Friday, June 16, 2017

#254 - The Skittles of Lightsabers



We had a great night recording live at Coffee Buddha. We want to thank Mike and the CB staff for hosting us.

HOSTS: Dan, Scott

COMICS: Batman #24, Darth Vader #1, Spencer & Locke #1, Kaijumax Vol. 2




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

#253 - Comic Book Podcasting Panel at 3 Rivers Comicon!


Dan, Scott, and Shawn joined Ian, Paul, and Matt from the McSoss Podcast and Will from the Panel Riot Podcast last week at 3 Rivers Comicon. We had a great time getting to know each other, talking about our humble beginnings, and discussing the ups & downs of podcasting.





Thursday, May 25, 2017

#252 - Comic Mixer at Coffee Buddha


Dan and Jared were invited to Coffee Buddha for their after hours Comic Mixer with local comics creators Jeremy Baum and Nils Balls. We talked with Jeremy and Nils about their past and current projects and had a brief conversation about some recent comics.





Friday, May 19, 2017

Past, Present, and Future with...Byron Winton

Byron Winton, a Pittsburgh PA native, is a freelance fantasy and horror illustrator who has worked in the comic book, pop culture, and horror convention industries for many years. His amazingly detail rich paintings showcase creativity and precision. Byron paints popular culture imagery from memorable movies like Star Wars, Resident Evil, and Beetlejuice to name a few. He also conceives and executes mind-blowing original concepts of his own. He has worked for LUCASFILM, TOPPS, CALIBER COMICS, MOONSTONE BOOKS, the industrial bands REIN[FORCED] and TRAGIC IMPULSE, and several self-published authors.

You can see Byron's work at byronwinton.com and on the social media sites @byronwinton3



Past, Present, and Future with...Byron Winton


What got you into comics?

The art got me into comics. I had been drawing for a bit. Actually, I was a seasoned professional at 5 or 6 with my crayon masterpieces. The local grocery store had a comics and magazine display… I remember getting an issue of Action Comics with Superman on the cover. Don’t remember the number or much more of the specifics just the event. I think I got my ass beat for stealing it.


What are you working on these days?

These days I’m mostly working on a lot of film/television portrait drawing commissions. My Patreon page has been very active with me keeping my subscribers fulfilled. Last month I ran another Kickstarter that took a bunch of those drawings and made into my 3rd set of trading cards. I’m now working on getting all of the printed material together and in the mail. I run quick turn arounds with my Kickstarter. Since I do art full-time, I’m always keeping busy with projects… 95% of them for clients. I’ve been trying to wiggle in some of my own, but it’s been tough. My clients beat my ass for not being punctual.


Do you have a dream project?

I‘d love to see an art book of my paintings. Not a sketch book nor a self-published one either. That’s a dream project that’s so far far far down the road though. I really need to work extra hard on my productivity. At the end of every month, you guessed it, my ass is beat.


What one piece of creative advice would you give?

Don’t get your ass beat! Serious though… my creative advice... be persistent and consistent. Also, learn to love the struggle.


Thanks Byron!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

#251 - Nuke It From Orbit


HOSTS: Dan, Scott

NEWS/TALK: As of episode 250, Comic Book Pitt is part of the Sorgatron Media network. Scott went to Star Wars Celebration and lived to tell the tale!

COMICS: Batman #21-22, Flash #21-22, Nick Fury #1, Night Owl Society #1, Secret Empire, Street Angel After School Kung Fu Special, Walking Dead #167 (SPOILERS)

UPCOMING EVENTS: 3 Rivers Comicon (May 20-21), Kennywood Comicon (June 18)






Sunday, May 7, 2017

#250 - Free Comic Book Day 2017!


HOSTS: Dan, Scott

NEWS/TALK: We visited Pittsburgh Comics, Phantom of the Attic-Monroeville, Infinity Comics, and our final stop was New Dimension Comics' Century III Mall location where we talked about this year's free comics.

COMICS: Briggs Land/James Cameron's Avatar, I Hate Image, Rick & Morty, Star Trek TNG:
Mirror Broken, Secret Empire, Wonder Woman, 2000 AD, All New Guardians Of The Galaxy,
Attack On Titan, Fresh Off The Boat, Buffy: The High School Years, World's Greatest
Cartoonists, Grimm Fairy Tales, Kid Savage, Lady Mechanika, The Tick, TMNT: Prelude To
Dimension X, Spill Night, Time Shifters

UPCOMING EVENTS: Three Rivers Comicon (May 20-21), Kennywood Comicon (June 18)






Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Past, Present, and Future with...Rachel Masilamani

A cartoonist and librarian here in Pittsburgh, PA, Rachel has been creating comics since 1997. Her first collection, RPM Comics, received a grant from the Xeric Foundation and was named “Best Comic Book” by the Baltimore City Paper.  Her work has also appeared in Meathaus, Street Runoff, Graphics Classics, The Indiana Review and other anthologies.

(Photo credit Jen Greenwald/Comic Book Pitt)
Past, Present, and Future with...Rachel Masilamani


What got you into comics?

"Reading Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud.  Up until then, I read comics, but it didn't occur to me that I could make them myself.  It helped me understand how they are constructed."


What are you working on these days?

"I am working on balancing a day job, a toddler. art, and sleep!  I am also continuing to work on "Nonpartum", my series about contemporary pregnancy, birth and parenting at Mutha Magazine.  I completed an additional chapter earlier this year, and I've been making comics about America after the 2016 election."


Do you have a dream project?

"Yes!  I have been thinking about a big project for almost 20 years now.  I think of stories as very complicated puzzles that I need to solve before I start making them visible.  This one is still too difficult for me to construct, but I am getting there. For me, the work is 75% mental preparation."


What one piece of creative advice would you give?

"Try not to think about what other people will think."


Thanks Rachel!