Deconstructing Comics #579: Helioscope: Fred Chao and Ron Randall

Fred Chao and Ron Randall

This week we wrap up both Tim’s visit to Heliscope Studio in Portland, and the whole three-month string of episodes from Tim’s trip around the US this past summer.

We’ll hear from Fred Chao about the double-edged sword of living in New York and how it informed his book Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero; how his approach to photos is really old-school; and his Kickstarted childrens’ book Alison and Her Rainy Day Robot.

Then, veteran comics artist Ron Randall on the right and wrong ways to use photo reference, his experience pencilling from an Alan Moore Swamp Thing script; his creator-owned project from the ‘80s, Trekker, and why he’s reviving it now; attending the nerd Mardi Gras; and why we’re living in a golden age of comics!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: What Now, Bruno?

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An Artist’s Dilemma

On this week’s Kickstarter episode, Derek talks with Bruno Oliveira about his project What Now, Bruno? This is an autobiographical work exploring what can happen to a comics artist once he’s established himself in the industry. Bruno has broken into the field, illustrating for such publishers as IDW (Drones), Arcana (Space, MN), and, most recently, Marvel Comics (Amazing Spider-Man Annual, Gwenpool Holiday Special, and Mosaic, among other titles). But now that he’s on his way, how does he manage his work and juggle the necessities in life? What Now, Bruno? is a humorous exploration of that dilemma.

This Kickstarter will end on December 7, so be sure to visit Bruno’s page, see what it’s all about, and back his campaign!

As an extra added bonus, if you discover What Now, Bruno? through this Comics Alternative episode, then contact Bruno directly and tell him that you found out about the project through the podcast. If you do, and you back him at a level that includes a physical comic, Bruno will include an exclusive print in your order!

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #302: Caleb Thusat

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Caleb Thusat is a favorite here at this podcast, and he’s back for Episode #302 to talk about his Alter-Life #4 Indie comic! He’s concluding another successful Kickstarter project, this one in support of this latest issue! Right now, go to this link to find out more and to participate! For more about Alter-Life or his other series ZED, be sure to click on this link. You won’t want to miss what this new and rising talent in Indie comics has to say and has coming for us soon!

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: LAAB Magazine #0: Dark Matter

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Crossroads of Identity and Culture

This week Derek talks with Ronald Wimberly, Josh O’Neill, and Maëlle Doliveux about their Kickstarter project LAAB Magazine #0: Dark Matter. Published by Beehive Books, this will be a tabloid-sized newspaper annual filled with comics, interviews, artwork, cultural criticism, and writings on identity as played out in popular culture. This inaugural #0 issue will include

  • An interview with musician and actor Saul Williams 
  • A conversation with graphic artist Trenton Doyle Hancock
  • James Romberger on Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • A discussion with the poster artist Alexandra Bell
  • A critical analysis of George Lucas’s THX 1138
  • Ronald Wimberly’s visual tribute to Sun Ra
  • A review of BLACK, the new comic from Black Mask Studios
  • Over a dozen pages of comics and illustration by Ronald Wimberly
  • …and much more!

 

Be sure to visit the LAAB Kickstarter page, see what Ronald is up to, and back this project by Friday, December 1. And learn more about the exciting publications coming out through Josh and Maëlle’s Beehive Books!

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Comics Alternative Kickstarter: SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology, Vol. 2

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For the second episode of The Comics Alternative‘s new Kickstarter series, Derek talks with Andy Stanleigh and Steven Bergson about their project, SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology, Vol. 2. This book will be released by Alternate History Comics (of which Andy is the publisher), and it will follow Steven’s first volume of The Jewish Comics Anthology, also published by AH Comics. What will distinguish this second collection is that each of the retellings from Jewish history, legend, and myth will be set in a science-fiction setting. Contributors to this anthology will include

