Derek is pleased to have Rich Tommaso back on The Comics Alternative. He appeared on the show last year to discuss his new series at the time, She Wolf, but this time he talks about Spy Seal, his intriguing new anthropomorphic espionage series from Image Comics. They begin by chronicling the genesis of the story, a comic that Rich began as a thirteen-year-old, and then discuss the development of the premise and the various choices Rich made in situating his narrative. One way that Rich describes his new series is by paying homage to Hergé’s Tintin, the globetrotting young investigator who always found himself immersed in adventure and intrigue.He also discloses many of the lessons he learned with his previous Image series, both She Wolf and Dark Corridors, his love of genre, and his need to move on — at least momentarily — from psychological horror and crime stories. Derek also asks Rich about his plans for future Spy Seal narrative arcs, the temporal settings of these plots, and the ways in which the uncertainty of creator-0wned series impacts a writer’s storytelling choices.
Once again, it’s a double-header episode again this week, as #293 focuses on two great comics creators! First up is Rich Tomasso, THE creator behind Spy Seal, a fanciful yet realistic spy story that follows the adventures of a seal character who becomes a spy! We discuss how he’s bringing this imaginative title to life with Image Comics, who the characters are in this spy franchise, and what we can expect from him in Spy Seal in the future! For more on this graphic novel series and about Rich, go to this website.
Then everything concludes with the return of Sam Johnson, who updates us on his Geek-Girl comic, among other things! His Kickstarter for the Geek-Girl collected edition has successfully concludedt! Sam also discusses what’s in the future for this most “human” of super-human comics! For more about Geek-Girl, go to this link! You can follow Sam here to keep up with what he’s creating!