#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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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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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #267: Scott Sawyer

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, North, Major Snow, Scott Sawyer, Andrew Thomas, Falk, Kickstarter, Casey, Adanac, Charlie, Dean, Bottica, Allie, Alan, Lord Reign, Canada, Toronto,

Time to head up to Canada to talk with Scott Sawyer about his excellent Canadian superhero comic NORTH! In Episode 267, we discuss how the book came to be, who the characters are in the series, and what we can expect from him in the future! Don’t miss this opportunity to check out a new superhero universe!

Deconstructing Comics #504: Kawai Shen: The Internet in comics, tabling for introverts, and more

Kawai ShenOn the Cute Juice Comics blog, Kawai Shen recently wrote a post about problems with representing the Internet in comics and other media. On this week’s show she talks with Tim about the Net in comics, this year’s TCAF, convention tabling for introverts, following up on convention contacts, the Dirty Diamonds anthology, and Canadian government grants for artists… even comics artists!

PLUS: Simon Fraser, co-creator of the Nikolai Dante series in 2000 A.D., talks about the Dare2Draw project, and the involvement of Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s Nexus in their proposed anthology.

Become a patron! If you pledge at least $3 a month through Patreon, you can access additional audio of Tim’s talk with Kawai Shen, on writing about members of marginalized groups — or simply about cultures the writer isn’t familiar with. Example: Fifty Shades of Grey!

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Deconstructing Comics #456: Dakota McFadzean: What’s eating him?

Don't Get EatenThe daily strips on Dakota McFadzean‘s site are darkly humorous, or sometimes just dark. (Folks gets eaten!) On this week’s show, Dakota talks about how doing daily strips has helped him as an artist, surviving Cartoonist Boot Camp at the Center for Cartoon Studies, why kids stop drawing at a certain age (and why we should encourage them not to stop!), and more.

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Comic News Insider Episode 606 – TCAF Recap: Andy Belanger/Lucy Knisley/Mike Maihack/Babs Tarr

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Comic News Insider: Episode 606 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: No reviews this week!

Jimmy does it solo after planned co-hosts schedules didn’t permit them to hang. He got A LOT of coverage at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and shares just a few interviews. He talked to Andy Belanger (Southern Cross, Kill Shakespeare), Lucy Knisley (Displacement, Relish), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and Babs Tarr (Batgirl). He gives his overall recap of the show which is basically that it’s awesome and you should all attend! News bits include: Archie Comics launches Kickstarter campaign for “New Riverdale”, new Thor identity revealed, the Flash/Arrow spin-off gets a name with DC’s Legends of TomorrowAgent Carter gets picked up, Hugh Jackman says Wolverine 3 will be his last appearance as character, The Coldest City by Antony Johnston/Sam Hart will be adapted to film starring Charlize Theron, Brad Bird confirms The Incredibles 2 will be his next film, and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Even more TCAF interviews this week with CHIP ZDARSKY, 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! 

Deconstructing Comics #435: Stef Marcinkowski and “Sarah Zero”

Sarah Zero

Stef Marcinkowski’s Sarah Zero is an over-the-top, Web-browser-shaped comic that he developed by trying to mash up advertising, marketing, comics, and film. The comic is heavy on interpersonal relationships and Internet culture.

This week Stef tells Tim about his process, getting the comic right when life keeps getting in the way, struggles with self-promotion, and more.

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Deconstructing Comics #432: A Cat Named John Martz

Cat Named TimAt the International Comics Festival in November, Tim picked up A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories by John Martz. It’s a whimsical book aimed at kids that plays with several devices that only work in comics. It’s also another example of the convergence of comics and children’s picture books that we noted on this podcast years back with Mo Willems.

This week Tim talks with John about this convergence, as well as the challenges of making material aimed at kids, inspiration from Jacques Tati and Charles Addams, storyboarding, Destination X, and, oh yeah, Popeye loops!

