Podcast 49: Thought Bubble 2015, The Best Bits

ConSequential Podcast 49 - Best of Thought Bubble 2015Roger and Dave are back from Thought Bubble, and they brought gifts! For Lucy, not for you. That would be weird. Listen on as we fight for approval in the inaugural Lucy Boyes £5 Challenge. Also: the best stuff we picked up at the festival. If that wasn’t enough, we have interviews with Dan Watters & Caspar Wijingaard, Tillie Walden, Comic Book Slumber Party, Julia Scheele with One Beat Zines and Mat Barnett of Alien in the Outfield. Read On…

Thought Bubble 2015 – what we’re excited about

Thought Bubble! It’s Brit-nerd new year! Or something!

9781473326965_MULP_02_CoverLook, it’s a big old mess of just all the comics and the comics people, and the fun and the dancing, and probably too much beer, and the podcasting, and the new things, and the cosplay and the shiny, and yeah. It’s pretty great.

It’s also a cracking time to stumble on new stuff. But we try to go prepared. We’re like the boy scouts of spending far too much money on comics, with a throbbing hangover.

Last year, we had a few bits of advice on how to get the best out of comics shows, and this year we’ve picked out some things we might just consider buying.

So here’s a few titles and publishers you should check out at T’Bubz

Read On…

Podcast 47 – Halloween

Podcast 46 – Comics Continuity (Where To Start With Marvel and DC)

ConSequential Podcast 46 - Comics Continuity

Do you want to get started reading the lycra-clad adventures that Marvel and DC peddle, but you’re put off by the huge gnarled continuity that has built up over the best part of a century? Batman, X-Men, Superman – all have accreted a vast mythology full of plot holes, reboots, crises many and various, but fear not – we’re here to help with some surefire techniques to get you past the initial confusion, and to make sure you find the good stuff. Read On…

Podcast 45 – Gay Stuff (and cheese)



This week, Dave was off in the America doing a business travel, or gentrifying Portland or something. We’re not quite sure. Apparently there were food trucks.

This left Lucy and Roger to go feral in the best way they know: by eating an enormous fancy cheeseboard and talking about queer comics.

We delve into the origins of lesbian & gay cartooning, eat a “cute brie”, pontificate on structural inequalities, and feed Rogger his first Cheesestring.

That part ain’t pretty, but the rest is comics.

Read On…

The Ditch – Kristian Carstensen

The Ditch - Kristian CarstensenIt’s not often we get to showcase something brand new here, so we were delighted when Kristian sent us The Ditch.

It’s a prison zombie horror vignette, wonderfully dynamic, quite gory, and his first comic.

This 12-page short opens with Sal – not a particularly nice man – stuck in solitary confinement, having just smoked his last cigarette, noise all around, something ominous clamouring to get in.

That’s a classic pressure/isolation horror opener, and from here we pull back to find out quite how Sal got there. Spoilers: it’s a blend of a) zombies, and b) being just a total dick.

Kristian’s a professional animator, so it’s not surprising that the comic has a wonderful sense of flow an motion. Which is what you want for a story about the hungry dead biting chunks outta folk.

You can read the whole thing here:

The Ditch – Kristian Carsetnsen, PDF

Or check out more artwork and sketches on his site.

Read On…

Podcast 44 – Architecture Part 2

Podcast 43 – Architecture

ConSequential Podcast 43 - Architecture

Buildings! Pretty great, huh? Personally, we all live in one. One each, this isn’t like Rainbow where we all live in our pyjamas and hang out with a sexually ambiguous hippo. If only. Comics and architecture are natural allies, buildings being where stuff often happens, and comics being images of stuff happening. But there’s more to it than that, and we look at some of the most interesting and informative takes on architecture in comics.

We also go into which each of our favourite metro systems are. Regular listeners will wonder what took us so long, frankly.

We apologise for the noisiness of this episode. Sometimes we just need our air really conditioned. Read On…

Podcast 42 – Travel

ConSequential Podcast 42This week we tackle travel, the subject of a surprising number of comics of surprising breadth. We read a ton of other comics too, and we took some time out of our busy lives to worry if Roger’s penis is haunted. And now we’re taking that time from your life too. Read On…