On this week’s Kickstarter show, Derek talks with Nick Prolix about his campaign for Slang Pictorial #3. This will be a 24-page black-and-white comic, following up on on the already published first two hardcopy issues. Nick is using his first-ever Kickstarter in order to cover the comic’s printing and shipping. Plus, he has a really cool promotional video:
Slang Pictorial is Nick’s one-person anthology comic, and it includes his serialized retro comedy-drama The Sheep And The Wolves. This story actually began as a webcomic, and it’s a light-hearted look at the broken dreams and busted schemes of the many residents of a fictional London neighborhood at the start of the Swinging Sixties. Slang Pictorial alsoincludes an assortment of other stories set in the same world.
Sean and Derek discussed The Middle Age on their webcomics series last year. It’s an old-school and fun kind of adventure comic, a fantasy featuring a slightly older knight, Sir Quimp, who lost his love, his sword, and his job. And he is on a quest to win them all back, and “aiding” Sir Quimp on his quest is a talking sword, Maledicta, which hates him. Steve’s Kickstarter campaign is centered on a limited edition enamel pin set based on the characters in his webcomic, as well as print editions of The Middle Age. It’s part of Kickstarter’s Make/100 initiative.
We discuss the webcomic Death and the Maiden by Nina Ruzicka. We start 2018 off with a new type of story for us. This will be the first time we have covered a webcomic and we talk aobut how that changes the experience slightly as well as some of the great things this comic does as well as a few things that confused us.
Death’s powers and rules are ill-defined (6:15)
Tone changes as the story goes along (13:00)
Little Death (27:15)
The Maiden (31:26)
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I first discovered Impure Blood and Melting Down at this year’s C2E2, and after reading their great books, I knew I had to interview creators Nadja Baer and Nathan Lueth. They discuss how they’re bringing the Impure Blood series of graphic novels to fans everywhere, including how Nathan introduced Nadja to comics, how they work together as a team, and how they put these books together, including using laying out the pages in landscape format instead of the usual portrait mode comics often appear in. This series is also a webcomic, with a new page appearing every Monday. We also talk about Melting Down, which is described as “a comic for kids with Asperger’s Disorder and challenging behavior,” a comic I found both riveting and educational.
This week Tim travels just south of Tokyo to Yokohama to meet up with Chris Taylor (“Sketchfro”), creator of Relic Hunter: Riven, and James Stacey of Black Hook Press, which publishes Japanese translations of US and UK graphic novels. How do you prepare for conventions? Did you do comics differently back home? What’s different about tabling at German comics events? Why did Chris get in an argument with Archie Comics? That and more!
Enter the Boston Metaphysical Society, a Steampunk Supernatural Mystery Six-Issue Mini-Series Web Comic Written and Created By Madeleine Holly-Rosing with superb art By Emily Hu. Doc connects with Madeline for an interview, and we are hoping this discussion will get people to check out this project POST HASTE! The Doc approves, and more importantly, the Master!
In this special episode I interview webcomic superstar Gustav Carlson (Backwood Folk). Join us as we fondly discuss growing up on internet message boards, raising goats in Arkansas, and the release of his first volume of Backwood Folk.