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 from 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 Comeback, The Field, The 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.
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!
In this episode of The Comics Alternative, Gene and Derek look at a variety of recent comics. They begin by discussing the first volume of Sheltered (Image), focusing on the story’s concept and its pacing. Next, they look at two recent titles from Vertigo: Dead Boy Detectives and The Royals: Masters of War. Although both guys are excited that the two dead boys are back with a new ongoing series — they first appeared in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman from the 1990s — they’re not sure that the current storyline is clarifying itself. With The Royals, both Derek and Gene are taken by the concept and think the first issue sets up an exciting miniseries. Finally, the Two Guys look at Black Dynamite (IDW). They’re intrigued by the series’ links to the Adult Swim cartoon — which itself is a spinoff of the 2009 Scott Sanders film — but they aren’t sure that the first issue fully establishes its parodic potential. In all, Gene and Derek want to see how the creators discussed in this episode follow up on the promise of their initial stories.
Individually they were just like those guys who like to hang around the comic book shop and talk comics but together they form the Earth’s Mightiest Podcast!
Bring Your Own Book! Alex, Corwin and Viet are joined by the Chris Partin from Comic Addiction.Net to talk about what we’ve been reading (Non Avengers and X-Men that is…).
Love and Rockets- Fantagraphics Books
Sheltered- Valiant Entertainment
Archer and Armstrong- Valiant Entertainment
East of West- Image Comics
Hellboy- Dark Horse Comics
Private Eye – panelsyndicate.com
Ghosted- Image Comics
Lazarus- Image Comics
Infinite Kung Fu- Top Shelf
Artifacts- Image Comics
Fatale- Image Comics
The Wake- Vertigo Comics
Jupiter’s Legacy- Image Comics
Chris is back on the show (for real this time) and is joined by DeWayne and LOTS of comic books ready to be talked about.
The guys talk about LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE #6, THE WALKING DEAD #112, SHELTERED #2, THE SIDEKICK #1, BURN THE ORPHANAGE, YOUNGBLOOD #78, EAST OF WEST #4, THE ACTIVITY #14, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #13, and KOMACON HC.
We have lots of news and books this week. We discuss Quantum & Woody, Six Gun Gorilla, East of West, XO Manowar, Sheltered, Justice League, Breath of Bones, Ballistic, Astro City, Ghosted, True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, Batman, Walking Dead, Daredevil, Hawkeye, Indestructible Hulk, Superman Unchained, Storm Dogs, and Batman 66.
This week on your favourite LIVE comics radio program, we welcome to the Monster Cave: Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas, the creative team behind ‘Sheltered’, a brand new ‘Pre-Apocalyptic’ comic series from Image comics
You’ve seen Ed’s writing on another excellent Image series; The Comeback and you have seen Jonnie’s work on the Ed Brisson written Murderbook webcomic anthology. Tune in LIVE, Wednesday night, July 3rd to listen in on our chat with these two hot creators. Heck, If you have a question for Ed Brisson and/or Johnnie Christmas, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.