One of the best things about comics, especially lately, is the amount of creator diversity we’ve been able to get. So it warms my heart when we can get a collection bringing together a bunch of creators that don’t normally have a chance to get together for this specific reason. And what is that reason?
Well, we’re taking a look at Sensory: Life on the Spectrum with Bex Ollerton to take a look at her book giving creators with Autism a space to share their experiences. And I use her in the loosest sense of the word because a lot of people helped out in making this happen.
Sometimes we have to revisit some things. A blast from the past if you will. There can be so many reasons for this. Maybe there’s unfinished business. Maybe it’s just a fun trip down memory lane. Or maybe there’s something more sinister going on than you even want to think about.
Or it could just be because we previously looked at a title as a Kickstarter book and now we’re looking at it again when it’s with a publisher. So Tyler Ruff might not have any thing sinister up his sleeves in this relook at The Atonement Bell (previously heard about with Jim Ousley on Ep B57). But we can’t really know that without listening to this telling of the tale now, can we?
Hot take here: comics are pretty fun. And one of those fun things is getting new stuff to check out. There’s just something about the teamwork and the combination of words and art and the way they work together that just hits me in all the right ways. I love it. The creators love it. That’s why I end up getting a lot of creators on this show.
But there’s the publishing side of things too. So who better to have come on the show than Patrick Hickey Jr to give us an insight into the publishing side of the comics world? And to give us a peek at what Legacy Comix has coming out for their fall slate of releases? Seriously, look at these!
Alright no jokes with this one at all. I was looking through Previews one month and there’s this cover just staring at me. Barbaric. Such a simple name. Such an enticing cover. What’s not to love? You know, unless you hate cool looking comics and/or getting in at the start of the story of something like this.
Enter Michael Moreci, writer of Barbaric, coming to talk about his wonderful series. Especially this second arc, Axe to Grind. I’ll be perfectly honest with you about this one in saying that I can’t over sell it because this thing is soooooooooooooooo good. The comic, not this episode. I don’t deserve as many O’s as the comic does. While you’re checking things out, head over to the Wasted Space Kickstarter campaign as well.
Aren’t grandma’s cool? At least stereotypically they take care of you and make you cookies and I’ve even heard some parents will legit get mad that grandma’s aren’t spoiling those grandkids.
And now forget about all of that because Allen Dunford and Will Radford and here to destroy all of those happy memories. Listen in as we take a look at their latest comic adventure, Grandma Chainsaw, and the Kickstarter campaign that can bring this wonderful conversation piece into your home.
The Covid Times sure have brought us some interesting stories. But a lot of them that I’ve seen are focused on the transition to before to during. What happens in the way WAAAAAY after?
That’s where Dennis Hopeless comes enters the chat. Listen in as we take a look at his beautifully put together book Heart Eyes.
Those of us who have cats know that they come with built in weapons. Finger knives, teeth, that sort of thing. But what if they had, oh I don’t know, swords?
Listen in as Tony Giammarino comes to talk to use about Maggie the Cat Who Fights Demons which is about just that sort of thing. Oh yeah, and they’re from space.
Sometimes things are just too magical for only a single visit. Like trips to Hell. Or demon rabbits. Or girls playing with knives.
Or, you know, talking to Allen Dunford about Pocus Hokus. That’s why he’s back to talk about Issue 4, which you can back now on Kickstarter.
You ever sit around noticing people’s bags and wonder what’s inside them? Turn your head to take a look even? Maybe even push them open a bit with your foot.
Of course not, me either. But I certainly haven’t seen anything too weird while I wasn’t looking in there. Definitely not a human head collection. Who would even think of a thing like that? Lesly Julien would. And he’d tell you about it too, like maybe in a comic called Head Cases where you get to see the heads as well.
It’s the end of the world and there’s nothing better to do than to read some comics about the end of the world in many different interpretations of the phrase. Somehow it’s exactly what I need right now.
Listen in as Gary Proudley comes to talk about the editing side and writing side of putting the anthology Producing the End of the World together, and lightly threatens me with Australian wildlife.
The future is scary. It seems it’s always been scary. Remember when we would see dates like 20XX and know it was a stand in for some far off time when the world would be a totally different place? Yep those days are long gone. Heck it’s the year 20XX right now!
