There's been a lot going on here lately, not least of which being a stay in the hospital that put this past week's episode behind schedule. It's almost done, by the way.
One thing you may have noticed around here is that, earlier today, all the embedded episodes on the posts here stopped working. This is because the Soundcloud account needed an overhaul to restore some older episodes that had gone down due to upload limits in the correct order. Which, point A, yes! There are more episodes available on Soundcloud now than there used to be! And point B, I will have those embeds fixed very soon. Sundays are just very busy days for me.
The reason for the overhaul was that the People's Choice Podcast Awards are in the nomination stage, and Exploring Comics is one of the options for people to choose from! Which you should totally do, through this here link. You can find us under the Society - Culture category, and possibly the People's Choice one. You have to just pick one, though. Hexes & Bows, the tabletop gaming podcast I contribute to, is also available, and conveniently not in the same category, so you can nominate both. Plus 18 more, if you like, because there are a total of 20 categories.
So please, head over there and show some love! It would really mean the world to me. Thanks!
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.
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In this week's episode, Zachary Eckmann comes by to talk about rebooting comics! We also spend some time discussing the comic-making process and the difference between a hard reboot, a soft reboot, and a retelling - and a little bit of poking at the DC Comics multiverse.
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In this week's episode of Exploring Comics, Helen Greetham comes on to talk about short story comics and the important role they serve in the comics community and in developing rising artists.
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In this week's episode of Exploring Comics, Kelty McKnight comes by to talk about their comic, Nightlight , and the influences and personal journey that brought it about. We also discuss the difficulties the horror genre faces in the comic medium, the web host ComicFury, and the low bar of entry into webcomics at large.
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I have a new podcast project that's moving forward! As of yesterday, Exploring Comics has a logo (with variants), a Patreon, and some scheduled guests. It has its own page on this site, complete with a schedule and a form for asking questions to our guests. When episodes go up, they'll be shared here on the blog.
Tim McLaughlin Jr is an artist, ministry trainee, podcaster, husband, and father.