21st Sep2015

Episode 148 – Return To Oz with Skottie Young!

by Chris Thompson

With Skottie Young …
 
Returning to the traditional model of Skype interviews, I pick up my conversation with writer/artist Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Giant-Size Little Marvel: AVX) after our initial meeting at SDCC back in July. If you haven’t already heard that, then you can listen to it here.
 
We discuss how Skottie ended up working on the Oz books with Eric Shanower, what he thinks about all the Marvel variant covers, and take a brief glimpse at his new series I Hate Fairyland. There’s definitely more to be discussed, so look for a follow-up (and a related special) soon.
 
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 support Pop Culture Hound by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated, and will help us to maintain the site and get new equipment.




 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Skottie Young’s Twitter: @skottieyoung
Skottie Young’s website: skottieyoung.com
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

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21st Aug2015

Episode 145 – In Conversation with Jay Faerber!

by Chris Thompson

With Jay Faerber …
 
On this episode, I head to the pub with writer Jay Faerber (Copperhead, Noble Causes, Near Death) to discuss the ins-and-outs of his career thus far. We cover the early days of fan fiction, finally breaking in with the Big Two, taking the plunge into creator-owned work, and then the move into TV writing with all the numerous comics and other projects along the way.
 
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 support Pop Culture Hound by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated, and will help us to maintain the site and get new equipment.




 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Jay Faerber’s Twitter: @JayFaerber
Jay Faerber’s website: www.jayfaerber.com
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

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19th Aug2015

Episode 144 – Doctor Who Comics Day Discussion Panel!

by Chris Thompson

With the Doctor Who writers …
 
Hello and welcome to Orbital In Conversation – the podcast of Orbital Comics in central London! We’re very excited to join the team at Multiversity Comics as not only are they an excellent group of people, but they share a similar level of taste and sensibility … It’s going to be a good fit. For these first two weeks we’ll be double-shipping episodes, so you can get a bit of a feel for us.
 
On this episode, I host a live discussion panel at Orbital Comics to celebrate Doctor Who Comics Day, featuring a number of creators behind Titan Comics’ Doctor Who line. It all starts with writers Paul Cornell, Al Ewing, Rob Williams & Nick Abadzis; and continues with artists Rachael Stott & Brian Williamson, alongside group editor Andrew James.
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.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 Orbital in Conversation 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
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

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13th Apr2015

Episode 125 – The Real/Fake Geeks Meet Chip Zdarsky!

by Chris Thompson

With Chip Zdarsky & Maria Norris …
 
After last week’s episode with John Allison, this time I’m back with Maria for another instalment of The Real/Fake Geeks – wherein we introduce Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Howard The Duck) to the wonder of Garkfunkel’s a.k.a. the UK version of Applebee’s!
 
The three of us chat about Chip’s early years in comics, what he did after that (and what brought him back), how he deals with the legions of new and diverse fans, and what he has planned for Howard The Duck going forward. It’s a fun and candid interview with the usual Zdarsky twist!
 
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 support Pop Culture Hound by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated, and will help us to maintain the site and get new equipment.





 
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Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Maria Norris’ Twitter: @MariaWNorris
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Chip Zdarsky’s Twitter: @zdarsky
Chip Zdarsky’s Tumblr: zdarsky.tumblr.com
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

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26th Feb2015

Episode 118 – With Sepideh Jodeyri & Miss Lasko-Gross!

by Chris Thompson

With Sepideh Jodeyri & Miss Lasko-Gross …
 
After last week’s chat with Dave Gibbons (which you can still listen to here), this time I shine the spotlight on two incredible & inspiring women: Sepideh Jodeyri (Persian translator of Blue Is The Warmest Colour) and Miss Lasko-Gross (creator of the graphic novel, Henni, from Z2 Comics).
 
In the first part of the show, Sepideh and I discuss how she originally discovered Blue Is The Warmest Colour, what made her want to translate it, the troubles that has caused, and her role as an Iranian poet in exile.
 
And in the second part, Miss and I discuss her early years as a cartoonist, the differences between cultural and religious identity, juggling a work-life-creative balance, and how she feels about the new Fantastic Four movie.
 
