08th Aug2013

Episode 51 – Sunday Morning Service with Andy Belanger!

by Chris Thompson

With Andy Belanger …
 
After last week’s monumental 50th episode (which you can listen to right here), I finish up my San Diego Comic-Con coverage with a special interview conducted over breakfast with Andy Belanger (Kill Shakespeare, Bottle Of Awesome, Black Church). As with previous SDCC interviews, this is raw and unedited with a lot of ambient noise – but it’s more in keeping with the usual long-form discussion you’ve come to expect from Pop Culture Hound.
 
So settle in as Andy & I discuss his approach to storytelling, how he got started in comics, what motivates and inspires him, and explore some of the deeper subtext to be found in his work. We also delve into his work on Kill Shakespeare and look at how that’s evolved from the initial 12-issue series to the current 5-issue run.
 
Plus we tackle other questions like: Where did he find the amazing and talented Shari Chankhamma? What’s it like working with Conor McCreery & Anthony Del Col? How does it feel to have a whole generation of students base their image of Shakespearean icons on his work? And what does he really think about under-age drinking? It’s a fun interview filled with plenty of laughs and a few surprises – but seriously, would you expect anything less?
 
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
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Andy Belanger’s Twitter: @AndyBelanger
Andy Belanger’s website: andybelangerart.blogspot.com
 
And to get a copy of Black Church for yourself:
www.lounak.com/werehouse/index.php?route=product/category&path=59

02nd Aug2013

Episode 50 – To Hell & Back with Mike Mignola!

by Chris Thompson

With Mike Mignola …
 
It’s a very exciting week as the Pop Culture Hound podcast hits the magic number 50! After 49 episodes, one special (with Alan Moore, no less) and a half-episode earlier this week, we’ve finally reached the half-century on our way to 100. To celebrate, I’ve pulled out all the stops to continue my run of stellar guests with someone I’ve been looking forward to … Mike Mignola. If you’ve been listening to the show you’ll know just how much I’ve enjoyed what Mike, and Dark Horse Comics, have been doing in recent times.
 
So sit back and relax as I chat with Mike Mignola about his work on Hellboy and the wider ‘Mignola-verse’. Find out how he got started, what he’d do if he were starting out now, how Hellboy came to be, and why it’s expanded. Plus we discuss his various collaborations with writers and artists, how he approaches his work, what drove him to pursue creator-owned, and how he actually feels about the ‘Mignola-verse’ tag. It’s a fascinating discussion, which had me as rapt as I hope you will be.
 
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
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

30th Jul2013

Episode 49.5 – SDCC 2013: Dave Elliott, Brian Winkeler & more!

by Chris Thompson

With Dave Elliott, Brian Winkeler, Impractical Jokers & Steve Sievers …
 
The San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) specials continue with Episode 49.5! As with the previous show, this stuff is raw and unedited with a lot of ambient noise – but it’s a great way to sample the flavour and character of SDCC. This time around I catch up with old podcast friend and A1 creator Dave Elliott to discuss what’s new. We find out what he’s been happening since we last spoke and how things have evolved for this new incarnation of A1.
 
From there I chat with new podcast friend Brian Winkeler about his work on Knuckleheads for Monkeybrains Comics. We discuss his background in advertising and how that led to comic projects such as Knuckleheads and Bastard Road. Like my interview with The Three One Five (315) we caught up in the pub, so you can expect an eclectic soundtrack in the background.
 
Of course, as people like to complain, Comic-Con isn’t just about comics anymore – so I decided to include a few other interviews I did around the show. One of the things being plugged this year was Tru TV’s Impractical Jokers, so I chatted with stars James Murray and Brian Quinn. I also went to the Animation Under The Sea party where I spoke with Supa Pirate Booty Hunt‘s Steve Sievers and other luminaries from the world of animation.
 
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
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Dave Elliott’s Twitter: @DeevElliott
Dave Elliott’s deviantART page: deevelliott.deviantart.com
 
Brian Winkeler’s Twitter: @brianwinkeler
Knuckleheads on comiXology: www.comixology.com/Knuckleheads/comics-series/10340
 
Impractical Jokers’ Twitter: @truTVjokers
James ‘Murr’ Murray’s Twitter: @jamessmurray
Brian ‘Q’ Quinn’s Twitter: @BQQuinn
The Tenderloins’ website: www.thetenderloins.com
 
Steve Sievers’ Twitter: @SteveSievers
Supa Pirate Booty Hunt’s Twitter: @SPBHanimation
Supa Pirate Booty Hunt’s website: www.supapiratebootyhunt.com

