Comics Coast To Coast #199 – The Kyle Latino Interview

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Kyle Latino joins Brian Dunaway, Joel Duggan and Matthew Ducharme to talk about his illustration and comic Sinktown Slink.

Comic Work: Prime 8s, Outlaw Territory, Sinktown Slink
http://www.ktino.com/ktino/?page_id=1802
About Artist:
http://www.ktino.com/ktino/?page_id=363
Kyle Latino has been drawing comics since 2009. His first self-published work was GIDEON’S TRIP, which embraced the then new digital format of the iPhone and iPod Touch with a unique scrolling format. His comics work has been published in Image’s anthology OUTLAW TERRITORY Vol. 3, and in Monkeybrain’s digital Comixology exclusive PRIME 8′s.
(Kyle) I’d like to talk about this Comixology/Amazon thing, since Monkeybrain’s digital versions are exclusive to Comixology.
(Kyle) I’d really like to talk about Sinktown Slink
http://www.ktino.com/ktino/?p=1558
Are you smoking pot or did someone hijack your tumblr page? Brian
It looks like you had to put Sinktown Slink on hold for a while for other work. You sir…need to focus on that comic. It is superb. Brian
(Kyle) I am appearing at Indypop Con and I’ll be sitting on the Indie Comics panel (http://indypopcon.com/indie-comics-round-table/)
So Long Sweetberry has a very classic comic look and feel. (Writing and drawing.) What are some of your comic inspirations? Joel
There’s a kind of black humor to your story so far. Are there any movies or stories that influenced you in that direction? Matt
What artwork or research have you been drawing upon for your look? Matt
Sinktown Slink starts out as a series of seemingly loosely-related gags, but has taken on more of a long form feel. Gag a day, or Long-form? Matt
Comixology Aquired by Amazon:
http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/28/amazon-guts-the-comixology-app-with-removal-of-in-app-purchases-users-not-happy/
It makes me wonder what Amazon has coming down the pipes as far as Kindle and Kindle technology is concerned. E-paper for comics? What do you guys think? Joel
“What percentage of Comixology sales is impulse purchases in the app because it’s easy and you want to read more? I bet a lot.” – Scott Kurtz
https://twitter.com/pvponline/status/454482418376777728
Free Comic Book Day! May 3rd. Free as in Beer or Free as in Beer Speech? Brian
Horror Comics! Are they making a comeback? or is it still more of an underground scene? Brian
For the birds. Twitter Asks!
edcho7000 1:50pm via TweetCaster for Android
@comicsc2c @kylelatino name five things wrong with the watchmen movie!
LeeCherolis 9:03am via TweetDeck
@comicsc2c Question for @kylelatino, Which is more important in comics, the art or the story? ಠ_ಠ

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Comics Coast To Coast #198 – The Meredith McClaren Interview

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McClaren Hinges
Meredith McClaren joins Brian Dunaway, Joel Duggan and Matthew Ducharme to talk about her illustration career and to fill us in on her webcomic Hinges.

Hinges
http://hingescomic.blogspot.ca
About The Artist:
http://hingescomic.blogspot.ca/p/about.html
Meredith McClaren is an illustrator and cartoonist who has no business doing either. She sometimes entertains the idea of drawing the fourth book in Jen Van Meter’s Hopeless Savages series. Supposedly she has a postal code in Arizona, but really, she could be anywhere.
Oh. And don’t touch her stuff. Seriously.
Your color choices are very subtle. What are you thinking as you choose your colors? Joel
The backgrounds in Hinges are incredibly detailed in most shots. Are you using any tools to keep things so tight? Joel
With your main character Orio so quiet at the start (104 pages without a word) you achieve a lot with panels and pacing. What are your comic influences? Anyone in particular spark the minimal dialogue approach? Joel
Fun design work on the Bauble dream back story (p24). What prompted that shift in design? Joel
Over the course of the comic you seem to be hitting quite a few conventions. How do you find that experience? Worth the effort and expense? Joel
Are you writing Hinges as you go? Do you have a loose outline? Or a tightly honed plan? Joel
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced drawing Hinges? (Layout? Character design?) Joel
Did Hinges start with a character doodle? Bauble perhaps? Or did you come up with more of the story at one time? Joel
You published the first book for HInges last year (May 2013) through a Kickstarter campain. Was that your first Kickstarter as well? What was that like for you? Joel
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/225641773/hinges-book-1-clockwork-city
I noticed on Hinges Book II: Paper Tigers that you have original line work for sale. I was thinking digital the whole time I read Book I. Can you fill us in on your working process? Joel
Did you excel at art collages in school? Brian
You are not afraid to intersect your lines. I can’t help but to think this helps your speed. Brian
So really…what’s up with the Hinges? are they marrionettes? is it a metaphor for an oppressive regime? Brian
Did you study a lot of about marrionettes? any passion there? Brian
Are you a Studio Ghibli Fan? Brian
How many Odds have you designed? Brian
Tell us as about your illustration work. You recently did some artwork for Adventure Time. Tell us about that. Brian
How was Emerald City Comic Con? Brian
Tell us about your Itties. Brian
I think you guys pretty much have everything covered. I’ll just chime in if I think of something. Matt
http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/

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Comics Coast To Coast #197 – The Eisner Awards Episode

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Eisner Awards
Brian Dunaway, Joel Duggan and Matthew Ducharme chit chat about 2014′s Eisner Award nominees. Also, we talk movie spoilers and Captain “insert country here” heroes.

