TalkCast 203 – A Brief Introduction to the World of Eric Radvon




Erik Radvon

Erik Radvon

When I go to a convention there is no real idea of who I might meet. It might be someone from my other work in such outrageously inventive cosplay you don’t even recognize them, it might be a long-lost friend from school days past who is now an artisan and produces the most amazing monster jars or it just might be someone so different and interesting you want them on your podcast. Such is the case with Eric Radvon. At Plastic City Comic Con last year, I was wandering the floor aimlessly, looking, and finding cool things to buy and interesting people to talk with when I stumbled across a gentleman sitting at his booth. We talked and an interesting story began to unfold about a journalist turned fiction writer turned comic creator and the oddly twisted path the led him to that convention.

Welcome to the world of Eric Radvon, a world that began, for the purposes of this story, as a writer for Worcester Magazine and brought him through many incarnations, through Famous Monsters of Filmland, text video games, television and back to one of his first loves, comics.

Sit back and experience an absorbing conversation with an interesting man in creative times; the trifecta of fascinating.

Enjoy the chaos.

 

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Crisis Vector

Crisis Vector

TalkCast 402 – The Girl With The Blue Hair




Ceara Comeau

Ceara Comeau

As has been mentioned over and over, one of the best things about setting up at conventions is not only the chance to talk to our fans and listeners but also to meet old friend as well as new talented people. Terry Thomas, from Keene Comic Con came by our booth at Granite Con to talk to us about some of the guests that were going to be there. He spoke specifically about a young lady with blue hair whose name had slipped his mind but was an “up and coming Sci Fi author” and wanted us to meet her there. A little bit later that afternoon, whom should come by the SFSN booth but that selfsame blue haired young lady, Ceara Comeau, wanting to talk with us about conventions and writing and how she had been listening to the podcast and her book “Memories of Chronosalis” for the better part of as hour.

At Keene, two weeks later, we met up with Ceara again and she seemed to be having a wonderful time interacting with the convention attendees and other guests. Her natural ease and relaxed demeanor with others was the perfect way for her to enjoy the convention and that attitude carried over to this interview. Interestingly, her writing maintains that same storytelling ease while giving the reader the opportunity to see the wonderful “word paintings” she creates to lead the reader into this new world of Chronosalis.

Join us for an relaxed fun and interesting time talking to “The Girl With Blue Hair”.

 

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Memories of Chronosalis

Memories of Chronosalis

TalkCast 401 – The Totally Odd World of Noah Whippie




Noah Whippie

Noah Whippie

One of the best parts of conventioning is getting to see and meet new and emerging talents, Not just artists and writers but also artisans. Every one in a blue moon you meet all three in one. At the first Keene Comic Con I had the chance to meet Noah Whippie and we talked for a bit about his art, his knives, his cards and stuff. We wanted to get him on last year but for one reason or another it didn’t happen. Then, this year at Keene II, we met up again and I said enough is enough. In this episode we get to talk about his artwork, his artisan work in metal and his writing.

Noah is an interesting individual who describes himself alternately as a freelance graphic artist and illustrator, professional comic book artist, knife maker, Skateboard painter, ex Tattoo artist and body piercer and professional cake decorator. His official biography also states I’m nicer than I look and I love Mexican food.

Noah talks about coming out of the woods for his first con, last year at Keene, and why he feels the way he does about all of his creations, something he refers to as Artistic ADD. When you click on the links you get the chance to see how really wide ranging his amazing creations are and why I have tried in vain for two years to buy a knife from him. After the interview ended Noah mentioned that he had wanted to mention his ongoing Web comic that he was very proud of, Butcher Supreme and The Mighty Meat Machine.  Consider it mentioned and linked.

Join us for a refreshing time and, as usual, enjoy the chaos.

 

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The Coffin Cleaver by Noah Whippie

The Coffin Cleaver by Noah Whippie

TalkCast 400 – Steve Lomer & Typo Squad The Movie




Stephen Lomer

Stephen Lomer

On this episode we get the opportunity to talk with Stephen Lomer as he attempts to make his wonderful book Typo Squad into a short film. Steve has an interesting literary career, beginning as an editor and copywriter and transforming to a genuinely funny and effective writer who has chosen to defy genres and write as he pleases. No where is this more evident than in the Typo Squad series which is one part mystery, one part alternate history with  liberal dashes of humor and “punnery”, a vice to which he succumbs all too often, for wonderful affect.  We got the chance to talk about the many

Typo Squad

Typo Squad

challenges of the Indiegogo project and his thoughts on them. It’s always fun to speak with Steve. His infectious enthusiasm permeates his work and most certainly comes thru when he talks about it as well.

Enjoy Sammy The Shower Shark.

 

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TalkCast 399 – Meet Charleigh Brennan




Charleigh Brennan

Charleigh Brennan

It’s kind of rare to be introduced to an up and coming author of whom cool and great things can be expected. In this edition, the listeners get such a chance. A month or so back, at Vermont Comic Con, we had a chance meeting with a new young writer at her table, selling an anthology that she was a part of. Though the cover illustration was deceiving by comparison to the story she was telling us about, Charleigh Brennan  was upbeat, engaging and energetic. She wanted to talk about how she got involved in this project and very early on we decided that it would be a great idea to do it.

Rogues and Wild Fire is a compilation of 8 stories from writers involved in the Creative Central Writers Group and published by the affiliated Balance of Seven Literary Alliance and Publishing House. As confused as I was, Charleigh laid out for us how each was inter-connected to the other.

Interestingly, Charleighs eclectic background served as the springboard for the basis and context of her story, Captured, as she gave us an fascinating glimpse into her formative years and how she ended up with mice in her attic in Vermont.

Enjoy the chaos.

 

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Rogues and Wild Fire

Rogues and Wild Fire

TalkCast 398 – The Joy Cat Club




Kristi McDowell

Kristi McDowell

 

Kristi McDowell of Gamer Girl and Vixen joins us.

In 2013, she co-founded Eden Park Tales with Jay Moores to publish her own comic, A Planet’s Cry and she was one of the authors in the first edition of My Peculiar Family

In 2014, she co-founded Joy Cat Comics to publish Gamer Girl & Vixen.

 

The Joy Cat Team is:

We got the chance to talk with Kristi about the evolution of Gamer Girl and Vixen. Along the way, she shared some wonderful insights into why it is a passion project for the team, where it is heading now that the first graphic novel is out and what some of their other projects coming up “might” be.

It’s always fun to catch up with an old friend of the show and see what’s been happening in the intervening years. Thanks, Kristi, for spending time with us.

Enjoy the chaos

Gamer Girl and Vixen

Gamer Girl and Vixen

 

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TalkCast 397 – Keene Comic Con, Sophomore Year Preview




Keene Comic Con

Keene Comic Con

In this episode we talk with Terry Thomas, the force behind Keene Comic Con, in anticipation of their second year. It will be Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 to 5:30. Admission is $ 10.00 and kids 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. It will once again be held at the Keene Rec. Center with plenty of free parking.

Terry took some time to sit down and talk with us about what changes have been made for this years event. One of the biggest changes this year is their expansion within the facility so that this year, the Convention will utilize virtually the entire complex. Doing this allows the Convention to offer more innovative experiences this year including the ever-popular New England Kids Con, Mark Pingston’s Magic and Pop Culture Show, Rag Doll Studio Virtual Reality Room, The New England Balloon Man and much more.  Of course there will also be an “Artists Alley” filled with artists, authors, artisans, vendors and a ton of local and regional surprises. One of the more interesting events will be the  word famous Moogies Auction Service auction midway during the Con. They always have very interesting items.

As the world of Micro Cons grows and takes its place in the ever-growing world of Pop Culture and Comic Art gatherings, Keene is proving to be a force to contend both for the audience and participants. Join the Sci Fi Saturday Night crew there.

Enjoy The Chaos.

 

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TalkCast 396 – On Panels with Spence




Hey, It's Spence!

Hey, It’s Spence!

In this podcast we get to spend time with Laura Nicole “Spence” Spencer. I had the extreme good fortune to meet Spence when we were both on a panel at Granite Con this year.  She is the epitome of an all around person: Voice Actor, Entrepreneur, Fan Girl, owner of Resonant Moon Audio Book Solutions, a voracious crochet mavin and host of the Game School Podcast.

Naturally, we talked about the role of import/export trade imbalance in Kurdistan and why/how it affects Canadian snack foods. (The previous sentence is a lie). We actually did get a lot of insight into the amazing world of Spence, why and how she does the things she does and how this amazing lady keeps it altogether doing so many things and doing them well. It was indeed a pleasure to have her on and hope she comes back soon.

Enjoy the chaos

 

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Resonant Moon Audiobook Solutions

Resonant Moon Audiobook Solutions

TalkCast 395 – Chris and Alan Hebert Talk Team Synergy




Team Synergy

Team Synergy

 

We talk with the newest inductees into the Sci Fi Saturday Night Five Timers Club, Alan and Chris Hebert. SFSN spent much time at Vermont Comic Con with our friends from HB Comics. They join the show to talk about the state of the independent comic creator and how it has changed over the past years. They are also here to talk about the newest episode of Team Synergy, a “kids” comic at inception and how is has now in issue 4, evolved into a taut YA Superhero adventure. Changes in story arc characterizations and art , thanks in no small part to the addition of artist P.R. Dedelis, have helped sharpen the focus of this comic as it evolves. They also talk about the other tent-poles of the HB Comics repertoire, Vindication, Lazerman and Mystery Man .

It’s a fun time. Enjoy the Chaos.

 

HB Comics

HB Comics

 

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5 timers club FINAL

TEAM SYNERGY COMES OF AGE




Team Synergy Vol. 4

Team Synergy Issue 4

A Brief Review Of Team Synergy #4

When Team Synergy first showed up, The HB Team brought it out in grand style , giving it the full convention treatment that included live action cosplayers of the Team Members at their convention booth and a detailed story of the origin of these new “teen superheroes” that were going to show us something innovative. When talking with them at their booth, the story of how and why the comic came about had much to do with the lack of anything for a young girl to be able to relate to in the comic universe, so Alan and Chris decided, they would bring out their take on this endeavor. I have been watching, with keen interest, as issue after issue has come out and, true to their word, they have done exactly as they said and the end product has indeed be something relatable to the younger audience.

In #4 however, Team Synergy evolves significantly and, in my opinion, it’s all for the better. As the series has grown, so have all the internal components of Team Synergy. The characters have become more focused, not just about themselves but also about each other. The story arc has sharpened and become a bit more mature. The artwork has markedly changed and developed under the creative inking and penciling of P. R. Dedelis. All of these changes add up to a new and exciting direction for this wonderful series.

HB has a reputation in the industry for making comics with great stories that the entire family can enjoy and understand. With Team Synergy #4, they have taken themselves and their audience to a new level in the YA comic and I, for one, can’t wait to see where it goes next.

Good things can happen when there is passion for the project.

Enjoy it

Dome

 

Disclaimer:

SFSN was not paid or in any way compensated for this review.

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