Speech Bubble



The podcast that goes one-on-one with the writers, artists, retailers, publishers, critics and journalists inside the Toronto comic book scene.Aaron Broverman has been collecting comics in earnest since 1995 and has been a fixture of the Toronto comic scene since 2003. He was there when big name artists for Marvel, DC and Image were selling their independent comics in artist alley at local Toronto conventions. Now, he hopes to use his interview skills as a professional journalist for NOW Magazine, BlogTO, Huffington Post, Vice and Yahoo to bring his connections in the local comic scene right to your ear for some in-depth, candid conversations on all things comic book.


  • Yvan Alagbe

    06/08/2018 Duración: 55min

    For his entire childhood Yvan Alagbé wanted to be a pilot, but by the time university rolled around, an eye problem put that future in doubt and he didn't want to do it anymore anyway – he wanted to be comic artist and eventually he became quite a prolific one. Someone who is highly influential in Paris's avant garde bande desinée scene. It started when, while studying physics and mathematics at the Université de Paris-Sud, where he met Olivier Marboeuf. Alagbé and Marboeuf founded a contemporary visual arts review called L’oeil Carnivore and the magazine Le Chéval Sans Tête (“The Headless Horse”), which gained a cult following for its publication of innovative graphic art and comics. Labelling these artistic collaborations as “Dissidence Art Work,” Alagbé and Marboeuf soon founded their own publishing house, Amok, drawing from the material serialized in Le Chéval, including the first version of Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures. In 2001, Amok partnered with the publishing group Fréon to establis

  • Chris Reynolds

    23/07/2018 Duración: 54min

    In 2005, former Speech Bubble guest and legendary Canadian cartoonist Seth wrote an appreciation of Chris Reynolds' work in The Comics Journal calling him, “The most underrated artist of the last 20 years.” Prior to that essay, Reynolds' distinct heavy black and white cartooning style and indescribably bizarre, but also greatly nostalgic and reminiscent stories remained in relative obscurity as he toiled on them from across the pond in the UK. Now, thanks to a May 2018 reissue of his work in a beautiful graphic novel from the New York Review of Comics designed by Seth himself, North America will finally get to experience the melancholy of Reynolds' Mauretania Comics. Called The New World: Comics from Mauretania, it's the complete collection of Reynolds' work that began in the 1980s and features some of the greatest touchstones from that world, including The Monitor, Cinema Detectives and Rational Control. Mauretania looks a lot like the English countryside of our world, but in the background it appears there

  • Cecil Castellucci

    09/07/2018 Duración: 47min

    A true renaissance woman, Cecil Castellucci's work spans mediums. The New York-born, Montreal-raised writer is currently best known to comic book fans as the writer behind the latest reinterpretation of the late Steve Ditko character Shade – Shade the Changing Girl and now, Shade the Changing Woman as part of DC Comics' Young Animal imprint, spearheaded by Gerard Way – lead singer of My Chemical Romance. Fitting, since Cecil tells us why making comics is like being in a rock band. She would know since she was better known as the lead singer of Nerdy Girl in the early '90s and later as the solo artist Cecil Seaskull. These days, her involvement in music has turned to opera as the librettist behind the comic book themed Les Adventures des Madame Merveille and her latest, Hockey Noir, which recently came to Montreal and Toronto before heading to Europe in October 2018. If that weren't enough, Cecil is a young adult novelist and up for a “Best Short Story” Eisner in 2018 for Ethel Byrne, a short comic inside Mine

