In Episode 445 this week, Wayne talks with Indie creator Todd Kelley from Project Titans, an engrossing anime-style comic described this way: “The Son of Jecht has been looking forward to this day his entire life. The day of sixteenth birthday. The day that he ascends and his true name is finally revealed. But before he can reach his goal, he must survive The Night of The Nameless. Follow along as he meets his first Titans, deals with the fact that he may never see home again, and does battle with The Shade!” We talk about how Todd put this series together, the value of conventions and how much we hope they come back soon, and what he coming for us fans in the near future! Be sure to listen to this fun chat with an up-and-coming Indie pro about his excellent comics!
Time for another great Kickstarter doubleheader this week in Episode 444! It all starts with the return of Russell Brettholtz from Side-Kicked, who has a Kickstarter underway to support #6 of this excellent series! The issue is described this way: “The sidekick strike is over. Can the heroes & sidekicks learn to work together when an alien invasion threatens their peace?” We discuss the series, how Russell has kept the characters growing, and what we can expect in the months ahead!
Then everything wraps up with my fun chat with Rob Stanley from The Bite of Brenna Barlow! His Kickstarter has already met its funding goal, but stretch goals are on the way! His book is described as: “The heartwarming tale of a telepathic blind vampire and her sarcastic dachshund.” Be sure to support this terrific project after you listen to this episode!
I love to talk with creative science-fiction writers, so this week in Episode 443, I welcome Jonathan Thompson, who shares some of his excellent stories on his website, SpaceStationZed. Jonathan has an anthology book coming called Tales from the Dead Astronaut, which we discuss and I highly recommend! You can also delve into Multi-dimensional Time Box, The End of Times, and Seek/Repair, so I suggest you head to his website after listening to our fun conversation!
In Episode 442 this week, I talk with Indie creator Brian Menard from Dojo Kun Comics about several of his company’s creative offerings! For instance, we discuss I Am Become Death #1, Siamese #1, and Toro Tales #1, all with great stories and art that, as their website says, “endeavor to entertain you.” We delve into the various characters and stories, including how they came to be, what Brian and his group have coming soon, and even hint at some big developments in the works! Not only that, Brian is fun to talk with, so be sure to listen to this great chat with an Indie pro about his company’s excellent comics!
I enjoy variety, which is why I’m talking with Lynsey G. and Jayel Draco from Oneshi Press during Episode 441! These two are the co-founders and driving forces behind that company, and right now, they have a Kickstarter project underway supporting Mr. Guy: Zombie Hunter and the 10th edition of their Oneshi Press Anthology series. We discuss how they put the anthology book together as well as how Mr. Guy came into existence, among other things! For more on Oneshi Press, go to their website here. Don’t miss this fun chat with these rising stars in Indie comics!
Ready for a fun interview? In Episode 439, I talk with Ryan Cummins and Jason Webb from Skeletal Press as we discuss several of their comics, including Rumble Kings, Millennium: Once in a Lifetime Heroes, Heavy, and Rayna, The Bastard Queen. We delve into the various series, how they came to be, who the characters are, and what we might expect from this up-and-coming comics company in the near future! Rumble Kings is described this way: “A group of exiled soldiers travel through an alternate futuristic dystopia as they sell their violent skills to the highest bidders.” Here’s how Millennium is described: “A group of unlikely heroes come together in an alternate post-WW2 New York City to battle a returning evil bent on global destruction.” To order many of these great comics, go to this link on their website or check them out here on comiXology!
It’s time for Episode 438, so you’ll hear my fun conversation with creator David Whalen from The Offspring and Evolution: Utero, two excellent and unique Indie comics! We delve into both books with David, who discusses the various characters and storylines in them. The Offspring is described this way: “Three friends coming to terms with their shared troubled past and emerging strange new powers investigate the sudden widespread disappearance of children all over the country.” Here’s how Evolution: Utero is described: “Life since becoming an adult has been filled with one bad decision after another for Jenny Anaba, but an unexpected pregnancy that comes with the development of a super-powered fetus inside her body quickly changes her life in ways she could never have imagined.” To order The Offspring, go to this link on Amazon.com! Then, to get Evolution: Utero, go here.
