There’s only about 2 reasons why people my age are into the X-Men. Either someone older (siblings, parents, whoever) exposed them to the greatness, or we watched X-Men the Animated Series. That’s it. There is no other reason at all.
Which makes this episode very special because we get to hear from Eric and Julia Lewald who between them wrote, developed, show ran, and generally shaped our views of the world through X-Men the Animated Series. I can’t even try to be witty here because I’m still so excited that this happened
And don’t miss the fact that there are books you can buy, one of which isn’t full of pictures. Because for some reason people like those.
I’d say most of the time, writers labor over a story for a while. Weeks, months, years, maybe their entire life. Heck I’ve been sitting on my idea for a while and I’m starting to suspect that y’all think I’m just making up the fact that I have an idea.
And then there’s Ryan Drost who just had Stealth Hammer fall into his head from that place where good ideas live. Listen in as we see what this story is all about and hear about some little quirks that went into it’s creation. And of course be sure to check out the Kickstarter page for Stealth Hammer #2.
Mark from Lesser Known Comics heard the last episode (Legacy Comix with Patrick Hickey Jr) and felt like some of the LKC team needed to come on the show to clear some of the air. So that’s what happened.
Listen to what Mark Bernal, Jackie Anne Wiedemeier, and Charlie Ragnorok had to say about that previous episode and about working with Lesser Known Comics.
We here at Play Comics stand behind the employees at Image Comics working to create a union and better working conditions for everyone working at Image.
Making comics is hard work and nobody needs to have the extra pressure of worrying about their livelihood hanging over their head while doing it. From workloads to payment to the coverage of work necessities like office supplies and utilities (covered if you work in the office but not if you work from home) there needs to be a set of standards that publishers are held to.
Play Comics has decided that in a show of solidarity with these people integral to the comics creation process, we will take the following actions until this has been resolved.
- Nothing published by Image Comics will be reviewed
- No guests will be brought onto the show for the specific purpose of talking about a work published by Image Comics
- Episodes of the podcast focusing on games based on comics published by Image Comics will not be aired (anything currently out will stay there because it’s already out in the world and can’t really be put back in the box).
- No news will be delivered about Image Comics except things directly related to the current situation.
We hope for a speedy resolution that gives the employees of Image Comics everything they deserve and more.
There are a lot of good comic publishers out there. You know what the world needs? Another one. For real. Especially one where I’m friends with one of the founders.
How can we ever have one of those? Maybe Patrick Hickey Jr can help solve that problem with Legacy Comix. And of course, you can help make that happen by helping to support their Kickstarter launch which was fully funded in 5 hours. So yeah, I’d say things are off to a good start.
Editor’s Note: The interview was recorded before the Kickstarter went live and the team at Legacy decided to include the Remastered versions of Condrey 0-3 for their campaign, opting to not include them on the site store like Hickey Jr. indicated during our interview. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
We’re pretty much all familiar with magical girls, even if you don’t know the term itself. Be it a classic like Sailor Moon or something new that will capture the hearts and imaginations of people much younger than me. But what happens when all of these worlds get squished together?
Good thing we have Skyler from Blue Turtle Comics here to help us figure out what it’s like when worlds collide. Are you ready to go? Because I’m ready to go, with a pit stop by the Magical Girl Defense Force page on Kickstarter on the way.
Sometimes things just have to be brought back to basics. Comics were made for kids and it’s nice to finally look at one of those again. Especially because we get to look at a witch at the height of Spooky Season. Even if the witch in question is a good little witch.
Diego Jourdan Pereira comes on the show to help take a look at the surprisingly good game and a peek into the Harvey Comics lore that I’m surprised hasn’t shown up here more.
So let’s say you’re writing comics. Or drawing comics but I’m me so we’re just going to say writing. How are you going to get your stuff out into the world? Maybe you don’t even need a traditional publisher. But how do you get your stuff in front of readers?
Good thing we have Lanier Burton here to help us figure that out. Listen in as we take a look at his work across all of his From Scratch Comics lineup.
It’s Spooky Season, and what’s been scarier lately than the threat of disease running rampant throughout the world? Not much, so let’s lean into it and take a look at Dr. Crowe, another wonderful collection from 215 Ink, in which a plague doctor deals with mystical elements in his adventures to stop the supernatural from bringing too much havoc into the world of man.
Listen in as Corey Fryia joins the show to help us break down series and get us ready for the trade paperback where you can get all of the current run at once. “Where can I grab this?” might ask. How about at the Dr. Crowe Kickstarter page or preorder at your local comic shop right now.
It’s always nice to be wanted. Even if the people wanting you are evil scientists. OK, maybe that’s not the best situation to be in but sometimes you have to take what you can get.
I’m just going to let the comic pitch speak for itself here, because I can’t do any better: What if Conan the Barbarian was forced to reclass as a wizard? And if that doesn’t hook you then I have no idea what will.
You know who might though? Les Julian. Which is a good thing since he literally wrote the book. What book is that you might ask? Savage Wizard, which you can get on Kickstarter right now. And you should. So get on that.
I’m not going to dance around it. This is a story that needs to be told right now. In so many ways the world is going to shit. And sadly part of that seems to be comic characters being twisted in the minds of people in ways that fit the exact opposite of what the character actually represents.
I can’t think of anyone better to have written this story and to talk about it than Jay Edidin. Listen in as we talk about the wild ride that the Captain America story from Marvel’s new Marvel Unlimited exclusive Infinity Comics line took to come into existence.
One of the best things about comics is that they can be about literally anything. Super hero stuff is obviously big. Horror comics were big back in the day. We even had comics that focused on historical events. And of course you can tell basically any kind of story you want to.
Part of telling any story is telling the story of people that more of us should know about. Good thing we have my friend Michiums here to help us take a look at DC’s recent anthology Wonderful Women of the World.
Scouting has always been a little weird to me. Even as a kid, I wondered what exactly all of this preparedness was going to be for. As a child of the suburbs, I wasn’t entirely convinced I would ever need to know how to tie a thousand types of knots or navigate through the woods with only my knowledge of woodcraft. Besides, all the made up words and loyalty rules seemed a little, you know, cult-y to me even at the time.
The early 2000s were an exciting time. X-Men had the start of a feature film franchise and I’m sure there isn’t anything that could go wrong with that at all is there….. But for real people were really starting to get the hang of this PlayStation thing. And this was right at the start of every movie having a game to go with it.
Listen in as Billy comes back to help take a look at this game that certainly isn’t a Capcom vs title, but is still nothing to sneeze at. Mostly because that’s a rude thing to do.
This Episode is brought to you in part by Pocus Hocus, a Kickstarter comic that takes a look at what happens when someone sells their soul to the devil and then decides that they want their soul back.
How did I think I was the only one who didn’t read Gilgamesh in school? Somehow I thought I was the only one who missed it. But it turns out that even someone who is making a Gilgamesh comic didn’t have to read it in school. Now that’s just out there.
Good thing we have Cam Kerkau and Kostas Pantoulas here to talk about their Kickstarter comic Gilgamesh Eternal because I need a crash course in the subject.