Robots From Tomorrow! (interview)

While the first name in British comics is undoubtedly "2000 AD", Greg recently got a chance to talk with a representative of the other big player in comics across the pond: Chris Thompson, Brand Manager for Titan Comics. For over 35 years, Titan has brought two different areas of books to its British audience: film & TV tie-ins, and graphic novels. Just this month sees the return of Jack Kirby & Joe Simon’s “Fighting American” and iconic science fiction hero Dan Dare, but also the launch of Statix Press, an initiative by the publisher to bring a diverse selection of European comics to English-speaking readers. In his role as Brand Manager, Chris is definitely THE person to talk to when it comes to Titan. But this being Robots, Greg also digs a little in Chris’ backstory and how he went from young comics reader to the Eisner-winning bon vivant you hear today (and on his Multiversity Comics podcast Pop Culture Hound.

(Note: This episode was recorded before the announcement of Titan acquiring the rights to publish comics based on the classic TV series The Prisoner.)

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Charting Josh Dysart's career path in comics isn't easy. The writer has worked for a wide swath of publishers, from Dark Horse to Image to DC Comics to Vertigo to Valiant and points in-between, and gone where few other creators dare to tread, regardless of medium. Dysart has been all over the map, figuratively AND literally. So how do you pick just one topic to focus on when you get the chance to sit down with him? The answer to that question brings you today's episode: a chat that Greg had with Josh Dysart at this past weekend's Baltimore Comic Con.

(You can find the free Living Level 3 comics Josh mentions in the episode here)

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Today we bring you one of the "Color Commentary" panels from this past weekend's HeroesCon 2017. Here's how the convention schedule described it:

With this year’s guest list boasting so many of comics’ best colorists, the biggest concern was fitting them all into one panel. Our solution? Have TWO! (The other is on SUNDAY!!!) Looking to demystify the coloring process and answer your questions in the first of two Color Commentary panels this weekend, moderator Greg Matiasevich (Multiversity Comics) is joined by colorists LAURA MARTIN, MATT WEBB, KELLY FITZPATRICK, MATT WILSON, and MARISSA LOUISE!

Colorists are among the unsung heroes of the comics industry, and you'll learn why after listening to this episode!

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

 

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Almost a year and a half after their first conversation, Greg Rucka is back to talk with our Greg about his current workload. What was originally going to be a quick follow-up to the earlier discussion turned into a full-on debrief about the current state of "Lazarus" (and "Lazarus X+66"), "The Old Guard", "Stumptown", "Black Magick", and (of course) the Amazon of the hour: "Wonder Woman". Rucka talks about the perils of working on a bi-weekly book, the importance of pauses in his work, the deep geekdom that forged him, collaboration as the key to success, what missteps he sought to avoid from his prior "Wonder Woman" run, whether DC Rebirth was as much of a course correction for his relationship with the company as it was for the character he was writing, and more on this week's episode!

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

 

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Back on the show for the first time is comics multi-hyphenate Klaus Janson to talk about his new creator-owned series "Sacred Creatures" with Pablo Raimondi. Greg got a chance to talk with Janson regarding "Sacred"'s unusual approach to labor division (he and Raimondi are co-writing the series as well as alternating art chores) and cover other ground about the series over a decade in the making. All that, plus find out what Janson has learned from working in such close relationship with not only art powerhouses like John Romita Jr. and Andy Kubert, but also from up-and-coming pros during the years spent as both an instructor at SVA and expert-at-large in seminars at Marvel and more.

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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If the brightest light casts the darkest shadow, then novelist Alex Segura made the perfect choice in setting his Pete Fernandez series of mystery novels in Miami. And if his name seems familiar, it should be to anyone listening to this show or checking out Multiversity Comics on a regular basis: Segura is not only the "PR guy" for Archie Comics, he also edits their Dark Circle line of titles as well as writing a few from time to time. But today's interview focuses on those mystery novels, the third of which ("Dangerous Ends") hit bookstores earlier this week. Greg finds out how Alex handles having to hit certain genre expectations while still finding something personal to say in his work, the benefits of writing more than one book at a time, some advice for how to promote your work without turning people off, and just what "Noir at the Bar" entails. All that and more on this week's episode!

