18th Jun2014

Episode 93 – Enormous Undertakings with Tim Daniel!

by Chris Thompson

With Tim Daniel …
 
Following on from last week’s episode with Sina Grace & Daniel Freedman (which you can still listen to here), this time around I’m back with Tim Daniel, who recently appeared on the show with Jeremy Holt.
 
Tim & I discuss the route he took breaking into comics, how design (and designers) have become a more focal part of the comics medium, what he’s learned between releasing the Enormous one-shot and the new ongoing series, and all the other things he has on his plate right now. It’s a fascinating look at how design is asserting itself in comics and allowing people to do more than they ever dreamed.
 
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
 
Tim Daniel’s Twitter: @enormouscomic
Tim Daniel’s website: www.theenormouscomic.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.





 
Chris Thompson Twitter: @popculturehound
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

10th Oct2013

Episode 59 – Artful Discussion with Adam P. Knave!

by Chris Thompson

With Adam P. Knave …
 
After last week’s discussion with Julie Maroh about Blue Is The Warmest Color (which you can listen to here) and my recent chat with Before Midnight‘s Graham Reynolds (which you can listen to here), we return to the comic trenches with writer Adam P. Knave (Artful Daggers, Amelia Cole).
 
We talk about his background as a writer (both in and out of comics), how he came to co-writing and joining the Monkeybrain brand, the differences in writing for comics and prose, piracy and the future of digital comics, and what he’s working on next (with a few hints of things to come).
 
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
 
Adam P. Knave’s Twitter: @adampknave
Adam P. Knave’s website: www.adampknave.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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03rd Apr2013

Episode 34 – Basking In The Glory of Joe Keatinge!

by Chris Thompson

With Joe Keatinge …
 
It’s one of the saddest and most poignant episodes so far as Taylor & I say farewell to Joe Keatinge, Ross Campbell & Owen Gieni’s Glory with issue 34 from Image Comics. But it’s not all sadness and misery, as there’s also a new beginning for Mike Mignola, Scott Allie & Sebastian Fiumara‘s Abe Sapien with an ongoing issue 1 from Dark Horse Comics.
 
Plus we have an exclusive chat with Joe Keatinge about the end of Glory. Was it an untimely demise or did things go exactly as planned? Joe & I also look back at how he got to this point, what the future holds, the status of Hell Yeah, and the appeal of wrestling. It’s a great insight into an exciting writer with a clear idea of who he is and where he’s going.
 
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
 
Joe Keatinge’s Twitter: @joekeatinge
Joe Keatinge’s website: joekeatinge.tumblr.com

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14th Mar2013

The THRE315IVE (315): Three Writers, One Process

by Chris Thompson

We here at the ThreeOneFive love Pop Culture Hound, so when Chris asked us to do a guest blog we were all about it. We then did what any writer would do, and waited a month to start working on it. Sorry Chris.

To make up for it, we’ve decided to do something special and dip into our top-secret archives to reveal just how our three man writing team functions. But first, a brief recap for those unfamiliar with all things ThreeOneFive:

Our collective is made up of Evin Dempsey, Matt Heistand, and Dan Fifield and we have a weird way of making comics. To start, Evin creates what we call a bible or a rough outline of the important plot points for a given project. It’s a very raw and almost unreadable block of text that has to be decoded into real-people talk by Matt and Dan before it is ready to be turned into a script.

Matt then takes over, writing a script for our artist. This step takes forever because Matt loves to take breaks. Dialogue, at this point, is left very vague because we’re going to argue about it for a long time later.

Next, we argue about the dialogue for a long, long time. Then Dan, the man who makes all our Internet magic happen, enters the arena and sniffs out any busted logic or super-bunk dialogue. After all that we send the script to the artist and hope for the best. So far it’s worked out.

Congratulations, you’ve just about made it through the boring part …

Look now, brave reader, as we lay bare the inner workings of our collective and open our Gmail chat archives. Please note, this is most certainly a terrible idea that we’ll grow to regret more and more with each passing day. Enjoy!

