108 Ace Atkins and Marco Finnegan on Crossroad Blues

April 26, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and New York Times best selling author Ace Atkins along with artist Macro Finnegan are my guests this week discussing their crime and mystery original graphic novel Crossroad Blues: A Nick Travers Mystery

What is the connection between the Mississippi crossroads and blues musician Robert Johnson?

What did Ace Atkins learn as a newspaper journalist about writing? 

What rare books did Ace like to read and collect as a teenager?

What iconic Silver Age artist did Marco Finnegan write for his a college report? 

Did Marco meet the King himself, Elvis Presley? 

We talk about Elvis and his connection to early blues music, how Ian Fleming’s books influenced Ace as a writer, his reason for writing Robert B. Parker Spencer novels, plus Ace answers the fun questions I ask all my guests!

  

About the book:

https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/crossroad-blues-a-nick-travers-graphic-novel-ogn

  

About the author:

http://www.aceatkins.com/

 

About the artist

https://twitter.com/marco949?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

 

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107 B.J. Mendelson on Vengeance Nevada

April 23, 2018

To kick off the start of your week, my guest is author B.J. Medelson.

B.J. is the author of Social Media Is Bullshit (St. Martin’s Press) and End of Privacy (Curious Reads). Listeners will find out how to get a free digital copy of End of Privacy during the interview.

We discuss a few of the highlights in each of his books, plus his comic book now avaiable on Comixology, Vengeance: Nevada.

We also talk about his favorite comedian, George Carlin, and B.J.'s stint as a mall Santa!

About the author:

https://bjmendelson.com/

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106 Adrian Terga Detached: Into The Comasphere

April 19, 2018

This week the spotlight shines on Adrian Terga, author of the Kickstarter project Detached: Into the Comasphere.

Adrian and I discuss what people experience while in a coma and what we understand about consciousness.

Why did Adrian make the transition from comic book reader to comic book writer?

What is his connection with artist Tyler Crook (Harrow County/Dark Horse Comics)? 

What was the biggest challenge he had to over come to make the promotional video for his comic Detached: Into the Comasphere.

About the Kickstarter 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1352058801/detached-into-the-comasphere?ref=user_menu

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105 Pornsak Pichetshote & Aaron Campbell on Infidel (Image)

April 12, 2018

Making his debut as a comic book writer, Pornsak Pichetshote (former editor of Swamp Thing) and artist Aaron Campbell (The Shadow, Green Hornet Year One, Dark Shadows & Uncanny/Dynamite Entertainment) are on the show to talk about their new comic Infidel (Image Comics).

Infidel is a classic haunted house story updated for the 21st century, involving a building haunted by being which feeds off xenophobia.

First, Pornsak and Aaron talk about how there arrived where they not just in their careers, but also geographically. Next, we talk about the how the creative team was formed.

How did the team manage to enlist Jose Villarrubia as both colorist and as the book’s editor? 

What stunning design contribution did letter Jeff Powell make on the book?

How did Jose joining the project reignite Aaron’s passion for working on comics?

Plus: we take a deep dive down the old rabbit hole with fun question I ask all my guests!

 

About Infidel:

https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/infidel-1-of-5

 

Pornsak Pichetshote on Twitter:

@real_pornsak

 

Aaron Campbell on Twitter: 

@olmancampbell

 

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104 J.H. Williams III & Wendy-Wright Williams: Where We Live

April 9, 2018

This special edition of the podcast is an interview with J.H. Williams and Wendy Wright-Williams discussing the benefit anthology comic book “Where We Live” available through Image Comics on May 30th.

On October 1st 2017, a gunman firing from a window of Mandalay Bay killed 58 people and injured over 500 attending the Route 91 Harvest County Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip. 

In response to his horrible tragedy in their home town of Las Vegas, the Williams organized both well-known and local comic writers and artists to produce a 300+ page anthology comic to support the survivors and start a civil dialogue about the need for more effective gun control.  

All proceedes from the book will benefit the survivors of the shooting and their families. 

The book will contain over 70 short stories based on eyewitness reports of the shooting and contributing creators' own experiences with guns.

Final order cut off  (FOC) to order the comic book through your local comic shop is Monday, April 16, 2018. Ask your retailer to ordering it using Diamond code MAR180600. 

For more details about the book Where We Live:

https://imagecomics.com/comics/series/where-we-live 

For More Information about artist J.H. Williams:

http://www.jhwilliams3.com/

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103 Box Brown Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

April 5, 2018

Ignatz Award Winning Cartoonist Brian “Box” Brown joins me on this epsode to talk about the great Andy Kaufman and Brian’s latest book “Is This Guy for Real: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman”.

