Comics Alternative Interviews: Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:42 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:56 – Interview with Nate Powell
  • 01:10:11 – Interview with Andrew Aydin
  • 02:12:26 – Wrap up
  • 02:13:57 – Contact us

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On this interview show, Andy and Derek do something different. They talk with both Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin, the artist and coauthor of the recently completed March trilogy (Top Shelf Productions), but instead of interviewing both creators together, the guys talk with them separately and then combine the two recordings into one long episode. So in this show, over two hours and fifteen minutes long, you’ll hear about the genesis and the creative turns that went into the March books from both the artist’s and the writer’s perspectives. Nate and Andrew also discuss their time working with Congressman John Lewis, his wealth of experiences from the Civil Rights Movement, and the creative choices that each of them had to make when representing those events. For example, Nate explains the challenges that faced him when illustrating the unspeakable violence, and Andrew describes his strategies for scripting the chronology of the congressman’s young life. Both guests also share a few words about current projects they have underway and what we can expect from them post-March.

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Comics Alternative Episode 123: Reviews of March: Book Two, Copra: Round One, and Nameless #1

Same As It Ever Was

March2This week on the podcast, Derek and Andy discuss three new titles. They begin by looking at the second book in John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March trilogy. Although the first volume from fall 2013 was a powerful debut, March: Book Two (Top Shelf Productions) is a decidedly more gripping work. There is more action and drama in this book — and not only conflict between the protesters and the Southern white community, but perhaps more pointedly, conflict within the nonviolent movement’s ranks —  than there was in the initial one. What’s more, this is a much more emotionally charged work, in that readers are taken to the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement and Lewis’s encounters with senseless beatings, attack dogs, fire hoses, and bombings. The guys note that for younger readers, or those unfamiliar with mid-century American history, this book may be a bit of a shock — or a wake-up call — in that it paints a very different, starker picture of race relations in this country than experienced today…even given the realities of Ferguson, Missouri, and the shooting of Trayvon Martin. At the same time, March is a complement to these contemporary tragedies and a much-needed reminder that racial equality in this country is a yet unfinished project. CopraPageNext, Andy and Derek turn to Michel Fiffe’s Copra: Round One (Bergen Street Press). They begin by discussing the subtle popularity of the self-published Copra series, and title that has gained attention primarily though word of mouth. Andy had been telling Derek about this series for several months, and now the guys finally get to talk about its impact. Andy is particularly interested in Fiffe’s take on John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad. And while Derek voices his uncertainly of the collection’s initial pacing, he acknowledges the artist’s unique style that requires more reader engagement with completing the narrative. Finally, the Two Guys with PhDs look at the new title from Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham, Nameless #1 (Image Comics). As they point out, any new Grant Morrison Nameless1title is a cause for notice — and most times, for celebration. There are times when his stories don’t resonate as well as the guys would like, but there are others when his unique brand of storytelling recalls the groundbreaking Doom Patrol and The Invisibles. This first issue of Nameless appears to hold a lot of promise, but the guys are keen to see how Morrison’s narrative plays out. While they think it will resonate more than his last series with Image, Happy!, Derek and Andy wonder how it might compare to what Morrison has currently been doing in the DC University with Multiversity or his creator-owned miniseries over at Legendary, Annihilator. Regardless, both guys on on for the ride, and as with any Morrison tale, who knows where that ride may lead?

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More To Come 62: MLK & the Montgomery Story Interview Special

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Recorded by the Comics World division of Publishers Weekly Magazine, it’s More To Come! Your biweekly dose of insider comics publishing news, discussion and controversy.  Starring Heidi MacDonald, the Eisner-nominated blogger of ComicsBeat.com, Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly and Kate Fitzsimons, More To Come’s intrepid producer!

In this week’s interview special podcast, Calvin speaks with Andrew Aydin, Rep. John Lewis‘s staffer and his coauthor on the graphic novel March Book One about the book as well as the historical impact of the 1957 comic Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery Story about MLK, nonviolent disobedience and how that strategy and the comic spread around the world. Meanwhile, Heidi interviews writer Adam P. Knave and artist Nick Brokenshire of Amelia Cole, Laura Lee Gulledge – creator of Page by Paige and Will and Whit, and fan-favorite comics artist Chris Samnee of Thor: The Mighty Avenger, The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom, Daredevil and many more on this episode of More To Come, PW’s comics podcast.

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Comic News Insider Episode 485 – SDCC w/ Amber Benson, Congressman John Lewis/Andrew Aydin, Yuri Lowenthal/Tara Platt, Lili Bordan, Stacey Ayashi/Damon Wong

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Comic News Insider: Episode 485 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: The Wolverine, Axe Cop, High School USA!

Jimmy is joined again in studio by his podcast wife, Erica Schultz! Erica gives her thoughts on her first San Diego Comic Con and Jimmy brings you a bunch of the massive amounts of interviews he got there. In this episode, you’ll hear him chat with Amber Benson (“Tara” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (March), Lili Bordan (Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome), Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt (Shelf Life) and Stacey Hayashi and Damon Wong (Journey of Heroes). News includes: Comic Arts Brooklyn replaces BCGF, new animatedArchie is on the way, Neil Gaiman goes gaming, Skin Crawling Comics launches Indiegogo campain and Flash series to spin out of Arrow. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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