I was really discouraged when Toys R Us went bankrupt not long ago. Yes, I did enjoy buying toys and figures and such there for years, but what really hit me was that comics like those from Alterna were reaching customers there.
Now, that was over.
I’ve recently been reading from several sources about another company, GameStop, and their experiment with selling DC and Marvel comics in a limited number of their stores.
It’s the return of Johnathan Lewis this week in Episode 353, and it’s always great to chat with him about the projects he’s working on! We start out discussing Kazuki and the Death Stalkers, a Kickstarter project that has met its goal as of this posting, but has excellent stretch goals for you to get involved with before it concludes on Sunday, November 4, at 10:06 p.m. “You don’t always know when the end is coming, but she does, thanks to them.” Then we discuss Lobo: Dauntless, a great book Johnathan has been working with other creators on. It’s a great action-oriented tale I really enjoyed reading! To access this and other creations Johnathan has brought to life, go to this link today!
This week in Episode 352, I talk with Andrew Rowland, the creator of a great series called Melchizedek: Origins, the beginning of that franchise. Andrew’s taking on an interesting challenge by mixing comics with Christian spirituality, which I really enjoyed. Usually comics deal with devils and demons and such, so it’s nice to see a different side of spiritual life on display. I met him and discovered his comic at this year’s Cincinnati Comic Expo, and we talk about what cons he’ll attend in the future as well as what’s coming next from this rising comics creator. To keep up with Andrew or to buy any of his books, go to his Facebook page or his xp-comics website! Don’t miss it!
This year’s New York Comic-Con was a little different from recent NYCC’s! Since DC Comics only had a few great talented folks the press could chat with, that meant I didn’t get the chance to speak with them! Instead, I took the opportunity to interview other creators at the con. First up was George Mann from the excellent Titan Comics mystery book Newbury and Hobbes, which recently released their second issue! Then came Omar Mirza from the great Indie book Zindan, a great comic that was diverse as well as professionally done! Then everything wrapped up with my discussion with Joseph Illidge, executive editor at Valiant Entertainment, as he talks about the exciting upcoming plans for this high-power comics company! Don’t miss a single minute of these great interviews!
Episode 350 is a special one, and it features my recent interview with high-power comics creator Robert Venditti, who discusses his current run on Hawkman from DC. He’s one of my favorite writers, and he’s working on one of my all-time favorite characters, so it’s a fun discussion! We talk about the various new elements he’s added to this classic character as well as what we can expect from him in the near future! You can keep up with Robert at his website at this link!
Next week, we begin the next 350 episodes, and more!
It’s the return of creator/writer Alexander Banchitta from Fright Comics in Episode 349! This week, you’ll hear my fun interview with him as he talks about his comics series’ Captives and Champions of Earths, then discusses new projects, including the one-shot Hard Tales: 3 Pigs in a Blanket and a new take on the Headless Horseman that I’m sure you’ll enjoy! You should always expect the unexpected from Alex and his artists since they’re masters at throwing curve balls when it comes to fast-paced scripts and believable characters! To buy many of these books, go to his shop on the Fright Comics website! You’ll be glad you did!
This week, I welcome back to the podcast comics creator Gilbert Deltrez from the great Indie comic Under the Flesh. In this episode, #348, we talk about his latest Kickstarter project, which brings the series back from the dead, as it were! We talk about Gil’s interest in the undead, how he brought the creative team together for this revived comic, and what he has in store for us in the near future! Be sure to go to Kickstarter.com and support this worthy project! To keep up with Gil and what he’s working on, follow him on Facebook or go to his comic’s website!
As we continue to gear up for Halloween, Episode 347 features the return of Travis Horseman, one of the main creators behind Amiculus: A Secret History! He’s got a new project we can support in Sugar Creek: A Horror Story! This tale of terror focuses on a small town in Ohio and a cast of like-real-life characters we follow as they encounter a historical and destructive creature. Travis and his team give us a single-issue, complete story, something I really appreciate! To support Sugar Creek, be sure to go to this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/508003706/sugar-creek-a-horror-comic. The Kickstarter is off to a good start, but don’t wait—get behind this excellent comic today! We also catch up on his other ventures, so don’t miss discovering what this great comics creator is up to now!
In Episode 346, we get ready for the upcoming Halloween season as I talk with Alethea Van Holland and Jaxson Joubert, the creators of a wonderful Indie comic called Bad Luck! This fun supernatural tale is perfect for the holiday with witches, incubuses and demons, among other things! We follow the adventures of Ava, a witch who has summoned a familiar who isn’t necessarily happy to serve in that role for her! We discuss how the book has come to be, how they create each issue, and just who these fascinating characters are! To access Bad Luck online, you can go to this link! Don’t miss what these up-and-coming comics creators have to say!
Time for another double-header episode this week! First up is Mark London, a high-power comics creator from Mad Cave Studios. He’s one of the driving forces behind three of that company’s comics, including Battlecats, the upcoming Knights of the Golden Sun, and Midnight Task Force, a sci-fi cyberpunk book that’s a particular favorite of mine! We talk about these passion projects, what Midnight Task Force is about as well as what the future might hold for that series, and what the company is doing to attract quality new comics creators!
