Never Sleeps Network

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.

Marvin Law’s first few years as a comic fan were pretty traumatic. As a single digit age kid, he watched Batman beat Superman to a pulp in Dark Knight Returns, his favourite character, The Flash, died in Crisis on Infinite Earths and he read Watchmen way too early. Meanwhile, his father who trained in Wing Chung Kung Fu under Ip Man at the same time as Bruce Lee, exposed him to Hong Kong comics. All of it influenced Marvin’s later career as a comic artist. Somewhat of a local legend in the Toronto comic book scene as a script doctor. He once mentored artist Adrian Alphona (Ms. Marvel) on how to layout the first few issues of the critically-acclaimed Runaways as the editor-in-chief of the now defunct Bright Anvil Studios. These days he is drawing self-published indie comics like Kronk the Neanderthal with writer Phil McClorey and now Zip Kramer. Thanks to a special in-studio appearance from Zip writer Sam Noir, the two discuss the genesis of the project, which is now looking for funding on Kickstarter until May 11, 2017. This Episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula.

Marvin Law’s Facebook Page

Marvin Law’s Deviant Art Page

Zip Kramer Kickstarter

@HeySamNoir

Shawn Daley came to comics through the unlikely path of music. As an audio intern at a recording studio, he was exposed to his boss’s comic book collection. While powering through classics like Chester Brown’s Louis Riel, Watchmen and The Walking Dead, he quickly became inspired to create his own comics. Enter TerraQuill, a continent Daley created where his ongoing webcomic of the same name takes place. Completely self-taught, he learned everything he knows about comics making TerraQuill Collected – a collection of short stories all taking place in the TerraQuill universe. Meanwhile, he never completely abandoned music, but these days he composes chiptune soundtracks for 8-bit independent video game projects. Now, he occupies a unique space, as a bridge between Toronto’s large indie comic and indie gaming communities. This episode sponsored by Hairy Tarantula.

@ShawnDaley

Shawn’s website

Shawn’s Chiptunes

TerraQuill

Samurai Grandpa

Danny Zabbal was living a largely directionless life until getting the sh— beat out of him, while defending the honour of the girl he was dating inadvertently awakened his true potential. There’s nothing quite like getting punched in the face to make you reevaluate your priorities, so he broke up with the girl, moved to Toronto and met his wife who would eventually become the inspiration for the main character for his comic series Life, Death and Sorcery. Published by and edited by past Speech Bubble guest Allison O’Toole, the critically-acclaimed series follows a teenager who becomes the steward of a magic power at the centre of a conflict between two families of sorcerers that spans across time, space and alternate realities. This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula.

Danny Zabbal

Chapterhouse Comics

Danny Zabbal’s Instagram

Life, Death and Sorcery on Comixology

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Scott Sawyer is the writer and artist behind North – an independent comic chronicling the adventures of Canada’s newest superhero team. Think of North as the Justice League if the Justice League were made in Canada and on their first adventure together, they found themselves dangling from the CN Tower. Scott explains why he decided to take unrelated characters he doodled in a sketchbook years ago and use them to turn the typical first issue of any team book – the recruitment – on its head. Then, we talk about his failed pilot for a Canadian superhero show, Split City, starring The Kid’s in the Hall’s Scott Thompson and Geri Hall from This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Plus, if you’ve often wondered why historically there has been more bad than good on Canadian television, Scott may have some answers for you.

This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula. Join Speech Bubble from 2-3pm on location at Hairy T (6979 Yonge Street Toronto, ON.) April 7-9, 2017 to celebrate Hairy Tarantula’s 25th anniversary as we record our first live episodes with guests Chip Zdarsky on Saturday, April 8th and J. Torres on Sunday, April 9th. Signings will follow each appearance, so bring your comics and get them signed by these two Eisner award winning industry behemoths. Chip will sign from 3-5pm on Saturday and J. will sign from 3-4pm on Sunday. Also, the first 25 people in line for the J. Torres signing will get a free comic signed by the man himself.

North’s website

Scott’s Twitter

Scott’s IMDB

The Sudbury Star on North

Ron Kasman is the man behind The Tower of the Comic Book Freaks, a graphic novel and coming of age story of friends who travel from Toronto to a New York City in 1971 for a comic convention and how the events at that convention change their lives. Though the story is fictional, it mimics many of Kasman’s experiences as a comic fan in the 1970s. Ron actually played an integral part in Toronto’s budding comic scene. His first comic shop was Canada’s first comic shop, “Captain George” Henderson’s Memory Lane Books on Markham Street. He also helped organize Cosmicon, what was likely Toronto’s first comic convention, at York University where he watched legendary artist Neal Adams drop acid for the one and only time in his life. If that weren’t enough, Ron served as a reference model for comic artists and worked professionally as a letterer for DC Comics. This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula.

Ron Kasman’s Tumblr blog

Cosmicon 1972-1975: A Tell-all Expose by Ron Kasman

The Tower of the Comic Book Freaks

Caliber Comics (Publisher of The Tower of the Comic Book Freaks)

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Eisner award-winning comic artist and de-facto patriarch of Toronto’s Raid Studio Ramon Perez (Nova, Hawkeye, Spider-Man: Learn to Crawl) comes by to tell us what it’s like to be called an overnight sensation when you’ve been toiling in the industry for years. Thanks to the awards and accolades for his graphic masterpiece Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, he has now drawn many Marvel icons like Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Nova, Wolverine and the X-Men. He might be in demand like never before, but you’ll hear he has always been uncompromising with his artistic vision, even as a non-name up-and-comer working on his own projects, Butternut Squash and Kukuburi. This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula.

@theramonperez

ramonperez.com

Instagram

RAID! Studio

Ramon’s original art

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With the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast opening Friday (March 17, 2017) there’s no better time to talk to Megan Kearney (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls). She’s a comic writer, artist and animator who is currently producing her own Beauty and the Beast the Comic Series web comic, but hers is not the Disney version. She tells us how the original fairytale is much more about Belle’s journey, while the Disney version focuses much more on the Beast’s character and why her webcomic tries to give equal time to both. We also discuss the evolution of fairy tales in general, her love of manga and how being the manager of Toronto’s basically made her career. This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula.

@SpookyMeggie

Megan’s Website

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

Beauty and the Beast the Comic Series

Comic Book Embassy

Once Upon a Winter Wood (Megan’s animated short film)

Episode Sponsor: Hairy Tarantula

 

If you live in Toronto, you know him as the popular DJ on 102.1 The Edge. But his comic book geek cred is strongest as the writer behind the scifi epic ,The Fourth Planet published quarterly by Chapterhouse Comics. He’ll tell us how the idea had its roots in his love of paleo-cultural anthropology (the origins of culture) and how Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet changed his life. Meanwhile, we discuss why the endless crossover events and relaunches are ruining comics, how Fred got his start in radio and why he entered the ring with his own podcast Issue Zero. This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula.

@Fearless_Fred

Issue Zero

The Fourth Planet

102.1 The Edge

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Speech Bubble: Comics on Comics: K Trevor Wilson

Aaron faces off with the Mountain Man…er…Man Mountain of comedy for this second episode of the Comics on Comics series. Our host gets tips on performing the perfect Letterkenny dialect from Squirrely Dan himself before the two explore the reasons behind K Trev’s love of The Incredible Hulk and Professional Wrestling. Oh, and we also learn that the best way to book a stand-up comedy spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live is by bumping into Jimmy in the men’s room.

@KTrevorWilson

K Trevor Wilson’s IMDB profile

Letterkenny’s Best of Squirrely Dan

Buy K Trevor Wilson’s comedy album SexCop FirePenis

K Trevor Wilson’s performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Episode Sponsored by Hairy Tarantula

Speech Bubble: Daniel Brodie

A backpacking trip through Amsterdam had Daniel Brodie wondering if he was really in control of his body and that led to Morgan’s Organs – his comic that takes a look at the various characters controlling the organs of a college student named Morgan. Touted as Pixar’s Inside Out for grown ups, Morgan’s Organs was meant to be an animated TV show, but is now a comic funding its second issue through Kickstarter as of this recording’s release. Brodie talks about the projects transformation and the deeper meanings that underlie its sophomoric humour. This episode sponsored by Hairy Tarantula — join them for week two of their bye-buy sale at their 354 Yonge St. location from Feb. 17th to 23rd, 2017.

Morgan’s Organs

Kickstarter

@morgsorgs_comic

Facebook

Instagram

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