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April 14, 2014 / admin

Artist Brian Churilla

Brian ChurillaBrian Churilla was destined for a career as a comic book artist, although his journey there was a circuitous one, with stops working in retail, as a pickup guy for a funeral service and creating poster art for local rock shows along the way. But since he’s arrived, he’s put in some amazing work, notably the super-cool and surreal thriller The Secret History of D.B. Cooper, which he created for Oni Press, as well as other work for Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Archaia and Image Comics.

Brian joined us to discuss his art, his eclectic taste in music, what his approach is to creating the creepy creatures often found in his stories and why superheroes have never really been his thing.

We also talk with Brian about his exciting new projects like the upcoming Big Trouble in Little China comic (written by legendary filmmaker John Carpenter and Eric Powell, creator of The Goon, and published by Boom! Studios) and Hellbreak (written by Cullen Bunn, co-creator of The Sixth Gun, published by Oni Press).

For more on Brian and his work, check out his website, his tumblr and follow him on Twitter @brianchurilla.

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April 7, 2014 / admin

“Razing the Bar” with filmmakers Ryan Worsley and Kris Kristensen

“I wanted to move to Seattle, sell my ass, and be a punk rocker, but I was too afraid.”
- Kurt Cobain.

Razing the BarKurt didn’t live long enough to play at The Funhouse, the legendary Seattle punk rock club, but if he had, he’d be more pissed off than afraid and would likely join the legions of those who believe the closing of The Funhouse is yet another example of Seattle losing its cultural identity.

For close to a decade, music fans would walk into The Funhouse (or Zak’s as it was known for many years prior) to listen to tons of great bands, but they would also have no idea what they were going to see: it could be a band spitting a cupful of urine at them, it could be a singer shaving and smoking his own pubic hair onstage or they could find themselves struck in the head by a band flinging books at their audience (as happened to our very own Karl once upon a time). All occurring under the watchful glare of the evil clown head perched atop the club’s roof. The Funhouse was Seattle’s headquarters for freedom of expression and artistic performance, before the owners of the building brought the fun to a heartbreaking halt and tore the club down to make way for (more) condos.

Filmmaker Ryan Worsley joined us to discuss her documentary, Razing the Bar, a film that recalls the origin, glory days and untimely end of The Funhouse. Kris Kristensen joined us as well to talk about his role in shaping hours and hours of footage into a narrative with an emotional core.

Razing the Bar features music by many of the bands who played at The Funhouse, including: The Yolks, Fabulous Downey Brothers, The Bad Things, The Pharmacy, The Cripples and many more.

We also talk with Ryan about how growing up in Utah as a non-Mormon might have shaped her initial interest in art, what the spirit of The Funhouse meant to her and we talk with Kris about the most recent 20/20 Awards, the annual ceremony he co-founded which revisits the films of two decades past and re-evaluates their importance through twenty years of hindsight.

For more on Razing the Bar, check out the trailer here.  And for more on Ryan and Kris’ work, check out their websites: pool-food.com (Ryan) and scotopiapictures.com (Kris).

You also can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryemyles and Kris @thek2dispatches and @2020awards.

Lastly, you can listen to Kris talk about movies and interview the people that create them on the 20/20 Awards podcast here or on iTunes.

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March 31, 2014 / admin

Art Santana and Connor Kirkwood of the Hollywood Theatre

Hollywood4If you live in Portland and you love movies, chances are you’ve probably spent  an unhealthy amount of time at the Hollywood Theatre, but you may not know some of the storied history of this local landmark. We sure didn’t, and that’s why it was fun to have friend of the show Art Santana of Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade and Connor Kirkwood, Operations Manager of the Hollywood, drop by the show and drop all kinds of knowledge about its origin story.

In addition to its eclectic mix of second-run films, independents and documentaries, the Hollywood also holds a number of special screenings and events, including Hecklevision, the monthly screening series curated by Art where audience members, along with guest comedians, are encouraged to text sarcastic comments for display on the big screen during such cornball classics as Street Fighter, Cool as Ice and Leprechaun in the Hood.

Other sweet events at the Hollywood include: B-Movie Bingo, Funny Over Everything, Brew Masterpiece Theatre, Mississippi Records Music & Film Series, Portland’s Black Film Festival, PDX Latin American Film Fest, Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival.

We talk with Connor and Art about the Hollywood’s weird architectural design, what sets Portland film fans apart and the magic of Point Break.

Art also tells us what video games he comes home to play after his day at the arcade is done.

To find out more about the Hollywood Theatre and check out their upcoming schedule, visit their website and follow them on Twitter @HollywoodTheatr

And there’s always something cool going on down at Ground Kontrol, so you should check out their website.

You can also follow them and Art on Twitter @groundkontrol and @artrulz.

