Funny Book Splatter
106: Mark Bouchard

106: Mark Bouchard

October 12, 2020

This week’s guest is Mark Bouchard, the writer of It Took Luke, a horror graphic novella, currently on Kickstarter. I’ve seen a few pages of this book so far and I cannot wait to check out the rest. The monsters in this thing are out of this world. 

I backed this project pretty quickly and I encourage you to do the same. The campaign runs through October 28th so you still have time to back it. 

Mark can be found online on Twitter as @https://twitter.com/barkmouchard. 

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105: Frank Martin #2

105: Frank Martin #2

October 6, 2020

This week we’ve got the return of Frank Martin, the writer of Modern Testament, a slew of prose stories, and Macabre Motel, currently on Kickstarter. I got an early look at this new one-shot and it’s some pretty creepy stuff. Big Twilight Zone energy.

The Kickstarter campaign for Macabre Motel runs through October 29th so you still have plenty of time to back the project.  Frank can be found online at FrankTheWriter.com and on Twitter as @frankthewriter.

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104: Adrian & Damian Wassel

104: Adrian & Damian Wassel

September 28, 2020

I’m digging back into my treasure trove of lost episodes for you this week. This was a conversation with Adrian and Damian Wassel from Vault Comics I recorded about a year ago. Yes, I’m very timely. The chat is still super relevant, especially looking at what Vault has done since then. This was recorded just as Nightfall, their annual horror imprint was getting started with The Plot and then Black Stars Above. The next title, The Autumnal, just launched and it’s pretty great. 

Vault is digging into genre fiction in the best way and all of their books have a signature look to them, whether they’re horror, fantasy, or sci-fi. If you want to check some out, head over to VaultComics.com where you can download the first issues of a number of titles. I can personally recommend Submerged, Resonant, and Cult Classic: Return to Whisper. Honestly, though, they’re all good so you’re in for a treat regardless. 

The best places to find Adrian and Damian is through the official Vault Comics website, VaultComics.com and as @TheVaultComics on Twitter. 

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103: DC Hopkins

103: DC Hopkins

September 14, 2020

Piggybacking on last week’s episode with Marissa Louise where we did a deep dive into coloring, I’ve got another chunk of knowledge for you today with my guest, DC Hopkins. We dig into lettering as a whole, working as part of AndWorld Design, his approach to horror comics, and much more. After reading comics all my life, I love that I can still learn so much about this medium.

DC can be found online at his official site, HopkinsLetters.com and on Twitter as @DC_Hopkins. You can find more at AndWorldDesign.com.

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102: Marissa Louise

102: Marissa Louise

September 7, 2020

As I’m getting back into the swing of things, I’ve unearthed a previously “lost” interview. This was a podcast I recorded with colorist Marissa Louise last year. You might know her work from comics like Hex Wives, Grumble, and Stranger Things: Six. 

This was a fascinating discussion as we dig into Marissa’s process, how she selects colors for a specific scene to convey certain emotions, and much more. It’s a colorist clinic here and it definitely gave me a renewed appreciation for everything that goes into this aspect of making comics.

Marissa can be found on Twitter as @marissadraws

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101: Scott Snyder

101: Scott Snyder

August 31, 2020

What is this? A podcast? That's right, folks! Funny Book Splatter is BACK! I am your host James Ferguson. Did you miss me? I sure missed you. After a hiatus that lasted more than a year, the horror comics podcast brought to you by Horror DNA is back for more and I've got a big one for you. After being gone for that long, it would have to be something major for my return episode, right? I got a chance to speak to none other than Scott Snyder.

 

Sure, you know his work on Batman for stuff like Death of the Family and Court of Owls, not to mention the most recent Last Knight on Earth and Death Metal, but he's got a pretty great horror pedigree with books like Wytches, Severed (a personal favorite), and Nocterra, his new comic with artist Tony S. Daniel, coming early next year from Image Comics. Fans don't have to wait that long for this new comic though as Scott has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a special version of the first issue including side-by-side comparisons of his script and tons of behind-the-scenes content.