  • Ho Che Anderson

    25/06/2018 Duración: 32min

    Aaron is live from the Toronto Comics Art Festival 2018 serving as the moderator for a Spotlight Q & A on this episode's guest. If you couldn't be there live, now's your chance to eavesdrop on this sit down with Toronto's own Ho Che Anderson. The writer and artist talks about what it was like to go from an admirer of Jack “King” Kirby and Howard Chaykin to aping Chaykin's style before coming into his own on the definitive Martin Luther King graphic novel, King: A Comics Biography for Fantagraphics. He tells of his unlikely route into comics through the broken promises of former Canadian publisher Vortex Comics (Mister X) and his debut in the porn comic I Want to Be Your Dog. Meanwhile, it's touched on how his portrayals of both MLK and the black female lead in his horror comic Scream Queens were miles ahead of their time. Finally, the implications and influences behind his latest work God Head are discussed, including the intersections of capitalism and religion and why its okay to copy your heroes until

  • James Kochalka

    11/06/2018 Duración: 43min

    This time we're blessed to have a cartoonist laureate on the show. Fom Burlington, Vermont best known for his daily autobiographical strips between 1998-2012 called American Elf. He also publishes the superhero frathouse comedy Super F*ckers which was adapted into a cartoon on the online channel Cartoon Hangover. He has also created Monkey vs. Robot and a number of other comic series for kids, including Dragon Puncher and the Johnny Boo series. He's also a darling of college radio fronting his own alternative punk band James Kochalka Superstar. Aaron caught up to him at The Toronto Cartoon Art Festival TCAF where he debuted the latest Johnny Boo, Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer and Mechaboys - a NSFW comic featuring two teenage boys who plot to kill everyone in their school with a mechsuit. In an extremely candid interview, Kochalka reveals that as teens, he and his friends used to be those kids, fantasizing about killing everyone in the sleepy, dead-end town they grew up in. James also talks about ho

  • Eddie Campbell and Audrey Niffenegger

    28/05/2018 Duración: 50min

    Eddie Campbell's Alec series of quasi-autobiographical comics has been called "one of the most important graphic novels of the 20th century" While his fictionalized comic memoirs Alec and later, Fate of the Artist, have become his trademark style where he interrogates his own life through an avatar, he is best known as the artist behind From Hell with legendary comic scribe Alan Moore. Set during the Whitechapel murders of the Victorian era, the story speculates on the identity and motives of Jack the Ripper and was later adapted into a lesser movie of the same name starring Johnny Depp. Not only did Eddie reveal exclusively on our podcast that he's currently colouring From Hell for a serialized re-release from IDW, but he has recently joined forces with his equally talented wife, best-selling author of The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger to release a new graphic story collection called Bizarre Romance. The collection features 13 of Audrey's short stories (some previously published) illustrated and re

  • Kyle James Smith

    14/05/2018 Duración: 52min

    Kyle is a member of Toronto's RAID Studio along with past Speech Bubble guests Ramon Perez, (Jane, Nova) Scott Hepburn, (Spider-man/Deadpool) Marcus To (Justice League: No Justice) and Gibson Quarter (Undertow). Kyle's past credits include Scare Tales with friend and fellow RAID member Gabe Sapienza and RAID.One, an anthology with contributions from each RAID member. He comes to the podcast to promote his latest project, BlackMouth – a coming of age, horror webcomic featuring a man named Eric investigating his mother's death after she was banished by their village to a forest that is alleged to hold all kinds of witches and other black magic denizens. On the show, Aaron gets the low down on what really goes on at the annual RAID Retreat Weekend, finds out how and why Kyle joined with such a critically-acclaimed pack of miscreants and what went in to constructing the extensive lore and world building behind the innovative BlackMouth. @kjswithabeard BlackMouth Webcomic Scare Tales (with Gabe Sapienza) Kyle'

  • Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow

    30/04/2018 Duración: 45min

    Sometimes when an Aussie and a Canadian who has a hardcore love for Aussies get together, magic happens. That's what happened when Caitlin Major immigrated from Australia with her boyfriend for better comic-making opportunity in Canada and met Canadian Kelly Bastow at a Drink & Draw. Kelly is an artist on the rise, having done variant covers for titles like Lumberjanes and Adventure Time and having been nominated twice for an Ignatz Award (honouring small press comic creators) including for her graphic memoir Year Long Summer. Caitlin is no slouch either, already having two published graphic novels under her belt, including Space Pyrates with partner Matthew Hoddy and Seeds of Svalbard with Alisha Jade. But the alchemy of these ladies coming together is something special. Written by Caitlin with Kelly on art, Manfried the Man (Penguin Random House Canada, Quirk Books) takes place in an alternate universe where cats who behave like humans own men who behave like cats. Amidst the talk of the near-parallel

  • Willow Dawson

    16/04/2018 Duración: 01h43min

    Willow Dawson is a critically-acclaimed illustrator for comics, graphic novels and picture books for kids and adults. She was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2016 for her picture book about the way wolves and ravens hunt together called The Wolf-Birds. She was also nominated for a 2008 Joe Shuster award for No Girls Allowed, a graphic novel chronicling women who had to pose as men throughout history. Willow comes to Speech Bubble to promote her newest effort White as Milk,Red as Blood an evocative illustrated collection of uncensored, adult fairy tales translated from the original German written by Franz Xaver Schonwerth, a contemporary of The Brothers Grimm. Together Willow and Aaron spool out the incredible discovery of this collection 150 years after it was first locked away in a German archive. They parse out how Willow flipped literary tradition on its head by using her amazingly layered, sometimes sinister, sometimes whimsical illustrations to give context and meaning to t

  • Andrew Wheeler

    02/04/2018 Duración: 01h21min

    Andrew is a comic book writer, podcast host and former Eisner award-winning comic industry journalist who came to Toronto by way of Hastings, England. He was the last editor-in-chief of Comics Alliance, shepherding it towards its 2015 Eisner win for “Best Comics Journalism.” As part of the LGBTQ community, Andrew has always championed representation for all minorities in all of his comics work, starting with Another Castle from Oni Press and continuing with his current work on Freelance from Chapterhouse Comics. Formerly co-written with Jim Zub, (Wayward, Avengers: No Surrender) Freelance re-imagines Canada's oldest superhero swashbuckler as a same-sex love triangle. In studio, Andrew talks about why attracting a diverse readership is integral to the health of the comic book industry as a whole, what creative considerations need to be made when writing a same-sex relationship, as opposed to a hetero one and later he breaks down some of his favourite 2017 Oscar nominees telling listeners what worked narrativel

  • Sam Beck

    19/03/2018 Duración: 47min

    Sam Beck is certainly a comic artist to watch for these days, as her career coalesces to its first major apex. At the time of this episode, Songs for the Dead – the comic she draws for writers and past Speech Bubble guests Andrea Fort and Michael Christopher Heron – has just been picked up by publisher Vault Comics and is now available at comic shops everywhere. Her work is also featured in the 2018 edition of the Toronto Comics Anthology, Osgoode as Gold, she also contributed a story to the upcoming Wayward Sisters Anthology and that's just for starters. She also writes and draws her own fantasy webcomic called Verse and another project based on Greek mythology called Cadmus from Antarctic Press. On this episode, she talks about how role-playing games influence her comics work, what draws her to fantasy narratives in the first place and how Neopets – a place where users can own and raise virtual pets – fostered her creativity and storytelling abilities. This episode sponsored by Hairy Tarantula. Get 10% off

  • Matthew Daley

    05/03/2018 Duración: 01h13min

    Matthew is the former long-running artist of the Mr.Monitor comic strip in Broken Pencil Magazine – Canada's national magazine for D.I.Y. Arts and zine culture. He and his long-time collaborator Cory McCallum (known collectively as Pier Pants Productions) won a Joe Shuster award in 2013. called the Gene Day award, denoting their Mr. Monitor short comic, The Pig Sleep, the best independent comic of that year. They've also collaborated on a number of other comics, including Errol Dynamic – a scifi space adventure with a theme song you can hear as part of this episode. Speaking of music, in this episode Daley reveals how he and McCallum made mini comics breaking down different styles of music – effectively blowing Aaron's mind. Daley also talks about how he found his surrealist geometric drawing style and how teen angst and resentment of Batman bandwagon jumpers in 1989 led him to move away from being influenced by Superhero comics into being influenced by indie work like Chester Brown's Yummy Fur and Mike Kalu

