Thursday, September 28, 2017

Past, Present, and Future with...Joe Wos!

Joe Wos has been a professional cartoonist since the age of 14. His career path over the past 30 years has taken as many twists and turns as one of his mazes, as he finds new and innovative ways to pursue his passion for the cartoon arts.

Some highlights include spending 25 years touring nationwide as a performer, illustrating stories live as he told them; founding and running a cartoon art museum in Pittsburgh; illustrating symphony performances live with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and exhibiting his art in museums worldwide. With MazeToons — a unique hybrid illustration that is part cartoon and part puzzle — Joe has fulfilled a lifelong dream to appear in the funny pages.

Joe has been drawing mazes since the age of 7 and is regarded as a master maze maker. In 2012, he created the world’s largest hand-drawn maze. Measuring at 140 square feet, it features more than 100 illustrations. The maze garnered international attention with articles in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and media coverage throughout Europe. One of his mural-sized mazes is on permanent display at StarKist’s international headquarters.

You can reach Joe at joe@wosisme.com or see his work at Wos Is Me.




Past, Present, and Future with...Joe Wos!

What got you into comics? Was it a specific issue, a certain person, a tv show, etc?

"Charles M. Schulz. I loved his work. Snoopy was probably the first thing I can remember drawing as a kid. As fate would have it I have been the visiting resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA for the past 15 years, an honor I have held since they opened! I visit for a week every summer and over Thanksgiving to teach workshops and do live demos."


What are you working on these days? 

"MazeToons. MazeToons is distributed worldwide by Creators Syndicate. It is the fulfillment of my life long dream to be a syndicated cartoonist. It's a lot of work 365 mazes a year. That's not counting the mazes I've done for my new books. I have two new books coming out from Barron's Books; A-Maze-Ing Animals: 50 Mazes for Kids, and Myths and Monster: 50 Mazes for Kids"


Do you have a dream project? 

"I'd love to do a book of mazes inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll. Few people know that besides being a remarkable writer he was a maze and puzzle maker."


What one piece of creative advice would you give? 

"Practice being lucky. Because you never know when an opportunity is going to come along and you have to be ready to take advantage of it when it does. "


Thanks Joe!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

#258 - The Shawn-Shank Redemption


HOSTS: Dan, Scott, Shawn

NEWS/TALK: Fall comicons

COMICS: The Realm #1, Mage: The Hero Denied #1 & 2, 365 Samurai and a Few Bowls of Rice, Mech Cadet Yu #2, Batman: The War of Jokes and Riddles, Lone Wolf and Cub Vol 7 & 8, Slam!: The Next Jam #1

WHERE TO FIND US:

Comic Book Pitt is part of the SORGATRON MEDIA NETWORK

EMAIL: comicbookpitt@gmail.com
CALL: 412-450-0227

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/comicbookpitt
TWITTER: @comicbookpitt
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Friday, September 15, 2017

#257 - You're So Wizard...



HOSTS: Dan, Scott

NEWS/TALK: Force Friday, Jason Aaron ends his run on Star Wars

COMICS: Star Wars Adventures #1, Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic - Mace Windu #1, Hero Squared Omnibus, Venomverse #1, Stray Vol. 1

WHERE TO FIND US:

Comic Book Pitt is part of the SORGATRON MEDIA NETWORK
EMAIL: comicbookpitt@gmail.com
CALL: 412-450-0227
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
INSTAGRAM






Friday, September 8, 2017

#256 - Because...Diversity?


HOSTS: Dan, Scott

NEWS/TALK: belated Wonder Woman movie talk, Marvel's questionable creative decisions, some Defenders talk

COMICS: War Mother #1, Star Wars #35, Hi-Fi Fight Club #1, The Walking Dead #171






Friday, September 1, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Past, Present, and Future with...Juan José Fernández!

