Deconstructing Comics #580 Nicole Georges and a “bad dog”

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This week, Nicole Georges talks about her latest book, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. Was her dog Beija really such a difficult dog, or was it all in Nicole’s mind? Also the prevalence of autobio comics, the public perception of comics in general, where the zine scene is today, and much more.

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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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Deconstructing Comics #578: Helioscope: Steve Lieber, Maria Frantz, and Ben Dewey

Steve Lieber, Maria Frantz, and Ben Dewey

Three more talks with the folks at Helioscope Studio in Portland in this episode!

Steve Lieber, an artist in his own right and also manager of the studio, gives us a brief history of the studio (including its self-naming woes) and tips on how to start your own studio.

Intern/mentee Maria Frantz, a university student and web cartoonist who grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes, explains her internship and the aims of her comics work, and how her generation approaches comics.

Finally, Ben Dewey (Autumnlands, Beasts of Burden) talks about his process of doing art (involving digital pencils and analog watercolors), why you shouldn’t get too fussy over your comics, managing your comics creating time, and what was good about Rob Liefeld’s work.

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Deconstructing Comics #576: Helioscope: Cat Farris and Terry Blas

Cat Farris and Terry Blas

This week, two more creators from Portland’s Helioscope Studio:

Cat Farris is working on “Emily and the Strangers” for Dark Horse, and her own web comic “The Last Diplomat.” She talks about the learning curve of drawing digitally, pacing the revealing of story information, the down side of telling people what she does for a living, and more.

Terry Blas has done covers for such comics titles as Adventure Time and Rick & Morty, and is the co-writer of a forthcoming graphic novel from Oni Press called Morbid Obesity, a murder mystery set at a fat camp. He talks about how to make stories less formulaic and more emotional, and points out a neglected segment of the American comics market.

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Deconstructing Comics #575: Helioscope: Karl Kesel and Dylan Meconis

This week we begin our visit with the creators at Helioscope, a comics studio in Portland, Oregon!

Karl Kesel has been in mainstream comics for 30 years and has worked on some of the most popular characters from the Big Two. How has the industry changed in that time, for good and bad? Why is his fingernail always broken? How is inking therapeutic for him?

 

 

Then graphic novelist Dylan Meconis (Bite Me!: A Vampire Farce; Family Man; Outfoxed) gives us a lot of thoughts and tips for promoting a comic online, as well as why foxes are thought of as tricksters in numerous cultures, and how we’ll know when comics have really “arrived”.

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Deconstructing Comics #570: Body Positivity and Free Speech

This week, Tim presents two interviews from his time in Portland, Oregon!

First, Lacy Davis and Jim Kettner talk about their first graphic novel, Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I Kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity), about Lacy’s battles with anorexia. They talk about the process of making the book, the challenges of collaborating with your spouse, and the nature of eating disorders, which have both physical and mental effects.

Then, a front-porch chat with Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. What is the organization’s mission and how did it come to be based in Portland? What have been its biggest victories and defeats? What’s the difference between censorship by the government or by private companies? The difference between comics that show drawings of kids in sexual situations, versus actual child pornography? Also, the rise and fall of the Comics Code. Were comics EVER really “just for kids”?

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Zone 4 #323: Suicide Squad

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The crew returns! This time they discuss the latest comic book movie, SUICIDE SQUAD! What did our fearless hosts think of the film? Listen to find out!

Plus, they discuss the latest news from in and around comics, and how Ron got his face on Bleeding Cool! And what Zone 4 episode would be complete without a few rants and tangents?

Facebook Shout-Outs makes a comeback as well, and much more!

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Deconstructing Comics #495: Lucy Bellwood: crowdfunding a dream with Patreon

Bellwood and PatreonThis week a look at how creators can cultivate their following into a means of paying (some of) the bills.

Comics artist Lucy Bellwood has a pretty succesful Patreon page; it’s paying her Portland rent. Her fans appreciate her work, but often that’s not quite enough; showing your personality, making a personal connection, can get them to buy in on a deeper level. Lucy talks to Tim about what she’s done to cultivate her following of fans/patrons.

Then Tim is joined by Taryn Arnold, Community Happiness Representative at Patreon, to talk about how Patreon works, the background of the site, and what they’re doing to solve some problems that have arisen — including (as referred to on this podcast more than once) kamikaze patrons who pledge, download all the free content, and unpledge without making any payments.

Pledge at least $3.00 a month to Deconstructing Comics on Patreon and hear Lucy talk about some frustrating, and also rather amazing, experiences she had with freelancing, and on why she got stressed out when she guested on someone else’s web comic!

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Feed It Comics #81 | Flows Is Tight

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Awwwwww yeah, that’s right, Doc Fluxx and Juan Daeho of Super Podcasto Magnifico in the house!! Bringing it to you old school and taking it to a higher level. Word to your moms, these fellas drop bombs and comic book and pop culture related opinions for the Feed It Comics minions. Smooth like butter, hot like a solar flare all up in your grill, sons.

Today these jokers honor the master with some minor newsy bits after Doc shares his experience at a comic swap and a gathering of PDX Indy comic-creators. Shia Lebeouf, Kanye and Diddy somehow become part of the conversation. Lots of back and forth and jiggery pokery, you know how it is, just listen.

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Feed It Comics – Interviews: Robbi Rodriguez

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Yes, THAT Robbi Rodriguez. The artist who got your attention recently with that surprisingly well crafted ongoing series published by Vertigo that gets all funny with the physics. Federal Bureau of, that is. AKA FBP. I don’t think even Charlie Rose interviews are this long, but who turns down content? Robbi lets the dialogue flow – and in a flurry of observations and anecdotes –  may have imparted the secret of being successful in the comics field. Much like the FBP comic, nothing will be made obvious, and he will not spell it out for you. Thanks for listening! The master looks upon you favorably.

Also Check out Robbi’s Web Comic FRANKIE GET YOUR GUN

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Feed It Comics #19 – ‘Emotionally Subnormal’ | A Scent by Alan Moore

Episode 19: ‘Emotionally Subnormal’ | A Scent by Alan Moore
This episode is the official introduction of a new member of our mysterious and blessed cult, Brother “The Riff” RyeFluer. Feed It Comics has thus become the flagship podcast of the Rhymes With Geek podcast network Bwahahaha Bwahahaaha Bwhahahahaaaa!!!

Our twisted story continues, friends, and this show we mercilessly  address several news items, including Alan Moore’s seething hatred for superheroes and their respective fans. Lady Sif visits your sick kid in a hospital and Tom Waits sings duets with Little John. All of this and more comic talk on episode 19 of FEED IT COMICS!

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Topics we cover:

  • Alan Moore Hates You
  • Lady Sif
  • Fight Club Comics
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • The Goon
  • Sacrifice
  • Rocket Girl
  • Wolverine and the X-Men
  • Afterlife With Archie vs Ian
  • Ruined Pizzas

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Deconstructing Comics #291: Justifiable Homicide? pt 2: MONSTER

MonsterPlanning a murder that you think will prevent future murders? That’s the premise — or, at least, one of the premises — of Monster, Naoki Urasawa’s 18-volume series. Set in Germany, the series focuses on the unintended consequences of Dr. Kenzo Tenma’s good deed; he saved the life of a boy who turned out to be a remorseless killer. Tim and guest reviewer Natalie Nourigat discuss.

A review of Monster on alltooflat.com

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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.

Coverage of Deconstructing Comics at The Comics Bulletin!

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