Robots From Tomorrow! (interview)

Dark Horse Month continues at Multiversity and here on the show, as the lads welcome writer Samuel Teer to the underground recording studio for some talk about his debut Dark Horse OGN “VEDA: Assembly Required” with Hyeondo Park and Kelly Fitzpatrick. The story of a young orphan girl growing up in an automated factory drew inspiration from sources as varied as Pixar and Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”, but this comic for all ages certainly brings its own virtues to bear. Teer talks about the process of getting the book to Dark Horse and what happened after its own assembly. What's it like for a first-time writer to have their debut OGN released by a major publisher? What went right...or wrong? Gremlins feature prominently in “VEDA” the story, but did Teer and company escape their shenanigans completely? Find out 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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Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

For today's episode Mike is joined by cartoonist Rich Tommaso to talk about his recently concluded series "Dark Corridor" as well as the forthcoming "She Wolf," both from the folks at Image Comics. The discussion kicks off with a little bit about Rich's approach to his art and his shift between the two series. And, of course, there's a little bit of dipping into Rich's back catalog as the discussion turns to creative inspiration, self-publishing, finding his way to Image, and a whole lot more. The complete collection of "Dark Corridor" and "She Wolf" #1 will both be available on June 22nd.

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: 8:35pm EDT

It’s been a little over two years since he was last on the show, but Wordballoon’s own John Siuntres returns to the studio at the center of the earth to talk to Greg about a subject near and dear to his heart: boxing. The lads thought since John covered boxing as a journalist for almost 16 years, it would be neat to get his take on last year’s CREED (now out on home video) and talk a little bit about the sport in general. If you only know about John through his comics talk, then you are really in for a treat; he is just as passionate and articulate about the sweet science as he is sequential art. Plus, like almost every episode of either Wordballoon or Robots, there are tangents and digressions galore. Movies, TV shows, Star Trek...oh, and of course, comics. We hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as they had having it, and with any luck it isn’t another two years before John comes back on the show. 

 

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 atRobotsFromTomorrow.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: 12:14am EDT

When you get the chance to interview Greg Rucka, even if he just finished his most recent hours-long talk with Wordballoon's John Siuntres a few weeks prior, you just take that opportunity and hope you can bring a little something extra to the conversation. Taking that chance is just what (our) Greg did this past week, sitting down with the writer to fire off a few "addendum" questions he had thought of after listening to the latest 'Rucka Debrief'. But since (author) Greg is not only thoughtful in his responses but also extremely generous with his time, that one chat became two, with the planning of a third a few weeks from now. Today's episode contains those first two conversations, hitting topics ranging from in-depth process talk about Rucka's many career collaborations, spoiler-filled deep diving into the "Lazarus" Season One finale, the blacks and whites of "Black Magick", where the DCU lost its morale compass (and Greg's complicity in that), and just how he manages to write such positive, optimistic material without wanting to, in his own words, 'eat a gun'.

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: 11:28pm EDT

As if co-writing a weekly column about the Thrill-verse wasn't enough, Greg sits down with PR droid Mike Molcher to chat about all things 2000 AD! While the initial brief for this talk was to talk about the 2015 that was, the conversation quickly shifted over to all the exciting projects Tharg and his minions will be unleashing on us humes in this new year of our Progs 2016. GOLDTIGER! Misty! Scarlet Traces! THE UNCENSORED CURSED EARTH! All that, plus thoughts on the new 2000 AD documentary "Future Shock!" as well as this year's Free Comic Book Day issue (including art by Eric Powell and the Allreds) and so much 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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Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

They're mentioned in every show, but this week the lads are taking a moment to shine the spotlight a little more directly on their sponsor Third Eye Comics, and more specifically, the man BEHIND Third Eye Comics: Steve Anderson. In addition to recording some up-to-the-minute audio with Steve on location at the Annapolis, MD location, a previous interview he and Greg had done in 2013 was unearthed and is included on the second half of this episode. While one half goes more into the state of comics-slinging in 2015, the 2013 segment goes much deeper into Steve's retail tips and philosophy of getting his customers the comics they know they want and the books they don't yet know they need. A fun and informative hour of conversation is just a mouse click/finger swipe/button press away!

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 atRobotsFromTomorrow.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: 5:04am EDT

Today we have Greg's interviews from last week's New York Comic Con.

