017: Phillip Sevy & Drew Zucker

May 26, 2017

It should come as no surprise to listeners of Funny Book Splatter that I love indie comics just as much, if not more than the books coming out of the larger publishers.  Between platforms like Kickstarter and Patreon, there are a lot of ways for creators to get their comics out into the world.  This week I spoke with a creative team publishing digitally through ComiXology Submit with The House.  Writer Phillip Sevy and artist Drew Zucker have created one of the scariest comics I’ve read in recent memory and each issue has really upped the ante.  The House follows a group of Allied Soldiers in World War II who find shelter in an ancient and creepy house during a snowstorm only to find that the building is trying to kill them.  It’s great atmospheric horror that really builds up over time.  

I have a tone that I aim for with every episode of Funny Book Splatter and this conversation with Phillip and Drew is exactly what I’m looking for.  It’s a fun chat with two guys that love the horror genre and are making some excellent horror comics.  The first four issues of The House are currently available on ComiXology.  

Phillip can be found online on Twitter.  Drew can be found online on Twitter and Instagram.

I want to give a quick shoutout to Mr. Roberts who gave Funny Book Splatter its first review on iTunes.  It was five stars and very much appreciated.  As a reminder, reviews and ratings on iTunes help the show tremendously so please be like Mr. Roberts and help spread the word.  Thank you again.  

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016: Jon Parrish

May 19, 2017

This week’s guest is Jon Parrish, the writer of Clusterf@#k from Alterna Comics.  This was one of my favorite comics of the past few years as it’s an absolute blast.  Clusterf@#k is a supernatural buddy cop book that mixes humor, horror, and action.  As with most guests on Funny Book Splatter, Jon has an interesting journey into the medium.  He did his homework and put it in the effort to create a quality comic.  

Jon can be found online at Twitter and his official site.

Over on the Raging Nerdon front, episode 48 just dropped, entitled Every Fart is a D&D Game where we review Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2.  We have some exciting plans for the monumental episode 50 including a special giveaway, so be sure to check out the show at RagingNerdon.com.

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015: Jason Ciaramella

May 12, 2017

We’ve got something a little different for you this week with guest Jason Ciaramella, the writer of the children’s book C is for Cthulhu from ComixTribe.  I’ve been following this brand for some time as I have two little monsters of my own at home and they absolutely love it.  Jason and artist Greg Murphy started out with an ABC book featuring adorable versions of H.P. Lovecraft’s creations.  Since then, they’ve ran a number of successful Kickstarter campaigns for plush toys, coloring books, and now a bedtime story called Sweet Dreams Cthulhu.  At this time, the campaign is not only fully funded, but it’s plowing through stretch goals at an incredible pace.  I am a backer myself and I’m anxiously awaiting getting my hands on the book and sharing it with my kids as it’s a great way to continue their journey into the horror genre.  

Check out the Sweet Dreams Cthulhu Kickstarter here.  Jason can be found online on Twitter

In other news, me and my Raging Nerdon co-host BJ Boothe just released our commentary track for the hit animated film, Bee Movie as episode 47.  I’m sure the public has been clamoring for more Bee Movie talk.  We recorded the episode with special guest, Guillermo del Toro who was the original writer and director of the film. Spoiler alert: That’s not really true and del Toro wasn’t really there, but BJ does do an imitation of him for at least half the episode.  Please don’t sue us.  

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014: Cullen Bunn

May 5, 2017

This week’s guest is one of the most prolific writers in the industry today, Cullen Bunn.  The man has published and is publishing books through Oni Press, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, and now for the very first time with Image Comics with Regression.  If that name sounds familiar, you are right as I had the Regression art team of Danny Luckert and Marie Enger on as guests on episode ten.  Now we’ll get Cullen’s perspective on the intense series.  The first issue is scheduled to drop this upcoming Wednesday, May 10th.  It is an incredible read and you should definitely be picking it up this week.

Cullen can be found online at his official site and on Twitter.

Finally, if you want to hear my soothing voice more often, be sure to check out my other podcast, Raging Nerdon with co-host BJ Boothe.  This week’s episode is called The Auto Shop of Dr. Moreau where we learn about BJ’s secret love of baseball video games and I wonder if Batman is also a ventriloquist.  

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013: Ryan K. Lindsay

April 28, 2017

This week I’ve got a real treat for you.  I had an awesome conversation with Ryan K. Lindsay, the writer of Deer Editor, Headspace, Negative Space, Chum, and the upcoming Beautiful Canvas from Black Mask Studios.  The first issue is set for release in June and it’s currently available for pre-order.  Trust me on this.  You’re going to want to pre-order this book.  It follows Lon Eisley, a hitwoman hired to kill a small child after finding out her girlfriend is pregnant.  Yeah, that’s awkward.  It goes into some crazy and bloody places and it’s well worth checking out.  Sami Kivela drew the hell out of this comic.  He’s a long time collaborator with Ryan and it’s clear they enjoy working together.  