25th Jul2013

Episode 49 – SDCC 2013: Koike, Corey Taylor, JR & The 315!

by Chris Thompson

With Kazuo Koike, Corey Taylor, Julian [JR] Robinson & The 315 …
 
I’ve just returned from the madness that is San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), and that can only mean one thing … interviews! Now I must warn you – most of this stuff is raw and unedited – but there’s some great discussions which really capture the vibe of the convention and surrounding areas. First up I chat with legendary gensakusha and creator of Lone Wolf & Cub, Kazuo Koike. Although our time together was brief, and we had to speak through an interpreter, it was a great honour that I’ll never forget.
 
Thanks to Dark Horse Comics I also spoke with Slipknot & Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor about his recent House Of Gold & Bones comic. Released as an accompaniment to the latest Stone Sour album, the book tells the story of The Human and his quest to find the Red City. Pop Culture Hound is fast becoming the home to those who produce music and comics, so it was a real treat … Maybe I need to chat with Max Bemis next?
 
After that I caught up with a few good friends of the podcast. One of the big surprises was finally meeting Julian [JR] Robinson, the super-talented creator of webcomic Demon Kings (which we’ve discussed on the show before). JR’s work is fantastic and he’s a really slick dude … And I’m not just saying that because he complimented my accent.
 
Finally I caught up with those crazy lads from The Three One Five (315). Last year I interviewed Matt Heistand and Dan Fifield at SDCC, but this year Evin Dempsey was determined not to miss out. We had a great and very honest discussion about what it’s like breaking into the industry, and what’s been happening with them over the past year. If you haven’t checked out their weekly webcomic, Deep Dive Daredevils, then I highly recommend 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. 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
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Corey Taylor’s Twitter: @CoreyTaylorRock
Corey Taylor’s website: thecoreytaylor.com
 
Julian [JR] Robinson’s Twitter: @theceoofdeath
Julian [JR] Robinson’s website: www.demonkings.com
 
Matt Heistand’s Twitter: @TheThreeOneFive
Dan Fifield’s Twitter: @dan_fifield
Evin Dempsey’s Twitter: @EvinDempsey
The Three One Five’s website: www.thethreeonefive.com

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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

12th Jun2013

Episode 44 – Getting Mired Down with Becky Cloonan!

by Chris Thompson

With Becky Cloonan …
 
Taylor & I continue our look at this year’s Eisner nominees with a focus on the self-published work of Becky Cloonan. Becky is nominated in the category of Best Single Issue for The Mire, and has just released her latest mini-comic, Demeter, through her own Ink & Thunder label. We look at the two books in detail and discuss why we love Cloonan’s work so much. It’s perfect timing as this week also sees the release of her latest project, The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, from Dark Horse Comics. You can hear a full review of Killjoys #1, along with a very special interview, next week.
 
If that’s not enough, Becky also drops in to discuss her work and process, particularly when it comes to self-publishing. We look at her early days producing mini-comics with the Meathaus collective, how her approach differs from black & white to color, the overall writing and scripting process, what it means to be nominated for an Eisner, and her collaboration with Gerard Way & Shaun Simon on The Killjoys. It’s a great opportunity to understand the creative process from the point where writing and art meet.
 
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
 
Becky Cloonan’s Twitter: @beckycloonan
Becky Cloonan’s website: inkandthunder.blogspot.com
 
You can purchase The Mire, Demeter, and her previous release Wolves for yourself right here:
lounak.com/werehouse

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06th Jun2013

Episode 43 – Behold a Dark Horse with Scott Allie!

by Chris Thompson

With Scott Allie …
 
It’s a slightly shorter episode this week as I’ve just returned from the amazing 2D Comic Arts Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland. You can expect a full report on that soon, but in the meantime I’m pleased to present a very special interview with Dark Horse Comics Editor-in-Chief, Scott Allie.
 
Aside from being very generous and helpful to the show, Scott is the editor of the Mignola-verse line of books (which he has done for almost two decades) and is currently writing the Abe Sapien ongoing series with creator Mike Mignola. Scott & I chat about how he landed the role, his working relationship with Mike, what challenges they’ve faced as the line has expanded, and where they plan to take Abe in future. It’s a fascinating discussion that I hope will be the first of many.
 
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 will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson Twitter: @popculturehound
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Scott Allie’s Twitter: @ScottAllie
Dark Horse Comics’ website: www.darkhorse.com

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