Creator Talks Podcast
171 Adam Glass and Olivia Cuartero-Briggs creation Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter

171 Adam Glass and Olivia Cuartero-Briggs creation Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter

May 16, 2019

Writer Adam Glass (The Normals & Rough Riders) returns along with co-writer Olivia Cuartero-Briggs (Criminal Minds, Peaked in High School) to talk Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter.

The story asks what if the Frankenstein Monster was real?

According to the Diamond Previews solicitation: 

“…With the recent discovery of Mary Shelley's secret memoir, the truth is finally revealed: Mary Shelley didn't just write Frankenstein, she lived it.”

Hayden Sherman, artist of Cold War, The Few, and Wasted Space illustrates the series.

The first issue was release April 17; the 2nd issue issue will be available May 22nd.

Olivia researched Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s background.

Did you know she is considered the founder of modern horror and was a feminist pioneer?

Olivia shares fascinating facts about Mary Shelley’s life and her relationship with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelly. Find out:

Who was accompanied Mary Shelley to Geneva, Switzerland during the summer of 1816 where the idea for her novel Frankenstein came to life? 

Why were her traveling companions considered scandalous throughout Europe?

Why is Mary the sole reason Percy’s work survives today?

Why does Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein still resonate with audiences today?

Could a Frankenstein movie strike terror into 21st century audiences?

In the Kicking Back With The Creator segment, Adam and Olivia answer more of my fun question including which horror movie kept them up at night when they were children? And, if they had the chance, what is the one question each would ask Mary Shelley? 

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170 Rags Morales: Unexpurgated and on Valiant’s Bloodshot!

170 Rags Morales: Unexpurgated and on Valiant’s Bloodshot!

May 9, 2019

He’s back! Rags Morales returns to Valiant Comics to pencil and ink Bloodshot: Rising Sprit and he’s going to tell us all about it, unfiltered!

Join Rags and I with a glass of merlot and learn about the classes he took at the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art.

What did he find so valuable about Joe Kubert’s method? Who were his contemporaries taking classes? 

Hop in the way back machine with us for a peak between the pages of the early days at Valiant during the 1990s.

Which giants of the comics industry did Rags meet while at Valiant?

How successful was Rag’s run on Geomancer?

What was does Rag’s think was the “event” that triggered the comic publisher and comic shop implosion of the mid-1990s?

How does Rags manage riding out downturns in comic book market place? 

What is his most requested commission at comic conventions and which was the oddest! (Note: Put on your ear buds listeners, this episode is rated E for Explicit!) 

All this plus when I Kickback With The Creator, Rags answers all my fun questions and provides the best answer to date for his action figure accessory! 

And for all ages, Dawn Griffin returns for a Creator Corner segment on location at The Comic Book Shop! May 4th Free Comic Book Day, talking about her upcoming Kickstarter Ida Finds Her Voice. Parents, you need this book!

 

Interview Segments:

Rags Morales:          02:01 - 52:17

Dawn Griffin:           52:18 – 1:07

 

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169 Tom Sacchi on his Belgian-Style Crime Noir Offbeats and 1960s Manga Homage Ultrabot Go Go Go!

169 Tom Sacchi on his Belgian-Style Crime Noir Offbeats and 1960s Manga Homage Ultrabot Go Go Go!

May 2, 2019

My guest is comic book producer and Brooklyn native Tom Sacchi, the mind behind the crime-noir Offbeats and the 1960s manga-style Ultrabot Go Go Go!  Both comics are published through Antarctic Press

Tom begins by sharing his memory of the 1960s television cartoon series that introduced him to the world of comics. He also shares his memory of discovering a store, before the days of direct market distribution, which sold new and back issue comics and magazines.

He eventually drifted away from superhero comics and explains why the independent boom of the 1980s and Marvel’s Epic line rekindled his interest in comics.

Why did he want to make comics and what podcast and television series inspired Tom to become a producer of comic books?

Just what are Belgian style comics and how did they influence Tom’s Offbeats?  Who is the creative team on the series and why were they the best match for this Belgian-style comic?

Which of these creators also helped make the one-shot Ultrabot Go Go Go! ?

Tom explains why the art style of 1960s Japanese comics appeal to him and what they do that is so different from most comics that fits Tom penchant for quick paced story-telling.

In the Kicking Back With The Creator Segment, we learn what would be Tom’s island book and who is the creator he would most like to meet. Both you have probably not heard of before this interview.  Learn why the both book and creator earned Tom’s praise.

  

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About Offbeats

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168 Andrea Mutti on DC Vertigo’s Untold WWII Story: Six Days

168 Andrea Mutti on DC Vertigo’s Untold WWII Story: Six Days

April 25, 2019

Andrea Mutti, artist of Rebels (Dark Horse) and Port of Earth (Image) returns this week for an interview about living in Italy, what fuels his creative process and a new graphic novel he is illustrating written by Robert Venditti (Green Lantern) and Kevin Maurer (No Easy Day: The First Hand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden) titled Six Days: The Incredible True Story of D-Day’s Lost Chapter (DC Vertigo).

The Diamond Preview solicitation for Six Days reads:

“D-Day. One hundred eighty two members of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division parachute into the French countryside-a full 18 miles southeast of their intended target.

This original graphic novel from DC Vertigo is the true story of an obscure World War II battle that took place in the small village of Graignes, France, for six days and the men who survived to tell the tale.”

 

Andrea explains why, although he loved living in Italy, he enjoys the artistic freedom he has found and collaborative nature of making comics in the United States.

How does Andrea add a sense of authenticity when illustrating war comics such as Rebels and Six Days?

How does he attend to the details and sense of realism? And how does he add an a identity to each solider he draws?

How does he manage collaborating with two writers, does it get confusing?

Andrea also takes a swing at my fun questions in my Kicking Back With The Creator Segment

What is his favorite region to visit and really experience in the United States? 

 

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More about the DC Vertigo title Six Days on sale May 8th 2019 

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167 G is for Go-Go and Greg Paprocki

167 G is for Go-Go and Greg Paprocki

April 18, 2019

Creator Talks welcomes from America’s heartland prolific artist Greg Paprocki. He comes to highly recommend by my 2 year-old. How is that, you say?

Greg has partnered with Gibbs Smith and their BabyLit division to publish his historically themed ABC books. We discovered his wonderful work at our local library and want to share with all of our listens that are young or young at heart.

Greg’s simplified retro-style art style harkens back to the advertisements of the 1940 through the early1960s.

His BabyLit books include A is for Atom, G is for Go-Go, V is for Vittles, and E is for Easter.

Greg is also taken the reins as artist on the popular children’s book Curious George.

The first step on Greg’s journey as an artist began with an ad he found in a comic book.

With experience working as an art director, why did Greg decide to become a freelancer? 

I learn about Greg’s career path and how he prepared to make it on his own. 

Greg also talks about the commercial art he produced for Mattel’s Barbie, a Cheech and Chong beer label, and many more.

We talk comics, how Greg manages keep balance in his life and why it is important to trust his gut.

All this, plus Greg answers my fun question in the Kicking Back with The Creator segment.

In Creator Corner this week I have a brief interview with artist Andrea Mutti (Rebels, Star Wars, Batman Eternal) who tells us about the next arc of sci-fi thriller Port of Earth (Image Comics) written by Zack Kaplan (Eclipse). Its next arc of begins with issue #9 on sale April 17th.

Andrea will be back next week for a full interview discussing his upcoming work for DC Vertigo Six Days: The Incredible True Story of D-Day’s Lost Chapter.

  

Interview Segments:

Greg Paprocki                  02:01-44:30

Andrea Mutti                    44:31-59:30

 

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166 Steam-Punk-O-Rama with Stephanie Cannon & Matt Knowles

166 Steam-Punk-O-Rama with Stephanie Cannon & Matt Knowles

April 11, 2019

This week we're talking steam punk! 

Undaunted by con crud and travel fatigue is writer Stephanie Cannon (It Came Out on a Wednesday - Alterna Comics) and writer/musician Matt Knowles. 

Together they are Insymmetry Creations (#INSYM). I find out why they decided it was critical to create the company.

First, I catch up with Steph about her half marathon run, then turn my attention to their recent experiences at the 2019 Seattle Emerald City Comics Con!

Who were some of the creators they met on the floor?

What is the demographic of their steampunk fandom? 

Did they have proper foot wear!?

Stephanie and Matt have combined their creative talents to craft Tales of Nocturnia, a medieval fantasy adventure in which a kingdom lies in shambles. The throne sits empty. Can the survivors re-assemble to fend off an impending attack from the forces of darkness? 

Matt and Stephanie join me to talk about the Kickstarter for Tales of Nocturnia #1. The campaign is to fund the first issue of this three-part mini-series. Lending his talent to illustrate the book is artist Javi Laparra (Boot Hill - Finalist of the Ghost City Comic Competition).

Matt explains the set up for Tales of Nocturnia and how it grew out of a sequence Javi drew in Heirs of Isildur #6. 

Why did Matt leave his heavy metal band?

How do Matt's new heavy metal compositions tie into Heirs of Isildur?

What artistic nuances does Javi add to that series?

What are Steph's big plans for her two-page Hexed story in 2020?

We close by Kicking Back With The Creator where I ask my guests fun questions to learn more about them, including the hazards of officiating soccer and what is the best heavy metal band, ever!

 

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165 Julius Ohta: Dynamite’s “Secret Weapon” on Bettie Page

165 Julius Ohta: Dynamite’s “Secret Weapon” on Bettie Page

April 4, 2019

Julius Otha is an artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil who began his comic career as a colorist on Grime Fairly Tales (Zenescope) and Serenity (Dark Horse Comics). 

His first work on interior art was Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man (Dynamite Entertainment), and now he is the artist of Bettie Page and the upcoming Bettie Page: Unbound.

Julius joins Creator Talks to discuss why he wanted to change from colorist to a penciler/inker.  

How did Julius land his first assignment Sherlock Holmes with Dynamite Entertainment?

What suggestions did he make to the writers of the mini-series that changed the look of Holmes and Watson? And how does Julius collaborate with David Avallone, writer of Bettie Page?

All this plus in the Kicking Back With The Creator segment in which we learn what is Julius' favorite action/adventure film of all time. Hint: It would be the perfect film as a stand alone and not part of a trilogy!

This episode also debuts a new feature, Creator Corner, a short interview with returning guest Rafael Lourerio artist of The Mall (Scout Comics) written by James Haick III.

Rafael is accompanied by writers Don Handfield and Joshua Malkin to talk about their Kickstarter Unikorn, a family-friendly graphic novel with the message that with a little love, faith and hope, we never have to let go of the ones we've lost. 

 

Interview Chapters

Julius Ohta:

02:00-48:47

 

Rafael Lourerio, Don Handfield & Joshua Malkin:

48:48-1:13:19

 

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164 Crom! It’s Mahmud Asrar artist of Conan The Barbarian

164 Crom! It’s Mahmud Asrar artist of Conan The Barbarian

March 28, 2019

Know, Oh Prince that in the waning days of winter hither came to Creator Talks Mahmud Anjum Asrar, artist on Conan The Barbarian!

Mahmud is also the co-creator along with Jay Faerber of the series Dynamo 5.

Mahmud grew up in Turkey and we begin our conversation with what it was like going to school there.

We also discuss art school and how studying animation and sculpting helps with his comic art today.

Mahmud tells us his favorite Conan artist and how that person influences his approach to drawing Conan for Marvel Comics.

Mahmud tells the story of when he was offered the Conan art job and what it is like working with writer Jason Aaron and colorist Matthew Wilson.

What is Mahmud’s future plan for his own creations? It’s not a sword and sorcery tale!

How does he manage to get anything done at home, and who is his greatest supporter and greatest critic? 

Discover the answer to these questions and more in my Kicking Back With The Creator segment. 

At the close of this interview, I announce a new feature of the podcast making its debut next week! 

 

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About Conan The Barbarian  

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

163 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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162 Palle Schmidt on Crime Noir and Stiletto No.1 Officer Down

162 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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About Palle Schmidt

  

About the Comics for Beginners podcast

 

About Stiletto No. 1 Officer Down

 

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