  • Ty Templeton (Batman, Spiderman, The Simpsons)
  • Rachel Pollack (Doom Patrol)
  • Bill Sienkiewicz (Daredevil, X-Men, Batman)
  • Neil Kleid (X-Men Unlimited, Tales From the Crypt)
  • Adam Gorham (Rocket, X-Files/TMNT, Dead Drop)
  • Weshoyot Alvitre (The Boys Who Became Hummingbirds)
  • Joe Infurnari (The Bunker, Evolution)
  • David Mack (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Fight Club)
  • Katherine Piro (The Chaste Maid)
  • Michael Netzer (Batman, Superman)
  • Clifford Meth (Comic Book Babylon, Heroes and Villains)
  • Jake Allen (Kings and Canvas)
  • Keith Grachow (Concrete Martians, Saltwater)
  • Liat Shalom (A Grave Matter)
  • Shane Kirshenblatt (Dorothy Gale: Journey to Oz, Bleeding Tree)
  • Trina Robbins (The Legend of Wonder Woman, Chicagoland)
  • and more!

To back this project, and to learn more about the many rewards levels, visit their Kickstarter site, or head on over to the Alternative History Comics website.

 

 

Comics Alternative Kickstarter: Wayward Sisters

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A Brand New Weekly Series!

The Comics Alternative is launching a brand new weekly series devoted to independent, small-press, and creator-owned Kickstarter campaigns that are comics-related. Every Saturday morning you’ll hear a brief conversation with a creator, or creative team, with a Kickstarter campaign underway, where Derek talks with them about their project, the story behind their ideas, the various levels of support, and why listeners should back their efforts. Since the vast majority of creators on Kickstarter are self-publishing or with very small presses, it just makes sense that The Comics Alternative help give voice to these projects.

On this inaugural episode of the series, Derek talks with Allison O’Toole about TO Comix Press’ Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women. She serves as the lead editor of this collection, which will include 25 stories from 38 writers and artists. As Allison reveals, what distinguishes this anthology is its focus is on non-binary and female monsters drawn and written by creators from all over the world and who identify as women or gender-nonconforming. It’s a fascinating endeavor and worth backing.

Be sure to check out their Kickstarter site, and for more information, visit the Wayward Sisters website. You can learn more about the project by contacting the creators via social media:

Twitter
twitter.com/WSanthology

Facebook
facebook.com/waywardsistersanthology

Instagram
instagram.com/waywardsistersanthology

Tumblr
waywardsistersanthology.tumblr.com

 

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #298: Tara Flynn and Anthony Spay

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Looking for another great comic you can get through Kickstarter.com? Episode #298 highlights just such a book in New and Improved, so I talk with creators Tara Flynn and Anthony Spay.  I met them during the recent Baltimore Comic-Con, and they sent me preview pages of this terrific miniseries! During our interview, we talked about how they brought this comic together as well as what we can expect from them in the near future as well! To find out more about this project, be sure to go to this link after listening to this episode so you can be in on the ground floor with this excellent title!

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #296: Richard Rivera and Alex Lobato

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Looking for a great all-ages adventure comic? Well, in Episode #296, you’ll discover just such a book! This week, I chat with Richard Rivera and Alex Lobato, both from Florida and two of the creators behind Shadow Play, an excellent comic that focuses on Bard and Joy, two ninth graders who embark on a mission in the Shadow Realm to save a life! Full disclosure – I have worked with these guys behind the scenes, so I may be a bit biased, but I think you’ll find their new project worthy of your support! For more about their recent successful Kickstarter, go to this link at Kickstarter.com! To learn about Richard Rivera’s other projects, go to stabbitybunny.com or find him on Facebook. To keep up with Alex Lobato, check out his Facebook page!

Critiquing Comics #119: “The Ferocious Five”

The Ferocious Five

Our friend Kristin Tipping is back, this time as the artist on a graphic novel written by Jason Vandervort called The Ferocious Five. Their recent attempt to Kickstart the project failed; what should they do differently next time?

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #293: Rich Tomasso, Sam Johnson

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Once again, it’s a double-header episode again this week, as #293 focuses on two great comics creators! First up is Rich Tomasso, THE creator behind Spy Seal, a fanciful yet realistic spy story that follows the adventures of a seal character who becomes a spy! We discuss how he’s bringing this imaginative title to life with Image Comics, who the characters are in this spy franchise, and what we can expect from him in Spy Seal in the future! For more on this graphic novel series and about Rich, go to this website.

Then everything concludes with the return of Sam Johnson, who updates us on his Geek-Girl comic, among other things! His Kickstarter for the Geek-Girl collected edition has successfully concludedt! Sam also discusses what’s in the future for this most “human” of super-human comics! For more about Geek-Girl, go to this link! You can follow Sam here to keep up with what he’s creating!

Comics Alternative, Episode 250: Reviews of The Death of Stalin, Moonstruck #1, and Kros: Hallowed Ground

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Monsters…or Others

This week on The Comics Alternative‘s regular review show, the Two Guys discuss three recent titles, all of which involve monsters….or outsiders, depending on your perspective. They begin with The Death of Stalin, written by Fabien Nury and with art by Thierry Robin (Titan Comics). This is a translation of a French text that is soon to be released as a major motion picture in the UK, and then eventually coming to the US. It’s the semi-historical account of the death of Joseph Stalin and the unusual circumstances surrounding that event. As Andy and Derek point out, Nury’s dark sense of humor is apparent throughout, while Robin’s art captures the grittiness of the context.

Next, the guys move on to Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, and Kate Leth’s Moonstruck #1 (Image Comics). The story takes place in an urban setting, with young people going about their daily, and sometimes wacky, lives…sort of like something out of Seinfeld or Friends. However, what marks this series is its fantastical nature: everyone is a mythical figure of some sort. While Leth provides a bit of the art, the lion’s share goes to newcomer Shae Beagle, which is a stand out. And although both guys had wondered when they read the original solicit if this series may be a bit too “cute,” they find Ellis’s story mature in a way they hadn’t expected.

Finally, Andy and Derek do something they haven’t really done before: review a title that is only available through a Kickerstarter campaign. Tom Mandrake and John Ostrander’s Kros: Hallowed Ground takes place during the horrific yet decisive Battle of Gettysburg, but it’s more than just a war story. This is a landscape populated by vampires. And what better feeding ground for bloodsuckers than this battlefield? On it’s own, this narrative leaves open a few questions, but the guys sense that this is the first in a series of Kros tales that will flesh out a larger storyworld. They hope that this, as well as other future installments, might find its way to print in the future.

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #288: Caleb Thusat

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It’s time to recommend another great comic to support! Right now, go to this link and learn more about Caleb Thusat’s Alter-Life #3 Indie comic! He’s back this week in Episode #288! We discuss Alter-Life‘s fascinating sci-fi concept and his other comics, including ZED! For more about Alter-Life or ZED, be sure to go to this link. You won’t want to miss what this new and rising talent in Indie comics has to say and has coming for us soon!

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 #287: Mike Bloom, Bryan L. Hawkins

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It’s a double-header episode again this week, as #287 features two Kickstarter projects worthy of your support! First up is Mike Bloom, THE creator behind Italiano, a great, out-there series of graphic novels that will engage you on many levels! We discuss how he’s bringing this imaginative title to fans, who the characters are in this mobster comic, and what we can expect from him in Italiano in the future! For more on this graphic novel series, go to his website here.

Then everything wraps up with Brian L. Hawkins, who talks about both his America’s Kingdom Indie comic and Angelica Reigns from SFC Comics. We discuss how different the U.S. would be if Washington had decided to become it’s king, how he brought the series together, and what we can expect from him in the future. For more on America’s Kingdom, go here!

Super Hero Speak – #206: J.D. Oliva

This week the guys sit down with a stray creator they picked up off the internet. J.D. Oliva is the independent comic creator of Deluge and Shunned and he tells the guys all about his new project Red Sunrise. So sit back and enjoy then go support his kickstarter!

Support the Red Sunrise Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/802418401/red-sunrise-a-digital-comics-horror-experience/description

J.D. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JD_Oliva

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