Tag: Mike Gold

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 16: Special Guest – Craig Rousseau

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 16: Special Guest – Craig Rousseau

Mike and Bob are back this week with artist Craig Rousseau. Enjoy the show.

Craig is comic artist who has been working in the field for over two decades. He got his start with long run on Impulse from DC Comics and is also well known for his work on Batman Beyond, Harley Quinn, and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane at Marvel Comics. His creator-owned project The Perhapanauts that he works on with writer Todd Dezago is a classic example of embracing the magic of the comics medium. Recently he has had excellent runs Killing Red Sonia and the Young Hellboy franchise.

You can watch below or go to our Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch pages directly to interact. Continue reading “Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 16: Special Guest – Craig Rousseau”

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 15: Special Guest – Tom King

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 15: Special Guest – Tom King

Mike and Bob are back this week with writer Tom King. Enjoy the show.

Tom King is an award winning writer of comic books such as Batman, Mister Miracle, Vision, Sheriff of Babylon, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, Human Target, and his latest release Wonder Woman. He has also published the critically acclaimed novel A Once Crowded Sky. A former intern for both Marvel and DC comics, King spent time in the counter intelligence division of the CIA before beginning his career as writer. He has been churning out hit after hit for the past decade and has worked with a Who’s Who of amazing comic artistic talent. We are happy to have the opportunity to talk to him on the SquadCast and hope you enjoy the conversation.

You can watch below or go to our Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch pages directly to interact.

First Comics 40th Anniversary at C2E2

First Comics 40th Anniversary at C2E2

This year is a momentous anniversary at Pop Culture Squad. The independent comic book company First Comics launched forty years ago  and published its first issue in March of 1983. Mike Gold, one of our key contributors at PCS, was the founder and editorial director at First.

First Comics was the little comics company with some of the biggest stars in comics before comic superstars was a thing. Names like Mike Grell, Howard Chaykin, John Ostrander, Timothy Truman, Jim Starlin, Mike Baron, and Steve Rude are just some of the comics greats who were regulars at First. It was fertile ground for independent creator-owned comics. The genres included superheroes, science-fiction, space fantasy, spy thriller, political satire, humor, and more. The publisher produced interesting comics that challenged the larger publishers to adapt. They innovated by producing the first digitally created comic in Shatter, by Peter B. Gillis and Mike Saenz and bringing the manga title Lone Wolf and Cub to American readers. Continue reading “First Comics 40th Anniversary at C2E2”

Continued After the Next Page #022: Planning Panels and Conventioning in the Windy City and Ithaca

Continued After the Next Page #022: Planning Panels and Conventioning in the Windy City and Ithaca

In the “before times”, people would come to the gathering place and wander the concourse taking in the sights purchasing shiny wares with no fear of deadly disease. That was three years ago. Are we back to that point? Probably not, and probably not for a while still, but we are getting closer.

Comic convention season is back in full force. That break in con scheduling that we normally have from before the December holidays until late February didn’t really happen this year. Most people seems to be willing to return to the circuit with little concern for the pandemic creating coronavirus. The best part of this is that my social media feeds are not filling up with tales of infections or even the dreaded con-crud.

All of this has me even more excited to begin my 2023 convention season in a couple of weeks. Your intrepid correspondent will be part of the press contingent at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, more commonly known by its geek friendly acronym C2E2. I will be walking the floors all three days talking to exhibitors and fans and checking out some of the interesting panel programming.

However, the most exciting panels, in my not so humble opinion, will take place on Sunday April 2, 2023. I will be hosting two panels a Reed event for the first time in my career, and I am beyond excited. Continue reading “Continued After the Next Page #022: Planning Panels and Conventioning in the Windy City and Ithaca”

Pop Culture SquadCast Live with Special Guest Dean Haspiel

Pop Culture SquadCast Live with Special Guest Dean Haspiel

In the latest live episode of the Pop Culture SquadCast, our hosts Mike Gold and Bob Harrison will talk with writer, artist, cartoonist, playwright, filmmaker, and heck of a good guy, Dean Haspiel.

Our Guest:

Dean Haspiel is well know for his web comic The Red Hook Saga on Webtoon.com. He has worked with Harvey Pekar on the American Splender comic and Jonathan Ames on The Alcoholic. He was an early adopter of the mass appeal of online comics and used it to cultivate projects like his Billy Dogma stories. He is currently working on Covid Cop which is a kickstarter campaign that is still going on.

You can watch the stream below, and we are also broadcasting live on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

Pop Culture SquadCast Live: Special Guests Ed Catto and Jamal Igle

Pop Culture SquadCast Live: Special Guests Ed Catto and Jamal Igle

Join our hosts Mike Gold and Bob Harrison as they talk about all things Pop Culture tonight. There will be special guests, including PCS’s own Ed Catto, and comic book creator and artist Jamal Igle.

You can watch the stream below, and we are also broadcasting live on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

 

Pop Culture SquadCast Live: Special Guests Marc Alan Fishman and Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Pop Culture SquadCast Live: Special Guests Marc Alan Fishman and Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Join our hosts Mike Gold and Bob Harrison as they talk about all things Pop Culture tonight. There will be special guests, including PCS’s own Marc Fishman, and comic writer extraordinaire Phillip Kennedy Johnson.

You can watch the stream below, and we are also broadcasting live on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

 

With Further Ado #232: Ms. Tree – Success Is No Mystery

With Further Ado #232: Ms. Tree – Success Is No Mystery

I never grew out of Superheroes, but I did grow into detective fiction. I’m not sure when it was (maybe middle school?), but mysteries and detective stories were my favorite literary genre. And while I’ve always been all in on comics, there was never an overwhelming amount of traditional detective/mystery/private eye comics.

Oh, there were a few that pulled me in, and I enjoyed them all. I particularly remember Mike W. Barr’s Maze Agency, Jonni Thunder and those Jason Bard back-up stories in (appropriately) Detective Comics. And the long running Ms. Tree was also always a favorite.

This character, and series, were created by two folks who would become favorites of mine. Max Allan Collins is a Mystery Writers of America 2017 Grand Master ‘Edgar’ winner, although I knew him better as the Dick Tracy writer and the guy behind the Nate Heller novels. Terry Beatty is a fantastic artist and today many folks know him as the inker of the Eisner Award-Winning Batman and Robin Adventures series and the World’s Finest graphic novel. Continue reading “With Further Ado #232: Ms. Tree – Success Is No Mystery”

With Further Ado #195: Whew! A live convention, and it was fantastic!

With Further Ado #195: Whew! A live convention, and it was fantastic!

Whew!  Last week I pulled back the curtain as we were in the throes of planning for ITHACON. It was the first year we’d be back live, after the pandemic restrictions, and there was a lot of anxiety in the air.

And as you might recall, ITHACON is a unique show: Bill Turner, the founder, is still very much involved, but I have the privilege of teaching an Ithaca College course about tradeshows and conventions, and as a part of that class, the students promote, plan, and manage ITHACON.  Having worked for Reed Elsevier, I set the bar really high too.

But you know what? It all worked out. The show was a huge success.

I’ll rely on the photos to tell the tale this week, but I still want to fire away with five random thoughts (If I was trying to impress you, I’d label them as “Five Insights”) about ITHACON 2022.

1. People like people – and they are excited to gather together. There were a lot of happy smiles all around and just about everyone: the attendees, the guests, the dealers/exhibitors, the cosplayers, the students (they did all the work), the volunteers, the Comic Book Club of Ithaca (and even the facilities staff) reported they had a great time.

2. ITHACON attracted the people who wanted to be there. Attendance was down from when we were last in person, but that was expected. And you know what? We didn’t want it too crowded anyways. This resulted in quick lines and opportunities for fans wander about and to discover new things.  The dealers were happy too; many of them told us tales about how ITHACON 45 was their best show in a while/ever!

Continue reading “With Further Ado #195: Whew! A live convention, and it was fantastic!”

With Further Ado #193: Convention Planning in the Age of Uncertainty

With Further Ado #193: Convention Planning in the Age of Uncertainty

Planning for a comic convention in 2022 sure is weird!

As Covid drags on, everything seems to be affected as we all, as a society, struggle to shift back to normal. Or to redefine what normal means.  And when you add in the anxiety of world events, the in-your-face impact of inflation (rising gas prices) and a rainy spring season- there’s a lot more to planning an event than there used to be!

But this Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24th, we’ll be hosting ITHACON 45.  The nation’s second longest running comic convention, right after San Diego Comic-Con (CCI), will be back in-person and live. This show’s founder, Bill Turner is still VERY active in all aspects of the show, and I have the honor of teaching a class at Ithaca College’s School of Business where we teach students about conventions, trade shows and live events, and then provide them the “hand’s on” opportunity to help promote, manage, and run a real show – ITHACON. Continue reading “With Further Ado #193: Convention Planning in the Age of Uncertainty”