The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast #217

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The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast Episode #217

This week the gang talks about the first couple episodes of Gotham and the second season of Agents of SHIELD while Tony goes back and checks out Breaking Bad. Plus we answer some listener emails and talk about Jared’s impending trip to New York Comic-Con, Yellow Springs Street Fair and Halloween Comicsfest.

The Super-Fly Podcast: We love you but everything you’re doing is terrible.

Closing Music: Junip – Line of Fire

Got a question you want answered by Super-Fly? Send us an email at SuperFlyComics@gmail.com. Talking about us on Twitter? Use the official show hashtag #SuperFlyPodcast. Follow the store on twitter @superflycomics and visit us at superflycomics.com. Listeners of the show get 20% off their purchases at the store, in person or via mail order.

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10 2014

Anti-Socializing

I’m trying to find a plug in that’ll share my personal website posts on tumblr, but I’m not sure if the one I found works the way I want. I kind of want to it point people to my website for some reason. Maybe to see how many people read things, maybe so random tumblr people will go “Oh, he writes things too!” which I still get sometimes.

Of course, the people in my real life who follow this website or the fact that I want to use this site for “professional seriousness” and the like would kind of preclude people knowing that I have a tumblr, because often it’s the opposite of professional seriousness. Usually late at night it’s home to all manner of depressed thoughts and borderline (and way over the border) imagery. Which is fine, I guess, but I do worry about being judged for it.

But why should I care? Do I think I’m not going to get jobs, writing or otherwise, because of it? I mean, I’ve said (and probably will continue to say) plenty of stupid and unprofessional things on the Super-Fly podcast but I’m still going to do it.
I don’t know. Social media is a mystery. I like just putting random bits of myself out there and trying to make a connection with strangers and I totally get how that’s really weird and not for everyone. Being a buttoned up, totally in control of himself person is never going to be who I am. I think I’m always going to be a bit of a clumsy, awkward, mess and maybe I should just try and accept that. Lean into it and embrace who I am.

Of course, accepting myself has never been my strong suit. Then again, changing myself isn’t either.

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10 2014

The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast #216

The Super-Fly Podcast Episode #216

Get out your Previews catalog. because it’s the Previews Preview show. In addition to going through the good, the bad, and the weird of the October Previews we talk about Tony’s crazy convention schedule, the return of MegaRan to the store for a pop-up show, purchasing Walking Dead back issues and a bevy of new, awkward, and completely uncomfortable catchphrases.

The Super-Fly Podcast: I’m too liberal for this

Closing Music: Bobby Brown – My Perogative

Note: This and every Super-Fly Podcast is earmarked by iTunes as “explicit” and is intended for mature audiences.

Got a question you want answered by Super-Fly? Send us an email at SuperFlyComics@gmail.com. Talking about us on Twitter? Use the official show hashtag #SuperFlyPodcast. Follow the store on twitter @superflycomics and visit us at superflycomics.com. Listeners of the show get 20% off their purchases at the store, in person or via mail order. Subscribe to the Super-Fly Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher! Click the link and leave us an awesome review, won’t you?

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09 2014

The Super-Fly Comics & Games Podcast #215

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The Super-Fly Book Club returns as Andrew Kimball (optimuspony) and Kenny Taylor (DoctorTheeKenYe) once again join Thacher and Travis to talk about the goings on in the stuff they’re reading. This month we’re figuring out if DC’s Future’s End month is worth it, exploring the Edge of Spiderverse, trying to figure out the Multiversity and coming to terms with the Death of Wolverine, plus much more.

The Super-Fly Podcast: Thacher may be racist against Predators.

Closing Music: Blues Traveler – Run-Around

Note: This and every Super-Fly Podcast is earmarked by iTunes as “explicit” and is intended for mature audiences.

The Super-Fly Podcast Episode #215

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Got a question you want answered by Super-Fly? Send us an email at SuperFlyComics@gmail.com. Talking about us on Twitter? Use the official show hashtag #SuperFlyPodcast. Follow the store on twitter @superflycomics and visit us at superflycomics.com. Listeners of the show get 20% off their purchases at the store, in person or via mail order.

Subscribe to the Super-Fly Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher! Click the link and leave us an awesome review, won’t you?

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09 2014

THE BOOK OF DRAGONS Kickstarter!

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Bronco Ink Publishing has put together an anthology of all-ages comic stories based on E. Nesbit’s A BOOK OF DRAGONS, which was originally published in 1900. With a cover by OFF REGISTRATION cover artist Daniel Govar and a plethora of talented comic creators from around the world, THE BOOK OF DRAGONS is 120 pages of amazing comics.

The stories are all completed and the publisher is raising funds via Kickstarter to cover printing costs for the book and extras as well as some marketing and backend publishing expenses.

