Sequential Underground #85 – Go F*ck Yourself

The final podcast by indie comics creators for indie comics creators!

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Hosts:
Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

Show Notes:

It’s the last episode of Sequential Underground from the AudioShocker! We kick things off with some regional Culinary Underground conversation, discussing the food on S Craig St in Pittsburgh, PA (where Shawn just started a new job).

Nick is pitching “The Graphic Novel Formerly Known As The Bible 2” to publishers and we recount some of our failed pitches from the past. Among those is Shawn and Nick’s failed animation pitch for Li’l Bastards, which was rejected by Frederator Studios for being too much too soon after the Sandy Hook shootings.

Shawn also shares the finished version of his Gello Apocalypse / Star Wars mashup! Last week, he posted the inks for this piece on the Gello blog.

Speaking of last week, HaterMania body slammed the internet with its muscly goodness! Shawn and Nick recount the long and winding journey of their Super Haters collaboration, discussing the prolonged creation process from start to finish.

So what’s next for Sequential Underground? We dunno! Shawn might continue it on another website or this episode might be THE END. Either way, you can always access all of our past episodes on the Sequential Underground archives page.

Confused about why Sequential Underground is wrapping up? Check out this podcast from last week and then come back to AudioShocker.com this Wednesday, February 26th for a special announcement about the future of our podcasts!

Sequential Underground #83 – Comedy vs. Tragedy

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Hosts:
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Guest:
Brian John Mitchell

Show Notes:
Brian asks: “What comes easier to you… writing comedy or writing tragedy?”

Shawn finds writing comedy much easier. He can improvise the jokes in his comics while he’s drawing the story, but he needs to plan his drama out ahead of time.

Nick is also drawn to comedy. He has to make conscious decisions to include serious moments in his stories whereas writing comedy just flows naturally.

But Brian defaults to tragedy instead of comedy. For him, writing a serious script takes only a fraction of the time that it takes to write a funny one.

So… what about you?

Sequential Underground #80 – Stripped Down

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Hosts:
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Show Notes:
Shawn assisted cartoonist Rick Stromoski, creator of Soup to Nutz, at the Steel City Con and that got him thinking about comic strips. See, Shawn’s comics foundation is in creating comic books. Here’s some of his early Gello Apocalypse work:

But Nick’s foundation is in comic strips. Most of his early comics were three, four, or six panel gags.

In this episode, we share our experiences with comic strips. We discuss the differences in writing, drawing, pacing, and distributing comic strips vs. comic books (or whatever you wanna call comics made up of pages!).

Shawn and Nick have even collaborated on comics strips in the past. Shawn wrote and Nick arted a seven-part series of Super Haters comic strips in 2011:

We’d love to hear your experiences creating comic strips, so make sure to comment with your thoughts on the comic strip creation process and we’ll read your comments on the next episode.

And finally, after the end theme… more Culinary Underground!

And…
At the time of this recording, the Love & Monsters Kickstarter campaign (featuring comics by Shawn and music by Nick) hadn’t been funded. But in the past 24 hours, thanks to the generosity and support of our listeners and friends, the project has reach it’s funding goal. THANKS!

Sequential Underground #78 – Motivations

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Hosts:
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Related Posts:
“ALIEN #1: Mayday” by Huslik and Love & Monsters on Kickstarter

Show Notes:
We kick off the episode with some listener feedback from Huslik. After listening to Sequential Underground he decided to research zine shows in Germany, which led him to last month’s Zinefest Berlin 2013! Huslik shares a short report about his awesome Zinefest experience.

Then we talk about Love & Monsters, a comics and music anthology including work by Shawn and Nick (under his musical pseudonym, Nik Furious). It’s a visual and sonic collaboration featuring crazy creature romance. The project needs your support so please check out our Kickstarter page and become a backer!

After that, we dive into this episode’s topic which comes from Huslik. He asks: What are your motivations to write and draw, and how important do your characters become in the process?

