Mike and Alex address some of the calls that have come in on The Fanther Hotline. Advice for cartoonists looking to break into alternative comics, thoughts on 9/11 Trutherism and Iron Man 3, and ideas for the next Book Club selection (which is announced in this very episode!!!*)
A radical change of pace this week: Mike and Alex spend the hour discussing the projects they’re currently working on and the differences and changes in their approach to writing. Yes, we answer questions like “What kind of ink do we use?”, and “How are comics edited?”, and “Where do ideas come from?”. Alex tells us about his new book, which is kinda, sorta, about people in their late 30’s/early 40’s, and Mike explains all about what he’s working on, which is sorta, kinda about some people, y’know? And, like, things that they do, and stuff. After this chat, you won’t be able to wait for the books to drop!
This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by, Peter Bonavita Thanks, Peter!
Lot’s of important business in this episode, including a very special announcement about the future of the Title Cards Illustrations project. First, there’s a correction about last week’s episode, and then a brief update on Mike’s time at the Small Press Expo. Yes, he threw up on one of the nights, but was it the cool-I-partied-so-hard kind of throwing up, or is it perhaps a signal that something’s physically wrong with Mike’s digestive system? Maybe in a future episode there’ll be a hilarious recounting of Mike’s trip to a gastroenterologist! Also: to help balance out last week’s ALL-NFL-HOUR, this week is SHOWTUNES IN REVUE!
This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by, Sabin Calvert! Thanks, Sabin!
It’s a special episode this week, as Mike finds himself on the PRO T.I.P.S. couch, talking to Alex about his new graphic novel, Troop 142. After Mike overcomes some initial un-comfortableness about answering questions, the Panthers settle into a rhythm, and have a pretty good chat about the origins of the book, Boy Scouts, drug use, autobiography, and male friendship. And remember, Troop 142 ships to finer comic stores everywhere on Wednesday, so keep an eye out for it, won’t you?
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.
Illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by Tim Hamilton. Submit your own illustration of Inky to email@example.com
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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.
Cartoonist, Publisher, and Rapture Ready Radio correspondent, Box Brown creeps into The Lair this week to explain about the upcoming apocalypse and the New World Order/One World Government. Get ready to take notes – we’ve got plenty of Survival tips, such as, keep a hammer in your apartment, in case a dystopian Mad-max future suddenly arrives, and you need to fight your neighbor for a can of beans.
OK! This is both nerve-wracking and exciting. Welcome to “PRO-T.I.P.S!”, a special new Ink Panthers Show “feature”, if you will. These are going to be occasional episodes where we bring guests to sit down with one of us to actually chat about comics… and also their work processes, and their lives, and approaches to their art, and whatnot. At least, that’s the idea. We’ll see how it goes…
First up on the Panther Couch is Gabby Schulz, who regular listeners may know was recently in The Lair to tell us all about Freeganism and his noisy radiator. This time he comes on to talk about his work, his politics, and his certainty that we are all indeed doomed. Comments welcome!
Ken Dahl, a.ka. Gabby Schulz, a.k.a Unknown Identity joins us in the lair for a discussion about radical Freeganism, and other hot-button topics. Monsters was one of the best books of 2009, and everyone is encouraged to go pick it up. Gabby’s other books? Not so much. Comments welcome!
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Also, program note: The Ink Panthers Show! will be on a short hiatus for the next three weeks. We’ll return to the Lair in the second week of February.
The Ink Panthers Show! is a weekly comic book "lifestyle" podcast hosted by cartooning's two greatest raconteurs, Mike Dawson and Alex Robinson. Mike and Alex frequently welcome other stars from the world of comics and beyond into The Panther's Lair; such as Josh Flanagan, Tony Consiglio, Andy Runton, and Matt Fraction.
Alex Robinson lives in New York City with his wife, a cat, and a dog. His books include Box Office Poison, Tricked and his latest book Too Cool to Be Forgotten, all of which are available from Top Shelf Productions. He has won and lost several industry awards.
Mike Dawson lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. His books include the epic graphic-memoir Freddie & Me, the action-packed book of short stories Ace-Face: The Mod With the Metal Arms, and the forthcoming Troop 142.