Break For Real

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Alright guys, we really need to get the house ready to sell. Despite saying that I’ve been working on that most of the free time has been spent working on the podcast in one way or another. Good for content, not so good for getting into a new house.

Here’s a quick summary of what I say in the episode:

  • I don’t know how long the break will be because I don’t know how long it will take to get into the new place
  • I’m not halting production during this time, but I am really slowing it down. Weekends before Kayleigh wakes up, a night or two during the week, stuff like that.
  • Everyone I’m already scheduled with a time (not just lined up with a game) is still going to happen. Mostly because it’s all this week.
  • Comic reviews and the newsletter are still going on because I can work on that in pieces and while sitting on the couch watching cartoons
  • I’ll still go on other shows because that’s such a relatively small time commitment
  • I never really took the break last time before that I said was going to happen….
  • … and that’s leading to a bit of burnout already. I have to do better with keeping the backlog of recorded episodes built up and not recording 3 or 4 episodes in a single week.

I still love doing the show. I’ll still be around social media and stuff. And I’m going to figure out something for the Patreon people. I actually have a few ideas for that.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who can come help us if he wants. But it’s cool if he doesn’t.

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Witchblood with Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle

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It’s finally happened. I got totally peer pressured into reading a comic. Not only that, but in getting the creators on the show too. Although let’s be real about Witchblood for a minute. I definitely would have read this anyway and thought that I should get the creators on the show. That cover + all the hype I’d seen about this one + Vault Comics = I’ll pick it up. It’s simple math.

Listen in as Lisa Sterle and Matthew Erman (featuring a special appearance from their dog Rory) come talk about the creation of a comic about a biker witch from Mars (said only because it fits the reference I’m hoping you catch), working with someone you can’t really get away from, and more of an answer to my standard “Do you have any advice for people looking to get into making comics?” question than I’ve gotten from anyone so far. Not that I’m complaining at all.

Learn such things as:

  • How can you fit 90s anime and 50s style references into the same work?
  • What should you look for when you’re looking for a publisher?
  • Is it possible that neither Matthew nor Lisa has seen Avatar the Last Airbender? And why, disturbing as that fact is, it really is OK and we shouldn’t hate them for it.
  • And so much more!

You can find Lisa on Twitter @lisa_sterle and Instagram @lisasterle and her website lisasterle.com.

You can find Matthew on Twitter @MatthewErman and his website matthewerman.com.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who hasn’t read this yet because it’s not out yet. Unless you’re listening in the future.


A Conversation with Chris Sotomayor

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I love learning. I love talking to creators about how they get their things done.  I love picking their brains and finding out cool little things. It’s just great.

Enter Chris Sotomayor, the newest member of the PodChris Club. So listen in as we learn what goes into being a colorist and a possible way for you to become one too. Not me though, my art skills aren’t good enough.

Learn such things as:

  • Why do art duties get split up?
  • Why don’t colorists stay consistently with a book like writers and artists?
  • What’s the best kind of chorizo?
  • And so much more!

You can find Chris Sotomayor @sotocolor on Twitter, Facebook, and Twitch. Also take a look at his YouTube channel, and be sure to check out his Introduction to Comic Book Coloring and Advanced Comic Book Coloring classes on Comics Experience.

Recommended Reading

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store.  Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who garnishes his dishes with saffron.


Victorious Boxers Ippo’s Road to Glory with Trevor H (Catching Up on Cinema)

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I have a feeling we’re about to start hitting a bunch of manga based games. Might as well make one of the early rounds of that be a boxing game.  My ability to think of any more boxing puns is on the down for the count so let’s be serious.  Today we’re taking a look at Victorious Boxers: Ippo’s Road to Glory.

I’ve got Trevor H from Catching Up on Cinema to help guide me through this one and possibly maybe get my pronunciation a bit better.

Learn such things as:

  • Why aren’t I making a tag for every playable character? Here’s a hint
  • Can you have too much fan service?
  • What happens when a silly licensed game has better mechanics than a simulator?
  • And so much more!

You can find Trevor and Catching Up on Cinema on Twitter @CatchingCinema, Instagram @catchinguponcinema and of course at the Catching Up on Cinema website.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store.  Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

A big thanks to Ranma One Half Podcast and Capes on the Couch for the promos today.

Music by Best Day, who likes to wear boxing gloves on his feet.


Fernando Pinto Roundup

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You know what my favorite part of doing this podcast has been? Making such talented friends and having an excuse to share their stuff with the world. For real, it’s even better than the comics people give me to read.

For example, I got to talk to Fernando Pinto about a few different things from him that I’m very happy to either have in my house right now or will have some time in the future in Warped and Gun Punch. Both are really fun comics that you should definitely check out.

Learn such things as:

  • What should you do if you see a disclaimer in a book that says it’s not for kids but you looked at the artwork and bought it for your small child anyway?
  • How can you go about finding someone to work on your idea with you?
  • Who has prettier eyes between Chris and Fernando?
  • And so much more!

