Comic Timing – Episode 183: Comfort, Kris, Conventions, Actors and Adam

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Episode 183 is now available for your ear holes! This is the last piece that was recorded during New York Comic Con weekend, only not at the con itself. Back at the old apartment, Ian sat down with Kris, Comfort Love and Adam Withers to discuss the growing trend of actors and actresses demanding more money from conventions in order to attend a show. How will this in turn affect attendees, artists and writers at the con, and how the show itself is run? What is the ceiling for how much people are willing to pay to hit a convention, and will it take a show saying, “No way,” to an actor to make that ceiling happen?

The group also delve into Comfort and Adam’s history attending shows as independent creators, and a few of the difficulties they faced getting their feet in the door as indie superhero creators, and Kris and Ian briefly get into Flame Con, what made it work so well, and why it is immediately one of the better small cons around. It’s a laid back, flowing conversation, and I hope you guys dig it as much as we all did recording it! For more on DashCon, follow this here link; in return, you get an extra hour in the ball pit. And Adi Fitri IS Malaysian!

You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter @i_am_scifi, Instagram at i_am_scifi or on Tumblr at heehaw-ds9.tumblr.com; Kris is on Twitter @lampbane, Instagram at lampbane, Tumblr at both lampbane.tumblr.com and Garak’s Clothiers, and check out her articles on Engadget. Finally, you can find Comfort and Adam on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr as well. And get The Uniques on Comixology while you’re at it, why don’tcha?

Thanks again for listening, and we’ll catch you next time!

Comic Timing – Episode 174: New York Comic Con 2015 in Review

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Episode 174 of Comic Timing is now available for your earholes! As has become an unofficial tradition, our thoughts on New York Comic Con arrive about a month after the show has concluded. So, here’s all that went down at NYCC 2015! Ian is joined by Austin and Kris as they go through the best and worst of the show, awesome cosplay, LexCorp WiFi, waiting on a line to wait on a line to get con exclusives, how to budget your time appropriately in a sea of people, the introduction of Hammerstein Ballroom events to the show, swag and art obtained, and a whole lot more.

And more includes reports on panels attended, including Comic Creators Consuming Coffee: Where Food & Comics Collide, Action Lab: Five Years and BEYOND!, #BlackComicsMonth: Diversity in Comics, Adventure Time, and the Ash Vs. The Evil Dead premiere. Hope there’s enough to make you feel like you were there too!

As always – we are sponsored by the newly redesigned DCBS! That’s right! Discount Comic Book Service! All comics from major publishers like Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse are 40% off or more. And hardcovers and trade paperbacks from Marvel and DC are at least 50% off! Plus, be sure to check out their Comixology digital storefront for even further savings! And be sure to check out Kris’ Tumblr at Garak’s Clothiers for some excellent cosplay shots and geek fashion.

You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Thanks, and we’ll catch you next time!

Comic News Insider Episode 548 – More Heroes Con w/ Stephanie Gladden, Paul Maybury, Adam Withers/Comfort Love, Bridgit Connell/Brockton McKinney, Jeremy Whitley, Valerie Stern

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Comic News Insider: Episode 548 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Defiance, Falling Skies, Orphan Black (season finale), The Musketeers, True Blood

Yet even more Heroes Con interviews so Jimmy flies solo.  He sat down over the weekend with a bunch of awesome cartoonists to talk about their work. You’ll hear from Stephanie Gladden (Girls of Monster Paradise), Paul Maybury (Sovereign), Adam Withers/Comfort Love (The Uniques), Bridgit Connell/Brockton McKinney (Killer Queen), Jeremy Whitley (Princeless), and Valerie Stern (Hooray for Harold). News includes: DC announces 2 new Batman books (Gotham Academy & Arkham Manor), Dynamite offers huge Humble Bundle package, Porkins gets a bust and more! Hope you enjoy. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic Timing – Episode 149

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Episode 149 of Comic Timing is now out to close out 2013 with a bang! Ian and Brent are joined by Comfort Love and Adam Withers, creators of Rainbow in the Dark (now available in “Complete Saga” form on Amazon, Instock Trades, DCBS, and hopefully at your local comic shop), The Uniques, and a couple of other projects that still to come. They discuss what it’s like having Rainbow available via Diamond, how much work is to create a hype machine for yourself both digitally and in person, how collected edition can sell to existing fans of a work, and a whole lot more. We also talk comic news and casual conversation, including Terry Moore’s troubles with Rachel Rising, Ian’s love of X-Men: Battle of the Atom, Brent’s experience with the new Batman: Arkham Origins digital comic, a review of Justice League 300 #1, and some of the cool stuff Ian found overseas during his trip to Tokyo.

