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Mike returns from his recent trip to the Angouleme Comics Festival in France, and gives Alex a lengthy run-down of all the goings-ons. As is his custom, Mike takes a “vacation from vegetarianism” when traveling abroad, though unfortunately for the animals, it’s possible that this most recent journey could have been a game-changer. Also, Mike has to come to terms with the fact that he really enjoys visiting foreign countries, but learning a second language is quite simply beyond him at this advanced stage in life. Struggling with the language barrier has simply an unavoidable fact of life.

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This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by Mike Schwartz! Submit your own illustration of Inky to inkpanthers@gmail.com

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Bonus!! Some vacation photos from Angouleme!



Traveling companions, Josh Cotter and Brendan Leach



Drew Weing and Eleanor Davis



Brendan and Mike’s beds


Socializing at the bars



Josh and his wife, Momoko, standing near part of the French Chateau



An early morning start, to get to the festival, feat. Nick Bertozzi



Eddie Campbell



Jack & Max doodle, drawn at the festival



La Pagode movie theater, on a freezing cold day

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Mike is back from APE, the Alternative Press Expo, and has all the updates you’d expect. What was it like renting someone else’s apartment for the weekend? Was he able to sleep there alone? Then, Alex has some complaining to do about Public Displays of Affection (PDA), and Mike talks about the most extreme example he can remember seeing. THEN, The Desert Panther, Tony Consiglio creeps into The Lair to tell us a story about how he bought a new mattress. That sounds boring, yes. But trust us, this is a good one.

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This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by David King! Submit your own illustration of Inky to inkpanthers@gmail.com

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Mike returns from his tour of Scotland to fill Alex in on all the news. First up: what is the ruling on regaling friends on all of the pleasant things that happened on a perfectly nice vacation? Yea or Nay? Also: Mike saw the movie CARS, and is outraged. Speaking of outrage, Alex is feeling it himself at New York 1’s lousy coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and seriously considers heading downtown himself to throw some support to those kids in their Phish t-shirts with their hacky-sacks and Idealism.

One note: anyone in the San Francisco area this weekend should come see Mike at the Alternative Press Expo and get themselves a signed copy of Troop 142. Mike will also be appearing on a live recording of rival comics podcast, The Comix Claptrap. Come say hello, won’t you?

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This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by Matt Emery! Submit your own illustration of Inky to inkpanthers@gmail.com

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No real episode this week, as the Panthers are just back from the Small Press Expo, and Mike is scrambling to get ready to leave again, this time for Sunny Scotland. But, because we didn’t want to post absolutely nothing, here’s a mini SPX recap, and a couple other things. T.I.P.S! will be back sometime during the week of September 27th, and don’t forget if you’re in The Bay Area, you can come see Mike at the Alternative Press Expo on October 1st and 2nd, and get him to sign your copy of Troop 142.

Talk to you soon!

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Mike and Alex crawled into The Panther’s Lair late Sunday evening, shortly after Hurricane Irene made her slow interminable crawl across New York City, and after two or three days of anxiety ridden anticipation, the Panthers were tired! But, ever reliable, they do their best to rally and get it up for a good show. And there’s lots to discuss: Natural Disasters, The Small Press Expo, Book Release Parties and Spotlight Panels. Mike and Alex reveal that they will be presenting one of the awards at the Prestigious Ignatz Gala at SPX, and brainstorm some ideas for comedic content.

Then! Just as the Panthers start to fall asleep, they welcome Gaz “Gary” Gretsky back into The Lair to settle some business. Astute listeners may recall last episode, where Mike confessed that he’d promised to ink a comic for his friend Gary, and had never followed through on that. Gary gets the opportunity to discuss the matter from his point of view. Plus: what is the worst Beatles song of all time, (Answer: Octopus’s Garden) and would you ever eat a bug? And not some halfway palatable bug, like a grasshopper, but some really nasty thing like a house “Eyebrow”.

Then things devolve into an argument about Novelty song, but the Panthers should be excused. We had two natural disasters in New York City last week!

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This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by Noah Van Sciver! Submit your own illustration of Inky to inkpanthers@gmail.com

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Alex and Mike creep into The Lair to discuss a number of things. There’s a whole lot of comics talk up at the front of the show: SPX, The Ignatzes, Alex’s spotlight panel, and Mike’s upcoming Book Release Party. But, once all that’s finally out of the way, the Panthers talk about more regular everyday life-type things, such as strip clubs and pole dancing, and the likelihood that civilization will eventually collapse not through weapons built by man, but by microscopic germs that will give us all Super-Colds, and we’ll just sneeze and look clammy until we all eventually die.

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Illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by Tim Hamilton. Submit your own illustration of Inky to inkpanthers@gmail.com

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Troop 142 by Mike Dawson, published by Secret Acres
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Reminder: The Troop 142 book release party is going to be held on Friday, September 2nd at Bergen Street Comics in Park Slope, from 8-11PM. The event is open to the public, so please come on out. There’ll be drinks and good times.

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Daniel Spottswood, John Kerschbaum, and Mike Lapinski joined us in the Mobile Panther Lair as we recorded a live episode of the podcast. Seeing’s as we were recording at the MoCCA Arts Festival, we made a conscious attempt to keep things comics-focused. Topics include: Conventions. What is the Point of Them?; Biggest Professional Regrets; Best Convention Celebrity Encounters; and more! Thanks again to Daniel, John, and Mike for joining us, and thanks to everyone who came out to see the show.

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Coming up: Sunday, April 10th, 3:30PM, at the MoCCA Arts Festival, we’ll be recording a Live Ink Panthers Show. Special guests include John Kerschbaum, Daniel Spottswood, and Danielle Corsetto. Planned topics include What Is the Point of Conventions, and What Are Your Biggest Professional Regrets. Lots of laffs, guaranteed!!

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I know every week we promise a jam-packed show, but this week we really have got a show literally packed with jam. First, some follow-up on last week’s discussion with standup comedian Adam Conover, including the audio of him performing Mike’s soon-to-be-classic “The Thing’s Thing” joke. Then, like a bird-of-prey, Owly cartoonist Andy Runton, swoops back into The Panther’s Lair to talk craft and what’s meaningful to him as a creator. After that, Alex has some news about sandwiches, and Mike asks the tough-questions when it comes to picking out the perfect song to sing at a Karaoke outing. What song could he possibly choose that would make it tough to look him in the eye the next day? Find out here.

And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s the announcement of a new Live Ink Panthers Show, scheduled to take place at the MoCCA Arts Festival on April 10th. So, tune in to hear some early details about that.

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Alex is in Canada, but that hasn’t stopped us from recording a special Thanksgiving episode. We speak knowledgeably on the following topics: Niagara Falls, Superman II, Wax Museums, Rush, The London Blitz, Daft Punk, and more! Comments welcome!

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And, a reminder, Mike will be be reading pages from his upcoming book, Troop 142, at KGB Bar, this coming Sunday night, the 28th, at 7PM, along with Kate Beaton and Lisa Hanawalt. Come check it out!

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