18th Apr2015

Episode 126 – Remembering My Friend, Herb Trimpe!

by Chris Thompson

With Herb Trimpe & Dave Gibbons …
 
After last week’s meeting of Chip Zdarsky and The Real/Fake Geeks, this time I’m back with the sad but honorable task of paying tribute to my good friend Herb Trimpe (Hulk, Shogun Warriors, G.I. Joe & so much more) who sadly passed away on Monday, April 13 2015.
 
It gets a bit emotional (and I’ve chosen not to edit that) as I share my knowledge of Herb’s work growing up, what it was like when we first met, and some of my memories of him since then. I also present the panel Herb & I did together at Malta Comic Con with Dave Gibbons in 2012.
 
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.
 
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Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Dave Gibbons’ Twitter: @davegibbons90
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07th Apr2015

Episode 124 – In Conversation with John Allison & #Furious7!

by Chris Thompson

With John Allison & Furious 7 …
 
After last week’s debut of The Real/Fake Geeks segment with Maria Norris, this time I’m back with creator John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round, Bobbins) to discuss the ‘return’ of Giant Days from Boom! Studios under their Boom! Box imprint.
 
John & I discuss how he first started out, the early days of webcomics when Geocities was still a thing, how people can become so invested in a set of characters, and what he’s planning to do going forward.
 
Then as an added bonus, we debut another new voice, Chad Armstrong, to discuss the brand new Fast & Furious 7 film. Chad & I chat about what we enjoyed most, how they handled the sad passing of star Paul Walker, and what people can look forward to if they’re on the fence about seeing it.
 
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.
 
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Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
John Allison’s Twitter: @badmachinery
John Allison’s website: scarygoround.com
 
Fast & Furious 7 is out nationwide from April 3, 2015.
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02nd Apr2015

PCH @ The Movies – Cheatin’ with Bill Plympton!

by Chris Thompson

With Bill Plympton, creator of Cheatin’ …
 
After my last film-based podcast with noted director/comicker Marjane Satrapi about The Voices (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with animation legend Bill Plympton to explore his stunning new feature Cheatin’ which is currently doing the rounds.
 
Bill & I discuss what animation means – as well as what it allows him to do, how his style has developed over time, the process involved in making each film, and why Cheatin’ is a universal concept everyone can relate to.
 
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.
 
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Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Bill Plympton’s IMDb profile: www.imdb.com/name/nm0687739
Bill Plympton’s Twitter: @plymptoons
Bill Plympton’s website: www.plymptoons.com
 
Cheatin’ opens theatrically April 3, 2015.
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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, 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’.
 
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.
 
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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
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13th Feb2015

Episode 116 – In Conversation with Kurtis Wiebe & Friends!

by Chris Thompson

With Kurtis Wiebe & Friends …
 
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 Woodhouse, 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!
 
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.
 
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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 Woodhouse’s Twitter: @D20babe
Rat Queens’ website: www.ratqueens.com
 
Maria Norris’ Twitter: @MariaWNorris
London School of Economics blog: blogs.lse.ac.uk/humanrights
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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 reviews@popculturehound.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes.
 
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Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

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
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

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09th Apr2014

Episode 84 – Forging an Iron Fist with Kaare Andrews!

by Chris Thompson

With Kaare Andrews …
 
After last week’s chat with Rick Remender (which you can still listen to here), this time I catch up with writer/artist/all-round-creator-and-good-guy Kaare Andrews (The Incredible Hulk, A + X, Spider-Man: Reign) to talk about his run on Iron Fist which begins this week from Marvel Comics.
 
Kaare & I talk about everything from auteur theory to childhood comicbook memories – taking in groupthink, the debate over San Diego Comic-Con, the difference between comics and films, and why there aren’t more writer/artists these days. It’s a fun and fascinating discussion that will hopefully leave you thinking …
 
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.





 
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Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Kaare Andrews’ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kaareandrews

23rd Oct2013

Episode 61 – In Bed with Ulises Farinas & Erick Freitas!

by Chris Thompson

With Ulises Farinas & Erick Freitas …
 
After last week’s chat with The Lost Boy‘s Greg Ruth (which you can still listen to here) and my recent film podcast with Before Midnight‘s Graham Reynolds (which you can listen to here) I climb into bed for an intimate discussion with writer/artist Ulises Farinas & his co-writer Erick Freitas (Gamma, Catalyst Comix, Amazing Forest).
 
It’s one of my rawest and funniest interviews to date, and it provides a nice insight into their process, as well as what happens when I get beaten at my own game …
 
Along the way we discuss Twilight, Ryan Gosling, where & how they met, the enduring appeal of anthologies, and why Monkeybrain was the right fit for them.
 
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.
 
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Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Ulises Farinas’ Twitter: @ulises_f
Ulises Farinas’ website: ulisesfarinas.com
 
Erick Freitas’ Twitter: @ScriptPit
Erick Freitas’ website: scriptpit.com
 
And you can check out Ulises’ original concept art for Gamma (as referenced in the interview) here:
ulisesfarinas.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/gamma.jpg

16th Oct2013

Episode 60 – Discovering The Lost Boy with Greg Ruth!

by Chris Thompson

With Greg Ruth …
 
Following on from last week’s episode with Adam P. Knave (which you can listen to here) and my recent, curiously related, film podcast (which you can listen to here) I give in to fate to chat with writer/artist Greg Ruth (Freaks of the Heartland, Conan: Born on the Battlefield, The Lost Boy).
 
Greg is someone I’ve been meaning to speak with for a long while now and it seems the universe was somehow in agreement as the stars (and our schedules) finally aligned for it to happen this week.
 
We discuss how he got started, the way fine art differs from comic art, why we need more comics for kids, and what he’s doing to address that. Plus we delve into his long-awaited next project with Ethan Hawke (Indeh) which will finally see release in the not-too-distant future.
 
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.
 
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Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Greg Ruth’s Twitter: @GregRuth
Greg Ruth’s website: www.gregthings.com
 
And you can help out Steve Niles (whose house was recently flooded) by bidding on Greg’s auctions:
www.ebay.com/usr/gregthingscom