03rd Oct2013

Episode 58 – Blue Is The Warmest Color with Julie Maroh!

by Chris Thompson

With Julie Maroh …
 
After talking Write or Wrong with Dirk Manning last week (which you can listen to here) and discussing film composition with Before Midnight‘s Graham Reynolds (which you can listen to here), we bring the world of comics and film together in this fascinating discussion with writer/artist Julie Maroh (Blue Is The Warmest Color, Skandalon).
 
You’ve probably heard of Julie’s book Le Bleu est une Couleur Chaude, which won the Fnac-SNCF Essential prize (as selected by the public) at the 2011 Angoulême International Comics Festival, and was recently translated into English as Blue Is The Warmest Colour by Arsenal Pulp Press. The book has also been adapted into a film (La Vie d’Adèle) which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
 
We talk about how she got into comics, what it’s like to have such major success so early in your career, the perils and pitfalls of having your work developed in other media, what responsibilities she feels as a creator, and where she plans to take her career beyond Skandalon.
 
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 Twitter: @popculturehound
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Julie Maroh’s website: www.juliemaroh.com
Glénat’s website: www.glenat.com
Arsenal Pulp’s website: www.arsenalpulp.com
 
And you can read Julie’s statement about the film (as discussed on the podcast) right here:
sd-4.archive-host.com/membres/up/204771422545612119/Adele_blue.pdf

25th Sep2013

Episode 57 – Talking Write or Wrong with Dirk Manning!

by Chris Thompson

With Dirk Manning …
 
After our last episode featuring the triumphant return of Ales Kot (which you can listen to here) and recent film podcast (which you can listen to here) we return to our regularly scheduled programming with writer/columnist Dirk Manning (Write or Wrong, Nightmare World, Tales of Mr. Rhee).
 
We discuss breaking into comics, his new book Love Stories (To Die For), the best advice he’s ever been given, what he loves about the anthology format, and how he feels to be a writer who is known more for his writing about writing than his actual, um … writing.
 
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 Twitter: @popculturehound
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Dirk Manning’s Twitter: @DirkManning
Dirk Manning’s website: www.dirkmanning.com

19th Sep2013

Episode 56 – From Zero to Heroes with Ales Kot!

by Chris Thompson

With Ales Kot …
 
After last week’s episode with Ian Churchill (which you can listen to here) and my recent film podcast (which you can listen to here) it’s time to return to an old favourite with Ales Kot (Change, Wild Children, Suicide Squad). Ales was my first guest way back on Episode 3 and we’ve had him on the show twice since then, so it’s always a pleasure to have him back.
 
This time around we discuss drugs in comics, what he’s been up to since we last spoke, the changeover from DC to Marvel, what people can expect from Zero, and, in a PCH exclusive, Ales reveals a brand new project (or two) coming out next year from Image Comics.
 
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 Twitter: @popculturehound
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Ales Kot’s Twitter: @ales_kot
Ales Kot’s Tumblr: aleskot.tumblr.com

31st Aug2013

PCH @ The Movies – Before Midnight with Graham Reynolds!

by Chris Thompson

With Graham Reynolds, composer of Before Midnight …
 
In the first of a series of film-based podcasts, I look at Richard Linklater‘s Before Midnight. Not only was it my favourite film of 2013, but it was also the third film in one of my all-time favourite series – following the classic Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004).
 
When we meet Jesse (Ethan Hawke) & Celine (Julie Delpy) this time around, they’ve been together for the last eight years and have started to become like any other couple who have been together for a while. It’s the same characters you know and love, but real life has crept in and made its presence known. The idealised romance of the first two films has given way to the realities of day-to-day life, including the arrival of twin girls.
 
Unlike the previous films, Before Midnight is also the first to feature an original score, composed by Austin-based musician and frequent Richard Linklater collaborator, Graham Reynolds (A Scanner Darkly, Bernie, I’ll Come Running). The soundtrack proved to be a haunting addition to an already stellar production and (like the film itself) has stayed with me long after the credits rolled.
 
Graham agreed to be my first guest on PCH @ The Movies, and so we talked about why he got into music, what led him to doing film scores, how he first met Richard Linklater, and what it was like working on Before Midnight. 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 beyond comics.
 
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
 
Graham Reynolds’ Twitter: @grahamreynolds
Graham Reynolds’ website: www.grahamreynolds.com
Graham Reynolds’ on IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm1199960

28th Aug2013

Episode 54 – Aw Yeah, Comics with Art Baltazar & Franco!

by Chris Thompson

With Art Baltazar & Franco …
 
How do you follow up last week’s revelations about Sam Humphries and his MySpace years? (which you can listen to here) … It’s not gonna be easy, but if anyone’s up to the task it’s Art Baltazar & Franco (Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures, Patrick The Wolf Boy) – the masterminds behind the revolutionary Aw Yeah Comics.
 
We discuss what brought them together, why this is their industry, what it takes to actually make comics, and how their latest book Itty Bitty Hellboy from Dark Horse Comics came to be. It’s an engaging and inspirational chat which looks at how to overcome setbacks and really make this your industry.
 
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 Twitter: @popculturehound
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Art Baltazar’s Twitter: @artbaltazar
Art Baltazar’s website: www.artbaltazar.com
 
Franco’s Twitter: @awyeahfranco
Franco’s website: blindwolfstudios.com
 
Aw Yeah Comics’ Twitter: @AYCPublishing
Aw Yeah Comics’ website: www.awyeahcomics.com

21st Aug2013

Episode 53 – Making A Sacrifice with Sam Humphries!

by Chris Thompson

With Sam Humphries …
 
Hot on the heels of last week’s interview with rising star Joshua Williamson (which you can find here), I chat with another burgeoning talent in the form of Sam Humphries (Our Love Is Real, Uncanny X-Force, Avengers: A.I.) whose self-published series Sacrifice is collected by Dark Horse Comics this week.
 
