DECOMPRESSED 017: SAM HUMPHRIES ON UNCANNY X-FORCE #1 AND SACRIFICE #4

This Decompressed is like turning up to a gunfight and discovering the dude’s got two guns and you have to (er) dodge both bullets? I was originally going to do a sex metaphor, and thought better of it. Extrapolate for yourself. ANYWAY! Writer Sam Humphries has two comics this week, and I thought a compare and contrast could be interesting. UNCANNY X-FORCE #1 with Ron Garney is a relaunch as part of the Marvel NOW initiative. SACRIFICE #4 with Dalton Rose isn’t just creator owned – but actually self-published, moving towards its conclusion. How do the two experiences work? There’s got to be something to talk about there. And lo and behold, there was.

You can buy both from your local comic shop, or online at digital comic shops (Here’s X-Force’s comixology page and here’s Sam’s page to point at all the places you can buy Sacrifice, online and off).

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

And if you’re very still, and look down, you may spot the embed in its natural habitat, just below. Be careful. Don’t startle it.

Oh, that’s beautiful. That’s just beautiful.

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Sacrifice Pages 4-5

Sacrifice Page 12

Sacrifice’s Indicia

Uncanny X-force, Page 1.

Uncanny X-force, Page 2-3

Uncanny X-force, Page 9, Panel 1

Uncanny X-force, Page 13, Panel 1

And we talk about more “other” stuff than normal.

Here’s my Decimation speech from Thought Bubble.
Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest by Mathew Restall.
which Sam recommends.
Timeline: Invention is the cardgame I mention.
The Royal Tenenbaums, which you’ve probably seen but it pays to be comprehensive.
Sam’s Mohawk Storm tumblr.
Battles Without Honor And Humanity, as curated by Sloane Leong, as written up by David Brothers. I thought Sam said Sonia Leong, and was actually entirely unaware of the exhibition, which looked like it was fucking great.

Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, again.

DECOMPRESSED 016: AL EWING ON JENNIFER BLOOD 17

Er… we’re back? I always said it was going to be irregular. But the podcast constipation is over and… this metaphor is going to no place that’s good. Let’s stop.

I recorded this back at New York Comic Con, where I talked to Al Ewing about the revenge-thriller villain-protagonist creature that is Jennifer Blood 17. We pick apart its double-page-splash structure, Splash ends, whether Splash-ends is a porn term, physical size’s relation to dramatic size, ethics, the king of the New York piss porn circuit, sound in dialogue to create momentum in sex scenes and – oh my! – this is really all about sex and craft. And death. Really, it’s primarily how great Kewber Baal is.

You can buy JENNIFER BLOOD from your local comic-shop or digitally from Comixology.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

Oh, Embed. Where are you?


There are you.

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Panels demonstrating back and forth in dialogue

Panel demonstrating repeating lines.

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And here are the sexy Sesame Street costumes I mentioned.

Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, as bloody always.

DECOMPRESSED 015: ANTONY JOHNSTON ON THE COLDEST CITY

Something a little different this week. A podcast rather than not a podcast! No, really. It is actually different, as it was recorded in front of a live audience in Nottingham Game City back in (er) the past. October. Man! Doesn’t time fly when you’re incredibly busy (or rather, moderately busy and lazy). Anyway! This time I talk to Antony Johnston about his collaboration with Sam Hart, THE COLDEST CITY. This spy thriller set at the very last days of the Cold War is also the first complete OGN we’ve covered, meaning we wander over the whole thing. The audience also altered the dynamic, as sitting in front of a crowd, on expensive chairs in a spotlight does has a way of making you want to go all serious. So less nob gags than normal.

You can buy THE COLDEST CITY from your local comic-shop, online shops or digitally.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

Or there’s the honey trap of the embed. Can you resist it?

Of course you can’t.

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Here’s Scrivener, the software he writes on.

Coldest City is a real grown up book! It totally has page numbers on it. You can follow it for real.

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Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, you silly goose. It always is!

DECOMPRESSED 014: STEVE SANDERS ON WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN 20

Hullo! This week on Decompressed I’m joined by Steven Sanders (Twitter). He’s different. He’s a drawing man. For the first time, we’re talking about the drawing! Specifically, about how he approached Jason Aaron’s script for WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN 20. We talk about paneling, character design, how to make hand cannons more awesome, integrating bits of manga he loves into American superhero comics, comedy and more. You can buy it from your local comic-shop, or digitally.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

Or there’s the embed. It’s right here.


It sure is.

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Here’s the face-expression book we mention.

Page 1

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Steve’s un-used design:

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Page 11, Panels 1, 2 and 3

Steve’s Silver Samurai Redesign

(More here)
(And here’s his sinister-not-UNIT-we-talk-about)

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And here’s the panel from SWORD we talk about, showing a related effect…

Page 16, Panels 1 and 2

Page 18, Panels 1, 2 and 3

Page 19, Panel Not Jason Aaron

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Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.

DECOMPRESSED 013: RICK REMENDER ON UNCANNY AVENGERS #1

We’re back. Sorry for the delay. Basically, most of October was constant travel and disruption, so I couldn’t find time to get this done. But I did record three podcasts, and plan to do some more at THOUGHT BUBBLE next weekend. Hey! I always said that it would be irregular.

But this is a good one to come back on.

I’m joined by Rick Remender to talk about UNCANNY AVENGERS, the biggest selling superhero comic of the year so far. We talk about an idle idea growing into an enormous book, the question of choosing the level of transgression in imagery, the choice of craft and emotion, of talking through your stories, of compression and everything else. You can buy the book at your local comic shop, or buy it digitally.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

Or you can play the embed, because you’re addicted to having this page open in a tab.


