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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075: Joseph Oliveira #2

July 13, 2018

This week’s guest is Joseph Oliveira, returning to the show to talk about his new project, Wendigo Wood.  I had first spoken with Joseph over a year ago, early in his comics career. Since then he’s had a few successful Kickstarter campaigns to fund the release of the first two issues of Ghost Island and an anthology called Folk Tales of the Cryptids.  He’s on Kickstarter again to fund the release of the first issue of Wendigo Wood, another comic that gives me a perfect excuse to avoid the outdoors.

Joseph can be found online at AfterLightComics.com.  Sign up for his newsletter to receive a free PDF of Ghost Island #1.  You can also follow him on Twitter at @AfterLightComic.

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074: Phil Butehorn

July 6, 2018

This week I’ve got something a little different for you.  I speak with Phil Butehorn, another writer just starting out in the horror comics industry.  We compare notes on first projects and processes including getting out ideas, working with creative teams, and pitching.  

Phil also runs the I Love Horror Comics Facebook page.  If you’re a fan of this show, you should definitely go over there and give it a Like.  Phil can also be found at Illuminerdi.com and on Twitter @TheIllumiNerdi.

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073: Michael Sambrook

June 29, 2018

This week’s guest is Michael Sambrook, one of the minds behind Griff Gristle and the horror anthology comic, Horrere.  Michael is part of a group of creators in the UK steadily pumping out some solid indie comics so I’ve been eager to speak to him.  Unfortunately, this interview gets cut short due to some day job responsibilities. I intend to have Michael back on the show soon along with some of his colleagues from Madius Comics.

Michael will be tabling at Glassgow Comic Con this Saturday, June 30th where he’ll have copies of Horrere #3 available in print for the first time.  This was first released in digital this past Halloween. Horrere is carrying on the tradition of classic horror anthology comics like Tales from the Crypt and Creepy.  

Michael can be found on Twitter at @Rapiaghi.  Follow along with Madius Comics on Twitter at @MadiusComics.  You can find Michael’s work on the Comichaus app, as well as at payhip.com/horrere.

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072: Nick Keller, Conor Nolan & Kelly Fitzpatrick

June 22, 2018

This week, for the first time, I’ve got three guests on the show.  I spoke with Nick Keller, Conor Nolan, and Kelly Fitzpatrick, the writer, artist, and colorist (respectively) of Bedtime Games.  This is an awesome new horror series from Dark Horse Comics set to debut on Wednesday, June 27th. It has a definite Stephen King vibe to it too as the comic follows three kids who head into a tunnel looking for mischief and end up uncovering a horrifying monster.  

Nick can be found at his official website, NickFKeller.com and on Twitter @NickFKeller. Conor can be found at his official website, ConorNolan.com and on Twitter @conor_draws. Kelly can be found on Twitter @wastedwings.  You can follow Kelly’s dog on Instagram at @bostonboyarchie and Conor’s dog at @mayorofpuppytown.

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071: Michael Stark

June 15, 2018

This week’s guest is Michael Stark, the co-writer of Wolverton: Thief of Impossible Objects.  Michael’s journey is pretty interesting as he had originally intended for Wolverton to be a feature film, but producers told him they were only buying IP that was a comic book first...so he made it into a comic.  He used Kickstarter to fund the printing of the first issue of a planned six issue series.

You can learn more about Wolverton at the official site, WolvertonComicBook.com and on Twitter @wolvertoncomic.

In other news, previous guest and prolific horror comics writer Cullen Bunn is on Kickstarter with an original graphic novel called Metro.  It’s co-written by Brian Quinn from Impractical Jokers and illustrated by Walt Flanagan. As a big fan of Tell Em, Steve-Dave, I was all over this.  Cullen Bunn’s involvement certainly didn’t hurt.

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070: Matthew Summo

June 8, 2018

This week’s guest is Matthew Summo, the writer of Dedication from the now defunct Double Take Studios.  Matthew’s story is fascinating as he was front and center for the rise and fall of Double Take so I pick his brain about how it all went down.  His work has already been featured in a recent FUBAR anthology.

