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!
Amancay Nahuelpan is a Canadian/Chilean artist who shares how he managed to find himself in the perfect storm of comic book releases.
Find Amancay on the twitter @annbonline
And don't forget to check out his wicked art on the tumblr: http://annbonline.tumblr.com/
Findo out more about his books here:
Young Terrorists: http://www.comicbookresources.com/comic-previews/young-terrorists-1-black-mask-2015
And CLandestinon has a tumblr too!!! http://iamclandestino.tumblr.com/
Joseph Illidge, weekly Comic Book Resources columnist and former member of the Batman Group (that's what they call the Batman editorial team at DC) talks about the issue of diversity (or rather the lack of diversity) in the world of comics, both on the page, and more perniciously, behind the scenes.
It's a great interview, not to be missed, so strap on those earbuds because there is some learning to be done!
You can find Joseph's column here: The Mission
And check out his twitter feed for updates on Joseph's writing and his deep thoughts: @
Such a pleasure to talk to Nelson about his upcoming Top Cow book, Romulus, with Bryan Edward Hill
We also touch upon process, practice, line miles and even basketball. Not to be missed!
Shout out to Nelson on the Twitter @nelsonblake2 and be sure to check Nelson's tumblr for Romulus updates and other cool stuff: http://nelsonblakeii.tumblr.com/
Himkar Tak talks about genetic manipulation and the ups and downs of getting his first book, Boy 1, published at IDW.
Find Himkar on the Twitter @
So great to talk to veteran author of comics and video games and fellow podcaster Antony Johnston about his work on the books The Fuse and Codename Baboushka, his time on the influential Warren Ellis Forum, his process and his team building techniqies, his podcast, Unjustly Maligned, his life in design and metal and so much more.
I say this a lot, the difference is this time I mean it. This episode is not to be missed.
Find Antony Here:
or on the Twitter @AntonyJohnston
So pleased to talk to zen master and comic book writer Bryan Edward Hill, about his Top Cow book Postal, his life, his process, and the lessons that can be gleaned from all 3.
@BryanEdwardHill on the Twitter
http://bryanedwardhill.tumblr.com/ on the Tumblr
This time around it was my distinct pleasure to listen to and learn from the story of Julieta's life.
Show Notes Courtesy the Great Julieta:
This time we are very excited to talk to comixology co-founder John D Roberts about the pivots in his life that led him to where he is today as well as the ways in which digitl comics platforms are changing the face of the comics industry for readers and creators alike.
Plus there is a rap at the end...
Comixology (get your digital comics here...) https://www.comixology.com/
Comixology Submit (SUBMIT SUBMIT, who knows maybe your comic'll be a hit) https://submit.comixology.com/
Greetings Crowdfinders, this time we talk to Trevor Meuller, author of youth readers indie book and Thrillbent webcomic Albert the Alien.
It is my distinct pleasure to talk to Matt Hawkins, writer and president of Top Cow Comics. If you don't know who that is you are more of a noob than I am. We talk science, education, seizing the moment and most importantly, trciks and tips from his 20 year life in comics. Not to be missed!
Matt's work (there is a ton of it so I just linked to Comic Vine, which credits him in 321 issues!): http://www.comicvine.com/matt-hawkins/4040-48784/
Some Pitching Advice from Matt's Blog: http://matttalks.com/2014/04/some-pitching-advice/
No I Won't Read Your Fu@#ing Script, why giving feedback can be difficult: http://www.villagevoice.com/news/i-will-not-read-your-fucking-script-6704899
This time around it was my distinct pleasure to talk to Riley Rossmo, an incredible talent with an incredible story. As Riley puts it, he draws because he has to. It's the lens that allows him to put the world into focus.
Check out what Riley's has worked on here: http://www.comicvine.com/riley-rossmo/4040-48815/
Where to find Riley:
This week it was my distinct pleasure to talk to Afua Richardson, artists, singer, flautist, activist, all around amazing person and the visionary who brought you the art in the captivating and timely image book "Genius".
If you want to shout out to Afua, find here here...
and don't forget...
BUY GENIUS HERE: