142 Ed Laroche on The Warning

November 8, 2018

Ed Laroche began working in comics in the mid-1990s for Malibu Comics. After publishing creator-owned work for years, he has written and illustrated The Warning, his first monthly comic published through Image this November.

In our interview, we begin with Ed’s reflecting on the spark that ignited his creativity and his early years developing as artist.

Ed shares his experience working in comics during the mid-90s and the seismic shifts that were taking place in comic book art at the time. 

What was Ed’s reason for leaving animation and jumping into live action storyboard work? How is working in each field different?

What important advice did Joe Casey share about storytelling through art early in Ed’s career?

What was the biggest hurdle Ed had trouble clearing when promoting his creator-owned work?

What advantage did Ed discover having his book published through Image Comics versus self-publishing in today’s market?

It is not enough just to submit work to a publisher and hope to get noticed. What does one need to do to stand out from thousands of submissions?

We talk about Ed’s latest work The Warning, the influence of the film Alien, and the connection between Star Trek and of The Warning’s special combat bridge motto “Die With Honor”.

 Getting to know more about Ed, we talk about a cherished birthday memory, his desert island book, beverage of choice and much more!

 

This is episode is sponsored by The Comic Book Shop in Wilmington Delaware, who is having Black Friday Weekend Sale 11/23-11/25

http://www.thecomicbookshop.com/

 

About The Warning on sale November 28th:

https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/the-warning-1

 

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141 Sanford Greene on Bitter Root and award-winning web series 1000

November 1, 2018

Sanford Greene, the artist of Marvel Comics’ Power Man and Iron Fist series written by David F. Walker, is this week’s guest on Creator Talks.

Sanford and Chuck Brown won the 2018 Ringo Award for Best Web Comic for their creator owned comic series 1000, published through Webtoons. 

Sanford has teamed up with David F. Walker and Chuck Brown for their latest series Bitter Root published through Image Comics. The series is about a team of monster hunters during the Renaissance of Harlem in 1924.

Sanford discusses growing up in the South and the comics book heroes that inspired him including The Black Panther and Power Man

What motivates Sanford as an artist? 

What were the challenges he encountered while working as an animation artist?

What did the creative team see and experience that made them decide to tell the story Bitter Root?

Who are the story’s key players and what motivates them?

 

This is episode is sponsored by The Comic Book Shop in Wilmington Delaware

http://www.thecomicbookshop.com/

  

About Bitter Root #1 on Sales November 14th

https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/bitter-root-1

 

About 1000 on Webtoons

https://www.webtoons.com/en/action/one-thousand/list?title_no=1217&page=1

 

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140 Halloween Special- Dave Ebersole on his Crime Noir Horror Comic Dash

October 25, 2018

Philadelphia based director and playwright Dave Ebersole is the creator and writer of Dash, a noir detective story set in 1940 Los Angeles.

Dash is a comic cocktail that’s one part Maltese Falcon, one part The Mummy, with twist: Dash Malone is an openly gay private detective.

After a three-year hiatus, Dash returns with issue #5. 

How did Dave get the book back on schedule, and who has been added to the art team to carry on the series?

What are Dave’s plans for the series beyond issue six, the finale of The Mysterious Zita Makara arc?

We talk a lot about classic films this episode, including Dave’s favorite Rebel Without a Cause, starring the legendary James Dean.

Why does Dave prefer to watch it alone?

Also in this Special Halloween Episode, we talk about our favorite Universal and Hammer Horror Mummy films.

In which format do we prefer to watch another horror classic, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, on DVD or Blu-Ray? Why?

We also talk about crime noir films of the 40s and 50s. How do we define crime noir? Which are our favorite films? Will we ever figure out what the heck is going on in The Big Sleep

We wrap up our conversation with the fun questions I ask all my guests!

  

This is episode is sponsored by The Comic Book Shop in Wilmington Delaware, who is having a Halloween Comic Fest and Spookabration 10/27 & 10/28!

http://www.thecomicbookshop.com/halloween-comic-fest-sale-weekend/

  

About Dash #5:

https://northwestpress.com/shop/dash-5/

 

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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! 

About Starburns Industries
 

About Hellicious #4 Coming November 21st:

https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/SEP181980

 

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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?

 

To Access the Geek-Girl: Crime War Kickstarter Page:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/geekgirlcomics/geek-girl-crime-war

 

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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

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/637571649/metalshark-bro

Word Bros Podcast Website

http://thewordbros.com

Walt Ostlie’s Website

http://walterostlie.storenvy.com

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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?
 
To Order a copy of Obilv18n #1
 
Ken Kristensen’s Website
http://kenkristensen.com/
 
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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

https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/SEP181679

 

Lazlo’s Website

http://www.laszlotamasfi.com/

 

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