Sam de la Rosa has been an artist with Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse, and other publishers for four decades. He and I got to talking at Dallas Fan Expo, and he was gracious enough to highlight how comic fans have grown into the new world that’s obsessed with superheroes, but might not know the source material.
Amanda Deibert (from Episode 32) returns with her wife, Cat Staggs, to give us a better view of what it’s like to create as a couple. Cat offers some great insight into how to overcome frustration and how to deal with self-criticism, and together, these two ladies make it clear how useful it is to work with your spouse and your best friend.
Darryl Banks is a comic book artist who has worked with DC Comics, most notably for Green Lantern in the mid-90s, introducing the character of Kyle Rayner. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Darryl and I talk about the unique storytelling opportunity he had with Green Lantern, as well as the other comic book trends of the 90s (killing title characters, novelty covers, Image in general). We also get a chance to compare the similarities and differences between DC and Marvel comics, and how conventions from one universe sometimes don’t translate well to the other.
Jerry Bennett, the first guest everon HungryTrilobyte, returns for episode #50! Jerry and I discuss the challenges of being creative in 2020 and the unique opportunities still around for artists. Jerry has been on an incredible self-improvement regimen, and I make the point that the ‘starving artist’ myth does more harm than good. Speaking of thriving, we discuss how Jerry was a guest at the OK Art Crawl, an art show for the socially distanced. I brag on some awesome open-source creative apps like GIMP, LibreOffice, and Ubuntu Studio. Jerry sings the praises of Procreate.
Michael Ehmcke and Derrick Nadeau are a dynamic duo in the realm of podcasting. Basing their series of shows off their site webegeeks.net, the two crank out episodes of Wookiee Radio and Mighty Marvel Geeks, with a great team of other podcasters joining them. We Be Geeks also offers their own Podcast Collective, pooling the resources of other like-minded shows. In this episode, we talk about how podcasts help connect people who otherwise might not have a conduit to friends with the same interests.
Rod Faulkner is the blogger from The 7th Matrix, a fantastic resource for independent science fiction, as well as the podcaster from Eye on Sci-Fi. In 2019, I appeared on his show, and Rod now graciously returns the favor. In this episode, Rod and I spend a lot of time talking about the wealth of projects from independent artists… as well as offering our opinions on Batman and Star Wars!
Pat Jankiewicz is an actor, writer, and collector of pop culture knowledge. He’s written for Star Trek Magazine, Starlog, and is the author of books on Buck Rogers and The Incredible Hulk. Pat and I get into a great discussion on how the comic industry is shifting, and the importance of grabbing new readers. There’s also a great discussion on the differences between online conventions and real-world ones.
Ron Marz is a longtime writer of comic books, having worked for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, and other companies. I get to share my fondness for Ron’s work at DC in the 90s, as well as that era of comics in general, then he and I swap notes about how comic fans deal with change… and the unique challenges that presents to the writers of comics. SPOILER: I’m a big fan of his Green Lantern story, Emerald Twilight.
Ron has a lot of really fun projects in the works! You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and find his full body of work on ronmarz.com/.
If you enjoyed this episode, you may want to check out the chat with Darryl Banks as well.
J.K. Woodward is one of the top comic artists with IDW Publishing, known for his work on Star Trek and Doctor Who titles. In this episode, we discuss Trek history, the role the comics have played in the franchise, as well as his collaboration with Peter David. J.K. also discusses the SDCC announcement of a Mirror Voyager one-shot. Also, during our talk, I make reference to my wall art, a painting called “Of Bajor” by Brandon Bird.
Here’s where you can keep tabs on J.K and his work:
The 7th Matrix – Blogger Rod Faulkner (@RodTFaulkner) uses his blog to review independent science fiction films and filmmakers. His podcast, Eye on Sci Fi, has a lot of great one-on-one discussions. With so many people making indie films these days, it’s hard to find the real talent, and Rod has an excellent eye.