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John Retallick presents TheComicSpot - a monthly podcast about Australian comics and cartoonists.
November 30, 2013 12:58 AM PST
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
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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October 17, 2013 06:17 PM PDT
We're back with more reviews whilst drinking beer! For this podcast the unofficial sponsor was Angry Man Pale Ale from Murray's in SA. A good drop that provided clinks of approval for the comics reviewed.
In this podcast Gary and John have a gander, gossip, gush and guffaw over...
Grubby Little Smudges of Filth by Daniel Reed - SLG. A world of detailed art and character that pits the soul of the artist against the corruption and greed of those who want to consume his talents.
Yeah Nah Issue 1 by Dick Carroll - self published. 24 pages of diary comics and humorous snapshots of the single life in Sydney drawn with confidence and flowing line.
Once by Tim Danko - DeadXeroxPress. Originally in French and in B+W but now in English and in glorious colour Once is a lucsious and poetic sensorial art comic with interweaving narratives. Journey with the characters in and out the minds of others.
Love Stories by Mat Tait - Pikitia Press. A one man antholgy featuring kiwi tales of creation, creepiness and humour. Mat Tait's inky black line bounce off the page with confidence.
Minicomic of the Month comics by Neil Sanders and Mel Stringer - Smaller Comics. The first two minicomics of the month feature a creepy jaunt on skin sharing creatures and a travel & sketch diary of times in Japan.
You can also check out The Vagabond at IndieGoGO to see if you want to support the project.
Lots of good comic talk for this first October edition of the podcast. There will be a second October 2013 podcast in a week or two.
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September 19, 2013 08:43 PM PDT
Gary and i sat down with a couple of local beers and talked comics.
In this episode we talk about:
Issues 1-3 of Paul Mason's 'The Soldier Legacy' - a two fisted tale of an Australian WW2 soldier in Papua New Guinea and his grandson in Brisbane who both don masks to deliver justice as they see fit.
Issue 2 of 'Clubhouse Comics' from Monster Comics. - a children's comic anthology featuring a dozen or so Australian creators flexing their wares to give kids a great read.
Frank Candiloro's 'Beyond the Moon' - an ode to silent films and early cinema sees Frank flexing his colour palette.
Kiwi Toby Morris' book from Beatnik press 'Don't Puke On You Dad' - shows the day to day grind and greatness of being a first time father from one of New Zealand smoothest comics talents.
We also touch on a couple of crowdfunding comics efforts - Balaclava Junction and Yeah Nah. We get a Gary Chaloner update on all the works flying from the drawing board - including Unmasked 3 - and we give props to Simon Hanselmann and to Sarah Howell for their recent comicy good news.
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September 11, 2013 10:41 PM PDT
This edition of TheComicSpot sees John and Gary chatting about what's been going on and looking at some great new comics.
Blood and Thunder 2 : an anthology of art comix that delivers some truly memorable works.
Mr Unpronounceable Adventures from Tim Molloy that will twist your brain in all sorts of directions, all good.
Strange Behaviour from Marijka Gooding will have you following the adventures of a miniature Marijka as she navigates the oddities of reality.
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June 30, 2013 05:43 PM PDT
Gary chats to Aussie superhero creator and publisher Tad Pietrzykowski. How do you go about making superhero comics in Australia and whereto from here? We also look at some Aussie comic projects looking for funding in the crowdfunding arena. What projects are close to funded and on the horizon for purchase?TheComicSpot201303-ComicsReviews
May 12, 2013 06:16 PM PDT
Gary and I decided it was time to dig into a whole range of comics we’ve been meaning to discuss on air. So over the course of the hour we covered quite a few comics. You can find all the details and links to the comics at www.thecomicspot.blogspot.com.au
The comics were Victoria Drug Scene by Various, Dailies 3 by Various, St Owl's Bay and Arrete, cest ic l'empire de la Mort by Simon Hanselmann, Coracle by Dave C Mahler, Mr Ray's Grave Thoughts by Marc Pearson, Zooniverse minis by Fil Barlow, Confessions of a Rookie Film Maker 1-3 by Q-Ray, The Trials of Francis Bear by Gregory MacKay, It Shines and Shakes and Laughs by Tim Molloy, Ejecta by Ben Sea.
Gary also talked about the www.australiancomicsjournal.com site he oversees and what he hopes to achieve with it.
Enjoy the podcast.TheComicSpot201302-JoshuaSantospirito
April 13, 2013 07:31 PM PDT
John and Gary speak to Joshua Santospirito about 'The Long Weekend in Alice Springs'. This audacious comic is adapted from an essay delving into the complexities of culture, cultural clashes and the intersection of self and psychology in outback Australia. What inspired Josh to tackle these issues and where do we go from here? Listen in. A great discussion on a very interesting comic. Then Gary and John plug a few crowdfunding comics ventures that need your help to succeed. Enjoy.
www.sankessto.com - to buy the book and other comics
www.joshuasantospiritoart.com - to follow Josh's other worksTheComicSpot201301-GaryChaloner
March 12, 2013 04:27 AM PDT
TheComicSpot ends it hiatus. Now relocated to southern Tasmania but still focussing on Australian comics and comics culture in Australia.
The first guest back is also John's new co-host. Meet Gary Chaloner. Gary has close to thirty years of expereince making comics in Australia. He's created his own orignal characters, worked with some of the legends of comics with their creations, helped out countless Australian comics creators and he's been a publisher and a self publisher and so much more. He is currently working on a numner of projects with Gestalt comics based in Perth.
Listen in and explore more of Gary's work at www.garychaloner.comTheComicSpot201204-Final,HomeCookedComicsPanel
March 06, 2012 01:18 PM PST
For the final Comic Spot on 3CR Jo, Bernard and John shared a stage at the Home Cooked Comics Festival in front of a live audience at Northcote’s Batman Park to have a free wheeling discussion on Australian comics and comics culture – past, present and future.
There was music, sun, laughs, tears and discussion with occasional asides to the crowd watching. A fun day and a great way to wrap up things on 3CR.
Keep up with TheComicSpot on
Enjoy and thanks for listening.TheComicSpot201203-DouglasHolgate
March 01, 2012 06:00 AM PST
Douglas Holgate joins John and Jo in the studio. With a CV as long as your arm and an impressive array of books published Douglas discusses where it all began, going to art school, being a professional illustrator/cartoonist and working with an army of different Australian and international comics writers. A great dynamic cartoonist with a real flair for all ages work, Douglas was a pleasure to talk to. Enjoy.
Douglas Holgate - www.skullduggery.com.auTheComicSpot201202-GregoryMacKay,DavidPope
February 23, 2012 06:00 AM PST
Jo and John are joined by two great guests Gregory Mackay and David Pope. Gregory discusses his world weary Fancis Bear creation, being published in France and creating his works and on the line from Canberra is political cartoonist for the Canberra Times David Pope discusses his cartoons, his influences and the current state of the game. Both were great guests. Enjoy.TheComicSpot201201-RyanKLinsay,EJ'Filka'Zyla
February 16, 2012 05:48 PM PST
Ryan K Lindsay of the Beginnings Anthology and EJ ‘Filka’ Zyla join Jo and John on TheComicSpot. Ryan gives us the lowdown on how the crowd funded anthology got off the ground and the aspirations and community that led to it’s establishment.
EJ discusses her beautiful zines and how she strives to create art without influence. A full and illuminating show. Enjoy.TheComicSpot201130-2011WrapUp,Favourites
January 25, 2012 06:00 AM PST
It’s our 2011 end of year favourites! John, Jo and Bernard remember the year gone by and talk of their favourite Australian cartoonists, comics, comic related events, discoveries and hopes for 2012. TheComicSpot listeners and former guests chip in via the tweetfacing technologies to add their two cents too. Only afterwards di John think of around ten more things that he didn't mention that he should've!!
Twitter - Follow #thecomicspot
Facebook - Like 'TheComicSpot'TheComicSpot201129-AntonEmdin,Endings
January 19, 2012 06:00 AM PST
Anton Emdin joins TheComicSpot crew. The Golden Stanley and Reuben award winning Anton discusses his big 2011, how he got into comics, working as an illustrator and continuing his love of the drawn line. A really nice guy and great interviewee whose process posts at www.antonemdin.com should definitely be followed. Also John announces wrapping up TheComicSpot on 3CR at the end of Jan 2012.TheComicSpot201128-BenHutchings,IveSorocuk
January 15, 2012 06:00 AM PST
Ben Hutchings and Ive Sorocuk join TheComicSpot. John visits Ben at the new Squishface Studio in Brunswick for a chat about the open comic artists studio, it’s genesis and it’s exciting future. Ive Sorocuk joins Jo, Bernard and John in the studio to talk about his fun filled comics, growing up with comics in Geelong and the impact of the move to Melbourne on his work.TheComicSpot201127-FEC,SteveSparke,FrankCandiloro
January 09, 2012 06:00 AM PST
Steve Sparke from FEC Comics and cartoonist/animator Frank Candiloro are our guests on TheComicSpot. Steve discusses his role as managing editor and enabler of comic creators at FEC whilst Frank talks about moving from animation to comics and outlines his relatively short but extremely fruitful and ongoing relationship to the form. John and Jo in the studio this episode also have a few goings on to announce. Enjoy.
