Orbital Director’s Commentary – Mike Carey on The Unwritten! [Audio]

With Mike Carey …
 
As a long-term comics fan – and events manager at Orbital Comics in central London – it’s always fun to do something more than just your average signing. Meeting a creator and having them sign your stuff is all well and good, but I really love the little things that happen in between … The anecdotes and stories creators share while people are in line or waiting at their table.
 
It got me thinking: what if there was a way to do that and provide a framework wherein people could talk about what went into the making of a book? And so, the Orbital Directors’ Commentaries were born! We’ve since had the pleasure of hosting Jason Aaron & Jason Latour to discuss Southern Bastards, Chip Zdarsky talking about Howard The Duck, and Becky Cloonan discussing her work on Gotham Academy.
 
But last month Mike Carey took to the Orbital stage for a guided tour through the oversized finale of his epic series, The Unwritten. Mike created a special slideshow of images from the book, and he went through them page-by-page – sharing stories, revealing secrets, and giving the kind of insight you couldn’t get anywhere else.
 
We recorded the evening for posterity and so – thanks to the expert work of Robin Harman – we’re pleased to share it with you this week. Hopefully we’ll have video of the night available at a later date, but for now you can listen and read along in your own book. So enjoy, and keep your eyes peeled for future Orbital Director’s Commentary nights!
 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Mike Carey’s Twitter: @michaelcarey191
Mike Carey’s website: mikeandpeter.com
 
Curated & Conceived by Chris Thompson.
 
Shot & Edited by Robin Harman.

The Orbiting Pod Episode 182

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Ready to grin like a Cheshire Cat? Welcome back to the Dude Ranch, and Episode 182 of The Orbiting Pod!

This week, on the Adam, Michael & Robin show:

- Black Canary #1 – We’re heading to the Rock Show, but is it a Rollercoaster, or a real Anthem?
- E is For Extinction #1 – The Battleworld Carousel continues to turn, but is it just Wasting Time?
- Thors #1 – Cops of Thunder; will it leave us Enthused?

All of This, and much more!

(was that last one too Obvious?)

New Comics – Week of 01/07/2015

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Staff Picks – Week of 24/06/2015

E is for Extinction #1
Chris Burnham (w), Ramon Villalobos (a)
Marvel Comics

Adam (with Joe) says: Remember ‘New X-Men’? Welcome back, kids.

In this Secret Wars tie-in, Burnham and Villalobos channel Morrison and Quitely, nailing the punk rock tone of the original run before driving in a new direction. These days, Magneto’s running the school and his former class of remedial students are now the premier X-Men team. Meanwhile, Cyclops and Emma Frost are an ageing embarrassment and Wolverine’s fingers aren’t growing back quite as quickly.

For Burnham’s first multi-issue writing assignment, this is a mature and confident showing. Beast’s voice is a real highlight (as are those orange sperm he’s examining). Those who would be disappointed that he’s not illustrating, please hold your reservations as Villalobos brings the ugliness and attitude without hesitation. A few tender moments too. For something likely limited, the creative team is really building something here, something worth investing in.

Rounding out the gathering of Quitely-infused artists, Ian Bertram provides a stunning homage cover.

Rumble Volume 1: What Colour Darkness
John Arcudi and James Harren (creators), Dave Stewart (c)
Image Comics

Thomas says: Arcudi is one of the best writers in comics and has been for decades, Rumble is the first original work he’s done I think since The Creep (with Jonathon Case) and it is as exciting and mundane as needs be and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. James Harren’s art is frantic and filthy immersing the reader in the dirty shadows of a grimy city filled with monstrous creatures flowing through the space between moments bringing violence and mayhem and more than just a little humour with them all of which is ably enhanced with Stewart’s sickly, urine soaked street lights, dim, fizzing dive bar lighting and the warm, comforting light of home. This book is great and a real joy to read and look at.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1988 Classic Collection Figures
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Ryan says: There are things I get pretty excited about, new movies, new toys, new comics… but there are very rarely items that truly make you feel like a kid again. So imagine how amazed I was to learn that these had come into the shop – brand new TMNT figures that are lovingly recreated editions of the toys I grew up with, as a child of the 80s and 90s. And not only are they basically indistinguishable from the original figures, but come with an injection-moulded set of accessories as well as the unforgettable rubber belt to keep them in. No matter which character(s) you choose to take home, these figures are sure to warm the heart and awaken your inner-child. Besides… they’re radical, dude!

