Monday, February 29, 2016

Girls Drawin Girls

In the special Laluzapalooza edition of the Pod Sequentialism podcast, Matt interviews Girls Drawin Girls founder Melody Severns. They discuss starting an international art collective by accident, breaking boundaries with good will, and being on the right side of history–far ahead of most!

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Killing Your Idols

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Tom Neely is the Ignatz Award winning artist of The Blot. His collective, the Igloo Tornado, is behind the best-selling Henry & Glenn project and his Image Comics series The Humans is part of a growing trend away from superhero comics.

Matt and Tom discuss the pros and cons of taking a comic on tour, the differences between freelancing and self-publishing, and what to do when your idol wants to kill you.

If you've ever wondered about the legality of incorporating real people into your art, you'll really want to give this podcast a listen. There may be a fine line between stupid and clever, but there is often an even finer line between celebrity and megalomania. The line that separates each (in both scenarios) is often satire.

This is an interview with Glenn Danzig
Matt and Tom spend a great portion of the program talking about Tom's Henry & Glenn comics, which also entered into the conversation on Matt's appearances on Kevin Smith's Smodcasts. The question about whether or not Henry or Glenn appreciate the Killing Your Idols tenet of punk rock as it applies to them has been a frequent byproduct of any conversation about Tom's (arguably) most famous comic. It is widely reported that Rollins finds it much more entertaining than does Danzig, but in a very interesting series of recent developments Glenn Danzig has appeared on the sitcom Portlandia in a send-up of Goth culture that reveals a pretty gregarious example of self-parody (click here), while simultaneously slamming H&G in Rolling Stone.

As an anecdote to this, I can personally attest to fact that Glenn has a sense of humor–even if it hasn't always pertained to the H&G comics. I've seen him joke around, and it's my opinion that he's very much a fanboy at heart. For whatever reason, he does not see the obvious sit-com charm of the idea that the two most masculine men in Metal/Punk would be involved in a Tom of Finland scenario. One can only wonder of the backlash that might have followed if the Igloo Tornado guys were all Manowar fans.

Rollins has said in public that he is amused by all of this, but I was told (by a source who shall remain nameless) that coverage for our exhibition of the Art of Henry & Glenn was denied at the newspaper that carries Henry's column because they didn't want to "ruffle any feathers." This is a newspaper that routinely takes on City Hall, but its editors were adverse to granting coverage to a satirical art show about one of their freelance columnists. Ouch!

Anyhow, you can enjoy all this and more in the latest, exciting episode of Pod Sequentialism with Matt Kennedy, Presented by Meltdown Comics & La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

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And check out Tom's comic, The Humans!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Pod Sequentialism Swag!

First of all: Many Thanks to everyone that subscribes to the Pod Sequentialism Podcast–most especially for giving me a format to talk about comics, art and pop culture with my very talented friends. If you've enjoyed it thus far, just wait until you see what's coming!

The crew at Meltdown Comics set us up with TeePublic, who have produced a whole line of Pod Sequentialism Logo Goodies!

Make my mom happy–buy a T-Shirt!
The original logo was created by me and my art-partner-in-crime, Misty Zhou, and our producers had it redrawn into what you see today. Check out her online portfolio here.

We've got a redesign coming soon and a massive update to the Pop Sequentialism website with new and classic art, more publications, and whole other host of neat stuff to appeal to your inner (and outer) geek.

Grab it all here on the TeePublic site.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Who Really Created the Joker?

The feedback I've gotten from my appearance on Kevin Smith's Fatman on Batman has been incredible! Sales of my Pop Sequentialism book have been off the chain and the spike in listenership on my Pod Sequentialism podcast has almost doubled my audience.

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After recording the audio-only version of the show Kevin had me back for the videocast to which I'll be posting a link as soon as it goes live. I've posted a little teaser photo to the left of us holding the smoking gun, as it may be.

In researching the history of Jerry Robinson's involvement with the Joker I amassed a mountain of info that didn't get mentioned in either broadcast, and I wanted to dedicate a version of my own show to the proto-Joker pagers to elaborate on how I came to posses them and what these pages may mean to fandom.

If you haven't heard it by now, I purchased some original art a few years back when setting up the follow-up to the original Pop Sequentialism exhibition. The pages turned out to be preliminary, unpublished (though later incompletely copied) pages that retell the origin of Robin that feature a villainous clown character that was never entered into the official cannon, which would seem to support Jerry Robinson's lifelong claim to having created the character, and losing that credit after bringing his idea to Bob Kane and Bill Finger.

As Kevin said in his podcast, this is a real barn-burner. It's not just a mystery, it's a matter of real significance that effects pop culture history.

I previously posted images right here in the blog, which you can see again below.
Listen to the show before rushing to judgment based on the images alone.

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Front of the page

Back of the page

Second page from set

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Monday, February 8, 2016

How to Find a Publisher

Ann Shen on the latest Pod Sequentialism with Matt Kennedy
Ann Shen is a recent art school graduate working on her first book, Bad Girls Throughout History, to be published by Chronicle Books in Fall 2016.

Matt asks Ann how she landed that book deal, and how life plans can change and change back on the way to realizing your dreams. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to find a publisher, this is the podcast for you!

Ann holds two bachelor degrees, so when she gives the lowdown on art school pros and cons, you should listen.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Lindsey Way: Raw & Uncut

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My in-depth interview with fine artist and musician Lindsey Way went live yesterday on the Pod Sequentialism podcast. Fans of her band Mindless Self Indulgence may be more familiar with her than the patrons of Blue Chip art galleries, but not for long!

We got our first Explicit Language Warning for this, because her upc show title is "Shitty Teen," and we knew we'd get flagged anyway, so we didn't censor ourselves. Lin-z discusses being forced to grow up fast to care for a sick parent, and using art school to escaping small town limitations.

Anyone who has struggled with what they do, or what they've endured on the way there NEEDS to HEAR THIS!

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Check out her feature exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery here.

All of the works in Lindsey Way's Shitty Teen exhibition were taken from her high school notebook, and the vast majority of her pieces directly utilize those notes, so when you see hand-written sentiment, in all but two cases those are pages from her actual high school notebook and they are filled with the type of angst, rage, and comedy that you might expect from the pen of teenager.

As such this show is not just an exhibition of work from an acclaimed artist with a degree from Pratt, but a nostalgic time capsule from the life of a celebrity musician. The work is brave, and in many ways this podcast is even braver. Honesty this raw is rare, and we hope that you'll find this episode of Pod Sequentialism with Matt Kennedy as inspiring and rewarding as we do.

Shitty Teen on view at La Luz de Jesus Gallery (4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027) Feb. 5–28th. Jessicka Addams (of Jack of Jill and Scarling) exhibits alongside her in Gallery I with her show, Please Stop Loving Me.