As always – we are sponsored by DCBS! That’s right! Discount Comic Book Service! For those of you who have not used DCBS before you can save an additional 8% off your first order via the promo code: CT8. Plus, be sure to check out DCBS‘ Comixology digital store for even further savings!

You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Thanks for listening and we’ll catch you next time!

Comic News Insider Episode 502: NYCC Recap with Ben Templesmith/Kelly Sue DeConnick/John Layman/Emma Vieceli and more!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 502 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Afterlife with Archie #1

New York Comic Con is over and it’s time for the big CNI recap! Jimmy is joined in studio by Emma Vieceli and they chat about the good and bad, the mood and the sad, and the food and the…uh…glad! Jimmy got SO many interviews over the weekend and you’re going to hear quite a few in this episode from the likes of Ben Templesmith (Tome), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), John Layman (Detective Comics), Vito Delsante (Eternal Kick), David Bass (WildStarMMORPG), Jay Nolte (The Zombie Office), Adam Withers/Comfort Love (Rainbow in the Dark), and Shawn Curran/George Sanders. News includes: DC Comics is bringing back Tiny Titans and Stephanie Brown, Marvel Comics is bringing back Miracle Man and launching a new Silver Surfer series, Priest and Bright are returning to Quantum and Woody, Archie Comics announces Farewell Betty and Veronica series, and Darwyn Cooke will illustrate some prose Parker novels. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic Timing – Episode 140: The Lost Super Show Tapes

For your listening pleasure, Ian has dug up all the interviews from the 2011 Comic Geek Speak Super Show! These things have been sitting on a hard drive for long enough, and now the voices within will be heard by all, with only a month to go until the next Super Show! Where there will be more interviews! And a caveman! Okay, no caveman. Here is a list of all who appear, in order of appearance:

  • Julian Lytle, Ants and the Ignorant Bliss Podcast
  • Shawn Pryor, Action Lab Entertainment and L.O.I. Studios
  • Harold Jennett, Our Adventure Continues and the Comic Book Laundry podcast
  • Dean Stahl, Headlocks and Headaches
  • Keith W. Cunningham, L.O.I. Studios
  • Zack Kruse, Mystery Solved! and The Quad Podcast
  • Bruce Rosenberger and Steve Hager, Dutchy Digest and the Komicskast and On The Fly Podcasts
  • Dave Williams, Waiting for the Trade Podcast and blog
  • Brandon Christopher, Geekcetera and TheDabbaDon on Twitter
  • John Williams (aka Super Ugly), Monsters Are Just Like Us, The Geek Savants and Unified School District
  • Dave Dwonch, Action Lab Entertainment, including Double Jumpers, NFL: Rush Zone, Ghost Town and Space Time Condominium
  • Shawn and Stephanie Gabborin, Angry Gnome Comics
  • Comfort Love and Adam Withers, Rainbow in the Dark and The Uniques
  • Kevin Vinson, Comic Book Classroom
  • Bruce MacIntosh, Denver Comic Con
  • Katie Cook, Gronk and the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Comic
  • J.K. Woodward, Star Trek Trek: TNG/Doctor Who Assimilation 2 and JK’s Happy Hour
  • Darrell Taylor, The Taylor Network
  • As always – we are sponsored by DCBS! That’s right! Discount Comic Book Service! For those of you who have not used DCBS before you can save an additional 8% off your first order via the promo code: CT8. Plus, be sure to check out DCBS‘ new Comixology digital store! And be sure to check out this year’s Super Show, which is taking place April 6-7th at the Greater Reading Expo Center.

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Thanks for listening and we’ll catch you next time!

    Comic Timing – Episode 137: Baltimore Comic Con

    As we approach New York Comic Con, time to release the material recorded at Baltimore Comic Con! Ian chats with Shawn Pryor and Chad Cicconi of Action Lab Entertainment, Brian “Pants” Christman, Shane Kelly and Jamie D. of Comic Geek Speak, Comfort Love and Adam Withers of The Uniques and Rainbow in the Dark, Raph Soohoo of Raph Soohoo, and Jamal Igle of Molly Danger!

    As you might have guessed, Comic Timing will be set up in Podcast Arena yet again at this year’s New York Comic Con! Here’s a basic idea of where we’ll be:

    So that’s the left-hand side of the main exhibitor hall near the back. There will be signage as well pointing out that you’re in Podcast Arena, and there will be a Comic Timing banner up over the booth as well so you can’t possibly miss us even if you try!

