103 - THE COMIC VILLAGE DEBATE (W / JON LOCK AND SARAH MILLMAN)

If you've been to an MCM before, you know about the area known as Comics Village, but in the current market what does Comics Village means for the small press? The gang are joined by two MCM exhibiting veterans Jon Lock (Afterlife Inc) and Sarah Millman (NPC Tea) to talk about the current state of the small press presence at the big shows. What are some of the issues? What are some potential solutions? A LOT of interesting points are raised and discussed in this one, and not only that but its with two of our favourite guests, so dont miss it.

Great stuff to check out this week: Jon Lock, Big Punch Studios, Afterlife Inc, Sarah Millman, The Heart of Time, NPC Tea, MCM, Junji Ito's Cats, Injection, Carthago, Humanoids, Jimmys Bastards, Aftershock Comics

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102 - WRITING FOR COMICS! (W / OWEN MICHAEL JOHNSON)

It's all about writing comics this week, and to help the ACP gang out the mighty Owen Michael Johnson (Reel Love, Beast Wagon) joins in for some process talk! There's discussion about pacing, the importance of notes and notebooks, working with artists through the process and more. There's plenty of listener questions too, so if you've ever thought about writing a comic this is the episode for you! Plus there's more brilliant indie books to check out and this week Dan reveals the worst insult he's ever received!

Great stuff to check out this week: Owen Michael Johnson, Reel Love, Beast Wagon, Raygun Roads, The Axeman Cometh, Be Pure, Be Vigilant, Behave!, Babyteeth, Grafitys Wall, Eimurian Tales, Cockney Kung Fu

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101 - DESERT ISLAND COMICS! (W / AL EWING)

To kick off the next hundred episodes of the show the awesome pod gang try something a little different this week. You've heard of Desert Island Discs, but you've never heard anything like the the Awesome Pods Desert Island Comics! Now only that, but joining the castaways is the brilliant writer of The Ultimates and Royals, Al Ewing! Together, they discuss how their comic choices will help them survive on the island and more. One of them creates a palace and rules with an army of beasts, another creates a coconut based brothel, one succumbs to island madness and someone goes to a dark place and walks out to the sea Plus theres tons of comic talk and brilliant books are discussed in amongst all the island fun. Check it out! 

Great stuff to check out this week: Al Ewing, The Ultimates, The Royals, New XMen, Comichaus, Comichaus Kickstarter

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100 - COMICS, QUESTIONS AND MORE!

EPISODE 100.  COMICS, QUESTIONS, VOICEMAILS AND A SPECIAL ACP ANNOUNCEMENT.

'NUFF SAID.

Great stuff to check out this week: Secret Empire, Vanguard, Never Iron Anything

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099 - THE WORLD OF SCURRY! (W / MAC SMITH)

With Dan away, Vince and Tony are joined by the creator of the hugely popular webcomic 'Scurry' Mac Smith. Theres plenty of talk about how the book came to be, the journey from webcomic to hugely successful kickstarter and a the awesome pod gang get a new awful film they need to dig up and watch. Theres also more great indie books that get recommended, cakes get discussed and Mac drops a pull quote about the show that pretty much sums the ACP up perfectly!

Great stuff to check out this week: Mac Smith, Scurry, The Inflatable Woman, Namwolf, Cognition, Unfamiliar Skies #2 Kickstarter, Comichaus Kickstarter

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098 - KIDS COMICS! (W / JESS BRADLEY)

This week the ACP gang are joined by Jess Bradley, creator of The Phoenix Comic's 'Squid Bits' and all round super-geek mum, and together they all talk about the world of kids comics! From the stuff that was everyone's 'gateway' book that got them into comics, to the visibility of modern all ages comics on the high street, the conversation is varied, hilarious and unlike the subject matter, definitely NOT for kids. There's some awesome books for listeners to check out, parenting skills are discussed and the best character names ever are mentioned throughout the show. Don't miss it!

Great stuff to check out this week: Jess Bradley, Squid Bits, Tiny Overlord, The Phoenix, Amelia Cole, Avery Hill, Goatherded, Charlo Frade, Moose Kid Comics

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097 - COMIC BOOK COVERS!

This week Vince, Dan and Tony take time to focus on the art of the comic book cover! There are some classics that are lovingly remembered and plenty of great examples brought up by the listeners that are discussed. There's fascinating insight into creating a cover thumbnail for digital stores, things to think about when designing covers that are going into stores and discussions about everyone's favourite cover artists. There's also more fantastic book recommendations for everyone and there's also plenty of time for some all-important soup talk!

Great stuff to check out this week: Comic Art Fans - one minute later,   The Ether, Matt Garvey, Long Gone Don, The Etherington Brothers, The Phoenix, A Castle in England

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096 - WESTERN COMICS! (W / CHRIS JENKINS)

Its the last week of the ACPs look at genres in comics, and they finish off their 'genretastic' month with Western comics! From cowboy tales to more grizzly, modern takes, its a genre that's still going strong even amongst the small press and joined by Reckless Heroes very own Chris Jenkins (writer of The Last Sheriff) the gang discuss some of the questions and characters made famous by the wild west and beyond. There's also discussion about getting artists for your independent projects, some colouring talk, more brilliant independent books are recommended and everyone refuses to talk about Guardians of the Galaxy.

