12th Mar2014

Episode 79 – Rediscovering the Dream Thief with Jai Nitz!

by Chris Thompson

With Jai Nitz …
 
After last week’s chat with Greg Rucka (which you can still listen to here), this time I catch up with Jai Nitz (Green Hornet, Paper Museum, El Diablo) who wrote my favourite mini-series of last year, Dream Thief, which has just been released in trade this week from Dark Horse Comics.
 
Jai & I discuss how he first broke into comics, what makes a good editor, the advantages (and disadvantages) that new creators face, and what’s coming up next for him & Dream Thief. It’s a great conversation with one of the hardest-working guys you may not yet know!
 
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
 
Jai Nitz’s Twitter: @JAINITZ1
Jai Nitz’s IMDB profile: www.imdb.com/name/nm3086210

08th Jan2014

Episode 71 – Exploring Joe’s Comics with J. Michael Straczynski!

by Chris Thompson

With J. Michael Straczynski …
 
Following on from last week’s very special new year podcast with the amazing Gerard Way (which you can still listen to here) – I’m pleased to present this new episode recorded live, right here in London, with one of my favourite writers J. Michael Straczynski, otherwise known as JMS!
 
Joe and I discuss the many and varied comic projects he has going on at the moment, including Terminator for Dark Horse Comics, Twilight Zone for Dynamite Entertainment, and his continuing work on the Joe’s Comics imprint with Image Comics (Ten Grand, Sidekick, Protectors Inc.)
 
We also discuss his background with comics, what made him become a writer, the pitfalls and challenges he’s faced along the way, and why it’s important to reinvent yourself and your work. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the mind and process of the man who created Babylon 5 and who, at one time or another, has worked with every major character at the Big Two.
 
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
 
JMS’ Twitter: @straczynski
Studio JMS website: studiojms.com

18th Dec2013

Episode 68 – Going Ape with Chris & Allison from Monkeybrain!

by Chris Thompson

With Chris Roberson & Allison Baker …
 
After last week’s show featuring Mike Carey & Sean Phillips in conversation at Malta Comic Con 2013 (which you can listen to here) I’m pleased to bring you this very special interview with Pop Culture Hound’s People of the Year … Chris Roberson & Allison Baker of Monkeybrain Comics.
 
We talk about how they first met, the events that led to the formation of Monkeybrain, and the unique challenges they’ve faced as a couple living and working together. We also take a look at how Monkeybrain has grown over the past year and discuss what the future holds in 2014.
 
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
 
Chris Roberson’s Twitter: @Chris_Roberson
Allison Baker’s Twitter: @allisontype
 
Monkeybrain Comics’ Twitter: @Monkeybrain_inc
Monkeybrain Comics’ website: www.monkeybraincomics.com

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

02nd Dec2011

Tasters – for the week of November 30, 2011

by Chris Thompson

ARCHIE #627: Archie meets KISS Part 1 (Archie Comics) – There’s really not a lot to say about this. It is what it is. But it does have an amazing Francavilla variant cover that’s worthy of framing. If nothing else, buy it for that!
 
BATMAN: ODYSSEY #2 (DC Comics) – This comic is a lot like Marmite: you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. This time around the Dark Knight Detective investigates Neal Adams’ Hollow Earth theory and rides a giant Man-Bat. Just because.
 
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #1 (DC Comics) – Once again Nick Spencer proves he’s a much better fit at DC than Marvel. I don’t know what it is exactly, but his aesthetic seems to fit this universe more. Sadly this is the run-up to the end, but it will make a nice complete run when it’s finished.
 
DAREDEVIL #6 (Marvel Comics) – Matt Murdock goes from the Man Without Fear to the Most Dangerous Man Alive when he comes into possession of a strange artifact. I really didn’t see that one coming. Neither did he.
 
FF #12 (Marvel Comics) – If Hickman is planning to use FF as a spotlight for the kids (as he does in this issue) then he may be on to something. Splitting the formerly unwieldy cast between two books actually makes sense in this case. Plus, Junior Doom! What’s not to love?
 
THUNDERBOLTS #166 (Marvel Comics) – You could call this issue Hyde in Plain Sight as the ‘evil’ Thunderbolts continue their jaunt through time and wind up in Ripper-era London. Cue strange dialogue and generic street scenes that don’t seem quite right.

 
FLASH GORDON: ZEITGEIST #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Returning to the character’s pulp roots, this book was much better than expected. Daniel Indro’s art is gorgeous, perfectly evoking the wartime era with a modern sensibility – and his Dale Arden is a delicious cross between Lois Lane and The Rocketeer’s Betty. Fun, engaging stuff that leaves me wanting more.
 
STAR WARS: CRIMSON EMPIRE III #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – I’ve often found Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics to be a little hit and miss for me, but Crimson Empire III is right on the money. Dark Horse publisher and occasional writer, Mike Richardson, is no stranger to the property, but the real draw for me is comics veteran Paul Gulacy who uses a wonderfully clean and kinetic style to tell the story. Recommended.

30th Nov2011

Lucio Parrillo Painting at Malta Comic Con 2011

by Chris Thompson

Over the course of this year’s Malta Comic Con, Marvel & Dynamite artist Lucio Parrillo completed an exquisite portrait of The Incredible Hulk. Started on Saturday morning and finished late Sunday afternoon, the end result will be auctioned on eBay to benefit local Maltese charities.

I was able to film Lucio in action for a few minutes each day, so you can get a brief glimpse of the artist and his process. Feel free to comment on the videos and bid on the piece when it becomes available soon. You can see more of Lucio’s work at his website: http://www.lucioparrillo.com/

 

 

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