The Nominees http://www.comic-con.org/awards/will-eisner-comic-industry-award-nominees-2014
The parts we talk about mostly during the show

Best Digital/Webcomic

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Comics Coast To Coast #196 – The Dacosta! Interview

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Dacosta March Of Robots
Dacosta! joins Brian Dunaway, Joel Duggan and Matthew Ducharme to talk about his career as an illustrator and his latest project March of the Robots!
Kickstarter project: March of Robots!
http://marchofrobots.com
About Artist:
http://marchofrobots.com
A self-taught designer/illustrator, living in Vancouver, Canada. Now, if you ask anyone that knows me, they’ll tell you I have a thing for robots
About The Project
http://marchofrobots.com
Heck yeah! ROBOTS ARE AWESOME!!! I can’t say this enough. I think about robots all day long and how they will shape our future. They’ve already become more than just fictional elements or characters in storybooks and films, and they’re going to be a big part of how humanity moves forward. I can’t think of anything I’d rather draw, so putting together a book that explores a subject I love seemed like a fun idea.

Show Notes:

Designing under the name the studio name Chocolate Soop

Comics Coast To Coast #195 – The Jez Tuya Interview

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Jez Tuya join Joel Duggan and Matthew Ducharme to talk about his career as an illustrator.
Comics Title By Artist
http://jez-tuya.blogspot.com
http://jeztuya.carbonmade.com
About Artist:
http://jez-tuya.blogspot.com
I draw things and paint things. Occasionally well

Show Notes:

You’re represented by the Pickled Illustration Agency. At what point in your career did you decide to try workign with an agency? Joel
You’re still working with them, so obviously things are going well. How has working with an agency helped your career? Joel
What are your favorite online art communities? (EX: deviantART, Tumblr, etc…) Joel
You do both illustration and visual development work. What is one of your favorite vis dev projects that you’ve worked on? (That you can talk about) Joel
I think I first found your work through your Catwoman and Zatana fan art pieces. Lately I’ve noticed a bit of a backlash in some circles against fan art. Good? Bad? What do you think? Joel
Light Grey Art Lab gallery show in Minniapolis… but you’re in NZ? How did that come about? Joel
Process:
You’re obivously working digitally these days, when did that first grab hold / take over for you? Joel
When you’re illustrating an idea, do you start with line art? Or do you block in broad shapes first? Joel
As long as we’re not revealing any trade secrets, any tips or tricks to share about the final look of your work? Joel
All digital all the time? Or do you still work in sketchbooks? What about doing original pieces on bristol, or in water color? Joel
annette marnat inspiration
Unlike most artists, you seem to be fairly comfortable with drawing vehicles. Has it always been that way, or is it just when the project demands? Matt
There’s lots of historical themes in your work. How deep do you go in your research? Matt

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Comics Coast To Coast #194 – The Lee Cherolis and Ed Cho Interview

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Little Guardians
Lee Cherolis and Ed Cho join Brian Dunaway, Joel Duggan and Matthew Ducharme to talk about their collaborative comic Little Guardians.
Little Guardians
http://www.littleguardianscomic.com
About Artist:
http://www.littleguardianscomic.com/about/
Lee Cherolis is responsible for everything visual about Little Guardians. Character designs, pencils inks, shading, website graphics, etc… Lee first co-created Little Guardians with Ed Cho while they were playing video games at Ed’s house back in 2008.More about Lee -Lee is an Illustrator, Cartoonist, Graphic Designer, and obsessive film, television, and motorcycle enthusiast. Lee organizes Indianapolis’ local comic artist and writer meetup, the Indy Webcomics Group.
Ed Cho is the writer for Little Guardians, responsible for all of the comic’s scripts and story development. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a BA in Rhetoric and Film Studies. Ed first co-created Little Guardians with Lee while trying to prevent him from drinking all of Ed’s beer back in 2008.More about Ed -From 2007 to 2011, Ed created a webcomic inspired by his cats at www.alandscout.com.
About The Comic
http://www.littleguardianscomic.com/about/
Little Guardians tells the story of two young people switched at birth and now unknowingly living each other’s lives. Subira was supposed to be the next Guardian of Yowza Village, but she was born a girl. Instead she lives a quiet life working at The Item Shop never knowing what should have been. Idem trains to be the next Guardian and tries his best to be the warrior he was never meant to be. How will the next generation survive the choices made for them as strange incidents start plaguing the village and demon attacks appear to be on the rise?

Show Notes:

Detecting some anime influences in the writing and pacing. Yes? Faves? Joel
You obviously like to sprinkle a does of silly humor in your comics. Why not a serious tone? Joel
What is your collaborative process like? Walk us through the writing – and then some of the art production unique to Little Guardians. Joel
Established a sketchy style to your art early. Out of necessity? Blessing in disguise? Joel
Lee, the more LG I read the more it feels like a storyboard. Any experience or desire in that area? Joel
At some point in the story you imply that the setting might be Earth in the distant future. Care to elaborate? Matt
You have quite a few interesting demons. Are any of them inspired by existing mythology? If not, how do you dream them up? Matt
Do the two of you occasionally butt heads over story or artwork? Matt
There’s a few references to video game rpgs. Any favorites? Matt
Your writing seems to be self aware. Were you aware of that? Is that from studying film so much? Does everything sound like a cliche to you? Brian
you draw horses real good. Did you go to school for that? Did you buy that Jack Hamm Animal Book? is there anything you hate to draw? Brian
Death! Baby Swapping! c’mon! Any blow back from readers, George RR Martin? Brian
What are your tools as an artist? as a writer? Brian
Are you spiritual? Brian
Lee, tell our listeners more about the Indy Webcomics Group you run in Indianapolis… Joel
Biosphere? Seriously? Joel
Kyle Latino’s Site for notes: http://www.ktino.com

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