139 Unleashing Hellicious with Elwell, Medina & Richardson

October 18, 2018

Joining me again are Mina Elwell and Alan Christopher Medina along with Starburns Industries editor Trevor Richardson to discuss their new comic Hellicious.

Starburns Industries is the new publishing division of the company that created Rick and Morty.

What is Hellicious? It’s about Cherry; the devil’s prankster granddaughter is just trying to have fun and make new friends. Her playmates end up digested and destroyed! Cherry thinks she has found the perfect playmate in rock star and Goth icon Briggy Bundy. The problem is Briggy is not dead, yet!

The Hellicious trade paperback was just released 10/10/18. Why was it release so son as a smaller trade collecting just the first three issues? There is a method to their madness.

Since it is Trevor’s first time on the show he gets to answer my fun questions!

What does he think of the new Spider-Man video game?

Why did he do that made his high school rewrite the student handbook EVERY YEAR. If there is a loophole, Trevor will find it! He fought the law, and he won! 

We talk moms, Marx Brothers, man-bags and more! 

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138 Sam Johnson on Geek-Girl: Crime War

October 11, 2018

Sam Johnson is back to talk about his latest Kickstarter Geek-Girl: Crime War. 

Issues 1 through 3 are complete and work on issue four has begun. How can YOU be a part of issue four? Listen and find out!

Sam explains the new rewards, including digital editions, limited signed editions and a brand new virgin painted cover by Erich “Don’t Call Me Cartman” Hartmann.  

Sam has made it possible for backers to get the whole series or start with the Crime War arc.

Afterward, we talk about other comics we like too! 

Sam sets the record straight for Christopher on the fate of Doom Patrol, plus we talk about comics we are excited about reading including Al Ewing’s Immortal Hulk and upcoming The Defenders one-shots. 

Our discussion then turns to the Netflix and Daredevil Season 3 and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, both out in October.

Continuing on horror, Christopher shares with Sam his thought about a film he recently watched late one night by one of horror’s greatest actors, Lon Chaney, in the silent film The Unknown (1927). It was all kinds of messed up! 

On a lighter note, we share our mutual appreciation for Ricky Gervais Extras, which may just inspire Sam to live stream his idea for a Halloween costume to cap off the Geek-Girl: Crime War Kickstarter finale on Halloween. 

Do I sense a new stretch goal in the making?


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137 Baltimore Comic Con 2018: New Formats and Themes Panel

October 4, 2018

For decades, when most people thought of comics, 22-page superhero adventures for children came to mind.

Today, greater diversity of theme and format are expanding comic readership.  

Recorded on Sunday, September 30th at the 2018 Baltimore Comic, show host Christopher Calloway moderated a panel of comic book professionals that included Laura Lee Gulledge (Page By Paige; Will and Whit), Steve Conley (The Middle Age) and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes; Time and Vine; Warning Label) and new comer ten year-old Bryce Bullock and his father Demitrius (Daddy Long Legs and The Inchworm).

This group of professional creators shared how they are breaking the comic book status quo with new formats, themes, and approaches to storytelling. 

Who are these new readers?

What messages do comics with new formats and themes contain that reach and inspire a new generation of readers?

How are creators reaching new readers with their messages? 

Plus, Christopher shares his thoughts on his one-day whirlwind tour of Baltimore Comic Con.


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136 Cuffe, Frantz & Ostlie Thrash with Metal Shark Bro!

September 27, 2018

We’re talking sharks, metal music and a plethora of pies!

Co-creators Kevin Cuffe and Bob Frantz join me along with artist Walt Ostile to present Metal Shark Bro!

How did Kevin and Bob cook up the idea of an anthropomorphic shark that is hell bent on killing sell-you-soul contact breakers on behalf of Satan’s nephew, Beelzebra?

How is AC/DC connected to Metal Shark Bro’s origin?

We have a lot more to sink your teeth into this installment of Creator Talks.

What tips does Kevin offer single parents?

Just what is Pie-fest for  the Frantz family?

What is the best heavy metal band according to each of my guests?

I share my experience of going to my first metal concert featuring Stone Sour and Ozzy Osbourne.

What is Kevin’s connection with an Ozzy band member?

What was it like when Kevin met Jason Newsted, former bass player of Ozzy’s Band and Metallica?

Bob expounds on the powerful and lasting effect of Led Zeppelin.

Plus: more fun questions for all my guests. Bonus: Bob ad-libs a theme song for the segment!

Metal Shark Bro Kickstarter


Word Bros Podcast Website


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135 Chelsea Cain Doubles Down with Man-Eaters

