Ben Rankel is the creator of a fascinating graphic novel from Renegade Arts Entertainment called Frank, and I highly recommend you get it at this link. Ben is both the writer and artist of the book, so we discuss in Episode 359 how he brought Frank to life, who the characters are, what actual historical event this graphic novel is based on, and what we can expect from him in the future! It’s a great interview with a creator I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from soon, so don’t miss this interview!
Steven Gilbert is not only a comics creator (of the crime comic Colville), he’s also a comics retailer. In this episode, he talks about how elements of real-life criminals and their crimes have sometimes gotten into his comic (which sometimes were so gruesome that he was reluctant to draw them!), and explains his approaches to retailing, drawing, and self-publishing.
It’s time for another double-header this week in Episode 329! First up is Michael Bracco, maker of The Creators, a fascinating story about adolescents with temporary special abilities and how they cope with them. He also gets us up to date with his other projects as well! I’m happy to report that his current Kickstarter has already reached its goal, but he’s offering terrific Stretch Goals you won’t want to miss!
Then everything wraps up with my interview with Kevin Roditeli, who discusses his upcoming series Glaxial. Kevin talks about this frigid setting for the book as well as the unique characters we find there! His Kickstarter is underway now and has met its goal as well, and you can find out more by heading there! There are plenty of excellent Stretch Goals to be had!
This week a wide-ranging discussion between two Canadians about comics in Canada. The talk centers on Montreal-based publisher Drawn & Quarterly, and two books from their catalog: Michel Rabagliati’s 2005 book Paul Moves Out, and the latest from Jillian Tamaki, Boundless. Also, some deep background on the history and people behind Toronto comics shop The Beguiling.
Time to head up to Canada to talk with Scott Sawyer about his excellent Canadian superhero comic NORTH! In Episode 267, we discuss how the book came to be, who the characters are in the series, and what we can expect from him in the future! Don’t miss this opportunity to check out a new superhero universe!
On the Cute Juice Comics blog, Kawai Shen recently wrote a post about problems with representing the Internet in comics and other media. On this week’s show she talks with Tim about the Net in comics, this year’s TCAF, convention tabling for introverts, following up on convention contacts, the Dirty Diamonds anthology, and Canadian government grants for artists… even comics artists!
PLUS: Simon Fraser, co-creator of the Nikolai Dante series in 2000 A.D., talks about the Dare2Draw project, and the involvement of Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s Nexus in their proposed anthology.
Become a patron! If you pledge at least $3 a month through Patreon, you can access additional audio of Tim’s talk with Kawai Shen, on writing about members of marginalized groups — or simply about cultures the writer isn’t familiar with. Example: Fifty Shades of Grey!
If you’re into superheroes from around the world, this week’s episode will be one you’ll want to listen to! Kalman Andrasofszky from Captain Canuck is here, and he discusses who this hero is and his connection to him as well as updating him for today’s readers. He also talks about the growing Canuck universe along with the animated episodes he’s working on! Oh, and he tells us just what a “canuck” is, too, so don’t miss it! For more information, go to this website!
I have a great suggestion for a wonderful holiday gift – Underworld from Lovern Kindzierski and Renegade Arts Entertainment! It’s a fascinating tale of a man who thinks he’s part of the classic Odyssey tale, but is living in modern-day Winnipeg, Canada. He’s on a mission to accomplish several important things, including returning to his family. The writer of the terrific Shame series of books, Mr. Kindzierski discusses his own journey in bringing Underworld to us readers, so you’ll want to hear what he has to say!
In order to get your copy of Underworld, you can ask your local comics shop to order this 130-page epic tale. If that’s not possible, starting Thursday, December 17, you can order it at Amazon.com! Or you can get it through this link at the Renegade Arts Entertainment website! It’s highly recommended, and something sure to add some much-needed variety to your reading! Don’t miss it!
The daily strips on Dakota McFadzean‘s site are darkly humorous, or sometimes just dark. (Folks gets eaten!) On this week’s show, Dakota talks about how doing daily strips has helped him as an artist, surviving Cartoonist Boot Camp at the Center for Cartoon Studies, why kids stop drawing at a certain age (and why we should encourage them not to stop!), and more.
|Kumar reports on the three comics shows he attended while in Canada last month: Toronto Comic Arts Festival (where he spoke on a manga translation panel), East Coast Comics Expo (where he had a table), and Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. (Click below for photos)|
|Then Tim and Mulele discuss Jason Brubaker’s “Sithra: Book One”. Brubaker recently quit DreamWorks — yes, that’s right, QUIT DREAMWORKS — to follow his muse, which prompts Tim and Mulele to think about their own career hopes, in comics or otherwise.|
Anthropomorphized cats in a Pulp Fiction-style shootout; a tiny man found sleeping in the grass; two people hiding in an abandoned restaurant during some catastrophic event. These were some of the one-page, where’s-the-rest-of-it scenes in Ian M‘s Square 11, discussed on Critiquing Comics last year.
This week, Ian tells Tim what he was going for in those scenes, about his autobio comics (including Square 12, “Alone in Kyoto”), things that work better in comics than in other media, and more.
A great comic often does a lot more than entertain – it educates!
This week, I interview Mark Zuehlke, a historian who has scripted The Loxleys and Confederation, a great comic from Renegade Arts Entertainment that discusses how Canada was formed and what influence the United States played in that creation. This book is the sequel to The Loxleys and The War of 1812, another great historical graphic novel that taught me a lot about that war and its aftermath. We follow a family whose existence parallels the formation of Confederation, and provides us with a human perspective on this important period in Canadian history. Mark talks about what it took to bring this volume together as well as things we’ll discover in the book as well as what the future might hold for this important family.
Stay tuned to their website to pre-order this graphic novel and learn more about it as its release date draws near! It’s a great comic that can teach us in the U.S. a lot about our neighbors to the north, so don’t miss it!
Stef Marcinkowski’s Sarah Zero is an over-the-top, Web-browser-shaped comic that he developed by trying to mash up advertising, marketing, comics, and film. The comic is heavy on interpersonal relationships and Internet culture.
This week Stef tells Tim about his process, getting the comic right when life keeps getting in the way, struggles with self-promotion, and more.
At the International Comics Festival in November, Tim picked up A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories by John Martz. It’s a whimsical book aimed at kids that plays with several devices that only work in comics. It’s also another example of the convergence of comics and children’s picture books that we noted on this podcast years back with Mo Willems.
This week Tim talks with John about this convergence, as well as the challenges of making material aimed at kids, inspiration from Jacques Tati and Charles Addams, storyboarding, Destination X, and, oh yeah, Popeye loops!
On November 23, Tim once again visited the International Manga Festival (Kaigai Manga Festa) at Tokyo Big Sight. Comics creators from around the world (including Mulele!) were exhibiting their work to an enthusiastic mostly-Japanese crowd. Tim interviewed a number of exhibitors; hear them in this week’s episode, and see them below the jump in this post!