Robots From Tomorrow! (interview)

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

After 37 issues, to call Matt Kindt's "Mind MGMT" an 'accomplishment' almost feels like an understatement. Kindt not only wrote, penciled, inked, colored and lettered the entire series, he also provided covers, back-up strips, supplemental material, a litany of secrets, and fake back page ads for every issue. With "New MGMT" #1, the final issue of the series, hitting shelves next week, we wanted to take a bit of time to talk with Kindt about coming to the end of such a monumental project. There's also a bit of chatter about his new series "Department H," revisiting old works, and thinking about Spider-Man while falling asleep.

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: 7:00pm EDT

This week we're bringing you the second of our two HeroesCon 2015 episodes: a conversation between Michel Fiffe & Klaus Janson. They may be from two different generations of the industry, but make no mistake: these guys are of one mind when it comes to making great comics. And they aren't afraid to speak that mind about it, either. 

Although jokingly referred to by many at the show before the panel as an excuse to sit around and talk about how awesome Klaus Janson is for an hour, the conversation quickly settles into a mutual exploration of each creator's work process and outlook on comics. Topics range from Copra intentions, where storytelling stands in today's comics, the secret to career longevity, what problem Janson was told he had as a creator (and whether or not he agreed), Charlton's printing quality (or lack thereof), the pros & cons of the monthly grind on creators, the possibility of a real Janson/Fiffe collaboration, and 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: 8:00pm EDT

While sorting through the digital bric-a-brac that litters the subterranian RFT recording studio, we came across something very special buried deep on a harddrive. Back in December 2011, the one and only Jack Davis was the guest of honor at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics festival. Fantagraphics had just released "Drawing American Pop Culture," a collection of Davis' art spanning his long and varied career, and the artist himself made the trip from Georgia to Brooklyn so he could sign copies and shake as many hands as possible. He took a little time away from the hustle of the festivle to have a seat on stage and discuss his carreer and art. Moderated by Gary Groth and Drew Friedman, the conversation you're about to hear touches on all aspect's of Davis' work, including his time at Mad and EC, as well as his commercial work producing magazine covers and movie posters. We're very excited to have found this, and even more excited to share it with all of you.

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: 6:56pm EDT