Category: Interviews

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 20: Special Guest – Steve Orlando

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 20: Special Guest – Steve Orlando

The SquadCast is back. Your hosts Mike Gold and Bob Harrison are back this week with comic writer Steve Orlando. Enjoy the show.

Steve Orlando is a super talented writer and a friend of the show. He has written comics for just about every publisher in just about every genre. We are excited to have him back on the show to talk about his work especially his latest release from TKO Studios that he cowrote with the world famous Chef Jose Andres called Feeding Dangerously.

You can watch below or go to our Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch pages directly to interact.

Spotlight SquadCast Interview: Shelly Bond Talks About Suddenly One Summer Camp From Hell Issue #1

Spotlight SquadCast Interview: Shelly Bond Talks About Suddenly One Summer Camp From Hell Issue #1

Welcome to the latest edition of the Pop Culture SquadCast.

We are super excited to bring you this interview with comic legend Shelly Bond. Shelly has been with us before to talk about her crowd funded comics and her career. She even joined us during our celebration of Women in Comics History month earlier this year.

This time she has come back to talk about her latest project. Suddenly One Summer Camp from Hell. It is currently available to back on Kickstarter and the campaign ends on November 15th, So don’t waste any time and get to backing it.

This project is to fund the first issue of the series. The completed series will comprise three single black and white comics with art from the amazing Liz Prince.

Having had a look at a working copy of this issue, I wholeheartedly recommend it and can’t wait to get my hands on it.

And now we hope you enjoy this conversation with the inimitable Shelly Bond.

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Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 19: Special Guest – Zack Kaplan

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 19: Special Guest – Zack Kaplan

The SquadCast returns for November. Your hosts Mike Gold and Bob Harrison are back this week with comic writer Zack Kaplan. Enjoy the show.

Zack Kaplan has become a major player in the comic scene over the last half a decade or so. He has consistently put out excellent thought provoking comics that challenge the traditional expectations of where society is and where it is going.  He has had his books published through AfterShock Comics, Image Comics, Vault Comics,  and Dark Horse Comics. He has two new series starting soon. They are Beyond Real and Kill All Immortals.

You can watch below or go to our Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch pages directly to interact.

Spotlight SquadCast Interview: A Discussion with Danny Fingeroth about Jack Ruby, Comics, Stan Lee, and More

Spotlight SquadCast Interview: A Discussion with Danny Fingeroth about Jack Ruby, Comics, Stan Lee, and More

How do you have a conversation that involves historically significant murders, Stan Lee telling convention promoters to back off, Jonathan Silverman’s father, and Taylor Swift? You invite Danny Fingeroth to talk about his latest biography. That’s how!

Danny Fingeroth started working in comics back in the days when superheroes were pretty much the only game in town and he built a career of delivering high quality comics through his writing and editing. He is well remembered for creating the fan-favorite character Darkhawk and a long run writing Dazzler as well has his excellent work editing books like Spectacular Spider-Man, The New Warriors, and more. In recent years, he has produced some excellent books about comics and comics history including A Marvelous Life, The Amazing Story of Stan Lee, the acclaimed biography of Stan Lee.

Jack Ruby: The Many Faces of Oswald’s Assassin is the newest book from Danny Fingeroth and will be released on November 21, 2023. The book explores one of the central figures to a touchstone event in the lives of an entire generation. We spoke with Danny about his motivation for writing such a book and what he discovered in through his writing process. We also managed to squeeze in a word or two about his career in comics and as a prose writer.

The entire interview is on our YouTube channel and streamable below:

The solicitation for the Jack Ruby is below and the book is available for preorder now on Amazon:

Jack Ruby changed history with one bold, violent action: killing accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on live TV two days after the November 22, 1963, murder of President John F. Kennedy. But who was Jack Ruby—and how did he come to be in that spot on that day?

As we approach the sixtieth anniversaries of the murders of Kennedy and Oswald, Jack Ruby’s motives are as maddeningly ambiguous today as they were the day that he pulled the trigger.

The fascinating yet frustrating thing about Ruby is that there is evidence to paint him as at least two different people. Much of his life story points to him as bumbling, vain, violent, and neurotic; a product of the grinding poverty of Chicago’s Jewish ghetto; a man barely able to make a living or sustain a relationship with anyone besides his dogs.

By the same token, evidence exists of Jack Ruby as cagey and competent, perhaps not a mastermind, but a useful pawn of the Mob and of both the police and the FBI; someone capable of running numerous legal, illegal, and semi-legal enterprises, including smuggling arms and vehicles to both sides in the Cuban revolution; someone capable of acting as middleman in bribery schemes to have imprisoned Mob figures set free.

Cultural historian Danny Fingeroth’s research includes a new, in-depth interview with Rabbi Hillel Silverman, the legendary Dallas clergyman who visited Ruby regularly in prison and who was witness to Ruby’s descent into madness. Fingeroth also conducted interviews with Ruby family members and associates. The book’s findings will catapult you into a trip through a house of historical mirrors.

