164 Josh Frank on Salvador Dali & The Unmade The Marx Brothers Movie

March 21, 2019

My guest on today’s show undertook the enormous task of writing a graphic novel version of the strangest movie never made. 

Writer Josh Frank presents the all signing, all talking Giraffes on Horseback Salad, a graphic novel published by Quirk Books, which is based on the undeveloped screenplay by Salvador Dali for The Marx Brothers

It is the fantastical tale of a businessman named Jimmy who finds himself drawn to the mysterious Surrealistic Woman, a figure whose very presence can transform reality. With the help of The Marx Brothers, Jimmy tries to join her strange world, but the forces of normalcy seek to end their romance. 

The book is a must-read for fans of Salvador Dali or The Marx Brothers or both.

The author Josh Frank is a life-long fan of The Marx Brothers and did extensive research for the book, including having Dali’s hand written script and film treatment translated.

Where additional Marx Brothers gags were needed to complete Dali’s unfinished script, Josh enlisted the talent of Tim Heidecker of the Tim and Eric Show.

Spanish artist Manuela Pertega provided the surrealistic illustrations for the graphic novel.

Josh discusses how he became interested in little unknown pop culture history, which ultimately led to his crowning achievement to date, Giraffes on Horseback Salad.

How have The Marx Brothers comic genius and sense of anarchy influenced later comedy filmmakers?

How did Harpo Marx and Salvador Dali strike a friendship? 

Where was Salvador Dali in his life at the time he and Harpo made the film pitch to MGM

And how did Dali’s current outlook influence the obstacles Jimmy was so desperate to over come in the screenplay?

How does Josh’s day, or rather night job, dovetail with his passion for classic films? 

Which of The Marx Brothers’ films is Josh’s personal favorite, and which is the most underrated? And how the heck does Zeppo figure into all of it?

All this and more in my Kicking Back With The Creator segment!


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163 Palle Schmidt on Crime Noir and Stiletto No.1 Officer Down

March 14, 2019

Fans of crime noir will especially enjoy today’s guest, storyteller Palle Schmidt from Copenhagen, Denmark.

We begin our conversation discussing Palle’s favorite noir film recommendations and the must see experimental hippie village of Christiania.

You may know Palle’s work as an artist on the Chris Miskiewicz penned comic series Thomas Alsop published by Boom! Studios in 2014.

Palle tells how he first met Chris at the MOCCA Arts Festival and eventually partnered with him on Thomas Alsop

His latest comic Stiletto No.1 Officer Down is a spin-off of his previous work The Devil’s Concubine.

Palle provides the basic plot and character profiles of Detectives Alphonse and Maynard. He also explains how he created the illustrations and how the look of Stiletto No. 1 Officer Down differs from The Devil’s Concubine

Palle is also a podcast host and I ask about his a ten-part series Comics for Beginners which he developed to assist comic creators through the process of making comics.

He also has a second ongoing podcast Plotcast in which he has conversations with local writers about writing.

Also during our conversation Palle discuss the benefits he found of working in a studio with other creators and later working from home.

In the Kicking Back With The Creator segment, we find out what Palle considers the best film noir ever made, the posters he had on his bedroom wall and the oddest job he ever had. 


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162 Rob Jones on Paying it Forward and Highspot

March 11, 2019

As we take up our path in life, we meet people along the way that turn out to be our teachers and mentors. 

My guest Rob Jones has been taught by and mentored by some of comic's greats.

Rob learned from Brian Stelfreeze how to color and interned with Dick Giordano.

Rob has work on comic books, children’s books, books covers and the occasional newspaper strip. He is also is the 2018 Image winning campaign for the Library Foundation of Sarasota County.

Today Rob and I talk about his mentors, how he got involved in children’s books including one he is working on now based on his dog, titled Rambo To The Rescue.

He currently has a Kickstarter running until April 3rd for the second issue of his three part series Highspot.

It is the story of stunt performer Kate Carter who loves adventure and archaeology. In issue #2 Kate and the gang are on their way to find the remains of Alexander the Great.

Why does Rob reference Theodore Roosevelt as a heroic model in the series, and why did he decide to make Alexander The Great the focus of Kate’s mission? 

We also talk about his other comic book collaborations on Strong Will and Mine. Plus Rob discusses how other creators who paid it forward inspired him to do the same.

