The x-files inspired "majic" is finally here! Sign up at majiccomic.com to get your free copy. In honour of this auspicious occasion I talk to filmmaker Erin Berry, my co-creator on this project, about the hows and whys of producing a photocomic.
Such a pleasure to talk to Luke Stone, founder of the Tenacious Comics cooperative and creator of the Zombie/Hotdog Slice of life "Worst Day Ever"
Be Sure to Check out Tenacious Comics WEBSITE
And if you're interested in getting a free copy of the the sci-fi photocomic "majic" sign up for your copy HERE
Such a pleasure to talk to Jack Wallace of Disposable Fiction comics on breaking in to the indie comics scene.
Check out Disposable Fiction online!
And please read and like majic comic on Facebook!
What do you do with a 50th episode so spectacular that you can't fit it into one episode? Simple, you split it into 2 episodes.
Part 2 (Electric Bugaloo) consists of a long and most excellent interview with Rus Wooton (Crowdfinders 36), letterist extraordinaire and a talk with Olivia Li about Boundless, the science comics anthology that features, among other great talents, ME, Dave, straight from the podcast shack.
Check out the links!
For all things Rus: http://rusandpat.com/
Boundless Anthology: http://bostoncomics.com/boundless/
Welcome to the Crowdfinders 50th episode SPECTACULAR. This action packed show is my way of thanking you, dear and gentle Crowdfinders for the support you showed in getting me all the way to episode 50. I couldn't have done it without you, I wouldn't have done it without you.
This episode contains:
1. Shoutouts to, and updates from former Crowdfinders:
Jamie ME, Crowdfinders 2
Sara Childs, Crowdfinders 8
Chris Tull, Crowdfinders 11
Gabriel "Gabo" Bautista, Crowdfinders 12
Afua Richardson, Crowdfinders 20
Joseph Illidge, Crowdfinders 30
Ian Mcginty, Crowdfinders 35
Miguel Porto, Crowdfinders 41
Justin Greenwood, Crowdfinders 43
2. Interviews with former Crowdfinders:
Kelly Bender, Crowdfinders 42: Kelly updates us on what it is like to be an indie comic dynamo (my words, not his, but how else would you describe an author who has 11 books on the go?).
Shaun Noel, Crowdfinders 17: Shaun talks about bringing his webcomic City of Walls to a larger audience via Webtoons. He may not yet be big in Japan, but he is big in Korea.
Eric Bitmanis, Crowdfinders 18: Eric, who was in the process of Kickstarting his book HardWyred the last time we spoke talks about how the real work starts AFTER you have had a successful Kickstarter.
Marcus Kwame, Crowdfinders 6: Marcus updates us on his work with Snow Daze and talks about how working on a new project invigorates his love of the older ones.
Trevor Meuller, Crowdfinders 23: Trevor returns to Crowdfinders a Harvey Award nominee and he discusses his approach to growing his brand through the webcomic community and the comicon circuit
Bryan Edward Hill, Crowdfinders 26: Bryan and I have a sprawling conversation that starts focussed on his upcoming Image book, Romulus and ends with an analysis of real secret societies.
3. A promotion of my very own Kickstarter: I was accepted to the Boundless Anthology of Science comics with my artist and co-creator Rayna, Please follow this link if you are interested in supporting the kickstarter:
So thanks again for listening, hope you enjoy the 50th episode spectacular, heres to 50 more!
Such a pleasure to talk to Bobby Torres, a scrappy yet meticulous up and comer in the indie comic book. We talk about his journey developing his incipient career while balancing family and two jobs (the second of which he took to pay for his comic book habit). All of us can learn a lot from this guy, and if you're anything like me, you can take away a little bit of inspiration as well.
Such a pleasure to talk to David Gallaher about hard work, process, overcoming epilepsy and illness his upcoming GN The Only Living Boy.
Be sure to shout out to David on the Twitter @DavidGallaher and shop for all his amazing wares on AMAZON
More on David (from the press release)
In addition to his work as Chief Creative Officer for Bottled Lightning Inc., Gallaher has written for Marvel Comics, The New York City Police Department, and McGraw-Hill and served as an editor on Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail and Sailor Moon for Kodansha,. For five years shortly after college, he taught in the Maryland Public School System as a special education teacher.
“My experiences as an educator informs so much of THE ONLY LIVING BOY,” said Gallaher. “Growing up can often feel lonely and isolating. As teacher, I saw firsthand how anxiety can haunt children. With this series, I’m exploring how children adapt to adversity. Readers might gravitate to this story because of the exotic and dangerous creatures, but the story will resonate because the characters grapple with issues that kids relate to, like intolerance, self-confidence, and feeling like the odd one out.
