Wayne’s Comics Podcast #275: Ben Penrod From Awesome Con

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It’s a special episode of my Wayne’s Comics Podcast, so I thought for #275 we’d go where this show has never gone before – to talk with the leader of a successful comics convention! I talk with Ben Penrod from Awesome Con about that high-octane event, including how it came to be, what goes on there, and what we might expect from them in the future. He even discusses how it got that name, and why he thinks it’s perfect for the years ahead! Comics conventions are a big part of the comics experience these days, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy what he has to say! For more about Awesome Con, including details about this year’s event, go to their website here, and for more about the other conventions Ben is part of, head to this link.

The Grawlix Podcast #41: Neo Steam Cyber Clone Punk

It’s the second 3rd anniversary episode of the Grawlix Podcast! The G-Crew put down the comics to talk about the original 1995 anime ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and more.

Show Notes and Links
00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings
00:01:08 – Our 2nd 3rd anniversary episode, 1996 – the future, and clones.
00:08:32 – Ghost in the Shell (1995 Anime)
00:48:31 – Dragonball Z and anime series delays.
00:53:50 – Arrival and plot twists.
00:58:10 – Netflix’s House of Cards
01:02:46 – Letters Page (Contact Us!), Next Episode Topic
01:05:44 – Outro

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Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Henshin and Akira

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On this episode of the monthly manga show, Derek and Shea discuss the recently published Henshin, by Ken Niimura (Image Comics), and Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic Akira (Kodansha Comics). They begin with Henshin, a thirteen-story collection from the artist behind I Kill Giants Henshin(and written by Joe Kelly). Shea points out that it’s difficult to find much information on Niimura, as most of his work has been published in either Japan or in Spain. But Henshin — which means “transformation” in Japanese — may be a good introduction to his style and range of work. As the guys point out, the thirteen stories cover a variety of genres, from crime to cooking to sports to salaryman narratives.  There are also four autobiographical shorts interspersed almost evenly throughout. Neither Shea nor Derek feel that these tales are as successful as the non-autobiographical stories, but they do show a lighter and more personal side of Niimura’s work. The tone in the other nine pieces are more dramatic, and at times tender and even melancholic. In all, the collection is a multifaceted example of a non-traditional kind of manga storytelling. Next, the Two Guys look at a classic manga title, Otomo’s Akira. This series is a challenge to discuss, because it’s a sprawling saga that develops over six collected, and densely packed, volumes. But Derek and Shea do their best to highlight the premise and major events within the series, as well as addressing the significanceAkiraVolumes of the story, contextualizing it within the 1980s and as an example of post-apocalyptic cyberpunk storytelling. They briefly compare the manga to the anime version, pointing out many of the stark differences between the two. Shea emphasizes what he sees as the Western or European storytelling influence on Akira — indeed, he sees the same in Henshin — yet at the same time highlights this as a seminal and defining work of manga. They even discuss Akira‘s publication history, originally serialized in the seinen weekly Young Magazine (1982-1990), introduced to American audiences through Marvel’s Epic Comics imprint (1988-1996) — and being one of the first English translation of a manga series published in its entirety — then being published by Dark Horse beginning in 2000, and then finally having new editions released through Kodansha in 2009. It is an ambitious attempt for the Two Guys to cover such a title, and they could easily devote an entire episode to the series. But listeners will come away with a sense of the story, if they’re not already familiar with it, and hear some of the major critical points that define Akira. If you’re interested in manga, this is definitely a narrative you have to experience.



Deconstructing Comics #439: Jamie Lynn Lano, Princess of Tennis

Princess of Tennis

Ever wondered what it would be like to work in a manga studio in Japan? Jamie Lynn Lano got her chance in 2008 when she was hired by Takeshi Konomi to be part of his team for the Prince of Tennis sequal. Recently she’s published a book about her experience, and this week she talks about what brought her to Japan and how she got hired, cultural differences, drawing speed lines and tennis shoes, and much more.

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The Undecideables Oddcast – #Mustachiod Gordan


The Undecideables long awaited return to debate such things as the new Fantastic Four trailer, the return of Arrow and the Flash, Axis, Godhead, Secret Wars and oh so much more!