Ryan also sends out a weekly newsletter that chronicles his journey in the comic book industry.  If you are even remotely interested in making comics, it is a must read.

Ryan can be found online at his official website and on Twitter.  The Beautiful Canvas podcast can be found here.  Download the Beautiful Canvas ashcan here

Also, a quick plug for my other podcast, Raging Nerdon with BJ Boothe. Episode 45: There Are Not Butts in America, just dropped where we gush over The Fate of the Furious while BJ’s girlfriend looks on in disdain.  Check it out whereever you get your podcasts.  

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012: Ben Grisanti

April 21, 2017

This week’s guest is Ben Grisanti, the writer of Polybius Dreams, a new mini-series centered on the urban legend of an arcade video game that drives a town to violence.  Ben is currently crowd-funding the first issue on Kickstarter.  I am a backer myself and am really looking forward to diving into this book.  It brings together a bunch of stuff I love like video games, the eighties, and of course, HORROR!  You can read the first seventeen pages online right now to get an idea of what you’re in for.  

Ben can be found online on Twitter and through the Hypnotic Dog Comics site.  The Polybius Dreams Kickstarter runs through May 13th, 2017.  

Finally, I know I plug my other podcast, Raging Nerdon every week.  If you’ve never checked it out, I implore you to listen to the latest episode, #44: Four Lokos and Off-Brand Condoms.  My co-host BJ Boothe tells the most insane story involving canine justice that is well worth a listen.  Check it out whereever you get your podcasts.

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011: Fabian Rangel Jr

April 14, 2017

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Fabian Rangel Jr, the writer of Doc Unknown, Namwolf, Space Riders, and Blood Brothers.  These are some exciting times for Fabian. Doc Unknown will be collected in a new hardcover from Dark Horse Comics this July.  Namwolf starts up on April 19th from Albatross Funnybooks.   Dynamite Entertainment will be serializing Blood Brothers beginning in June. And RIGHT NOW! You can go to your local comic book shop and pick up the first issue of Space Riders Volume 2 from Black Mask Studios.  If you haven’t checked out his work yet, you will have ample opportunity to do so in the coming months.  It is something I highly recommend.  

Fabian can be found online on Twitter.

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010: Danny Luckert & Marie Enger

April 7, 2017

To celebrate reaching the double digits in number of episodes, we’ve got double the guests!  This week I spoke with Danny Luckert and Marie Enger, the artist and colorist, respectively, of Regression, an upcoming series from Image Comics, written by Cullen Bunn.  I got an advanced look at the first issue and I can assure you, this is a comic you will want on your pull list.  It is absolutely terrifying and unlike anything you’ll see on the stands today.  Regression #1 is set for release on May 10th.  It’s currently available for pre-order with the final order cutoff date of April 17th.

Danny can be found online at his official website.  Marie can be found online at her official website and on Twitter

Finally, my non-horror podcast, Raging Nerdon with co-host BJ Boothe, is closing in on fifty episodes.  The latest, Stephen Hawking Superpro, dropped earlier this week and we get real angry about some of the recent comments from Marvel Comics blaming diversity and artists for their recent sales slump.  You can guess what we think of that.

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009: Michael R. Martin

March 31, 2017

This week I spoke with Michael R. Martin, the writer of Blood and Dust from Action Lab: Danger Zone.  This is a stellar horror comic that I described as Vampire Clint Eastwood fights Swamp Thing.  Really cool stuff.  Michael has an inspiring journey as a creator.  He went through all kinds of trials and tribulations to get this book made and he never gave up.  It shows the lengths that a creator can go when he just has to tell his story.  

Michael can be found online on Twitter.

Also, if you like this show, you might like my other show, Raging Nerdon where I chat about nerdy things with my co-host BJ Boothe.  This week we dive into some trailers most notably the recent ones for Justice League and Spider-Man Homecoming.  It’s a good time to be a nerd.  

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008: Michael Gordon

March 24, 2017

This week’s guest is Michael Gordon, the writer of Transdimensional, an upcoming mini-series currently on Kickstarter, set to be released from T Pub Comics.  This is a sci-fi / horror book with some ultra creepy stuff.  I got a look at the first issue and it definitely delivers.  The Kickstarter campaign has already met its funding goal so it is definitely happening.  Michael is a first time creator and you can hear the excitement in his voice when he talks about the project.

Michael can be found online on Twitter along with the official Transdimensional Twitter account.

If you want more geeky goodness from yours truly, be sure to check out Raging Nerdon, my other podcast with co-host BJ Boothe.  This week’s episode has our first guest, Mike Bonizzi who joins us as we go three claws deep into Logan.  Also we fight about X-Men Apocalypse and...Italians?  Look it up at Raging Nerdon.com

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