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Episode 2 – A Dialogue w/ Caitlin Kittredge

We’re back with our second episode, as we talk to Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Nocturne City novels and co-author of the superhero novel, Black and White. Since Caitlin’s a successful published author (and hardcore comics fan), we talk about dialogue and writing in comics, as Caitlin and Chris talk about their favorite lines of dialogue in comics, their writing processes for novels and comics, and the many reasons why Caitlin is NOT Alan Moore. (Artwork by Rusty Shackles – Click for full size)

The Rundown:

  • For more information on Caitlin and all her works, check out her website here. You can check out her vlog entry here.
  • Buy Caitlin’s books on Amazon here!
  • Check out Chris Onstad’s Achewood. Start here if you want to read the storyline Chris and I were talking about.
  • Also, go get Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight by ordering here.  I ordered it after our discussion.
  • Purchase Chris Yost’s Killer of Demons trade paperback, with Chris’s introduction, here.
  • Tonight I gotta cut.
  • Big Ups to All My Haters: Caitlin didn’t name names, but still, go to her livejournal. Maybe you can find her hater there (as of this posting, she is STILL not Alan Moore).
  • No, but seriously, Alan Moore, Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, if you guys are listening feel free to leave a comment.
  • Follow Chris , Euge and Rusty on twitter, and livetweet questions to us for all future guests!

CHECK OUT the BBC 5 Live show, Pods and Blogs, hosted by Jamillah Knowles (link)! Sorry we couldn’t get the scheduling right, Jamillah, hopefully you can have Chris and I on a future show!

Get In On the Action!

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We’re recording tonight, so tweet all questions to Sims or me for our guest Caitlin Kittredge. We’ll be talking about writing, whether it’s novels (with Caitlin), comics (with Sims), or awesome anti-establishment bongos-accompanied beat poetry (with me).

While you’re here, why not check out Sims’s latest article at Comics Alliance, which takes a look at the history of crime and noir in comics. Also, Action Age comics has a preview of some of the new projects coming down the way, so go and check out the great artwork. Also, all go worship at the altar of Rusty Shackles.

Episode 2 posts early next week. Can youuu diiiig iiiiiiiiit.

Second Guest! Words and Stuff!

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Wow, what a beginning to the week we’ve had. First of all, you guys should know that most likely, if it’s being written on the website, it’s me, Eugene. Chris is too busy blogging at The ISB and the eleventy billion other sites he writes for, where he brings the face kickin’ funny. So you’re stuck with me here. I’m still trying to determine my signature act of violence. Kidney punch? Eye gouge? I’m still deciding.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who listened to Episode 1, and for the great feedback. We had a great time doing it, and hope that any valid complaints you might have had about the show will be fixed in the upcoming episodes. If you’re just hatin’, well if you diss Dre, you diss yourself.  Thanks again to Matt Fraction for being our first guest. Check out the episode if you haven’t yet. And yes, iTunes feed is coming, hopefully by the end of this week (get on that shit, Apple!).

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We’re getting right back to it with our guest for episode 2, Caitlin Kittredge. Caitlin is the author of the Nocturne City series novels, as well as co-author of the incredible superhero novel, Black and White. She’s going to stop by and talk about the writing side of comics and novels, among the other tangential topics that are bound to come up. Caitlin’s awesome, y’all. So be ready to live tweet or email questions this Friday to the show if you want them read on air.

It’s Wednesday. Go buy some comics, you muckety mucks.

Episode 1 – First Issues w/ Matt Fraction

In our historic first episode, Chris and Eugene talk about first issues and new beginnings with Matt Fraction, esteemed writer of The Uncanny X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, Casanova and many other titles. Hear the answers to the questions you’ve always pondered, such as: What comics did Chris and Eugene first purchase? What fan atrocities have been committed against comic and sci-fi writers? And what is Matt Fraction’s favorite new jack swing song? (click on the pic for full size art by Rusty Shackles)

The Rundown:

  • For more information on Mr. Fraction and all his work, check out his website at mattfraction.com. He is also on twitter at @mattfraction.
  • The webcomic Matt was referencing was from Chainsawsuit.com. Specifically, this one. I suppose if you want to read Let’s Be Friends Again, then you can go to their website. But they didn’t draw a comic about Locutus of Borg, so screw them.
  • Big Ups To All My Hatershate on it.
  • Follow Chris and Euge on twitter, and livetweet questions to us for all future guests!
  • iTunes feed will be up soon. Apple has to approve of our awesomeness before it goes live to the iTunes podcast store. For now, just enjoy the site and keep staring at Rusty’s awesome banner.

First Guest! First Issues!

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We’re recording our first episode this weekend, talking about first issues, and our first guest is writer Matt Fraction, he of the Invincible Iron Man, Uncanny X-Men, and many other titles fame. Episode is posting early next week.

Also, keep checking this blog. If we get enough traffic, we may be bringing in some regular contributors to give you guys something to read. Man, not only your ears, but also your eyes?! War Rocket Ajax is pretty much a full sensory experience.

While you’re here, check out the first full Woman of A.C.T.I.O.N. issue over at Action Age Comics.

What the #$%@#$ is War Rocket Ajax?

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It has to begin somewhere, right?

I host a podcast called The People You Don’t Know, which is an interview show where I basically just find interesting people to talk to who are doing cool stuff online or in their communities. I had been a fan of Sims’ Invincible Super Blog for quite some time, and decided to cold email him out of the blue, asking him for an interview. He agreed, with the apparent excitement of his comment “How do you know me? And what is this for again?” and a lament that my interview was making him miss WMFU’s The Best Show that night. It was off to a fine start.

In any case, the interview went well, and we remained friends. As a former comic geek (who may be relapsing a bit these days), we had fun goofing and talking about whatever. And after I had decided to start another podcast project, this one a bit more focused on one particular topic, I approached Sims about being a co-host. He again responded with obvious excitement in the statement, “As long as I don’t have to do any work,” and lo and behold an internet team up was born.

I had interviewed several people involved in the comics biz for the PYDK podcast, and realized that they all were pretty funny and interesting people (except Chris and Curt. They and their webcomic Let’s Be Friends Again are thoroughly uninteresting). More than that, discussion about comics often became a springboard to a discussion about culture. And we realized, amidst the 80 gazillion comics podcasts, there wasn’t really a forum for comics people to talk about non-comics stuff. Sure, our show will talk about comics. Hell, we’re going to talk about comics a LOT. But every show, we’re going to use comics as a starting point to have a discussion with our guests about whatever geeky cultural kind of topic(s) we can think of. And hopefully it’ll be pretty funny too.

So everyone is welcome on board as we attempt to destroy the world with a podcast from too much awesomeness. They said it couldn’t be done, but then, they also said a man couldn’t walk on the moon. Yeah, those guys must feel pretty stupid now, huh? What with all those moon people and stuff. Psht.

Stay tuned. First episode is coming. Can you feel it? Nothing can save you.

-E

p.s. –  sometimes Chris hits me and forces me to say I fell down the stairs.