Orbital In Conversation Episode 122 – with Nick Roche & Scott McCloud!

With Nick Roche & Scott McCloud …
 
After last week’s chat with Descender‘s Dustin Nguyen, followed by Beast Wagon‘s Owen Johnson & John Pearson (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with Nick Roche (Transformers, Monster Motors, New Warriors) to launch the Irish Invasion exhibition in the Orbital Gallery.
 
Nick & I discuss the burgeoning creative scene in Ireland right now, how he first started out in comics, the perils of being ‘typecast’ as a certain kind of creator, and where he sees himself going next.
 
Then, as an extra bonus, I present my Q&A with Scott McCloud from his signing of The Sculptor earlier this month. We delve into his approach, what the book means to him, and how it feels to be putting out new sequential work for the first time in many years.
 
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.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Nick Roche’s Twitter: @Nick Roche
Nick Roche’s website: nickroche.blogspot.com
 
Scott McCloud’s Twitter: @scottmccloud
Scott McCloud’s website: scottmccloud.com
 
And you can listen to my previous Q&A with Scott McCloud at the Lakes Comic Art Festival right here:
popculturehound.net/episode-106-the-magic-of-comics-with-scott-mccloud

New Comics – Week of 25/03/2015

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Staff Picks – Week of 18/03/2015

Batgirl #40
Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher (w), Babs Tarr (a)
DC Comics

Oracle says: Remember me?

Adam says: Brilliant since its re-launch/re-birth/re-design, this issue marks the conclusion of the first arc of the new Batgirl and sees the creative team really carry through on their fantastic work so far. Tremendously satisfying, this is also gut-wrenching on a few levels. Now, variants aside, this book is an excellent showcase in superhero character work which can accommodate and reflect on trauma, moving narratives forwards, without the need to negate or ignore it entirely. With no room for doubt, this is how Barbara ought to have been pushed at the launch of the New 52. Fresh, trendy, exciting and with a genuine focus on new characters, new stories and new directions, this is easily best of the DC line and deserves to stand alongside the likes of Spider-Gwen, Amazing Spider-Man and Daredevil.

Jack Kirby’s Mister Miracle Artist’s Edition HC
IDW Publishing

Thomas says: I absolutely adore Jack Kirby’s work, the man was a genius and, of all of his many creations, Mister Miracle is my favourite. This character is perhaps one of Kirby’s most fundamentally positive characters right down to his rising above the mocking nature of his name Scott Free. Artist’s Editions have been uniformly amazing and this volume is no different. Containing reproductions of the original pages of issues 2, 3, 5 – 9 and a great deal more we have been given another great insight into Kirby’s work with this volume. It astounds me when looking at these pages just how few mistakes were made as he worked especially when you consider the fact that he was working on the entire New Gods line at the same time. The only downside is the small number of pages reproduced without the original art, a small quibble when we’ve been given more of his original art than he ever was.

Red One #1
Xavier Dorison (w), Terry and Rachel Dodson (a)
Image Comics

Will says: This oversized first issue is jam packed with delicious goodness, hitting the sweet spot round every corner. All the fun kicks off when we are introduced to our confident, kickass protagonist, Vera Yelnikov. And the excitement doesn’t stop. The first issue sets up a promising story for the rest of the series as Soviet special agent Vera is sent to 1977 Los Angeles to become America’s greatest superhero and spread Communist ideals. High praise must be given to the Dodsons for their beautiful art that jumps out of the panels and emotes every character fantastically. It’s no surprise this has been selling out fast, so if you missed it, be sure to keep your eye on this for the inevitable reprints.

