90 David Lucarelli on Tinseltown - Alterna Comics

January 15, 2018

It's an early release of Creator Talks this week!

My guest is writer and musician David Lucarelli to talk about his latest work Tinseltown being published by Alterna Comics.

Tinseltown will be on newsprint for just $1.50 per issue! FOC is 01/18/19 for issue #1 being released in March 2018.

Hey Vampire lore lovers, we also discuss David’s other work The Children’s Vampire Hunting Brigade.

The origin of CVHB is based on an event that occurred in Scotland in 1954.

We talk about David's 80s-style hard rock band Dame Fortune and why he thinks KISS is the most influential band of the 1970s and beyond!

All this and much, much more on this jam-packed episode of Creator Talks!


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The Children’s Vampire Hunting Brigade



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89 W. Maxwell Prince & Martin Marazzo on Ice Cream Man Image Comics

January 11, 2018

I scream, you scream, we all scream when the Ice Cream Man cometh! 

Writer W. Max Prince and artist Martin Marrazzo join Christopher to talk about their latest work, a horror series guided by a mysterious Ice Cream Man!

Who is he?

What is he?

What is the concept behind Ice Cream Man from Image Comics, and how did classic shows like The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits influence Will to write a horror story in the style of Ice Cream Man?

We get a chance to learn about the environs of the creators, Brooklyn for Will and Buenos Aires for Martin. 

How did Will and Martin develop their creative skills and what techniques do they current use to keep them razor sharp?

What phobias do the creators have?

All this and more on this episode of Creator Talks!


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88 Matt Mair Lowery & Cassie Anderson on Lifeformed Dark Horse Comics

January 4, 2018

Happy New Year!

Season Two of Creator Talks leads off with two new guests: writer Matt Mair Lowery and artist Cassie Anderson who talk about their graphic novel published through Dark Horse Comics Lifeformed

Matt and Cassie also share their experiences from their November promotional tour of local comic shops and Barnes and Noble.

How did a local comic shop lead to a them pitching their book to Dark Horse Comics?

Why are brick and motar book stores and libraries still an important part of local communities?

Matt and Cassie discuss their visits to local Middle Schools and High Schools to discuss creating comics. 

What are the 22 comic book panels that always work, and who came up with them?


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87 Mina Elwell and A.C. Medina

December 28, 2017

For the final interview of 2017 former guest Mina Elwell returns and for the first time A.C. Medina teases us with a special project both are working on for 2018 under a brand new publisher!

Plus, A.C. talks about two comics of his through Scout Comnics in 2018, Welcome to Paradise in March and Monarchs in September.

But that’s not all; we digress on a plethora of topics, which include not only comic books, but also

Dog Talk!

Mina on the care and feeding of Betta Fish!

Why does A.C. love the television show Peaky Blinders?

What makes someone a good leader?

And finally, my rest and relaxation questions for A.C.


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86 Chris Sebela on Cold War Aftershock Comics

December 21, 2017

Chris Sebela joins me to talk about his latest work Cold War being published through Aftershock.

We also discuss his other work Kiss/Vampirella coming out as a trade in February and Agent 47 Birth of the Hitman, both for Dynamite Entertainment.

Plus: Chris’ early freelance work outside of comics, how he comes up with the playlists for his comics, and the wonderful world of coffee shops as a place to work!

About Chris Sebela


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85 Justin M. Ryan Trespasser Alterna Comics

December 18, 2017

This week I have a bonus podcast, an early Christmas present for my listeners!

Writer Justin M.Ryan joins me to talk about his four-part sci-fi thriller Trespasser.

The fourth and final issue is out December 20th and is being published in color by Alterna Comics on newsprint for only $1.50!  

Justin talks about his early years growing up with his brother creating their own comic books and stop motion videos. 

Why does Justin think the M. Knight Shyamalan's movie Signs missed the mark in places and how did the film motivate Justin to write Trespasser?

Justin also talk about how he successfully expanded what was initially a single issue story in to a four-parter, and the amazing creative team behind the mini-series.

All this and more on this week's bonus podcast.

The comic Trespasser


The podcast






84 Steve Conely on The Middle Age

December 14, 2017

Eisner and Ringo Award nominee Steve Conely is the creator of the online comic strip The Middle Age, the humorous tale of Sir Quimp and his snarky-talking sword.  

Steve has made several contributions to web comics, including being a driving force behind having the "Best Web Comic" category added to the ballot of the Ignatz and Harvey Awards.

We discuss Steve’s process for creating The Middle Age art and formatting his comic for multiple platforms and plus some of our favorite web comics.  

How did newspaper strips influce Steve as an artist?

Why did he decide to create a middle-aged knight as the hero?  

The answers to these question and more in this week's creator interview.

Steve Conely's The Middle Age


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83 Tom Mandrake on The Spectre and Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter

December 7, 2017

Artist Tom Mandrake talks about the influence of comic books during his youth, being a student and teacher at The Kubert School of Art and his best know work for DC comics, The Spectre.  

Tom's latest work with Dan Abnett, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, is published by Titan Comics/Hammer Horror.

How is the Captain Kronos comic today different from the 1974 film and comic adaptations of 1970s published in The House Horror magazine?

What are Tom's thoughts on working with pencil and ink versus digitally creating art ?

How can a colorist enhance or detract from the black and white line art in a comic book? Is the role of an inker in comics becoming obsolete? 

And what does Tom have planned for the future?  All this and much more on Creator Talks!


Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter comic



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82 Ram V and Dev on Paradiso - Image Comics

November 30, 2017

It has been one year since Creator Talks launched!

To celebrate the show’s anniversary, I span the globe! (o.k... through Skype) from London to Bangalore to bring together my guests Ram V and Devmalya Pramanik, the two creators of their upcoming comic book Paradiso being published by Image Comics on December 6th.

What does each like about the cities they call home?

How does science fiction and horror blend in their comic Paradiso?

And why is it so hard to find a Guinness in India??

We talk about all this, plus their love of dogs & cats.

Chickens, eh, not so much. 

About their comic Paradiso


About Ram V


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81 Joel Rose on Hungry Ghosts

November 22, 2017

Joel Rose co-wrote Get Jiro! and Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi with Antony Bourdain. The two are back together with a new anthology coming out January 31st, Hungry Ghosts being published through the Berger Books imprint of Dark Horse Comics.

Joel talks about his first encounter with Antony Bourdain when Tony tried to publish his first comic book. Joel also reminisces about his early years in New York City as a waiter, establishing his own publishing company Between C&D, and working at Vertigo Comics. He also has some observations about writing with some advice for new writers.

About Hungry Ghosts


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