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May 12, 2015

It was mys distinct pleasure ot talk to Erik Bitmanis about his new book Hard Wyred.

 

Show Notes (Courtesy of Erik)

Hard Wyred is a new scifi/comedy comic series that has many of its visuals rooted in classic cyberpunk fiction. Melding together laugh out loud humour, over-the-top action, and some heart felt moments, Hard Wyred looks to play its way into reader’s hearts around the globe.

The story takes place in the near future where, through the wonders of the internet, we have now developed a highly advanced, futuristic online world. In this world people can upload their consciousness to an online profile and live out their wildest dreams and fantasies in this amazing new world without ever having to go back to reality.

The hero of the story, Sam Wyerznowski, is still very much stuck in the past. This fast paced, technological world has rushed past him and he purposely lags behind refusing to keep up. Once a member of special peacekeeping force known as “Sweepers”, Sam and the Sweepers have since gone to ruin. All of them lacking the conviction to enforce what they were originally uploaded to do, and instead focus on personal wealth, gain, and power. Sam’s job has since diminished to a corporate mercenary for hire, which oddly brings him into this online world on a constant basis. (Weird for someone who hates technology so much) Having spent the last 10 months on a leave of absence (although many refer to it as a forced retirement) due to a crisis caused by Sam’s own hands, Sam is brought back into this online world to investigate an attack on one of his previous employer’s research facilities. What he stumbles into is a problem much larger than he could have ever imagined.

In terms of my social outlets, please find them below:

@ErikBitmanis (twitter)
@Hard_Wyred (twitter)
@Erik.Bitmanis (Instagram)
May 7, 2015

This time it was my distinct pleasure to talk to City of Wall creator and comic book convention connaisseur Shaun Noel

SHOW NOTES (courtesy of Shaun)
 
City of Walls- Welcome to the prison-like city of Kowloon. A cluster of conjoined
buildings run by gangs. Where the ability of an individual to hope is
non-existent. Daniel, Jin, and Ariana are three kids who defy this
life sentence. They intend to escape and are willing to go to extreme
measures to do so. Since escape on foot is impossible, their quest
leads them to the sky.
 
Website- WWW.CITYOFWALLS.COM 
 
 
Facebook- www.Facebook.com/Cityofwalls
 
Twitter Shaun @WriterShaun
              AK Lovelace @StandAlonePro
 
 
The company I work with is RedStylo
 
Here is the link to buy City of Walls stuff - http://redstylo.com/product/city-of-walls/
 
Here is a link directly to the print version of City of Walls: Vol 1: Kowloon -http://redstylo.com/product/city-of-walls-vol-1/
 
The anthologies I worked on are
Shakespeare Shaken - My Story “The Play is the Thing” can be found in this digital comedy bundle - http://redstylo.com/product/shakespeare-shaken-the-comedies
 
And Unfashioned Creatures- My story is Pieces - http://redstylo.com/product/pieces-unfashioned-creatures/
 
Thanks again,
 
Shaun
May 3, 2015

The episode started as a discussion of Josh's controversial TUMBLR POST To the Writers.... 

But it became a discussion of Vinyl Records, JAZZ, the essence of collaboration and how we need to live by this simple principle: Don't be a dick first.

 BUY JOSH'S BOOKS HERE

AND CONTACT HIM HERE:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/joshfialkov

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joshuahalefialkov

Tumblr: http://joshfialkov.tumblr.com

Contact: josh at thefialkov dot com.

Apr 28, 2015

It was my distinct pleasure to talk with force of nature Jim Zub.

Show Notes (stolen from ZUB)

Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past ten years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients including Disney, Warner Bros., Capcom, Hasbro, Bandai-Namco and Mattel.

He juggles his time between being a freelance comic writer and Program Coordinator for Seneca College‘s award-winning Animation program.

His current comic projects include Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate, a new series celebrating 40 years of the classic tabletop RPG, Samurai Jack, continuing the award-winning cartoon, Wayward, a modern supernatural story about teens fighting Japanese mythological monsters, and Skullkickers, a sword & sorcery action-comedy.

