Pulp Crazy – The Multiversity: Society of Super-Heroes

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/082.mp3

In this weeks episode I will be discussing a recently published comic book that was promoted as having some pulp themes. The title of this particular issue is The Multiversity: The Society of Superheroes: Conquerors from the Counter-World. It was written by Grant Morrison and penciled by Chris Sprouse, and published by DC Comics. This issue is part of what is called the Multiversity Project, it is a limited series made up of different one shot issues, with two bookends. The Multiversity carries on the tradition of Crisis On Infinite Earths, and deals with the Post New 52 DC Multiverse. It also fits into Grant Morrison’s larger body of work within the DC Universe itself. This particular world, Earth-20 is done in a pulp style.

 

Comic Shop Locator: http://www.comicshoplocator.com/Home/1/1/57/575

Comixology Link:  https://www.comixology.com/The-Multiversity-The-Society-of-Super-Heroes-Conquerors-of-the-Counter-World-2014-1/digital-comic/140521

Pulp Crazy – The Prophecy by Hugh B. Cave

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/81.mp3

In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Prophecy by Hugh B. Cave. It first appeared in the October 1934 issue of Black Book Detective. The Prophecy can be categorized more as a horror story, than a detective story. I would peg the time period around the year it was published, 1934. It involves four young whites who decide to pay a visit to a black church that is deep into the spiritualist movement of the day. As a matter of fact, a nice name drop to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is made in the story. A fifth member of the group warns them against going, insisting that something bad will happen to them, hence the title of the story.

Links:

Read The Prophecy by Hugh B. Cave in PDF:

http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/list_by_author.php?page=17

http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/getpdf.php?id=732

Audio Version at Archive.org (Robotic): http://www.archive.org/download/Hugh_B_Cave_the_Prophecy/the_prophecy.mp3

Pulp Crazy – Rastignac the Devil by Philip Jose Farmer

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/080.mp3

This weeks featured story is not really a pulp tale, although it was written by a breakout pulp writer, who later became a well known science fiction writer. The story is Rastignac the Devil by Philip Jose Farmer. The story first appeared in the May 1954 issue of Fantastic Universe, a digest sized Science Fiction magazine. The story is now readily available online as it is has fallen into the public domain.

Rastignac the Devil takes place in the same shared universe as Farmer’s groundbreaking science fiction story The Lovers, as well as Moth & Rust. Both The Lovers and Moth & Rust appeared in Startling Stories, a science fiction pulp magazine. Rastignac the Devil acts as a prequel to The Lovers.

Links:

Rastignac the Devil eBook: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/31262

Rastignac the Devil Audio Book: https://librivox.org/rastignac-the-devil-by-philip-jose-farmer/

The Official Philip Jose Farmer Web Page: http://pjfarmer.com/

Meteor House Press: http://meteorhousepress.com

Legends of Log Giant Size 2015 Annual Kickstarter & Interview

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D.L. Suharski is the creator and writer of Legends of Log. It’s a sword & sorcery comic and prose series starring a giant ax wielding log. The Kickstarter is underway here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/573814937/legends-of-log-giant-size-annual

I also embedded the video for the Kickstater above.

D.L. was kind enough to answer some questions about Legends of Log and the Kickstarter campgain for the Giant Size 2015 annual. We also discuss some of his influences.

 

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PC: So what’s the deal with Legends of Log? Did you receive some type of prophetic vision of Guardians of the Galaxy hitting big, and then proceeded to create your own wood-based hero to rival the great Groot? Seriously, where did you come up with such a crazy concept of a giant log with an ax? How would you describe the character?

Log doesn’t compare to the great Groot, but the mighty Log does have his advantages. He carries a giant ax. So If they were to do battle, I’m pretty sure Log would be doing some heavy swinging.


As for the idea, I came up with the concept of Log and his legends from a comic strip that I’ve been drawing since 2010. In the comic strip is a humorous talking log. He doesn’t carry an ax or anything like that. He’s just there to take the brunt of the jokes and punchlines tossed at him.


Anyhow, In 2012, I imagined taking this character I had been drawing and changing him into a bigger and stronger log. A log that carried an ax and lived back in the days of  the dark age. And is he big! He’s a giant compared to humans. I would describe him as the strong silent type. But when he gets mad, watch out!