Planet Hulk #2
Sam Humphries (w), Marc Laming (a)
Marvel Comics

Liz says: Of the Secret Wars offshoots, Planet Hulk has been one of my favorites. An uncomplicated sci-fi adventure story with a whiff of eighties Spielberg (Captain America and the Temple of DOOM! Pun intended! Sorry) in which a bare-chested, ponytailed Steve Rogers and his dinosaur sidekick (that’s Devil Dinosaur to you) must brave the wild jungles of Greenland to rescue his imprisoned comrade, Bucky. He is forced to partner up with Doc Green, who becomes an unlikely ally and guide through what is essentially a Gamma-irradiated Savage Land with mutated Hulk monsters jumping out of the bushes at every turn. So is this team-up going to go the way of the buddy movie or is Doc Green as untrustworthy as he seems? Until next time, I’ll look forward to finding out.

Stroppy
Marc Bell (w / a)
D&Q

Camila says: Oh, it had been quite some time since Marc Bell graced us with some new work. This is not only brand new stuff, but it’s also a bonafide full-length graphic novel, and each page filled with his highly detailed, mind-bending graphics and general craziness. It’s not just gorgeous and insane art though… Bell’s astute use of language and his comments both on corporate control and the music industry had me chuckling all the way through. SO GOOD!

Orbital in Conversation Episode 135 – The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

With Jon Schnepp & Holly K. Payne …
 
Following on from last week’s chat at the pub with Black Mask Studio’s Matthew Rosenberg (which you can still listen to here), this week I’m back with Jon Schnepp & Holly K. Payne, the filmmakers behind the incredible documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
 
During a live Q&A held at Orbital Comics, we discussed how the project came to be, what they learned along way, how it impacted them both personally, and what else is coming up as the film nears release.
 
And never fear, you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here, as we continue to put out the same quality interviews and discussion with Orbital in Conversation going forward. It’s only gonna get better, folks!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes.
 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Jon Schnepp’s Twitter: @JonSchnepp
Holly K. Payne’s Twitter: @hollykpayne
 
TDOSLWH’s Twitter: @TDOSLWH
TDOSLWH’s website: www.tdoslwh.com
 
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is available July 9 2015 – and can be pre-ordered here: www.tdoslwh.com

New Comics – Week of 24/06/2015

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The Orbiting Pod Episode 181

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Welcome to Episode 181 of The Orbiting Pod!

This week:

- Weirdworld #1 – swords swinging: good times bringing?

- Bizarro #1 – This book be worst fun, or maybe best tragedy to am write?

- Starfire #1 – does it light a fuse, or fizzle out?

- Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #1 – are you ready to enlist?

All this, and a whole lot more!

Staff Picks – Week of 17/06/2015

Justice League of America #1
Bryan Hitch (w, a)
DC Comics

Ryan says: Are you the kind of DC Comics fan who loved modern-age comics, but the New 52 was just too much change for your taste? This may be the book for you. Bryan Hitch brings to DC what he did to Marvel’s Ultimate Avengers, taking the characters you love away from the complex continuity of their post-Convergence lives, and putting them together in a charmingly familiar yet all-new ongoing series. It preserves the feel of an early 2000’s Justice League title, with all the polish we’ve come to expect of any current A-list comic. Starting the run strong with an extra-sized debut issue, JLA should make for a mighty read, whether you are heavily into the New 52 or just getting started. Definitely worth the cover price!

