The Grawlix Podcast #39: Roomba Uprising in Hell

Hell Month continues with a discussion of the crowd-funded dark comedy graphic novel ‘Our Friend Satan‘. Jesse and Randy also ponder the production details of Netflix original series, discuss a few video games, and allude to the political post apocalypse. Keep fighting against that Roomba uprising and enjoy!

Show Notes and Links
INTRO
00:00:00 – Intro/Greetings
00:01:31 – This Episode’s Topic
FEATURE COMIC REVIEW
00:04:35 – Our Friend Satan
TV/VIDEO GAME TALK
00:27:10 – The OA, Netflix Originals
00:33:10 – Pokémon Games
00:38:15 – 7 Days To Die
OUTRO
00:43:21 – Letters Page, Next Episode Topic
00:44:39 – Outro


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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #248 With Travis Horseman From ‘Amiculus’

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This week, I talk with Travis Horseman, who’s brought together a terrific series of graphic novels called Amiculus: A Secret History. We discuss how he brought this powerful story about the collapse of Western Rome to life, just who the characters are in this historical tale, and what he has in mind for the future of the character as well as his work! First up, though, is his current Kickstarter project that you can support! It’s going on now at this link, and he needs your help to bring the concluding volume to life! For more information about this series, go to his website here. These books come highly recommended by yours truly, so don’t miss this engaging conversation and the books that bring to life an important part of history, and does it in a gripping way!

 

ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 65: Alison Bechdel’s FUN HOME

Ah, FUN HOME. Of all of the graphic novels out there, this is one of the all-stars. If you haven’t read it, someone you know probably has. You may have noticed it on the syllabus of any number of literature classes. You may even have heard of the Tony-Award winning musical that was directly adapted from it. Yet under all the mega-hype and adulation, there is real, unfiltered power in FUN HOME.  For all of its award-winning façade of academia and popularity (it was considered “Best Book of the Year” by over 22 publications!), at the core of FUN HOME’s power is its refreshing honesty and its unrelenting, yet subtle, emotion, the praises of which we here at ComicsVerse have only added to in this podcast.

LISTEN: Want podcasts on more graphic novels like FUN HOME? The gang gets into Craig Thompson’s BLANKETS!

The artistic and literary brainchild of Alison Bechdel, creator of comic strip, DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR, FUN HOME finds itself in the extended medium of the graphic novel, the medium of choice for many a graphic autobiography. FUN HOME is a story of discovery, both of the self and of her family history. It is also a tale of exploration; Bechdel does not finish her autobiography with any set convictions or beliefs—only questions, which arguably is what makes the graphic novel relatable to so many readers who are themselves struggling with explorations of their own identities.

HEAR: More discussion of love and sexuality in Adrian Tomine’s SHORTCOMINGS!

Bechdel handles the toughest topics: sexuality, mental health, suicide, and family dynamics, with the ease and subtlety of the art itself, which is delivered in a melancholic slate blue. By the nature of the autobiographical beast, we also talk a lot about Bechdel herself in this podcast, along with the links between her artistic style and the content of the work: a beautiful alchemy of ingredients that result in deft parallels and allusions that hint at her literary background. Analyzing FUN HOME is always a special treat because there’s always more to the richness of Bechdel’s work. Listeners to the podcast, snap on your headphones, turn up your speakers, and indulge in that richness as well.

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source: http://comicsverse.com/episode-65-alison-bechdels-fun-home/

homepage: http://comicsverse.com

ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 58: THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE

Do you want to learn all about the entire history of the known universe, but just can’t commit to all of that pesky student loan debt? Do you prefer reading comic strips to textbooks? Then you’ve got to check out Larry Gonick‘s THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE.

Kathleen, Jamie, Nolan, Pete, and Travis sat down to discuss Gonick’s incredible 30-year project as part of our The Best Comics You’ve Never Read podcast series. Be sure to check out our last episode on one of our favorite indie titles no one is talking about: THE TALES OF MR. RHEE by Dirk Manning.

LISTEN: Want more Kathy? Check out another podcast she hosted on Craig Thompson’s BLANKETS!

THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE gives an entertaining and surprisingly accurate account of the history of the known universe from the Big Bang all the way up until 2008 (at least until Gonick treats us with another entry). The series is notable not only for the incredible achievement of giving a fairly complete (and balanced) history of the universe, but for Gonick’s incredibly charming Sunday strip comic art-style and the wealth of superhero level  puns and Dad-humor.