 

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PC: I’m getting a big sword and sorcery vibe from these Legends of Log images. Do you have any favorite pulp characters or creators that may have influenced your work with Legends of Log?

Log is mostly inspired by Conan the Barbarian books and comics. Along with others like Thongor, Brak the Barbarian, Kull the Destroyer and all those other types of characters. I read a lot of paperback books of sword and sorcery when I was a kid. From all the famous fantasy authors like Lin Carter, Andrew Oufftt, Michael Moorcock, Jack Vance, John Jakes, Fritz Leiber and of course, Robert E. Howard.

 

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PC: Tell us a little bit about the world Legends of Log takes place in.

Log’s world is not that big. It’s mostly the size of a very large island with a lot of UN-known lands beyond that. Which makes it nice to expand if I ever decide to make Log’s world bigger. But right now it consist of the North Woods – where Log lives. The South Woods – where the angry Ax men hold a grudge. The Dark Woods – where warlocks and sorcerers conjure up dark magic. The Sea of Oceans, – where Mermaids and giant Krakens dwell. The Wildlands – a savage jungle that is lost in time, and the Outlands. – where beast and creatures roam. All these places are covered by the dark gloom of dark spells and sorcery created within the Dark Woods. And it’s are all after one thing. A living breathing giant chunk of wood called Log.

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PC: For those of us who haven’t read Legends of Log before, how would you describe the tone of the series? Is it straight sword and sorcery? Is there any comedy?

 

Although 90 percent of it is sword and sorcery. I did throw in some savage jungle girl stories where Log meets a girl named Corra from the Wildlands.
As for comedy, well… I think the fact that since Log is a log and he carries an ax and yells, “TIMBERRRRR!” May say it all.

 

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PC: I took a look around your website and saw that you have produced three comics and two prose books pertaining to Legends of Log so far. Does the Legends of Log Giant Size 2015 Annual include all new material?

The book does include new material including three stories from the previous mini comics.

PC: Are there multiple tales in the annual? Are the stories in the annual self-contained? Do readers need to pick up past issues or books or can we jump right in here?

There are ten tales all together and they are all self-contained. The reader doesn’t have to read any other previous books or comics to enjoy the stories. But some of the stories do give hints and clues to a bigger story that will eventually happen to the mighty Log. And I can’t wait to tell that story. But it won’t happen till we get further down the road with the annuals.

PC: The Kickstarter campaign for the Legends of Log Giant Size 2014 Annual is underway and will be active until October 6, 2014. I see you have a variety of tiers, from a price friendly PDF of the issue to some higher tiers, where a limited number of backers get to take part in the comics creation. I think there is a tier there for everybody who is interested in a fun sword & sorcery book. Do you have anything to say in closing to prospective backers out there who are fans of pulp and sword & sorcery?

I’m a big fan of the pulp era and of sword & sorcery. The whole Legends of Log book is based on action and adventure. And although it may have a small extra punch of humor that you may not find in your normal S&S. I really think you might get a kick out of this book. I mean come-on, A log with an ax? What could be funner than that.

PC: Thanks for answering my questions. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

Thanks Jason for giving me the Opportunity. Keep up the great work on Pulp Crazy.

 

Links:

Legends of Log 2015 Giant Size Annual Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/573814937/legends-of-log-giant-size-annual

Legends of Log Website: http://www.legendsoflog.com

Legends of Log Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/legendsoflog

 

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Pulp Crazy – Bigfoot Sword of the Earthman

 

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/079.mp3

 

In this weeks episode I will be discussing Bigfoot Sword of the Earthman, a six issue comic book mini series published by BrewHouse Comics. The comic is written by Josh S. Henaman with line art by Andy Taylor and colors by Thomas Bonvillain. The first issue came out in November 2012 and the sixth issue was recently published in August 2014. This is a sword and planet as well as a sword and sorcery comic. It’s very much in the vein of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard. One of the tag lines I saw floating around in the promotional materials was Sword, Sorcery and Sasquatch.