Brian and reminisce about some of Andy’s classic comedy performances.

We also talk about the focus of Brian’s book Andy Kaufman’s wrestling years plus the research that went into putting the story together.

And I try out some new fun rest and relaxation questions out with Brian!

 

About Brian Brown:

http://boxbrown.com/

Follow on Twitter: @boxbrown

 

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102 Steve Orlando and Garry Brown on Crude

March 29, 2018

Two guests join me this week: writer Steve Orlando (DC’s Super-Girl, JLA, Midnighter) and artist Garry Brown (The Massive and Black Road /Dark Horse).

They are collaborating on their creator-owned series Crude published by Skybound / Image Comics.

First I discuss their educational background: Steve studied Russian and Creative Writing in while in college. Garry studied at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.

Who was Garry’s classmate who also appeared on Creator Talks?

What did Steve learn about spirits working for a liquor distributor? We get a few tips on how to select the best ones.

Who gave gave Steve helpful feedback to help him develop his writing skills?

Why does Steve consider Crude a true collaboration with Garry?

About the book:

https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/crude-1

 

About Steve Orlando:

http://www.thesteveorlando.com/

Twitter: @thesteveorlando

 

Garry Brown:

Twitter: @GarryBoom

 

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101 Stephanie Cannon on Bandera

March 22, 2018

Stephanie Cannon was a finalist in 2017 Ghost City Comic Competition for her one page story Boot Hill and joins me for this week's show. 

She also recently announced she contributed Hexed for the upcoming horror Anthology published through Alterna Comics It Came Out On A Wednesday.

We begin by telling war stories about running and Stephanie talks about the recent Half Marathon she completed.

On comics, we talk about Stephanie's short story for the successfully funded Kickstarter Corpus: A Comic Anthology of Body Aliments.

We also talk about he other work in progress, the post apocalyptic western graphic novel Bandera with artist David Mims (Scrimshaw/ Alterna Comics) plus another project to be named with artist Francesco Laqunita (Croaked / Alterna Comics).

We talk about rest and relaxation, and a movie that made us both cry. Can you guess which one? Guess again!

 

About writer Stephanie Cannon: 

Her Website: https://www.stephaniecannoncomics.com/

Twitter: @SCannonComics 

Instrgram: @comicwritersteph

 

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100 Peter Milligan on The Prisoner, Kid Lobotomy & Legion

March 15, 2018

It's 100th episode of Creator Talks!

Returning for this celebration is my guest from episode #4 Peter Milligan!

First, I get an update from Peter on how his German lessons are progressing and on the life drawing class by Jason Atomic he attended
which included a lecture by an Egyptologist.

Speaking of Egypt, will we see another arc of the The Mummy (Titan) from Peter?

How about more of Rome's Antonius Axia, the ancient world's first detective from the series Britannia (Valiant)?

Moving on, I discuss Peter’s current work including The Prisoner (Titan), Kid Lobotomy
(Black Crown /IDW), and Legion (Marvel).

What is Peter’s reaction to the Legion television series on FX?

How does the art style used his mini-series Legion help the reader connect with the bizarre landscape of David Haller's mind?

 

How does the art help a story with the surreal characters and places in The Prisoner?

What does it mean to describe something as Kafkaesque?

Peter talks about his favorite work by Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis.

Peter also has an unfliching response for his choice of deserted island book, plus answers all my other Rest and Relation questions!

Follow Peter Milligan on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/1petermilligan?lang=en

About The Prisoner (Titan Comics):
https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/FEB181798

About Legion (Marvel)
https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/NOV170928

About Kid Lobotomy (Black Crown / IDW)
https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/AUG170373

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99 Ron Randall on his Kickstarter Trekker: Chapeltown

March 12, 2018

Welcome back Ron Randall to this special bonus episode of Creator Talks!

Ron is publishing the next chapter of Mercy St. Clair’s Trekker through Kickstarter. It’s a complete graphic novel called CHAPLETOWN and also includes the noir-style Trekker story The Volstock Payoff that began in the pages of Dark Horse Presents final issue.

Ron had just return from the 2018 Emerald City Comic so we discuss his experience and fan reception to his Kickstarter.

We also discuss the work Ron undertook to launch his first Kickstarter and future plans for publishing more Trekker in print.

This episode I also get to chance to learn a bit more about Ron as I ask him my questions about rest and relaxation!

 

The Chapeltown Kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1896818977/trekker-chapeltown-graphic-novel?ref=user_menu

 

About Ron Randall

http://ronrandall.com/

https://twitter.com/@ron_randall

https://www.facebook.com/TrekkerComic/

 

About Trekker

https://www.facebook.com/TrekkerComic/

 

Ron's Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/trekker

 

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