30th Oct2013

Episode 62 – Getting Foxy with Dean Haspiel!

by Chris Thompson

With Dean Haspiel …
 
After last week’s intimate discussion with Ulises Farinas & Erick Freitas (which you can listen to here) and my recent film podcast with Before Midnight‘s Graham Reynolds (which you can listen to here) I suit up to chat with writer/artist Dean Haspiel (American Splendor, The Alcoholic, Billy Dogma) about his work on The Fox from Archie & Red Circle Comics.
 
We discuss the many and varied stages of his career; working with folks like Howard Chaykin, Bill Sienkiewicz, Harvey Pekar and Jonathan Ames; his influences and aspirations; getting naked with Rich Johnston; and how all of that led him to working on The Fox with writer Mark Waid.
 
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
 
Dean Haspiel’s Twitter: @deanhaspiel
Dean Haspiel’s website: www.deanhaspiel.com

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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Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
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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Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
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

10th Oct2013

Episode 59 – Artful Discussion with Adam P. Knave!

by Chris Thompson

With Adam P. Knave …
 
After last week’s discussion with Julie Maroh about Blue Is The Warmest Color (which you can listen to here) and my recent chat with Before Midnight‘s Graham Reynolds (which you can listen to here), we return to the comic trenches with writer Adam P. Knave (Artful Daggers, Amelia Cole).
 
We talk about his background as a writer (both in and out of comics), how he came to co-writing and joining the Monkeybrain brand, the differences in writing for comics and prose, piracy and the future of digital comics, and what he’s working on next (with a few hints of things to come).
 
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
 
Adam P. Knave’s Twitter: @adampknave
Adam P. Knave’s website: www.adampknave.com

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

11th Sep2013

Episode 55 – Plunging Into The Depths with Ian Churchill!

by Chris Thompson

With Ian Churchill …
 
Aw yeah, we’re back again! Following my last interview with Art Baltazar & Franco (which you can listen to here) and my first film podcast (which you can listen to here) I went along to the recent N.I.C.E. convention in Bedford where I conducted a panel with Ian Churchill (Marineman, Hulk, Supergirl).
 
We discuss how Ian broke into the industry, what comics and films influenced him as a child, how his style has developed over time, and what made him take the plunge (pun intended) and dive into creator-owned comics with Marineman.
 
To follow it up, we spent a little time after the panel discussing what he could say about his upcoming book The Revenger with Jonathan Ross, and addressed the status of the long-awaited Marineman Volume 2 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
 
Ian Churchill’s Marineman website: www.ianchurchillsmarineman.com
Ian Churchill’s Marineman blog: ianchurchillsmarineman.blogspot.com
Ian Churchill’s Marineman Facebook: www.facebook.com/IanChurchillsMarineman

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 Aug2013

Episode 52 – Getting Ghosted with Joshua Williamson!

by Chris Thompson

With Joshua Williamson …
 
After last week’s interview with Andy Belanger to round out my SDCC 2013 coverage (which you can still listen to here), we return to our regularly scheduled programming with this fascinating discussion featuring rising star Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Captain Midnight, Masks & Mobsters).
 
We talk about how he got started, his work up to this point, what it’s like when your career has a number of false starts and hiccups, and how you keep going despite it all. It’s a fascinating insight into the creative mind, while bringing you up-to-speed on the man and what he’s doing right now.
 
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
 
Joshua Williamson’s Twitter: @Williamson_Josh
Joshua Williamson’s website: www.thejoshuawilliamson.com