We close our discussion Kicking Back with the Creator to learn more about Rob.


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161 Artist Spotlight on Rachael Perciphone Kilbury

March 7, 2019

Creator Talks spotlights writers and artists working in comic books and other mediums. On today’s show I have just such a guest who produces illustrations for comics and books.

Rachel Perciphone Kilbury creates fantasy/sci-fi illustrations and cover art portraying strong, diverse characters within fantastical and colorful worlds. 

I met Rachel at the New Jersey Comic Expo, and you can hear her first interview with me from the con floor on episode #5 of Creator Talks

Rachel earned a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design and currently works for comic book publisher.

Among her credits are coloring “Phantom Flight” in the It Was Metal Anthology OGN, written by Josh Swartz and Jeremiah Jay with art by Bob Hall (The Avengers, Shadowman).

Her other work includes “Twisted Endings-Snow White” for Infected by Art Volume 6, the cover for Knightmares by G.A. Finocchiaro and a chapter in the upcoming Cosmic Love a Red Stylo comic anthology inspired by Florence + The Machine.

We talk about how the idea for Cosmic Love came to her, and how she feels about doing commissions at comic cons. 

Do you like set goals each year? Do you find it difficult to reach them?

We talk about how Rachel set her goals for 2019, how she tracks them, and makes it manageable to obtain them when life gets in the way.

And when I Kick Back With The Creator, we talk flaming spatulas and salt lines!


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160 David Hahn on The Six Million Dollar Man

February 28, 2019

One of the greatest action shows of the 1970s was The Six Million Dollar Man.

Dynamite Entertainment is releasing a new comic series this March written by Christopher Hasting with art by David Hahn.

David is my guest on this show and we talk about The Six Million Dollar Man comic and 1970s!

Among David’s art credits are Batman ‘66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Batman ‘66 and Wonder Woman ’77, Bite Club, Fables, and Lucifer.

Was David a big fan of the Batman television series in the 1960s? We find out!

We talk about Impossible Jones, a grim and gritty plastic-man style super-hero co-created by Karl Kesel and David Hahn coming as a Kickstarter this spring.

David is also currently working on a web comic with writer Paul Guinan (Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel) titled Aztec Empire.

Aztec Empire is Paul’s graphic novel series, which recounts the fall of the mightiest empire of the America’s only three years after the Spanish arrived in Mexico during the 16-century.

As a freelance artist, what keeps David awake at night?

What does David love about story telling that keeps him sticking with it? 

David was one of the co-founders of Helioscope Studios (formerly Periscope) and tells the story of when a former guest on Creator Talks popped by the studio in Portland!

Does David miss being in the studio? And who would win in a fight, a Shaolin Monk or a Cave Man? 

In my Kicking Back With The Creator segment, I ask David what obsolete 1970s technology he misses the most, and in his opinion what was the best movie of the1970s.


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159 Billy Tucci on Sgt. Rock, Shi & Appalachian Apocalypse!

February 21, 2019

Last week Ethan Nicolle, the artist on Appalachian Apocalypse! (Cave Pictures) was my guest.

This episode the writer of the series Billy Tucci is in the spotlight.

How is Billy’s zombie story different in terms of the plague’s origin and how faith is connected to the means to fight it? Who is the stories hero and how does his faith play a role? 

We talk no only about it but also, mostly notably Sgt. Rock The Lost Battalion (DC) for which Billy was bestowed a special ambassadorship.

We will reflect upon his creator-owned property Shi that celebrates 25 years. Her next story is coming this spring through a Kickstarter Billy will launch for Return of The Warrior.

You can get a taste of Shi: Return of The Warrior by pledging for the exclusive ash can only available through Billy’s current Kickstarter Zombie Sama, running now until March 1st. The project has already met its initial funding and 1st stretch level goals!

In Kicking Back With The Creator, Billy answers my questions and we find out how close last week’s guest Ethan Nicolle was to guessing what Billy would answer.


