16th Jan2013

Episode 23 – Ghosthunting with Frank Barbiere!

by Chris Thompson

With Frank Barbiere …
 
It’s time for a savage review this week as we look at Frank Cho’s return to Marvel with Savage Wolverine #1. Did it claw its way to the top of the heap or simply drive us berserk? Find out now.
 
Then Taylor chats with writer Frank J. Barbiere, whose Five Ghosts series was recently picked up by Image Comics for a March release. They talk about the origin of the project, what it’s all about, and how to make a start in the industry today.
 
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.





 
Taylor Lilley Twitter: @capelessT
 
Frank J. Barbiere Twitter: @atlasincognita
Frank J. Barbiere blog: atlasincognita.com
 
And if you want to see the original Kickstarter campaign for Five Ghosts, you can find that here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1474610911/five-ghosts

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13th Jan2013

Comics Commentary – Daniel Irizarri’s Prophet #32 Back-Up

by Chris Thompson

Hello, I’m pretty certain none of you know me. My name is Daniel Irizarri and I’m here because Chris Thompson very graciously asked me to write something for you; his audience. Why? I have no idea, but it might have something to do with the fact that I was privileged to have a short comic showcased as a back up in the most recent issue of Image Comics’ Prophet, drawn by Simon Roy. Of course, this is just me taking a stab in the dark about it. So here’s a little insight on how it got made, and what thoughts went into the story (I hope) you all read. Before that, here’s a little about myself.

Prophet #32 marks my American comics debut but I’ve been drawing comics since long before that. It wasn’t until 2007 though, that I decided to make work that was actually presentable online. I wrote and drew Mecha-Reign which was,a short-lived, self-published series that I would work on between classes and the semblance of a social life that I had back then. I finished a total of 4 issues that can still be read over at my deviantart account (dio-03.deviantart.com), but don’t expect more anytime soon.

A lot happened between then and the Prophet back-up. For a time I thought working pencil samples for Marvel and DC was how you got into comics. For some it still is, but for me it became pages going to waste on imaginary fan-stories and not anything that had actual meaning to me. So I started concentrating more on sci-fi and the freedom that it gave me in terms of content. Things could be weird and glow and look fun and everyone could have space-suits. I felt like I had truly gotten somewhere personally as an artist.

So when I was talking to Brandon Graham about what I wanted to do for the short, I showed him some of the sci-fi illustrations that I had worked on, and wrote out a good synopsis of a story I could do with one. Brandon was unbelievably cool about it, in the sense that he just trusted me to see which-ever one I picked through to the best of my abilities, which is great but also a terribly daunting. Still, I outlined the plot and hoped that my abilities would be enough to craft a decent 5 page short story.

I tried not to go nuts on little details but made just enough to actually work on the story. The advantages of working short stories is that you need relatively little plotting and design to make a consistent world. You create enough to fill the page and then you hope the reader will fill in the rest with their imaginations. I just need to know enough of the story for me to start drafting pages.

Drafts are where you solve all the story-telling problems so that when you do start drawing you can concentrate on making it look pretty and not on glaring continuity problems, ideally, since I still found myself making changes and corrections from draft to drawn page. Still, this way I was able to see how the story looked in sequence and knew that the pace was going to work for the kind of story I wanted to make.

Page 1 – The initial idea was to have one image that would bookend the story and sort of give you a visual conclusion to the action. So in page one it was important to give you a good clean shot of Verde Luz as a thriving, green and beautiful planet. It had to look like that sort of paradise tourism companies sell you in brochures. The other thing was making sure no one looked at the creature in the second panel, and through the coloring I was able to do that pretty successfully. All the set up for the next 4 pages is here, and we have a flashlight conveniently illuminating everything of interest.

Page 2 – In page two, and really every page, I was trying to really take advantage of everything that color brings to the story. The flash light keeps you interested in the actions, but it also serves to hide the fungus creature in that last panel, by contrast. I’m actually really happy with how the reveal looked, having it be illuminated by the containers internal light, and it’s always fun to have scenes like this juxtaposed with positive or celebratory dialogue.

Page 3 – Since this was a 5 page story, I was very aware that by this page I had to have the mutant fungus monster scaring her, doing this through the glass was the best for that, and it let me push the creepiness for 2 more panels before her big realization. My friend and assistant-person hated the yellow I used in that third panel because it came out of nowhere, but I didn’t care. It’s panic, it’s yellow, it’s bright and loud. When I showed it initially to a friend and when he asked me what font I used for it, it was like a little victory in my head, cause I had drawn those by hand on the wacom tablet.

Page 4 – This was the escape page. It’s always tricky to show movement and transitions from place to place clearly. Panel 4 did wonders for this, and the coloring helped in spades as well, since the room she was coming from was brighter than the one she was going into. Lastly, a moment a lot of people responded well to, the reveal that the poor thing wasn’t a terrible ol’ monster but just a lonely creature that had fallen for the first person it had seen in years. I wanted people to just feel a little bad for the guy and making a monster like that look sad isn’t easy.