Gonick began work on THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE all the way back in 1978 when the series was published in traditional comic book format. Today you can find the series broken up into three thick trade paperback volumes along with THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD #1 & #2 which concluded the series. According to the scholars over at Wikipedia the project was “championed” by none other than former first lady Jackie O, who worked as an editor over at Doubleday.

HEAR: This isn’t our first podcast on something without superheroes! Why not listen to this podcast on Julie Daucet’s MY NEW YORK DIARY?

If you’re interested in getting schooled on topics ranging from science to sex be sure to check out Gonick’s website (http://www.larrygonick.com) so you can enjoy his work as much as we did.

Be sure to check out our next episode in The Best Comics You’ve Never Read podcast series, where we’ll be discussing BOOK!

For your convenience, this episode and more of the ComicsVerse Podcast is also located on iTunes:

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 57: BLANKETS by Craig Thompson

At ComicsVerse, we have talked before about BLANKETS by Craig Thompson when it was featured as a topic in a podcast on our ‘Comics We’re Thankful For’ series. Still, we felt there was more to peel back and discover about this moving story. That’s why we have picked up this beautifully illustrated book once again. In this podcast, we dive deep into this ground-breaking graphic novel. Discussing the book are Kathy Wisneski, (Ms.) Jamie Rice, Chris Massari, Brian Delpazo, Angela Yih and me, Chris Galvin, in my very first ComicsVerse podcast!

BLANKETS is an autobiographical look at Thompson’s life, his slow drift away from his Christian upbringing and his first love, Raina. This thought-provoking story of an awkward teen and the lessons he learns along the way deals with themes of love, loss, art, hope, faith, and family. The story poses some tough questions without offering easy answers, yet it offers an eye-opening look at life and perspective.

Our discussion of this book led us to reflect and share upon our own experiences of love, faith, religion and relationships with our families while growing up. One of the biggest draws of the story is the author’s relationship with Raina, a girl he builds a relationship with before spending two weeks with her and her family. We looked at how Thompson perceived her versus how she actually was in reality. As an artist, he uses his art to express his feelings about her and at times creates this heavenly creature that cracks under scrutiny. BLANKETS is an honest look at Thompson’s life and the difficult truths he learns along the way. His art style in telling this story is beautiful, told in whimsical inks. He uses no color, which only makes the story more involving.

But don’t just take my word for it. Listen and make your own mind up! Leave us a few comments, and please post this around the web!

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Grawlix Nights #8: John Mueller

Grawlix Nights CPNOn this episode of the Grawlix Nights interview series we are joined by John Mueller, author and illustrator of OINK: Heaven’s Butcher and game developer. We talk about his Kickstarter for the ultimate collector’s edition of OINK, his history as a graphic novelist, his video game Skyshine’s Bedlam, his life as a heart throb teenage ninja, and more!  Enjoy!

Download this episode, subscribe to the show, and more at: http://www.grawlixpodcast.com/2015/07/nights008.html

John Mueller Links
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnmuellerart
Website: http://www.bigpigink.com
OINK Hardcover Graphic Novel Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/oink/oink-hardcover-graphic-novel
Skyshine’s Bedlam: http://www.gobedlam.com

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #144 With Howard Shapiro From ‘The Hockey Saint’

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I love variety in my reading, and this week you’re going to hear about a great graphic novel called The Hockey Saint, coming in October from creator Howard Shapiro, who I chat with during this episode.

Here’s the book’s description: “Twenty-one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world’s best hockey player, but he wasn’t prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title. Tom Leonard is an average college sophomore … just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountable. Through a chance meeting, these two strike up an unlikely friendship. Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn’t as perfect up close as he seems from afar.”

If you aren’t a big hockey fan, don’t worry – this book primarily focuses on friendship, one of my favorite subjects!  Available on October 14, The Hockey Saint can be pre-ordered in the States at Amazon at this link or through Animal Media Group, its publisher, here!  Don’t miss it!

You can read more about Tom Leonard in Mr. Shapiro’s previous graphic novel, The Stereotypical Freaks, available at Amazon by clicking here.

Next week, there’ll be yet another fun chat with a great comics creator as we count down to episode #150!