Find Jim's awesome blog HERE

Or shout out to him on the Twitter @JimZub

Apr 22, 2015

 

In this episode of Crowdfiners Podcast hosted by David Pluscauskas, Benny Lo, an artist working in the video games industry (Saints Row 2, 3, 4), shares his experiences on making his mini comic book series, "Demise" and what drives him to creating amazing art. As a new immigrant during the late 80's, Benny faced a culture shock but video games like the Street Fighter series, and comic books, such as the Storm Riders series gave him an escape.  Lets will find out exactly how his early exposure to video games and comic books also helped inspired him artistically. 
 
Street Fighters is a popular fighting game series. Some of its well known characters are Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Guile, Akuma/Gouki.
 
"Storm Riders" is the English translation version of Fung Wan, a manhua series originated in Hong Kong. It is drawn by the well known artist, Ma Wing Shing. 
It is also known as "Wind and Cloud". 
 
Find Ben Here (and be sure to shout out to him, he's an awesome dude):
https://twitter.com/Spoonfeedheroes
http://spoonfeedheroes.tumblr.com/
http://www.spoonfeedheroes.com/

 

Apr 19, 2015

This week it was my distinct pleasure to talk to the one and only Gabo, AKA Gabriel Bautista, the one and only immensely talented artist behind The Life After and Author of the incredible microfiction book Jupiter, which you will either support on Kickstarter before April 27, 2015 or buy at http://returntojupiter.com/ after. If you know what's good for you, SEE!

Sorry for getting all old timey gangster on you there, but I just really dig both this guy and his work that much, and you will too if you give the episode a listen

 

SHOW NOTES: Courtesy of Gabe.

here's a list of social media STUFF:
 
 
http://hipflask.com (the Elephantmen book I worked on, its pretty amazing scifi action, and they have several free issues on the site you can read!)

 

Apr 14, 2015

This time it was my immense pleasure to talk with Podcaster/Punk Rocker/Comic Creator Chris Tull about his newest project, and the long and winding road that led him there.

 

SHOW NOTES (Courtesy of Chris Tull):

Here ya go, Dave. It was such a pleasure. For the show notes:
 
Twitter:
 
Tumblr:
 

All-Nite Taco Stand:

 
my band, the Hellstroms:
 
my podcast, Weekend Quality with Chris Fabulous:
 
Oh, also, for you personally, these are the creators I was telling you about. I bet you'd like them (thanks Chris, I will include them in the show notes!).
 
Adrian Tomine
I recommend Summer Blonde
 
Daniel Clowes
I like "Like a Velvet Glove Cast In Iron" best. It's super weird. For more grounded stuff, go with "Ghost World" and "David Boring."
Apr 8, 2015

This episode it was my distinct pleasure to talk with Eric Seaton, creator of the graphic novel series Legend of the Mantamaji (and award winnig television director, but he's not one to brag so I will do it for him)

 

Notes on Eric and Legends of the Mantamaji:

Television director Eric Dean Seaton’s first graphic novel series is a tale exploding with brilliant art, action-packed adventure, true-to-life characters, and a smart and twisting plotline.

Published by “And… Action!” EntertainmentLegend of the Mantamaji tells the story of Elijah Alexander, a rising Assistant District Attorney in New York who learns he is the last of a race of mystical knights called the Mantamaji, who once protected mankind. When an ancient evil is resurrected, Elijah has to learn to turn his back on everything he’s worked for, accept his birthright, and learn how to use his magical warrior abilities to defeat the greatest threat the Mantamaji ever faced—without being distracted by his grief, his anger, and one terrible betrayal.

Legend of the Mantamaji is a three-book graphic novel series whose sweeping tale of magic and mystery, heroes and villains, has a fresh look, a modern setting—and an ancient beat.

