ONE WEEK IN THE LIBRARY is an experimental graphic novel that dedicates one chapter to each day of the week in the life of a librarian. Each day tells a comics story in a different storytelling style, while exploring the variety of ways literature takes hold of us. In keeping with that theme, Prince discusses the power of the written word on the latter portion of the podcast, and why he's such a big believer in it.
Violent Love is a classic story: girl meets boy, boy meets girl, they fall in love, and then they embark on an unforgettable crime spree. Barbiere and Santos are playing with romance and crime in this story, and the first issue gets off to an explosive start. Barbiere is a huge fan of Akira Toriyama, a master of action and comic storytelling, and creator of Dragon Ball, one of the biggest comics franchises of all time.
ANCESTOR, originally serialized in ISLAND magazine, is a graphic novel about a social network called The Service and Patrick Whiteside, the man who runs it. The Service puts the internet in your head, but what happens when it's taken away? What happens when Whiteside reveals his true nature? In addition, Ward discusses the influence Star Trek has had on his tastes and work.
Image Comics: Tomorrow's Comics Today! The future of comics is bright, and that future will include comics of all types. Join Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Birthright), Joe Keatinge (Shutter, Ringside), Nicola Scott & Greg Rucka (Black Magick), Steve Lieber (The Fix), and Jason McNamara (The Rattler) as they discuss branching out, telling new stories, and connecting with fans on a new level.
Image Comics: Comics In #YourImage: Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey create Autumnlands. Brian Schirmer co-creates Black Jack Ketchum. Jim Zub writes Glitterbomb. Meredith McClaren masterminds Hinges. Leila del Duca co-creates Shutter. We can create the comics industry we want to see by checking out the books that are out-there, fascinating, or just plain ol' emotionally resonant. What's the next big thing in comics? Whatever you want it to be.
CANNIBAL takes place in Willow, a small town in Florida that is about to come head-to-head with an epidemic whose cure makes people thirst for human flesh, but without turning them into zombies. Brian also enjoys watching the high-quality TV shows available now, from Breaking Bad to The Wire to The Shield.
ROMULUS stars Ashlar, a young woman trained by a secret society to serve their will. She eventually recognizes that her masters are evil, quits her position, and takes the war right to their doorstep for the good of humanity. In the latter half of the show, Nelson discusses his NBA 2k fandom, and the joys of MyCareer mode.
CBLDF PRESENTS: SHE CHANGED COMICS explores and illuminates the history of women in comics and how they changed the free expression of the art form. The women profiled in the book pushed boundaries, told personal stories, published books, explored politics and more, and their influence on the industry is indelible. In addition, Betsy explains the role of the CBLDF in protecting the first amendments rights of people involved in comics.
HADRIAN'S WALL, by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, & Rod Reis, is an ordinary story in an extraordinary setting. A man has been murdered under mysterious circumstances, and an investigator must figure out who did it. Complicating matters is the fact that the deceased is a man who not only shot the investigator in the past, but also went on to marry the investigator's ex-wife, who, by the way, is also present on Hadrian's Wall, the space ship that serves as the site of the murder. Got all that? Good. After, Higgins discusses how much he enjoys directing films.
Zack creates ECLIPSE with Giovanni Timpano, and together they give us a world where the sun scorches the surface of the Earth during the day, forcing humanity to retreat underground until the night. When someone is murdered during the daylight, a man is forced to investigate how and why, shortly before finding himself in a situation that's too hot to handle. When he's not writing ECLIPSE, Zack enjoys playing poker, and finds some comfort in the idea that the game can be a metaphor for life, too.
Tom creates KILL SIX BILLION DEMONS. It's the story of Allison, a post-grad student who is transported to a world like nothing she's ever known. God is gone, his usurpers have led the universe to the brink of ruin, and something must be done. Allison wants to get back home and find out what happened to her boyfriend, but forces beyond her ken are going to whisk her away into a violent adventure. You can read KILL SIX BILLION DEMONS in print or on http://killsixbilliondemons.com.
Ivan co-creates DRIFTER with Nic Klein, and has had a long history in comics. He enjoys the wildly creative aspects of collaboration, and endeavors to tell stories that hit in both an emotional and exciting way. He also enjoys seeing Cuba from a different angle that what most people know, and breaks down his history with the country and why he appreciates so much of it.
