Welcome to another installment of The Hour Cosmic, your favorite comics game show! This week, our guest is “Revival” and “Battlepug” artist Mike Norton!
On this week’s show, among other things, we discuss:
- The mysterious world of Pug Conventions!
- Mike’s (almost) total lack of memory of working with Kid Loki!
- Matt’s obsession with the origin of Dex-Star!
Before I end my convention season this year, i must get through SEPTEMBER! I’ll be at the following shows.
Cincinnati Comic-Con - Sept. 5-7 http://www.cincycomicon.com/Welcome.html
Memphis Comic Expo - Sept. 13 http://www.memphiscomicexpo.com
Mid Con - Sept. 19-21 http://www.midconcomicshow.com
Dublin International Comic Expo (Dice) Sept. 27-28 https://www.facebook.com/dublincomicexpo
THE VERY FIRST BATTLE KITTEN DRAWING.
I knew this was going to happen sooner or later. Some one asked this question.
But what about Battle Pug? This seems like such a rip-off! Maybe it’s an homage?
I first started posting Battle Kitten sketches and drawings during the summer of 2009 on my Live Journal (remember that?) and on my Flickr. The first appearance of Battle Pug was as a T-shirt design in 2011. Now, do I think Battle Pug is a rip-off of Battle Kittens? Eh, I have no idea and it’s never concerned me. It could have very well been a case of parallel evolution. I feel there is room for both as my work and Mike Norton’s is very different and we are gearing for very different audiences.
I was goofing around on twitter today and found a link to Rebecca Dart’s tumblr where I saw this post. Seemed appropriate to post over here, too.
I remember somebody sending me a link to her sketches around the time the Battlepug comic started (I think?), but I rarely ever hear anything to the tune of, “Hey you ripped off Rebecca!”. I’m assuming since I never hear anything about it, that she doesn’t get much of it vice versa, because that would be dumb.
It honestly is a weird case of two people with no knowledge of the other thinking a silly similar thought at the same time (In Rebecca’s case, EARLIER than me). I had no knowledge of hers and she had no knowledge of mine. So, I’m choosing to believe that this a rare occasion on the internet where people didn’t blow up over a coincidence.
The best thing about finding out about Battle Kittens though is now I know about Rebecca’s work and I’m a huge fan. Go look. NOW.
Hey Mike, are you planning on attending DragonCon in Atlanta this year?
No, I’m not. I’ve never been to DragonCon. I’ve heard some amazing things though. Some day, hopefully! Thanks!
I think we can all agree that pre-ordering comic books is important, right? Let’s face it—your local shop is awesome, but can’t be expected to order every single title that comes out each month. Comic book orders are due roughly two months before the release date, and a retailer has to choose stock very carefully. Many times, this means ordering only “safe bet” comic books, and many great titles slip through the cracks. Pre-order, though, and you let your comic book retailer know that there’s interest in an upcoming book.
This is good for you, because you can make sure you don’t miss out on the stuff you want to read.
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It’s good for publishers and creators, because when people order the books, we can keep telling great stories.
While I think pre-ordering is especially important for creator-owned titles, this goes for pretty much any comic book. Please don’t assume that your shop will carry a particular title!
To pre-order, all you have to do is head to your local comic book shop (if you don’t know where that is, you can visit this link to search them out!) and let them know what books you’re after.
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What is BRIDES OF HELHEIM, you ask? It’s the story of undead Vikings, black magic, sea monsters, demons, sex, and violence. It’s a Viking-era Frankenstein tale, if the Frankenstein monster tussled with witches and demon-bears and monsters in addition to his own self-loathing. It’s illustrated by Joelle Jones, colored by Nick Filardi, and written by Cullen Bunn. The first issue comes out in October, so you need to order by September 8.
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