The Evil Life: Making Evil, Ep. 2

Nils-Petter Norlin and Nick Marino talk about the creation process behind Chapters 4-6 of The Evil Life webcomic, detailing Hester Herman’s monstrous marmot transformation and Prince Gloom’s astral plane rendezvous with his parents.

The first 46 minutes of our episode are all about writing and drawing these chapters of The Evil Life, which included some of the earliest scripts and sketches from our collaboration. As we near the end of that conversation, we broach the topic of endings and specifically sticking the landing with a good ending (mostly cuz we’re currently hard at work on the end of our top secret graphic novel about underwater koalas). After the end theme at around 46:30, we go on a Star Wars tangent and debate the most recent trilogy as we speculate on the franchise’s ability to stick their own landing.

You can follow The Evil Life webcomic on NickMarino.net or over on Webtoon. This podcast covers Chapters 4: Feeling Fine, 5: Astral Pain, and 6: Side Effects. And our latest webcomic, Chapter 7: The Gift, is on Nick’s site and on Webtoon now!

The Evil Life: Making Evil, Ep. 1

Nils-Petter Norlin and Nick Marino talk about how they began developing The Evil Life webcomic eight years ago, looking back at the early years of their long (and largely secret) collaboration that’s finally being seen by the world!

Along with recounting the beginning of their storytelling partnership, Nils and Nick tease their upcoming underwater koala graphic novel by comparing the way that they make comics nowadays to the organic and unexpected way that The Evil Life was developed and written years ago.

You can follow The Evil Life webcomic on NickMarino.net or over on Webtoon. This podcast covers Chapters 1: Take Care, 2: Royal Grumble, and 3: The Curse.

AudioShocker Podcast #245 – Real Sh*t

AudioShocker Podcast
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Hosts:
Neal Shyam and Nick Marino

Guest:
Justique Woolridge

Show Notes:
It’s the end. The final episode. After six and a half years of honest conversation, weird jokes, technical problems, and eating noises, we’ve decided to hang up our filth-soaked hand towel and retire the AudioShocker.

On this, our 788th podcast (recorded live in Neal’s Brooklyn apartment!), we talk about whatever the hell we wanna talk about. That means goofy NSFW stories and a little bit of AudioShocker nostalgia.

Nick also shares a personal recap of the 2014 MoCCA Arts Fest, with shoutouts to AudioShocker listeners and exhibitors Doug DeRocher and Delia Gable.

Finally, Justique delivers a live disclaimer over the end theme, and we play listener messages from Carrie Howarth and Michael a.k.a. dreadnaut.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #27 – Battle Angel Alita: The End

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program
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Hosts:
Hank 300, Jason 241, and Nick 17

Show Notes:

We smush the final three volumes of Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita Angel of Chaos (v7), Fallen Angel (v8), and Angel’s Ascension (v9) into this sloppy and juicy wrap up episode.

Nick was underwhelmed by the end of the series, Hank was highly confused by it, and Jason absolutely loves it (he may have even cried a little bit).

After the end theme, Hank makes a jarring announcement. Due to improprieties and severe mismanagement (certainly in large part related to the inappropriate content covered in this podcast series) the Auditing Committee has decided the future of the Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program and it’s not good.

Next Episode:
Our last episode. The one you’ve been waiting for… ATCRP #27!

VACANT Bits #33 – Cimmaninamin

VACANT Bits
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Hosts:
Heather Nunnelly and Michelle Nunnelly

Show Notes:

We start off by talking about the online comics classes we plan on opening in mid-April called Comics For Thought. Soon we’re going to have an official website up for more information on how to sign up.

We’ll teach you everything about comics from how to make a character to how to color comics in Photoshop. So stay tuned for more information.

Both of us give a short review of The Walking Dead Season 2 (the video game) and the Left Behind DLC from The Last of Us.

After that, we talk about the possibility of entering the gaming industry versus being comic book artists. Listen to find out why!

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #27 – This Allegheny Life

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program
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Hosts:
Hank 300 and Nick Marino

Show Notes:
Nick’s selfie that he took at 8:55 into the episode.

In light of the AudioShocker’s impending retirement, the kids at the Allegheny Teen Center have brainstormed a list of questions about art, comics, life, and other stuff. AND WE ANSWER THEM!

We debate… message boards vs. tumblr!

The teens ask:

  • Do you have any pop cultural phases that you totally regret?
  • What are we missing out on by only reading comics collected in trades?
  • Coloring books versus paint-by-numbers?
  • If someone has an idea for a webcomic, can they make it up as they go along or do they need to write it all out first?

Also, we ask the teens some questions! Why do they like stupid stuff? What’s the deal with Adventure Time? And many more.