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Deconstructing Comics #426: International Comics Fest 2014, pt 1

Tokyo Big SightOn November 23, Tim once again visited the International Manga Festival (Kaigai Manga Festa) at Tokyo Big Sight. Comics creators from around the world (including Mulele!) were exhibiting their work to an enthusiastic mostly-Japanese crowd. Tim interviewed a number of exhibitors; hear them in this week’s episode, and see them below the jump in this post!

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Comic News Insider Episode 536 – TCAF w/ Darwyn Cooke/Nicholas Gurewitch/Kazu Kibuishi/Mike Maihack/Renee Nault

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Comic News Insider: Episode 536 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: No reviews this week as it’s a TCAF recap!

Producer Joe joins Jimmy to discuss their recent jaunt to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in Toronto. They give their recap and thoughts on the terrific show. Such a great time! Thanks to everyone involved for such a well run and fun festival. Great interviews included in this podcast are with Darwyn Cooke (Parker), Nicholas Gurewitch (Perry Bible Fellowship), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space) and Renee Nault (Witchling). News includes: 3 DC titles (iZombie, FlashConstantine) picked up for TV runs, Marvel’s Agent Carter is coming to TV as well with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. getting a second season pick up, More Marvel films from Fox including X-Force, Gambit and Deadpool, Usagi Yojimbo returns with a sci-fi twist, the Finger family is not okay with DC Comics, and the smallest comic might be in your hair. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Tune in later this week for some special podcasts! First up on Friday is a lunch interview with Becky Cloonan (By Chance or Providence, Batman) and Renee Nault (Witchling). Started out as just a recap and turned into a wonderful conversation about self publishing, advice for tabling at a show, and some of their upcoming projects. Then on Sunday, we’ll release the spotlight panel that Jimmy moderated with German cartoonist Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer, Cash: I See A Darkness). He’s a talented, smart and funny man with a great career. Hear them discuss it all! 

Then come back next week for even more TCAF interviews with Jesse Lonergan (All Star), Eric Kim (Nitro Battlers), Box Brown (Andre the Giant), Lianne Sentar/Rebecca Scoble (Sparkler Monthly) and the Sports vs Comics panel that Jimmy moderated. 

Comic News Insider Episode 535 – TCAFfeinated!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 535 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #1, Battlestar Galactica Six #1, Dexters Laboratory Vol 2 #1, Southern Bastards #1, V-Wars #1, Vertigo Quarterly Cyan #1, Amazing Spider-Man 2

Producer Joe joins Jimmy in studio to talk about their upcoming trip to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF).  Jimmy will be moderating 2 panels (info below) and they both will be conducting many an interview. They pay tribute to their friend Jamie Dallessandro and send love to his family/friends. We lost one of the best of us. The guys go on to chat about Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars Day, Fox canceling Being Human, the CBR forum revamp, the ET video game cartridge dump and Jimmy makes up a new gaming company called Atario. News includes: Star Wars VII cast revealed, Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes announced, SyFy developing comic book based shows, Yahoo developing sci-fi comedy, 11th Doctor gets terminated, Carlton Cuse remaking The Returned, and Kevin Smith gets Krampus for Christmas. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Jimmy’s TCAF Panels

I’ll be moderating a couple of panels at TCAF this weekend. Come on by and check them out! 
Sports Vs. Comic Books: Making Peace Between Schoolyard Enemies 
Jocks Vs. Nerds is an engrained trope, but times have thankfully changed. The North American comics industry is catching up to its European and Japanese compatriots, realizing that blending popular sporting events with comics and graphic novels goes together like peanut butter and chocolate, and the result are great comics that appeal to an entirely new artist. Join authors Box Brown (Andre The Giant), Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer), Wai Au (Fujosports), and Jesse Lonergan (All-Star) for a spirited discussion of this emerging genre of comics!
@ The Pilot Saturday, May 10 11am-12pm
Spotlight: Reinhard Kleist
This would be a feature interview with Kleist about his work and career, with a special focus on The Boxer, which is debuting in English at the festival.

@The Marriott 50 Saturday, May 10 12pm-1:15pm