Robots From Tomorrow! (interview)

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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For this week's episode Mike welcomes Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare to the show! Amy and Brandon have been working together for a few years now, and most recently completed the first volume of their creator-owned series Rocket Girl over at Image Comics (available wherever finer comics are sold). What's an artist's motivation for selling original art? How open should creators be with one another in regards to pay and contracts? How do creators stay motivated and not lose steam? Is Klaus Janson's name pronounced with a "J" or a "Y" sound? We cover all this, 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. Enjoy your funny books.

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There have been many tribute books recently that have dropped jaws with their list of contributors, but none have come close to amassing a gobsmackingly powerful collection of talent as Locust Moon's Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream anthology. With over 130 creators attached, each contributing a full page of Nemo-inspired comics that will be printed at the size of Windsor McCay's original strips (a staggering 16"x21"), this book will be the new standard by which other such anthologies will be measured against.

Click here to see the list of creators involved. 

 

With the Kickstarter campaign entering its final week, Greg got a chance to talk to one of the men putting this book together: Locust Moon's Josh O'Neill. They talk about the origins of the project, how the team avoided some of the pitfalls with such a massive book, and why this whole experience has been one of the most emotionally rewarding of his young career. 

Click here to go to the Kickstarter page.

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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The second half of the Robots From Tomorrow Summer Roadtrip is here! Greg made his way down to Charlotte for HeroesCon two weeks ago and returned with audio goodness. In addition to co-hosting the The Hour Cosmic panel with Chad "America's Got" Bowers that saw Tom Scioli, Ming Doyle, and Jim Rugg pitted against each other in a comics trivia deathmatch, Greg got a chance to catch up with Jim, Gabriel Hardman, and Justin Jordan. All that and a little more is served up in one two-hour slab of audio goodness that's only a mouse click away!

(Note: My talk with Gabriel took place while I was sitting for my con portrait; hence the beginning talk about my posture and such. You can see all the amazing portraits at his website.)

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 the show!

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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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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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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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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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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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