Comics Alternative Interviews: Bob Fingerman

Relationships, Porn, and Bill O’Reilly’s Mutated Disembodied Head

BF1On this episode of The Comics Alternatives Interviews, Derek talks with Bob Fingerman, a man who knows what it’s like to work for Minimum Wage. They discuss Bob’s decision to bring back this landmark series though Image Comics, as well as the task of pulling together last year’s Maximum Minimum Wage (also from Image). In the interview, Derek asks Bob about any autobiographical links between him and his protagonist, Rob Hoffman, and he tries to corner Bob on whether or not Rob’s recently Minimum-Wagedivorced spouse, Sylvia Fanucci, will make an appearance in the new series. Bob refuses to be cornered. Along the way they discuss the challenges of building a devoted readership, Bob’s fascination with the apocalypse and zombie stories, his forays into racial/gender politics, the joys (and limitations) of explicit sex and violence, the comics mainstream and “that Bob Fingerman feeling,” and the creative satisfaction one gets from making Bill O’Reilly a mutated and despicable villain of a decimated cultural landscape. (Wait…doesn’t this actually describe the real O’Reilly?) So get out your back issues of Minimum Wage, refresh your memory on Otis Goes Hollywood, search for that lost copy of Finger Filth, and enjoy this conversation with one of the most incisive cultural observers in comics today.

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The Process – Episode 5

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Show Notes

The fifth episode of the writing podcast, The Process. Hosted by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Intrepids, Green Wake), Ryan Lindsay (CBR) and Jeremy Holt (Joy Hog), The Process takes aim at the comic writing industry with the high hope of tackling a stack of interesting topics from collaboration to publication.

Wow Factor – A discussion about our favourite comic moments of the week, be it a specific panel, page or collection of pages. This episode the gents discuss Orc Stain, Uncanny X-Force #14, Animal Man, and From the Ashes and as a direct result of that comic discussion they talk about being ‘Zombie’d Out’.

Progress Report – The gents chat about their victories in personal writing projects and Jeremy lets us know about his recent experience with FanExpo in Toronto as well as a dinner date with Mr. Steve Niles and the setback of having a pitch artist drop out of a project, Kurtis does a FanExpo retrospective where he ‘Released the Kraken’ and talks about his progress into the early stages of writing full time, and finally Ryan talks about an amazing creative collaboration with an artist and forward steps with his novel.

Grill ‘Em! – We open the floor to you the listener, this week we tackle two questions!

Amit via email – How do you go about writing characters outside your own gender, culture, ethnicity, …mental health? What kind of research do you do? And in a related vein: Do you base characters off people you know in real life? Does that help with the aforementioned issue?

The Process – The heart of The Process series where the hosts talk about their personal spin on the creative development of their projects. They take a look at the time of day they write and if there’s a special Batcave where the magic happens.

The Roundtable – An open talk about a random comic related topic, this week the boys discuss if another line wide sweep occurred at the Big Two, and they got caught in the net cast, would they be ready with something up their sleeves?


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The Pull List podcast #99: X-BABIES #1 / HAUNT #1 / ATOMIC ROBO VOL 01 TP

(0:48:28) This week Craig gets infantile with X-BABIES #1, Sean gets unholy with HAUNT #1 and they both burst out laughing to the ATOMIC ROBO VOL 01 TP from Red 5 Comics! All this and much, much more!

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0:00:00 – Show ID

0:00:11 – Music: “Ring Capacity” by Kirby Krackle

0:01:08 – Introductions

0:03:10 – X-BABIES: The Mojoverse is the victim of a hostile takeover, and when it affects the regular programming, the X-Babies have something to say about it.

0:12:50 – HAUNT #1: When his military brother Kurt gets killed, Daniel Kilgore is haunted by his ghost, and when killers come a-callin’ the two brothers merge to form something more…

0:23:25 – The Stacks:

0:23:38 – DOOM PATROL #3


0:26:20 – JERSEY GODS #8

0:27:00 – BATMAN & ROBIN #5

0:28:23 – JONAH HEX #48

0:28:52 – PLANETARY #27

0:29:43 – X-MEN VS. AGENTS OF ATLAS #1

0:31:00 – STRANGE TALES #2


0:32:22 – FROM THE ASHES #5

0:33:18 – SWEET TOOTH #2

0:34:08 – WITCHFINDER #4

0:35:12 – Top of The Stacks: Sean – FROM THE ASHES #5; Craig – WITCHFINDER #4


0:45:17 – Wrap-up

0:47:10 – Music: “Ring Capacity” by Kirby Krackle

0:48:28 – End