Welcome to another amazing episode of Flipside Focus the ONLY podcast dedicated to Indie Comics!
Join your host from Oz, Dodgy and he is joined by Al Mega and The Random Dude. Listen to all the epic news and info from the world of indie!
Dodgy talked about the Zine Fair he attended at Kings Comics on Saturday 6th of August & the phenomenon which is called Buy Indie Comics Day.
A lot of money was spent (only on indie comics of course), it was definitely worth it. Save the date folks, #BICD next year will be bigger & better!
Josh talks the Undercover Capes newsletter and giveaway!
Al covers the indie properties that have been optioned to be on either small screen or big screen, ther tons of comic book movies/tv shows to come from a variety of publishers/creators.
Dodgy's pick is Avatarex # 1 by creator/writer Grant Morrison. Published by Graphic India, this is a new Space Opera with a genius at the helm with gorgeous art by Edison George & color by S. Sundarakannan. You don't want to miss this!
Josh talked highly of Raygun from Alterna Comics: Written by Gregory Schoen, Art by Alonso Molina, Pencils: Alonso Molina, Inks: Paulo Rivas
Synopsis: Matthew Baker has a lot of problems. A new school, bullies, and dealing with a father he barely knows; it's a lot to deal with for any ten-year-old. But when he stumbles upon Nikola Tesla’s Death Ray, will it lead to his salvation or his destruction?
Dodgy's pick is Cerebus the aardvark by Dave Sims, the longest running self-published indie comic (1977 to 2004).
Below are the Dave Sims interviews mentioned in the episode.
What on Earth with Bruce Steel (1994): https://youtu.be/kOPqv9wigl8
Cerebus Short with Dave Sim and Gerhard (2007): https://youtu.be/0TyskmMDpbY
Al Mega's Indie OG is X-O Manowar, he discussed both the 90's and current version Valiant's flagship hero who was co-created by writer and former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter, artist Bob Layton, and Jon Hartz. X-O Manowar began as an original character by Valiant Comics with issue #1 with a cover date of February 1992. Less than a year after it began, with the Unity crossover and quality storytelling bringing attention to Valiant books, back issue prices rose dramatically due to limited early print runs. With comic book speculators buying multiple copies of each issue, sales reached as high as 800,000 copies for X-O Manowar #0 (August 1993) before dropping off. This original series ran for 68 issues before being canceled after the Sept. 1996 issue, of which only approximately 14,000 were printed.
Issues #1–4 of the original X-O Manowar series were reprinted in a trade paperback, X-O Manowar: Retribution, which sold over 150,000 copies. Issues #7 and #8 were reprinted as part of the Unity Saga trade paperbacks.
Valiant Entertainment began its relaunch of the Valiant Universe with May 2012's X-O Manowar. This new ongoing series is being written by Robert Venditti with pencils by Cary Nord and is reaching it's end with issue #50.
Josh had a great choice with a OG Dell character named Turok.
Turok is a fictional American comic book character that first appeared in books published by Western Publishing through licensee Dell Comics. He first appeared in Four Color Comics #596 (October/November 1954). After a second Four Color appearance (#656 October 1955), the character graduated to his own title – Turok, Son of Stone (#3 March-May 1956) — published by both Dell and then Gold Key Comicsfrom 1956 to 1982. Subsequently, he appeared in titles published by Valiant Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite Comics.
The character also inspired a popular video game series, starting with Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, published by Acclaim Entertainment in 1997. Several sequels would be released in the following years for various gaming consoles.
Dodgy' pick was Past the Last Mountain, by Paul Allor (TMNT, G.I Joe & other licenced work) and aussie upstart Louie Joyce who attended the Zine Fair at Kings Comics.
Past the Last Mountain is a fantasy book, the story consists of a Faun, Dragon & Troll-Boy who have escaped prison looking for freedom. To view the full issue go to:
www.louiejoyce.com/pastthelastmountain.html & www.paulallor.com/ptlm/
Al picked Black Created by (W) Kwanza Osajyefo (A) Jamal Igle (CA) Khary Randolph, Ashley A. Woods, after a hugely successful kickstarter that almost garnered 100k in corwdfuding Black Mask Studioes has picked it up and it will be relased as a 6 issue mini series.
Synopsis: IT’S HERE! The comic that blazed through Kickstarter during Black History Month 2016. In a world that already hates and fears them – what if only Black people had superpowers. After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.
Josh picked a hilarious title called The Streaker by Chad Colpitts Something naked this way comes... The Streaker is forced to join a nudist colony to hide the fact that clothing burns off his skin.