Time for another great doubleheader this week in Episode 437! It all starts with a great conversation with Rich Davis from the gripping new horror title, The Cult of Dracula from Second Sight Publishing. The book is described this way: “The story re-imagines the classic Dracula myth within the confines of a Manson Family inspired cult. It’s witchy. It’s wyrd. It’s Helter Skelter within a hippie cult dedicated to an ancient blood goddess. You may know Bram Stoker’s genre defining classic by heart, but you have no idea where Cult of Dracula will take you! It explores vampire the mythologies of many different cultures from all around the world and throughout human history. The book is as much about pagan cults, the occult and pagan culture as it is about vampires.” We discuss the series, how you can access it, and what we can expect in the months ahead!
Then everything wraps up with the return of Tyler Chin-Tanner from A Wave Blue World! He has a Kickstarter happening right now to support Maybe Someday, a positive new anthology, so we talk about how this collection was created, who some of the talented people behind the stories are, and what Tyler has coming! Here’s how Maybe Someday is described: “MAYBE SOMEDAY: STORIES OF PROMISE, VISIONS OF HOPE is a full-color anthology featuring over 25 inspiring stories about a brighter future. It is also the sequel to the New York Times-featured and Ringo Award Nominated anthology, ALL WE EVER WANTED.” Be sure to support this terrific project after you listen to this episode!
This week in Episode 436, you’ll hear my fun conversation with creator Matt Schorr from Moby Dick: Back from the Deep! This gripping webcomic is headed to print, and you can support it (now including the third issue) on Kickstarter at this link! Here’s the book’s description: “In 1851, Herman Melville published an account of a white whale that rampaged through the high seas. The beast, known as Moby Dick, destroyed numerous boats and cost many sailors their lives. The end of Melville’s account saw Moby Dick disappearing into the ocean. Today, the whale is back! Moby Dick: Back from the Deep tells the story of the legendary white whale reappearing in modern times and wreaking havoc on the waterways near an unsuspecting beachfront community.” We discuss how the series came to be, who the characters are, and what Matt and the rest of his creative team (including artist Joe Bilicic from Brave New Garage Studio) have in store for us as this story concludes in issue #5. They’ve already reached their goal, and now great stretch goals are available, so be sure to back this project after you listen to this interview!
It’s another great Kickstarter doubleheader this week in Episode 435! We start things off with a fun conversation with Barb Kaalberg from the fascinating comic Divinity from Silverline Comics. There’s a Kickstarter underway for this debut issue, which is described this way: “Eleven year old Divinity Gray’s life changes forever after the suspicious death of her parents. Marine Sgt. Zach Gray, the older brother she barely knows, becomes her guardian, but when he discovers Divinity’s mysterious healing powers, their lives take a dangerous turn. With the help of a few friends, Zach and Divinity must go on the run to keep Divinity–and her powers–out of the hands of an evil cabal.” We talk about the series, why this comic shows that Barb is more than just a terrific inker, and what she has in store for us in the months ahead! We also touch on the other book included in this Kickstarter, which is Twilight Grimm #1, so be sure to support this great pairing today!
Then everything concludes with my great conversation with Jonathan Hedrick from Freakshow Princess and Capable! Jonathan has a Kickstarter happening right now to support issues #1 and #2 of Capable, so we talk about how these books were created, who the characters are, and what Jonathan has coming, including a just-announced series from Scout Comics called Recount! Here’s how Capable is described: “Derik Davidson is just your average high school kid. He’s shy, awkward, bullied, and he happens to use a wheelchair. But suddenly Derik’s world turns upside down when he wakes up with the power of super speed! What will Derik do with this new power and who else has become super capable?” Be sure to support this high-power project as soon as you listen to this episode!
In Episode 434 this week, I talk with creator Philip Kosloski from Voyage Comics about two of his current series’: Finnian and the Seven Mountains and The Mission of Joan of Arc. The books from his company are described as “faith-filled stories that captivate, inspire, and entertain.” We discuss how both series’ came to be, explore the characters in them, and find out what we can expect from Philip in the months ahead! Here’s more about that first series: “Seeking to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of Viking marauders, a young man named Finnian leaves his monastic school in Ireland to find a legendary sword rumored to have the extraordinary power to defeat evil.” Then the second is described this way: “At age 18, Joan led the French armies into battle. She was a peasant girl who couldn’t even read, let alone fight a war. To save France from the English, she was going to need divine intervention. The heavens answered her.” You can order these books and more at this link, and I highly recommend them both!
