Comics Alternative Interviews: Back with Kyle Starks

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:25 – Introduction
  • 00:02:44 – Setup of interview
  • 00:03:37 – Interview with Kyle Starks
  • 01:01:47 – Wrap up
  • 01:02:54 – Contact us


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The Two Guys with PhDs are happy to have Kyle Starks back on the show. This time, they talk with him about his new Image Comics series Rock Candy Mountain, the first issue of which comes out next week. In their conversation, the guys ask Kyle about the genesis of this project, his collaboration with Chris Schweizer, the fascination with hobos, and his decision to set the narrative in post-war America. Andy and Derek also spend a good deal of time talking with their guest about the demands of writing and drawing for an ongoing monthly series and how that dynamic might have changed his storytelling style, previously exemplified by the original graphic novels Sexcastle and Kill Them All. Along the way, they discuss his ongoing writing for Rick and Morty, other projects in the works, and possibilities for Kyle’s hobo name.

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Kyle Starks

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Bringing a You to a Me Fight

StarksPortraitOn this interview show, Andy and Derek are happy to talk with Kyle Starks, the man behind the new book from Image, Sexcastle. The guys speak with Kyle about the book’s origins as a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, how it captured the attention of the folks at Image Comics — thanks to Matt Fraction — and the vast support the book has been receiving from the creative community. Sexcastle is an homage to 1980s action movies complete with no-holds-barred fighting, monster trucks, egomaniacal villains, explosions, assassins, nunchucks, as well as a fair share of animals thrown in for good measure (such as a polar bear, a pooping peacock, and an evil cat). It is Sexcastlealso the story of redemption, as the narrative’s protagonist, Shane Sexcastle, attempts to leave behind his past life as a master assassin and find peace as humble florist. The Two Guys also talk with Kyle about his previous Kickstarter campaign, Legend of Ricky Thunder, as well as some of other earlier projects, including Punch CaptainAdventure Wizard, and Butts (all of which you can find through his website, Along the way Kyle also shares his love of HeroesCon, the joys of Mert’s soul food, and his distaste for commentary tracks on DVDs and Blu-ray. It’s a fun interview, filled with thrilling talk that rivals the action found in Sexcastle.