72 minutes | Mar 10, 2023
Episode 95: Hugh Rookwood
Our host chats with a fellow veteran of the comic con artists alley circuit and a man who brimming with positivity and the creative spirit. Hugh Rookwood is a freelance artist and owner of an illustration and design studio called “Chozen Studios”. For over 20 years he has incorporated his love of comics and comic art into his profession and developed an extensive portfolio. Hugh was an original founding member of Draxhall Jump Studios created by Artist/CEO Ken Lashley of Marvel Comics fame, which gave him the opportunity to do work for companies such as Hasbro,Mattel, Image Comics and Darkhorse. Our guest discusses his unlikely artistic influences in surrealist painters, finding a love of Marvel comics at an early age and using his early teachings in animation to create an award winning children's book about an unlikely Canadian folk hero.
94 minutes | Feb 24, 2023
Episode 94: Michael Chan
79 minutes | Feb 10, 2023
Episode 93: David Cullen - Part 2
Part 2 of an in depth conversation with Marvel Comics creator David Cullen! The second section of this conversation delves into the "hustle" required to get a foot in the door at Marvel Comics. He talks about how a fun idea about Keith Richards leading the Fantastic Four led to a two page spread in a What If comic! The discussion leads to David's storyboard work and how he worked very closely with Robert Eggers on the amazing cult film The Lighthouse. Leading to the revelation that of all his storyboard work it stands as the one that was closest to his original drawings
69 minutes | Jan 27, 2023
Episode 92: David Cullen - Part 1
André chats with a friend of a friend and a creator for Marvel Comics who through sheer tenacity made it to the House of Ideas! David Cullen is a self-employed artist and the sole proprietor of Quinline Graphics. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and studied at Halifax's Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). During this time, he pursued work at Marvel and DC Comics in New York. His career as a self-employed artist began with a drawing assignment from Marvel Comics editor, Craig Anderson. The resulting product saw print in Marvel's 'What If ...?' V2 and was his first mass-published, professional work. While continuing with Marvel, David began finding storyboard work in Halifax's film industry and beyond. His work as a storyboard artist has been widely utilized in television commercials, feature films, TV movies, children's tv animation and live-action production, as well as in comics and cartoons for periodicals. David and André chat about growing up in Texas, maneuvering his school trip to meet with Marvel Comics and working towards his dream in part 1 of this 2 part series.
68 minutes | Jan 13, 2023
Episode 91: Frank Forrestall - Part 2
André and Frank finish their epic conversation with themes of heartbreak, mental health issues, creativity and existential horror. The second part of the conversation with Frank Forrestall delves into his short film JackenJill and his regrets about not "killing his darlings" and making it a shorter offering. How he entered into the Canadian film world and how the drudgery of the work and his own personal issue led to a mental breakdown and how using that experience lead to building a career in painting and finding his own voice in a medium already peppered with the work of his father.
78 minutes | Dec 30, 2022
Episode 90: Frank Forrestall: Part 1
When André was first trying to break into film acting many years ago he was lucky to stumble upon a role in a small independent horror short directed by this weeks guest! Frank Forrestall was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1973. Youngest son of celebrated Canadian artist Tom Forrestall, Frank attended NSCAD before working in the entertainment industry (Art Department, Animation, Visual Effects, Digital Art) for nearly 20 years. In 2017 Frank returned to painting and began to apply himself full-time to his Fine Art endeavors. Part 1 of this 2 part conversation focuses on growing up with a famous father, breaking into film and animation with a beloved documentary of Fairies and getting a call from Dreamworks to be a part of their experimental animation website and how that became erased from every vestige of the internet after it failed.
87 minutes | Dec 16, 2022
Episode 89: Jeff Blyth
Andre chats with Jeff Blyth a man who has had a hand in all aspects of film making with integral parts in cinematic history! A director, writer and producer whose film experience has taken him and his audiences to every corner of the globe. Millions of visitors to Disney theme parks have seen Blyth's artistry and technical expertise in Circle-Vision 360-degree films shot throughout America, Canada, China and Europe. His film-making skills also span an impressive range of media including IMAX films, theatrical motion pictures, television documentaries, episodic television and video-based computer games. Jeff discusses a very personal documentary he recently created about his father's experiences in WW2, Working with wild animals on the set of Disney's Cheetah, Spending 2 years in China to film Disney's first Circle-Vision film and finding light in the themes of cinema which often turn towards the dark!
