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TheComicSpot201506 - Paul Peart-Smith
August 12, 2015 03:32 AM PDT
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I sat down one sunny Hobart winters day with Paul Peart-Smith. The cartoonist and animator has had a wide ranging career from his early days in the UK, through to working for 200AD and his recent fluids lines with his self published comics. Enjoy.

TheComicSpot 201505 - Alisha Jade
July 15, 2015 05:43 PM PDT
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I had a great chat with Alisha Jade about her storytelling influences, about creating her comics, about organising events and her work shining a spotlight on women in comics in Australia. You should go a seek out her work.

Originally broadcast on EdgeRadio in Hobart in June 2015.

Go check out Alisha's work - www.ohmycomics.com

TheComicSpot201504 - Pat Armstrong on producing A Guard's Story
June 15, 2015 08:55 AM PDT
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Recorded at the final night of the 2015 Her Majesty's Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival.

Pat Armstrong was the producer of a great collaborative work of comics journalism entitled 'At Work Inside Our Detention Centre's: A Guard's Story' published originally on The Global Mail. Pat presented the annual PEN lecture for the Tasmanian Writers Centre in conjunction with Her Maj's festival in June 2015. He spoke about the process, the challenges, collaborating, keeping sources anonymous and the threat of jail if a similar story was attempted today.

TheComicSpot201503 - Nicki Greenberg on process and adaptation.
June 15, 2015 08:51 AM PDT
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Recorded at the final night of the 2015 Her Majesty's Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival. Graphic novelist and author Nicki Greenberg presented a talk exploring how she adapted The Great Gatsby and Hamlet to comic form and how these works captured her mind and soul during the process.

TheComicSpot201502 - MayEdgeRadio - JonKudelka,HerMajesty's
June 15, 2015 08:24 AM PDT
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TheComicSpot is back on air monthly on EdgeRadio 99.3FM in Hobart, Tasmania. You can listen live on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-7pm at edgeradio.org.au In the May program John speaks to Walkley award winning cartoonist Jon Kudelka about his carttoning journey and we get a rundown of the 2015 Her Majesty's Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival from director Josh Santospirito.

TheComicSpot201501 - EdgeRadioApril,GaryChaloner,JoshuaSantosprito
June 15, 2015 08:20 AM PDT
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TheComicSpot is back on air monthly on EdgeRadio 99.3FM in Hobart, Tasmania. You can listen live on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-7pm at edgeradio.org.au

In the April program John speaks to Gary Chaloner about the 2015 Ledger awards and to Joshua Santospirito about his new graphic novella 'Swallows' and crowdfunding the new work.

TheComicSpot201311-2013 Final+Reviews
January 10, 2014 01:15 AM PST
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TheComicSpot – Final 2013 podcast

Well happy New Year and I hope you’ve been free of technical difficulties over the holiday period. Because now that I am I can present the final podcast of 2013!

In this episode Gary and I talk about a few comics we’ve read and about some interesting things coming up in 2014.

Life Zone by Simon Hanselmann from Space Face Books. The continuing adventures of Megg, Mogg, Owl, Werewolf Jones and the gang are featured in this strong work from the breakout Australian cartoonist of 2013.

NY (New York) by Mandy Ord from Finlay Lloyd as well as stable mate Natalia Zajaz’s Nothing Ventured. NY is another strong autobio story from Ord where the one eyed girl with the big heart confronts the anxieties of presenting her work and hitting the streets of the big apple. Zajaz’s slices of Life aren’t as assured in the art department but nonetheless have a strong voice and keen observations.

We also have a quick run around a couple of minicomics of the month club comics, Happy Together Forever by Katie Parrish and Wake Up by Sarah Catherine Firth.

We chat about a few odds and ends that come into our minds and thanks all the publishers of Australian comics for putting their nose to the grindstone over the last 12 months and providing us readers with a great year to look back on.

Don’t forget to add any Australian comics released in 2013 to the Ledger Awards longlist.






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December 23, 2013 06:09 AM PST
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For the penultimate podcast of 2013 Gary and I sat down to chat about an Australian comics award revival, some new comics, a bit of news and stuff whilst powered by Willie Smith’s Organic Cider purchased from The Apple Shed in the Huon Valley.

We began with the news that Ledger Awards are back and you can submit a comic to the long list for consideration.

Then we were on to the reviews.

First up was a new comic by local artist Tricky Walsh - Hoppers 1; The Manias Is the second comic in the Down There comic line from Sankessto Publications.

Then we went on a trip to Deep Park by David C Mahler published by Pikitia Press with just a quick diversion to Coracle 2 from Mahler before we had to move along.

We eventually ended up in the vast pages of the Wagnerian opera The Flying Dutchman as adapted by Kiwi Mat Tait with support from the Goethe Institut.

We brought it home with some news and stuff including the list of Australian women cartoonists, A Life in Comics by Phillip Bentley and a Velocity sampler.

There were plenty of clinks on the way and before we knew it we’d been ‘penultimated’.

See you for the last podcast of 2013 soon.

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November 30, 2013 12:58 AM PST
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This month Gary and I sat down with some nice warming Three Capes Whiskey and talked tales of reading digital comics.

We kick off with the boisterous stylings of the HBVB Anthology #0 – by many and various. Though i had some issues with the distribution of the zero issues the mix of creators is impressive and the work promised intriguing.

Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land #1, #2 - Dean Rankine. An uproariously funny jaunt by one of Australia’s Finest cartoonists whose gross out adult humour really hits it’s stride in this work.

Then onto Freestyle #1 – Mark Pursell, a local Hobartian comicker releasing his comic through the comixology submit process for self publishers. Freestyle collects some earlier print work that shows an artist improving with the journey.

Toormina Video – Pat Grant. Pat delivers a touching tribute to his father and to childhood memories in the form of a keenly observed remembrance of the quiet moments of childhood that linger and gain meaning over the years. He also performed the piece for the Graphic festivals collaboration with the Radio With Pictures project.

We also talk about a few Kickstarter projects looking for funding with one that has far exceeded it’s goal.



October 27, 2013 10:46 PM PDT
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TheComicSpot – More October 2013 reviews podcast.

Gary and I sat down for a second time still drinking Angry Man Pale Ale to discuss and review more recently released and available Australian comics. A diverse range of comics are covered and I get into a mini rant about the cost of comics revealing my tightarse credentials to the world!

In this episode we speak about…

NEOMAD  #1+2 by Sutu and the LOVE PUNKS - Gestalt Comics.

Moa #2-3 by Shane Davidson – Pikitia Press.

From Above #1 – Self Published by Craig Bruyn

Elf-Fin: Hyfus and Tilaweed #1 by Julie Ditrich and Josef Szekeres - Black Mermaid Publications.

Mentioned in passing: the Brush With Darkness and Da an’ Dill collections by Dillan Naylor from Milk Shadow Books, a second volume of Ubby’s Underdogs by Brenton McKenna from Magabala books and the Emerging Writers Festival Hobart Roadshow events happening in Hobart at the Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA).


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