Archive for June 2010

The Big Bumper Comic Cast Summer Annual

June 29, 2010

The Comic Cast is back from our summer holidays in Italy! Did you get our postcard? We wished you were there and all that. In between eating pizzas and risking our lives crossing mental Italian roads we still found time to read comics so up for review on this weeks show is Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks, The Losers by Andy Diggle/Jock (we also review the film version), Masterpiece Comics by R. Sikoryak, Jonah Hex: Face Full of Violence by Gray/Palmiotti/Ross/DeZuniga and The Dylan Dog Case Files by Tiziano Slavi. We also give you the low down and dirty on the DVD release of 20th Century Boys – the Japanese film trilogy based on Naoki Urasawa’s acclaimed manga and Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo and give our thoughts on the first episodes in the new series of two of our favourite shows – Futurama and The IT Crowd. And of course we have all the latest comic book news from whose coming to Offset 2010 to the launch of DC’s comic book app. Is there anything else? Hmm. I don’t think so. Oh wait. We talk EXCLUSIVELY to Declan Shalvey in New York about finishing up prematurely as artist on Boom Studios fantastic 28 Days Later comic to work on a comic for a little known comics house. You might have heard of them. They’re called MARVEL. Wink. So brush the sand from your toes cause the Comic Cast is back in town!

Download Link: The Comic Cast 28/06/10

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Have you tried turning it off and on again?

June 14, 2010

Back in February the makers of one of our favourite shows – The IT Crowd – put out a call for any bits n’ bobs to help dress the set of the I.T. department inhabited by Moss, Roy and Jen for it’s 4th series.  The Comic Cast suggested Irish comics and when we got the nod of approval, we invited any Irish comic creators to send us their comic books. Our postman was livid. Well now Series 4 is about to hit small screens on Friday 25th June on Channel 4 so be sure to look out for comics by Philip Barrett,  John Robbins,  Luke Fallon, Hilary Lawlor, Tommie Kelly,  Declan Shalvey,  Paddy Lynch, Katie Blackwood,  Ronan Kennedy, Nick Roche, Deirdre De Barra, Gar Shanley, Cathal Duggan and Andy Brown throughout the series. And if you can’t wait that long, have a peep at the IT Basement 360°Panorama (we can spot Hilary Lawlor’s Superhilbo on Roy’s desk and Gazebo by Phil Barrett and Liam on Mosses desk!) Not only that but in the second episode (the Countdown episode from above) you’ll catch a glimpse of our very own Liam knocking about as a nerd in the background. And remember, memory is ram!

2D, or not 2D

June 1, 2010

2D, or not 2D? That is the question. Or is the question ‘Would Shakespeare be happy with the Comic Cast using a line from Hamlet as a pun on the 2D Festival?’ Who knows? What we do know though, is that on this show we talk to the 2D Festival organiser and Verbal Arts Centre artist-in-residence David Campbell about this years 2D Northern Ireland Comics Festival which takes place this Fri, Sat and Sunday in Derry.  We review Secret Avengers #1 by Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato, Avengers #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr., The Chill by Jason Starr and Mick  Bertilorenzi and Low Moon by Jason. We also give our thoughts on the Free Irish Comic Day preview of Atomic Diners’ forthcoming comic Róisín Dubh by Rob Curley, Maura McHugh and Stephen Daly.  We also talk to Hilary Lawlor about the Point Village Comic Festival 2010 to be held at the newly opened Point Village Market on Sat 12th June.

Download Link: The Comic Cast 01/06/10

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*Due to technical difficulties out of our control, the audio of both the interviews on this podcast are sub-standard. We feel they are still listenable and recommend you turn up the sound while the interviews are on or listen to them using headphones for best listening quality. Apologies. Won’t happen again.


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