084: Michael Hague

September 21, 2018

This week’s guest is writer / artist Michael Hague.  He recently created an incredible adaptation / continuation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula called Mammon, currently available from Dark Horse Comics.  Hague’s artwork is something completely unique that you won’t find anywhere else on comic shelves today. It’s a very interesting story with a number of unexpected twists and turns.  Plus, there are monkey ninjas in it.

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083: Drew Edwards & Paulo Hernandez

September 14, 2018

This week’s guests are Drew Edwards and Paulo Hernandez.  Drew is the creator and writer of Halloween Man, a long-running horror webcomic.  Paulo is one of the artists on the new Halloween Man anthology comic Bat City Special, currently on Indiegogo.  This comic serves as a spooky love letter to the city of Austin, Texas and it’s clear from speaking to these two creators that they care deeply for that town.

There’s still plenty of time to back the Indiegogo campaign.  Rewards include numerous Halloween Man comics as well as original artwork, comissions, t-shirts, and more.

More information can be found at HalloweenMan.com.  Drew can be found online on Instagram as @Drew_Halloween.  He’s also one of the hosts of the Castle of Horror podcast.  Paulo can be found at his official site, FiveLineGraphics.net.

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082: Ben Grisanti #2

September 7, 2018

Ben Grisanti returns!  He was last on the show to talk about Polybius Dreams, his ‘80s horror comic with a haunted video game.  This time around, Ben has a new creepy one-shot called Secret Santas that could very well become a new holiday tradition...just not one you’ll share with your kids.

Ben is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of Secret Santas.  It’s well worth checking out.

You can find more about Ben’s work at HypnoticDogComics.com.  Ben can also be found on Twitter as @BenGrisanti.

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081: Tom Ward

August 31, 2018

This week’s guest is Tom Ward, the writer of Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman.  This indie darling follows the fictional adventures of the real life Elephantman diving into the supernatural and the occult.  The character has even had a crossover with another indie character, Dr. Crowe.

Tom is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of issues #7 and #8.  You can check out the entire first issue for free before backing the campaign.

Tom can be found online on Twitter as @HighBrowTrash.

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Interlude 2: If You Watch This, I’ll Read That #1

August 24, 2018

Due to a scheduling snafu, I don’t have a guest this week.  I’ve got a few horror comics creators lined up for the next batch of episodes, but this ended up being an off week.  Don’t worry though. I’m prepared for this. This has happened once before in between episodes 25 and 26 where I played the introduction episode of the first, but lost HorrorTalk podcast, If You Watch This, I’ll Read That.

If you haven’t listened to that episode, here’s a quick recap.  The show is hosted by myself and my editor Steve Pattee. The idea is that I don’t watch a ton of horror movies and Steve doesn’t read a ton of horror comics so he’d give me a movie to watch and I’d give him a comic to read.  Then we’d come back and talk about it. This is the first discussion episode where I watched The Exorcist for the first time ever and Steve read one of my all-time favorite horror comics, Colder. This was recorded a few years ago, back when Colder was only a single mini-series.  Now it’s a trilogy.

We recorded four episodes of If You Watch This, I’ll Read That over the course of several months.  These never made it out into the world because we couldn’t quite get on a more routine schedule. I intend to launch a Patreon for Funny Book Splatter by the end of the year and this show is one of the goals I’ve outlined.  I want to try and carve out at least one a month. So, if you like the show, please let me know. I can be reached via email at JFerguson@horrortalk.com and on Twitter as @JamesFerguson.  I would love to hear what you think.

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week.

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080: Zack Kaplan

August 17, 2018

This week’s guest is writer Zack Kaplan, the writer of Lost City Explorers, Port of Earth, and the reason I wanted to talk to him on this show, Eclipse.  This is an awesome horror / sci-fi comic where the sun is the villain. If you step foot into daylight, your flesh will melt instantly. As a fair-skinned individual, I’ve always know the sun was up to no good.  

You can get the first two trade paperbacks of Eclipse now, which collect the first 8 issues.  Eclipse #9, which kicks off the penultimate story arc, just came out a couple weeks ago.