January 06, 2012 06:00 AM PST
Melbourne comics stalwart Greg Gates join Jo and Bernard in the studio on TheComicSpot. They discuss Greg’s comics origins with a love for marvel comics, Fox comics, the Tattooed Man, the founding of Minotaur comics, collaborating with other local cartoonists as Greg picks up sticks for a move to Adelaide. John calls in from the bush with a question or two lobbed in to boot. Enjoy.TheComicSpot201125-GestaltComics,SarahHowell,DavidBlumenstein
January 02, 2012 06:00 AM PST
Wolfgang from Gestalt Comics, Sarah Howell and David Blumenstein (Melbourne comics power couple!) all join us on TheComicSpot. Wolfgang gives us the lowdown on the newest releases from the WA publisher and a glimpse into future releases. Sarah and David tell us what's been happening in Sale and at New York's MOCCA convention. Big Plans for an Australian contingent in New York next year. Listen in and enjoy.TheComicSpot201124-MirrandaBurton
January 01, 2012 06:00 AM PST
Mirranda Burton’s Hidden is the focus of this episode of TheComicSpot. A semi-autobiographical collection of four stories about an artist working with adults with intellectual disabilities in an art room and of the many joys and wonderings found within. John, Jo and Bernard travelled out to Dunmoochin artists residence to speak to Mirranda about this wonderful new book from Black Pepper Press. Big thanks to Jo for anchoring the show too. Enjoy.
Buy Hidden - http://blackpepperpublishing.com/burtonh.htmlTheComicSpot201123-BenHutchings,MattTaylor
December 30, 2011 03:59 PM PST
Ben Hutchings and Matt Taylor join TheComicSpot this episode. Ben to talk about his newly released Walking to Japan and Matt to talk about his Lars the Last Viking graphic novel. Both guests were great fun to have on and we recommend both works. Enjoy.
Walking to Japan - www.milkshadowbooks.com
Lars - www.larsthelastviking.comTheComicSpot201122-PatrickAlexander
December 18, 2011 06:00 AM PST
Cartoonist Patrick Alexander joins John on TheComicSpot on the cusp of leaving Melbourne once again to journey to Tokyo. Patch and John talk about his comics, comedy and his ten years of publishing humour comics, gaming comics and children’s comics. You can check out his work on chickennation.com and Patrick is also currently published in the Dark Horse Presents anthology. (this podcast contains 5 mins of extra material not aired on 3CR)
He's here too - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKjQyJjK7CYTheComicSpot201121-ComicsEvents,Hidden
December 14, 2011 06:01 AM PST
TheComicSpot crew of John, Bernard and Jo talk comic events. Melbourne and Sydney have hosted a Graphic Festival and Writers Fesitval respectively and there were lots of great comics happenings. So enjoy a round up discussion of these events as well as a discussion of a new graphic novel by Mirranda Burton called Hidden.TheComicSpot201120-MandyOrd,SensitiveCreatures
December 14, 2011 06:00 AM PST
Mandy Ord joins TheComicSpot for a nice long episode long chat about her new book ‘Sensitive Creatures’. John, Jo and Bernard dig into the contents of the book and quiz Mandy on just who the sensitive creatures are? Also a bonus quick chat about R Crumb's decision to pull out of the Graphic Festival in Sydney. Enjoy.TheComicSpot201119-InherentVice,Oslo Davis,DrawnFromLife
December 10, 2011 01:18 PM PST
Jo and John speak to Mandy Ord, Michael Hawkins and Sarah Howell from the Inherent Vice residency at NGVStudio during the 24hr comic marathon to see how things have been tracking. Then Oslo Davis joins the show to give the low down on Drawn From Life, a news comics publication created for the Melbourne Writers Festival. Plenty of what's ons too for the month of Ausgust. Festival city in Melbourne and comics are in the mix. Enjoy!
John Retallick presents TheComicSpot. Your podcast about Australian comics and comic book culture in Australia. Joined regularly by prominent Australian cartoonist Gary Chaloner. Archive episodes also feature Melbourne comickers Jo Waite and Bernard Caleo.
I produce and host TheComicSpot - a program about Australian Comics and Comics Culture in Australia. TheComicSpot focuses on comics culture in Australia, talking to creators, publishers, boosters and readers of Australian comics and zines. TheComicSpot wouldn't be the same without co host Gary Chaloner and if you dig into the archives with my cohorts and cohosts the brilliant Bernard Caleo and the wonderful Jo Waite.
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