041: Tim Seeley & Stephen Molnar

November 17, 2017

I’ve got a twofer for you this week as my guests are Tim Seeley and Stephen Molnar, the creative team behind Imaginary Fiends, debuting on November 22nd from Vertigo.  The comic follows a young woman named Melba who has been in a juvenile detention center for the past six years after brutally murdering her friend.  It turns out she did this because her imaginary friend told her to.  This gets her recruited by a mysterious group within the FBI to handle these Interdimensional Mental Parasites.  The premise of Imaginary Fiends is top notch and it quickly establishes a world of endless storytelling possibilities.  Plus, it’s creepy as Hell.

Tim can be found online on Twitter @HackinTimSeeley.  Stephen doesn’t do social media.

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040: Doug Wagner

November 10, 2017

This week’s guest is Doug Wagner, the writer of Plastic, now available in trade paperback from Image Comics.  Plastic is hands down one of my favorite comics of the year.  It features artwork by Daniel Hillyard and colors by Laura Martin.  This is a story about a man named Edwyn who is trying to win back the love of his life, Virginia who has been kidnapped by the mob.  Also, Virginia is a rubber sex doll.  This is a dark humor book covered in blood and it is so much fun.  I cannot recommend it enough.  

Doug can be found online at his official website, ShockNoggin.com and on Twitter at @Doug_Wagner.

Quick update for you on the Kickstarter front.  Past guest, Ryan K. Lindsay has a new Kickstarter campaign for a sci-fi spacesuit noir one-shot called Stain the Seas Scarlet with artist Alex Cormack.  It’s a pretty awesome comic and the entry price is very low so it’s easy to jump right in and enjoy.  

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039: Clay Adams

November 3, 2017

This week’s guest is Clay Adams, the writer of Deadskins, Pregnant Bitches of War, and Red Xmas.  Clay is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to publish the next issue of Red Xmas called O Holy Crap.  It’s a fun horror comedy where Santa Claus goes off the rails.  If you want to check out the entire first issue as well as a preview of the second chapter, sign up to the Fried Comics mailing list at friedcomics.com/free.

Clay can be found online on Twitter at @ClaysEvilTwin.  Fried Comics can be found online at FriedComics.com and at Facebook.com/friedcomics.

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038: Kevin Joseph

October 27, 2017

Well, folks. I’m beginning to think I’m cursed.  I had a great interview with Jacob Semahn and Jorge Corona, the creative team behind No. 1 With a Bullet, set for release next week from Image Comics.  When I went to edit the file, I found that my audio was lost, so it was a weird two-thirds of a conversation.  I’m obviously super bummed about this because they were both awesome guests.  I’m determined to get them back on the show again soon, perhaps when the trade paperback is released.  In the meantime, you can check out the first issue of No. 1 With a Bullet this Wednesday, November 1st.  It’s a creepy tale about how our use of social media can go horribly wrong.  While you’re at it, if you haven’t already, please check out their previous book, Goners, which is one of my favorites in recent years.

Fortunately, I have some other interviews lined up so I am just going to adjust the schedule a little.  This week’s guest is now Kevin Joseph, the writer of Tart, a supernatural time-traveling detective comic.  Kevin is currently crowdfunding the release of Tart #6, illustrated by Karl Moline.  The Kickstarter campaign has already met its funding goal and is plowing through stretch goals.  Kevin also has a new one-shot coming out soon from Source Point Press called Morte.  It’s a gripping tale of the last man on earth told almost entirely without dialogue.  There’s literally one word in it.  

Kevin can be found online at KechalComics.com and on Twitter at @bnokj.  Be sure to sign up to his newsletter at KechalComics.com/freecomics and you’ll get five free books, including the first three issues of Tart.  

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037: Mina Elwell

October 20, 2017

This week’s guest is Mina Elwell, the writer of InferNoct, a new series from Scout Comics that just debuted this week.  It’s a moody, Lovecraftian mini-series that really gets under your skin.  The comic follows Sam, a young girl starting a new job as an in-house nurse for an elderly man.  Things start out a little weird at first and only get stranger as the comic goes on, leading to some pretty crazy reveals in the first issue alone.  

