This week, Frank Martin from Insane Comics, creator of Modern Testament: Anthology of the Ethereal, is back to talk about his upcoming Volume 4, the last in the series. Here’s this volume’s description: “Biblical beings, although ancient and iconic, struggle to be understood and find their place in today’s society. Humanity has changed since their creation during the days of antiquity, and they along with it. These tales chronicle them on their journey 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 still a Free Comic Book Day version available for free at this link (digitally only). Go to the Insane Comics website store to buy your copy of Volume 4, and the previous ones, all available for your summer reading!
It’s time to recommend another great comic to support! Right now, go to this link and learn more about Caleb Thusat’s Alter-Life #3 Indie comic! He’s back this week in Episode #288! We discuss Alter-Life‘s fascinating sci-fi concept and his other comics, including ZED! For more about Alter-Life or ZED, be sure to go to this link. You won’t want to miss what this new and rising talent in Indie comics has to say and has coming for us soon!
It’s a double-header episode again this week, as #287 features two Kickstarter projects worthy of your support! First up is Mike Bloom, THE creator behind Italiano, a great, out-there series of graphic novels that will engage you on many levels! We discuss how he’s bringing this imaginative title to fans, who the characters are in this mobster comic, and what we can expect from him in Italiano in the future! For more on this graphic novel series, go to his website here.
Then everything wraps up with Brian L. Hawkins, who talks about both his America’s Kingdom Indie comic and Angelica Reigns from SFC Comics. We discuss how different the U.S. would be if Washington had decided to become it’s king, how he brought the series together, and what we can expect from him in the future. For more on America’s Kingdom, go here!
At the recent Comicpalooza convention in Houston, I met both Brandon Gary and Jason Bienvenu, comics creators who work so well together that they have two trades now available! First we talk about Dusk, and then wrap everything up by discussing The Kingdom: Rise of the Ape King! That latter graphic novel has a Kickstarter going on right now for action figures you’ll love, so be sure to check out the project at this link! You can keep up with Jason at this link, and follow Brandon at this location!
I have a great interview with comics creator Phillip Sevy in Episode 285 as we focus mainly on his excellent Indie comic Paradox. This one-shot really caught my attention at the recent Comicpalooza convention in Houston, Texas. Phillip wears nearly all the hats in this engaging and thoughtful book, which we talk about, as well as the wonderful creative choices he made when putting Paradox together. To keep up with his future projects coming our way such as The House, you can follow him here on Facebook, here on Twitter, and here on Instagram! Don’t miss this fun conversation!
It’s always great to interview established comics creators, but up-and-coming talent in the industry can be just as much fun! This week, Richard Rivera, the creator of the Stabbity Bunny independent comic, is back to update us on the Stabbity-verse. FULL DISCLOSURE: I did help with the editing on this comic, but Richard developed the concept, and that’s what drew me in!
Along with Dwayne Biddix, the illustrator, and Liezl Buenaventura, the color artist, Richard has put together an original concept that has attracted new fans far and wide, and hopes to continue to expand its appeal to readers in the months ahead! He also has other new stories to tell that we chat about, so be sure to check out the comic’s website at Stabbitybunny.com! Don’t miss it!
You’re in for a real fun experience this week! In Episode 281, I talk with Ben Kahn, the creator/scripter of Heavenly Blues, coming soon from Scout Comics. I met Ben at this year’s C2E2 convention, and I enjoyed the first two issues from his new comic. We discuss the characters the series centers around, and why he’s completing his MBA. Be sure to let your local shop know you want this comic! For more about Ben, go to this link. Also, to keep up with Bruno Hidalgo, the great artist Ben collaborates with on the comic, be sure to check out his artwork here!
This week, in Episode 280, I talk with Zack Kaplan, the creator/scripter of a gripping series called Eclipse from Top Cow/Image Comics. I met Zack at this year’s C2E2 convention, and I read Volume One of this fascinating mashup of sci-fi and murder mystery storyline. We discuss how he made this book happen, including teaming up with high-octane artist Giovanni Timpano. We discuss the second story arc, which I hadn’t yet picked up, so Zack gives some teasers for what we’ll see in those issues, including #7, which is due in local shops on Wednesday, May 17! I highly recommend this powerful book! For more about Zack, go to this link. Also, to keep up with Giovanni, be sure to check out his website here!
It’s becoming a yearly tradition during Chicago’s C2E2 convention that I get to talk with Valiant’s excellent creators. This year was no exception, and Episode 279 kicks off with my interview with Dinesh Shamdasani, Valiant’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer. We delve into all the fascinating happenings with X-0 Manowar, Harbingers and the upcoming digital presentation Ninjak Versus the Valiant Universe, among other things!
Then everything wraps up with my talk with Daniel Kibblesmith, who’s scripting the upcoming return of Quantum and Woody. He’s also writing the Valiant Digital Firsts miniseries Valiant High now available on Comixology, so we discuss both projects as well as a certain night job he has writing comedy for a well-known late-night TV show you might recognize! Don’t miss these fun conversations!
Have you picked up Smoketown #1 from Scout Comics yet? If not, I highly recommend you do because it’s one of those books I couldn’t put down until I read the final page! This week, in Episode 278, I talk with Phillip Kennedy Johnson, creator and writer of the series. We get into what this series is about, who the characters are and how you can buy issue #1, with issue #2 coming very soon! We also discuss his love of creating things, including comics and music. For more about Smoketown, go to this link at the Scout Comics website. Also, to keep up with Phillip, be sure to check out his website here! Don’t miss this engaging conversation!
In Episode 276, I talk with comics creator Gilbert Deltrez about his new Indie comics LAIR – A Para-Dimensional Demon Horror, which you can now support via Kickstarter at this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/478659431/lair-a-para-dimensional-demon-horror. Don’t miss this fun chat, and be sure to support this great project today!
It’s a special episode of my Wayne’s Comics Podcast, so I thought for #275 we’d go where this show has never gone before – to talk with the leader of a successful comics convention! I talk with Ben Penrod from Awesome Con about that high-octane event, including how it came to be, what goes on there, and what we might expect from them in the future. He even discusses how it got that name, and why he thinks it’s perfect for the years ahead! Comics conventions are a big part of the comics experience these days, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy what he has to say! For more about Awesome Con, including details about this year’s event, go to their website here, and for more about the other conventions Ben is part of, head to this link.
Do you enjoy great storytelling in as many genres as I do? Then you’ll want to listen to my interview with Frank J. Barbiere, one of the most versatile and prolific writers in comics today! During Episode 274, Frank and I talk about several of his comics, but spend most of our time on Violent Love from Image Comics, his latest! We discuss how the story came to be, what we might expect from the series, as well as some of his other completed works, including Dejah Thoris, Solar Man of the Atom, Black Market, and the return of Five Ghosts! To keep up with Frank and what he’s working on, follow him on Twitter or go to his website!