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Star Wars, sci-fi, super villains, you'll find it all here. What are the Mandalorians? Could we survive a Xenomorph invasion like in Aiens? These are questions that keep Fred Kennedy up at night. He’s a comic book creator, radio personality AND tattooed Jedi master extraordinaire. On Issue Zero, he’ll explore all the things that used to get you beat up in school but are now considered the coolest. He’ll look at the fandom universe, and bring you the history of your favorite characters and ma ...
 
Every week on the Creator At Large podcast host Jeremy Melloul speaks with creators and other professionals working in the comic book industry. He digs into how they’ve built their careers, as well as their thoughts and feelings on the industry’s trends and changes. Through these conversations, listeners will not only learn about the industry itself, but also get advice and information on how to build an independent living working in comics.
 
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This week we continue with our Star Wars radio play...Mud 79. The platoon is on leave in the city of Floon Bay and they’re planning on getting rich by gambling on the Swoop Bike races. But something goes wrong and they’re about to get themselves into trouble…trouble that will come with some long term consequences. We'll be back with the next chapte…
 
This week we continue with our Star Wars radio play...Mud 79. Solomon Kwai and the rest of Platoon 79 have just returned from a patrol where they were ambushed. They survived a heavy fire fight—where Staven and Kwai captured an enemy sniper--- and when they arrived back on the base Solomon had a pretty creepy encounter with an Imperial Inquisitor…o…
 
This week we continue with our Star Wars radio play...Mud 79. In the conclusion to the second chapter, Bright Lights, we follow Imperial platoon 79 as they embark on a long patrol through the jungles of the Bista Valley. Contacting small outposts and mining operations. Not everyone is keen to see the planet of Cestin IV falling under the Imperial b…
 
This week we continue with our Star Wars radio play...Mud 79. We're onto the first part of the second chapter...called Bright Lights. We follow the platoon as they embark on a long patrol through the jungles of the Bista Valley. Contacting small outposts and mining operations. Not everyone is keen to see the planet of Cestin IV falling under the im…
 
It’s all been leading to this: reviewing Gambit (1993). In this episode the hosts also the Thunder in Paradise theme song, Jonesy going without power, Power Ranger toys, Duracell sponsorship, True Lies, and much more. Sponsored by: Half-Double Design. Not your granny's crochet. The Comic Book Shop. The best place to grab your comics, statues, busts…
 
On this week’s episode Fred Kennedy brings you the second part to the first chapter of a radio play he wrote. It's based on a Star Wars story and you go behind the lives of the Imperial army three years after the conclusion of The Clone Wars. Follow along with Soloman Kwai, and his comrades of Platoon 79 as they give chase to a group of bandits tha…
 
On this week’s episode Fred Kennedy brings you a radio play. More like a fan fiction radio play based on a Star Wars story he wrote. Go behind the lives of the Imperial army three years after the conclusion of The Clone Wars. This is the story of Soloman Kwai, a riflemen in the Imperial Army. Not a Storm Trooper but in the regular army, a Mud Troop…
 
Today we’re talking with Alex Segura. He's acclaimed writer of novels, comic books, and podcasts. He is the author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall, the Pete Fernandez Mystery series (including the the Anthony Award-nominated crime novels Dangerous Ends and Blackout), and a number of comic books, most notably the superhero noir The Black Ghost, …
 
This week we’re joined by a very busy guy. Canadian comic creator Curt Pires. He’s really having a moment, so I’m glad he was able to make time for us, his latest book “Youth” just launched last week with comixology and is already being developed into a series with Amazon Prime. If you wanted to check Youth out, it’s FREE if you’re in Canada and ha…
 
Today we continue the trend of Content for Covid by chatting with comic and tattoo artist Brian Level. He’s drawn everything from Batman to Thanos. And I bet he’s done at least ONE Tasmanian Devil tattoo…or at least a Dolphin saying “Wazzzup!” But today we talk about all the things he’s been watching/reading/playing since the whole Covid-19 shutdow…
 
This week we have another chum cast where we just chat about what type of content people are consuming during the Covid-19 pandemic. After a heated text-versation with my producer about various Star Wars related topics we opted to just run the gambit of the Star Wars related content there is out there. It’s a universe that spans multiple formats wi…
 
So as we continue to huddle down in our hovels, reading, gaming, binging, and possible snuggling other humans and fur babies. I figured I’d reach out to some o0f my fellow comic creators and other creatives to see what exactly they’re doing in these times of uncertainty. Specifically I wanted to speak with J Torres. He’s done loads of work with Oni…
 
It’s all been leading to this: reviewing Wolverine/Gambit: Victims. In this episode the hosts also discuss what they've been doing for the last year, not having enough toilet paper, X-Men The Animated Series, reading actual books, Kathleen Turner, Spectre, and much more. Sponsored by: Half-Double Design. Not your granny's crochet. The Comic Book Sh…
 
This week we continue our look at what content people are consuming during quarantine. We talk to writer/editor Steph Cooke about what she’s been reading/watching/playing since the Covid-19 shut down began. I also go on a rant about how I am once again obsessed with a videogame that was first released in 2003…because I am an old man with no taste. …
 
So a few days ago…well weeks ago, Diamond Comics Distributors Inc issued a statement saying they would no longer be sending out product effective April 1st. The announcement effectively put the entire comics business on pause. No new books would be going out, period. That’s what the internet was saying, anyways. But is that the case? Are comics eff…
 
COVID 19 has affected all of our lives, BUT the worst thing we can do is panic, or let it get you down. We are all in this together and for sure there is a lot more downtime we hunker down and self isolate to slow down this coronavirus. Today on Issue Zero we’ll be throwing the format into the fire and creating a list of what to check out with all …
 
DC Comics seemingly tossed the idea of shared universe aside and just keep releasing a whole bunch of movies made by different people with different takes on their characters. Wonder Woman and Joker aside DC seems to be struggling with their movies. Team up films like Justice League and Suicide Squad were panned by critics and who could forget Aqua…
 
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) wrapped up its first major event in the spring of 2019…but since then I've wondered who were the REAL villains of that event? Sure, Thanos snapped his fingers and killed off half the galaxy.... but was that worse than what the Avengers did in Endgame? Fred Kennedy looks at the evidence, breaks down the numbers an…
 
This is a love letter to Star Trek, and as such we break all our own formatting rules. Instead of an argument or question where we tackle multiple perspectives, this episode is just a list of five episodes that best lay out what kind of captain Jean Luc Picard is. If you're gonna watch the Picard series but don't really know or really remember who …
 
The Tick is one of the weirdest comic book creations. It started first as a newsletter for a comic book shop and has since been rebooted countless times and none of them have really lasted more than a few seasons. Each one of those iterations is a little different than the last, and true fans have followed him every step of the way. On today's show…
 
In this episode we break down the tragic relationship between film and gaming, and also dive into the storied lore of…story and gaming… The main obstacle to a good video game adaptation is story... the tasks and challenges are simple but you have hours to fall in love with characters....and time? Time is not something you have a lot of in movies. T…
 
Captain Marvel is the first female fronted movie in the MCU. It’s kind of a surprise too, Black Widow has been front and centre in the MCU since Iron Man 2. AND Captain Marvel is a character who’s had some serious ups and downs in terms of their actual origin. In fact Carol Danvers is actually the FOURTH person to carry the mantle…one of them was e…
 
The Star Wars Holiday Special was released 1978. It's was a TV special and...well it gets a lot of hate. If you've seen it, then you know it’s cheesy, and it has some pretty ridiculous aspects, thanks in part to budget for special effects. BUT, if you take a look at the time it was broadcast, AND you acknowledge the very tenuous involvement George …
 
Who is the scariest Marvel Villain? Thanos? No. Glaactus? No. Dr Doom? NO! It’s Ultron. I’m serious. Today I’m gonna break down WHY a villain who starred in what many consider to be one of the worst movies in the MCU is actually the most terrifying villain Marvel has ever created. PERIOD. And we don’t just chat with comic book people for this one, …
 
Fred Kennedy is here to tell you all about Conan the Barbarian and why you too should fall in love with this TRAGICALLY underrated and misrepresented hero. We break down the shocking origins of everyone’s favourite loin cloth wearing wanderer…who incidentally didn’t start wearing a loin cloth until the seventies…and no, it wasn’t a fashion choice. …
 
Rodney and Bill discuss Theremins, Bannana/Mayonaise Sandwhiches, HBO’s Watchmen, and How to fix Star Wars. We also watched the Joker. If you haven’t joined the LST movement, get in touch with us on Twitter @LongboxSmall, on Instagram @LongboxSmallTalk, Facebook at Facebook.com/LongboxSmallTalk, or leave a comment at LongboxSmallTalk.com. Subscribe…
 
Today we’ll be answering the questions “What is a Mandalorian? Who are they? What are their history?” It all starts with Boba Fett, if you’re familiar with Star Wars you know he’s the bad ass looking bounty hunter who escorts Han Solo encased in carbonite to Jabba The Hutt’s Palace in Return of the Jedi... If you’re not familiar with him just know …
 
We’re talking Aliens and the Xenomorph, what makes them so terrifying? Could a scenario like Alien happen here on earth? Your host, not in a parasitic way, Fred Kennedy, takes you through the backstory on the Alien film franchise…and more specifically, its star player…the Xenomorph. He's joined by Johnnie Christmas, who just adapted the original Wi…
 
After a few weeks off, our heros discuss Rod’s Minnesota Vacation, Dark Phoenix, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Spiderman, and What Happens When We Die. Fun times. If you haven’t joined the LST movement, get in touch with us on Twitter @LongboxSmall, on Instagram @LongboxSmallTalk, Facebook at Facebook.com/LongboxSmallTalk, or leave a comment at Longb…
 
The September 2019 edition of the Creator At Large All-points Bulletin where we dive into what’s happened in the comic book industry over the last month and look at the podcast episodes we released to derive some more insights into the trends shaping & changing the comic industry and the place of professionals and creators working in it. And, yes, …
 
It’s all been leading to this: reviewing the original Captain America. In this episode the hosts discuss Q319, Aerosmith's Big Ones, Geffen Records, "hotter than fish grease," losing the Geffen sponsorship, House of X + Powers of X talk, and much more. Sponsored by: Half-Double Design. Not your granny's crochet. The Comic Book Shop. The best place …
 
Amie Wright is the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable - a part of the American Library Association dedicated to support library staff in their efforts to engage with comics. In this episode we discuss the GNCRT, the ALA, as well as Amie’s own passion for comics & libraries and how it’s led her through her career so far.…
 
Hope Nicholson is a comics historian and the independent publisher behind Canadian comics company, Bedside Press. Through Bedside she’s published numerous comics and anthologies and charted a unique path in the comic industry. In this episode, we discuss how she’s gone about building Bedside.
 
Chip Mosher is the Head of Content at Comixology and, after 20 years of experience, knows the comic book industry well. In this episode we go for a walk - an actual physical walk - and discuss the ins & outs of Comixology’s evolution, their new originals program, and explore Chip’s career in comics and perspective on the industry today.…
 
Techincal difficulties aside, your hosts manage to tackle D 23 announcements, Joker and Terminator trailers, and talk Star Trek. If you haven’t joined the LST movement, get in touch with us on Twitter @LongboxSmall, on Instagram @LongboxSmallTalk, Facebook at Facebook.com/LongboxSmallTalk, or leave a comment at LongboxSmallTalk.com. Subscribe Maste…
 
The August 2019 edition of the Creator At Large All-points Bulletin where we dive into what’s happened in the comic book industry over the last month and look at the podcast episodes we released to derive some more insights into the trends shaping & changing the comic industry and the place of professionals and creators working in it.…
 
Our Dynamic Duo is back again once more to bring the pain. Hot button topics this week: Bill reads House of X/Power of X, Rod wathed The Boys, Watchmen on HBO, Sandman on Netflix, and we cast the Fantastic Four movie. Clear your schedules! If you haven’t joined the LST movement, get in touch with us on Twitter @LongboxSmall, on Instagram @LongboxSm…
 
Justin Jordan is a comic book writer, most well-known for his work on comic such as: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Spread, and Reaver. In this episode we discuss all the different ways he’s exploring developing his career and his well-informed perspective on the new opportunities available to comic book creators.…
 
Bill and Rodney return from their extended vacation only to find Disney has bought everything, Sony has Spiderman again, The Matrix 4 was announced, Star Wars is falling apart, and did you really think we weren’t going to play “From the Halls of Obscurity”. If you haven’t joined the LST movement, get in touch with us on Twitter @LongboxSmall, on In…
 
MariNaomi is not only a savvy independent cartoonist, she also manages three databases for diverse cartoonists (Cartoonists of Color, LBTQ Cartoonists, and Disabled Cartoonists). In this episode we discuss how she’s managed to make a living in comics, the work of developing these databases, and the independent path in comics.…
 
The June and July 2019 edition of the Creator At Large All-points Bulletin where we dive into what’s happened in the comic book industry over the last month and look at the podcast episodes we released to derive some more insights into the trends shaping & changing the comic industry and the place of professionals and creators working in it.…
 
Stephanie Cooke has her hands in many different parts of the comic book industry - taking on a wide variety of projects and never slowing down. Her endless energy for the industry gives her a wide perspective as both a journalist, a writer, and someone working to support creators from the sidelines of the industry. In this episode she joins me to d…
 
Sasha Bassett is a comic scholar, PhD student in sociology, and instructor at Portland State University. She’s also an unabashed supporter for the unionization of comics and just led a huge study on what it’s like to work in the comic book industry in 2019. In this episode she joins me to discuss her career so far, her perspective on the comic indu…
 
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