Creator Talks Podcast
161 Rob Jones on Paying it Forward and Highspot

161 Rob Jones on Paying it Forward and Highspot

March 11, 2019

As we take up our path in life, we meet people along the way that turn out to be our teachers and mentors. 

My guest Rob Jones has been taught by and mentored by some of comic's greats.

Rob learned from Brian Stelfreeze how to color and interned with Dick Giordano.

Rob has work on comic books, children’s books, books covers and the occasional newspaper strip. He is also is the 2018 Image winning campaign for the Library Foundation of Sarasota County.

Today Rob and I talk about his mentors, how he got involved in children’s books including one he is working on now based on his dog, titled Rambo To The Rescue.

He currently has a Kickstarter running until April 3rd for the second issue of his three part series Highspot.

It is the story of stunt performer Kate Carter who loves adventure and archaeology. In issue #2 Kate and the gang are on their way to find the remains of Alexander the Great.

Why does Rob reference Theodore Roosevelt as a heroic model in the series, and why did he decide to make Alexander The Great the focus of Kate’s mission? 

We also talk about his other comic book collaborations on Strong Will and Mine. Plus Rob discusses how other creators who paid it forward inspired him to do the same.

We close our discussion Kicking Back with the Creator to learn more about Rob.

 

Special Offer for Creator Talks Listeners:

If you back Rob’s Kickstarter and get a physical reward he will do a free 6 x 9 head/bust sketch of any character you would like if you mention the interview. A 6 x 9 sketch backer reward is $40 but you will get one for free even if you get the $5, $10 or $15 book options. If do order any of the sketch options you get 2 sketches

 

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The anthology Mine

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160 Artist Spotlight on Rachael Perciphone Kilbury

160 Artist Spotlight on Rachael Perciphone Kilbury

March 7, 2019

Creator Talks spotlights writers and artists working in comic books and other mediums. On today’s show I have just such a guest who produces illustrations for comics and books.

Rachel Perciphone Kilbury creates fantasy/sci-fi illustrations and cover art portraying strong, diverse characters within fantastical and colorful worlds. 

I met Rachel at the New Jersey Comic Expo, and you can hear her first interview with me from the con floor on episode #5 of Creator Talks

Rachel earned a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design and currently works for comic book publisher.

Among her credits are coloring “Phantom Flight” in the It Was Metal Anthology OGN, written by Josh Swartz and Jeremiah Jay with art by Bob Hall (The Avengers, Shadowman).

Her other work includes “Twisted Endings-Snow White” for Infected by Art Volume 6, the cover for Knightmares by G.A. Finocchiaro and a chapter in the upcoming Cosmic Love a Red Stylo comic anthology inspired by Florence + The Machine.

We talk about how the idea for Cosmic Love came to her, and how she feels about doing commissions at comic cons. 

Do you like set goals each year? Do you find it difficult to reach them?

We talk about how Rachel set her goals for 2019, how she tracks them, and makes it manageable to obtain them when life gets in the way.

And when I Kick Back With The Creator, we talk flaming spatulas and salt lines!

 

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https://www.rachelperciphone.com/

 

More About Cosmic Love:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/RedStyloMedia/cosmic-love-inspired-by-the-music-of-florence-the?ref=card

 

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159 David Hahn on The Six Million Dollar Man

159 David Hahn on The Six Million Dollar Man

February 28, 2019

One of the greatest action shows of the 1970s was The Six Million Dollar Man.

Dynamite Entertainment is releasing a new comic series this March written by Christopher Hasting with art by David Hahn.

David is my guest on this show and we talk about The Six Million Dollar Man comic and 1970s!

Among David’s art credits are Batman ‘66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Batman ‘66 and Wonder Woman ’77, Bite Club, Fables, and Lucifer.

Was David a big fan of the Batman television series in the 1960s? We find out!

We talk about Impossible Jones, a grim and gritty plastic-man style super-hero co-created by Karl Kesel and David Hahn coming as a Kickstarter this spring.

David is also currently working on a web comic with writer Paul Guinan (Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel) titled Aztec Empire.

Aztec Empire is Paul’s graphic novel series, which recounts the fall of the mightiest empire of the America’s only three years after the Spanish arrived in Mexico during the 16-century.

As a freelance artist, what keeps David awake at night?

What does David love about story telling that keeps him sticking with it? 

David was one of the co-founders of Helioscope Studios (formerly Periscope) and tells the story of when a former guest on Creator Talks popped by the studio in Portland!

Does David miss being in the studio? And who would win in a fight, a Shaolin Monk or a Cave Man? 

In my Kicking Back With The Creator segment, I ask David what obsolete 1970s technology he misses the most, and in his opinion what was the best movie of the1970s.

