Andy and Derek are happy to have on the podcast the multifaceted Jim Rugg, whose new printing of Street Angel (created with Brian Maruca) was just released by AdHouse. The guys talk with Jim about the significance of the new printing — a colorful discussion — as well as the book’s protagonist Jesse Sanchez, an “orphan of the streets and skateboarding daughter of justice” who “fights a never ending battle against the forces of evil, nepotism, ninjas, and hunger.” The artist discusses the title’s early days at Slave Labor Graphics as a serial and its final issue as the launching pad for another Rugg/Maruca creation, Alan “Afrodisiac” Driesler, the mysterious, irresistible, smooth dark chocolate brother of the streets who fights to protect his turf and his ladies. And of course, it’s inevitable that the guys get into a discussion of 1970s culture and comics, including kung fu, TV cop shows, blaxploitation films, and Big Jim action figures. Derek and Andy also talk with Jim about his work on other titles, including Supermag (AdHouse), The Plain Janes (DC/Minx), and his art for titles as diverse as The Guild, Adventure Time, and Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever. It’s a fun conversation, one with as much savvy and street smarts as the characters who populate Jim’s stories.
We had the distinct pleasure of talking with Jim Rugg about…almost everything! Here’s a short list of some topics we discussed:
– Podcasting, building a local listenership and being part of a community
– The new back issue market
– Image Comics: Then and now
– 90s comics and the comics renaissance in the early 2000s
– Media influence on comics reading
– Creative challenges and separating creators from their work
– Can Marvel/DC still bring in new/casual readers?
– Webcomics/indie/art comics
– Jim’s previous/current work, creative influences, “This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny“, future shows and, of course, Rob Liefeld
Make sure to check out Jim’s exhibit, This #*?! Isn’t Very Funny, which runs at the ToonSeum from March 29th-May 6th. An opening reception will take place on March 29th from 7pm-9:30pm.
A few weeks ago, Jason and I went to SPACE – the Small Press And Comic Expo – in Columbus, OH. We had a lot of fun and recorded from our table and talked to some awesome people. We split the weekend up into three segments.
In Part 2, we talk with Kurt Dinse (One Year in Indiana) and Jim Rugg (Street Angel).
The Comic Book Pitt is once again alive with activity! Duke and Dang reunite after almost six weeks and there’s a lot to talk about. There is comic book talk and some reviews, but we’ve gone back to a looser, more conversational style like when we first started.
This weeks episode Shawn reviews “World Of Hurt” & “Afrodisiac” and is later joined by Donny as they talk about some movies, the Matinee Idles podcast, books they’ve been reading, G.I. Joe members you may have never heard of, upcoming Marvel & DC comics, and maybe the WORST idea in cartoon history that execs will drool over.