You can find Fernando on Twitter @Fdo_Pinto, on Instagram @minombreesfernandopinto and FernandoPintoArt.com.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Warped from the 215 Ink shop and check out Gun Punch on Fernando’s site. And buy the book when that gets announced. See a sample on the Play Comics website because I can’t get images to show up in the show notes that go out to the podcatchers. I took it straight from Gun Punch. You know, for science and all.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store.  Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Music by Best Day, who still hasn’t said anything about all of these comments and is a giant stinky poop head.


Cons These Days with Mike Campbell

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I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but the world is a bit crazy night now. But mixed in with all of the craziness are little bits of normalcy that can help make things be not so jarring.

Good thing I’ve got Mike Campbell from my local shop Captain’s Comics and Toys to come by and talk about their upcoming Captain’s Comic Expo.

Learn such things as:

  • What special precautions are having to be made at cons this year?
  • What can I expect to find at this one specifically?
  • Will I actually go this year? (Probably not, I’m a lazy hermit)
  • And so much more!

You can find Mike and Captain’s Comics and Toys on Facebook @CaptainsComicsAndToys, Instagram @captainscomicsandtoys, and the Captain’s Comics and Toys website.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store.  Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who won’t be going to this con because of silly reasons like “living too far away.”


Endless Moons with Tommy Jauregui

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Chris once again gets sucked in by a creator going out into the world and pushing their stuff. This time it’s the tale of a young bounty hunter and her side quest to find herself. Hurry up and get in on the story by backing Endless Moons on Kickstarter.

Listen in as Tommy Jauregui gives us an insight into Endless Moons, how it came to be, and how you can get yourself a copy of this great story. Learn such things as:

  • How can you use a well know franchise as inspiration without going into Copyright Infringement Land?
  • Is it possible to get a Kickstarter funded when you don’t think you have an audience?
  • How can you use stretch goals to help push your campaign ever further?
  • And so much more!

You can find Tommy on Twitter @tommyjauregui, Instagram @endlessmoonscomics and the Endless Moons Kickstarter.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store.  Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who has never been to space.


Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child with Scarlett O’Dell (Gatecrashers)

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We all know KISS the band, right? Those makeup wearing rock dudes who just want to rock and party and put on a good show. Well, did you know that they’ve had comics stretching back to the early days of their career? Or that there’s a game based on one of the runs? I didn’t. Well, I knew there was the KISS game but only that it existed.

Good thing I have Scarlett O’Dell from Gatecrashers here to help straighten everything out. Listen in as I get taught a few lessons but also potentially release a monster out into the world.

Learn such things as:

  • Wait a minute, KISS has comics?
  • Is the blood thing in the ink real?
  • Is the double colon use in the title really necessary?
  • And so much more!

You can find Scarlett on Twitter @sweetsouthern94, Twitch @sweetnsouthern, Instagram @sweetsoutherncosplay, TikTok (I’m old, does TikToc have usernames?),  and on Gatecrashers.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store.  Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

A big thanks to Radio Clash and Me, My Demon, and I for the promos today.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who didn’t make the backing music for during the episode because I made it myself, but also because I didn’t ask him to make it.


Razorblades with Steve Foxe

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Horror and comics just seem to go hand in hand. Horror comics had a large hand in the creation of the comics code many years ago, and it seems like so many people have a secret love and/or talent for horror. So why not have a place where you can let that out without a big commitment?

Enter Steve Foxe, half of the creator team behind Razorblades. Listen in terror as we talk about the creation of a collection of things that go bump in the night, except not anywhere nearly as cheesy as that since Steve is a professional. James meanwhile was not here and may or may not have been tied up in a basement somewhere……….
Learn such things as:

  • Why do people take on so many projects?
  • What were the real reasons behind Steve and James creating this horror anthology?
  • Who are some of the great creators that have contributed?
  • Where is the picture of Steve’s dog? (Just check out his Instragram account, I don’t want to actually steal a picture of his dog)
  • And so much more!

You can get physical issues of Razorblades #1 and Razorblades #2 assuming that Jetpack Comics have any left.

You can find Steve on Twitter @steve_foxe and his website SteveFoxe.com. You can find Razorblades on Twitter @ReadRazorblades and the Razorblades website.
If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who can’t read these because they’re too scary.


Marvel Nemesis Rise of the Imperfects with Robert Secundus (Comics XF)

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The world of comics and games, as evidenced by the existence of this podcast, have a decent amount of crossover. But a game where you introduce a whole new team to an already established universe? And have a tie in comic? That’s got to be pretty rare, right?

Listen in as Robert Secundus from Comics XF comes on the show to help take a look at Marvel Nemesis Rise of the Imperfects.

Learn such things as:

  • Are tie in comics worth reading?
  • How do you trick gamers into buying a portable version of a console game?
  • What happens to characters lost in licensing limbo?
  • And so much more!

You can find Robert on Twitter @RobertSecundus and his articles over on Comics XF. You can support them over at the Comics XF Patreon.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store.  Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

A big thanks to Strikes My Fancy and Capes on the Couch for the promos today.

Music by Best Day, who might be a mutant.