Episode 286 With Jason Bienvenu and Brandon Gary – June 18, 2017

At the recent Comicpalooza convention in Houston, I met both Brandon Gary and Jason Bienvenu, comics creators who work so well together that they have two trades now available! First we talk about Dusk, and then wrap everything up by discussing The Kingdom: Rise of the Ape King! That latter graphic novel has a Kickstarter going on right now for action figures you’ll love, so be sure to join the project before it concludes this Tuesday, June 20, at 9 p.m. at this link! You can keep up with Jason at this link, and follow Brandon at this location!

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Episode 285 With Phillip Sevy – June 11, 2017

I have a great interview with comics creator Phillip Sevy in Episode 285 as we focus mainly on his excellent Indie comic Paradox. This one-shot really caught my attention at the recent Comicpalooza convention in Houston, Texas. Phillip wears nearly all the hats in this engaging and thoughtful book, which we talk about, as well as the wonderful creative choices he made when putting Paradox together. To keep up with his future projects coming our way such as The House, you can follow him here on Facebook, here on Twitter, and here on Instagram! Don’t miss this fun conversation!

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Episode 284 With Richard Rivera – June 4, 2017

It’s always great to interview established comics creators, but up-and-coming talent in the industry can be just as much fun! This week, Richard Rivera, the creator of the Stabbity Bunny independent comic, is back to update us on the Stabbity-verse. FULL DISCLOSURE: I did help with the editing on this comic, but Richard developed the concept, and that’s what drew me in!

Along with Dwayne Biddix, the illustrator, and Liezl Buenaventura, the color artist, Richard has put together an original concept that has attracted new fans far and wide, and hopes to continue to expand its appeal to readers in the months ahead! He also has other new stories to tell that we chat about, so be sure to check out the comic’s website at Stabbitybunny.com! Don’t miss it!

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Episode 283 With David Baron – May 28, 2017

Ready to get Stained? In Episode 283, I talk with David Baron, the creator/scripter of the new series that recently debuted from 451 Media Group. I met David at this year’s Comicpalooza convention in Houston, Texas, and I really love the first issue of his new comic! We explore his interesting career working in the comics industry, what Stained is all about, and what we might find in the future for this engaging sci-fi/mystery series in the coming months. Be sure to let your local shop know you want this comic! For more about David, go to his Twitter link.

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Episode 282 With Michael Heitkemper, Mike Marts – May 21, 2017

It’s a double-header episode again this week, as #282 features my interview with writer Michael Heitkemper, one of the creative forces behind Freedom Fighter from Insane Comics! We go behind the scenes to talk about how this book arrived on shelves, how he and artist A.J. Fulcher work together to make comics, and the fact that this title has many surprises in store for readers! For more on this book and to buy it, go to this link.

Then everything concludes with the return of Mike Marts, who updates us on how AfterShock Comics is doing! We discuss how the company’s first year and a half has been, what the Animosity comics has meant to them, and what comics they have being released now! There’s a lot of great product coming from this comics company, so be sure to check out their titles!

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Episode 281 With Ben Kahn – May 14, 2017

You’re in for a real fun experience this week! In Episode 281, I talk with Ben Kahn, the creator/scripter of Heavenly Blues, coming soon from Scout Comics. I met Ben at this year’s C2E2 convention, and I enjoyed the first two issues from his new comic. We discuss the characters the series centers around, and why he’s completing his MBA. Be sure to let your local shop know you want this comic! For more about Ben, go to this link. Also, to keep up with Bruno Hidalgo, the great artist Ben collaborates with on the comic, be sure to check out his artwork here!

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Episode 280 With Zack Kaplan – May 7, 2017

This week, in Episode 280, I talk with Zack Kaplan, the creator/scripter of a gripping series called Eclipse from Top Cow/Image Comics. I met Zack at this year’s C2E2 convention, and I read Volume One of this fascinating mashup of sci-fi and murder mystery storyline. We discuss how he made this book happen, including teaming up with high-octane artist Giovanni Timpano. We discuss the second story arc, which I hadn’t yet picked up, so Zack gives some teasers for what we’ll see in those issues, including #7, which is due in local shops on Wednesday, May 17! I highly recommend this powerful book! For more about Zack, go to this link. Also, to keep up with Giovanni, be sure to check out his website here!

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Episode 279 With Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani, Daniel Kibblesmith – April 30, 2017

It’s becoming a yearly tradition during Chicago’s C2E2 convention that I get to talk with Valiant’s excellent creators. This year was no exception, and Episode 279 kicks off with my interview with Dinesh Shamdasani, Valiant’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer. We delve into all the fascinating happenings with X-0 Manowar, Harbingers and the upcoming digital presentation Ninjak Versus the Valiant Universe, among other things!

Then everything wraps up with my talk with Daniel Kibblesmith, who’s scripting the upcoming return of Quantum and Woody. He’s also writing the Valiant Digital Firsts miniseries Valiant High now available on Comixology, so we discuss both projects as well as a certain night job he has writing comedy for a well-known late-night TV show you might recognize! Don’t miss these fun conversations!

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Episode 278 With Phillip Kennedy Johnson – April 23, 2017

Have you picked up Smoketown #1 from Scout Comics yet? If not, I highly recommend you do because it’s one of those books I couldn’t put down until I read the final page! This week, in Episode 278, I talk with Phillip Kennedy Johnson, creator and writer of the series. We get into what this series is about, who the characters are and how you can buy issue #1, with issue #2 coming very soon! We also discuss his love of creating things, including comics and music. For more about Smoketown, go to this link at the Scout Comics website. Also, to keep up with Phillip, be sure to check out his website here! Don’t miss this engaging conversation!

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Episode 277 With James Pruett – April 16, 2017

If you enjoy horror, you should be reading Mindbender from Scout Comics! This week, in Episode 277, I talk with James Pruett, creator and writer of the series, who also plays an important role in that comics company’s management. We discuss what this series is about, who the characters are and how you can buy issue #1 soon, with issue #2 not far behind! We get into Scout Comics and his role there as well, then wrap everything up with the fact that both James and I are identical twins, and what that means as far as our interest in comics as well as the rest of our lives. Don’t miss this fun conversation!

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