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Sequential Underground #80 – Stripped Down

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Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

Show Notes:
Shawn recently assisted cartoonist Rick Stromoski, creator of Soup to Nutz, at the Steel City Con and that got him thinking about comic strips. See, Shawn’s comics foundation is in creating comic books. Here’s some of his early Gello Apocalypse work:

But Nick’s foundation is in comic strips. Most of his early comics were three, four, or six panel gags. Here’s one of the comic strips he did for his college newspaper:

In this episode, we share our experiences with comic strips. We discuss the differences in writing, drawing, pacing, and distributing comic strips vs. comic books (or whatever you wanna call comics made up of pages!).

Shawn and Nick have even collaborated on comics strips in the past. Shawn wrote and Nick arted a seven-part series of Super Haters comic strips in 2011:

We’d love to hear your experiences creating comic strips, so make sure to comment with your thoughts on the comic strip creation process and we’ll read your comments on the next episode.

And finally, after the end theme… more Culinary Underground!

At the time of this recording, the Love & Monsters Kickstarter campaign (featuring comics by Shawn and music by Nick) hadn’t been funded. But in the past 24 hours, thanks to the generosity and support of our listeners and friends, the project has reach it’s funding goal. THANKS!

Sequential Underground #79 – Swiping

Sequential Underground

Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

Show Notes:
Our topic for this episode comes from a listener named Tomo, who’s asked us to discuss swiping in comics.

Tomo made a wild web chart to convey his sprawling thoughts about swiping.

Tomo’s definition of swiping is pretty broad, going so far as to include retold stories like Romeo and Juliet. So we begin our discussion by trying to nail down our personal definitions of swiping.

What’s the difference between plagiarism, swiping, imitation, homage, and parody? Are there clear distinctions between these concepts or are they basically the same thing?

And how does swiping work itself into the pages of indie cartoonists vs. mainstream comic book artists?

Ninja Turtles vs. Black Belt Hamsters: is this swiping, homage, or parody?

After the end theme, we turn into Culinary Underground and share some more sandwich recipes.

This podcast is brought to you by Kitty & Batz: Hypnotic Homicide.

Artists Kristi “Batz” Zerga and Dianna “Kitty” Spain are collecting the first three crazy issues of their Kitty & Batz comic book series into one twisted, brightly colored graphic novel called Hypnotic Homicide. It’s currently on Kickstarter and they’e got some amazing rewards including t-shirts, prints, posters, variant covers by legendary artists, and more. Check it out!

Sequential Underground #78 – Motivations

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Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino

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“ALIEN #1: Mayday” by Huslik and Love & Monsters on Kickstarter

Show Notes:
We kick off the episode with some listener feedback from Huslik. After listening to Sequential Underground he decided to research zine shows in Germany, which led him to last month’s Zinefest Berlin 2013! Huslik shares a short report about his awesome Zinefest experience.

Then we talk about Love & Monsters, a comics and music anthology including work by Shawn and Nick (under his musical pseudonym, Nik Furious). It’s a visual and sonic collaboration featuring crazy creature romance. The project needs your support so please check out our Kickstarter page and become a backer!

After that, we dive into this episode’s topic which comes from Huslik. He asks: What are your motivations to write and draw, and how important do your characters become in the process?

Shawn talks about how he loves his characters but really enjoys torturing them too, as seen in this scene starring Kat from Gello Apocalypse

Nick reflects on his recently-completed script for [working title “The Bible 2”] and how he loved torturing the story’s characters but doesn’t necessarily find that he loves them. We also dig deep and explore our motivations to make comics and tell stories rather than creating art in different mediums.

We wanna know why YOU create comics — tell us your motivations in the comments or in an email. Plus, we share more sandwich recipes!

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Sequential Underground’s hosts are on Kickstarter with “Love & Monsters”

Love & Monsters is a comics and music anthology that’s currently crowdfunding on the ol’ Kickpooper. It features art by the hosts of the Sequential Underground podcast, Shawn Atkins and yours truly (under my musical pseudonym, Nik Furious… ya know, the musician who makes all of the AudioShocker podcast themes).

So what’s it about? Four cartoonists and three musicians riffing on the same two themes: love and monsters (yeaaaahh… I guess that’s kinda obvious, huh?).

This collection features work by some past AudioShocker guests including Virginia Shields, Jared Catherine, and the project’s organizer, Cynthia Lee.

With that said, I’m probably not the best person to give you all of the details. Cynthia’s put together a comprehensive description on the campaign’s main page.

But if ya got questions, feel free to leave ’em in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer ’em! (Sample question: “Do you prefer ultra soft toilet paper, the generic kind that runs out in two days, or the sandpaper style that sits on the roll for months?” Answer: “This is about my Kickstarter campaign. Stop being a jerk.”)

Throughout this blog post, you’ve been looking at some gorgeous Shawn Atkins art. I’ve already completed one of the songs for his project. It’s called Wet-On-Wet and a small part of it just happens to be the theme for the new Animatic Attack podcast. You can listen to the full song here:

But if ya wanna own it, then ya gotta pony up the big bucks (at least $10, to be exact) and back Love & Monsters!

Sequential Underground #77 – Biker Mice From Mars

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Matthew Burke/Terry and Chris Ness of Sloth Dojo join Shawn Atkins and Nick Marino to talk about their Kickstarter-y revival of Biker Mice From Mars.

Biker Mice From Mars was an early 90s animated series than rode the Ninja Turtles wave of popularity. These rookie indie comics creators have procured the blessing (and a license of sorts) from Rick Ungar, the creator of the property.

BUT THESE AIN’T YOUR DADDY’S BIKER MICE FROM MARS! (Though chances are your dad’s never even heard of the Biker Mice From Mars…)

Opting to leave their mark on this nostalgic licensed property instead of their own original characters, Matthew and Chris bring a lot of passion to this comic book about giant mutant cyborg alien mice with big guns.

Chris and Matthew regal us with stories of Rick Ungar’s luxurious yacht, their previous foray into self-publishing (a secret anti-hero story!), and their extreme love of extraterrestrial rodents.

SPECIAL OFFER! If you back the Biker Mice From Mars campaign after you hear this episode, let Matt and Chris know that Sequential Underground sent ya! Chris will include three exclusive trading cards with any pledges of $5 or more.

After the end theme, we each share a personal sandwich recipe to help you get your chomp on for a belated National Sandwich Day celebration.

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