So there you go.

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Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.

DECOMPRESSED 012: THE WRITER’S PANEL, D.I.C.E. CON DUBLIN


The Picture is courtesy of Mark Kirwan

So, a little bit different this time.

Over on the Nerdist’s Writers Podcast, they quite often lob up a panel from an expo or something like that. Because I was in Dublin for their D.I.C.E. con, I figured maybe I should try and do it too, just to get an easy podcast in the can see if it goes down well with the listeners.

So I recorded the Writer’s panel, and here it is.

There’s certainly other panels this weekend I wish I recorded as well. One I dug being in was the traditional Breaking Into Comics panel, which actually went to some relatively fresh places. A kind soul has put it up on Youtube, so I’d recommend you go over there and watch all four parts. And if someone puts up the Working With Licenced Characters panel, I’ll link to here to. That turned into a cheerful complain-fest of all the things that can and do go wrong, and was both useful and funny.

The panelists are….
Matt Fraction
Kelly-Sue Deconnick
Si Spurrier
Rob Williams
Andy Diggle
Jeff Parker
Declan Shalvey

Oh man. I’ve just realised it may not have been Declan hosting it. I can’t find any photo to check. Er… sorry if it wasn’t.

EDIT: Si Spurrier tells me it was actually Dave Hendrick hosting. So – er -sorry Dave.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

And there’s also an embed.

Th theme tune, as always, is We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed by Los Campesinos.

DECOMPRESSED 011: SI SPURRIER ON CROSSED: WISH YOU WERE HERE

Er… hello, pleasant blog reader.

STOP NOW! DON’T SCROLL DOWN.

This comic’s is NSFW. In a “No, really, man. Be careful” way. In terms of trigger warnings for the study aids, imagine the number of signs saying “TRIGGER HERE” in the scene in Indiana Jones when he’s trying to get the Idol. So scroll down carefully. And that goes double if my Dad’s reading this.

I’m joined by Si Suprrier to talk about CROSSED: WISH YOU WERE HERE. Because it’s a webcomic makes it a somewhat unusual one, in that you can literally follow this link and read the whole thing. In fact, I’d recommend you do so, as it’s genuinely great horror material, written with an underlying intelligence and humanity. I’d also recommend the trade collection, which puts it all in a nice book. You can get it from your local comic shop, and in a couple of weeks on Amazon.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

Or you can caress Mr Embed, who lurks below seductively…

God, Mr Embed is so fucking beautiful.

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Okay – as I talk about in the podcast, we’re doing it a bit different this time. Since we’re talking about stuff from across the whole comic, I’m putting them in the order we talk about them. Just scroll them down. Though, to repeat, you really can go off and read the whole thing.

Firstly, however, here’s the ride thing we’re both horrified by at the start of the podcast. Seriously, imagine that fucker during a Crossed outbreak.

Here’s the Sofia chapter we talk about directly…

Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.

DECOMPRESSED 010: DAVID HINE AND SHAKY KANE ON BULLETPROOF COFFIN: DISINTERRED #4 (“84″)

I’m joined by David Hine and Shaky Kane to talk about the cut-up Burroughsian excess and glory of 84, the fourth issue of their Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred. Once again, it’s a stand alone issue, so can be consumed alone if you can find a copy (it’s available digitally), but I’d recommend you hunt down the trade. It’s just out so your local shop will have it, but it’s available from all the usual online retailers.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

Or there’s always an embed, isn’t there?

There’s always a embed.

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Worth noting that for Shaky’s colours, both the PDF and Jpgs are poor mediums. You really want to see the original images to make them SCREAM!

Page 2, Panel 4.

Here’s Hine’s original from his notebook…


And here’s the finished image from Shaky.

Pages 10 and 11

Page 18, Panel 4

Page 20 and 21.

Page 24

Page 25

Some things we mentioned:
Dear Esther.
The Mindless Ones.
Robert McKee.

Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.

DECOMPRESSED 009: PAUL CORNELL AND JIMMY BROXTON ON SAUCER COUNTY #6

This week I’m joined by Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton to talk about issue 6 of SAUCER COUNTRY, a stand alone issue which applies a lecture-type structure to its themes of the UFO in the modern world. We talk about research, structure, experimentation, subjectivity in visual elements, colouring your own work, interpretation, the power of bleed and lots more. You can buy it from your local comic shop, or online for future-eye-reading.

Also, the first appearance of Chips Zdarsky’s Chip Corner. Yes.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

Or do you like Embeds? I can totally hook you up.


See.

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Page 3, Panels 1 and 2

Page 5

And here’s Kenneth Arnold!

Page 7, Panel 1

Page 8, Panel 2 and 3

Page 9, Panels 1, 2 and 3

Page 16, panels 2, 3, 4 and 5

Page 18, panel 1

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Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.

DECOMPRESSED 008: NICK SPENCER ON MORNING GLORIES #21

This week I’m joined by Nick Spencer to talk about issue 21 of MORNING GLORIES, his collaboration with artist Joe Eisma and cover-artist Rodin Esquejo. As well as the specifics of the book, we talk about panel counts, page turns, weighing up how much to expand a moment, treating your work as viable, basic day to day work schedule and more, I tell you, more. You can buy Morning Glories 21 from your local comic shop, or buy it online for sexy digital fun.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

And Mr Embed is embedded for embed-fans.


If you’re an embed fan, you’ve missed your chance. Back up, you fool.

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The cover for issue 1, which 21 homages:

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PAGE 6, PANEL 1 and 2

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Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.