Episode 331 is a very special one as I interview two teams of high-power comics creators! Things kick off with writer Landry Q. Walker and artist Justin Greenwood from Image Comics’ new ongoing series The Last Siege. It’s described as an action-packed, genre-twisting epic, so be sure to pick it up when the first issue arrived in local comics shops on Wednesday, May 30! For more, go to this link.
Then everything wraps up with my interview with the great team of creators on Cat & Mouse, a comics miniseries that has already met its goal on Kickstarter but still needs your support! I talk with writer Roland Mann, artist Dean Zachary, inker Barb Kaalberg, and colorist Kevin Gallegly. Even though they have reached their goal, there were many great Stretch Goals to be had! Don’t miss this fun adventure comic!
This week’s episode features two great interviews with projects you can buy or support this week! First up is Frank Martin from Insane Comics, creator of Modern Testament: Anthology of the Ethereal. Here’s the first volume’s description: “An angel, a demon, and a Horseman of the Apocalypse: these beings, although ancient and iconic, struggle to be understood and find their place in today’s society. Humanity has changed since their creation, and they along with it. But together we’ll chronicle them on their journey through tales of self-worth and purpose. They’re stories of discovery we’re currently writing every day in our very own Modern Testament. 32 pages in FULL COLOR!” There’s a Free Comic Book Day version available for free at this link (digitally only), and the second volume comes out on Monday, June 20, so be sure to go to their website store to get your copy!
Then we wrap things up with a fun chat with Roland Mann and Deonna Herrold, creators of Tiny, which is described as “a comic adaptation of Thumbelina.” We talk about how this two-issue series has come together, including how the two creators met through Roland’s daughter. It’s Deonna’s first comic creation experience, so we discuss what this has been like, including meeting fans at the recent MegaCon in Orlando, Florida. They have a Kickstarter campaign underway, and you can support them by going to this link and helping out!
Remember the ‘90s? Remember gold foil covers and mutants with huge guns and toothpick feet? If so, then perhaps you also remember Malibu Comics, the company that originally served as Image Comics’ publisher. After Image broke off on its own, Marvel bought Malibu, only to shut it down when the comics industry imploded. Roland Mann was an editor at Malibu (on the Ultraverse titles, among others) and has also written a number of comics (including Cat and Mouse). This week Tim talks with Roland about the ‘90s and what he’s been doing since then, including a new comic, Citizens, that he’s working on with Terra Kaiju artist Joe Badon!
Roland Mann has been a writer, an editor, a teacher, a speaker and, most importantly, a comics creator. In episode 181, we chat about his creations, including A Demon’s Tails, focusing on a character he made for Cat & Mouse, and Krey, the story of a barbarian human in a world with humanity and mutants constantly in a state of war. He shares many great stories about his experiences working in this crazy comics industry, but you’ll want to hear what he shares about Malibu being acquired by Marvel a while back! He just might clear up a thing or two about that event!
This was the third and final panel I attended at MegaCon on Saturday, March 22, 2014. It was not a how-to on breaking in to comic book stores or comic book publisher offices, but rather an informative panel of five comic book professionals sharing their stories on how they broke in to the industry and began their careers. During the discussion, they shared tips on how to’s and not do’s for others to get their break in the comic book industry.
Next Episode: MEGACON 2014 PART IV: CAPES, COWLS AND CULTURE: AGES OF HEROES, ERAS OF MEN EXPLORES COMICS CULTURE PANEL!
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