Robots From Tomorrow! (interview)

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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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

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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