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Monday, 31 August 2015

Preview of the cover art for Deamhan

This seems like the right place to share this major exclusive. The first sight of the cover (font subject to change) for my debut novel. Here it is folks in all it's glory.

 I am so happy with the cover art and I look forward to being able to share the story with the world.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Brian Lee Byrd & Saint Yak Interview part 1: FINALLY!!!

After the monumental cock up of last week we finally get to bring part 1 of the very funny and entertaining interview with the creative team behind crowd-funded comicbook series Bullets & Angels, Brian Lee Byrd and Saint Yak. They speak candidly about what it took to get the series to print, crowd-funding and everything creating comics. This is a great interview and I'm sure you will all enjoy it. Remember you can find this and other great interviews on all podcatcher apps just by searching the Drew Carson Show or by following the little link in the sidebar for iTunes


Monday, 17 August 2015

Technical Difficulties

Due to technical difficulties this weeks' planned episode, part 1 of an interview with the Bullets and Angels comic book creative team Brian Lee Byrd and Saint Yak, will not be uploaded until next week. This interview was filled with funny moments of technical difficulties itself so its quite apt that this should be the one that this should happen to. Here's what the issue is, I am on holiday so I took a disk with the recording of the interview, the show intro and exit music as well as my intro for the guys and my thank yous at the end. The problem is that disk has gotten corrupted somehow and will no longer read on my laptop, which is not the computer, I would use through choice to edit an episode to begin with. My desktop is newer and all the software runs on it easy ozy, on the laptop not so much. I hope to have the episode sorted and uploaded  on Friday 28th.

I would like to apologise to the listeners of the show for the annoyance of this and I hope you guys will stick around and bear with me through these early stage hiccups of the show. I would also like to apologise to Brian and Saint for not having their episode up this week, we had a blast recording it and I know they were looking forward to sharing that experience and their collective journey on creating Bullets and Angels with all of you.

Hopefully (knock wood) this will be the last hiccup for the show and we will be back to regular programming as soon as possible.

Thank You,
~ Drew

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Sean Michael Wilson Interview Part 2

This week we have part 2 of our interview with Sean Michael Wilson. It was great to sit down in the virtual studio and chat with Sean and I look forward to the next time he visits the studio. We talk what series are best for the beginner trying to get to grips with Manga, what artists he would love to work with as well as so much more.

Remember to check out Sean at these links:


Thursday, 6 August 2015

The Journey So Far...

   It could be argued the journey to podcasting for me started in part in 2008 or 2009 discussing my then blog and the online community surrounding blogging and vlogging. I was pretty uneasy during that show but managed to hide it enough to be asked back a further five or six more times. It could also be argued it started the first time I heard a Kevin Smith podcast and the notion sat with me and peculated. I listen to multiple podcasts each featuring superior hosts to myself daily which both slaps my self confidence silly and inspires me to always try to improve. 

I contacted a bunch of famous people through social media and traditional means to find my first guest to no joy for over a month and had all but given up hope of making this podcast a tangible thing and then I was shocked to find that Billy Lockett was up for it and within 24 hours I was sitting down in my office with little prep and the moment the said hi on the phone I realised all the questions I planned to ask him had gone from my memory. That first episode taught me valuable lessons,

Lesson 1; Preparation is key; you need to research your guest to the point you know more about them than they know about themselves which is not always easy.

Lesson 2; interviewing your friends makes for great episodes. John Farman I knew from the Scottish Cartoonist Meetings I attend each month and we had a natural rapport going from early in the interview which left me feeling at ease and I think I was a better host in that episode than my first.

Lesson 3; don’t advertise interviews until you have recorded them. I made this mistake at the very start of the show, there were two or three names I banded about on social media that then for a multitude of reasons fell through.  

Not long after Billy had agreed so did the mighty Jack O'Halloran who was a complete surprise because I thought he wouldn't want to talk to a noobie with no track record. He was a complete joy to chat with and had so many great stories and stories that led to questions I couldn't have pre planned. Again I think this interview taught me something, that being always be ready to flip the script.

Johnny Mac was another that signed on to appear before I really had any strong audience numbers to attract a potential guest with. He was another that was full of a lot of great stories and advice not just for writers but people who are dealing with addiction. I learned with that episode to be prepared for the unexpected.

Irish Mike brought great laughs and funny stories to the show as well as the shows first four figure download numbers. This was the episode that got the show noticed and for a brief few moments trending on Twitter. A show, that is a personal favourite of mine also.