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March 28, 2014 / admin

Intisar Abioto, Raishawn Wickwire, and Curtis Cook

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An episode so nice, we did it twice! A while back, we were joined by storyteller Intisar Abioto and we found out what inspired her to create The Black Portlanders, the photography project that’s taken her into the streets of the “whitest city in America” to capture the portraits of its African-American citizenry. We were also very pleased to be joined by patron of the Portland comedy scene Raishawn Wickwire and comedian Curtis Cook, the co-hosts of the Black by Popular Demand podcast. Unfortunately, the initial recording was lost, but all three guests were game enough to come back on the program for this do-over episode.

Curtis Cook2We discussed what it’s like to be black in Portland, the attempt to legislate usage of the N-word and what defines racial identity in the 21st Century. You should know that absolutely no conclusions were reached and no issues were resolved, but damn, it was a fun conversation. So much so, that we continued it over on the Black by Popular Demand podcast, which you can listen to here.

To learn more about Intisar and The Black Portlanders, check out Intisar’s website and follow her on Twitter.

RaishawnTo find out more about Curtis and Raishawn, check out Curtis’ tumblr page and the Black by Popular Demand Facebook page
and follow them on Twitter @Raishawn, @Curtis_Cook and @bbpdpodcast.

 

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March 26, 2014 / admin

A Tribute to Badfinger with Jeff Dodge & Bobby Caesar

viewThe last few images and sounds of Breaking Bad’s series finale are indelible: chemistry teacher turned drug lord Walter White gazing skyward as what’s left of his soul slips into the infinite, guided on its way by Badfinger’s “Baby Blue”, the haunting tribute to his 99.1% pure life’s work, Blue Sky crystal meth (spoiler alert).

Walter White’s tragic story was only fiction. Unfortunately, the legendary band Badfinger’s tragic story was all too real; a tale that spans five decades and is marred by scandal, substance abuse and suicide, as our guest musician and filmmaker Jeff Dodge recounts in this episode.

Jeff and his friend Scott shared an interest in Badfinger’s sharp, edgy pop hits like “Baby Blue” and “No Matter What”. So when Scott ended up needing assistance with his mammoth medical expenses, naturally Jeff put together The Baby Blue Badfinger Tribute, a show featuring the All-Star Sound Guy Band and many other talented musicians to raise money on Scott’s behalf.

Jeff’s detailed breakdown of Badfinger’s rise and fall straight from memory is as impressive as his interpretation of their music, and we were delighted to have Jeff and our dear friend musician Bobby Caesar play a few selections for us live in the studio.

Check out the selections from Jeff and Bobby’s Badfinger tribute on YouTube.

More of Jeff’s music on Trench Digger Productions’ YouTube channel.

And his film work on Darge Productions’ YouTube channel.

 

March 25, 2014 / admin

Jason Zachary Pott of Dorado Films

[Original air date: March 29 2013]

mission+bloody+maryOur friend writer/publisher Jason Zachary Pott joined us once again on this episode, this time to talk all about European cult cinema and the catalog of Portland’s own Dorado Films! From spaghetti westerns such as Any Gun Can Play, to Euro spy thrillers such as Ken Clark’s Agent 077 series, to twisted horror flicks like Lizard in a Women’s Skin, Dorado Films’ library of long-lost and rarely seen European cult movies is as deep as it is unique.

We talk with Jason about how he came to appreciate European cinema, how Dorado Films acquires its treasure trove of classics, the screenings Dorado holds and why Sergio Leone’s Dollar series is a mere drop in the bucket when it comes to films of the genre.

We also play a bunch of songs by Italian-American artists that Jason kinda wishes we didn’t.

For more information on Dorado Films, check out their website doradofilms.com

And check out Jason and his comic book work at neotrashcomix.com

March 25, 2014 / admin

Artist Brahm Revel

[Original air date: June 7th 2013]

guerillasOne of the cool things about comics is that, for the most part, no concept is too bizarre. If the story is well told, there’s an audience out there that will embrace it. For example, take Brahm Revel’s stunning series Guerillas, published by Oni Press. It’s the saga of a platoon of soldiers as they fight for survival during the desperate days of the Vietnam War. Oh yeah, forgot to mention: they’re chimpanzees. Equally tense and violent as it is creepy and funny, the writing is as tight as the art, which is a terrific B&W mash-up of Toth and Zaffino.

Brahm joins us to talk about his time at the historic art school Cooper Union, his work with independent filmmaker Larry Fessenden and as a storyboard artist for Cartoon Network’s Venture Bros., as well as what inspired him to create Guerillas.

Brahm also offers his thoughts about crowd-funding sites such as Kickstarter, without which Guerillas might not even exist.

Since this episode aired live, the secret project Brahm mentions isn’t so secret anymore: it’s the limited series Marvel Knights: X-Men and it’s no secret that it’s great.

