30th Mar2015

Episode 123 – The Real/Fake Geeks Debut with a Boom!

by Chris Thompson

With Maria Norris …
 
After last week’s episode with Nick Roche & Scott McCloud (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with a brand new segment we’re calling The Real/Fake Geeks. Each month (or thereabouts) Maria Norris & I will create a primer based around a particular company, character or event.
 
In this first instalment, I interview Maria about her experience with comics – giving you a little background on where she’s come from – then we take a look at Boom! Studios burgeoning Boom! Box imprint and what that entails.
 
We discuss the ways in which comics (and the associated community) are diversifying, what impact these changes are having, and how companies like Boom! are addressing them – particularly in terms of their mandate to ‘Push Comics Forward’.
 
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
 
Maria Norris’ Twitter: @MariaWNorris
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Boom! Studios’ Twitter: @boomstudios
Boom! Studios’ website: www.boom-studios.com

23rd Mar2015

Episode 122 – In Conversation with Nick Roche & Scott McCloud!

by Chris Thompson

With Nick Roche & Scott McCloud …
 
After last week’s chat with Descender‘s Dustin Nguyen, followed by Beast Wagon‘s Owen Johnson & John Pearson (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with Nick Roche (Transformers, Monster Motors, New Warriors) to launch the Irish Invasion exhibition in the Orbital Gallery.
 
Nick & I discuss the burgeoning creative scene in Ireland right now, how he first started out in comics, the perils of being ‘typecast’ as a certain kind of creator, and where he sees himself going next.
 
Then, as an extra bonus, I present my Q&A with Scott McCloud from his signing of The Sculptor earlier this month. We delve into his approach, what the book means to him, and how it feels to be putting out new sequential work for the first time in many years.
 
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 Roche’s Twitter: @Nick Roche
Nick Roche’s website: nickroche.blogspot.com
 
Scott McCloud’s Twitter: @scottmccloud
Scott McCloud’s website: scottmccloud.com
 
And you can listen to my previous Q&A with Scott McCloud at the Lakes Comic Art Festival right here:
popculturehound.net/episode-106-the-magic-of-comics-with-scott-mccloud

20th Mar2015

PCH @ The Movies – The Voices with Marjane Satrapi!

by Chris Thompson

With Marjane Satrapi, director of The Voices …
 
Following on from my last film-based podcast with Ira Sachs discussing his wonderful new film Love Is Strange (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with Marjane Satrapi, director of the quirky new comedy The Voices – starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton & Anna Kendrick.
 
Written by Michael R. Perry, The Voices tells the story of Jerry, a likeable guy pursuing his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets. Unfortunately things take a sinister turn when she stands him up for a date, and poor Jerry’s world will never be the same again.
 
Marjane & I discuss her early days making comics, how her film-making career has taken off in the time since, the responsibilities involved in making a film about mental illness, and what she’s got coming up next.
 
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
 
Marjane Satrapi’s IMDb profile: www.imdb.com/name/nm2277869
 
The Voices’ UK Twitter: @VoicesMovieUK
The Voices’ UK website: movies.arrowfilms.co.uk/gb/the-voices
 
The Voices is out nationwide from March 20, 2015.

17th Mar2015

Episode 121 – In Conversation with Dustin Nguyen & more!

by Chris Thompson

With Dustgin Nguyen, Owen Johnson & John Pearson …
 
After last week’s Angoulême BD Festival special (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with the incredible Dustin Nguyen to discuss his exciting new sci-fi series, Descender, from Image Comics.
 
Dustin and I discuss how he started out, the way his art has changed and evolved over time, what it’s like writing scripts as opposed to drawing comics, and how he approaches realism in a series like Descender.
 
Plus, as an extra bonus, I chat with creators Owen Michael Johnson & John Pearson about their new project, Beast Wagon, which is currently on Kickstarter and featured in the Orbital Gallery. We discuss how they met, where the idea came from, and what they’ve got planned.
 
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
 
Dustin Nguyen’s Tumblr: duss005.tumblr.com
 
Owen Michael Johnson’s Twitter: @Owen_Johnson
Owen Michael Johnson’s website: www.changelingstudios.com
 
John Pearson’s Twitter: @JohnJPearson
John Pearson’s website: johnjpearson.co.uk

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11th Mar2015

Episode 120 – With Georgia Webber & Breakdown Press!

by Chris Thompson

With Georgia Webber & Breakdown Press …
 
As a follow-up to our memories of Angoulême (which you can still listen to here), we continue our coverage of this year’s Festival by checking in with Georgia Webber (creator of The Dumb Project) as well as Orbital alumni, Simon & Tom, who are the brains behind the excellent Breakdown Press.
 
Georgia and I discuss how The Dumb Project came to be, what it was like losing her voice, the ways in which she’s learned to deal with that, and how she found Angoulême BD Festival as a first-time attendee.
 
Then Simon, Tom and I chat about their experience tabling at Angoulême for the first time. We look at how their publishing roster has grown, the response they’ve had so far, and take a peek at what’s coming up next.
 
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
 
Georgia Webber’s Twitter: @gee_webber
Georgia’s Dumb Project website: georgiasdumbproject.com
 
Breakdown Press’ Twitter: @breakdownpress
Breakdown Press’ website: www.breakdownpress.com
 
Angoulême BD Festival’s Twitter: @actudufauve
Angoulême BD Festival’s website: www.bdangouleme.com

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05th Mar2015

Episode 119 – In Conversation About Angoulême BD Festival!

by Chris Thompson

With Karl Asaa & Paul Gravett …
 
Following on from last Orbital in Conversation with the inspirational duo of Sepideh Jodeyri & Miss Lasko-Gross (which you can still listen to here), this week I’m joined by Karl from Orbital Comics to discuss our recent trip to Angoulême for the 42nd Festival de la Bande Dessinee d’Angoulême.
 
Karl and I discuss our history with the show, the numerous exhibitions we managed to see, some of the creators and fringe events we came across, and delve into the incredible swag we picked up along the way.
 
To close the show I chat with Paul Gravett about his memories of past festivals and how he felt about this year’s show. If you’ve never had the chance to go, here’s your chance to experience it vicariously through us!
 
Please note – the boutique publishers I refer to during the show are Original Watts, and I highly recommend you check them out. Hey, guys!
 
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
 
Paul Gravett’s Twitter: @paul_gravett
Paul Gravett’s website: www.paulgravett.com
 
Angoulême BD Festival’s Twitter: @actudufauve
Angoulême BD Festival’s website: www.bdangouleme.com
 
You can hear Part 1 of my coverage from last year’s festival here:
popculturehound.net/episode-75-live-from-angouleme-with-joe-keatinge-friends
 
And listen to Part 2 (featuring Paul Pope in conversation) here:
popculturehound.net/episode-76-live-from-angouleme-with-paul-pope-friends

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

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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.

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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

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