Comics Alternative, Episode 245: Live at HeroesCon 2017

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Last weekend was HeroesCon, and as they have for the past few years, Andy and Derek are on the scene in Artists Alley reporting the event from the floor. On this episode, you’ll hear the Two Guys sharing their varied experiences at the con. Among other topics they discuss the vendors they visited and the comics they were able to find, their attempts to interview creators at their tables, the two high-powered panels they moderated, the various artists they had signing their comics, the tone of this year’s crowd, Derek’s cool Space Babes shirt (design by Beto), the uncertainty of their table location, and their Saturday night dinner with Gilbert Hernandez’s family. And both Derek and Andy are most thankful for the various fans who stopped by their table to say “Hello!” and tell them that they’re avid listeners.

Much thanks to Daniel Yezbick for providing the pictures of the Two Guys in action!

 

 

Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at HeroesCon 2017, Pt. 1

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In the first of two on-location interview episodes recorded at this year’s HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC, Derek talks with a variety of artists, writers, and editors. Some of these are creators with whom Derek was already familiar, some have even talked on the podcast before, and some are are new discoveries. In this show you’ll hear brief discussions with Ben Sears (author of Volcano Trash), Abby Howard (The Last Halloween), Jody Leheup and Sebastian Girner (Shirtless Bear Fighter), Andy Hirsch (Science Comics: Dogs), Matthew David Smith and Jeremy Massie (Amazing Age), Tyler Chin-Tanner (Broken Frontier), Sam Costello (Split Lip Comics), and Thom Zahler (Time and Vine).

Stay tuned over the next week for other episodes generated at this year’s HeroesCon!

Zone 4 #328: 2017 Comic & Genre Films

The crew returns for a brand new episode of your favorite comic discussion podcast, Zone 4!

We talk the Logan trailer, Secret Empire, comic conventions, and more.

Then we speculate about the 2017 slate of comic and genre films, promising to do a follow-up episode at the end of the year!

So what are you waiting for? Let’s enter the Zone!

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#475 International Comics Fest 2015, pt 2

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This week our coverage of Tokyo’s International Comics Festival concludes with creators from Finland, Brazil, France, Japan, Indonesia, and the U.S., including a chat with podcast co-founder Mulele on what he’s learned in the past year of convention tabling.

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Deconstructing Comics #474: International Comics Fest 2015, pt 1

Kaigai easelThis year’s International Comics Festival (Kaigai Manga Festa) in Tokyo was bigger than ever! Plenty of familiar faces from past years gave it a sense of community (long sought by many foreign comics creators feeling rather isolated in Japan), but there were plenty of new faces, too, many of whom flew in from Europe and North America to be here. Tim once again procured a media pass and went booth-to-booth gathering interviews! Photos and Web links for all interviewees are below.

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Deconstructing Comics #472: Brian Schirmer and “Black Jack Ketchum”

Black Jack KetchumBrian Schirmer, a comics educator in San Francisco and writer of Ultrasylvania and the forthcoming Image series Black Jack Ketchum, joins Tim this week to talk about the difference between writing screenplays and writing comics; how he turned his comics script into a for-credit class for artists; tips that have led him to have both successful crowdfunding projects and good sales at conventions; and more.

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Deconstructing Comics #459: Yokohama Comics Chat

Chris Taylor, James StaceyThis week Tim travels just south of Tokyo to Yokohama to meet up with Chris Taylor (“Sketchfro”), creator of Relic Hunter: Riven, and James Stacey of Black Hook Press, which publishes Japanese translations of US and UK graphic novels. How do you prepare for conventions? Did you do comics differently back home? What’s different about tabling at German comics events? Why did Chris get in an argument with Archie Comics? That and more!

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Deconstructing Comics #454: Kumar Across Canada

Kumar at ECCE 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)
Sithra 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.

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Deconstructing Comics #446: Tom Spurgeon

Tom SpurgeonOur frequent guest Tom Spurgeon this time sits for an interview with Tim, discussing his childhood interest in comics; his lousy pre-Comics Journal job & how he got into TCJ; the Top 100 comics of the 20th Century issue (and why nothing by Dave Sim made the list); his new job, organizing an annual comics festival with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum; the controversy over a certain recent Batgirl cover; and more.

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Deconstructing Comics #429: Convention Talk with Irene

Tim, Mulele, and IreneIrene of Studio Revolver stopped through Tokyo recently! In this episode, she chats with Tim and Mulele about displaying work at conventions, and how conventions are changing.

We also visit Tokyo’s massive Comiket event (imagine a San Diego-sized con that’s entirely Artist’s Alley!) and give our impressions.

Deconstructing Comics #418: Boston Comicon and the future of cons

Depressed PunxComics conventions are changing. Some creators complain that it’s harder to sell books at cons than it once was. Distractions — cosplay, Hollywood — creep in and attract larger crowds, but don’t increase comics sales at the events. Having attended Boston Comicon in August, Paul shares the experience with Tim, and discussion ensues on problems that cons face going forward.

