24th Jan2014

Episode 73 – Comic Book Babbling On with Clifford Meth!

by Chris Thompson

With Clifford Meth …
 
Following on from a series of epic new year podcasts – including last week’s chat with the talented Fred Van Lente (which you can listen to here) – this time around I have the pleasure of speaking with writer, journalist and comics campaigner Clifford Meth!
 
Cliff and I talk about his background in and out of comics, the debt we owe all the creators who came before, the state of comics journalism today, and what made now the right time to finally release Comic Book Babylon. It’s a fascinating discussion with a guy who has been in the trenches for a long time and counts people like Harlan Ellison as friends.
 
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
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Clifford Meth’s Twitter: @Clifford Meth
Clifford Meth’s website: thecliffordmethod.blogspot.com
 
You can purchase the book for your Kindle here: www.amazon.com/Comic-Book-Babylon-ebook
Or get one of signed limited edition copies from Aardwolf right here: aardwolfpublishing.com/ap

04th Dec2013

Episode 66 – The Magic Words of Alan Moore & Lance Parkin!

by Chris Thompson

With Alan Moore & Lance Parkin …
 
After my last episode with the amazing Max Bemis from Say Anything (which you can still listen to here) I feel very privileged to bring to you this exclusive recording of Alan Moore & Lance Parkin in conversation at The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, London.
 
Timed to coincide with the release of Magic Words, a biography about Alan which was written by Lance and published by Aurum Press, the night begins as a conversation between the two before becoming an ensemble piece followed by an audience Q & A.
 
Sit back and enjoy this very special recording as two giants of comics and literature meet for one very special night. And if you missed Alan’s first appearance with me on PCH then you can listen to that right here: popculturehound.net/pch-special-chatting-with-alan-moore.
 
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
 
Lance Parkin’s website: lanceparkin.wordpress.com
 
Aurum Press’ Twitter: @aurumpress
Aurum Press’ website: www.aurumpress.co.uk
 
The Prince Charles Cinema’s Twitter: @ThePCCLondon
The Prince Charles Cinema’s website: www.princecharlescinema.com

15th May2013

Episode 40 – Telling Stories with Gabriel Hardman!

by Chris Thompson

With Gabriel Hardman …
 
There’s a trifecta of great titles for Taylor & I to look at this week, plus one very special mention. First up, we keep ourselves occupied with Occupy Comics #1 from fledgling publisher Black Mask Studios. Then we take a look Mike Garley & Martin Simmonds’ Eponymous #1, which debuted as part of the recent VS Comics Anthology.
 
From there we turn our attention to the first issue of Gabriel Hardman’s solo effort Kinski from Monkeybrain Comics. Gabriel & I discuss the art of storyboarding, how the collaborative process differs, applying the 180-degree rule, and what themes can be explored in the relationship between a man and his dog. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the life of a creator equally at home behind the drawing board or on the film set.
 
If that’s not enough we also take a quick peek at Michael May & Jason Copland’s Kill All Monsters webcomic which was successfully funded for a print edition on Kickstarter last week. Kaiju monsters and giant mech-suits … What more could you want?
 
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 on 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
Taylor Lilley Twitter: @capelessT
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Gabriel Hardman’s Twitter: @gabrielhardman
Gabriel Hardman’s website: www.gabrielhardman.com
 
And you can read Kill All Monsters for yourself, right here:
review2akill.com/2010/11/19/kill-all-monsters

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20th Sep2012

Special – Chatting with Alan Moore & Some Other N.I.C.E. Folks!

by Chris Thompson

With Alan Moore & Jeff Chahal …
 
In a very special episode of the PCH podcast, I chat with legendary creator Alan Moore ahead of this weekend’s N.I.C.E. Convention in Kettering.
 
Convention organiser Jeff Chahal from Close Encounters in Northampton also stops by to explain how the show came to be and what his purpose was in doing it.
 
