GCU #18: Krampus & Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

GCU Christmas Horror

Christmas horror movies! On this special Grawlix Cinematic Universe holiday special we review Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and Krampus.

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Show Notes

0:00 – Intro/Greetings
2:36 – Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
27:25 – Krampus (2015)
52:41 – Krampus / Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Cinematic Universe

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Zone 4 #437: The Haunting of Heroes for Hire

The crew returns for a special Halloween-themed episode of Zone 4!

We are talking The Haunting of Hill House and the possibilities of Heroes for Hire for Marvel TV!

Check out Patreon.com/BrantFowler for Zone 4 Aftermath on Mondays and early access to audio versions of Zone 4!

Music provided by The Ray Wall Band and Society’s Plague (with permission)

Video Version: https://youtu.be/bX2gFuZUuQE

GCU #15: Trick or Treat/The Devil’s Candy Cinematic Universe

It’s a heavy metal Halloween with this headbanging horror double feature! We review Trick or Treat (1986) in which a bullied metalhead resurrects his dead rock hero by playing the rocker’s last record backwards. Then it’s on to The Devil’s Candy (2015) in which a hard rockin’ dad is possessed by evil forces to paint some truly metal artwork… but he’s not the only one being influenced by the dark lord.

And as always, we wrap this episode up by figuring out how these two movies could be combined into one CINEMATIC UNIVERSE!

This episode originally appeared on GrawlixPodcast.com

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Webcomics: Reviews of The Zombie Hunters, Kim Reaper, and Nothing Is Forgotten

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Zombies, Reapers, and…Some Sorta Thing

On this, the Two Guys’ annual Halloween webcomics episode, Sean and Derek discuss three horror-related titles, each of which is quite different one from the other. They begin with Jenny Romanchuk’s The Zombie Hunters, a story that has been serialized since 2006. This is a post-apocalyptic narrative that centers on a group of zombie hunters who are themselves infected by a virus that could possibly turn them into the undead, should they die a natural death. After that they look at Kim Reaper, a relatively new webcomic created by Sara Graley, and one that could arguably be described as a horror romcom. Finally, they discuss Ryan Andrews’s Nothing Is Forgotten, a somewhat short but nonetheless powerful story about a young boy who buries his father the same day he stumbles upon a lair of some ill-defined and mysterious creature.

 

Critiquing Comics #143: “Radio Silence” and “1000 Nightmares”

"Radio Silence" and "1000 Nighmares"

In this episode, Tim and Mulele discuss these comics, submitted by their creators:

  • The members of a rock band in the UK cope with interpersonal issues and the problems of fame in Vanessa Stefaniuk’s Radio Silence.
  • Horror, from the fantastical, and maybe even a little humorous, to the totally factual, in writer Bill Richardson’s 1000 Nightmares (with various artists).

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #336: Joseph Oliveira

Afterlight, Cryptids, horror, Wendigo, British

British horror is some of the best there is, and in Episode 336, I talk with Joseph Oliveira, editor of Afterlight Comics, a British independent horror comic publishing house. He’s got a Kickstarter running now for Wendigo Wood, his latest horror project, which you can support at this link. We also discuss his other works, including Folktales of the Cryptids, which you can soon access on Comixology or at the Afterlight Comics website store. It’s always great to expand our comics horizons, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy what Joseph has to say!

 

Comic News Insider Episode 862 – Heroes Con: Behind the Cover Panel w/ Francesco Francavilla!

Comic News Insider: Episode 862 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy moderated a panel with his good pal Francesco Francavilla. BEHIND THE COVER: A LOOK AT THE CREATIVE PROCESS WITH EISNER WINNER COVER ARTIST FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (The Black Beetle, Afterlife With Archie). Listen in for a fun hour of illustration and chat! Francavilla designed a cover based on audience suggestions! Have you ever wondered how many of your favorite cover artists come up with their designs? Francavilla broke down that process for you during this entertaining panel! He and Jimmy banter a bit about the piece and some of his recent work. Thanks to the audience for chiming in with suggestions and having fun along with them. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Grawlix Cinematic Universe #6: The Thing/Big Trouble in Little China

It’s a John Carpenter double feature inspired by an unsolicited listener pitch! We revisit John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) and Big Trouble in Little China (1986). Then we read the mash up from Matt Downs before descending into ridiculousness.