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 support Pop Culture Hound by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated, and will help us to maintain the site and get new equipment.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Sepideh Jodeyri’s Twitter: @Sepideh1976
 
Miss Lasko-Gross’ website: www.misslaskogross.com
Z2 Comics’ website: z2comics.com
 
You can read more about Sepideh’s situation on Julie Maroh’s blog:
www.juliemaroh.com/supporting-sepideh-jodeyri
 
Then hear my previous interview with Julie Maroh about Blue Is The Warmest Colour here:
popculturehound.net/episode-58-blue-is-the-warmest-color-with-julie-maroh
 
And listen to Julie Maroh in conversation with Nicola Streeten and myself here:
www.orbitalcomics.com/the-orbiting-pod-presents-julie-maroh-in-conversation-with-nicola-streeten
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

19th Feb2015

Episode 117 – In Conversation with Dave Gibbons!

by Chris Thompson

With Dave Gibbons …
 
Following on from last week’s show with Kurtis Wiebe and friends, this time I’m back with Comics Laureate and all-round good guy Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Green Lantern, Kingsman: The Secret Service).
 
Dave and I met up in his home studio for an exhaustive (though hopefully not exhausting) look back at his career so far – leading up to the release of the new Kingsman graphic novel/film with Mark Millar & Matthew Vaughn.
 
We discuss how he started out in comics, his days as a real-life superhero with Tornado, the ways in which Watchmen & Kingsman have differed for him, and what people can expect from his role as Comics Laureate for the newly established CLAw (Comics Literacy Awareness) charity.
 
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 support Pop Culture Hound by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated, and will help us to maintain the site and get new equipment.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Dave Gibbons’ Twitter: @davegibbons90
Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) website: www.claw.org.uk
 
You can hear my previous interview with Dave Gibbons and Marvel Comics’ legend Herb Trimpe here:
popculturehound.net/episode-20-malta-comic-con-dave-gibbons-herb-trimpe
 
And listen to Scott McCloud presenting Dave Gibbons with the inaugural Comics Laureate award here:
popculturehound.net/episode-106-the-magic-of-comics-with-scott-mccloud
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

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13th Feb2015

Episode 116 – In Conversation with Kurtis Wiebe & Friends!

by Chris Thompson

With Kurtis Wiebe & Friends …
 
On this week’s show I sit down for a pint with acclaimed writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens, Peter Panzerfaust, and the upcoming Pisces) who is in town for this weekend’s Demon Con in Maidstone, Kent.
 
Kurtis & I are joined by his partner Shannon Woodhouse, who runs the successful merchandise/clothing line at RatQueens.com – and Maria Norris, a PhD candidate who has been doing some excellent work on Comics & Human Rights for the London School of Economics blog.
 
Together we discuss the future of Rat Queens, the problem of unflattering clothing fits, how body image (and other issues) affect both men and women, and what else he has coming up in the near future. It’s a fun and relaxed interview conducted in the way they all should be – over drinks!
 
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 support Pop Culture Hound by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated, and will help us to maintain the site and get new equipment.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Kurtis Wiebe’s Twitter: @kurtisjwiebe
Kurtis Wiebe’s website: kurtiswiebe.com
 
Shannon Woodhouse’s Twitter: @D20babe
Rat Queens’ website: www.ratqueens.com
 
Maria Norris’ Twitter: @MariaWNorris
London School of Economics blog: blogs.lse.ac.uk/humanrights
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

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13th Feb2015

Ch-Ch-Changes – or What’s Going On With PCH These Days?

by Chris Thompson


When I first started Pop Culture Hound in late 2009, I had no idea what it would ultimately become. I had delusions of grandeur (as many did) so, after enduring an incredibly stressful work situation, I decided to take the plunge and pursue it full-time. That sabbatical not only served to recharge and reinvigorate me, but it led me to pursue the kind of work I really wanted.
 