Plus, we briefly the discuss the new audit Teen Center is undergoing in light of some troubling events that have occurred recently. And of course, after the end theme we name the Teen of the Week.

Next Episode:
Our final Battle Angel Alita podcast! Strap on your reading caps for vols 7-9.

Sequential Underground #85 – Go F*ck Yourself

The final podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators!

Sequential Underground
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Hosts:
Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

Show Notes:

It’s the last episode of Sequential Underground from the AudioShocker! We kick things off with some regional Culinary Underground conversation, discussing the food on S Craig St in Pittsburgh, PA (where Shawn just started a new job).

Nick is pitching “The Graphic Novel Formerly Known As The Bible 2” to publishers and we recount some of our failed pitches from the past. Among those is Shawn and Nick’s failed animation pitch for Li’l Bastards, which was rejected by Frederator Studios for being too much too soon after the Sandy Hook shootings.

Shawn also shares the finished version of his Gello Apocalypse / Star Wars mashup! Last week, he posted the inks for this piece on the Gello blog.

Speaking of last week, HaterMania body slammed the internet with its muscly goodness! Shawn and Nick recount the long and winding journey of their Super Haters collaboration, discussing the prolonged creation process from start to finish.

So what’s next for Sequential Underground? We dunno! Shawn might continue it on another website or this episode might be THE END. Either way, you can always access all of our past episodes on the Sequential Underground archives page.

Confused about why Sequential Underground is wrapping up? Check out this podcast from last week and then come back to AudioShocker.com this Wednesday, February 26th for a special announcement about the future of our podcasts!

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #26 – Battle Angel Alita v6

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program
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Hosts:
Hank 300, Jason Averill, and Nick Marino

Show Notes:

Despite a bit of confusion early on, we decide to review the entirety of Battle Angel Alita v6: Angel of Death as we continue our massive manga marathon.

This action-packed volume is a high-octane rocket ride full of trains, brains, and soulful harmonica performances that you can’t afford to miss.

Also… it’s raining fish! Hallelujah, it’s raining fish!!!

Next Episode:
Battle Angel Alita v7: Angel of Chaos

Sequential Underground #84 – Am I An Artist?

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators!

Sequential Underground
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Hosts:
Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

Guest:
Devon Purkiss

Show Notes:

Devon, creator of The Cowboy and the Goliath, inspired this episode’s topic with his recent deviantART journal where he asked: Am I an artist or do I just ‘like’ art?

Shawn and Nick help Devon explore his existential question, pondering the implications of influences, artistic movements, work habits, and the process of transitioning from a comics fan to a comics creator.

Also, don’t miss Shawn and Nick’s new collaboration (a six-page Super Haters story) starting next Monday, Feb 17! It’s called HaterMania. Here’s a trailer for it.

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #25 – Garfield: 1984 vs. 2014

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program
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Hosts:
Rebecca Cohen and Nick Marino

Show Notes:

Garfield.
Loved and reviled.
A comic strip so mundane that it’s become quasi-controversial.

On this episode, we contrast and compare Garfield in January 1984 to Garfield in January 2014.

Q: How has the comic changed over 30 years?
A: Ummm… is that a trick question?

The art has evolved a bit with Garfield spending more time on his hind legs and doubling the size of his feet. But the jokes and themes are practically interchangeable. It’s impressive how stagnant consistent it’s been over three decades.

After the end theme, we read the latest Allegheny Teen Center announcement from Hank 300 (who wasn’t able to record this episode with us due to a catastrophic Super Bowl related internet crisis).

Next Episode:
We dissect the first half of Battle Angel Alita v6!

Sequential Underground #83 – Comedy vs. Tragedy

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators!

Sequential Underground
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Hosts:
Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

Guest:
Brian John Mitchell

Show Notes:
Brian asks: “What comes easier to you… writing comedy or writing tragedy?”

Shawn finds writing comedy much easier. He can improvise the jokes in his comics while he’s drawing the story, but he needs to plan his drama out ahead of time.

Nick is also drawn to comedy. He has to make conscious decisions to include serious moments in his stories whereas writing comedy just flows naturally.

But Brian defaults to tragedy instead of comedy. For him, writing a serious script takes only a fraction of the time that it takes to write a funny one.

So… what about you?

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #24 – Battle Angel Alita v5 pt 2

Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program
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Hosts:
Hank 300, Jason Averill, and Nick Marino

Related Posts:
some relevant Alita scan-caps

Show Notes:

Ido’s in a box. Zapan is a monster. Alita has a gun.

We’ve reached the end of Yukito Kishiro‘s Battle Angel Alita v5: Angel of Redemption, which — as Hank notes — leaves us in a place that’s strangely like the beginning of the series.