At its end, perhaps Jack Ruby’s assault on history will begin to make sense. And perhaps we will understand how Oswald’s assassin led us to the world we live in today.

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 18: Special Guest – Becky Cloonan

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 18: Special Guest – Becky Cloonan

The SquadCast returns. Your hosts Mike Gold and Bob Harrison are back this week with comic creator Becky Cloonan. Enjoy the show.

Becky Cloonan has been working in comics for over twenty years. She got her start in the Indie comics scene and has published work with just about every major publisher since. She is a multiple Eisner award winner who is as well know for her writing as her beautifully haunting art. Her lastest effort, Somna, is a joint project with Tula Lotay from the new and upcoming publishing outlet DSTLRY.

You can watch below or go to our Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch pages directly to interact.

Pop Culture SquadCast Live – Episode 17: Special Guest – Phil Hester

The SquadCast continues, and Mike and Bob are back this week with writer and artist Phil Hester. Enjoy the show.

Phil has been working in comics since the 90s and has worked for both Marvel and DC as well as Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, IDW Publishing, AfterShock Comics, Oni Press and more. He had long runs on Swamp Thing and Green Arrow. Some of his most notable recent work includes The  Family Tree with Jeff Lemire and Gotham City: Year One with Tom King.

You can watch below or go to our Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch pages directly to interact.

Special SquadCast Interview with Writer Joel Meadows

Special SquadCast Interview with Writer Joel Meadows

In our latest exclusive interview, we sat down and talked with Joel Meadows. He has been in the comic industry for over thirty years as the publisher of Tripwire Magazine, and he is now about to have his first graphic novel as a writer released.

We spent some time talking about his latest project Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders: Gene Genie, Vol. 1. that he has written with art from Andy Bennett. The book explores a new story in the world of the world’s most renowned detective. A black and white volume with covers by Mark Chiarello and Walter Simonson will be release later this year.

We also spent some time discussing Meadows’ career highlights as the publisher of Tripwire and his views on the state and future of comics.

You can watch the interview via our YouTube channel or listen to the audio on in our standard podcast platform.

If you want to know more about Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders you can check out the crowdfunding site zoop.gg.

 

With Further Ado #257: Sherlock and Joel on Zoop

With Further Ado #257: Sherlock and Joel on Zoop

Joel Meadows is a hard-working creative entrepreneur. You might know him from his brilliant work on Tripwire Magazine over the years. There’s been a lot of buzz this past week about the Tripwire Awards too, and that’s fascinating to see.

Joel also has a new project coming up with Andy Bennett called Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders. Here’s the official write-up:

Sherlock Holmes and the Empire Builders is an epic alternate world sci fi adventure featuring The World’s Greatest Detective as people have never seen him before.

When Watson leaves Holmes to help Crick unravel the DNA helix and finds himself in the employ of England’s most evil man, Holmes is forced to team up with an unlikely group to defeat this monstrous figure and return England to its status quo. With your support here we can get the first part of this exciting graphic novel out to readers!

Testing the waters with three shorts which ran in Tripwire magazine, we felt that now was the time to debut this in its own graphic novel series. This will be a hardcover with a dust jacket running at 88 pages with 68 pages of story (much of which will be new material) plus character sketches, script pages and an interview offering extra information on the series.

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Watch the Death of Superman Panel from ITHACON 2023

Watch the Death of Superman Panel from ITHACON 2023

Thirty years ago Superman died. Amazingly, that was not the end of the Man of Steel, but the storyline that led up to to that momentous event and the subsequent stories that immediately followed it have become a huge part of the history of the character.

At ITHACON on April 21, 2023, I hosted a panel with writer Roger Stern and colorist Glenn Whitmore and we discussed how the story came to be and the execution of it. At the time there were four monthly “Superman” books and Roger Stern was writing Action Comics. Glenn Whitmore was coloring all four of those books.

Roger Stern began writing comics professionally in the mid 1970s and had long runs on Amazing Spider-Man and Avengers, as well as a memorable run on Captain America for Marvel Comics, among other titles. His work at DC Comics included creating the Will Payton version of Starman as well as long runs on Superman titles. Glenn Whitmore started as a colorist for DC Comics in 1988 and has had long career in comics working for DC, Archie Comics, and others. He has been involved in some incredible comics over his career.

Please enjoy the below embedded video of the discussion with these excellent comic creators:

Special Live SquadCast: Women in Comics History – Part 4 – A Pair of Wonderful Women

Special Live SquadCast: Women in Comics History – Part 4 – A Pair of Wonderful Women

The final episode of our special live SquadCasts celebrating Women’s History Month happens tonight at 8:00PM Eastern. We are lucky to be able to bring together two amazing comics creators.  These women are fantastic and super important to comics. One of the things that I usually say about comic professionals that have made a mark is that you can’t tell the story of comics without this person or that person. That is certainly the case with both of these women, but humanity is better for these women for having participated in it.

Our Guests:

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