Shawn talks about how he loves his characters but really enjoys torturing them too, as seen in this scene starring Kat from Gello Apocalypse

Nick reflects on his recently-completed script for [working title “The Bible 2”] and how he loved torturing the story’s characters but doesn’t necessarily find that he loves them. We also dig deep and explore our motivations to make comics and tell stories rather than creating art in different mediums.

Also:
We wanna know why YOU create comics — tell us your motivations in the comments or in an email. Plus, we share more sandwich recipes!

Sequential Underground #73

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The winner of last episode‘s Cartoon College DVD giveaway is Brandon Williams, who KO’d the competition with his CCS thesis idea for Dragon Fist, a manga tale full of passion and punching. Thx to everyone who entered the contest!

Our topic for this episode is creating collected editions of your webcomics or self-published single issues. Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino chat about the books they’re currently compiling and the difficulties that come with collecting widespread work into a book-length volume.

This is Shawn’s cover for the upcoming Gello Apocalypse v1 collection, which will be available for purchase at SPX in September!

Shawn just sent the first collected edition of Gello Apocalypse off to the printer. The book is a culmination of years of hard work, not to mention two years alone spent crafting the collection itself.

Here’s a sneak peek at a reformatted and remastered page from the Time Log collection, which Nick will finish during the AudioShocker hiatus.

Nick’s been slowly toiling away on a collected edition of Time Log since the end of 2011. To compile it, he has to chop up and color part of the story that was originally published as a black and white comic book. Why? Because the rest of the tale was released as a widescreen webcomic in color.

The guys both agree that it’s a pain in the ass creating collected editions, but the final product is worth it.

Gello Shots #12

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He loves it when you call him Big Poppa! Shawn Atkins is back and he’s a daddy now. Want proof? Here ya go:

While Shawn works on the latest page of the Gello Apocalypse webcomic, he talks about life, love, comics, and more.

Check out this sexy scenic panel from the latest page of Gello Apocalypse!

He also shares his thoughts about Ross Campbell‘s self-published graphic novel of Mountain Girl comics. You can buy the trade paperback from Ross at conventions (or you can send him a message through deviantART).

After the end theme, Shawn gets deep and talks about the difficultly of juggling different comics while working a day job. PLUS: Father’s Day anticipation!

Sequential Underground #67

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After Shawn Atkins recaps his experience at last weekend’s Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival, he talks to Nick Marino about keeping long ongoing comics fresh and exciting for himself as creator.

Gello ApocalypseShawn keeps it fresh by staying flexible and experimenting.

For years, Shawn has told the story of Kat and Pryor in Gello Apocalypse. He’s kept things fresh by letting the art and storytelling of the comic grow along with him, going from short black and white stories to long multi-part tales in color. Plus, he likes to have fun and experiment, trying out new sequential tricks.

Super HatersNick couldn’t keep it fresh! He got burned out by the format.

Nick Marino, on the other hand, couldn’t maintain his mojo on Super Haters. While the webcomic lives on as sporadic short stories, the long-term narrative became a drag. Nick got tired of the daily grind and the comics’s constrictive format.

Explorers of the UnknownShawn kept the punch in his comics by finding a collaborator.

But burnout doesn’t have to happen to you! When Shawn needed a kick in the pants on Explorers of the Unknown, he invited his friend Seth Fronzoli to join him as a co-plotter and scripter. He maintains his excitement by asking his collaborator to surprise him with the scripts.

Gello Shots #11

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A double-dose of Jared Catherine begins! The cartoonist behind Incrediman Comix and co-host of the Comic Book Pitt podcast joins Shawn Atkins to talk about comics, art, and life.

The guys share funny stories about their shitty restaurant jobs, Jared explains his last name (KA-THUR-EEN, not KATH-RIN!), and Shawn complains about OBGYN visits.

Jared and Shawn also discuss their Santoro Con 2 experience at Copacetic Comics in Pittsburgh where shop owner Bill Boichel talked about romance comics. NAMES GET DROPPED! COMICS GET CONVERSED!

Then Shawn spins the tale of how Gello Apocalypse evolved out of his art school rebellion. And Jared reminisces about how he struggled with painting in college, and how that led him down a circular path to film and eventually creating comics (which he wanted to do in the first place).

ALSO: Young artists with mad skills! Jared digs Jason!

And be back later today for more Jared Catherine as he talks about his new Super Haters story on Destruct-O-Cast #21!

Gello Shots #10

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Shawn Atkins is joined by David DeVera, comics writer and indie publisher of the grindhouse graphic novel, Ninjabitch, through Diamondgoat Media.

They kick things off by discussing the possibility of new Star Wars standalone films. The dudes also discuss Cleveland, Rush, and Tom Brady’s chiseled chin.

Then things swing to comics! Dave talks about what he’s got going on, and Shawn shares about the latest happenings in Gello Apocalypse (including his new time-traveling character and the impending reveal of the deal with Mr. Starsky!).

Finally, the dudes give props to one of their favorite Pittsburgh comic artists and collaborators, Harold Cupec (creator of Pugnuggle Tales).

Gello Shots #9

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Shawn Atkins sits at the mic with pen in hand and coffee in mug to catch you up on the latest and greatest goings on in the webcomics world of Gello Apocalypse, including this new bodacious pin up by Jared Catherine:

ALSO:

  • Shawn broke a Facebook spambot (Editor’s note: from Nigeria, not Nicaragua)
  • Shout out to Heather Nunnelly’s Vacant and Vacant Bits (Editor’s note: we’ve got a BIG Vacant announcement coming soon!)
  • And PBS on YouTube (Editor’s note: 1 2 3)

Finally, Shawn reviews Richard Stark’s Parker, Vol. 2: The Outfit by Darwyn Cooke. Verdict? He loves it!

Gello Shots #8

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Shawn Atkins had a very Ohio Xmas and he’s here to recap his midwestern holiday adventures! Plus, he got some Jack Kirby goodies from Santa 😀

So what’s up next in Gello Apocalypse? The raucous return of Pryor and Mikey 3!!!

Shawn also reviews Windsor McCay’s The Complete Little Nemo in Slumberland, Volume II: 1907-1908 and Charles Schulz’s The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952.

Gello Shots #7

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Shawn Atkins is inking the last page of Chapter 11 as he talks to you about anything and everything Gello Apocalypse!

Along with Gello, Shawn dishes about when you can expect the Explorers of the Unknown to return.

After that, he reminisces about the packet of goodies he received when he enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, as well as his raggedy-but-much-loved art board.

Finally, Shawn reviews The Savage Sword of Conan v1 by Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, and more.

Gello Shots #6

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Shawn Atkins resurrects Gello Shots with I’m Not Dead Yet or Turkey Tears!

He talks about Mary Ann and Ginger, the conjoined twins from Gello Apocalypse, and the weird experiences he’s had with fetishists.

After Shawn raves about the way Travis Charest colors his art, he talks about a Gello Apocalypse flashback starring Pryor.

He also delivers a graphic novel review of Brandon Graham‘s King City collection.

Annnnddd then there’s some ranting and raving about oddball things!

Gello Shots #5

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Shawn Atkins wants you to have a wee bit of Gello Apocalypse in your life.

In the latest Gello strip, Kat gets… strippped! Also, Shawn was featured on the Pittsburgh-focused blog, RadioChumps.

Plus: Shawn reviews Kick the Football Chuck by Rev. Fitz.

Gello Shots #4

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A new podcast series from the AudioShocker!!

Shawn Atkins talks about his stoner webcomic, Gello Apocalypse. It’s a slice of life… with a twist!

WHO IS THAT GREEN MAN ABOVE??? And how is he connected to a similar purple monster? Dive into the mystery with Chapter 11 a.k.a. Road Trip.

Shawn also reviews The Zombie Hunters by Jenny Romanchuk. It’s an undead webcomic with big action and lots of emotion. 6.5+2 out of 7.5 stars!!!

Finally, after the end theme, Shawn and Nick recap the spectacular showbiz career of Norman Fell a.k.a. Mr. Roper.

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