The stories included in the collection are as follows:

- THE BOOK OF BEASTS, by Scott O. Brown and Amberin Huq, in which Lionel becomes king and accidentally unleashes a Dragon on his new subjects.
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- UNCLES JAMES, OR THE PURPLE STRANGER, by Ricky-Marcel Pitcher and Kathryn Frizzell, where animals of various sizes, with the help of a Dragon, thwart a conspiracy.
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- THE DELIVERERS OF THEIR COUNTRY, by Jonathan Clode and Russell Hossain, a story where heroes are not what they seem and the dragon invasion is imminent!
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- THE ICE DRAGON, OR DO AS YOU’RE TOLD, by Marc Bryant and Mal Jones, a tale of wonders that befell on the evening of the eleventh of December, when they did what they were told not to do.
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- THE DRAGON TAMER, by Lori Lapormado and John Andrey Portilla, which reveals the great truth of all Dragons.
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- THE FIERY DRAGON, OR THE HEART OF STONE AND THE HEART OF GOLD by Charles Webb and Mal Jones in which we give you Dragons. In. Space.
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- KIND LITTLE EDMUND, OR THE CAVES AND THE COCKATRICE by Shawn Aldridge and Amberin Huq, our final story where Edmund makes a bum deal, unleashing a Dragon where it doesn’t belong.
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- THE ISLAND OF THE NINE WHIRLPOOLS, by Thacher Cleveland (hey that’s me!) and Russell Hossain, in which a dragon is defeated with math in a quest for true love.
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I had a great time writing my story, even if I don’t have a love affair with math. It was nice to write a sweet little story with fantastic beasts, adventure, and that greatest adventure of all: true love. But enough about me, let’s meet the rest of the creative teams:

- Bronco Ink publisher and THE BOOK OF DRAGONS editor, A.C. Brown’s work has appeared in English translations of Osamu Tezuka’s great children’s manga Unico and Triton of the Sea, as well as on www.the-only-living-boy.com

- Shawn Aldridge–Portland, OR based writer/letterer. Current work includes Vic Boone and GoGetters (MonkeyBrain Comics).

- Scott O. Brown, is a Harvey Award winning comics creator from Mobile, AL. His most recent work has appeared in Heavy Metal Magazine and Off Registration.

- Marc Bryant is probably best known as the co-creator of Shangri-La from Image Comics and the constant collaborator of the artist Mal Jones.

- Thacher Cleveland is currently self-publishing the Winston & Churchill paranormal private investigator short story series, working on several comic projects, and is one of the hosts of the Super-Fly Comics & Games podcast. (okay, now enough about me)

- Jonathan Clode is a writer from Wales who co-edited the WWI anthology To End All Wars.

- Mal Jones is an Alexandria, VA based illustrator and designer. Recently he appeared with Marc Bryant in Off-Registration #4, available now for free!

- A veteran writer and narrative designer for both Ubisoft and Microsoft, Charles Webb now contributes to Nerdist and is the managing editor for FreakSugar.com.

- Kathryn Frizzell has worked on Absentee by Inverse Press and The Kill Joy Club by Icarus Wing Productions.

- John Audrey Portilla is a Colombian comic book artist. He has worked as an illustrator designing characters and developing illustrated children’s material for Colombian publishers, also has worked for Heroic Tendencies Studios and for MTG Publishing from Spain.

- Amberin Huq is a freelance illustrator who lives and works in London U.K, she regularly illustrates for Stew magazine and has most recently created work for the children’s theatre production ‘When Spring Comes’.

- Ricky-Marcel Pitcher is a London based comics writer, currently working on his martial arts-horror-adventure epic ‘Zombies Hate Kung Fu’, check out www.VeryGraphicNovels.com for more info.

More information about writer Lori Lapomardo and artist Russell Hossain will be coming shortly.

If you like fantasy, dragons, all ages comics, fun, true love, space, ice, math, fantastic beasts, conspiracies, invasions, anthologies, small press stuff or things that are just plain great please consider backing this Kickstarter! All of the stories have been completed and Bronco Ink has done some great stuff with their previous collections (including Monstrology, assembled and co-edited with Rachel Deering, which I also have a story in *cheap plug*)

So yeah. Help us bring you better, awesome comics!

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07 2014

C2E2 2014: Selling Books Like a Big Boy

Another year, and another C2E2 in the books. It’s probably the biggest show I’ve gone to regularly (having attended it since its first show) and after a couple of years of being there in a press capacity with Panels on Pages, this year I was back selling stuff at the Super-Fly Comics booth. In addition to putting on my comic retailer’s hat once again and having to call my old business partner Tony Barry “boss” (and we ended up dubbing him Super-Fly Tyrion Lannister since he’s had such a great character arc this past decade or so I’ve known him) I was also finally able to have a forum where I could sell the comp copies of the horror anthology MONSTROLOGY that my first published comic story is in.

