Comics Alternative, On Location: SPX 2018, “The Practice of Diary Comics” Panel

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  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:02:12 – Panel context, with Glynnis Fawkes
  • 00:14:02 – “The Practice of Diary Comics” panel
  • 01:09:40 – Wrap up
  • 01:10:50 – Contact us

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The middle of last month, September 15-16, saw the Small Press Expo held in North Bethesda, MD. At the event, Derek moderated a panel on that Sunday afternoon entitled “The Practice of Diary Comics.” Participating in the discussion were Glynnis Fawkes, Summer Pierre, Kevin Budnik, and Dustin Harbin. This episode of the podcast presents an audio recording of that event, and joining Derek in setting up the context is Glynnis Fawkes. She, Derek, and Summer Pierre were the ones who organized the panel, decided on its topic focus, and reached out to the other contributors about joining in. In setting up the panel recording, Glynnis and Derek discuss their initial plans for the session, some of the concerns they had in coming up with a focus, and how the topic evolved. Then they get to the recording of the event. The sound quality of the audio is “rough” at times — the gain on some of the microphones sounds as if it was turned up a bit too high — but that’s something that the participants had no way of controlling. Nonetheless, everything is legible, and you can certainly make out clearly what everyone says…as well as Dustin’s singing and consuming of donuts.

A big thanks to Rob Clough for working with us on this panel and for overseeing the programming at this year’s SPX!

Participants from the left: Dustin Harbin, Summer Pierre, Kevin Budnik, Glynnis Fawkes, and Derek Royal

Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at SPX 2018, Pt. 2

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More Good Smallness

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Last weekend Derek attended the Small Press Expo, which is held every September in North Bethesda, MD. At the event, he talked with a variety of artists who tabled there. This is the second of two on-location shows featuring these brief interviews, the first being released earlier this week. These short conversations range from around 6 minutes to 23 minutes in length, and while most were recorded on the floor of the convention, some were conducted outside on the hotel’s patio. The creators Derek talked with on this episode include Jennifer Hayden; Fernando De Peña, Rodrigo Vargas, and Coni Yovaniniz; Ellen Forney; Miss Lasko-Gross; Michael DeForge; Evan Dahm; Ben Costa and James Parks; Ivy Atoms; M.S.  Harkness; Maritsa Patrinos; and Maransa Harmon and Eric Taylor.

Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at SPX 2018, Pt. 1

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Small Is Good!

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This past weekend, Derek attended Small Press Expo in North Bethesda, MD. While there, he interviewed a variety of creators, some of whom he didn’t even know, about their recent releases and their upcoming projects. In this, the first of two on-location shows recorded at SPX, Derek talks with 15 different creators, with each brief interview lasting anywhere from 4 to about 17 minutes. Among the writers/artists/editors Derek talks with are Mike Freiheit, Madeline McGrane, Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman, Karl Christian Krumpholz, Max de Radiguès, Ryan Holmberg, Scott Roberts, Nathan Gelgud, M. Dean, Emi Gennis, Alex Nall, Ash Thomas and Sara Guzman, and Ellen Lindner.

Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at SPX 2016, Pt. 1

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Let’s Get Small

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This past weekend, Andy W. and Derek attended Small Press Expo in North Bethesda, MD. While there, the Two Guys interviewed a variety of creators about their recent releases and their upcoming projects. In all, Derek and Andy were able to conduct 27 different interviews, each of which lasted from anywhere between 2 minutes to over 20 minutes. The guys have now edited these conversations and are presenting them in a series of three on-location interview episodes conducted at SPX. In this first installment, Derek and Andy talk with John Martz, Jay Hosler, Blue Delliquanti, Ulises Fariñas, Storm Smith, Ted Stearn, Emma Glaze, Daryl Seitchik, and Sean O’Neill.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 206: SPX 2016 and the Ignatz Awards

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Independants Day

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  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:02:34 – Derek talks about attending SPX
  • 00:07:51 – Discussion of 2016 Ignatz Awards
  • 01:37:29 – Wrap up
  • 01:38:39 – Contact us

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Last weekend was the Small Press Expo held in Bethesda, MD, and a big part of that event was the recognition of the 2016 Ignatz Award nominees. So for this week’s episode, Gwen and Derek discuss the many and diverse titles populating that list, looking for trends and making observations about this year’s selections. The nominees in all nine categories, announced last month, were chosen by a five-member jury, and then attendees voted on their favorites during the first day of the event. Gwen starts spx-ignatz_icon_sdf_2016things going by asking Derek about his experiences at SPX, and then the two plunge into the heart of the discussion. They do not run down the entire list of nominees in an organized manner, beginning with one category and then moving on to the next, but their exchange is more free-flowing and associational, taking up titles as they come up in the conversation. In this way, Gwen and Derek are able to cover about all of the nominees and draw insightful connections among many of the texts. They notice, for example, that many of the winners seem to skew younger, and that, at times, complex and longer-form storytelling doesn’t get the same kind of attention as episodic or one-off narratives. They also comment on the fact that established names within the medium, such as Daniel Clowes, Adrian Tomine, Trina Robbins, and Kim Deitch, were completely shut out in the final selection. However, Gwen and Derek do not so much emphasize the actual winners of the nine categories — although they do discuss these — as they do the broader sweep of each category’s population and what that might say about the current state of small press and indie comics.

