Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Citywide Blackout at the Rhode Island Author Expo

Dave Crespo and I had an absolute blast broadcasting from the 2016 Rhode Island Author Expo. More than 120 authors were set up, ranging from children's authors to horror writers to biographers. We got to see some old friends and make plenty of new ones, and it's such an awe-inspiring experience to meet such a wide array of independent artists. We spoke to some amazing creators at the expo, and you can check out all the interviews here.

Dave and I want to thank Mike Squatrito and Steve Porter of the Association of Rhode Island Authors for helping to arrange this once-in-a-lifetime day for us.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Citywide Blackout, Dec. 1, 2016: Knower/Mark Perry

Author Mark Perry
Louis Cole of the LA-based band Knower calls in to talk about their upcoming performance as part of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum's RISE music series. The band recently returned from a tour overseas, and Louis shares those stories of what it's like performing on the international stage.

Just in time for the start of the Christmas season, author Mark Perry is on to talk about his book, "Post Mark: Santaâs Misfit Postman.â Mark is one of the 125 authors that will be at the 2016 Rhode Island Author Expo.
In addition to his book, Mark is also the founder of the North Pole Postman, a cool place for kids and adults to communicate with Santa.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Nov. 17, 2016: John Hanifin Band/Michael Squatrito/Scott Simmons/Super Megafest, Pt. 4

The John Hanifin Band
The John Hanifin Band plays an amazing live set to open the show! Later, the band joins me in the studio to talk about their recent debut CD release, the recording process, and how they all met.

Author Michael Squatrito is next, and he has a great event to talk about! The 2016 Rhode Island Author Expo is just a couple weeks away, and Citywide will be live broadcasting the entire thing! Mike previews the event, which is free, features 125 authors from Rhode Island, plus some great workshops and panels.

Scott Simmons calls in to talk about the Foundry Artists Holiday Show. It's a six-day showcase of more than 60 artists, a perfect thing for those who struggle with the holiday shopping. There's plenty to choose from, and Scott outlines what people can expect at this event.

BONUS: The Blackout Bootleg series from Super Megafest comes to a close, with Dave DeVries telling us all about his art program, The Monster Engine, and author and artist Kate Klockow goes into her work with the paranormal, and how it factors into her books.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Nov. 10, 2016: EBASS/B.J. Knapp/Everyone's Hero Cosplay/Super Megafest, Part 3

Hailey Magee and Hannah Siglin
Hailey Magee makes her return for the monthly EBASS segment, along with singer-songwriter Hannah Siglin. We talk about music videos, the different options out there, and what to consider before shelling out the cash. There's so many ways to go about it, especially in a city like Boston.
Hannah shares some live acoustic tunes, what it's like transitioning from the state of Washington to Boston, and her family's musical background.

Author B.J. Knapp talks about her new book, "Beside the Music," a tale of an aging rock band and their decision to record a new album in the home of a very devoted fan. Suffice to say, not all sides are in agreement, and hilarity ensues. B.J.'s a diehard music fan herself, and her own love of rock plays a role in the story.

Cosplay artist Everyone's Hero Skypes in to share the facts on the 40 costumes he's made since joining the cosplay community two and a half years ago. From Nick Fury to Batman, he has a wide array of personas that he's adopted, learning as he goes and doing a lot with sometimes limited resources. He's gotten to know so many cosplayers, and he has some great stories to share.

BONUS: We've got Part 3 of the Blackout Bootleg series from Super Megafest! Author Blake Renworth talks about her debut book, "The Exiled Seven," as well as her own work as an editor. Stacey Longo has a slew of titles to her name, including several collections and her first book, "Ordinary Boy." She and Max talk about her journalism background, and if the characters that she's met while on the beat made their way into her stories.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Nov. 3, 2016:Sam Kafrissen/Josh Dahl/Supermega Fest, Part 2

Comic author Josh Dahl
Host Max Bowen talks about some recent news in the local music scene as well as the upcoming shows and events.

At the top of the second hour, author Sam Kafrissen shares his stories of growing up in West Warwick, Rhode Island, and how this influenced his Hugh Doherty Mystery series. Sam also the origin of Hugh, and how he goes from small-town private eye to solving murders and protecting Nazi war criminals.

Josh Dahl has worked in comics for years, and on the show he unveils his newest project, Rapid City, a series where real-life events are seen through the eyes of superheroes. He has two titles, Below Zero and Objects at Rest, and both tell interesting, insightful stories.

BONUS: The Blackout Bootleg series rolls on with our interviews with the stellar artists at Super Megafest. Comic creator Bob Salley talks about his series Salvagers and author MK Shwartz gives the story behind his Ratarra fantasy series.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Oct. 27, 2016: Jean-Luc/King J/Loren Walker/Ballroom of Horror/Supermega Fest, Part 1

Trevor Kaminski, Jean-Luc, and King-J
We open the show with hip-hop artists Jean-Luc and King J. Both have upcoming releases and are new to the city of Boston. We talk about the music scene here, how it compares to their hometown, and how they craft their unique styles. Joining them is promoter and event organizer Trevor Kaminski.

Author Loren Walker kicks off the 9 p.m. hour with some great book talk! "Eko," a fantasy adventure story, begins her four-book NINE series, and she shares some background into how the story took shape, her editing style, and her prior work in comics.

Guest co-host Matt Martino returns to talk about the Ballroom of Horror! Now in it's third year, this haunted horror has scared the hell out of many a brave soul, and much more is planned for this year.

BONUS: The Blackout Bootleg series kicks off it's newest collection, interviews from Supermega Fest! Max spent the weekend there and got to talk to some amazing artists of all kinds. This week features artist Wishkoi and cosplayer Captain Kaycee.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Oct. 20, 2016: EBASS and Nico Rivers/Ignition Comics/Garbage Point/Horror Writers of Maine

[L-r] Emily Graham-Handley, Nico Rivers, and Hailey Magee
Hailey Magee is back for our monthly EBASS segment. We talk about some of the "old school" promoting methods like hitting shows, posting fliers, and general word of mouth, and if these still have a place where some people measure the attendance based on the Facebook event pages.
Later, Nico Rivers and Emily Graham-Handley play some great tunes for us, and we learn about Nico's Live From Nowhere music series and his many, many shows.

Corey Sawyer of Ignition Comics has a brand new series out, "Rapture," a story about a world where everyone has the potential to develop powers based on a flight-or-fight response to situations. He debuted this at Granite-State Comic-Con and it's gotten some rave reviews since then. Hear about the creative process that brought this title into being and the many minds behind it.

The band Garbage Point is next, and you can expect a great show from them on Halloween at the Haunted Ballroom at Once in Somerville. This horror-themed band talks about their favorite slashers, and an upcoming CD release.

BONUS: The last installment in the Blackout Bootleg series, Max talks to the folks at Horror Writers of Maine, who were at the recent Granite-State Comic-Con.