Friday, April 11, 2014

Art Party Friday: April 11, 2014

Hello Cromrades! It is I, Jon! I am here to show off some cool Howard inspired art I have found in my wanderings on the internet. If you have any art you wish to share, be you the creator or just an admirer, please email us at thecromcrast@gmail.com with the image and source and we will try to feature it here on the blog!

A Portrait of Robert E. Howard by Sean Phillips
(which may be the best blog name ever)
http://www.seanphillips.co.uk/


El Borak by Jim Steranko
From: Lone Star Fictioneer #4 (1976)
@iamsteranko


King Kull by Joe Kubert
Cover to KULL #1 from Dark Horse Comics
http://www.kubertschool.edu/



Thulsa Doom by Alex Ross
Cover to Thulsa Doom #2 from Dynamite Entertainment
http://www.alexrossart.com/


Conan the Cimmerian by John Byrne
http://www.byrnerobotics.com/


Solomon Kane by Mike Mignola
Cover to Solomon Kane vol. 2: Death's Black Riders
http://www.artofmikemignola.com/

Listen to our latest episode here.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks, for we are hard at work on our first two part episode! We will be covering the only Conan novel by Howard. It's pretty long, so get to reading:



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Episode 20: Shadows in Zamboula (or, Conan Lays the Totra-Smack Down!)







"Conan stood for a moment in the door, the glow of the bronze lamp behind him, looking down the road to where it vanished among the dense palms. Their leaves rustled together in the faint breeze; beyond them lay the naked desert. Far up the street, in the other direction, lights gleamed and the noises of the city came faintly to him. Here was only starlight, the whispering of the palm leaves, and beyond that low wall, the dust of the road and the deserted huts thrusting their flat roofs against the low stars. Somewhere beyond the palm groves a drum began..."

Our tale this time is "Shadows in Zamboula," first published in 1935 in Weird Tales magazine. Howard's original title was "The Man-Eaters of Zamboula." With all of its cannibals, snakes, and less than clothed damsels it was the cover story of course. You can read the whole thing here for free if you wish.


This will be a quick story for you to read and this is probably our shortest episode ever!

Savage Sword of Conan #14
Neal Adams helped to adapt this story for The Savage Sword of Conan. He's got a great style for the tale and drew the best scene with his usual aplomb.

Thanks to comic creator Victor Dandridge for his Ahnold impression to open the show, check out Victor's page or catch him at a comic convention this summer! Also, a shout out to author John Fultz for his kind voice mail. You too can have your voice broadcast across the pod-waves! Just leave us a message (859) 429-CROM! (that's 2766).

That's it for this time! Join us on the next exciting episode of The Cromcast as we clock in with King Conan for THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON!




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Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bonus Episode: Side Quest #1 (or, The Long Con)



The Cromcast recently went on an adventure... a side quest To the 2014 Lexington Comic and Toy Con!
 
We're excited to showcase some of our schwag, and we were able to snap a few pictures along the way! If you're interested, then please read on! If comics aren't your thing, then just sit tight. Episode #20 will be dropping before you know it!



This first sketch was given to us by our buddy, Justin Stewart! You remember him, right? Awesome artist and fellow podcaster? We talked with him back in Episode #15 about Conan and comics! He and the rest of the Beaucoup Pop crew were holding down the "1000 section" of the con... Kentucky Proud!


And here's a Red Sonya sketch that Luke commissioned Jay Myers! Jay's another Lexington artist and, man, he KILLED it with this commission! Seriously, this guy has some chops. Check out loads of his art here!


And then we come to Stephen Moore's piece... Stevie's the brain and art behind Studiospectre. It was awesome to talk with him about weird fiction and his interest in paleo-art.You can be sure we'll be talking with Stevie down the road. But until then, you can check out some of Stevie's work here!




And one more Kentucky Proud artist! The pics above are from Sara Turner's new mini-comic, "The Boneyard!" Sara writes The Ghosts of Pineville (buy it here), which is hands-down one of the best all-ages ghost stories out there. Do you have a "weird" little niece or nephew in your life? Daughter or son? Seriously, buy them one of these books... They will love it. Or end up peeing their pants. Maybe both.

And now how about an interview photo or two?


This first photo is of Mr. Gary Kwapisz, a comics stalwart! Gary was kind enough to talk with us about his past work on Marvel's Savage Sword of Conan and also about his upcoming work, Stonewall's Arm! Gary's run in comics is amazing. Check out his body of work here!


This second photo is the hardest workin' man in the comics industry, Victor Dandridge! Victor's on the right, calling out Mark Waid and doing one of the best "bad" Schwarzenegger impressions you've ever heard. The "mic man" is our very own Cromcaster Josh,  and Mr. Smiley there is Cromcaster Jon!