 

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http://davidhahnart.com/

 

About The Six Million Dollar Man comic:

https://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C72513027766401011

 

About the Aztec Empire series:

https://www.bigredhair.com/books/aztec-empire/about/

 

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158 Billy Tucci on Sgt. Rock, Shi & Appalachian Apocalypse!

158 Billy Tucci on Sgt. Rock, Shi & Appalachian Apocalypse!

February 21, 2019

Last week Ethan Nicolle, the artist on Appalachian Apocalypse! (Cave Pictures) was my guest.

This episode the writer of the series Billy Tucci is in the spotlight.

How is Billy’s zombie story different in terms of the plague’s origin and how faith is connected to the means to fight it? Who is the stories hero and how does his faith play a role? 

We talk no only about it but also, mostly notably Sgt. Rock The Lost Battalion (DC) for which Billy was bestowed a special ambassadorship.

We will reflect upon his creator-owned property Shi that celebrates 25 years. Her next story is coming this spring through a Kickstarter Billy will launch for Return of The Warrior.

You can get a taste of Shi: Return of The Warrior by pledging for the exclusive ash can only available through Billy’s current Kickstarter Zombie Sama, running now until March 1st. The project has already met its initial funding and 1st stretch level goals!

In Kicking Back With The Creator, Billy answers my questions and we find out how close last week’s guest Ethan Nicolle was to guessing what Billy would answer.

 

Time Marks:

Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion        02:12 - 09:53

Appalachian Apocalypse!              14:10 - 22:30

Zombie Sama                                22:-31 - 29:07

Shi: Return of The Warrior           29:08 - 34:24

 

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http://www.crusadefinearts.com/index.php/

 

About Appalachian Apocalypse!:

https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/JAN191784

 

About the Kickstarter:

Zombie Sama

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1891522321/billy-tuccis-zombie-sama-graphic-novel-with-john-b

 

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157 Ethan Nicolle from Ax Cop to Appalachian Apocalypse

157 Ethan Nicolle from Ax Cop to Appalachian Apocalypse

February 14, 2019
You may have heard of the animated series Ax Cop, which ran for two seasons between Fox and FXX.  Today’s guest Ethan Nicolle, who conceived of the comic playing with its co-creator Ethan’s little brother Malachi.
 
I discuss with Ethan how Ax Cop went viral on the Internet, and lead to its Dark Horse comic book and animated television series.
 
What is the connection between Ax Cop and Ethan’s first web comic, Bearmageddon?
 
And how did Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat and Ethan's own analysis of films including, Shaun of the Dead, help him to refine the story structure of Bearmageddon?
 
Ethan is currently illustrating Appalachian Apocalypse! written by Shi creator Billy Tucci and published through Cave Pictures.
 
Billy was not available to be on the show with Ethan to discuss Appalachian Apocalypse! During the Kicking Back With The Creator segment, Ethan takes his best guest at what Billy does for R&R, his favorite birthday, what posters were in his room during middle school, his island book, beverage of choice, and action figure accessory. 
 
We also find out Ethan's answers these questions plus: the oddest job he ever had and, in his humble opinion, the best film ever made.
 
Time Marks:
 
Bearmageddon                      4:40-14:45
Ax Cop                                   4:46-22:52
Appalachian Apocalypse       22:53-25:57
 
 
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156 Meredith Finch on The Light Princess and Faith

156 Meredith Finch on The Light Princess and Faith

February 7, 2019

Meredith Finch, writer of Wonder Woman (DC), Rose (Image Comics) and Xena (Dynamite Entertainment) returns to talk about her upcoming mini-series The Light Princess published through Cave Pictures Publishing.

George McDonald wrote the story of The Light Princess in 1864. McDonald was a Scottish minister and today is considered the godfather of fantasy.

How does Meredith plan to address the themes of love, sacrifice and redemption found his the story?

The art team on the five-part series is Renae DeLiz and Ray Dillon; the same team that illustrated The Legend of Wonder Woman. We talk about the incredible hand lettering using throughout the series

How has Meredith’s approach to writing evolved and matures since she produced her first work published through Zenescope? 

Why did she decide to write a blog about her Christian faith experience? How is it connected to the comic books that she writes?

When I Kick Back with The Creator, Meredith and I take a deeper dive into my fun questions I ask all my guests.

 

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https://finchmeredith1.com/

 

About The Light Princess:

https://previewsworld.com/Catalog/DEC181766

 

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155 Spotlight on Cave Pictures Publishing with Mark Rogers and Mandi Hart

155 Spotlight on Cave Pictures Publishing with Mark Rogers and Mandi Hart

February 5, 2019
On this episode my guests are Publisher Mark Rogers and President Mandi Hart of Cave Pictures Publishing.
 
Mark Rogers has produced graphic novels, young adult fiction, computer games, concerts, documentaries and films. He has worked with artists such as Michael W. Smith, Bono and The Fray. Mark has also worked with entertainment companies that include Walden Media, Disney and Roadside Attractions.
 
