It’s always nice to be wanted. Even if the people wanting you are evil scientists. OK, maybe that’s not the best situation to be in but sometimes you have to take what you can get.
I’m just going to let the comic pitch speak for itself here, because I can’t do any better: What if Conan the Barbarian was forced to reclass as a wizard? And if that doesn’t hook you then I have no idea what will.
You know who might though? Les Julian. Which is a good thing since he literally wrote the book. What book is that you might ask? Savage Wizard, which you can get on Kickstarter right now. And you should. So get on that.
I’m not going to dance around it. This is a story that needs to be told right now. In so many ways the world is going to shit. And sadly part of that seems to be comic characters being twisted in the minds of people in ways that fit the exact opposite of what the character actually represents.
I can’t think of anyone better to have written this story and to talk about it than Jay Edidin. Listen in as we talk about the wild ride that the Captain America story from Marvel’s new Marvel Unlimited exclusive Infinity Comics line took to come into existence.
One of the best things about comics is that they can be about literally anything. Super hero stuff is obviously big. Horror comics were big back in the day. We even had comics that focused on historical events. And of course you can tell basically any kind of story you want to.
Part of telling any story is telling the story of people that more of us should know about. Good thing we have my friend Michiums here to help us take a look at DC’s recent anthology Wonderful Women of the World.
How did I think I was the only one who didn’t read Gilgamesh in school? Somehow I thought I was the only one who missed it. But it turns out that even someone who is making a Gilgamesh comic didn’t have to read it in school. Now that’s just out there.
Good thing we have Cam Kerkau and Kostas Pantoulas here to talk about their Kickstarter comic Gilgamesh Eternal because I need a crash course in the subject.
Imagine a world where you couldn’t feel. No, for real, feeling will get you killed. And not just feeling hate or feeling love or any other specific emotion. All of them. Nothing is safe.
Good thing we have Peter Milligan here to help up navigate through this strange existence. Listen in as we talk about his new book from Vault Comics, Human Remains.
The best thing about public domain IP is that you can do whatever you want with it. Like, oh I don’t know, taking the Wizard of Oz and making it a war story. After all, you did kind of have Dorothy coming in and killing people. That’s not exactly a nice move.
If only I knew someone who has done exactly that….. How about David Pepose? Yeah that would be good. So it’s a good thing that who you get to listen to in this episode.
And just a warning, we recorded this episode before the Kickstarter campaign for The OZ went public. And it kind of exploded a little bit. In a good way.
First impressions are a powerful thing, especially on the internet since we’re constantly blasted with so much information that it’s really easy to see a thing flash before our eyes and never see it again.
That’s why when I saw that Band of Bards was a new comic publisher with a focus on diversity I knew I had to hurry up and ask them to be on the show before I had a brain fart and forgot. Thankfully, Tim Stolinski was able to come on and let us know a bit about the company and their current Kickstarter campaign for Final Gamble.
How many times can I say that I’m a sucker for people promoting their own stuff? The Kickstarter Hustle is real folks and I respect the Hell out of it.
That’s why we have Jim Ousley back on the show to talk about his newest project The Atonement Bell.
Pets are better than people. Nobody should be shocked to hear that from me. I make it no secret that I love my cats more than basically any human who could ever exist. And that when I’ve lost pets in the past it’s just wrecked me.
So on that happy note listen to Steve Orlando and Steve Foxe come on the show to talk about Rainbow Bridge, the story of a boy’s last adventure with his dog. And if that doesn’t hit you right in the feels then I don’t think you were listening.
This Episode is brought to you in part by AfterShock Comics since they are publishing the book and everything.
Kickstarter is the bane of my existence because so many cool things are rolling through there. It’s a good problem to have I guess.
But Chris Mancini and Fernando Pinto, those two are enablers. Why do they have to be making such a cool sounding comic? Why do they have to be good people on top of that? Why do they make it so easy for me to give them my money?
This Episode is brought to you in part by White Cat Entertainment, both because they created this comic and because they’re just a cool company anyway.
The world just can’t get enough zombies. They’re everywhere. So let’s throw in dating at the same time. Let’s be real here, I’m not sure which is scarier.
