Archive for January, 2010

David Levine’s “One Night Stand” and Indy Comic Book Week

January 11, 2010

When it was announced that December 30, the last Wednesday of the year, was going to be a skip week with Diamond Distributors not shipping any new books to comic stores, a number of independent creators took it upon themselves to implementĀ “Indy Comic Book Week” as a way to encourage people to create comics of their own and find local outlets to sell the books.

David Hopkins, one of the creators behind the idea, has been writing comics for years, authoring two ongoing comics for Dallas-area weekly newspapers and contributing to numerous anthologies including “Popgun” from Image, “Western Tales of Terror,” and “The Tick’s 20th Anniversary Special.” His graphic novels include “Karma Incorporated” and “Emily Edison.”

For Indy Comic Week, Hopkins has written a comic entitled “One Night Stand” which is a series of one page vignettes centering around sex, awkwardness and confusion. The comic, which features the art of thirty different artists, was made available free to retailers, something that was made possible because of the support Hopkins received onĀ I talked with Hopkins about the book and the many projects he’s working on.

John Allison and “Bad Machinery”

January 11, 2010

I became a fan of John Allison’s work years ago. “Scary Go Round” was a webcomic like few others, long storylines which were illustrated in full color with a unique perspective and sense of humor. In September, Allison concluded “Scary Go Round” and promptly started a new webcomic, “Bad Machinery,” which I’m really enjoying.

Talking with Kristin Lindsay about Childs Play

January 11, 2010

Childs Play is a charitable organization set up a few years ago by Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade. What started as a toy drive for the Seattle Childrens Hospital has become a charity that raises more than a million dollars a year for dozens of hospitals in six countries. I talked with Kristin Lindsay, the Foundation Coordinator of Childs Play about the charity and its mission.

Alex de Campi on “Valentine”

January 11, 2010

Alex de Campi’s first comic was “Smoke” published by IDW a few years back and it was an amazing comic. She followed it up with two series from Tokyopop and two series from Humanoids (which unfortunately were never translated into English). Alex’s new project, with artist Christine Larsen, is “Valentine” a comic for phones and e-readers that’s coming out monthly and being released under a creative common license in multiple languages on multiple platforms.

It’s a fabulous comic, a pulpy story set during the Napoleonic wars. I’m waiting til next month to see what happens next.

Neal Adams and Scott Kurtz bring some Christmas cheer

January 11, 2010

I’m a big fan of Scott Kurtz and his webcomic “PvP.” For Christmas this year he has a major storyline and helping him out is comics legend Neal Adams!

For people who don’t know, Adams is one of the biggest comics artists of his generation. He’s one of the definitive Batman artists. He illustrated a run on “Green Lantern/Green Arrow” written by Denny O’Neill. There’s his runs on “X-Men” and “The Avengers” (The Kree-Skrull war storyarc) with Roy Thomas, his work on the Spectre, Deadman. He worked on Creepy and Eerie.

Adams is also known as one of the people who has fought for creator rights for decades. He helped get Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster credit from DC. He fought to get Jack Kirby his artwork back from Marvel.

Anyway, an interview with two great creators. We talk about the comic, their other projects they’re in the midst of – Kurtz is writing an “Agents of Atlas” story for Marvel and Adams continues to work on “Batman Odyssey” for DC.