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On Location: Talking with Creators at SPX 2015, Pt. 3

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Still More Small Talk

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And here it is, the third (and final) of the three on-location shows of interviews Derek and Andy W. conducted while at last weekend’s Small Press Expo. At the event, the Two Guys spoke with a number of creators attending SPX, interviewing each for anywhere from 5 to around 20 minutes. In some cases, the guys are quite familiar with the artist’s works (and may even have reviewed their comics on past episodes). At other times, Andy or Derek may not know the work of the creator, but use the interview opportunity to learn more about the artist. In this episode, you will hear conversations with:

The exhibition hall of SPX 2015 was packed, and, as a result, the din of the crowd was at times difficult to talk over. But the Two Guys addressed the sound challenges as best they could. Sometimes they talked with the creators at their tables, and at other times — such as the interviews with R. Sikoryak, Nick Bertozzi, and Jason Little — they were able to find a space away from the exhibition floor where the sound was less chaotic.

The first two segments of the guys’ on-location interview shows from SPX went up on Thursday and on Friday. And be sure to check out Derek’s much longer conversation with Bill Griffith that was released separately.

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Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at SPX 2015, Pt. 2

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More Small Talk

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This is the second of three on-location interview shows based on Derek and Andy W.’s attendance at last weekend’s Small Press Expo. At the event, the Two Guys took the opportunity to talk with several creators exhibiting at SPX, interviewing each for anywhere from 5 to around 20 minutes. In some cases, the guys are quite familiar with the artist’s works (and may even have reviewed their comics on past episodes). At other times, Andy or Derek may not know the work of the creator, but use the interview opportunity to learn more about the artist. In this episode, you will hear conversations with:

The exhibition hall of SPX 2015 was packed, and, as a result, the din of the crowd was at times difficult to talk over. But the Two Guys addressed the sound challenges as best they could. Sometimes they talked with the creators at their tables, and at other times — such as the interviews with Gregory Benton and Dean Haspiel — they were able to find a space off the floor where the sound was less chaotic.

The final on-location interview episode will be released on Saturday. The first was published yesterday. And be sure to check out Derek’s much longer conversation with Bill Griffith that was released separately.

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Comics Alternative, On Location: Talking with Creators at SPX 2015, Pt. 1

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Small Talk

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Last weekend, Andy W. and Derek attended Small Press Expo in North Bethesda, MD. While there, they were able to interview a variety of creators about their recent releases, their larger body of work, and any future projects they may be working on. The result was an impressive collection of interviews — 28 in all — each of which lasted from anywhere between 5 minutes to over 20 minutes. The guys have now edited these conversations and are presenting them in a series of three on-location interview episodes conducted at SPX. In this first installment, Derek and Andy talk with:

The exhibition hall of SPX 2015 was packed, and, as a result, the din of the crowd was at times difficult to talk over. But the Two Guys persevered, despite the sound challenges. Sometimes they talked with the creators at their tables, and at other times — such as the interviews with Cole Closser and Meages Fitzgerald — they were able to find a space outside of the hall that demonstrated less auditory chaos.

Two other episodes of on-location interviews will be released on Friday and Saturday. Derek’s much longer conversation with Bill Griffith was released separately. But for now, enjoy the smooth, creamy, indie goodness of today’s installment.

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Episode 154: SPX 2015 and the Ignatz Awards

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Smaller Is Better

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This week’s episode of the podcast is special, and in a number of ways. First, Derek and Andy W. record the show “live” from a common location and not from a distance via Skype. Also, they discuss their experiences at this year’s Small Press Expo, which took place September 19-20. Most importantly, though, this episode is notable for its focus on the 2015 Ignatz Awards, the first time that the Two Guys have discussed this industry recognition in any in-depth manner.  In fact, almost the entire episode is devoted to the Ignatz nominees, a substantial number of texts, and as a result, this show goes longer than usual. And they break up recording the show over a two-day period: the first third after day one of SPX (and before the Ignatz winners have been announced), and the final HowToBeHappysegment after the event has ended. Andy and Derek begin by sharing some of their experiences at SPX, including the people they met, the creators they talked with, the small press publishers who attended, and the general demographics of the crowd (this was a con that definitely skewed young). Then they go into a rundown of all the 2015 Ignatz Award nominees, discussing the nine different categories and briefly highlighting the five nominees under each. There are some categories, such as “Outstanding Anthology or Collection,” that the guys find a little problematic. Both Andy and Derek feel that a collection by a single artist and an anthology comprising a variety are completely different beasts and, as such, shouldn’t be clumped together in this manner. There are others, including “Promising New Talent” and “Outstanding Comic,” that would benefit by clearer context. (For example, what exactly defines a “new talent,” and how   might an “outstanding comic” be distinguished from an “outstanding graphic novel”?)