Mina can be found online on Twitter at @MinaElwell.  InferNoct can be found on Twitter at @InferNoct_Comic and on Facebook and Instagram at @Infernoct.

This week’s episode is also brought to you by Mutiny, the new horror film that follows Christina, a young reporter who struggles with anxiety, that discovers a virus that causes the infected to harm themselves in violent, and sometimes fatal ways. As Christina's boss pressures her to scrap the story, she starts to see signs of the virus all around her. Now, she must decide whether the real danger is out there or in her mind. If you're into body horror and social satire, this is the movie for you.  Plus, if you’re a fan of The Kill Screen from previous Funny Book Splatter guest, Mike Garley, this will be right up your alley.  I love how the wonders of modern technology have led to a whole new breed of horror story.

The crowdfunding campaign for Mutiny launches today (October 20th), where your contribution can get you exclusive content, a pre-screening of the film, and even a walk on role on set! Join Mutiny on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @MutinyTheFilm to find out how you can get involved and help bring this project to life.  

In other news, a quick update for you.  My very first Funny Book Splatter guest, Dirk Manning has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Tales of Mr. Rhee: Volume 4. Everything Burns.  The campaign met its funding goal in under four hours and is already plowing through stretch goals.  Dirk always overdelivers on his Kickstarter campaigns including extra comics, prints, and more.  In other news, Heavenly Blues from previous guest Ben Kahn has been optioned by 51 Minds to be turned into a feature film.  As a reminder, Heavenly Blues is basically Ocean’s Eleven in Hell.  This is some great news for Ben and I can’t wait to see how the movie turns out.  

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036: NYCC Special

October 13, 2017

Well folks, my guest this week was supposed to be writer David Gallaher.  We had a fantastic chat about his comic, High Moon, a supernatural western starring a werewolf.  Unfortunately, when I went to edit the interview, half of the audio was crazy corrupted. This is really unfortunate, because David is a great guy and we had a super fun chat about his book.  The first volume of High Moon is called Bullet Holes and Bite Marks and it debuts on October 17th.  It features amazing artwork by Steve Ellis, who draws monsters like no other.  High Moon is a trilogy and the second volume is set for release in May 2018.  

So, what am I to do without a guest this week?  Well, I did attend New York Comic Con last week and I did a few interviews from the show floor.  I was planning on dropping these as smaller bonus episodes throughout the next couple weeks, but instead, I’m putting them all in here.  There are three total.  

First is Dave Scheidt and Scoot McMahon, the creators of a new all ages horror comic called Wrapped Up from Lion Forge Comics.  The first issue came out this week and it’s really fun.  It follows a mummy named Milo as he gets into all kinds of spooky misadventures.  If you want a peek at the comic, there will be a special free issue available for Halloween ComicFest at the end of the month at participating comic shops.

The second interview is with writers Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer.  Their book, Calla Cthulhu is a coming-of-age adventure story currently available from Dark Horse Comics.

The third and final interview is with Jamie Madrox and Monoxide, otherwise known as Twiztid.  They were on hand as they’re starring in a new one-shot comic called Haunted High-Ons from Source Point Press.  The book is written by Dirk Manning and illustrated by Marianna Pescosta and Alessandro De Fornasari.  It debuted at the show and is currently available at the Twiztid Shop and the Source Point Press site.

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035: R. Thomas Favino

October 6, 2017

This week’s guest is R. Thomas Favino, the writer of Voodoo Detective, a new breed of supernatural detective.  The oversized first issue is currently on Kickstarter and features four separate stories, each building to a larger overall arc.  I’ve had a chance to check it out already and it’s pretty cool.  It’s a nice blend of horror and pulp that makes its way through the South.

R. Thomas can be found online on Twitter at @RThomasFavino and Voodoo Detective can be found at Facebook.com/VoodooDetective.

