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Nov 17, 2015

Such a treat to talk to Koren Shadmi about his new graphic novel The Abaddon, and maybe to get a little philosophical, even a little existential in the process.

Be sure to shout out to Koren on the twitter @KorenShadmi and tell him how much you loved hearing him on Crowwdfinders (and I suppose, by extension, how much you love Crowdfinders, thanks!!!)

More on Koren and The Abaddon (from the good folks who do his publicity)

From award-winning illustrator Koren Shadmi comes THE ABADDON, a strikingly cinematic graphic novel loosely based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s play NO EXIT, due out November 12th online and in bookstores, from Z2 Comics. Originally created as a webcomic, THE ABADDON tells the story of a young man, Ter, who finds himself trapped in an otherworldly apartment with a group of dysfunctional, ill-matched roommates. Ter is aghast to discover that his new, grotesque reality is not governed by the laws of nature, and that his roommates are missing critical chunks of their memories and identities -- as is he.

Creator Koren Shadmi’s work was first published in his native Israel when he was a teenager. His haunting, alluring characters pull readers straight into Ter’s David Lynch-esque reality. On his captivating and, at times, horrifying quest for clarity and control, Ter remembers that he was once a soldier, and is forced to face the aftermath of his time on the frontlines -- a journey that echoes Shadmi’s own three year-stint in the Israeli Army.

Shadmi is already a well-known creator in Israel and Europe, and this fall’s publication of THE ABADDON promises to substantially elevate his U.S. profile. Through THE ABADDON, U.S. readers and critics alike will discover Shadmi’s intense combination of dark humor and drama; will feel a rare, visceral connection to characters that embody all of our deepest, darkest thoughts.

Koren Shadmi is an Israeli born, Brooklyn based graphic novelist and illustrator. His books have been published internationally and include: IN THE FLESH, THE ABADDON, and most recently: MIKE’s PLACE: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, BLUES AND TERROR IN TEL AVIV.

Koren’s illustration and comics have appeared in publications such as: The Wall Street Journal, Wired, BusinessWeek, the Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Mother Jones, Playboy, and many others. His illustration work has won several awards at the Society of Illustrators.

 

 

Nov 9, 2015

Laughed my butt off talking to Will Tracy and Gabe Koplowitz about their new book from Z2  Comics. Great dudes, super fun conversation, but I must warn you, sit down before you listen because you will laugh your butt off too and will be unable to sit down after you listen.

Be sure to shout out to these two amazing creators on the Twitter @williamtracy and @gabekoplowitz

A bit about the book (from Z2's promo department):

Writers Will Tracy (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) and Gabe Koplowitz, are, with artist Miguel Porto, creating their comic book debut ALLEN: SON OF HELLCOCK, due out this December from Z2 Comics. Title character Allen is cowardly, directionless, and less physically menacing than a daffodil. He’s also the only son of the mightiest hero ever to plunge his sword hilt-deep into the dark heart of evil… the mighty HELLCOCK! Enjoy the ride as Allen is thrust sword-first into a not-so-classic fantasy quest that, frankly, he would rather just sit out.

Oct 31, 2015

Such a treat to talk to artists Brand Peters and Kathie Olivas about their kickstarter for their exciting stop motion film based upon the world of their toy, Calliope Jackalope.

Shout out to these awesome creators on the Twitter @KathieOlivas and @BrandtPeters and check out their wares on the Circus Posterus website: http://www.circusposterus.com/

 

And be sure to check out all the fare on the Up Late Network, of which Crowdfinders is a most proud, most recent, member.

 

From the Press Release:

Just in time for Halloween comes a Kickstarter campaign for a spooky stop-motion film, Calliope, that brings together all-star creators from the world of designer toys (Circus Posterus’ toy designers Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters), stop-motion innovator and Annie Awards Special Achievement recipient Martin Meunier (Coraline) and filmmaker Jon Schnepp (The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened). Based on Olivas’ classic toy character Calliope Jackalope, Calliope is a post-apocalyptic, fantasy adventure about an other-worldly girl who’s unaware that she’s actually Pestilence, one of the four horseman of the apocalypse. If funded through the now live Kickstarter campaign, Calliope will be written and co-directed by Meunier, Olivas and Peters, executive produced by Schnepp and feature artisans, animators, and fabricators that have worked on stop-motion features including The Nightmare Before Christmas. Calliope is planned as an 8-10 minute stop-motion short film and is the most ambitious project yet from the husband and wife creative team of Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters; it will be the first production from Circus Posterus Films, the couple’s New Mexico-based arts collective Circus Posterus.

Oct 13, 2015

So lucky to talk to NYT bestselling author Tony Lee about overcoming life's challenges, how to sell your book, how to sell yourself (the two are closely related) and how to reach reluctant readers.

Be sure to shout out to Tony on the Twitter @mrtonylee and tell him that you loved hearing him on Crowdfinders.

And be sure to check out his BLOG and his extensive WIKIPEDIA PAGE

Oct 2, 2015

Sorry, no Crowdfinders this week, in lieu of a new episode check out my other podcast, Staff Loungin'  podcast about education (it's actually quite entertaining, give it a shot.

This week in the lounge we talk about education, inspiration and how we really should be reforming education.

 

If you like Staff Loungin' head on over to http://staffloungin.libsyn.com/ for more episodes and teacher related zaniness...

Sep 10, 2015

Ian Mcginty, creator of the all ages book Welcome to Showside, coming out soon from Z2 comics on his new creation, Adventure Time, his life in art and the amazing family and truly horrible teachers who inspired and motivated him to be the artist he is today. 

Love Ian? Let him know on the twitter @IanMcginty or on Facebook or anywhere else... he'd love to hear from you.

Better still, he'd love to see from you, so get that fan art going.

And here are some links to some things that I mentioned in the show:

ComicBookCollabs, a real supportive community for comic book creators on Reddit:

The Alarm Clock,  this is my friend's youtube channel, he really hates conspiracy theories. What do you think?

 

Sep 1, 2015

PART 2 OF 2, LISTEN TO PART ONE FIRST

 

Part 2 of a 2 part episode talking to Chris Hunt, Artist, Writer, Creator of Carver: A Paris Story, coming from the new imprint Z2 comics on 11/11. It's a conversation that range as wild and free as the Cascade mountains of Idaho from which Chris hails. Part 1 of 2, and not to be missed!

 

FIND CHRIS AT:

CHRIS HUNT'S WEBSITE

@lazzyfair on the Twitter

FACEBOOK

AND IF YOU LIKE THE PODCAST, PLEASE SUPPORT CROWDFINDERS ON PATREON

https://www.patreon.com/Crowdfinders?ty=h

 

Aug 31, 2015

PART 1 OF 2, LISTEN TO THIS ONE FIRST...

 

Part 1 of a two part episode talking to Chris Hunt, Artist, Writer, Creator of Carver: A Paris Story, coming from the new imprint Z2 comics on 11/11. It's a conversation that range as wild and free as the Cascade mountains of Idaho from which Chris hails. Part 1 of 2, and not to be missed!

 

FIND CHRIS AT:

CHRIS HUNT'S WEBSITE

@lazzyfair on the Twitter

FACEBOOK

AND IF YOU LIKE THE PODCAST, PLEASE SUPPORT CROWDFINDERS ON PATREON

https://www.patreon.com/Crowdfinders?ty=h

 

Aug 26, 2015

YOU'LL NOT SEE NOTHING LIKE THE MIGHTY KUEN!

Inspirational Kuen Tang about all things related to lettering and living a creatively satisfying life all while overcoming the challenges of being quadriplegic... 

There were times when Kuen's story brought me to tears, but don't take my word for it, listen for yourself. This episode is not to be missed!

For all Kuen related links:


https://about.me/tangkuen
http://kuentang.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/kuen-tang/27/212/771
https://twitter.com/mightykuen

And to help her fully traverse the Great Wall of China:

http://www.gofundme.com/quadongreatwall

 

Aug 19, 2015

What a pleasure to talk with Colourist Ivan Plascencia about his life and his work. Ivan is an amazing and gracious guy and the talent behind, among other things, the visual feast of colours that adorn the work of Riley Rossmo in Rasputin and Contantine, the Hellbazer. As always, this episode is not to be missed.

Follow Ivan on the Twitter @ivanplascencia and tell him how much you love his work. Do it now!

Aug 5, 2015

Joseph Illidge, weekly Comic Book Resources columnist and former member of the Batman Group (that's what they call the Batman editorial team at DC) talks about the issue of diversity (or rather the lack of diversity) in the world of comics, both on the page, and more perniciously, behind the scenes.

It's a great interview, not to be missed, so strap on those earbuds because there is some learning to be done!

You can find Joseph's column here: The Mission

And check out his twitter feed for updates on Joseph's writing and his deep thoughts: @JosephPIllidge 

 

Jul 29, 2015

Such a pleasure to talk to Nelson about his upcoming Top Cow book, Romulus, with Bryan Edward Hill 

We also touch upon process, practice, line miles and even basketball. Not to be missed!

 

Shout out to Nelson on the Twitter @nelsonblake2 and be sure to check Nelson's tumblr for Romulus updates and other cool stuff: http://nelsonblakeii.tumblr.com/

Jul 22, 2015

Himkar Tak talks about genetic manipulation and the ups and downs of getting his first book, Boy 1, published at IDW. 

Find Himkar on the Twitter @hstronic

 

Jul 15, 2015

So great to talk to veteran author of comics and video games and fellow podcaster Antony Johnston about his work on the books The Fuse and Codename Baboushka, his time on the influential Warren Ellis Forum, his process and his team building techniqies, his podcast, Unjustly Maligned, his life in design and metal and so much more.

I say this a lot, the difference is this time I mean it. This episode is not to be missed.

Find Antony Here:

http://www.antonyjohnston.com/

or on the Twitter @AntonyJohnston

Jul 9, 2015

So pleased to talk to zen master and comic book writer Bryan Edward Hill, about his Top Cow book Postal, his life, his process, and the lessons that can be gleaned from all 3.

Show Notes:

find Bryan 

@BryanEdwardHill on the Twitter

http://bryanedwardhill.tumblr.com/ on the Tumblr

Jul 2, 2015

This time around it was my distinct pleasure to listen to and learn from the story of Julieta's life.

Show Notes Courtesy the Great Julieta:

My portfolio:
http://www.jujujulieta.com
 
My tumblr:
http://engelen.tumblr.com
 
COMICS I RECOMMEND:
- Muchacho by Emmanuel Lepage
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët 
 
THE SUNDAY COMICS KICKSTARTER
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/831309281/the-sunday-comics-are-back-with-over-150-creators

 

Jun 24, 2015

This time we are very excited to talk to comixology co-founder John D Roberts about the pivots in his life that led him to where he is today as well as the ways in which digitl comics platforms are changing the face of the comics industry for readers and creators alike.

Plus there is a rap at the end...

 

SHOW NOTES:

Comixology (get your digital comics here...) https://www.comixology.com/

Comixology Submit (SUBMIT SUBMIT, who knows maybe your comic'll be a hit) https://submit.comixology.com/

Jun 17, 2015

Greetings Crowdfinders, this time we talk to Trevor Meuller, author of youth readers indie book and Thrillbent webcomic Albert the Alien.

May 28, 2015

This week it was my distinct pleasure to talk to Afua Richardson, artists, singer, flautist, activist, all around amazing person and the visionary who brought you the art in the captivating and timely image book "Genius".

Show Notes:

If you want to shout out to Afua, find here here...

http://www.afuarichardson.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DoctaFoosLab

https://twitter.com/AfuaRichardson

https://www.facebook.com/AfuaNjokiRichardson

https://www.pinterest.com/doctafoo/afua-richardson/

http://doctafoo.tumblr.com/

https://vimeo.com/afuarichardson

https://instagram.com/doctafoo/

and don't forget...

BUY GENIUS HERE:

http://www.thetopcowstore.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=91

 

 

May 21, 2015

John Layman, writer and creator of Chew. 

I'm not sure anything else really needs to be said...

 

Show Notes:

Find John Layman on the Twitter @themightylayman

Check his WIKIPEDIA PAGE (it's full of lies)

Layman's List (must read comics for noobs)

Preacher

Stray Bullets

Scalped

Manhattan Projects

6 Guns

Letter 44

Locke & Key

God Hates Astronauts

Princess Ugg

Hate

CHEW VOLUME 6!!!!

May 12, 2015

It was mys distinct pleasure ot talk to Erik Bitmanis about his new book Hard Wyred.

 

Show Notes (Courtesy of Erik)

Hard Wyred is a new scifi/comedy comic series that has many of its visuals rooted in classic cyberpunk fiction. Melding together laugh out loud humour, over-the-top action, and some heart felt moments, Hard Wyred looks to play its way into reader’s hearts around the globe.

The story takes place in the near future where, through the wonders of the internet, we have now developed a highly advanced, futuristic online world. In this world people can upload their consciousness to an online profile and live out their wildest dreams and fantasies in this amazing new world without ever having to go back to reality.

The hero of the story, Sam Wyerznowski, is still very much stuck in the past. This fast paced, technological world has rushed past him and he purposely lags behind refusing to keep up. Once a member of special peacekeeping force known as “Sweepers”, Sam and the Sweepers have since gone to ruin. All of them lacking the conviction to enforce what they were originally uploaded to do, and instead focus on personal wealth, gain, and power. Sam’s job has since diminished to a corporate mercenary for hire, which oddly brings him into this online world on a constant basis. (Weird for someone who hates technology so much) Having spent the last 10 months on a leave of absence (although many refer to it as a forced retirement) due to a crisis caused by Sam’s own hands, Sam is brought back into this online world to investigate an attack on one of his previous employer’s research facilities. What he stumbles into is a problem much larger than he could have ever imagined.

In terms of my social outlets, please find them below:

@ErikBitmanis (twitter)
@Hard_Wyred (twitter)
@Erik.Bitmanis (Instagram)
May 7, 2015

This time it was my distinct pleasure to talk to City of Wall creator and comic book convention connaisseur Shaun Noel

SHOW NOTES (courtesy of Shaun)
 
City of Walls- Welcome to the prison-like city of Kowloon. A cluster of conjoined
buildings run by gangs. Where the ability of an individual to hope is
non-existent. Daniel, Jin, and Ariana are three kids who defy this
life sentence. They intend to escape and are willing to go to extreme
measures to do so. Since escape on foot is impossible, their quest
leads them to the sky.
 
Website- WWW.CITYOFWALLS.COM 
 
 
Facebook- www.Facebook.com/Cityofwalls
 
Twitter Shaun @WriterShaun
              AK Lovelace @StandAlonePro
 
 
The company I work with is RedStylo
 
Here is the link to buy City of Walls stuff - http://redstylo.com/product/city-of-walls/
 
Here is a link directly to the print version of City of Walls: Vol 1: Kowloon -http://redstylo.com/product/city-of-walls-vol-1/
 
The anthologies I worked on are
Shakespeare Shaken - My Story “The Play is the Thing” can be found in this digital comedy bundle - http://redstylo.com/product/shakespeare-shaken-the-comedies
 
And Unfashioned Creatures- My story is Pieces - http://redstylo.com/product/pieces-unfashioned-creatures/
 
Thanks again,
 
Shaun
May 3, 2015

The episode started as a discussion of Josh's controversial TUMBLR POST To the Writers.... 

But it became a discussion of Vinyl Records, JAZZ, the essence of collaboration and how we need to live by this simple principle: Don't be a dick first.

 BUY JOSH'S BOOKS HERE

AND CONTACT HIM HERE:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/joshfialkov

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joshuahalefialkov

Tumblr: http://joshfialkov.tumblr.com

Contact: josh at thefialkov dot com.

Apr 28, 2015

It was my distinct pleasure to talk with force of nature Jim Zub.

Show Notes (stolen from ZUB)

Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past ten years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients including Disney, Warner Bros., Capcom, Hasbro, Bandai-Namco and Mattel.

He juggles his time between being a freelance comic writer and Program Coordinator for Seneca College‘s award-winning Animation program.

His current comic projects include Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate, a new series celebrating 40 years of the classic tabletop RPG, Samurai Jack, continuing the award-winning cartoon, Wayward, a modern supernatural story about teens fighting Japanese mythological monsters, and Skullkickers, a sword & sorcery action-comedy.

Find Jim's awesome blog HERE

Or shout out to him on the Twitter @JimZub

Apr 22, 2015

 

In this episode of Crowdfiners Podcast hosted by David Pluscauskas, Benny Lo, an artist working in the video games industry (Saints Row 2, 3, 4), shares his experiences on making his mini comic book series, "Demise" and what drives him to creating amazing art. As a new immigrant during the late 80's, Benny faced a culture shock but video games like the Street Fighter series, and comic books, such as the Storm Riders series gave him an escape.  Lets will find out exactly how his early exposure to video games and comic books also helped inspired him artistically. 
 
Street Fighters is a popular fighting game series. Some of its well known characters are Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Guile, Akuma/Gouki.
 
"Storm Riders" is the English translation version of Fung Wan, a manhua series originated in Hong Kong. It is drawn by the well known artist, Ma Wing Shing. 
It is also known as "Wind and Cloud". 
 
Find Ben Here (and be sure to shout out to him, he's an awesome dude):
https://twitter.com/Spoonfeedheroes
http://spoonfeedheroes.tumblr.com/
http://www.spoonfeedheroes.com/

 

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