Zone 4 #403: That Was a Thing…

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The crew returns for another exciting episode of Zone 4!

So many tangents we couldn’t even keep things straight!

We talk headlines, random discussion, and for Topic time we discuss what classifies a comic as an independent.

The sensitive might be offended…

The Last Ember #1 Kickstarter:

Gordon’s Links:

Auction Donation Information

http://www.artistsagainsthate.org

http://artistsagainsthate.bandcamp.com

 

For The Love of Indie #32

It’s a convention weekend and Drew is recording alone about a doctor with an impossible task… BUT NOT FOR LONG! Robin Furth, co-author of the Dark Tower comics and author of Concordance stops in to talk about her experience with the property. Listen in to discover:

Plague Doktor
The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower: Concordance
Skin & Earth
Calexit
S**t & P**s
Alone

Notes: www.fortheloveofindie.com
Email: ftlindie@gmail.com
Twitter/Instagram: @ftlindie/@ftloveofindie
Drew’s Instagram: @justdrewvg

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #263: Dave Romeo

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Ready to visit the front lines of the comics industry? In this week’s episode, #263, I talk with Dave Romeo, the owner and operator of Comics on the Green, a high-power comics shop that’s been a standard setter for the industry since Dave opened it over two decades ago! Dave understands both the business and fan aspects of comics, so we talk about everything from how 2016 went in his shop to what he envisions taking place in 2017. We discuss comics companies including Marvel, DC, Image and AfterShock, as well as the impact of comics-related moves and TV shows on local stores, among other fascinating things! The store’s website is at this link, and you can also find out more by checking out their Facebook page and keeping up with them on Twitter. Don’t miss this entertaining and informative interview!

 

ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 80: AYA – LIFE IN YOP CITY

In the West, there are few topics of conversation more rife with generalities, prejudices, and fear than that of Africa—especially sub-Saharan Africa. How easy it is for us to make a vaguely ridiculous, generalized statements about the Earth’s second largest and second most populous continent without fear of scrutiny! Racism, the legacy of colonialism, and the pervasive, disfiguring, narratives attached to this legacy has bred an easy sort of ignorance about the histories, cultures, and day-to-day lives of the people(s) who call the African continent their home. Aya of Yop City offers a wonderful response to (or perhaps a reprieve from) the monolithic narratives that crowd our perceptions about “Africa.”

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Written by Marguerite Abouet and drawn by Clément Oubrerie, this colorful, refreshing, and vibrant comic follows the adventures (and many misadventures) of the eponymous character and her two best friends as they navigate adolescence. The story takes place in Yopougon-Koute, which is a large suburb of Abdijan, the economic capital of the Ivory Coast. We enter the story at a particularly interesting point in the history of the Ivory Coast. Set in the 1970’s, Aya and her friends are living during the time of the “Ivorian Miracle,” a time at which there was a thriving middle class and unparalleled wealth and opportunities. Theirs is a moment of burgeoning freedom, and a large part of the fun of this book is watching as the young women contend with the values of their parents and elders while forging their own identities in a rapidly changing social and economic landscape.

HEAR: ComicsVerse is committed to doing podcasts on graphic novels! We discuss and interview SUPERMAN writer, Gene Luen Yang’s opus, AMERICAN BORN CHINESE in this podcast!

Just as the main characters in “Aya” face issues that range from the most superficial teenage spats, to questions of their aspirations being limited by their gender, so too did our discussion range from larger sociopolitical realities evinced by the nuanced characters and stories in the book, to the pert and twinkling humor throughout. Helmed by our fearless leader, Justin Alba, our wonderful cast relived our teenage years while confronting our own biases and pre-conceived notions about “African” stories. Bintu Conteh, Columbia grad and arts administrator/producer at-large offered her fruitful insights as a student of history and culture, as well as a person of Sierra-Leonean descent. The effulgent Amna Pervez (who introduced Justin to this book), also provided personally relevant anecdotes interspersed with laser-sharp political and literary analysis. ComicsVerse writer and intern, Tim O’Reilly proved to be an incredibly insightful reader and thinker in this, his first ever podcast!

If you’re in the mood for a witty, subtle, and enlightening read, be sure to pick up Aya of Yop City. In the mean time, enjoy the podcast!

For your convenience, this podcast is also available on iTunes!