Another personal favourite of mine was the Kim Edgar episode. I think it introduced a new direction for the show and a break from the usual formula of intro, advertisement, interview, thank yous and exit music this one-featured Kim's beautiful music, which really set the interview off perfectly.

The interview with Andrea Perron was the first that caused me to almost have a panic attack haha as I realised after chatting with her for over two hours that my recording software had had a brain fart and only recorded fifteen minutes of it. Thankfully Andrea is a truly great person with a big heart and she came back within a few days and recorded another two hour plus interview that featured a lot of stories and incidents we didn't cover in the first. 

The bonus Q&A episode that isn't an episode was an unfortunate experience and one I hope to not have to relive any time soon. My guest that was lined up for that week couldn't record the interview in time and I was left with a dilemma, do I have a week without an episode and possibly lose the audience I had built up or find something else to talk about? In the end I chose, rightly or wrongly, to push ahead and do a Q&A knowing all to well that there may not be any questions thrown my way but thankfully you guys and gals came through and sent a multitude of great questions, thanks again.

Then I sat down and chatted with a man that is an icon for me, the voice behind 2000AD Mr Pat Mills. This was a great interview filled with a lot of topics and great advice for would-be writers and artists out there and Pat was awesome, they say don't meet your heroes but in this instance it was great.

Craig Campbell gave a great insight into the stand-up comedy circuit, and that interview was so sincere and yet funny that it definitely makes my top 5 so far. Craig again is a true gentleman and even gave me tickets to his show at the Edinburgh Fringe which he did not have to do in the slightest as it was my privilege to interview him and I would just like to publicly thank him here for that generosity.

My interview with Gunner was also a lot of fun to do, as a fan of the wrestling business for almost 30 years it was such a privilege to sit down and chat about the industry with a guy living and working within it. 

So what's next? 

Well immediately next we have an interview with Manga Supremo Sean Michael Wilson, which was a lot of fun and I know you will enjoy it. Beyond that I have a few very interesting and huge interviews in the process of sorting out and if they go through will put this podcast into the next level. I look forward to being able to talk more about them at a future date with all of you. Also next for me personally is the release of my debut novel, Deamhan. Hopefully I can talk a little bit about it in the future months and then maybe a book launch video on this very blog and all the social medias, hey I need to eat right? Got to sell those books haha.

This journey will continue and grow from strength to strength and I have all of you to thank for that so a massive thank you, one and all (not just one honest) and here's to the next 1000 listeners to join us on this fun ride.

~ Drew

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Novel Announcement

No not an announcement regarding the show but as my name is in the title I thought it apt that this here blog page was the perfect place to make such an announcement. The novel I have been writing since January under much guarded secretism is at a stage where, although not finished by any means, is close enough that I am finally ready to reveal the title. Those who follow me on Twitter will have seen the teaser picture yesterday;

And featured the challenge to any eagle-eyed follower to work out what it said. Well with a few guesses sent my way varying from the ridiculously funny to the very close but no cigar but no one hit the nail on the head. Well here you go folks;

That's right the novel is entitled "Deamhan" and is set in 1986 and 2016 on a fictitious island off the coast of Glasgow, Scotland named Isle of Deamhan. It is a tale of horror, murder, magic and small town fears written in dream logic. This project is something I have been working on for a looong long time and am thrilled to be that bit closer to sharing with you all. I believe, fingers crossed, this will be available by December but don't hold me to that haha I have a long road of re-writes and beta reading ahead but damn it if the finish line isn't in sight.

I will tell you guys and gals first the whens and wheres regarding the release of the novel and all the information regarding the publishing process.

And regarding the show,  we have the first part of our fantastic interview with Sean Michael Wilson this week which is a fun, fun listen (to him not me haha) and we have the first episode with two guests at once coming up very soon so keep following this blog and the show's page over at Facebook and if you want to know more about me follow me over on Twitter @theDrewCarson.

Cheers for making this such a fun ride guys and gals,

Monday, 3 August 2015

Sean Michael Wilson interview

This week I welcome to the Drew Carson Show virtual studio Scottish-born Manga writer Sean Michael Wilson. Sean is the writer behind such classics as Secrets of the Ninja: The Shinobi Teachings of Hattori Hanzo, AX Volume 1: A Collection of Alternative Manga and The Book of Five Rings: A Graphic Novel. You can find out about Sean through this link;  http://seanmichaelwilson.weebly.com/