Mandi Hart is an attorney and filmmaker with a passion for story telling. She holds a JD from George Mason University Law School and an MFA in Film Production and Direction from UNC-Greensboro.
 
Why did they decide to take the plunge into the choppy waters of comic book publishing?
 
Mark and Mandi will discuss the mission of Cave Publishing and the comics they have planned for this year into the next decade. 
 
What does it take to be a Cave Pictures comic? Why did they use the story of Plato’s Cave to explain their publishing philosophy?
 
Do they have future trades planned? 
 
How about other media outlets?
           
What is their five-year plan?
 
Coming up this month on future interviews I’ll take a deeper dive into some of comics we discuss with the creative teams.
 
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154 Caleb Palmquist Returns for A Small Favor

154 Caleb Palmquist Returns for A Small Favor

January 31, 2019

Freelance writer Caleb Palmquist returns to talk about his next science fiction comic book A Small Favor: Welcome To Earth World.  

His first publication, A Small Favor Volume 1 was successfully funded as Kickstarter project back in 2017and it raised over $3,400.

The follow up Welcome to Earth World is a 20 page one-shot, the perfect jumping on point to introduce new readers to James and his A.I. companion Liz. 

We had our conversation prior to launching the books Kickstarter, and already the project is over 70% funded with 20 days to go as of the release of this podcast.

Since we last spoke, I ask Caleb how his day job as a middle teacher is faring.

What did Caleb learn about his first comic book that changed his approach to the next release?

Why did he reduce the number of rewards for backers?

Caleb shares a bit of trivia about Orson Wells and we talk about his favorite movies and island book.

We also talk about a technology that is quickly becoming outdated, and why Caleb cannot stop buying more of these products!

A special note about today’s episode, it’s being release on Caleb’s birthday. So please wish him a happy birthday (on Twitter its @smallfavorcomic) and share his interview with a friend who likes comics and sci-fi! 

 

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More about the author:

http://calebpalmquist.com/

 

About the Kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/918197022/a-small-favor-welcome-to-earth-world

  

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153 Tim Seeley on Dark Red and The Comic Book Industry

153 Tim Seeley on Dark Red and The Comic Book Industry

January 24, 2019

The United States is a nation sharply divided by political ideology. Left versus right, liberal versus conservative. We have even formed geographic boundaries around the dominant political position of a region. In daily parlance we speak of blue big cites and red rural areas.  

My guest today is comic book writer and artist Tim Seeley. Having lived in both urban and rural areas, Tim has experienced first hand the frustration and political division between demographically divided denizens.  

Tim focuses his creative energy on exploring this division through his upcoming comic book Dark Red published by Aftershock Comics.  

It is the story of Charles “Chip” Ipswich.  He has a dead-end job in a rural area in the middle of the country with no prospects — until a very special woman comes to town. This twist: Chip is a vampire. 

We begin by discussing the state of the comic book industry.  Next Tim shares his thoughts on the rural / urban political divide and how it influenced Dark Red

I conclude my interview with Tim by “Kicking Back with the Creator”: how Tim relaxes, his choice of island book and the oddest job he ever had that allowed him to develop one of his comics.

 

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About Dark Red:

https://previewsworld.com/Article/222384-AfterShocks-Dark-Red-Explores-A-Vampire-In-Rural-America

 

 

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152 Lela Gwenn’s Dark Horse Debut with Bad Luck Chuck

152 Lela Gwenn’s Dark Horse Debut with Bad Luck Chuck

January 17, 2019

George Thoroughgood, Valeria Bertinelli and Aubrey Plaza are three of Delaware’s own who work in the arts.   

Being added to that list beginning in March is writer Lela Gwenn. She is publishing her first book though Dark Horse Comics titled Bad Luck Chuck

It is the story of Charlene who was born with the ability to create bad luck for people and decides to monetize that ability. This is when her luck turns takes a turn for the worse. 

Lela describes the book as a “slapstick noir”, a mix of comedy and drama. 

The title is being released March 27th with a final order cut off of March 4th. 

The amazing creative roster on the mini-series includes Matthew Dow Smith on art, Kelly Fitzpatrick on colors and Frank Cvetkovic on letters. 

How did Lela’s story evolve from just a few pages into a four issues series?

Lela explains how networking at comic cons ultimately led to a publishing deal for Bad Luck Chuck. 

Lela also discusses a few important causes that provide support to those suffering from physical and emotional pain.  

She has dealt with one issue in particular that affects over 200,000 women in the U.S. every year. She shares her own struggle with this condition during our interview.     

In our fun questions segment, Lela talks about traveling to Jamaica, the oddest job she ever had, and running long distance races back in the day. 

 

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More about Lela Gwenn:

http://www.lelagwenn.com/

  

About Bad Luck Chuck:

https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/3004-112/Bad-Luck-Chuck-1

 

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