Comics Alternative Interviews: Ed Brisson

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In yet another of the Two Guys’ interview series, Derek is back to talk with one of the hardest working people in comics today, Ed Brisson. The first issue of his and Adam Gorham’s new series, The Violent, will be released tomorrow, and Ed shares with Derek the story behind this new ongoing title ViolentCoverfrom Image Comics. In fact, Ed reveals that the genesis of the narrative actually springs from his earlier webcomic (and later Dark Horse title), Murder Book. The protagonists, Mason and Becky, are a young working class couple with a checkered past trying to escape the drugs and crime that helped to get them where they are today. As Ed describes, their dilemma has very much a “Murder Book feel,” making The Violent an ongoing extension of that story collection. The two also talk about his and Lisandro Estherren’s upcoming four-issue miniseries from BOOM! Studios, The Last Contract, the story of a retired hitman who reluctantly finds himself forced back into the business. Along the way, they also bring in discussions of Ed’s previous series such as ComebackThe FieldThe Mantle, Cluster, and Sheltered. In fact, it’s all that Derek can do to contain a conversation that includes such prodigious output. Ed’s definitely a hard-working writer, but as he makes clear in the interview, he knows how to let loose, have a good time, and then let those experiences inform his art.


Wayne’s Comics Podcast #176 With Ed Brisson, Joelle Jones

Wayne's Comics, Wayne Hall,  Ed Brisson, Joelle Jones, Mantle, Cluster, Sheltered, Murder Book, Lady Killer, Helheim, You Have Killed Me, Dark Horse, Oni Press

It’s a double feature week in Episode 176 of the Wayne’s Comics Podcast, featuring two creators with books that arrived in your local store on Wednesday, May 13!

First up is my interview with Ed Brisson, creator of The Mantle, a great book from Image Comics! We talk about how the series came into being as well as exploring his other creations, including Cluster from BOOM! Studios, Sheltered from Image and his self-published Murder Book, now collected at Dark Horse. Be sure to pick up The Mantle #1 this Wednesday!

Then comes Joelle Jones, co-writer and artist on Dark Horse’s Lady Killer. You can buy the fifth and final issue in this first miniseries this week as well! Joelle has provided artwork for Cullen Bunn’s several Helheim miniseries as well as the Oni Press crime story You Have Killed Me. Don’t miss the concluding issue for Lady Killer this week!


He’s Got Issues #173.3: Independents, 5/6/15


  • Arcadia #1
  • Cluster #4
  • Day Men #7
  • Dead Letters #9
  • Feathers #5
  • Halogen #3 (Of 4)
  • Palmiotti And Brady’s The Big Con Job #3 (Of 4)
  • Regular Show #23


  • Angel And Faith Season 10 #14
  • Baltimore The Cult Of The Red King #1 (Of 5)
  • Neverboy #3 (Of 6)
  • Rat God #4 (Of 5)
  • Witcher Fox Children #2 (Of 5)


  • John Carter Warlord Of Mars #6
  • Masks 2 #2 (Of 8)
  • Swords Of Sorrow #1 (Of 6)
  • Swords Of Sorrow Chaos Special #1 (One Shot)
  • Uncanny Season 2 #2 (Of 6)


  • Orphan Black #3
  • Samurai Jack #19
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutanimals #3 (Of 4)


  • Artifacts Lost Tales #1
  • Descender #3
  • Elephantmen #64
  • God Hates Astronauts #8
  • Jupiter’s Circle #2
  • Minimum Wage So Many Bad Decisions #1 (Of 6)
  • Nailbiter #12
  • No Mercy #2
  • Roche Limit Clandestiny #1
  • Rocket Girl #6
  • Savage Dragon #203
  • Thief Of Thieves #28
  • Wicked + The Divine #10
  • Zero #16


  • Dead Drop #1 (Of 4)
  • Valiant Universe Handbook 2015 Edition #1 (You Tube Channel) (Podcast) (Facebook)



Comics Alternative Episode 124: Reviews of 10 Different Number One Issues

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On this week’s podcast, the Two Guys with PhDs take on a gargantuan task: they review ten different #1 issues from a variety of publishers. First they look at several debuts from Image Comics, including Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins, and Isaac Goodhart’s Postal; Jimmie Robinson’s The Empty; Brian Joines, Jay Faerber, and Ilias Kyriazis’s Secret Identities; and Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and J. Bone’s Sparks Nevada: Marshall on Mars. After those they discuss three new titles from Dark Horse Comics, such as Richard Corben’s Rat God, Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson’s Ei8ht, and Dean Motter’s Mister X: Razed. And then they wrap up with two #1 issues from BOOM! Studios/Archaia — Swifty Lang and Skuds McKinley’s Plunder, and Ed Brisson and Damian Couceiro’s Cluster — and finally Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon’s D4ve from IDW Publishing. Almost all of these new titles are worth checking out, with enthusiastic recommendations going to Cluster, Secret Identities, and especially the clever and comedic D4ve (perhaps the best of the bunch). And while Derek and Andy W. try to focus on the positive, they aren’t overly enamored of Sparks Nevada, a miniseries based off of a Thrilling Adventure Hour performance. In fact, some of the comedy in this first issue seems to rely — and, at times, confusingly so — on sounds, a strategy that doesn’t translate as effectively in comics. But outside of this little bump, this episode presents a smooth and enjoyable trip down the road of recent comicsdom. There’s a lot to digest in the extra-long podcast, so just sit back, relax, listen up, and let the Two Guys do the driving.


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