Episode 229 With Brian Berg, Michael NcNaughton – May 18, 2016

This week’s episode features two great interviews with creators at Insane Comics! First up is Brian Berg, co-creator of Ghost #1 with Wade Price. Here’s the book’s description: “Crescent City is a place of two worlds. One is of happiness and beauty, the other is a dark place of blood and pain. Corruption flows through the streets as gang leaders and killers make their mark in the deep south. Only one thing stands against them: an urban legend with a thirst for blood. A legend the city calls ‘Ghost.’” We talk about how this great comic came to be as well as what the series is all about!

Then we wrap things up with a fun chat with Michael McNaughton, who does just about everything on GX #1, the first of a high-octane miniseries. What’s this book about? “A dark evil has emerged from the depths of space, in search of a power that would make them gods. They had captured the Boy Guardian of our universe, using the little remaining power he had the Boy Guardian brings together ten unlikely heroes to save our universe! These Guardians ten have been tasked to protect the ultimate power! But first they must learn to be a team, 10 strangers thrown together, a diverse mix of talents and personalities. This epic story takes you on a wild action packed adventure that will touch all of your emotions as it builds up to the climatic finish!” Michael has a Kickstarter campaign underway, and you can support him by going to this link and helping out!

To get your copies of both books, either digital or paper, go to the store at Insane Comics’ website! Be sure to support these great comics!

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Episode 228 With Jon Santana – May 8, 2016

What makes a hero? That’s just one of the topics I discuss with Indie comics creator Jon Santana during episode 228! Jon’s writing shines in his creations Jaded, Wordsmith, Everhounds and Bejaded, a webcomic based loosely on Jaded. We talk about his realistic take on superheroes in Jaded, and some of what we can expect as this high-octane miniseries concludes with the final three of six issues. You’ll also want to learn about the other projects he has coming, so don’t miss it! To access these books, be sure to go to Jon’s website at this link or check out Drive Thru Comics. Stay tuned for news about comixology and national distribution of the book in local shops, too!  Jon can write everything from serious drama to comedy, so you’ll enjoy what he has to say!

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Episode 227 With Sam Johnson and Mike Gagnon – May 1, 2016

Almighties Amass! This week’s episode features the return of indie comics creators Sam Johnson and Mike Gagnon as they update us on their Almighties series, including a new R-rated version of one of their books now available! We discuss the series and the characters included in these books, which has graduated from a parody comic to an adventure comic in its own right! We also talk about the other projects both of them are working on. I admit it – I got a little carried away with the R-rating at times, but it’s all in good fun to promote Sam and Mike’s excellent product! To get your copies, go to their AlmightiesAmass.com website, at their Facebook group at this location or digitally at comixology.com! If you’re already a fan of The Almighties or even if you aren’t yet, you’re going to enjoy what they have to say, so don’t miss it!

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Episode 226 with Brian Demeter and Josh Geoghagan – April 24, 2016

Indie comics are some of the most creative available today! Here’s a great example – this week, I talk with creators Brian Demeter and Josh Geoghagan about their terrific 40-page one shot graphic novella A Graveyard For Whales. It’s described as “one man’s journey through the fantastic heights and sinister depths of a beautiful and deadly dreamscape that serves as a challenge, a reminder, and a call to adventure!” We discuss how this book came to be, how I came to buy my copy, and what other projects they have coming that we should know about! To get one for yourself, you can go to the book’s Facebook page or Brian’s website to contact him, or attend a convention he’ll be attending such as the upcoming Earth Fest 2016 in Casselberry, Florida, on Saturday, April 30.  It’s a modern-day fable that’s well-told and worth buying! Highly recommended, so don’t miss what they have to say OR their book!

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Episode 225 With Alethea – April 17, 2016

For this week’s episode, I have a special interview with Alethea, the creator of a fascinating Indie series from Insane Comics called Moonlit Dawn: A Mythical Tale.

I love variety in my reading, and this series is enjoyable and creative, so I loved it, of course! Alethea talks about creating the comic (which started out as a webcomic), including the fact that she pretty much creates the book on her own, including plotting, art, coloring and lettering! Wow! We also talked about her love for wolves (many appear in this book), her experience as a comics creator living in the state of Alaska, and conventions she’ll be attending in the near future.

To get your digital or print copy of the prologue as well as issues 1 and 2 of Moonlit Dawn: A Mythical Tale, you can visit the Insane Comics store at their website at this link. Issue 3 will be out in May, so stay tuned! A special thanks to James C. Munch, founding member at Insane Comics, for his help in making this interview happen! Look for more interviews with creators from this high-octane comics company in the near future! Highly recommended! Continue reading

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Episode 224 With Nadja Baer and Nathan Lueth – April 10, 2016

I first discovered Impure Blood and Melting Down at this year’s C2E2, and after reading their great books, I knew I had to interview creators Nadja Baer and Nathan Lueth. They discuss how they’re bringing the Impure Blood series of graphic novels to fans everywhere, including how Nathan introduced Nadja to comics, how they work together as a team, and how they put these books together, including using laying out the pages in landscape format instead of the usual portrait mode comics often appear in. This series is also a webcomic, with a new page appearing every Monday. We also talk about Melting Down, which is described as “a comic for kids with Asperger’s Disorder and challenging behavior,” a comic I found both riveting and educational.

To hear more discussion about Volume 1 of Impure Blood, go to this link for Episode 643 of the Major Spoilers Podcast!

To check out Impure Blood online, you can visit their website at this link. To buy these books, you can also go to this link at Amazon.com for Volume 1, here for Volume 2, and this location for Volume 3.  Volume 4 is due Winter 2017.Melting Down can be found here on Amazon as well.  You can also purchase their comics through the avenues listed in this episode. Highly recommended!

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Episode 223 With Ruben Romero – April 3, 2016

Ruben Romero from Think Alike Productions is back, and he’s got a hot Kickstarter going on for his Three Swords project at this link! He discusses how the comic is a re-imagining of the Three Musketeers, but with a twist! He’s working with Salvagers’ Bob Salley to make this book full of action, adventure and magic! As this episode is being completed, the project was really close to meeting its goal, and when the episode posted, the goal had been met! Don’t let that discourage you – you can get all kinds of great stretch goals if that’s happened! If not, consider helping make their goal with your pledge! Ruben also talks about many of the great things going on at Think Alike Productions such as The Agency, but you can find more at their website here! To buy their comics digitally, go to comixology at this location! Continue reading

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Episode 222 With Warren Simons, Richard Rivera – March 27, 2016

This week is a C2E2 double-header! First up is Warren Simons, editor-in-chief at Valiant Entertainment! I got the chance to interview him at this year’s C2E2, which was the perfect opportunity to catch up on what this excellent comics company has going on these days! We discussed A&A: Archer and Armstrong, the Faith miniseries, and other great books including 4001 A.D. and others! He also talks about what impact if any the recent movie deal Valiant signed will have on their books, so don’t miss it!

Then everything wraps up with the return of Richard Rivera, creator of the great indie comic Stabbity Bunny! He introduces us to his new projects, including Wild Bull & Chipper and a coloring book that was a hit at the aforementioned C2E2 convention! Oh, and he also updates us on how the next issue of Stabbity Bunny is coming along, so you’ll want to hear what he has to say, then check out his stabbity bunny.com website!

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Episode 221 With Jack Trevino, J.C. Baez – March 20, 2016

Looking for more great Star Trek? Be sure to check out Star Trek: Renegades at their website here! The great news for comics fans is that my two guests this week, Jack Trevino and J.C. Baez, have played important roles in making a prequel comic that will enhance your enjoyment of their first episode! We talk about Trek, of course, and what the future holds for this excellent series of films as well as more comics based on them! If you love Trek or even if you don’t yet, be sure to listen to what Mr. Trevino and Mr. Baez have to say. You can also become part of their project, so be sure to go to this webpage after you listen to this episode!

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Episode 220 With Travis Vengroff – March 13, 2016

It’s time to check in with Travis Vengroff, one of the main creative forces behind Liberty, which is fast becoming an independent multi-media franchise! During this 220th episode, Travis will update us on their Liberty: Critical Research audio drama podcast as well as the Liberty: Deception comic book in the works, among other things! During our discussion, Travis focuses on their upcoming Kickstarter campaign, which will be launching very soon – on Tuesday, March 15. He’ll also tell us how to keep up with his ever-growing franchise, so you’ll want to hear what Travis has to say! You can listen to their podcasts at this link and learn more about the comic book here!

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