Enter Josh Adams, artist behind the Godfoe Universe series soon to be published by legacy Comix. Listen in as we take a look behind the scenes of this new comic universe that should have you pretty excited. Or scared out of your mind. Definitely one of those two.
You can make the best comic in the world, but people won’t read it unless it gets published. And even if it gets published people need to know about it. So how does that happen? And what What all happens behind the scenes to help make your book a success?
Listen in as we hear from David Dissanayake, director of sales and marketing at Vault Comics, as he lets us in on some of the secrets from way too long ago when I actually recorded this.
Editor’s Note: Chris sat on this episode for way too long. It’s embarrassing how long actually. But it’s still good so you still get to hear it.
Some people are just good at writing stories. Like really good. Those are the kinds of people I want to pick the brains of. Or in the case of horror writers, maybe steal the brains of and see if I can get those brains to do some work for me.
This time we have Cullen Bunn, one of the current masters (in my opinion) of writing for comics. Listen in as we see part of his process and how he got to be where he is today.
Be sure to visit Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men to see how you can help support people effected by Florida’s recent passing of HB1557, commonly known as the “don’t say gay” bill.
If you find yourself in need of grief counseling, give Tawny Platis at Death is Hilarious a visit.
Internet people like their cats, there’s no doubt about that. So of course cats get put into their creative projects as well. Which makes it really fun when you get to mix cats with witches and wizards and card games. Especially when the real life cats decide that those silly humans need some feline help making sure everything comes out just right.
Sword adventures are always cool. Especially when you actually get character development stuff with it and great art and a wonderfully written story and looks let’s face it we’re looking at a cool comic today that you can still catch relatively early and I’m just excited to get to share it with y’all.
Good thing we have Zoe Tunnell, writer of Blade Maidens, to help calm me down. Except that’s a big lie because she’s super excited to tell y’all about it as well. So yeah, this is going to be fun.
We all know the basic story. Kid has troubled relationship with father. Kid wants to win father’s approval. Kid sells soul to a demon in order to get the ability to impress said father. Sometimes the fun isn’t in figuring out where the story is going, it’s in figuring out how the story is going to get there.
That’s why we have Allen Dunford here to help take a look at this Faustian tale of woe, promises, and what it takes to twist a deal to be in your favor no matter what. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out the Kickstarter page for Pocus Hocus #3 and get in on the fun for yourself.
Some of my favorite stories are the ones where I’m plopped into a new world and have to figure things out with the characters. Ones where you’re not spoon fed all the information and get exposition that makes sense or have it outside of the story itself (ie footnotes or something). And putting it with a story about extended wars from other worlds and people trying to escape so their family doesn’t get caught up in it without an escape? Yeah go ahead and sign me up for that.
Erica Schultz has that part of writing down. Which is really good because it means I can get lost in the story of Forgotten Home and not distracted by stupid exposition that you know wouldn’t actually happen in real life. Plus, and I say this totally seriously, possibly some of the best advice I’ve been given yet about how to get into comics.
Quick, what’s the most important part of a comic? Trick question, because everything is important and this wouldn’t be the art form that we love if it all wasn’t there.
We’ve got Taylor Esposito here to let us in on some of that sweet sweet behind the scenes stuff that people don’t always get to know about.
One of the best things about comics is that things can sit in the background for years before they become important. Maybe it’s just a throwaway line about an adventure some characters had. Maybe it’s something as silly as a character not liking carrots and then 10 years later it’s the crux of a story line. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s taking a character that’s been kind of stuck in the shadows and putting them in a position not only to get some of the spotlight, but also to bring other things out into the light that quit frankly should have been there a long time ago.
Now I’m not saying that if Stephanie Williams was just writing about Nubia’s dislike of a certain root vegetable she wouldn’t be on the show. But she’s taking Nubia and putting her in the center of a mini series called Nubia and the Amazons and making it about so much more than the character that happens to have a name in the title. And I don’t think I’m overselling it when I say that this series is really, really good.
What’s Christmas without a little violence? No not the present throwing kind, I’m talking about full on Robot vs Santa showdowns with al the trimmings.
If you’re like me, you don’t want to experience it any other way now, and that’s why we have Steve Urena and Misty Graves here to tell us about X-Maschina, a comic set in way too close future about what happens when Santa has to fight robots and if that isn’t enough to get you excited then we need to have a talk.
Be sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign for X-Maschina.