It’s that time of year again, where two-thirds of our intrepid podcasting team head to The North for Thought Bubble. What have we seen? What’s good? We’ll tell you. Read On…
Thought Bubble! It’s Brit-nerd new year! Or something!
Look, 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
It’s Halloween (hypothetically), and that means time for spooky comics. We’ll lure you into a false sense of security with dazzling insight into a range of comics before shitting you right up with the jump scare that is our horror roundup. Read On…
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…
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.
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:
Or check out more artwork and sketches on his site.
We wrap up our rambling take on architecture in comics this time looking at city as place, and also go over some stuff we’ve enjoyed lately.
Not in this episode: a rambling conversation about Twix. You’re welcome. Read On…
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…
This 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…
Have you ever wanted to read At The Mountains of Madness, but with Baroque portraiture instead of shoggoths? How about a meditation on semiotics, historiography, and context, through the eyes (and nose) of a talking dog named after the Hulk?
You have? Then golly does Nicolas de Crécy have a treat for you.
Glacial Period is de Crécy’s 2005 collaboration with the Louvre, and forms part of a set of 6 or so graphic novels exploring parts of the collection. It takes his feeling that the Louvre could be overwhelming and extrudes that experience to a problem of future archaeology: faced with interpreting something so unimaginably vast and eclectic, all chains of context lost, would a team of future experts fare any better than a contemporary five year old?