September 18, 2018
Special early release of this week's podcast!
New York Times Best Selling Author Chelsea Cain returns to comics with her latest work Man-Eaters (Image Comics). 
We open with a discussion about the personalty of cats and the perks of having a feline pet.
Revisiting her childhood, Chelsea explains how she earned the moniker "the dead pet whisperer". 
Next, Chelsea talks about The Green River Killer and how her fascination with the case led her to write the novel Heartsick featuring serial killer Gretchen Lowell.
How did Chelsea get into reading comics and ultimately write the Eisner nominated mini-series Mockingbird  for Marvel Comics?
We discuss Chelsea's return to comics after her hiatus with the entire Mockingbird creative team for Man-Eaters: artist Kate Niemczyk, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg and letterer Joe Caramagna.
What makes Man-Eaters different from other horror comics and how does Kate’s art add a hint of humor and a flourish of fun to the series?
We also talk about Chelsea and writer/husband Marc Mohanto plans for the next arc of The Vision, which since our initial interview was abruptly cancelled by Marvel Comics. 
In our fun questions segment, Chelsea talks about her favorite birthday as a child and her brush with one of the biggest celebrities in show biz!
What is the cause that Chelsea supports that in some way ties into the subject of Man-Eaters?
But wait, there is more!
After answering my fun questions, I followed up with Chelsea shortly after the announcement of The Vision's cancellation to get her thoughts on the subject. (46:53:-58:30)

About Man-Eaters
Chelsea Cain’s Website
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134 Ken Kristensen from Superman Returns to Obliv18n

September 13, 2018
Writer Ken Kristensen is an Academy Nicholl award-winning writer. 
His best know work includes writing episodes of Marvel ‘s Netflix series The Punisher and SyFy network's Happy!
As a graduate student, Ken worked as location manager for Warner Brothers' Superman Returns (2006) and shares how he overcame roadblocks to get certain shots critical for filming.
Ken is the writer of Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth (Image) and joins me to discuss his latest work the apocalyptic sci-fi tale Obliv18n (Scout Comics).
What advice does Ken offer to those seeking a career as a screenwriter or comic book author?
Who developed the logo for Obliv18n?
Ken shares his happiest birthday memory, the earliest of any guest ever on the show!
What poster did Ken have on his bedroom wall growing up that had his mom concerned?
What is Ken’s go to drink that has a celebrity tie-in?
And Ken answers that burning question: just how many keys are there on a piano?
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133 Lazlo Tamasfi Ascends The Observatory

September 6, 2018

Writer Lazlo Tamafsi ascends the steps of The Observatory to present a horror tale in the style of The Twilight Zone and H.P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulu.

Lazlo has won also multiple awards for his movie scripts that we also touch upon. Which was his favorite?


For The Observatory, Lazlo collects his one-page flash web comics within framing story that takes place – in the Observatory!

Just what are flash web comics?

Ever get a comic book or graphic novel with a prose story in the back? Did you skip it?

The Observatory contains a Lovecraftian-style prose tale based an actual event reported in Florida during the late 1800s!

We discuss a fun question that goes to the dogs, we talk about drinking light beers in warmer climates and we nerd out on our mutual love for David Bowie and Nail Inch Nails!

And what is a topic outside of comics that is very important to Lazlo? And why is he so optimistic about our world for future generations?


Post Credit Closing Song: Untitled No.1 – David Bowie


Caliber Presents Volume: The Observatory



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132 Skottie Young and Aaron Conley Launch Bully Wars

September 3, 2018

It’s a Back To School podcast special this Labor Day! Skottie Young and Aaron Conley launch Bully Wars published through Image Comics on September 5th

Spencer’s is off to his first day at Rottenville High. It’s old nemesis Rufus’ first day too, but he goes from middle school bully to being bullied!


Skottie and Aaron talk about the comic’s key players and the contributions made by the entire creative team.

Why did it take several years from concept to the book’s release?

Were Skottie and Aaron bullied in school?

How are kids different in middle school compared to high school in terms of their acceptance of “nerds” and “geeks” ?

Which comic book character is a bully? The answer my surprise you!

And which of my guests had a surprise birthday party and which talks about his huge vinyl collection?


Bully Wars



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131 Chris Flick of Capes & Babes

August 30, 2018

Chris Flick, creator of the web comic strip Capes & Babes and member of the Web Comic Alliance podcast, joins the show to wrap up the summer of 2018! 

We discuss the moment Chris decided to “get serious” about becoming an artist for a living and how to brand oneself as a creator. 

We also talk about his web comic Capes & Babes and why it has a werewolf that hangs out at a strip mall comic shop.

How has Chris collected his Capes & Babes strips for comic conventions so that it is suitable for different target audiences?

Chris attends a lot of comic shows along the East Coast and has learned a thing or two about proper show preparation. 

What are some of the dos and don’ts about tabling at comic convention and what is the most common mistake made?

To close out the show: how I spent my summer beach vacation, particularly the comics I bought and read during the trip.


Chris Flicks’ Website



The Web Alliance Podcast



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130 Ed Piskor’s X-Men Grand Design

August 23, 2018

Ed Piskor has a Grand Design for Marvel’s X-Men: presenting their history from issue #1 through Chris Claremont’s classic run of the X-Men. 

Ed seamlessly weaves in later retcons throughout his comics and collects each two-issue run of his trilogy in a Treasury-Sized edition.

 Why does Ed hate the Marvel reprints of Jack Kirby’s X-Men work, yet reprinted X-Men #1 in the first Grand Design Treasury Edition?

How did he break into comics working with the great Harvey Pekar (American Splendor)?

Ed is also a big fan of hip-hop music and wrote about its history between 1975-1983 in Hip Hop Family Tree. It was his first attempt at presenting his work in a Treasury-Sized Edition.

Plus, the fun questions I ask guests to learn more about them, and we learn what was the best birthday Ed ever had!


X-Men Grand Design: Second Genesis



Hip Hop Family Tree



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