By mid 2010 I found myself at Orbital Comics and, over the last five years, that role has developed into my current position as Events Manager. Like anyone in comics, I’m deeply passionate about what I do and love it more than almost anything, which can be a problem at times. The bleed over into my personal life already accounts for a strange (strained?) work/life balance, and trying to juggle PCH on top of that was becoming too much.
 
Besides, there was no good reason to keep things separate any longer. The Pop Culture Hound podcast was birthed out of limitations in what we were doing at the shop, but those didn’t really exist any longer. What I was doing would totally fit in with the direction we were taking, and bringing the two together would only make my life easier … It was a no-brainer. And so the new Orbital in Conversation podcast was born! We even have a snazzy logo for it as you can see above.
 
For those who have been listening for a while, nothing will really change. You can expect the same great interviews and discussion you’ve enjoyed previously on Pop Culture Hound, with the added bonus of being able to employ all the tools at my disposal here at Orbital Comics. We have so many great creators come through our doors for events (or just a quick visit), and now I’m able to do something more about it.
 
Case in point is this week’s show with Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens, Peter Panzerfaust, and the upcoming Pisces). Kurtis was in town for this weekend’s Demon Con, so it was the perfect opportunity to slip out with him and some friends to conduct an interview over drinks. Not all that different to before, is it? At least not on the surface.
 
For me the biggest change is that I no longer feel torn or like there’s some conflict of interest going on. My two worlds have finally (and harmoniously) merged into one beautiful whole, that will only enable me to excel in both. I’ll probably be working just as hard as before (if not harder) but it will be with a singular, rather than a split, purpose.
 
As for the numbering, I decided to keep that for numerous reasons … First of all, Pop Culture Hound has a rich legacy, and I didn’t want to distance myself or the shop from that. Orbital has sponsored the show from the very beginning, so the connection was always there – the change to Orbital in Conversation is just formalising that.
 
Secondly, it felt right. The current trend may differ, but historically comics would often change title while still maintaining the numbering of the book they came from. My favourite example is Marvel‘s Tales of Suspense, which began life as one thing, before becoming home to Captain America and Iron Man, then eventually morphing into the Captain America solo series with issue 100. That’s exactly what’s happened here, with Pop Culture Hound proudly standing for 115 episodes before morphing into Orbital in Conversation with Episode 116. I’ve even kept the original theme tune – with a few little tweaks, of course!
 
So, what am I trying to say here? Basically this is my long-winded explanation for what’s been going on, and my way of saying thank you to those who have stuck with me through it all (as well as those who will going forward) … I genuinely believe the best is yet to come, and once again I feel recharged and reinvigorated by the potential. My two worlds have collided (call it a convergence or an incursion – take your pick) and that can only mean the best for both of them. I hope you’ll stick with me and that you like what we’ve got planned!
 
In the meantime, never fear – you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here. It’s not going anywhere, and (if all goes according to plan) you won’t even need to change your iTunes subscriptions. Of course, if you haven’t already subscribed then now would be a perfect time to do so – I promise to make it worthwhile.
 
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 support Pop Culture Hound by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated, and will help us to maintain the site and get new equipment.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
Copyright © Chris Thompson 2015

14th Nov2011

Event – Ink+Paper Launch Party at Orbital Comics

by Chris Thompson

Of course, Frederik Peeters wasn’t the only comics-related event in London on Friday night (November 11). Just down the road, Orbital Comics (near Leicester Square) were hosting a launch party for the brand new Ink+Paper magazine as part of the ongoing Comica Festival celebrations.
 
The brainchild of David O’Connell, Ink+Paper is described as ‘comics and creativity’, bringing together a wide variety of creators to produce new strips and articles. There’s a wealth of great material inside the book and it’s well worth the £7.50 cover price.
 
I particularly enjoyed the contributions from David O’Connell, Sammy Borras, Timothy Winchester, Ellen Lindner, Jess Bradley, Julia Homersham, and Joe Decie. Joe recently brought out The Accidental Salad through Blank Slate Books, which I highly recommend – it’s just a shame his name reminds me so much of an early ’90s R&B group.
 
 
Ink+Paper is available through Orbital Comics and other fine retailers, and features new work from: