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Eating the Fantastic

I’ve been going to science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comic book conventions since I was 15, and I’ve found that while the con which takes place within the walls of a hotel or convention center is always fun, the con away from the con—which takes place when I wander off-site with friends for a meal—can often be more fun. In fact, my love of tracking down good food while traveling the world attending conventions has apparently become so well known that one blogger even dubbed me “science fiction’s Anthony Bourdain.” So after toying for quite awhile with the idea of attempting to replicate in podcast form one of my favorite parts of any convention—good conversation with good friends over good food—it’s finally happening. During each episode, I’ll share a meal with someone whose opinions I think you’ll want to hear, and we’ll talk about science fiction, fantasy, horror, writing, comics, movies, fandom … whatever happens to come to mind. (There’ll also be food talk, of course.) Please note—this will not be a pristine studio-recorded podcast, but one which will always occur in a restaurant setting, meaning that mixed in with our conversation will be the sounds of eating and drinking and reviewing of menus and slurping and background chatter and the servers popping in … in other words, it’ll be as messy as life. And hopefully as entertaining, too. And now … please pull up a chair to the table and get ready to dig in.
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Now displaying: November, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Share scallops with comics legend Larry Lieber, co-creator of Thor, Iron Man, and Ant-Man, as we discuss the old-time radio shows which most influenced him, what he learned about humanity from reading Margaret Mead back in the '50s, how the only reason he became a writer was because he was too slow to make a living an artist, who told him at the start of his career that comics was a "dying industry," the tips Stan Lee gave to make him a better writer, why his attempts to work for DC Comics never worked out, the warning artist Syd Shores offered he wishes he hadn't heeded, how a quote he heard in a movie about Irish playwright Sean O'Casey helped him understand the arc of his own life, the three best-selling books he read before writing his own novel, his mixed feelings on winning the Bill Finger Award, how Jim Shooter helped him relearn how to be an artist, which comics assignment he enjoyed the most, what Stan Lee told him about the Rawhide Kid that made him decide to take it over from Jack Kirby, why he feels like Don Quixote, the surprising thing he thinks is the best thing he's ever written, and much more.

Nov 15, 2019

Nibble naan with artist Paul Kirchner as we discuss how a chance encounter in art school led to him assisting cartoonist Tex Blaisdell on <em>Little Orphan Annie</em>, the life lessons he learned during his apprenticeship with EC Comics legend and <em>Daredevil</em> innovator Wally Wood, the ruse he used to convince the editor of <em>Harpoon</em> into commissioning more installments of his famed <em>Dope Rider</em> strip, how the office of <em>Screw</em> magazine was nothing like you thought it would be and the office of <em>High Times</em> was everything you thought it would be, where he learned "the only thing that'll kill you bigger than a flop is a hit," the techniques he uses to dream up new episodes of his surrealistic strip "the bus," his druggiest fan encounter, our joint memories of "Fabulous" Flo Steinberg, Marvel's "Gal Friday," the first person he ever met in comics. his graphic novel collaboration with famed writer of detective fiction Janwillem van de Wetering, and much more.

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