This episode originally appeared on GrawlixPodcast.com

Show Notes

00:00 – Intro/Greetings
02:01 – The Thing (1982)
39:11 – Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
1:02:08 – The Thing/Big Trouble in Little China Cinematic Universe

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Peter Normanton

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  • 00:24 – Introduction
  • 02:19 – Setup of interview
  • 04:13 – Interview with Peter Normanton
  • 55:17 – Wrap up
  • 55:53 – Contact us

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Horror in the UK

On past episodes of The Comics Alternative, the Two Guys have discussed comics fandom and zine culture quite often, although usually the context surrounds American fan activity. But as Derek points out in his conversation with Peter Normanton, he has little knowledge of fanzines outside of the states, particularly within the United Kingdom. That’s why Peter’s latest book, It Crept from the Tomb, was such an enlightening read. Normanton was the publisher and editor of the UK horror zine, From the Tomb, which began in 2000 and ran for over 20-some issues. Several years ago, he was approached by Roy Thomas about the possibility editing a collection from the pages of his horror zine, and the result was The Best of From the Tomb, which came out from TwoMorrows Publishing in 2012. And then more recently, John Morrow asked Peter about a second “best of” collection surrounding From the Tomb…and this request eventually became Peter’s newest release, It Crept from the Tomb. In his conversation with Peter Normanton, Derek talks with his guest about his time as an editor and publisher, the history of comics in in the UK, his love of the horror genre and comics fandom, and the many challenges he faced in putting out a fanzine over the years.

NOTE: Over the course of Derek’s conversation with Peter, they experienced occasional problems with the internet connection. Peter lives in northwest Britain, and at times the connection on Skype was sketchy. So apologies in advance for the several breaks and momentary silences that are noticeable on Peter’s track. Still, the gist of his comments comes through clearly, so please overlook any technical difficulties they may have had.

Comics Alternative, Episode 280: Reviews of The New World: Comics from Mauretania, Young Frances, and A Walk through Hell #1

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A Comfortable Fogginess

On this episode of the podcast, Paul and Derek look at three new releases that, while all compelling readings, are vastly different in style and narrative approach. They begin with Chris Reynold’s The New World: Comics from Mauretania, recently released from Gallery 13. This is a collection of Reynold’s Mauretania comics published beginning in the 1980s. This volume was designed by Seth, and he also provided a brief and insightful note at the end of the text. Neither Paul nor Derek had encountered any of the Mauretania stories before, and they’re sorry that they hadn’t read Reynolds any sooner. The narratives are dreamlike and random in their coherency, and while making any sense of their meaning and action can be an exercise in frustration, they are strangely some of the most compelling comics the guys have read this year.

Next, the Two Guys turn to a creator whom they’ve read and loved before, but not by his current name. Both Paul and Derek are big fans of the series Pope Hats, authored by Ethan Rilly, an anagram of Hartley Lin. In Young Frances (AdHouse Books), Lin is now using his real name and collects issues #2, #3, and #5 of his defining series. The text presents the story of Frances Scarland, a young legal clerk whose efficiency and competency are admired by those around her, but who nonetheless wonders if she’s just drifting through life without purpose. Her best friend, Vickie, is impulse and more scattered, yet talented enough to find a lead role acting in a hit television crime drama. This is yet another example of “verite dessinée” storytelling, a favorite of Derek’s and Paul’s.

The guys conclude this episode by looking at the first issue of Garth Ennis and Goran Sudžuka’s A Walk through Hell (AfterShock Comics). A mix of horror and crime, this first issue establishes the premise of the series but does so in a way that poses a variety of questions. In fact, both Paul and Derek feel as if this first issue ended almost too quickly — a sense that they’ve gotten with other AfterShock first issues — although there is enough in this inaugural installment to have them wanting to come back to the series. In this first issue, Special Agents Shaw and McGregor work a recent race-related killing while at the same time investigating the disappearance of two fellow officers. What they stumble onto, and we never get a sense of what that is, is apparently something so horrific that even the most hardened law enforcers are unable to live with what they saw.

Critiquing Comics #133: “The Old Man of the Mountain” and “On Syntaphore”

Old Man of the Mountain issue 1, by Tom Rapka and Ariez Hernandez, includes an execution-style murder and three teens getting brutally, graphically cut to pieces. And yet, somehow it feels like it’s not meant to be a horror series. What is this comic trying to do?

That question goes double for On Syntaphore, by Lion’s Lips, because, while the art is attractive, the story is hard to discern — and even the reason for that isn’t quite clear.

