Last weekend, we were at ComiCONN, "A Show For the Fans, By the Fans" at Foxwoods Resort Casino to see what it was like! Our host gives a basic overview, and then it's off to the interviews of a lot of great stuff for you to check out!
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For this week's episode of Exploring Comics, Susan Soares comes on to talk about ComiCONN, as well as some other conventions her company runs. We also discussed some input for people attending or tabling at their cons. Also, due to the fact that episodes must be taken down to keep Exploring Comics affordable, I've begun to make episodes available for download! Click through to the SoundCloud page and the option will be available there.
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This week, Donathin Frye comes on to talk about the dark fantasy genre, the team that creates I, Necromancer, and the works that have influenced the story. We spend a bit of time discussing the relationship between Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft and how it affects the worlds we see each writer create, and for those who support the podcast on Patreon, there's a nearly ten-minute discussion on the art and importance of lettering that I may manage to sneak into another episode later, but just didn't have time for in the free version this week. There's also a sneak peek at an upcoming episode, where I talk to staff at a local convention about their cons and relationship with exhibitors.
Also! Due to upload limits at SoundCloud, old episodes have to start being taken down in order to make room for new ones. Supporting us on Patreon can fix this, but in the meantime, all episodes will be backed up at the Internet Archive. See the main podcast page for details, episodes will be uploaded there one week after they are published.
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During the discussion about Howard and Lovecraft, Donathin made a point about the relative scarcity of shared worlds and how the modern concern for intellectual property limits it even further. I didn't mention it in the episode, because there was no need to, but it reminded me that I actually am aware of a small database of creators who are willing to have their works shared in some way, including myself. I thought I would go ahead and include the link to that, so anyone who is interested can help make open-source worlds a reality.
This week's guest is Taikina, creator of the comic Helvetin Paska. We talk about comics whose art evolves over time, a couple comics that seemed to hit a solid formula right at the start, and the programs that have helped him develop the look of his comic - whatever that will be someday.
Due to sidetracking, almost half of the full interview ended up being cut. But you can have it back! For just a $1 pledge on my Patreon, you can have the version of the episode with the entire interview intact!
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Tim McLaughlin Jr is an artist, ministry trainee, podcaster, husband, and father.