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

If you want to support any of the fantastic organisations mentioned on the show, use these links to find out more!

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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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083 - POP CULTURE RUMBLE! (W / STACEY TAYLOR)

In a deviation from the usual format, the ACP gang are joined by Stacey Taylor of the Pop Culture Parlour and they're all talking movies, tv and animation all based on comic books! Theres talk of some brilliant stuff everyone loves, hates and not only that, but listeners have voted on whose choice is best! It's a fun filled episode thats filled with so much awesome we almost couldnt fit it all in!

Great stuff to check out this week: Staceys Pop Culture Podcast

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082 - CONVENTION TALK! (W / STUART MULRAIN)

This week Vince, Dan and Tony are talking about conventions again, and with True Believers Comic Festival just around the corner they've roped in one of the organisers Stuart Mulrain to join in on the fun. Theres talk about the perils of putting together a show, getting name guests and also supporting the indies at the same time. Also discussed are some great books you need to check out, marvel and dc audio plays and so much more. Its an epic chat that gets you all set up for another year of convention going. Dont miss it!

Great stuff to check out this week: True Believers Comic Festival, True Believers twitter, Map of Days, The Making of a Comic Con, Boxes 2, Too Much Coffee Man, Something Terrible

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081 - COMICS JOURNALISM! (W / GARY WATSON)

Comics journalism rarely gets a spotlight on it, but this week the Awesome Pod guys are joined by Gary Watson of Comics Anonymous to discuss the highs, lows and more of the part of comics that can make, break and infuriate when it comes to the medium we all love. Theres talk of responsible reviews, press releases, pushy creators, clickbait links and so much more. Theres also plenty of chat about some awesome books to check out, upcoming events, handy reference drawing tools and the best name for a journalist ever is created.

Plus the out take is not for the squeamish and completely NSFW... at all. Seriously. You have been warned.

Great stuff to check out this week: Comics Anonymous, Gary Watson, The United, The Beauty, Serial Killer (Ream Em and Weep Book 1)Vietnam Zombie Holocaust, Grinidon, Supernaut

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080 - SMALL PRESS SUPERHEROES! (W / JON LAIGHT)

Jon Laight (Brethren Born, Comichaus) joins the Awesome Pod this week to join their discussion about Superheroes in the independent and small press scene. They talk about the view of superheroes in the small press, the difficulties in creating original superhero stories, diversity when it comes to character creation and the perils and responsibilities of small press superheroes. Also theres some talk of the big two, more Valiant love, an alarm goes off, Groots gender gets discussed, the announcement of a new ACP facebook discussion group and some fantastic books you need to be reading are given a shout out. Its a suprisingly grown up and thoughtful conversation, but dont worry theres plenty of silliness to be had.

Great stuff to check out this week: Jon Laight, Brethren Born, Sleeping Dragon Press, Not My Shame, Planet of the Daemons 2, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank, Black Mask Comics, Savage, Valiant Comics

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079 - THE BAD BOOK REVIEW CLUB (W / MATT HARROWER)

For the first show of 2017 the Awesome Pod are joined by brilliant up and coming artist Matt Harrower for a special show. For a bit of fun, everyone takes a look back on some old comics that came out in the 90s (an era with an overly harsh reputation) and give a new, fresh and hilarious take on them. Theres talk of crazy autobiographical music comics, the dark era of Spawn, some crazy sequential artwork, character designs/rip offs and so much more. It's also got more Rob Liefeld than you can shake a stick at! Its a fun show to kick off the new year so check it out!

Great stuff to check out this week: Weird Science DC podcast, Rock and Roll Comics, Youngblood, Captain America, Curse of Spawn

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078 - THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL SPECIAL!

As it’s the festive season, the ACP crew take some time to talk about the comics that come out at this time of year. The Holiday Specials! Its a special conversation about holiday specials and it doesn’t get any more special than that! There's talk of the 2000ad, Marvel and DC specials, what everyone think of them, some listener comments, poll results and more. There's also some great indie books to check out so don't miss it!

Great stuff to check out this week: 2000ad Christmas Special, Generous Bosom Part 2, Santa vs the Nazis, Anything About Nothing

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077 - HIGHLIGHTS OF 2016 SHOW!

Another year of comics is in the bag, and this time its the first whole year for the Awesome Pod. With that in mind, VInce, Dan and Tony sit down to discuss some of their highlights of the year. They talk about great series, publishers, creators and conventions from 2016 and then talk about what they want to see in 2017. It gets silly, serious and everything in between.

For an extra bonus we have an exclusive interview as Tony visits NoBrow studios to get the skinny on their amazing work from Sam Arthur!