Chrononauts #1
Mark Miller (w), Sean Gordon Murphy (a), Matt Hollingsworth (c)
Image Comics

Ryan says: Ok so I’ll admit right now that the main reason I picked up this comic was thanks to the Ryan Ottley variant cover (artist on Invincible, which I’m crazy about), but once I actually took a moment to open the issue and have a look, I was hooked. Sean Murphy, who you may know from his work on The Wake, has this wonderful unbridled art style that leaps out of the page and sucks you into the story. Each page is filled with sketchy yet elegant detail that you really feel yourself exploring every panel. As for the story itself, we follow renowned scientist, Dr. Corbin Quinn, as he and his team of technical wizards pioneer time travel and broadcast their results publicly in a manner reminiscent of the 1969 moon landing. When leading the first manned mission through time, Quinn is knocked off course, his connection lost, and it’s up to his showboat best friend, Dr. Danny Reilly, to jump after him and to find Quinn bring him back home. Once again, Image has hit another home run, and I’m so excited to read more of this series as it comes out. Pick it up while you still can!

The Orbiting Pod Episode 174

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Welcome to Episode 174 of The Orbiting Pod!

This week, we plug in with Descender #1, break down the walls with Spider-Woman #5, go all star with Guardians Team Up #1, look for love in Alderaan places with Princess Leia #1, and much more!

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Orbital In Conversation Episode 121 – With Dustin Nguyen, Owen Johnson & John Pearson!

With Dustgin Nguyen, Owen Johnson & John Pearson …
 
After last week’s Angoulême BD Festival special (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with the incredible Dustin Nguyen to discuss his exciting new sci-fi series, Descender, from Image Comics.
 
Dustin and I discuss how he started out, the way his art has changed and evolved over time, what it’s like writing scripts as opposed to drawing comics, and how he approaches realism in a series like Descender.
 
Plus, as an extra bonus, I chat with creators Owen Michael Johnson & John Pearson about their new project, Beast Wagon, which is currently on Kickstarter and featured in the Orbital Gallery. We discuss how they met, where the idea came from, and what they’ve got planned.
 
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.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Dustin Nguyen’s Tumblr: duss005.tumblr.com
 
Owen Michael Johnson’s Twitter: @Owen_Johnson
Owen Michael Johnson’s website: www.changelingstudios.com
 
John Pearson’s Twitter: @JohnJPearson
John Pearson’s website: johnjpearson.co.uk

New Comics – Week of 18/03/2015

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Staff Picks – Week of 11/03/2015

Nova Annual #1
Gerry Duggan (w), David Baldeon (a), Terry Pallot (i)
Marvel Comics

Thomas says: Despite Holy F**k #3 being out I had to pick this. I’m a huge fan of the Sam Alexander Nova in what is a fun, almost all-ages book and this annual is no different being written by Gerry Duggan the writer of the main book in a story that follows directly on from the last issue proper. As I was reading it I couldn’t help but feel that it was such a weird and unusual choice for an annual to follow at least until I got to the last page when it became all too clear that the next issue of Nova would be subsumed into yet another god awful crossover event. As despicable and damaging as these things are it was nice to see Marvel give Gerry the chance to finish his current storyline. This is a great single issue and with the short ‘previously . . . ’ section on the front page any reader can simply jump into this issue and enjoy the ride and it is a great ride.

iZombie #1 Special Edition
Chris Roberson (w), Michael Allred (a)
Vertigo Comics

Will says: The best new comic this week was without a doubt Rachel Rising. However since it sold out quicker than I could finish this sentence, what better reason to revisit this past gem. iZombie introduced me to Mike Allred’s work which I was immediately allured with. You can see his influences coming from all across the board but evolved into something else entirely. His unique style brings me a certain warmness. I have fond memories of iZombie. Which is why I’m very skeptical about the upcoming TV show adaption. It airs next week, which is why Vertigo has released this dollar reprint of issue one. Hopefully the show is in good hands with Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas, but even if it does suck, it’s an excuse to try out the original comic that will be infinitely better.

The Surface #1
Ales Kot (w), Langdon Foss (a)
Image Comics

Julia says: This comic takes place in a dystrophic future where people lives are being recorded at all times, the government has free access to all this information and it seems that the only way to scape this shared life is the surface, which remains as an undefined element. The comic itself is a curious object, with tiny secret messages scattered though the pages. The color choice and the clean inking, added to the big desert landscapes has reminiscences of Moebius. This is a challenging and captivating reading which speaks about many philosophical themes, mixing politics, love, moral and technology in an aberrant future, taking the strengths and flaws of our own time an amplifying them. Or maybe this is just a road movie of three individuals in the desert, showing a paranoid behavior as a result of being recorded at all times and what it’s doing to their brains. Maybe we are just going too far in a search for an explanation for pure creativity and fun.
I guess it all makes sense at the end. Maybe.

