Robots From Tomorrow! (interview)

"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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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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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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Two great talks for you in one episode! First off, Greg talks with cartoonist Dean Haspiel about photographer/fumettist/creator Seth Kushner. Seth has been battling leukemia for the past year and has had his share of ups & downs, so Dean brings us up-to-date on how Seth is doing, what Seth has done that you should spend your time & attention on, and how you can help out Seth and his family

Following that, the show leaves the bounds of Earth and heads 22,000 miles (or 36,000 km) upwards to The Fuse, an orbiting power station and the setting for Antony Johnston's newest Image series. The Fuse #7 hits shelves today, and Antony tells Greg all about the series, what went into it, and more. The conversation goes in a few different directions after that, including which is the harder writer to adapt to comics (Alan Moore or William Shakespeare), how Antony became the only writer not named Greg Rucka to write a Queen & Country comic, whether or not he has been asked to write for 2000AD, and what NFL team he follows all the way over in the UK. All that and more is just one click away!

You can read the first issues of The Fuse and Wasteland for free at these links.

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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For today's episode Mike sits down with artist Kody Chambelain to talk about his new series 'Punks'. Co-created with writer Josh Fialkov, 'Punks' is the tale of four friends who may or may not actually like each other and may or may not be in a band. For the look of the comic Kody is working entirely in collage, cutting up photos of guys in suits, bulldogs and Abe Lincoln, and scotch taping the different elements down to create a sequential story. The finished pages serve to enhance the surreal humor that makes up the tone of the comic. There's lots of process talk, which is great because there is nothing on the stands that looks like 'Punks'! Issue one hits stands today from Image Comics.

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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It's the week after Baltimore Comic Con and that means one thing: the Small Press Expo! Greg got a chance to hit the show for all three days and made it out of there with almost two hours worth of interviews. He got the chance to talk to: 

  • Matt Dembicki (XOC, Wild Ocean)
  • Joel Christian Gill (Strange Fruit, Tales of the Talented Tenth)
  • Josh O'Neill (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream)
  • Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, God Is Disappointed In You)
  • Joe Infurnari (The Bunker)
  • Kyle Starks (Sexcastle)
  • Joe Procopio (The Lost Art of Ray Willner)

You also get to hear the second half of the two-part chat with:

  • Chris Pyrate (Feral NYC)
  • Alejandro Bruzzese (Leave This Bright World)

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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For today's episode Mike is joined by writer John Arcudi to discuss his forthcoming Image book Rumble. John is known for his work on BPRD, The Creep and A God Somewhere, as well as working with some of the finest artists in comics today. Artist James Harren is joining John to help tell the tale of Rumble, which focuses on a scarecrow warrior who is past his prime, living in a city that also finds itself on the other side of greatness. John and James are two fantastic creators that, in my opinion, compliment each other's work wonderfully. I'm beyond excited for this series, and hopefully after hearing this you will be, too.

Rumble isn't John's only new series this month's previews brings news off. He'll also be launching Hellboy and the BPRD with Mike Mignola and Alex Maleev. We talk about all of this and more in this wide ranging discussion.

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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It's September in Baltimore and that means one thing: the Baltimore Comic Con! Greg got a chance to hit the show for all three days and made it out of there with almost two hours worth of interviews. He got the chance to talk to: 

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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We're rolling into Baltimore Comicon weekend with this double-shot of interviews! First up, Greg sits down with SPX video interviewers Rusty Rowley and Joe Mochove at a local Starbucks to get some insight on NEXT week's big comic event: the Small Press Expo.  Joe and Rusty have been involved with the show, from either side of the table, almost since its inception, so they have tons of stories to tell. Find out what comic creator Joe was repeatedly mistaken for, which editor almost took comics off Rusty's body with their teeth, just what the Sam Hill toe-shoes are, and why random bursts of chaos can turn good interviews into fantastic ones. Learn everything you need to know about SPX and more right here!

Following that, Greg got a chance to speak with Jorg Tittel about his graphic novel hitting shelves this week: Ricky Rouse Has A Gun. Described as Die Hard in a Chinese knockoff amusement park, Jorg gets a chance to play up some themes of cultural assimilation in between burst of gunfire and massive explosions. Talk then shifts over to the Ricky Rouse music video, Tittel's other film work, and what's next on the horizon for the writer/filmmaker. Spoiler alert: more comics!

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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We usually follow up a spotlight episode with either a Previews exploration or a free-for-all. But this week is different because Jim Rugg himself stopped by our center-of-the-earth recording studio to drop some truth about Street Angel and his career.Jim is one of the most flat-out creative talents working in comics and design today, and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring you this wide-ranging conversation. His latest book is a re-release of his first published work: Street Angel. It's available from Ad House Books and finer comic shops everywhere.

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. Enjoy your funny books.

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