Deconstructing Comics #434: Nao Yazawa

Nao Yazawa/Wedding Peach

Is there “work for hire” in Japanese comics? Yes and no. Nao Yazawa was hired as the artist for Wedding Peach, a manga published in Shogakukan’s Ciao magazine from 1994 to 1996. However, as is typical in Japan, she and writer Sukehiro Tomita co-own the copyright.

In this episode, she explains the details of this arrangement to Tim, along with much more on the development and business of the strip, sexy costumes, why manga creators are left out of the management of the anime adaptation, teaching at a manga school, and more.

Nao’s Web comic Go Go Nao-P!

Nao’s 2002 Wedding Peach site

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Deconstructing Comics #427: International Comics Fest 2014, pt 2

Sunset after the festival
This week we wrap up Tim’s set of interviews from the floor of the International Manga Festival (Kaigai Manga Festa), held November 23 at Tokyo Big Sight. Highlights include familiar faces, a past DCP interview guest, sexy anime girls from France, poop from space, and more!

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The Undecideables Oddcast: Infliction!


Recently the Undecideables had a chat with Jack Thomas Smith ( @JackTSmith1 ) about his new film Infliction ( @InflictionTapes ).  They also spoke on comics, anime and news!  Good Times were had by all!

The Undecideables Oddcast: Rose From The Ashes


They boys are back in town! Check out Dan and Jimmy talk some comics, anime and nonsense as they are joined by some very familiar voices from the past!

Snarky Geeks Episode 84

Snarky Geeks Episode 84 – …Calling all the Basic Bitches! 

Hosts Franky DeJesus, Aimee Davis, And John Turiano

This one’s a quick edit. As the editor is healing from surgery. Anyhoo… the Snarks join the Comics Podcast Network, then they reminisce over the Young Justice cartoon, and Beware the Batman, AImee reviews the Wind Rises, the Snarks also review The All New Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Avengers Disc Wars, and the All New Teen Titans cover controversy, and much more…     … you really have to listen to the whole Show!



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The Undecideables: Mispronounciation Galore


This week Dan, Jill and Jimmy talk some comic and tech news!  As well as Thunderbolts, Iron Man and Marvel NOWS re-numbering nonsense!

VACANT Bits #19

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Heather Nunnelly begins with a recap of the VACANT webcomics update! Also, learn about a VACANT figurine that almost happened.

Hayze gets a last name and Shadoweyes makes a guest appearance.

Next up, Michelle Nunnelly enjoys the Attack on Titan anime but that’s because she tries not to sweat the small stuff. Still, she can’t help but complain about Eren yelling too much (and she wants more Mikasa!).

Heather agrees… the characters need to shut the hell up.

A discussion about Neon Genesis Evangelion transitions into a chat about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Villains Micro-Series – Alopex #4 (an issue where Heather did flats and color assists!).

Ross Campbell uses basic color to great effect in the Alopex issue.

Finally, Michelle and Heather have been playing Shadowrun Returns, a Kickstarter-funded indie game. And they like it.

Heather made a custom Aex character for the game!

Super Haters Destruct-O-Cast #20

Super Haters Destruct-O-Cast
Listen to Super Haters Destruct-O-Cast #20 right now:

Comics creator Brandon Williams teams up with Nick Marino to talk about music, digital art, manga, anime, Tokyo, and more… including their Super Haters webcomics collaboration, “Manga Haters” (a.k.a. Brandon Williams Guest Week)!

Brandon went all-out with his character designs for the Manga Haters.

Brandon shares about his background as a musician and how it’s informed the story of his ongoing series, Dedford Tales. Then Nick and Brandon talk about the genesis of their Haters collaboration, which leads Brandon to reveal that this five-page superhero story is the first time he’s gone completely digital with his drawing process.

Brandon used his own photo reference to create the Manga Haters’s Tokyo.

Brandon also discusses his visit to Tokyo and the how it yielded fantastic photo ref for the fight scenes in the Manga Haters story. Plus, Brandon gushes about his favorite tips and tricks for using PhotoShop and Manga Studio for comic art!

Last but not least, Brandon is now open for commissions!! Check out his commissions ad on deviantART to get the skinny on his awesome offer.