Page 5 – Here’s where I tied it all up and finished with the other bookend, the view of Verde Luz and the space bridge as it is after years of deterioration. Of course, for that you have to get the main character on the ship and out of harms way. I feel like I managed to do that at a reasonable pace, and I’m pretty proud of the sequence in general and directing the readers eyes (hopefully) to where I wanted them looking.

All in all, I think that the comic worked. Believe it or not, the story is sort of layered if you want to read into it further, but regardless I’m just happy to have the work out there and have people enjoying it. I’m never totally comfortable with my writing, so I can’t really give you my honest thoughts about it, but I will say that I liked writing the conversations between the main character and ship. I could write those for pages and pages after these 5 and I wouldn’t get tired. Who knows, this might not be the last time you all get to see these two out in the depths of space.

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09th Jan2013

Episode 22 – Vacationing with Christian Ward!

by Chris Thompson

With Christian Ward …
 
This week Taylor and I are joined live in the studio by a very special guest, but first we take some time out to look at one of Marvel Now’s more controversial releases, The Superior Spider-Man #1 by Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman & Edgar Delgado. Were we caught up in its web or did it just leave us hanging? You’ll have to wait and see.
 
Then we have a long and sexy chat (his words, not mine!) with writer/artist Christian Ward who joined us at PCH headquarters to discuss this week’s bumper-sized conclusion to Infinite Vacation. We talk about storytelling, his collaboration with Nick Spencer, what makes him cry, and that all-important topic: process. How many times can one man say ‘sexy’ during an interview? Listen and find out.
 
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.





 
Taylor Lilley Twitter: @capelessT
 
Christian Ward Twitter: @cjwardart
Christian Ward website: www.cwardillustration.com

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02nd Jan2013

Episode 21 – Christmas with Emma Ríos & Guillermo Ortego!

by Chris Thompson

With Emma Rios & Guillermo Ortego …
 
Although our look at Marvel Now! may be winding down, this week Taylor and I have the hotly anticipated (at least by us) Morbius The Living Vampire #1 from Joe Keatinge & Richard Elson and New Avengers #1 from Jonathan Hickman & Steve Epting to enjoy.
 
We also present the long-overdue Christmas/New Year Special I recorded with artists Emma Ríos and Guillermo Ortego at Malta Comic-Con last month. Aside from sharing beers and cracking jokes, we make fun of my poor attempts at Spanish; discuss techniques and how they got started in the industry; share our mutual love for Brandon Graham, David Aja, and classic Westerns; talk about what’s coming up next; and much, much more!
 
All that and we continue to enjoy our BrewDog Craft Beers with the mind-blowingly strong Anarchist/Alchemist.
 
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.





 
Taylor Lilley Twitter: @capelessT
 
Emma Ríos Twitter: @emmartian
Emma Ríos Tumblr: steinerfrommars.tumblr.com
 
Guillermo Ortego Twitter: @willortego
Guillermo Ortego website: willortego.com

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19th Dec2012

Episode 20 – Malta Comic-Con, Dave Gibbons & Herb Trimpe!

by Chris Thompson

With Dave Gibbons & Herb Trimpe …
 
This week I take a look back at the absolutely amazing Malta Comic-Con I’ve recently returned from – then Taylor & I discuss some of the gems found there, including Sean Azzopardi’s latest release Same Day Return.
 
We also present a very special panel I conducted with comics industry legends Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Secret Service) and Herb Trimpe (The Incredible Hulk, G.I. Joe) where we find out what these two gents share in common and how they feel about being elder statesmen.
 
Plus we continue to enjoy our BrewDog Craft Beers with the delicious Christmas Porter and Dead Pony Club.
 
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.





 
Taylor Lilley Twitter: @capelessT
Dave Gibbons Twitter: @davegibbons90
 
Sean Azzopardi Twitter: @Seanazz
Sean Azzopardi website: sean-azzopardi.com
 
Malta Comic Con Twitter: @MaltaComicCon
Malta Comic-Con website: www.maltacomic-con.com
 
Bernard Micallef: arcanacrusade.weebly.com
Jeanelle Zammit: natsume-1990.deviantart.com
ASTRO Comics: www.maltacomic-con.com/artist/44/astro
PILOT Anthology: www.maltacomic-con.com/artist/49/pilot-comic-anthology
Dean Fenech: www.deanfenech.com
Maria Isabella Grech: www.facebook.com/MariaIsabellaGrechart
Nel Pace: calcination.deviantart.com

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18th Dec2012

Episode 19 – Changing with Ales Kot & Morgan Jeske!

by Chris Thompson

With Ales Kot & Morgan Jeske …
 
We’re a bit late this time around, but it’s not entirely hopeless as Taylor and I take a deeper look at Dennis Hopeless’ two contributions to Marvel Now! Avengers Arena #1 and Cable & X-Force #1.
 
Taylor also chats with Ales Kot (Wild Children) and Morgan Jeske (Disappearing Town) about working together on their new mini-series Change from Image Comics. Plus we continue to enjoy our BrewDog Craft Beers with the rather potent Dogma.
 
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.