Juan José Fernández is a visual artist and comics community organizer, most recently named as one of “Pittsburgh’s Creative Forces: 12 People to Meet in 2017” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and one of seven 2016 Fuerza awardees by Café Con Leche for providing Pittsburgh Latinx leadership. A native of Venezuela, he resides in Pittsburgh where he co-organizes the annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair, writes and provides educational outreach for the Comics Workbook Workshop Residency in Swissvale, and leads the Pittsburgh Comics Salon. Juan studied at Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy and Comics Making at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

You can reach him at fernandez.juan.j@gmail.com or see his work at http://juan-fernandez.tumblr.com/.

Photo Credit: Njamie Njie


Past, Present, and Future with...Juan José Fernández!
What got you into comics? Was it a specific issue, a certain person, a tv show, etc?

"Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in my high school library collection lit a fire in my heart for the form but it was finding the comics of Rachel Masilamani at Bill Boichel’s Copacetic Comics in Pittsburgh that got me to put pen to paper."


What are you working on these days? 

"I spin a lot of plates. I co-organize the Pittsburgh zine fair with Christina Lee, Raiona Gaydos and Maggie Negrete - foster a local space for incubating pittsburgh’s comics thinking through making called the Pittsburgh Comics Salon - I’m working on the 5th issue of Dog City, an anthology that I co-edit with. And a special project called “Field Station” that is in the stages of forming. I like to work on a lot of things at once, but above all with others. I remind myself often that in all of this, despite what people want to tell you in life, there is no finish line."


Do you have a dream project? 

"A daily strip that was my main source of income. It’s a pipe dream."


What one piece of creative advice would you give? 

"Be like water."


Thanks Juan!

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!

Friday, April 7, 2017

#249 - Rant Night!


HOSTS: Dan, Jared, Scott

NEWS/TALK: PIX (Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo) this weekend, new movie trailers (Justice League, Spider-Man: Homecoming), and TV shows (Marvel's Iron Fist, The Flash, and The Walking Dead [SEASON FINALE SPOILERS])

COMICS: Iron Fist #1, Booster Gold/The Flintstones Special #1, XO Manowar #1, and more









Monday, April 3, 2017

Past, Present, and Future with...Brad Guigar

This week's Past, Present, and Future is with Brad Guigar. A webcomics pioneer, Brad has been doing a daily comic strip since February 2000. Tens of thousands read Evil Inc every day on the Web and in newspapers. He has published over a dozen printed collections of his work, and he has been nominated for an Eisner award — the top honor in the comics industry.

(Photo credit: Bob Laramie / RJLphoto.com)

Past, Present, and Future with...Brad Guigar


What got you into comics?

"My newspaper comics section. When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the ability to create a funny story in three or four panels. I remember pouring over strips like Beetle Bailey, Broom Hilda, Animal Crackers and Drabble. When I got a little older, Berke Breathed’s Bloom County bowled me over. In college, I had a subscription to the Detroit Free Press solely for the purpose of reading that strip.

My first comic strip, Greystone Inn, was heavily influenced by Breathed’s work — and I think it shows. I wanted so badly to capture that spirit."


What are you working on these days?

"HA! Talk about a 180-degree turn! These days, my most successful project is Evil Inc After Dark — a NSFW comic that takes place in the same universe as Evil Inc (which started as a newspaper-strip spin-off from Greystone, but developed into a series of graphic novels). That’s available exclusively to my Patreon backers at Patreon.com/guigar — and I’m Kickstarting the first print collection of NSFW work this month

I also do a website devoted to helping other independent cartoonists — Webcomics.com — and the original Evil Inc comic."


Do you have a dream project?

"Yeah. Making my living exclusively through my work in comics. I’ve been living that dream since 2012. As with most Dream Projects, it has its share of nightmare moments, but overall, my twelve-year-old self would be flabbergasted over what the future had in store."


What one piece of creative advice would you give? 

"It’s impossible to get worse at something you do every day.

I like that because it’s one part encouragement and one part kick-in-the-ass.