 

The Kickstarter campaign has already blown through its funding goal and is moving through stretch goals. It runs through September 17th, 2020 so there's still a good amount of time to back this project and get your hands on this special edition of Nocterra #1.

 

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100: Dirk Manning #2

100: Dirk Manning #2

October 11, 2019

You know, in the comic book world, issue #100 could be considered a collector’s item, so what better way to ring in this monumental occasion, than by taking us back to the beginning?  No, I’m not rebooting the show. When I started this podcast, I made a list of creators I wanted to talk to. The very first person on that list was Dirk Manning. He was on the first episode of the show.  He was the first person I ever interviewed in my horror comics journey. It was only fitting that his return ring in episode #100.  

When Dirk and I last spoke on the podcast, he was putting together the massive Nightmare World Bible, collecting all 52 stories in his connected universe of monsters, Cthulhu, and more.  Since then he’s released something like a billion comics like Haunted High-Ons, Hope, and Tales of Mr. Rhee, with more to come, like The Adventures of Cthulhu Jr and Dastardly Dirk, launching on Halloween ComicsFest from Source Point Press.  

It was awesome to catch up with Dirk again to talk about all of the many projects he has in the works.  He offers a pretty unique perspective on the comic book industry and it’s always a fun chat. He’s currently involved in a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the collection of Haunted High-Ons.  There’s also a Tales from Mr. Rhee Omnibus on the way. The best place to check out his work is at his official website, DirkManning.com.

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099: Timothy Bach

099: Timothy Bach

September 12, 2019

This week’s guest is Timothy Bach, the writer of The Family Graves from Source Point Press.  Picture The Incredibles but instead of super heroes, the family is made up of monsters and that gives you an idea of what to expect from The Family Graves.  The four-issue mini-series is getting collected in a trade paperback coming out on October 23rd so be sure to pre-order it at your local comic shop.  

The Family Graves is also part of the partnership between Source Point Press and Comics Experience, so it was fun to talk to Timothy about how this book came together through the program.  I’ve gone through a few courses at Comics Experience and I got a lot out of them so I’m always curious how others put the knowledge to use.

Timothy can be found at his website, MoonriseComics.com and on Twitter as @tdrbach.  

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098: Michael Moreci

098: Michael Moreci

September 3, 2019

This week’s guest is Michael Moreci, the co-writer of The Plot, coming soon from Vault Comics.  Michael wrote this with Tim Daniel as part of Vault’s new annual horror imprint, Nightfall. I got a look at the first issue and it’s pretty awesome.  There’s already some great buzz about it too so be sure to check it out when the first issue debuts on September 25th.

I’ve followed Michael’s career for some time.  He first popped up on my radar with Hoax Hunters, a series he co-wrote with Steve Seeley a few years ago.  Since then he’s played in the sci-fi / horror space with some great titles like Roche Limit, Burning Fields, and a personal favorite, Curse.  

Michael can be found at his official website, MichaelPMoreci.com.  Be sure to sign up for his email newsletter too. He’s also on Twitter and Instagram as @MichaelMoreci.

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097: Jordan Thomas

097: Jordan Thomas

August 22, 2019

This week’s guest is Jordan Thomas, the writer of Frank at Home on the Farm.  This indie comic is super unsettling and will have you looking over your shoulder for hours after reading.  Jordan is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the second issue. I got to pick his brain about the creation of the book, how he established the disturbing tone, and his experiences in horror and comics.

There is still plenty of time to back the Kickstarter campaign for Frank at Home on the Farm.  I backed it myself and I strongly encourage you to do the same.  

Jordan can be found on Twitter as @Jordan_J_Thomas.  Clark Bint, the artist of Frank at Home on the Farm, can be found on Twitter as @clarkbintart.

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