Such a pleasure to talk to Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs, the twin sisters, and twin creators of The Invention of EJ Whitaker. These women give killer advice on team building and story creating with a little bit of urban planning thrown in there for good measure. It goes without saying that this episode is NOT TO BE MISSED.
Such a treat to talk to Sridhar Reddy of Z2 Comics about the long and winding road he took to comic book publishing.
So happy to talk to Kwanza Osajyefo, the co-creator of the graphic novel Black which asks the simple question: "What if the world had superheroes but they were only black".
A LOT MORE about Kwanza and the rest of the team behind Black (stolen from the press release from the good people at Superfan Productions)
Timed to Black History Month comes a Kickstarter campaign to fund the new independent superhero science fiction original graphic novel BLACK, from Kwanza Johnson p/k/a Kwanza Osajyefo, the former DC Comics Digital Editor who helped launched the company’s Zuda imprint, and Tim Smith III (Iron Man, The Amazing Spiderman). BLACK, illustrated by Inkpot-Award winning artist Jamal Igle (Molly Danger, Supergirl), asks the question, “In a world that already fears and hates them – what if only Black people had superpowers?” BLACK follows the story of a young man, Kareem Jenkins, who, having miraculously survived being shot by police, learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Kareem must decide whether it's safer to keep history’s secret, or if the truth will set him free. Rounding out BLACK’s creative team are DC Comics illustrator Khary Randolph, who will contribute covers and additional artwork, and editor Sarah Litt, formerly of Vertigo and DC Comics.
“With BLACK, we’re looking to tell a great story, but we’re also purposefully challenging the pop culture status quo, which is dominated by a White male aesthetic,” says BLACK co-creator Kwanza Osajyefo. “BLACK tackles the very real and palpable issue of race, which is at the forefront in America and around the world. We are trying to confront the issue of race head-on by creating a world in which only Black people are superheroes -- and the BLACK superhero trope isn’t subtly cast under a label of mutant, inhuman, or meta-whatever. It is also both thrilling and liberating to create the superheroes we’ve always wanted to see -- and, frankly, be -- outside of the entrenched publishing system.”
“Sometimes a project comes along and you realize you need to be a part of it. As soon as I saw what Kwanza and Tim had in mind, I knew I had to be involved. I've known all of the people involved for years, know how professional they are,” says Jamal Igle. “I'm all about unique twists and BLACK certainly fits the bill. It's going to be a fun ride.”
“BLACK is a story that has come at an important moment in comic book culture. This is a book that brings a contemporary message of identity into a world where anything can happen. A world where creative writing and imaginative visuals can show an alternative to what you would normally see in mainstream books today,” says Tim Smith III.
If funded through the Kickstarter campaign launching February 1st, BLACK will be available digitally to backers as DRM-free PDFs in monthly installments, starting in mid 2016. The limited edition print run of the six-chapter BLACK graphic novel is due out late in 2016.
As additional perks, BLACK Kickstarter backers can also get: original BLACK character art; original BLACK cover art; a cameo of your likeness drawn into BLACK; a commission sketch of your choice from Tim Smith III or Jamal Igle; an original interior page from BLACK by Jamal Igle; an illustrated card set of the 6 BLACK main characters: Kareem Jenkins, Juncture, Theodore Mann, Agent Adams, Agent Washington, and O; your name in the credits page; an online portfolio review of your art, story, or comic by members of the BLACK creative team; a set of three buttons, three stickers, or 1 die cut skin featuring original BLACK art; and signed copies of BLACK.
ABOUT THE BLACK CREATIVE TEAM
Kwanza Osajyefo -- Creator and writer of BLACK, Kwanza Osajyefo is a former digital editor at Marvel and DC Comics – best known for launching DC’s Zuda imprint, which published series like the award-winning Bayou, High Moon, Night Owls, Superton, Celadore, Black Cherry Bombshells, Bottle of Awesome, and I Rule the Night.
Tim Smith 3 -- Co-creator and designer of BLACK, Tim Smith 3 (A.K.A TS3), has been working in the comic industry for over 15 years. He created and self-published Red After the Party, and has worked on hit titles for some of the biggest publishers in the industry! To see more of TS3’s work, check out: JUNEMOON.NET.
Jamal Igle -- Recipient of the 2011 Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art, Jamal Igle is the writer/artist/Creator of Molly Danger for Action Lab Entertainment. He’s penciled everything from indie faves to Marvel and DC hits. He is VP of Marketing and Publicity for Action Lab Entertainment.
