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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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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