Episode 111: Chew Geekery with John Layman!

Once an editor for Wildstorm comics, John Layman turned to writing comics full-time in 2002, and has worked on a stellar array of titles including Gambit, The Fantastic Four, Xena, Thundercats and many more. John has also written a number of creator-owned titles at Image Comics, including the award winning Chew - a series about an FDA agent who solves crimes by receiving psychic impressions from anything he eats ... which can include people.

John was kind enough to take time out of a hectic FanCon Comic Convention schedule to share his path to geekdom, his first exposure to Dungeons and Dragons, falling in love with the Cerebus comic book, and when he knew he wanted to make writing his life's work.

You should now go and follow The Mighty Layman on Twitter!


Episode 72: FanCon Geekery Part 3 with Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen!

This, the third of three Fan Con podcasts, focuses on the writing duo behind the fantastic "Survivor's Club" comic: Lauren Beukes and Dale Halversen. Sadly, very sadly, Survivor's Club has been cancelled but we still had a great time chatting about how the idea behind Survivor's Club came to Lauren and Dale, and we were introduced to the concept of "Creep Playtime". We also got a glimpse into Lauren's cosplay history at ICON, and we discuss how a charitable drive could get her to do something for 2016.

Follow Lauren (@laurenbeukes) and Dale (@JoeyHiFi) on Twitter to keep up to date on the awesome stuff they do!


Episode 71: FanCon Geekery Part 2 with Jason Aaron & Jason Masters!

Part 2 of our Fan Con Geekery Run! This time, it's a double Jason episode with Jason Aaron and Jason Masters!

Jason Aaron is name that needs no introduction, but I'm going to do it anyway. His amazing runs on Wolverine, Black Panther, Ghost Rider, The Punisher, The Incredible Hulk, Thor: God of Thunder, Star Wars and the incredible Scapled titles have led to multiple Eisner Award nominations as well as a Harvey Award for the amazing Southern Bastards. Jason chatted to us about a bunch of topics including radion dj's, Auburn vs Alabama, and his comics origin story.

Jason Master is no stranger to Release The Geek, in fact Jason is a partial inspiration for what has become known as a 'Doctored Coffee' - if you want to know more about it, you'll have to come through to ICON to hear. Jason, or as he's occasionally known on the interwebs as Pueblo Shatner, is currently killing it on Dynamite Enterainment's James Bond comic along with some guy named Warren Ellis. That's a ridiculous statement of course, and we hope Mr Ellis doesn't exact due vengance.

For more Jason Aaron goodness, you can follow him on Twitter (@jasonaaron) or via his website. For more from Jason Masters, you can follow his musings on Twitter (@thejasonmasters)


Episode 70: FanCon Geekery Part 1 with Ian Churchill & Warren Louw!

During the recent (and massively successful) FanCon Comic Convention in Cape Town, we managed to chat to a raft of local and international writers and artists. In this episode, we chat to Ian Churchill and Warren Louw!

With over 20 years in the comics business, Ian has worked on a massive number of titles, including the X-Men, Hulk, Supergirl, Teen Titans and the Eisner Award nominated Marineman that Ian created. Warren Louw is a South African freelance illustrator and character designer whose work has graced many print publications including ImagineFX magazine, UDON's Darkstalkers graphic novel and DC's Power Girl comic.

Both Ian and Warren were kind enough to share their origin stories which should serve as great inspiration to young creators everywhere.

For more info on Ian Churchill, you can check out his Facebook page. And for more info about Warren, you can check out his website or follow him on Twitter (@ArtofWarrenLouw)


Episode 64: FanCon Geekery with Nizar Abrahams!

Reader's Den Comic Shop in Cape Town has been building up their Free Comic Book Day activities for a number of years, becoming an event that draws people from across the country. This year, Nizar Abrahams and the Reader's Den team have decided to take things to another level with the inaugural FanCon Comic Convention.

With a lineup including Jason Aaron, Jamie McKelvie and many more, FanCon is going to be a massive event for comic and pop culture fans in South Africa. We chatted to Nizar about the road to FanCon: from falling in love with Superman as a kid, to the origins of the store and how they embraced Free Comic Book Day and built it up to what it is today.

You really want to keep up to date on all the FanCon announcements so check out the FanCon website, the FanCon Facebook event, and don't forget to follow them on Twitter (@FanConComicCon)