 

Super Hero Speak – #43: Blue Nemesis

This week you get 2 repeat guests for the price of one! That’s right Dave and John this week sit down with artist Steve Scott and writer James Maddox as they tell us all about their very first collaborative project Blue Nemesis, a new graphic novel with a classic Sci-Fi/Horror feel to it. These 2 are always great guests and when you get them together it makes for a really great episode. We hope you enjoy!

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If you haven’t seen our review of Blue Nemesis check it out here: http://superherospeak.com/wp/review-7-blue-nemesis/

James Maddox website: http://www.jamesmaddox.net/

James on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescmaddox

Steve’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/steve.scott.39

James Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jamescmaddox

And as always please leave feedback on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Superherospeak

RBDHB: George O’Connor Interview

Our interview from MICE(http://www.micexpo.org/) with George O’Connor the artist of the Olympians series.We talk how he makes the gods come to life, how he creates his comics & being a history buff.

Listen to the full uncut interview here –https://soundcloud.com/yupfrank/rbdhb…

Video Version of this interview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfjC9_qVrQo

Find George O’Connor here: http://geooco.blogspot.com/
http://olympiansrule.com/
https://www.facebook.com/georgeolympians

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Wayne’s Comics #71 With Jeff Amano From Kickstart’s ‘Divine Wind’

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It’s the 71st episode of the Wayne’s Comics podcast, now at ComicBooked.Com!

This week, I have a fun interview with Jeff Amano, scripter for the excellent Kickstart (not Kickstarter!) comic Divine Wind! Here’s the description: “Five years ago, the Samurai drove back the Mongols from their shores where they were swallowed up by the Dvine Wind. But their return has been inevitable and their armies gather, thirsty for revenge. Young fisherman Shoichi follows his dream of becoming a Samurai when Kublai Khan’s Mongol horde invades again. Led by the wise warrior-monk Tametomo, Shoichi and the samurai battle to the last to defend their island.” We discuss this graphic novel and also check out other projects he’s working on, so be sure to give it a listen!

Then I review the latest comics, and everything wraps up with Gianluca Glazer discussing the latest ‘News & Previews’ with me as he does every week!

Don’t miss it!

 

Completely A Bonus Episode!

Last week Troy mentioned that one of his favorite authors has a novel that will be released as a graphic novel. This week we ‘borrow’ an episode of Scott Sigler’s weekly podcast ‘The Friday Fix’ where Scott and the Director of Doom celebrate the collaboration with IDW that will publish in summer 2012. Chris Ryall, editor in chief at IDW, joins to tell all about it. All of this information can be found at www.scottsigler.com. Oh, also I mentioned last week an awesome trailer for the book infected. Click here for the video on YouTube.

 

Deconstructing Comics #284: Doug TenNapel: from Neverhood to Ghostopolis

Power UPDoug TenNapel’s name is known in a wide variety of media in the U.S., from video games to animation to, of course, comics. His Neverhood game is worshiped by, among many others, our own Kumar. His graphic novels have won acclaim but also some controversy, in part because of the statements on spirituality that are made in some of them, such as Black Cherry, the most spiritual book that you’ll never see in a Christian bookstore. (Could it be the nudity and F-bombs?)

Tim takes an hour of Doug’s scant free time to discuss storytelling media, how each fiction genre tends to tell certain stories, and inconsequential alien landings.

Web comic: Ratfist

YouTube: Making Comics with Doug TenNapel

Coverage of Deconstructing Comics at The Comics Bulletin!

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The PKD Black Box-Episode #50: Jetta Meets Billy Ocean & John Cena.

Martheus and Janet Wade are interviewed about their latest Original Graphic Novel, Jetta: Tales of The Toshigawa – Full Circle, then Jon Carroll swings by as he and Shawn discuss the iPad 2 and Race In Comics, and later on Donny Salvo stops by as Shawn tells him about the strangest dream he’s ever had, which then lead to a slew of tangents to later finding out what John Cena and Donny have in common!

This episode has everything you could possibly need! Enjoy.

Gutter Trash – Episode 102: Hereville

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Hereville. Music by Sepultura, Black Wolf Fight, and Superchunk

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Gutter Trash – Episode 100: Finger Prints

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Finger Prints. Music by Legbone, Black Wolf Fight, and Damien Jurado

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