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!
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.
Another great double-header episode this week! Michael Heitkemper talks about the Insane Comics, LLC series Freedom Fighter! Then we catch up with Mike Marts from AfterShock Comics, who updates us on how they’re doing and what’s coming to local shops from them! It’s all in Episode 282!
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!
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!
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 Highnow 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!
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!
It’s a special episode of my Wayne’s Comics Podcast, so I thought for #275 we’d go where this show has never gone before – to talk with the leader of a successful comics convention! I talk with Ben Penrod from Awesome Con about that high-octane event, including how it came to be, what goes on there, and what we might expect from them in the future. He even discusses how it got that name, and why he thinks it’s perfect for the years ahead! Comics conventions are a big part of the comics experience these days, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy what he has to say! For more about Awesome Con, including details about this year’s event, go to their website here, and for more about the other conventions Ben is part of, head to this link.
Do you enjoy great storytelling in as many genres as I do? Then you’ll want to listen to my interview with Frank J. Barbiere, one of the most versatile and prolific writers in comics today! During Episode 274, Frank and I talk about several of his comics, but spend most of our time on Violent Love from Image Comics, his latest! We discuss how the story came to be, what we might expect from the series, as well as some of his other completed works, including Dejah Thoris, Solar Man of the Atom, Black Market, and the return of Five Ghosts! To keep up with Frank and what he’s working on, follow him on Twitter or go to his website!
If you’re looking for a great comic to support, I have an excellent suggestion – The Locksmith! This week, in Episode 273, I talk with creator Terrance Grace about the third issue of this engaging miniseries, and we discuss the Kickstarter supporting this project, which is now underway. We delve into how this comic came to be, how Terrance developed the characters and brought together the creative team working on The Locksmith, and what we might see from them in the future! I highly recommend you go to this link and support this Indie book! While his goal has already been met, he has some stretch goals that you will enjoy receiving, so don’t miss out on backing this superb comics project! To follow Terrance and keep up with what he’s working on, go to his website!
I’m really enjoying a great comic from BOOM! Studios called Death Be Damned! This week, in Episode 272, I talk with one of the writers of the four-issue western/supernatural miniseries, Andrew Miller, about the comic and how Ben Acker, Ben Blacker and he brought this story together, how they worked with BOOM! Studios about bringing it to your local comics shops, and just who several of the important characters are! You also just might get to check out this tale before it hits TV! Keep up with what Andrew is doing by going to his Twitter feed at this link! Don’t miss this great discussion!
Here’s a great comics creator worthy of your support! In Episode 271, I have a great conversation with Frederik Hautain about his new book, The Happy Few. We discuss the title and the book’s story, as well as how he assembled his team to make this graphic novel come to be. The Kickstarter supporting this project is now underway, so I highly recommend you go to this link and support this Indie book! To follow Frederik and keep up with what he’s working on, go here on Twitter!
He’s back, and boy, does he have a lot of great comics to discuss! In Episode 270, it’s the return of Brendan Deneen, who’s now from Scout Comics! Even though they already have a lot of terrific comics, they’re recently added even more, so we have a lot to talk about during our interview! We talk about the transition from Ardden Entertainment to Scout Comics, what the new company is all about, and we delve into many of the terrific books Scout has available, more than I could possibly fit in this paragraph! For more about Scout and their offerings, go to their website here. During our chat, you’ll get the scoop on many of their excellent comics, including Solarman, Solar Flare, Heavenly Blues, Long Lost, Smoketown and others, so I’m sure you going to want to hear what he has to say!