Demonic possessions are nothing new. But I still get hooked every time one of those stories comes up. The Exorcist was the first movie that really bothered me when I watched it. The Exorcism of Emily Rose was a birthday tradition for a while. There’s just something about how people deal with those creatures that always grabs my interest. Maybe it’s the struggle between keeping hold of yourself while dealing with an entity that’s much stronger than you. Maybe it’s because a religious upbringing tried to teach me that monsters aren’t real, but demons and stuff like that are. But who are we kidding, monsters are totally real.

What else is real is the talent of David Pepose and Alex Cormack. So you can imagine my excitement when David agreed to come talk about The Devil That Wears My Face, a book from Mad Cave all about a demonic possession in 1740s Europe. Listen in as we try to get to the heart of how someone so nice can write something so scary. Or maybe I should say the heart cavity……Continue Reading

I’ve decided that I just really like fantasy stories. I’ve decided that a lot in the past, and I’m deciding it again right now. There’s just something about a writer being able to ignore all of what’s actually possible in this world and yet still having to make something that’s internally consistent with the story that they want to tell. Something about an artist being able to make characters that just couldn’t happen here in anyway, be it through crazy anatomy that just doesn’t play nicely with Earthly physics or the fact that if an alligator was really on a team with a rabbit one of them would get eaten pretty quickly and we all know which one that would be.

Let’s scratch just about all of those itches at once with an episode where I talk to Grant Stoye about his Kickstarter series, and also upcoming Scout Comics book Sidequest! Listen in as we get to some of the hows and whys behind this wonderful story and try to figure out how Chris didn’t know about it sooner.Continue Reading

Some of the most important things I have right now are things that I’ve always had. Mostly my stuffed Snoopy that I’ve had since I was little. And while having him to hold on to has helped in a lot of situations, what if he was actually able to physically fight off demons and monsters?

Listen in as Tayson Martindale comes to talk about his comic The Keepsakers, a story that explores that exact theme of your childhood friends actually being some of your biggest protectors. (Hopefully) Coming to a comic store near you March 29th and brought to you by Invader Comics.Continue Reading

What is it that makes a comic connect with an audience? Is it the writing? The art? The characters? Nope, but also yes….? It’s the passion behind it. And that passion certainly comes across in everything else but you can have the best writer and artist in the world using the most popular characters and have things fall flat if they’re just going through the motions.

Today we’re talking about Ravage with Eli Powell. He certainly has the passion for this story and I’m really excited to get my hands on a physical copy of this one. Be sure to check out the Ravage Kickstarter Campaign so you can get your hands on one as well.

And a big thanks to Mike over at Invader Comics for helping to set this one up.Continue Reading

In the cold dark reaches of space nobody can hear you scream. Or something like that. Look, I’ve never been to space so I can’t know for sure. But I know that if I went to space I’d be lonely without my Kayleigh and that would suck so I’m not sure if I want to even think about that.

But Elyse Russell on the other hand, all about mixing up sci fi and romance in ways that I wouldn’t be able to pull off. Which is great because she’s helping to put together Amongst the Stars so I can read it and let her do all the work to put it together.Continue Reading

Pocus is still in Hell. He’s got Emily. He’s got Horrus. He’s got problems. And what can he do about it?

I have no idea, and to be perfectly honest I’m not sure that Allen Dunford does either. But it’s his job (along with Will Radford who sadly couldn’t be in this episode) to make the story happen. Which is good because they’re a lot better at it than I would be.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.

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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.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.

Listen in as Lydia and David Sherrer join the show to talk about their Kickstarter game Cat Magic, based off of Lydia’s Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus series of books.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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.Continue Reading