05th Mar2015

Episode 119 – In Conversation About Angoulême BD Festival!

by Chris Thompson

With Karl Asaa & Paul Gravett …
 
Following on from last week’s inspirational duo of Sepideh Jodeyri & Miss Lasko-Gross, this week I’m joined by Karl to discuss our recent trip to Angoulême for the 42nd Festival de la Bande Dessinee d’Angoulême.
 
Karl and I discuss our history with the show, the numerous exhibitions we managed to see, some of the creators and fringe events we came across, and delve into the incredible swag we picked up along the way.
 
To close the show I chat with Paul Gravett about his memories of past festivals and how he felt about this year’s show. If you’ve never had the chance to go, here’s your chance to experience it vicariously through us!
 
Please note – the boutique publishers I refer to during the show are called Original Watts, and I highly recommend you check them out.
 
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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Angoulême BD Festival’s Twitter: @actudufauve
Angoulême BD Festival’s website: www.bdangouleme.com
 
You can hear Part 1 of my coverage from last year’s festival here:
popculturehound.net/episode-75-live-from-angouleme-with-joe-keatinge-friends
 
And listen to Part 2 (featuring Paul Pope in conversation) here:
popculturehound.net/episode-76-live-from-angouleme-with-paul-pope-friends
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13th Feb2014

Episode 76 – Live from Angoulême with Paul Pope & friends!

by Chris Thompson

With Paul Pope, Natalie Nourigat & Nicholas Hitori De …
 
Following on from last week’s Angoulême special with Joe Keatinge & friends (which you can still listen to here) – this week I conclude my report from the 41st Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême with Paul Pope, Natalie Nourigat & Nicholas Hitori De!
 
First up, I chat with the talented Natalie Nourigat & Nicholas Hitori De about art, travel, and what it’s like working with Jamie S. Rich. Then I present Paul Pope’s discussion from Angoulême, including my scene-stealing question (okay, I may be a little biased on that one!) … The sound isn’t ideal, but hopefully you can hang in there for 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.





 
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Paul Pope’s Twitter: @PULPH0PE
Paul Pope’s website: paulpope.com
 
Natalie Nourigat’s Twitter: @Tallychyck
Natalie Nourigat’s website: natalienourigat.com
 
Nicholas Hitori De’s Twitter: @Nicohitoride
Nicholas Hitori De’s website: nicohitoride.com
 
BD Angoulême’s Twitter: @actudufauve
BD Angoulême’s website: www.bdangouleme.com

06th Feb2014

Episode 75 – Live from Angoulême with Joe Keatinge & friends!

by Chris Thompson

With Joe Keatinge, Heidi MacDonald & Bobby Chiu …
 
After last week’s chat with the gifted and insanely busy Zack Whedon (which you can still listen to here) – I’m back with the first of my reports from the 41st Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême! This week I chat with Joe Keatinge, Heidi MacDonald, and Imaginism Studios’ founder/creative director Bobby Chiu.
 
First up, Joe & I talk about what he’s been working on since the end of Glory, and what’s coming up next. Then Heidi chats about her first Angoulême experience and how it’s affected her view of US shows. Finally, Imaginism Studios’ Bobby Chiu discusses their animated comic Niko & the Sword of Light, plus their continued work in 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.





 
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Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Joe Keatinge’s Twitter: @joekeatinge
Joe Keatinge’s Tumblr: joekeatinge.tumblr.com
 
Heidi MacDonald’s Twitter: @Comixace
The Beat’s website: comicsbeat.com
 
Bobby Chiu’s Twitter: @bobbychiu
Imaginism Studios’ website: www.imaginismstudios.com
 
BD Angoulême’s Twitter: @actudufauve
BD Angoulême’s website: www.bdangouleme.com

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.
 
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
 
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

09th Nov2011

Review – Sandcastle by Frederik Peeters & Pierre Oscar Levy

by Chris Thompson


A group of strangers find themselves trapped on an isolated beach as things start going wrong. People are dying, children are aging rapidly and yet, despite it all, they can’t seem to leave. Can this motley group discover how to work together and escape the beach before it’s too late? That’s the basic premise behind this exciting new book from artist Frederik Peeters, writer Pierre Oscar Levy and publisher Self Made Hero.
 
Doug and the crew at Self Made Hero have done an incredible job of securing and translating some stunning European releases this year, and Sandcastle is no exception. Credit must be given to translator Nora Mahony who also translated David B’s Black Paths which I enjoyed so much earlier this year. With their current output, Self Made Hero are putting forward a strong argument for why more European volumes should be translated into English.
 
Art-wise, Peeters cleverly employs his style to contrast the tranquility of the setting with the growing uneasiness of those involved. It’s a delicate balance which puts you in the position of a voyeur – a helpless bystander observing silently as events unfold. I hadn’t planned on reading the book in one sitting, but for a brief period of time I was transported to the sands of that deadly beach and forced to watch the story play out.
 
Of course, the book couldn’t survive on art alone, and writer Pierre Oscar Levy does a wonderful job of creating characters you know. Not necessarily ones you like, but definitely ones you will know and recognise. The result is to reinforce the unsettling truth that you can’t always choose those you find yourself surrounded by. We go through life together and make do as best we can.
 
I won’t spoil the ending as the mystery is key to your enjoyment of the book. This is the kind of book I’d imagine Rod Serling writing in a Parisian cafe if he was looking to submit something at Angouleme. It’s no surprise to learn that Sandcastle was in fact nominated for the Grand Prix at the Angouleme International Comics Festival earlier this year.
 
As part of the excellent Comica Festival, Frederik Peeters will be signing copies of the book and taking part in a Q&A at Gosh! Comics London this Friday, November 11 from 6:30pm. Head down and pick up a copy of Sandcastle along with one of the free bookplates designed especially for the event. Maybe I’ll see you there …