In the final segments of the episode — the last 2/3 that was recorded after that final day of SPX — Derek and Andy go into detail about many of the titles nominated for an Ignatz. They list the winners of each category, which were made public on Saturday night of the con, and provide a few observations. The Ignatz Awards winners are chosen by popular vote, anyone who attends the event can cast a ballot, so the Two Guys with PhDs take some of the results with a sizable grain of salt. For example, they’re surprised by the fact that neither Noah Van Sciver and Ethan Riley (both highly accomplished and nominated multiple times) received anything. DevilsSliceOr that Drawn and Quarterly: 25 Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels was shut out. Or how Sophia Foster-Dimino came out as she did. Still, one of the most notable takeaways from this year’s ceremony is the fact that women completely swept the awards, so this is definitely a year of significance. After a brief discussion of the winners, Andy and Derek get into a detailed analysis of may of the nominated titles, especially focusing on those works they’ve not yet discussed on previous episodes. These include Ed Luce’s Wuvable Oaf (Fantagraphics), Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy (Drawn and Quarterly) and “Sex Coven” (from Frontier #7, published by Youth in Decline), M. Dean’s K.M. & R.P. & MCMLXXI (1971), Walter Scott’s Wendy (Koyama Press), Gina Wynbrandt’s Big Pussy (2D Cloud), Jason Little’s Borb (Uncivilized Books), Mickey Zacchilli’s Rav (Youth in Decline), John Porcellino’s King Cat #75, and Georgia Webber’s Dumb series. There are so many great titles to cover, and as a result, the show goes longer than the guys anticipated. But that’s OK. SPX and the Ignatz Awards only come once a year, so why not take advantage of this celebrated occasion?

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Comic News Insider Episode 566 – Baltimore Conning

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Comic News Insider: Episode 566 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Death of Wolverine #1, Detective Comics: Futures End #1, Ex-Con #1, God Hates Astronauts #1, Grayson: Futures End #1, The Names #1

Jimmy is joined in studio by the podcast wife Erica Schultz who brings the fantastic and the pumpkin bread! They talk about the rumor of Jenna Coleman leaving Doctor Who soon and Jimmy gets a 3rd lame email from the same person who just copies/pastes each one over and over again. Stop it! Erica went to the Baltimore Comic Con and shares her experiences. And the podcast marriage is tested when they completely disagree over a review! The horror! News includes: Supergirl TV series may be coming, no Hodor in Game of Thrones season 5,  The Rock will be Black Adam in an upcoming Shazam film, Disney announces 3 new animated shorts and a new Hansel and Gretel live action film is coming via an adaptation of an upcoming Neil Gaiman graphic novel. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Michelle and Heather Nunnelly talk about their time at SPX.

They give shoutouts to Alex and Kyle for being the first two readers of VACANT to talk to Heather at a con. They also give a shoutout to Lira who spoke with them the year before. Other than that they met great people, sold comics, bought comics, and only had one awkward encounter.

Thanks to everyone who said hi!

A Podcast with Ross and Nick #138

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Fawn gets in on the fun as we dissect an EXTREME two-part story from X-Men: The Animated Series episodes #4849 (s4 e6-7 on Netflix). And, of course, we’ve got stupid screencaps for you from both episode 48 and episode 49.

Magneto has decided to give the mutants a home away from home on Asteroid M. But everything doesn’t go to plan and Magneto’s most zealous follower ends up becoming his most deadly enemy! Oooo!!

After that, we talk about our magnificent road trip to the 2012 Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland. Ross Campbell, Nick Marino, and special guest Fawn were at the show last weekend repping Super Haters, Stick Cats, Time Log, Wet Moon, Glory, and more.

Fawn kickin’ it at Nick’s SPX table

We’ve got so many goddamn SPX shout outs that it would be virtually impossible to list them out here. Listen to see if you get a shout out!!

ALSO: Smars needs your help to get to Anime Weekend Atlanta! Your donation gets you kickass digital comics and printed schwag. Donate here!!

AND: Come see Nick at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Zine Fair.

Next: X-Men: The Animated Series episodes #5051 (s4 e16 & s4 e3 on Netflix).

Elements of this episode are continued from AudioShocker Podcast #229.