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source: https://comicsverse.com/episode-80-aya-life-yop-city/

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #218 With Kelly Bender

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This week’s episode features the return of Indie comics creator extraordinaire Kelly Bender! He’s the scripter of several books we talk about, including Starburn, Sadistic, Aqueous, Death-Rattler and Hang Low Aim High. That includes everything from sci-fi to horror to a combination of several genres. We delve into several of this titles in depth, including what the books are about and which characters we find in each one. Kelly and I discuss the creative process, including what it takes to make a comic and how best to work with your collaborators! Don’t miss all the great information Kelly has to share in episode #218! To access many of his excellent comics, you can go to InsaneComics.com, at comixology at this link or at drivethrucomics.com here. If you want to read something new and different, don’t miss his comics! Highly recommended!

 

ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 37: Memoir in the City (part 1) — MY NEW YORK DIARY

After some super podcast superheroing, the gang at ComicsVerse decides to give you the scoop on some non-superhero comics in our podcast series “Memoir in the City: New York Stories by those who Lived Them.”

In this episode of the ComicsVerse Podcast, we delve into MY NEW YORK DIARY by Julie Doucet.

Podcast co-hosts and panelists include: Justin Gilbert Alba, Kathleen Wisneski, Josh Cui, Keanu Ross-Cabrera and Steve DiMaria.

Sequential Underground #85 – Go F*ck Yourself

The final podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators!

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Listen to Sequential Underground #84 right now:

Hosts:
Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

Show Notes:

It’s the last episode of Sequential Underground from the AudioShocker! We kick things off with some regional Culinary Underground conversation, discussing the food on S Craig St in Pittsburgh, PA (where Shawn just started a new job).

Nick is pitching “The Graphic Novel Formerly Known As The Bible 2” to publishers and we recount some of our failed pitches from the past. Among those is Shawn and Nick’s failed animation pitch for Li’l Bastards, which was rejected by Frederator Studios for being too much too soon after the Sandy Hook shootings.

Shawn also shares the finished version of his Gello Apocalypse / Star Wars mashup! Last week, he posted the inks for this piece on the Gello blog.

Speaking of last week, HaterMania body slammed the internet with its muscly goodness! Shawn and Nick recount the long and winding journey of their Super Haters collaboration, discussing the prolonged creation process from start to finish.

So what’s next for Sequential Underground? We dunno! Shawn might continue it on another website or this episode might be THE END. Either way, you can always access all of our past episodes on the Sequential Underground archives page.

Confused about why Sequential Underground is wrapping up? Check out this podcast from last week and then come back to AudioShocker.com this Wednesday, February 26th for a special announcement about the future of our podcasts!

Sequential Underground #83 – Comedy vs. Tragedy

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators!

Sequential Underground
Listen to Sequential Underground #83 right now:

Hosts:
Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

Guest:
Brian John Mitchell

Show Notes:
Brian asks: “What comes easier to you… writing comedy or writing tragedy?”

Shawn finds writing comedy much easier. He can improvise the jokes in his comics while he’s drawing the story, but he needs to plan his drama out ahead of time.

Nick is also drawn to comedy. He has to make conscious decisions to include serious moments in his stories whereas writing comedy just flows naturally.

But Brian defaults to tragedy instead of comedy. For him, writing a serious script takes only a fraction of the time that it takes to write a funny one.

So… what about you?

Sequential Underground #82 – Establishing a New Collaboration

The podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators!

Sequential Underground
Listen to Sequential Underground #82 right now:

Hosts:
Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

Show Notes:
We start off the episode with some Culinary Underground conversation, including fantastic sandwich recipes and preparation suggestions by Rare Earth Comics, Angela Capel, and Bernie Crowsheet.

Then we bring on the main course: a conversation about establishing a new comics collaboration. Shawn recently wrapped work on a new Thundergirl story featuring a collaboration with Harold Cupec. He enjoyed the experience and now he’s hungry for more artistic collaborators. But he’s almost always drawn his own stories, so it’s a challenge for him to find other artists who’d like to tell stories with him.

Nick and Shawn talk about how they met and began collaborating on Time Log, which resulted in a great experience and fantastic friendship. That sends Nick on a rant about why new comics writers should focus on making artistic friends and drawing their own comics before trying to find unpaid collaborators to draw their stories.

And after the end theme, we switch back to Culinary Underground and give the 2013 YOU DON’T SUCK Award for Best Condiment to Some Dude’s Fry Sauce.

Next Episode:
Brian John Mitchell joins us to answer the question: “What comes easier… writing drama or writing comedy?”

W.I.P. # 231 – Nerd Xmas

On this episode: Fanboy Xmas gifts, Halo 4 and Strange Tales 2.