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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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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