Khary Randolph -- Since graduating from School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Cartooning and Illustration, Khary’s been involved in TV, marketing, and comics. The cover artist for BLACK, he’s worked on everything from TMNT to The Boondocks and Hellboy, as well as designs for Brooklyn Brewery – most recently he’s worked on Robin Wars for DC. Khary is currently developing a new title for Marvel.
Sarah Litt -- Sarah Litt has been in the publishing industry for over a decade. She started at Penguin and later moved to DC/Vertigo, where she worked on graphic novels. She was later recruited to work with the DC Digital team in LA. Back in NY, she is currently an editor for The Princeton Review.
Such a pleasure to talk to Justin Greenwood, the artist behind The Fuse for Image comics and Sumptown and Stringers for Oni Press.
So happy to talk to Kelly Bender, an indie inspiration who is living the dream (which, in the indie world means GRINDING every day, pushing the rock and actually seeing it move!)
We talk process, team building, and how he gets it done. Not to be missed.
Be sure to shout out to Kelly on the twitter @KellyBender17 if you want to tell him how much you love him.
So great to head over to Spain (virtually) and talk to the artistic genius behind the visually stunning Alan Son of Hellcock (created by Gabe Koplowitz and Will Tracey, Crowdfinders 39). We talk about finding your artistic voice, the comic book scene in Spain and working as a freelancer in an international market.
Such a treat to talk to Koren Shadmi about his new graphic novel The Abaddon, and maybe to get a little philosophical, even a little existential in the process.
Be sure to shout out to Koren on the twitter @KorenShadmi and tell him how much you loved hearing him on Crowwdfinders (and I suppose, by extension, how much you love Crowdfinders, thanks!!!)
More on Koren and The Abaddon (from the good folks who do his publicity)
From award-winning illustrator Koren Shadmi comes THE ABADDON, a strikingly cinematic graphic novel loosely based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s play NO EXIT, due out November 12th online and in bookstores, from Z2 Comics. Originally created as a webcomic, THE ABADDON tells the story of a young man, Ter, who finds himself trapped in an otherworldly apartment with a group of dysfunctional, ill-matched roommates. Ter is aghast to discover that his new, grotesque reality is not governed by the laws of nature, and that his roommates are missing critical chunks of their memories and identities -- as is he.
Creator Koren Shadmi’s work was first published in his native Israel when he was a teenager. His haunting, alluring characters pull readers straight into Ter’s David Lynch-esque reality. On his captivating and, at times, horrifying quest for clarity and control, Ter remembers that he was once a soldier, and is forced to face the aftermath of his time on the frontlines -- a journey that echoes Shadmi’s own three year-stint in the Israeli Army.
Shadmi is already a well-known creator in Israel and Europe, and this fall’s publication of THE ABADDON promises to substantially elevate his U.S. profile. Through THE ABADDON, U.S. readers and critics alike will discover Shadmi’s intense combination of dark humor and drama; will feel a rare, visceral connection to characters that embody all of our deepest, darkest thoughts.
Koren Shadmi is an Israeli born, Brooklyn based graphic novelist and illustrator. His books have been published internationally and include: IN THE FLESH, THE ABADDON, and most recently: MIKE’s PLACE: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, BLUES AND TERROR IN TEL AVIV.
Koren’s illustration and comics have appeared in publications such as: The Wall Street Journal, Wired, BusinessWeek, the Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Mother Jones, Playboy, and many others. His illustration work has won several awards at the Society of Illustrators.
Laughed my butt off talking to Will Tracy and Gabe Koplowitz about their new book from Z2 Comics. Great dudes, super fun conversation, but I must warn you, sit down before you listen because you will laugh your butt off too and will be unable to sit down after you listen.
Be sure to shout out to these two amazing creators on the Twitter @williamtracy and @gabekoplowitz
A bit about the book (from Z2's promo department):
Writers Will Tracy (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) and Gabe Koplowitz, are, with artist Miguel Porto, creating their comic book debut ALLEN: SON OF HELLCOCK, due out this December from Z2 Comics. Title character Allen is cowardly, directionless, and less physically menacing than a daffodil. He’s also the only son of the mightiest hero ever to plunge his sword hilt-deep into the dark heart of evil… the mighty HELLCOCK! Enjoy the ride as Allen is thrust sword-first into a not-so-classic fantasy quest that, frankly, he would rather just sit out.
Such a treat to talk to artists Brand Peters and Kathie Olivas about their kickstarter for their exciting stop motion film based upon the world of their toy, Calliope Jackalope.
Shout out to these awesome creators on the Twitter @KathieOlivas and @BrandtPeters and check out their wares on the Circus Posterus website: http://www.circusposterus.com/
And be sure to check out all the fare on the Up Late Network, of which Crowdfinders is a most proud, most recent, member.
From the Press Release:
Just in time for Halloween comes a Kickstarter campaign for a spooky stop-motion film, Calliope, that brings together all-star creators from the world of designer toys (Circus Posterus’ toy designers Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters), stop-motion innovator and Annie Awards Special Achievement recipient Martin Meunier (Coraline) and filmmaker Jon Schnepp (The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened). Based on Olivas’ classic toy character Calliope Jackalope, Calliope is a post-apocalyptic, fantasy adventure about an other-worldly girl who’s unaware that she’s actually Pestilence, one of the four horseman of the apocalypse. If funded through the now live Kickstarter campaign, Calliope will be written and co-directed by Meunier, Olivas and Peters, executive produced by Schnepp and feature artisans, animators, and fabricators that have worked on stop-motion features including The Nightmare Before Christmas. Calliope is planned as an 8-10 minute stop-motion short film and is the most ambitious project yet from the husband and wife creative team of Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters; it will be the first production from Circus Posterus Films, the couple’s New Mexico-based arts collective Circus Posterus.
So lucky to talk to NYT bestselling author Tony Lee about overcoming life's challenges, how to sell your book, how to sell yourself (the two are closely related) and how to reach reluctant readers.
Be sure to shout out to Tony on the Twitter @mrtonylee and tell him that you loved hearing him on Crowdfinders.
Sorry, no Crowdfinders this week, in lieu of a new episode check out my other podcast, Staff Loungin' podcast about education (it's actually quite entertaining, give it a shot.
This week in the lounge we talk about education, inspiration and how we really should be reforming education.
If you like Staff Loungin' head on over to http://staffloungin.libsyn.com/ for more episodes and teacher related zaniness...
So lucky to talk to Rus Wooton, who seems to be the letterer (letterist) on just about every book out there right now that I am digging, The Walking Dead, Low, Black Science and so much more. If you like it, Rus probably letters it.
We talk about the process of lettering, breaking into the business and the special challenges that Rus has had to overcome (I'm not going to tell you what they are, you are just going to have to listen to the podcast to find out!)
find Rus on the Twitter @RusWooton
Or check out his Personal Webpage for all things Rus.
And don't forget to check out his Podcasts
And support his Kickstarter please!
Ian Mcginty, creator of the all ages book Welcome to Showside, coming out soon from Z2 comics on his new creation, Adventure Time, his life in art and the amazing family and truly horrible teachers who inspired and motivated him to be the artist he is today.
Love Ian? Let him know on the twitter @IanMcginty or on Facebook or anywhere else... he'd love to hear from you.
Better still, he'd love to see from you, so get that fan art going.
And here are some links to some things that I mentioned in the show:
ComicBookCollabs, a real supportive community for comic book creators on Reddit:
The Alarm Clock, this is my friend's youtube channel, he really hates conspiracy theories. What do you think?
PART 2 OF 2, LISTEN TO PART ONE FIRST
Part 2 of a 2 part episode talking to Chris Hunt, Artist, Writer, Creator of Carver: A Paris Story, coming from the new imprint Z2 comics on 11/11. It's a conversation that range as wild and free as the Cascade mountains of Idaho from which Chris hails. Part 1 of 2, and not to be missed!
FIND CHRIS AT:
AND IF YOU LIKE THE PODCAST, PLEASE SUPPORT CROWDFINDERS ON PATREON
PART 1 OF 2, LISTEN TO THIS ONE FIRST...
Part 1 of a two part episode talking to Chris Hunt, Artist, Writer, Creator of Carver: A Paris Story, coming from the new imprint Z2 comics on 11/11. It's a conversation that range as wild and free as the Cascade mountains of Idaho from which Chris hails. Part 1 of 2, and not to be missed!
FIND CHRIS AT:
AND IF YOU LIKE THE PODCAST, PLEASE SUPPORT CROWDFINDERS ON PATREON
YOU'LL NOT SEE NOTHING LIKE THE MIGHTY KUEN!
Inspirational Kuen Tang about all things related to lettering and living a creatively satisfying life all while overcoming the challenges of being quadriplegic...
There were times when Kuen's story brought me to tears, but don't take my word for it, listen for yourself. This episode is not to be missed!
For all Kuen related links:
And to help her fully traverse the Great Wall of China:
What a pleasure to talk with Colourist Ivan Plascencia about his life and his work. Ivan is an amazing and gracious guy and the talent behind, among other things, the visual feast of colours that adorn the work of Riley Rossmo in Rasputin and Contantine, the Hellbazer. As always, this episode is not to be missed.
Follow Ivan on the Twitter @ and tell him how much you love his work. Do it now!