Sunday, 23 September 2012

2dcast Episode 11.1 with special Guest Andy Luke

SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE .As a preview to his work on The Magnificent One Day Comic Book Factory at this weekends TitanCon in Belfast we speak to the one and only Andy Luke. We discuss his work as a comic creator and educator , shoot the breeze about his love of sequential art, and most importantly plug the event this weekend were he Paddy Lynch and PJ Holden will help a group to create a comic in just one afternoon. Details of the event can be found here

Saturday, 22 September 2012

2dcast Episode 11 with special guest Patrick Brown

Coming at ya from the means streets of Hackney and Derry respectively , Ciaran Flanagan and Bobby Best return with a review of the comics event movie of the year. Not Avengers, not Batman, but Dredd 3d. Find out our thoughts on not only this , but also the recent revelations about Wolverines past , the new Thunderbolts line-up , the outcome of Bobby’s recent death defying charity event and much much more. We also have the opportunity to chat with the awesome Paddy Brown ( not lynch as I say during the episode ) about his work , about Tin Tin and the forthcoming Cattle Raid of Cooley.

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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Review: Supernatural Showcase

Supernatural Showcase
Gar Shanley and Cathal Dougan
Review by Ciaran Flanagan

Gar Shanley and Cathal Dougan are two very sick men, and I mean this in the nicest possible way. The team that brought us the top-notch comic satire of Superhero Showcase have teamed up once more to bring us the paranormally-themed Supernatural Showcase, another faux anthology collection from the fine folks at the fictional Windell Comics. And while Superhero Showcase was straight up parody, its successor attempts to go in some different (and more interesting) directions.

 The visuals are presented in stark black and white, which adds to the air of surrealism. Dougan’s artwork, with its shades of LA fanzine artist Raymond Pettibon, is perfect for the (intentional) atmosphere of feeling slightly uncomfortable but not really understanding why. There is a move away from simple parody to the out-and-out grotesque which is delineated clearly in the superb double centre spread (in which we the ever present reader are entreated to colour).
There are several genuinely very funny strips, with “Ghosts! Monsters! Aliens! Robots!” causing me to HOWL with laughter. It’s also fair to say that Supernatural Showcase is not for everyone. I showed it to a couple of like-minded individuals who are very much part of the spandex set , who could barely get past the lack of colour—never mind the David Lynchish black humour. Much like a lot of the sketches in The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer (Masterchef) and The League of Gentlemen (Papa Lazaru) it seems that the more surreal elements could be off-putting to some readers. There are also some strips that are unsettling on a whole new level. In particular “Salvos Saturday Car” is one of the most genuinely disturbing things I have ever encountered in any medium. The story of a bizarre kids TV show that the country lives in fear of, it should resonate very strongly with anyone who ever lived ( and suffered ) through an episode of either Fortycoats or Pajos Junk Box (a programme in itself so bizarre, that I am convinced that I dreamed the whole thing up. A knacker punk rat presenting the Muppet Babies from inside a washing machine crate? No sane or rational mind could come up with that surely?)

Next up on RTE the horror of Kenny Live

Having said all that, this is well written and drawn , pleasingly reminiscent of one of Marvels old collected comics thanks to its glossy cover and it’s fair to say that if you like a bit of David Cronenberg, or you got a kick out of old horror strips like The Thirteenth Floor, you’ll find yourself in safe hands here. Well, I say safe…[1]
[1]You should read that last sentence in a Garth Marenghi voice.

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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

2dCast Episode Ten : Zombie Special

Things got a bit messy at the 2d Christmas party.
Live from Culture Techs Zombie Night, this episode of the 2dcast is an undead special as Bobby and Ciaran are joined by Kevin Louge and Danny Mc Crossan from Uproar Comics , and local horror writer James Leckey to discuss the finer points of zombie fiction whilst dressed in full zombie make-up as Ving Rhames blows away walking corpses in the background. In celebration of our tenth episode we present two treats . Firstly we have the first of this years 2d Festival panels . Our broadcast colleague Chris Thompson chairs a discussion on Zombie comics featuring Marvels Declan Shalvey , Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard , Chris Ryall of IDW , Team Uproar , and the esteemed Mr Tony Lee. Secondly we have a veritable bounty of undead goodies to give away. In order to win a complete run of Zombies Hi signed by the creative team, a print of the cover Zombies Hi # 6 signed by artist ( and 2d top dog )David Campbell , and a bunch of 2d stuff just answer the ( admittedly lame) question posed during the body of the podcast. Send your answers to

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