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Posts Tagged ‘Comics’

Podcasts! Part 1

Posted by iwata33 on Wednesday 15 April 2009

I thought as I was talking about living in the cloud in my last post I would use this post to talk about all the Podcasts I have found and enjoyed over the last three or four years. Obviously this doesn’t really fit in with the theme of this blog, however as you will see many of the Podcasts I listen to do have a lot to do with different things from my childhood such as movies, music and video games. Anyway I thought it might be something that people might like.  Oh and I am going to split this into parts as putting all these down in one post might make it a little overwhelming.

Best of the Chris Moyles Show –

Anyone from Britain will know instantly what this is, a weekly round up of the best bits from the morning Chris Molyes show on Radio One.  For those of you who don’t listen or know of this, the humour can come across at first as very simple and childlike, but listening to them over any length of time and becoming invested in the personalities from the show make this a very funny and enjoyable thing to listen to.

Buzz Out Loud –

Buzz out loud is a technology news podcast where they take the top stories of the day in the tech world and comment on them and discuss them.  Again as you will see with many of these podcasts it is the personalities of the hosts that make them so enjoyable to listen to and this is no different and it is a great way of keeping up-to-date with everything techology related on and off the web.

Comics Coast to Coast –

This podcast is a weekly interview with either a webcartoonist or someone from the comic industry.  They tend to limit themselves to strip comics rather than the big superhero comics which is quite nice as it allows the listener to get far more focussed infromation about webcomics and strip comics in particular.  The hosts are both artists and have a lot invested in the comic world.

Diary of a Cartoonist –

This podcast comes from the stable that is Extralife run by Scott Johnson, you will see there are quite a few other podcasts on my list from this same gentleman.  This one is a personal auido blog from Scott that talks about things in his life, his values and thoughts on current events.  Anything and everything is covered and is only for those listeners that are fully invested in Scott’s world and site.

To stop this post from becoming enourmously long, I shall end part 1 there however I will update with part 2 tomorrow and another selection of podcasts I recommend people listen for.  Until then farewell for now

Happy Listening



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The strange things we do as kids

Posted by iwata33 on Wednesday 7 November 2007


Over the past year or two I have started to read more and more comics. I read quite a few really good web comics including ‘My Extralife‘ and ‘Commissioned Comic‘. I have started to buy both mainsteam and more independent comic books from shops, and I am enjoying anything that is in the comic or cartoon form. For a awhile I was thinking maybe this is my way of handling the fact that I am now 30, that I am no longer that young kid that could do what he wanted, that I have responsibilities such as a good job, a house and a family. But then I started to think nah, I just really enjoy this type of stuff, sure it makes me feel a bit younger but thats just an added bonus.

When I started to dig out all this stuff from my childhood I actually found a few things that reminded me that this recent interest in comics and cartoons, is not so recent. I actually used to be really into all this as a kid. Above you can see a sample of the scrapbook work I used to collect, I would spend hours, (alright 10 minutes or so) cutting out that days Garfield strip, or Hagar the Horrible or any of the other strips that I enjoyed. I would stick all in this big scrapbook, and then read them over and over again. I used to love Garfield (I still do) as I am sure many people did, the characterisation was brilliant, and since I have matureed to adukthood and have 2 cats of my own (please see the images page) I have come to reliase that Jim Davies was a genius, perfectly captureing the relationship of ‘Cat and Human’ or ‘Cat and Dog’ in such a way that very few words would be used and it was all done in a look or a frame.

I got so into collecting these strips that I would fantasize about drawing my own cartoons (again something I have recently thought about doing again), I found one of my old sketch books where I would copy images (mainly from Disney) just to get the practice of drawing. I will make sure it ends up on the blog at some point in time.

I also think it is interesting that as kids it seems ‘ok’ to do things like scrap booking. I know there must be plenty of adults out there that think there is nothing wrong with scrap booking and indeed their isn’t, but it just seems that kids of a certain age are not hampered by the certain percieved social considerations that we adults decide to bind ourselves with. As kids we seem to be able to get away with doing a lot of things that as adults we are concerned about becasue of the way it would make us look. I suppose that is the ones things I miss most from my childhood and one of the things that I am trying to get back little by little.

I know this entry was a bit of a random one, but next time I will give you something that you can get you teeth into a little bit more. For now go and have a look at the Official Garfield Site and remember happier times.

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