Things kick off with writer/editor/Valkyrie Katy Rex. Katy is working on Strange Wit, a graphic novel about the life & works of writer Jane Bowles. They talk about that, her multitude of other works, and just what it means to be a Valkyrie in today’s comics climate.

Next comes artist Nilah Magruder. Winner of the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award earlier this year, Nilah is the cartoonist behind the webcomic M.F.K.. They chat a little bit about her approach to the comic as well as the new picture book she’s working on for 2016. Keep checking back at Multiversity Comics for an more in-depth interview with Nilah in the coming days.

Following that Greg checks in with Leila del Duca and Joe Keatinge of “Shutter”, delving into some process talk with Leila and getting some lowdown on Joe’s upcoming Image book Ringside with Nick Barber. Plus, Greg takes the opportunity to pick his brain on the just-announced Moebius Library and what we might be seeing from that Dark Horse project.

And finally, things wrap up with a talk with writer Alex Simmons and Joseph Illidge. Simmons’ work on the comic “Blackjack” has been brought back into print by Dover Graphic Novels, and we get a chance to hear from the writer himself about why writing the adventures of a 1930’s African-American soldier of fortune with a conscience is still relevant in 2015.

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: 11:27pm EDT

Today we have the second of two episodes with Greg's interviews from the recent Baltimore Comic-Con. Lots of comics talk with creators representing both coasts in this one, but there's no East Coast/West Coast beefing here; just good comic booking.

Things kick off with cartoonist Jeff Parker. We talk a little Flash Gordon, some editorial hijinx on his recent Shazam mini, why everyone thought Doc Shaner owed him an apology, how Sandy Jarrell draws such believable teenagers, and just what Parker's role at Periscope Studios really is. Apparently a lot of TV watching and goofing off is involved.

Next comes the Portland-based artistic team of Dan Schkade and Brennan Wagner. Dan's name popped up in my last talk with Brennan, but now we get to hear from them both in stereo. We cover Dan's recent work on The Spirit, some of his influences and philosophies, and which 90's X-Man would be their choice for a career & character-defining run.

Finally we jet on over to Brooklyn (aka the other side of the convention floor) and check in with Christa Cassano, Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, and Chris Miskiewicz of Hang Dai Studios. We talk new books, old work, Danish hospitality, the benefits of mixing influences, Seth Kushner, watercolors versus gouache, 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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Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

Today we have the first of two episodes of Greg's interviews from the recent Baltimore Comic-Con. First up, he talked to writer Ed Krayewski about his comics work with an unlikely collaborator: his 82-year old father, Polish fine artist Andre Krayewski. Ed explains how creators from two different generations and disciplines have come together to make comics like none other on the market.

Then he managed to carve out some time to catch up with writer/letterer/editor Rachel Autumn Deering. The brain behind the Eisner- and Harvey-nominated horror anthology "In The Dark", Rachel is a perfect example of how hard work and diversifying your skill set can help make you successful in today's comics industry. This talk has a few surprise guests in it; their appearances were left them in the recording because it will help give you, the listener, a little glimpse into how freewheeling and unexpected these convention talks can be.

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: 1:36am EDT

Another September, another SPX. This year, the Small Press Expo actually kicks off the latter-half of the convention-going year for Mike & Greg, as one or the other will be going to SPX, Baltimore Comicon, NYCC, and the Locust Moon Comics Festival. And of course, that means interviews and check-ins galore!

We start things off with this trio of talks Greg conducted from the recent SPX 2015. The first was checking in with frequent RFT guest Josh O'Neill of Locust Moon Press. Josh, along with partners Andrew Carl and Chris Stevens, has had quite the busy year since we last checked in with them. Their "Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream" anthology hit the Eisner Awards like a juggernaut, and spawned a budget-sized companion volume overseen by the great Francoise Mouly. And while that was going on, they managed to put together a comic so good the Philadelphia Museum of Art decided (no joke) to place it in their collection.

Next came Greg's chance to finally talk with "Wuvable Oaf" creator Ed Luce about his new Fantagraphics collection of that comic's output to date.

And finally, Greg let Matt Silady teach him all about the Comics MFA program at the California College of Art, a 3-year low-residency program that lets you take your education in comics to the next level.

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: 1:55am EDT