Good thing we have Steve Urena here to help sort this stuff out. Listen in as we talk about his newest Kickstarter comic Zombie Date Night, which as of the publishing of this episode is fully funded and has just under 2 weeks left in the campaign for you to get in on the fun.
The best thing about supporting a cool story on Kickstarter is getting to go along for the ride over the course of the story’s lifetime. And that’s what we’re doing here in the first time we’re taking a second look at a Kickstarter storyline.
Tommy Jauregui comes by the show again to talk about the second chapter of his Endless Moons story. And hopefully convinces some of you to back the Endless Moons Kickstarter campaign.
Don’t get me wrong, I love super hero comics. But they’ve been around forever, and with that longevity comes a tie to the past that just can’t be ignored. No matter what anyone does with Superman or Hulk there’s always going to be someone complaining that a bit of the past is being ignored. Even if that piece of the past is deeply rooted in values and ideas that we don’t hold as a society anymore.
Which is one reason why I’m so excited to get to talk to Adam Gorham, artist for The Blue Flame, Vault’s first venture into superhero comics. Listen in as we talk starting a superhero universe and how even I have someone who wants me to draw. Time will tell if that opinion holds up.
This Episode is brought to you in part by Vault Comics since they are publishing the book and everything.
There’s no turning back now, social media is here to stay. And with that comes a new type of interaction with the world and the people who make the pieces of entertainment that help us get through our day.
But what happens behind the scenes and along the way for the people who create these things? Good thing we have Dave Baker here to help shed some light on that with Everyone is Tulip, a comic created with Nicole Goux and published by Dark Horse.
I can’t get into first person shooters. But let’s get it even wider than that, I usually can’t get into shooters at all. They’re just not my genre of choice.
Patrick Hickey Jr. might just change that with his latest book The Minds Behind Shooter Games. I’ll probably never be good at them but after reading the background that Patrick was able to pick up. I might not love the games, but I love hearing about the stories behind how these games came into existence.
This episode is brought to you in part by Lesser Known Comics. Be sure to check out the Lesser Known Comics website for the most up to date news on what they’ve got going on.
When you think of the most iconic characters in the DC Universe then Wonder Woman is definitely up there. Easily one of the most important characters in comics. But with that longevity and popularity comes an interesting problem, a lot of stuff has already been done. So when you can get a fresh take on things it’s always great, and even better when it’s a well done comic.
That’s what we have here with Michael Conrad and Becky Cloonan. Listen in as we talk about the best parts of a limited Future State run, plans for their run on the ongoing Wonder Woman story, and go off on some of the most relevant tangents this show might have ever had.
One of the great things about comics is that there’s a story for everyone. A character for everyone. Or there can be, some groups are just more well represented than others. What can you do?
If you’re Joe Glass, you can go write a comic that has been popular enough to spawn a 400+ page omnibus release. I’d say that’s doing a little something to make sure that marginalized portions of the population can get some more and better representation wouldn’t you?
Or you can prove to me that you read show notes by telling me that I have this offer to give away a copy in the show notes and I’ll enter you in a drawing for a free copy. Assuming I can ship it to you without costing me a small fortune, and if that’s the case we’ll work something out.
Comics is a team sport. Unless you’re talking about one of those super talented people who can do everything, but we’re not talking about them right now. We’re looking at a book made by two people who are both good at what they do.
Those people: Eric Grissom and Will Perkins. The book: Goblin. I have both of them here to talk about this wonderful story that you really will have to read. Spoiler alert though: it’s pretty good.
This episode is brought to you by the wonderful patrons of Play Comics. Want to help support the show? Head over to PlayComics.com/Patreon and you too can get early episodes and other special patron only goodies.
Sometimes a dumb idea actually turns into something. You know, like telling your wife that you’re starting a comic publisher. Or not telling her and just kind of doing it until one day neither of you can deny that this is exactly what’s going on.
I’ve never done that. But you know who has? Today’s guest Mark Bernal from Lesser Known Comics. So listen in as I pick his brain about how you can sneaky start a publisher and some of the best parts of doing so as a relative newcomer.
This episode is brought to you in part by Lesser Known Comics. Partly because it just makes too much sense not to do it, and partly because they have a Kickstarter going where you can pick up some print copies of their comics.