Tim and Mulele discuss both, and also some listener mail, and Mulele’s upcoming trip to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #326: Stephanie Phillips, Rafer Roberts

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Modern Fantasy, Nightmare the Rat, Rafer Roberts, Stephanie Phillips, Yawaan, supernatural, possession, horror, Kicking Ice, hockey, National Women’s Hockey League, NWHL, Bella, Skye

It’s another double-header this week in Episode 326! First up is Stephanie Phillips, writer for Kicking Ice, a terrific story about two young girls and hockey, and Yawaan, a supernatural thriller dealing with possession. She discusses both books in depth, including how they came to be as well as who the characters are. For more about Stephanie and her comics, be sure to go to her website here.  

Then everything wraps up with my interview with Rafer Roberts, who talks about his upcoming Dark Horse miniseries Modern Fantasy, and his webcomic Nightmare the Rat. Rafer tells us about each story, where they came from and what we can expect from him and these stories in the future! For more about Rafer and his storytelling, check out his website here.

 

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #325: Joe Keatinge, Ali Bouzari, Wook Jin Clark, Tamra Bonvillain

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Flavor, Image Comics, Joe Keatinge, Ali Bouzari, Wook Jin Clark, Tamra Bonvillain, Xoo, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Hunger Games, Flip Side, Ingredient, food, cooking, Buster,

Landmark Episode 325 goes where this podcast has never gone before – Two interviews about the same great upcoming comic, Flavor from Image Comics! First up is the return of Joe Keatinge, writer and co-creator, and culinary consultant Ali Bouzari. They discuss this fun comic, sharing behind-the-scenes info about the importance of cooking and food to talking about the various characters and their roles in this new ongoing series.  

Then we turn to the art team as I talk with artist and co-creator Wook Jin Clark and colorist Tamra Bonvillain. We delve into the look of the series, including choices of color and appearance of characters and backgrounds. You won’t want to miss this series as it adds “flavor” to your comics reading diet! Don’t miss it!

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Nix Comics’ 2018 Comic Book and Record Releases

Rock On!

This weekend Derek talks with Ken Eppstein about his latest Kickstarter campaign, backing for Nix Comics’ 2018 comic book and record releases. Listeners of the podcast might recognize this publisher, as they’ve discussed Nix releases in the past.

Nix Comics’ productions are inspired by the kind of mythos surrounding pre-MTV garage rock. The comics are informed by Ken’s years of love for punk rock bands, record stores, and b-movies. For this kickstarter he is offering two subscription levels: Basic and De-Luxe.

Basic subscribers will receive 7 printed comic books and zines:

  • Nix Comics Quarterly
  • Nix Western Comics
  • Jenny Mae & Jerry Wick
  • Buck  Slaughter’s Book of Rock n Roll Facts
  • The Collected Pander Bear
  • Tales from the Crate
  • Return of Belligerent Kitties

De-Luxe subscribers will receive 7 printed comic books and zines, the accompanying records, and a 120-page art and poetry collection:

  • Nix Comics Quarterly
  • Nix Western Comics
  • Jenny Mae & Jerry Wick (comic and record set)
  • Buck  Slaughter’s Book of Rock n Roll Facts
  • The Collected Pander Bear (comic and record set)
  • Tales from the Crate
  • Return of Belligerent Kitties
  • Beauty Found in Darkness

US Subscribers will receive their books/records in May, July, and September.  International subscribers will receive their complete subscription in September.

But if you’re not into the subscription thing, then you take advantage of the various reward levels where you can get individual issues. So be sure to check out Ken’s 2018 Kickstarter campaign and indulge in the rockin’ goodness of Nix Comics!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 274: Reviews of Why Art?, Infidel #1, and Vampironica #1

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:30 – Introduction
  • 00:03:12 – Welcoming new Patreon supporters, and more listener mail!
  • 00:14:29 – Why Art?
  • 00:42:19 – Infidel #1
  • 00:58:55 – Vampironica #1
  • 01:13:58 – Wrap up
  • 01:15:53 – Contact us

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“Another episode of Gene’s forced connections”

This week Gene and Derek discuss three different titles that may or may not be connected (you’ll have to ask Gene). They begin with Eleanor Davis’s Why Art? (Fantagraphics Books). Going into this reading, the guys thought that the book might be more on the expository or critical side. However, they quickly discovered Davis’s unique approach in combining humor, storytelling, and aesthetic analysis. After that they check out the first issue of Infidel (Image Comics), written by Pornsak Pichetshote and with art by Aaron Campbell. This is a curious combination of horror and the dynamics of intolerance, and the first issue raises a variety of questions that start off the series with good story momentum. The Two Guys with PhDs conclude with another horror title, Greg and Megan Smallwood’s Vampironica #1. Although in the tradition of Archie Comics’ other recent horror titles, this first issue doesn’t have the same impact on the guys as did Afterlife with Archie or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Still, the art and premise are an attention-grabbing setup.