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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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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151 Gary Whitta & Darick Robertson Reimagine Charles Dicken’s Oliver

January 10, 2019
The best stories ever written, what we consider the classics, are fertile ground for reimagining by contemporary authors that speak to new audiences. 
My guests today are Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson, writer and artist respectively of Oliver, a 12-part series debuting on January 23 published through Image Comics. 
The story is new take on the Charles Dickens’ classic Oliver. 
In this version, an orphan fights to liberate a post-apocalyptic war-ravaged England while searching for the truth about his own mysterious origins. 
Gary Whitta is an award-winning screen writer his work includes co-writing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , work The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington as well as written for the animated series Star Wars Rebels. 
His long time friend and artistic collaborator Darick Robertson is known his work on the award winning Transmetropolitan, The Boys and Happy. 
Their series Oliver has been 15 years in the making. 
Why was the comic in development so long?
Who introduced steam punk elements into the story and why?
How did they manage make each of clone war veterans that appear in Oliver distinct?
Why did Darick find it necessary to travel to England in preparation for this science fiction story?  
And while discussing my fun questions with Gary and Darick, we learn about odd soaps on the market and which technology now considered “obsolete” Gary and Darick miss the most.
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150 Jeff Rougvie on Gunning For Hits & David Bowie

January 3, 2019

Whether you are comic book reader, a fan of classic rock or both, my guest today is both the writer of a new comic book and professional in the music business.

Jeff Rougvie is the author of the revenge fantasy, Gunning For Hits being released through Image Comics January 9th, the day after David Bowie’s birthday. 

Why is its proximity to David Bowie birthday significant?

Well, Jeff Rougvie worked at Rykodisc as their A&R and Special Projects employee. His first task was to obtain the rights to David Bowie’s 1969-1980 catalogue of music. He produced the Grammy Award winning Sound + Vision box set and the remaining Bowie disc re-releases, which for the first time included bonus tracks, through Rykodisc.

Jeff was fortunate to spent time with David Bowie in person. It was his experiences with Bowie and his knowledge of the music business that inspired him to write Gunning for Hits.

What did Jeff learn about David Bowie that surprised him? 

Even though they are not considered “cool” among music listeners today, why does Jeff think their will be a CD revival in the future like the vinyl lp one today?

Why do bands re-record their most popular songs? Are they just double dipping?

What are Jeff thoughts the resurrection of deceased musical artists as holograms for live concert performances?

We also discuss the artist of Gunning For Hits, Moritat and the excellent sequence in the first issue that explains record contracts

Among the fun questions I ask my guest, we discuss our shared memory of the Salem Witch Museum.


David Bowie track samples include:

Loving the Alien

Time Will Crawl (MM remix)

Space Oddity (Demo)

Sound and Vision (1991 Remixed Version)


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149 Richard and Wendy Pini of ElfQuest

December 27, 2018

For my final podcast of 2018, I have very special episode; think of it as on more Christmas present from me to unwrap under the tree!

After an epic forty-year run, ElfQuest reached its conclusion this year with The Final Quest.

On this episode the creators of ElfQuest Richard and Wendy Pini join me.

Richard was a Marvel Zombie back in the in 1960s and we talk about how he met Wendy through a Marvel comic.

What ever happened to the first stories Wendy ever made as a child? 

Wendy talks about her first published comic work. How did she land the job?

Wendy reflects on her television appearance on the Mike Douglas Show in 1977 and also what happened off camera. 

Richard explains why he left his job at IBM to focus on ElfQuest and why it was necessary to found WaRP Graphics.

What important advice do Richard and Wendy give to artists about their portfolio reviews? 

And what lies ahead for Richard, Wendy, and ElfQuest in 2019?

I conclude with the fun questions I ask my guests, and Richard and Wendy handled them with both humor and aplomb!


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148 Nandor Fox Shaffer on Lifeline

December 20, 2018
Last week I spoke with two comic book professionals, writer Ron Marz and artist Darryl Banks about their Kickstarter Harken’s Raiders. If you haven’t heard it, you might want to very soon, their Kickstarter ends Friday, December 21st.
In this installment, I speak with writer Nandor Fox Shaffer who is launching his second Kickstarter, Lifeline. It will be a 96-page graphic novel. The campaign ends on the first day of the New Year 2019.
Lifeline is a celebration of indie creator collaboration. Seven artists from around the world will each provide a chapter of art for Nandor’s story of Lewis Wakefield’s life. 
Each chapter takes place during a different decade of Lewis’ life as told through the eyes of his father, wife, best friend, daughter, a stranger, and his grandson.
In the end, Lewis will ask himself one of life’s most important questions  “Was my it worth living?” 
Why did Nandor decide to postpone his college education to work on writing comics?  What are his future plans?
How did Doctor Who inspire Nandor to become a comic book writer? We talk about Nandor’s favorite two iconic science fictions series, Star Wars and Doctor Who.
Nandor makes a case for why he prefers the prequels  to the original trilogy and current Star Wars movies!
What comic book writer is Nandor a huge fan and why? 
We dig into his artistic collaborators on Lifeline and talk about his previous Kickstarter Seasons. Nandor also shares how to you can read Volume 1: Spring and when we can expect Volume 2: Summer.
We run down the fun questions I ask all my guests, and talk about technology that we both love that is obsolete and how Nandor’s preference for it lead him to acquiring, purely by chance, one of his most treasured collectables!

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147 Ron Marz and Darryl Banks Enlists with Harken’s Raiders

December 13, 2018

The idea for Harken's Raiders, a story set during World War Two, was the brainchild of army veteran Allen Cordrey.  