I went in with pretty high hopes but an undercurrent of worry. Having moved recently my money game was not exactly “on point” (as the kids say) and since I was staying at the hotel with the crew to be close to work I knew I was going to have a fair amount of expenses. If the books didn’t sell…well, there’d be some questions that needed to be asked. Like, “can I pay rent with comics?” or “How healthy is it to eat a graphic novel?” and “Is a hardcover more nutritious than a paperback?” Alright, things weren’t that bad but it still weighed heavily on my mind. I didn’t have an artist alley table, just a spot in a booth in with the other comic shops and the knowledge that I also had to work to sell Super-Fly’s products too.

Thankfully, everything went very well. Of the twenty copies I had I sold 18 of them, some to friends but more to strangers. It was kind of wild to put a thing that I helped make into someone else’s hands and have them go “Yes, I want to use my money for this good as opposed to other goods and/or services.” There was even a little kid, maybe ten or so at the most, who bought a copy with his Dad on Sunday, saying that he loved everything monsters and wanted to make that the thing he got that day. That was kind of a great feeling although hopefully they don’t read it, become horrified and then sue me. What am I talking about, I’ve never sold anything to any kid ever.

Given convention economics (hooray for nearly $4 bottles of Dasani water!) I ended up pretty much breaking even with everything but the experience of selling and talking to people completely obliterated the “Oh man if I sell them all I’ll make X amount of monies and make it rain all over McCormick place!” It’s been a long time coming but I can say “Hey, I’ve hand sold something I made” and I know that it’s not going to be the last time. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m thankfully for everyone who picked the book up. I did sell copies to a couple of stores, like Super-Fly Comics & Games (naturally) and First Aid Comics here in Chicago’s Hyde Park. It’s a small start and I know tons of other comic people do it all the time but I’m still basking in its “new to me” feeling.

Other than that I didn’t get to see a whole bunch more of the show. I went to two panels about making comics, one about pitching to editors and another about how to use Kickstarter to fund your comic and both had a lot of good information that also got me feeling like thing things are very attainable. I even tracked down a couple of panelists (which sounds super creepy) and talked to them in Artist’s Alley further about stuff and they were very encouraging.

All told this was a great year for me. In all the chaos of apartment hunting and moving that was late March until…now, I guess, there’s been so much going on that even though I’ve been able to keep up with writing I haven’t had much of a chance to do something with it or talk about it much. My girlfriend and I are still unpacking boxes and getting acclimated to new schedules but as things calm down taking all of this stuff to the next level is in the forefront of my mind. C2E2 has always had a special place in my heart, but now it’s that much better.

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04 2014

Moving, Super-Fly Podcasts & C2E2

What with the apartment hunting and my work schedule being odd I’ve been kind of off my game a bit lately when it comes to the internets. So here’s info on the last two episodes of the Super-Fly Podcast…

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The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 53

This week, Tony and Jared are running the show. They talk up Hellboy Day, Tony making a fireman tap out, tourist time starting up in town and whether or not Ewoks were cool or not. Maybe it’s a drunkcast, Maybe it’s the Super-Fly Podcast.

The Super-Fly Podcast: It’s hard out here for a comic retailer.

Closing music: Phon.o – Moonwalk

The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 54

This week is the monthly Previews Preview show, where we talk about the good, bad and weird in this month’s Diamond Preview catalog. On top of all that, we talk how to make death a real meaningful thing in comics again, Tony fights the good fight against enemies real and imagined, Travis doesn’t know how to buy alcohol and almost kills Tad and Tony with revelations. Everybody stay away from my ass, it’s the Super-Fly Podcast.

The Super-Fly Podcast: That Ganondorf statue looks like Kanye.

Closing music: Aphex Twin – Ptolemy

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Subscribe to the Super-Fly Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher! Click the link and leave us an awesome review, won’t you?

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In other non-podcast news the apartment hunt is finally over and Gwyn and I will be moving on the 19th to Rogers Park. So I’m probably not going to be on the show that week. BUT the following weekend is C2E2 and we’ve got some big plans for that weekend! Are you going to C2E2? You’ll be able to find me and the Super-Fly crew at the Super-Fly booth and if you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to be a part of Super-Fly Podcast history. Details soon! 

But yeah, things are still crazy, still hectic but all in the best ways. Apartment hunting is the worst kind of way to basically put your entire life on trial. The amount of hoop jumping you have to go through when your credit is shitty is kind of amazing. You’d think after being broke for as long as I’ve been and having such shit credit for as long as I have that I’d get used to it, but you’d be surprised. Anyway, I’m excited to get this move done and get things back on track. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now and I feel like I’m not giving any of them my close attention. The first draft of the next Winston & Churchill story (Injuries of the Past) is done and clocks in at 19,531 words, which is a lot. It’ll need some extensive trimming but I’m generally pleased with it. I’ve got some other writing and pitch stuff to try to work out before the move goes into high gear, so I’ll need to conjure all of my reserves of will power and focus for that.

We’ll see how that goes…

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04 2014