It’s another great doubleheader this week in Episode 433! We start things off with a great conversation with Sean McArdle from the excellent comic The Furher and the Tramp from Source Point Press. The first issue has been released, with more to come! Here’s the book’s description: “Charlie Chaplin – comic, filmmaker, and raconteur didn’t become the world’s biggest star by courting controversy, but when he comes face-to-face with the horrors of Hitler, he feels compelled to get off the sidelines and get involved. And then Charlie is approached by FDR himself with a special assignment. His mission, if he chooses to accept it: create a propaganda film to drum up public support for joining the war in Europe!” We talk about the series, which I highly recommend, including the characters, the surprises, and what Sean has in store for us in the months ahead! Be sure to let your LCS know you want this title!
Then everything concludes with my fun conversation with Ryan Magnon and Curtis Andersen from Alter Nation and Panda Mony! Comics and toys have long worked together to tickle the imaginations of children of all ages, so we talk about their creative franchise Alter Nation. Here’s how the comic is described: “Off the coast of California, at a secluded naval base on San Nicolas Island, a special forces team was created in a top secret government experiment. It’s objective: create the perfect soldier by blending human and animal genetic abilities.” We talk about the comics included with each action figure as well as the Dark Horse book written by Tim Seeley, then look ahead to what we can expect from these high-power creators in the months ahead. Your LCS can order these books and toys, so let them know you want them! Be sure to check out the website listed above for videos and much more! Special thanks to Jeremy Bonds for making this interview happen!
It’s another big Kickstarter doubleheader this week in Episode 432! Everything kicks off with my fun interview with Gerald J. Jones from Driver.Eight! The first issue is being supported right now on Kickstarter, and here’s the description: “A near-future science fiction story taking you beyond the edge of reality itself.” We talk about the series, which I find very insightful and fascinating, including the characters, the surprises, and what Gerald has planned for the future! To support this debut issue, go to this link today!
Then everything wraps up with the return of Michael Gordon from Red Winter! The latest chapter in this high-drama crime noir series is coming, and it’s called Red Winter: Fallout #1! Here’s the book’s description: “Following a gang massacre at the Moscow Oil Refinery, the son of a disgraced former NYPD detective scrambles to escape the city alive!” We talk about how the first miniseries ended, then look ahead to what Michael and his creative team have in store for us in the coming months. To back this new book, go to this link today! To read my review of the first issue of the initial miniseries, go here!
It’s a superheroic doubleheader week in Episode 431! First up is the return of Caleb Thusat, one of the main driving forces behind Alter Life, Zed and now Nook. He’s got a new children’s book on Kickstarter right now called Supercats Halloween! Here’s the series’ quick description: “It’s Halloween, and the Bad Dogs are tearing up the town dressed as Superhero Cats! A cute, clever story of self-worth and friendship.” This latest Kickstarter is closing in on its goal, so now is the time to get onboard! I recommend you go to Kickstarter at this link after you listen to our discussion!
Then everything wraps up with Louis Southard making his podcast debut as he talks about his great series Villains Seeking Hero, available from Action Lab: Danger Zone. This is Louis’ first comic, and he’s starting off with a bang! Here’s the book’s description: “Drowning in his own professional downward spiral, the veteran super-villain known as Master Molecule has been forced to become the leader of a new team of heinous criminals. In his shadow now lurks the powerful yet eccentric Spirit King and the mute force majeure Nite-Man. As the three coworkers learn to live with each other, they must also deal with whatever else their dangerous and bombastic world of costumed crusaders throws in their direction.” The printed version will be available once things resolve with the current pandemic, but you don’t have to wait to read this great series! The first eight issues are now available on comiXology at this link. I highly recommend this excellent take on superheroes and villains, so be sure to catch it today!
In Episode 430 this week, we explore The Devil Within, a horror comic from writer Dan Walters that is the scariest book I’ve read in a long, long time! Here’s how the series is described: “The Devil Within is a 6-issue comic book series that follows Adam and his two friends, Hex (Hector) and Des (Desirée), through a life-changing supernatural event.” Dan discusses the book, including the characters, the Demon, and what we can expect from him and artist Henry Ponciano in the months ahead! The third issue has just hit comiXology, where you can also get the first two books in this series! Be sure to check out their website as well, where you can buy paper copies and other great merch! Don’t miss this fun conversation with a creator who will be scaring up a lot more attention soon!