 
Taylor Lilley Twitter: @capelessT
 
Ales Kot Twitter: @ales_kot
Ales Kot Tumblr: aleskot.tumblr.com
 
Morgan Jeske Twitter: @MorganJeske
Morgan Jeske Tumblr: morganjeske.tumblr.com
 
Listen to our previous interview with Ales Kot here: popculturehound.net/pch-podcast-episode-3-with-wild-childrens-ales-kot
 
And you can read the prequel plus the first eight pages of Change here: www.bleedingcool.com/2012/12/08/two-prequel-pages-for-ales-kots-change-1-and-not-in-the-comic

05th Dec2012

Episode 18 – with Ryan Ferrier from Challenger Comics!

by Chris Thompson

With Ryan Ferrier …
 
Taylor and I have mixed views about this week’s Marvel Now! books, and find we don’t see eye-to-eye with Daniel Way’s Thunderbolts #1 or Jonathan Hickman’s much-anticipated Avengers #1.
 
Taylor also chats with Ryan Ferrier (Tiger Lawyer and Challenger Comics) about his career thus far, how Challenger came to be, and where things are going next. Plus we enjoy our first sample of BrewDog Craft Beers, starting with their classic 5am Saint.
 
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.





 
Taylor Lilley Twitter: @capelessT
 
Ryan Ferrier Twitter: @ryanwriter
Ryan Ferrier’s website: rferrier.tumblr.com
 
Tiger Lawyer website: tigerlawyer.tumblr.com
Challenger Comics website: readchallenger.com

05th Dec2012

Special – with Ron Martino & Josh Wattles from deviantART!

by Chris Thompson

Presenting a specially edited version of my interview with deviantART’s Ron Martino & Josh Wattles from Episode 15.
 
We discuss the company’s new collaborative project, Odyssey II with Clive Barker; the essence of deviantART; how collaborative work is changing the community; the nature of ownership and entitlement; and where they see things going next.
 
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.





 
deviantART Twitter: @deviantART
deviantART website: deviantart.com
 
Ron Martino Twitter: @RonMartino
Odyssey II Project: techgnotic.deviantart.com/journal/Odyssey-II-with-Clive-Barker-331804956
 
If you want to read Ron’s article on storytelling referenced during the interview, you can find that here:
The Future Of Storytelling
 
And if you’d like to see Josh’s video looking at copyright & ownership in regard to fan art, you can find that here:
Fan Art Law

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02nd Dec2012

Episode 17 – Talking Comics with Jim Zub & Matt Pizzolo!

by Chris Thompson

With Jim Zub & Matt Pizzolo …
 
This week saw some rather interesting discussion and commentary after Jim Zubkavich (Skullkickers) did a post on his blog about The Reality of Mainstream Creator-Owned Comics. In the same week, Wired.com did a feature on Matt Pizzolo (Occupy Comics) who they referred to as World’s Most Wired Comics Creator.
 
I found them to be two clever, and potentially quite different, views of comics – so I tweeted the links to all who would listen, and was pleasantly surprised when first Matt and then Jim decided to tweet back. We chatted and I soon knew it had to be a podcast, even if we were spread across three different time-zones (GMT, EST & PST!)
 
So I’m pleased to present this very special episode, outside of our regular transmissions, with Jim Zub & Matt Pizzolo in conversation.
 
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.





 
Jim Zubkavich Twitter: @JimZub
Jim Zub’s blog: www.jimzub.com
Skullkickers website: www.skullkickers.com

Matt Pizzolo Twitter: @pizzolo
Halo8 website: halo8.tv
Black Mask Studios website: blackmaskstudios.com
 
If you want to read Jim’s original blog post referenced during the interview, you can find that here:
The Reality of Mainstream Creator-Owned Comics
 
And if you’d like to read Matt’s interview with Wired.com, you can find that here:
World’s Most Wired Comics Creator

28th Nov2012

Episode 16 – with Dave Elliott from A1 & Atomeka Press!

by Chris Thompson

With Dave Elliott …
 
It’s a teeny tiny week for new Marvel Now! but at least it’s a good one with Matt Fraction & Mike Allred’s FF #1 … To celebrate, Taylor and I also take a look at Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown #2 plus the accompanying soundtrack from Big Pimp Jones. You may have heard us talk about issue 1 on our first episode, but if not then here’s your chance.
 
Plus, in a nice follow-up to last week’s interview with Ron & Josh from deviantART, I chat with industry legend Dave Elliott about his work with deviantART, what’s coming up for Atomeka Press, and how that ties in to his work with Titan Books. It all turns into a discussion about comics and the industry today, with some interesting stories about Dave’s time with Marvel before they launched the Ultimate line.
 
If that’s not enough, we also announce our first major sponsor … BrewDog Craft Beers who will be supplying us with drinks into the new year.
 
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.





 
Taylor Lilley Twitter: @capelessT
 
Big Pimp Jones Twitter: @BigPimpJones
Big Pimp Jones website: bigpimpjones.com
Kodoja website: kodoja.com
 
Dave Elliott Twitter: @DeevElliott
Dave’s deviantART page: deevelliott.deviantart.com
Atomeka Press Twitter: @Atomeka_Press
Atomeka Press on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AtomekaPress
Titan Books: titanbooks.com

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