026: Stephan Franck

August 4, 2017

After our brief interlude last week, which I hope you enjoyed, we are back to our regularly scheduled programming.  This week’s guest is writer / artist / animator, Stephan Franck.  His comic series, Silver, is currently completing its third volume and is being funded on Kickstarter.  The book follows a group of thieves as they plan and commit a heist at Dracula’s castle.  Yes, it is as cool as it sounds.  

Stephan has a real passion for his work and it shows in how he speaks about the project.  The Silver: Volume 3 Kickstarter campaign has grown and evolved and now includes an entirely separate stand alone graphic novel called Rosalynd, in addition to the rest of the books.  If you want to get a piece of this project, you’ll have to act fast as the campaign ends on August 10th.  I have backed the project myself.  You can pick up the previous volumes of Silver through the campaign too.  

Stephan and Silver can be found online at DarkPlanetComics.com.

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Interlude 001: If You Watch This, I’ll Read That Pilot

July 28, 2017

Due to some scheduling issues, I actually don’t have a guest this week.  Don’t worry, I’ve prepared for this and no, I’m not going to sit here and talk to myself for an hour.  Who am I?  Kevin Smith?  

Anyway, I’ve got a treat for you this week.  It is not widely known, but Funny Book Splatter is actually the second podcast I’ve hosted at HorrorTalk.  The first has never seen the light of day...until now.  This podcast was called “If You Watch This, I’ll Read That” and it was hosted by myself and my editor, Steve Pattee.  The show came about because I don’t watch a ton of horror movies and Steve doesn’t read a ton of horror comics so each episode, he would give me a movie to watch and I’d give him a comic to read.  Then we’d come back and talk about them.  It was a horror movie and comic discussion show so spoilers abound.

What I’m going to play for you today is the pilot episode.  We introduce ourselves, go over the concept of the show, and make our first selections.  It has only previously been heard by me and Steve.  We recorded about four or five of these and then our schedules got insane and we haven’t been able to revisit it.  I still very much want to do the show.  It’s just a matter of finding time for both of us to sit down and do it.  Who knows?  If I ever get around to launching a Patreon for HorrorTalk and Funny Book Splatter, maybe this could be a backer-exclusive monthly show.  

As a heads up, this was recorded a few years ago so we might make some outdated references.  In any case, please do let us know what you think of the show.  Hit me up via email at JFerguson@HorrorTalk.com or on Twitter @JamesFerguson.  Steve can be found on Twitter as @AlienRedrum and of course, you can reach us both as @HorrorTalk on Twitter.  

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025: Ben Kahn

July 21, 2017

This week’s guest is writer Ben Kahn.  I was first exposed to his work through the stellar graphic novel Shaman, now available through ComiXology.  Ben’s latest work is Heavenly Blues, debuting on July 26th from Scout Comics.  It has one of the best premises in recent memory.  It’s Ocean’s Eleven...in Hell.  If that doesn’t catch your attention, nothing will.  Heavenly Blues works with a very unique view of the underworld that I haven’t seen before.  I’ve had the pleasure of reading the first two issues and it’s definitely worth your attention.  Be sure you ask for it at your local comic shop.  

Ben can found online on Twitter (@BenTheKhan) and his official site, BenKahnComics.com.  Be sure to check out his work on Facebook too, at Facebook.com/ShamanComic.

In other news, since this is episode #25, I think it’s time for a little celebration.  In comics, issue #25 would be considered a special event.  You might get a double-sized issue.  Maybe a lenticular cover.  Definitely collector’s item material.  So to celebrate this monumental occasion, I’m holding a contest.  While writing for HorrorTalk over the years, I’ve picked up a bunch of stuff that I’m not quite sure what to do with.  Now, I’m going to put them in a box and send it to one of you.  You’ll help me clean out my office and get a bunch of cool horror comic stuff in the process.  The box will be a grabbag of sorts with at least one graphic novel, some comics, prints, buttons, and other assorted items, all related to horror comics.  If you want to enter to win the prize pack, head over to the page for this episode at HorrorTalk.  It can be found at HorrorTalk.com/Podcast.  You’ll see a Rafflecopter there with all the details.  

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024: Michael May & Jason Copland

July 14, 2017

We’ve got a two-for-one special this week as my guests are Michael May and Jason Copland, the creative team behind Kill All Monsters!  This is a super fun comic where giant monsters have ravaged the world and a handful of pilots are trying to fight back the tide with huge robots.  It is as awesome as it sounds.  Kill All Monsters! started as a webcomic, then after a successful Kickstarter to collect the first volume, Dark Horse Comics picked it up and will be releasing the first omnibus on July 19th.  It contains some never before seen content and a special story just for the collection.  This is a massive tome of a collection, clocking in at over 350 pages.  It is definitely worth checking out.  I had a blast speaking with Michael and Jason.  You can be sure we talked about favorite monster movies as well as collaborative process, how the book came together, and much more.

Michael can be found online on his official site and Twitter.  Jason can be found online on Twitter and Patreon.

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023: Michael Kogge

July 7, 2017

This week’s guest is Michael Kogge, the writer of Empire of the Wolf from Alterna Comics.  The series dives into some historical horror with werewolves in ancient Rome.  If that’s not enough to peak your interests, I don’t know what will.  Michael and I had a fun chat about the research for a book like this as well as some classic horror comics that I have to do some digging to find.  

Michael can be found online at his official site and on Twitter.  More information about Empire of the Wolf can be found on EmpireOfTheWolf.net.