Then everything concludes with the return of Frank Martin from Modern Testament. When we recorded this interview, he was fully involved in a Kickstarter campaign for the collected edition. Since this chat took place, the campaign very recently concluded successfully, so what he has to say is still relevant and important for fans of the industry. Since the campaign has ended, you will soon be able to order this volume at this link: https://www.frankthewriter.com/modern-testament.
For the first time ever, in Episode 344 it’s a mystery double-header! First up is Bernie Gonzalez, the creator of Alterna’s new series Midnight Mystery, which you can still order at your local comics shop and is scheduled to arrive on October 31, Halloween! We discuss how Bernie brought the ground-level supernatural book into being, Bernie’s interest in mysteries, and how you can get this book! For more on the series, order it at your local shop (Tell them you want AUG181488 and every following issue added to your subscription!) or check the book’s website here!
Then everything concludes with Cameron Petti, co-creator of the self-published Indie comic Skeleton Bay Detective Agency! Cameron talks about how the series came to be, his successful Kickstarter projects, who the various characters are in this series, the supernatural happenings the Agency will explore, and how you can get this book! For more, check out the comic’s website here! Both of these excellent mystery comics deserve your support, so get into the mysteries today!
It’s another great double-header this week in Episode 343! First up, we talk with several of the creators behind Image’s new series Crowded, which just debuted in your local comics shop this past Wednesday! We discuss how the book came to be, how the various creators work with each other to make this series happen, and how this book couldn’t be more timely! For more on the series, check with your local shop or the Image Comics website here! Check out Robert Mammone’s review of the first issue here at MajorSpoilers.com!
Then everything concludes with the return of Bob Salley, creator of Salvagers and a new fantasy series called Ogre! Bob talks about his movement from sci-fi to fantasy as well as giving us some inside information on the book, including how the concept changed at the very beginning and something you should know about the people in the book! You can order this comic through your local shop, but you need to hurry since the deadline only recently passed. Tell them you want AUG182199 and every following issue added to your subscription! For more, check out this link on Facebook! To read my advance review of Ogre #1, go here on MajorSpoilers.com!
We wrap up our coverage of San Diego Comic Con with two great chats, if you will! First up is Helge Vogt, co-writer and artist on a fascinating book called Alisik, made available in the U.S. by Titan Comics. We talk about the main character, her situation, her friends, and where the book might go from the first two issues! For more on the series, check out the Titan Comics online store!
Then everything wraps up with a news conference with Rick Remender, creator of Deadly Class from Image Comics! A word of warning: Mr. Remender likes what we call explicit language, so be prepared! He discusses how he’s making the upcoming Syfy show as close to the successful comic as possible, among other things! For more, check out the Syfy website!
It’s Episode 341 of the Wayne’s Comics Podcast, and this week we continue our series of episodes featuring interviews from this year’s San Diego Comic Con, which took place from July 19 through the 22nd! First up, you’ll hear my chat with Tom Taylor from Injustice 2, followed by my interview with Dan Jurgens, who is taking on Green Lanterns. After that is Marc Andreyko discussing his new assignment on Supergirl, followed by Nick Derington, who is doing cover work for Mister Miracle and an upcoming Batman project. Next up is creator Magdalene Visaggio discussing Eternity Girl, then Liam Sharp discussing his upcoming Green Lantern with Grant Morrison. Things wrap up with Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti talking about their upcoming Harley Quinn crossover project as well as Batman stories available in many local Walmarts, among other things! Please note that I did have some slight technical trouble, so you might hear a crackle or two, but not often! As always, special thanks to Charlotte Sandler from BH Impact and the folks at DC Comics’ publicity! Next week, even more SDCC interviews! You’ll find the sequence and times you can hear each interview during the podcast below:
Tom Taylor, Injustice 2 1:34
Dan Jurgens, Green Lanterns 8:11
Marc Andreyko, Supergirl 15:34
Nick Derington, Mister Miracle 24:25
Magdalene Visaggio, Eternity Girl 33:26
Liam Sharp, Hal Jordan/Green Lantern 38:18
Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti, Harley Quinn 48:23
It’s Episode 340 of the Wayne’s Comics Podcast, and this week we begin a series of episodes featuring interviews from this year’s San Diego Comic Con, which took place from July 19 through the 22nd! First up, you’ll hear my chat with Paul Dini from DC, followed by my interview with Image Comics’ Blackbird co-creator Sam Humphries. After that is Cecil Castellucci and Marly Zarcone discussing DC’s Shade the Changing Girl, followed by IDW’s John Barber, who talks about the recent news about Marvel and IDW teaming up to reach more younger readers. Next up is legendary creator Steve Orlando discussing DC’s The Unexpected. Things wrap up with Sam Humphries (back again), this time with artist John Timms talking about their upcoming run on DC’s Harley Quinn, among other things! Please note that I did have some slight technical trouble, so you might hear a crackle or two, but not often! As always, special thanks to Charlotte Sandler from BH Impact and the folks at DC Comics’ publicity as well as the people from IDW and Image! Next week, even more SDCC interviews! You’ll find the sequence and times you can hear each interview during the podcast below: