In Episode 434 this week, I talk with creator Philip Kosloski from Voyage Comics about two of his current series’: Finnian and the Seven Mountains and The Mission of Joan of Arc. The books from his company are described as “faith-filled stories that captivate, inspire, and entertain.” We discuss how both series’ came to be, explore the characters in them, and find out what we can expect from Philip in the months ahead! Here’s more about that first series: “Seeking to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of Viking marauders, a young man named Finnian leaves his monastic school in Ireland to find a legendary sword rumored to have the extraordinary power to defeat evil.” Then the second is described this way: “At age 18, Joan led the French armies into battle. She was a peasant girl who couldn’t even read, let alone fight a war. To save France from the English, she was going to need divine intervention. The heavens answered her.” You can order these books and more at this link, and I highly recommend them both!
An action figure / model review of the Tenkomori from the Neko Busou (“armed cats”) product line from Bandai.
It’s a snap-fit model kit featuring the painted figure of a black and white cat (5cm long) and many parts that allow you to build a powerful armored vehicle around him!
The Bandai Spirits Cat Tribute is hilarious, with the cat piloting a giant mecha that can burn down a small village with all the weapons it carries. This harmless-looking feline wearing a terrifying battle armor is just the sort of amazingly ridiculous thing that will stand out in any collection.
It’s another great doubleheader this week in Episode 433! We start things off with a great conversation with Sean McArdle from the excellent comic The Furher and the Tramp from Source Point Press. The first issue has been released, with more to come! Here’s the book’s description: “Charlie Chaplin – comic, filmmaker, and raconteur didn’t become the world’s biggest star by courting controversy, but when he comes face-to-face with the horrors of Hitler, he feels compelled to get off the sidelines and get involved. And then Charlie is approached by FDR himself with a special assignment. His mission, if he chooses to accept it: create a propaganda film to drum up public support for joining the war in Europe!” We talk about the series, which I highly recommend, including the characters, the surprises, and what Sean has in store for us in the months ahead! Be sure to let your LCS know you want this title!
Then everything concludes with my fun conversation with Ryan Magnon and Curtis Andersen from Alter Nationand Panda Mony! Comics and toys have long worked together to tickle the imaginations of children of all ages, so we talk about their creative franchise Alter Nation. Here’s how the comic is described: “Off the coast of California, at a secluded naval base on San Nicolas Island, a special forces team was created in a top secret government experiment. It’s objective: create the perfect soldier by blending human and animal genetic abilities.” We talk about the comics included with each action figure as well as the Dark Horse book written by Tim Seeley, then look ahead to what we can expect from these high-power creators in the months ahead. Your LCS can order these books and toys, so let them know you want them! Be sure to check out the website listed above for videos and much more! Special thanks to Jeremy Bonds for making this interview happen!
Nils-Petter Norlin and Nick Marino talk about creating Finding Evil chapters 5-8 (17-20 on Webtoon) of The Evil Life webcomic as Hester, Gloom, and Blarf hatch crazy schemes and settle into their new lives under the same roof.
We dig into some of Nils’s best background jokes and references in these four chapters, including wacky book titles in Gloom’s room, the return of the living sludge, and Nils’s own secret appearances in the comic!
We also answer a burning question from Webtoon about Nessie, tease some more about our upcoming underwater koala comic, delve into the timeline of putting The Evil Life together over the past eight years, and drop some hints about the ending of this webcomic including a redacted question from Rosie.
After the end theme Nils tell us about his joyous May the 4th celebration this year, including all of the rad lightsabers he put together with his kids, the Mandalorian helmet he just finished, and the next helmet he’s gonna make.
Comic books that seemed odd, quirky or outright silly to an older audience that we loved as kids begins this episode, then moves into the influence one artist has to another. Everything finishes with drive-in movies.
It’s another big Kickstarter doubleheader this week in Episode 432! Everything kicks off with my fun interview with Gerald J. Jones from Driver.Eight! The first issue is being supported right now on Kickstarter, and here’s the description: “A near-future science fiction story taking you beyond the edge of reality itself.” We talk about the series, which I find very insightful and fascinating, including the characters, the surprises, and what Gerald has planned for the future! To support this debut issue, go to this link today!
Then everything wraps up with the return of Michael Gordon from Red Winter! The latest chapter in this high-drama crime noir series is coming, and it’s called Red Winter: Fallout #1! Here’s the book’s description: “Following a gang massacre at the Moscow Oil Refinery, the son of a disgraced former NYPD detective scrambles to escape the city alive!” We talk about how the first miniseries ended, then look ahead to what Michael and his creative team have in store for us in the coming months. To back this new book, go to this link today! To read my review of the first issue of the initial miniseries, go here!