 

The premise of the book is that a group of mages on Mars summoned Bigfoot to the Red Planet from Earth. The mute brute is enslaved at first, but later escapes. His tag-along/partner is Castor, a member of the scribe caste elite. They seem to be the bards and storytellers of Mars. He sees Bigfoot, (who is known only as the Earthman among the inhabiatants of Mars), as his meal ticket. However things don’t go according to plan, Mars is ruled by a heavy handed tyrant named Lord Jeoffa. Doing Lord Jeoffa’s dirty work is my favorite character of the series, Korovan Muspin, a red skinned reptilian barbarian who is more than a physical match with the Earthman. There is a really cool four page origin story for Muspin in the final four pages of issue #1, that puts a unique spin on what goes on in a Martian Rookery.

 

Links:

Brewhouse Comics Online Store: http://brewhousecomics.storenvy.com/

Stores that carry Bigfoot Sword of the Earthman: http://www.bigfootcomic.blogspot.com/p/s.html

Bigfoot Sword of the Earthman Site: http://www.bigfootcomic.blogspot.com/

Cast of Characters: http://www.bigfootcomic.blogspot.com/p/bigfoot-sote-cast-of-characters.html

Bigfoot Sword of the Earthman Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BigfootSwordoftheEarthman

Josh S. Henaman Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoshSHenaman

Andy Taylor Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyETaylor

Tamra Bonvillain: https://twitter.com/TBonvillain

 

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Birthday – Free eBooks and Audio Books

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Today is the birthday of Edgar Rice Burroughs. His work and imagination have inspired generations upon generations of fictioneers. The influence of Tarzan and the Barsoom (John Carter of Mars) series alone are immeasurable. Here are some links to free eBooks and audio book of ERB’s work, as well as websites who are keeping the memory of ERB alive.

Links:

Free eBook at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=Edgar+Rice+Burroughs

Free audio books at Librivox.org: https://librivox.org/author/698?primary_key=698&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

EdgarRiceBurroughs.com: http://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/

ERBzine: http://erbzine.com/

Burroughs Bibliophiles:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Burroughs-Bibliophiles/107108829310397

Pulp Crazy – The Pale Man by Julius Long

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/078.mp3

In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Pale Man by Julius Long. It first appeared in the September 1934 issue of Weird Tales.

I would say the story takes place in the early 1930’s. It features a man who is a university assistant staying at a country hotel during the summer months. He’s the narrator of the story and is apparently ill enough that his superiors at the university made him take this vacation. During his stay at the hotel he comes across an unusual individual he dubs The Pale Man.

Links:

Read The Pale Man by Julius Long on Wikisource: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Weird_Tales/Volume_24/Issue_3/The_Pale_Man

Weird Tales Scan of the story: http://pulpcrazy.com/The Pale Man.zip

Julius Long at the Fiction Mags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/s2617.htm#A79097

Julius Long at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?15649

PulpFest 2014 – The New Pulp Panel

 http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/newpulppanel.MP3

The New Pulp Panel from PulpFest 2014.

Moderated by Ron Fortier and featuring Ralph Angelo Jr., Jim Beard, Wayne Reinagel, Frank Schildiner and Art Sippo.
Links:

Ron Fortier: http://www.amazon.com/Ron-Fortier/e/B002BMG58Q/

Ralph Angelo Jr: http://www.amazon.com/Ralph-L.-Angelo-Jr/e/B008M0PW6W

Jim Beard: http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Beard/e/B004UWVOPE/

Wayne Reinagel: http://www.amazon.com/Wayne-Reinagel/e/B002QUGFC4

Frank Schildiner: http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Schildiner/e/B009VRDXZC

Art Sippo: http://thebookcave.libsyn.com/

Art’s Sun Koh Stories: http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?type=&keyWords=Sun+Koh

Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows Review

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http://lovecraftzine.com/2014/08/22/review-phileas-fogg-and-the-war-of-shadows-by-josh-reynolds/

Thanks to Mike Davis at the Lovecraft E-Zine for hosting my review of Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows by Josh Reynolds. The new novella can be ordered from Meteor House Press from the address below.

http://meteorhousepress.com/phileas-fogg-and-the-war-of-shadows/