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.
Zach Howard is a comic book illustrator who has worked for Marvel, DC, and IDW… but his current project is an Image collaboration called Moonshine Bigfoot. A swamp-dwelling Sasquatch embarks on a high-speed adventure when his latest batch of hootch gets the attention of… someone powerful! Zach and I agree it’s kind of ‘Dukes of Hazzard Meets X-Files’.
We also get into some pretty creator-centric chat about the importance of crowdfunding to indie comic projects, and how ideas like this are going to keep the comics hobby healthy as it changes in the 21st century.
Arch Hall Jr. is known to drive-in movie fans as the star of movies such as Eegah and The Sadist. In this episode, Arch talks about making “drive in” era movies, as well as the guidance his father, Arch Hall Sr., gave him to get started in the business. What was it like making cheap movies in the early 60s?