88 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
Episode 88: Jason Loo
André sits down with another creator for Marvel Comics and the mastermind behind what may be the most Canadian superhero ever created Toronto-based superhero The Pitiful Human-Lizard.Jason Loo is co-Creator and artist on the 2020 Eisner Award-Winning digital series Afterlift for Comixology Originals, with comic writer Chip Zdarsky. The series also won a Joe Shuster Award for best digital series and nominated for a 2020 Harvey Award. Other projects include Star Wars Adventures and Star Wars: High Republic Adventures (IDW); X-Corp, Fantastic Four, and Marvel Voices (Marvel); Kill Shakespeare (IDW); and Black Hammer Visions (Dark Horse Comics). Jason and our host discuss a childhood related connection to Multiple Man a character he currently works on for Marvel unlimited, Why the term he penned "Made in Chinatown" had a newfound relevance later in life and how making the city of Toronto a real character in his book may have been the key to his early independent comics success.
52 minutes | Nov 18, 2022
Episode 87: John Russo
After a brief hiatus André returns with Season 4 of the show and boy did we come back with a bang! With twenty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution, John Russo has been called a "living legend." He began by co-authoring the screenplay for Night of the Living Dead, which has become recognized as a "horror classic." His three books on the art and craft of movie making have become bibles of independent production, and one of them, Scare Tactics, won a national award for Superior Nonfiction. Quentin Tarantino and many other noted filmmakers have stated that Russo's books helped them launch their careers. André and John talk about how a lack of faith in humanities ability to work together lead to the idea of Night of the Living Dead, his work on it's restoration, the odd way he first met George Romero and his passion for writing, directing and editing.
77 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
Episode 86: Jim Rugg
André connects with a kindred spirit in Jim Rugg a fellow Graphic Designer who transitioned far more successfully into comic books! Jim is a Pittsburgh based, comic book artist, book maker, illustrator, and designer. His books include Street Angel, the PLAIN Janes, Afrodisiac, Notebook Drawings, Rambo 3.5, Supermag and The Incredible Hulk: Grand Design. He has a deep love of comic books, zines, lettering, podcasts, running, pro-wrestling, pizza, and cats. His work has earned Eisner and Ignatz Awards and continues to innovate in a medium that seemed to have grown stale in visual experimentation Jim discusses how comics may have saved his life as he grew up in a small town., transitioning to comics through graphic design, a deep sighted love of genre cinema, categorizing The Hulk with Universal Monsters, being surprisingly free while working for Marvel and using Professional Wrestling as an avenue to tell a visual story through violence!
77 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
Episode 85: Jeff Smith
Continuing a trend of finding interesting stories from the owners / operators of comic stores, André speaks with Jeff Smith creator of The Comic Hunter in Charlottetown and it's expansions in New Brunswick. Jeff was born in raised in Charlottetown, PEI and walks our host through his life of collecting by using key issues from his collection to spark memories of his journey from a table at a mall selling comics to purchasing a new building in Moncton, new Brunswick for his sprawling expansion store. Having the nickname Star Wars in high school, a love of Eddie Campbell, getting in early with the distributor network, deciding what to sell and what to keep and ultimately the joy of bringing order to collecting chaos and helping others fill their collections. All are discussed in another fun episode!
72 minutes | Jun 18, 2022
Episode 84: John Roy
André's past as an onstage performer with the Geeks vs Nerds comedy debate show comes to the forefront as he talks with good friend and creator of that program John Roy John talks about finding a love of comics from his local pharmacy in Fall River, Nova Scotia. Growing up immersed in geek culture and leaving the Maritimes for jolly old England. Learn about the fast paced lifestyle of an IT worker on the United Kingdom's Stock Exchange and how quickly a paycheck can disappear at the local pub! Listen in as the two discusses the built in connections that come with nerd culture and the lengths some people go for the perfect cosplay!
122 minutes | May 21, 2022
Episode 83: Don Watson
André catches up with an old friend from the comic cons! The creator of Indy comic Jurassic Warp, Don Watson! Born and raised in New Brunswick, Don Watson is a Canadian artist who has a passion and love of all things creative and artistic. From illustrating for companies like Red Leaf Comics, to designing brands for local identities, Don has applied his knowledge from NBCCD (New Brunswick College of Craft and Design) to creating a lifestyle and career in art. Don recounts the social issues that still plague parts of Canada, staying in the sketchiest hotel of all time while moving back to the maritimes and how time traveling dinosaurs can be used as a colorful metaphor for racism alongside the continuing immigrant debate.
