Funny Book Splatter
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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096: Mark London

096: Mark London

August 1, 2019

This week’s guest is Mark London, the CEO and CCO of Mad Cave Studios as well as the writer of Wolvenheart, an upcoming victorian time travel thriller.  This was an awesome chat because Mark has a multi-layered perspective of the comic book industry. On one side, he’s a creator and on the other, he’s running a business.  I also picked his brain about the Mad Cave talent search where he’s looking for new, up-and-coming writers and artists to work on some of the Mad Cave titles.

Wolvenheart is set to debut on October 30th.  I’ve gotten a look at the first issue and it’s pretty cool.  It’s full of monsters, time travel, and a bit of steam punk. Definitely worth checking out.  

Mark can be found on Twitter as @MarkLondonMCS.  You can learn more about Mad Cave Studios as the official website, MadCaveStudios.com.

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095: Ryan King

095: Ryan King

May 25, 2019

This week’s guest is Ryan King, the writer of Cricketsong, currently on Kickstarter.  I spoke with Ryan about his journey on this book, collaboration with artist Daryl Toh, experience with Kickstarter, and starting out in comics.  

Cricketsong is a blend of genres, playing in the same realm as From Dusk Till Dawn and The Hitcher.  I’ve backed the project myself and I encourage you to do the same.

Ryan can be found online at his official website, RyanKingWrites.com and on Twitter and Instagram as @ryyyan_kiiing.

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094: Rich Douek

094: Rich Douek

April 4, 2019

This week’s guest is Rich Douek, the writer of Road of Bones, coming in May from IDW Publishing.  It’s a pretty creepy comic, set in 1953 in Siberia where a terrifying monster lurks in the darkness.  I got a look at the first issue and it’s pretty solid. Plus, it’s illustrated by Alex Cormack, who you might know from Sink so that’s always a good thing.

Rich can be found online on Twitter and Instagram as @RDouek and at Facebook.com/guttermagic.

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093: Joey Weiser

093: Joey Weiser

March 7, 2019

This week’s guest is Joey Weiser, the creator of Ghost Hog, coming in May from Oni Press.  You’re not supposed to judge books by their cover, but how can you go wrong with a title like that?  This is an all-ages original graphic novel about..well...a ghost hog.

If you want to try out Ghost Hog before buying it, you can check out a completely original story in the Oni Press Free Comic Book Day issue on May 4th.  Try that out, then come back on May 8th to pick up the graphic novel with entirely different material.

Joey can be found online on Twitter as @JoeyWeiser, Instagram as @JoeyWeiserComics and his official website, tragic-planet.com.  

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092: Magdalene Visaggio

092: Magdalene Visaggio

February 8, 2019

This week’s guest is Magdalene Visaggio.  You might know her work from comics such as Kim & Kim, Quantum Teens Are Go, and that really awesome Superman story in last year’s Cursed Comics Calvacade.  She’s writing a new series due out in March from Oni Press called Morning in America. I got a look at the first issue and it’s pretty awesome.

What I liked most about this conversation is Magdalene’s perspective on the ‘80s.  Morning in America is set in 1983 so there’s a nostalgia factor in there, but she brings a really interesting viewpoint to it that really explains a generation’s current fascination with that decade.  

Magdalene can be found on Twitter as @MagsVisaggs.  Morning in America #1 is due out on March 6th.

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091: John Horlsey

091: John Horlsey

February 1, 2019

This week’s guest is John Horlsey, the creator of The Eynes, a new anthology series currently on Kickstarter.  John has orchestrated an elaborate and impressive setup for this comic, pulling the strings behind the scenes to tell an overarching narrative using short stories from creators all around the world.  Each tale looks at different characters from across time that have been fighting monsters for ages. It’s pretty cool stuff and it’s clear from speaking to John that this project is in good hands. He’s very buttoned up.

You can find out more about The Eynes and check out previews and the Kickstarter itself at EynesAnthology.com.  John can be found on Twitter as @y2cl.

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