    As always – we are sponsored by DCBS! That’s right! Discount Comic Book Service! For those of you who have not used DCBS before you can save an additional 8% off your first order via the promo code: CT8. Plus, be sure to check out DCBS‘ new Comixology digital store!

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. And do make sure to donate to Jamal’s Kickstarter Campaign if you have the time; any amount you can give helps make Molly Danger become a reality. And as always, thanks for listening and we’ll catch you next time!

    Episode #218 Part VI: MegaCon 2012: The Drawing Through Storytelling Panel!

    Episode #218 Part VI: MegaCon 2012: Drawing Through Storytelling Panel!

    Left to Right: Adam Withers and Comfort Love.

    This was the fourth and final panel I attended on Saturday at MegaCon. The full name of the panel was CREATING YOUR COMIC/MANGA PART 2: DRAWING THROUGH STORYTELLING. It was hosted by husband and wife comic book creators Adam Withers and Comfort Love. This panel was the second of a three part seminar they did over the weekend about comic book publishing, beginning at the writing stage and going to the publishing and marketing phase.

    For more information about Comfort Love and Adam Withers, go to their blog. Search for Comfort and Adam  individually at ComicArtFansComfort and Adam also have art posted at deviantART. Print and digital editions of their comic book series THE UNIQUES and RAINBOW IN THE DARK can be ordered directly from them.

    Thanks to Comfort and Adam for allowing me to record their panel and post it on this episode. I hope they return to MegaCon next year. I’ll be sure to look them up.

    Continuing our coverage of MegaCon 2012 will be:

    The Ins And Outs Of Indy Publishing, hosted by Glenda Finkelstein, Bob McCall, Gary Roen, Trevor Rueckert and Marni Knight Duncan.

    Nick Cardy: The Artist At War, hosted by Renee Witterstaetter.

    Megacon 2012 Wrap Up.

    Check out SLIPSTREAM, the weekly web comic book I’m drawing and lettering, which is written by Jeffrey Taylor, co-host of the FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS PODCAST and contributor to the SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE. New pages of SLIPSTREAM can be found each Saturday at http://www.clockworkcomics.co.uk. Adam Dechanel, another contributor to the SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE, also writes and draws E. O. S. for Clockwork Comics, and new pages are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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    Comic Timing – Episode 123.5

    We’re back with a new episode spotlighting the works of Adam Withers and Comfort Love! This includes The Uniques, The Uniques Tales and Rainbow in the Dark. They are up for Harvey Awards this year and are in need of some plugging so Brent and I plug away with the help of Sean Whelan of Raging Bullets. Adam and Comfort are nominated for Most Promising New Talent for Rainbow in the Dark and Best Anthology for The Uniques Tales. If you are a comic book professional you have until August 6th to vote for your favorites, whether it be Adam and Comfort or others. Even if you’re not a comic book professional listen to the episode for some good comic book discussion and to learn more about their titles!

    As always – we are sponsored by DCBS! That’s right! Discount Comic Book Service! This month you can get the entire DCnU for 50% off when you buy all of them – otherwise they are at an astonishing 42% off! And for those of you who have not used DCBS before you can save an additional 8% off your first order via the promo code: CT8. Here are our Review Corner picks for the month:

    Marvel:
    Ultimate Comics Spider-man #1: 50% off (DCBS at $1.99/regular price $3.99)

    DC:
    Justice League International #1: 42% off (DCBS at $1.73/regular price $2.99)

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    27: Second Set #1 : 50% off (DCBS at $1.99/regular price $3.99)

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com. Thanks for listening and we’ll catch you next time!

    Alternate Reality – Episode 314

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    Alternate Reality – Episode #314

    Dewayne Feenstra is back and talking to creators again in his stand alone series of,….. well creator interviews. This time he talks to Adam Withers and Comfort Love, the creators of the “The Uniques”. Adam and Comfort have a very interesting view on comics, self publishing, and collaborating with your spouse on your life’s work. You’re gonna wanna hear this.

    Enjoy!

    Time Stamps h:mm:ss

    0:00:00 – Cold Open
    0:00:07 – Intro Music

    0:00:25 – Comfort Love and Adam Withers Interview!!!

    1:19:53 – Exit Music

    Comfort Love and Adam Withers are twenty-somethings from Michigan (Mitten-sippi) with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Illustration and Graphic Design. Having cut their teeth on Role Playing illustration for such names as Palladium Books (Rifts) and Green Ronin (Mutants & Masterminds), they are stepping into the medium that has held their hearts and imaginations since they were wee children: Comic Books.