Finally, we close out the episode with a track from Charlie Adlard and Phil Winslade‘s band Cosmic Rays (formerly Mine Power Cosmic). It’s a rough live track that will give you an idea of what to expect when they perform at N.I.C.E. on Saturday night. Enjoy!
 
To get in touch, discuss sponsorship opportunities or submit projects for consideration, please email reviews@popculturehound.com. You can also follow me on Twitter: @popculturehound. 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 on 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.





06th Feb2012

Video – More Moore To Benefit Pekar

by Chris Thompson

I’m a big supporter of the Kickstarter model. While I think it’s important to support your local comic shop (and will stand by that point of view until the day I die) some projects simply don’t fit the standard retail model. One such project was a campaign launched by Joyce Brabner to build a memorial statue of her late husband, Harvey Pekar.
 
The statue would be featured within the local library he loved so much (Cleveland Heights) and would take the form of a sculpted comic book page with Harvey quite literally stepping out of the picture. It wasn’t so much intended as a memorial to the man as it was to the artform of comics – at least, that’s how I understood it.
 
I loved the idea and was immediately compelled to contribute, but I wasn’t sure what I could afford. I was pondering things over when a new reward surfaced and made the decision for me – $99 for ‘a cup of tea and a long winter’s chat with comics giant Alan Moore’. How could I say no? I’d listened to Unearthing countless times and generally find anything he says to be of interest. I may not always agree, but his articulation, grace and honesty are without compare.
 
Of course, we couldn’t all just squeeze into Alan Moore’s living room (as much as I’d be prepared to do it), so the decision was made to hold an exclusive video conference, allowing the participants to offer up questions ahead of time. In total 58 of us happily paid the $99 to enjoy tea with Alan, who surpassed all hopes and expectations.
 
Sadly I was mugged and ended up with a severe concussion just days before the event was to take place. The idea of sitting in front of the screen for two or more hours was unbearable with all the headaches I was getting, so I emailed the organisers and made clear my intentions in regard to recording the event. Joyce sent out an email the next day confirming that participants could indeed record the event and do with it as they wish.
 
Although the video was originally intended so I could watch it in bite-sized chunks later on, I felt that was a little selfish and so I decided to put it up on Vimeo for others to enjoy. I’d had the privilege of enjoying it live and contributing to the event, but it wasn’t fair for others to miss out – plus it was an opportunity to raise further awareness of the ongoing campaign. Despite surpassing its original funding target, the project was going to run over-budget due to incidental fees and other costs.
 
The story was picked up over at Bleeding Cool where Dirk Manning (one of my fellow contributors) shared his personal highlights. He also linked to my video on Vimeo which really caused it to take off. I hadn’t intended it to happen, but somehow my home recording became the ‘official’ video of the event (at least for the time being). I’m still hoping a better version becomes available as I’m not super-techy and the recording has its fair share of glitches, but if not  then at least this one record exists of it all.
 
I’ve embedded the video below for those who are interested and possibly haven’t seen it yet. If you do enjoy it (and I have no doubt you will) please consider donating something towards the campaign to make the Harvey Pekar statue a reality. More details can be found at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1844705603/harvey-pekar-library-statue-comics-as-art-and-lite and you can make donations via Paypal using the email address hpekar@aol.com or via the link at Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/02/06/a-tribute-to-harvey-pekar-with-a-little-help-from-alan-moore.
 
My thanks to Joyce Brabner, Alan Moore, Calvin Reid, Joe Brown, and everyone else who helped to make this event possible. The results were amazing and Alan was apparently so pleased that he’s looking to arrange something similar with Joyce in future. Thanks also to all the people who contributed to the overall Kickstarter campaign – nothing is too little and everything means a lot. Remember, if you enjoyed this video then please make a contribution of your own. Thanks!
 
 

Alan Moore chats with Harvey Pekar statue contributors (FULL) from Chris Thompson on Vimeo.