We analyze the plot of the story and study its thematic elements. How does the end of this volume hold up to other climactic moments in the series? And have we been paying enough attention to Kishiro’s depictions of female characters?

After the end theme, Hank announces a new Teen Center fundraiser… where the funds are words and math problems!

Next Episode:
Rebecca Cohen returns to help Hank and Nick analyze the world’s most infamous cartoon fat cat, Garfield.

Podcast Vérité #15 – German Taco

Podcast Vérité
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Welcome to Podcast Vérité. The concept is simple — 3 topics, 20 minutes. Neal picks a topic, Nick picks a topic, and you pick two topics.

1. Who’s the audience for the RoboCop remake? Neal was watching the new RoboCop trailer and all he could think was, “why are we still putting out movies that don’t have a chance to make a good ROI?” Well, it turns out that Nick is the audience for these unnecessary 80s and 90s action movie remakes like the new RoboCop and Total Recall, not to mention shameless throwbacks like Escape Plan.

2. Why doesn’t Marvel charge $5.99 for every comic? Ed Quillin wants us to talk about Marvel’s fantastic value-priced comics that make him feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Neal and Nick both agree that these modern corporate comic books are delivering so much quality that there’s absolutely no way whatsoever that the company might be price gouging.

3. Is a hot dog a sandwich? Seth Fronzoli poses a culinary conundrum that inspires passionate debate and historical exploration. We agree on the definition of a sandwich as “meat and/or other ingredients between bread”, which somehow leads Nick to the conclusion that a hot dog is just a German taco.

Also, after the end theme, Neal reminds everyone that he hates Spider-Man and would NOT go get a hot dog with Spidey, Chris Christie, and Paul Verhoeven.

We want your topic ideas! Leave ’em in the comments by Sunday, Jan 27th and we’ll discuss our favorite suggestion on the next episode.

Sequential Underground #82 – Establishing a New Collaboration

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators!

Sequential Underground
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Hosts:
Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

Show Notes:
We start off the episode with some Culinary Underground conversation, including fantastic sandwich recipes and preparation suggestions by Rare Earth Comics, Angela Capel, and Bernie Crowsheet.

Then we bring on the main course: a conversation about establishing a new comics collaboration. Shawn recently wrapped work on a new Thundergirl story featuring a collaboration with Harold Cupec. He enjoyed the experience and now he’s hungry for more artistic collaborators. But he’s almost always drawn his own stories, so it’s a challenge for him to find other artists who’d like to tell stories with him.

Nick and Shawn talk about how they met and began collaborating on Time Log, which resulted in a great experience and fantastic friendship. That sends Nick on a rant about why new comics writers should focus on making artistic friends and drawing their own comics before trying to find unpaid collaborators to draw their stories.

And after the end theme, we switch back to Culinary Underground and give the 2013 YOU DON’T SUCK Award for Best Condiment to Some Dude’s Fry Sauce.

Next Episode:
Brian John Mitchell joins us to answer the question: “What comes easier… writing drama or writing comedy?”

Everything Blows with Ross and Nick #15 – Cheese Bird

Everything Blows with Ross and Nick
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Hosts:
Ross Campbell and Nick Marino

Guest:
Kelly Thompson

Show Notes:

Announcing the Everything Blows Iron Man Fanart Contest! Ross and Nick are giving away 40 issues starring the Armored Avenger… Iron Man #281-318 and annuals. Enter the contest by designing your own Iron Man armor and posting a link to it here in the comments. Entry deadline is Monday, January 20th. The winner will be announced on the next episode.

We begin the episode with a review of last summer’s Iron Man 3. Kelly and Ross dig the film, finding it surprisingly strong compared to Iron Man 2. But Nick is indifferent to it and decides that he’s done watching new big budget action movies.

However, Nick is not indifferent to the depiction of District 11 in The Hunger Games, which inspires a passionate debate regarding Suzanne Collins’s use of African-American culture and history to establish thematic touchstones and metaphors in the book. Kelly offers a compelling defense of the depiction, Nick gets hyperbolic with his attack, and Ross agrees with everybody.

The conversation shifts to Kelly’s upcoming Kickstarter campaign for her new novel, Storykiller. We discuss a conundrum she’s facing with her incentive levels — the book is going to be a hardcover that’ll require a pledge of around $35 bucks to get it. Are there people who’ll demand a softcover version? Will this price leave more frugal backers out in the cold? Or will those people be fine with a digital version of the book and some small schwag?

After the end theme, it’s time for comic news and we discover that we only wanna laugh at ridiculous action figure news. Plus, we discuss Kelly’s recent review of Catwoman #26 and we analyze a few pages from the issue.

Next Episode:
We name the prestigious winner of our Everything Blows Iron Man Fanfart Contest and talk about some other stuff.