Indie creators are some of the most inventive storytellers in comics today, and this week I talk with one of the best up-and-coming talents around: Todd Black! Todd has a Kickstarter project underway for his book Tokyo Blade Detectives #1, and you can support him by going to this link! It’s described this way: Tokyo, 200+ years in the future, nothing is what it was. In a land where guns are outlawed, only the blade can rule! We talk about the series and how it came to be, who the characters are, and what the future might hold for this fascinating comic and for Todd himself! Don’t miss it!
I hope you’re ready for another great double-header week! In Episode 407, everything starts with Trey Walker from Last Stop, a book that is making the jump from webcomic to Nonstop at Scout Comics! The first issue is coming later this month, with the collected edition following in February of 2020! It’s a superhero story that is unlike anything else I’ve read before, so I highly recommend you let your local comics shop know you want a copy!
Then this episode wraps up with my conversation with Martin Pierro from Cosmic Times, a great Florida-based comics company that is supporting a fascinating book called From Blood, which you can support here on Kickstarter. It’s packed full of action and adventure, a fast-moving tale with engaging characters, so I highly recommend you support this project today! After all, you only have until late on November 19 to make sure this book becomes available for readers like you and me! This project also might impact on how Cosmic Times moves forward, so be sure to support this excellent comics company! Martin always has terrific insights into the comics industry, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy what he has to say!
It’s another great crowdfunding episode this week, #402! First up is Travis Horseman, who’s collecting his terrific series of graphic novels called Amiculus: A Secret History into a special edition, complete with a new story. We discuss how he brought this powerful story about the collapse of Western Rome to life, just who the main characters are in this historical tale, and what he has in mind for the future of the character as well as his work! Be sure to support his current Kickstarter project, going on now at this link, and he needs your help to bring this volume to life! For more information about this series, go to his website here. Please note that this project has been cancelled since this interview was recorded! Look for more coming from Travis in the near future!
Then everything wraps up with the return of Gilbert Deltrez, creator of several Indie comics I’ve really enjoyed, including Under the Flesh and Lair. He’s got a new series on Indiegogo called Galactic Rodents of Mayhem, which is described as “an off the rails, edge-of-your-seat, deep space sci-fi adventure, featuring your soon-to-be FUR-AVORITE capybara bounty hunters!” We talk about how he’s brought this tale to be as well as what we might expect from him in the months ahead. To support this project, go to Indiegogo at this link today!
It’s a special episode, so it’s time for a great conversation! In Episode 400, I talk with David Pepose, the writer of Going to the Chapel and Spencer and Locke, two wonderful comics you can order through your local comics shop! During this discussion, we talk about the fourth chapter of Spencer & Locke 2, which blew me away, then move on to his latest hit series, Going to the Chapel, which is described this way: “Get ready to say yes to distress in GOING TO THE CHAPEL, an insanely action-packed romantic comedy from Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose (Spencer & Locke) and rising star artist Gavin Guidry (The Death Defying) at Action Lab: Danger Zone. Emily Anderson’s big day was the wedding from hell — and that was before the bank robbers showed up. What do a conflicted bride, her dysfunctional family, a gang of Elvis-themed crooks, and one relentless sheriff have in common? They’re all about to discover love is the ultimate hostage situation. Don’t miss the ultimate date-night comic — fans of Sex Criminals, Jessica Jones, and 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank will say ‘I do’ to GOING TO THE CHAPEL, available in comic shops and on digital devices September 2019!” We discuss how the book came to be, how fans are enjoying this take on the rom-com genre, and what else this up-and-coming comics creator has in store for us in the coming months! Check out Stacey Baugher’s review of the first issue of Going to the Chapel at this link! Don’t miss it!
Episode 398 is a very special one as I interview high-power comics creators! Things kick off with the great team of creators on Cat & Mouse #2, a comics miniseries with a second Kickstarter launching this week, on Tuesday, September 10, one you should definitely support! I talk with writer Roland Mann, inker Barb Kaalberg, and artist Alex Gallimore, here’s the location on Kickstarter.com: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rolandmann/cat-and-mouse-2-the-second-of-a-four-issue-mini-series . Be sure to get this fun adventure comic!
Then everything wraps up with my interview with writer Brenton Lengel from Snow White Zombie Apocalypse, an upcoming Scout Comic you can order now at your local comics shop. We discuss how this fascinating one-shot came to be, how you can support the book and help Brenton and his team provide more of this excellent comic, and what else Brenton is up to! It’s described as “a story of deep woods and old magic mixed with a heavy dollop of blood, sex, kung fu and gender politics. Y’know, fairy tales as usual.” Tell your store to order it today so you can be sure to pick it up when it arrives in local comics shops on Wednesday, October 30, just in time for Halloween! For more, go to this link.
