Robots From Tomorrow! (interview)

When someone in comics describes something as Workman-like, that is a compliment of the highest order, because John Workman has done just about every job in the industry and done so with a consistent excellence for over four decades. Known primarily for his award-winning lettering for such projects as Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol, Paul Pope's 100%, Tommy Lee Edwards' Marvel 1985, and the majority of Walt Simonson's output, Workman has also been a writer, essayist, cartoonist, and the Art Director for Heavy Metal during the late 70's and early 80's heydey. He has also been one of the few letterers to really thrive in the digital age, using a hybrid work process to marry electronic efficiency with analog personality. In between his work on the Mega Man/Sonic books for Archie Comics, a new project with Tommy Lee Edwards, and lettering Simonson's new Ragnarok series from IDW, he spared a few hours to talk with Mike and Greg about his career, what he's seen, and where he thinks comics are going from here.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

For today's episode Mike sits down with Douglas Wolk and Ulises Farinas! These guys are about to wrap up their IDW mini-series "Judge Dredd Mega-City Two", a story that sees its titular character dropped into an environment unlike any he'd seen before. The series capteres some of the zany magic of the early Dredd stories, while introducing readers to all sorts of new characters with distinctly Californian motivations. In the west coast Mega-City Two we get to see Dredd on a beach, driving a car, and starring in his own reality television show. Wolk and Farinas talk about their collaboration on the project, the influences they drew upon, and the Judge Dredd movie. Not the new one, the other one.

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. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

For those of you who weren't able to make it to AwesomeCon this past weekend, don't worry. Robots From Tomorrow was there to grab almost two hours of audio interviews. Steve Niles, Justin Jordan, Carla Speed McNeil, Jamal Igle, Chris Pyrate, Jeremy Whitley, and Andrew Carl took time out of their busy con experience to give you updates on their current projects. So if you wanted to know about things like Bartkira, The Spread, Molly Danger, Princeless, Finder, Breath of Bones, Green Lantern, The October Faction, Feral NYC, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, and a whole lot more, this is the episode to listen to.

And if that wasn't enough, Greg also got a chance to sit down with Third Eye Comics' Steve Anderson (co-sponser of AwesomeCon) before the show and pick his brain on one of best Free Comic Book Day events on the East Coast. Plus he talks store variant covers, and why Stray Bullets is one of his favorite series of all time.

And if THAT wasn't enough, Greg still had time to chat with Collectors Corner's Andrea Purcell about the OTHER best Free Comic Book Day on the East Coast, her Girls Only Comics Club initiative, what she's reading to stay up on things, and why she read Arkham Asylum 15 times.

And if THAT's not enough, then you'll just have to hold on until our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode next week. But until then, all the above goodness is just 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. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:26am EDT

This week, Greg gets a chance to talk with the creative duo of artist Shawn Martinbrough and editor Joseph Illidge. Their partnership started in turn-of-the-century Gotham City, with Shawn's run on Detective Comics, and has spanned the last 15 years. Over that time the two have collaborated on Shawn's art book How To Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling, and have a 200-page graphic novel illustrated by Grey Williamson called The Ren, a love story set against the backdrop of the Harlem Rennaisance, set to be published by First Second in 2015. Oh, and Shawn draws a little book for some guy named Kirkman called Thief of Thieves, which just locked in Andy Diggle as full-time writer with this week's issue #20. Find out about all that, plus why Shawn's art both is and is not cinematic, what movie Joseph could watch once a week for the rest of his life, and who created the Batman equivalent of the Fastball Special, the dive bomb! 

