Tri Vuong comes on this week to discuss some of the founding principles of designing characters, creatures, and comics in general. We talk about shape language, working with colors, the different needs between print and webcomics, and more!
Find Tri and Exploring Comics
Things we discussed
I recently drove out to Cambridge, Massachusetts to talk with Dan Mazur; he's a founding member of the Boston Comics Roundtable and the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), as well as a comic creator and historian. We recorded in a basement stairway of the Cambridge Public Library, so please excuse the hum. We talked about pulling together the comics community of Boston, where indie and webcomics exist in a historical context, and some great comics that have come out of the group.
There's a lot more to this episode, including some discussion on various other independent comics expos, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library in Columbus, Ohio, and even a brief run-in with a security guard because it seems we found our way to the wrong part of the library. For all that, and access to the full versions of every episode, simply head over to the Exploring Comics Patreon and pledge just $1 per episode. Any support helps bring these conversations to a wider audience and may even make it so that episodes don't need to come down from Soundcloud.
Find Dan and Exploring Comics
Things Discussed this Episode
For the April panel discussion, we're looking at the way comics and the surrounding community handle and treat a variety of demographics. This is the first of what will certainly be a series of discussions on this topic, so we tried to use broad strokes to set the groundwork for more conversations that will come later, in the comments below and in future episodes. To that end, Anthea West, Hamish Steele, Kristin Tipping, Jammy the Birb, and Oliver Albright fight through a number of technical issues to get their voices heard - and we only lost one along the way. Due to the people that were actually on this time, the discussion was largely focused on gender and sexuality; if you would like to come on to make sure other forms of this discussion happen, please drop me a line on the form here.
The patron-only version of this episode is twice as long! There's a whole discussion on representation in fantasy setting, one about how well the new Power Rangers movie did at representation, and more that had to be cut for time. And Patreon doesn't have the upload limits that SoundCloud does, which means patron-only episodes never get taken down. For full access to this and all episodes, simply hop over to the Exploring Comics Patreon and pledge $1/episode! Your support will also help ensure even the free episodes stay up forever by helping me upgrade my SoundCloud account.
Find Us Elsewhere
Things Discussed In This Episode
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.
Find Donathin and Exploring Comics
Things we discussed this episode
Something we didn't talk about
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, Aaron Sullivan come on to talk about his Kickstarter project, Odie. While he's here, we talk a bit about the team behind the comic, running a Kickstarter campaign, writing for animals (and other perspectives), and a host of other comics and influences. For the full interview, check out the Exploring Comics patreon!
Find Aaron and Exploring Comics
Things discussed this episode
Anthea West, of Dustbunny Studios, swings by this week to talk about her comics and the work involved in building a rich world for stories. Listen below!
Find Anthea and Exploring Comics:
Things discussed this episode:
This episode has been moved to the Internet Archive. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Tim McLaughlin Jr is an artist, ministry trainee, podcaster, husband, and father.