Podcast Episode 27 – Violence (For Real This Time)

ConSequential Podcast Episode 27 - Violence

Comics have always been violent, and while early comics broadly focussed on Hitler getting punched on the jaw or lovesick cats being pelted with bricks, extreme violence has gone through peaks and troughs and sparked the odd moral panic along the way. We look at how violence is portrayed in comics, and where it works and doesn’t. Read On…

Wytches #1 – Scott Snyder & Jock

Wytches 1 - coverThe first issue of Wytches is a striking thing. Part of what I’m thinking of as a current strain of graphic-design-influenced comics, it uses layout and a rich play of digital colouring and texture to create something really quite unusual. It’s also heavily infused with a kind of Southern Gothic creepiness, the vibe of small communities and close-pressing forests that is absolutely my narrative catnip.

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Podcast 26 – Violence (Sorta)

ConSequential Podcast Episode 26 - ViolenceWell, it’s about time that we sold out, and we’re selling out hard. This episode is brought to you in association with two bottles of Apple and Pomegranite Appletiser and lax morals. It is largely about two bottles of Apple and Pomegranite Appletiser and lax morals. And some comics, which are mentioned below. Read On…

Podcast 25 – Time Travel

ConSequential Podcast Epsiode 25 - Time Travel This week we tackle one of the philosophical and scientific big questions – should you date a man who willingly drinks Drambuie? Also we talk about time travel comics! But mostly that first thing. Read On…

Podcast 24: So. Many. Questions.

Podcast 24 - So Many Questions

This week we field sensible and well-thought-out questions sent in by listeners! Learn what we think about Beyonce M.O.D.O.K., which comic book characters we relate to, how an apple-flavoured lightly-sparkling apple juice drink ruined a young man’s life, and what was in a different, horrible drink. Join us and learn! Read On…

Podcast Episode 23 – Spies

Podcast 22 – Englishness, National Character and S.J. Harris

ConSequential Podcast Episode 22 - Englishness With S.J. Harris

Who better to talk about national character in comics with than S.J. Harris, author of the extremely English Eustace, one of our favourite books of last year? And where better to record that than Rules, ludicrous cocktail bar and oldest restaurant in London? No one and nowhere, that’s who/what.

There’s a fair bit of noise in this one – it was recorded in a bar, there was another bar outside, a hen party within, a perpetually-circling police helicopter overhead (Roger recently threatened the king of Spain in an elaborate and unsavoury fashion), and to be brutally honest we were just eating bar snacks the whole time with no regard for decorum or your delicate ears. We can only apologise. Read On…

Podcast Episode 21 – Music

ConSequential Podcast 21 - Music With The Wicked and the Divine out, we look at some other comics that touch on music, or have music at their core, as well as ranting about publishing and hearing about the time Dave nearly had a breakdown in a supermarket when Avril Lavigne came on the radio.

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This One Summer – Jillian & Mariko Tamaki

Did you ever have a place you always went to on family holidays? Passing landmarks and well-worn jokes in an over-hot car on the way, running down to a beach, making a campfire like you always did, seeing those friends you somehow never wrote to in the autumn?

No, nor did I. Or at least, never quite. But it’s a powerful image. That familiar childhood holiday; lazy, comfortable little memories repeating in rose-tint, until this one summer.

This One Summer - gummy

I love that cadence. The tone of the title hits it spot on, and it’s carried through on the voice of the book – This One Summer, when…

When what, exactly? The lazy version would be “when childhood ended”, and plenty of coming-of-age reminiscence tales give us that. But This One Summer ducks the temptation, playing out instead the little heartaches and explorations of its childhood scenes against a more conventional drama. The big stuff, the sex and death stuff, happens around the protagonists, and we see it largely as they do, like some half-expected storm over the beach.

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Three reasons we’re going to Thought Bubble

Thought Bubble ticketMy tickets for Thought Bubble arrived today. It’s five months away, but I’m already childishly excited. Heck, I booked tickets as soon as I saw they’d been released.

Why?

The short answer: because it kicks enough arse to win a mid-to-heavyweight, quantitatively-measured arse kicking contest. Really: a lot of arse is getting kicked here. Non-trivial amounts.

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