Deconstructing Comics #556: Vanessa Davis

Vanessa Davis

Vanessa Davis is an L.A.-based creator of autobio comics Spaniel Rage, Make Me A Woman and Out of Time. Koom has been an admirer of her work, and this week he talks with her in depth about whether she sees herself as part of a “movement”; the pitfalls of reporting in your comics on what your family members do (like that time with her mom in the museum…); how her parents affected the direction of her art; and much more.

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Deconstructing Comics #422: A Friendly Sketcher and an Evil Diva

sketchfroWhile Chris Taylor goes by the pen name “Sketchfro“, he no longer has an afro and he does a whole lot more than sketch. An American living in Tokyo, he does freelance art, his own comics, and pro-level digital coloring.

In this episode he talks about getting digital coloring right, drawing women with sex appeal, and the work he’ll be promoting at Tokyo’s International Comics Fest later this month.

 

evildivaWhen last we checked in on the Web comic Evil Diva, an artist needed to be paid and fans were being asked to cough up cash before the next page could be drawn. Now the comic is being published as a graphic novel, and will even get a cameo in an upcoming movie. Are the comics gods finally smiling on Evil Diva? Let’s ask the strip’s creator, Peter Menotti, and see.

 

Deconstructing Comics #400: SoCal Comics Conversation

Robert RoachTim Across America, part ten! The finish line of Tim’s trip is Los Angeles, home of our friend Dale Wilson, of BuyIndieComics and DWAP Productions. Dale hooks us up with Robert Roach, comics creator and Hollywood storyboarder. He fills us in on ways that storyboarding is much different from comics, and also talks about the importance of getting the details in your story right — regardless of medium.

Legacy Comics and CardsFor the Southern California edition of Ask a Retailer, a talk with Howard Chen at Legacy Comics and Cards in Glendale. Unlike most of the other Tim Across America retailers, Legacy still has plenty of manga on the shelves. But to what extent are those books flying off the shelves?

Richard, Dale, Griffin, and StephFinally, Tim and Dale are joined by Stephenny Godfrey (“Panorama”, “Two Buses”) and Richard Hamilton (“Return of the Super Pimps”, “Miserable Dastards”) to discuss the L.A. comics community and revisit a topic from the Chicago episode: should you make a comic as a step toward getting your story on film?

Also, don’t miss Griffin the Dog in his podcast debut!

Tim appears on camera, for once.

Tim appears on camera, for once.

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Deconstructing Comics #328: “Shadowlaw” and finding a collaborator

ShadowlawFirst up this week, an interview with Brandon Easton, creator of Shadowlaw and also writer of an episode of the new Thundercats series. Shadowlaw took well over a decade to come to fruition due to the nearly endless difficulties Easton had with finding a reliable artist. He shares his advice for finding a collaborator for your own project.

Our own Mulele had some problems as the hired artist for a couple of comics projects when he tried his luck in Los Angeles six years ago. The experience was a harrowing one — more so than we realized at the time. Mulele tells all, and also talks about his next career steps — including a trip to a convention!

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Deconstructing Comics #326: Three Views of San Diego Comicon

Three Views of San Diego ComiconThis week, Tim talks to three guys who participated in San Diego Comicon earlier this month, to see what their objectives were for being there, how it went, and their advice to SDCC newbies.

Dale Wilson, who wrote up his experience at BuyIndieComics.com, on why he left “unfulfilled” in some ways, but enjoyed it in other ways;

Justin Hall, who we last talked to in March of last year, on promoting his Fantagraphics book “No Straight Lines” and Prism Comics, as well as the sideline indie comics gathering Trickster; and

Robert Roach, a veteran of San Diego tabling, on his Japanese influences, networking, and more.

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Deconstructing Comics #285: Comics Cooperatives (pt 1)

Comics CooperativesAre you in a comics cooperative? Would you like to be? What are the various things a group might offer its members?

This week we take a look at three different groups of comics creators in the US:

  • Dale Wilson and Vince Moore talk about The Antidote Trust in Los Angeles
  • Natalie Nourigat in Portland, Oregon, describes how Periscope Studio has helped her launch her comics career
  • Curt Gettman explains why he chose Pittsburgh to start Unicorn Mountain, a collective with a number of anthology books under its belt. Their latest is The Black Forest.

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Back To The Bins! #31

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Join Scott H. Gardner and a SURPRISE MYSTERY GUEST as they travel ‘Back to the Bins’ to re-discover and re-connect with that unique brand of fun and excitement that can only truly be found in good ol’ fashioned random Comic Book back issues!!

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Two True Freaks! Episode 80 – Star Wars Monthly Monday #13

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This is a stuffed-full installment of Star Wars Monthly Monday, slathered in Clone Wars gravy! The Freaks are very proud to welcome Clone Wars writer George Krstic, who hangs out for the entire episode, to talk Star Wars, continually cross the nerd streams, and just generally geek out! Clone Wars, Galactus, Star Trek… the conversation flies all over the place! Then – it’s a trip through General Grievous’ death trap filled lair in a creepy episode of Clone Wars. And Finally, they top it off with a serving of Marvel Comics Star Wars issues 30 – 32 where we see a solo Princess Leia story and Luke Skywalker returns to Tatooine!

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Comics on Comics Episode 13: Len Wein

Comics on Comics launches its blockbuster second season with a mind-blowing Watchmen-themed episode!

 

Coming to you from Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, host Juan-Manuel Rocha welcomes comic book legend and original Watchmen editor Len Wein along with comedians Steve Marmel (The Fairly Oddparents, Danny Phantom, Sonny With a Chance), Sax Carr (UCB’s Tournament of Nerds, Comics on Comics Radio), Graham Elwood (ComedyFilmNerds.com, The Sarah Silverman Program) and pop guru Bob Peterson (CC2K) to discuss the book’s cultural impact and social significance, the controversial movie adaptation, the Watchmen video game and the story within the story, Tales of the Black Freighter.

 

Additionally, Len Wein gives us an inside look at the making of the original comic book and offers his take on Alan Moore and the original ending…

 

You can watch a larger version of this episode online here.

 

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Shortly after this episode was recorded, Len Wein and his family lost their house and possessions in a fire. Insurance is covering the loss of their home and the comics community is banding together to help Len Wein replace his comic collection.

 

If you want to help Len out, please visit http://www.povonline.com/weinproject.htm