15th May2014

Episode 89 – Getting Skinned with Jeremy Holt & Tim Daniel!

by Chris Thompson

With Jeremy Holt & Tim Daniel …
 
Following on from last week’s episode with Joshua Williamson & Brian Churilla recorded live at ECCC (which you can still listen to here), this time around I return to my regular programming to welcome back Jeremy Holt, who last appeared on the show way back in Episode 31.
 
Jeremy & I discuss what he’s been working on in the time since, juggling the work/life/comics balance, how he came to be doing two books for Monkeybrain Comics, and delve back into last year’s Twitter controversy about paying artists. It’s an insightful glimpse into the realities and struggles involved when you choose to #makecomics!
 
Then we’re joined by one of Jeremy’s collaborators, Tim Daniel, to chat about their new series Skinned. We look at how they met, what influences they bring to the project, and some of the themes they plan to explore.
 
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
 
Jeremy Holt’s Twitter: @https://twitter.com/Jeremy_Holt
Jeremy Holt’s website: clumpoftrees.tumblr.com
 
Tim Daniel’s Twitter: @enormouscomic
Tim Daniel’s website: www.theenormouscomic.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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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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29th May2013

Episode 42 – The Meaning of Life with Matt Rebholz!

by Chris Thompson

With Matt Rebholz …
 
This week Taylor & I go for the trifecta once again with another three new, and very different, books. First up we take a bite out of Mike Mignola, Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá’s BPRD: Vampire #3 from Dark Horse Comics. Then we sneak a peek at Brian K. Vaughan & Marcos Martin’s The Private Eye #2 from Panel Syndicate.
 
From there we turn our gaze towards Matt Rebholz’s trippy series, The Astronomer. Matt & I chat about the creative process, how one man can work the Marvel method, the benefits of Kickstarter, and what it takes to publish on your own. If you’ve never heard of Matt before then you’re not alone, but once you’ve seen his art you’ll be as impressed as I was.
 
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
 
Matt Rebholz’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/matt.rebholz.7
Matt Rebholz’s website: www.mattrebholzart.com
Matt Rebholz’s etsy store: www.etsy.com/shop/MattRebholz
 
And if you want to back Matt’s new Kickstarter, Ours Is A Hungry God, then you can find it right here:
www.kickstarter.com/projects/744976288/the-astronomer-chapter-iii-ours-is-a-hungry-god

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22nd May2013

Episode 41 – Rocking Out with the Subatomic Party Girls!

by Chris Thompson

With Chris Sims, Chad Bowers & Erica Henderson …
 
This week Taylor & I tackle three exciting new books, each with their own unique flavour. First up we take a bite out of Mike Mignola, John Arcudi & Kevin Nowlan’s Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells A Rat from Dark Horse Comics. Plus we take a look at the chemistry behind Michael D. Perkins & Will Perkins’ new release, Beware… Formula X from 215 Ink.
 
Then we tune in to Chris Sims, Chad Bowers & Erica Henderson’s poppy new production Subatomic Party Girls from Monkeybrain Comics. Chris, Chad, Erica & I chat about having a four-way, where Subatomic Party Girls came from, how comics’ criticism can feed into (or detract from) your own creativity, and why podcasting is a lot like any other creative collaboration.
 
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
 
Chris Sims’ Twitter: @theisb
Chris Sims’ website: www.the-isb.com
Chad Bower’s Twitter: @ChadBowers
Chad Bower’s website: www.monsterpluscomic.com
Erica Henderson’s Twitter: @EricaFails
Erica Henderson’s website: ericafailsatlife.tumblr.com
 
And if you want to back Erica’s Kickstarter, Baby’s First Mythos, then you can find it right here:
www.kickstarter.com/projects/49028176/babys-first-mythos

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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01st May2013

Episode 38 – Facing The Unknown with Fabian Rangel Jr!

by Chris Thompson

With Fabian Rangel Jr …
 
It’s a great start to the week as Taylor & I break open James Tynion IV & Jeremy Rock’s The Eighth Seal from Mark Waid’s newly-revamped Thrillbent Comics. Plus we take a look at B. Clay Moore & Christopher Mitten’s beautiful noir-inspired one-shot, Old Dog, that was part of the recent Bad Karma Kickstarter campaign.
 
Then we turn our attention to the first two issues of Fabian Rangel Jr. & Ryan Cody’s classic pulp mini-series Doc Unknown. Fabian & I chat about making the transition from music to comics, learning the art of scripting, the financial reality of self-published comics, where he sees himself over the next couple of years, and why his fans should be called ‘Ran-hellions’.
 
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
 
Fabian Rangel Jr’s Twitter: @FabianRangelJr
Fabian Rangel Jr’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/fabian.j.rangel
Fabian Rangel Jr’s website: fabianrangeljr.tumblr.com
 
And if you want to get hold of Old Dog for yourself, then send a dollar (or more) via Paypal to:
B. Clay Moore – Catspaw1@aol.com

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