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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A planet-killing asteroid heading straight for Earth may seem like The End of Life As We Know It, but it's just the starting point for Lion Forge's Catalyst Prime line of superhero titles. Senior editor Joseph Phillip Illidge makes a quick return to the underground recording studio to lay out just what he and his hand-picked team of creators (including Alex Di Campi, David F. Walker, Amy Chu, Joe Casey, and more) have up their sleeves to save us from a fate even worse than armageddon: boring comics. He talks about the Catalyst Prime 2017 rollout, what his thoughts and goals are for the line in general, and how having the opportunity to tell these kinds of stories for today's readers is a full-circle milestone in his comics career.

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

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Dave Chisholm may not have been in the comics industry long enough to achieve the 'rock star' status of someone like Jim Lee or Paul Pope, but in terms of creating both comics AND music, he's a band apart from just about every other creator out there. Because when you write and draw your own graphic novel ("Instrumental" from Z2 Comics in May), compose/perform a companion soundtrack to be released simultaneously WITH that graphic novel, AND have another full-length album of music from the band you front being released around the same time (Talking Under Water self-titled debut album on April 28th) . . . what other label is there? Decide for yourself after listening to this interview, where Greg talks with Dave about process both musical and sequential, the difficulty of getting the essence of sound across a silent medium, and more. Where else could you hear talk about Frank Quitely, Kevin Nowlan, and Brian Eno in the same discussion?

And if that wasn't enough, you can hear of clips "Celebration" and "Death and the Narrator" (from "Instrumental"'s upcoming score) in the episode itself, PLUS the full "Celebration" track from the Multiversity Comics episode post page!

BONUS: Here are the two other non-"Instrumental" pieces of music mentioned in the episode:

"Tossing and Turning" from the Tossing and Turning EP by Talking Under Water  

"Calligraphy" from Calligraphy by Dave Chisholm 

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth's surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books. 

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

The 'Blood is back, and Chad Bowers is the man planning the return of Image's first superteam in May! Greg got a chance to sit down with one of comicdom's foremost experts on 1992 to find out just what kind of Youngblood fans could expect with this incarnation. Could it be the ahead-of-its-time Liefeld original? The Teen Titans-influenced Moore revamp? The super-media-savvy Casey run? Or D, something completely different? Chad talks about working on a book with such an interesting pedigree, what type of boss Liefeld is when it comes to his own creations, his give&take with artist Jim Towe, plus a peek at another book coming up on the horizon for him and some old collaborators. Everything old is new again on today's episode!

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth's surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

 

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Two different comics conversations on today's episode! First up, the creative team of the upcoming Image OGN "Afar": artist Kit Seaton and writer Leila del Duca. If one of those names sounds familiar, it's because del Duca is also the artist on "Shutter" with writer Joe Keatinge and is making her writing debut with this book. Seaton is the lower-profile of the two right now, but once fans get a look at "Afar", the SCAD professor will be a name one everyone's mind. Greg talked to the duo about their science-fiction story, the difficulties in maintaining the balance between strange and relate-able, influences, work processes, and just what to do when someone jimmies the lock on your bedroom door with a steak knife in the middle of the night.

Following that is a chat with comics-multihyphenate Christina Blanch. Between her work as a retailer (Aw Yeah Muncie), writer ("The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood"), educator (Super MOOC), and panel moderator, Blanch has spent a life firmly and unapologetically rooted in pop culture. Like her interests, the conversation covers a lot of ground, including what it's like being a retailer in today's comics market, the differences between stocking an LCS and setting a syllabus, the connection between Dr. Indiana Jones and Dr. Christina Blanch, surviving 2016, and what we can already do to make 2017 better.

Robots From Tomorrow is a weekly comics podcast recorded deep beneath the Earth’s surface. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or through the RSS feed at RobotsFromTomorrow.com. You can also follow Mike and Greg on Twitter. This episode is brought to you by Third Eye Comics. Enjoy your funny books.

 

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