Are you a fan of cyberpunk and dystopian futures? Well, Killtopia is the comic for you! Here in Episode 321, I talk with creator/writer Dave Cook about this high-octane and compelling version of the future, complete with vibrant characters and a gripping storyline. The book is being supported by a successful Kickstarter campaign, which we discuss, as well as what the future holds for Killtopia! Don’t miss what this excellent up-and-coming comics talent has to say and has coming for us soon!
The monthly manga series is back, and on this episode — the first of two manga shows in October — Shea and Derek discuss a couple of very different works. They begin with Yeon-Sik Hong’s Uncomfortably Happily (Drawn and Quarterly). This is the story of Hong and his wife becoming frustrated with living in crowded and polluted Seoul, ultimately deciding to move to a house in a remote mountain community. As the guys reveal, the majority of the narrative is devoted to the everyday challenges the couple undergo, the quotidian tasks involved in living in such a raw, isolated area. Over the course of their conversation Derek and Shea address the question of autobiography: Is this indeed a memoir of what Hong and his wife actually underwent? Neither of the guys doubts that the story is anchored in Hong’s real-life experiences, although Derek makes the argument that the construction of the narrative bears more of a fictional stamp than one of life writing.
Next the guys turn to a very different kind of manga. Iou Kuroda’s Appleseed Alpha (Kodansha Comics) is a manga based on Shirow Masamune’s original Appleseed, as well as an adaptation of Shinji Aramaki’s anime feature. Both Shea and Derek are impressed with Kuroda’s art, dynamic and drenched in heavy inks, but they’re not as excited about the coherency of the story. There are gaps in the narrative, the various events aren’t necessarily linked cohesively, and the overall story can be a bit confusing at times. Nonetheless, the guys, especially Shea, are taken by Kuroda’s efforts. Shea appreciates this follow-up to the Shirow’s Appleseed, which he has read, and Derek feels impelled now to seek out the original manga series.
At the end of month, Shea and Derek will be back with their second October manga show, a special Halloween show devoted to horror manga. Keep your ears open!
The boys are back and with this time they celebrate their big 75th episode!! How else better would they bring in the big moment than not talk about Deadpool at all. Say what?! That’s right, join Scott Bechtel and Corwin Crowl spend over two hours talking about Future Diary and Erased. In this episode, Corwin almost gets an anxiety attack from one of these two shows being too intense. Meanwhile Scott talks about how Re: Zero actually triggered his PTSD. Don’t worry next episode they will return with the Deadpool talk, covering the books of May 2017.
Warning: The following episode contains MASSIVE SPOILERS for both Future Diary and Erased. Also the following episode contains the discussion of “rape “multiple times during the Future Diary segment. Child murder and abuse is also discussed multiple times during both segments. We understand these are sensitive subjects. PLEASE LISTEN AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION.
0:19:04 The Future Diary
Music by Jenki “Girls of Los Angeles”
Opening Song Name: Re Re
By: Asian Kung-Fu Generation Official Site
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Jimmy moderated the Inspirations panel at Heroes Con with Bridgit Connell, Kata Kane, Ashley Lanni and Cara McGee! What inspires a cartoonist? What are they reading? What music do they listen to? Whom gets their creative juices flowing? Listen in to find out the answers to all of that and more! Everyone has some great stories about inspiration. Forewarning: Due to a podium stuck right in the middle of us, we had to split the stage so the sound is not that great. Get those earphones on and turn it up! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
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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.
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 INTRO
00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings IN-HOUSE NEWS
00:01:08 – Our 2nd 3rd anniversary episode, 1996 – the future, and clones. FEATURE TOPIC
00:08:32 – Ghost in the Shell (1995 Anime) TV/MOVIE TALK
00:48:31 – Dragonball Z and anime series delays.
00:53:50 – Arrival and plot twists.
00:58:10 – Netflix’s House of Cards OUTRO
01:02:46 – Letters Page (Contact Us!), Next Episode Topic
01:05:44 – Outro
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(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 significance 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.
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.
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.
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!