It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.
Very glad to have this week’s guest on the show, comics writer Ales Kot. Originally from Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Ales was born during The Cold War, and grew up after the Iron Curtain fell. After moving to the US, he pitched some comics ideas to Image at a convention, pitches which eventually became the series Wild Children and Change. From there, he’s worked on DC’s Suicide Squad, is writing an on-going series for Image called Zero, and is currently writing Secret Avengers and the forthcoming Winter Soldier series for Marvel. Ales is an inventive and strange writer, and his name is being mentioned in the company of people like Grant Morrison and Warren Ellis.
Back in August, Ales came over to my Harlem studio to talk about a wide range of things including Peter Greenaway, working your childhood out through Secret Avengers, the post-Iron Curtain Czech Republic, order and chaos, Werner Herzog, language as a virus, the intersection between real life and theater, living under communism, cultural narratives, power, the spectrum of empathy, and privacy.
Plus, in the second half of the show, I have a very interesting talk with my pal Jo Firestone. Jo is a comedian, host of numerous shows including Punderdome 3000, and performs on the UCB improv team Witch. Continuing a topic from my talk with Ales, Jo and I discuss the coming war between empaths and sociopaths.
Episode 6 - Anna Drezen vs Mark Bisi
Today’s Episode: Avoid the Noid
Today’s Contestants Are:
In this episode!
- Learn all about the Colombian Necktie Industry!
- Hear the very first Snap Impression slashfic!
- Yub nub!
Follow the full tournament with the bracket!
Mark’s back on Andy’s new podcast for the final round of the second part of the tournament!