Zack can be found online at his official site, ZackKaps.com and on Twitter as @zackkaps.

Quick note on this episode.  Somewhere in the middle my voice gets way deeper and I sound really weird.  I have no idea what happened. Maybe I hit puberty during the interview. In any case, I did my best to clean up the audio, but it still sounds a little funny.  

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079: Greg Smith, Michael Tanner & Zach Lehner

August 10, 2018

This week I’ve got a packed house for you.  Greg Smith, Michael Tanner, and Zach Lehner are here to talk about their young adult horror series, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse from Oni Press.  The comic follows a group of scouts as they return from a camping trip to find a zombie apocalypse has decimated their hometown. The second volume, Out of the Woods, just dropped this week.  

Quick note on the audio for this show. We had some technical difficulties getting Zach connected, but we figure it out a few minutes after we started chatting.  We could see Zach, but not hear him. That’s why we get so excited when he chimes in all of a sudden.

You can find out more about Junior Braves of the Apocalypse at the official site, JuniorBraves.com, Facebook.com/JuniorBraves65, @JuniorBraves65 on Twitter, and @JuniorBraves on Instagram.  Zach can be found online on Instagram @lehnerzach. Greg can be found on Twitter @ThatAmazingTwit. Michael can be found on Twitter @MikeIsErnie.

In other news, I recently posted the latest Loot Crate unboxing videos to the HorrorTalk YouTube channel.  I film these with my two kids and they’re increasingly out of control. In the newest one, my three year old tries to slit my throat with a plastic scalpel.  It’s a little nuts. Check them out and subscribe to the channel for more of these unboxing videos and other content.

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078: Charlie Stickney & Conor Hughes

August 3, 2018

This week’s guests are Charlie Stickney and Conor Hughes, the writer and artist of White Ash.  They describe this book as “Romeo & Juliet meets Lord of the Rings in rural Pennsylvania.” If that doesn’t hook you, nothing will.  Charlie and Conor are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the third issue of White Ash. They’ve already doubled their funding goal.  You can check out a preview of the first issue on the Kickstarter page. I’ve already sung it’s praises with a review.

Charlie and Conor also recently exhibited at San Diego Comic Con for the first time.  It was super awesome to hear about this experience bringing an indie comic to the biggest comic convention around.

You can find more information about White Ash at the official site, WhiteAshComic.com.  Conor has a Twitch stream where you can see him drawing in real time at Twitch.TV/ConorHughes.

In other news, past guest Frank Martin has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the collected edition of Modern Testament.  He’s already met his funding goal so you can back this one with confidence.

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077: K. Michael Russell

July 27, 2018

This week’s guest is K. Michael Russell, the colorist of such horror comics as Hack Slash: Resurrection, Glitterbomb, Yakuza Demon Killers, and Steele Vs.  He graciously answered all of my ignorant questions about coloring and his process. Colorists are an underappreciated portion of the comics industry.

K. Michael Russell can be found online at his official site, ComicColor.com.  He also runs an online art school at 01ArtSchool.com and a YouTube channel showing how to color comics.  He’s sharing his knowledge to help train the next generation of colorists.

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076: M.L. Miller #2

July 20, 2018

This week, writer M.L. Miller returns to talk about the conclusion of Gravetrancers from Black Mask Studios.  This has been a trippy and unpredictable read. No character is safe from this insanity. The fourth and final issue of Gravetrancers is due out on July 25th.  

You can find more from M.L. Miller at his official site, MLMillerWrites.com.  He also has his own podcast called Spoiler Alert.

In other news, the first volume of Long Lost from previous guest, Matthew Erman and artist Lisa Sterle is now out in stores.  This collects the first six issues of the series so if you slept on this in single issues, you can pick it up in the trade paperback.  On the Kickstarter front, past guest Mike Garley has returned with more Samurai Slasher. This time it’s a Survive Your Own Adventure book.  That’s right. It’s a horror version of the classic Choose Your Own Adventure series.

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