For more on Brahm’s work, check out his website, and follow him on Twitter.

March 25, 2014 / admin

Artists Mari Navarro & Leda Zawacki of Gallery Mini

[Original air date: July 19th 2013]

4858429_orig‘Small’ business is just a state of mind, especially when you have big talent. Take artists Mari Navarro and Leda Zawacki, co-owners and curators of the Portland art gallery Gallery Mini, for example. Gallery Mini was a venue that celebrated the enormous talent and energy of local artists (including their own work) within a tiny SE Portland artspace.

Mari and Leda joined us to talk about Mari’s outlaw existence as a graffiti artist on the streets of Chicago, the influence of history, science, myth and anime on Leda’s art and the pros and cons of art school, which can be difficult, especially when your instructors are stealing your ideas.

We also talk with Mari and Leda about how to deal with the people who just don’t get your art (that’s right, “Kelly”… I’m looking at you) and how to handle comic book writers who just don’t the right way to work with artists (that’s right… I’m looking in a mirror now).

print postcardAt this writing, Gallery Mini is taking a break, with plans to re-launch in a bigger, better way in the spring of 2014.

For more on their work, check our Mari at marinavarro.com and Leda at cupofstars.com.

Program note: the names of the guests were changed frequently in this episode, not to protect the innocent, but because the host can’t talk.

March 25, 2014 / admin

Artists Zack Soto & François Vigneault of Linework NW

zack FrancoisWe love talking to people who are compelled to create art… who create something out of nothing. So, of course, we loved talking with our guests in this episode, artists Zack Soto and François Vigneault. For years, these gentlemen created all types of comics: mini-comics, small press comics, webcomics and everything in between, several of them under the banner of Study Group Comics.

But not only do they create comics and art, they create events.

Zack and François are the co-founders of Linework NW, a new illustration and comics festival debuting Saturday, April 12, from 2:00pm–9:00pm at the Norse Hall in NE Portland. Attendance is free and open to the public.

We talked with Zack and François about how comics like X-Men influenced their art and storytelling early on, what inspired them to create their comics (such as Zack’s superhero/sci-fi/pulp series The Secret Voice and François’ space-based drama Titan) and why there can never be enough comic festivals.

Also, we attempt to kill both guests with our kind refreshments.

If you’d like to check out more on Zack’s and François’ work, there’s a whole of bunch places you can do that: Study Group Comic Books, Linework NW, Tour de François, THEE Secret Voice, @Zack, @Linework NW.

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March 24, 2014 / admin

Writer Jeff Jensen

jensen[Original air date: July 26th, 2013]

Jeff Jensen is an accomplished writer who’s assembled an impressive array of credits over the past three decades: senior editor for Entertainment Weekly, reporter working the sports beat for Advertising Age, the author of Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Green River Killer (about his father Detective Tom Jensen’s experiences as the lead investigator of the Green River Killer task force)

Jeff is also a screenwriter of the film Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie and directed by Brad Bird.

This is all despite the best efforts of Karl and Jason, who went to high school with Jeff for three years and tried their best to drag Jeff down to their level of slothful lack of ambition.

We talk with Jeff about how comic books inspired him to become a storyteller, what responsibility sports franchises have to the communities they call “home” and why Lost changed the television game forever, regardless of what Jason thinks.

Attention, Seattle Lutheran High alumni:
stay tuned ‘til the very end of the episode for a very special shout-out!

You can follow Jeff on Twitter.

March 24, 2014 / admin

Classic Album Cover Art Appreciation Night with Augie Pagan, Matt Haley & Rick Trager

[original air date: August 23rd 2013]

“You see kids, back in my day we had these things called albums…”

albums

…and the art that adorned those albums covers was almost as important to listeners as the music itself. The digital age of music consumption has all but done away with that aspect of the music-going experience, but it’s alive and well in this episode as we celebrate classic album cover art with our guests artist Augie Pagan, director Matt Haley, musician/artist/graphic designer Rick Trager. Just a few of the albums we touch on are:

Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance
Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time
The Police – Ghost in the Machine
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
U2 – War
Duran Duran – Rio

… and we reminisce about the fantastic work of artists Frank Frazetta, Roger Huyssen, Roger Dean, Drew Struzan, Derek Riggs, Bill Sienkiewicz, Patrick Nagel, Robert Williams, Michael Whelan and many more. We also discuss how the Beastie Boys and Led Zeppelin demonstrated their genius not only with respect to their music, but their brand identity, Rick demonstrates his ignorance with respect to the genius of Pink Floyd, and we talk about which iconic covers made some albums great, even though the music sucked.

You can find Augie at his website, The AugBlog and @El_pagano.
You can find Matt at matthaley.com and @yelahttam.
And you can find Rick at rtrager.com.

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