CAKE 2017

What an awesome show! It was great to catch up with some people we haven’t seen in a while and meet more comics creators. Got to table next to Jared from Retrofit / Big Planet. Simon Hanselmann told me he was going to read our comics while taking a shit. Cool! And the trades! One of the best things about going to comics shows as a creator. CAKE never disappoints.

Critiquing Comics podcast takes a crack at ED #1

Tim and Mulele from the podcasts Deconstructing Comics and Critiquing comics has had a go with Esoteric Dialogue #1. It’s an interesting discussion between two tastes – one that likes to consider the possibility of the truth behind conspiracy theories and one that wants nothing to do them. How will our book hold up to the critical eye of these seasoned reviewers? Listen here to find out! http://deconstructingcomics.com/?p=5579

dcplogoYou can find Tim @stingpin and Mulele @muleleredux

Follow their shows @deconcomics and www.deconstructingcomics.com

The Comics Alternative podcast discusses ED #1 & #2

We’re very honored that one of our all-time favorite comics podcasts, The Comics Alternative, featured a discussion of Esoteric Dialogue #1 & #2 on their show! Known as “two guys with PhDs talking about comics,” the show focuses on insightful conversations and interviews about comics and creators outside of the superhero genre.

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They said ED #1 made them feel “insane.” I take that as a compliment.

Thanks to Derek Royal and Shea Hennum for the candid discussion! You can find them @2GuysWithPhDs or http://comicsalternative.com/

Listen to the show here: http://comicsalternative.com/episode-209-this-and-that/

ED#1 Reviewed on Comicsverse!

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Gabriella Tutino published a brief analysis of Esoteric Dialogue #1 on comicsverse.com. She combed through the main aspects of the story and had some very complimentary things to say:

“The New World Conquest story works as a layered parody: on one hand, it mocks those who are constantly spouting conspiracy theories or trying to expose ‘the truth,’ and on the other it pokes fun at those who blindly believe everything around them. The idea that the ‘architects of society’ are really just kids trying to win a game is quite genius: it exhibits a power struggle, as well as the impulsive, unpredicted ways of fate.”

You can read the whole thing here: https://comicsverse.com/moving-light-esoteric-dialogue-issue-1-review/

Thanks for the write-up, Gabriella! You can find her @gabriellatutino

Esoteric Dialogue #1 extras

The story, characters, visual style and… well just about everything in ED#1 was the result of an evolution process. We had a lot of ideas, scratched most of them, and crafted the best ones draft after draft. Below are some of those ideas and Matt’s sketches that didn’t make it into the final book.

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An early drawing of the Illuminati performing a dark ritual in the form of a board game.

 

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Drawings from an idea for a fake gimmick ad page.

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Page from a “history” segment.

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An unfinished promo page featuring Bigfoot, the Mothman, a Grey alien, and a UFO. Oh yeah, and two teens slurping on each other.

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An unfinished comic Matt was working on that showed a media-brainwashed dude that ends up blowing up the planet.

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A page from an old ED story idea about Shelly Shivers, an all-American girl who becomes a witch through playing D&D, which was inspired by the old Chick comic written by the infamous John Todd.

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Another page from the “history” segment.

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A promo page featuring poster-like panels of various conspiracy theories.

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A page from the very first ED story idea inspired by an interview I heard on Coast to Coast with George Noory about a child sacrifice that took place in the catacombs of the Vatican.