Robots From Tomorrow! (interview)

We've got a pair of pairs on the show today, as Greg managed to not only snag some time with two of DC Comics' finest in Greg Capullo & Scott Snyder, but also unearthed an unreleased talk with Atomic Robo co-creators Scott Wegener & Brian Clevinger from back in 2013. While the date on that second conversation might be a little scary, the chat itself has aged quite well and is timely again with Atomic Robo's new start at IDW coming up. It's always fun to talk to more than one member of a creative time in one sitting because you get a much better sense of why these two people work so well together, and these talks are certainly no different. Finding out about how these creators tick and much more is only a click 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 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: 11:25pm EDT

As part of their early SDCC announcements, Dark Horse Comics revealed that John Arcudi will be leaving "BPRD" after over a decade as the writer of the series. His tenure will wrap up with issue #147 as he closes out the "Hell on Earth" cycle that began back in 2010. John talks about coming to the decision, breaking the news to his collaborators, and how he's basically already turned in all of the scripts for the rest of the series.

From there the conversation looks ahead at John's work with artist James Harren on their Image series "Rumble." This August "Rumble" will kick off its second arc with a standalone story that can be read entirely on its own, but will also have an impact in issues to come. John talks about his fondness for the one-shot comics of yesterday, and how he hopes to capture some of their magic for himself. Plus: rumblings of a European translation (bad pun, couldn't help it!), the pitfalls of preciousness, learning from your collaborators, and more in 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: 8:00pm EDT

For the first of two episodes featuring content from HeroesCon 2015, Greg managed to put together an interview trifecta featuring Corin (Batmite) Howell, Christopher (High Crimes) Sebela, and Frank J. (Five Ghosts) Barbiere. The talks cover new books, old favorites, a beloved 80's action film, artist communes, teaching what you're preaching, and more. One artist, two writers, three great conversations from North Carolina to your ears via the magic of the internet.

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: 2:33am EDT

Godzilla meets OZ. That's the basic premise behind Zander Cannon's new Oni Press series "Kaijumax", and one that has hooked hordes of new readers to the book. But even that high-concept punch doesn't really prepare you for just how good this book is, which is why Greg made a point to sit down with Zander for this conversation about the book, his approach, and the different elements and aspects that went into its development. What brought the series to Oni Press? How does the book represent a new way of working for him? What was it like working as a layout artist on such books as "Top 10" and "JLA"? What kind of reception has "Kaijumax" received since it launched in April? The answers to all those questions and many more are only a mouse click or finger tap 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 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

We’ve got another double interview episode for you today. 

First up is a talk with Joseph Phillip Illidge. Joe was on the show previously with artist & creative collaborator Shawn Martinbrough. but he joins us solo today to talk about his current weekly column The Mission over at Comic Book Resources. Joe doesn’t shy away from giving his readers an honest take on issues of diversity and other voices in comics, and its that kind of discussion that made me want to have him back on the show. He also gives us some insight into what it was like being an editor in the trenches at both DC and Archaia, and how that experience has changed his own writing on projects like his upcoming original graphic novel with Martinbrough and artist Grey Williamson called “The Ren”. So a little looking back and a little looking forward in this one.   

Then we bring in writer Chris Miskiewicz and artist Palle Schmidt to talk about their recently concluded Boom! miniseries Thomas Alsop, which just saw the release of its first trade paperback last week. You’d think a story about a reality-show-starring magician struggling to protect Manhattan from various mystical evils would be complete fiction, but I assure you that there’s more truth in this book than you would think possible. Separated by the Atlantic Ocean but joined by a desire to make awesome comics (and the one night of drunken debauchery that forged their creative alliance), these two are a team to watch out for.

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: 1:03am EDT

We have two interviews for you today; separated by years but united by the common thread of Hollywood and comics. But not comic book movies so much as comics from movie people.

