Comics Alternative Interviews: I. N. J. Culbard

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CulbardThe Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics are back with another fun conversation, this time with artist I. N. J. Culbard. They talk with him about his latest book, The King in Yellow (SelfMadeHero), a graphic adaptation of Robert W. Chambers’s macabre collection of stories originally published in 1895. To be more specific, Culbard actually takes the first four stories from Chambers’s original work, the ones that reference the notorious fictional play referenced in the title — “The Repairer of Reputations,” “The Mask,” “In the Court of the Dragon,” and “The Yellow Sign” — and adapts those. As Ian reveals, he attempts to stay true to the spirit of the original, while at the same time making creative changes that will more fully bring out the stories’ tone and present them in more of a thematic whole. In fact, Derek suggests that Ian has actually made The King in Yellow better by KingInYellowgiving it more structural cohesion, using the four stories in such a way that the book becomes short-story cycle, or more appropriate to the medium, a graphic cycle. The guys spend a lot of time discussing the new book, the artist’s storytelling choices, and especially Culbard’s larger philosophy on adaptation and comics. However, they also explore a variety of Ian’s earlier works, including his ongoing adaptations of H. P. Lovecraft narratives (of which we can expect more in the near future), his many collaborations with both Ian Edgington and Dan Abnett, and his solo work from last year, Celeste. If you aren’t previously familiar with the work of I. N. J. Culbard, then this is your chance to get introduced to one of the best adapters, and best artists, working in comics today.

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Comic News Insider Episode 539 – More TCAF w/ Box Brown/Eric Kim/Jesse Lonergan/Rebecca Scoble & Lianne Sentar

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Comic News Insider: Episode 539 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1, Justice League United #1, The New 52: Futures End, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finale, Arrow finale, Once Upon A Time finale, Warehouse 13 series finale, Godzilla

Jimmy flies solo this week so as not to make the episode too long. He forgets how long winded he is so the episode will still be LONG. Thanks to Producer Joe for the editing magic. However, it’s chock full of more TCAF (The Toronto Comic Arts Festival) goodness! Interviews with Box Brown, Eric Kim, Jesse Lonergan, and Rebecca Scoble/Lianne Sentar. News includes: DC to launch weekly digital first Wonder Woman series, Dynamite Entertainment announces new titles including Bob’s Burgers, Captain Victory, Terminal Hero and Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880, John Layman/Rob Guillory’s Chew coming to tabletop games, and Lumberjanes is going to a full series. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Come back Friday for the Sports vs Comics panel that Jimmy moderated with Wai Au, Box Brown, Reinhard Kleist and Jesse Lonergan! 

Comic News Insider Episode 536 – TCAF w/ Darwyn Cooke/Nicholas Gurewitch/Kazu Kibuishi/Mike Maihack/Renee Nault

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Comic News Insider: Episode 536 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: No reviews this week as it’s a TCAF recap!

Producer Joe joins Jimmy to discuss their recent jaunt to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in Toronto. They give their recap and thoughts on the terrific show. Such a great time! Thanks to everyone involved for such a well run and fun festival. Great interviews included in this podcast are with Darwyn Cooke (Parker), Nicholas Gurewitch (Perry Bible Fellowship), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space) and Renee Nault (Witchling). News includes: 3 DC titles (iZombie, FlashConstantine) picked up for TV runs, Marvel’s Agent Carter is coming to TV as well with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. getting a second season pick up, More Marvel films from Fox including X-Force, Gambit and Deadpool, Usagi Yojimbo returns with a sci-fi twist, the Finger family is not okay with DC Comics, and the smallest comic might be in your hair. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Tune in later this week for some special podcasts! First up on Friday is a lunch interview with Becky Cloonan (By Chance or Providence, Batman) and Renee Nault (Witchling). Started out as just a recap and turned into a wonderful conversation about self publishing, advice for tabling at a show, and some of their upcoming projects. Then on Sunday, we’ll release the spotlight panel that Jimmy moderated with German cartoonist Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer, Cash: I See A Darkness). He’s a talented, smart and funny man with a great career. Hear them discuss it all! 

Then come back next week for even more TCAF interviews with Jesse Lonergan (All Star), Eric Kim (Nitro Battlers), Box Brown (Andre the Giant), Lianne Sentar/Rebecca Scoble (Sparkler Monthly) and the Sports vs Comics panel that Jimmy moderated. 

Comic News Insider Episode 409 – Poppin’ Fresh!

Comic News Insider: Episode 409 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1, Creator-Owned Heroes #1. Harbinger Vol 2 #1, Higher Earth #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by old pal Kevin Conn (I Hate Earth).  The boys chat about the Arrowand Spider-Man trailer. The Tony awards (especially Wolverine aka Hugh Jackman) are discussed as well as the recent disproportionate Catwoman comic book cover. Which then leads into a small (and rare serious) discussion of the new Tomb Raider trailer and how women are portrayed in games and comics in general. News includes: DC cancellations and new titles announced, Batman to finally appear in Smallville, Archie Comics CEOs settle in court and Laura Hudson leaves Comics Alliance. As always, listener feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 405 – More Kapow Con: SelfMadeHero Edition!

Comic News Insider: Episode 405 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy is still in London at the SelfMadeHero offices and publisher Emma Hayley hangs around to co-host this SMH special! Great intereviews at Kapow Con with SMH creators Kate Brown, JAKe, Will Bingley, Anthony Hope-Smith,  I.N.J. Culbard, and editor Dan Lockwood. Emma also gives us a brief history of SMH and what’s available in the UK and on its way to the US! Really great graphic novels coming from them so be sure to check it all out. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Thanks to publisher Emma Hayley for letting me record in the swanky SMH offices and for being a lovely co-host for this episode and the previous one! You rock, Ems!

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