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. Music is "Let The Good Times Roll" by Fishbone and "Honeysuckle Rose" by Fats Waller. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:55am EDT

This week, Greg gets a chance to talk with Image creator Leila del Duca, whose series Shutter (with writer Joe Keatinge) is not only her first book with that company, but also her first work published by one of the Big Three. Set in a modern world where mythology and all manner of fantastical elements are as common as subway trains and Starbucks, Shutter is about Kate Kristopher, a young woman who left a life of exploration and adventure behind only to find that world not so eager to let her walk away. Leila talks all about the book, how she got to this point, and such other topics as why burning bridges is never a good thing, circle Mignola versus straight-line Mignola, just what the hell “dry brush” is for those of us not artistically inclined, reverse-engineering comics, Goodwin & Williamson’s Star Wars daily strip, and the bottle of wine at New York Comicon 2012 that changed her life forever. All that and a whole lot more is just 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. Music is "Easy Eats or Dirty Doctor Galapagos" by Man Man. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:40am EDT

James Sime runs The Isotope Lounge, voted Best Comic Shop in San Francisco by the SF Bay Guardian for the last 11 years. He has a suit for every occasion (including under-the-hood auto maintenance) and, when combined with his distinctive electroshock pompadour, cuts the figure of a man engaged in the serious business of being the coolest dude in the room. Little Green Bag by the George Baker Selection has been known to start playing out of nowhere as James walks down a hallway. He once enrolled in and dropped out of a college simply to get the ID card so he could apply for a checking account. His early support and patronage helped give a boost to some of today's most successful comic creators, such as Robert Kirkman, Ed Brubaker, and Brian Wood, but he also packs just as much enthusiam into racking mini-comics on his shelves from creators as young as 7 years old. No one gets carded at the Isotope Lounge, because what they have on tap is comics for all ages, genders, and tastes. Greg went on location to talk to James, the Comic Pimp, in his element. The conversation covered the nature of 'cool', James' holistic approach to marrying brick & mortar retailing with digital sales, taking MorrisonCon from idea to once-in-a-lifetime event, reading his customers minds, and what surprises a guy who's been selling comics for over 13 years.

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. Music is Little Green Bag by the George Baker Selection. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 4:40am EDT

In his almost nine years behind the mic, John Siuntres has built Word Balloon into THE go-to podcast for long-form creator interviews. While almost all comic podcasters (us included) are coming into this medium from other fields, John brings nearly 30 years of broadcast journalism experience to his show. We have been big fans of John’s for a while now, and are thrilled and honored to bring you this chat we had with him. Find out what made John go from talking sports during the day to comics at night, who he thinks are the people to look out for to get the good interviews, and what creators he has on his “must get” list. We started John talking and held on for the ride; have a listen and find out where he took us!

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. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

Today we welcome Michael Avon Oeming to the show! Michael is the co-creator and artist on titles like Mice Templar, Powers and Takio, as well as the writer and artist of The Victories. Last Saturday it was announced that he'll be launching a new series with long time collaborator Brian Bendis called The United States of Murder INC. This episode has lots of talk about creating characters, conspiracy theories, juggling work 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. Music is The Arsonist by The Extraordinaires. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

Today we are joined form across the Black Atlantic by writer Rob Williams! Rob's knee deep in all sorts of new comics work, so there's a lot to cover. He's currently writing the weekly Judge Dredd stip for 2000 AD, getting ready to launch new creator owned mini series at Titan and Vertigo, and helping reintroduce Marvel UK characters to the world. Rob is an incredibly inventive writer who's worked with some of the best artists out there, and we are glad he was able to carve out a little time to talk with us.

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. Today's music is Oh Mandy by The Spinto Band. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

As their acclaimed digital creator-owned series The Bunker makes its transition to print from Oni Press on February 12th, Greg sits down with writer Josh Fialkov and artist Joe Infurnari for an in-depth discussion about the book and the process of taking it from idea to reality. Josh and Joe show that they are a true collaborative team in every respect, as they tag-team for the funny and the heartfelt in this interview. And after that, Greg goes one-on-one with Joe to talk about his graphic novel Marathon (written by Boaz Yakin), which gives an account of the story behind the Greek victory at Marathon that is much more interesting and gripping than one man simply running 26 miles and collapsing. It is a book that was overlooked when it first came out, but deserves a second (or in most cases, first) look. Listen to Joe go in depth about bringing that work from Yakin's brain to the page. It's over two hours of talk from a pair of comics' rising stars that you won't want to miss!

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. Music is Marathon by Rush. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: Josh_Fialkov-Joe_Infurnari_02.05.14.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:43am EDT