First up is Greg's talk with actor/director/comedian/writer Dan Fogler. You'll recognize Dan from "Balls of Fury", "Fanboys", "Take Me Home Tonight", "Hannibal", or "Secrets & Lies", but what you might not know about Dan is that he's written some comics as well. Two volumes of "Moon Lake" have been released by Archaia so far, but he's currently Kickstarting his new project, "Brooklyn Gladiator". They talked about that, what books Dan is currently reading (and there are a LOT of them), what it's like being behind the camera as well as in front of it, and more. Dan also tells just who he passed a joint to at the SNL 40th Anniversary Party, so this one's got something for everyone.

If that wasn't enough for you, then Greg's unearthed 2013 talk with writer/director Chad Crawford Kinkle should do the trick. This interview, presumed lost in a hard drive crash, has him talking with Chad about the filmmaker's then-current indie horror movie "Jug Face". Chad lifts the curtain on what goes in to making a film on a reduced budget that still delivers big budget entertainment. They also talk about Chad's comic work, including his graphic novel "Harpe", about the two brothers who were America's first serial killers...back in the 18th century! Greg and Chad talk horror in all forms, and a whole lot 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: 12:52am EDT

When you go into the same field as a successful parent, there are inevitably going to be comparisons about how you measure up to their accomplishments. When you're Brennan Wagner and that parent is Matt Wagner, the accomplishments you're measuring up against are numerous. But Brennan hasn't let that stop him. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone dealing with it with more grace and humor than Brennan. Greg got a chance to finally talk to Brennan about not only his current work on the "Django/Zorro" series written by his father and drawn by Esteve Polls, but what it was like growing up in a family that also included just-retired legendary editor Diana Schutz and editor at Legendary (and Dark Horse, Oni, DC...) Bob Shreck! Brennan drops some truth bombs about being a colorist in this industry, just how many Eisners Dave Stewart has, his own art preferences and influences, and the joys of home-cooked meats. All that and more 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: 7:30pm EDT

"A gay Jew walks into a bar..."

Far from being the setup for a tasteless joke, this is actually the start of how the world was introduced to The Beatles. Brian Epstein, a gay Jewish man from Liverpool, saw the young band playing in a basement club and knew right then and there, before anyone else, that they had something to give to the whole world and that he was the man who make that happen.

Brian's story became the subject of The Fifth Beatle by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew Robinson, and Kyle Baker. This episode gave Greg the chance to follow up with Vivek from their talk last September, and go into further detail about the graphic novel, the film, and comics in general. Find out which cartoonist Vivek studied for guidance on turning music into comics, what an Indian father told him during his trip to Comic Con India in Hyderabad, the thing his historical mentor taught him not to do, which movie was the first Beatles biopic to have actual Beatles music, the comic that taught this only child what having brothers was like, 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: 12:00am EDT

For today's episode Mike sat down with frequent collaborators Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich to talk about their upcoming series Lady Killer. Set in a mid-century America Lady Killer is the story of a modern woman who can have it all: the perfect house, the loving children, and the carreer as a hired assassin. Jamie and Joëlle talk about how this project came to be, the process behind writing characters with complex motivations, etiquite advice, and more. Lady killer is in this month's Previews and is now available for pre-order wherever comics are sold.

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

Mutants. They are the first thing anyone thinks of when they hear the name Chris Claremont. And rightly so; the man wrote the X-Men for an 17-year unbroken stretch, and has returned to the characters several times, including his current run on the Nightcrawler ongoing series. We've even talked about his X-work on the show before.

But there's more to the man than mutants, and Exhibit A in that case is the re-release of The Black Dragon, his miniseries with artist John Bolton originally published by Epic Comics and now brought back into print from Titan Comics. Greg got the chance to talk with Chris about this book, his collaboration with Bolton on that book and others, his thoughts on Gambit and the news that the upcoming film was based on a treatment he wrote, why he still has things to contribute to comics, 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: 10:18pm EDT