Time Marks:

Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion        02:12 - 09:53

Appalachian Apocalypse!              14:10 - 22:30

Zombie Sama                                22:-31 - 29:07

Shi: Return of The Warrior           29:08 - 34:24


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158 Ethan Nicolle from Ax Cop to Appalachian Apocalypse

February 14, 2019
You may have heard of the animated series Ax Cop, which ran for two seasons between Fox and FXX.  Today’s guest Ethan Nicolle, who conceived of the comic playing with its co-creator Ethan’s little brother Malachi.
I discuss with Ethan how Ax Cop went viral on the Internet, and lead to its Dark Horse comic book and animated television series.
What is the connection between Ax Cop and Ethan’s first web comic, Bearmageddon?
And how did Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat and Ethan's own analysis of films including, Shaun of the Dead, help him to refine the story structure of Bearmageddon?
Ethan is currently illustrating Appalachian Apocalypse! written by Shi creator Billy Tucci and published through Cave Pictures.
Billy was not available to be on the show with Ethan to discuss Appalachian Apocalypse! During the Kicking Back With The Creator segment, Ethan takes his best guest at what Billy does for R&R, his favorite birthday, what posters were in his room during middle school, his island book, beverage of choice, and action figure accessory. 
We also find out Ethan's answers these questions plus: the oddest job he ever had and, in his humble opinion, the best film ever made.
Time Marks:
Bearmageddon                      4:40-14:45
Ax Cop                                   4:46-22:52
Appalachian Apocalypse       22:53-25:57
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156 Meredith Finch on The Light Princess and Faith

February 7, 2019

Meredith Finch, writer of Wonder Woman (DC), Rose (Image Comics) and Xena (Dynamite Entertainment) returns to talk about her upcoming mini-series The Light Princess published through Cave Pictures Publishing.

George McDonald wrote the story of The Light Princess in 1864. McDonald was a Scottish minister and today is considered the godfather of fantasy.

How does Meredith plan to address the themes of love, sacrifice and redemption found his the story?

The art team on the five-part series is Renae DeLiz and Ray Dillon; the same team that illustrated The Legend of Wonder Woman. We talk about the incredible hand lettering using throughout the series

How has Meredith’s approach to writing evolved and matures since she produced her first work published through Zenescope? 

Why did she decide to write a blog about her Christian faith experience? How is it connected to the comic books that she writes?

When I Kick Back with The Creator, Meredith and I take a deeper dive into my fun questions I ask all my guests.


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155 Spotlight on Cave Pictures Publishing with Mark Rogers and Mandi Hart

February 5, 2019
On this episode my guests are Publisher Mark Rogers and President Mandi Hart of Cave Pictures Publishing.
Mark Rogers has produced graphic novels, young adult fiction, computer games, concerts, documentaries and films. He has worked with artists such as Michael W. Smith, Bono and The Fray. Mark has also worked with entertainment companies that include Walden Media, Disney and Roadside Attractions.
Mandi Hart is an attorney and filmmaker with a passion for story telling. She holds a JD from George Mason University Law School and an MFA in Film Production and Direction from UNC-Greensboro.
Why did they decide to take the plunge into the choppy waters of comic book publishing?
Mark and Mandi will discuss the mission of Cave Publishing and the comics they have planned for this year into the next decade. 
What does it take to be a Cave Pictures comic? Why did they use the story of Plato’s Cave to explain their publishing philosophy?
Do they have future trades planned? 
How about other media outlets?
What is their five-year plan?
Coming up this month on future interviews I’ll take a deeper dive into some of comics we discuss with the creative teams.
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154 Caleb Palmquist Returns for A Small Favor

January 31, 2019

Freelance writer Caleb Palmquist returns to talk about his next science fiction comic book A Small Favor: Welcome To Earth World.  

His first publication, A Small Favor Volume 1 was successfully funded as Kickstarter project back in 2017and it raised over $3,400.

The follow up Welcome to Earth World is a 20 page one-shot, the perfect jumping on point to introduce new readers to James and his A.I. companion Liz. 

We had our conversation prior to launching the books Kickstarter, and already the project is over 70% funded with 20 days to go as of the release of this podcast.

Since we last spoke, I ask Caleb how his day job as a middle teacher is faring.

What did Caleb learn about his first comic book that changed his approach to the next release?

Why did he reduce the number of rewards for backers?

Caleb shares a bit of trivia about Orson Wells and we talk about his favorite movies and island book.

We also talk about a technology that is quickly becoming outdated, and why Caleb cannot stop buying more of these products!

A special note about today’s episode, it’s being release on Caleb’s birthday. So please wish him a happy birthday (on Twitter its @smallfavorcomic) and share his interview with a friend who likes comics and sci-fi! 


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