As you'll hear in the interview, Victor has a hand in a LOT of projects. The guy's energy is astounding. Check out his company, Vantage Inhouse Productions here. You can get the scoop there about U Cre-8 Comics, his line of 8 bit art, and all of his company's comics work!

And finally.... How about we wrap things up with some of our biggest scores from the con....



 

Jon made out like a villian with a slew of some comics, and was able to get killer autographs from Jim Steranko and Mike Royer. No lie, those fellows are living legends!



In addition to some Kentucky Proud sketches, Luke was able to bag over 500 pages of The House of Mystery, as well as a collection of the first issues of the original Vampirella series. Horror anthology goodness!

All in all, the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention was a huge success. 2015 will be the fourth year for this event, and it looks to be even bigger and better, with even more guests and vendors! Be sure to keep your eye on the LCTC website and think about adding it to your calendar next spring!

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Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Episode 19: Beyond the Black River (Or, we zigged when we should have Zogar zagged...)




"...I'm a mercenary. I sell my sword to the highest bidder. I never planted wheat and never will, so long as there are other harvests to be reaped with the sword. But you Hyborians have expanded as far as you'll be allowed to expand. You've crossed the marches, burned a few villages, exterminated a few clans and pushed back the frontier to Black River; but I doubt if you'll even be able to hold what you've conquered, and you'll never push the frontier any further westward..."

Our story this week is the superlative Beyond the Black River. Originally published in May and June of 1935 in Weird Tales, you can check it out on Project Gutenberg here! Also, you can download the episode here.


...And we have a special guest this episode... Mr. Mark Finn joins us yet again! We get a chance to catch up, talk about Mark's convention schedule and projects before we get into the story! What a busy guy! Keep up with Mark on his blog, and be sure to check out his brand new collection of short stories, Empty Hearts! You can find it right here on Amazon.com!

We all agree, this is one great tale! It may even be our favorite so far!

Wild lands and hard men on the fringes of society... Hmmm, sound a bit familiar?


 

What are your favorite westerns? Let us know in the comments below! Or leave a voicemail! We can be reached at (859) 429-CROM! (that's 2766). Leave a question / comment and we'll play it on the show! (Thanks, Hattey, for the nice voicemail!)

Our next stop on the Road of Kings will be in Zamboula - read Shadows in Zamboula on Project Gutenberg. Let us know what you think!

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Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Episode 18: The Jewels of Gwahlur & an Interview with John R. Fultz!



Conan the Cimmerian, late of the Baracha Isles, of the Black Coast, and of many other climes where life ran wild, had come to the kingdom of Keshan following the lure of a fabled treasure that outshone the hoard of the Turanian kings...

Our story this week is The Jewels of Gwahlur... Or is it The Servants of Bit-Yakin? Either title works! Originally published in Weird Tales in March of 1935, you can check it out on Project Gutenberg here! Also, you can download our episode here.


We have a special guest this episode... Mr. John R. Fultz joins us!

John is the author of The Books of the Shaper, with the concluding book just coming out this Winter! These tomes are available from many fine purveyors, but to get you started, you can check out the first book here on Amazon.


Or, if you're looking for some tales in shorter form, check out John's short story collection, The Revelations of Zang, here! John keeps a blog here, but he also keeps active on other sites, publishing in the likes of Black Gate, Lightspeed and, of course, Weird Tales!

Finally, John has some great comics to check out. You can get his first issue of Primordia for FREE on Comixology here

And speaking about comics, what's that about P. Craig Russell? Ha! We think it's more like P. Craig Awesome! Check out the cover for his interpretation of The Jewels of Gwahlur...


Our next story will be Beyond the Black River. Read it here. Get ready, because it's one hell of a ride!

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Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Episode 17: A Witch Shall Be Born





Our story this week is A Witch Shall Be Born. Originally published in Weird Tales in December of 1934, you can check it out on Project Gutenberg here. Also, you can download our episode here

By the side of the caravan road a heavy cross had been planted, and on this grim tree a man hung, nailed there by iron spikes through his hands and feet. Naked but for a loin-cloth, the man was almost a giant in stature, and his muscles stood out in thick corded ridges on limbs and body, which the sun had long ago burned brown. The perspiration of agony beaded his face and his mighty breast, but from under the tangled black mane that fell over his low, broad forehead, his blue eyes blazed with an unquenched fire. Blood oozed sluggishly from the lacerations in his hands and feet.


What's that you say? This is the crazy story where Conan is crucified? Yup. This is one grisly tale. But surprisingly, Conan takes the backseat for much of the action. 

Our next story will be Jewels of Gwalhur, also known as The Servants of Bit-Yakin. We've heard it's kind of a stinker, but we don't care... We're gonna read it anyway! If you're inclined, you can access it in a number of formats here!

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Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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