Great stuff to check out this week: Chris Jenkins, Reckless Hero Studios, The Last Sheriff, Isabellae Vol 1: The Night Man, Europe Comics, The Dark Tower, The Human Beings, SJ McCune, Low

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095 - CRIME COMICS (W / RICARDO MO)

This week the gang are joined by the writer of Awesome Pod fave Colossi Ricardo Mo, and everyone talks about the genre thats been in comics from the very beginning - crime! Theres discussion about some of the great crime comics that have been published, everyones personal favourites and how far reaching and maleable the crime genre can be. Not only that, but the show kicks off with a hearty discussion about Tony's new blog post about conventions that has started up some heated discussion. Plus Dan talks about his Waitrose shoppign habits, Ricardo throws a curveball in the world of favourite pastries, Tony go full on Victor Meldrew and as Vince has created the word genretastic, dammit he's going to use it!

Great stuff to check out this week: Ricardo Mo, Propeller, Collosi, Vault Comics, Plastic, Marx, Freud and EinsteinThe Private Eye, Tonys Esmonds Blog

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094 - GIANT ROBOTS! (W / JOHN PAUL BOVE)

Week 3 of ACPs genretastic April takes a turn for the mechanical; as its Giant Robot Week! Joined by convention favourite John Paul Bove (Transformers, TMNT) the discussion covers all things robotic and more. Its an epic conversation that goes from comics, to cartoons, to strange slash fiction and everything in between. Theres also some more brilliant books you need to check out, tons of Transformer conversation, the results of a robot rumble are revealed and a particular area of fanart is shockingly revealed.

Great stuff to check out this week: John Paul Bove, Transformers, Shogun Warriors, Savage Things, Gods of Men, Colossi, Vault Comics, Midnight Nation

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093 - KUNG FU COMICS! (W / CHRIS IMBER)

Week 2 of the ACP's genre-tastic April and the focus is KUNG FU COMICS! Joined by Chris Imber (Reckless Hero), the comic book talk ventures far and wide, from the classic heroes of the 70s to the kinetic work of modern manga books. As its martial arts, theres more than a bit of talk about great martial arts cinema too, as well as some Iron Fist and Netflix TV talk, lots of Bruce Lee talk, everyone picks out their martial art movie faves and artists they love. Theres also a great selection of books to check out and Chris attempts to take Vinces job! Dont miss it!

Great stuff to check out this week: Chris Imber, Reckless Hero Studios, Fist of the North Star, Infinite Kung Fu, The Destroyer, Invincible

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092 - GIANT MONSTERS! (W / ZAK SIMMONDS HURN)

We kick off a whole month of talking about genre comics with a special look at GIANT MONSTERS! From King Kong to Godzuki, the ACP crew talk about all kinds of monsters in comics, helped by the creator of the awesome book Monstrosity, Zak Simmonds Hurn! There's talk of monsters in western and eastern cultures, classic bronze age creatures, the monsters of the big two and there's some poll results that bring up even more crazy and hilarious conversation. The answer to who would win out of Godzilla and King Kong is also answered in the style you come to expect from an Awesome Pod! There's also an amazing selection of recommendations, Zak offers up an exclusive competition, Dan tries to get a clip show, Tonys on meds and Vince uses the word otherworldly more times than ever before!

Great stuff to check out this week: Zak Simmonds-Hurn, Monstrosity, Gyo, Tor, Joe Kubert, Kaijumax, Cankor, Matthew Allison, One Piece, The Phoenix

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091 - COMICS AND CONVENTION TALK!

After a great convention weekend the Awesome Pod crew get together to shoot the breeze and talk some comics. With no guest this week the conversation goes far and wide, with talk of Leamington Comic Con 2017, Justice League, Webcomics, some amazing books are recommended and there is another round of the agony aunt segment 'Ask Aunty Tony'. Not only that, but theres a cracking bunch of interviews from the shop floor of LCC to check out.

Great stuff to check out this week: Sword Master, Europe Comics, X-O Manowar, Cosmos, Rozi Hathway, Paul Rainey, Darrel Thorpe, Good Comics, Jon Laight, Rudra Purkayastha, Spiderforest comics, Tonys blog

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090 - THE SMALL PRESS FACTOR WINNERS!

This week the ACP interviewed the winners of Leamington Comic Cons 'Small Press Factor 2017', the guys behind the sci-fi Elvis comic 'King Legacy'. Theres talk of how the book came to be and what the adventure of self publishing had been like for them since launching their first ever book last year. Also on the show theres talk of some more brilliant comic books you need to check out, Iron Fist, Bernie Wrightson and so much more. Dont miss it!