Allen enlisted the services of two comic book veterans: Ron Marz to script the story and Darryl Banks to illustrate it. Harken's Raider's will be a 9" x 13" 64-page hard cover original graphic novel published by Ominous Press.  The publication of the OGN is being crowd funded through a Kickstarter campaign that ends December 21st. 

In addition to the book, Darryl talks about the Kickstarter reward Black Book: The Art of Darryl Banks, the fifth in a series of artist books by Ominous Press(17:07-19:19)

Ron provides an update on volume two of Beasts of the Black Hand Volume 2, a hard cover OGN that will be in the same format as Harkin's Raiders

Beast of the Black Hand Volume 1 published this year, is available as reward bundled with Harkin's Raiders. (19:19-21:10)

Ron Marz also discusses writing Turok coming January 2019 through Dynamite Entertainment.  (23:26-27:20)

Ron read mainly war stories when he first reading comics rather super-heroes.  Why?

What did Ron learn about World War Two from his father?

How will Harken's Raiders connect with a 21st century audience?  

Is the creative team of the Kyle Rainer Green Lantern less concerned about getting details of the weapons and uniforms used during World War Two accurate? 

Darryl discusses developing the look of the members of Harken's Raiders, and heeds the advice given to him by Terry Austin.

During my fun questions segment we talk about beverages of choice, outdated technology we miss and the connection between Star Wars and Ron's favorite birthday. Or was it his favorite?

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146 The Wonder Twins- Artists Claire and Paige Connelly

December 6, 2018

Is there an artist in your family? Is there more than one? What do you think the odds are of that?

Claire and Paige Connelly are sisters, twin sisters in fact. Although both have share a passion for art and followed the same academic path, each developed a unique style of art of their own.

Claire Connelly illustrates comic books, video games and storyboards. She has written, drawn and published Black Eyes and Down With the Ship among other comics.

Claire has collaborated with writer Eric Grissom on Animals and Erica Schultz (Erica credits include Dynamite Entertainment’s Charmed, Swords of Sorrow, Xena: Warrior Princess) on The Unauthorized Biography of Winston Churchill and Cheese: A Love Story. 

Claire is a video game aficionado and has a penchant for old video games.

Paige Connelly is an illustrator who specializes in graphite drawings, digital illustrations and character designs.

Paige’s credits include contributions to the RPG game magazine Wayfinder and in the gallery of Dungeon and Dragon’s Against the Slave Lord book reprint. In addition, each year she publishes her sketchbook Songs of Fablewood

What was art school like for them and how did it prepare them for life?

Without a large publisher gig, how do they promote their work? And how do they use social media? 

How do they measure the success of their work? 

What is one series they just started reading and highly recommend? Hint: it that just wrapped up after 40 years and was featured on NPR!

What comic project is Claire planning with Eric Schultz for 2019 involving lobsters? And why did Claire begin working with graphite? 

Plus: Claire ands Paige answer the fun questions ask including a few new ones they had lots of fun answering.


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145 Mat Groom & Eduardo Ferigato on Self/Made

November 29, 2018
Writer Mat Groom lives Australia; artist Eduardo Ferigato lives in Brazil.  What these two creators share in common is their work on Self/Made, a sci-fi comic being published through Image on December 5th.
This is Mat Groom’s first solo comic writing credit and the first comic series writer Kyle Higgins has edited. Kyle was the writer of The New 52 Nightwing series for DC and of his creator-owned series C.O.W.L. and Hadrian’s Wall.
One thing Self/Made’s creators share in common is a passion for hiking. I discuss with Mat and Eduardo places they enjoy and recommend. 
We also discuss Mat first writing credit in a Power Rangers comic and his podcast on the team called Ranger Danger.
Eduardo reflects on how his comic book art has evolved since The Last Phantom for Dynamite Entertainment in 2011 and working on Self/Made with colorist Marcelo Costa.
What advice did the experienced letter Troy Peteri provide Mat? Mat also talks about the contributions by logo designer Olivia King and production designer and podcast partner Michael Busuttil.
Why makes Mat and Eduardo collaboration seem so effortless?
What is their secret to staying on time with the production of the series? Hint: it has something to do with spreadsheets!
What is the story behind the special cover for issue #1 that benefits charity?
And what is the special contest for Self /Made readers?
Finally, Mat and Eduardo answer the fun questions I ask all my guests so we get to know more about them.
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About Self/Made on sale 12/05/2018
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144 Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans on RPG based DIE

November 21, 2018

Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans have joined forces to created a dark fantasy about a group of adults in their 40s who must face a horror they barely survived as teen role game players in 1991.

Today on the show writer Kieron Gillen (Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars) and Stephanie Hans (Journey Into Mystery) deconstruct their experience with RPGs and explain why this story is not just a trip down memory lane.

Why does Kieron begin his tale in 1991? What was so pivotal about that year? 

RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons are still thriving in a world filled with elaborate interactive video games and personal device gaming apps. What is the reason for RPGs success among new and long-time players? Kieron and Stephanie share their thoughts.

If Kieron created a soundtrack for DIE, how would he go about doing it?

And what is the band I’m not familiar with, but am now, thanks to Kieron and Stephanie’s mutual love for this metal sensation from Japan?

Kieron also talks about his writing Star Wars for Marvel Comics and what we can expect from his take on Peter Cannon from Dynamite Entertainment coming early next year. 

Both guests answer my fun questions, including Stephanie’s beverage of choice that leaves her free of hangovers the next day and how she is taking control of her birthday celebration this year!


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