#554 Ethan Rilly

Pope Hats

After TCAF, Koom sat down with Ethan Rilly, creator of the comic Pope Hats. How did he get started? Where’d the title come from? Why did he focus the story on two women? The interview covers all this and more. (NOTE: There’s a bit of a spoiler for issue 5 — we’ll warn you when it’s coming!)

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Deconstructing Comics #551: R. Sikoryak


Robert Sikoryak is known for adopting the styles of various famous comics and mashing them up with classic literature, Donald Trump quotes, and even the iTunes user agreement. This week he talks with Koom how he chooses the specific pairings of comics titles and other content, why he didn’t want to do his book on Trump, what Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Schulz’s Peanuts have in common, getting inside the head of the creator whose work he’s parodying, and more.

 

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Deconstructing Comics #550: Four TCAF Interviews

This year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival was held May 13 & 14. Koom was there and brought back interviews with Dave McKean, Jessica Campbell, Rick Geary, and Charlie Adlard!

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Comic News Insider Episode 771 – TCAF: Spotlight on Penelope Bagieu/Sandrine Revel!

Comic News Insider: Episode 771 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy was at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) over the weekend and got a ton of great interviews and moderated 2 panels! He moderated the Spotlight panel with Penelope Bagieu (California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas) and Sandrine Revel (Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo). They talk about their books, differences between French and North American publishers/audiences, favorite comics, inspirations, ever changing art styles and more! A massive thank you to Charlotte Groult (Book and Debates Officer – Consulate General of France in Toronto) for serving as Sandrine’s translator. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 769 – More TCAF w/ Sandrine Revel/Jamie Tanner & Five Points Fest Fun!

Comic News Insider: Episode 769 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Generation X Vol 2 #1, Eternal Empire #1, Luke Cage #1, X-Files Funko Universe #1, Agents of SHIELD S4 finale, Supergirl S2 finale

Emily Edwards returns to co-host after a brief hiatus! The Five Points Fest was this weekend and Jimmy attended. Check out his thoughts on the comics/toy show. They also discuss the Into the Badlands finale along with Dutch cartoonist Aimee de Jongh’s TCAF diary comics. Speaking of TCAF, It’s the last of the TCAF interviews that Jimmy got when he was in Toronto. You’ll hear him talk to Sandrine Revel (Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo) with special assist from translator Charlotte. He also chatted to old pal Jamie Tanner (The Consumptive 3). News includes: Netflix announces a Dark Crystal prequel, Supernatural will do an animated Scooby-Doo episode, Once Upon A Time will lose cast members & reboot next season, Tom Hardy will be Eddie Brock in the Venom film, Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey is here, The Runaways is returning to comics, DC Comics will explore the Dark Multiverse and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 768 – TCAF: Real Friends w/ Shannon Hale/LeUyen Pham!

Comic News Insider: Episode 768 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy was at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) over the weekend and got a ton of great interviews! He had a lengthy, informative, and fun chat with Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham! The writer and artist team on Real Friends from First Second Books. They talk about their childhoods (the book is about Shannon’s elementary school years), their friendship, how the book came about, cliques, growing up, diversity in comics and more! Thanks to Shannon and LeUyen for being so patient and for being such great conversationalists! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 767 – TCAF: Abrams ComicArts w/ Thi Bui/John Jennings!

Comic News Insider: Episode 767 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy was at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) over the weekend and got a ton of great interviews! The awesome publisher Abrams ComicArts brought some of their talented cartoonists along for the ride. Jimmy chatted with Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do) about her family’s escape from Vietnam as portrayed in the graphic novel, her use of minimal color and more. And he spoke with John Jennings (Kindred) about the intensity of drawing this book, diversity in entertainment, his professorship and even Doctor Who! Give a listen and go buy their books! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 766 – TCAF: SelfMadeHero Special w/ Aimee de Jongh/Paolo Bacilieri/Chris W. Kim!

Comic News Insider: Episode 766 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Jimmy was at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) over the weekend and got a ton of great interviews! The amazing UK publisher SelfMadeHero brought some of their talented cartoonists along for the ride. Jimmy chatted with Aimee de Jongh (The Return of the Honey Buzzard), Paolo Bacilieri (Fun) and Chris W. Kim (Herman By Trade). Give a listen and go buy their books! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 765 – TCAF Recap w Nate Powell/Kate Ashwin/Mike Maihack!