Great stuff to check out this week: King LegacyLeamington Comic Con 2017, Spa Town Comics, Legend: Hells Executioner, Flirting with Death, Chickenboy Zine, Good Comics, James Howard, Never Iron Anything

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089 - LEAMINGTON COMIC CON W / DAN MALLIER

With Leamington Comic Con making a triumphant return, Vince and Tony are joined by Dan Mallier to talk about the upcoming show and how he started in convention planning and the perils of organising indie conventions. Dan Butcher couldnt make it, but to fill the epic void he leaves is the audio from the Awesome Pods panel appearance at True Believers 2017, featuring the amazing Rachael Smith and Chris Imber! If that wasnt enough, theres also talk of Logan, brilliant books you should check out and theres a re-appearance of our Agony Aunty section 'Ask Aunty Tony'. Its a jam packed, informative and hilarious show so dont miss it!

Great stuff to check out this week: Leamington Comic Con 2017, Spa Town Comics, Rachael Smith, Chris Imber, Paying for it, Chester Brown, Blood and GourdThe Bunker, Oni Press

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088 - ARTHURIAN LEGEND IN THE INDIES! (W / NICK BROKENSHIRE)

This week top artist Nick Brokenshire (Amelia Cole) joins the gang to talk about the work that went into the brilliant new series from Dark Horse 'A Once and Future Queen'. There's talk about the re-imagining of myths, legends and existing characters in comics, the sales numbers of some of the smaller publishers, interacting on social media when you still have to work on an upcoming project and more. There's also talk of more amazing comics you need to check out, the show immediately starts on a filthy note and someone almost drinks a whole bottle of whiskey during the show!

Great stuff to check out this week: Nick Brokenshire, A Once and Future Queen, Dark Horse Comics, Monkeybrain Comics, Amelia Cole, IDW, Geek Girl, Eumurian Tales, MD Penman, Knock Off Wars, Stray Toasters, Vince's screening of The Void, A Place to Hang Your Cape 

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087 - REAL LIFE ISSUES IN COMICS! (W / SUSIE GANDER)

Comics are a powerful medium and in the right hands can truly help people through tough times. The Awesome Pod crew are joined this week by Susie Gander, whose brilliant semi-autobiographical comic Perry Winkle not only helped her as she battled cancer, but is helping others too. She's also got the same sense of humour as the ACP gang, so there are crazy jokes and laughs flying in all directions! It's a brilliant conversation that you come to expect from the show, informative, educational and stocked full of ridiculous chuckles. Plus theres an added bonus of two hilarious out takes from Dans dictionary corner. Dont miss it!

Great stuff to check out this week: Susie Gander, Perry Winkle, Auschwitz, Sarah Andersen, Adulthood is a Myth, Planet of the Daemons #3, Deep Space Canine, Worry Wart, The Fix #8, A Place to Hang Your Cape

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086 - THE JOURNEY OF SURFACE TENSION (W / JAY GUNN)

Sometimes you just want to find out more about a book, and this week the ACP trio talk to Jay Gunn about one of their favourite recent books 'Surface Tension'. There's discussion about the thoughts behind the epic far out concept, Jays time in the video game industry, his influences and his experience pitching and working with a big publisher on his first comic book There's also talk about a great variety of amazing books to try out, talk of 70s and 80s sci-fi TV, Guy N.Smith, Jackie Chan, Coal Miners, zombie fatigue and so much more. It's an episode not to be missed.

Great stuff to check out this week: Jay Gunn, Surface Tension, Titan Comics, Ed Traquino, Frenzied, Realm of the Damned, Alec Worley, Pye Parr, Scout, Tim Truman,  Jiro Taniguchi, A Zoo in Winter, Film Reroll, The Once and Future Queen

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085 - 2000AD THRILL POWER FESTIVAL!

After visiting the 40th Anniversary of 2000Ad festivities, the Awesome Pod sit down to discuss the day. Theres discussion of the events organisation, the guest, visitors, panels and more. Plus theres a couple of extra bits of audio from the day to make you chuckle. Theres also an interview with life drawing tutor Jason Atomic and the announcement of a new competition to win a goodie bag!

Great stuff to check out this week: 2000AD, Pat Mills, Serial Killer, Jason Atomic, Ghost Island, Ro-Busters

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084 - INDIE COMICS TALK!

After some time spent at conventions and more, the ACP gang sit down to focus on some fantastic small press and indie books they've been reading recently. From highly personal bio comics to gender reversals of classic characters and even psychedelic mind bending sequentials, there's something for everyone to check out on this episode! Plus there's talk of everyone's personal xmen team, another Dan Butcher dictionary corner moment, Tony mutes himself and Vince increasing sounds more bunged up as the episode goes on. See? Something for everyone!

Great stuff to check out this week: Wired Up Wrong, Rachael Smith, Surface Tension, Jayy Gunn, Epilogue, SJ McCune, Galaxafreaks, Robyn Hood, Blue Fox Comics, The Sheep and the Wolves, Nick Prolix, Heretics

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