Thors #1
Jason Aaron (w), Chris Sprouse (a)

Liz says: I wasn’t going to write about Thors this week because, truth be told, I’ve chosen to write about Jason Aaron’s Thor run a number of times and for the sake of variety I’m actively trying not to. So while it may not be surprising that I’m picking a Thor book, what is surprising is absolutely everything about this Thor book.
Because Thors, my friends, is a crime procedural. Yes, you read that right; a crime procedural, with the hard-boiled detective (Ultimate Thor), his loyal partner (Beta Ray Bill), the oddball forensics scientist (Throg), the grizzled old police chief (King Thor) and a few more tropes to boot. And of course there’s a cracking murder mystery that they’re all mixed up in. Think Gotham Central meets Original Sin meets… well, Thor.
So… CSI: Asgard? Deicide: Life on the Streets? This should and would be awful under just about anyone else’s pen, but Jason Aaron makes it work and then some. Unbelievably different to any Thor book I’ve read, or ever expected to read, and I just can’t help but want to share it.

A Silent Voice Vol 01
Yoshitoki Oima (w, a)
Kodansha Comics

Elektra says: Slice-of-actual-life, a rather harsh realistic look at the prevalence of bullying in Japanese schools. It follows the treatment that a deaf elementary schoolgirl receives upon transferring to a new school, and the psychology of her tormentors. This manga may look like another lighthearted school life exaggeration, but it is something else entirely. It is based on the kind of violence and cruelty that can find expression, unspectacularly, in group mentality and weak hearts rather than in the empty smirk of a super villain.

Alex + Ada #15
Jonathan Luna & Sarah Vaughn (w), Jonathan Luna (a)
Image Comics

Chris says: It’s bittersweet to be writing about Alex + Ada as my pick of the week because this is sadly the last issue of the series. This book has stayed at the top of my reading pile since issue 1 and, despite what seems on the surface to be quite a relaxed book, it’s filled with human tension and drama that propels you from month to month. I was worried about how the series might end and whether they could reach a satisfying conclusion, but I shouldn’t have been concerned … After months of teasing out the story and demonstrating their impressive skills, Luna & Vaughn have managed to perfectly stick the landing. Bravo, folks! I will miss Alex + Ada (and its place of prominence in my monthly reading stack), but I’m so glad to have experienced this wonderful and complete story. I really hope Image Comics give it the proper treatment and release an oversized hardcover featuring all 15 issues in one lush volume. I would happily buy it again just to experience it again in that manner. If you haven’t read Alex + Ada yet then do it now! Volumes 1 & 2 are available, with the concluding Volume 3 on its way … You won’t be sorry.

Orbital in Conversation Episode 134 – with Black Mask Studios’ Matthew Rosenberg!

With Matthew Rosenberg …
 
After last week’s chat with Injection‘s Declan Shalvey (which you can still listen to here), this week I’m back with writer & Black Mask PR guru Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 12 Reasons To Die, Secret Wars Journal) to discuss the stages of his career thus far.
 
Matthew & I chat about the crossover between comics and music, how he works with writing partner Patrick Kindlon, his own background in comics, and what he’s working on for Black Mask (and others) right now.
 
And never fear, you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here, as we continue to put out the same quality interviews and discussion with Orbital in Conversation going forward. It’s only gonna get better, folks!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Orbital in Conversation podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
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Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
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Black Mask Studios’ website: blackmaskstudios.com

Orbital Comics Presents: Gotham Academy Director’s Commentary with Becky Cloonan

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Orbital Comics is proud to present the first in what we hope is a long line of “Director’s Commentaries”, recorded live in our Central London Store.

In this series, comic’s creators take us back to the drawing board, peeling back the layers of the finished page to reveal craft, method & story genesis, along with some cool Easter eggs along the way.

Of the 4 commentaries that we have hosted so far (featuring Jason’s Aaron & Latour, Chip Zdarksy & Mike Carey), the first that we are delighted to bring you is Becky Cloonan’s commentary for the first arc of Gotham Academy, which you can find in stores this week!

If you enjoyed this, stay tuned for more great videos from the store, and in the meantime, why not subscribe to our great podcasts: The Orbiting Pod & Orbital in Conversation? You can find out more about them here.