On this episode of The Comics Alternative Interviews, Andy and Derek speak with writer Fred Van Lente. They begin by asking him about his work on the recent Dark Horse title, Brain Boy — a revamp of the short-lived 1960s character — and how he translated the title for a contemporary audience. Van Lente also shares a bit of insight into his upcoming reboot of Magnus: Robot Fighter, part of Dynamite Entertainment’s new Gold Key line, as well as his plans for the new Action Presidents series. The Two Guys also talk with Fred about his run on Archer and Armstrongand the early humorous titles he created with Ryan Dunlavey, the comics that really put him on the map: Action Philosophers and The Comic Book History of Comics. They spend a lot of time focusing on Fred’s special sense of humor, his meticulous research, and his melding of abstract thoughts and tangible — and very entertaining — storytelling. All in all, Derek and Andy had a good time talking with the acclaimed author…and their conversation ended right when Fred needed to take his shepherd’s pie out of the oven. The Two Guys are nothing if not timely!
It’s another special episode of the Wayne’s Comics podcast, with two more great interviews!
First up is Fred Van Lente, scripter for Valiant’s Archer & Armstrong as well as Dark Horse’s Brain Boy. We talk about the history of Archer & Armstrong, including how it came to be and how unique this book and its characters are compared to other comics available today. If you aren’t reading it, this is the week to pick up issue #16 so you can get on board with this terrific comic! And Brain Boy is worth your money and attention as well!
I interview Cullen Bunn next, and we chat about The Sixth Gun, a successful book available from Oni Press! Cullen discusses the series and what we can expect in the coming months. He also updates us on how possible moves of this story to television is currently doing! Be sure you buy the 36th issue, out this Wednesday! Oh, and you’ll learn a lot about Hellheim as well during our chat, so don’t miss it!
The master needs his menu prepared for the next month so the Order of Caretakers employs the temporary assistance of Josh from Apocalypse Later to present offerings. Let me be clear, this episode is an utter DEBACLE disguised as a good production, but what resulted was more endearingly idiosyncratic than one would hope.
So yes, we actually talk about somewhat current comics, and even though an entire hilarious segment was accidentally NOT recorded, and Brother Oberts had the gall to suggest we burn Avengers in the incinerator, a Frankenstein of a listenable show has come together. Please join us as we feed it comics…
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