031: Russell Hillman

September 8, 2017

This week my guest is Russell Hillman, the writer of Slashermania.  It’s safe to say this graphic novel is a love letter to slasher movies.  It’s sort of like Friday the 13th meets the Hunger Games.  Russell shares some of his favorite slasher movies, including mainstream and more obscure titles.  I was frantically writing them down as he pointed out some real gems that I’ll have to check out.

Slashermania was successfully funded on Kickstarter -- and yes, I backed the campaign -- and is now available through ComiXology and FreaktownComics.BigCartel.com.

Rusell can be found online on Twitter at @AllHellIsMrSun and Freaktown Comics can be found on Twitter at @FreaktownComics.

 

In other news, if you’re going to be at New York Comic Con this October, please let me know!  I’ll be covering the show for HorrorTalk and Comicon.com and I’d love to say hello.  I’m starting to put together my schedule now even though the convention is a month away.

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030: Paul Tobin

September 1, 2017

This week’s guest is writer Paul Tobin!  His work includes the phenomenal Colder trilogy with artist Juan Ferreyra and the upcoming Made Men from Oni Press.  Made Men follows Jutte Shelley, a descendant of Victor Frankenstein who’s forced into the family business after her and her fellow police officers are gunned down in an ambush.  

Paul and I had a great talk about Made Men, as well as the horror genre in general.  I loved picking his brain about scares in comics, influences, and more.  He tells some really fun, spooky stories in this episode.

Made Men #1 is set for release on September 6th from Oni Press.  Colder is being collected into a massive 400+ page omnibus on September 27th from Dark Horse Comics.

Paul can be found online at his official website, PaulTobin.net and on Twitter @PaulTobin.

In other news, Funny Book Splatter has surpassed 10,000 downloads.  Thank you so much for giving this show a listen and to all the guests that have taken the time to chat with me about their work.  I am not slowing down and I’ve got a number of exciting guests lined up.  Plus, I’ll be at New York Comic Con in October so I’m hoping to get some rapid fire interviews from the convention floor.  

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029: Eastin DeVerna & Ryan Davidson

August 25, 2017

This week my guests are Eastin DeVerna and Ryan Davidson, the writers of Howl, a werewolf comic with an amazing premise.  The series is essentially a zombie apocalypse...but with werewolves.  It follows Jack Lowe, the only human in a world where everyone turns into a werewolf during the full moon.  Even his wife!

The comic is illustrated by Dan Buksa, who has delivered some of the best designs for these monsters I’ve seen in years.  It’s real scary stuff that’s amplified by the fact that Jack is the only human around.

Howl began on Kickstarter and the first three issues have been released.  The creators are planning on running another Kickstarter to finish the series in a graphic novel.  You can order the first three issues in print or digital format through HowlComics.com.  Digital copies can also be ordered on ComiXology.

Eastin can be found on Twitter @EastinDeVerna and Ryan can be found on Twitter @RyanGTDavidson.

A few quick reminders of other stuff going on.  If you like me here, maybe you’ll dig my other non-horror, but still geeky podcast, Raging Nerdon.  My co-host BJ Boothe and I have been going through the latest nerdy news and reviewing all the comic book movies out this summer.  Check it out at RagingNerdon.com.  

Also, if you like Funny Book Splatter, be a pal and leave me a positive review on iTunes.  That kind of stuff helps the show by appeasing the robot ghost of Steve Jobs.  It’s a little known fact that all podcasters have to make regular sacrifices to his techno alter.

 

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028: Jim Zub

August 18, 2017

This week I check another name off of my Funny Book Splatter guest wishlist with writer Jim Zub.  Jim’s work includes Wayward and Glitterbomb, both from Image Comics, as well as Skullkickers, Disney’s Figment, Thunderbolts, and more.  This is the third time I’ve spoken to Jim and he’s just as genuine and enthusiastic as ever.  Listening to him speak about comics and storytelling is nothing short of inspiring.

His horror series, Glitterbomb, returns on September 20th, with a new mini-series called The Fame Game.  The comic is a Hollywood horror series that takes a harsh look at our love and obsession with fame.  Plus, there are terrifying monsters.  It’s the second part of a planned trilogy and it’s structured so that anyone can jump in even if you haven’t read the first series.  But seriously, you should read the original mini-series.  I mean, it was described as “The Exorcist meets Sunset Boulevard.” How cool is that? It’s out in trade paperback now and it’s well worth your time.  

Also out on September 20th, is Wayward #23, the next chapter in the series that began as “Buffy in Japan” and has since expanded into much more.  It’s a great supernatural fantasy adventure series that has been consistently well made from the jump.  You can catch up on Wayward through trade paperbacks or some gorgeous hardcovers.  You’ll want to do that as the comic is currently in development with Manga Entertainment to be turned into a TV show.

Jim can be found online at his official site, JimZub.com and through Twitter @JimZub.

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027: Thom Burgess

August 11, 2017

This week I had the pleasure of speaking to an up-and-coming writer who has scared the crap out of me on more than one occasion.  If you’ve listened to recent episodes of Raging Nerdon, I assure you, the two are unrelated...unfortunately.  Thom Burgess has written two absolutely terrifying one-shots.  The first, Malevolents was one of my favorite horror comics of 2015 with a heart-stopping final few pages that make me cringe just thinking of them.  The second, The Eyrie, was released earlier this year and is really giving me doubts of ever visiting the scenic countryside of the United Kingdom.  

Malevolents can be purchased right now digitally through ComiXology and physical copies of The Eyrie can be found at TheEyrie.bigcartel.com.  Thom can be found on Twitter @Maleolvents.

If you’re making horror comics, I’d love to have you as a guest on Funny Book Splatter.  This goes out to writers, artists, colorists, letterers, editors, and more.  If you’re involved in the process, I want to talk to you.  Hit me up via email at JFerguson@HorrorTalk.com or on Twitter @JamesFerguson.

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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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