I love learning. I love talking to creators about how they get their things done. I love picking their brains and finding out cool little things. It’s just great.
Enter Chris Sotomayor, the newest member of the PodChris Club. So listen in as we learn what goes into being a colorist and a possible way for you to become one too. Not me though, my art skills aren’t good enough.
I have a feeling we’re about to start hitting a bunch of manga based games. Might as well make one of the early rounds of that be a boxing game. My ability to think of any more boxing puns is on the down for the count so let’s be serious. Today we’re taking a look at Victorious Boxers: Ippo’s Road to Glory.
I’ve got Trevor H from Catching Up on Cinema to help guide me through this one and possibly maybe get my pronunciation a bit better.
I know I should judge a book by it’s cover. Especially a comic because there are at least 37 different covers and I can only get so many of them. But it’s so hard with Hollow Heart because this cover is so enticing. Why is there a dude staring at me? What is the dude staring at me from? How do the eyes go all shiny like that?
All of that aside, I’m loving what I’m seeing in this first issue.
You know what my favorite part of doing this podcast has been? Making such talented friends and having an excuse to share their stuff with the world. For real, it’s even better than the comics people give me to read.
For example, I got to talk to Fernando Pinto about a few different things from him that I’m very happy to either have in my house right now or will have some time in the future in Warped and Gun Punch. Both are really fun comics that you should definitely check out.
I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but the world is a bit crazy night now. But mixed in with all of the craziness are little bits of normalcy that can help make things be not so jarring. If you’re in the Charleston, South Carolina area on the weekend of February 20-21 be sure to stop by the con over at 176 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant.
Good thing I’ve got Mike Campbell from my local shop Captain’s Comics and Toys to come by and talk about their upcoming Captain’s Comic Expo. Also be sure to check out the Lowcountry Orphan Relief, after all some of the proceeds from the con are going to help them out and even if you don’t go you can still donate.
Chris once again gets sucked in by a creator going out into the world and pushing their stuff. This time it’s the tale of a young bounty hunter and her side quest to find herself. Hurry up and get in on the story by backing Endless Moons on Kickstarter.
Listen in as Tommy Jauregui gives us an insight into Endless Moons, how it came to be, and how you can get yourself a copy of this great story.
We all know KISS the band, right? Those makeup wearing rock dudes who just want to rock and party and put on a good show. Well, did you know that they’ve had comics stretching back to the early days of their career? Or that there’s a game based on one of the runs? I didn’t. Well, I knew there was the KISS game but only that it existed.
Good thing I have Scarlett O’Dell from Gatecrashers here to help straighten everything out. Listen in as I get taught a few lessons but also potentially release a monster out into the world.
Horror and comics just seem to go hand in hand. Horror comics had a large hand in the creation of the comics code many years ago, and it seems like so many people have a secret love and/or talent for horror. So why not have a place where you can let that out without a big commitment?
Enter Steve Foxe, half of the creator team behind Razorblades. Listen in terror as we talk about the creation of a collection of things that go bump in the night, except not anywhere nearly as cheesy as that since Steve is a professional. James meanwhile was not here and may or may not have been tied up in a basement somewhere……….
The world of comics and games, as evidenced by the existence of this podcast, have a decent amount of crossover. But a game where you introduce a whole new team to an already established universe? And have a tie in comic? That’s got to be pretty rare, right?
Listen in as Robert Secundus from Comics XF comes on the show to help take a look at Marvel Nemesis Rise of the Imperfects.
Fist of the North Star 10 Big Brawls for the King of the Universe with Andrew Mecha Davis (Popanimecomics)
These days when a series is based all around fighting and punching people in the face it’s a surprise when there isn’t a fighting game to go along with it. But did you know that there was a time when Street Fighter II hadn’t come out yet? And that people were making fighting games before it?
Listen in as Andrew Mecha Davis from Popanimecomics joins the show to help take a look at Fist of the North Star 10 Big Brawls for the King of the Universe to help solve the mystery of why this anime hasn’t been bigger in the US. And possibly set a new record for longest Play Comics episode title. I’m too lazy to actually go check on that one though, it just feels right.
It’s a thing we’ve all seen before. Post apocalyptic worlds and the groups who rise to power in which to rule them. And it’s something I’ll never really get tired of because all that really means is that you have a fairly familiar stepping stone into a story that can truly go anywhere. That’s what we have here in Scout’s Honor (published by those AfterShock dudes who are trying to take all my money by doing silly things like printing good comics and getting creators who are cool people) and why I’m spending this episode talking to writer David Pepose.
Listen in as I talk to David about how this wonderful book came to be and what drives him to write the way he does.
Comics have such a long history that there’s no way anybody can know everything about every character. M.O.D.O.K. is that way for me. I have an idea of who this giant killing organism is but only because he’s happened to be in other things.
Good thing I have Jordan Blum, one of the writers on the current mini-series M.O.D.O.K Head Games, on to let me know how much fun this series is (he’s right) and how it’s OK that I really don’t know much going into reading this or watching the TV show due out later this year.
No matter what you want to think, the Ang Lee Hulk film exists. And there’s a game to go with it. Yup, it’s a movie tie in game and we all know how those were back in the day.
Or do we? Listen in as Josh Sutton from Panels to Pixels takes a stab at convincing you that not only is this a good movie to go watch, but it’s also not a horrible game to go with it.
Let’s cut to the chase here. I’m a sucker for creators who I see out in the world pushing their stuff. Rich was out in the world pushing his stuff. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Sea of Sorrows is the kind of thing I’d want to read anyway. Historical horror with a lot of it happening under the sea? Yup, sign me up right now. I even wrote a review you can read here.
So like I said, I’m really excited to have Rich Douek on the show to talk about Sea of Sorrows and how it came to be in this crazy world we’ve had this year. Just a heads up though, there were some screaming child audio issues. I did what I could with those.
I look at comics all the time here in this Creator Talk set of bonus episodes. And I’ve looked at a card game that you play in the real world with actual, physical cards like some kind of caveperson. But somehow I’ve never looked at an actual video game. Until now that is.
Time to get old friend Eric Bailey from Tiny Bookshelf to break through that barrier with his game Octobug. You play as a spider trying to get to the end of levels filled with flies. It’s an old school platformer which reminds me a lot of NES games or computer games from when I was in elementary school.
Ninjas are cool. Aliens are cool. So why not make a ninja that’s also an alien? And also has a team of rag tag environment saving sidekicks to help him out? Saving the environment via something aimed at kids and hoping they’ll pressure their adult overlords into following suit is still cool right?
Enter Steve Honeycutt from Ray Can’t Sleep to help us take a look at this alien life form that inexplicably wants to save the Earth.