18th Apr2015

Episode 126 – Remembering My Friend, Herb Trimpe!

by Chris Thompson

With Herb Trimpe & Dave Gibbons …
 
After last week’s meeting of Chip Zdarsky and The Real/Fake Geeks, this time I’m back with the sad but honorable task of paying tribute to my good friend Herb Trimpe (Hulk, Shogun Warriors, G.I. Joe & so much more) who sadly passed away on Monday, April 13 2015.
 
It gets a bit emotional (and I’ve chosen not to edit that) as I share my knowledge of Herb’s work growing up, what it was like when we first met, and some of my memories of him since then. I also present the panel Herb & I did together at Malta Comic Con with Dave Gibbons in 2012.
 
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.
 
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Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Dave Gibbons’ Twitter: @davegibbons90
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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
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30th Oct2014

Episode 106 – The Magic of Comics with Scott McCloud!

by Chris Thompson

With Scott McCloud & Dave Gibbons …
 
After last week’s discussion featuring the Wicked + Divine team of Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie at D.I.C.E. (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with comics creator, advocate and theorist Scott McCloud (The Sculptor, Understanding Comics, Zot!) for a very special Q & A session at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
 
Scott and I share some interesting discussion with a packed house, then we have the privilege of introducing the new UK-based charity CLAw (Comics Literacy AWareness) to the world, as well as unveiling their first initiative. It’s an exciting time to be in comics in general, and it captures just a small portion of the magic that is the Lakes Festival.
 
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
 
Scott McCloud’s Twitter: @scottmccloud
Scott McCloud’s website: scottmccloud.com
 
CLAw’s Twitter: @comicsliteracy
CLAw’s website: claw.org.uk
 
Lakes International Comic Art Festival Twitter: @comicartfest
Lakes International Comic Art Festival website: www.comicartfestival.com

04th Dec2013

Episode 66 – The Magic Words of Alan Moore & Lance Parkin!

by Chris Thompson

With Alan Moore & Lance Parkin …
 
After my last episode with the amazing Max Bemis from Say Anything (which you can still listen to here) I feel very privileged to bring to you this exclusive recording of Alan Moore & Lance Parkin in conversation at The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, London.
 
Timed to coincide with the release of Magic Words, a biography about Alan which was written by Lance and published by Aurum Press, the night begins as a conversation between the two before becoming an ensemble piece followed by an audience Q & A.
 
Sit back and enjoy this very special recording as two giants of comics and literature meet for one very special night. And if you missed Alan’s first appearance with me on PCH then you can listen to that right here: popculturehound.net/pch-special-chatting-with-alan-moore.
 
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
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Lance Parkin’s website: lanceparkin.wordpress.com
 
Aurum Press’ Twitter: @aurumpress
Aurum Press’ website: www.aurumpress.co.uk
 
The Prince Charles Cinema’s Twitter: @ThePCCLondon
The Prince Charles Cinema’s website: www.princecharlescinema.com

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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06th Feb2012

Video – More Moore To Benefit Pekar

by Chris Thompson

I’m a big supporter of the Kickstarter model. While I think it’s important to support your local comic shop (and will stand by that point of view until the day I die) some projects simply don’t fit the standard retail model. One such project was a campaign launched by Joyce Brabner to build a memorial statue of her late husband, Harvey Pekar.
 
The statue would be featured within the local library he loved so much (Cleveland Heights) and would take the form of a sculpted comic book page with Harvey quite literally stepping out of the picture. It wasn’t so much intended as a memorial to the man as it was to the artform of comics – at least, that’s how I understood it.
 
I loved the idea and was immediately compelled to contribute, but I wasn’t sure what I could afford. I was pondering things over when a new reward surfaced and made the decision for me – $99 for ‘a cup of tea and a long winter’s chat with comics giant Alan Moore’. How could I say no? I’d listened to Unearthing countless times and generally find anything he says to be of interest. I may not always agree, but his articulation, grace and honesty are without compare.
 
Of course, we couldn’t all just squeeze into Alan Moore’s living room (as much as I’d be prepared to do it), so the decision was made to hold an exclusive video conference, allowing the participants to offer up questions ahead of time. In total 58 of us happily paid the $99 to enjoy tea with Alan, who surpassed all hopes and expectations.
 
Sadly I was mugged and ended up with a severe concussion just days before the event was to take place. The idea of sitting in front of the screen for two or more hours was unbearable with all the headaches I was getting, so I emailed the organisers and made clear my intentions in regard to recording the event. Joyce sent out an email the next day confirming that participants could indeed record the event and do with it as they wish.
 
Although the video was originally intended so I could watch it in bite-sized chunks later on, I felt that was a little selfish and so I decided to put it up on Vimeo for others to enjoy. I’d had the privilege of enjoying it live and contributing to the event, but it wasn’t fair for others to miss out – plus it was an opportunity to raise further awareness of the ongoing campaign. Despite surpassing its original funding target, the project was going to run over-budget due to incidental fees and other costs.
 
The story was picked up over at Bleeding Cool where Dirk Manning (one of my fellow contributors) shared his personal highlights. He also linked to my video on Vimeo which really caused it to take off. I hadn’t intended it to happen, but somehow my home recording became the ‘official’ video of the event (at least for the time being). I’m still hoping a better version becomes available as I’m not super-techy and the recording has its fair share of glitches, but if not  then at least this one record exists of it all.
 
I’ve embedded the video below for those who are interested and possibly haven’t seen it yet. If you do enjoy it (and I have no doubt you will) please consider donating something towards the campaign to make the Harvey Pekar statue a reality. More details can be found at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1844705603/harvey-pekar-library-statue-comics-as-art-and-lite and you can make donations via Paypal using the email address hpekar@aol.com or via the link at Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/02/06/a-tribute-to-harvey-pekar-with-a-little-help-from-alan-moore.
 
My thanks to Joyce Brabner, Alan Moore, Calvin Reid, Joe Brown, and everyone else who helped to make this event possible. The results were amazing and Alan was apparently so pleased that he’s looking to arrange something similar with Joyce in future. Thanks also to all the people who contributed to the overall Kickstarter campaign – nothing is too little and everything means a lot. Remember, if you enjoyed this video then please make a contribution of your own. Thanks!
 
 

Alan Moore chats with Harvey Pekar statue contributors (FULL) from Chris Thompson on Vimeo.