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Al Ewing talks about “Everything” (and Minecraft) for new Decompressed podcast with Kieron Gillen

Ultimates Squared by Travel Foreman © Marvel

Ultimates Squared by Travel Foreman © Marvel

After a long absence – and host and comic creator Kieron Gillen says we’re not to call it a comeback – his Decompressed podcast has an interview with 2000AD and Marvel writer Al Ewing, who talks about, well, everything, we’re told – but mainly Minecraft.

“There’s lots of rambling there, drifting off the point etc,” Al, whose credits include Mighty Avengers, Loki: Agent of Asgard and Doctor Who (with Rob Williams) admits via Twitter, who is making at the Rose City Comic Con this weekend (10th – 11th September) alongside the XplainTheXMen podcast team .

“I decided it’d be funny to get a bit of Minecraft in while I podcasted. “Listen out for the bit where I take shelter from the night in a hole and a little baby zombie jumps in.”

Al is currently writing Ultimates2 for Marvel with Immortal Iron Fist artist Travel Foreman and covers by Christian Ward, which debuts in October.

Along with writing Wicked + Divine plus countless other great books, Kieron interviewed a number of creators between 2012 and 2014, such as Adam Cadwell, Paul Cornell, Antony Johnston, Matt Fraction, David Hine, Si Spurrier, Mark Waid, including this item – Kris Anka, Ming Doyle and Jamie McKelvie, talking about the art of character design. Most shows are accompanied by show notes on Kieron’s workblog.

As well as reviving Decompressed in “a more casual format”, Kieron has been promoting the return of  his comic series for Avatar, UberAvatar are running a Kickstarter to support it, which has already gained over 400 per cent of its target funding, over $38,000, reflecting fans’ enthusiasm for what Kieron describes as a “serious-mode alternate-history superhero comic” that tries to explore the ramifications of Germany having invented an army of superhumans right at the close of the war.

“It’s primarily a Germany-Invents-The-Bomb story, but through a metaphorical filter,” he encapsulates, noting acclaim for the series from folk such as Alan Moore and others. “We did five trades of material previously, and are coming back to finish the story with a whole second volume.”

• Direct download: Decompressedv2_001.mp3

• Follow Al Ewing on Twitter @Al_Ewing

Kieron Gillen’s workblog | Decompressed archive

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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