Michael Dolce come to talk about SIRE: Origins, his compelling indie comic about a reluctant superhero forced to fight crime against his will. Not only do Michael and I discuss his comic, but we delve into 90s comic tropes (are they classic stuff, sorry tropes, or both?) and how to get started when you’re a young kid with a lot of love for comics. He also has a great deal of insight into what it takes to get a finished book out into the world as an indie creator.
Lisa N. Alexander is a filmmaker assembling the independent project My Father the Queen. The movie tells the story of a black family in the 1960s, led by a father who is a member of the LGBTQ community. The story reflects, not only his personal struggles, but the impact his identity has on his family and community. In Lisa’s words, the story frames his conflict from a mental health perspective, and she and I spend time talking about how mental health has been reflected in film historically. With My Father the Queen in pre-production, Lisa describes her efforts in putting together her script and lining up the business end of filmmaking—certainly not the most rewarding part of independent filmmaking, but one of the most crucial.