Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Oct. 18, 2018: Driftwood Soldier/Angelina Singer/Linda Marks/John Faraone

Driftwood Soldier
Welcome to the first podcast-only episode of Citywide Blackout!  Host Max Bowen recently moved down to Philadelphia, and has re-branded the show to include a mix of local artists from New
England, but also featuring some of the great creatives of Philly.

First up, Owen and Bobby of the Philly-based Driftwood Soldier join Max at the Last Drop coffeeshop to talk about the Kickstarter they launched for their new album and some of the great offerings for those that contribute. They also share some details of their new tour and the work that goes into it.

Rhode Island author Angelina Singer is up next, and this interview kicks off our series of the Association of Rhode Island Authors members as they gear up for their upcoming festival in December. This romantic comedy/dystopian sci-fi author is in the running for a book cover competition for “The Sorting Room,” and we learn about the great artist who helped her devise the art that adorns her book.
Angelina also talks about her epic work-life-school balance efforts and where the ideas for her works come from.

Singer-songwriter Linda Marks returns to talk about her Women in Music Gathering scheduled for Nov. 18 at one of my favorite places, The Burren Backroom in Somerville. This show features 11 musicians, including Linda, and we look at the different styles and what they all bring to the table. The show also highlights the challenges women face in trying to make a career in the music industry, and Linda shares her own obstacles in this.

John Faraone of Providence closes out the show, and he's got a new album out, “Light Upon.” This album is years in the making, and John walks us through the process of making the finished product. He also shares a few stories from the tour he did in the early fall to commemorate the new release.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Keystone Comic Con, Part 3

In the final podcast from my Keystone Comic-Con series, I talk to two amazing authors, Kristina Garlick and E.A. Channon. Kristina talks about her new book, "Nature of Fame and Gossip," which centers on a young musician who gets a second start with the band Just Breathe, and the tumultuous events that happen afterward.

Channon has a lot to share about how he built the world of his long-running "Flesh of the Blood" series, some of which employs his map-making skills. He also talks about the many characters that make up this fantasy epic, some of which appear to be villains but have a lot more to tell.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Citywide Blackout-Webtoon interviews

In this podcast, it's all Webtoon, the popular free app that allows users to check out the best web comics available today.

Max talks to Adam Ellis, the mind behind the Books of Adam series. Adam shares his experience at cons, the ways to monetize a web comic, and the stories that inspire his comics.

Next up it's Mongie, creator of Let's Play, one of Max's favorite web comics. She outlines the many characters in this romantic comedy series, and what makes the main character Sam tick. Mongie also shares her early years making the comic and how the art changed over the years.


Monday, October 1, 2018

Keystone Comic-Con, Part Two: Black Sands Entertainment and Dezcreepcore

Max with cosplayer Dezcreepcore

Manuel Godoy, president and author of Black Sands Entertainment, talks about the growth of the comic company, the history intertwined with the story, and how he finds the many talented people that he's worked with on the titles.

Later on, I talk to cosplayer Dexcreepcore about her latest costumes and the work that goes into them. She also goes into how one turns being a cosplayer into a full-time job and the many conventions she's appeared at.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Keystone Comic-Con, Part 1: Storm King Comics/Mega Ran

Max with Mega Ran 

In the first of the Citywide Blackout podcasts of Keystone Comic-Con, I talk to Sandy King Carpenter, founder of Storm King Comics, about the latest releases, artists that she's worked with, and some of her favorite genres.

Later on, I sit down with nerdcore artist Mega Ran, and he shares his early years in Philadelphia, how the nerdcore genre has evolved and become more mainstream, and his latest release, "Heel Turn."

Sept. 20, 2018: Almost Got Caught/N Lawrence Mann/Bones and Everybody Hates Thomas

NOTE: This is the final live show on WEMF Radio as host Max Bowen moves to Philadelphia. In a couple weeks, the show will transition to a podcast that will air on WEMF on Fridays at 6 p.m.

The band Almost Got Caught opens the show with a killer live set. Once that gets finished, they come into the studio to preview their upcoming shows in Lowell and at the Middle East, as well as talk about their new music.

Author N Lawrence Mann is next, and he has a new book out, "Coma Dreams." The second book in his Blue Warp series, this includes the return of Brennen Reynolds. Using his newfound—and unrefined—ability to heal, Brennen Reynolds attempts to revive Air Force Colonel Brett Stafford on the day his life support is to be terminated. Brennen is only partially successful, as the person awoken is not Colonel Stafford.
This book centers on the theme of addiction, and Mann talks about his own experience with addiction and how it factored into his book.

Closing out the program, comedian Everybody Hates Thomas talks about how he got into comedy, his popular Instagram video series and plans for some shows. Right after that, rapper Bones has some great live freestyling to show you.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sept. 13, 2018: Edward Reynoso/Houston Bernard/Eddie Japan

Max with Houston Bernard
Edward and Reuben, two of the organizers of Stop the Violence Lawrence, stopped by the studio to talk about this free event aimed at curbing violence and teaching the kids that there are other options. It's a free event for a great cause, and the two share some personal stories of their own time with gangs and how they changed their lives. 

Country artist Houston Bernard has a lot to be happy about. His new music video for the single, "We Made Out" has been picked up by two country music networks and seen tens of thousands of times. In addition, he's got a new album out, and plans for new music in the near future.

The band Eddie Japan closes out this week's show with some great live tunes and a look at the band's history playing shows in the Boston area. We also talk about their new single remix, and the different directions they've taken musically.