Great stuff to check out this week: Nexus, X-O Manowar, Divinity, Invincible, The Fix, Hilda, 3 Minute Max, Deer Editor, Monologue, Porcelain, Ness, Black Dog, Airboy, Turncoat, Vanguard, Scurry, Rising Sand, Last Driver, Spider Forest, Sleep Tight, New York Comic Con, London Super Comic Con, Bristol Comic Expo, Valiant Comics, Avery Hill Publishing, Image Comics,

Also, can you recognise our festive themes this week?

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076 - COMIC STORES AND THE SMALL PRESS!

This week Vince, Dan and Tony are joined by Reg from Destination Venus, an independent comic book shop fighting the good fight in the name of comics. They discuss the ups and downs of weekly comic book life, how independent comics are represented in the retail world and as always, so much more! It's the first show with opinions from the other side of the comic shop counter, but after such a fascinating conversation, it surely wont be the last. Don't miss it!

Great stuff to check out this week: Destination Venus, Destination Venus on twitterThe Six Million Dollar Man: The Fall of Man, The Gigantic Beard that was Evil, Slam

Get some publicity for your comic and take part in the Small Press Factor 2016. Find out more about it HERE and enter HERE

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075 - PRINTING COMICS!

This week the crew tackle something that every small press or indie comics creator has to deal with at some point - printing! Joined by one of the best indie printers in the biz, Rich from Comics Printing UK, the gang talk about the trials and tribulations of small press printing and things people should know about or be aware of when prepping their books for press. There's info, listener questions, great comics discussed, tales of someones interaction with a comic seller named Tibor, a tense Action Dan question and even more.

It's another show not to be missed - ESPECIALLY if you're thinking about getting your comics printed!!

Great stuff to check out this week: Rich from Comics Printing UK, Comics Printing UK, The Pull List, Rachel Rising, Cindy and Biscuit, Every Life I Ever Lived, The Iron Duchess

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074 - COMIC ANTHOLOGIES (FEATURING KEN REYNOLDS)!

This week the gang are talking about the staple of the comic book scene - the anthology. And to help with the conversation they're joined by the creator of the comic series 'Cognition' and editor of the anthology series 'Sliced', Ken Reynolds. They talk about some classic anthology series, the job of editing a small press anthology, what draws people to buying an anthology and so much more!

Theres also another Action Dan question and NSFW humour galore. Dont miss it!

Great stuff to check out this week: Ken Reynolds, Sliced Quarterly, Warrior, Wildcat, Oink, Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York, Vampire Hunter D, It's Ghastly: The Untimely Demise of Scream

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073 - SPOTLIGHT ON VANGUARD!

This week the spotlight is on a webcomic very close to the hearts of everyone in the ACP, Vanguard! Dan Butchers brilliant superhero series gets discussed and Dan finds himself on the receiving end of interview questions. There's loads of great info for future webcomic makers and for fans of Vanguard itself. Plus there's another Action Dan question, Tony does something special live on air and Vince offers the sign off to someone else this week.

Dont miss it folks!

Great stuff to check out this week: Vanguard, Valiant, Ninjak, Divinity, The Lonely Vincent Bellingham

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072 - PRICING IN COMICS!

This week the ACP gang take on the topic of comics pricing! The price of digital, how overpriced some collections can be, the prices of small press books at conventions and getting your moneys worth all get discussed, as well as some interesting listener polls and emails get read. It's a topic that doesn't get discussed too much, especially by silly shows that make toilet humour seem high brow, but the ACP give it a good go. There's also the usual comics banter, great comics are discussed, the 80s movie quiz Action Dan gets interesting and there's the debut of a new, emotionally charged segment called 'Ask Aunty Tony'. Its another comical show on every level, so check it out!

Great stuff to check out this week: The Naked Artist: Comic Book Legends Expanded Edition, Sparks, Blue Fox Comics, Project Autumn

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CONVENTION SPECIAL - NCC AND THOUGHT BUBBLE 2016!!

Its an extra special convention... er... special, as the Awesome Pod has a plethera of convention audio joy to give you. First up is a couple of panels from Nottingham Comic Con 2016. A fantastic small press panel featuring the likes of Rachael Smith, Dan Berry, Chris Imber and Nick Prolix, and then the Awesome Pod panel itself, all about small press and why you should choose it.

If thats not enough, then check out some great interviews that come direct from the floor of Thought Bubble 2016! Emily Owen (Pup & Grumpicorn) managed to chat to some amazing creators about their new work and we've got the exclusive audio for you.

Its a jamboree of convention audio joy, so check it out!

Also, big shout out to the guys at Geek Force for recording the panel audio. Check them out!