#667 Freelancer problems

Many of us have dreamed of getting paid to make comics. Except in rare cases, working in American comics means being a freelancer. While a creative career can be rewarding, there are plenty of downsides, too.

First, there are the day-to-day problems. Tim talks to Howard Simpson, a freelancer in Los Angeles, about time management, letting friends and family know you’re not ALWAYS free, dealing with lack of health insurance, and more.

Then, Asher Elbein talks about his recent article in The Daily Beast about how the recent allegations of top freelancers abusing their power to seduce young women, or certain publisher staff members outright abusing freelancers and others, are of a piece with the well-documented problems of freelancers like Alan Moore or Siegel and Schuster, who were vastly undercompensated for making wildly successful comics like Watchmen and Superman!

#618 “Achewood”

Achewood

Chris Onstad made webcomic Achewood from 2001 to 2016, a strange, offbeat strip that may not be for everyone, but seems to be for Kumar and Dana, who have spent some time catching up with the strip. They give us their thoughts on the humor, the change in social mores since 2001 that becomes obvious when reading the early strips, the strip’s keen observations about aging and depression, and more.

#590 Chris Stevens and “Once Upon a Time Machine”

Chris Stevens, a comics writer and editor who has co-edited two volumes of the anthology series Once Upon a Time Machine (the second volume is newly released) talks with Koom about Frank Miller’s work, Chris’ time with Philadelphia indy publisher Locust Moon, income inequality among comics creators, and of course, some of the stories he’s edited for the anthologies.

#578 Helioscope: Steve Lieber, Maria Frantz, and Ben Dewey

Steve Lieber, Maria Frantz, and Ben Dewey

Three more talks with the folks at Helioscope Studio in Portland in this episode!

Steve Lieber, an artist in his own right and also manager of the studio, gives us a brief history of the studio (including its self-naming woes) and tips on how to start your own studio.

Intern/mentee Maria Frantz, a university student and web cartoonist who grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes, explains her internship and the aims of her comics work, and how her generation approaches comics.

Finally, Ben Dewey (Autumnlands, Beasts of Burden) talks about his process of doing art (involving digital pencils and analog watercolors), why you shouldn’t get too fussy over your comics, managing your comics creating time, and what was good about Rob Liefeld’s work.

#572 Barbara Schulz on MCAD’s Comic Art Program

Barbara Schulz

The number of schools offering comic art programs in the US is small but increasing. This time we look at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). John Bivens and Eliot Rahal give us some background, and then we talk to one of the primary faculty members teaching in their comic art program, Barbara Schulz. She gives us her thoughts on choosing the best comic art program for you, challenges facing anyone trying to get started in comics (such as self-promotion, unscrupulous publishers, and more.

Critiquing Comics #105: “Angel Catbird”

Angel Catbird

A Dark Horse press release touts volume two of Angel Catbird. Seems like a lame superhero comic, but … wait, it’s written by acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood? Maybe it won’t be lame…? Do novelists make good comics writers? Tim and Mulele discuss.

Also: Yiffing in Hell continues to haunt us… and some listeners weigh in!

#109 “Maxwell Strangewell”, “Fun Home”, “The Homeless Channel”

Tim and Brandon discuss three graphic novels: Maxwell Strangewell (like Men in Black, but better), Fun Home (and why it shouldn’t be made into a movie), and The Homeless Channel (argh! Black Diamond flashback!). Plus: Crayon Shin-Chan and Marvel comics for the military…

Matt Silady interview on Newsarama

#074 We like this stuff! “100 Bullets” vol 10 and more

Hundred Bullets vol 10We like this stuff! Hundred Bullets: Decayed, Fear Agent vol. 1, Tag & Bink Were Here, and Top 10 vol. 2!

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#061 “Kingdom of the Wicked”

Kingdom of the WickedKingdom of the Wicked, by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli, gets our hopes up and dashes them. Also, what C.C. Beck told Will Eisner.

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#051 Ass-Kicking Babe Edition

We examine Batgirl/Ghost: The Resurrection Engine and Daughters of the Dragon: Samurai Bullets!

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Ghost/Batgirl: The Resurrection Engine

Dennis Bremler, meet Leo Merino. Like looking in a mirror, isn’t it?

Daughters of the Dragon: Samurai Bullets

Ricadonna’s evening wear:
nothing but “fan service”
OK, we get that he’s whispering. But it’d be nice to able to actually READ what he’s whispering!

Misty Knight: Contortionist

Silver Samurai: Italian guy with medival European samurai armor.