Brandon is a cartoonist with a strong perspective on what makes for good comics, and a voracious appetite for what's new and impressive. On top of that, he likes to experiment and study his entertainment, rather than just consuming it, and shares a story of talking to his therapist about the PC game Doom.
Joe gives us a fast-paced and wide-ranging view of comics as he sees them today, and ties it all together behind the idea that collaboration is one of the most appealing and crucial things about comics for him. He discusses drawing as a child, writing as an adult, and broadening his point of view by doing things like working in a comic shop while also creating comics. The result is an excited-but-measured view of the comics industry, and his passion is palpable. When he's not studying every layer of the comics industry, Joe practices boxing, and the lessons from that have proven to have wider applications than just throwing punches.
RAT QUEENS is perhaps best described as "What if modern college girls were transplanted to a medieval fantasy setting?" The titular Rat Queens are hard-drinking and harder-fighting, and as the series goes on, the RAT QUEENS creative team—including Tess Fowler and and Tamra Bonvillain—are moving to increasingly emotional and dark depths.
When he's not working on comics, Wiebe helps run a Twitch.tv channel where he livestreams Dungeons & Dragons games, among other things. You can find the channel at twitch.tv/D20Babe.
Roche Limit, the setting for the series of the same name, is a colony located on the cusp of an energy anomaly in space. The colony has fallen victim to crime and skulduggery of all types, despite being initially founded as a symbol of what humanity is capable of. ROCHE LIMIT begins as a missing persons tale before eventually expanding to explore human nature, sacrifice, and the struggle of living.
Moreci is a big fan of the Criterion collection, a curated set of movies that have been lovingly restored and released on home video with extremely high production values, including both the film and the packaging. He feels that the Criterion symbol is a sign of quality, and makes a great case for that fact.
THE RATTLER features Stephen Thorn. Ten years ago, Thorn's fiancée vanished without a trace, kidnapped by what at first appeared to be a helpful passerby. Now, Thorn is a victim's rights crusader, tough on crime and tougher on criminals. Then, he hears his wife voice coming from the most unlikely place, and sets out on a bloody quest to rescue his long-lost love.
Appropriately, Jason has been a fan of horror movies since childhood, and has paid a lot of attention to what makes horror such an enthralling genre. He recommends a few classics for horror neophytes, and generally speaks highly of a few greats.
THE FUSE is set twenty-two thousand miles above the Earth. It stars a pair of detectives working homicide on an orbiting energy platform that's home to half a million people. As much a sci-fi tale as it is a clever police procedural, THE FUSE blends the new with the familiar and gives you something special. For the latter half of the show, Greenwood discusses his history with fast cars and hot rods, from growing up around them to customizing and losing his own.
NAMELESS is Chris Burnham & Grant Morrison's horror epic, featuring colors by Nathan Fairbairn and letters by Simon Bowland. A man finds himself forced to switch from stealing otherworldly baubles from supernatural creatures to attempting to save the world from a menace from beyond time, things quickly get horrific. Once we discuss the unbearable horror of being, Burnham dives into his love of Hirohiko Araki's shonen adventure comic Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, and the absurd logic that holds it all together.
SOUTHERN CROSS is a ghost story wrapped in a mystery set on a blue-collar spaceship on its way to Titan. Alex Braith must find out how her sister died and why, while dodging crime syndicates, the supernatural, and the usual jerks you'd find on a dusty old ship. On this episode, Becky discusses the first arc of SOUTHERN CROSS, the upcoming second arc, and her time working with bands to create gig posters and more as a way to exercise her creativity.
To commemorate the release of HINGES Book Two: PAPER TIGERS, Meredith joins The i Word to discuss the conception of the book, the trick to making happy accidents work for you, and silent storytelling. She's interested in stage combat, and shares some information with us from her classes.
This time around, Jason Latour discusses getting a lucky break from Matt Groening early in his career, being part of an exemplary group of comics debuts, and co-creating SOUTHERN BASTARDS with Jason Aaron. As we wrap up, he reminisces about discovering OutKast as a teen, and the affect it had on both his life and approach to storytelling.
In this episode, Matt talks about attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, training his eye as a colorist, finding a workflow and workload that worked for him, and forming a community with other colorists. For the second half of the show, Matt discusses the importance of fitness in his life, finding a good gym, and getting hooked on working out.
In this episode, Benjamin discusses his path to co-creating THE AUTUMNLANDS, the joys of collaboration, and the benefits of working in a studio of ferociously talented people instead on his own. For the latter portion of the podcast, he discusses his hopes for discussing comics art, and art more generally, with people who are both creators and not.
In this episode, Marjorie discusses collaborating with Sana Takeda, creating a pan-Asian world for MONSTRESS, how her perception of war influences her work, and the magic of cats. In the latter half of the show, she breaks down the places she's traveled to, what she experienced while away, and the lessons she took back home.
In this episode, Lewis discusses his journey to comics, his career as a playwright, and the importance of considering more than just the story at hand when crafting your work. Lewis approaches his work holistically, considering the culture, environment, and context of both the work and his own relationship to it, making for impressively resonant storytelling. As a working playwright, Lewis's passion is theatre, and he likes to take part in everything from writing to getting hands-on with the construction of the sets.
Our final panel this month is called Image Comics: Where Creators Own Reality, featuring Cliff Chiang and Brian K Vaughan, creators of Paper Girls, Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, creators of Shutter, and Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna, creators of Alex + Ada.
This is Image Comics, Where Creators Own Action! This episode features Steve Orlando of Virgil, Alex de Campi & Carla Speed McNeil of No Mercy, Ivan Brandon of Drifter, Matt Hawkins of Top Cow Productions, and Nick Dragotta of East of West.
Declan Shalvey of INJECTION, Jim Zub of WAYWARD, Marjorie Liu of MONSTRESS, Antony Johnston of THE FUSE and CODENAME: BABOUSHKA, and Bryan Hill of POSTAL and Top Cow Productions discuss worldbuilding in comics, and the differences between creating all-new worlds or reinterpreting real ones, while still making them your own.
Listen to Jason Latour, Bob Fingerman, Matt Wilson, Wes Craig, and Shane Davis as they discuss storytelling live from New York Comic Con 2015!
Nick Dragotta, co-creator of EAST OF WEST and major manga fan, spills the beans on the origins of EAST OF WEST, the importance of education, and what makes Tsutomu Nihei and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's manga so thrilling.
Alex de Campi, co-creator of NO MERCY, talks with The i Word about the trick to comics collaborations, the importance of finding your voice, and the difference between consequence-free and realistic violence in fiction from movies to comics and back again.
Skottie Young's I Hate Fairyland is heart-warming and gross, the perfect comic for proud parents and kids, too. Dig in as he charts his rise to the top, and tries to explain just what it is that's so alluring about rap music.
The co-creator of POSTAL guests on The i Word to talk about his role as story editor at Top Cow Productions and co-creating POSTAL with Matt Hawkins & Isaac Goodhart!
The co-creator and artist of THE HUMANS talks about getting the gang together, his experiences self-publishing comics, and just what makes cartoonists like Jack Davis and Alex Toth so enthralling.
The innovative cartoonists joins The i Word to discuss the end of his series The Empty, the genesis of his next work Power Lines, and just what exactly it is that makes video games so enthralling.