhibition at the Orbital Gallery, followed by a brief Q&A. There’s some really great stuff discussed throughout, so I hope you’ll stay with us through this slightly longer episode!
 
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

26th Aug2015

Orbital Director’s Commentary – Chip Zdarsky on Howard The Duck!

by Chris Thompson

With Chip Zdarsky …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London! We’re very excited to join the team at Multiversity Comics as not only are they an excellent group of people, but they share a similar level of taste and sensibility … It’s going to be a good fit. For these first two weeks we’ll be double-shipping episodes, so you can get a bit of a feel for us.
 
As a long-term comics fan – and events manager at Orbital Comics in central London – it’s always fun to do something more than just your average signing. Meeting a creator and having them sign your stuff is all well and good, but I really love the little things that happen in between … The anecdotes and stories creators share while people are in line or waiting at their table.
 
It got me thinking: what if there was a way to do that and provide a framework wherein people could talk about what went into the making of a book? And so, the Orbital Directors’ Commentaries were born! We’ve since had the pleasure of hosting Jason Aaron & Jason Latour to discuss Southern Bastards, Mike Carey talking about The Unwritten, and Becky Cloonan discussing her work on Gotham Academy.
 
But a little while ago Chip Zdarsky took to the stage to talk us through Howard The Duck. Chip went through the book page-by-page – sharing stories, revealing secrets, and giving the kind of insight you couldn’t get anywhere else. If you’ve heard Chip before (and if not you can listen to him here) then you’ll know just how funny he can be!
 
We recorded the evening for posterity and so – thanks to the expert work of Robin Harman – we’re pleased to share it with you this week. Hopefully we’ll have video of the night available at a later date, but for now you can listen and read along in your own book. 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 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
 
Chip Zdarsky’s Twitter: @zdarsky
Chip Zdarsky’s Tumblr: zdarsky.tumblr.com

21st Aug2015

Episode 145 – In Conversation with Jay Faerber!

by Chris Thompson

With Jay Faerber …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London! We’re very excited to join the team at Multiversity Comics as not only are they an excellent group of people, but they share a similar level of taste and sensibility … It’s going to be a good fit. For these first two weeks we’ll be double-shipping episodes, so you can get a bit of a feel for us.
 
On this episode, I head to the pub with writer Jay Faerber (Copperhead, Noble Causes, Near Death) to discuss the ins-and-outs of his career thus far. We cover the early days of fan fiction, finally breaking in with the Big Two, taking the plunge into creator-owned work, and then the move into TV writing with all the numerous comics and other projects along the way.
 
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
 
Jay Faerber’s Twitter: @JayFaerber
Jay Faerber’s website: www.jayfaerber.com

19th Aug2015

Episode 144 – Doctor Who Comics Day Discussion Panel!

by Chris Thompson

With the Doctor Who writers …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London! We’re very excited to join the team at Multiversity Comics as not only are they an excellent group of people, but they share a similar level of taste and sensibility … It’s going to be a good fit. For these first two weeks we’ll be double-shipping episodes, so you can get a bit of a feel for us.
 
On this episode, I host a live discussion panel at Orbital Comics to celebrate Doctor Who Comics Day, featuring a number of creators behind Titan Comics’ Doctor Who line. It all starts with writers Paul Cornell, Al Ewing, Rob Williams & Nick Abadzis; and continues with artists Rachael Stott & Brian Williamson, alongside group editor Andrew James.
 
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

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14th Aug2015

Episode 143 – In Conversation with Steve Orlando at SDCC!

by Chris Thompson

With Steve Orlando at SDCC …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London! We’re very excited to join the team at Multiversity Comics as not only are they an excellent group of people, but they share a similar level of taste and sensibility … It’s going to be a good fit.
 
On this week’s show, I’m joined by James & Liz for a wine-tasting under the guidance of writer Steve Orlando (Undertow, Virgil). Steve discusses the finer points of Californian pinot gris, then opens up about how he got the job on Midnighter at DC Comics, what plans he has for the series, and how his own experiences have informed the character.
 
This interview was conducted at an outdoor restaurant during the madness of San Diego Comic-Con International, so there is some background ambience, shall we say. It’s a little different to the norm, but then isn’t that what you’d expect of a wine-tasting podcast?
 
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
 
Steve Orlando’s Twitter: @thesteveorlando
Steve Orlando’s website: www.thesteveorlando.com

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08th Aug2015

Episode 142 – Action Lab Roundtable Discussion at SDCC!

by Chris Thompson

With Nick Marino, Daniel Arruda Massa, Josh Henaman & friends …
 
After last week’s jam-packed show with Matt Hawkins, Andres Salazar and Christian Beranek (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back for an Action Lab roundtable discussion featuring Nick Marino & Daniel Arruda Massa (Holy F*cked) and Josh Henaman (Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman) – plus special guests Rob Harrington (Rainbowbeard) and Jared Sams (Space Negro).
 
Over a few tasty beverages on the roof of San Diego’s Stone Brewing Co. we discuss what the guys are working on right now, the state of comics today, and whatever else comes to mind. It’s the kind of chaos you’ve come to expect in a climate that can only be described as idyllic!
 
