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Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid review: buggy, expensive, but compelling

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Brock Beauchamp
December 17, 2014

I have owned my latest toy – the 16GB Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid – for roughly six weeks now so I can give a pretty good impression of the device: its warts, its strengths, and its oddities. The device in itself is somewhat perplexing at first glance. When plugged into a computer, it operates as a Cintiq 13HD with touch capabilities. Unplug it from the computer and it turns into a 13.3″ Android tablet running Jellybean 4.2. The two-headed nature of this device is what piqued my curiosity in the first place but ultimately, I’ve found myself using the device very... View Article

Episode 45: Stumptown and Tethered

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Nick Hemsing
December 15, 2014

It’s not a medical droid Sony is leaking all over the place and the most interesting news to Nick and Brock, with regards to this comic book podcast, was the conversation between Marvel and Sony about bringing Spiderman back into the Marvel movie universe. Also, why do some comic creators have a beef with cosplayers? Detective genre comics without some supernatural twist to them are pretty uncommon and Nick and Brock seem happy to have found Stumptown from Oni Press. In addition to being a well written and executed story, Nick and Brock do learn that finding people is pretty... View Article

Episode 44: Witchblade and Wytches

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Nick Hemsing
December 8, 2014

Double Image Image Comics has been the breakout publisher of the last ten or so years when it comes to non-superhero comics. No major publisher is printing as many new concepts and interesting stories these days. Nick and Brock sometimes have trouble finding non-Image books to review for this comic book podcast. So, as an act of pure childish rebellion, they go swimming in the putrid waters of 1990’s Image to dig up something that is everything the modern day Image is not. In the Shooting Gallery of Hate this week is the cheesecake work, Witchblade. The brain bleach of... View Article

Episode 43: TMNT: Change is Constant and Rasputin

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Nick Hemsing
November 17, 2014

But why do they talk? Sometimes topics are chosen just because they are fish in a barrel. Crossovers in comics are like that for Nick and Brock. Back on schedule for our comic book podcasting duo they take a look at the big crossover plans from Marvel and DC as well as some of the sordid history of the practice. To wash crossovers out of their mouth though, they discussed the feature review of this week, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Change is Constant. TMNT is proof that if you make something enjoyable enough, explaining how you end up with talking... View Article

Using a Cintiq Companion Hybrid

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Brock Beauchamp
November 12, 2014

It has been a looooong time since I posted any art. If you listen to the podcast, you know that I’ve been very busy for a very long time. Things have calmed down in recent weeks and I took advantage of that break to purchase a Cintiq Companion Hybrid and start drawing again, mostly as I relax in bed and watch television (yay for portability). I may write up a lengthy review of the Companion Hybrid in the future but in a nutshell, it’s a pretty solid device. It’s not quite as fast as it should be, its software isn’t... View Article

Episode 42: Happy! and Parallel Man

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Nick Hemsing
November 10, 2014

Star Wars makes Brock happy in any dimension If you give Brock a chance to talk about Star Wars, he’ll take it. Talking about the Star Wars Holiday Special is like geek crack. Ok, so that’s not the real focus of this comic book podcast, but that’s where it goes sometimes. There is a review in here somewhere. This week CCCP takes a look at Grant Morrison’s Happy! Certain stories can just be comfort food and this is one for Nick. Brock may not agree, though. A disclosure is needed for our review of Parallel Man. Brock has met Christopher... View Article