Eric Dean Seaton has directed a plethora of television episodes, music videos, and sitcom pilots since his debut directing Disney Channel’s top-rated sitcom, “That’s So Raven” in 2004, but he’s dreamt of being a comic book creator since his childhood in Cleveland, Ohio.  Eric, his wife, son and daughter live in California.  

find out more about Legend of the Mantamaji at  http://legendofthemantamaji.com/

You can see Eric’s work at www.ericdeanseaton.com 

or follow him @ericdeanseaton on Twitter.

Apr 3, 2015
Sarah Childs was a great guest, and I learned a lot, but I forgot to ask the question: do you actually sleep?
 
Show Notes:
 
 
Sarah Childs is the artist and writer of The Chronicles of Gyzra, an action adventure manga trilogy written in traditional right to left Japanese format. The series has been described as The legend of Zelda meets Princess Mononoke with a dash of Lost. The final graphic novel in the series is currently in production, with each volume consisting of at least 200, traditionally drawn pages.
 
To find out more about the series, see artwork from the book and Sarah's other projects visit www.gyzra.com
 
You can follow progress on the series on social media:
 
Facebook.com/gyzra
 
twitter and instagram - @Gyzra
 
gyzra.deviantart.com
 
New videos on YouTube every Wednesday at https://www.youtube.com/user/AGamerDraws
 
Co-host of The Artist Lounge Podcast, a live chat and drawing demo every Monday at 5:30pm PT on the AGamerDraws YouTube Channel
 
If you would like to talk to Sarah and see her in person you can find a full list of conventions she will be visiting in the about section of her website. The next scheduled show is MCM Expo London Comic Con - May 2015
 
Enjoy the artwork and if you would like to get in touch with Sarah, whether for business or for art/self-publishing advice, feel free to email sarahchilds@gyzra.com
Mar 31, 2015

Beau contacted me to be on Crowdfinderds but hewasn't sure if he was a good choice because he had to put his book, INside, on hiatus because he got a traffic fine. It sounded interesting, it was. Not all about comics, but a fun freewheeling discussion.

 

Show notes courtesy of Beau Byrnes:

Hey, man. Bringing the show notes to you.

 
Firstly the comic plugs and personal contact stuff: @insidecomicbook on instagram, @steakjesus on twitter, steakjesus.tumblr.com, @beaudbyrnes
 
Counselor George: www.counselorgeorge.com
 
 
 
Mar 28, 2015

Had an awesome conversation with Snow Daze creators Marcus Kwame Anderson and Leo Faierman about their web comic Snow Daze. It's quite a journey and not to be missed.

Find the comic HERE

Find the authors on the twitter:

@Leonardoelf

@marcuskwame

Or just email them:

snowydee1980@gmail.com

and be sure to look for them on:

FACEBOOK

TUMBLR

GOOGLE+

Mar 27, 2015

We interrupt these show notes for a very special Crowdfinders announcement: Image comics author Alex Link, author of the mindbending series Drumhellar and zombie thriller Rebel Blood is here to talk about his work...

This just in! He's very funny, and interesting and it is my very special Crowdfinders money back guarantee that you will laugh at least once, and learn at least one new thing while listening to this podcast.

If you want to reach out to Alex you can find him on the Twitter @A1exLink, also look for his partner in crime and Drumhellar co-creator, Riley Rossmo, on the twitter @rileyrossmo1.

Find out more about his books here:

Drumhellar

Rebel Blood

Dia de los Muertos

Pluscauskas OUT!

 

Mar 22, 2015

Matt Hill from the Chattnaooga Mountains walking the Highwire

Matt Hill's Journey -

Reading ‘Wild Children’ by Ales Kot and Riley Rossmo. This was the first story that made me believe I could write for the comic medium.

Got ahead of myself and submitted ‘War of the Pacifist’ to Image at a time when the story and preview wasn’t strong enough.

Terminal C ­ Reddit Winning Comic ­http://imgur.com/a/5QN6F 

Terminal C team worked extremely well together. Decided to continue forward with new comic. Discussion of which idea to focus on. Came to a story entitled ‘High Wire’:

Stages in the project we are at: Still in the beginning. Piecing together preview material.