It’s encouraging because it’s a reminder that getting better at anything is all about building skills. “Talent” will only get you so far — if it truly exists at all. Real success comes from a slow process of improvement. That’s encouraging. It’s a reminder that you’re not always going to be this bad. If you practice and apply yourself you will get better.

It’s a kick-in-the-ass because it’s a reminder that you have to put the time in — every day — to get better. There’s no magic hashtag, weird SEO trick or social-media shortcut that will do it for you. You’ve got to do it every day, year after year after year, before you start to get really good at something. And that’s a real kick-in-the-ass because getting good at something happens so slowly as to be almost imperceptive."


Thanks Brad!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Past, Present, and Future with...Tim Aymar

Welcome to a new feature on Comic Book Pitt, "Past, Present, and Future with...". Every week we'll spotlight a different comic book creator, ask a few questions, and maybe get to know them and their process a little better. First up is Tim Aymar, writer/artist of his self-published book, ALIEN SCIENCE...



Past, Present, and Future with...Tim Aymar


What got you into comics? 

"A lot of things got me into comics, but I would say my earliest memories were the Adam West Batman show and the old Marvel cartoons from the 60s. They led me to seeking out the actual books. And then Star Wars led me to Al Williamson and his gorgeous science fiction art. From there, I learned there were insanely talented creators doing a lot of work for little money. There had to be some kind of pride in the comic book arts."


What are you working on these days? 

"I am currently working on a second issue of my comic, Alien Science (takes me a long time to do a book) as well as a series of comic art prints for a show I hope to have soon."


Do you have a dream project? 

"My dream project would be to actually start up my own comic book company, perhaps a Pittsburgh-centric publishing venue. I had a lot of respect for the underground comics creators and the eighties direct sale comic publishers like Eclipse, Pacific, and Dark Horse."


What one piece of creative advice would you give? 

"If I had any creative advice, it's that artists learn all the formal rules of design and composition, and storytelling, and then not be afraid to break those rules when the ideas come fast and furious. Comics are an art form as valid as painting and photography."

Thanks Tim!

Friday, March 24, 2017

#248 - Feel The Bern


HOSTS: Dan, Scott, Shawn

NEWS/TALK: Death of Bernie Wrightson, Emerald Comics Distribution, Samurai Jack is back!

COMICS: Copperhead #11, Jack Kirby Pencils and Inks Artisan Edition, Rat Queens Vol 2 #1, Rocketeer At War #1, Star Wars #29, Wonder Woman Earth 1 Vol. 1

UPCOMING EVENTS: PIX (April 9), 3 Rivers Comicon (May 20-21), Kennywood Comicon (June 18)





Friday, March 17, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

#246 - 3 Rivers Comicon Preview!


Dan sits down with Jon Engel of New Dimension Comics to talk about the upcoming 3 Rivers Comicon! You can look forward to great guests, a cosplay contest, and more! 

YOU can be part of the 3RC Team. Volunteer opportunities are available!

Don't wait to buy tickets at the door! Get them early, avoid lines, and enjoy the VIP treatment!

Make sure to save the date! May 20-21, 2017


Friday, March 3, 2017

#245 - Big Cereal!


HOSTS: Dan, Jared, Scott

NEWS/TALK: DC Comics and cereal, Karen Berger goes to Dark Horse, comic book TV talk

COMICS: The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed #1, Astro City #41, Spider-Man/Deadpool #14, Justice League of America (Rebirth) #1, Outcast #25



Saturday, February 25, 2017

#244 - Twenty Formula


HOSTS: Dan, Jared

NEWS/TALK: Comic book lectures, comic book TV, news from DC movies

COMICS: Hellboy Winter Special, Invincible #133, Supergirl, Skybourne #3


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

#240 - The Brain Trust


HOSTS: Dan, Jared, Scott, Shawn

NEWS/TALK: Powerless TV show, Rob Liefeld movies, DC Comics price increase, mixed feelings about Marvel Comics, Rogue One

COMICS: Hulk #1, Cougar and Cub #1, God Country #1, Reborn #3, Gwenpool, Southern Bastards #16