Robots From Tomorrow! (interview)

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.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:43am EDT

Greg chats it up with Joe Keatinge, fresh off of this month's Image Expo, and you'd better have a comfy chair to listen to this one in, because it is a behemoth! Over two and a half hours of comics talk straight from the man who brought you Hell Yeah!, Glory, and your soon-to-be-favorite title Shutter (announced at the Expo with artist Leila Del Duca), Joe is candid as always, and speaks his mind about Image, Marvel, DC, and a whole bunch of comics on either side of the Atlantic. Find out at what age he read Maus (it's a single digit), what he thought the biggest news out of the Expo was, what his original plans for Morbius were, and what event nearly collapsed the entire comic book industry. All this and more, plus updates on as many of the 10 books he has coming out in April 2014 as legally allowed: Shutter, What If: Age of Ultron, MK: Hulk, Glory HC, and more. AND there's a special segment after the outro with Joe just after he interviewed Jim Steranko at last year's Collector's Con!

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:57am EDT

Guy Adams is a writer who will be reintroducing a little know character to readers in this week's 2000 AD Prog 2014. Back in 1987 maniac-for-hire Ulysses Sweet appeared in the pages of the weekly British comics anthology 2000 AD. He made three appearances, all written by a young Grant Morrison, and then promptly disappeared (we ran said strips here, here and here). We talk to Guy about what it's like to dust off a character like that, as well as his transition from prose writing to 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. Music is John Hughes by Anamanaguchi. Enjoy your funny books.

Direct download: guy_adams_mixdown.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT

With the release of Action Presidents #1 this week, we take this opportunity to bring you a chat with the creative team behind that book, as well as Action Philosophers, Comic Book Comics, and a whole host of other titles from publishers as diverse as Valiant, Marvel, IDW, and Clarkson Potter: Fred van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey! Greg managed to carve out some time from their busy schedules to talk past, present, and future with the duo. And since technical difficulties have presented this talk from being broadcast since its March 2013 recording, their future is our present! None of that pesky waiting around for stuff to happen....it already has! All manner of van Lente/Dunlavey work is discussed, including the aforementioned edu-tainment titles, as well as Ryan's cook book with vegetarian chef Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy) and, of course, Action Presidents! Bon appetit!

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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Category:Interview -- posted at: 11:56pm EDT

Rounding out our coverage of New York Comic Con 2013 is this trio of interviews with Tony Fleecs, Corrina Bechko, and Gabriel Hardman. Greg managed to squirrel away a few minutes with each of these creators to find out what they have worked on that you should check out, and what they have coming up for you to look out for. It turned out to be quite the Noah's Ark of an episode, as talk ranged from the My Little Pony juggernaut to Planet of the Apes to Kinski (which is named after a dog, not the actor). Throw in some non-porn porn, dastardly doings in San Francisco, and a special guest appearance by Ron Marz for a you-are-there experience like no other podcast brings 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. Enjoy your funny books.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

At this year's New York Comic Con Mike had the opportunity to sit and chat with Paul Pope about his latest work Battling Boy. They talk about the story, writing for an all-ages audience, and the influences that went into it.

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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Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT