It’s Slush Pile time, one of those special episodes where Mike and Alex clear away some of the discussion ideas that have been kicking around for a few months now, but have never made it into an actual show. Topics include The Devil Went Down To Georgia, Twitter, The X-Man Colossus, The Amish, overpraising our children, and the Sexuality of Superheroes.
This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by returning champion Ian Andersen! Submit your own illustration of Inky to email@example.com
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?
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?
This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by Matt Emery! Submit your own illustration of Inky to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
After their Summer Hiatus, the Panthers are reunited back in The Lair! And they’ve got lots to discuss. There’s a panel about Alex’s book at S’Dukck (SDCC), Mike is contemplating cos-play to promote his new book. Both guys talk about their recent trips to other parts of the United States and the locals they encountered. A lively discussion about how one’s placement in a wax museum reflects on one’s relative fame in the world, and then it’s the return of The Ink Panthers Book Nook (TM). In keeping with the theme of the episode, we’re talking about Reunion by Pascal Girard, and whether or not it matters if seemingly true stories are actually definitely true.
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.