In other news, October is a huge month for horror comics and I’ve got quite a few updates for you.  Ben Grisanti is back on Kickstarter for issue #2 of Polybius Dreams, the series about a small town driven to chaos by a haunted arcade game in the 1980s. Phillip Sevy and Drew Zucker have completed their awesome digital series, The House and have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to release a collected edition.  Finally, Michael R. Martin has also just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the second volume of the vampire series, Blood & Dust: Glenny Family Values.  As always, I’ve personally backed these projects myself.  I encourage you to do the same as these are some pretty awesome books right here.

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034: Kyle Starks

September 29, 2017

This week’s guest is Kyle Starks, the writer of Dead of Winter from Oni Press.  This is a zombie comic based on the popular table-top games of the same name and it is loads of fun.  Kyle describes the series as “Air Bud meets the Walking Dead.”  If that doesn’t sell you, nothing will.  The first two issues of this four issue mini-series are out now and they are really great.  Issue #3 is set for release on October 18th.

In addition to Dead of Winter, Kyle has some other non-horror books that he writes and illustrates including Sexcastle, Rock Candy Mountain, and Kill Them All, which was just released by Oni Press this week.  If you haven’t checked out his work yet, you are in for a treat.  

Kyle can be found online on Twitter as @TheKyleStarks.  He also has a Patreon page at patreon.com/kylestarks.

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033: Mike Garley

September 22, 2017

This week my guest is Mike Garley, the writer of Samurai Slasher and The Kill Screen.  The former is an homage to old school slasher movies featuring a samurai, while the latter is set in a world where computer viruses can infect mankind.  There’s currently a Kickstarter campaign to fund the print run of a new 70 page Kill Screen collection called Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost.  At the time of this recording, the campaign has already met its funding goal and is marching towards some stretch goals.  And yes, I backed the campaign.

Mike has also recently released a small print run of 666 copies of a new Samurai Slasher one-shot called Late Fees.  There will be a Kickstarter campaign for a new Slasher series coming soon.  

Mike can be found online on Twitter and Facebook as @MikeGarley.  He also has a Patreon set up for Kill Screen with Joshua Sherwell where you can get some more from that series.

Quick update for you on some past guest activity.  The Colder Omnibus mentioned in the episode with writer Paul Tobin will be released next week on September 27th.  I cannot recommend that series enough.  

Also, as a reminder, I’ll be at New York Comic Con in a few weeks.  I’m planning on doing some interviews from the show floor and will probably drop these as smaller, bonus episodes sometime in October.  If you’re going to be at the show, please let me know and we can chat.

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032: Garth Matthams

September 15, 2017

This week’s guest is Garth Matthams, the writer of Witch Creek Road.  This comic is yet another reason to stay out of the woods.  It follows a group of kids who head out into the wilderness for a night of debauchery only to find demons and death.  

Garth is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of the second issue.  I’ve backed the campaign and I strongly encourage you to do the same.  I got a glimpse at this new issue and it just might be scarier than the first, which is saying something.  Entry level for this Kickstarter is one dollar...Canadian.  I don’t even know what they use for money in Canada...Hockey pucks?  That gets you the full 32 page issue as a PDF.  That’s a total no-brainer for a great horror comic.  

If you’re somehow still on the fence, you can check out a black-and-white version of the first issue for free on Tapas or Webtoons.  Trust me though, it’s worth the dollar.

Garth can be found online at his official website, ReleasingTheSerpents.com.  

I want to give a few quick updates on some stuff coming from past guests.  At the time of this episode’s release, you have a few hours left to back Transdimensional #2 on Kickstarter, written by Michael Gordon who was a very early guest on the show.  If you missed the Kickstarter campaign for Sink, the first issue just hit comic shops this week.  That’s written by John Lees, another early guest.  You may have to look hard for it because the book has been selling out all over the place.  Lastly, as a reminder, Glitterbomb: The Fame Game debuts next week on September 20th, written by past guest, Jim Zub.

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