Matthew can be found online at his official website, MattSummo.com and on Twitter @mattmanbegins.

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069: Jacob Semahn & Jorge Corona (w/ Jen Hickman)

June 1, 2018

This week I’ve got a do-over interview with Jacob Semahn and Jorge Corona, the writer and artist of No. 1 with a Bullet from Image Comics.  You may recall that I spoke with them previously but the audio files were corrupted so the interview got scrapped. They were kind enough to speak with me again now that the series has wrapped up.  No. 1 with a Bullet is a very timely and chilling look at our use of technology and social media. It could not be more relevant.

As a bonus, colorist Jen Hickman also joins in the chat for a bit too, reflecting on her choices for the color scheme of No. 1 with a Bullet.  

The series’ covers were nominated for an Eisner and once you see them you will understand why.  They’re pretty awesome. All six issues of No. 1 with a Bullet along with the six page prologue story will be collected in a trade paperback available at your local comic book shop on Wednesday, June 6th.  

Jacob can be found on Twitter at @SaxonJacob and Jorge can be found on Twitter @jecorona.

In other news, past guest Stephan Franck has returned to Kickstarter to fund the release of the fourth and final volume of his vampire heist comic, Silver.  I was quick to back this campaign because it has been an awesome ride so far. As a special reward, backers at certain levels can receive a slipcase to store all four volumes which will look pretty cool on the book shelf.  

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068: Enrica Jang

May 25, 2018

This week’s guest is Enrica Jang, the writer of Crossing from Red Stylo Media.  This is a solid and unique ghost story comic. I was blown away by the first issue so I was quick to back her new Kickstarter campaign for the second and third issues.  At the time of this recording, Enrica is halfway to her funding goal with three weeks left. After the campaign meets its budget, the only stretch goals planned are for more comics which is something I really respect.  I think we can all get behind more comics.

You can find Enrica and Red Stylo Media at RedStylo.com as well as Facebook and Twitter.  If you back the Red Stylo Media Patreon, you’ll receive access to the previous anthology titles from the publisher too.

In other news, former guest Pat Shand is back on Kickstarter to fund the release of the original graphic novel Afterglow with artist K. Lynn Smith.  It’s a post-apocalyptic adventure following a girl and her giant mutated cat. I’m so in.

In other other news, I had mentioned some time ago that I was going to make a comic.  That is still happening and is moving forward to some extent. After completing the Comics Experience Intro to Comic Book Writing course (which I highly recommend), I ended up with a five page script that I was really happy with.  I am now working on getting this made. It’s something small, but it’s coming together. I saw the layouts last week and it was amazing. Everyone should make comics because it feels so awesome seeing your words come to life like this.  I’ll keep you guys posted as this develops.

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067: James Powell

May 18, 2018

This week’s guest is James Powell, the writer of House of Fear, an all-ages horror anthology comic.  There are three issues of House of Fear out now, each dealing with different horrors, including Lovecraftian creatures, haunted houses, and...snowmen.  I assure you, they’re all pretty creepy, although not scary enough to give your kid nightmares. James has found a nice sweet spot.

Quick note on this episode.  James mentions plans for an upcoming Kickstarter.  Those have changed a bit since the time of this recording, but suffice it to say that there is more House of Fear coming in the near future.  

James was kind enough to set up a special offer for Funny Book Splatter listeners.  If you go to Ten31Publishing.com/Funny-Book-Splatter and sign up for his newsletter, you’ll receive digital copies of all three current House of Fear comics.  I can speak from experience in saying James’ newsletter is pretty solid. Most recently he offered a sneak peek into an upcoming issue so it’s well worth checking out.

More information about House of Fear can be found online at the official website, Ten31Publishing.com, on Twitter @Ten31Publishing, or at Facebook.com/ten31publishing.  

In other news, you may have seen the headlines that Infidel from last week’s guests, Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell is heading to the big screen.  Michael Sugar and TriStar will adapt the series into a film. This is great news for horror fans. As excited as I am to see how Infidel wraps up, I’m just as interested to see how it will look as a movie.  Congrats guys!

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