  • Diana McCallum

    19/02/2018 Duración: 01h23min

    Diana is one half of the duo behind From Superheroes – the brand that brought you Texts from Superheroes (funny text conversations between your favourite superheroes and supervillains) and the superhero media review podcast, Talk from Superheroes. She founded the site in 2012 with her boyfriend, Comedian Andrew Ivimey and now they have millions of fans around the world. Diana also occasionally writes comics. She's currently featured in the Secret Loves of Geeks graphic anthology, the much anticipated sequel to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by past Speech Bubble guest Hope Nicholson and published by Dark Horse Comics. Along with Diana, the sequel features contributions from Margaret Atwood and Gerard Way with a cover from Becky Cloonan. On the podcast, Aaron and Diana geek out on their mutual love of Batman, (and hatred of Damian Wayne) reveal how Texts from Superheroes began, define the term “Jedi Stick” and discuss those times Diana got “geek credded,” and she thought her testers were just making co

  • Brendan Montgomery

    05/02/2018 Duración: 37min

    Timmins, Ontario native Brendan Montgomery was a Queen's University student who thought for sure that a campus with over 200 student groups would certainly have a club for comic book fans. When it turned out that wasn't the case, he started a club himself. The Queen's Comic Book Legion meets every week on campus to discuss the latest issues coming out that week, they sell comics at an on-campus comic shop and they've even published their own graphic novel featuring Queen's very own superhero team. Gael Force is a fully Kickstarter backed graphic novel featuring a superhero team of the same name that protects the student body and reflects the diversity among them. In promotion of the book, Brendan started going to comic conventions and discovered there were a ton of self-published Canadian comic books out there, but no central resource to learn more about them, so he started the Canadian Independent Comic Book Wiki where anyone can contribute information about Canadian independent comics past and present. Thi

  • Steve Kerzner

    22/01/2018 Duración: 01h18min

    Hey, Fan Persons! In another installment of our Comics on Comics series, Steve Kerzner is the creative force and executive producer behind the big personality that is Ed the Sock. Children of the 1990s to mid 2000s will remember Ed as the acerbic and outspoken puppet hosting programs on MuchMusic like Fromage - his annual take down of pop culture and Ed and Red's Night Party, his late-night show with co-host and co-creator Liana K on CityTV. Steve comes to Speech Bubble to let his geek flag fly, revealing that his house is decked out with all kinds of comic book memorabilia and his wedding band is the jewel encrusted crest of his favourite hero – Superman. He talks about the opportunity Ed gave him to meet his heroes including Stan Lee – who he pitched a comic about his superhuman childhood cleaning lady. We also talk about why, for him, DC heroes are heroes thanks to the purity of their morality and why the moral ambiguity of the largely failed DCEU doesn't work for him. Plus, here the true story of how Tri

  • Keith Grachow

    08/01/2018 Duración: 01h25min

    Recorded live over breakfast at the Halibut House in Burlington, Ontario Canada, Keith Grachow is an independent comic artist whose credits include Concrete Martians, Saltwater, Polybius Dream and the independent children's book series Up in the Sky written by his mom Amy. Exposed to comics and graphic design at a very young age, he didn't start embracing his artistic side until the final year of high school. He talks about overcoming his hangups and fear around doing comics professionally and what it took to fully commit. Though he'd joined Bright Anvil Studios, it wasn't until he moved to Japan that his desire to do comics kicked into high gear. He also talks about letting go of the dream of working for DC and Marvel and what it takes to finance his indie work. Plus, he talks about what it's like working with his mom and with a 13-year-old on a comic called Weapon Warriors. Oh, and he loves craft beer! Keith Grachow's Website Keith Grachow's Facebook @keith_grachow (Instagram)) @kgrachow (Twitter) Orde

  • Ed Brisson

    18/12/2017 Duración: 43min

    Born in Toronto, grew up in Oshawa and now living in Kelowna, B.C., Marvel writer Ed Brisson (Old Man Logan, Iron Fist) regales us with his 18-year odyssey trying to break into comics. Even after he seemingly broke in with The Comeback for Image Comics, there was still a period where he was being rent-evicted from his home in Vancouver, all his comics work had basically dried up and he was mere moments away from taking on a full-time job before Marvel offered him a solo title starring the Daredevil villain Bullseye. Thankfully he hasn't looked back since, but his harrowing experience with Vancouver real estate inspired the Vancouver-centric noir, The Violent, which exposes the seedy underbelly of a city on many top ten destination lists. Recorded on location from The Pan Pacific Hotel during Fan Expo Vancouver, Brisson discusses the pressure of taking over Old Man Logan from Jeff Lemire and what speaks to him about an older Wolverine. He also talks about how his dad's position as a karate teacher and Shaw Bro

  • D.A Bishop: Morte

    04/12/2017 Duración: 24min

    D.A. Bishop returns to Speech Bubble from his basemment studio in Pickering, Ontario to promote his groundbreaking co-creation with writer Kevin Joseph, Morte published by Source Point Press – a silent one-shot comic starring a man who is presumably the last human on earth in a post-apocalyptic future living out his days performing a seemingly monotonous but necessary task. In this short episode, Aaron and David debate who is more important in the production of a silent comic – the writer or the artist? They briefly discuss other occurrences of silent comics in the mainstream industry before dissecting how Bishop became involved in Morte and where an idea that's such a profound meditation on what it means to be human came from. @Renerd www.renerd.com Source Point Press Bishop's Facebok Fanpage Rogues Portal's Advanced Review of Morte

  • Todd Sullivan and Miike

    20/11/2017 Duración: 59min

    Malcolm Derikx aka Miike and Todd Sullivan met as classmates at Ty Templeton's Comic Book Bootcamp. Both fans of old gangster movies and noir, they always wanted to work together, but other projects got in the way. Malcolm helped found the Toronto Comics Anthology and Hogtown Horror and Todd was teaching animation as a former animator on Tiny Toon Adventures and Darkwing Duck. Eventually they did come together for a gangster romp called Tommy Gun Banshee featuring an assassin named Nicky who is haunted by a whaling banshee who can only be drowned out by the Rat-tat-tat of his Tommy Gun. The two come to Speech Bubble to pimp their Kickstarter for the project and geek out over how war always seems to spawn a criminal element throughout history. Tommy Gun Banshee Kickstarter @MiikeSomething @ToddSullivanArt artoftoddsullivan.blogspot.ca Toronto Comics Anthology Hogtown Horror

  • Wayward Sisters: Allison O'Toole, M. Blankier and Lorena Loaiza

    06/11/2017 Duración: 01h25min

    Former Toronto Comics Anthology and current Chapterhouse Publishing editor Allison O'Toole returns to Speech Bubble with a groundbreaking new project. Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women features an all-female and non-binary cast of comic creators telling monster stories from their own perspectives. Following in the footsteps of other recent comic anthologies written and drawn from a minority point-of-view, Wayward is still something the mainstream comic industry has never seen, much less attempted, at a time when new readers are hungering for something more. Allison brings her assistant editor and former Marvel intern Margot Blankier and contributor Lorena Loaiza to the studio and the three discuss their love of The Gothic, why work like this is needed now and has already proven profitable and how this anthology widens the definition of monster to those who are already perceived that way by society. The Wayward Sisters Kickstarter is live until Nov. 10, 2017. The episode is sponsored by Hairy Ta

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