    Having met and married while attending the Kendall College of Art and Design in beautiful Grand Rapids, MI, their deep friendship immediately sparked over long discussions of comics and storytelling. Before long, they were sharing their ideas for their own books and characters, and after several attempts at ‘breaking in’ with the big name publishers, they decided to go into business for themselves. The Uniques is the product of that decision.

    A lifetime’s labor of love for Comfort, who came up with the concept while barely into her teens, the pair began bringing their ideas together and this meeting of the minds fanned the spark into a fire. They turned The Uniques into a collaboration unlike any in modern comics: every script is co-written by both, every page features penciling by both and color by both. Not a panel goes to print that doesn’t have the stamp of each creator on it.

    The duo live in an apartment in Grand Rapids with their two cats, Obi-Wan and Annie-kin. They draw a lot.

    Websites:
    The Uniques: http://www.uniquescomic.com/
    Adam and Comfort’s Blog: http://comfort-adam.livejournal.com/

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    Comic Timing – Episode 108

    HOLY CRAP!!! Has it really been a month since the last Comic Timing came out? That, sirs and madames, is a travesty that must be righted…with a new episode! This time, Adam Withers and Comfort Love of The Uniques join Darrel of Dafixer’s Hideout and No Apologies, and Chris Johnson formerly of Amazing Spider-Cast; Along with Ian and Brent, the discussion is “Everything Old Is New Again.” As DC and Marvel return previous heroes to their former mantles, is this a step backward or forward? Will younger audiences be able to relate to Steve Rogers, Barry Allen and Hal Jordan, the way other related to Bucky Barnes, Wally West and Kyle Rayner? Tune in to find out our thoughts!

    This episode of Comic Timing is sponsored by…DCBS! That’s right, Discount Comic Book Service is the new sponsor of Comic Timing. For all first time users of the site, make sure to use the promo code CT8 at checkout to receive an additional 8% off your first order! Along with the new sponsor, here are our Review Corner picks for the month:

    INDY (ARCHAIA):
    MOUSE GUARD BLACK AXE #1 (OF 6): 45% off retail (DCBS price $1.92/regular price $3.50)

    DC:
    FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1: 50% off retail (DCBS price $1.49/regular price $2.99)

    MARVEL:
    WOLVERINE #1: 75% off retail (DCBS price $0.99/regular price $3.99)

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com, and please vote for us at Podcast Alley and give us your reviews over on iTunes. And of course, if you can, please donate to the HERO Initiative effort if you can. Every little bit helps! Also, make sure to check out Ian in BrokenSea Production’s latest Twilight Theatre episode, “The Cloud!

    Until next time, thanks for listening, and thanks for downloading!

    Comic Timing – Episode 104: Megacon and Emerald City

    Coast to coast coverage here on Comic Timing, as Brent attends Megacon in Orlando, while Ian heads to Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle! Brent and Ian share their thoughts on both cons at the beginning of the show, then they head into the interviews conducted during the weekend by both hosts. These interviews are with:

    1) G. Willow Wilson, writer/creator of Air
    2) Wayne Cordova (Radio Wayne, M.I.M.E.S.) and Andrew Charipar (artist of awesomeness)
    3) Eric Trautmann, writer of The Shield, JSA vs. Cobra, and many more
    4) Steven T. Seagle, writer of American Virgin, one fourth of Man of Action Studios (Ben 10, Generator Rex)
    5) Travis Earls and Sean Cummings of Doombox Comics
    6) Mike Norton, artist of Green Arrow/Black Canary, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam, The Waiting Place, and many other things
    7) Bryan Deemer, Peter Rios, Brian “Pants” Christman, and Adam Murdough in the background, all of Comic Geek Speak
    8 ) John Aegard, creator of The Comfort Guide
    9) Pat Loika, the man that everyone knows. Oh, he’s an artist too (check out Blacklisted)!
    10) Mandy, Brent’s fiancee
    11) Adam Withers and Comfort Love, creators of The Uniques, and The Uniques Tales (which is written and drawn by their many buddies)

    Check it all out, and enjoy! And we’ll be back for Episode 105 for a regular episode of Comic Timing.

    CT Picks for May are:

    BIRDS OF PREY #1
    THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1
    AVENGERS #1
    SECRET AVENGERS #1
    SPIDER IRON MAN WAR #1 (OF 3)

    You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com, and please vote for us at Podcast Alley and give us your reviews over on iTunes. And of course, if you can, please donate to the HERO Initiative effort if you can. Every little bit helps!

    Until next time, thanks for listening, and thanks for downloading!