 

Shout Outs

1. Joshua Hale Fiaklov and Gabo ­ The Life After

2. Alex Link and Riley Rossmo ­ Drumhellar D.

 

Social Media

 

1. Twitter: @MofPreston

 

2. Instagram : @matthewofpreston

 

3. Email: mattofhill@gmail.com

 

4. highwirecomic.tumblr.com

 

5. And of course, the website mattofhill.com

Mar 22, 2015

Antichris creator Jordan King was an Eastern Kentucky comic book magnate at age 10.

 Social media?

 


AntiChris is a miniseries written by Jojo King, arts/inks done by Manuel Mezquita, and letters/inks by Ken Reynolds. It is available to purchase here: http://www.coast-comics.com/store.html
 
You can also buy the comic in print and digitally over here as well: http://www.indyplanet.com/front/?product=120236
 
 
Look out for the second issue coming soon!
 
AntiChris follows an orphan named Chris as he is shipped off to a halfway house ran by a secret force. Once there, he meets a number of strange people and experiences revealing nightmares about his mysterious past. It starts to become clear that something is wrong with Chris… Something evil and powerful is lurking inside him…
 
A few of the characters you can expect to see in AntiChris is Renai, a werepire (half vampire, half werewolf, in case you were wondering), Theresa, the manager of the house with a secret objective, a janitor who has a certain taste for corpses, an Irish dude with a filthy mouth, and a demon with a connection to Chris. Zombies crash through the house, Satanic rituals are completely botched, cats are demonically possessed, and road trips across the United States are embarked on!
 
Join the campy and surreal-ish fun for only .99 cents! Also, your support would be greatly appreciated and you can follow us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/AntiChrisTheComic and follow us on Twitter @Anti666Chris!
 
Writer Jojo King is located in Kentucky and is currently working on five other miniseries called “Life & Death”, “The Forest”, “Mulberry St”, “Crystal’s Odyssey”, and “Hale & Back”. Additionally he has a short appearing in the horror comic anthology “The Midnight Candle” from Vivifica Studios. He spends his time writing, working part time, and attending college as a fulltime student. He also tends to spend most of his time surviving life with his beautiful and witty fiance. A 19 year old raised on 80s film, Jojo King aims to make the most irreverent, original, and f*cked up comics he can. Think David Lynch mixed with some Robocop with a touch of Friday the 13th thrown in for good measure. His favorite creators are the crazy canucks who dub themselves Astron-6: http://astron-6.com/
 
Also an avid listener to Marilyn Manson: http://www.marilynmanson.com/
 
You can check out Ken Reynolds website here: http://t.co/juk5QGGzUV
 
You can also keep an eye peeled for an upcoming series from writer Jojo King called “SinEater”! It is drawn and lettered by Chase Dunham. It is completed and is looking for a publisher to call home.

 

 
 
 
 
Twitter: @Anti666Chris

 

Mar 22, 2015

Loved talking to Rob, an Aussie living outside of London about his new book, Replicator.

 

More on Replicator

Set in England 10 years from now after an epidemic known as the red death has brought the country to its knees, a scientist heralded as its savior goes missing. Her husband is blamed for her death, is jailed and begins to lose his mind.

Due to lack of evidence he is released and starts to investigate his wife's disappearance. He finds the partially completed cure, a miracle drug she was developing before she disappeared, the proof that could clear him. However, his distrust of the world he lives in convinces him he has only one option, he injects himself with the serum she created.

He gains strange and unique powers and will stop at nothing until he finds his wife and uncovers the truth. With the whole world still wanting nothing more then the end of his existence.

The closer to the truth, the deeper his insanity.

website http://replicatorcomic.com/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/replicatorcomic

twitter @robpreplicator

instagram rob arnold replicator

Mar 22, 2015

Loved talking to Jamie ME from the North of England and hearing about his exciting ne project, the Queen

 

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