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
 
Nick Marino’s Twitter: @nickmarino
Nick Marino’s website: www.nickmarino.net
 
Daniel Arruda Massa’s Twitter: @darrudamassa
Daniel Arruda Massa’s website: danielarrudamassa.nl
 
Josh Henaman’s Twitter: @JoshSHenaman
Josh Henaman’s website: www.bigfootcomic.blogspot.com
 
Rob Harrington’s Twitter: @robharrington
Jared Sams’ Twitter @spaceman_jared

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04th Aug2015

Episode 141 – Matt Hawkins, Andres Salazar & Christian Beranek!

by Chris Thompson

With Matt Hawkins, Andres Salazar & Christian Beranek …
 
Following last week’s SDCC extravaganza with Nick & Zack Keller, Chris Emgard, Man Vs. Rock, Phil Kim and Jason Lenzi (which you can listen to here), I’m back with another jam-packed episode featuring Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins (Think Tank, Tales Of Honor), Andres Salazar (Pariah, Missouri) and Christian Beranek (Validation) at San Diego Comic-Con International!
 
First up I chat with Matt at the Top Cow booth; then meet with Andres in the Small Press aisles; and finally catch up with Christian for a long-overdue chat at the pub. It’s a wonderful and varied series of talks with as much depth as we could manage in the time we had.
 
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
 
Matt Hawkins’ Twitter: @topcowmatt
Top Cow’s Twitter: @TopCow
Top Cow’s website: www.topcow.com
 
Andres Salazar’s Twitter: @andysalazar
Andres Salazar’s website: decadebrothers.com
 
Christian Beranek’s Twitter: @beranek
Christian Beranek’s Tumblr: christianberanek.tumblr.com
Validation Comic’s website: www.validationcomic.com

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29th Jul2015

Episode 140 – Nick & Zack Keller, Chris Emgard & many more!

by Chris Thompson

With Nick & Zack Keller, Chris Emgard, Man Vs. Rock, Phil Kim & Jason Lenzi …
 
After last week’s #OrbitalWorldTour2015 round-up with James, Liz & Karl (which you can still listen to here), it’s time for a jam-packed SDCC extravaganza as I sit down to chat with Nick & Zack Keller (Death Head), Chris Emgard (Mirror’s Edge: Exordium), Victor De Troy & Kevin Bieber (Man Vs. Rock), Phil Kim (Famous Monsters) and Jason Lenzi (co-founder of Bif Bang Pow!) – whew!
 
First up I spend time at the Dark Horse stand with Nick & Zack, followed by Chris; then I discover Victor & Kevin in the Small Press aisles; meet up with Phil at the Famous Monsters/American Gothic Press booth; and finish off at the Entertainment Earth booth with Jason. It’s a wonderful and varied series of talks with as much depth as we could manage in the time.
 
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
 
Nick Keller’s Twitter: @NickFKeller
Zack Keller’s Twitter: @ZackKeller_
Dark Horse Comics’ website: www.darkhorse.com
 
Chris Emgard’s Twitter: @chrisemgard
Mirror’s Edge Twitter: @mirrorsedge
Mirror’s Edge website: www.mirrorsedge.com
 
Man Vs. Rock’s Twitter: @ManVsRock
Man Vs. Rock’s website: www.manvsrock.com
 
Famous Monsters’ Twitter: @fmof
Famous Monsters’ website: famousmonsters.com
 
Bif Bang Pow! Twitter: @bifbangpow
Bif Bang Pow! website: bifbangpow.com

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22nd Jul2015

Episode 139 – Looking Back at SDCC 2015 with James & Liz!

by Chris Thompson

With James, Liz & Karl from Orbital Comics …
 
Following on from last week’s chat with Skottie Young at SDCC (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with James Wilson, Liz Jordan & special guest host Karl to discuss our recent trip to San Diego Comic-Con International.
 
Karl slips into the interviewer’s chair to quiz James, Liz & I about some of the fun stories and cool things that happened along the way. We also share tips for first-time con-goers, give our impressions of the show as a whole, and relive the entirety of our #OrbitalWorldTour2015.
 
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
 
San Diego Comic-Con International’s Twitter: @comic_con
San Diego Comic-Con International’s website: www.comic-con.org

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16th Jul2015

Episode 138 – In Conversation with Skottie Young at SDCC!

by Chris Thompson

With Skottie Young at SDCC …
 
After last week’s Ant-Man review, plus the Traditional vs. Digital Art panel from NICE convention (which you can still listen to here), this week I’m back with the first part of my SDCC coverage as I chat in the bar at the Hilton Bayfront with the incredible Skottie Young!
 
In what has become the first of at least two parts, Skottie & I discuss his background in comics, how he broke into the industry, the path his career has taken, and how he feels about it now. The sound is a little challenging at times, but well worth it to hear us chat in this relaxed atmosphere!
 
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
 
Skottie Young’s Twitter: @skottieyoung
Skottie Young’s website: skottieyoung.com

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