15th May2013

Episode 40 – Telling Stories with Gabriel Hardman!

by Chris Thompson

With Gabriel Hardman …
 
There’s a trifecta of great titles for Taylor & I to look at this week, plus one very special mention. First up, we keep ourselves occupied with Occupy Comics #1 from fledgling publisher Black Mask Studios. Then we take a look Mike Garley & Martin Simmonds’ Eponymous #1, which debuted as part of the recent VS Comics Anthology.
 
From there we turn our attention to the first issue of Gabriel Hardman’s solo effort Kinski from Monkeybrain Comics. Gabriel & I discuss the art of storyboarding, how the collaborative process differs, applying the 180-degree rule, and what themes can be explored in the relationship between a man and his dog. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the life of a creator equally at home behind the drawing board or on the film set.
 
If that’s not enough we also take a quick peek at Michael May & Jason Copland’s Kill All Monsters webcomic which was successfully funded for a print edition on Kickstarter last week. Kaiju monsters and giant mech-suits … What more could you want?
 
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
 
Gabriel Hardman’s Twitter: @gabrielhardman
Gabriel Hardman’s website: www.gabrielhardman.com
 
And you can read Kill All Monsters for yourself, right here:
review2akill.com/2010/11/19/kill-all-monsters

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17th Apr2013

Episode 36 – Facing Danger with Landry Walker & Eric Jones!

by Chris Thompson

With Landry Walker & Eric Jones …
 
This week Taylor & I celebrate the long-overdue release of Landry Walker, Eric Jones & Rusty Drake’s Danger Club #5 from Image Comics! But first, we take a look at Julian [JR] Robinson’s awesome webcomic Demon Kings. With four issues already available online, it’s an immersive and engaging read set in a world not unlike our own.
 
We also have an exclusive chat with Landry Walker & Eric Jones about their work on Danger Club. Landry & Eric go in-depth about how they got started, what it takes to break in, how comics have changed over the years, and why the book has suffered so many delays. It’s a rare opportunity to learn more about the lives and realities of the people who make the comics you enjoy.
 
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
 
Landry Walker’s Twitter: @LandryQWalker
Landry Walker’s website: landrywalker.blogspot.com
Eric Jones’ Twitter: @CartoonJones
 
Julian [JR] Robinson’s Twitter: @theceoofdeath
Julian [JR] Robinson’s Tumblr: theceoofdeath.tumblr.com
 
And if you want to read Demon Kings for yourself (which you very much do), you can find it right here: www.demonkings.com/comic.html

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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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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