Tuesday, 16 June 2015

TheComicSpot201504 - Pat Armstrong on producing A Guard's Story and comics journalism

One final podcast for now. More to come down the line. Recorded at the final night of the 2015 Her Majesty's Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival. Pat Armstrong was the producer of a great collaborative work of comics journalism entitled 'At Work Inside Our Detention Centre's: A Guard's Story' published originally on The Global Mail. Pat presented the annual PEN lecture for the Tasmanian Writers Centre in conjunction with Her Maj's festival in June 2015. He spoke about the process, the challenges, collaborating, keeping sources anonymous and the threat of jail if a similar story was attempted today.

TheComicSpot201503 - Nicki Greenberg on process and adaptation.

Another podcast in the archive. As part of Her Majesty's Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival in June 2015 cartoonist, graphic novelist and author Nicki Greenberg made the trip to Hobart to talk to an packed event jointly hosted by the festival and the tasmanian Writers Centre. Nicki speaks about the process of adapting two great literary works The Great Gatsby and Shakespeare's Hamlet. What does it take to transform these classics into comics from a place of reverence? Listen in and you'll hear Nicki's obvious passion for the art of adaptation.

TheComicSpot for May 2015

May 2015 program now in the archives - excuse the slightly wobbly intro - problems in the studio with uncooperative microphone and buttons!

TheComicSpot for April 2015.

Now in the archives. From April 2015.

TheComicSpot is back on the radio.

TheComicSpot is now back on the airwaves!

On the third Tuesday of every month I am handed the reins of The Book Show on Edge Radio 99.3FM in Hobart from Paige Turner. 

You can tune in to The Book Show live from 6-7pm each week if you are in Hobart or listen live on www.edgeradio.org.au on the 3rd Tueday of each month.

Each program is also available to listen on demand at The Book Show program page on Edge for the next 4 weeks. Once it is no longer avaiable to listen on the edge sit I will place them into TheComicSpot archives located at www.thecomicspot.podmatic.com

I'll also be adding occasional special recordings of things as they pop up and as I have my recorder handy.

A huge thanks to Rachel Edwards for inviting to come back on the air and I'm looking forward to getting some good interviews, chats and thoughts back out there for the comics community in Australia once again.

You can also find TheComicSpot on facebook and find me @John_Retallick on twitter. I have a tumblr too somewhere that i will be adding the podcasts on to.


John "3rd Tuesday of the month" Retallick

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Final 2013 podcast! Reviews+bits and pieces.


TheComicSpot – Final 2013 podcast

Well happy New Year and I hope you’ve been free of technical difficulties over the holiday period. Because now that I am I can present the final podcast of 2013!

In this episode Gary and I talk about a few comics we’ve read and about some interesting things coming up in 2014.

Life Zone by Simon Hanselmann from Space Face Books. The continuing adventures of Megg, Mogg, Owl, Werewolf Jones and the gang are featured in this strong work from the breakout Australian cartoonist of 2013.

NY (New York) by Mandy Ord from Finlay Lloyd as well as stable mate Natalia Zajaz’s Nothing Ventured. NY is another strong autobio story from Ord where the one eyed girl with the big heart confronts the anxieties of presenting her work and hitting the streets of the big apple. Zajaz’s slices of Life aren’t as assured in the art department but nonetheless have a strong voice and keen observations.

We also have a quick run around a couple of minicomics of the month club comics, Happy Together Forever by Katie Parrish and Wake Up by Sarah Catherine Firth.

We chat about a few odds and ends that come into our minds and thanks all the publishers of Australian comics for putting their nose to the grindstone over the last 12 months and providing us readers with a great year to look back on.

Don’t forget to add any Australian comics released in 2013 to the Ledger Awards longlist.



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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

TheComicSpot - 201310 – Penultimate

For the penultimate podcast of 2013 Gary and I sat down to chat about an Australian comics award revival, some new comics, a bit of news and stuff whilst powered by a growler of Willie Smith’s Organic Cider purchased from The Apple Shed in the Huon Valley. mmmmm...cider.

We began with the news that Ledger Awards are back and you can submit a comic to the long list for consideration.

Then we were on to the reviews.

First up was a new comic by local artist Tricky Walsh - Hoppers 1; The Manias is the second comic in the Down There comic line from Sankessto Publications which lays down a world 350 years into the future where our protagonist is pulled into the world of stateless train people.

Then we went on a trip to Deep Park by David C Mahler published by Pikitia Press with just a quick diversion to Coracle 2 from Mahler before we had to move along. Mahler creates a cast of characters whose interweaving stories illuminate the world of an amusement park that births a cult and it's own destruction in one day.

We eventually ended up in the vast pages of the Wagnerian opera The Flying Dutchman as adapted by Kiwi Mat Tait with support from the Goethe Institut. The lushly inked art and very large format gives this adaptation of a classic opera the scope it deserves.


We brought it home with some news and stuff including the fantastic tumblr list of Australian women cartoonists, a recommendation to pick up the important A Life in Comics by Phillip Bentley and a shout out to the Velocity sampler.

There were plenty of clinks on the way and before we knew it we’d been ‘penultimated’.

See you for the last podcast of 2013 soon.
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Saturday, 30 November 2013

TheComicSpot podcast Nov 2013 – Reading Digital

This month Gary and I sat down with some nice warming Three Capes Whiskey and talked tales of reading digital comics.

listen in...

We kick off with the boisterous stylings of the HBVB Anthology #0 – by many and various. Though i had some issues with the distribution of the zero issues the mix of creators is impressive and the work promised intriguing.

Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land #1, #2 - Dean Rankine. An uproariously funny jaunt by one of Australia’s Finest cartoonists whose gross out adult humour really hits it’s stride in this work.

Then onto Freestyle #1 – Mark Pursell, a local Hobartian comicker releasing his comic through the comixology submit process for self publishers. Freestyle collects some earlier print work that shows an artist improving with the journey.

Toormina Video – Pat Grant. Pat delivers a touching tribute to his father and to childhood memories in the form of a keenly observed remembrance of the quiet moments of childhood that linger and gain meaning over the years. He also performed the piece for the Graphic festivals collaboration with the Radio With Pictures project.

We also talk about a few Kickstarter projects looking for funding with one that has far exceeded it’s goal.


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Monday, 28 October 2013

TheComicSpot – More October 2013 reviews podcast.

Gary and I sat down for a second time still drinking Angry Man Pale Ale to discuss and review more recently released and available Australian comics. A diverse range of comics are covered and I get into a mini rant about the cost of comics revealing my tightarse credentials to the world!
In this episode (hit the play button and play along) we speak about…

NEOMAD  #1+2 by Sutu and the LOVE PUNKS - Gestalt Comics.

Moa #2-3 by Shane Davidson – Pikitia Press.

From Above #1 – Self Published by Craig Bruyn

Elf-Fin: Hyfus and Tilaweed #1 by Julie Ditrich and Josef Szekeres - Black Mermaid Publications.

Mentioned in passing: the Brush With Darkness and Da an’ Dill collections by Dillan Naylor from Milk Shadow Books, a second volume of Ubby’s Underdogs by Brenton McKenna from Magabala books and the Emerging Writers Festival Hobart Roadshow events happening in Hobart at the Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA).

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Friday, 18 October 2013

TheComicSpot for October 2013. Reviews galore #1

We're back with more reviews whilst drinking beer! 

For this podcast the unofficial sponsor was Angry Man Pale Ale from Murray's in SA. A good drop that provided clinks of approval for the comics reviewed.

In this podcast Gary and John have a gander, gossip, gush and guffaw over...

Grubby Little Smudges of Filth by Daniel Reed - SLG. A world of detailed art and character that pits the soul of the artist against the corruption and greed of those who want to consume his talents.

Yeah Nah Issue 1 by Dick Carroll - self published. 24 pages of diary comics and humorous snapshots of the single life in Sydney drawn with confidence and flowing line.

Once by Tim Danko - DeadXeroxPress. Originally in French and in B+W but now in English and in glorious colour Once is a luscious and poetic sensorial art comic with interweaving narratives. Journey with the characters in and out the minds of others.

Love Stories by Mat Tait - Pikitia Press. A one man antholgy featuring kiwi tales of creation, creepiness and humour. Mat Tait's inky black line bounce off the page with confidence. 

Minicomic of the Month comics by Neil Sanders and Mel Stringer - Smaller Comics. The first two minicomics of the month feature a creepy jaunt on skin sharing creatures and a travel & sketch diary of times in Japan.

You can also check out The Vagabond at IndieGoGO to see if you want to support the project.

Lots of good comic talk for this first October edition of the podcast. There will be a second October 2013 podcast in a week or two.

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