Reviews: Bug: The Adventures of Forager #1, Misfit City, Star Wars: Screaming Citadel #1, Riverdale finale

Jimmy is joined in studio by Jon Hoche and Tess LaCoil in the rotating co-hosts chair. Jimmy just returned from TCAF and has lots of stories to tell! He got many an interview and moderated 2 panels that you will hear over the next couple of weeks. News includes: Superman will go up against Dr. Manhattan in Doomsday Clock, a live-action Judge Dredd show is on the way, Donald Glover is showrunning an animated Deadpool series, the Disney Channel is making a musical about zombies, Green Lantern may be in the Justice League movie, Reggie Mantle has been recast in Riverdale and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

 

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Comic News Insider Episode 764 – TCAF Bound!

Comic News Insider: Episode 764 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1, Youngblood Vol 5 #1, Once Upon A Time musical episode, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Jon Hoche joins Jimmy once again to co-host! They talk about Free Comic Book Day and Jimmy’s upcoming trip to Toronto for TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) this weekend. He’ll be moderating some panels and has many an interview planned! News includes: Marvel Comics apologies for Secret Empire, a new Hellboy film is coming after all with a different star/director, Manchester Black is returning too the DCU, The Trapster returns to the Marvel U, the Star Trek Cruise announces stars/events, Guy Ritchie confirms that the Aladdin movie will be a musical and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 763 – CNI Decoded!

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Reviews: Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures #1, Batman The Shadow #1, Big Moose One Shot, Night Owl Society #1, American Gods, Superheroes Decoded 

Jon Hoche joins Jimmy once again to co-host! They chat about Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day this week. News includes: Eisner nominations are in, M. Night Shyamalan announces sequel to Unbreakable, Marvel has joined Comixology Unlimited,  Gene Luen Yang and Panda Express are releasing a new The Green Turtle comic and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 611 – TCAF: Robert Goodin/Dan Berry

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At TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival), Jimmy sat down with Robert Goodin to talk about his beautiful new graphic novel The Kurdles from Fantagraphics. He also chatted with podcast nemesis Dan Berry about his podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody as well as much of his work in comics. (He’s actually a quite awesome dude and they got along swimmingly!) Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 610 – TCAF: Jonathan Baylis/Willow Dawson/Conor McCreery!

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At TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival), Jimmy sat down with Jonathan Baylis to discuss his So Buttons collection and his appearance on Comic Book Men. He also chatted with Willow Dawson about her work on Avis Dolphin. And then chatted with Conor McCreery about the Kill Shakespeare hardcover and board game. Great interviews all! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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And yet even more TCAF interviews this week with ROBERT GOODIN and DAN BERRY! 

Comic News Insider Episode 608 – TCAF: Jillian Tamaki/Ed Piskor!

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At TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival), Jimmy sat down with Jillian Tamaki to discuss her fantastic work on Skim, This One Summer and SuperMutant Magic Academy. They talk about her process on graphic novels and webcomics, working with her cousin Mariko, storyboarding Adventure Time, identifying/not identifying with characters in her work and even a fun tangent about Archie Comics!

Jimmy also had a chance to talk with Ed Piskor of Hip Hop Family Tree fame. They reminisced about some of their favorite old school rappers, characterization of some of the figures in the comic, the massive research for these comics, the style of art, why you should get the collections even though it’s available as a webcomic, the rap scene today and more!

Both are fantastic interviews! Jimmy is a great admirer of both of their work and you will be too after hearing this podcast. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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And yet even more TCAF interviews this week with MICHEL FIFFE, KAGAN MCLEOD, JONATHAN BAYLIS, WILLOW DAWSON, CONOR MCCREERY, ROBERT GOODIN and DAN BERRY! 

Comic News Insider Episode 607 – TCAF: Breakfast with Chip Zdarsky!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 607 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

On the Sunday of TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival), Jimmy had breakfast with Chip Zdarsky. And just like the well known dinner podcasts from CNI, this was just as charming with food, drink and conversation.  They chatted about Sex Criminals, Just the Tips, Howard the Duck, Kaptara, Prison Funnies, Monster Cops, brimping, and more! It was a fun and informative chat with comics hot new sex symbol/It Boy! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Even more TCAF interviews this week with JILLIAN TAMAKI, and ED PISKOR! And yet even more next week with MICHEL FIFFE, KAGAN MCLEOD, JONATHAN BAYLIS, WILLOW DAWSON, CONOR MCCREERY, ROBERT GOODIN and DAN BERRY!