Paul did buy a couple of indy books in Boston, and we discuss them:

Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 83.1: Talking with Creators at Fan Expo’s Dallas Comic Con

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dallas-comic-conFor this special episode of The Comics Alternative, Derek is back at the Dallas Comic Con talking with a variety of artists, writers, publishers, and even animation voice actors. Among his guests are Yanick Paquette (artist on the new Swamp Thing), Jimmy Palmiotti (creative force, behind Harley Quinn and Painkiller Jane), Joe Eisma (artist on Morning Glories), Andy Hirsch (illustrator of GarfieldAdventure Time, and Regular Show), Robert Wilson IV (artist on Knuckleheads), Tim Harris (publisher/creator of Renegade Comics), Don Rosencrants (production manager of Literati Press), Shada-RoyalJeremy Shada (the voice of Finn on the Adventure Time cartoon), and Man of Action Studios creators Steven T. Seagle (creator behind Imperial, House of SecretsAmerican Virgin), Joe Kelly (writer of I Kill GiantsBang! Tango!, and Douglas Fredericks and the House of They), and Duncan Rouleau (artist behind The Nightmarist and The Great Unknown). There was a lot of activity and a lot of fun talk. And now you can experience the con vicariously by plugging into this podcast episode!

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A very special thank you to Sophie Birdwell and Marc Bullard, who, as our press liaisons, showed us the layout of the floor, introduced us to many in Artist Alley, and literally took us behind the scenes for some special moments. And another big thank you to Joe Kelly, who gave Derek a signed copy of his wonderful book for adolescents, Douglas Fredericks and the House of They.

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Zone 4 #258: Pork-Chops, Heroes & Skype Hates Us

The crew returns to discuss con etiquette, which turns into more of a list of don’ts. But before they get to that, there’s an update on Denver Comic Con, Heroes returning, Rocket Raccoon’s comic series, Big Trouble in Little China, Constantine, Star Wars, True Detective, Farscape, and much, much more!

And, this week we have a new Facebook Shout-Out!

Finally, the guys wrap things up with some announcements.

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Chiditorad:

Nerds and nerd-friends! The Chicago Nerd Social Club is proud to be participating in Chiditarod Chicago this Saturday by running the checkpoint station at Emporium Arcade Bar! Chiditarod is now in its 9th year of causing creative mayhem for a good cause: raising funds to benefit local organizations fighting hunger, and raising food donations for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Last year the Chiditarod Foundation awarded $20K in grant money to organizations fighting hunger, and the event raised over 17K lbs of food and over $34K in funds. If you’re interested in helping us smash those records, there are two ways you can do so:

1) Donate funds via our First Giving link – each checkpoint team is doing their part to raise funds for the Chiditarod Foundation. Help us show Chiditarod just how awesome the nerdy, geek community is – whether you’re a Chicagoan or from out of town, we’d love to have your support in any amount you are able to give. http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/ChicagoNerdSocialClub/chiditarod-2014

2) Donate food to the checkpoint! Emporium will have a food donation collection box at the bar through the race this Saturday! For a list of what would help the GCFD, go here: http://www.chiditarod.org/race-day-logistics/

And if you’re interested in checking out the race, spectators are welcome at the starting line and you can come visit us at Emporium, where we’ll be staffing our checkpoint in Star Wars cosplay, with fun games for racers and the ORIGINAL trilogy screening at the bar. Also, Emporium will be carrying a SPECIAL LIMITED BREW from Illuminated Brew Works: ChiditaRye – a dry French Rye Saison, so come on down and try it! Bonus: Emporium is donating a portion of the day’s profits to the event! Learn more at www.chiditarod.org.

 

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VACANT Bits #22

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Michelle and Heather Nunnelly talk about their time at SPX.

They give shoutouts to Alex and Kyle for being the first two readers of VACANT to talk to Heather at a con. They also give a shoutout to Lira who spoke with them the year before. Other than that they met great people, sold comics, bought comics, and only had one awkward encounter.

Thanks to everyone who said hi!

Sequential Underground #66

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators!

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Scott Hedlund joins Nick Marino to talk about comic book conventions, self-published comics, and prints. Spinning out of Comic Book Pitt #126, Scott and Nick discuss the struggle of selling indie comics at comicons.

Even though they began as comic book events, most large conventions are now expensive pop culture showcases for movies, TV, and established properties. While self-published comics featuring original characters tend to be overlooked, questionably legal prints of licensed characters sell like crazy.

On the flip side, there are lots of local expos and fairs that favor crafts, zines, and artistic aesthetic over narrative comics. Which leaves us wondering… where do comic book storytellers fit in nowadays?

ALSO: Shoutout to Rob Harrington of Ginger Rabbit Studio for sharing his thoughts about prints and comics with Nick at last weekend’s Long Beach Comic Expo.

PLUS: Why has Tom Scioli quit comics? And is he really done for good?