Star Wars #3
Jason Aaron (w) John Cassaday (a)
Marvel Comics

Paul says: So 3 issues in and Star Wars continues to impress. Aaron’s writing retains a tone in keeping with the first three films (by first three, I mean Episodes IV, V and VI. Not the CGI muppets crap that followed). Veering steadily between the fantastical drama of Empire and the playfully grim, ‘look at the mess we’re in now’ humour of Jedi, it still plays like the next film in series, the ones you wish they’d made. What’s great about Marvel’s flagship SW title is that we’re now getting a sense of scope in the rebel’s struggle against the empire and a real idea of Luke’s journey from farm-boy to idealistic rebel to powerful Jedi.
Aaron and Cassaday, through their decompressed story and art styles give ample space for the first arc to breathe and my too main (new) hopes now are that they stay on the book past its initial arc and that Marvel keep up their editorial consistency as the three books are now fitting together quite nicely into an expanded universe time-line, with Mark Waid’s Princess Leia picking up directly after the end of New Hope, this seemingly dove-tailing into Empire Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader filling in the story in the months before Jedi. Let’s cross our fingers that the rest of their stories remain this tightly done.

Off Life #11
Off Life Magazine

Karl says: Here is another great issue from the good people at Off Life. Featuring ten awesome strips by some of the brightest talents of indie comicdom. It is printed on superior paper, as always, Off Life looks and smells great.
Backing up the excellent selection of strips are an extensive interview with Hip-hop Family tree and Wizzywig creator Ed Piskor, and a plea from Jack Teagle to the growing number of comics creators and cartoonists to stop copying and start experimenting. Righteous.
Several jabs at the hipster dweebs who have slightly ruined things in recent years occur in this issue, with Ed Piskor brilliantly calling them “this whole culture of neckbeard lamos”!
All for freee!

Action Comics #40
Greg Pak (w) Aaron Kuder (a)
DC Comics

Bizarro Joe says: Me am hate Action Comics #40 very much. Comic not fun to read; make me very sad. Do not recommend!

Orbital In Conversation Episode 120 – With Georgia Webber & Breakdown Press!

With Georgia Webber & Breakdown Press …
 
As a follow-up to our memories of Angoulême (which you can still listen to here), we continue our coverage of this year’s Festival by checking in with Georgia Webber (creator of The Dumb Project) as well as Orbital alumni, Simon & Tom, who are the brains behind the excellent Breakdown Press.
 
Georgia and I discuss how The Dumb Project came to be, what it was like losing her voice, the ways in which she’s learned to deal with that, and how she found Angoulême BD Festival as a first-time attendee.
 
Then Simon, Tom and I chat about their experience tabling at Angoulême for the first time. We look at how their publishing roster has grown, the response they’ve had so far, and take a peek at what’s coming up next.
 
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.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Georgia Webber’s Twitter: @gee_webber
Georgia’s Dumb Project website: georgiasdumbproject.com
 
Breakdown Press’ Twitter: @breakdownpress
Breakdown Press’ website: www.breakdownpress.com
 
Angoulême BD Festival’s Twitter: @actudufauve
Angoulême BD Festival’s website: www.bdangouleme.com

The Orbiting Pod Episode 173

Welcome to Episode 173 of The Orbiting Pod!

This week, we hammer the point home with Thor Annual, protect our neck’s with Spider-Gwen #1, kick it with Curb Stomp #1, crowd around with Suiciders #1, Adam gives us a small press round up, & much more!

You can follow Robin, Adam, & The Podcast on Twitter, be our Facebook friend, and subscribe on iTunes!

 

New Comics – Week of 11/03/2015

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