Robots From Tomorrow! (interview)

Balanced somewhere between the keen insight of scholarly publishing and the best LCS discussions you ever had is the output of the Sequart Organization. Since 2005, Sequart has given readers & viewers a look at comics and comics culture that can satisfy those new to the medium and everyone else who've been here all along. From documentaries on Neil Gaiman, the creation of Image Comics, and the underrated contribution of women throughout the history of comics, to critical books covering such topics as Watchmen, Casanova, the Legion of Super-Heroes, Chris Claremont's entire X-run, and Grant Morrison, to a daily-updated blog, Sequart is serious about bringing real comics criticism to the masses. Greg sits down with Editor-in-Chief Mike Phillips to talk about Sequart's past, present, and future.

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Greg recently came across this unaired 2013 interview with "March" co-writer Andrew Aydin, recorded at that year's Small Press Expo, and decided with the recent release of not only the third and final volume of the trilogy in August, but also the complete trilogy slipcase last month, this was still timely and too much fun of a talk to leave in the RFT vaults deep in the center of the earth. So while Aydin, artist Nate Powell, and co-writer/subject Congressman John Lewis make one last trip around the talk show/media circuit in promotion and praise for their award-winning efforts, sit back and listen to Greg chatting with the first-time comics author at the very start of that journey.

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:53am EDT

This week Mike welcomes cartoonist Matthew Allison to the show! Matthew's kicking off a new four-issue series of his self-published series "Cankor," so we certainly wanted to have the man himself swing by to talk about it. There are some new elements to the new issue that really caught Mike's attention: one anyone can see, and another that you'll need to get a little navel-gazey for. There's plenty of "Cankor" discussion as well as some gereral comics talk and a bit of shared love for the Artists' Edition format. 

"Cankor" is now available from Matthew's website, as well as at a number of shops around the country. 

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

It's after Labor Day and with the summer of 2016 now officially over, it's time for students young and not-quite-as-young to head out of the pool and back to the classroom. This transition is no different for artists, but for those living in the Baltimore area, a new alternative to the traditional art education institutions is emerging. Greg had a chance to chat with Baltimore Academy of Illustration instructor Greg Houston about his school's mission to bring high-quality illustration instruction to a student body that may not be best served by the traditional structure (or tuition requirements) of a 3- or 4-year institution.

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

This week writer Emma Beeby stops by to talk about some of her recent work for the folks over at "2000 AD." Along with artist Nick Dyer, Emma is working on the latest installment of "Anderson, Psi-Division," Which is her second crack at one of the magazine's highest profile characters. How exactly did she come to write Anderson? What are the tricks to dialoguing a conversation between psychics? Emma gets into all of that, as well as some of her other works like "Survival Geeks" and "The Alienist."

Programming note: we'll finish up our dive into the Previews catalog next week. We'll also probably spend more time talking about Marvel than we usually do.

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:49pm EDT

With the August 24th release of Twomorrows' newest comics book "Comic Book Fever", Greg got a chance to chat with writer George Khoury about this love letter to the comics and comics culture of his youth. From his survey of British art talent in “True Brit”, to his benchmark work untangling the Miracleman legacy and legal history in “Kimota! The Miracleman Companion”, to his extensive interview and contextualization of one of comics’ greatest creators in “The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore”, Khoury has proven himself as one of the pillars of the Twomorrows publishing line and a must-read when it comes to understanding and celebrating the medium we all enjoy. Nowhere is that combination more evident than in "Fever”.

Celebrating the last decade of the Bronze Age, “Fever” touches on so many aspects of comics and comics culture from 1976 to 1986, that if you were a comics fan from that era and DIDN’T see something you recognized and remembered fondly...maybe you weren’t actually a fan.

He and Greg talk about not only his books, but also which DC artist was a spitting image of <em>Mean Streets</em>-era Martin Scorsese, how likely we are to see an updated volume of "Kimota!", why people shouldn't be surprised when poking the bear doesn't put the bear in the best mood, and more on this laidback, free-wheeling episode!

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed atRobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT

This week brings a conversation between two of the most important and influential comics artists of the last half-century: Neal Adams and Bill Sienkiewicz. Greg recently had the opportunity to "moderate" a panel featuring the pair (their first solo panel together), but as you can imagine when Neal gets behind a microphone, it quickly developed a life of its own. Both creators shared stories, insight, and surprises from their decades-spanning careers in comics. A more tightly packed hour of comics conversation you would be hard-pressed to find, so tune in and enjoy this panel from last month's HeroesCon.

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 4:37am EDT

Dark Horse Month continues at Multiversity and here on the show, as the lads welcome writer Samuel Teer to the underground recording studio for some talk about his debut Dark Horse OGN “VEDA: Assembly Required” with Hyeondo Park and Kelly Fitzpatrick. The story of a young orphan girl growing up in an automated factory drew inspiration from sources as varied as Pixar and Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”, but this comic for all ages certainly brings its own virtues to bear. Teer talks about the process of getting the book to Dark Horse and what happened after its own assembly. What's it like for a first-time writer to have their debut OGN released by a major publisher? What went right...or wrong? Gremlins feature prominently in “VEDA” the story, but did Teer and company escape their shenanigans completely? Find out all that and more on this week’s episode!

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

For today's episode Mike is joined by cartoonist Rich Tommaso to talk about his recently concluded series "Dark Corridor" as well as the forthcoming "She Wolf," both from the folks at Image Comics. The discussion kicks off with a little bit about Rich's approach to his art and his shift between the two series. And, of course, there's a little bit of dipping into Rich's back catalog as the discussion turns to creative inspiration, self-publishing, finding his way to Image, and a whole lot more. The complete collection of "Dark Corridor" and "She Wolf" #1 will both be available on June 22nd.

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:35pm EDT

It’s been a little over two years since he was last on the show, but Wordballoon’s own John Siuntres returns to the studio at the center of the earth to talk to Greg about a subject near and dear to his heart: boxing. The lads thought since John covered boxing as a journalist for almost 16 years, it would be neat to get his take on last year’s CREED (now out on home video) and talk a little bit about the sport in general. If you only know about John through his comics talk, then you are really in for a treat; he is just as passionate and articulate about the sweet science as he is sequential art. Plus, like almost every episode of either Wordballoon or Robots, there are tangents and digressions galore. Movies, TV shows, Star Trek...oh, and of course, comics. We hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as they had having it, and with any luck it isn’t another two years before John comes back on the show. 

 

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed atRobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:14am EDT