I know I usually plug my other, non-horror podcast, Raging Nerdon here.  You should definitely still check that out, especially since I tell a hilarious, yet incredibly embarrassing story on the next episode.  I want to give a quick plug for Comicon.com, a pop culture site that I recently started contributing to.  It’s a fun site covering just about everything geek related so please give it a look-see.  I’ve been stretching some different muscles over there reviewing some super hero comics for the first time in ages.  

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022: Israel Skelton

June 30, 2017

I’ve got a special treat for you folks today.  Up until this point, I’ve only spoken to writers, artists, colorists and the like.  This time, my guest is a creator of a different sort.  I spoke with Israel Skelton, the man behind Skelton Crew Studio, the exclusive creators of officially licensed replicas of horror comics such as Locke & Key, Hellboy, Revival, and even C is for Cthulhu.  Israel is a man living out his dream to make really awesome stuff taken right from the pages of the books he loves.  It was so much fun talking to him.  

You can check out his work first hand at SkeltonCrewStudio.com.  If you see something you like, act fast because these are limited edition items and they sell out quickly.  Israel can also be found online on Twitter

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021: Matt Miner

June 23, 2017

This week I caught up with Matt Miner.  I’ve been following his work for some time, back to the punk rock zombie comic, Toe Tag Riot.  Matt, along with Eric Palicki, is an editor of This Nightmare Kills Fascists, a new horror anthology framed around the current political climate.  The book is currently on Kickstarter and it’s well worth your time.  There are a ton of great creators onboard this project.  In addition to Matt and Eric, there’s Ryan K. Lindsay, Ryan Ferrier, Justin Jordan, Christopher Sebela, Kelly Williams, Christian DiBari, and many more.  I’ve backed the project myself and I urge you to do the same.  You need to act fast though as the campaign runs through July 14th.

As if that wasn’t enough, Matt is also writing GWAR: Orgasmageddon through Dynamite Entertainment.  I had no real exposure to GWAR prior to this book, but I am quickly becoming a fan after reading the first issue and talking to Matt about the group.  He had me at “Penguins shooting blood out of their eyes.”  You can pick up the first issue of GWAR: Orgasmageddon now and issue #2 is set to arrive on July 5th.

This Nightmare Kills Fascists can be found at NightmareKickstarter.com.  Matt can be found online at his official site and on Twitter.

 

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020: Patrick McEvoy

June 16, 2017

This week’s guest is Patrick McEvoy, the artist and co-creator of Casefile: Arkham from 01 Publishing. When I put out the call on Twitter saying I wanted to speak to more artists on the show, Patrick was the first to answer.  Casefile: Arkham is the product of two successful Kickstarter campaigns, each crowdfunding an original graphic novel.  I’ve backed them both.  The series follows private eye Hank Flynn as he works cases in the most cursed city on Earth, Arkham, Massachusetts.  He encounters ghouls, witches, and assorted Lovecraftian monsters and the book is just as cool as it sounds.  

The first book, Nightmare on the Canvas is currently available on Amazon.  The next book, Her Blood Runs Cold will be available later this year.  I am anxiously awaiting my copy.

Patrick can be found online at his official site, Twitter, and DeviantArt.

If you’re a horror comics creator like Patrick, I want to hear from you.  Hit me up via email here or through Twitter @JamesFerguson.

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019: Tessa Stone

June 9, 2017

I’m very excited for this week’s guest because for the first time, I’m venturing into the world of web comics with Tessa Stone, the creator of Not Drunk Enough.  This series updates twice a week and follows a repairman named Logan who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time thanks to mad scientists and monsters.  The comic blends horror and comedy in this really fun way.  After a successful Kickstarter, where Tessa raised over $36,000, Oni Press picked up the book and will be releasing the first volume on July 5th, 2017.  It is currently available for pre-order.

Tessa can be found online on Twitter, Instagram, and Patreon.  Not Drunk Enough can be found online at the official site.

I’m also super excited (there’s a lot of excitement going around this week) that my other podcast, Raging Nerdon has just hit episode 50.  It’s been a crazy, fun, wild ride with my co-host BJ Boothe and we are planning lots of fun stuff for the future.  In the meantime, be sure to listen to the latest episode for a secret word that can be entered at RagingNerdon.com for a chance to win a box full of nerdy goodies including comics, DVDs, pins, and more.    

Finally, I’m sure you hear this on every podcast you listen to, but if you like the show, please help me out and rate and review it on iTunes.  That helps appease the robot ghost of Steve Jobs and helps the show out.  

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018: Joseph Oliveira

June 2, 2017

This week I had a chance to speak with Joseph Oliveira, the writer of Ghost Island, currently on Kickstarter.  The book has one of the best pitches I’ve heard in years.  It’s Jurassic Park...but with ghosts.  Think about that for a minute.  Joseph is currently crowdfunding the release of the second issue of the series.  I’ve backed the project myself and I encourage you to do the same.  

Joseph can be found online through Twitter. Ghost Island can be found online on Twitter and Facebook.

Joseph and I connected through Twitter as he was an early listener of Funny Book Splatter.  If you are a horror comics creator and want to chat about your project and the genre in general, please reach out either through email at JFerguson@HorrorTalk.com or through Twitter @JamesFerguson.  

In other news, I’m super excited that the next episode of Raging Nerdon is the milestone collector’s edition #50.  It’s been a helluva ride and we have some fun in store for this big episode, including a special giveaway including comics, graphic novels, pins, prints, and more.  You’ll have to listen to the episode to hear a secret word to enter to win.  Check it out at RagingNerdon.com or whereever you get your podcasts.

Also, I want to give a quick plug to my editor Steve Pattee.  He’s been putting together an incredible deals newsletter through HorrorTalk including movies, books, comics, and more.  It’s not just horror either.  You can sign up here.

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