72 minutes | May 7, 2022
Episode 82: Janet Hetherington
André upgrades his Zoom just in time to speak with Janet Hetherington, a Canadian writer and artist. She was a winner of a Prix Aurora Award for Canadian science fiction excellence in 1999 for her work in co-curating a "60 Years of Superman" exhibit. She also worked on The Elvira comic book series and went on to a career as a screenwriter creating several fun-filled genre films. Hear our host and his guest discuss the importance of representation for young girls, being inspired by Lois Lane to pursue an education in journalism and teaching her baby brother his first words "I'm Batman!"
83 minutes | Apr 23, 2022
Episode 81: Chelsey Scully
André met an amazing cast of characters at Island Expo in PEI a month ago, one being creator of Tales From the Stitch, Chelsey Scully. Introduced to horror films at a young age Chelsey found a love for creature effects that grew into a full fledged passion for all things scary on the silver screen. That eventually led to a career in creating amazing yarn dolls of the various characters that populate the darkest corners of film!Listen in as Chelsey discusses how her father introducing her to the House started this journey and many of the steps along the way. Learn how horror movies may have offered a distraction from the real terrors caused by anxiety and the joy of introducing her own daughter to the macabre!
68 minutes | Apr 9, 2022
Episode 80: Brad Seymour
Professional Wrestling and Comic books collide in Glory Bound from Sandstone Comics! André who has a foot firmly planted in both worlds talks to it's creator Brad Seymour. A PEI resident and indie comic creator focusing on his first title and creating all aspects of it's production. Brad recounts being a young Hulkamaniac, finding comics through the dark recesses of Tim Burton's Batman film, Locking into Image comics with articles in Wizard magazine, moving across Canada multiple times with his Air Force parents and finding an old sense of calmness from that seemingly temporary lifestyle.
83 minutes | Mar 26, 2022
Episode 79: Don Mann
Our host has always wanted to sit down with the organizer of a comic convention and what better way to finally do that than to talk with the co-creator of one of the best comic book focused conventions in Canada! The East Coast Comic Expo! Don Mann has seemingly sought his whole life to find a "community" in the graphic novel world. Though it took many years, a lot of planning and help from a handful of like minded people he managed to bring a unique celebration of comic books, their fans and creators together for many years with no end in sight! Listen in as Don talks about finally finding a fellowship in Halifax at the fabled Strange Adventures, growing up near André's current home in Colchester and surviving a serious heart attack .
86 minutes | Mar 12, 2022
Episode 78: Ronn Sutton
André speaks with another trailblazing Canadian comic creator Ronn Sutton! Ronn has provided amazing art for Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (46 issues), Fear Agent, Honey West, The Phantom, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Cases of Sherlock Holmes, Vampira, Spinnerette, Starbikers, Draculina and many more for a variety of publishers that have included Claypool, Dark Horse, Moonstone, Renegade, Northstar, Vortex, Brainstorm, and more. Join the conversation with as our guest details becoming fast friends with Bernie Wrightson, Organizing one of the first major Comic Conventions in Toronto, chilling stories from his time as a court room sketch artist and paying a naked Ted Nugent for a concert!
96 minutes | Feb 26, 2022
Episode 77: Ookla the Mok
André makes a personal dream come true when he sits down with Rand Bellavia and Adam English of Ookla the Mok. Although Ookla the Mok has released many songs about more universal topics like relationships and lost love, they are best known for filk songs that cater to the interests of listeners at science fiction and comic book conventions, where the band makes the bulk of their public appearances. For example, their song "Arthur Curry" from Less Than Art pokes fun at Aquaman and the way his super-powers do not seem to compare favorably with the rest of the Super Friends. The Group discuss early Canadian band influences, finding success on the comic convention circuit, FILK music, The best version of Lex Luthor and how Grant Morrison and Alan Moore and two sides of a dark coin.
119 minutes | Feb 12, 2022
Episode 76: Geof Isherwood
André talks comics with someone he has long admired artist Geof Isherwood! Starting in 1982, Geof has drawn for Marvel and DC Comics starting with Daredevil followed by Swords of the Swashbucklers, Conan the King, The ‘Nam, Conan the Barbarian, Suicide Squad, Dr. Strange and Namor, along with numerous short runs and one-offs on titles such as Spider-Man and Thor. in 1999, Geof branched out into film, and has been doing concept art for over 60 productions, doing everything from storyboards for movies and animation to prop design to set decoration paintings and posters. Listen in as Geof discusses breaking into comics and film through hard work, studying under Larry Hama, Knowing Battlefield Earth would be a train wreck while working in the design department and visiting the Marvel offices as a teenager! All of this and much much more!