Episode 397 features the return of another great guest! Ed Jowett from Shades of Vengeance has The Bug War Volume One as a great Kickstarter project worthy of your support! It’s described this way: An unknown alien race kills the First Contact party, catapulting the space-faring Consortium civilisation to war. Can they win? Be sure to support this terrific project by going here on Kickstarter.com! This Kickstarter has already made its goal, so now is the perfect time to jump on board and make sure more great stories are coming soon, including this book!
Have you already picked up Red Winter #1, which just came out from Scout Comics this week? If not, hurry over to your local comics shop to get your copy! In Episode 393, I talk with writer Michael Gordon about this new miniseries, who the characters are, and just how compelling this comic is! We discuss his other series Transdimensional, which has a Kickstarter going on right now that you can support! Both books are terrific comics stories, so be sure to listen to this episode, then support Michael’s great projects from this up-and-coming comics star!
Bob Salley is back, and he’s talking making comics, working with other creators, Indie books, Kickstarter, and many other facets of the industry! In Episode 392, Bob and I discuss many things about comics, including his projects like Ogre and its follow-up Ogres, Broken Gargoyles, Salvagers, Jasper’s Starlight Tavern, Shelter Division and other things he has coming our way soon, some from Source Point Press and others from Kickstarter! We also talk about the benefits of conventions, among other things! Don’t miss this terrific interview with a high-power comics creator!
One of the very best writer/artists in comics today is back for Episode 390! Phillip Sevy, the creator of Paradox as well as the artist on The Freeze and The House, has a new five-part miniseries coming out from Dark Horse in September called Triage. Phillip wears many of the hats in this engaging and thoughtful book, which we talk about, as well as the wonderful creative choices he made when putting Triage together. To keep up with his future projects coming our way, you can follow him here on Facebook, here on Twitter, and here on Instagram! Don’t miss this fun conversation with a high-octane comics creator! Be sure to tell your local comics shop you want Triage added to your pull list!
In Episode 384, I talk with Ron Randall from Trekker: Battlefields, which you can support by going to this link: trekkerkickstarter.com. It’s the latest in the terrific series of graphic novels and other stories about Mercy St. Clair, a Trekker (bounty hunter) who’s a strong character as well as a great female lead! Ron and I talk about the origins of these comics as well as Molly, Mercy’s significant other, and what you can get in this latest Kickstarter project so very worthy of your support! For more, go to this link!
Welcome to 2019! In Episode 363, you’ll hear my terrific conversation with David F. Walker, a comics creator who has worked on Shaft, Luke Care, Nighthawk and Occupy Avengers, just to name a few! He’s now taken on The Life of Frederick Douglass from Ten Speed Press, a graphic novel due out on Amazon this Tuesday! We discuss the importance of Douglass’ influence today and during his life as well as how this gripping book came to be! Walker also talks about some of his upcoming projects, all of which are not to be missed! I’m sure you’ll enjoy what he has to say as we kick off a brand new year!
Happy New Year! It’s time for another special week at the Wayne’s Comics Podcast! Get ready to support another terrific Indie comic—Man in the Mask by Mike W. Belcher! The first trade of this series is available to order through Mike’s website at this link, and he has more great character/action stories to come, as we discuss! You can follow him at his Facebook page here!
Ben Rankel is the creator of a fascinating graphic novel from Renegade Arts Entertainment called Frank, and I highly recommend you get it at this link. Ben is both the writer and artist of the book, so we discuss in Episode 359 how he brought Frank to life, who the characters are, what actual historical event this graphic novel is based on, and what we can expect from him in the future! It’s a great interview with a creator I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from soon, so don’t miss this interview!
It’s great to discover a high-power storyteller when you go to a comic convention, and one of the most recent “finds” for me has been Chris Charlton, scripter of many wonderful tales including Black of Heart, Binary Gray, The Dolls, and Open Tree, just to name a few! I enjoy variety, and his writing sparkles and surprises every time I read it. I met him in person at this year’s Cincinnati Comic Expo, and I picked up the hardcover version of Black of Heart, a book I very highly recommend! We discuss that book and his other works, all of which I enjoyed tremendously! To access his stories, go to his website at this link. Don’t miss this entertaining chat with an excellent comics creator I hope we hear much more from in the days ahead!
I enjoy variety, which is why I’m talking with Lynsey G. from Oneshi Press during Episode 355! She’s one of the driving forces behind that company, and she also writes two of the series’ in their Oneshi Press Quarterly Anthology series. Right now, she has a Kickstarter project going on for Tracy Queen Volume 1, which deserves your support! We discuss how they put the anthology book together as well as how Tracy Queen came into existence, among other things! For more on Oneshi Press, go to their website here. Don’t miss this fun chat with a rising star in Indie comics!