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Episode 80: Concrete

Nick Hemsing
September 19, 2016

Having covered most of the news they cared about in episode 79, in this episode Brock and Nick blather about random news, origins of Marvel comics and eventually just to annoy each other. They did fit in a review, though. This is another trip in the somewhat way back machine. Before millennials were born is probably “way back” at this point. When looking at the history of comics, though, a story like Concrete by Paul Chadwick is how, what we call, independent comics really started to break into major publishing. This story about a writer turned neigh invincible block of... View Article

Episode 79: Moving Bodies

Nick Hemsing
September 12, 2016

A new episode! Yes! Brock and Nick are still doing this comic book podcast. One thing is to be expected, when summer comes around, Brock will be a little scarce. In the winter, he has all the time in the world. They did bother to review a comic book while catching up on the various geeky news they missed. Evidently, Brock has friends. One of them is also a comic book creator. This week is just a single issue review with Moving Bodies from Chance Wyatt. Brock calls him Chance Oberlander, or told Nick this when he asked. So, Nick... View Article

Episode 78: Preacher

Nick Hemsing
July 11, 2016

The time has come. Brock and Nick have put off this book for long enough and it’s time for them to talk about it. Preacher. This podcast does not exist without Preacher, unless Brock found another co-host that likes comics and happened to name it the same thing, but Preacher is what got Nick into comics. There is no way for Nick to do proper justice to this book but seeing as it has a show (finally), it cannot be ignored. So, if you haven’t read Preacher, do so now. If you want a snarky tearing apart of this book,... View Article

Episode 77: Lost at Sea

Nick Hemsing
June 6, 2016

Brock and Nick finally have a podcast in person! Ok, this is probably more of a novelty to them than anyone else, but it is the first time they’ve actually recorded in the same since they started this comic book podcast. You’d think this would mean a longer recording, but, for some reason, they only reviewed one book this week, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s pre-Scott Pilgrim, soul-searching Lost at Sea. They also had to talk about Captain America: Civil War, because you need the hot take of 2 indie comic reviewers that finally get around to talking about it several weeks... View Article

What image format should I use for my comic?

Brock Beauchamp
May 20, 2016

Disclaimer: I’m a senior front-end web developer by trade (and have been for over a decade), so I have a pretty solid grasp on the pros/cons of this argument. This is something I discuss with teammates ad nauseum. I’ve been in heated discussions with development teams of 30+ people over image formatting issues on multi-million dollar projects. I’m not trying to blow my own horn, merely explaining my history a bit so your first response isn’t “Who is this schmuck and why should I listen to him?” I certainly don’t know everything about the web – far from it – but my foundation... View Article

Come visit me at Wizard World Minneapolis and learn about making comics!

Brock Beauchamp
May 4, 2016

I will be attending Wizard World Minneapolis on May 6-8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis. You will be able to find me at table C28 in Artist’s Alley, surrounded by my fellow Twin Cities Comic Collective cohorts. I’ll be offering printed versions of my short story Duplicity and a slew of original art and prints. But… Are you interested in publishing your own digital comic but don’t know where to start? Join Doug Kallberg, Phil Juliano, Brad Perri, and myself at 12:30pm on Saturday for our panel “Doodles to Downloads: Developing your own Digital Comic“. Between the four... View Article