We talk about how he was destined for comics, why self-publishing is so important, discovering your limitations, and what makes Sacrifice such a personal work. It’s a fun and interesting discussion about what it takes to make it in comics and how it can sometimes take years to be an overnight success.
 
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 Twitter: @popculturehound
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Sam Humphries’ Twitter: @samhumphries
Sam Humphries’ website: samhumphries.com

14th Jul2013

Episode 48 – Going West with Michael Moreci & Drew Zucker!

by Chris Thompson

With Michael Moreci & Drew Zucker …
 
This week I have a special guest co-host in the form of ‘That Fred Girl’ Nicole Rodrigues. First up we take cover with Ed Brisson, Johnnie Christmas & Shari Chankhamma’s Sheltered #1 from Image Comics; then take a shot at Si Spurrier & Jeff Stokely’s Six-Gun Gorilla #2 from Boom Studios. From there we scare up some discussion about Joshua Williamson & Goran Sudzuka’s Ghosted #1 from Image/Skybound Entertainment; and discuss Michael Moreci & Drew Zucker’s brutal Western saga Skybreaker from Monkeybrain Comics.
 
If that’s not enough I also chat with Michael & Drew about their work on Skybreaker, and what the experience has taught them so far. We delve into their approach to the old West, why it ended up at Monkeybrain, how long it takes to work on each issue, and what’s coming up next. Plus, as part of our live recording at the Silver Snail in Toronto, I chat with actress Trenna Keating who was there to meet fans of her new Syfy series, Defiance. It’s a jam-packed episode and things are only getting bigger as we head towards SDCC next week!
 
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
Nicole Rodrigues Twitter: @fred42
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Michael Moreci’s Twitter: @MichaelMoreci
Michael Moreci’s website: www.michaelmoreci.com
Drew Zucker’s Twitter: @Drew_Zucker
Drew Zucker’s website: www.drewzuckersblog.blogspot.com
 
Trenna Keating’s Twitter: @TrennaKeating
Silver Snail’s website: silversnail.com

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07th Jul2013

Episode 47 – Comics as a Catalyst with Joe Casey!

by Chris Thompson

With Joe Casey …
 
It’s a big week as Taylor & I tackle not one, not two, not three, but FOUR hot new books. First up we take a look at Jeremy Holt & Kevin Zeigler’s After Houdini #1; then dive into Ryan K. Lindsay & Daniel Logan’s Ghost Town #2 from Action Lab’s Danger Zone imprint; and finally turn our attention to Rachel Deering & Chris Mooneyham’s Anthema #1-3 from comiXology Submit. But it doesn’t end there, we also delve into Joe Casey, Dan McDaid, Paul Maybury & Ulises Farinas’ Catalyst Comix #1 from Dark Horse Comics.
 
We then bid a fond farewell to Taylor, who is moving on to other things, and chat with Catalyst Comix writer Joe Casey. We talk in-depth about his work with Man Of Action, what it’s like to juggle comics & television, his ongoing fascination with superheroes, and what keeps him coming back to comics. Plus we get his opinion on The Big Two, digital comics, the direct market, and more. If you’re keen to explore the medium and challenge your point of view, then it’s fascinating stuff.
 
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
Taylor Lilley Twitter: @capelessT
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Man Of Action’s Twitter: @capelessTManOfActionNow
Man Of Action’s website: www.manofaction.tv

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26th Jun2013

Episode 46 – Things Get Massive with Brian Wood!

by Chris Thompson

With Brian Wood …
 
This week Taylor & I go in-depth with three new, and very distinct, books. First up we tackle Adam Egypt Mortimer & Darick Robertson’s Ballistic #1 from Black Mask Studios; then delve into Tommie Kelly’s latest webcomic saga Them; and finally turn our attention to Brian Wood, Garry Brown & Jordie Bellaire’s The Massive #13 from Dark Horse Comics. Plus we give shout-outs to Matthew Craig & Jesse Young, two up-and-coming creators who are doing interesting things.
 
If that’s not enough I also chat with the man himself, Brian Wood, about his work on The Massive and beyond. We delve into his approach to writing, what interests him as a creator, whether he prefers single characters or team books, and how creator-owned work differs from work-for-hire. Plus we answer questions about his work on Star Wars, which books he’s reading, and what it’s like working on big event titles such as the upcoming Battle Of The Atom from Marvel Comics.
 
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
Taylor Lilley Twitter: @capelessT
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Brian Wood’s Twitter: @brianwood
Brian Wood’s website: www.brianwood.com

19th Jun2013

Episode 45 – Where Music & Comics Meet with Gerard Way!

by Chris Thompson

With Gerard Way …
 
Gerard Way joins me in conversation for a very special episode of the Pop Culture Hound podcast … But first Taylor & I give our in-depth review of his new comic, The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, from Dark Horse Comics. Co-written with Shaun Simon, and featuring art by Becky Cloonan, colors by Dan Jackson and letters by Nate Piekos, Killjoys continues the story of the post-apocalyptic world first shown in the film clips for My Chemical Romance’s Na Na Na & Sing.
 
Then Gerard & I delve into his approach to comics and music. Why did he feel it was time for My Chemical Romance to end? How did he rediscover his love of art? What effect did 9/11 have on the ultimate direction his life would take? We discuss all that and more as we look at his writing process, what it’s like collaborating with others, and what motivates him to keep creating. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the world where music & comics meet, presented by one of the people most qualified to lead us there.
 
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
Taylor Lilley Twitter: @capelessT
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Gerard Way’s Twitter: @gerardway
My Chemical Romance website: www.mychemicalromance.com