In HORIZON, Zhia Malen thought she’d fought her very last war, until she learned her planet was targeted for occupation...by a desperate world called Earth. The people of Earth will be told that her arrival on their planet means invasion. This is a lie. It is not invasion, but retaliation. When he's not scripting sci-fi adventure, Brandon can be found playing sports games on PlayStation, a much-needed break from life at a desk.
THE BEAUTY gives us a look at a world where a disease called The Beauty kills those who have it after two years, but makes you beautiful while you have it. What do you do? Is it worth it? Haun and his co-creator Jason A. Hurley answer that question from a wide variety of angles in THE BEAUTY. In the latter portion of the episode, Haun discusses his experience with Lego sets.
Jim Zub is a guy who isn't afraid to spread his wings—SKULLKICKERS is a wry look at D&D-inflected fantasy, WAYWARD takes Japanese folklore for a spin, and the upcoming GLITTERBOMB tackles the dreams Hollywood sells us. He's also worn a lot of hats in the creative world, and shares his journey from aspiring creator to professional. Lastly, Jim took a six-week trip to Japan, and talks about the amazing experiences he had there.
Tommaso's work is always interesting. DARK CORRIDOR is a crime comic with a bright palette, a revenge-fueled plot, and some of the sharpest cartooning you'll see this year. SHE WOLF, debuting June 22, gives us teenage werewolves and teenaged drama all in the same package—what would you do if your older sister was a werewolf? Finally, Tommaso enjoys the works of John Carpenter, especially those he saw as a too-young kid.
Limbo is a funky comic—a blend of the occult, detective fiction, and retro culture. Caspar Wijngaard and Dan Watters avoid the usual supernatural detective and video game tropes in favor of interpolating their influences in creatively inventive ways. Wijngaard is a big fan of '80s b-movies and old video games, too, and likes looking back on those days.
Meredith creates the webcomic Octopus Pie, a comic about twenty-something women living and working in Brooklyn. Amazingly funny and powerfully resonant, Octopus Pie has a whole lot of appeal. When she's not scripting and drawing some of the most interesting comics around, Meredith teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York, guiding a class through creating a proper web presence. Read Octopus Pie at octopuspie.com or in the print editions!
Brian co-creates BLACK JACK KETCHUM, a wrong-man weird western with its roots based in a family relation. On top of that, he greatly enjoys the classic film Conan the Barbarian, particularly the way it's a little deeper than it appears on the surface.
Sam co-creates the outrageous and pointed CITIZEN JACK with Tommy Patterson. In it, a scandal-plagued, smalltown politician named Jack makes a deal with a demon named Marlinspike that catapults him from local joke to viable candidate for the highest office in the land. Sam discusses the origins of the series, and also shares his experience attending a recent Rihanna concert.
Kevin discusses breaking into comics as a colorist, working with Kyle Baker on Circuit-Breaker, and the funny chemistry they have together. In the latter portion of the show, he talks about introducing cartoons—both classic and modern—to his son, and bonding over the experience.
The final session from Image Expo featured the comics creatorsNathan Fairbairn, Brenden Fletcher, Juan Gedeon, Karl Kerschl,Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, & Brandon Thomas. They discussedtheir glee at being part of the Image Comics family, working witheditors, and why colorists are super cool.
This week, we're presenting the third of four sessions from Image Expo, held April 6th, 2016, in Seattle, Washington. It features the comics creators Brian Azzarello, Ivan Brandon, Ed Brubaker, Rick Burchett, Jason Latour, & Jen Van Meter. They discuss the joys of collaborating on comics and finding the right project.
This week, we're presenting the second of four sessions from Image Expo, held April 6th, 2016, in Seattle, Washington. It features the comics creators Karen Berger, Leila del Duca, Bryan Hill, Jonathan Hickman, Sara Kenney, Ronald Wimberly, & Jim Zub. They discuss editing comics, long-term plotting, and just how cool comics really are.
This week, we're presenting the first of four sessions from Image Expo, held April 6th, 2016, in Seattle, Washington. It features the comics creators Howard Chaykin, Joe Harris, Colin Lorimer, Jerome Opeña, Rick Remender, & Alison Sampson. They discuss their recently announced comics, their creative processes, and experiences working in comics.