First we’ll take you behind the scenes of our all-ages weekly webcomic, DEEP DIVE DAREDEVILS.
www.deepdivedaredevils.com

2:39 PM Matthew: Dude, I came up with the Captain’s speech.

2:39 PM Evin: Dude, I made a pizza sandwich

Matthew: REALLY

2:40 PM Evin: Yes, I made two french bread pizzas out of a hoagie top and bottom and then put salami between them.

Matthew: nice

2:43 PM THIS IS THE CAPTAIN SPEAKING! MEN, I WON’T LIE, OUR SITUATION IS GRIM. THE BOAT IS BADLY DAMAGED AND WE ARE AT THE MERCY OF AN IMENSELY POWERFUL CREATURE OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN …

2:44 PM BUT I PROMISE YOU … THERE IS FIGHT LEFT IN THIS OLD TIN CAN, YET! IT’S MOMENTS LIKE THESE THAT TEST A MAN’S METAL. SO, PULL YOURSELVES TOGETHER – REPORT TO BATTLE STATIONS – AND LET’S MAKE THIS UGLY S.O.B RUE THE DAY IT CROSSED PATHS WITH THE DEEP DIVE DAREDEVILS!!!

3:09 PM Evin: Rousing.

3:57 PM Matthew: Well, that was the point

We try to maintain a level of professionalism and netiquette at all times, and the results can be seen on this page.

This next entry answers the often-asked question, “How did you come up with the title Deep Dive Daredevils.” The answer? It was either that or The Aqua-Nuts. Seriously.

Dan: Oh, and I still don’t have a name for the Crew

Matthew: me either

5:56 PM here are a couple probable rejects

The Abnormal Aquanaut Society

The Union of Professional Aquanauts

Dan: ummm … what about switching abnormal with Adventurous

5:57 PM Matthew: maaaaaybeeee

something better than adventurous

5:58 PM Dan: The Unabashed Aquanaut Society

5:59 PM Matthew: why would they be abashed to be an aquanautical society

Dan: hell if I know

Matthew: hmmm

What about …

Dan: all i know is they aren’t ashamed of who they are 😉

Matthew: The Aquanautical Society

6:00 PM Dan: that’s not bad

Matthew: still not great thought … nothing is making my balls tingle

6:03 PM Dan: this just popped in … just simply “The Aqua-nuts”

Matthew: are you fucking kidding me?

As you can see, writing as a team has its stumbling blocks though, and early on in our bid for comic book writing immortality we had many a fight about who should get top billing on the projects we had planned. Writing as the ThreeOneFive didn’t seem to satisfy any of our rampant egos, so we kicked around a few ideas.

Evin: We should conglomerate into a pen name.

Matthew: I’ve thought about that

Evin: Cocky Mcbonermane

Or Noah Rection

Matthew: better

Evin: But for sure Michael Taurus

Matthew: the best

6:20 PM Evin: When we write Xmen we will use the Pen name Sarge Giantgrowth.

6:21 PM And I will retcon Gambit to be Rogue’s dad!

Matthew: wowzers, gross

6:22 PM Evin: I know, he traveled to the past to fight the Time Skrulls.

After, he was stranded there and fell for a poor southern girl that reminded him of his true love.

6:23 PM Matthew: NOOOooooooooooooooo

Evin: I just wrote the best Xmen in the last 5 years.

Matthew: but he can’t fuck rogue anyway so it is unrequited incest?

Evin: Yes, man.

Evin: Unrequited incest.

6:24 PM Matthew: we should write a book with that as the title

Evin: It will be part of a 16 part Marvel crossover.

6:25 PM Evin: X-men: Unrequited Incest part 6: The taste of mommy.

6:26 PM Matthew: part 7: tecno-organic incest

6:27 PM that’s when cable fucks Jean grey

Evin: How did that happen?

Matthew: cable is the son of Jean and Scott

Evin: You can’t just have incest for the sake of incest.

Incest must always be handled artistically.

Matthew: Chapter 10: double team your phoenix mommy

Evin: You’ve compromised the integrity of what I created.

6:29 PM Matthew: there’s a lot of incest possibilities in the X-Men universe though

like, would it be incest if Wolverine fucked his female clone?

Evin: Fan fic it.

Matthew: no

I’m saving it for X-cest the crossover event

Evin: X-Cest is a good title.

6:31 PM Matthew: I know

Evin: I get top billing.

Matthew: no way

maybe on the rogue chapters, but the wolvie chapters are all mine

Evin: Fine.

6:32 PM Matthew: fine

Evin: Then Xorn and Magneto and other Xorn all fuck.

Matthew: YES

Evin: “have you ever put the head of your dick into a star logan?”

Sadly we don’t have any art for that, but it does answer another often-asked question: How do you guys write the family-friendly DEEP DIVE DAREDEVILS, and The First Lady of Vulgarity, BABY GIRL?

If you’re super-cool, you probably read BABY GIRL’s first adventure, Lost Treasure of the Afrika Korps, when it appeared as a back up in Joe Keatinge’s HELL YEAH. (Like I did. – Chris) If you missed it in print, it is now available for FREE online at Challenger Comics.
readchallenger.com/comic/baby-girl

We’ve searched exhaustively through our Gmail chats about BABY GIRL and 99.99% are just not in anyway appropriate for human consumption. But, here is a sneak peak at a future BABY GIRL adventure …

12:45 PM Evin: The russian teenager part stays

12:47 PM Matthew: maybe, maybe not

12:48 PM Evin: it works with the dildo part later

Yeah, we’d better leave it there …

To the Future,

Cocky McBonermane

You can keep up with everything ThreeOneFive related on their website: www.thethreeonefive.com.

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06th Feb2013

Episode 26 – Hanging with Michel Fiffe & Christopher Sebela!

by Chris Thompson

With Michel Fiffe & Chris Sebela …
 
Occasionally we miss stuff first time around (I know! We’re as shocked as you are), so this week Taylor & I take a look at the second printing of Django Unchained #1 from Vertigo/DC Comics. It’s an adaptation of Tarantino’s full script for the film by R.M. Guéra, Jason Latour & friends.
 
We also have TWO very exciting interviews for you to enjoy once again … First up, Taylor chats with Michel Fiffe (Copra, Zegas, Deathzone) about self-publishing, breaking the Kirby barrier, and much more.
 
Then I talk with writer Christopher Sebela (Screamland, Captain Marvel), who has just released High Crimes #1 through Monkeybrain Comics. We discuss how he started out, what avenues are available to creators, and how a network of Chrisses might just rule the world.
 
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
 
Michel Fiffe Twitter: @MichelFiffe
Michel Fiffe website: michelfiffe.com
 
Christopher Sebela Twitter: @xtop
Christopher Sebela website: thehorriblespaces.com
 
And if you’d like to read the first issue of High Crimes, you can get it right now for just 99 cents: www.comixology.com/High-Crimes-1/digital-comic/DIG002934

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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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27th Aug2012

Episode 4 – with Eliza Frye, Sarah Becan & The 315!

by Chris Thompson


With Eliza Frye, Sarah Becan & The 315 …
 
This episode continues my aural adventures at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.
 
First up, I chat with independent creators Eliza Frye and Sarah Becan who were both able to publish their latest work through successful Kickstarter campaigns.
 
Taylor and I then peel back the layers of the books (Regalia and Shuteye) only to discover – yet again – that we’ve approached them from different angles.
 
Finally, I present my lengthy interview with Matt Heistand and Dan Fifield of the ThreeOneFive at the rather noisy Dick’s Last Resort. We discuss their web series Deep Dive Daredevils, working on back-ups for Joe Keatinge’s Hell Yeah! and why it takes three guys to write a comic.
 
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.





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